Building in Excellence Award Winners

Builder of the Year: The Builder of the Year award is not only the best of the best of our association, but it says a lot for our community as well. The builder of the year probably isn’t just building the best homes but they are most building the best business practices as well. When a business is nominated for builder of the year, we are making sure they are building with integrity and quality in mind as well as giving serious consideration to the impact their building is creating on and in our community. They aren’t thinking of just this house, they are thinking big picture. To each of our nominees, we thank you for building a better New River Valley – one house at a time.

Our nominees:

  • Green Valley Builders
  • Highlander Construction & Development
  • Shelter Alternatives
  • Stateson Homes, LLC
  • Tyris Homes, Inc.

During 2017, Green Valley Builders have been growing their commercial general contracting division (3 custom commercial buildings as well as the final subdivision at Uptown Village) while continuing to maintain building single family homes. Green Valley Builders has embraced the new processes and challenges of the commercial side of the business and has created a dramatic impact on the North Main end of Blacksburg. As these new commercial buildings opened so with it came new business live to North Main. We see the future only getting brighter for North Main and our Builder of the Year.

Associate of the Year: The associate of the year is a company that represents the best of the NRVHBA membership when it comes to commitment to the association as well as our mission and goals. A business that serves the building industry with integrity and excellence. A business like this is easy to spot by simply asking their customers because they receive the highest satisfaction rating.

Our nominees:

  • 84 Lumber Company
  • Balzer and Associates
  • Brown Insurance Agency
  • Bug Man Exterminating Company
  • Ferguson Enterprises
  • G&H Appliance
  • VA Stone & Brick Designs

All of these businesses deserve a round of applause. You keep the industry growing stronger while shaping our way to a better final product. Many of these associates have had a hand in the Design Excellence projects. Sometimes their individual parts can be so small they are missed. This award is our way of bringing them notice.

The winner, Ferguson Enterprises, is a business that continually provides educational opportunities for local industry professionals. They are teaching their customer about the new technologies and innovative products that can be passed along to homeowners during their new or remodeled home planning. The Ferguson employees strive on being a proactive part of the community by making regular donations to Habitat for Humanity, partnered in the planning of the Women’s Leadership Conference, creating an event that gives back to one local non-profit, as well as helping our association with our largest fundraiser, the Home Expo.

Design Excellence: Best New Home: To be the best new home in the NRV, the chose home had a lot to live up to. This award isn’t presented lightly. There are many different facets and layers that were reviewed before a selection could be made. We wanted to understand how the plan was designed to fit within the specific site considerations. We wanted to see the innovative use of flooring, fixtures and unique features. As always functionality and creativity of the interior space is important.  But overall, the house had to stand out both inside and out.

Our nominees:

Shelter Alternatives home is one that not only shows creative integration of both function and features, it also receives a net-zero performance rating. Meaning the estimated total energy used by the efficient home annually roughly equals the anticipated annual energy production to be generated on site by solar panels. Shelter Alternatives believes on taking advantage of the site, including orientation, wind, views, access, and inspiration making it part of the design. Their standard construction details and understanding of building science help to create a home that is comfortable in all seasons with low maintenance and low utility costs. They work hard to maximize a homes positive impact and that is exactly what they have done with this year’s Best New Home.

Design Excellence: Best Remodeled Home: When accepting a remodeling project, there are often times more considerations that need to be addressed than a new home since you are having to work with existing walls and placements. This year’s best remodeled home nominees all had houses that showed creative integration of both site and interior constraints.  They showcased unique selections of furniture, fixtures and amenities. But when a remodel project is completed there has to be obvious quality improvement and the nominees each did an outstanding job showing this.

Our nominees:

  • Atmosphere Builders—Preston House
  • Back to Nature Landscaping/Construction—Carneal Home
  • Highlander Construction/Development—Van Tyne Addition
  • Slate Creek Builders—Gabrial Home

The remodeled home that is tonight’s winner has an interesting past – it started as something different than a house. The remodel is a conversion of local church building into a single-family residence.  As Slate Creeek Builders design came together, the main floor kept the open feature of the church which is now the kitchen, living and dining areas. The true highlight is the staircase that leads to a one of a kind loft that was created out of church’s unusual roof line and now features an office with built in bookcases.

Design Excellence: Best Kitchen: Many people consider the kitchen the heart of the home and family. So, it is no surprise that we added this category to our awards line up this year. When considering what makes the best kitchen, we considered a design that plans for overall layout, function and integration into the entire home with creative use of space and overall appeal of cabinetry, appliance and unique features.

Our nominees:

  • Back to Nature Landscaping/Construction—Teaching Classroom
  • Better Bathrooms and Kitchens—Matson
  • Ewing Building & Remodeling—Ewing
  • Slate Creek Builders—Dunton
  • Stateson Homes—Kipps Farm Model Home

This year’s winning kitchen was built with family in mind – creating a space that allowed different generations to join together to eat, laugh, love and remember. This space, kept to the original footprint, offers an open flow and custom features that sends it to the top of the list.  The pop-up mixer stand, re-purposed butcher block and decorating theme which was inspired from stained glass already owned by the owners are just a few of those features. Congratulations to Ewing Building and Remodeling.

Design Excellence: Best Bathroom: Bathrooms tend to be one of the smallest rooms in a house even though they serve many roles and daily tasks. Layout, function and integration of design make a huge difference when creating a one of a kind bathroom. Cabinetry, finishes and fixtures often are the highlights or the design features for this highly used space. So, making sure that every detail is considered is important. All of our nominees had put together exceptional examples of functional yet beautiful spaces.

Our nominees:

  • Better Bathrooms and Kitchens—Miller
  • Cast Construction—Angel’s Rest Hiker’s Haven Bathroom
  • Shelter Alternatives—Potter
  • Slate Creek Builders—Gabrial
  • Stateson Homes—Kipps Farm Model Home

While the votes were close, one bathroom stood out in the crowd. Shelter Alternatives reconfigured the floor plan as well as new entrance creates more functional space which all.ows for the homeowners desires to be achieved in their new bathroom

Design Excellence: Best Outdoor Living/Landscape: Outdoor areas or rooms extend the living space of a home. Some are adjacent to the home such as in a case of a covered patio while others are completely detached. What makes an outdoor living area different from a simple functionary roof or patio is the livability of it. The same design considerations used to design a kitchen or family room are applied to the natural areas outside of the home – function, appeal and use of fixtures and amenities.

Our nominees:

The amazing aspect with outdoor living areas is that the creativity and uniqueness can easily be seen. Rarely are two projects the same due to the specific site considerations and desires. In this case, Back to Nature Landscaping and Construction took a backyard that was in-accessible due to steep hill and created a design using retaining walls cut into the site to expand the area. Special features such as a propane fire bowl and an outdoor kitchen were included to make this backyard a true living area.

NRVHBA Service Award: These individuals and their businesses show outstanding support of the NRVHBA through their involvement serving on a committee or the board member or volunteering at our events. These businesses not only support the association through time and skill but also through monetary contributions. Our association is stronger because of these individuals.

Our nominees:

  • Ed Tuchler, Shelter Alternatives
  • Jackie Gardner, Ferguson Enterprises
  • Jeff Nosenzo, Brown Insurance
  • Justin Boyle, Green Valley Builders
  • Lynn Gregory, National Property Inspections
  • Steve Semones, Balzer & Associates

The winner is Steve Semones with Balzer and Associates. Steve has dedicated countless volunteer to hours to the Home Expo and Touch-A-Truck NRV. He attends almost ALL of the NRVHBA events throughout the year. But most importantly he has dedicated his time (and lots of it) to leading our Association for the past 3 years. He has gone above and beyond with his dedication.

Community Service Award: The New River Valley is our place of work as well as home to many of us. We are dedicated to seeing it thrive and prosper. These businesses that their support to the next level by giving back to the New River Valley through education, time, skills, and funds to make it a better place to live and work. These nominees show outstanding support and service to the NRV while representing the building industry with pride and integrity.

Our nominees:

  • Back to Nature Landscaping and Construction
  • Community Housing Partners
  • Hash Investments/SHAH Development
  • Shelter Alternatives, Ed Tuchler
  • Village Trim, Barbara & Jorge

This winner is no stranger to giving more than 100% to our community by serving varies roles with our association and others. When the call for volunteers is made, they answer that call and not only show up with a smile on their faces but also with treats to share. Thank you, Village Trim!

Billy Aldridge Memorial Award: This year the Town of Christiansburg lost not only building official who was dedicated to serving builders with fairness and knowledge but someone who many people called a friend.  We decided to offer an award in his name because we felt strongly that Billy was a person who was dedicated to educating, providing support and service to the building industry. He showed a vision for a stronger future through considerations of fairness, knowledge and workability. 

Our nominees:

  • Billy Aldridge, Town of Christiansburg
  • John Broughton, Montgomery County
  • Jerry Heinline, Town of Christiansburg
  • Josh Iorio, VT Myers-Lawson School of Construction
  • VA Building and Code Officials Association

While all of our nominees are deserving of this award, the winner is Billy himself. Let this be a reminder to live each day with a passion to helping other through education, support and service.