October 26, 2009 - Roanoke, Virginia - When Lynda and Paco Pinto-Torres, college professors in the Roanoke area, decided to build their dream home, they did what most people do and started shopping around for the type of design and amenities that best suited them. They found what they were looking for in Nationwide Custom Homes and their first visit was not to a home site, it was to the company's internet site. Their second visit was with Nationwide's Len Partridge and Linda DePierro, who worked with them to accomplish the custom details of their Bedford County home.
Nationwide Custom Homes, a division of national systems-built manufacturer Palm Harbor Homes, celebrates 50 years in building homes and the Pinto-Torres home is another milestone - it's the first systems-built home in the United States certified to both the NAHB Guidelines Green Certification as well as Energy Star certification. All Nationwide homes are built NAHB Green and Energy Star ready as part of their standard specifications.
The 2,500-square-foot home, nestled within farm land and with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, is the Sugar Hill model customized in numerous ways for the Pinto-Torres vision of their two-story home with front and rear wraparound porches. The home's placement also allows for use of solar energy, a requirement the couple had. In addition, the home has energy-efficient windows and full glass doors throughout the home.
The home has Energy Star certified appliances, a high efficiency HVAC system, low volume faucets and shower heads, and low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) paints and sealants which minimizes any harmful compounds that would enter the atmosphere. The home also was built using numerous materials made from recycled materials such as the floor truss system and dry wall. The construction was done to minimize soil disturbance and be environmentally friendly.
"We decided to custom build with Nationwide because of the cost effectiveness and the efficient footprint of the home design," said Paco Pinto-Torres. "The best thing is that the design fits into the surroundings."
Professors for more than 25 years, the couple moved to the area from Florida. Lynda was born and raised in the area. They especially liked the beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the kind, respectful neighbors. The home's interior is warm and inviting, with natural Bruce maple hardwood floors, a maple staircase, an elegant entryway to the den with a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen is spacious and includes a large custom pantry. The design incorporated the glass-front upper cabinets and spacious windows in the kitchen area for more natural lighting.
Systems-built homes provide a controlled environment in which to build a home to the homebuyer's specifications. Don Aheron, vice president of engineering for Nationwide Custom Homes who has been with the company for 15 years, said this type of home construction provides many more benefits.
"We are much more efficient than other forms of construction, allowing us to better protect and preserve our planet for our children," Aheron said. "Unlike other forms of construction, we have a team of well over 100 associates that will be involved with the planning and construction of your home to make sure you get what you want the way you want it."
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"Dear Nationwide Custom Homes,
We would like to share with you our exceptional experience as repeat (two-time) Nationwide customers.
Eight years ago, we had the pleasure and satisfaction of building our first Nationwide Home with an independent builder. It was a recent job relocation that placed us in the position of having to sell that home and needing to acquire a new home and we knew that we wanted to build again. Although, we did consider the competition and explored our options with other builders, it was our first meeting with the staff at the Smith Mountain Lake office that made such an indelible impression that we were confident that Nationwide was the best and only choice to build our home again. The personal attention that Len Patridge, Linda DePierro, and Dawn Lane gave our family of 8 (2 parents and 6 kids) was remarkable. Having to drive over an hour to get to the office, we arrived less than an hour from closing. Without regard for time or consideration for their own personal commitments or obligations, they reached out to our family and patiently spent two hours listening to our needs and working with us to come up with a home that fit our family and budget. It was their knowledge, experience, and insight that guided and assured us that we would indeed have the dream home that we were looking for.
In addition, the commitment and devotion they brought to building our home made us realize and know that we weren’t just another “job” to them, but it made us constantly aware that they were working solely on our behalf and in our best interest. We were living in our camper during our entire homebuilding process, and Darrell Craig, our construction manager, made it his personal mission to get our family into “permanent” housing and in our home for the holidays. His coordinated efforts and diligence got us into our new home in less than two months from the time they broke ground.
Truly, the people who work from the Smith Mountain Lake office are extraordinary people and are a rare find. They are the type of people who represent companies well, give their companies a good reputation, and make their companies great. And when individuals like them, go above and beyond the call of duty and go the “extra mile” to get the job done, it is our personal belief that it would be inexcusable not to commend them and “give honor to whom honor is due.” We will forever consider the staff and contractors at the SML office our family friends, and should the need arise to build yet another home, there is no doubt to whom we will turn to get the job done.
We are also taking the liberty of sending a picture of our new Nationwide Home, and it is our hope that you would take comfort in knowing that we have been well served by your company representatives at Smith Mountain Lake.
Sincerely, The Harris Family "
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