Orange Park Florida – Modular home builder Building Innovations won for its Sugarhill home model at the recent Northeast Florida Builders Association Parade of Homes event. The home, the first-time entry for the builder and the only modular home in the competition, won in the category of homes priced between $274,000 and $300,000.
Building Innovations is a Nationwide ustom Homes builder and Nationwide is a division of national modular company Palm Harbor Homes. Building Innovations, owned by Susan Krause and general contractor Mark Julius, cover Daytona, Orlando and all of Northeast Florida. The company has been in business for two years and the owners have been in the industry for 12 years.
The Sugarhill model is one of the most successful home designs at the business offers more than 100 plans online at www.floridabuildinginnovations.com and custom built. Krause said she believes the modular model won because of “price point and eye appeal. It is a fantastic Southern style plantation looking home with a wraparound porch.” She added that a few of the home’s best features are its traditional look, third-story option and open floor plan.
The Sugarhill’s exterior was further complemented with stone and paving bricks while the inside had painted feature walls, tray ceilings and beautiful hardwood flooring throughout the first floor rooms.
The Parade of Homes included 71 homes and 41 builders within the association’s nine-county area. Overall home appearance, architecture and design, and use of natural lighting were among the criteria used the judge the home entries, according to Scott Merritt, the association’s event coordinator. “Building Innovations has achieved a significant and well-deserved win as a first-time modular home entry in the Parade of Homes,” said Nationwide Custom Homes President Andy Miller. “Building Innovations has a commitment to providing the best systems-built homes to its customers, and their success at the Parade of Homes shows their continued dedication to design features and quality.”
Nationwide has more than 325 authorized builders in 15 Mid-Atlantic, Southern and Gulf Region states.
Tampa Florida - Carl Krave, president of Pocket Neighborhoods, a builder and developer in the Tampa Bay, FL, area. Krave recently won the coveted Aurora Award for his Glencairn Cottages project (a Scottish word pronounced Glenn-Karen).
These green and energy-efficient model homes, which are built off site by Nationwide Custom Homes (Martinsville, VA), replicate the old, historic homes seen in Key West, FL, and Charleston, SC. The project won the award for the best development on less than 100 acres and the best green development by the 2008 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) presented by the Florida Home Builders Association. This contest, which honors the best in new-home construction and design, is open to builders, architects, interior designers and other home-building professionals across a 12-state area. Competition is fierce.
"The opportunities for design and innovation are almost unlimited for most builders using modern modular technology," says Krave. "I've been through a number of modern modular factories, and the first thing that strikes you is that nothing seems strange. This isn't a futuristic kind of environment where they are using exclusively high-tech, unusual building materials. It's all the same stuff you see on a typical job site, which I think is very reassuring to a traditional site builder."
Source: Building Systems Magazine, 2009 Directory Building Systems Council
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