World Travelers Come Home to Deltec

July 21st, 2015

After an exciting career traveling the world while working for the US Embassy, Ben and Elaine N. were ready to build their dream home. They decided on a quiet, lakeside community on the shores of Lake James in North Carolina.

The Nantz’s first step was to attend a seminar. They were so taken with the entire experience, they discussed it over a barbecue dinner immediately afterwards…and ended up sketching their floor plan out on a paper placemat, which they promptly sent off to their design and project manager, Chad Moore.

The Nantz’s built a two story 1,500 sq ft model on a basement. They went with ten-foot walls on the main floor, but given the airiness of the signature domed roof of a Deltec, they went with nine-foot walls on the upper floor. They personalized their home in various ways: a unique gray-green stucco exterior, a covered entryway and a stairwell wing (complete with elevator) specifically built to house large stained glass windows. The stairwell is placed to the side of their home where the nearest neighbors are located, and the stained glass gives more privacy.

As to their favorite feature, it is undoubtedly the expanse of windows and decks on both the first and second floors from which they enjoy their view of the lake, which they assure us is always beautiful yet constantly changing. They also enjoy the remarkable energy efficiency of their home, Says, Elaine, “We have absolutely no problems with drafts or leaking air around doors or windows or any of our construction. Our design is also helpful in that our large panoramic windows are north facing and the southern exposure has minimal window space thus limiting our heat gain and loss through glass. Considering our 10 foot ceilings and the overall conditioned square footage, and our Northwest winter winds, we are more than satisfied. Needless to say, we love our Deltec!”

Making the Grade: 2014 Sustainability Report

July 16th, 2015

This past year at Deltec we focused on growing our company while continuing our environmental stewardship. In our 2014 sustainability report you’ll find updates on our activities and performance in relation to our environmental and community outreach commitments.

Highlights of the report include case studies of three of the many unique, highly energy efficient and low-impact customer homes we shipped last year; some headway in our waste reduction efforts; and upgrades in our plant to more energy efficient lighting.

We see sustainability as an integral part of our mission and vision and strive for business growth that positively impacts the housing industry, the environment and grows our surrounding communities. You can read or download the report.

Field Consultants: Have Expertise, Will Travel

July 14th, 2015

Field consultant: a Deltec-trained builder who contracts with the homeowner to provide professional services, orchestrating the work of a small, local crew employed by the general contractor on the job

Did you know that there are Deltec-trained field consultants who are ready to travel to your home site and direct your build crew? These field consultants, although independent operators, are factory-trained by Kevin Adams, Deltec’s Construction Advisor, and are ready to oversee your crew, from off-loading and systematically staging the materials to recommendations of the equipment needed for your build, to helping assemble the house shell.

A trained field consultant brings speed, expertise and efficiency to your construction project, giving you total piece of mind. A field consultant can build a 1500 sq ft Deltec shell in just 5-6 days, eliminating the learning curve for your crew.

The cost of a field consultant, which typically ranges from $2,000 – $4,000, pays for itself in terms of the time and money saved in getting the shell up and dried in. At that point, the field consultant’s work is done and your construction crew is more than capable of finishing up the interior on their own.

A significant portion of our homeowners engage the services of one of these field consultants, who are literally ready to travel anywhere in the world! Last year field consultant Jeff Torr went as far as Mongolia, overcoming language barriers as he oversaw the building of a Deltec home.

Congratulations to the Winner of our Prince Edward Island Giveaway

June 11th, 2015

Congratulations to the winner of our Prince Edward Island Trip for Two giveaway, Edwin Symmes, and wife Rhena! Edwin has a passion for photography and architecture, while Rhena is a painter and has exhibited locally in their town. They plan on a fall trip to PEI, where they are looking forward to discovering PEI from an artistic point of view. (And lucky for them, the International Shellfish Festival coincides nicely with their planned itinerary.)

Edwin and Rhena are long time fans of Deltec and actually attended one of our homebuilding seminars a few years ago. They saw the opportunity to enter Deltec’s giveaway on Facebook. Edwin says, “We are excited, delighted and looking forward to the trip, and thrilled to experience the Deltec rotating structure in such an abundantly beautiful location.”

Edwin and Rhena, we know you will enjoy staying in Canada’s Rotating House – Around The Sea. We hope you’ll share plenty of pictures from your vacation to our Facebook page!

thrilled to get to experience the Deltec rotating structure on such an abundantly beautiful location.

First Local Home from Deltec’s Renew Collection Under Construction

June 11th, 2015

Asheville couple Rick and Maureen Winkenwerder have always wanted to retire in a high-performance home. Having been familiar with Deltec, they set out to learn more with a tour of our solar-powered manufacturing facility. As a carpenter, Winkenwerder knew what he was looking for.

“Quality of lumber is very important,” he said. “A prefabricated home was appealing because it keeps lumber out of the elements where it could otherwise accumulate mold and moisture.”

Best known for our custom round homes, the Renew Collection consists of nine pre-designed models in styles ranging from round to Arts and Crafts to modern. Each reduces energy consumption by up to two-thirds in comparison to a typical home. The remaining one-third can be powered with renewable energy.

Even though the Renew Collection was brand new at the time, the couple didn’t hesitate.

“We knew we wanted a highly energy efficient, low maintenance, one-level home, so we chose the Ridgeline model. We didn’t really think about it being the first in Asheville,” said Winkenwerder.

The Ridgeline has 1,604 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and passive solar design, among other energy efficient features. Once delivered, the shell was assembled in 13 days.

Winkenwerder is acting as his own general contractor and builder, allowing him to fulfill his “40-year-dream” of building his own home.

“Rick has always been interested in green building concepts and I constantly look for ways to be more self-sufficient. This way we do it at our own pace,” said Maureen Winkenwerder.

“The idea behind the Renew Collection was to make it easier to build a home that goes beyond reducing environmental impact to creating a positive effect,” said Leigha Dickens, green building and sustainability manager for Deltec. “The pre-design aspect makes building a high performance home more cost-effective and therefore more attainable.”

Upon completion, the couple will apply for Energy Star-certification and plan to eventually add solar panels to achieve net-zero energy.

“I think everyone is leaning toward more energy efficient houses, especially in this area. There’s so much support for it,” said Maureen Winkenwerder.

President of Deltec Steve Linton agrees that building homes to this level of efficiency is more than just a trend.

“We keep coming back to an essential question: what will the homes of our grandchildren be like?” said Linton. “This is really the future of homebuilding.”

Ridgeline, Energy Star, sustainable home

From the left: Rick and Maureen Winkenwerder take a break from building and enjoy the front porch of their Renew Collection home; Interior view showing the vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows; Rick, an experienced carpenter, cuts wood to size. Rick is owner-builder for the construction of their home.

Top of page: Front and back views of the Ridgeline in progress, one of nine high performance home models in Deltec’s Renew Collection.

Deltec Homes Expands the Renew Collection with Three New Models

May 7th, 2015

We’re excited to officially launch three new models for the Renew Collection. The new models include the Aster, an 861-square-foot tiny round home; the Chestnut, an Arts and Crafts style home; and the Highland, a modern design.

deltec's tiny home, the aster

The Aster was created amidst the tiny home movement. Though it has an extremely small footprint, the large outdoor space and open floor plan make it very livable. The Chestnut is a craftsman-style home that offers that old bungalow charm without the inefficiencies. The Highland is the largest home in the collection with 1669-2170 square feet. It’s very modern, spacious and gives a lot of natural light.

The addition of these three models brings the total number of homes in the Renew Collection to nine. Each is designed to use two-thirds less energy than a traditional home and can easily achieve net-zero living. The pre-designed floor plans enable a faster and more cost-effective build. Our goal is to make high performance and net-zero homes more attainable. Eliminating the time and costs that go into designing a custom home is a huge component of that.

arts anbd crafts style home

This is the first addition to the Renew Collection and we plan to continue adding new models each year. “A lot of research goes into designing a home that performs on this level,” said Leigha Dickens, green building and sustainability manager. “However, we want to have models that appeal to everyone, so it’s a challenge we’re eager to take on.”

Download a new Renew Collection booklet or visit our website to view floor plans

From Deltec homeowner to Deltec employee

May 7th, 2015

As a seasoned Deltec homeowner and a relatively new employee at Deltec I’ve been asked to write about my experience. The first thing that comes to mind is the coffee. I’d much rather drink the coffee inside my Deltec home than inside the Deltec office. It’s obvious we don’t place nearly as much emphasis on the quality of our coffee as we do on the quality of our homes. If you’re thinking of touring our plant or meeting with your project manager, I would highly recommend bringing your own cup of joe.

In regard to aspects of my life that don’t involve coffee consumption, my experiences with the company have been great. I knew from my home buying experience that the staff was really professional. Everyone has been really welcoming and supportive. I doubt there are many companies around the world where people are so intensely focused and simultaneously so laid back. Like one might expect, most of my co-workers are professional adults who are raising families in homes they’ve lived in for years prior to working for Deltec. I came to work here with various qualifications along with the fact that I live in one of our “products”. It gives me a unique perspective as I’ve sat on both sides of the table.

The thing that is hardest to explain is how well my home “works”. I designed my home with help from Chad Moore (Project Manager) and Steve Linton (current President, former Green Building Manager). I was a customer who knew exactly what I wanted when I walked in the door and those guys helped bring my ideas to fruition. I was serious about building my own high performance home utilizing concepts of building science that I had studied at Ball State University in the 1990s. The two factors that pushed me toward Deltec were the lack of interior load-bearing walls and a quick “dry-in”. I could create a floor plan that was simultaneously perfect for both passive solar design and the needs of my family. The quick “dry-in” (getting the shell up and covered with roofing underlayment) meant that as a first time “owner-builder” I could take some time finishing it out and not stress about the home rotting on the jobsite.

Now that I’ve lived in my Deltec for a few years I can say emphatically that it “works” so well that few people can understand it. When I explain that our home’s interior temperature hovers right around room temperature 300 days per year, without the use of electricity for heating or cooling, people start reaching for excuses. The fact that most people spend thousands of dollars a year on utility bills makes my situation seem almost “unfair”. It doesn’t jive with most people’s world view so even though they admire the efficiency they assume there must be a catch. There is no catch. My home is more comfortable than houses five times as expensive yet we pay about $12.50 per month for electricity. I say “more comfortable” because not only is our indoor temperature fairly constant but instead of leaving a consumptive forced air system on “auto” we open and close windows. This brings the outdoors in and connects our indoor environment with natural rhythms. Our exposed concrete slab foundation serves as a 45,000 pound thermal battery. It accepts the warmth of the winter sun and allows nighttime breezes to cool it during the summer, making the entire home feel very subtly pushed and pulled by the seasons.

I was worried when I accepted a position with Deltec Building Company that my passion for sustainability would be pushed aside in honor of the bottom line. It seems the opposite is the case. We’re improving the bottom line by increasing the sustainability of our products. It is unreal that I work for a company that uses solar electricity to process local renewable resources into high performance homes (many of which achieve “net-zero” energy use). The fact that we ship these home packages anywhere in the world is icing on the cake. It means that someone doesn’t need to have a local green building scene like Asheville’s to build a paradigm shifting house. They only need to pick up the phone.

Above left: Dan’s Deltec, a 2-story Crescent Chalet; right: Dan explains the green features in his home to visitors during a recent Western North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC)

Green Home Design in Real Time

April 13th, 2015

Deltec Home’s presentation at the 2015 Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville was a huge success. Nearly two hundred people came out to hear our President, Steve Linton, and our Green Building and Sustainability Manger, Leigha Dickens, work with the audience to design, in real time, a dream green home.

It’s not the first time Linton and Dickens have presented to Fair attendees, but this year was the most dynamic so far: the presentation was interactive, and the speakers and the audience worked together to design a hypothetical green home. Modeled after the “choose your own adventure” style books of our childhood, where readers are allowed to make choices that can lead to different alternate endings, Steve and Leigha presented the audience with many of the key decisions that customers who seek to build a custom green home are often faced with making. After presenting the pros and cons, they allowed the audience to vote on the various options presented, taking a show of hands for each option, and keeping a running tally of the resulting up-front investment in the hypothetical home. Participants left with a better understanding of the key decisions they might make in designing their own home, how those decisions can affect the overall budget, and in what order those decisions are best made.

Accompanying this presentation were two handouts. The first gave an outline of each of the key decisions, and some key questions for homeowners to ask themselves when making these decisions. A second handout gave some more detailed information on the technical side of heating, cooling, and ventilation systems.

Given the high degree of interest in the information provided, we’re providing downloadable  PDFs of the handouts. We hope you’ll find them useful, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us, at roundhouse@deltechomes.com.

Meet Three New Renew Collection Models

April 9th, 2015

arts anbd crafts style home

Deltec added three new models to the Renew Collection this month, bringing the offerings in our predesigned series of high performance homes up to nine. As you can see from these renderings, our predesigned collection does include conventional, non-round homes, but any comparison to traditional homes ends there: the Renew homes are specifically designed to use 2/3  less energy than a traditional home, with the option of easily going all the way to net-zero living.

We’re propelling the concept of high performance, net-zero homes into the mainstream. Why? It’s a part of our ongoing mission to reduce environmental impact by creating a positive, restorative effect on the earth.

Contact us for a free copy of our new 32-page Renew Collection booklet today!

deltec's tiny home, the aster

Top: the Chestnut, an Arts & Crafts style home available in two floor plan variations, both at 1852 sq. ft.
Middle: the Aster, Deltec’s tiny home, available in a one- or two-bedroom floorplan, both at 861 sq. ft.
Bottom: the Highland, available at 1792 sq ft or 1992 sq ft

Spoiler Alert: Deltec’s Tiny (Re)New Home

March 9th, 2015

architectural rendering and floorplan

According to Wikipedia, the small house movement is a return to houses less than 1,000 square feet, some as small as 80 square feet. And while we find the idea commendable, we also realize that ‘downsizing’ means different things to different people. If you’re not yet ready to divest yourself of all your personal belongings to live in a house trailer, we have wonderful news for you.

The Aster, part of Deltec’s growing collection of high performance, predesigned homes in the Renew Collection, comes in at a total of 861 sq ft, made up of a quintessential Deltec round, at 517 sq ft, and a ‘just-the-right-size wing, at 344 sq ft.

Predesigned for high performance and even net-zero living, this little gem allows you to live large: without the need for load-bearing interior walls, the floor plan results open and spacious, a feeling that is reinforced by our signature domed ceiling in the ‘great’ room. An optional outdoor pavilion adds 300 sq ft of outdoor living space. This little gem has us very excited, even though you won’t find it on our website yet! Above is a sneak peek at the rendering in progress and the one-bedroom model, one of two floor plans available. If you want more info, don’t hesitate to contact us!