Deltec’s Best of 2014

January 13th, 2015

What a difference a year makes! 2014 was a truly momentous year for us as sales and production saw a decisive uptick. We have observed with pleasure that our homes appeal to an ever-widening circle of people, from all walks of life. It makes for a creative crop of Deltec homes, all over the world! However, our homeowners all have one thing in common: they recognize – and want – the extraordinary in terms of quality and design. Without further ado, here are the highlights from 2014.

Most DIY

Homeowners Kim and Debra Randall are proud of the fact that their home is “drenched in sweat equity”. While Kim did hire a General Contractor, there is not a phase of the build that they were not involved with: They cleared the land, did 99% of all interior drywall, 100% of the prime and paint, laid 100% of the hardwood floors (about 1200 sq ft), laid every single tile (entry and both bathrooms, including the walk-in shower), installed every cabinet in both bathrooms and the entire kitchen, and set all the stone work on the interior fireplace wall.

We’re not done yet! They laid the whole deck surface, all rails, built the steps and stained everything, did 100% of the stucco finish on the exposed basement walls, installed interior doors and hardware and installed insulation in the garage. Staining and installation of baseboard and built-in shelves are an ongoing process, but when complete, will have been done 100% by the Randalls! They have kept a wonderful blog of their adventures in round house building.

I think at this point we all share the same burning question…would they do it again? Says Kim, “A number of people I work with have built new houses in the time we have been working on this one, going for the most part largely turn-key in their build. Our mantra has become, all those folks can proudly show off their beautiful homes and say, “look what we bought”, while we can stand back and say, “look what we built”.  All the sweat equity has made this house our home in a way nothing else could.”

Most Renown Homeowners

This title goes without doubt to Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, two talented singers, songwriters, instrumentalists, educators and record producers. The two-time Grammy® Award-winning duo boasts a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. Of course, their Deltec Monterey-in-progress will also include a music studio!

Best Water View

Sweeping bays of windows on the top two floors earn this Deltec its claim to fame – they offer a stunning view of Lake James in Nebo, North Carolina, which homeowners Ben and Elaine Nantz assure us is ever-changing and never boring. We also really like the stucco exterior and the distinctive design elements of  this two-story Chesapeake on a walk-out, finished basement. Whether you’re on the outside looking in, or inside looking out, Ben and Elaine’s home fits beautifully into its surroundings.

Tiniest Inhabitants

Looking suspiciously similar to our Cypress model, this tiny little home was built for none other than endangered Carolina Northern flying squirrels. Deltec hosted a special after hours ‘Nesting Box Build‘ in our manufacturing facilities. Working with fourteen volunteers and using scrap wood we had been saving for this purpose, we knocked out 62 homes for our furry little friends in a record-breaking 2 1/2 hours! Volunteers came from Deltec Homes and friends Wild South and the Mountain WILD! Chapter of NC Wildlife Federation. These boxes are an important component in the efforts of the NC Wildlife Commission to monitor the population of this rare animal.

Most Innovative Use of Wood Scraps

While it’s true we produce a lot less waste than standard construction practices, we still scrupulously recycle each and every piece possible, channeling it to various recycling initiatives. Last year we were asked by the talented artisans over at Apple Country Woodcrafters in Hendersonville, NC, to donate wood scraps for their toy making mission – they have turned out thousands of wooden toys for disadvantaged children since 1985, making this initiative our new favorite! Deltec president Steve Linton gave the toy’s performances a thumbs up after giving them a go.

Biggest

The largest Deltec built in 2014  comes in at over 10,000 sq ft! A 3-story Vista complete with 2-story connect, and a garage complete with finished living space above, this is not however one of those huge homes built for two people to rattle around in. Rather, it will serve the needs of a very large, extended family – check out the curved breakfast bar and extensive seating in the dining area. You might be surprised to know that the largest Deltec ever designed is twice as large!

Smallest

Small homes are big. Just ask Lewis A., proud new owner of a compact, 800 sq ft Camden model. Lewis shares the concerns of many for energy efficiency, economic freedom, and a desire for freedom from maintenance and cleaning. Lewis used Roxul mineral wool insulation, which is a naturally fire and moisture resistant insulation with a higher R-value than fiberglass, as well as passive solar design. His Camden is a small oasis of comfort, and is practical and attainable in both size and budget.

Top State
Not surprisingly, Deltec’s home state of North Carolina comes in at first place again this year for the number of new home builds, followed closely by Virginia. Third place is tied with Georgia, South Carolina, New York,  California and Oregon!


Most Exotic Foreign Location / Furthest

Located about 6,612 miles from Asheville, NC and 45 minutes outside of Ulaanbaatar  in Mongolia’s Terelj National Park, this Deltec, a 2-story Sierra model, nestles right into this 150 acre tourist camp. About 80% of its visitors are locals ‘getting away” from city life for the weekend, although there are also travelers on their way to and from Ulaanbaatar – distances and geography are such that a mid-way stopping point becomes essential. The Deltec serves as both hotel rooms and rooms for staff.

Most Unique Purpose

While none of us would be surprised to know that a Deltec was built for use as a home, or even to house a business, the news that a Deltec was built to house a carousel might understandably raise some eyebrows. But homeowner Mary Ellen and David S., in Ellisville, MS, did just that. Mary Ellen bought a working carousel and wanted to house it indoors, so as to always be available, no matter what the weather. Mary Ellen And David had already built a Deltec a few years ago, and  nothing made more sense to them than to place the carousel in another Deltec! Thanks to the self-supporting roof system she was able to place her carousel in a wide-open, 2,500 sq ft Vista model. They have made the carousel available to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Most Popular Renew Model / Most Energy Efficient


Since we launched the Renew Collection in late 2013 we have sold over a dozen Renew homes, making it the most successful new product launch in company’s history. The majority of these have been the Ridgeline. This particular Ridgeline also crosses over to win the Most Energy Efficient Deltec built last year, and belongs to Dr. Marie DeVerneil, a professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Located in Virginia, the home will feature passive solar design, solar panels with battery backup, a double stud wall and mineral wool insulation. Building a home that had a low impact on the environment was top priority for DeVerneil. An organic farmer and mother of a LEED architect and oceanographer, she describes her herself and her family as very “green”.

Most Exciting Milestone

This 1,500-square-foot home was Deltec’s 5,000th home shipped! It is Green Built North Carolina Certified. Theresa and Tom Whetstine say when they decided to build a Deltec, they didn’t realize their home would mark a major milestone for the company. “Finding out that our future home was the 5,000th Deltec home made us even more excited,” said Theresa

Best Award

The Western NC Group of the Sierra Club awarded Deltec their 2014 award for Outstanding Green Business of the Year. Local Sierra Club leader Ken Brame said they chose Deltec for the energy efficient homes they build, including a net zero collection, and the fact that Deltec operates with 100% renewable energy. Brame also cited Deltec’s commitment to reducing excess construction waste from landfills –  currently at 81% – through recycling and reuse, with a goal of 0% landfill waste by 2016. Said Brame, “Deltec exemplifies the true meaning of being a “green business” and the Sierra Club is happy to recognize them for all that they do.”

Building a Giving Network

January 7th, 2015

Giving is a personal act. At its heart, donating time, money and gifts comes about by helping others connect an existing passion to a cause. For the 2014 holiday season Deltec organized group efforts with three different causes. From seniors to children, to dogs and cats, there was an opportunity for everyone to give.

‘Building’ Gift Bags: Santa for Seniors

Deltec volunteers deliver hot meals year round to fourteen homebound seniors on a route established through Meals on Wheels. Through their Santa for Seniors program, Deltec employees built gifts bags for each one of our elderly clients. Bags included lap quilts donated by the Asheville Quilters Guild and the Knitters Guild of Asheville, coffee mugs, music CD’s, hot chocolate, cereal bars, coffee, soap, lotion, Chapstick, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash, magnifying glasses, crossword puzzles, memo pads w pen, shampoo, Christmas cards, and pet food and toys for those with pets. Last but not least, large gift bags were donated to hold it all, to make a special delivery for each client.

Children First Holiday Giving

Deltec sponsored four neighborhood children for Christmas again, through Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County, a local non-profit committed to advocating and empowering children and families living in poverty. Just like last year, the children were asked to list something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. Deltec employees bought what they wanted to buy from the list. Deltec Homes was happy to gift bicycles.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue


Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that is home to up to 100 dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and other small animals 365 days a year. The demand for supplies to care for these animals is huge. Deltec has supported this awesome organization in the past with a blanket drive. Brother Wolf said the greatest needs during the holidays are food and litter. A donation box was kept in the lobby for food, kitty litter, treats and toys, by whomever wanted to donate.

And remember, if the 2014 ‘giving season’ slipped by, it’s not too late: Whether it’s because you want to feel you’re changing someone’s life, or you feel a sense of closeness to a community or group, you love animals, or you feel fortunate and want to give back, there are so many organizations out there doing so much good, you can definitely find one that would be grateful for any help you can give–all year round!

Deltec Home Receives Green Built NC Gold Level Certification

December 12th, 2014

Deltec’s recent entry to the 33rd Annual  Parade of Homes, the Whetstine residence, received the Green Built NC Gold Level Certification and a HERS score of 60. The green features of the home include a sealed crawlspace to control humidity and keep ductwork efficiently inside conditioned space, spray foam insulation in the roof, wall insulation and decking materials made from recycled plastic, low-VOC paints and stains, bamboo flooring, all CFL lights, and sustainably forested cabinetry.

Coming Soon: Three Additional Models for Deltec’s Renew Collection

December 12th, 2014

Renew Collection, Deltec Homes Chestnut model

We launched the Renew Collection in late 2013 with optimism that the time had finally come for net-zero principles to become more widely used in home building, and faith that many of our customers would aspire to this goal. But little did we know it would prove to be such an immediate success! Interest in our Renew Collection is so high that we are in the process of designing three more models, with the goal of doing so every year.

With the addition of these three models, the Renew Collection truly has something for everyone. Deltec has been offering small round homes since long before the Tiny House movement began, so it only made sense to incorporate one of our smaller signature round models into the Renew Collection. At 800 sq ft  with a small wing, this model is designed to live big in a small space, with plenty of unique and delightful outdoor living space.

The Chestnut, another new model seen here in a preliminary phase of development, is an Arts and Crafts style two-story square home, at 1800 square feet.

Finally, we will be offering a single-level, mid-size, modern square design at 1600 sq ft with an optional loft office/living area that adds 330 square feet.

Interested in learning more about the Renew Collection? Call 800.642.2508

Deltec Wins Outstanding Green Business of the Year from Local Sierra Club

December 12th, 2014

From the left:From Deltec, Leigha Dickens, Green Building Coordinator and Steve Linton, President of Deltec Homes accept the Outstanding Green Business of the Year award from Local Sierra Club leader Ken Brame

The Western NC Group of the Sierra Club recently presented their 2014 Community Leader awards. Deltec received the coveted award for Outstanding Green Business of the Year. Local Sierra Club leader Ken Brame said they chose Deltec for the energy efficient homes they build, including a net zero collection, and the fact that Deltec operates with 100% renewable energy. Brame also cited Deltec’s commitment to reducing excess construction waste from landfills –  currently at 81% – through recycling and reuse, with a goal of 0% landfill waste by 2016. Said Brame, “Deltec exemplifies the true meaning of being a “green business” and the Sierra Club is happy to recognize them for all that they do.”

“We were very honored to receive the Sierra Club’s Green Business of Year Award,” commented Steve Linton, president of Deltec Homes. “We work hard to make the environment a priority in everything we do. For us, environmental responsibility doesn’t mean just ‘lessening our impact’, rather, it means finding ways to have a restorative effect, a positive effect, on our planet through the homes we build. Making decisions with these ideals is not always easy or simple – and the recognition of the Sierra Club encourages us to do more.”

Above, from the left:  Leigha Dickens, Green Building Coordinator and Steve Linton, President of Deltec Homes accept the Outstanding Green Business of the Year award from Local Sierra Club leader Ken Brame.

A Long-Time Wish Fulfilled

December 12th, 2014

Views of the Ridgeline home in progress

Rick and Maureen’s love affair with Deltec began over thirty years ago. They have long been interested in green and energy efficient building concepts, and decided a one-story Deltec would be the perfect retirement home.

As a carpenter Rick says he recognized the quality of the construction during a tour of the Deltec plant. After much thought they decided to build a one level home, for ease of aging in place. They chose the Ridgeline, a predesigned home from Deltec’s Renew Collection, after having purchased a full south facing lot that was perfect for passive solar design.

Says Maureen, “We loved the layout of the Ridgeline, it’s perfect for us. It fits our needs and has a good flow, and the big south windows will help us enjoy our view.”

Rick notes, “We found working with a Deltec sales rep and Deltec project designer to be very helpful. They are always available! They also have a wealth of knowledge and experience about the whole building process, and gave us great suggestions that we might not have thought of otherwise. We also really appreciated the fact that they were mindful of our budget.”

We’ll be sharing more photos of the house as it progresses. To anyone thinking about going with Deltec, Rick and Maureen say, “Go for it! And welcome to the Deltec family.”

Interior and back views of thhe Ridgeline build in progress

Deltec & Wild South Kick Off Matching Funds Donation

November 7th, 2014

If you’ve never seen a hellbender, you’re certainly not alone. The flattened shape of the hellbender’s body makes it uniquely adapted to a life spent mostly under large rocks in rivers and creeks. It also helps them move in fast flowing waters, where their brown skin blends right in as they feed on crayfish. Many people swim right over these salamanders—which can reach a length of 25 inches—without even realizing it!

With a wrinkled body, tiny eyes and wide mouth, hellbenders bear an uncanny resemblance to a dragon. But while they can look fierce, they are actually quite delicate. Hellbenders breathe by absorbing oxygen through the many tiny folds in their skin, and as such they’re very susceptible to water pollution and siltation. The Hellbender is a cornerstone species of the Southern Appalachians, and the presence of this species indicates clean water and healthy habitats—topics close to our heart at Deltec, where we use sustainable building practices to build energy efficient homes for sustainable living.

With our community partner Wild South, Deltec and an anonymous donor are matching donations and engaging the public in the active protection of our unique and vital Southern wildlife species and habitats through the Hellbender Wildlife Protection Campaign.

So let’s hear it for the underdog: the ancient, admittedly slimy hellbender, in its own way, just as unique and wonderful—and important—as a warm and fuzzy brown bear to the Appalachian wilderness. Your gifts will be matched – dollar-for-dollar – up to $10,000! Donate today to help us reach our goal and help protect dozens of wildlife species and millions of acres of habitat in the South!

Interested in learning more about the iconic hellbender? Check out this beautifully crafted short video.

Many thanks to David Wilson, www.dwillustration.com, for the use of his lovely illustration.

Open for Business: Deltec’s Commercial Building

November 7th, 2014

We have seen a surge in our commercial business over the last months, and small wonder: A Deltec is an ideal structure for your commercial project. The unique design maximizes interior space while significantly lowering energy bills and operating costs, and the flexibility of design is a huge benefit for developers. Precision built in a climate-controlled environment means streamlined, efficient, fast construction that takes just months to build. Using the same high quality materials as we use in our homes, Deltec has built everything from schools to churches to yoga studios to wineries, as well as resorts and vacation rentals.

Currently in the works are a retreat center in New Mexico, a community center in California, a yoga studio/retreat center in Georgia, a middle school in North Carolina, and rental units in St. Croix, Virgin Islands—all proof that Deltec is a welcome, unexpected solution for commercial buildings.

If you’d like more information about commercial Deltecs, email Dallam Hart, at dhart@deltechomes.com.

Top three pictures, from the left: Talcott Mountain Academy Student Technology Center, housing a multi-media tilted-dome planetarium, a communications and technology center complete with television production studio, and a conference center; spiritual growth center, Maggie Valley, NC;  Church in Burnt Chimney, VA

Bottom three pictures, from the left: Adawehi Healing Center, Columbus, NC; Howard Gardner School, Alexandria, VA; Panacea Restaurant, FL

Two-Time GRAMMY® Winners Bring Music to Their Deltec Home

November 7th, 2014

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are talented singers, songwriters, instrumentalists, educators and record producers. The two-time Grammy® Award-winning duo boasts a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. They also have a Deltec home in progress, which will include plenty of square footage dedicated to tying their musical lifestyle in with their home life.

Says Cathy, “Our Deltec home came about organically. Some friends showed us beautiful land in the mountains of North Carolina, a place we have musical ties to. Friends in Washington, DC told us about Deltec and after a visit to the Asheville headquarters, we were psyched to make this round(ish) house with lots of windows for the view, lots of porch space for outdoor living and a great space for us to work in both rehearsal and recording time.”

Cathy and Marcy’s Deltec, a Monterey model, will be spacious, open and inviting, lending itself to “fabulous indoor playing and recording, songwriting, ruminating, and some of the best indoor/outdoor pickin’ parties ever.”

The duo has planned for a display area for their musical instruments in their new home: Cathy and Marcy back their superb harmonies with acoustic & electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, and percussion. In 2006 the C. F. Martin Company honored Cathy & Marcy’s musical achievements by creating a signature guitar for each of them. In 2008, the Gold Tone Banjo Company released the Marcy Marxer model cello banjo, modeled after Marcy’s remarkable Gibson 1918 cello banjo, and in 2011 the Kala Ukulele Company debuted the Marcy Marxer model tenor Ukulele.

Cathy comments, “We also envision having some small musical retreats for folks to learn from us, and from other musical and storytelling masters. All to unfold in the future!”

Cathy and Marcy have set out to fund their latest recording, Dancing’ in the Kitchen, through Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. The duo says the CD is a “celebration of all of our real families: families with one parent, two parents, grandparents, gay parents, adoptive families … Families are bound by love, and this music celebrates that love and the diversity we see in the world.” Find out more here.

Top: Cathy and Marcy’s Deltec, perched high on a mountain in Western North Carolina.

A Tale of Two Green Homes

November 7th, 2014

Deltec’s Green Building Coordinator, Leigha Dickens, finds that any project that successfully transforms from dream to reality is going to have to accept some compromises between competing environmental concerns. Says Dickens, “Green home projects are often guided by one of two very different general philosophies, each with their separate focus on what it means to be a truly green residence.” And though the means to get there may differ, the common theme in both of these philosophies is low energy use.

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