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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.”