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.”
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.