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Immersive and interactive: the unconventional school

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

It’s no surprise that forward-thinking schools think outside of the box when it comes to student curriculum. But many schools take out-of-the-box thinking one step further, applying it to the building envelope of the school.

And why not? Curriculum is shifting, subjects are blending and methods for engaging students are changing — many facilities are adapting to the increasing demands of  collaborative learning, project-based instruction and technology.

Such a school is under construction on the banks of the French Broad River in Woodfin, North Carolina, next to Woodfin’s river park on a little more than three acres of land that was donated to the school. The French Broad River Academy (FBRA) is designed using two Deltec structures that will be raised 12 feet on pilings, allowing water to move under the building in the event of flooding. The project should be completed by Summer 2015, according to director of the FBRA, Will Yeiser.

FBRA teaches North Carolina’s essential standards and the common core curriculum, but also uses the river to boost confidence and teach other skills.

“The close proximity of the buildings to the water created challenges in the design of both the site and the structure. We elevated the building up well beyond the required heights so in a flood event the buildings will remain unharmed, with the added benefit of the classrooms enjoying a great view of the French Broad River,” architect Robert Todd said.

Said Steve Linton, president of Deltec Homes, “The Deltec structure has a strong track record in creating an excellent learning environment that is built to last. Our collaboration with FBRA and the architect led to an entirely new Deltec structure that allows the school a space much larger than a standard Deltec, all while maintaining a high level of affordability for a high-performance commercial structure.”

The new facility will have about 10,000 square feet. The Deltec structures, which are enlarged versions of Deltec’s popular Crescent Chalet design, will enhance the rigorous curriculum with classroom spaces, but also the outdoor component and the experiential learning at the school. One building will have nine classrooms and office space, while the second building will be a multipurpose building, used as a performance space and indoor space for physical education classes.

From its opening in the fall of 2009 with six students, the boys school now has 68 students. All were present in January to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of the new structure, when students, parents, and school and city officials took shovels in hand to mark the beginning of construction.

Said Linton, “The collaboration with the FBRA team has been exhilarating. We are confident that the FBRA students will be well supported in achieving the school’s mission of building character and integrity – also built to last for a lifetime.”

Top: Red Studio rendering of French Broad River Academy
Bottom: Rendering; Students enthusiastically wield shovels at the groundbreaking ceremony

Deltec’s Best of 2014

Tuesday, 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.”

Deltec Home Receives Green Built NC Gold Level Certification

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

The Icing on the Cake: Delkote Machine Finishing

Friday, November 7th, 2014

You might say that machine finished color on your home is the proverbial icing on the cake. Why? Take a trip with us over to Delkote Machine Finishing, part of the Deltec family of companies. This is where we apply machine finished paint to your siding and fascia, as well as stain to your woodwork, such as tongue and groove ceilings and decks. It’s also where we apply FrameGuard® to the structure of your home.

What else happens here? Quality, as well as a meticulous attention to detail that will blow you away. Delkote’s Machine Finishing is a process that assures a longer-lasting and higher quality job than traditional “on-site” applications.

With Delkote’s unique encapsulation process, all six sides of the board, including the butt-ends, are run through the flow-coater and completely covered in paint, ensuring the ultimate protection. The product is allowed to dry thoroughly prior to leaving the factory-controlled environment, and arrives at the construction site totally protected from exposure to water and sunlight, with no color variation, lap marks, streaking or dirt pick-up.

The weather, dirt and general chaos of any job site can’t compete with the conditions inside Delkote’s machine-finishing plant: siding is never exposed to the elements and the most stringent quality control procedures are followed.

By using our Delkote process on fiber cement siding, Sherwin Williams provides a 25 year warranty on the paint! Talk to your sales rep or project manager for more information about using Delkote Machine Finishing for your Deltec home.

Top three photos, from the left: The boards are run through the flow coat machine multiple times; After making sure the color is evenly applied and that there are no lap lines, the boards are moved to giant drying racks; The butt ends of the boards are inspected and, if necessary, touched up by hand.

Bottom three photos, from the left: Boards remain on the racks until the paint, stain or Frameguard® is completely dry; The soffitt vent and H-channel pieces are too small to run through the flow coat machine—they receive several coats of paint by hand.

Far Horizons: Deltec in Mongolia

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

A Deltec stands next to a Mongolian ger, or yurt.

If you’ve read our blog posts lately, you know that we recently finished building a Deltec home in Ulaanbaatar, the capitol of Mongolia. It might surprise you to know that yet another Deltec has been built in Ulaanbaatar, with the interior close to completion–and that a few more Deltecs are slated for construction there in the near future.

But if you consider that Mongolia is the home of the ger, or yurt, it all begins to make sense. Yurts have been a primary source of housing in Central Asia for over 3,000 years. Known for their tent-like material, round structure, durability and portability, they are still widely used throughout Mongolia.

Keeping the traditional round shape in a modern house is very appealing to our homeowners in Mongolia, as is their extreme energy efficiency: Ulaanbaatar lays claim to being the coldest capital on earth, with winter temperatures dropping below 40°!

In the photo above we see the clean, modern lines of the Deltec belonging to Mandah and John K.  juxtaposed next to the more rounded, soft canvas outline of the ger.

Mandah, born and raised in Mongolia, has long operated a convenience store there. While she and American husband John will live in their Deltec, she also plans to run a hunting lodge out of their two-story, 1,600 sq ft Sierra model.

Deltec Delivers First Home from New Net-Zero Collection

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Just months after the launch of the Renew Collection, Deltec Homes delivered the first net-zero home 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”.

“I teach a course in cultural sustainability [at UMBC] and am a member of the sustainability movement there,” she said. “I knew if I were to build a house, it would have to be as fossil fuel free as possible.”

The rectangular shape of the Ridgeline model DeVerneil chose was also new territory for Deltec, who is best known for their round homes.

“I love Deltec’s round homes, but this model is the perfect scale for me,” she said.

The Renew Collection has six models with three more slated to launch later this year. Each home is designed to reduce energy consumption by two-thirds in comparison to an average home. The remaining one-third can by powered with renewable energy, making yearly energy use net-zero.

“The construction of the DeVerneil home has been very exciting for us,” said Steve Linton, president of Deltec Homes. “There are several years of research and planning behind the Renew Collection and to see it launch and gain popularity so quickly has been validating.”

The Renew Collection came as a result of higher demand for more energy efficient homes. “We truly believe this is the future of homebuilding,” said Linton. “Codes are becoming stricter and people are becoming more cautious of the environment and energy use.”

This is the first of nearly 20 homes from the Renew Collection scheduled to be delivered by mid-2015. Construction began August 4 and DeVerneil plans to move in when she retires.

Deltec Takes on Extreme Weather and Yurt-Dominated Mongolian Market

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Deltec Homes delivered their first home to the yurt’s country of origin, Mongolia. “Yurts are the traditional homes in Mongolia, so we’ve seen the benefits of living in a round structure firsthand,” said new Deltec homeowner Agar Batkhuyag of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “I think keeping the traditional round shape in a modern house is a cool idea.”

Yurts have been a primary source of housing in Central Asia for over 3,000 years. Known for their tent-like material, round structure, durability and portability, they are still widely used throughout Mongolia.

Though many describe Deltec’s homes as “yurt-like”, there are several distinctions.

“Our homes are similar to the traditional yurt in that they’re round, but they’re actually very different,” said Joseph Schlenk, director of sales and marketing for Deltec. “Deltec homes are placed on a permanent foundation and built using standard construction practices, making them stronger. Also, since the walls can be insulated, they’re typically more energy efficient.”

When Batkhuyag contacted Deltec to build one of their flagship round homes, Deltec was eager to enter the Mongolian market.

“Not only are we excited to break the housing standard with what we believe to be a better alternative to yurts, but because Ulaanbaatar endures some of the harshest weather on the planet, it’s a whole new challenge for us,” said Schlenk.

According to professional geographer Matt Rosenbur, Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world, with an average annual temperature of 29.7 degrees. In the winter, temperatures can drop as low as 40 degrees below.

Because of the weather, an energy efficient home is crucial for Batkhuyag. The home features Deltec’s Energy Wall, an advanced wall system that maximizes insulation and ensures air tightness, among other high performance elements.

The weather wasn’t the only challenge the company faced. Colorado-based Deltec field consultant, Jeff Torr, traveled to Mongolia to assist with construction.

“The biggest challenge was communicating,” said Torr. “Luckily I had a translator who was by my side at all times. They were a great crew to work with, very hardworking.”

The home shipped on April 28 and arrived in Ulaanbaatar at the end of July. Once delivered, it took 6 days to assemble the round portion.

Next up in Mongolia? Another Deltec is arriving now, and yet another is scheduled to be shipped by year’s end, both in Ulaanbaatar.

Photos from the left: A Deltec and a yurt, side by side. The homeowners are living in the yurt during construction. Center: The building crew in Mongolia, with Deltec Building Consultant Jeff Torr, fourth from right, and the newlywed homeowners, second and third from right. Right: Elevation of the home.

Net-Zero for Everyone

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

With demands for more energy efficient homes in general, and rising interest in Deltec’s Renew Collection in particular, Deltec Homes has added a new lineup to their signature homebuilding seminars. On October 18, 2014, the first seminar dedicated to building a net-zero Deltec home will take place at the plant facilities in Asheville, NC.

Over the course of the morning seminar attendees will explore net-zero building and learn how a home from the Renew Collection strikes the right balance, from a cost-effective standpoint, between energy efficiency and renewable energy. Participants will also tour the manufacturing facilities. To register for this free seminar, call 1.800.642.2508.

Design Strategies

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Deltec's new Design Center

Deltec recently completed the installation of a new Design Center, which is located at its headquarters in Asheville, NC. The space is an environment for soon-to-be Deltec homeowners to dream, create and work with their project managers in designing their future home.

In addition to a Deltec model home to scale, the Design Center allows clients to see a multitude of options all in one place, including full size samples of flooring and roofing, window and overhang selections, solar, sunlight and sun tunnel options, and hands-on color combinations of siding and trim.

Stop by and see the showroom at 69 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC.