Design Strategies

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.

Super Fleet of Deltec Toy Trucks

July 2nd, 2014

Faster than 150 mph winds, more powerful than a Category 5 hurricane… Clearly, these are not your average toy trucks!

Hand-crafted by the talented artisans over at Apple Country Woodcrafters in Hendersonville, NC, these wooden toys are made from recycled wood scraps from Deltec’s manufacturing process. Deltec homes are built using machine rated 2400 psi framing lumber in the trusses and walls—the strongest framing material available.

We use a computerized linear saw that calculates to the millimeter the various sizes of wood pieces needed for upcoming builds, and then proceeds to cut the wood as efficiently as possible. There is a minimal amount of scrap wood from each home built, and the employees working in our manufacturing facilities scrupulously recycle each and every piece possible.

We have been donating scrap wood to various non-profits for many years now, and we’re happy to add Apple Country Woodcrafters to our recipients. They will make approximately 1,500 toys this year, to be distributed in early December to children in need. They provide the toys through such organizations as The Salvation Army, Hendersonville Rescue Mission, Eliada House, The Storehouse, Prison Ministries and Missions Carolina Baptist Association, to name a few. These programs in turn have active programs to bring holiday cheer to those in need, and we are proud our toys will be a part of that.

Apple Country Woodcrafters also sells toys and crafts each year at fund-raiser bazaars, as well as donate toys to the Hendersonville County Heritage Museum gift shop to support their funding.

What might seem like a small effort can make a really positive difference in our community—as well as result in toy trucks that can withstand whatever your toddler can dish out!

Top: A series of wooden toy trucks handcrafted by Apple Country Woodcrafters. Bottom: left to right: Assembly line woodcrafting; a Deltec employee programs the computerized linear cutting saw; Blocks of scrap wood; The Industry’s finest structural lumber, “Diamond MSR” category, which is pulled exclusively for Deltec Homes.

‘Classic’ Roof a Perfect Fit for a Non-traditional Home

June 10th, 2014

Which is better? The roof that saves you money and energy or the roof made from 95% recycled material? And what if the same product could do both?

When we decided we wanted to offer a metal roof option for our homes, obviously the shape of Deltec’s triangular roof panels presented a challenge—one that we passed on to Classic Metal Roof, the leading manufacturer of residential metal roofing since 1980. Their solution consisted of custom flashings and designs that are the perfect fit for a Deltec home, both literally and ethically.

The benefits of a metal roof specifically designed for a Deltec are unmatched in the industry: Metal roofs offer a proven performance expectation of well over 50 years. They are not only fire resistant, but their interlocking panels offer maximum wind resistance—a perfect fit for a Deltec located in a high wind area. Not only are they available for Deltecs in several color variations, but they also have a lifetime / 40-year transferable limited warranty.

A Classic Metal Roofing System, in keeping with a Deltec, is a green product that inherently leads to great savings: It is made from 95% recycled aluminum and its long life expectancy guarantees sustainability. The increased energy efficiency, due to their ability to reflect radiant heat and thus keep homes cooler, cuts energy costs by up to 20%. Also important for many Deltec homeowners is the fact that Classic Metal roofs integrate well with most photovoltaic solar collection systems. Add in the other benefits, which include a minimal carbon footprint (unlike traditional shingles) with virtually zero out-gassing, and the fact that aluminum products can be repainted but will likely never need replaced, and you have what is likely the most environmentally-friendly, money-saving roof available to homeowners.

A Classic Metal roof offers unprecedented all-around savings in terms of money, energy costs, home maintenance and sustainability, making it a perfect complement to a Deltec home. It’s no wonder the Deltec-Classic Metal relationship is a solid one. Todd Miller, President of Classic Metal, says, “It’s a pleasure to be associated with such a quality organization.” We feel the same way about our working relationship with Classic Metal!

‘Diamond’ Lumber: where quality translates to strength and durability

April 21st, 2014

Looking at this picture, the expression ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ comes to mind: If you know anything about sustainable tree harvesting for wood, as well as the quality of wood harvested, then you will find this photo beautiful indeed.If you don’t know about wood construction and are thinking about building a home, then you need to be informed. Longleaf and Slash Southern Yellow Pine have long been recognized to yield the Industry’s finest structural lumber. With longer, stronger fibers and fewer knots, these superior trees are found exclusively within the South’s Coastal plain. Beadles Lumber Company, a family owned business for over 60 years, is located in the heart of this timber region in Moultrie, Ga.

All of Beadles’ foresters and loggers are certified under the “Best Management Practices” program. Mr. Beadles is a board member of both the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB). He is passionate about ensuring that trees remain America’s Most Renewable Resource while maintaining a responsible stewardship of the land and our abundant wildlife.

Once the timber reaches the Beadles plant it is cut into lumber, stacked and kiln-dried down to a maximum 19% moisture content. By keeping their wood below 19% from dry kiln, to finishing, to delivery it becomes stable and is no longer susceptible to mold or decay. Each piece is certified and stamped KD HT Grading.

Above: The quality control process of Beadles lumber

Each piece of lumber goes through multiple, intensive evaluation steps prior to receiving Beadles’ certified SPIB grade stamp number “205”.  After proper sizing and dressing in the planer each piece advances to their Ecoustic Grader, commonly known as a “thumper.” Using sonar technology, the thumper sends a vibration through the board, accurately weighs it, and instantly transfers that data to a computer which calculates a predicted value for Modulus of Elasticity (MOE), or density. MOE is the critical factor in determining several different strength characteristics of lumber. Pieces that rate a certain elevated level of strength are marked and become candidate stock for our Machine Stress Rated (MSR) lumber.

MSR is a certified product of the American Lumber Standards that must meet or exceed specific strength and visual characteristics. MSR must undergo extensive pre- and post-grade testing, evaluation on a proof loader under stress, and then pass an independent third party inspection by an accredited grading agency. MSR candidate pieces are visually inspected by one of Beadles’ certified lumber graders and separated into different grades. Of the pieces that do qualify as MSR, only the strongest and most visually pleasing pieces make it into their most elite “Diamond MSR” category.  Diamond is pulled exclusively for Deltec Homes.

Maintaining an on-hand inventory of Diamond grade with delivery by their own fleet of Beadles Lumber Company trucks with covered trailers means Beadles provides on-time delivery while fully protecting the product, all the way to our plant in Asheville, NC.

Says Beadles Sales Manager Joe Castleberry, “Beadles Lumber Company has partnered with Deltec Homes to provide the most premier Southern Yellow Pine on the planet. We are thrilled to have our product utilized to its full potential and share in the pride of an unmatched finished product.”

This is quality. This is what makes up the structural elements of every Deltec home: #1 Structural Dense Select MSR Southern Yellow Pine, 2400 PSI, the strongest framing material available. This is one of the many reasons why we can stand 100% behind our homes: our building system utilizes the highest quality and strongest construction materials available.

The absolute superior quality of the materials used to build a Deltec, together with the round shape and the fortified engineering, translate to a dramatic increase in durability, especially under the extreme stresses caused by destructive weather such as hurricanes and high winds.

“In order to build the highest quality homes, you have to start with the highest quality materials,” says John Nicholson, Director of Purchasing and Manufacturing for Deltec. “That is the reason we’ve been partnered with Beadles Lumber for over a decade. Our roof and floor trusses are unmatched in strength and quality because every stick of lumber used has been tested and inspected to standards that are above-grade in the industry. Beadles Lumber has a long tradition and reputation of maintaining the highest quality in the production of southern yellow pine dimensional lumber.  We are proud to have them as our partner.”

Building the Home of Tomorrow, Today

April 15th, 2014

The Mother Earth News Fair made its Southeastern debut at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in a huge, sustainable living event with more than 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations, including a talk by Deltec president Steve Linton, “Building the Home of Tomorrow, Today.” Deltec’s ties with Mother Earth News magazine go back well over twenty years, based on a foundation of aligned values. In fact, Bryan Welch, publisher of  Mother Earth News, has said that Deltec Homes is the oldest advertiser with the magazine, so it’s not surprising that Linton was invited to present for the fourth time.

An appreciative and attentive audience of over 200 attended Linton’s presentation, which we have made available on our website. While it’s not the same as seeing it in person, we hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to download the presentation.

Just click here to safely and automatically download the file. And of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina Victims Re-Build, Live Confidently with Deltec Homes

April 7th, 2014

Two of the worst hurricanes in history claimed the homes of two families who are confident they won’t fall victim to another storm, thanks to their Deltec homes.

Hurricane Hugo, one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the coast of the Carolinas, caused roughly $7 billion of damage. Among the damaged homes were Jim Stallworth’s family farm in St. Mathews, S.C. and his parent’s newly renovated home in Charleston.

Left, Jim and Peggy Stallworth's Deltec has survived three significant hurricanes without damage. Right, Tom and Debbie Cole's Deltec survived Hurricane Isaac with 50 hours of high winds and eight feet of water below the house.

“It was awful,” said Jim’s wife, Peggy. “Jim’s parents had just renovated and their new HVAC system, appliances and elevator all had to be replaced again. They were without power for over two weeks and Charleston streets were piled two-stories high with debris. Then, the storm went right over his family’s farm house and a huge pine tree fell on the sleeping porch.”

In the midst of the tragedy, Jim and Peggy remember hearing about two nearby homes that were virtually untouched by the storm—both were Deltec homes.

After the storm, Jim set up a meeting for them to go see a Deltec home in person and they were sold. To date, they have been through three more significant hurricanes and have never suffered any structural damage.

“We never even had to replace the screen on our porch and its 13 years old,” said Peggy.

Similarly, Tom and Debbie Cole made the decision to build a hurricane resistant home after their Waveland, Miss. home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

“After Hurricane Katrina vaporized our home, Debbie and I began searching for a replacement that would be less likely to be severely damaged by another storm,” said Tom.

An article in a New Orleans newspaper about a home that could withstand winds of over 180 miles per hour drew their attention to Deltec. “We were sold on the quality of the construction and the ability to design exactly what we wanted in our future retirement home,” said Tom.

Since Hurricane Katrina, Tom and Debbie’s home has proven its strength against other storms. “We survived Hurricane Isaac with 50 hours of high winds and eight feet of water below the house. Our storage shed was destroyed, but our home was untouched,” Tom said. “We are very happy with the final product.”

Deltec highlights five key elements in their design:

Shape: The circular shape and angled roof allow winds to flow around the house, dramatically reducing the air pressure on exterior walls and diminishing the risk of collapse or damage.

Engineering: The roof and floor trusses radiate from the center of the house, helping it remain intact by spreading the force of high winds throughout the structure instead of allowing it to build up in one area.

Connections: Deltec focuses on three key potential points of failure due to high winds —roof to walls, walls to floor, and floor to foundation. To ensure connections are as tight as possible, they use truss hangers that are much stronger than those required by most building codes.

Material excellence: Deltec homes are framed with lumber that is more than twice as strong as traditional framing lumber. Their structural sheathing meet the hurricane impact test of Miami-Dade County, which has the strictest hurricane building codes in the country.

Sustainability: Deltec can incorporate efficiencies like passive heating and cooling, solar hot water and high-performance insulation. This contributes to energy cost savings and will sustain the home’s occupants in the event that local utilities and infrastructure are crippled.

Learn more about Deltec Homes and hurricane-resistant houses.

Deltec’s Best of 2013

February 14th, 2014

It’s official—2014 is off to a gallop here at Deltec, with every indication that this will be our busiest year since 2008. But 2013 was no slacker year either! We’ve gone through our files and selected, for your enjoyment, the projects that took us to places full of fun and beauty, as well as the biggest, the smallest and the most unusual. We’re not your average prefab home builder, and our list reflects the variety and individuality of our homeowners.

Most Eco-Friendly Home: 1st Renew Collection Home
Fall of 2013 saw us celebrating the first home sold from our new line of high performance and net-zero homes, The Renew Collection. This sleek Ridgeline model will be built in Virginia in the spring of 2014. Our homeowner chose our signature double stud wall for maximum R value, the most efficient choice for high performance homes. The Ridgeline was also our most ‘vetted’ home—both the son and the daughter of this homeowner are LEED professionals and, after careful scrutiny of the plans, gave their seal of approval for mom to purchase a Renew Collection home.

The Most DIY / Smallest Residential Structure: 2-Story 300 sq ft Hampton model = 600 sq ft
Located near Appalachian State University in Western North Carolina, this 600 sq ft tiny home is a work in progress. The shell was built almost completely DIY by our newlywed homeowners, with plenty of help from family and friends.  Said newlywed husband Zaak, “The main reason we chose Deltec was the affordability, but the unique design, customization options and the ability to construct it without professional help were all important factors as well.” Zak and a crew of 8 put the walls up without using heavy equipment. Everything else was done by Zaak and his father, with some assistance from their wives.  We say, “What a way to start a marriage!”

Most Extreme Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Brrr, what do you choose when you are going to build your home in the city that holds the record of the coldest capital on the planet? Winters are long and harsh in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and last about seven months, with -40°F a common occurrence. The subarctic climate means both day and night time temperatures fluctuate within a wide range even in the arc of a single day—in spring and summer, they can range daily from 23°F at dawn to  86°F in the afternoon! Deltecs proven resistance to temperature extremes played a large part in the decision to build with us. Floor plans will be finalized soon and the homes will ship before summer’s end 2014. You might even say we went back to our roots with these clients, since Deltecs were inspired by yurts! Our Mongolian guests recently visited our plant facilities, as well as several Deltec structures.

Most Exotic Use: Ten Hampton Models for a Resort in Gabon, Africa
Ten Deltec Hampton models will serve as individual bungalows in a resort community. At 300 sq ft each, they are the perfect size for independent, exotic vacation bungalows, each featuring a bedroom, sitting area, bath and kitchenette.

Most Unusual Deltec: Rotating B&B ‘Around the Sea
Intriguing, indeed: Our first rotating Deltec home was built on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Homeowners Steve and Stephanie Arnold had plans to construct a round 5,000-square-foot Deltec home for use as a bed and breakfast. Shortly before the design process began, Steve approached us with the idea of a rotating home and thus began our journey to create the world’s first rotating bed and breakfast. Deltec partnered with E Rotating Structures to adapt their 35-ton steel rotating platform to fit the round Deltec structure. After months of collaboration and design efforts, Steve and Stephanie were ready to take in guests in July 2013. Now, from an app on his iPhone, Steve can rotate his bed and breakfast 360-degrees, giving every suite an opportunity for an ocean view. A full rotation takes about 45 minutes. It’s so smooth and quiet, you can’t even tell it’s moving!

Most Amazing Staircase: Unique Spiral Staircase
The home that shipped to Gabon, Africa is sure to give you a severe case of staircase envy. The beautiful 14 foot diameter Half Turn stair, made of 100% Sapele (sa-PEE-lee) Mahogany, was handcrafted by Unique Spiral Stairs. The process time for this stair was over 14 weeks! It was shipped assembled (with the exception of rails and balusters), fully sanded and ready for installation in an open-to-below Deltec Windsor model, still under construction.

The Biggest: Over 6,000 sq ft of Energy Efficient Living
As is often the case with homeowners who build in an isolated area, these homeowners aimed to create a welcoming haven that offered plenty of space for relaxed living, including areas for both their preferred activities and work. A 2-story Vista (5,000 sq ft total) featuring an open-to-below window array on the front of the home blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor, bringing the panorama in.  The east wing will lead directly into the master bedroom on the first floor, which has it’s own deck. The west wing is all about work, with the inclusion of a mudroom with washer and dryer between the garage and the main house. The homeowners have cattle, so also planned for plenty of storage space for tools in this wing, with an office just around the corner.  Another consideration in choosing a Deltec home was their inherent energy efficiency, as well as our sustainable manufacturing methods.
This home also boasts the most coveted feature: the east wing will have a lap pool with a spa connected to it!

Top Foreign Location for Deltec Sales: The Caribbean
Bahamas and the US Virgin islands tied for the top Caribbean locations, and that’s not surprising, considering the climates and severe weather patterns. Our homeowners were sold on Deltec’s proven record of hurricane resistant homes, which is repeatedly put to the test every year in tropical locations such as these. If you were building in a hurricane prone area, wouldn’t you want a home able to stand up to category 5 hurricanes?

Most Recreational: Two Summer Camps
Both Camp Tekawitha, in Alabama, and Upper Missouri Ministries Camp & Retreat Center, in North Dakota, chose to go with Deltec for their design flexibility and energy efficiency. Camp Tekawitha built a Monterey with wing for a chapel and dining hall+meeting room. Upper Missouri Ministries chose the same Monterey, building two with wings for chapel and dorm space.

Most Educational: Francine Delany New School for Children
With the addition of this 2,500 sq ft Vista model, Francine Delany New School for Children brought their campus total up to three Deltec buildings. Buffy Fowler, Principal and one of the founding members of the school, says they chose Deltec for their extreme flexibility and sustainability, while project architect Robert Todd says, “On the market today, in my opinion, a Deltec structure for a school is the most effective solution to provide a quality learning environment for the kids. Our experience has shown we can deliver a stronger, more efficient envelope , with abundant natural light using Deltec. We can build with a shorter construction period and lower costs than any other method.”

Best ‘Rebuild’: Jersey Strong in a Deltec
It only takes losing your home to a hurricane once to know you need to build it better. These homeowners chose to build a Deltec home to replace the traditional home they lost in Hurricane Sandy because of our tried-and-true record of never having lost a single home to high winds of any kind, thanks to our inherently aerodynamic shape, and our special high wind construction package. They also wisely decided to put their Deltec Sierra model on pilings, a safeguard against high water should they find themselves in another storm of such epic proportions. (Not pictured.)

Top banner, clockwise from top left: The Most DIY / Smallest Residential Structure; Most Eco-Friendly Home: 1st Renew Collection Home; The Biggest: Over 6,000 sq ft of Energy Efficient Living; Most Recreational: Two Summer Camps; Most Educational: Francine Delany New School For Children; Most Unusual Deltec: Rotating B&B ‘Around the Sea’;  Most Exotic Use: Ten Hampton Models for a Resort in Gabon, Africa; Most Amazing Staircase: By Unique Spiral Stairs. Footer photos, from the left: Top Foreign Location for Deltec Sales: The Caribbean; Most Extreme Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Our Mongolian visitors toured our plant facilities and model home, as well as a local school.

Simple Genius

January 21st, 2014

It’s good to remember every now and again that problems can often be solved by simply stepping back and taking a fresh look at the big picture. A case in point: Deltec’s insulated headers.
Deltec uses R5 Thermal Shield as a wrap for insulating, and we have done so for many years. R5 Thermal Shield helps to achieve moisture management and energy efficiency, and is placed between the Typar storm wrap and plywood sheathing. R5 Thermal Shield boards are cut to size for each prefab Deltec energy wall panel and, inevitably, there is waste. Although R5 Thermal Shield is free of harmful chemicals, its disposal is regulated. This means it necessarily entered into Deltec’s waste recycling program for disposal.
Enter Steve Linton, (whom many of you know as Deltec’s president), who began working as our Green Building Coordinator in 2007. As a new employee, Steve wasn’t hindered by preconceptions as to how things had always been done. He looked at the R5 Thermal Shield. He looked at our double stud energy wall panels, with their layers of protection over almost 10-inch thick walls. He looked at the empty header ‘boxes’ (also 10 inches thick) at the top of each wall panel—and saw an opportunity: What if the excess R5 Thermal Shield were shredded and stuffed into the header, providing extra insulation for our homeowners’ wall panels? What if, at the same time, this resulted in the elimination of a product that previously had to be disposed of in a documented manner?
The idea was approved and the next step was to find an efficient way of shredding the board, a problem solved easily enough through the use of a chipper. Excess sheet metal was folded to form a rectangular-shaped funnel, which is placed over the header. The chipped R5 Thermal Shield is scooped up and into the funnel, after which the header is sealed. The result? An 8-ft wide double stud energy wall that boasts a solid header of energy efficiency.

Top photo series, from left: a sheet of R5 Thermal Shield; shredded Thermal Shield; pouring chips of Thermal Shield into the wall header. Bottom photo series, from left: header is sealed closed after being filled with Thermal Shield chips; a pallet of insulated headers, ready to be installed in place in double stud energy wall panels; a completed double stud energy wall panel.

Business Heroes

December 17th, 2013

A two-page spread from Deltec's award winning booklet.

Why do we work? For money? For fame, success, self realization or, perhaps, to change the world? Certainly, money enters into the equation somewhere—we all have to make a living. But a dream and a purpose are what lead the way to ambition. The people and companies who strive, excel and achieve do so for reasons other than money—it’s the desire to prove themselves, and hopefully make a difference, that pushes them.

Having said this, not all those who try, succeed. That’s where awards and public recognition come into play. Be they for individuals or businesses, awards acknowledge success as well as recognize the qualities that helped us to achieve it: creative thinking, ability, effort and, above all, excellence. Through awards we gain recognition from industry peers even as we showcase our company for the public.

Deltec Homes is proud to have won several national home building accolades in 2013. As part of the 2014 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Deltec won both the Excellence in Marketing – Consumer Brochure Award, and the Home of Distinction: Excellence in Home Design, in the 3,001-4,000 square feet category for the Arnold House, a Healthy Built home in Montreat, NC.

Deltec was also one of five winners of the Marvin Integrity Red Diamond Achiever, an award recognizing and honoring impressive design, innovation, sustainability and quality in projects using Integrity products.

It’s not surprising that an inspiring company has inspiring leadership: Deltec Homes president Steve Linton was named one of Asheville’s ’40 Under Forty,’ an annual leadership award presented by the Biltmore Beacon. Honorees were judged on their business success and their achievements as an active member of the community. Steve is responsible for encoding environmental responsibility into Deltec’s core values and spearheaded the installation of 273 solar panels on the company’s roof, enabling us to power our officees and plant with 100 percent renewable energy. Most recently, he achieved his goal of capturing the national market share in net-zero home production by creating the Renew Collection, Deltec’s new line of high performance and net-zero homes. Also an active member in the community, Steve volunteers for Meals on Wheels and serves on the board of both the WNC Green Building Council and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

Brenda Cooke, responsible for communications and creative media at Deltec, won the 2013 Award of Distinction for furthering the mission of Deltec’s community partner, Wild South, by helping them reach out across the region through visually striking graphic design, as well as her involvement in organizing Deltec volunteers for various Wild South community events.

A commitment to excellence and innovation drives our company, from the president to admin, to sales and marketing personnel, and right on through to our building production staff. We are proud of our accomplishments.

Pushing Net-Zero Forward

December 9th, 2013

The Ridgeline, one of the home designs in our new Renew Collection of high-performance to net-zero home packages.

We know that it has never been more affordable to build a net-zero home, and our mission is to push the concept of extremely energy efficient homes, easily powered by renewable energy, into the mainstream, in Western North Carolina and elsewhere. Deltec’s Green Building Coordinator, Leigha Dickens, explains how we are aiming to make extremely energy efficient and net-zero homes the norm of new home building. Read her blog post, here.