Shakori Hills, NC
Green Building Design Alchemy
NAHB’s 2010 Green Builder/Advocate of the Year
2010 Energy Value Housing Awards - Silver
2007 NAHB National Green Building Awards
Second Place, Green custom home of the year
2007 Custom Home Pacesetter Award
For Sustainable Business Management
2006 NAHB National Green Building Awards
Second Place, Green custom home of the year
2005 NAHB Seniors Housing Council Winner
Best in Aging-in-Place Design
2002 & 2003 Best 50 Builders to Work for in America, Custom Builder Magazine
In my work promoting Green Building Best Practices with the NAHB Green Building Initiative some questions just keep coming up. In response to these questions we have a number of green building construction details that we hope will be of help to builders and home owners. As time allows I will post more of these best practices here and in articles for Fine Homebuilding Magazine.
|Michael & Beth at the Bryant residence featured at www.greenbuildingadvisor.com.|
A Mom & Pop Design Shop. Beth Williams, designer, and Michael Chandler, builder and project manager, inform their designs with a passionate attention to the needs of the customers and to the buildability of the home and will be happy to develop plans for you from your lists and scrap books. Our website more fully explains how we work.
-Ann Shy & Stu Cole
Many designers are great at designing beautiful homes but fall short on the ability to listen and reconcile conflicting priorities within the clients and their family. Our design process enables us to use records from past houses to give estimates and construction schedules early in the design process. We want our clients to be as comfortable with the budget and the schedule as they are with the design.
Beth Lavinder Williams, a graduate of NC State School of Design with a degree in Architecture ('87,) has a unique, non-linear way of listening and responding to our client's descriptions of their dream home. Home design is inherently a process of resolving conflicting priorities and desires. Beth's gift is her ability to express the inter-relationship between those priorities in the three-dimensional design of the home in a way that enables them to dovetail together seamlessly. She creates something that is enriched by the resolution of this conflict and thus fits the client's needs in a way that no 'off-the-shelf' design can possibly accomplish. Her passion is design that flows effortlessly and responds harmoniously with the surrounding environment. She also prioritizes sustainable design, meaning creating homes that provide livability over a lifetime (aging in place design) and choosing materials that are readily available, economical and beautiful.
Beth spent five years living in Japan and during that time traveled extensively throughout Asia, taking note of design solutions to living and details from other cultures that inform her unique approach to creating custom homes for her clients. She also brings several years of professional baking and kitchen experience working as a line and sautè chef and she is invested in creating working spaces that are both efficient and delightful within the home. Unlike most of today's home designers she still draws all her drawings with pencil. We feel it allows her to get deeply into the layers of the home and find space that would be over looked if she had to push things around in a computer.
Michael's contribution is to work out the construction details to make the home buildable and durable. He works with Beth to design the ductwork, plumbing and electrical infrastructure to facilitate construction and maintenance as well as optimize efficiency of operation. Our focus is to use a deep understanding born of a lifetime of construction experience to design homes that go together smoothly with an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the systems and materials that make up a home.
In addition to being a graduate of Dartmouth College ('78) and a General Contractor Michael is a licensed Master Plumber as well as a master tile setter and master cabinetmaker. He draws with a computer to help convey 3-D assemblies to the field crews assembling the homes and also writes on construction and related topics for Fine Homebuilding magazine and www.GreenBuildingAdvisor.com .
In 2010 Michael received the National Association of Home Builder's Green Builder/Advocate of the Year award. He has benefited from training at NAHB University of Housing earning Certified Master Builder and Aging-in-Place designations and teaching the Green Building Professional and Master Green Building Professional building science & project management courses which he helped to write.
Beth and Michael's designs have drawn national recognition. In 2005 we received first place for "Aging in Place Design for a New Custom Home" at the NAHB International Building Show. In 2006 and again in 2007 we took second place and in 2012 took first at the NAHB National Green Building Awards for "Custom Home of the Year." These homes are featured in the portfolio section of our website. Our homes have also been seen in Fine Homebuilding magazine and Natural Home magazine.
Beth and Michael were recognized by the USDOE as an Energy Star Builder in 2005 as well as to receive a national Energy Value Housing Award in 2010. Since joining the program our homes have averaged 50% better than code as tested by our energy star certifier (15% better than code meets Energy Star.) We have designed our own "Energy Star Extreme" logo and wear it proudly on our company Tee Shirts. CDB is also a charter member of the DOE "Builders Challenge" a group of builders committed to building at least 30% better than code.
|The Chandler Design-Build team gathered at the NAHB National Green Building Conference Awards dinner here in Raleigh NC to accept another major national award (actually two). Michael received the NAHB's 2010 Green Builder/Advocate of the Year award which was warmly and humorously presented by his close friend and fellow green builder Michele Myers and our local Green Building Council (pictured at top) won Green Building Program of the Year.|
A long time solar and building science enthusiast Michael is currently a trainer for the NAHB University of Housing bringing "Green" building practices to mainstream builders. In this capacity, Michael travels around the state and country teaching builders and developers how easy it can be to change their homes to meet green building certification standards for site design, resource efficiency, energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, and global impact. Michael is a longtime supporter of environmental causes. He served for ten years on the board of directors with the Haw River Assembly (HRA) to have a positive impact through action and education in the Haw River watershed.