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Eric Sasser is building house for charity

The Sasser team at the site of The Charity House, from left, Brennan O’Connor, Eric Sasser and Matt Hovey.

Even in one of the worst housing markets in history, it’s not hard to find stories of giving and caring from those in the home building industry. These stories go largely untold, because that’s not why they do it.

But the Homearama Charity House is a story told every year by Tidewater Builders Association, often with some help from local media representatives who are not too cynical to promote positive news. The Charity House project gives everyone in the housing industry an opportunity to join forces to make a big difference in the lives of local children.

To those who know him, it’s not surprising that builder Eric Sasser has signed on to build one at Founders Pointe, his entry in TBA’s 2010 Spring Homearama, which will be on display May 8-23.

Sasser’s company, Simply Custom by Sasser Construction, based in Portsmouth, makes community service projects a part of its mission. The company was the lead builder for the Habitat for Humanity’s Suffolk Blitz Build in 2008 after building a home in the Portsmouth Blitz in 2006. It also built out the Maryview Foundation Health Care Center that provides free care to the uninsured.

This year, Sasser will be contributing proceeds from the sale of this Homearama home to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. The agency, which provides programs aimed at helping at-risk youngsters to succeed, is facing the same hardships as most charitable organizations during these difficult financial times.

The 3,300-square-foot home will be Energy Star and NAHB Green Certified for energy efficiency. It has a geothermal HVAC system, a tankless water heater, and other energy-saving features. Custom designed by Sasser’s renowned architect, Kenn Sedlacko, it offers an open floor plan, a first-floor master suite, and lots of creative uses of space, as well as an unobstructed view of the marsh on Batten Bay.

Anyone who can help with donations of products or services for the home should contact Sandra Figeac at [email protected] or Kelly Melton [email protected] or call 757-484-6075.

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Planting a tree, celebrating life at Homearama Charity House

It actually wasn’t the 90-plus degree heat and intense humidity that warmed the crowd gathered at Culpepper Landing this week. It was 6-year-old Sydney Lambert, the little girl for whom builder Herb Watson of The Walters Company named his Homearama home this year.

Her smile and outgoing personality charmed the onlookers who were there to celebrate her life and those of the other children whose lives are saved by the care of the medical team at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Along with Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff, Councilwoman Dr. Ella Ward, Developer Tim Culpepper and Tidewater Builders Association President Pete A. Kotarides were numerous suppliers and subcontractors whose contributions will help generate proceeds that will go to help the hospital continue its mission. Proceeds from the sale of the $499,999 home will go to the hospital.

WAVY-TV was there before and after the dedication. Watch the preview by clicking here.

Watch Tuesday’s event by clicking here.

The public can tour all of the Homearama homes at an Open House Aug. 22 and 23. More about all of the homes at

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