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March 2, 2010
Contact: Mary E. Prier
Sara Steil
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Homearama Builders host sneak peek at showcase homes
The Charity House from Simply Custom by Sasser Construction will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia.

The public is invited to sneak a peek of the eight custom showcase homes under construction for the Spring 2010 Homearama at a “Dusty Boots” open house set for 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28. While on site, visitors will also have an opportunity to meet the builders and tour the homes under construction.

The site of the event is Founders Pointe in Isle of Wight County, developed by East West Communities, which offers visitors the resort-style amenities of a 4,000 square foot clubhouse, swimming pool with 112’ waterslide, playground, a 844’ observation pier, miles of leisure trails, and a year-round calendar of social events planned by a community Activities Director.

The showcase of homes will feature innovative designs from Frank Betz and Associates offering a variety of distinctive architectural styles for homes ranging from 3,200 square feet to more than 3,800 square feet. With custom homes from the mid-$400’s to about $1 million, Founders Pointe overlooks the Batten Bay with creeks and tributaries flowing to the James River, boasting breathtaking views. It’s centrally located between the Peninsula and Norfolk near historic Smithfield in Isle of Wight County.

Participating builders include:

  • Chip Iuliano of ABT Custom Homes is building The Music House: A tribute to Ryan Farish. The traditional 3,327-square-foot home with four or five bedrooms and four baths will feature: An on-demand tankless hot water heater; cellulose insulation; two-story covered front porch with scenic water views; covered back porch; equipped with indoor and outdoor speakers, as well as ceiling and wall speakers; kids cave over the garage; fully custom designed exquisite master closet; and a European style shower with drying area. For The Music House, Iuliano is using plans from Mayfield Designs.
  • Russ Hohmann of Hohmann Custom Builder LLC is building the Olde Heritage Manor, a Frank Betz design. The Energy Star-certified 3,834-square-foot Craftsman will have four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths and will feature: Natural stone accents on front elevation; six, 8-foot Tudor glass windows in foyer landing; third floor finished game room with half bath; solar tubes in third floor powder room; two-sided stone surround gas fireplace; tankless hot was heater; Tudor-style glass cabinetry in kitchen; hardwood flooring and fabulous river views.
  • Billy Birdsong of Birdsong Builders Inc. is building The Affordable Elegance, a Frank Betz design. The 3,400 square-foot, transitional-style home has four bedrooms and four baths and will feature: A sliding bookcase that opens to expose a hidden workout room; a curved, raised granite bar in kitchen with butler’s pantry; special beam ceiling with structural columns; vaulted family room with see-through stone fireplace; theater room over garage; warming floor in master suite; custom hardwood flooring; multiple design ceilings; four-seasons porch; and an indoor/outdoor fireplace.
  • Mike Newhall of Newhall Construction is building The Berkshire Pointe, a Frank Betz design. The 3,724-square-foot, all-brick traditional house with four bedrooms and three and a half baths will feature: Cathedral ceilings; gourmet kitchen; media room with projection TV, surround sound and wet bar; three-piece crown molding and custom wainscoting in the dining room; coffered ceiling in the master suite; tankless hot water heater; front porch and rear-covered porch and a first-floor sitting room.
  • Norman Miller of Norman Miller Builder Inc. is building The Meadow Glen: The Country Tudor at Batten Bay, a Frank Betz design. The 3,500-square-foot Tudor has four bedrooms and three and half baths. It also features: Circle top Mahogany entry door with seeded glass and wrought iron grille; double rear porches; a pet washing center; an antique reproduction vanity and linen cabinet; Brazilian cherry floors; extensive interior trim package; recessed dome ceiling in master bath with rope lights; home automation system; tankless gas water heater with recirculating system; and a two-zone, 15-SEER air conditioning system.
  • Eric Sasser of Simply Custom by Sasser Construction is building The Charity House to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. The 3,300-square-foot, four bedroom, three and a half bath European Cottage will be an Energy Star certified home, as well as National Association of Home Builders Green certified. It will feature: Extensive ceiling details; pet and recycling center; silverstone countertops; closed-loop geothermal HVAC system; tankless hot water heater; and views of Ragged Island Creek from the rear of the home. Sasser’s in-house architect, Kenn Sedlacko, designed The Charity House.
  • Bill Brice and Les Ore, Bill Ore Inc. is building The River Retreat. The Southern Low Country 3,200-square-foot, five bedroom and three bath house will feature: Hardi Plank and stone exterior; a wraparound front porch; covered patio; tray ceiling; stone fireplace; whole-house surround sound; rear patio entertainment area with built-in grill, TV and sound system; custom hot/cold exterior water faucet; two-zone HVAC system; and a first-floor master suite. Les Ore plan is from Allison Ramsey Architects.
  • Ed Sadler, Sadler Building Corp., is building The Armistead, a Fank Betz design. The 2,960-square-foot Craftsman will have four bedrooms and three baths and will be an Energy Star certified home. It will feature: Standing-seam metal roof on front porch; double rear porches; three-car attached garage with area for man cave; large outdoor living area with a stone fireplace hardwood floors; double staircases; built-in bookcases, two-story family room; custom kitchen with granite top and stone backsplash; hidden walk-in kitchen pantry; large master suite with a private porch; media room; and a bedroom and or flex room downstairs.
Spring Homearama 2010 will be open May 8-23, noon until 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit www.homearama.tv.

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