In September of 2007, Elite Homes was asked by the producers of the T.V. show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) to build a home for the family of Patrick Henry Hughes.
We accepted this challenge. In five weeks we designed the house and organized the building of their new home in four days.
Why did the T.V. show call Elite Homes? EMHE explained to us that they have a specific process they use when they go to a city. In fact, we were the 108th builder at that point to be selected. The process they use and qualifications that they look for are the same any person should use when looking for a builder for their new home.
Here is the process and the qualifications EMHE look for:
1. Builder must be able to handle difficult projects
This years Homearama home is our 29th home in the annual show. This is far more than any other Louisville builder. In fact, we built 5 Homearama homes for the show in 1994. We have also built 5 homes in the Home, Garden and Remodeling show which is held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center the first week of March each year. We built 3 of those homes for 1 show. The builder has about 1 week to build these houses. And now after building a home for the Hughes family, we have built a home in 4 days (and that includes tearing down the old house).
2. Builder must be financially strong
Even though all materials and labor were donated for the Hughes home, it required substantial resources to execute the project. Elite Homes has been in business for 33 years. Our company has weathered down markets in 1981-1982, 1990-1991 and 2001-2002. At the end of each of these recessions, we emerged stronger than ever with increased market share. It is important that buyers work with a builder who has longevity, experience and a proven track record.
3. Builder must have a great reputation
It would be embarrassing for the TV. show to have past customers surface during the project who were unhappy with their builder. EMHE contacted the Better Business Bureau and the Home Builders Association to see if we had any outstanding complaints. They also contacted the Attorney General to make sure there were no lawsuits, liens or any other legal issues pending. Elite Homes has built over 1000 homes in the Louisville community. We are happy to provide an exhaustive list of references to any prospective buyer.
4. Builder must have strong ties to the community
In order to secure the volunteers and materials for the Extreme Makeover house, the builder must be highly respected in the community. Elite Homes is locally owned. We support dozens of charities each year through the Elite Homes Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 foundation. We have built 14 homes where all the profit was donated to some deserving charity. Giving back to the community is part of our company’s DNA.
When it comes time to build your dream home we suggest you use the same process and qualifications that the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition T.V. show has perfected after selecting over 100 builders over the last 7 years. We would love to have the opportunity to make your dream come true.