Take a look at what’s been building at Rufty Homes by checking out our July email newsletter! In it, you’ll learn about a recent build of ours where custom home offices are more important than the homeowners ever imagined, hear the latest update on precautions our team is taking in light of COVID-19, and learn about our St. Jude virtual donation drive and how to get involved.
Barbara Hunter and Frank Rockhold didn’t intend to build a new home. After having recently built a beach house on Bald Head Island, the last thing they were thinking about was going through the lengthy – and often stressful – process of building another home.
Until, that is, they found the perfect piece of land. When they stumbled upon the spacious lot in Carolina Crossing, they started to think about what would be on their wish list if they did decide to build a new home. Frank explains, “We were looking for better access to an outdoor space, zero-entry access from the garage, and more functional home office spaces. Of course, we never could have guessed just how much we’d have the need for home offices in 2020.”
As their wish list grew, it became clear that they were ready to start the building process again, with the goal of creating a place that would become their forever home.
After an amazing experience building their house on Bald Head Island, they wanted to replicate that process by choosing a local builder with a great reputation. All it took was one meeting with Jon Rufty for them to make their decision. Barbara says, “We could tell instantly that he was really listening to what we had to say. Just in our initial conversation, he came up with ideas and asked questions to dig deeper to figure out what was most important to us.”
That, combined with the Rufty team’s reputation in the community, Frank and Barbara had no reservations about choosing Rufty Homes for their project.
The choice of interior designer was just as simple. Barbara loves design, and when thinking about the special elements she wanted to incorporate in this home, she knew she wanted to work with the designer who had a keen eye for detail when working on their previous build, Vicky Serany of Southern Studio Interior Design.
Vicky says, “I was thrilled to work with Barbara and Frank again. We have such a great rapport, and I feel like I had a real understanding of their style after completing their home on Bald Head Island. They wanted a home that would reflect their traditional style with a modern twist and it was a pleasure helping to bring that vision to reality. And, of course, I loved getting to see their sweet German Shepherd, Kemba, again.”
When planning out the most important features of their home, Barbara and Frank wanted to put an emphasis on their beautiful backyard space. “We really wanted to bring nature inside, to the point that you can stand at the front door and look all the way through to the back of the house and see our backyard,” explains Barbara. Vicky and Rufty Homes worked together to make it happen. In keeping with that theme, they incorporated a spectacular view of the backyard into Frank’s office, thanks to a large, picturesque window. It makes for a nice mental escape in the middle of a long day.
When they’re not inside working, Frank and Barbara try to spend as much time as possible out on their back porch, soaking in the sounds of the small waterfall, with Kemba content by their sides. And, on days when the weather is perfect, they raise the phantom screens to become fully immersed in their own personal oasis.
Another important aspect of the build was the kitchen. With its oversized Galley sink, high-quality custom cabinetry, and thick countertops, it’s truly become the heart of their home.
Of course, something unexpected happens in almost every home building project, and in Frank and Barbara’s case, it was that their project manager accepted a new opportunity shortly before they moved into their home. Fortunately, their new project manager, Garth Stevens, immediately stepped in and filled in the gaps.
Barbara says, “Even though he came in at the end of the project, Garth went above and beyond, day after day. In fact, we still go to him with questions and he’s always there to offer a helping hand. We had a great connection right off the bat.”
For Garth, the feeling was mutual. “Working with Barbara and Frank was such a great experience. This was my first project since joining the Rufty team and we all just worked together so well. I love that we’re still friends to this day.”
Since moving into their home in August 2019, Frank and Barbara have grown more in love with it every single day. In fact, Barbara recently created an art studio in the garage so that she can have dedicated space for her oil painting, which she finally has time to pursue in earnest. She says, “It truly is the home of our dreams. It’s where we spend time together, make memories with our kids and grandchildren, and fulfill our life’s passions. I can’t recommend the Rufty Homes team enough if you’re looking for your own forever home.”
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We know that these last few months have been stressful, as we all learn to cope with a new reality. We’ve been learning as much as we can about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact our employees, clients, and community.
We have been monitoring the recommendations from the CDC and government notices that are pertinent to the health and safety of personnel working on our job sites. As we continue to operate our job sites, we are keeping a heightened awareness on the COVID-19 outbreak.
To promote a safe jobsite working environment, we have implemented more in-depth precautions and guidelines. We’re asking all of our employees to follow strict rules regarding handwashing, social distancing, and staying home when needed. We’re being flexible, working to meet the needs of our employees, allowing them to work from home or take time off if needed.
We’re also committed to our clients and getting projects completed safely. Our employees are not only maintaining safe social distancing practices on job sites, washing their hands regularly, and using hand sanitizer while on the job. They are also following a list of circumstances in which they are not permitted to visit any job sites. This list includes, but is not limited to, experiencing any symptoms of acute respiratory illness, being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or having recently traveled by mass transit.
To ensure that the above measures are being taken across all of our projects, each job site has the guidelines posted where each employee and subcontractor must sign a form noting that they are abiding by all guidelines. They are also having their temperature checked with handheld thermometers to promote a safe and healthy worksite.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate this “new normal” and would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Please call us anytime at (919) 460-8550.
We’re keeping in touch with local government entities, specifically inspection departments so that we are prepared if they plan to close. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and do what we can to protect you and our employees. If we decide to make further changes to our operations, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
Although we aren't able to host an in-person fundraiser this year, we're thrilled to announce that we're hosting a virtual donation drive now through August 1st!
Two local businesses have so graciously decided to partner with us for our fundraiser. Oak City Gifts packaged and designed custom Rufty Homes wine glasses for every donation made; and every donation made (no matter what the size!) enters you in for a chance to win a gift card to our favorite Triangle wine shop; The Wine Feed!
To make your donation, simply use this link and join us in our support to end childhood cancer.
Take a look at what's been building at Rufty Homes by checking out our June email newsletter! In it, you'll learn about local nonprofits that rely on furniture donations to support the community, gain insight from local real estate professionals about why choosing a custom-built home could be the right decision for you, hear from Jon Rufty about COVID-19, learn more about our virtual appointment options, get additional information about our St. Jude partnership, and have the opportunity to share your perspective about working with our team.