Meredith College students stepped out of the classroom and onto construction recently to get a close-up look at both the residential and commercial construction process. Prof. Jane Crowley enlisted help from Rufty Homes to visit a residential construction site and Rufty-Peedin Design Builders to access the Hilburn Exxon commercial site under construction. Crowley’s course in “Construction Technology” provides juniors majoring in interior design with practical skills and experience.
“This is an opportunity for students to get a hands-on feel for the intricacies of how a building comes together,” said Crowley, associate professor of human environmental sciences. “They see the guts of a structure before it gets hidden, particularly pre-drywall with all of the utilities and ductwork exposed.”
After their site visits, Crowley’s students were assigned to create their own set of construction documents for a 3,000 square foot interior upfit. This includes all proper dimensioning and symbols featured in professional working drawings.
“The experience is invaluable,” said Meredith College student Jesse Newman. “It’s great to see every aspect of the building process and better understand all that’s involved. What we’re learning is so much more than the design of interior surfaces.”
The course has given students a better understanding of the intricacies between residential and commercial construction. Students learned important details such as where to locate electrical outlets and plumbing lines prior to drywall finish.
They also were able to learn the latest sustainable technologies, plus the importance of continuity and organization within a general contractor firm. Much of the Rufty Homes team has stayed intact for more than 25 years, and Rufty has a long history as the Triangle's top custom home builder, setting the standard for green building in N.C. back in 1994.
The company recently was awarded Houzz “Best of Design 2014” and “Best of Service 2014” designations, and for six years has been named the region’s top custom home builder by Triangle Business Journal and recently by Cary Magazine readers.
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“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.”
- Frank & Barbara
“Of course we’ll be working with Rufty again on all of our future projects, including a fourth home on the property for our youngest daughter, when she’s ready.”
- Danny & Renate
“There was never a question that they were putting our needs first and they were always honest with us. At one point in the building process, we talked in-depth about reconfiguring the layout of the home to change the orientation of the garage. Jon was upfront with us and told us they’d absolutely do it if we wanted, but he warned us that lumber prices were starting to go up, which could impact the project.”
- Chad & Caroline
“We put a lot of time and thought into designing our home, and it was important to us that we could find a builder that would support our vision, while also helping us make smart design decisions. After our first meeting with Rufty Homes, it was clear that they understood our goals and were on board some of the more unique aspects that were important to us.”
- Bill & Donna