The McCloskey Home

— A Gold-Rated Green Home —

After a busy career with a major oil company and raising their family the McCloskey’s were ready for a slower pace of life. They wanted a home with fantastic views and found some property on one of the highest areas near SML. To take advantage of the property’s views our architect designed the home “upside down” similar to a beach home where the main living quarters were on the second floor. The views from the great room and screened in porch are some of the best around. From the onset the McCloskey’s were interested in having an energy efficient home. They became sold on the EarthCraft model and have been very happy with the results. This home earned a Gold Rating from EarthCraft. We also built a separate 4 car garage with a one bedroom apartment when family comes over.

John & Dawn McCloskey -- Huddleston, VA
John & Dawn McCloskey -- Huddleston, VA
When we chose the Smith Mountain Lake area to build our retirement ‘dream’ home, we approached the prospect of custom building with some fear and trepidation. We had never built before but rather always purchased re-sales or new tract homes over a long work life during which we relocated many times. Our construction requirements were somewhat technically complex in that we wanted a state-of-the-art, sustainably constructed, ‘green’ home which would meet our lifelong concern for the environment while providing us with energy savings into the future. We were also looking for a builder who understood our needs even if, at times, we didn’t!

Let us say at the outset that Mr. Fort (or Eddie as we know him), has exceeded our expectations in every way in connection with performance, product and his personal concern for our welfare during a personally challenging year. Without embarrassing him with too many superlatives, suffice to say that the process from the planning stage through the punch list (which was amazingly short) went along virtually without a hitch. If there were problems, they were remedied in most cases before we were even aware. If there were opportunities to ‘value-engineer’ our project to save us money, Eddie always discussed options with us. If we had a special requirement (such as installing my ham radio antenna tower), he worked with us to make it a reality.

We spoke almost every day about progress prior to our move or when we were not able to be at the Lake. He is adept at communicating with photographs and one picture is worth a thousand words! We interviewed many regional general contractors to work with us on our project but none came close to Eddie’s technical and managerial reputation for excellence over the long term. After working closely with him over these past months, we can confidently say that his reputation is well deserved. His subcontractors and service providers are first rate. Without reservation, we highly recommend him and his PD&M team of craftsmen to anyone.

We have been in our EarthCraft Gold certified home on our beautiful (but windy) ridge for four months now and we are living our dream. All of our requirements have been met and we are already enjoying the energy savings that Eddie promised. We are proud to show it to our friends and family. That pride starts with a builder who builds a home as if it were his own and treats his customers as friends. Thanks, Eddie! You have two more very happy clients!