|Although this year’s “Show Village” house is being built in a mere six days, it is not so much a feat of construction magic as it is a commitment to community. When Torrey Homes’ workforce of 100 builders and six managers complete the 2,335 square-foot home, which normally takes two months to build, it will be raffled off to benefit charity. “We don’t want to toot our horn because we can build this house in six days,” said Rick Thompson, vice president of construction for Torrey Homes. “We want to demonstrate our commitment to the community by giving something back.”Although Torrey Homes has a track record of implementing reduced cycle-time building techniques, it has never built a home under such a tight timeframe. The company is planning to work around the clock until the house is complete. “Finishing the house shouldn’t be a problem,” Thompson said. “We just have to make sure we get all of our ducks in a row. Besides, we’re not the first ones to do this type of project.”
Director of Operations Scott Davis said that logistics, planning and wall-component construction would be the biggest challenges. He also noted that the home must be built so it can be taken apart and moved easily once it is raffled. A cross-base type foundation is being used because a concrete foundation cannot be poured in the International Builder’s Show parking lot.
But Torrey Homes is not going into this project unprepared. On Jan. 16, construction “practiced”, building a home to the same specifications as the Show Village house. “The trial run allowed us to overcome any problems that might occur in the building process before we begin final construction,” Thompson said.
The “Show Village” home is expected to meet the EarthCraft standards endorsed by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. EarthCraft standards are blueprints for healthy, comfortable, affordable homes that cut energy and water bills and protect the environment.
The Hatteras II-C floorplan was chosen for the “Show Village” house because it was Torrey Homes’ most popular plan out of their last 600 starts. The two-story home features a traditional exterior look with a versatile and open living space “It’s a simple and very convenient plan that suits family life well,” Thompson said.
In fact, Thompson is very familiar with the Hatteras floorplan because his family lives in one. Thompson said the floorplan promotes family unity because the bedrooms are all upstairs, rather than scattered throughout the house. The Hatteras II-C appeals to first- and second-time homebuyers, and the typical buyer is a two-parent family with two kids, according to Thompson.
“The Hatteras can easily accommodate a family with three children, but it appeals to a variety of buyers because of the many options available,” Davis said.
“The Hatteras floorplan is one of our most popular plans because it is so versatile and family oriented,” said Scott Davis, director of operations at Torrey Homes. “The livability of the plan is one of its greatest attractions.”The open floorplan emphasizes the informal living with a large family room, breakfast nook, living room and dining room downstairs. Unlike many homes in the Atlanta area, the foyer is closed and does not take up much space. A centrally located kitchen opens into the family room and breakfast nook.
All four bedrooms are upstairs, including an owner’s suite, complete with an attached master bathroom and walk-in closet. A separate area off the owner’s suite can accommodate an additional family room or vaulted ceiling. Options for the owner’s suite include a sitting room and fireplace, and the garage can be moved to the side of the home. The three smaller bedrooms share a full bathroom. A unique aspect of this plan is the upstairs laundry room between the third and fourth bedrooms.
“The price of the home can fluctuate as much as $20,000 depending on the options chosen,” Davis said.
The exterior features a traditional look with steep rooflines, gables, bay windows and a covered front porch. Brick can be used for the exterior, but siding is used on the “Show Village” house because it is easier to relocate once it is raffled.