Shelter Alternatives Receives Multiple Accolades


Custom home builder Shelter Alternatives of Blacksburg has been recognized with two New River Valley Homebuilders Association Design Excellence Awards. The awards, for design excellence – new home and design excellence – bathroom, were presented by New River Home Builders Association President, Sean Belliveau during their annual gala, held January 27th at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

Owner Ed Tuchler received the awards on behalf of his team, noting, “It truly is a team effort. Our designers, supported by our estimators and selection coordinator work hard to create a special custom project for each client, and we’re lucky to have a great field team to bring these designs to life.” Tuchler and his team are celebrating thirty years of business in the New River Valley and show no signs of slowing down.

In addition to receiving these two awards, which are the firm’s 10th and 11th NRVHBA Design Excellence awards, the company recently learned they had been named designer and builder of the top 3 most efficient homes EarthCraft certified homes in Virginia.

The home that was recognized with this local NRVHBA Design Excellence: Best New Home has also been the recipient of a state-wide Single Family New Construction Project of the Year and the southeastern US regional EarthCraft Award of Excellence. Located in Craig County, the home has a modern farmhouse look that gives up nothing in style and livability to achieve its net zero status.

And, while there is not a typical Shelter Alternatives’ project, the Blacksburg bathroom renovation recognized for Design Excellence: Best Bath is exemplary of the firm’s value driven work, revitalizing the space with dramatic style while improving the durability and practical use of the space.

“We appreciate being recognized for excellence by our peers, and especially appreciate being awarded repeat business from our clients, as we have for 25% of our 40 projects in 2017.”

For a more in-depth look at these award-winning projects, visit the Shelter Alternatives website at