Modern Home Builder - Fall 2017 - 32
elev8 offers clients high-performance
design and construction. BY TIM O'CONNOR
eleV8 Builders is a luxury residential design/build firm
eleV8 believes its design/build approach mitigates many project issues by allowing the builder,
architect and client to collaborate from the start.
" We've positioned ourselves to deliver
high-performing homes and that takes
minding the details.
" CHRIS LITTLE,
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
specializing in high performance design and construction. Founder
and president of eleV8, Chris Little states, "Our company believes
the design/build methodology provides an innovative approach
on the project delivery method offering a turnkey solution. eleV8
partners with AIA-registered architects to deliver superior projects." eleV8 is an integral part of the design team from the beginning at lot selection through final project delivery.
Little believes the design/build approach can speed up the construction timeline, reduce construction cost and improve the customer experience throughout the project.
Historically projects are delivered under a design/bid/build
methodology. Under this type of project delivery structure, the
homeowner would contract with an architect to develop the architectural plans and when complete send out to builders for bid.
Little says, "Often times, we find there is a disconnect between the
architectural design and the customer's budget. Also, during the
build process, it can be challenging to have an architect and builder that do not have experience working together and delivering
projects." eleV8 believes its design/build approach mitigates these
issues by having the builder and architect working hand-in-hand
collaboratively from the very beginning to achieve the preferred
design for the client within budget.
www.elev8builders.com / Headquarters: Austin, Texas
/ Specialty: Luxury homes / Employees: Five
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The company strives to create high-performance homes, which
Little defines as homes with superior durability, healthy indoor
air quality, energy efficiency and comfort. Every home is designed
with thermal efficiency in mind and is pre-wired for solar panels
and electric vehicle charging stations. Net-zero energy capability
is standard for eleV8's projects and some homes even take it a step
further with rainwater harvesting so that residents do not have to
rely on wells or municipal water sources.
The subcontractors that eleV8 partners with on its projects
must also value building science to be successful. "We understand
the principles - the design principles and the building science principles - behind each of these and we have to have subcontractors
who buy-in as well," Little notes. "It's not just a delegation of roles