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and responsibilities. We continually encourage our trade partners
to stay current on best practices and new technologies. We find
that this can be achieved through continuing education, trade associations and seminars."
In all, eleV8 completes between six and eight new construction
projects each year. The company works strictly in the ultra-luxury
market. Homes range in size from 4,900 square feet up to 12,000
square feet and typically cost $2 million and up to build.
Little believes the company could grow to as many as a dozen
projects annually, but says any more than that could compromise
its quality standards. "We want to grow organically and we want
to make sure we're exceeding our customers' expectations," he
explains. "We've positioned ourselves to deliver high-performing
homes and that takes minding the details."
Where other builders prioritize aesthetics, Little envisioned
eleV8 as a company that would create architecturally beautiful
homes without sacrificing the performance.
"We saw an opportunity to really push the envelope and change
the discussion," he explains.
BUILDING SCIENCE BACKGROUND
Little is a second-generation homebuilder who grew up working at
his father's custom home business in Houston. His background is
in building science, a field that focuses on the study of thermodynamics, moisture flow and how buildings perform.
From there, Little began a career in building diagnostics and forensics. He worked with builders to identify the source of building
issues and develop solutions to resolve comfort, structural, and
durability concerns. "It was a fantastic opportunity to learn what
not to do and ensure the appropriate materials, applications and
details are properly implemented to avoid issues," Little says.
Four years ago, Little decided to take more than a decade of
experience in the industry and strike out on his own. eleV8 was
founded on the principals of building science. "I thought it was
a great opportunity to apply what I've been promoting and everything I've learned in my career," Little says. "eleV8 creates
beautiful homes that are thoughtfully designed, and constructed
to perform exceptionally." )
The company strives to push the envelope to create architecturally beautiful homes
without sacrificing performance.
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