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room, and there are stairs going up above the garage where she has
all of her overflow of clothes."
Loudermilk says there was only one thing that didn't meet the
client's expectation, and that was a difference of design for the
basement ceiling. "We resolved it through our nine-step process
and hit everything else perfectly," he says proudly. "I don't know
any other builder in the Atlanta area that could have pulled off what
we did and still met the client's expectations. And it was all due to
Although each step of Loudermilk Homes' nine-step process adds
an additional two days to its project completion date, Loudermilk
says "it's not a big deal" thanks to the company's subcontractors.
"They know not to move forward until the current step is approved," he says. "We are loyal to our subcontractors. They know
our expectations and what we want."
Loudermilk Homes has longstanding relationships with many of
its subcontractors, including Michael Buckner, managing partner
at Atlanta-based Audio Intersection. "They are our home theater
and smart home subcontractor," Loudermilk says. "Michael has a
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unique process that ensures everything is covered and managed
correctly so that his client's expectations are met, which means my
client's expectations are met."
Loudermilk Homes is perfecting the art of how technology can
be integrated into homes. "It's still new age, but we're starting to
implement artificial intelligence in our homes," Loudermilk says.
"We're starting to wire the home to be able to have pretty much
anything you can think of at your disposal."
Loudermilk notes that each home has a "computer brain" and everything connects to it. For example, imagine a home with electronic shade systems that automatically activate based on the angle of the
sun, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator that analyzes its contents and knows
how often it is opened to help improve energy efficiency.
The smart home technology Loudermilk Homes is using is the
realization of many of the concepts he developed 20 years ago
when he was at IBM, when critics scoffed at the idea of a home
controlling itself based on the patterns of the people living there.
"We were creating a vision for what a home would look like in the
future, and tested things people never thought would be a reality,
like a fridge analyzing its contents," Loudermilk says. "It's taking
things to the next level and truly integrating your house." )