The Roanoker - September/October 2014 - 98
Angela and Mark Gess
(pictured right with their
son) say that their twostory, three-bedroom
energy-efficient home has
saved them hundreds of
dollars a month in heating
ple's 3-year-old son's room, and the Gesses can turn it
on or off.
Another feature that keeps the airflow tight in the
house is a special seal that builders installed for the
upstairs hallway pull-down attic. It keeps the home
from losing air through the attic.
Other amenities were included in the house's
purchase price, such as granite kitchen countertops,
stainless steel Energy Star appliances and oak floors.
The house has a warm aura, with light blue and tan
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walls on the bottom floor and an open concept plan
that connects the living room, kitchen and dining area.
Green Valley Builders also prewired the house for
the addition of rooftop solar panels, which convert
sun to energy, but the Gesses haven't yet installed the
"You're paying for quality, but it's worth it," says
The houses in Mount Tabor Meadows range in price
from approximately $385,000 to $600,000, Boyle says.
During their home search, the Gesses compared
costs for building a new energy-efficient house or
buying an existing home and renovating it. They found
that the investment was equal for both kinds of homes.
Their house in Mount Tabor Meadows seems to
have made complete the family's decision to relocate
to Blacksburg. Mark Gess, 36, who is a legal counsel at
Virginia Tech, is a Radford University graduate, while
Angela Gess graduated from Virginia Tech. They both
moved away for awhile, but they planned to someday
return to the New River Valley.
"It was our second home," says Angela Gess. "There was
no question that's where we wanted to raise our child." I