Robert Smart, PE
P.O. Box 1623
Columbia, MO 65205
Rob looked over our set of plans, structurally specified all
requirements of SOLTERRA, and sealed them. He did this for us even
though he had a busy schedule. We are indebted to him for his
commitment to this project. Please visit his web site and check out all
the engineering design software that he and his company have written.
It is most impressive and economical.
Loewen took a real
interest in Solterra by actually doing research on the application of
their windows to our home and we are very thankful to them for their
commitment. You can't find a better window anywhere.
Holman Aqua Drilling
PO Box 257
Risingsun, OH 43457 1-800-626-0182
was the first contractor to work at our site. His crew did a terrific
job in drilling the well and hitting an aquifer of 30 GPM at 78 feet!
This was all the more remarkable since the wells around us were much
deeper and with much less GPM flows. Dwight's a great guy to work with
because he's honest, has integrity, is considerate, and (in our case)
even helped us with our conduit work that day. You want a well drilled?
Get Dwight Holman. He'll treat you right.
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Keith McCullough is one of the owners of GKG Custom Builders and has been a very good friend and resource during all of our construction with Solterra. He's very knowledgeable and donated much of his time and let us use any piece of equipment he had that would help. We are most indebted to him and all of his crews. We couldn't have built Solterra without him. If you're thinking of a new home, call Keith:
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You just can't find a better mason than Bob Perry. He's been doing it a long time and works harder than guys half his age! He's reliable, extremely skilled, and makes the job look so easy! We are so thankful to have had Bob do our brickwork. And his prices are more than fair. Top notch guy and top notch work. If you need a mason, call him:
Lucio and his crew did an excellent job on the 1st floor slabs.
Stepping around 1200 ft of radiant Pex tubing while pouring was no
problem. The slabs look great and are very level, a testament to his
many years of experence. He did the slab on our steel building as well
and it's worked out great. If you need any concrete work done expertly,
get ahold of Pete. He's honest and will give you a very fair price.
has really bought into this house. We are excited to have him dig our
foundations, backfill the berms, and put in our septic system. Mike is
an easygoing guy who'll help you out as much as he can. And that's a
big plus on a busy jobsite like ours. Mike's fair, honest, and a man of
his word. He does excellect work.
Mike George Excavating
P.O. box 203
Millbury, OH 43447
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For such a critical component on Solterra, we needed a good roofer. Mark Lake and his crew were referred to us and again, we were fortunate to have an experienced contractor who really takes his work seriously and did an excellent job. Personable, hardworking, and competent. Call Mark if you have a need for good roofing.
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Howard Lawn & Landscaping has been absolutely terrific in giving Solterra a beautiful look that was exactly our intention. Owners Jessica, Kelly, and Andy gave us super service with their creative ideas and hard work. If you need landscape help, call them.
has exceeded our expectations in assisting us with getting the best
prices on building materials, providing contacts with people who care
about quality and service, and has taken a real personal interest in
SOLTERRA. We have been fortunate to work with Chuck and all the people
WHITE CAP CONSTRUCTION
SUPPLY, Inc. Chuck Frantz, Sales Representative
720 Ford Street
Maumee, OH 43537 419-897-0230
Mahoney from Kuhlman's has really worked with us on concrete pricing
for this home. We have over 420 yards in the entire
home, so a very good price for very good and consistent mixing of
concrete makes for a very good business relationship. It was a pleasure
to work with Gene, and all the guys in Dispatch.
650 Beaver Creek Circle
Maumee, OH 43537
Phone: 419/897-6000 Concrete Dispatch: 419/897-6060
Dick Hite worked with us for our concrete pumping needs. We used him for 7 pours total on Solterra. He's on time, reliable, easygoing, and his pump operators do a terrific job. You need concrete pumped? Get Dick Hite.
Tri-County supplied us with the full-size brick we needed as well as the thin brick for the parapet wall facade. Service was always great and they delivered quite a distance for us. They also donated some glass block and thin brick. They have the best selection of any brick or block style you could want. Give them a call:
Rick and Bill at Radiant Floor have been invaluable in setting up the radiant system in Solterra. They are so helpful for the DIY'er and the components they provide are topnotch and easy to work
with. You can't beat their prices for the quality you get and they're
always there for help. If you have any radiant floor projects planned,
you have to talk to these people. They'll make it easy and affordable
I've known Steve Davidson and George Brown a long time and they do high quality work, both in machine design and steel fabrication, as well as in steel erection. They did a great job on the structural steel for this unique home and we are thankful for their talents.
has been another one of those contractors that has taken a real
interest in SOLTERRA. He has personally directed the installation of
the geothermal loop on site, and has been most helpful in providing
technical information on the Water Furnace equipment.
TIN MAN HEATING AND COOLING
Jeff Zuhlsdorf 429 Clough Street
Bowling Green, OH 43402 800-292-0118
Leroy gave us the absolute best deal on all the Low-E products he distributes. Both he and the manufacturer of Low-E insulation really are excited about Solterra and want to show their best possible commitment to us. Leroy is an honest, reputable man of his word and will always treat you in the fairest way. We are most appreciative of his efforts and his trust in us.
and I want to thank ESP for their strong commitment and trust in us and
Solterra. Their Low-E products are absolutely the best. . . and they
work! One of the reasons that all the alternate energies contribute
such a high percentage of our heating and cooling needs in Solterra is
that fact that we're using Low-E products everywhere we can. Thank you
Environmentally Safe Products, Inc.
313 W. Golden Ln
New Oxford, PA 17350
Toll Free: 1-800-289-5693
The local dealer for Jameson is Reddi-Set-Home. Dan Scott is one of the owners and he and his partner sprayed the 3rd floor loft walls and ceiling with 6" of polyurethane foam from Jameson. I've seen foam jobs before and these guys are absolute pros at what they do! Our loft area is very strong, quiet, and warm already and the house is not done yet! Give Dan a call...you won't regret it:
We were referred to Jeff Rollins by a friend when we really needed a great drywall contractor. (I hate to do drywall. . ) Boy were we fortunate to get a great, easy-going guy that works with us very easily. He has a wonderful crew and you can't beat his prices. We needed someone who would work with us room by room and Jeff did it. Super guy and great work! (Ask our painter. . . he knows good work when he sees it) You got a drywall project, call him:
Family Choice Painting
Nothing helps to finish off a house like a great paint job and Rob Hughes, our painter has 25 years of painting and finishing behind him. You can't ask for a better price and he accommodates your available time in every way. He's also been a great resource when it came to finishing our natural poplar trim. He's very skilled in his work. Call him when you need a job done right.
Toledo, OH 43560
was very helpful to us with all the scaffolding we needed for Solterra.
They're a great bunch of guys to work with and even offered tips and
ideas on how best to make use of their products. We appreciate their
trust in us.
Hearth & Home Technologies were very gracious to donate a Heatilator corner fireplace that really compliments our 2nd floor MPR. Contact them at their website to look over their energy efficient products.
Thermal Associates gave us a great deal on our Venmar Heat Recovery System. Venmar has been around for over 20 years and we chose them because Solterra is very tight and this system provides fresh air and conserves energy in the process. Call them for your new house.
There isn't a better place to find really good foam pipe insulation and covers. We also used their preformed fitting insulation and covers on our solar and hot water systems. First rate product and service.
Superior Seamless Gutter LLC Toledo, OH 419-392-6411
Mike Tye gave us the best seamless gutter job I've ever seen. Careful and meticulous, his work showed his expertise. Not to be taken lightly, a great gutter job is invaluable, especially for Solterra! Call him.
Cor-A-Vent was really nice in donating special soffit and patented ridge vents for the roofs on Solterra. It really makes a difference in our design and we thank them for their generosity.
The people at Design Tanks were super in providing us a very high tech fiberglass solar storage tank that can withstand some pretty high temperatures. These are the guys to call if you need a special tank.
Packet of product brochures and specification sheets of materials and suppliers used in the creation of SOLTERRA, all in one convenient package for the price of shipping and handling. Please send $10.00 U.S. in check or cash to:
19101 Curtice E & W Rd.
Curtice, OH 43412-9610
Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.
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