The Definition of Quality

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Quality is easy to talk about, but harder to prove. At Meritus we take our quality control seriously. We’ve created several different partnerships to ensure a system of checks-and-balances. If you’ve ever considered building with Meritus, or are simply curious as to how we qualify our homes, we hope the information below will answer your questions.

The Meritus Signature Homes Standard

As hands-on custom home builders who have worked in the industry for over 20 years, we have a deep understanding of all the detailed choices you’ll need to make to complete your home. We bring our expert knowledge of performance, aesthetics, durability and pricing to you at no extra cost. You’ll get the most out of your custom home building experience.

When we offer guaranteed pricing, we actually mean it. Our contract price will remain the same unless you make a decision to modify something. We want you to be happy when construction ends—not shocked or surprised.

Southern Living Custom Builder Program

We’re proud to be members of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, a network of the South’s top custom home builders brought together by the Southern Living magazine. The program reaches out to custom builders who display a high caliber of detailed craftsmanship, excellent customer service, financial stability, and use of quality building materials in their homes.SOLI

In order to be selected, we had to allow Southern Living to check with homeowners and businesses we’ve worked with before for references. We also had to meet for an on-site visit to prove that our standard for quality home building and customer service is made possible through the right methods.

100% ENERGY STAR Certified Homes

Building the home of your dreams is one thing, but the peace of mind in knowing that your home meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is another thing entirely. At Meritus we build 100% Energy Star efficient homes in order to make good on both these needs. We deliver the dream home coupled with incredible efficiency and functionality. With an Energy Star certified home you’ll enjoy the perks of lower utility bills month after month and consistent, clean air flow and temperatures inside your house. We bring this functionality to your home by partnering with an Energy Star rater and insuring that each home passes the testing.Kitchen8(900px)

To find out more about what it means to partner with Southern Living, click here.

To find out more about what it means to partner with Energy Star, click here.

Meritus Celebrating 10 Years

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The past 10 years have provided plenty of challenges, not the least of these was the economic downturn of 2008. During this season, we adapted to the new environment by becoming an even more cost-effective resource for our clients around the Upstate. What carried us through these tough times was our ability to deliver a well-crafted home or project that gave our clients the dream home they envisioned, while staying within their budget.

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From the beginning, our business has been built on being quality, value oriented builders. We’ve developed custom plans over the years and seen much growth from the development of our own plan collections, the Meritus Signature Series and the Mountain and Lake Collection. Over the years we’ve also seen the addition of many Meritus branches. From Meritus Electric to Meritus Cabinetry, we’ve even added a design center for our interior design department. Every extension serves as a means for working with Upstate communities we appreciate so much. We continue to strive to be exactly what we set out for: a people who build homes founded on relationships.

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Walking into the Toxaway, Our Newly-Furnished Model

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It’s been a few weeks since we completed our new model home; but as the pictures and positive reviews continue to roll in, our excitement just won’t die down.

The model is a fully constructed and furnished example of the Toxaway plan from our Mountain & Lake Collection. Completed in Grand Highlands, Hendersonville, NC, it is the embodiment of the vision we had when we designed our Mountain and Lake Collection.

With its spectacular mountain-top views, the Toxaway feels safely secluded and yet more in touch with the world than ever before. The interior lends itself to a simpler style of living with timber accents and a stone fireplace. Between the three bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, the home is perfectly sized for both the family vacation or an intimate mountain-getaway. The open porch was designed with plenty of room to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset. Inside the home the wide frames between the living room and dining room create an open, accessible space.

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But the quality of the home isn’t just in its décor. The home itself was built in keeping with 100% Energy Star standards meaning it’s as efficient as it is environmentally friendly. In fact, Meritus was awarded silver for quality of craftsmanship in the Asheville Parade of Homes.

We’re incredibly excited to have this model home completed as a standard for our entire Mountain & Lake collection. The Toxaway is an example of the Meritus guarantee; when we build a home, we’re not just building a house, we’re building a lifestyle.

Below you can view some of the pictures to catch up on the development, if you’re interested in touring the model home feel free to take a trip to Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain anytime to stop in. We’d love to from you!