KB Home acquires land in California
KB Home has acquired land within the Elworthy Ranch property in the town of Danville, Calif. Development of the site will begin soon, and the home builder expects groundbreaking on new model homes before the end of the year. KB Home plans to construct 84 Built to Order single-family homes in the new community, Quail Ridge.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to once again offer KB Home’s signature Built to Order home designs in one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after submarkets," said Chris Apostolopoulos, president of KB Home’s Bay Area division. "Danville is an incredibly scenic and thriving community, and we are proud to add Quail Ridge to our line-up of new home communities in the East Bay."
KB Home’s new acquisition, which is on the Las Trampas Ridge overlooking the San Ramon Valley, is adjacent to 179 acres of open space in the Elworthy Ranch property.
Home designs available at Quail Ridge will include up to four bedrooms and three baths. The two-story floor plans will range in size from about 1,700 sq. ft. to 2,200 sq. ft. Each new KB home will be Built to Order, which means home buyers will choose their home site and floor plan.
All new KB homes in the Bay Area, including those that will be built at Quail Ridge, are Energy Star-qualified, GreenPoint Rated and come with the builder’s proprietary Energy Performance Guide (EPG). The KB Home EPG provides buyers with an estimate of monthly energy costs for the home as designed and an estimate of monthly energy cost savings compared with a typical resale home.
ABC Supply employee rescues abused puppy
It’s been more than two weeks since Al Stewart, an ABC Supply employee in Doraville, Ga., saw a puppy tossed out of a moving car in front of his workplace. The Daschund-Chihuahua mix was approximately nine weeks old, and before Stewart could get to it, the puppy was hit by a car.
“It happened right as Al was pulling into the parking lot,” reassistant store manager Trey Couch told Home Channel News. “The dog just went flying out of the [vehicle’s] door.”
Stewart brought the badly injured puppy into the store, and another employee, Ken Hayes, called his wife. Jennifer Hayes rushed the dog to a veterinary hospital and agreed to pay for surgery to fix its leg. The bill came to more than $1,400, according to Couch.
That’s when the fundraising began, starting with a Facebook page and then a website called Chipin.com. Approximately $2,100 was collected for the puppy, who is recovering nicely.
Couch said he didn’t think the dog has been named yet.
Building industry pulls together for Aimee Copeland home
Pulte Homes has signed on as the builder of a new 1,956-sq.-ft. home addition for Aimee Copeland, the young woman who developed a rare bacterial infection called necrotizing fasciitis. She suffered from multiple amputations and is now facing a number of health issues.
The home builder expects the addition to be completed within 40 days, when Copeland returns home from rehabilitation.
The two-story space features a new bedroom, fitness room for rehabilitation, the new Pulte Planning Center — an open room with accessibility and views to Copeland’s main space — and an elevator to access other parts of the home.
Pulte Homes, along with at least 30 trade partners, are donating their time and materials to make sure the home renovation is completed before Copeland returns from rehabilitation.
"Aimee’s story and recovery has inspired many of us here at Pulte, and we were compelled to find a way to help," said Stephen Haines, VP sales for Pulte Homes in Georgia. "It is our honor to be a part of this generous community that has rallied together to help improve Aimee’s quality of life, and build Aimee’s Wing."
For more information about Aimee’s status, visit Aimeecopeland.org.
The trade companies who will help to complete the renovations include: 84 Lumber, Boise Cascade, Builders First Source, Great Southern Wood Preserving, James Hardie, LP Building Products, MasterBrand Cabinets, ProBuild, Sherwin-Williams, Southeastern Millworks, Structured Drywall, Vulcan Concrete, Wilkins Electric and Woodman Insulation.