An upscale residential community with a laser focus on the desires of its target market. A remodeling project that repurposed old structures with a resilient mindset. And an inspiring spec home that brings people together for a cause.
These three groundbreaking projects were selected as the residential winners in the inaugural Propane Project of the Year awards program.
Anderson Preserve from Foxlane Homes (originally featured in a Build With Propane video) is a 10-home community located outside of Newtown, Pennsylvania. With an average sales price of over $1 million and an average home of over 4,000 square feet, the community serves a discerning buyer that expects gas heating, not to mention desirable options like gas cooking, fireplaces, generators, and grills. Using propane allowed the builder to avoid prohibitively expensive costs for natural gas infrastructure without sacrificing quality.
“They understood the needs and wants and desires of a homeowner purchasing that caliber of home,” says judge Brian Brooks, who grows builder and contractor relationships for Brooks Gas. “They want quality fireplaces and quality equipment, and they want the amenities that went with it: the outdoor living, the generator, the dryer.”
A 1902 church conversion in Collinsville, Illinois, from owner and designer David Templeman (featured here in Build With Propane), took an early 20th century church and adjacent Sunday school building and transformed them into Templeman’s residence. With an eye on climate change and the resulting increase in storms and power outages, Templeman installed a whole-house propane generator that will keep his home running during the next electric failure. Cost-effective heating was also a primary consideration, and Templeman used hydronic radiant floor heating from a propane water heater to provide comfortable and economical space heating.
“What a fun entry narrative,” says judge Michael Anschel, owner of OA Design+Build and CEO of Verified Green. “I love the mission of the project, the repurposing of two old structures, and taking a long-term efficient and resilient approach to the solution.”
The Inspiration Home from Doug Ross at RC Homes was built as a fundraiser for Share the Harvest, the local food pantry in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. The home (featured here in Build With Propane) includes a gourmet kitchen, two furnaces, clothes dryers, an outdoor grilling station, a fireplace, and a tankless water heater all powered by propane. The propane standby generator worked perfectly during a recent temporary power outage, Ross says. Many local subcontractors discounted their bills to achieve the large donation that was made on their behalf once the home was sold. The Missouri Propane Gas Association also partnered with the builder to assist in the costs. (Brian Brooks, a member of the association, recused himself from judging the home.)
“The Inspiration Home made great use of propane appliances,” says judge Matt Evans, a building systems analyst and certified HERS rater with Newport Ventures. “The addition of a tankless propane water heater is a nice touch.” Anschel says, “Great project for a great cause. You brought people together around the idea of doing something to help the community. This is worthy of recognition just for that.”
Andes Central High School was the grand-prize winner in the Propane Project of the Year awards contest and will be featured in an upcoming issue of the commercial Build With Propane newsletter.
Top photo: A great room at Anderson Preserve.