"When we found out we’d be moving to the Charlottesville area, we knew right away we wanted to build. We weren’t sure who would build our home or where it would be, so we went out exploring the Parade of Homes in September 2016.
We saw lots of great houses, but one of them stood out – both for the way the home was built as well as well as the people we met that were associated with the building team.
The Evergreen model had that feeling that in 30 or 40 years it would feel just as solid and well built and have that lasting character that can be hard to find in a new home. After meeting the builder, Nate Gibson, it was also clear from the start that he was passionate about building a quality product that was energy efficient, filled with craftsmanship, customized to the buyer and something that he believed in 100%. There was such integrity about him and the company and that made us feel comfortable right away investing our money into a new Evergreen home.
We were living four and a half hours away and so we were not close by to monitor the progress of our home – and yet the process was made as straightforward and easy as possible. After working with the Evergreen architect to customize our house, we worked with quality local vendors throughout Charlottesville to pick out our custom flooring, plumbing, lighting and cabinetry selections. Everyone we worked with was professional, creative and great about communicating with us via phone, email or text. The same can be said about the Evergreen office – whether communicating with the front office, Nate or the construction foreman, everyone was so pleasant and quick to respond.
Our home was completed on time – in fact ahead of schedule – and it is everything we dreamed of. The finishes are beautiful, the home is solid and well built and - from the looks of our first few energy bills – energy efficient as promised! We love our customized floor plan, deep window sills and crown molding, beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings – even in the walkout terrace/basement level; gorgeous custom light fixtures, functional and fabulous quartz countertops – and a modern farmhouse feel that we were going for in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our experience in building a new home surpassed our expectations and there was not a day that we second-guessed our decision to build with Evergreen – they did not disappoint throughout the entire process.
So many people said they empathized with us when they heard we were building, as it is “so stressful”. We can honestly say that our experience was fun and joyful and that Evergreen took the stress out of the equation. We look forward to many years in our beautifully crafted home and are so grateful to the Evergreen team for making our vision become a reality."
- Julie McCulloch- Crozet, VA (Foothill Crossing)
"As we were interviewing various construction firms to build our dream home, we encountered some very good companies and potential partners in the Charlottesville area – but only one that stood out as truly exceptional. From the initial meeting with Whit Graves and Evergreen, we felt that they would be our choice, not only delivering an incredible home but also as a group of individuals with whom we could establish a relationship and actually enjoy the experience. That sense of confidence and trust was realized and repeatedly reinforced over the nine-month construction schedule, enabling us to look back at the relationship with fond memories and knowing that we made the right choice.
Designing and building a custom home is obviously very personal, hopefully with shared vision and ongoing collaboration between client, builder, and the supporting subcontracting partners. That feeling of ownership was immediately expressed by Evergreen, evidenced by an extraordinary attention to detail and conversation regarding placement and exterior views, elevation design choices, functional layout, personal preferences on usability and traffic flow – in essence, everything that one would desire in a partnership as opposed to a simplistic contractual relationship. Moreover, as we were not local during the project, much of the process was occurring over weekend visits or day trips to address specific questions and various decisions, and not once did we drive away from those sessions with any doubt that we were in good hands and that everything was on track. Evergreen did an amazing job in forecasting the schedule and decision points so that we could conduct our research, ask questions, meet with suppliers, and ultimately hold-up our side of the relationship and confidently delivery the required design and finishing choices.
The subcontracting partners employed by Evergreen are particularly noteworthy, as are the individuals with whom we worked during the process of evaluating and selecting the appointments and installation details. The same collaborative feel and ownership extends to their involvement, with superlative professional insight and design input – helping to sharpen our focus and enable informed selections, ultimately translating into exactly what we were hoping to achieve. Again, more accurately stated, the implementation was the result of shared vision and discussion, to the point where we’re constantly reminded of individual design suggestions and attention to detail that were realized in the final product.
Site management and delivery were an absolute joy, courtesy of Chad Graves and the rest of the team who worked through weekends and tracked every item to positive conclusion. As referenced above, the attention to detail and overall quality of the construction is incredible, exceeding all expectations – the craftsmanship and professionalism are immediately in evidence in all facets of our home. Our confidence in Evergreen has been repaid many times over, and we are truly fortunate to have worked with them over the past year. They are an exceptional choice for anyone considering home construction in the Charlottesville area."
- Mark Trenor- Charlottesville, VA
"My father once told me not to worry about contracts with builders: “If you get a good builder you get a good house, a bad builder a bad house.” We got lucky. We chose Nate Gibson and Evergreen to build our house.
Building a 5,000 square foot custom-built house when you live 250 miles away demands strong nerves and trust in your builder. Nate helped us choose the lot. From the planning stages, working with Nate and Heath Wills, the draftsman, until the move in, it was a collaborative effort. Nate was on top of the situation with helpful suggestions and reassurance. He kept to schedule and finished it right on time. He was always professional, always accessible and always patient.
Most reassuring was the fact that he took pride in the house. He, as much as we, wanted it to look great. Every step of the way he strove to make it better, always looking for ways to improve it.
When I told Nate he built a beautiful house, he said we made great choices. We did, we chose Nate Gibson and Evergreen to build our house.”
- Mark and Denise Kozminsky- Charlottesville, VA
"We chose Evergreen Construction after interviewing many others and have been exceptionally pleased with the entire process, attention to the timeline and budget, and the beautiful finished work. Whit was a very hands on owner, and our site supervisor/contractor Stewart Critzer worked with us through every decision to ensure that all aspects of the renovation and new addition met our high quality and livability standards. We highly recommend Evergreen and would use them again without question."
- Catherine Brighton and Tonya Moon- Charlottesville, VA
"We haven't had a better experience in building or remodeling. Having built three homes previously, we believe this experience with Evergreen was by far the best... Their honesty, integrity, and willingness to please the customer are what we admire.”
- Bill and Jamie Heard- Nellysford, VA
"We selected Evergreen as our construction partners in planning and completing a number of renovations on an older home we recently purchased in C'ville. We have found them to be exceptionally competent and adaptable as we have, in a number of instances, expanded the scope of the renovations beyond what we had originally planned with them. They have provided us with clear, detailed plans, skilled craftsmanship, and very personable service. Not being from the area, we feel fortunate to have found such a reliable company with which to work. We recommend them highly and will use them again. They're a great company.”
-Greg Miles- Charlottesville, VA
"From review of the floor plan layout, through final walkthrough, Evergreen left no detail unattended... Evergreen sets the standard for quality home construction and we highly recommend them.”