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Focus on custom homebuilders: Bachman Builders, Inc.

Custom home built by Bachman Builders, Inc.

Welcome to the next installment in our series of featured builders from the Builder’s Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (BAMP). As we’ve mentioned in past issues, Pittsburgh has a solid core of incredible builders. Fortunately, the builders in our region are not experiencing a decrease in growth as is seen in other parts of the country. In fact, new home construction, as well as the value of homes overall in the Pittsburgh region, continues to grow for most of our local builders.

Our featured builder this issue is David Bachman, owner of Bachman Builders, Inc. Bachman has built many incredible homes over the years. He chose this particular home to showcase because of its innovative design and because it reflects his ability to correctly judge current trends. “We enjoy building homes that are unique to this area,” says Bachman. “In this particular home, we used techniques and lifestyle designs that are being featured on the West Coast.”

When today’s homebuyers begin the process of building a custom home, they look for more than just plywood and concrete block. They want a builder who will listen to their needs and wants. They want someone who will provide sound advice on design and materials, and who will insist that every phase of their home be built with the highest degree of quality. That’s exactly what you get with Bachman Builder’s, Inc.

“Potential homeowners want to know that there won’t be any hidden costs when they sign an agreement to build,” says Bachman. “Then, when they move into their new home, they want the comfort of knowing the builder will be there to take care of their future needs.”

Bachman Builders knows what people want and what they desire in a builder. It’s this understanding that gave Bachman its creed: “Building integrity into your custom home.”

This issue’s featured home was recently completed in Moon Township. Currently listed at $569,000, this 2,600-square-foot home is situated on a beautiful lot on a quiet cul-de-sac street with an incredible view of the valley below. The particular design of this home is the “Mountain Craftsman” style. Craftsman design came in style in the early 1900s as a reaction to the homes of the Victorian era, which had a lot of factory-made ornamental trim work that was ordered and installed on site, and which many people saw as pretentious.

The Mountain Craftsman style originated primarily in California with an architectural firm called Green and Green. The concept was that a craftsman could build a house out of the material on the site. Because of this, a lot of stone is used. Also, the beams are clean and simple, as if the builder used the trees on site and hewed them by hand. The moldings inside are straight and clean as opposed to the highly-decorative milled products of the late Victorian era.

“The mountain influence comes from the fact that these types of houses were originally built in the Rockies,” says Bachman. “Our featured home site has one of the best vistas in Moon Township. We bought the plan, called Dogwood Ridge, from Allora, LLC of Greenville South Carolina. We then had our local designer, Mark Green of New Castle, revise it to fit our specific lot and to target it to our demographic profile, which is mainly ‘empty nesters.’ We had a client in mind who wanted a zero-step house and a small yard, but who also wanted all the amenities that are currently available.”

Mountain Craftsman floor plan 1 Mountain Craftsman floor plan 2

This house is very functional with respect to how people in the 21st century live. For example, it does not have a formal living room or dining room. This frees up more room for the informal dining room, mudroom, master bedroom and first-floor laundry. The layout also provides a “flex room” that can be a dining room, office or even a fourth bedroom.

The kitchen was designed by Joyce Cessar of Cuveé Kitchens in Gibsonia. “To me, Joyce is more than just a kitchen designer,” says Bachman. “We have been working together for about 15 years. Joyce not only provides design ideas; she is also very inspirational and is a key player in the overall success of our company. In this home, Joyce used Medallion maple cabinets with a Shaker style door, all in harmony with the overall Craftsman style of the home.”

The Craftsman style uses floor and trim made from oak and hickory, which helps give you that “mountain” feel. The rail system is built of straight balusters and newel posts. Only the garage has a second floor over it, allowing all ceilings to be vaulted. The space over the garage is set up as a suite for a parent or a “boomerang kid” returning home after college. It could also be an ideal studio or office.

The basement has a 12-foot-high poured-wall foundation, with lots of windows opening out toward the rear vista, making it an ideal space to finish. Depending on your tastes, it could be turned into a game room, billiard room, bar, theater or even with a wine room.

Bachman Builders, Inc. is a proud member of the Builder’s Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (BAMP, PghHomeBuilders.com). David Bachman is also currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of BAMP. BAMP was founded in 1938 and today has more than 850 member companies.

It is the only professional homebuilder’s association in the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan region (Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties) that is part of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB, nahb.com) and the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA, pahomes.org). BAMP provides consumers with a nationwide network of housing services and information.

For more information on Bachman Builders, Inc., call 412.264.4069 or visit them at www.BachmanBuilders.com.