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New Beginnings and the three P’s

It’s a new year and we are all most likely celebrating. It’s been a complicated couple of years for our country, many families, and the construction industry. Like many, we made it to the new year with new dreams and visions for ourselves, our company and families.

Nelson Homes and our entire Group has met the challenges of last year, reaching our goals and emerging as a Lean, Mean Building Machine!!!

Our Sales force has increased its knowledge in all aspects of the construction process, and online systems.  Our construction team has increased its knowledge of building codes, construction process and  Total Quality Management. Our Contractors are being trained to use our processes. This will integrated them into our building/business systems which in the long run will be good for them, our clients and the Nelson Group.

We are excited about the new year… Interest Rates are still at historic lows, our product, people and processes are the best we ever had and our team is ready to go!

So.. Let us know how we can serve you. You won’t be disappointed!

Modular Homes Offer Greater Value For Your Dollar!

How can you reduce the construction cost of your new house? There is an easy way to save up to 30% on the cost of construction…buy a custom modular home! Our modular homes are factory-constructed which are delivered and assembled at your home site. Once assembled, your new home looks like any other home in your neighborhood; however, it exceeds all other homes in the neighborhood in terms of quality, strength, and durability.

Since your new home will be built in a factory, it is much less expensive than a home built on-site. So how does all this save you money? As you know, factories use huge machines that build thousands of items in a short span of time. Thus, they deliver more savings in terms of time and labor. Instead of having a handful of construction workers on-site slowly building your home in various weather conditions, you have a reliable, professional crew in a factory, building your home in pristine conditions. Just like everything else you may own… it’s built in a factory!

The material for the homes consists primarily of the same material as a site built home, wood, steel, vinyl, concrete and weatherboard. The factory buys the material from their manufacturers and suppliers at wholesale rates which are heavily discounted. It is not possible for a retail shopper to buy his housing material as cheaply as the we can.

We cut and mold the components or modules like walls, floors and cabinets as per pre-set designs which reduce large amounts of waste that occurs at the individual home builder’s sites. And left over material is never wasted; we use all of our material and help protect the planet by constructing homes this way. We transfer these savings to their customers to attract buyers in a competitive market. The savings to a buyer of a factory built home can be as large as 30% which bring your home within a much easier reach.

The home is then transported to site on one or more trucks. The end result is a quality home, built in less time and for less money! Check out some of our quality floor plans Cape Cods and Cottages which can be customized to your needs. If you have any questions or just want to talk about your dream home contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.

Check Us Out LIVE

The Nelson Group is proto typing is 1st Live job site CAM. We are setting a house on a basement NOW. Check it out.

See what you have seen before! You can watch are house being built from where ever you are that has access to our website. Use your Droid or Iphone as well.

Solar Electric Panels !!!!!!

Nelson and Bennies Homes is now offering Solar Electric panels with our houses. You can start small and start saving today! We are now offering a 200 watt panel and Micro Inverter technology that allows you to add Solar Panels as your budget permits. We can provide 25%, 50% up to 100% of the power required to maintain your new home as well. You will also be able to monitor the performance of your systems (online) to see how much power you are generating.

Your Solar panels also are eligible for a 30% Tax Credit… That is a Real Savings… as well as a discount on your house depending on the number of watts you purchase. All of this adds up to be a BIG savings, reducing your carbon footprint, and doing your part for a better environment.

Call your Sale Consultant with Nelson or Bennies and they will be glad to help you understand more about our systems and how they will benefit you.

This is just another first for the modular home industry in Virginia. Our goal is to be a leader in this industry and provide that best home for the money possible.

Never Pay Another Electric Bill ONLY $99 per sqft!!!

Nelson and Bennies Homes are now offering Net Zero Energy Homes! That means your new home will produce as much Energy as it uses… AFFORDABLE!!! Using a combination of our Energy Start Certified houses, our Hybrid Water Heaters, our Geothermal Heating and Cooling systems, our new Solar Electric systems and a little energy conservation, your new house would use less electricity and producing as much as it uses.

We are excited to offer our new product after prototyping our systems for over a year.  With over 30 years of alternative energy experience, I have been wanting to release this new technology at a very affordable price… and NOW it’s time.

Any of our homes can be built to the Net Zero Spec and our sales staff is coming up to speed with the technology.

One of the first homes we specified for this technology is a 1750 sqft home, and after the tax credits, the home would sell for less then $99 per square foot. That price would also include our standard well, septic, and sitework… Total Turn Key construction!

Give us a call to find out more.. We do have a new website, it’s still under construction but has a lot of info… check it out

Here We Gooooo!

Things are really picking up for us at Nelson and Bennies Homes. We feel like we are back in the building business again! Interest Rates are still very low and people are feeling much better about getting that New House.

We are starting to staff up to better serve our clients. We have added two new key staff positions:

Roger Ketterman has joined our sales staff with 20 years experience in the new homes sale and construction business.

Erin McFarland has joined our Construction staff and has 17 years of construction and management experience and will be a  project manager.

Both of these additions will enable us to better serve our new clients. We look forward to working with you and your family on your new home soon!

Web Site Overhaul

Our Website Has A New Look!!!

The Nelson Group has responded to our clients request about our web site… Thanks for the input.

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Now you can see more details in our floor plans by zooming in and print brochures for any house. We have also added more exterior views of our homes as well as lots of pictures.

We have added a method to contact our sales consultants from the web site for help or to answer question that you may have.

We have also added a link that will allow you to connect up to our Sales consultants desktop computers to see much more information and to help you select options that you may want in a new home quote.

Our consultants are always available Monday – Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. You will also notice them available in the evenings and they are always ready to serve as you may require.

Interest Rates are LOW….AGAIN!!!! Don’t Miss out…this time.

Check Out how low interest rates are… Today they were 4.57% for a fixed 30 year loan and they go down from there!

For every 1% savings on your interest rate you will save OVER $30,000 during the life of the loan…

This is incredible and is the best way to save THOUSANDs of DOLLARs on your new purchase.

Give us a call and let us help you SAVE those THOUSANDs.

At Nelson and Bennies Homes we will help you find your dream building location, get you financing in place, assist you in Custom Design your new house, getting all the permits and then we will build your custom home the way your want it.

These RATE will not Last so give us a call soon!

FREE Basement UPGRADE!!!!!!


Nelson and Bennie’s Homes are now offering a FREE upgrade to Superior Wall Basement from our standard Concrete basement.

Save Thousands!!!!

From now until the end of summer buy a new home with a standard basement and upgrade to a Superior Wall basement an no additional cost.

For more info call us at:

Nelson Homes (434) 326-5023

Bennie’s Homes (434) 485-0015

Read below and findout what you would get with this exciting upgrade….

Superior Walls:

DRY. Superior Walls’ special 5,000+ psi concrete mix is moisture resistant. Because additional damp proofing is not required, this can help you save both time and money. With the specified crushed stone sub-footer and perimeter drain, water will be directed away from your foundation, helping to keep your home dry. With our patented technologies and superior manufacturing methods, our basements are the very finest in the world and guaranteed for 15 years.*

WARM. Research indicates that over 20% of your new home’s heat loss can occur through your basement walls. That’s why Superior Walls foundations feature a continuous layer of insulation bonded directly to the concrete, resulting in high energy efficiency to help you reduce energy costs. Our walls have treated wood nailers built into the concrete studs so you can easily increase the amount of insulation without any need to install additional framing.

SMART. The building industry’s leaders are building today’s new homes with Superior Walls. Certified trained crews install our superior systems typically in just five hours, in virtually any weather. Your builder can save valuable time building your home with the dry, warm, smart, superior solution.

SUPERIOR. Superior Walls are created in a controlled factory environment to ensure that your new home’s foundation will be built to the industry’s highest standards. The concrete is reinforced with steel rebar, making it stronger than traditional foundations. And Superior Walls can be customized to nearly any architecture, providing you with a maximum of home design flexibility.


? Superior Walls are manufactured with 5,000 psi high-strength low water to cement concrete, polypropylene fibers and are reinforced with steel rebar.

? The Superior Xi Wall has 2.5 inches of continuous DOW  Styrofoam for superior warmth and energy efficiency.

? Superior Walls feature built-in insulation which significantly reduces basement dampness, moisture, and mildew.

? Superior Walls are available in heights of 4’0″, 9’0″, and 10’0″.

? Superior Walls may be specified in almost any shape and size. Window and door dimensions are custom-designed to your plans.

? Superior Walls require less on-site coordination–your excavator can provide the groundwork, including stone sub-footer and drain.

? Superior Walls feature holes for wiring, accommodate standard receptacles, and allow for recessing electrical panel box into the wall for a cleaner, more finished look.

? Superior Walls have no hollow cores that may cause loop convection. Air within conventional basements, warmed and cooled by varying interior and exterior temperatures, can create costly and annoying moisture and mildew.

Code Compliance

-Energy Efficiency

(See IRC Chapter 11)

One of the biggest changes with the adoption of the new IRC is the greater emphasis on energy efficiency. While this may cost builders a little bit more, a house with an insulated basement is more energy efficient and may add a greater perceived value to home buyers. Many people today wish to use their basements as additional living space, and a fully insulated basement lends itself to this purpose. The ability to finish a basement can even influence the sale of a home. Superior Walls foundations contain built-in insulation to meet this challenge. Our smart stud cavities also make it easy to add even more insulation without additional studding, insulating up to R-31 for colder climates. With Superior Walls, your foundations will always be warm, eliminating your code compliance worries.


(See IRC Section 406)

All concrete and masonry foundations are required to meet damp proofing requirements. Superior Walls special high-strength, low-water concrete mix protects against water infiltration and meets IRC requirements right from the factory – without any additional damp proofing measures. While the special concrete mix resists water, our built-in rigid insulation acts as a vapor barrier, and urethane sealant forms a flexible expansion joint. Our foundations rest on a sub-footer of clean crushed stone, which provides extra support while allowing moisture to drain easily away. A 4 inch perimeter drain completes the job, channeling water to a daylight drain or sump pit. Superior Walls foundations are tested and proven dry, as noted in BOCA research reports 98-4 and 2172.


(See IRC Section R310)

Recent events have created a renewed focus on safety and efficiency in the event of an emergency such as a fire or natural disaster. While much of this is focused on larger buildings, residential building codes have also been affected in some ways. Currently, it is required that every basement containing habitable space must contain a means of egress. Simply put, this is a way to escape or be rescued in an emergency. This may require builders to install egress windows or doors and make sure that window wells are large enough for a person to exit. Superior Walls are made to builder specifications, arriving on-site with custom openings for windows and doors – making it easy to meet IRC requirements.


(See IRC Chapter 4)

The IRC addresses two types of soil loads; load-bearing pressures and backfill lateral load pressures. Load-bearing pressures may be determined by either a soil load test or by consulting Table R401.4.1 of the IRC for presumptive values. Depth of stone beneath the foundation wall can be adjusted to compensate for soil capacity the deeper the stone, the more load the soil can hold. Backfill loads are determined by either the same soil test or by classifying the soil type (see Table R405.1 of the IRC). Superior Walls allow 60 pounds per cubic foot lateral load strength for the 9 foot height walls, and 45 pounds per cubic foot for 10 foot height walls.


(See IRC Section R 318)

Foam plastic insulation is usually required to have a thermal barrier of gypsum board installed to separate it from the inside of the building. In the Superior Walls system, however, the concrete wall is bonded directly to the foam insulation during the pouring process and no gypsum board is necessary to meet fire safety regulations. The concrete redirects the heat from a fire and reduces the oxygen fueling it from the back. Therefore, installation of a thermal barrier is not required. Additionally, the DOW insulation we use surpassed regulations in a fire test, recording a flame spread rating of 5 (IRC max is 75) and a smoke developed rating of 165 (IRC max is 450).

At Superior Walls, we have experienced professionals who make sure that our foundations adapt to the latest code changes in regions around the country. Our flexible design capabilities make it easy for you to meet the challenge of complying with IRC codes. When you need added strength, Superior Walls builds in additional reinforced concrete studs. For more warmth, our pre-insulated walls have smart cavities that easily allow additional insulation to R-31. Need emergency exits? Our foundations are custom built to your specifications, complete with spaces for egress windows or doors. Whatever the situation, Superior Walls is the answer to tackling your code problems, and building your foundations dry, warm, smart, and superior in every way.

Q: What is the Superior Walls foundation system?
A: Superior Walls foundations feature patented precast insulated panels that are formed in a factory-controlled setting and delivered to the new home job site, where the panels are carefully locked together and permanently sealed. The walls are custom-designed and built to virtually any architectural style, complete with window and door openings.

Q: What are the components of the Superior Walls system?
Superior Walls panels are created in a factory, where high-strength 5,000+ psi concrete is formed directly to DOW ® insulation. Solid concrete studs provide support, as does a built-in concrete footer that rests on a sub-footer of clean crushed stone. The attention to detail is evident in features that make finishing basements easy, such as pre-engineered wiring access holes and furring strips for easy drywall installation.

Q: What makes Superior Walls better than conventional foundations?
Superior Walls foundations are dry, using a special low water/cement- ratio concrete that requires no additional damp proofing. They are warm, with full-length insulation built in to increase energy efficiency. Superior Walls high-strength 5,000 psi minimum concrete is reinforced with steel rebar and polypropylene fibers for added strength. They are smart, with convenient features like built-in accesses for wiring and treated wood nailers for drywall. An important feature for builders is the speed of installation. It takes just five hours to install a typical home foundation.

Q: How many foundations have been installed?
: Since 1981, over 40,000 foundations have been installed.

Q: How are Superior Walls delivered and installed?
After manufacture in a factory-controlled environment, Superior Walls panels are delivered to the new home job site on special carriers. There, cranes carefully lower the custom walls onto a bed of clean crushed stone, where they are permanently fixed into place by specially trained crews. A triple bead of Superior Sealant T forms a tight permanent seal against moisture. As soon as the foundation is in place, building can begin immediately – usually the same afternoon.