The COVID-19 epidemic brought unexpected adjustments for many, including homebuyers and the builders trying to meet their needs. Eagle Custom Homes, a local family-owned business with 27 years of experience in homebuilding and remodeling, has found ways to turn the latest challenges their clients are facing into chances to creatively incorporate features that offer better and more beautiful everyday living.
“We’re seeing a lot of remodeling right now,” says Stephen Feagles, project manager at Eagle Custom Homes. “We’re a homebuilder who also does home renovations, which I think really distinguishes us. Since we build homes first and foremost, we have the tools of the trade to also perform renovation jobs that are heavier lifts.”
In the current housing market where existing homes for sale are scarce and often snatched up quickly and over list price, it’s no surprise that many homeowners looking to upgrade and expand are choosing to renovate what they have rather than move. Feagles says that lately his family’s company has had to turn down smaller jobs in favor of larger projects, which are increasing in number. “For example, in Anderson, we’re doing a whole-home makeover, basically doubling the size of our client’s house,” Feagles says. “The homeowners love the area and want to make it work to stay.”
Two Types of Homeowners
Of their clients preferring to build new, Feagles says he’s seeing two types emerge: the live-leave-lock homebuyer and the self-sufficient homeowner. “It’s a maintenance-free lifestyle,” Feagles says of the first type. “You don’t have to worry about mowing or doing other things homebuyers typically have to do. Coffee shops and grocery stores are within walking distance. In 10 minutes, you can lock it up and leave it.” These homeowners typically own and split time among multiple homes, Feagles says. Eagle developments like The Overlook in Madeira, consisting of nine 3,000-square-foot luxury townhomes, appeal to them. “In the last two months, we sold four homes there,” he says.
The self-sufficient buyer is seeking sustainability and space similar to what can be found at Porters Heath, another Eagle development of seven homes located in Marienville. “They want two to five acres, and features such as solar panels and water-capture systems — things that make a home more efficient but which are sustainable, too,” Feagles explains. “A private retreat in a small community, where they can function without outside reliance for a time if they need to, or want to.”
Committed to Customization
With a larger number of people working from home and spending more time there in general, Eagle Custom Homes is also evolving with homeowners’ changing needs. “Kids are sitting at the kitchen island, doing schoolwork,” Feagles says. “So, we’re implementing wireless charging into the countertops. We’re installing fiber optics where available, so you have faster internet access that can handle a heavier load.”
Because Eagle Custom Homes is a smaller company, they can focus on personalization more than other larger builders who may be limited by production constraints. “A lot of builders can design a pretty home, but we really get to know our customers as far as functionality as well,” says Feagles. “When you enter the house and your hands are full, where do you set your keys? What path do you walk to the kitchen? We want to make it more efficient and easier for everyday living, while also leading in design.”
Eagle Custom Homes’ headquarters is located at 411 West Loveland Ave., Suite 202, Loveland, OH 45140. For more information, call 513.965.0455 or visit eaglecustomhomes.com.