June 15, 2012Paul and Susan Mowery love designing and building homes and love working with clients and as a team. These two talented people share the same focus, the same drive and the same direction in life. Partners in life and work, they build each other up and are proud of how each one's abilities complements the other's.
Paul grew up in construction. Wagoner Construction Company in Salisbury, North Carolina, was the family business. He said he tagged along with his grandfather, learning the trade from the time he was little. With an associate's degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor's in business management, plus a number of years experience working for others, Paul said he realized his true passion was building homes and was eager to start his own business.
Susan, who has a bachelor of arts degree, first worked in the corporate world, then obtained a Real Estate license when her children were young. Together, she and Paul obtained their general contractor's licenses and started Building Dimensions in January 2000. Since then, this team has become one of the area's successful builders.
That success stems from the Mowerys' love of people as well as their construction expertise. They said the majority of their business comes from referrals, and those referrals stem from the close relationships they establish with their clients. Their motto is, "Building relationships, one home at a time." They said, clients become friends and they share their satisfaction with their Building Dimensions' home with others.
Often, those satisfied customers/friends join the Mowerys in the on-going Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) "Walk to Cure Diabetes," a cause the Mowerys said they are passionate about. Both of them are strong supporters of the JDRF and said they believe their efforts can help find a cure.
Another area of concern for the Mowerys is the environment. As Certified Green Professionals by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Building Dimensions' homes are Energy Star Certified. An Energy Star home must be at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code. The Mowerys said Building Dimensions goes beyond the Energy Star requirements and constructs homes to include energy-saving features that raise the energy efficiency percentage to 20 to 30 percent above standard homes. Building Dimensions is also an EPA Certified Lead Renovation Firm.
Susan and Paul Mowery formed Building Dimensions in 2000 to provide new home design and construction, as well as renovation services. One of the husband-and-wife team’s latest projects is this five-bedroom home in Stafford Forest in Oak Ridge. Photo by: Sandy Groover.
Renovation work is an important and growing part of Building Dimensions' projects, but their first love is designing and building new homes. The design of a home begins with how a house will relate to the site it's built on. This is Paul's area of expertise, and Susan said it's a difficult task to ensure that the house is situated so water drains easily, septic systems work properly and access to the house, in both the front and rear, is simple.
An example of a Building Dimensions house that is well sited is the home they have for sale in Stafford Forest in Oak Ridge. This two-story, 3,674-square-foot Energy Star Certified home sits on an acre lot in a cul-de-sac. Paul designed the house's placement on the site and its septic system so that it is possible to add a 60-foot-by-40-foot swimming pool. Overlooking the expansive backyard is a patio and screened porch.
Inside, the home is painted in calm earth tones, including the two-story foyer. The first floor's great room has an intricate coffered ceiling, and a white mantle outlines the marble of the fireplace surround. The great room is separated from the kitchen and breakfast area by an angled granite-topped divider. Walking into the breakfast area, or "cafe" as they call it, the angle of the divider is the outline of the built-in bench seating. French doors lead from the cafe to the screened porch.
Appliances in the kitchen are top-of-the line stainless steel, and cream-colored custom cabinets and a pantry provide lots of storage. A doorway opens to the formal dining room from the kitchen. White paneled wainscoting and crown molding give the dining room an elegant flair.
Crown molding can be found throughout the house, including the first floor master bedroom with a unique suspended coffered ceiling. A beautiful bay window faces the backyard and lets in abundant light. The adjacent bath has Delta's eco-friendly, top-of-the-line Brizo fixtures in both the vanity and the walk-in shower, as well as the jetted garden tub. Next to the bath is the room-size master closet with built in wooden shelving and a clothes pass-through to the laundry room. Also on this floor is a study that can easily be used as a guest room or extra bedroom.
Upstairs are three more bedrooms and a huge bonus room. The Mowerys' attention to detail is evident, with crown molding and deep baseboards throughout, and pre-wiring in the bonus room to easily turn it into a home theater. Each bedroom closet has built-in wooden shelving, and there is both under-eave and walk-in attic storage. A Rinnai tankless water heating system provides hot water to all baths and the kitchen.
This is a great family home, and it can be seen at 5206 Harley Stafford Dr. in Oak Ridge. To learn more about Building Dimensions, check out their website at www.buildingdimensionsnc.com, or call (336) 644-0028.