502 Rigsbee Ave, Suite 201 - Durham, Nc 27701

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News/Recognitions

“These are the best builders I have ever worked with bar none.”

-Long Time NC Trade Partner

“Thanks for you and the team caring such much about my house. It’s really so comforting to sense that it matters to you that we get it right!”

-New Home Design/Build Client

“Thanks for all you’ve done. I can relax because I know we are in good hands.”

-Home Renovation and Addition Design/Build Client

“The Rigsbee building is one of my favorites in town, in all senses. Your firm’s talent is reflected in its design.”

-Unsolicited BuildSense Fan Email

“I’ve told many of my friends how fortunate I am that I have no “builder nightmare” stories. In fact, it’s been the opposite. I’m profoundly grateful for the team at BuildSense. You have experience, great trade partners, and a superb team of in house people. Most importantly, you conduct your business with honesty and decency.”

-New Home Construction Client

“Please accept our sincere gratitude for making this process such a fascinating and enjoyable one. We are very pleased to be working with such a thoughtful, experienced, creative and positive team.”

-New Home Design/Build Client

“I want to sing the praises of how you guys have guided us. We don’t have a 1/3 reduction in our energy bill, it is more like a 2/3 reduction!”

-Home Renovation Design/Build Client

“Thank you for your speedy and supportive response. It means a great deal to us. You are living up to your motto: Listen. Plan. Design. Build.

-Home Renovation Design/Build Client

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“You built us such a phenomenal home! We find ourselves reflecting more and more as we’ve lived here at just how wonderful the space is BuildSense designed and built for us.”

-New Condominium Completion Design/Build Client

“These guys at BuildSense are top notch!”

-Neighbor of New Home Construction Client

“It is your design sense that has been a huge part of making our home as spectacular as it feels. I want you to know that each time I go into the various spaces, I feel so delighted with what you put together, and appreciate it in a way that continues to grow over time.”

-New Condominium Completion Design/Build Client

“We were excited to get our home energy report from Duke Energy a few months ago & see that our house kicks the ass of even other “efficient homes” — Yay, and thank you BuildSense!”

-New Home Design/Build Client

“The whole BuildSense team, including the many quality vendors and subcontractors you assembled for our project, did a really wonderful job. There are so many specifics we could comment on, all of which came together just as we’d hoped. Thank you!!”

-New Condominium Completion Design/Build Client

Recognitions

 

Best Light Commercial Remodel

Mule Town Veterinary Hospital
HBADOC Remodelers Outstanding Construction (ROC) Awards, 2017

Best of the Triangle – Best Architect in Durham County

BuildSense
INDY Week, 2017

Best of the Triangle – Best Contractor in Durham County Finalist

BuildSense
INDY Week, 2017

Best of Chapel Hill – Favorite Architect

BuildSense
Chapel Hill Magazine, 2017

Best of Durham – Best Architect

BuildSense
Durham Magazine, 2017

Best of Durham – Best Builder

BuildSense
Durham Magazine, 2017

Green Home Tour

Thomas Residence
High Performance Builders of the Triangle, 2017

Featured Home

The Wedge II
North Carolina Modernist Houses Spring Tour, 2017

Gail Lindsey Award for Sustainable Design

BuildSense
AIA Triangle Design Awards, 2017

Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence

BuildSense
GuildQuality, 2017

Best of Houzz – Service

BuildSense
Houzz, 2017

Best of Houzz – Design

BuildSense
Houzz, 2017

North American Green Fleet

BuildSense Fleet – Honorable Mention
100 Best Fleets – Green Fleet Awards, 2016

Residential Design Award

Horseshoe Farm Residence
USGBC NC Sustainable Business Awards, 2016

Builder of the Year

Randy Lanou
HBADOC (Home Builders Assoc of Durham, Orange, Chatham Counties), 2016

Best of Durham – Best Architect

BuildSense
Durham Magazine, 2016

Best of Durham – Best Builder 

BuildSense
Durham Magazine, 2016

Featured Home

Strang Residence
Durham Magazine, September 2016

Featured Home

Swartzlander/Blanken Condominium
Triangle Home Design & Decor Magazine, Oct/Nov 2016

Best Light Commercial Remodel

Chapel Hill Condo
HBADOC Remodelers Outstanding Construction (ROC) Awards, 2016

C. Carl Woods, Jr Craftsman of the Year Award

Phil Culberson, Carpenter, BuildSense
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI RDU), 2016

Green Home Tour

Wallach Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2016

Green Home Tour

Blecher Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2016

Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence 

BuildSense
GuildQuality, 2016

Best of Chapel Hill – Best Architect

BuildSense
Chapel Hill Magazine, 2016

Best of the Triangle – Best Contractor in Durham County 

BuildSense
INDY Week, 2016

Best of the Triangle – Best Architect in Durham County Finalist

BuildSense
INDY Week, 2016

Best of Houzz – Design 

BuildSense
Houzz, 2016

Best of Houzz – Service 

BuildSense
Houzz, 2016

Keep Durham Beautiful Award 

Touching Water – The Floating Lab at Hub Farm
With NCSU School of Architecture and Ellen Cassilly
Durham Golden Leaf Awards, 2016

Featured Bathroom

Protzman Residence Renovation
This Old House, May 2016

Green Home Tour 

Skye-Norris Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2016

North American Green Fleet 

BuildSense Fleet – #17
100 Best Fleets – Green Fleet Awards, 2015

Featured Home 

Protzman Residence
Triangle Urban Home Magazine, Aug/Sep 2015

North Carolina Fleet Leader

BuildSense
NC Clean Energy Technology Center, 2015

Green Home Tour

Horseshoe Farm Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2015

Residential Design Award 

Horseshoe Farm Residence – Jury Selected Entry
AIA Triangle Residential Tour, 2015

Green Home Tour

Lamont Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2015

Green Partner of Excellence

BuildSense
National Green Building Standard – Home Innovation Research Labs, 2015

Green Home Tour

Clarkson Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2015

Residential Design Award 

Spring Residence – Jury Selected Entry
Modern Atlanta – Design is Human Residential Tour, 2015

Residential Design Award 

Protzman Residence – Jury Selected Entry
AIA Triangle Residential Tour, 2015

Featured Home

Protzman Residence
Our State: North Carolina Magazine, April 2015

Founders Preservation Award 

Isaac Manning House Renovation
Preservation Chapel Hill, 2015

Residential Design Award 

Metheny Residence – Jury Selected Entry
Modern Atlanta – Design is Human Residential Tour, 2015

Featured Architect 

Erik Mehlman
Metal Architecture Magazine, January 2015

Best of Durham – Best Builder 

BuildSense (L E Meyers Builders)
Durham Magazine, 2015

Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence 

BuildSense (L E Meyers Builders)
GuildQuality, 2015

Best of Houzz – Service 

BuildSense (L E Meyers Builders)
Houzz, 2015

Honor Award

a house named Fred – in situ studio
AIA Triangle Design Awards, 2015

Featured Home 

Spring Residence
Triangle Urban Home Magazine, Oct/Nov 2014

Champion Award – NC Smart Fleet

BuildSense
NC Department of Transportation and NC Clean Energy Technology Center, 2014

Residential Design Award 

Spring Residence
AIA North Carolina, 2014

Best of the Triangle – Green Builder Finalist

BuildSense
INDY Week, 2014

Modernist Home Tour

Strang Residence – Featured Home
North Carolina Modernist Houses, Fall 2014

Best of Durham – Builder Gold Medal 

BuildSense
Durham Magazine, 2014

Green Home Tour 

Hamlin Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2014

Green Home Tour 

Scappino Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2014

Green Home Tour

Plotner Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2014

Featured Building

502 Rigsbee Avenue
Retrofit Magazine, March-April 2014

Featured Building

502 Rigsbee Avenue
Metal Architecture Magazine, April 2014

Featured Home

Metheny Residence
Durham Magazine, April 2014

Recruiter of the Year 

Leon Meyers
HBADOC (Home Builders Assoc of Durham, Orange, Chatham Counties), 2014

Featured Building – Cover Story 

502 Rigsbee Avenue
Roofing Magazine, March-April 2014

Remodeler of the Year 

BuildSense (L E Meyers Builders)
HBADOC (Home Builders Assoc of Durham, Orange, Chatham Counties), 2014

Builder of the Year

BuildSense (L E Meyers Builders)
HBADOC (Home Builders Assoc of Durham, Orange, Chatham Counties), 2014

Director of the Year 

HBADOC (Home Builders Assoc of Durham, Orange, Chatham Counties), 2014

Honor Award

a house named Fred – in situ studio
AIA NC Design Awards, 2014

Best of Durham – Best Builder

BuildSense (L E Meyers Builders)
Durham Magazine, 2014

Best Major Renovation

Brown Renovation, Chapel Hill, NC
HBADOC (Home Builders Assoc of Durham, Orange, Chatham Counties), 2014

Best of the Triangle – Green Architect Finalist

BuildSense
INDY Week, 2013

Featured Home

Spring Residence
Rural Modern by Russell Abraham, Images Publishing 2013

Best of Durham – Builder Bronze Medal

BuildSense
Durham Magazine, 2013

Residential Design Award 

Spring Residence – Jury Selected Entry
AIA Triangle Residential Tour, 2013

Best of the Triangle – Green Builder

BuildSense
INDY Week, 2013

Champion Award for Sustainability

502 Rigsbee Avenue
Triangle CREW, 2013

Best of Durham – Best Builder 

BuildSense (L E Meyers Builders)
Durham Magazine, 2013

Green Home Tour

Protzman Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2013

Green Home Tour

Lowe-Umbanhowar Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2013

Honor Award for Sustainable Properties 

502 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham Golden Leaf Awards, 2012

Outstanding Renovation Project

502 Rigsbee Avenue
Downtown Durham Inc, 2012

Pyne Preservation Award

204 North Dillard Street
Preservation Durham Awards, 2012

Clean & Green Commercial Project of the Year – Runner Up 

502 Rigsbee Avenue
Triangle Business Journal, 2012

Merit Award for Community Properties 

“The Leaf” at Durham Central Park
With NCSU School of Architecture and Ellen Cassilly
Durham Golden Leaf Awards, 2012

Clean & Green For-Profit Business of the Year

BuildSense
Triangle Business Journal, 2012

First Commercial Permitted Installation 

Building Mounted Wind Turbines for Clean Energy Generation
502 Rigsbee Avenue, City of Durham, 2011

Paul Harris Fellow

Randall Lanou
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2011

Outstanding Development Project

“The Leaf” at Durham Central Park
With NCSU School of Architecture and Ellen Cassilly
Downtown Durham Inc, 2011

First Place

Randall Lanou with NCSU School of Architecture
NC Sustainable Building Design Competition, 2011

Green Home Tour

Spring Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2011

Green Advocate of the Year 

Randall Lanou
Triangle Business Journal, 2010

Residential Design Award 

Zuco Residence – Jury Selected Entry
AIA Triangle Residential Tour, 2010

Residential Design Award

Metheny Residence – Jury Selected Entry
AIA Triangle Residential Tour, 2010

Featured Home

Shamlin Residence
Prefaboulous & Sustainable by Sheri Koones, Abrams Books 2010

Home of the Month

Shamlin Residence
The News & Observer, May 2010

Green Home Tour

Roy Renovation
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2010

First Place

Randall Lanou with NCSU School of Architecture
NC Sustainable Building Design Competition, 2010

Featured Home

Metheny Residence
“Why Modular?”, Fine Homebuilding, March 2010

First Residential Permitted Installation

Water Use & Energy Reduction Plumbing Manifold System
Goldstein Residence, City of Durham, 2009

First NC Certified Home 

Goldstein Residence
US Department of Energy Builders Challenge, 2009

Design Merit Award

Shamlin Residence
AIA Triangle, 2009

Home of the Month

Metheny Residence
The News & Observer, March 2009

Green Home Tour

Goldstein Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2009

Green Home Tour

Zuco Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle, 2009

Contributing Author

Erik Van Mehlman
Expanding Architecture; Design as Activism, Metropolis Press 2008

Featured Home 

Davis Residence
“The Rise of the Citizen Architect”, Metropolis, October 2008

Featured Home

Shamlin Residence
Beyond the Box, HGTV, 2008

First Place

Randall Lanou with NCSU School of Architecture
NC Sustainable Building Design Competition, 2007

Home of the Month

Davis Residence
The News & Observer, April 2006

First NC Certified Home 

Shamlin Residence
Green Home Builders of the Triangle – GHBT (now National Green Building Standard), 2006

Featured Building

Prarie Ridge Eco-Station
With Frank Harmon Architect
“Civic Buildings: Acting Locally”, Architectural Record, November 2006

First Place

Randall Lanou with NCSU School of Architecture
NC Sustainable Building Design Competition, 2006

First Place

Randall Lanou with NCSU School of Architecture
USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition, 2006

Merit Award

Shamlin Residence
Golden Leaf Award, Durham City-County Appearance Commission, 2006

Pyne Preservation Award 

Duke University Hart House,
Preservation Durham Awards, 2005

First Commercial Permitted Installation

Reclaimed Rain Water for Flushing of Interior Toilets
Prarie Ridge Eco-Station, City of Raleigh, 2005

Honor Award 

Web-Dotti House – Gomes + Staub
AIA NC Design Awards, 2004

“It has been a pleasure working with BuildSense. Thanks for all your hard work and hand holding.”

-Home Renovation and Addition Design/Build Client

“We so appreciate that BuildSense had the know-how and the follow through to provide the quality construction that was planned into every aspect of our project, much of it hidden from the eye, but making such a difference in its functionality and our comfort.”

-New Condominium Completion Design/Build Client

“Thanks to BuildSense our home is greatly improved. We look forward to enjoying our new spaces, increased energy efficiency, and easier maintenance for years to come.”

-Home Renovation and Addition Design/Build Client

“You all did TOO good of a job”

-Home Renovation and Addition Design/Build Client

“BuildSense was just awesome. You translated our descriptions of our needs into designs and specifications for the gorgeous and very functional spaces crafted for us. We are delighted at the clever use of space.”

-New Condominium Completion Design/Build Client

“On your final day, it felt like I was saying goodbye to Family. You hear so many horror stories about contractors. From day one something about BuildSense seemed to ease my worries and over the course of time you earned my trust and me, and I’m not the most trusting person.”

-Home Renovation Client