Building an award-winning home is an impressive feat no matter its location, but add in the many considerations that come with building along a coast and the challenges really pile up. With Storm Preparedness Week upon us, we turned to Luke Perisich, owner of Blue Sky Building Company. The winner of two Red Diamond Achiever Awards, we caught up with Perisich to talk about the rigors of coastal building, his favorite trends and if Blue Sky Building Company has its sights set on a third Red Diamond Achiever Award.
Blue Sky Building Company has won not one, but two Red Diamond Achiever Awards. What has been the key to your company’s award-winning success?
LP: We were very excited when we one our first Red Diamond Achiever Award a few years back. When we were notified of receiving it a second time we were sure there had to be a mistake. Our understanding is that no one has ever received two of them. And this second time we were the only project in both North Carolina and South Carolina to be recognized. We owe all of our success and recognition to our clients. You can have the most talented team in the world but without a client that recognizes what you are capable of, it is of no use. Our clients put an extreme amount of the faith and trust in us. Our only choice is to provide them a first class home with best-in-class products.
As a coastal builder, there is always the possibility one of your projects will be in the path of a major storm. What are the most important considerations for building a safe and sturdy coastal home?
LP: It’s not even a matter of the possibility of being in a storm path, it’s simply when
it will happen. We take an aggressive approach to waterproofing our homes with the most complete flashing details and the best products we can find. Most of our coastal construction, especially waterfront and water view projects, are built and certified according to the Fortified Home standards set out by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. Most of our Fortified projects meet the Gold Standard level of certification. We incorporate construction standards into all projects that allow us to sleep better while it’s pouring and blowing hard outside.
What is the one building trend right now that most excites you?
LP: We’ve been very blessed to build some fantastic projects for the best clients in the world. Our typical project had been getting increasingly larger and more complex. That type of first class custom project is exciting to build and provides a great amount of satisfaction upon completion. But frankly, what we are most excited about, intrigued more really, is the tiny house movement. We think there is a tremendous opportunity to incorporate some phenomenal design features into these intimate, yet livable, spaces.
Why do you choose Integrity products?
LP: Have you seen the product demonstration videos for Integrity? After you watch those, really anything else in a coastal exposure application is second rate.
Fill in the blank: Five years from now, coastal building will be different because _____________.
LP: …The nature of what we have learned through our collective mistakes, the products and techniques we will employ, will ultimately force this industry to a build a better home.
What is the one building tool you would most hate to lose?
LP: We have made extensive use of the BuilderTrend project management system. What a great tool that has been for us in keeping our trade partners and clients on the same page with online job schedules, document storage, up-to-date pictures of the project and keeping track of the myriad selections that need to be made when building a custom project. When I look back at how we built homes using landline phones at night and no computers I cringe. Of course life was a lot calmer too.
Is there any chance we might see Blue Sky Building Company pick up a third Red Diamond Achiever Award this year?
LP: We would love to have another winner, winner, chicken dinner! But we are going to modestly say no. We hope that another high quality and deserving builder in our industry is able to enjoy the limelight this year.