Why it’s important to service your HVAC system

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

The purpose of servicing your HVAC system is to keep it up and running all year long with no surprise breakdowns and operating at it’s top efficiency. It’s very easy to forget about your HVAC system and neglect it. Imagine if you did that with you car though! If you never had the oil changed or any kind of tune up you can’t expect it to last more than a couple of years tops. The same goes for your HVAC system. No matter how much the system cost or what the warranty is mechanical equipment is subject to breakdowns if you don’t take care of it. There are many benefits of having your HVAC regularly serviced each year. Some of these include:


•Lower energy bills
•Fewer repairs
•Lower chance of a breakdown
•Longer life for the system
•Safer operation



C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.

Solar Eclipse

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

6 Best Places To See The 2017 Solar Eclipse In Georgia (+ A Can’t-Miss SC Location)

LAST UPDATED: 06/16/2017

In case you haven’t heard, there is a total solar eclipse coming August 21 of this year. There is a small path in Georgia from which you can see the eclipse in totality. If your family is like ours, you want to maximize on this phenomenon, so we’ve collected a list of places where you can visit to see the event.

Solar Eclipse Georgia

If you can’t make it out of Atlanta, then you definitely need some glasses (although, in point, everyone should get some.) Please see our link at the end of this post. From Atlanta only a very short partial eclipse sighting will be available.

And as with everything….the sun has to be visible for any of this to be possible…so we hope it isn’t cloudy or dreary on this special Monday afternoon in August, when a total eclipse will be visible from the US for the first time in 38 years!


You’ll begin to see the partial eclipse at 1:05pm, with the total eclipse beginning at 2:34pm and lasting almost 2 minutes.

Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Blairsville, and in fact, in all of Georgia. It’s well above the tree line and would make an outstanding location from which to view the eclipse.

Curb appeal

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments



DLL_0964fAre you looking to upgrade the outside of your home or add some curb appeal without a complete remodel? If so check out these simple improvements:


– Restore your front door.

A new front door can look impressive, plus it might be able to pay for itself in added resale value.
– Renew siding and trim.

Although it can be expensive updating siding is one of the best ways to add value to your home. An exterior facelift automatically transforms the look of a home. Periodic maintenance of the exterior surface is the best way to keep your house looking its best. Any obvious defects such as cracked or rotting material can downgrade your home.
– Freshen up the front porch.

A front porch is a key point on your home. Keep the porch floor and railings in good condition and add comfortable furniture to make the porch inviting.
– Consider outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting is an effective security feature. Plus exterior lights can also give your home a dramatic and attractive look at night. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees, the house, or can illuminate a pathway. If you aren’t able to use lighting that requires wiring, install solar fixtures instead.
– Fix what’s broken.

Repair cracks in sidewalks and the driveway. Patching is an affordable alternative to a complete resurfacing job.


– Replace old hardware.

House numbers, a exterior lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, exterior door handles, and an overhead light fixture can add style and interest to your home’s exterior. If they’re out of date or dingy your home may not be as aesthetic you think it is. These elements add the most appeal when they function together rather than as mix-and-match pieces. For example bronze finishes should not be combined with brushed nickel, etc.
– Add shutters and replace windows.

Shutters and windows add a welcoming layer of beauty and appeal to your home’s exterior. Shutters and windows can also control the light and indoor temperature. Exterior shutters can be made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite, or fiberglass.
– Replace gutters and downspouts.

If your home has an old gutter system odds are it’s also suffering from peeling paint, rust spots, and other problems that can convey a sense of neglect.
– Tile your doorstep.

Create a permanent welcome mat by installing tile or painting a design that contrasts with the porch or front stoop. Not only will you not have to worry about replacing the mat when it gets dingy but you can also impress your visitors with your creativity.
– Dress up the driveway.

– If your driveway is cracked, stained, or has vegetation sprouting from it you can upgrade it without doing a complete redo. First repair the cracks and stains, and kill the weeds. Dress it up by staining the concrete or affixing flagstones. If you need more room to move your car or park you can add stone, brick, or pavers to the sides of the drive to widen it with flair.
– Build a walkway

A well designed walkway can make your home feel inviting. For a dramatic improvement to a straight concrete path replace it with a contoured one made of stone or brick. For a less dramatic upgrade you can apply a colored concrete resurfacer to the old walkway, then edge with brick or stone borders.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about upgrading your homes exterior.
C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.

Home and Garden Article repost

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

Home & Garden Show helps homeowners find

solutionsSee McBride, Page 2ABy Lily AveryNorth Georgia NewsStaff WriterClan Fraser was the honored clan at the 2017 Blairsville

Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Photo/Lily AveryLads and lassies gathered their kilts and erasaids to partake in the Opening Ceremony for the 14th Annual

Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Meeks Park on Saturday, June 10. Each year, the games are officially opened during the Opening Ceremony,

highlighting the Parade of Tartans, the Massed Bands and the recognition of the year’s honored clan – Clan Fraser. “The Scottish Festival is all about the gathering of

the clans,” said Paul Jean Redditt, Scottish Festival Music and Entertainment Chairwoman. “That’s the origin of it. All the clans come and they border the creek and

everyone comes together, like a family. Year after year, everyone comes back. People that are searching for their clans come here and find out what their roots mean.

It just gives people a real connection to their Scottish heritage.”Under the command of Drum Major Don Bogue, this year’s Massed Bands featured bagpipers and

drummers from across the region, with musicians from Athol Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Alhambra Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Appalachian St. Andrews Pipes

and Drums, John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes and Drums and North Georgia Pipes and Drums. Since the beginning of the Blairsville games 14 years ago, a clan from the

original 26 that registered to attend the first games has been honored. Clan Blair was the first to hold the coveted title all those years ago and now, Clan Fraser holds

the 2017 title.“In the 14 years that we’ve had the festival, we have literally drawn out of a hat the names of the 26 clans that were here the first year,” said Joe

Satterfield, Blairsville Scottish Festival Planning Committee Chairman. “We put those 26, and now 12, names in a pot and drawn them out of a hat, literally, and

invite them to be the honored clan. But it has to do with the first year and the clans that were here the organizing year.” Gary Fraser of Clan Fraser spoke to the

audience on behalf of the clan, expressing his utmost gratitude to be honored during the festival and wishing all in attendance Bud and Mary Carol Akins with

members of Modern Woodmen of America. Photo/Shawn JarrardThe 2017 Home & Garden Show. Photo/Lowell NicholsonSee Home Show, Page 7AThe Third

Annual Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina Home & Garden Show by Expo Management Inc. provided local businesses and service providers an

opportunity to show off home and lawn gears and gizmos to thousands of patrons on June 10 and June 11. “This is the third annual home and garden show,” said Bill

Anderson, president of Expo Management. “We’ll have about 4,500 people between the two days, so we’ll have a big turn out. We have just about anything and

everything someone needs for their home.” The show, held for the first time at the Towns County Recreation and Conference Center, also featured seminars from Jim

Parks, the host of HGTV’s remodeling show “New Spaces.” Parks hosted three seminars on both days, covering an assortment of how-to topics and current trends in


June 14, 2017 THE NORTH GEORGIA NEWS Page 7A

Home Show…from Page 1A

Jim Parks of HGTV’s “New Spaces” fame. Photo/Lowell Nicholson

It was looking outdoorsy indoors during the show at the Towns County Recreation and Conference Center. Photo/Lowell Nicholson

on curb appeal to a seminar on optimizing space within the home, and everything in between.

“Jim Parks lives in Chicago and is with HGTV, and we use him for a lot of our shows,” said Anderson. “He flies down and spends the weekend giving seminars,

such as ‘Update My Kitchen, Bathroom and Closet,’ which is the most popular one.”

According to Anderson, the majority of the vendors at the show are from the Western North Carolina market of Murphy, Hayesville and Andrews, then Blue

Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee in Georgia.

“We have 82 vendors this year, which is bigger than before, and most of them are local,” said Anderson. “That’s part of the beauty of it. These are local people

who have products for the houses. And people who see something they like, they won’t have to travel far to find these businesses.

“If people want to make their house better, more livable, more comfortable, then they should definitely make it out to the home and garden show.

“Also, most of the vendors and businesses that are here also have show specials, so there are discounts that people can get here that they might not get just by

going to the store.”

One of the booths, Cindy Cohen and Donald Caraway with Complete Home Services in Blairsville, had multiple displays around the venue, showcasing the various

services they offer, such as residential lawn design.

“We’re Complete Home Services, which has a division of VistaScapes Landscaping,” said Cohen. “We’re one of those companies that does housekeeping, gutter

cleaning, summer home cleaning. Then we have our VistaScapes Landscaping division where we do anything from designing of residential lawns to just basic lawn


The two have been coming to the Home and Garden Show for as long as it has been running as a way to attract more customers and let people in the area know where

they are and what they do. So far, both Cohen and Caraway said that it has definitely proven to be a good decision each year.

“This is our third year here,” said Caraway “We’ve been coming to the Home and Garden Show ever since it started. We always are trying to get our name and face out

there and that’s basically why we come to this show, to try and do that.

“It has generated some business so far this year and definitely brought in some business in previous years. And we love the new venue this year. The recreation center

is bigger and nicer and we have a lot of space to set up and people seem to like it.”

Countless other vendors lined the recreation center, from cookware to house insurance to home furniture, offering deals and tips on how to make the home a more cozy,

comfortable environment.

Overall, this year’s home and garden show was one for the books, with more vendors, more attendees and more opportunities for home improvement.

“The house is the greatest asset that most of us have and we spend more money and more time on making our house nice and livable than anything else we have,”

said Anderson. “This is why home and garden shows are so popular and so important.”



C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home Builder located in Blairsville,Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.



Check your home for air tightness

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

What does having a low ACH (Air Change Per Hour) mean for you?


-You can reduce energy consumption due to air leakage.

-You can avoid moisture condensation problems.

-You can avoid uncomfortable drafts caused by cold air leaking in from the outdoors.

-You can save up to 30% on your energy bill just by making necessary upgrades following a home energy assessment.


The current Georgia building code requires a new home to have a air tightness test performed and be at 7 ACH or lower to receive a Certificate of Occupancy (C/O). This same code also requires duck tightness testing under certain circumstances but this article will discuss the air tightness only.


To measure the amount of air leakage in a home we use a tool called a blower door and a manometer which measures pressure. Let’s first start off by talking a little bit about what a blower door is. A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the home lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all the unsealed cracks and openings.


Blower door tests are done to find the air infiltration rate of a building to determine how airtight your home is and to help find leaks. In addition to finding air infiltration a blower door test can also help find defects especially in conjunction with an infrared camera. The blower door will intensify the natural infiltration occurring in a house while the air outside that is forcing its way in shows up as a different color on the infrared camera. There are two types of blower doors calibrated and uncalibrated.  It is important that when testing you use a calibrated door. The calibrated blower door has several gauges that measure the amount of air pulled out of the house by the fan. Uncalibrated blower doors can only locate leaks in homes and they provide no method for determining the overall tightness of a building. The calibrated blower door’s data allows the auditor to quantify the amount of air leakage and the effectiveness of any air-sealing job.


Blower door results can be expressed in a few different metrics. The most common one is air changes per hour (ACH), or how many times a house’s air is completely replaced in a given hour. Because we take our blower door measurement at 50 Pascal, most codes and standards reference the air changes at that elevated pressure, but we can also calculate the air changes under natural conditions as well. For example a code-built new home with decent air sealing might have 7 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal that means if we kept the blower door running for an hour it would pump in enough air to completely replace the home’s air 7 times. The math and metrics can get a little bit complicated so let’s put them in context. Here is a rough scale to compare your blower door test number to other standards: 10-20 ACH50 – Older homes with almost no air sealing 7-10 ACH50 – Average new home with some air sealing 7 ACH50 – OK infiltration level and the 2009 IECC energy code requirement 3-5 ACH50 – Good and achievable target for most new homes. 3 ACH50 and lower – Tight home with great air sealing, and required by the 2012 energy code first adopted in MD and coming to other jurisdictions soon. .6 ACH50 – Super tight home and the Passive House standard.


Preparing for testing:


– If you heat with wood be sure all fires are completely out this also includes hot coals before the auditor arrives.

– Remove any ashes from open fireplaces.

– Plan for a walk through of your home with the auditor.

– Be prepared to point out areas that you know are drafty.

– Expect the auditor to request access to all areas of your home this can include closets, built-in cabinets, attics, crawl spaces, and any unused rooms.

– Expect the auditor to set controls on all fossil fuel appliances to ensure that they do not fire during the test. This can include stoves, water heaters, etc.

– Expect the test to take up to an hour or more depending on the complexity of your home.



C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home Builder located in Blairsville,Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains is certified in air tightness testing. We can advise you on any changes you may need to make in order to achieve a lower ACH.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule a test.

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Looking to build a mountain home?

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

What is the draw of the North Georgia Mountains? For a start there is the Chattahoochee National Forest which covers close to 750,000 acres. In addition to breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings there are plenty of family friendly recreational opportunities like hiking, rafting, boating, tubing and fishing. The Aska Adventure Trail Area in Blue Ridge is a 17 mile trail designed for hikers and mountain bikers and the Appalachian Trail begins at Springer Mountain in Fannin County. If an exciting rafting or tubing trip is what you are looking for the Nottely River in Blairsville, the Hiawassee River in Hayesville and Hiawassee or the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge are all within a 30 minute drive from any community in North Georgia. It’s not just all outdoor activities though there is also plenty of shopping and dining options in downtown Blue Ridge for those times when you want a night out on the town.
Living in North Georgia Mountains means the finest living with beautiful scenic surroundings including Lake Blue Ridge and Lake Nottely with the mountains as a backdrop, wonderful friendly people, and an “easy does it” pace of life that is perfect for raising your family, retirement living or a vacation home which is perfect for a weekend getaway.


If you’re considering building a new home in the North Georgia Mountains or remodeling your existing one give C&H Construction a call at (706) 835-9139.


C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home Builder located in Blairsville,Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.

Window materials

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments


Trying to decide which type of windows to install can sometimes be overwhelming. To help you take the confusion out of window shopping we listed the pros and cons of each type of window material below:


Fiberglass windows are very durable with good thermal performance. They are low maintenance and can be painted to any color you desire.

Fiberglass windows don’t have many drawbacks except for cost as these windows can be a little bit pricey.


Vinyl windows are low cost and low maintenance. They also offer good thermal protection.

Vinyl windows are not very strong and don’t have good expansion and contraction abilities. They are also not able to be painted so your choice of color is limited.

Clad wood

Clad wood windows have the look and feel of real wood and have many color choices. The interior is also paintable so it can match your decor and has low exterior maintenance.

Clad wood windows can be pricy and the quality can vary. Even though this material has low exterior maintenance it does require interior maintenance.



Wood windows have a good thermal performance. The exterior can have architectural detail and there are a wide variety of color choices.

Wood windows can have a high cost if you want good quality. They also require exterior maintenance.



Composite windows are unique in that they combine different strengths together. They have a wide variety of color choices and are low maintenance.

Composite windows do have a high cost. There are a limited number of manufacturers and durability may vary.



Aluminum windows are very strong and durable. They are low maintenance and have a variety of color choices.

Aluminum windows have a very low thermal performance and the quality of the window can vary.



Just like aluminum steel windows are extremely strong and durable. They have a variety of color choices and narrow sight lines.

Steel windows have a low thermal performance and a high cost. They also have a commercial look and can often feel cold.


Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about window frame material.


C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.

Do you have woodpecker damage?

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

With all the wood used to build log cabins and homes up here in the North Georgia Mountains it’s only natural that sometimes woodpeckers can be attracted to your house. Woodpeckers can be very damaging to your home. Holes can be drilled into wood siding, window frames, and trim boards. Woodpeckers prefer cedar and redwood, but will damage pine, fir, cypress, and other types of wood when the choices are limited.


Woodpeckers peck at homes generally for three reasons.
1) A male woodpecker is drumming to make as loud a noise as possible to attract a mate and to announce to other male woodpeckers that this is his territory. Hollow branches are generally preferred but sometimes a gutter or siding can serve as a substitute.
2) A woodpecker is searching for insects. If you see holes drilled or chipped away not only do you have woodpecker damage, but it can also mean you have insects living in your external boards that the woodpecker found. Often, carpenter bees will drill holes into wood and tunnel through, laying eggs that you don’t even know are there. Woodpeckers open up the tunnels from the outside and eat the hatched larvae.
3) Woodpeckers can use your home as a site for a nest or roost hole if the woodpecker seems to be making a round hole big enough for it to enter. If it has decided this is a good place for a nest it may be hard to get it to leave so it may be easier to install a woodpecker nest box on the side of your house so that it uses the box instead of making holes in your home.



There are also a few things you can do to prevent woodpecker damage:
– Place fake owls or hawks near your home.
– Loud noises can deter them away if you see them near your home.
Once the woodpecker is deterred from your home if there is any damage is should be promptly fixed so that woodpeckers are not attracted to the damaged site in the future.


Do you need repairs to your home caused by woodpeckers? If the answer is yes we can help!


C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.

Controlling erosion

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments



Erosion control is not just for keeping water away from your house. Did you know that when water from rain or sprinkler systems travel down slopes it will erode soil and wash pesticides and fertilizers into waterways? It can also ruin your landscape design by carving out gullies and uprooting your plants, not to mention causing water damage to your home! There are several erosion control strategies that will help keep your yard intact and looking beautiful:


Rain gardens

A rain garden is a garden that rain water is diverted to. Rain gardens help to detain the water while allowing it to soak into the ground where it will water your plants instead of eroding soil.
*Be sure to install plants that can sustain temporary periods of flooding. If you are unsure which plants are suitable give us a call and we will be more then happy to assist you.



Mulching can help to control erosion on moderate slopes. These are slopes that are defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as less than a 33% incline. Applying 2-3 inches of mulch helps to protect the soil, increase the surface area and improve water penetration. Mulching flower beds and around shrubs and trees also provide additional landscape erosion control. You should also place stone, gravel or river rocks in areas that have forceful rainwater to help protect the mulch and anchor the soil.



Plants help to keep the soil firmly in place when water runs across your yard. You can also apply jute netting or coconut fiber mats underneath the plants to help keep the soil from washing away until the plants roots have been established.


Retaining walls

For yards that have a severe slope of a 50% incline or greater plants and mulch by themselves are insufficient for erosion control. It is strongly recommend that a retaining wall is installed to control the water flow. Retaining walls are an extremely effective method for erosion control and also a very attractive solution.


Do you have water damage to your home caused by erosion? If so we can help!


C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.

Swimming Pools

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in blog_commentary | 0 comments

The Summer is just around the corner and you might be considering getting a pool to keep you cool in the Georgia heat. There are two types of pools to choose from above ground and in ground. So which one is best for you? Below we will discuss some of the major differences to help you decide.

Above ground pools are able to be installed fairly quickly, and in some cases they can even be installed in one day although most will take several days as you have to clear and level the area, erect the pool, and install the liner and fill it with water.

In ground pools however, will typically take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to install once the work has begun.

*It is important to note that there are very few if any companies that offer pool installation unless you buy the pool from them. This means that a pool purchased online may require a DIY installation.


Above ground pools are typically priced anywhere from $800-$3000. Online DIY above ground packages typically range from $4000-$8000. The price generally depends on size of the pool, optional equipment and the quality of components. More expensive above ground pools are deeper and thicker, with more durable materials and have options such as in pool lighting, safety ladders and/or steps, pool cleaners, and a more effective filtration system.

In ground pools are typically priced anywhere from $5000 and up. Like all pools the price depends on the pool type, size, options, and features.

Many homes have sloping yards, some slope up and some slope down. In both these cases retaining walls need to be used to extend the usable area by cutting into an up slope, or building out over a down slope. There is usually always a way to make a pool work, but it comes with a much higher price tag when significant landscaping and retaining walls are needed.


No matter which type of pool you choose pool safety is always a concern especially if you have children. Above ground pools are typically considered safer than inground pools. This is because without a surrounding pool deck falling into the pool or hitting your head on the cement is less of a possibility. However, the safest pool is one that surrounded by a 4-sided pool fence during the summer and a safety cover during winter both of which require a solid pool deck to anchor to.

Above ground pools are generally considered easier to maintain than inground pools, however this is only due to smaller size and water volume. It truly depends on the pool equipment and on the care given to the pool. Many above ground pools are sold with small pumps and filters in an effort to keep the cost down and some pool owners don’t run the pump long enough or give the water chemistry enough attention.

In ground pools are more often easier to keep clean given that the pump, filter and cleaning equipment is much larger and more effective then that of a above ground pool.

Another type of long-term maintenance cost is repairs. In ground pools will cost much more in this area than above ground  pools will because above ground pools are simpler, with less things that can go wrong, and fewer products with lower price tags. In the long run an in ground pool can cost several times the amount that a above ground pool will cost.


Pool Permanence

Aboveground pools are sold in two types, Portable and Permanent. Portable pools are the Intex style pool, used for just a few seasons, perhaps 5 years at the most. “Permanent” aboveground pools last much longer, but their permanence is questionable. I have seen 25 year old aboveground pools, but others may befall some calamity.

Permanence has a reverse benefit for some people, that it can be removed in the future, if one so desired. In-ground pools, especially concrete pools have an easy 50 year lifespan, if not longer, and are difficult to remove.

Inground pools are usually refurbished every 25 years or so, with new tile and coping, plaster and equipment. Vinyl and Fiberglass inground pools also can last for decades, if not 50 years, with new vinyl every 10 years or fiber resurfacing every 20 years.

Some above ground pools can come with  in-pool lighting, heaters, automatic cleaners and salt chlorine systems, but unless you build a custom concrete pool above the ground you are limited to only these basic features.

In ground pools however, can have attached spas, fire features, waterfalls and other features. You can also build an in ground pool in any shape you want not just round or oval or square and  in any color palette you want, not just light blue.

Inground pools can be built with vanishing edges that seem to flow into the horizon, or be equipped with automatic safety covers. They can have tanning ledges, benches and swim-up bars. Anything you can dream up can become a reality with a in ground pool.




C&H Construction is a licensed general contractor and Custom Home builder located in Blairsville, Union County Georgia serving Towns County Georgia, Fannin County Georgia, Gilmer County Georgia and the North Georgia Mountains.