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A Sundog-built mountain modern home in Cullowhee River Club.

A Mountain Modern Home in Cullowhee


560 words | 2 min read

When Dan and Judy Geiger moved from Pennsylvania to the mountains of Western North Carolina, they sought a home that reflected a “mountain modern” style. They chose Sundog Homes to build their custom home because of our reputation and based on recommendations from others who had homes built by us, as well as “Seeing (our) quality of homes in other developments,” according to Dan Geiger.

Although their primary motive for moving to the area was to be closer to their grandchildren, they did have a few other reasons. For one, they wanted proximity to the mountains, lakes, and rivers that are so abundant here. In fact, they said they built their home in Jackson County’s Cullowhee River Club community because of its mountain views, and because it’s on the Tuckasegee River.

“Sundog listened to our needs and concerns, (and provided) access to the BuilderTrend app to monitor progress.” Dan Geiger, Homeowner

Meeting their Needs

The Geigers brought Sundog the plans for the house they wanted to be built, which was designed by an architectural firm preferred by the management of the Cullowhee River Club community. Like most homebuyers, the Geigers had a checklist of “must-haves” for their new residence. Some of their more specific desires in a home included having all-gas appliances, a screened-in rear deck to take advantage of those mountain views, and smart home capability. One of the most challenging aspects of their home build was constructing a 2-car detached garage with a guest suite above it. Sundog Homes’ solution was to build a garage on the property that was customized to match the design of their home.

“Sundog listened to our needs and concerns, (and provided) access to the BuilderTrend app to monitor progress,” said Dan. The Geigers were especially happy to have Construction Field Manager Brent Raynor on-site. According to Dan, “Working with Brent was a very rewarding experience.”

David Earley, President of Sundog Homes, said of Brent, “He did an excellent job with these folks and I know from the quality inspection that (he) did deliver a high-quality home.”

Communication is Key

They were pleased with the selection of interior and exterior finishes and hardware we offered, as well as how easy it was to make changes or adjustments, and how quickly Brent and his crew were able to make them.


In addition to providing them with accessibility and constant contact with the construction team, Sundog Homes did all the footwork that seems daunting to people building a home from the ground-up. Sundog performed a free site evaluation of the property, handled all the paperwork, pulled the necessary permits, and gained approval from the community’s Architectural Review Board. From start to finish, their new home was built and ready for move-in within six months.

“(Sundog Homes) exceeded our expectations and built us a great quality home.” Dan Geiger

A Happy Ending – and a Beautiful New Home


Overall, the Geigers are happy with their move, from “meeting new friends in our neighborhood… (and) Being 7 miles from our grandchildren and spending time with them, our daughter and son-in-law,” said Dan. Just as important is the fact that they’re happy with their house. “(We’re) enjoying all the new features we didn’t have in our previous home of 25 years,” he said, adding, “(Sundog Homes) exceeded our expectations and built us a great quality home.”

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