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Custom home built in Cullowhee River Club

The Geigers Move Closer to Grandchildren

Pennsylvania transplants Dan and Judy Geiger sought connections with family and nature in WNC.

Meet the Geigers

Dan and Judy Geiger moved from Pennsylvania to the mountains of Western North Carolina not only to be closer to their grandchildren, but they also wanted proximity to the mountains, lakes, and rivers that are so abundant here. They chose to build their home in Jackson County’s Cullowhee River Club community because of its mountain views, and because it’s on the Tuckasegee River.


Why Sundog?

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.

Custom fireplace and kitchen for the Geiger home.

The Plan

  • They wanted a home that reflected a “mountain modern” style.
  • 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.
  • The Geigers had a checklist of “must-haves” for their new residence. Some of their more specific desires in a home included:
  • All-gas appliances.
  • A screened-in rear deck to take advantage of those mountain views.
  • Smart home capability.

The Challenge

Constructing a 2-car detached garage with a guest suite above it.


The Solution

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.”

The upstairs flex space at the Geiger residence in Cullowhee, NC.

What Went Well

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.


And Now?

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.”

The exterior of the Geiger residence in Cullowhee, NC.

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