I don't even know where to start or which words could possibly suffice in communicating to you and everyone at South Mountain Company what a pleasure it has been for me to have been taken under your wings during this most significant project of building my family a home.
This was a dream that came true due to a caring and connected community that allowed me to venture forward and make it happen. Never would I have imagined that I would be sitting here, in my own home after 17 years of renting, with my 2 sons who are 'blown away' by their sense of ownership and having roots on this island they've been brought up on, to write you John, and thank you for what you've orchestrated.
There is a serene easiness amongst the recently completed cluster of homes at Eliakim’s Way in West Tisbury. Neighborly introductions have been made, the hammocks are hung and the community of new homeowners is planning it’s future.
Our neighborhood is a setting for dignified living and an unparalleled opportunity for home ownership. For some it will be a place to raise the next generation of island residents. We take pride in place, aiming to live according to the same enlightened ideals that make this place exemplary.
From our new community to all those involved we offer our deepest gratitude and respect. For your insight, care and dedication you are to be commended. Thank you.
you all think of the small (all nails in a row)
you all think of the big (the community, the world, how little to put in the dumpster)
at the end you leave us flowers.
thank you all. even those we haven’t met
for your generous
We love what you have made... and how you made it.
Whether building a new house, renovating an old one, or adding additions to either, I suspect you are often told at the time how much you are appreciated. Our sense of appreciation has never ended. It is hard to believe that we have been in the home you first built for us for 18 years. It continues to bring as much joy to us today as it did all those years ago, and to our family and friends.
In 2009, the Woods Hole Research Center purchased a century-old carriage house adjacent to its headquarters at the George M Woodwell building. Completed in August of 2010, the deep-energy retrofit of the Carriage House was designed and implemented by South Mountain Company, an architectural design/build firm widely respected for integrating handsome design with energy efficiency.
South Mountain architects worked closely with the Woods Hole Research Center’s building committee and reformed the Carriage House into a small, sterling office building that is one of the gems in their catalog of energy-efficient structures.
The Island Housing Trust contracted South Mountain Company twice over the past five years, most recently to design and build a neighborhood of eight new single family houses at Eliakim’s Way in West Tisbury completed in May of 2010. Both of these projects came in on schedule and at budget.
The success of these high performance homes was due to South Mountain Company’s expertise, experience, and hard work. South Mountain Company led an integrated design/build process that began with site planning and schematic designs all the way through to a homeowner orientation for eight families who were each provided homeowner manuals by South Mountain Company. The Island Housing Trust’s satisfaction with South Mountain Company’s work is best exemplified by the incredible gratitude our homeowners share with us for these modest, beautifully designed well-built, energy efficient dwellings they now call home.
What a ride. With limited input from the client, you more than hit the nail on the head. I am most grateful for the collective thoughtfulness evident in each and every detail. I love what, how, when, and why you did.
Early in the process Ryan gave us a rendering, which caused us to say, “Eureka”. We framed the rendering, which still hangs in a place of honor in our house because to us it meant that our design team understood and would be able to give us exactly what we wanted.
Although John had been a steady and contributing member of the planning process, once construction started we saw a lot less of him. Nevertheless, on those infrequent occasions when all didn’t go smoothly, we became aware that he had been following the job so closely that he was able to participate on an as needed basis without skipping a beat. Nothing dropped through the cracks. Nothing was left to chance.
Over time we learned that South Mountain was a consistent under-promiser and over-deliverer. Our experience with other builders was exactly the opposite and it took us a while to fully appreciate this extraordinary difference – but after a while we began to take it for granted, to depend on it.
Another important person in the process – and equally competent – was Deirdre Bohan, who runs South Mountain’s interiors department.
Thus it came to pass that a month ahead of the time projections and on budget our dream house was turned over to us and we moved in.
If one is looking for a stress-less worry-free experience in creating, implementing and caring for a project that is both beautiful and functional, built to the highest state of the art standards to be delivered both on time and on budget, we want to share our superlative experience with the wonderful South Mountain community.
You helped us realize a dream we didn’t even know we had. Thanks to your and our wonderful team for everything.
In addition to thanks, love from us.
Thank you again for making this process a painless and rather fun one. We are enjoying our renovated house and starting to make it feel like home. All visitors have commented on the craftsmanship and the beauty of the house and our neighbors applauded us on preserving the environment and working with the landscape not against it. These are all ideas we had in mind but wouldn’t have achieved this finished masterpiece without you!
Your skills and dedication to this project are making it possible for this long-standing dream of expanding the West Tisbury School's kitchen come to life!
I am so thankful to you and the whole South Mountain crew for donating the time to move this project ahead.
Last fall we met with John Powers [Board of Health] to talk about the kitchen expansion, and he basically said "People have been talking about doing this for 20 years, and I seriously doubt you people will bring it any further than the rest have." And here we are such a short time later with plans on the table and support from the School Committee--yahoo! We truly couldn't have gotten here without South Mountain's support.
After spending a decade considering different types of renewable energy, we landed on solar panels as the best option. We worked with SMC in 2011 to install roof-mounted solar panels on our home. We couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.
We found the SMC staff to be very knowledgeable of the solar options and the economics surrounding the cost benefit analysis. The panels were installed on time and on budget. Esthetically the panels blend in well with our roof. We really appreciated that SMC did not overpromise as we actually have been producing more solar electricity then they forecasted for the past 3+ years.
When South Mountain did a deep energy retrofit renovation of our house, the last decision we made was to include PV solar panels on the roof. The installation was painless and professional, and the solar energy production enables us very cost-effectively to have a virtually all-electric house, with efficient heat pumps for heating and cooling. We have the pleasure of seeing online what our energy production is each month and of knowing that each year a majority of the energy used by the house is produced by us, onsite.
I've been referring you guys to all my friends. We love our PV solar panels that proudly cover our entire southern roof, and our small NStar bills and growing SREC checks make it all work.
We would like to let you know how pleased we are with our new solar installations on two of our properties on South Road, in Chilmark. The installation took place without the slightest interruption to my wife and I. I must say, that the installers were at all times, courteous, pleasant to deal with and did their work in the most professional manner. Your whole team is to be complemented. We would be happy to recommend South Mountain to anyone.
South Mountain made the process very easy for us, taking care of all the details, to make sure we got all the rebates and credits to which we were entitled. There were literally no hassles for us during construction, and when the work was complete, the house and yard looked better than before. And the results were amazing.
A couple of years ago I took a tour of some affordable houses SMC was building - with PV on the roofs and enough insulation to make them "energy neutral." I decided to call SMC and see if they could do a "deep energy" retrofit and install PV on our 19th century farmhouse in Menemsha. It turns out they could, and they did! They made the process very easy for us, taking care of all the details, including the administrative details to make sure we got all the rebates and credits to which we were entitled. There were literally no hassles for us during construction, and when the work was complete, the house and yard looked better than before. And the results were amazing. We rely heavily on electricity now to heat the house in winter, and have saved close to $2000 a year in propane cost, while spending only $200 for electricity beyond what our PV system provides. And we're saving the planet!
Originally, I contracted the installation of my commercial solar thermal and PV systems to one of the largest solar installers in the Northeast. After their considerable delay in performance on the contract, I terminated that contract and contacted South Mountain. They were not only able to work with the previous contractor in the transfer of all project information, but also able to improve the design and engineering previously completed by the other firm. They then provided a turnkey installation with the expediency I felt necessary. In hindsight, I wish I had contacted them in the first place as I would have undoubtedly saved myself significant heartache and grief!
The house I purchased from South Mountain continually amazes me. The craftsmanship, the detail, the design is perfect for my lifestyle and for house guests. The solar installation is my most cherished aspect of the house. My energy cost are so minimal they’re hardly worth mentioning. South Mountain has been available to me for questions and issues that have come up. I admire the work they are doing in research and development in energy conservation and their leadership on Martha's Vineyard in preserving resources for the future.