The Homeplace I and II in Durham recently completed a million-dollar “face-lift,” and homeowners are “quite happy with the overall results.”
The Association spent approximately $1.4 million on 210 new roofs with CertainTeed Lifetime Architectural shingles by Roofwerks, all new gutters on all homes, repainting of the homes by Onofrio Construction, community-wide pruning of all trees near buildings, streets, and parking lots by Bartlett Tree Experts, and oversight by Giles Flythe Engineering. The community (known as Homeplace Townhomes Association, Inc., Phase I and II) was built in 1984 and consists of 210 ranch-style, brick townhomes, located in building clusters of two, three or four homes.
When a community undertakes a project like this, there are many factors that go into planning and preparation, logistics, coordination, and oversight. The industry generally defines major repair/reconstruction projects as any project that costs over $500,000 or one that involves at least three types of skills, such as carpentry, roofing, and painting. Major projects can take up to two or more years to complete depending on the size of the project and the availability of funds.
Once work is underway, frequent communication between team members is of utmost importance. The HOA manager at The Homeplace was involved with the construction manager, general contractor, and any personnel that were on-site during the project. The Board of Directors and the HOA manager had frequent meetings to receive full reports on progress and any changes in the contracted work. Owners were also allowed input during meetings, and were a big part of the communication chain through email updates and online software portals.
Todd Petheridge, one of the most senior and seasoned managers at CAS, played a prominent role in the oversight of this major repair project at The Homeplace Townhomes. Todd is a certified CMCA and AMS and has worked with CAS for fifteen years. One of the most rewarding aspects of his role as a manager at Homeplace, Todd stated, “is working with the Board and the community to improve the community.”