At Southern Crafted Homes, we salute our military and are proud to serve the military community in a variety of ways!
With in-house design capabilities and an understanding of the Veteran’s Administration’s requirements for grant funds, our company can deliver award winning designs to all who want to live in a Southern Crafted Homes community!
Returning veterans may find the home buying experience frustrating as they address various design features in their prospective home that do or do not work for their special needs. At Southern Crafted Homes, we prefer to address those needs right up front to ensure the most appropriate floor plan is selected and necessary design adjustments are made to accommodate homeowners. Most importantly, it’s done in such a way to ensure the home looks like it was “born that way” as opposed to obviously modified.
Everything from accessibility to all points of the home (foyer, garage and lanai), to wheel chair accessible bathrooms and bedrooms, to properly designed showers for easy access, to lowered bathroom vanities with wheel chair accessibility, to easy-to-reach light switches and receptacles. Our trained staff interviews each prospect to find out if there are any special requirements and will provide a level of service that cannot be matched without spending a significant amount of money with a design/build firm.
Homes for Troops
In 2011, Southern Crafted Homes partnered with Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that matches homebuilders with veterans and arranges to have a free home built for a wounded veteran. The homes are carefully designed to meet all of the special needs of these veterans who are largely paraplegics, quadriplegics and multiple amputees.
Through Homes for Our Troops, Southern Crafted Homes was matched up with Sergeant Austin Burchard to build Austin and his wife, Donna, a new home for free. Austin became a paraplegic when he was shot through the chest while manning his post in Afghanistan. The team at Southern Crafted Homes partnered their experience and special knowledge for these types of projects with their passion and respect for the military and its veterans and brought the community together to deliver a very special home.
The home not only features the necessary specifications that meet the rigorous standards of Homes for Our Troops and the Veterans Administration, but also meets some of the very unique and specific needs that Austin has due to his injuries and rehabilitation requirements. The home features a Toto toilet that has all automatic functions, push button door releases, a specially designed shower, bracing for future hoist systems that can move Austin from one room to the next and other comfort features.In addition a swimming pool was donated including a special hoist allowing Austin to get in and out of the pool easily to do his aquatic therapy.
Jim Deitch, Chief Operating Officer for Southern Crafted Homes was one of the speakers at the opening ceremony and said, “We are honored to be a small part of Austin’s life and to be able to come together and give him something back for the significant contribution he and others have made in the lives of the American public.”
Southern Crafted Homes is committed to help find employment opportunities for military veterans leaving the armed forces and partnered with the United States Department of Defense Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces in 2011, to find ways to support returning veterans looking to transition back into the civilian work force.
The company has successfully employed several former and retired military members and finds them to be reliable and disciplined workers with leadership strengths and a high desire for learning new skills. Jim Deitch, Chief Operating Officer and a former Marine, stated “The company has a commitment to excellence and a strong view on the core values of honesty, integrity and respect. We find that to be inherent in a lot of our military veterans.”
In 2010, Southern Crafted Homes hosted a Military Appreciation Day at their Stonegate community in Land O Lakes. The event honored those who have served and those currently serving in the military, and was held in honor of Michael Kraczkowski, a decorated World War II veteran who had recently passed away.
The event featured something for everyone with military static displays, the Tampa Bay Lightning mascot, Thunderbug, a bounce house, face painting and representatives from all five branches of the service. The free event raised thousands of dollars which was donated to Support our Troops, a local organization that sends care packages to troops in combat zones. 100% of the proceeds went towards postage for these care packages.
Southern Crafted Homes has a strong history of giving back to the local community: