Father and Daughter Building Livable Homes

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Bob Widener and Erin Widener Speckhart are a father/daughter team focused on maximizing the livability of every home they build. Based in Virginia Beach and building in Virginia and North Carolina, Widener Corp. takes the best ideas learned through years of experience and combines them with today’s trends and technologies.

Put it all together and you get a well-planned house that has optimal livability.

Bob Widener began building homes in the ‘70s and started building on his own in the Hampton Roads area in the early ‘80s. Erin grew up around the business and decided to make it a career. She began building in North Carolina; and eventually the two formed a partnership that builds custom homes, production homes and remodels.

As a mother of two and a builder, Erin creates designs that are unique and affordable, giving Widener homes family-friendly details that are often missed opportunities in some floor plans.

“The goal is to make every home functional and to be creative with every inch of space,” says Erin who serves as president of The Widener Corp.”It’s about being creative with whatever space you have.”

She says when her kids were toddler age and she was building, she discovered small spaces that most builders would normally sheetrock over.

“I looked at areas like that and said ‘my three-year-old would love that as a play space or a little walk in closet,’” Erin says. “It gives them a place of their own to hang their book bag or a walk-in closet. It may only be four feet tall, but it’s perfect for them. It helps de-clutter the house, and it helps the child grow and develop, and do what grownups do.”

She says having a drop zone for coats, shoes and keys with cabinets and outlets for recharging phones and computers makes coming and going simpler. Built-in bookshelves, computer stations and TV stands make the most of smaller spaces, as do closet organizers.

Today’s homes are smaller than new builds a few years ago. In a smaller space, storage, details and comfortable finishes add to livability, Erin says. Livability is a key concept at Widener homes. It’s the focus on everything from design to finishes and the use of technology.

Erin says that by working with technology experts, things like keyless entries and pre-wiring for home theaters and security add value for little cost.

“We spend a lot of time talking about a family’s lifestyle and interests, special needs and preferences,” Erin says. “It’s important to understand the atmosphere you want to create in your home… I have the perspective of a mother coming home with a purse, six grocery bags and two kids with backpacks. Struggling to find keys is the last thing a mother needs to do.”

She says this collaborative effort to come up with new, practical ideas allows Widener to create a dream home or extraordinary remodeling project. The process brings details often reserved for custom homes into production homes that young families love.

“The goal is to design something around how families live and what they use in their daily lives,” Erin says. “It’s about creating a functional home.”

Erin says Widener Corp. is proud to present her customers with the Bonded Builders warranty. She says the marketing support her company gets from Bonded Builders helps meet a buyers expectations.

“We have a lot of co-branded information we present to (buyers). It adds to our credibility,” she says. “I tell them there are warranty companies out there that are not as financially strong; and if they do their research they will find Bonded Builders is the strongest company that exists.”

To learn more about Widener Corp. and their unique family-friendly homes, visit their website.

Bonded Builders is proud to the warranty provider for Widener Corp. To learn more about our warranty programs, visit our website.

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