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May 16, 2014

Perimeter Builders deliver custom craftsmanship

MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville native Shane Robbins began his building career in 2003 fresh out of college.

High priced Atlanta area neighborhoods honed project management skills through large and small scale remodeling projects. He skipped the office dues.

“I got thrown to the wolves,” Robbins said. “You had to learn as you go. That was probably the best way to go about it. I came to a set of plans, and they said go figure out how to build it day one.”

Home building referrals came after early successes.

Robbins was the developer and contractor for prestigious subdivisions like Rammel Oaks in Avondale Estates and Conway Pointe in Dunwoody.

“All of those custom homes were a million dollars plus,” he said. “It was kind of fun because we started out doing $50,000 remodels and by the time I left the last job I did was a $2 million dollar remodel.”

Robbins established his own company, Perimeter Builders Inc. in 2007 and relocated to Milledgeville.

Perimeter embarked on the condominium project, Legacy at Sinclair.

In the meantime, Robbins contracted himself out to help expand local commercial business offices and buildings.

“I had to go back and put my tool belt on because that’s when things were so slow,” he said. “There wasn’t enough work to just manage stuff. You had to work everyday.”

Robbins and Perimeter team members Jerry McCommon and Chuck Rogers came together.

The company operates from a model home built by McCommon in December 2010 located at 2999 North Columbia St.

Perimeter Builders has become the builder of choice for homebuyers and commercial business partners. As a licensed general contractor in the state of Georgia, Robbins uses innovative and detail driven building of custom homes, remodels and renovations, and custom commercial projects.

Robbins is all about custom work.

“We try to do something different in every single house versus using the same old stock molding and doors,” he said. “I’ve got more of the custom background than a lot of the other guys do. (Customers) feel like they are getting more value for the price that I’m giving them.”

Considering the investment a home build or remodel takes, Perimeter walks a client through step-by-step. Robbins is “malleable” to changing tastes and construction alterations.

“When we get a set of drawings, we try to value engineer to our customer’s budget on every one,” the owner said.

That relationship and trust means everything in this realm.

“Anytime we’ve ever had a problem we’ve gotten a good reputation around town because we’ll go back and repair it,” Robbins said. “We are all human. It’s what you do to fix it at the end of the day.”

New construction picked up the last eight months at Perimeter Builders.

A unique Sparta build shows how the company adapts like no others locally.

The Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) house has eight inch poured walls with two inches of Styrofoam on each side.

This Sparta residence will also have geothermal heating and cooling.

It uses the earth as a heat source in the winter or a heat sink in the summer. This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational air conditioning costs.

Ground temperature stays at a constant between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

“We use that water to condition the house so we don’t have an outside condensing unit like you have now,” Robbins said. “It’s expensive but worthwhile at the end of the day.”

Perimeter Builders focuses on energy efficiency. Every home receives spray foam insulation and an Earth Sense Certification.

Future new age projects include solar panels.

“Whatever we can do to be more energy efficient in our houses it’s going to be a good thing,” Robbins said. “We seal that house up.”

Robbins enjoys the ever changing business.

“The biggest pride at the end of the day is seeing something that you personally built,” the Perimeter Builders’ owner said. “It’s a big self accomplishment when you ride by with your kids and say ‘dad built that.’ That’s pretty cool.”

Contact Robbins at 678-409-9037 or visit www.perimeterbuildersinc.com for more information.

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