About Us

Discovery House Homes…

Bringing Affordable Luxury to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

With more than 200 completed homes and 20 years experience building in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the founders of Discovery House Homes have come to realize one thing… reputation and experience matter. After many years in an ownership and leadership position at a local custom home building company, we came to realize that luxury living should not be out of the financial reach of the average person and take more than a year to complete. To solve this challenge, we decided to create a new company with a new vision. Our desire was to develop an affordable and high quality portfolio of homes all professionally and specifically designed for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Creating a unique personalization process around these homes, combined with trade partners who were accustomed to building high end custom houses, we created a platform that allows us to deliver affordable luxury mountain living starting at a move‐in ready $240,000. Living in the mountains can now transition from a dream to reality! If you are ready to experience mountain life… If you appreciate small town values, quality construction and luxury but desire or require affordability, Discovery House Homes wants to be your neighbor and home building partner. We would be honored to welcome you to our community.

What We Believe

Executive Team

Cale Crawford

Managing Partner

 cale@discoveryhousehomes.com
 706-466-7075

Reputation Matters… Cale began his construction career prior to college focused on residential and commercial concrete foundations. Aft...

Reputation Matters… Cale began his construction career prior to college focused on residential and commercial concrete foundations. After leaving Western Carolina University, Cale was recruited to Florida where he furthered his focus on construction as a project manager. In Florida, Cale managed high-end residential, industrial, commercial, and classified government projects. This diverse experience led him back to the mountains where he joined an established custom home design-build company as lead project manager. In Cale’s role, he was personally responsible for overseeing every aspect of the custom home building process with projects ranging from $300,000 - $2,000,000. In 2019 Cale made the decision to pursue his general contractor's license which created the foundation for launching Discovery House Homes in 2020.

Cale is active at church as a small group leader for high school seniors and runs the computers for the band and youth minister. Through both church and business, Cale leads by example. When not building houses, you can find Cale spending time with his wife/family, relaxing by the pool, exercising, or simply enjoying the mountains.

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Jim Crawford

Partner

 jim@discoveryhousellc.com
 706-466-7075

Experience Matters… Jim has worked in the home building and home restoration (remodeling) business for over 40 years. He began his bui...

Experience Matters… Jim has worked in the home building and home restoration (remodeling) business for over 40 years. He began his building career, hands-on by working with a carpenter building homes before moving on to a building supply company making and installing kitchen cabinets. This experience led Jim to start his own home restoration and building supply business where he provided and installed everything from windows to siding and decks. After 10 years of successfully growing and ultimately selling this business, Jim felt God calling him and his family to the mountains in Hiawassee, GA. After arriving in the mountains, Jim became a partner and construction manager in a custom home design-build company and ultimately built more than 200 custom homes. After a successful exit of this company, Jim joined his son Cale to launch Discovery House Homes in 2020.

Jim is active in church and has been married to his wife, Sheila for 43 years. They have one son, Cale and daughter in law, Taylor. When not building houses, Jim enjoys fishing (both trout and lake), hiking and riding his motorcycle in the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina.

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Ed Oravetz

Partner

 ed@discoveryhousellc.com
 706-466-7075

Relationships Matter… Ed, born and raised in Texas, has been an entrepreneur his entire adult life. His passion for business started i...

Relationships Matter… Ed, born and raised in Texas, has been an entrepreneur his entire adult life. His passion for business started immediately after high school when he launched his first company. Over the proceeding 30 years, Ed was extremely active in starting, building, and ultimately exiting multiple businesses including insurance, technology, and restaurants. After selling his insurance company, Ed and his family started migrating from Texas to the mountains of Western North Carolina at which time they found a very special lot to build their eventual retirement home. After interviewing many builders, Ed and his wife eventually chose the company where Jim and Cale played a leadership role. This relationship not only blossomed professionally, but personally as well and Ed eventually became a partner in that same custom home design-build company. During the construction process, Ed worked closely with Cale as both an owner of the company and as a customer, as Cale was the lead project manager on his personal residence. In 2020, Ed and his wife, Kim, sold their restaurants in Houston and moved to the mountains full time which led to an opportunity to join Cale and Jim at Discovery House Homes.

Ed values his Christian beliefs and has been married to Kim for 29 years. Together, they have four grown boys, one of which went home to the Lord in 2007. When not building houses, Ed loves spending time with family, experimenting with his smoker while making his favorite Texas style BBQ, and as much time as possible on the river... fishing, kayaking, and tubing.

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Jon Rickett

Information Systems Manager

 jon@discoveryhousellc.com
 706-466-7075

Systems Matter... Jon has a unique blend of experience, having worked in technology fields as well as construction. His technology career...

Systems Matter... Jon has a unique blend of experience, having worked in technology fields as well as construction. His technology career began at a tax software company where he worked his way up to Division Manager. Jon was then recruited to join a custom home construction company where he wore many hats. Jon gained experience in all aspects of the construction business, including sales, estimating, purchasing, design, selections, and accounting. He was also in charge of implementing and maintaining project management software, as well as handling all corporate IT tasks. Jon enjoys finding more efficient ways to manage the construction process using technology which has proven to help Discovery House Homes meet and exceed client expectations.

Jon has been married to his wife, Shea, for 2 years. They have one daughter, Blakely. Jon is active in church and serves on the worship team as an acoustic guitar player. When not building houses, Jon loves spending time with his family, taking weekend trips, and occasionally hiking and mountain biking.

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Stephanie Harris

Certified Selections Specialist

 stephanie@discoveryhousellc.com
 706-466-7075

Design Matters… Stephanie is a Georgia girl that was raised in Gwinnett County. Her love for all things creative and lovely started at ...

Design Matters… Stephanie is a Georgia girl that was raised in Gwinnett County. Her love for all things creative and lovely started at a young age. Stephanie started as an art major at Young Harris College but quickly decided she wanted to produce beautiful homes instead of paintings. She is a Gwinnett Technical college graduate, that is known for its award-winning Interior Design program. She believes in honesty and quality in all the work she does. She strives to be creative and think outside of the box while also minding practicality and accessibility. Stephanie appreciates a wide variety of styles and enjoys helping clients create their dream homes.

When not working with clients, Stephanie is an adventurer at heart. She loves traveling and experiencing new cultures. Stephanie also spends much of her time going on hikes with her black lab and enjoying the outdoors.

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Cody Decker

Project Manager

 cody@discoveryhousellc.com
 706-466-7075

Quality Matters… Cody was born and raised in Central Florida and in the construction remodeling business since 2009 with over 2,000 com...

Quality Matters… Cody was born and raised in Central Florida and in the construction remodeling business since 2009 with over 2,000 completed projects. With scholarship opportunities for college, he chose Young Harris College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and Public Policy Management. After graduation, Cody returned to Florida where he partnered with his Father, a General Contractor, and began to specialize in residential construction and custom carpentry. As the lead project manager Cody began growing the business with responsibilities that included the management of employees, client communications as well as supplier and vendor oversight. Cody prides himself in doing it right the first time and finds it very important to surround himself with people that share a similar work ethic and values.

Cody is active in the church and enjoys helping with VBS, and fall festivals. In his spare time, he can always be found doing some adventurous activity like snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, or riding his dirt bikes.

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Ben Chapman

Project Manager

 ben@discoveryhousellc.com
 706-466-7075

Passion Matters... Ben got his start on the sales and supply side of the home building industry in Nashville, TN over 10 years ago. Selli...

Passion Matters... Ben got his start on the sales and supply side of the home building industry in Nashville, TN over 10 years ago. Selling and supplying customers with everything from lumber, siding, doors, windows and everything in between. His driving passion has always been customer service and mutual satisfaction. Experienced in working alongside contractors to get them the right material, as well as helping homeowners to complete their projects, Ben is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Born and raised in Blairsville, GA, he and his wife along with their two daughters, moved back home to the mountains several years ago. Personal interests and hobbies include music, reading, long distance running, Braves baseball, and the Georgia Bulldogs. But more than anything else, Ben has a deep passion to see the glory of Jesus Christ be made known in North Georgia and far beyond. He and his family are active members in a local church body, and seek to know the God of Holy Scripture more and more each day. The study of God’s Word being his foundation, Ben seeks to do all things, including project managing and serving customers, all to the glory of God.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to serve God, our family, our community, our trade partners, and our valued customers. As a company and individuals, we pray daily for guidance with a strong desire to serve the greater good in all areas of our business and personal lives.

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