Craftsmen of Homes


Roanoke & Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

About Us


Our greatest strength, is our desire to serve.

Primary Contact

Co‚Äźfounder and President, Rich Backus, is lead designer and project manager.Home Builders Custom Green SIPs ICFs Timber Frame Earth Craft Energy Star Passive House Challenge Home PMP HERS Score Rater Smith Mountain Lake Moneta Roanoke Bedford Franklin Virginia. Timber Ridge Craftsmen, Inc.

Through our custom design-build construction company in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, we find the greatest satisfaction in helping clients create and realize their build dreams.  Being equal parts art, engineering, project management, and craftsmanship, we enjoy guiding owners through the integrative process of design, specification and building. 

Serving as an educator for the builder and remodeler coursework of the NAHB University of Housing, and as co-creator and teacher of the 'netPLUS' Energy School,we find the greatest satisfaction in assisting fellow craftsmen and women to master the concepts and techniques of high-performance construction. 

The world has changed.   The necessity to balance adaptive, resilient design with net-positive energy performance and healthy environments is upon us.  The time to grasp and apply best practices in this new era of high-performance design and building - to anticipate the future of sustainable, net-PLUS energy, healthy homes and buildings – is now.

  • PMI-Certified Professional Project Manager (PMP)
  • Graduate Master Builder (GMB)
  • Certified Green Professional (CGP)
  • RESNET - HERS Rater
  • PHI/ PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)
  • Certified SIPs Installer
  • Timber Frame Designer & Builder
  • NAHB University of Housing, Instructor
  • Co-founder & Educator:  the 'netPLUS' Energy School

Our Area

Whether judged by climate, cost of living, natural beauty, or populace –we build in one of the most beautiful places in all the country, if not the world.

Mountain lakes. Crystal springs. The verdant Blue Ridge. Four true seasons, none extreme.

Ours is an area that offers much. It is a wonderful place to raise a family, start a business, rejuvenate one’s spirit, and experience retirement.

Let us know what you are searching for. It’s likely you’ve been drawn to our region of the Blue Ridge on purpose.

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Smith Mountain Lake
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Blue Ridge Mountains
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Rolling Meadows


Timber Ridge Craftsmen, Inc.

One of Virginia's finest home builders, located at Smith Mountain Lake. We are in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just outside of Roanoke and Lynchburg.