Accepting the Challenge: Building Homes that Save
Windsor Life Magazine
As a leader in the home construction industry, BK Cornerstone Design/Build Ltd. has just completed Essex County’s first ENERGY STAR® qualified model home.
“Rising fuel costs and the increased pressure to reduce green house gases has moved into the housing industry. It’s time to take the challenge and build homes that do more to save energy, save the environment and improve indoor air quality,” says Ben Klundert, who owns BK Cornerstone.
BK Cornerstone has a long history (first as Ben Klundert & Son and now as BK Cornerstone Design/Build) of building quality custom homes throughout Essex County. Ben with over 25 years construction experience respectively, takes great pride in the materials, technique and technology that go into the homes they create for their homeowners.
BK Cornerstone’s ENERGY STAR house is a brick and vinyl raised ranch, located at 255 St. Peter Street, Belle River. Priced at $239,000, it includes building envelope upgrades, high performance windows, controlled air infiltration, upgraded heating and air conditioning systems, tight duct systems and upgraded water-heating equipment. “The home is 40 percent more energy-efficient than homes built to the Ontario Building Code lone, translating into savings, evident on the homeowner’s first utility bill.”
New ENERGY STAR homes also qualify for CHMC rebates and other incentives. Furthermore, BK homeowners are assured their house is energy efficient since they are third party inspected and certified. A Cornerstone home is also distinguished by custom cabinets and finishes that are standard features. “People walk into our homes and their mouths drop,” says Ben. “They are pleasantly surprised by the quality of the cabinetry and woodwork. We can do this because we own Designworks, a 10,000 square foot custom cabinet and finishing shop.”
Duck Creek Park is a community of single family, move-up homes off St. Peter Street in Belle River. Cooper’s Mill is a striking 50-plus brick townhouse development off Belle River Road. Coming very soon is Kimball Estates, a beautiful 50-plus townhouse development in Essex.
“Although we build 40 to 50 homes in these developments each year, at heart we are still a custom home builder and build several large custom homes through out the county,” Ben explains.
“Our staff designer, project manager and site supervisor ensure each project runs smoothly and keep homeowners informed and involved. Sixty-five percent of our new home business is generated through repeat clients and referrals.”
BK Cornerstone also like to give back to the community. A recent project was the Build for MRI house built by the Greater Windsor Home Builders’ Association last July. Over 400 volunteers erected the house within three days. Ben was chairperson for this great event. The lot, servicing, permits, labour and materials for the home were donated by local individuals and organizations. The home was sold to raise $265,000 for the MRI Field of Dreams Campaign.
Ben and Kevin also donated labour and materials for the construction safety site at the Children’s Safety Village.
“At the end of the day, BK Cornerstone is about the people who work here and the people we are fortunate to build homes for,” says Ben. “We love what we do. We continually work to become a better company and a better citizen within the community.”
“When you enjoy what you’re doing,” Kevin adds, “the rest is easy.”Click for PDF