Get the Best Start with an Energy Efficient Home

When building a home, there is a lot to consider. Of course, you will have a general idea of how big you want your home to be. Then there is the number of rooms and how you want them arranged. You may even have a picture in your mind of how you want the exterior of your home and your landscaping to appear. But one thing that many people do not immediately think of is how to get the best start with their home by integrating energy-efficient features into its design instead of retrofitting it later.


6 Tips for a Successful Move During COVID-19

You might not think of a global pandemic as the perfect time for a move, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the data. Between February, when the pandemic hit the U.S., and in July, the United States Postal Service (USPS) reported over 15.9 million change-of-address requests. That number is actually up by about 600,000 compared to pandemic-free 2019.

While there might be a few additional challenges to overcome, moving into your dream custom home is absolutely possible in 2020. Here are six quick tips to help you transition into a new home while staying safe from COVID-19.


Questions To Ask Your Home Builder Before Hiring Them

If you’re planning to build a custom home, taking the time to conduct a thorough, comprehensive interview with a potential builder is the most important part of the planning process. If it’s your first time, interviewing a builder may seem a bit intimidating, so it’s a good idea to do a bit of preparation upfront. Below is a list of questions you should ask a builder during every interview:



ANNOUNCEMENT: 6-22-2020     

Atlas Homes has just received Notice of Award from Volusia County that it has been the winning applicant for RFP 20-P-82KW, NSP Design Build with a contract value of approximately $516,000 – $860,000.  Atlas Homes will be building three to five of our Marianna II residences for Volusia County Community Assistance Division’s HOME Investment Partnership and State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) programs on county-owned lots in the Highlands, Orange City and Daytona Park Estates, DeLand.

Atlas Homes is proud to receive another Notice of Award with Volusia County based on exceptional performance with our recent design-build contract as well as our ability to continue to construct affordable, high-quality homes in the Deland area.


ANNOUNCEMENT: 7-27-2018    

Atlas Homes has just received Notice of Award from Volusia County that it has been the winning applicant for RFP 18-P-14KW, NSP Design Build with a contract value of $1,142,000.  Atlas Homes will be building seven of our Marianna II residences for Volusia County Community Assistance Division’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program on county-owned lots in the Highlands, Orange City and Daytona Park Estates, DeLand.

Atlas Homes is proud to win this contract award based on our reputation as well as ability to construct affordable, high-quality homes for Volusia County as well as any new home-owner looking to purchase a home in the Deland area.


Atlas Homes / Lendcore Development has received final DeLand City Council Preliminary Plat approval for its 44-lot residential subdivision located adjacent to the east of DeLand Municipal Airport on Marsh Rd.  Pending final state utility permit approvals, Atlas Homes / Lendcore Development is looking forward to starting another quality residential development in the DeLand area.


After months of planning, Atlas Homes has transitioned to its affordable housing program in Orange City, Florida and pulled its first residential permit for our Davenport Model.  The program will offer up to five ergonomic and energy efficient floorplans in the 850 sf to 1300 sf range on lots in the Highlands north of Blue Springs with sales prices between $135,000 and $170,000, USDA loan guarantees for qualified applicants, and the objective of homeownership at the price of rent.

Land Flip in Deland

DELAND — For two years, DeLand builder Randy Stallard eyed a 20-acre vacant property next to the 23-home Wild Acres subdivision where he has been building homes as a potential site for more homes.

On Sept. 3, the co-owner of Atlas Homes and a partner company completed their purchase of the parcel at the southeast corner of North Hill and North Blue Lake avenues, across from DeLand High School. They paid just over $1 million.

But rather than proceed with building homes, Stallard and partner Lendcor Development LLC of Ponte Vedra Beach on Tuesday sold the parcel to national homebuilder D.R. Horton.

The sale for nearly $1.7 million earned Stallard and Lendcor a cool net profit of more than $600,000 in just eight weeks.

“D.R. (Horton) made an offer I felt I couldn’t pass up,” Stallard said.

The parcel in 2003 was granted a permit from the city allowing its then-owner to build up to 45 homes. The developer put in roads and other infrastructure in 2006 but wound up losing the property to foreclosure, according to Bill Mancinik, the real estate agent with Total Realty Corp. in DeLand who represented the lender in last month’s sale of the property to Stallard’s group.

Fort Worth, Texas-based D.R. Horton — the nation’s largest homebuilder, according to Builder magazine — has already come up with a name for its planned DeLand subdivision: Sugarberry Glen.


Following half a year of wrangling with Lake Helen’s Historical Architectural Review Community and Planning Board (that’s perseverance!), and a hectic four months of construction, Atlas Homes has completed its first home in Lake Helen.  Final review of our completed Jocelyn Manor floorplan elicited complements from City staff as well as from an ecstatic homeowner.

DeLand’s Atlas Homes Stresses Energy Efficiency

Randy Stallard, co-owner of Atlas Homes, stands in front of the “Bethany,” a four-bedroom model home in the Wild Acres community in DeLand. The model home is one of the entries in this year’s Volusia Building Industry Association Parade of Homes.

DELAND — Randy Stallard has spent most of his 32 years in the home construction industry working for some of the region’s biggest builders.

In April 2012, he decided to become his own boss by teaming up with cousin Wayne Beal to start a home construction business called Atlas Homes.  The DeLand company specializes in building energy-efficient homes.  It currently is building homes both in the Wild Acres community in DeLand as well as in Marion County.  “It just seemed like the right time to get back into home building. I’m still a little timid about the state of things, so we are going slow and not getting too extended,” Stallard said.

Atlas Homes is one of the builders participating in this year’s Volusia Building Industry Association Parade of Homes, which began this weekend and runs through March 30, 2014.  The company’s entry is a model home called the “Bethany” in the Wild Acres community.  Atlas Homes bought the 23-lot Wild Acres community, which sits along Mystic Oaks Lane, in June 2012. The subdivision is directly across North Hill Avenue from DeLand High School.

“It’s convenient to downtown DeLand and for getting to the major roads to Daytona and Orlando,” said Maureen Kemp, a real estate agent with Total Realty in DeLand. Kemp is also a sales representative for Wild Acres and Atlas Homes.

Stallard has lived in DeLand since 1983. His work experience includes stints with Mercedes Homes and building multi-family residential units for Pulte Homes. He was also a regional vice president for Levitt & Sons in Orlando and was director of construction for the Central Florida division of Daytona Beach-based ICI Homes.

Atlas Homes offers nine different home plans at Wild Acres. All were designed by Stallard.  The floor plans range in size from 1,285 to 2,479 square feet. Most have three bedrooms, two baths and two-vehicle garages. There are four-bedroom models with either three or 3 1/2 baths. Each plan can be personalized or customized.  Prices for homes built by Atlas Homes start in the high $130,000s.  To date, 14 house lots at Wild Acres have been sold, including nine so far this year.  “It seems someone just turned on the faucet at the first of the year,” Stallard said.  Four houses have been built besides the two model homes. Six homes are under construction. 

Atlas Homes will also cover up to $3,000 in closing costs for a new home.  Stallard stresses the energy efficiency of the Cape Cope-style vinyl-sided homes.  The homes are built with double insulated low-E tinted windows and fiberglass insulated front doors. They include Energy Star-rated appliances, water-conserving water fixtures, a programmable thermostat, air handlers located in air-conditioned space and tank-less water heaters.  The homes also offer natural gas appliances.  Each home is independently tested to receive a Home Energy Rating System score between zero (best) to 150. The rating system was created by Residential Energy Services Network and is used nationwide.  The “Bethany” model, a two-story, four bedroom home, received a 52 rating.  “There are people struggling to even buy a home, but they shouldn’t have to worry about being able to afford to run it,” Kemp said.


Atlas Homes has brought home two prestigious awards earned during the 2014 Volusia Building Industry Association Parade of Homes.  Our Bethany model ENTRY won the GRAND RESERVE AWARD – BEST BATHROOM and REALTOR’S CHOICE AWARD – BEST VALUE, a tremendous feat for a new builder in the area!