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Franklin Co. Company Constructing Home to Stand the Test of Time


Forest, VA - A Franklin County company is leading the way for stronger, longer-lasting homes.

Metwood Building Solutions CEO Mike Callahan says his innovations in foundations could make homes durable enough to outlast nearly 200 mile-per-hour winds.

The first home of its kind is under construction right now in Forest. The home may look pretty normal on the outside. But inside, the structure is reinforced with cement and patented metal beams. So come big bad wolf or big bad derecho, Mike Callahan says this house isn't going anywhere.

"It's, it's there to stay," said Callahan of his work in progress.

This Brookstone Estates home in Forest is impressive to begin with. But what defines this house, is its hidden strength.

"You can't say it's indestructible, but I don't know what it would take to try to destroy it," said Callahan.

When a customer approached Callahan about building a home with cement floors and support columns, he had to get creative. Using his patented Metwood steel beams, he figured out a way to build a home that could stand the test of time.

"The Metwood system ties all of it together, the walls, floors, everything. And we put reinforced steel in the walls in certain places and tie it into the floors."

In most homes these days, you only have cement on the foundation, but in this reinforced home you've got these cement columns and steel spanning three floors.

"Went from the front of the house, all the way to the back of the house and just used a Metwood beam to create the arch and tie this column to the other column at the back of the house," said Callahan.

So forget about straw, sticks or bricks. No matter how much huffing or puffing, Callahan says there's no way this house will be blown down.

"It will be amazing how strong it will be," said Callahan.

Callahan says he has an engineer from Virginia Tech running the numbers on just how much wind this home can withstand. He's confident once the calculations are done, this kind of foundation will be used in homes across the country.

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