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Twenty-four years of general contracting experience have prepared us to take on any custom construction or renovation you are planning. Projects with more challenging elements, that other builders might shy away from, are attractive to us as we enjoy thinking through problems and finding the best solutions.

We are accustomed to working with architects or home owners who just have an "idea." The size of the job doesn't matter to us, we bring our same work ethic to everything we do and make your plans and dreams a reality.

Responsible House is a local, family owned business. William, our president grew up in the valley, attended JMU for his undergraduate studies, and obtained his graduate degree from the University of Illinois. William ultimately chose to do what he loves, build. Melissa is from Richmond and joined the company when she chose what she loved and married William in 2011. She brought with her a bachelor's degree in education and work experience in marketing, Waldorf education and employment. As they've grown the company together, they have also grown their family to include 4 bustling children.

Virginia Contractors License: 2705 044428A

Virginia Responsible Land Disturber License: 12077

Class A General Contractor: VA LIC 2705153546



As Energy Efficiency Experts, our specialties are energy efficient new construction, remodels and additions, energy audits, and energy retrofits.


We pride ourselves in building and remodeling in the most air-tight and earth-friendly ways to make your house a Responsible House. We can build a new home or addition to the highest environmental standards while also bringing you added comfort, savings and peace of mind.


Our fully diagnostic energy audit includes a written report detailing the performance of your home. We will identify the points of air leakage and energy loss and propose solutions. The next step is for us to complete the energy retrofit we have recommended and cut your air leakage 30-50%, which results in more comfort, higher air quality and lower energy bills. 

Where we work

Our office and shop is in Waynesboro VA.

Centrally located, we serve markets in these counties:

· Albemarle

· Augusta

· Nelson

· Rockbridge

· Rockingham

Certified Building Analyst: BPI ID 5020573

Residential Building Energy Analyst Firm: VA LIC 2707000075

Residential Building Energy Analyst: VA LIC 272200132



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New Construction &
Home Improvement


We can build your energy efficient house from the ground up.

Energy Audits & Retrofits
Let us perform a 11-Point Energy Audit.  Find out where your home is losing energy.


Responsible Space &
Responsible Church

We test large, commercial & institutional buildings for efficiency.


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We hope to make your home our workplace and

Certified Responsible.  



"They have a very thorough attention to detail, and always rendered results that were exactly what the clients and I were after."

"We highly recommend him and his team, and especially for a custom plan containing elements which are not standard construction."

"Not only do they provide high quality services, they also are extremely easy to work with and they have a strong sense of design."

Our project consisted of a kitchen/bath/bedroom remodel - a roughly 5 month project. William and his team were the consummate professionals throughout--skilled, knowledgeable, straightforward and direct. They provided advice and recommendations when needed and dealt promptly with any problems that arose. While the scope of the project expanded beyond the original plan, the cost was still well below the estimate we received from another contractor. We are delighted with the results of their work and have no hesitation in recommending Responsible House to other homeowners. And not least, William and Warren are just fun to have around--we miss them!

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Our Mailing Address

PO Box 26

Waynesboro, VA 22980



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Photo Credits: Kevin Blackburn

Middlebrook, VA

Created a passthrough window from the kitchen. Leveled the ground and added a french drain before pouring the back deck. photo credit: Kevin Blackburn