Prime 1 Project Makes Houzz 2019 List Most Popular Kitchens Top 10

We are so excited to share with our followers that a project we did with You-Neek Designs early last year was one of the top 10 kitchens most popular kitchen photos uploaded to Houzz in 2019!  A project that was designed by You-Neek Designs and was built by us early last year.  Our client’s kitchen was among the most popular selected last year.  That is really exciting! We entered this project in the Metropolitan Pittsburgh Builders Association Housing Excellence and was selected as Best Kitchen Under $50,000.  Click the link to view all of the kitchen projects.  

Looking to renovate your kitchen?  Call today for your consultation.  


Prime 1 Participating in 7 Springs Home & Garden Show

Join us Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 for a weekend of exhibits, displays and presentations to help you find everything you need for your home! Looking to build a new home? Considering a log home or just looking to add on to your existing space? We can help! We are the local dealer representative for Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes. Looking to build a traditional home? We build those as well. Explore a wide range of vendors from home improvement to gardening tips and landscaping, learn from our daily presenters, and enjoy a weekend in the mountains at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort Home and Garden Show!

Both Dan Meade and J. C. Comer will be there to discuss their experience, our process and how we can help you build your dream home. This is the first time Seven Springs has had a home and garden show. It will be located in the exhibit hall of the Main Lodge Conference Center. The bonus of it all is your get to enjoy some time at the our favorite resort in the mountains or take in all the Laurel Highlands has to offer.

We are a design build firm with a proven reputation of quality customer service and quality craftsmanship. Winners of the Builders Association Of Metropolitan Pittsburgh Housing Excellence Awards and two national awards for our work. We can design and build your home from start to finish and we can build on your lot.

So take a break next weekend and come to the mountains and start enjoying this beautiful weather we have and stop and see us to discuss your new home. Click on the link for more details.

Project Managers Project Nominated for Readers Choice

Our own (JC) John Comer built a beautiful log home in the Laurel Highlands Mountains of Western PA for Keith and Patty Sacchini- the Lost Bear Cabin. The two-story log home includes six bedrooms, 4.5 baths and a great room with a majestic stone fireplace to name just a few of its beautiful features. This home was featured in Log Cabin Homes Sept 2018 and now has been nominated for the 2019 Reader’s Choice Best Log & Timber Home Contest. You can vote for your favorite project on Facebook. This Project #11 and your must scroll a ways down to find it.  You can see all of the photos of this home in the Log & Timberframe page on our website.  This is just one of our favorites. 


We would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your family for our Log & Timber Home Planning & Construction Seminar being held on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The event will be held from 9 AM – 2 PM. at Timberhaven’s corporate facility in Middleburg, PA (just one hour north of Harrisburg).

Throughout the day you will gain a better understanding of the design and building process, from concept through construction. Our experienced staff will take you on a tour of our facility and will demonstrate how we laminate and test our engineered logs, profile, pre-drill and cut logs to exact length so that when your material leaves our facility – your logs or timbers are ready for installation on your job site.

We will also discuss important design considerations and walk you through the delivery and construction process. Designers, craftsmen, sales professionals, construction advisors and a mortgage lender will provide answers to all your questions along the way.  Seating is limited.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Prime 1 Builders Log Raising Next Week

New Log Home Build Starting May 29, 2018

Greetings from Prime 1 Builders,
Your Western Pennsylvania Timberhaven Log Homes Representative

We are having a log raising beginning next week.
The foundation is complete and we are starting the actual building of the log home structure next week, beginning May 29, in Mt Pleasant PA. The log home is a Timberhaven Liberty plan with 6″x8″ Premium Kiln Dried Engineered logs, with a Mortise and Tenon corner design.

If you ever wanted to see the actual process of the building of a log home, please plan to stop by our project location in the next 3 weeks, May 29, through June 15. We are planning to be under roof by June 15th, weather permitting.

The project is located at 156 Sweitzer Rd Mt Pleasant PA 15666. Our normal work hours are from 7am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday. If you cannot make it out during those times – please contact me to set up a time to meet there at another time if possible.

Please contact me if you have any questions  You can visit our contact form on the website.


Thank you for your interest

Dan Meade
Prime 1 Builders
Timberhaven Rep

Prime 1 Builders Ready To Build A Spec Home For You

Prime 1 Builders purchased a 1+ acre lot in beautiful Upper St. Clair at 1321 LESNETT ROAD PITTSBURGH 15241 MLS #1325043

Build your dream home on this 1+ acre lot, set on a private drive with only 3 other homes. Upper St Clair is a beautiful community with a great school district,  close to the city, and close to shopping and the highway. Plan shown is simply an option, we welcome your plans but we have several options with the size of the lot. Sit down with Dan Meade to create your desired home.  Current plan boost approximately 2700 square foot that includes a front covered porch, 3 car garage, hardwood through a majority of the main floor, 2 story entry, 9 foot 1st floor ceilings, hardie-plank siding, granite counters option for a sunroom, a 5th bedroom and more.  You pick the finishes and colors.  McMillan Left on Lesnett to private drive off of Lesnett.  Lot and taxes estimated, taxes based on current value, private drive is maintained by 4 owners on the private drive.  Don’t delay, this lot will go quickly!  Listing price is $649,900.  PPM Realty at 412-812-6117

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Prime 1 Builders Returns to the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show

Spring has Sprung and the Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show will begin next Friday March 2nd and run through March 11th at the Pittsburgh Convention Center Downtown. Show times are as follows: Friday 10am-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-4pm; Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm; Final Weekend- Friday 10am-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. We will be located at Builders Row Booth 1825. Stop by and see us! Click the link for more information.

Prime1 Builders Featured in Houzz article

Prime1 Builders Featured in Houzz article “How to Stylishly Repurpose and Reuse Old Items in Your Home”

Whatever your decor, repurposed and recycled items can bring an intimate touch to any space. Here are some DIY ideas:

Restore Old Doors
Old doors can be also be recycled as sliding doors for bathrooms and other areas. You can fix a top-hung railing system at the entrance to create a unique slider. Ensure that it has plenty of space on either side to slide to.

This idea is a real space saver in smaller homes or bathrooms where there isn’t much room for one to push open a door.

Read the full article here:

Project Story: Mt. Lebanon Addition

This family of four needed more space, particularly Elisabeth, the mom. With two teenage boys, the quaint, Mt. Lebanon home was feeling cramped. As much as Elisabeth loved her boys, she also longed to have her own space to relax after a day of teaching without the noise of video games and teenage banter in close quarters. The answer would come in a 1,000 sq.-ft. two-story addition.

The lots are small and the homes are close together in Mt. Lebanon, and while there was room on the lot for the addition, excavating at the rear of the house was a challenge because it couldn’t be accessed with heavy machinery.

This renovation began by enclosing the existing side porch and converting it to a den, which would double as a guest room, and adding a large family room to the backside of the house. It was important to Elisabeth and Jacob to create a space that better accommodated their mothers during their stays, so in addition to the den/guest room, a small powder room was converted to a full bathroom with a no-threshold walk-in shower and a teak-bench seat. This small change created a “suite” for the grandmothers, which allowed for first-floor living and privacy, when wanted, yet they could still be close to family activity.

The new family room was designed with a large wall of windows that gives them an outstanding view to their backyard. The window seat makes a nice, comfortable place for them to enjoy seeing deer grazing or birds on the feeders. Since the family enjoys watching movies and playing board games together, the room has a new, larger flat-panel television and a square coffee table.

Outside, the garage was lengthened to accommodate two vehicles, when parked in tandem, and a “captured” bay was added behind the house to serve as an auto shop.

Upstairs, the master bedroom was expanded above the downstairs addition to include a full master suite which includes the bedroom, a new master bathroom and a walk-in closet. The existing bedroom was turned into a sitting room – where the couple can watch television, read or simply unwind. A second floor laundry was added so that Elisabeth no longer has to lug clothes up and down two flights of stairs to the basement.

As Elisabeth told us, “Our new home is beautiful inside and out. The addition has a very organic feel in the neighborhood, prompting more than one of our neighbors to state that ‘it looks like it always belonged there.’”

Project Story: A Squirrel Hill Addition

Aaron and Liz loved their Squirrel Hill neighborhood. It was convenient to Aaron’s work, shopping and offered the type of atmosphere the couple wanted for raising their young family. While they absolutely loved where they lived, their home was too small, and with another child on the way, they needed to figure out a plan.

Aaron and Liz heavily considered moving and even made an offer on a home about 1½ blocks away from their current home. However, at the final moment, they rescinded the offer. They realized what it would mean to move away from their neighbors, who were like family – even if it was just a few blocks away.

That’s when they decided to renovate their existing home. They asked friends for referrals and found us.

In addition to gaining more space for their family, the other goal Aaron and Liz had was creating a more inviting area downstairs for entertaining friends and relatives – which they frequently did. The once-cramped galley kitchen was opened up to the dining room and transformed into a spacious culinary haven to give Aaron and Liz plenty of space to prepare food while still entertaining guests. To add a personal touch, Liz had doorknobs from her grandmother’s home; a combination of original and replica were installed onto the cherry cabinets.

To add even more space, the small deck off the dining room was expanded to wrap around to the kitchen – so it could be accessed from both rooms.

Upstairs, Aaron and Liz worked in a spacious master suite, complete with a walk-in closet and small office nook. The master bathroom has a beautiful glass-enclosed walk-in shower and upgraded finishes and fixtures, including a large vanity with his-and-her vessel sinks.

Each child now has their own bedroom and shares a dedicated bathroom with a quartz double-sink vanity (made to look like marble) and an attractive tiled tub with plenty of space. A second-floor laundry closet was also added.

All in all, the family got exactly what they were looking for – a larger home in the perfect neighborhood.