Cory Wax: More Than Just a Project Manager

As one of Osada Construction’s trusted Project Managers, Cory Wax provides our clients with top notch service to build the luxury Asheville custom home our clients have been dreaming of. A native of Asheville, Cory spent his childhood exploring the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and playing football, soccer, and golf for T.C. Roberson High School before moving to Boone, North Carolina to pursue degrees in Building Science and Appropriate Technology at Appalachian State University. After graduating from Appalachian, Cory moved back to Asheville and began his career with Osada Construction as a carpenter five years ago.

Through his perseverance, patience, and hard work ethic, Cory worked his way up to Project Manager as he began taking on more leadership roles. Founder, Matt Osada saw Cory’s strengths, talents, and willingness to learn and helped guide Cory through his transitions within the company. “Overall, Cory is talented and very dependable. Combined with his experience and likeable personality, he is a key part of O.C.’s success.” Matt says. Cory always puts his client’s needs first to ensure they stay informed and satisfied. He has a no-nonsense approach but is also very humble. These characteristics also extend to the way he works with his crews and subcontractors. Relationship building is a key factor in all his jobs, so he has a way of making sure his clients and his crews are both happy, while keeping the job on track.

“It’s as though every person Cory gets to work with, he ends up becoming friends with! He could probably build a house for the Grinch and come home with a happy customer at the end of the day. It’s nice to see my husband doing such a great job day in and day out, it really speaks to his integrity.” Says his wife, Simone. It’s characteristics and people like this that really make Osada Construction a superior luxury custom home builder in the Asheville area. It takes some very talented people to build magnificent custom homes and with that talent, comes a passion for what they do. When asked to describe why he loves what he does, Cory said, “I enjoy being a part of building a client’s vision while being able to work outside with great people. Every job is different and unique.”

Osada is one of the best companies to work for in the Asheville area and Cory believes that they stand out due to the very relaxed atmosphere they have built within the company. He tells us part of the reason why Osada is so distinctive in the industry is because of the measures OC takes to make sure customers and employees are well taken care of. “OC stands out mainly because of the people we work with and our employees. Matt is easy going and is as good of a boss you could ask for. Our employees really care about doing a good job and being part of the team. Cliché terminology, but we are very much a family style operation, everyone works together and looks after each other.” As Cory describes.

Cory and his wife Simone (left), Their dog Beaux (right)

However, when it comes to balancing out work and life, Cory knows when to switch gears and make time for his family and friends. “Balancing work and life can difficult when working in construction, there is always a lot going on and many different people working on different schedules. It is very easy to let the work overtake you, but I find it very important to set time aside and to turn off the phone and computer. It also helps that I spend a lot of time with my wife Simone and dog Beaux out in the woods somewhere where there isn’t any service.”

When Cory is not at the office or at a job site, you will most likely find him outside. Hiking, camping, fishing, exploring, you name it, he is probably out there on one of the many trails that wind through Western North Carolina or in the kitchen crafting a gourmet meal and home-brewed beer. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, making them laugh. “If you need to know where to hike or camp, Cory is the resource. I think he knows every trail in WNC! Cory also has a great sense of humor.” Matt says.

If you have had the opportunity to work with or meet Cory you probably already know what a joy it is to be in his presence, but if you have not, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Bear Bardon: Built to Last, the OC Promise

One-Year Home Warranty | Bear Bardon | Osada Construction

Osada Construction offers a one-year home warranty for your luxury custom home. Our team has a Warranty and Punch List Manager; Bear Bardon, whose job is dedicated to making sure each home is in perfect condition and move-in ready at the end of the build.

Osada Construction: From a Dream to a Reality

As a small but mighty local custom home builder in the mountains of Western North Carolina we are fabricating some of the most exceptional homes in the business. With owner Matt Osada at the helm, Osada Construction serves as one of the regions most renowned custom home builders. Based out of downtown Asheville, North Carolina, our team builds homes across the region, from Black Mountain to Hendersonville, and West Asheville. You can find our luxury homes almost anywhere you go in the Asheville metro area, in neighborhoods such as Falcon Ridge and Sovereign Oaks in East Asheville, Beaucatcher Heights in Downtown Asheville, and Homestead at Mills River just south of Asheville. Osada Construction has a broad footprint across one of the most beautiful regions in the nation.

 2016 Asheville Parade of Homes Best in Show Award winner and Gold Craftsmanship Award winner.

2016 Asheville Parade of Homes Best in Show Award winner and Gold Craftsmanship Award winner.

It all began in 2008 when Matt had an opportunity to start his own business. At the time the economy had taken a nosedive, but with only a few prospects for remodel projects, he took a leap of faith and started Osada Construction.  Even when he faced financial hardships, he persevered to achieve his goals. This experience is why he appreciates where he is now with his success, which feeds into the characteristics of our diligent team. His tenacity and passion for crafting his clients' dream homes ensures that every build is held to the highest standards.

"It has been a lifelong goal to be self-sufficient and in control of my own destiny. It has evolved where O.C.  has created an environment for employees who can fulfill their goals in the custom home business while at the same time it doesn’t feel like a 'job'." Matt Osada, Owner, Osada Construction.

Matt has created a culture within our team that encourages employees to grow while also embracing them in a family-oriented atmosphere. It is this culture that provides a positive work environment, which is key to our success. Our philosophy focuses on building relationships with our team members, clients, vendors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Through this relationship building, we can craft a quality product, while upholding our integrity and customer satisfaction. Passion is another driving force in our success, Matt explains, "We believe in what we are doing. Building custom homes and providing lifelong residences for families is a special and privileged responsibility. Having a team of builders within O.C. has also created a bond and family-like atmosphere, which is rewarding for sure."

 The Osada Team

The Osada Team

Our team is structured in a way that provides our clients with the best possible service. Led by Matt, our leadership team of Project Managers work to exceed expectations by providing their expert knowledge and management, driven by passion and integrity. Each project manager has had years of experience in the field and holds a firm belief in the power of positive client relations. They also bring to the table a wide array of skills and backgrounds, both within the field and outside of the industry. Some of those skills include architectural design and drafting, military service, environmental engineering, and carpentry. It is this diversity of backgrounds and skill that make our leadership team so unique. Coupled with their passion for what they do, they provide our clients with exceptional service.

"I’m passionate about what I do because my day to day tasks interest me. I also respect the fact that our clients are entrusting us with the bulk of the money they have worked their entire lives for, and to turn their vision into reality." David Tanner, Sr. Project Manager.

However, none of this is possible without our superintendents, the heart of our operations. "It is their role to be the eyes and ears on the job site every day to maintain the highest quality, make sure everything runs smoothly, find solutions to any problem that may come up, and make sure we stay on schedule." Explained Cory Wax, Project Manager. Visit any job site and you are sure to find a superintendent on-site managing every phase of the build. With our superintendents, we can guarantee each project meets our quality control standards while also securing the safety and cleanliness of each job site. All of our projects are equipped with double supervision (Project Managers and Superintendents), which is essential to the structure of each build. It is also the role of our PM's and Superintendents to be the face of Osada Construction in the field, upholding our integrity and building relationships with our clients.

Our clients are the foundation of our operations because they are entrusting us to build the home of their dreams. We establish clear communication from the beginning so that we can set expectations and review the overall scope and vision of the project. Robi Eckley, Ecko Manager, explains, "Setting a baseline for the project assists in taking the pressure off of our client making the build a more enjoyable experience. It also ensures that we are able to establish a deeply rooted personal relationship with our clients making them not just a customer, but part of the Osada Family." Our client-first philosophy combined with our culture of creating a family-like atmosphere is of the utmost importance because we work with our clients over several months from start to finish and even after the build is complete to make sure they are satisfied and well taken care of.

All of these aspects of Osada Construction are what make us distinctive within the custom home building industry here in Western North Carolina. Kimberly Thomas, Ecko Project Coordinator, sums it up nicely; "Osada Construction stands out in the industry for being a locally grown business with ties to the community. In addition, our award-winning record with Asheville Home Builders Association symbolizes the quality standards we build into every home."

Quality, integrity, professionalism, and efficiency is our mission. Best is our standard.

Ventana, Asheville

Do you have a dream for a new custom home in Asheville? Osada Construction is proud to be a featured builder in the burgeoning Ventana community of Asheville, NC and we're excited to help dreams become reality with quality new homes made with green building methods and energy efficient construction. Matt Osada has 20 years of experience in the field of green building and the construction of eco homes. Together alongside his staff of custom home builders, he leads the field as one of the most trusted green home builders in Asheville. We provide quality workmanship, timely project completion, and a commitment to exceeding expectations

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 3,000 feet, Ventana provides a private, gated community where residents can appreciate the luxury and beauty of nature. Ventana is a place to raise a family, to experience nature and all its possibilities, and to enjoy the culture of downtown Asheville. At Ventana, you can take in the natural beauty of majestic forests and cool, winding streams from the comfort of your home. No other community in Western North Carolina can offer such gorgeous mountain views while also placing residents within minutes of downtown Asheville.

Living at Ventana affords you the benefits of sustainable, refined, rural mountain living while remaining close to a convenient, vibrant downtown.

Ventana’s community design concept focuses on the goal of providing a neighborhood that connects people and their homes to the surrounding landscape. The community achieves this goal by establishing several priorities to land development:

  • Protect the land’s natural beauty and resources 
  • Minimize site disturbance during construction 
  • Use innovative stormwater management practices during and after construction 
  • Design homes that are appropriate for their specific property 
  • Provide amenities that encourage neighbors to engage with the landscape

Ventana includes approximately 100 acres of forested mountainside with dramatic views of downtown Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Creeks, trails, native hardwood and rhododendron forests characterize the natural landscape of the community. Neighborhood parks and other community amenities are planned for future development. A total of approximately 80 private lots are planned for phase 1 and phase 2.

Award Winning Green Construction

Osada Construction is very proud to have won the 2014 Asheville Home Builders Association Builder of the Year Award. The award comes in the wake of having a featured home in the 2014 Asheville Parade of Homes which visitors explored at 37 Boulder Creek Way in the Falcon Ridge Community just minutes from Asheville.

This finely crafted home was constructed on a wooded lot with easy access to the community pavilion and walking trails; it features:

  • Spacious open floor plan with soaring 25 ft. vaulted ceilings and year-round long range views from expansive decks and expansive glass openings
  • 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath includes 2 master suites with private southwest facing decks
  • Gourmet kitchen with 36″ gas cooktop, second prep sink, pot filler, and large pantry
  • Granite countertops, hardwood floors throughout, custom all wood cabinetry, locally quarried stone fireplace, locally harvested trim and ceiling beams, designer tile and stone in bathrooms
  • Lots of storage, large closets, utility room on both levels, 8′ doors with oil rubbed bronze hardware
  • NC Green Built and Energy Star Certified – with multi zone efficiency air-conditioning and natural gas furnace, low-e insulated windows

See more of this beautiful new addition to the Osada Portfolio here.

Are Green Building & Sustainability Here To Stay?

Sustainability is increasingly mainstream, and LEED certification is commonplace in commercial design.

What started out as social responsibility is becoming standard business practice.

The last decade has proven that sustainability is hardly a trend. It’s more of a movement – and it’s happening from within. In a time of slow growth, many Asheville builders are shifting from fast and cheap to the affordable and sustainable model. It hasn’t exactly galvanized a non-start sector, but construction work, like construction materials, may improve as a result of sustainability standards. As commercial construction and new home building continues to comes back, it will come back stronger and greener than ever.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, a private nonprofit in Washington that has administered the internationally recognized LEED (Lead-ership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program since 1998, the green building industry has contributed more than half a trillion dollars to the US national economy from 2009 to 2014.

This means, without a doubt, that it’s safe to say that the ‘sustainability trend’ is moving away from being a trend and is now becoming commonplace and an integral part of commercial building design as well as private home design and construction.

A fortunate confluence of environmental awareness, rising energy costs and common sense has provided momentum for the green building movement, which has been embraced by engineers, designers and developers as well as environmentalists. What started out as social responsibility is rapidly becoming standard business practice, and it has been at Osada Construction since day 1.

A big part of this fast paced evolution and widespread popularity of improved building standards is the LEED rating system, a way to measure building sustainability. It has evolved to address a variety of building types and emphasizes sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy savings, material selection and indoor environmental quality. The rating system for new construction encompasses several levels: certified, silver, gold and platinum, depending on the degree of sustainability and carbon emissions removal achieved.

Osada Construction is Asheville's Green Building expert with over 20 years of experience. If you're looking for an experienced green building contractor for your next home or commercial construction project, contact Osada Construction today!