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June 28, 2016

Ed Nikles Achieves Five Wins at Wayne-Pike Building Industry Association Awards Gala

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Lake Wallenpaupack, PA – Local construction firm, Ed Nikles Home Builder, Inc., won five awards at the Wayne-Pike Building Industry Association 2016 Home Awards Gala held June 16th at the Silver Birches Waterfront at Lake Wallenpaupack. The acclaimed builder enjoyed a clean sweep at the ceremony, winning five awards in all five categories that they entered.

Industry recognition was bestowed to the Ed Nikles firm for their outstanding performance in the following categories; Best Residential Construction less than 2,000 sq. ft., Best Residential Construction less than $250,000, Best Remodeling Project between 2,000 and 4,000 sq. ft., Best Whole House Renovation between $150,000 and $400,000, as well as Best Commercial Remodeling under 10,000 sq. ft. for their work on the Convene Conference Center at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford.

Previous awards won by Ed Nikles Home Builder, Inc. have included many building awards from The Pocono Builders Association, The Pike County Chamber of Commerce, and The Pike County Builders Association. In 2008, the firm was honored by The National Association of Home Builders as “Custom Builder of the Year.” This year’s round of awards serve to highlight the diversity of the construction company with winning entries attained in the categories of new home construction, residential remodeling, and commercial remodeling.

Of this most recent recognition, Ed Nikles had the following comment; “My son, Ed Nikles Jr., as well as our staff, are very proud to have received these awards.” Ed Nikles Jr. has similarly expressed his gratitude through acknowledgment of those who helped in achieving their success, stating, “I would like to thank Architect Hector Baras, our Designer-Salesman, Jim Leighty, our Field Superintendant, Bill Gilpin, and our staff, including Bookkeeper Bette Eagan, Estimator Denege Hashagen, and Administrative Assistant Laura Pollard.”

For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., to learn about their services, or to view selections of their work, please visit their website at www.ednikles.com, or call their office at 1-570-296-9200.

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Winner Best Commercial Remodeling under 10,000 sq. ft.

Winner Best Commercial Remodeling under 10,000 sq. ft.

Winner Best Remodeling Project between 2,000 and 4,000 sq. ft. and Best Whole House Renovation between $150,000 and $400,000

Winner Best Remodeling Project between 2,000 and 4,000 sq. ft. and Best Whole House Renovation between $150,000 and $400,000.

Winner Best Residential Construction less than 2,000 sq. ft. and Best Residential Construction less than $250,000

Winner Best Residential Construction less than 2,000 sq. ft. and Best Residential Construction less than $250,000.

Left to right; Ed Nikles Sr., Architect Hector Baras and Ed Nikles Jr.

Left to right; Ed Nikles Sr., Architect Hector Baras and Ed Nikles Jr.

February 03, 2016

DV teens learn building trades
Exposed to different aspects of field

DV teens learn building trades

(Photo By JESSICA COHEN/FOR THE TIMES HERALD-RECORD) Clockwise from left: A.J. Page, a Delaware Valley senior, Alex Gallo, a junior, Kyle Sandstrom, senior, and Steve Pellegrino, senior, work on classroom shelves.

By Jessica Cohen for the Times Herald Record

MILFORD, Pa. - A transition from playing video games to laying brick and pouring concrete can be challenging for students in their first year in building trades classes, said Will Tidridge, a Delaware Valley High School building trades teacher.

"But they mature quickly," he said. "They retain what they learned in basic building the first year, so when we tell them to build a dugout the second year, they ask the right questions."

First-year students learn about safety and tools, Tidridge said. They do small projects like tool boxes. Then they mix concrete and lay foundation corners.

"It must be level and plumb," Tidridge said. "They use precision instruments. Sometimes they have to take a block off several times. If the cement has dried, they use a hammer and chisel to dismantle it."

They go on to building a model house, complete with framing, roofing, siding, windows and a deck with steps. In their second and third years, students have built dugouts for sports fields, sheds, outbuildings and stage sets. They make furniture requested by staff, and they do personal projects, such as beds, dressers, tables and shelves. Recently they painted and replaced ceiling tile in the boys' locker room.

"Anything to keep them interested," Tidridge said. "It steers them to different aspects of the field."

On a recent afternoon, as second- and third-year building trade students worked on various projects for classrooms - shelves, a rolling cart for Family and Consumer Sciences, a sawhorse - a few described their plans.

"I'll jump right into the construction trade," said Sander Woodruff, a junior. "I don't think I'll go to college. I'll go to trade school for two years in carpentry and masonry or get an apprenticeship."

Shane Rinaldi, a senior, said, "I'll definitely do something with construction. It's interesting and ever-changing."

At home, Rinaldi has made a bed, nightstand and cabinets. He started doing woodwork in class three years ago and discovered he liked it. But after graduating from DVHS, he plans to join the Marine Corps.

Michael Peterson, a senior, plans to go to a 15-week trade school and learn about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or electrical work. In the summer, he has done HVAC work for a company owned by a family friend.

Ed Nikles, owner of Ed Nikles Custom Builder Inc., in Milford, says his contractors have hired students from the DVHS career tech program.

"Now my carpentry crew is looking for a helper," he said. "It's hard to find someone with skills like swinging a hammer and using power tools."

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January 07, 2016

Partnership with James Leighty Opens New Horizons for Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc.

Ed Nikles Partners with James Leighty

(Photo By Eric Nelson) Featured left to right: Ed Nikles, Sr. and Ed Nikles, Jr.; Front: James Leighty

Milford, PA – The Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. firm has announced a new relationship with long established pillar of the local building community, James Leighty. A custom builder and remodeler since 1975, Leighty brings to the table his high quality design skills and supreme attention to detail along with a dedication to customers’ visions. These same characteristics which he built his reputation upon as James Leighty Construction, Inc., are also those that had made him a worthy competitor to Nikles for many years. This creative merger now offers customers an even greater potential to realize their building and remodeling dreams.

The union of Leighty with the Nikles team is, in Leighty’s own words, “a good marriage,” owing to their similar values, a mutual respect for the customer, and a yearning to produce a quality project for the appropriate price. The refusal to compromise quality in terms of supplies or craftsmanship has been a long-standing matter of pride for all parties involved. To each of them, it is never a consideration to take the lowest bid if it is going to ultimately compromise the integrity of the final product. Only the best materials are considered for their use and similarly only the best trade contractors are utilized to complete each project.

James Leighty joins Ed Nikles Sr., who started building in 1963 and welcomed his own son, Ed Nikles Jr., to the business in 1983. With Leighty alone bringing 40 years of experience from his own prosperous business, the Ed Nikles team can now boast a combined force of 124 years of building and remodeling experience between these three builders. Leighty, in particular, is delighted to now have the freedom to concentrate on the areas of the business that he enjoys most, including the designing of homes from scratch and closely working with clients during the sales process to ensure their complete satisfaction.

The newly combined Nikles and Leighty portfolio of existing house designs offers potential customers a diverse and exciting collection of prospective plans and dwarves anything their competitors could ever offer. Incorporating Leighty and his models into the Ed Nikles’ design portfolio is a seamless process, as Leighty has already embraced, and adhered to, the high standards that customers have come to expect from the Nikles firm. In fact, Leighty’s initial project as a member of Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is a continuation of his former practice, as he brings a recent design of his own to life under the Ed Nikles banner. Embracing the latest design industry technology of “Datacad 17” and applying their years of experience in their craft, the design team is set for the creation of the perfect dream home for their clients.

For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., to learn of their services, or to view selections of their work, please visit their website at www.ednikles.com, or call their office at 1-570-296-9200.


By KEN BAUMEL For the Pike County Dispatch, Inc.

Conference Center Is High-Tech With Traditional Touch

(Photo By Ken Baumel) The Pike County Chamber of Commerce (PCC) celebrated a ribbon-cutting dedication of the Fauchere Meeting Facility Powered By Convene last week at the Emerson House on Broad Street in Milford Borough. From the left were PCC directors Jack Boyle and DeWayne Haygood, PCC Vice President Simone Palmer, Pike County Commissioner/PCC Director Matt Osterberg, PCC Arlene Quirk, Hotel Fauchere Maitre d’Hotel Xavier Morales, Hotel Fauchere Chief Operating Office Sean Durden, PCC Office Manager Lee Ann Camarero, Hotel Fauchere/Meeting Facility owner Sean Strub, PCC Honorary Director/facility renovator Ed Nikles, PCC Treasurer Jody Welsh, Kelly Gaughan and PCC Honorary Director Beth Nikles.

MILFORD — In Milford Borough, Hotel Fauchere owner Sean Strub and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce celebrated a business card-exchange/networking event capped by a ribbon cutting dedication of Strub’s state-of-the-art boutique-conference center.

The events were held at the center, located on the second floor of the Emerson House, next to the Hotel Fauchere on Broad and East Catharine Street. Strub said, “The center is unique in this area. No one else is doing an intimate and upscale corporate meeting center. We brand it as the Fauchere Meeting Facility Powered by Convene.

“Convene is a global company. As our partners, they would drive clients to our facility. Our midweek business was slow, so we decided to attract new business through this center.

“We already had some corporate clients, such as lawyers and pharmaceutical companies. The center allows us to expand our existing client base.” Strub said that his facility is now part of Convene’s global network (which now includes Milford). Convene is pushing the envelope of conference technology.

The company’s Milford presence is part of an expanding network that will include centers in Asia and Europe. Food, ambiance, and technological support are Convene’s calling card, and Strub’s center is totally wired for the most demanding teleconferencing needs.

Each training-facility room in Convene’s network is outfitted with a technology services package that covers potential audiovisual applications and teleconferencing.

(Contributed photos) Hotel Fauchere owner Sean Strub celebrated a Pike County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting of his Fauchere Meeting Facility Powered by Convene, a state-of-the-art boutique meeting/convention/ conference center renovated by Ed Nikles Custom Builder. The center is located upstairs from the Patisserie, in the historic Emerson House, located on Broad Street in Milford Borough. Above is the conference boardroom.

Convene provides complementary pre-booking advisory to facilitate integration of technology uses, conference plans, and budget planning.

All Convene facilities and partners, such as the Fauchere venue, have on-site event-catering services that enable clients to be more productive, allow them to stay longer hours at the event, and eliminate the need for additional catering. Strub said that virtually all food at his center follows farmto- table principles.

Strub said, “The business is a boutique because the conference center is intimate. We are gearing the center for small corporate and business meetings, accommodating up to 35 corporate or business people who want a high-end meeting venue, but even non-business people could enjoy the facility for holiday parties.”

Strub and Dick Snyder renovated the historic Hotel Fauchere and Emerson House complex in 2006.

Strub said, “Ed Nikles did this [conference center] renovation… we wanted to provide work for locals. Our two architects on this project were Joe Jaludi and Anthony Barrale. Both worked on Dick’s farm when they were students at Delaware Valley. Ed Nikles Custom Builders was one of three contracting companies we considered before awarding the bid.”

Strub said that Joyce Brumberg (one of the few people on the project who was not local) designed the interior. Even the art works decorating the walls of the center, from Strub’s personal collection, are by local artists, such as Jennifer Doherty, Jimmy Sheehan, Alastair Gordon, and Kulvinder Kaur Dhew.

Nikles said that the challenge was to make the Emerson House’s upstairs space, which had an attic and low ceilings in the room below the attic, much more spacious and inviting for high-end business meetings.

The conference main room.

Nikles accomplished that by knocking out the attic and rooms below it, transforming the space. Those entering the building go through an historic, warm, and inviting lobby area, decorated in wood and the darker palette suitable for a restored 19th century venue. Then going upstairs, a visitor is treated to a wonderful vista of glass paneled walls and doors leading to an inviting high-tech conference boardroom and a retreat that would likely make even the nation’s president comfortable holding a business meeting with top corporate honchos or entertaining heads of state.

The retreat is modern, but Nikles recycled wood window frames that he found stored in the attic. The refinished and stained window frames provide the connection with the building’s historic past. Another connection with the past is a brick wall and a fireplace. Nikles moved a wall so that the great room could have the working fireplace. Strub said that conference center clients can lodge at the Fauchere and have a choice of menus at Bar Louis, the Fauchere, or have food catered at the conference center, prepared by the Hotel chefs.

Jack Boyle, a Chamber Director, and Senior Manager for Development at the Middletown Community Health Center in Milford, said, “This facility is a great resource for the community. It addresses the historic legacy of the building, but brings a modern, utilitarian, and gorgeous ambiance.

“I like the layout of the breakout rooms, the conference room, and the retreat. It could be used in so many ways. I can foresee many ways to use the space: for corporate and local meetings, educational programs, food entertaining, and conferences.”

Pike County Prothonotary Denise Fitzpatrick said, “Having the chamber business card exchange at the facility was a good way to show it off. The designers and builders did a wonderful job. Bette Eagan, Nikles’ bookkeeper, told Strub, “I saw the plans in the office, but this is way above what I expected.”

At the Card Exchange and ribbon cutting, attendees tasted the following upscale hors d’oeuvres, a sample of what conference clients might be served: pork and pistachio terrine, Hawaiian tuna poke, wasabi espuma (a nitro-blown custard), a spiced apple chutney, butternut squash soup, and smoked lamb carpaccio (with couscous and apricot gel), all prepared by Hotel Fauchere’s Chef de Cuisine Scott Myers.

For information about the facility or bookings, call (570) 409- 1212, go to www.hotelfauchere.com, or www.convene.com.


April 11, 2014

By JESSICA COHEN For the Pocono Record

Pike County home and garden show features high-tech gadgets

With the economy still in recovery, improved homes, rather than new homes, will likely be the interest of visitors to the Pike County Builders Association Home and Garden Show this weekend at Delaware Valley High School, says custom builder Ed Nikles.

So, vendors will accommodate them with innovations that help with economizing.

After a snowy winter, ways to save money while staying warm may be particularly appealing, and Nikles points out a variety of ways to keep heat indoors, including high-efficiency doors, triple-pane windows and special insulation.

Foam, Fiberglas or cellulose insulation can be sprayed or blown into wall cavities to fill them without gaps, resulting in better insulation, he says. And joints in wall sheeting and ceiling plates can be sealed with caulk or foam.

At least one home show vendor, Superior Walls, sells pre-cast concrete foundation walls, with interior insulation.

"The walls come in sections on the back of a tractor-trailer," says Nikles. "A crane sets the walls in place. It's all done in one day."

Plus, new thermostats can be adjusted remotely with smartphones.

"On your way home from a vacation, you can adjust the heat or air conditioning before you arrive," says Nikles.

For those who get miles away from home and wonder whether an oven was left on, now you can turn it off without turning around. Other appliances and light fixtures can also be controlled from a distance. And vendors will bring various home fixtures in new colors, finishes and styles.

The show will include an array of licensed building professionals, he says, including builders, remodelers, electricians, landscapers and vendors selling roofing, gutters, generators, siding, sun rooms, fireplaces and more.


November 26th, 2013

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc installs Eco Friendly Picnic Area

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc installs Eco Friendly Picnic Area Ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Eco Friendly Picnic Area - built by Ed Nikles Custom Home BuildersEd Nikles Custom Builder, Inc recently built a picnic area featuring eco-friendly amenities at Delaware State Park LILY POND PICNIC AREA TRAILHEAD and FOREST DEMONSTRATION, located on Schocopee Road in Milford, PA.

The picnic pavilion and restroom facility marks another milestone for Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. as they have demonstrated success in both residential and light commercial building.

The pavilion was built though the partnership of County and State government.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc installs Eco Friendly Picnic Area“The successful completion of the pavilion at Lily Pond brings forward a new dimension for Pike County residents to enjoy family fun in our beautiful outdoors,” said Pike County Commissioner Rich Caridi. “Our residents can now visit this pristine environmental treasure to fish, hike, and picnic as individuals or in groups with well-constructed amenities similar to our state parks.”

Caridi also said that he hopes residents take advantage of the new opportunities the new facilities will offer.

The bid for construction was advertised to local contractors by the Pike County last year, and Ed Nikles Custom Builder was awarded the job.

“We saw this as an opportunity to display to the public our community public work projects,” said Nikles.

The Lily Pond picnic pavilion will provide picnicking options for larger groups and alleviate demand for free, open-air picnic areas for the general public. The pavilion, built from Douglas Fir posts and beams, has a concrete floor, cedar ceiling and standing seam metal roof.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc installs Eco Friendly Picnic AreaInside the precast concrete restroom facility is a waterless composting toilet, an environmentally friendly feature. Ed Nikles and his son, Ed Jr. are both Certified Green Professionals (CGP).

“The pavilion recently constructed by the Pike County Commissioners at Delaware State Park LILY POND PICNIC AREA TRAILHEAD and FOREST DEMONSTRATION was sorely needed,” said Pike County Commissioner Karl A. Wagner Jr. “The Commissioners extend their appreciation and gratitude to Ed Nikles and his team for a job well done.”

Through an agreement with Pike County, DCNR has taken over management of Lily Pond. For directions to Lily Pond, visit www.discoverpikepa.org.


November 18th, 2013

Custom-made Circulation Desk Impresses Many at Library’s Grand Opening

Ed Nikles at the new Pike County Public Library custom-made front desk by Ed Nikles Custom Home Builders at the new Pike County Public Library“Pike County, PA – Members of the Pike County Public Library board expressed their admiration of the new library’s 24 foot circulation desk at the library’s Grand Opening on Saturday, October 26. The desk was built and installed by Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc.

Ed certainly exceeded his reputation on this one,” said James Burnett, a member of the Pike County Public Library Board. “As the area’s finest builder, he consistently provides quality workmanship. The desk has that special Ed Nikles touch.”

“The new library was designed with functionality and convenience in mind,” said Ed Nikles. “We wanted the desk to mimic that. The desk needed to be spacious and serviceable to fit the needs of the library’s staff and volunteers.”

When plans for the new library desk were announced, a design build proposal was sent to the contractors in the area, but Ed Nikles’ design was chosen for its efficiency and unique design.

“Not only is it functional, but it’s detailed, too,” said Ellen Goodin. Goodin, who is also a member of the Pike County Public Library Board, said that the desk is a wonderful centerpiece of the library’s main area.

Nikles made sure that the surface of the desk would match the other library desks, making it a perfect adornment.

The desk was designed in conjunction with Mr. Hector Muńoz-Baras of v.baras ARCHITECTS in Port Jervis, NY. Baras said that the desk was built with one question in mind: How can we engage the community more?

“Our idea behind the design was to engage community members by displaying local artists’ work in the center of the desk,” said Baras. “We wanted to create a niche for art.”

Baras designed and Nikles created a 3’ by 3’ glass display case in the center of the desk. The display also has built in LED lighting. Nikles said that he hopes that the library uses this as a rotating exhibit for local art and projects from the library’s programs.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is a full-service new home and remodeling company that specializes in custom, high-performance and green home design and construction. They offer their design and build services for clients in Pike, Wayne, Orange and Sullivan counties. For more information, call (570) 296-9200.


March 19th, 2013

NIKLES TAKES CLIENT EXPERIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

Milford, PA – For a little over a year, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. has been quietly providing select Custom Home and Remodeling clients something no one else in Pike County can….24-hour access to their job. “We searched for Construction Management Software (CMS) for several years, until we found Builder WorkBench,” said Ed Nikles, Jr., “they had the comprehensive, customizable, detail-oriented program we were looking for and more.” Builder WorkBench is a web-based construction management system, for home builders and remodelers, which helps coordinate communications, client selections, project schedule, job site photos, documents, warranty administration & more. The builder, client, and trade contractor access the login through a secure portal on the Ed Nikles’ website. The clients have password protected access to their own job enabling them to see current job progress photos and up-to-date production schedule. Trade contractors have access to ongoing jobs for color selections, plans, schedule and even directions to the job site. The builder has a “Dashboard View” of all current jobs and schedules, so his team can manage multiple jobs simultaneously, on one screen, from anywhere.

“Recently we had a client that had to be out of the country, while we built their home. Even though they were halfway across the world, in a different time zone, they were able to communicate with us, look at daily job site photos taken by our project manager, follow the production schedule, and feel like they were there, while their home was being built.” It makes for a happier, more involved client and allows for a stronger business relationship through collaboration.

Because Builder WorkBench is a web-based system, it can be securely accessed from any location, with any type of MAC, Android, or Windows based computer, tablet or mobile smart phone. We’ve found the typical client logs in twice a day to review progress photos, approve color selections, monitor communications, and view schedule updates all in one organized, convenient location. Our goal is to make it easy for clients to stay connected, while we’re building their home, even if they’re located in another state, or traveling.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is a full-service home and remodeling company that specializes in custom, high-performance, and green home design. In 2008, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. became the 1st builder in Pike County to build a Gold Certified Green Home; since then, Ed Nikles, Jr. has earned the 1st Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP) designation in Pennsylvania, signifying his in-depth knowledge of green building science and methods. He also recently became the 1st and only Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) in Pennsylvania. With this knowledge, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. offers clients a variety of building and remodeling options to ensure that the homes created are enjoyed for many years to come.

For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. and their services, please call their office at 1-570-296-9200.


October 1st, 2012

Ed Nikles Jr., elected as Chairman of the Craftsmen Builder 20 Club

NAHB 20 ClubMilford, PA – Ed Nikles Jr., of Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. was recently elected as Chairman of The Craftsmen Builder 20 Club. After serving (2) years on the Kitchen Cabinet (Board of Directors) as Vice – Chairman, Ed Jr. was elected to serve a (2) year term as the Chairman at the fall meeting in Port Townsend, WA.

Ed Nikles Jr. & Ed Nikles Sr. have been members of The Craftsmen Builder 20 Club since 2000. The NAHB Builder 20 Clubs are comprised of similar type Builder or Remodelers from non-competing markets, who meet semi-annually for a 4 day conference and communicate daily, as an informal board of directors. The mission of the club is to raise professional standards in construction techniques and practices, business management, production, technology, design, customer service and to be available to each member as a sounding board when industry challenges arise.

The meetings provide unique networking & educational opportunities to share ideas, marketing strategies, encouragement and much more, with one another, as they discuss their work & plans for the future. The members share & compare their company information and offer each other advise on how they can improve their business operations. This information can make a crucial difference today to not only survive, but to thrive in today’s challenging home building market.

Ed Nikles Jr. will be in charge of creating the meeting agendas, arranging for top speakers from around the country to provide educational programs and to coordinate housing tours of custom homes in host club member’s cities. Club participation is by invitation only through the National Association of Home Builders. Sharing, teaching and learning from this exceptionally talented group of tight – knit custom home builders creates an environment that elevates all members of The Craftsmen and our custom home building industry.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is a full-service home and remodeling company that specializes in custom, high-performance, and green home design. In 2008, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. became the 1st builder in Pike County to build a Gold Certified Green Home; since then, Ed Nikles, Jr. has earned the 1st Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP) designation in Pennsylvania, signifying his in-depth knowledge of green building science and methods. He also recently became the 1st and only Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) in Pennsylvania. With this knowledge, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. offers clients a variety of building and remodeling options to ensure that the homes created are enjoyed for many years to come.

For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. and their services, please call their office at 1-570-296-9200.


July 6th, 2012

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. Brings the Beauty of Nature into your Home

Milford, PA – One of the many benefits of owning a home in Northeast, PA is the beautiful surrounding environment. From forests and waterfalls, to stunning lakes and unique wildlife, the natural world around us provides a daily escape from everyday life. Now, with the help of Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., you can incorporate your favorite aspects of the environment you love into your house in a few simple, yet stunningly aesthetic ways.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. offers a variety of options to blend the local environment into your home, including water features, sky tunnels, and the use of local materials during the building process. Water features, such as glass walls that use recycled water, create subtle barriers that add a chic, calming touch to any room. Sky tunnels and skylights use natural sunlight to illuminate every space, creating a cheery atmosphere that is perfect for the kitchen, living room, or bathroom. Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. also provides the unique opportunity to use native wood for trim and doors, and regional blue stone from 100-year-old slag quarries for your porch, patio, or fireplace.

Your yard and garden can also benefit from these natural home-improvement options. Incorporating indigenous plant life into your garden as well as plants that require minimal watering (also known as “xeriscaping,”) can reduce the amount of work necessary for its upkeep, while still yielding beautiful flowers. Stop struggling with the hose or watering can as well: using rain barrels to collect the precipitation is a simple and eco-friendly way to water your plants. Plus, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., offers a variety of options for outdoor cooking and dining areas that allow you to enjoy your meals surrounded by your picturesque backyard, ultimately blending the peace of nature with the comfort of your own home.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is a full-service home and remodeling company that specializes in custom, high-performance, and green home design. In 2008, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. became the first custom builder in Pike County to build a Gold Certified Green Home; since then, Ed Nikles, Jr. has earned the 1st Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP) designation in Pennsylvania, signifying his in-depth knowledge of green building science and methods. He also recently became the 1st and only Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) in Pennsylvania. With this knowledge, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. offers clients a variety of building and remodeling options to ensure that the homes created are enjoyed for many years to come.

For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. and their services, please call their office at 1-570-296-9200.


March 26, 2012

Nikles Earns Graduate Master Remodeler Certification

Milford, PA – Ed Nikles Jr., of Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. has been named one of the remodeling industry’s top professionals by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Recently earning the Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) education designation - the 1st homebuilder in Pennsylvania to do so, and 20th overall in the United States- he is now placed among a select group of remodelers nationwide.

NAHB Education, which encompasses the GMR, is sponsored locally by the Pike County Builders Association. “I am delighted to have met the requirements for this designation,” said Nikles. “The program only enhances our knowledge and expertise, and I believe it will allow us to provide a better service to our clients. I am grateful to have been recognized by the NAHB.” Ed Nikles, Jr. has been a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) since 1993.

To earn the GMR designation, a remodeler must be an active Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) for at least nine years, possess 15 years of remodeling experience, complete an intensive series of industry-specific education and training, provide letters of recommendation, submit proof of home improvement contractor registration (for PA), insurance and adhere to a strict code of ethics. GMR stands for dedication to excellence, experience and professionalism within the remodeling industry.

The GMR program represents a graduate master level of remodeling experience and educational excellence, which is expected to be continued throughout Nikles’ career. The program also requires all graduates to maintain their designation by completing 12 hours of continuing education every three years. “Our company highly values education,” said Ed Nikles, Jr. “Over the course of my 25-year career, I have taken over 30 continuing education courses through NAHB. Our belief is that, essentially, we have been schooled to do your home work.”

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is a full-service home and remodeling company that specializes in custom, high-performance, and green home design. In 2008, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. became the 1st builder in Pike County to build a Gold Certified Green Home; since then, Ed Nikles, Jr. has earned the 1st Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP) designation in Pennsylvania, signifying his in-depth knowledge of green building science and methods. With this knowledge, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. offers clients a variety of building and remodeling options to ensure that the homes created are enjoyed for many years to come.

To learn more about the Graduate Master Remodeler educational designation, visit www.nahb.org.
For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., please call 1-570-296-9200.


June 9th, 2011

Ed Nikles Receives “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades

Milford, PA – On Saturday, June 4th, Ed Nikles Sr., of local award-winning construction company Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., proudly received the 2011 “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from his alma mater, The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. This award is given to alumni who have gained outstanding achievements in their field and service to the community, and meet the Williamson standard of character.

The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, located in Media, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1888 by Isaiah Vansant Williamson with the goal of providing young men a purpose and opportunity in life. Even today, Williamson offers free tuition, room and board for all students who are accepted into its rigorous and disciplined programs. Basing its education on its five core values of faith, integrity, diligence, excellence, and service, Williamson aims to prepare its students to be useful and respected members of society, with a focus on giving back through community service.

Ed Nikles Sr. graduated from Williamson’s carpentry program in 1962, and started a construction company in 1963 with a partner doing remodeling projects. In 1984 Ed began his own business, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., which has gained notoriety throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania for their state-of-the-art, award-winning custom and green homes. Some of his honors include the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s “Distinguished Achievement” Award in 2004, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year” award in 2006, the National Association of Home Builder’s “Custom Home Builder of the Year” award in 2008, and most recently the Pocono’s Choice Award as “Leader in Home Building” in 2010.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is a full-service home and construction company that specializes in custom, high-performance, and green home design. In 2008, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. became the first custom builder in Pike County to build a Gold Certified Green Home; since then, he has earned the first Master Certified Green Professional designation in Pennsylvania, signifying his in-depth knowledge of green building science and methods. With this knowledge, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. offers clients a variety of building and appliance options that can save thousands in utility bills, without breaking their budget.

For more information on the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, please visit their website at www.williamson.edu or call 1-610-566-1776.

For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., please call 1-570-296-9200.


May 18th, 2011

Ed Nikles, Jr Earns 1st Master CGP Designation in Pennsylvania

Milford, PA – On May 11th, 2011 Ed Nikles Jr., of Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc earned his Master Certified Green Professional Designation and became one of a select group of professional builders and remodelers nationwide who have earned the Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP) designation, identifying him as someone with an in-depth knowledge of green building science and methods.

The Master CGP program is administered by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Education. Ed Nikles Jr., is currently the only builder in Pennsylvania to have earned this designation.

With four required courses, the Master CGP curriculum incorporates a variety of information tailored to the science of green building and proper green project management practices. It also features training by leading green building industry practitioners on a range of topics including building science techniques, the high-performance home and marketing strategies for selling green. Those earning the designation also learn to incorporate green building certification into their scheduling and project management.
Master CGP graduates are required to maintain their designation by completing 12 hours of continuing education every three years and must build and certify three projects to a local, state or national green building program.

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 160,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB's builder members will construct 80 percent of the more new housing units projected for 2011, making housing one of the largest engines of economic growth in the country.

In 2010, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc completed building a 4,600-square-foot custom home that scored gold under the NAHB program and has a 5-Star Plus Energy Star rating. In 2008, he became the first custom builder in Pike County to build a Gold Certified Green home; Ed Nikles Jr., Ed Nikles Sr., and James Weber are all Certified Green Professionals (CGP).

In 2009, the Nikles introduced another new line of construction called Smart Design, in which a plethora of options are incorporated into the home building and operation process for highly sustainable living. These options include choices in price, size, energy efficiency, green options, universal design, products, and land. The goal of Smart Design is to create homes that enable families to live more comfortably, with lower maintenance and utility bills, while still reducing the impact the home has on the environment. Energy, water consumption, building design and materials, and indoor air quality are all taken into consideration during the design, construction and operation of a smartly designed home.

As a full-service Home Construction and Design Company, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc has won various local, state, and national awards including the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s “Distinguished Builders” award in 2004, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year” award in 2006, the National Association of Home Builders “Custom Homebuilder of the Year” award in 2008, and most recently the Pocono’s Choice Award as the “Leader in Home Building” in 2010.

For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., please call 1-570-296-9200


January 3rd, 2011

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. Joins First Energy’s Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program

Milford, PA – Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is excited to announce their acceptance as a participating builder in the Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program. This program is offered by First Energy Corporation’s Pennsylvania utility companies including Metropolitan Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, and Pennsylvania Power.

All homes built as part of this program must be at least 15% more efficient than required by building code. The average High-Performance Energy Star home designed and built by Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. is approximately 44% more efficient than required by code: a statistic that has earned them many awards, including the 2010 Green House Home of the Year Award from the Pike County Builder’s Association.

The Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program is intended to encourage builders and buyers of new homes within the utility companies’ Pennsylvania service territories to include energy efficiency as a design feature. Homes will receive a stringent evaluation conducted by an independent, certified home energy rater to determine whether they meet the program’s 15% minimum above code threshold requirement.

Energy efficient homes can save homebuyers thousands of dollars in energy costs throughout the life of the building. Investing in efficiency measures during construction can continue to provide payback for decades, like many of the homes built by Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. which save their owners, on average, approximately $2,000 a year in utility bills.

For more information on Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., please call 1-570-296-9200. For more information on First Energy’s Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program, please visit www.energysavepa-newhomes.com


October 5, 2010
Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. wins award for primary home under 1500 Sq Ft

Milford, PA - At their annual 2010 awards banquet, the Pike County Builders Association presented Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. with the prestigious "Primary Home of the Year" award, in the category of less than 1,500 square feet. Their newest custom home utilizes many of the energy efficient and high performance technologies that have made Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. a celebrated custom builder, both nationally and locally.

Although this home is small, 1102 Sq Ft., it fits the needs perfectly for a retired widow who wanted a place that she could manage and would be low in utility costs and require very little maintenance.

The covered porch with its classic round columns and colonial railings makes for a perfect setting for her wicker furniture, so that she can sit there and enjoy her wooded surroundings. The living room features a direct vent gas log fireplace which is also viewed from the dining area. The kitchen is compact but with ample cabinets for storage and features a pass-through that looks out into the living room/dining area. The master bedroom is comfortably sized and has its own private bath and walk-in closet. The guest bedroom and guest bath are for the grandchildren when they visit. Although this house is built on a crawl space, adequate room for storage is provided in the garage. This truly turned out to be the ideal home for "Grandma."

As a full-service Home Construction and Design Company, Ed Nikles has won various local, state, and national awards including the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s "Distinguished Builders" award in 2004, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year" award in 2006, the National Association of Home Builders "Custom Homebuilder of the Year" award in 2008, and most recently the Pocono’s Choice Award as the "Leader in Home Building" in 2010 and Pike County Builders Association 2010 custom primary home, best architectural design and builder construction, in the 3500-4500 sq ft category.

Nikles is best known for building larger custom homes, but also designs smaller economically efficient homes to satisfy those with a limited budget. For more information regarding Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc.’ s energy-efficient homes, please call (570) 296-9200.


September 27, 2010
Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. wins primary home of the year 2010

Milford, PA – Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., recently won the primary home of the year award at the first annual 2010 Pike County Builders Association (PCBA) awards banquet on September 14th. The custom primary home won for best architectural design and builder construction, in the 3500-4500 sq ft category.

Ed Nikles Sr., recently said "The owners of this home came to us with a picture of a home in a magazine that they liked the look of. We took that picture and the list of their wants and desires and, along with our architect, designed a custom, one-of-a kind home for them." This 3877 sq. ft home is situated on a five-acre lot and consists of an expansive Master Bedroom suite with a vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace, large Master Bath with a double vanity sink, large tile shower and whirlpool tub, walk-in closet plus additional closets and direct access to a rear sundeck. The large foyer opens up into the vaulted ceiling Great Room with its floor to ceiling glass wall and fireplace. To the right of the Great Room is the informal eating nook which is adjacent to the large U-shaped kitchen with its center island. The traditional cherry cabinets with the granite tops and tile backsplash add an elegant look to the kitchen.

Off to one side of the kitchen is the formal dining room, and off to the other side is the entrance to the three-car garage and also the laundry room with a convenient 1/2 bath.

The open staircase leading to the second floor brings you to a bridge-way overlooking both the Great Room on one side and the Foyer on the other side. The balcony then leads you to three guest bedrooms, one with a private bath and the other two with a connecting bath, sharing a shower. Ample closets are provided in each bedroom. The front of the house has a large entry deck, part of which is covered by a roof. The rear of the house has a massive sundeck ideal for relaxing or entertaining guests.

Below the deck is a walk-out section of the basement leading to a concrete paver patio with a hot tub tucked into a landscaped rock wall.

As a full-service Home Construction and Design Company, Ed Nikles has won various local, state, and national awards including the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s "Distinguished Builders" award in 2004, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year" award in 2006, the National Association of Home Builders "Custom Homebuilder of the Year" award in 2008, and most recently the Pocono’s Choice Award as the "Leader in Home Building" in 2010.

For more information regarding Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc.’ s energy-efficient homes, please call (570) 296-9200.


November 26, 2008
Nikles Wins National Recognition
As published in the Pike County Courier

National Association of Home Builders honors Pike builder

Milford – Ed Nikles, President, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. of Milford has been named as the 2008 Custom Home Builder of the Year.

The award was announced at an October luncheon honoring Nikles in Austin, Texas, at which custom home builders from throughout the United States and Canada gathered to attend the National Association of Home Builders’ annual Custom Builder Symposium.

Before an overflow crowd of hundreds of custom home builders, including Ed Nikles, Sr. and his son and business partner Ed Nikles, Jr., Randy Rinehart, Chair of the Symposium, made the surprise announcement, stating, "The field of nominees was narrowed to twenty national finalists from among our more than 240,000 member companies. This is only the third time NAHB has presented this prestigious national award."

"Through this award, we recognize a custom builder for his or her outstanding craftsmanship in building one-of-a-kind custom homes as well their exemplary business practices. We recognize their outstanding leadership both in our industry and in their own community. It is also a testament to the professional and ethical manner in which this year’s recipient conducts his own business, contributes to our industry and participates in his community. This award has special merit, as the award committee is comprised of the two past recipients as well as numerous other outstanding custom builders from around the country."

Rinehart then called honoree Ed Nikles to the podium. In accepting the award, Nikles recognized his wife and partner, Beth, and gave credit to the outstanding contributions and support of their son and partner, Ed Nikles, Jr. He also thanked their staff, their trade contractors and their customers who come back to have him design and build additional homes and additions and continue to refer customers to them.

Long considered the leading custom home builder in Pike County and recognized as a premier custom builder in Pennsylvania, Ed Nikles co-founded the design-build firm, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc. with his wife, Beth, after some years in the construction business. For over twenty years, their son, Ed Nikles, Jr., has also been a full partner in the company.

"We place great value on honesty, integrity, loyalty and old fashioned hard work," says Nikles. "We expect that, not only within our own company, but from all others whom we employ and with whom we work, as well." By demanding the highest standards, Nikles has been able to build more than 3,500 homes for satisfied customers.

To find out more information about Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., visit them at their office at 104 Bennett Avenue, Milford, PA or online at www.ednikles.com or www.greencountryhomes.com where you will see the four new energy star certified homes designed specifically with the homeowners’ own needs and requirements in mind. Call Ed Nikles, Sr. and Ed Nikles, Jr. at 570-296-9200 with any questions.

Ed Nikles’ Achievement record

Ed Nikles is the recipient of many local, state and national awards during his forty five-year career, including the national designation as one of "America’s Best Builders" by Builder Magazine in 1992. Nikles is also the recipient of Custom Home Magazine’s 1995 "Pacesetter Award" for outstanding Customer Service and Remodeling Magazine’s "Big 50" Remodeler Award in 1997. In 1984, the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) honored him with their "Builder of the Year" award.

PBA presented the rarely awarded "Distinguished Achievement Award", to Nikles in 2004 for his outstanding service to the State Association and its members. The Founding and Charter President of the Pike County Builders Association, Ed Nikles, Sr., went on to serve as the President of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, headquartered in Harrisburg.

Nikles has authored several books and publications for NAHB and PBA, generously donating the publication rights to them, as well. He served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Home Builders in 2001-2002. A 1962 graduate of the Williamson School of Mechanical Trades, Nikles is also a NAHB Graduate Master Builder, a NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler and a NAHB Certified Green Professional.

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