Builders Blitz


About Builders Blitz

Builders Blitz began in 2002 when local custom home builder and visionary Tom Gipson recruited 12 builders to construct one house each in a five-day period. He asked the builders to donate the labor, secure the assistance of subcontractors, and seek donations of the needed materials, from frame to finish. The results were astounding: 12 homes were completed in five days.

In 2006, the Home Builders Blitz became a national model:  More than 1,000 professional homebuilders teamed with 130 Habitat affiliates across the United States, building 459 homes which provided housing for nearly 2,000 people. For his leadership in this effort, and for helping to impact so many lives by providing affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity, Gipson was recognized as an “Ultimate Volunteer” by The View in 2009.

Gipson’s leadership is significant in Wake County: To date, 80 of the 525 homes Habitat Wake has completed  were constructed by professional builders during the Builders Blitz. The 2016 Builders Blitz June will be held 6-11 and will construct four homes to help end the cycle of poverty for four additional hardworking Wake County families.

All Habitat Wake Homeowners contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity,” pay $1,500 in closing costs, and have an affordable mortgage. Because Builders Blitz homes are built in one week, the owners of these homes have the opportunity to contribute sweat equity hours building the homes of their neighbors.

For additional information on the 2016 Builders Blitz, read the 2016 Press Release.

2015 Location – Crosstowne

Crosstowne is a Southeast Raleigh subdivision that was hit by the recession, with only 25 homes built prior to the economic downturn in 2008. Habitat Wake began building in Crosstowne in April 2015.

Home Builders Blitz 2016 Building Partners and Partner Families

Partner Family: Michelle Reavis
Michelle Reavis was born in Raleigh. She is employed by Foundation Academy and is the mother of three; Kristen, Kerry, and Destiney. Reavis currently rents a 3-bedroom home with two bathrooms. She enjoys going to the movies, yard sales, and cooking out with friends and family. She first learned about Habitat Wake from a friend. She is most excited about having a place that she can truly call home.

Sponsor: Dan Ryan Builders
Dan Ryan Builders
 has been building homes for 25 years and is led by its founder and CEO, Dan Ryan. Dan Ryan Builders is one of the country’s few privately owned, locally-focused, regional homebuilders. The company currently operates in six states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina) and 10 markets with the mission to provide the best value in homeownership, in the best communities within our geographies. The Dan Ryan Builders‘ brand is built on sold core values of quality, service and price to deliver well-built, well-appointed, energy-efficient homes. Our company taglines are, “Everywhere You Want to Be. Better Value. Better Living.” This highlights the company focus on ensuring the balance between location, price, amenities, and quality of life. As a company, Dan Ryan Builders is a homebuilder that develops, builds and markets single family homes and townhomes. Since our founding in 1990, they have built and delivered approximately 10,000 homes. For additional information visit:

Partner Family: Fiqi Iman and Fartun Farah

Fiqi Iman and Fartun Farah moved to the United States from Mogadishu, Somalia more than 20 years ago. Fiqi has worked for RDU Airport as a cab driver for nearly 11 years. The couple enjoys North Carolina, and finds it to be the ideal place to work and raise a family.

Fiqi and Fartun have five children: Najma, 12; Nadia, 10; Rahim, 9; Abdullahi, 8; and Nazima, 5. In their free time, the family enjoys participating in group activities and going to the park. With this partnership with Savvy Homes, this family of seven will move from their 3-bedroom townhome into a more comfortable space.

Sponsor: Savvy Homes
Raleigh based Savvy Homes is a cutting edge residential building company with a fresh approach to delivering custom-feeling homes at comfortable prices. Launched in 2009, the company has thrived and grown by focusing on how a home serves the lifestyle of its owners. A Savvy home makes living more harmonious – it’s a Life Amplified.™ Savvy has built more than 1,000 homes in it’s first five years and is actively selling in over 30 communities in seven metropolitan areas including Raleigh, Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Pinehurst, Sanford and Crystal Coast, NC, as well as in Huntsville, AL. For more information visit or call 1-877-529-5109.


These four builders are partnering to build a Blitz home.

Partner Family: Taoufik Ifkarane
Taoufik Ifkarane was born in Morocco and has resided in the United States for six years. He is self employed as a taxi driver and he is also a student. Taoufik and his wife Il Ham have been married for four years and are the proud parents of a 10-month old baby girl, Mal Ak. Taoufik says that he and his wife have dreamed of owning a home since moving to the United States. He says that they applied to Habitat Wake after talking with friends. Taoufik is eager to work with Habitat saying, “I like the way Habitat works. The volunteers, everything is hands on, and everyone works together.”

Sponsors: Home by Dickerson, Robuck Homes, Saussy Burbank, and Sundance Homes
Homes by Dickerson
is recognized as the premier builder of the finest custom new homes in the Triangle area.  Their team of dedicated professionals will guide customers through the design process ensuring all expectations are met.  Each home is designed specifically and individually by the homeowner, allowing their individual unique style to shine through. Homes by Dickerson builds high-performance, green-certified new homes in some of the most prestigious and centrally located neighborhoods throughout Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, Wendell, Fuquay-Varina and Chapel Hill. Homes by Dicerson was just named “Builder of the Year” at the 2015 MAME Awards, hosted by the Raleigh-Wake Home Builder’s Association.

Robuck Homes has been building memories for nearly a century. Robuck Homes is a fourth generation, family-owned and operated company, building memories since 1926. For nearly a century, they have built over 5,000 homes in the Raleigh and Coastal North Carolina areas. A self-funded company, with a diverse portfolio of residential, commercial and non-profit, speaks to its financial strength and stability, to ensure you that the Robuck Homes legacy will be preserved for future generations. They understand buying a home is a major investment and that is why, when you purchase a Robuck home, you are treated as extended family. Chip Bishop, General Manager and Vice President at Robuck Homes, brings his dedication, integrity and excellence to each and every home Robuck builds. Experience the Robuck Difference…


Saussy Burbank is locally owned and has a distinguished 25-year history, building in the Charlotte, Charleston, and Raleigh areas since 1989. Specifically designed to remain true to the locations in which they build, Saussy Burbank homes focus on local architectural elements and are loyal to the historically rich and timeless styles of the past. Quality materials, a close eye for detail, and a strong commitment to green building set them apart. Saussy Burbank has consistently ranked extraordinarily high in customer satisfaction. They use Guild Quality as a third party to survey the satisfaction of each homeowner during and after the home buying process. Saussy Burbank has been honored with the Guildmaster Award, the organization’s highest honor for customer satisfaction, every year since 2011. Saussy Burbank was founded on the principle that superior quality can be found in any size home.  They build everything including affordable housing, upscale custom infill homes, and award-winning traditional neighborhood developments. A Saussy Burbank home is held to the same rigorous standards, regardless of size or price point.  Saussy Burbank is a leader in bringing relevant, sustainable developments to the Carolinas for the past 25 years.

Sundance Signature Homes was founded by Rod Mangrum and Mark Annis. Both share the same values: Concern for both a perfectly constructed home, as well as a strong relationship with clients and contractors. As Sundance Homes grows, so does our desire to build the best custom homes available in the Triangle. Attention to detail, craftsmanship, and a sense of warmth in every square foot is the Sundance way.


Partner Family: Guesh Berhe and Marta Asfha
Guesh Berhe was born and raised in Ethiopia. He immigrated to America in 1997 and married Marta in 2002. They have three children ages 8, 6, and 1.

Since 2010, Guesh has worked for Cree Inc. He says that for the last two years rent has become very expensive, “I now pay 50 percent of my income on rent,” he explains. Guesh first learned about Habitat Wake from a friend and was very excited to apply. “My dream,” says Guesh, “is to save money for my children to go to college. If I get a cheaper mortgage, I can live happily and peacefully with my family. Thank you Habitat Wake for empowering families!”

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will participate in the building of a Blitz home. Our talented and dedicated construction crew will have the opportunity to construct a home in one week with their building supply partners.

Fonville Morisey Barefoot New Home Sales and Marketing is a new home sales and marketing firm  dedicated to selling new homes and new home communities in a professional and timely manner. Their professional team is dedicated to helping clients identify specific needs, in order to translate them to sales through effective sales and marketing solutions. Fonville Morisey Barefoot’s success is a result of the implementation of their knowledge and experience by their impressive team. They understand market trends and apply that knowledge to their clients’ strategies. Bringing research and meaningful data to the table to help all clients set market-driven goals and make the right decisions– resulting in a measurable impact on new home sales.

Fonville Morisey Barefoot New Home Sales and Marketing mission is to provide homebuilder and developer clients with innovative, results-driven sales and marketing services that are 100% focused on the sale of new homes.

As leaders, they have spent decades growing a company with a culture of integrity, credibility and performance. Clients find value in their ability to help them achieve and exceed their sales goals.  The professionals at Fonville Morisey Barefoot honed their craft to be more than just sales and marketing. They have built a system and process that’s designed to help all clients realize success by supporting them from the ground up – before the first shovel even hits the dirt.

Building their value on successfully marketing and selling new homes for more than three decades, and it’s that value that will lead to continued success in the future.

National Blitz Sponsors

Delta Gypsum
Whirlpool Appliances
Yale Locks

Bronze Sponsors ($5,000 – $9,999)

Empire Eats
Keller Williams Realty
Waste Industries