Morgantown Magazine ran a really interesting piece in its August-September issue about the home of West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen. The home, located in Cheat Lake, W. Va., is said to be the “first luxury residence in the U.S.” that is “built completely of cross-laminated timber.”
The cross-laminated timber (CLT) home is 8,000-square-feet and was built by a company founded by Holgorsen’s brother and father, as well as an additional business partner from Germany.
Being a CLT structure makes the home energy-efficient, even despite its size and seemingly extravagant features like the nearly 20-foot-high sloping ceiling on the main floor.
Holgorsen said that the efficiency of the home, despite its size, makes for utility costs that are cheaper than a home he owned in Houston that was “one-fourth the size.”
“I’m so happy with the quality, the efficiency, and performance of the house, and the design functionality for when it comes time to entertain friends and family, alumni and boosters,” Holgorsen said.
One of the more intriguing features of the home is Holgorsen’s ability to control things in the home via his iPhone or iPad no matter where he is in the country.
The house itself is just plain smart. Shades can be controlled using wall switches, an iPad, or iPhone, just as Dana can control all of the audio/video, security cameras, and lighting of the house. “Dana can access the network when he’s recruiting in Houston or wherever he is, and he can check the cameras or turn the temperatures down,” Nick says.
Above all, the coolest part of home is the basement where the coach has a fully stocked back bar with three huge TVs.
Holgorsen says he could “easily have 300 people” in the basement and on the back patio “without it ever feeling crowded.” Holgorsen’s father, Steve, says there are six total TVs in the basement, including “one over the bathroom urinal and the projector in the home theater.”
The recruits love the place, too.
“On one of the last big recruiting trips (last year) just prior to signing day, some of them we got to commit said the highlight of the weekend was being able to go to Coach’s house,” Steve Holgorsen said.
Though Holgorsen has lived there since Thanksgiving 2013, there are still a few things on the agenda for the house, including a waterfall. He signed a six-year contract in August 2012, so he should call the Cheat Lake residence his home for at least a few more years, unless the Mountaineers have another down season like 2013’s 4-8 campaign. Then, he’ll find himself squarely on the hot seat.
A big challenge awaits Holgorsen’s Mountaineers in week one when they travel to Atlanta to square off with Alabama in the Georgia Dome on August 30.
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