About Us

Brent and Suzi Fortenberry
David Brammer

Bench Mark Builders was created by Brent and Suzi Fortenberry, two individuals who were lucky enough to change vocations in mid-career to one centered around their number one passion, creating beautiful homes in beautiful communities.
In 1995 Brent and Suzi moved to the Roanoke Valley and immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of the area. It was in this environment that Bench Mark Builders was created. Over the years, Bench Mark has developed and built successful communities as well as custom homes and renovations in the Roanoke area. Bench Mark was named Builder of the Year in 2007 by the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Association.
Homebuilding is not for the faint at heart. It involves harnessing the talents and efforts of the many individuals who can conceptualize, design and craft those stacks of stone, brick, lumber and various other materials into a structure that will ultimately become "home".  At Bench Mark, we are passionate about "getting it right", from designing a custom home that will exactly fit the needs of our client, then executing details that make the home look as though it has existed for 100 years, to adding technology that "future proofs" the home and finally using "green" materials and techniques that make the home healthy, efficient and of lasting value. In 2006 they were joined by David Brammer, a long time building professional and native of the area. David brought along the expertise to allow Bench Mark Builders to tackle its most ambitious project,

The Preserve at Two Ford

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Bench Mark Builders Set on 16 wooded acres in Southwest Roanoke County, Virginia, The Preserve at Two Ford is developed as a “low impact” community, dedicating 50% of its acreage to green space. It is the first community in our area to commit 100% of its homes to be EarthCraft House certified. The Preserve consists of 26 home sites surrounded by a heavily wooded preserve area with walking trails, streams, a waterfall and nature in abundance. Each home is custom designed so that no two homes are alike. The homes are inspired by timeless historical designs such as the Arts and Crafts bungalow, the Southern farmhouse, the Tudor cottage and others. They are coupled with richly textured detailing, wonderful landscaping, sidewalks and stone walls to create a community that feels as though it has existed for decades. Our homes have earned the Realtor’s Choice Award in the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Parade of Homes during its first two years and have been featured in numerous articles from area publications. We feel that The Preserve offers a way of life not found anywhere else in our area. We invite you to visit us and experience what a home and a community can be. Please visit our gallery of homes to see the beauty of The Preserve at Two Ford.

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Bench Mark Builders Bench Mark Builders is dedicated to creating unique communities of beautiful homes. Through personalized customer interaction and the utmost attention to detail, our professionals strive to make the construction process an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Old World craftsmanship is blended with modern technology, thoughtful design, and sustainable building practices to make each home comfortable, efficient and a source of pride for generations to come. The Bench Mark team is committed to meeting the specific needs of its clients and takes great pride in the real value it is able to offer them through quality construction and architectural excellence.
Click here for a Map of the Preserve at Two Ford

“We shape our buildings and afterwards, our buildings shape us.” -Winston Churchill




Go Green

Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find. ~Quoted in Time

We all make choices every day.  We choose what to have for dinner, what TV program to watch, what magazine article to read, yet some of our choices have far reaching impacts that affect our future and the futures of generations to come.  When we choose a home, either to buy or build, our decisions affect the future of our planet, our neighborhoods and our way of life.  If we believe ourselves to be responsible stewards of our environment, how can we not choose to have our houses create as small an impact on the environment as is reasonable. -Choosing to go green is not necessarily about choices that reduce our comfort levels, or cost more.  The Preserve at Two Ford is a community that was designed from its inception to lessen our impact on the environment.  Having reserved 50% of its acreage as green space, most of that being heavily wooded, the designers have created an environment where all homes are private in the rear and have ready access to walking trails, streams and nature in abundance. All the homes are then built to EarthCraft House standards, creating energy savings of 30% to 50% over standard housing, producing better indoor air quality, conserving water, and using resource efficient materials for construction.  For those who wish to further minimize their impact on the environment, we offer solar, geothermal and rainwater harvesting options.
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-Building an EarthCraft House is about constructing a healthy, more valuable home while minimizing environmental impacts. EarthCraft House follows a systems approach to home building that stresses an understanding of how the different components of a home work together. This approach results in a home that performs better, is more economical for the homeowner and costs little more to build than a comparable home built with standard construction practices. We invite you to visit The Preserve at Two Ford to see for yourself how living responsibly feels.

“To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-





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PO Box 21489 Roanoke, Virginia 24018 USA
Phone: 540-556-3293

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