Our Local Hero for January is a staple in his community of Shelburne, Ontario: Dave Metz.
Dave Metz started Metz Homes in 1988 as a father-son partnership. His father, Ted Metz, an architectural draftsman, had the technical skills required for building custom homes, and Dave had the construction background to bring his dad’s plans to life. Lois Metz, Dave’s wife, joined the duo to make sure their books were in order and keep the father-son team on track to ensure clients received the best possible experience when building their dream homes.
The business began with speculative houses, developed on their own land and then sold to homebuyers. Then, Dave saw an opportunity to take their business to the next level by building custom homes for clients.
In 2018, Metz Homes continues to focus on custom builds for their clients, and is pushing the needle to bring a more sustainable approach to home building, construction, and comfort.
Air tightness is one of their core ideologies. Sealing the house so it’s as close to air tight as possible creates a more energy efficient home. Value is also a driver to their approach. “You can spend an amazing amount of money going to the extreme to save energy, but you can make a home more efficient without spending too much extra money. It really comes down to attention to detail to ensure there are no gaps in the exterior of the home and on the interior walls on the perimeter.”
Dave’s philosophy is simple, if they can decrease the average energy use by 10-15% for all of the homes they develop, it will compound over more than 100 homes they develop and over the course of time they can contribute to a more energy-efficient region.
Dave Metz is a true community man. Growing up in Shelburne and then going to Wilfrid Laurier University, he had a lot of opportunity to take his career anywhere. His strong ties to family and community brought him back to Shelburne. “It’s a small town, so you have to do a great job when building someone’s house. You see people everywhere, at the grocery store, the ball diamond, the curling rink, everywhere. It’s really easy to walk around town knowing that we work to create well-built, great homes for our clients.”
A father to two children, Jordan and Lindsey, and husband to Lois, Dave is a community-oriented, family man, and important entrepreneur in Shelburne and Dufferin County.
Dave is a big supporter of the co-op education program at Centre Dufferin District High School, in the Upper Grand District School Board. Metz Homes regularly has a co-op student working with them, and many of them go on to become apprentices and even full-time employees of the company. “The co-op program give kids an opportunity to see what it’s like to work in the construction environment, and it provides an invaluable experience to better understand what they want to do, or don’t want to do, after high school.”
Involvement in Minor Baseball has been a real focus for Dave over the past decade. Coaching his son Jordan through the ranks with Mansfield Minor Baseball as part of the South Simcoe Minor Baseball Association and the North Dufferin Baseball League, and being involved in the leadership for the local team, has given Dave a sense of purpose by getting youth involved in organized sport. “It’s great for kids to get involved in organized sports, but it’s also just a lot of fun for me, I love it.”
President of the Board of Directors for the Shelburne Curling Club in the 90s and the Volunteer Project Manager for the Club’s Trillium Grant renovation in 2007 and 2012, Dave has helped to lead the Curling Club because it provides a great place to bring community together. Dave is now, once again, an active member for the Club’s Board of Directors.
Dave & The Ostic Group
Jamie Ostic met Dave at the Shelburne Curling Club in the mid 80s which started a lasting relationship between them both personally and professionally. Jamie said, “I let him win the first game we played at the Curling Club, I was new to town and wanted to make a nice impression.”
Dave Metz looks to The Ostic Group to take care of his insurance needs for his business, his homes, and his team. “Anytime I have a question, I always get a very thorough and thoughtful reply. I know they are looking at every angle when they give me a solution.”
Dave has been with The Ostic Group since he started Metz Homes in 1988. “I would recommend The Ostic Group to anyone because they care about their clients — I know it firsthand.”
Dave, The Ostic Group thanks you for being a local hero.