About Us

Virginia Building Solutions, LLC was formed in 2004 by John Garrett for the purpose of constructing systems built homes and purchasing building lots for speculation in Williamsburg, Virginia. After successfully building modular homes in the # 1 planned community in America, Ford's Colony, John began to receive requests to build modular homes for land owners who had seen the finished quality and structural advantages of Systems building after originally planning to build a site built home.  These land owners did their research and found that they did not have to pay the high cost, suffer the extended builder backlogs or wait the length of time it takes to build on site. By utilizing the experience gained from building homes for speculation coupled with ten years in the factory built home industry, John decided to begin custom building for clients and even site builders who were impressed with the quality and time savings of modular homes.

In November of 2006 John was contacted by the editor of Building Systems Mageazine who featured John's success in the Modular Builder Profile section of the November/December issue. With the shift in the housing market in mid 2006 and the growth opportunity apparent in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck of Virginia, John decided to expand the business by installing a model home and design center in Tappahannock, VA. Just as the doors opened in Tappahannock, John was featured on July 1, 2007 in an article which made the front page of the Real Estate section of the Richmond Times Dispatch. John was contacted and interviewed for the article, "Modulars build a reputation" which featured the changing perceptions commonly held about the quality and benefits of building a modular home. Two of John's clients were also interviewed and quoted in the article. 'Eric Kean did his homework before he contracted (with Virginia Building Solutions) for a modular home, "At the end of the day, I tried shooting holes in it, but modular homes are better built, and you get a better bang for your buck".

Virginia Building Solutions is a custom systems built / modular home builder based in Tappahannock, VA serving all of Eastern Virginia, the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. In 2019 Virginia Building Solutions merged operations with Country Living Homes in Powhatan, VA serving all of Central Virginia from Richmond to Farmville and to Charlottesville.  Also in 2019 Virginia Building Solutions opened a new Model Home/Design Center in Rocky Mount, VA, serving all of Southwest Virginia, the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg, Bedford and Smith Mt. Lake.


Virginia Building Solutions offers the best combination of Custom Quality Finishes demanded by the most discriminating homebuyer and the superior Off Site Building Methods of Systmes Built / Modular Construction.  Virginia Building Solutions also offers hundreds of custom home plans ranging in size from under 1000 to over 4000 square feet. We are proud to offer an extensive line of Energy Efficient, Green Friendly off-site built modular homes with hundreds of unique options - so you can customize with ease and style. View our Photo Gallery, Home plans, Standard features and dozens of Options. You can also bring us ANY plan for a FREE feasibility estimate.

Contact us to today for custom modular home prices, designs and mortgage loan financing options.

Don't forget, with modular construction you don’t have to wait for spring to start building. We can build year round.


Owner/Builder/General Contractor


John Garrett


Hometown: Rocky Mt. VA, near Roanoke, VA.  John is married with a daughter, Rachel.  John's Wife and co-owner - Paige - is from Tappahannock, VA.

During college John was selected to Alpha Kappa Delta honor society, received numerous honorable mentions from the Faculty and Deans List for academic performance and was named by Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. John graduated with Honors from Roanoke College, Salem, VA.

After college John worked for the corporate office of a nationwide factory homebuilder and soon entered sales and management.  For eight years John was moved from location to location as a general manager for two of the largest factory homebuilders in the nation.  During his tenure John was recognized numerous times for his achievements in business productivity and managment  success.  In 2004 John started Virginia Building Solutions, LLC becoming the first modular builder to offer systems built homes for sale in the #1 planned community in the nation, Ford's Colony.  


In 2006 John was selected to the President's Builder Advisory Board for Ritz-Craft Homes. John was named Builder of the Year for Ritz-Craft Homes in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. John has also served a three year term as a member of the Advisory Board Council for The Bank of Lancaster, and a two year term for Peoples Bank.  In 2015, 2017 and 2019 Virginia Building Solutions has awarded Home of the Month by the Modular Home Builders Association. In 2019 Virginia Building Solutions was awarded Home of the month three times! In 2017 the MHBA awarded VBS with Home of the Year for the Scott home in Heathsville, VA.  Other recent awards include Home Builders Digest 2019 ranked VBS in the top 13 Custom Home builders in VA.  Virginia Living Magazine has named VBS Best Home Builder in Eastern VA in 2018 and 2019.


Fran Graves

Home Sales & Design, Kitchen Design Specialist

Fran is a resident of Tappahannock and is married with five children and 11 grandchildren.  She is active in the community and has performed many civic rolls including serving as a PTA President.

Fran is a graduate of Long Island University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts.  She has held numerous positions in the home building industry ranging from product sales to project superintendant for a custom home building contractor.  Fran has been awarded with numerous awards for her achievements in home, kitchen, cabinetry and product sales.

Fran also brings twenty years of experience as a Kitchen designer to the VBS team.  She has represented multiple brand name cabinet companies and offers professional custom design services to VBS customers.

Fran has been an integral member of the VBS team as a Home sales and design consultant since 2009.  She was named as Sales Professional of the year by Ritz Craft Homes in 2010 and 2012.


Sylvia Smith

Office Manager, Service Coordinator

Sylvia is a resident of Aylett, VA and is married with one child.

Sylvia attended Niagara Community College where she earned an Associates in Medical Assisting and graduated at the top of her class with honors. Sylvia has many years of experience as an office manager and joined the VBS team in 2007.

Sylvia's office management and organizational skills has helped the VBS team grow and keep up with the never-ending paperwork, filing, documentation, invoicing, billing and accounting that is created with each home project.  Sylvia's people skills assist her as a service coordinator where she must communicate with customers, contractors, venders and factory representatives.


Tim McKinley

Class A Builder, Construction/Service Coordinator

Tim is a resident of Essex County and is married with three children. Tim is a graduate of Essex High School and the University of Richmond where he earned a Bachelor in Economics.

Tim has been active in the local community for over twenty years and has held numerous leadership positions.  Tim has been President of the Rappahannock Home Builders Association, President of Tappahannock Lions Club, Board Member for the Richmond County YMCA and a Board Member for Aylett Country Day School.

Tim is a licensed Class A Building Contractor with over twenty years of experience in residential and commercial building.  Tim's background as a builder and general contractor add a wealth of knowledge and experience to the VBS team.  Tim's skills allow him to assist with every aspect of the daily operations in the building process, as well as work with local and state code officials, sub-contractors and suppliers.

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Bryce Carter

Salesperson & Design - Tappahannock

Bryce currently resides in Aylett, Va, and is from Hustle, Va near Tappahannock and was recently married.

Bryce is a graduate of the University of Virginia's College at Wise, where he earned a bachelor degree.  During College Bryce served as President of Phi Alpha Theta, Honor Society, a member of the student body judicial board, a member of NSLS (National Society of Leadership and Success).  Bryce was also inducted into Who's Who among students in Colleges and Universities

Bryce joined the VBS team in 2016 after college and spending many years working as an electricians assistant working on VBS homes for his father's company.  With this experience Bryce has seen every component of a systems built home from the ground to the attic as he helped provide power and install electrical fixtures in our homes.  From this experience he can testify to the superior structural integrity of modular construction.

Rocky Mount


Jamey Crawford

Sales & Design 

Jamey is a life long resident of Bedford, VA.  He is a graduate of Liberty High School and Radford University where he received his BS degree.  Jamey is very active in his community, church and local athletics.   He enjoys golfing and a variety of outdoor activities.  Jamey is married with three children and grandchildren on the way.

Jamey brings twenty years of off site building and sales experience to the VBS team.  He will be the Sales Manager for the Southwest Virginia market and upcoming model home center in Rocky Mount, VA.



Linda Jo Miller

Sales & Design 

Linda's father was a career Air Force officer. As a child and teenager, she lived all over the world and throughout the US. Within a span of 11 years, she attended 7 different US schools in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, California, as well as France and Japan.

While living in Tokyo, Japan, Linda began modeling and did magazine and TV commercials. Linda was the first American to be on the cover of Asian Mademoiselle Magazine. She was also the face of Noritake China for Far East and had a contract with a young girl’s magazine for the weekly cover.

From this, Linda was discovered and asked to star in the movie King Kong Escapes, filmed in Japan.

After King Kong Escapes, Linda was in another film called The Green Slime. Both films were released worldwide.

After her film career, Linda worked as a secretary and eventually in the finance and mortgage business. Linda started her own mortgage company in LA and operated for 20 years until moving to Virginia.

In 2015, Linda received a call that fans had been looking for her! Although surprised, Linda began attending conventions where fans came to meet her, pose for photos and sign autographs. View a video of Linda's interview at G-Fest 2016.

In 2000, Bart, the owner of Country Living Homes, whom she had worked with in the mortgage business, asked her to join him in Powhatan and sell modular homes. Since then, Linda has been the face of Country Living Homes, which has now partnered with Virginia Building Solutions in Powhatan.

Model Center Hours:

Mon - Fri: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed

After Hours By Appointment

Call Us:

Tappahannock: (804) 443-4663

Powhatan: (804) 598-6999

Rocky Mount: (540) 445-4663

Toll Free: (855) 870-4663 (HOME)

Tappahannock Address:

137 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560

Powhatan Address:

2504 Anderson Highway

Powhatan, VA  23139

Rocky Mount Address:

18210 Virgil H. Goode Highway

Rocky Mount, VA  24151

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