Category: Housing

Barbara Stokes Calls Cullman Home

Cullman is home

Barbara Stokes, CEO of Stokes Development’s Green Structure Homes of Alabama, and her husband knew they were going to call Cullman home when they bought a lake house in the area. According to the Stokes, it just made sense to open a facility in Cullman. Barbara Stokes said that the location could not be any better and the people are so friendly. Read more about Barbara Stokes at

The new facility

Barbara Stokes Development invested $8 million to build a new facility for the construction of their green homes. During phase one, 80 local people will be hired with the hopes that number jumps to 300 by the time the facility celebrates its third birthday. The facility will be located within the Cullman Industrial Complex.

The objective

The objective of the new plant is to construct 500 to 600 homes each year. The Katrina-style homes will be constructed of light-gauge steel. The steel helps to make the homes resistant to mold and mildew. The homes will be able to stand up to hurricanes and they are fire resistant. The best part is the home can be constructed in two short days. Read more about Barbara Stokes at


The steel that is used is what makes these home so special. The steel that is used will allow the homes to handle a lot of environmental factors such as strong winds, rain, fire, extreme hot or cold. The steel is made from over 50 percent recycled content. Most of the materials come from local suppliers.

Home is where the heart is

Right now, it is important to Stokes and her company to get homes out quickly in times of a catastrophe. That is why the two day turn around is so important. Customers, at the present time, can order what is considered a small cottage type home. However, there are bigger dreams on the horizon. Not to only construct larger homes for their customers, but also construct hotels and condos that meet the same standards as the smaller homes. These four-story high units could be used for homes and business who find themselves in the path of hurricanes and tornadoes.