Buffalo Bungalow’s co-owners are always available to their custom home clients.

By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Buffalo Bungalow’s owners do not keep standard business hours. “Most of our business is done after hours,” says Derek Sullivan, who co-owns the homebuilding and development company with his wife, Laura Sullivan.

The Sullivans keep in regular contact with their clients at all times of the day via text message, e-mail, on phone or in person. “We’re available when our clients are,” he adds.


Clients can rely on Menard Construction to deliver their beautiful, custom projects on time.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Tom Menard, president of Menard Construction Company, finds the greatest compliment to be when he is asked, “Where is the addition?” He takes pride in a seamless transition to the new work.

Based in Mountain Lakes, N.J., the company specializes in new homes, commercial construction, renovations and additions. Menard founded the firm 25 years ago, after gaining extensive experience in the construction industry.

He worked for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. in Baltimore after graduating from the University of Delaware School of Engineering. “I was a project engineer for a group building Walmart stores,” Menard recalls, explaining that these were often fast-tracked projects that needed to be completed in as little as four months.

“I gained invaluable experience and learned all the aspects of construction management. I realized that I wanted the extra challenge and attention to detail that is required in residential construction.” That led him to start Menard Construction that has grown each year.


Usztan LLC specializes in bringing older homes into the 21st century.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

After 40 years, Usztan LLC has carved itself a niche as a custom remodeler and homebuilder, a specialization that is not for everyone. “Custom remodeling tends to be more difficult than building a new home,” Vice President Boris Usztan says.

“To take an older, outdated structure and bring it into the 21st century can be challenging and very labor intensive,” he says. “This requires insight, vision, design and, many times, creative engineering on the part of the builder and architects.”

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Boyd Custom Homes ensures that every detail of its custom home projects is done properly
and to the highest quality standards.

By Jim Harris

Boyd Custom Homes Owner and President Steve Boyd believes in bringing a personal touch to all of the homes the company builds. “We take personal enjoyment in working closely with our clients. It’s a really exciting process to see each client enjoying working with our team of experts,” he says. “We all share the same high level of excitement and passion of seeing the clients dream home come together.”

Boyd keeps in contact with his clients by phone, text and e-mail as well as during regularly scheduled construction progress meetings. “Great communication is the key to every successful project” he adds.


Green Machine Buildings builds ICF homes that consume at least 70 percent less energy than typical construction methods.

By Bianca Herron 

For 14 years, Green Machine Buildings has prided itself on contributing to the health of the planet by offering homes that consume at least 70 percent less energy than typical construction methods. As an insulated concrete form (ICF) contractor, the Oklahoma City-based company has completed hundreds of successful projects, focusing on the entire project’s success and not just an “ICF shell,” President Michael Summers says.

Green Machine Buildings structures provides its customers with unparalleled energy savings and comfort. ICF benefits can include a four-hour fire rating, termite, mold and pest resistance, walls able to withstand tornado winds, and reduced involuntary air, which means fewer allergens in the home.


Rostrata Builders prides itself on building homes that are as unique as its customers.

By Bianca Herron 

After working together in the high tech industry, Alan Stefek and Coe Pratt decided to incorporate Rostrata Builders Inc. as a custom homebuilding company in 2006. Stefek and Pratt decided to capitalize not only on their friendship, but also their business acumen, as both have decades of experience in the construction industry with their respective families.

Twelve years later, Rostrata Builders has earned a reputation for making the home buying and building process as comfortable as possible for its clients. The Austin, Texas-based company builds high-quality custom homes throughout Austin, Hill Country, Highland Lakes, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Marble Falls, Leander, Burnet, Lake LBJ, Lake Buchanan, Spicewood, Lakeway, Round Rock, San Marcos and Waco, Texas.


Clarity Homes works to build more homes with unique character, enduring elements and built-in value for another 20 years and beyond.

By Bianca Herron

Clarity Homes was started with one goal in mind in 1998: to provide affordable luxury homes in Fort Worth, Texas. Since its inception, the family-owned company has remained true to providing its clients with what they want: high-end design at a price they can afford.

Clarity Homes has continued to build in Fort Worth, selling custom homes to everyone from millennials to empty nesters. The company has also expanded to highly sought-after surrounding communities including Benbrook, Aledo, and Westworth Village.

“We began as a family business and remain under leadership of the dynamic husband and wife duo of Will and Leslie Bannister,” Head Designer Samantha Karcher says. “We are driven by design and guided by a love for people. We also have a heart for Fort Worth and enhancing the city we live in.”


Avalon Custom Homes brings on-site supervision to the high-end Atlanta market.

By Tim O’Connor

Having spent the early part of his career in the fast-growing Aspen, Colo., and Hamptons, N.Y., markets, Craig Bass knew what it took to build a successful high-end custom home: detailed oversight. It’s an approach he’s brought to the Atlanta market through Avalon Custom Homes.

Avalon’s commitment to continuous on-site supervision is one of its primary differentiators from other builders in the Atlanta market. “Hands down, it’s our amount of on-site supervision and attention to all of the details,” Bass says.

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