G.M.K.J. Enterprises prides itself on its long-term relationships with subcontractors.

By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

For G.M.K.J. Enterprises Inc., building high-quality homes for its clients and maintaining long-term relationships with subcontractors are just as important as making a profit. “It’s not all about making money for us,” President and CEO Jonathan Miller says. “We strive to make everyone happy, pay attention to the quality of our jobs and not forget about our customers once a contract is signed.”


City Homes brings a youthful perspective to the Twin Cities homebuilding scene.
By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

When it comes to managing clients, many companies have strict procedures and they will not deviate from those procedures regardless of their clients’ needs. They often have a set process for responding to a request or resolving a complaint. That might lead to a standard set of results, but it can often leave a client feeling empty about the experience.

Because it’s a newer homebuilder, City Homes doesn’t have those restrictions in place. It favors developing authentic rapport with its customers. “Client relationships and taking care of our clients are important to us,” Principal and General Manager Rebecca Remick says. “We want to be flexible and adapt to what our client needs and adjust our process around those needs. “


BlackPine Communities is bringing two high-profile projects to the Sacramento market.

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

Inspired by farmhouse architectural expressions and outdoor living, BlackPine Communities has brought a unique development to the historic city of Folsom, Calif. The Sacramento, Calif.-based home builder opened four model homes at Farmhouse at Willow Creek, a 126-home community, in March. The company is also nearing completion on another high-profile project in Sacramento: The Creamery at Alkali Flat.


De Young Properties is developing the first zero-energy community in central California.

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

As the homes begin to sprout up in De Young Properties’ newest development in Clovis, Calif., the feature that will surely stand out are the solar panels that will adorn every roof. However, De Young Properties’ green efforts run much deeper. EnVision will be a zero-energy community, a process that begins not with energy production, but energy savings.

“Ninety percent of our time in developing a community such as EnVision is spent designing the energy efficiency of the home first,” Executive Vice President Brandon De Young says. The 36 homes in EnVision will include De Young EnergySmart™ features designed to maximize efficiency and reduce energy waste. The addition of solar panels into the design only came after De Young Properties significantly reduced consumption and determined the likely energy need for the homes.

More than 10 homes are already under construction on the site and the first houses are expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year. “EnVision will not only be central California’s first zero-energy community but it will also be the largest of its kind built in the entire state of California,” De Young says. “We’re proud to lead the charge on that.”


The design of Bauhaus Custom Homes’ projects reflects the climate and neighborhoods in which they are located while also being responsive to clients’ needs.

By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

Bauhaus Custom Homes strives to balance form and function in its innovative custom home designs. “When it comes to the creative side, we try to design something that is appropriate for the neighborhood and the specific site,” Principal Designer/CEO Marc Kleinmann says. The Dallas based design/build firm specializes in building homes in the mid-century modern architecture style that can stand the test of time and reflect the region’s climate while meeting clients’ requests.


AA Jedson Co. takes a quality-first approach to its residential and commercial projects.

By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

AA Jedson Co. President and Founder Michael Bordes does not choose favorites when it comes to the types of projects his company tackles. “I am proud to be involved in any project, and don’t have a preference in what I do or who I do it for,” he adds. “Construction has been a passion of mine for more than 30 years; I just feel lucky to wake up in the morning and be passionate about what I do.”


TurnKey Builders embraces the Texas landscape when building its clients’ dream homes.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

The great recession of 2008 began with the collapse of the $8 trillion housing industry. It was the same year that Greg Hoppes was determined to make his way as a homebuilder even though times could not have been worse. “I started my homebuilding career in 2001 and decided to start my own company in 2008. If I could make it in 2008 and 2009 I would be able to sustain a career in this industry,” he remembers thinking. “We went ahead flipping houses and things have worked out since then.”

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