Alair

Alair Homes prides itself on helping clients through the entire construction process, providing them peace of mind from start to finish.

By Bianca Herron

Andrew Black has had a passion for homebuilding since his youth. His father was a commercial painter who introduced him to the industry at a young age. As Black got older, his passion grew, prompting him to found Black General Contracting 10 years ago.

Black and his business partner, David Steckel, grew the Toronto, Ontario-based company and were approached by Alair Homes in 2015 to become a franchise unit. Today, the company is now known as Alair Homes Forest Hill. It is one of 10 divisions of Alair Homes serving the Greater Toronto Area.

LloydVosters

Lloyd Vosters & Son Home Builders have been focusing heavily on the design/build of outdoor living while continuing with new construction and remodeling.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Lloyd Vosters learned the value of good craftsmanship and taking pride in one’s work when he started in the homebuilding industry in 1973. He took those lessons with him when he started Lloyd Vosters & Son Home Builders in 1990 and it has been at the core of the company ever since.

“We are always on the job,” co-owner Lloyd Vosters says. “It’s always been my son and I. We just hired a full-time employee about four months ago. We build our own cabinets, framing, masonry and finishing, but for the things we do not do, we leave up to our trusted subcontractors.”

The Kaukauna, Wis.-based company specializes in luxury homes, offering custom designs and fine craftsmanship with quality results. Lloyd Vosters & Son can design, fabricate and install custom woodwork for any room in a home. “Woodworking was something my dad did from the start,” says co-owner and Vosters’ son, Ben Vosters. “That’s how I learned these trades, first hand at an early age.”

HiPoint

Taking a personal interest in its clients helps Hi Point Construction build better custom homes.

By Tim O’Connor

Jeremy Huntoon has a simple rule when designing custom homes: “Never say no. There’s always a way to figure something out.” That belief has served as the foundation for Hi Point Construction, a custom homebuilder serving the Detroit suburbs.

Huntoon started Hi Point in 2007 just as the Great Recession was beginning to take hold. It was a difficult time for homebuilders, but Huntoon found a niche market that allowed his firm to thrive. Most of its clients were cash buyers who had already saved up for a home and did not require a bank loan to move forward with their project – an important advantage during a period when lending dried up.

To supplement its custom home business, Hi Point took on remodeling and addition projects, giving it another source of income while it waited for the market to rebound. Many of those projects were gut remodels of lake houses where the entire interior and exterior was reconfigured. Most of these projects ended up being equal to building a new custom home. It was substantial work that allowed Hi Point to find its footing quickly while competing builders struggled to stay afloat.

JWilliam

J. William Construction aims to be the No. 1 luxury homebuilder in southeast Michigan.

By Bianca Herron

Michigan-based J. William Construction specializes in custom residential homes. For more than 17 years, the company has built some of the most luxurious custom homes in Michigan.

Jeff Dotson founded the company in 2009 and builds mainly in Turtle Lake, an exclusive subdivision in Bloomfield, Mich., which is located in Oakland County, one of the most affluent counties in the country, according to Dotson. “The average home costs $5 million in this community,” he says. “It’s an incredibly upscale community and we are very fortunate to build in it.”

Brohn

Brohn Homes prides itself on building exceptional homes in sought-after communities.

By Bianca Herron

Brohn Homes has built luxury homes in the most sought-after communities across central Texas since 2002. Founded by brothers Adam and Aaron Boenig, the Austin, Texas-based company’s commitment to superior designs, quality craftsmanship and distinguished features is evident in every home it builds. 

Brohn Homes attributes it success to its organic growth, as it finances all of its projects without any outside capital, Managing Partner Adam Boenig says. “Aaron and I have been building relationships with local, regional banks offering construction lines of credit that we operate under since our company’s formation,” he explains. “We started off in 2002 building one home, for the 2017 year we will close roughly 270 homes.

Winchester

Winchester Construction is a master of ‘The Art of Fine Building’ with the high level of quality and detail it puts into every custom home and renovation.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Winchester Construction specializes in building custom homes that will provide its clients with years of enjoyment while maintaining a timeless sense of beauty, style and quality. Director of Business Development TD Albright has been with the company for about 14 years and says what attracted him to Winchester was “the commitment to quality and the focus on working towards perfection.”

Bert Winchester founded the Millersville, Md.-based company in 1980 and has been building Winchester’s legacy ever since. Winchester was established on a simple set of principles that defines the way it does business. Upholding the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, maintaining diligent attention to quality and detail and embracing teamwork and cooperation are the cornerstones of its foundation and future.

“We operate from the inside out,” Albright says. “That is to say, we start with a specific set of values and apply those values to anything and everything we do from management to billing to craftsmanship. Winchester has operated this way for over 37 years and will continue to do so for many more.”

Danna

D’Anna Construction prides itself on building high-quality custom homes for more than 25 years.

By Bianca Herron 

The D’Anna family began building custom homes in the metro-Detroit area more than 25 years ago. Six years ago, Calogero D’Anna founded D’Anna Construction Company using the knowledge and experience he gained from his father and grandfather.

Today, D’Anna Construction builds high-quality and distinct custom homes primarily located in Michigan’s Macomb and Oakland counties. The Washington, Mich.-based company prides itself on not only building unique homes tailored to its clients’ needs, but also understanding the importance and value of family, which is why it believes that building a relationship with its clients is the first step.

“This is still a family-owned and operated business today,” President Calogero D’Anna says. “My dad and myself are the builders, and my sisters and the other sales associates work alongside the customers.”

Dabney

Dabney Homes incorporates old and new features into its projects.

By Alan Dorich

For Jack Dabney, building homes is not just work, but a source of joy. “I love doing what I do and I work really hard at it,” he says. “It’s kind of frustrating at times and other times it’s exhilarating.”

Dabney is owner of Dabney Homes, a firm that specializes in building and renovating homes in San Antonio. He established the company in 1991, after gaining extensive construction experience. “I’ve always been interested in building, even as a child putting models together,” he recalls. “Even as a young kid, a friend’s mom told me I should be a homebuilder.”

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