When it was formed in 2012, Carrera Homes was looking to address the lack of new construction inventory in Atlanta’s in-town housing market. The company was also aiming to provide quality, custom-built luxury homes in Atlanta’s top in-town neighborhoods. Utilizing the combined experience of its principals in land acquisition, commercial, multifamily and single-family housing, Carrera Homes has been able to make the custom homebuilding process more streamlined and offer a more accountable approach than others in the industry.  

“All of our principals have 20-plus years of experience in the building industry,” President Steven Delonga says. “We currently are building homes ranging between $900,000 to $7 million across Atlanta’s top in-town neighborhoods.” 

Bonterra Builders has been building its reputation as an exceptional homebuilder over the past 14 years by delivering high-quality products that are recognized throughout the industry. The company was awarded the Quality Builders Warranty Corp.’s “2013 Builder of Integrity” award for its demonstrated commitment to excellence in customer service and quality construction. 

“We offer features that are considered a better end-product by the consumer,” Vice President of Construction Operations Mark Panzik says.  “Darren Sutton – the president of Bonterra Builders – is a person who has a relentless passion for homebuilding and customer satisfaction. He has a feel for architecture like I have never seen before. You can see the difference in what we build in the way our homes present themselves from the exterior. Once inside our floor plans do not disappoint.”

For several years, Lynn Powell managed rental properties across Texas for other companies, but thought she could do a better job with her own firm. So in 2000, she founded At Home Properties to be a full-service real estate company that specializes in the management and sales of rental properties exclusively in Bryan and College Station, Texas – home of Texas A&M University – primarily for college students, families and investors.

“So many companies have the mentality to put any warm body in their property that they don’t look at the house until the lease is up and hope they put in good tenants who don’t wreck the house,” Broker and Owner Lynn Powell asserts. “We don’t take those chances. We’re more careful in who we rent to and how we handle maintenance of the property. You have to be very hands-on for that.”

Green construction is changing the way we look at designing, building and remodeling homes, down to the smallest details. Among those details, the building materials chosen are especially scrutinized in an effort to leave behind the smallest carbon footprint. Alan Hoffmann, founder of the Alan Hoffmann Company, not only believes in the importance of this change, but leads the way in sustainable homebuilding throughout Dallas.  

Until recently, LEED certification was a high standard set for large construction projects, and not for small jobs such as single-family homes. As a participant in a 2007 LEED pilot program, Hoffmann completed the first LEED-certified house in Dallas in 2008. With a staff of 15 people, he may not be the biggest builder in town, but he’s been working in green building since he founded his company in 1987 – long enough to become a well-known name in the industry. 

Fargo, N.D., doesn’t often make the list of the most dynamic places in the United States, but that’s only because most people aren’t looking closely enough. Thomsen Homes LLC President Chris Thomsen says his company has found much to keep it busy in and around Fargo thanks to the area’s diverse economy.  

Of course, there’s more to the company’s success than simply being in the right place at the right time. Thomsen says the company has built a reputation for providing homebuyers with high-quality construction and highly desirable features at a reasonable price. That goes hand-in-hand with the company’s willingness to be innovative and put the latest technology to work for it. All of this adds up to make Thomsen Homes one of the leading builders in the Fargo market, Thomsen says. 

Pratt Home Builders aims to make the homebuilding experience as easy as possible for its customers. “Building a home is a scary thing for most people,” President and owner Win Pratt concedes. “Home ownership in our country is at a pretty high percentage, but very few people have actually built new homes. Since it’s such a large purchase – the largest purchase most Americans typically make in their lifetimes – it’s sort of intimidating to most folks, particularly people who haven’t done it before or done it and had a really bad experience.”

Pratt says his company is aware of all that emotional baggage and tries “to be very attentive to detail in our process in order to make it as simple and easy as possible for our customers and painless to get a new home built.”

Tom Menard’s history in the homebuilding industry hasn’t just been about building houses, but restoring and preserving communities. After five years of managing multimillion-dollar commercial projects in Baltimore, Menard switched gears and returned to his hometown of Mountain Lakes, N.J., to start Menard Construction Co. in 1993. The young company began with small projects – kitchen and bathroom renovations – and soon moved into building new homes, but not just any kind of new homes. Mountain Lakes happens to be historically significant, with one of the largest groupings of craftsman-style homes in the United States.   Menard has a passion for these historic gems.

“Because there is a large collection of historic homes in our town, our specialty really became restoring craftsman-style homes,” Menard explains. “And even when we build new homes, many owners wanted us to mimic the old homes in the town. We’ve become the go-to construction company for true-to-form historic home restorations and also homes that mimic the details of the older homes. On our new homes, it’s a compliment to me when people say, ‘I can’t believe it’s not 100 years old.’”

Since the early 1980s, McNaughton Development has established a commanding reputation in its region’s residential construction market. 

The southwest and western suburbs of Chicago are dotted with McNaughton-built luxury, custom-designed homes. Primarily a high-end residential builder, McNaughton specializes in custom-designing dream homes on well-suited home sites. The company was founded on the premise of providing quality construction and floor plans as unique as the families that buy the homes, with function and aesthetics always in harmony. 

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