Leaving the homebuilding business was never an option for Homes By Dickerson’s executives and staff, even during the worst point of the national housing market crash in 2008-2009. 

“During the recession, we told ourselves that we weren’t going to wake up tomorrow and suddenly be surgeons or dentists. We’re passionate about homebuilding and wanted to be in this space,” says Jon Showalter, vice president of operations for the Raleigh, N.C.-based  homebuilder. 

Although there is much more to do at Diamante Cabo San Lucas than play golf, the Dunes golf course at the resort – designed by Davis Love III – and the new El Cardonal golf course – the first to be designed and opened by Tiger Woods and his company, Tiger Woods Design (TWD) – are major attractions.

Work is continuing at a rapid pace. Ongoing construction activities include: eight golf villas; the El Cardonal clubhouse; and the first phase of its Resort Towers hotel. This consists of a six-story tower with two four-bedroom penthouse units, seven four-bedroom suites, an attached three-story low-rise with 14 two-bedroom units, six additional two-bedroom units and two four-bedroom bungalows that front an existing 10-acre lagoon at the resort. 

Many homebuilders limit the reach of their service, but My CT Dream Home is proud to offer new construction homes and communities across the state of Connecticut. “We’re not bound to any particular town or city,” owner Mario Massimino says. “Our priority is to meet the needs of our customers while guaranteeing our standard of quality.”

Based in Branford, Conn., My CT Dream Home specializes in building award-winning luxury homes and communities. Massimino started the company in 2004 with his brothers, Michael and Anthony. “Our father was a carpenter, so we were always involved in new construction,” Mario Massimino states.

Capstone Homes’ management has built the company in a manner similar to the way it builds its homes – methodically and with a solid foundation. “We’ve had steady growth in our eight years of business, and have had the chance to work out the kinks in our production,” says Scott Dailey, managing partner and co-founder of the Lewes, Del.-based homebuilder. “We’re focused on delivering great products, and as word continues to spread that our homes are great, we will be able to build the company for the long haul.”

An idea that was spawned during a yearlong surf trip has become a company committed to the growth of the green building materials industry. Cali Bamboo was born to promote the use of bamboo as a new material for everyday products, and it is now providing a number of alternative products made from renewable resources to the marketplace.

“We started in 2004 after my business partner and I ended up living in Kauai and realized that using bamboo building products was something no one in the U.S. was doing on any kind of scale,” President and CEO Jeff Goldberg says. “It is extremely durable and fast growing, making it a green alternative to less sustainable wood products. We started with fencing and moved to flooring and decking, and now we’re offering other recycled and reclaimed materials so we can provide contractors and end-users with green options at a reasonable price point and without sacrificing quality.”

Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Sherman Oaks, Palm Springs – just the names of these enclaves evoke visions of the good life in sunny California. Providing quality homes with a high degree of customer service is the specialty of Boswell Construction, a relative newcomer to the Southern California construction scene established only five years ago by President Jon Mut.

“Our company was established based on really creating a partnership with clients, and I believe that is what has led to our success and continued growth,” Mut insists. “It’s about not just completing a house, but building a partnership with the architectural firm, the client and the engineer. We really do go out of our way to enhance the entire team. We’ve really established a lot of procedures and communication techniques that help to advance that philosophy.”

Park City, Utah, may not have felt the housing downturn as hard as some other U.S. cities, but it still got a taste, according to high-end homebuilder Paul Berman. Berman, who is president of Big Canyon Homes, says that the ski resort town is more insulated from market swings than other areas but it still had to deal with some smaller slopes. Fortunately, the company’s diverse skillset allowed it to ride those ups and downs with more ease than many of its competitors. 

“We started in the commercial business and have done some fairly sizable commercial projects,” Berman explains. “We’ve done industrial projects, commercial remodels and tenant improvements for the past 20 years, so when the market fell apart in 2008, we were already diversified going into that. During those slow times, we did a lot of stuff that isn’t as high on our priority list as far as what we enjoy, but we were able to stay busy and never laid off an employee or cut salaries. We powered through it.” 

Based in Dallas, Bauhaus Custom Homes has established itself as an innovative design/build firm. From mid-century modern to classic European, the company designs based on client needs, providing the greater Dallas area with fine, high-end custom homes.

Founded by Marc Kleinmann, a German native, the company brings German building sensibilities to its home design/build efforts. The company was established in 2007, and it has grown despite starting up in the midst of recession.

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