Bella vita. Italian for “beautiful life.” The people who live in these homes certainly have that.

“Old World elegance meets American energy” is how Dallas-based Bella Vita Custom Homes describes the luxury houses it builds. Intelligent design and rich detail, comfort and purpose are the guiding principles that go into creating elaborate exteriors, grand entrances, impressive libraries and room after room with fireplaces, natural lighting and cathedral ceilings, all textured with variations of wood, stone and brick.

“Our preferred styles are French provincial, rustic Italian, Spanish Hacienda and hill country modern,” CEO Andy Clem says. “Although the trend we are seeing the most demand for right now is a traditional façade with a transitional, clean-line interior.”

The Grand Strand is a 60-mile stretch of beaches along the Atlantic coast of South Carolina – and the resort town of Myrtle Beach is its epicenter. Ten million visitors – from college students to snowbirds – come to the Grand Strand every year to play on those giant expanses of sand. And like so many who put down stakes in places of natural beauty – as permanent residents or part-time vacationers – homeowners in this area have plenty of splendor to remind them about the importance of preserving the outdoors they enjoy.

That is why Myrtle Beach-based homebuilder Ameri Built Homes has focused on green building for most of its 10-year history. According to the company, nearly all of its custom home clients opt to incorporate some green features.

Starting a new business can be a daunting challenge. But when ZagMar Builders’ owner and operator Louie Zagordo took his 28 years of experience in home construction and renovation and created the company two years ago, he set out to provide a first-class experience on all new construction and renovation projects. The result is an award-winning company that has truly hit the ground running.

“We have already become a successful, top-quality homebuilder and renovator in the area,” Louie Zagordo says. “We ensure customer satisfaction, which is what has made us an award-winning company.”

In 2008, Bill Wynn, founder of North Carolina-based Wynn Homes, met a consulting firm at the International Builders Show that not only changed the direction of his company but might have even saved it. Wynn started the company in 1999 building custom homes. If you had told the journalism school graduate he would be in the homebuilding market a few years before that, he would’ve checked your sources. 

But after accepting an invitation from a family friend in the construction business to build a spec home together, Wynn quickly fell in love with the business, obtained a contracting license and started Wynn Homes. He built two homes that first year and eight the next year. The number of homes built increased year after year and the type of homes built changed, too. Instead of one-off custom builds, Wynn began working with developers and even began developing lots himself. The company now averages 200 new homes built a year. But as Wynn Homes’ market focus began to change, Wynn knew that the company had to change, too. 

If there is any philosophy of the real estate industry that has endured over the years, it is “location, location, location.” Westmount Homes Ltd. capitalizes on this philosophy by creating environments for the work/life balance, owner David Smith says.

“[By] specializing in inner-city construction, Westmount Homes builds single-family homes that meet the need of the busy downtown worker to stay close to work, while providing a comfortable home,” Smith says. He founded the Calgary-based company in 2005, after developing the idea for Westmount Homes with an architect colleague.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Smith explains, the city of Calgary built many 1,000-square-foot bungalows that formed a nearly complete ring around the city. With many of those homes nearing the end of their lives, Westmount Homes aimed to serve clients who needed to live near the city.

For more than 10 years, Westin Homes has been building sophisticated luxury homes in the Houston area. Westin Homes’ houses feature distinct and refined details in their interior designs that extend from the nail pattern on the roof to the glue pattern beneath the flooring, the company says.

“We create the perfect balance of elegance and tranquility,” the company says. “We have built the company and its success on our reputation of delivering the highest levels of satisfaction to every customer, at every step.”

Among Westin’s 23 communities around Houston are Riverstone, Tuscan Lakes, the Estates at Promenade, Grand Mission Estates, Canyon Lakes West, Cardiff Ranch, Shadow Creek Ranch and Towne Lake.

Founded in 1963, the Timberlake family of companies has been building throughout Maryland – and more recently in Delaware – for 50 years. Timberlake Homes has been the foundation of the organization, striving to build outstanding communities and homes since the beginning. In 2002, Timberlake Design|Build was founded, specializing in large-scale, luxury home additions, complete home remodeling and custom building.

“Our strength comes from our on-time, on-budget-with-care guarantee,” Timberlake Design|Build President Dave Lunden says. “We will get the job done when we said we would, for the cost we said we would, and we will take a caring approach to the whole project.” 

Faren Dancer began his sustainable building practices in the 1970s and founded Sundancer Creations 13 years ago to share his lifelong practice of healthy living with other homeowners. Sundancer Creations designs and builds green, LEED-certified homes in Santa Fe, N.M. Every home is built to be as close as possible to net-zero energy, which means the home produces as much energy as it uses, Dancer says. 

“I lived in a progressive community in Northern California in the 1970s and it included organic gardening, yoga, meditation – the list goes on and on,” Dancer says. “There was a conscious thrust towards building green and healthy lifestyles. It was an easy transition to carry that forward into my building practices.” 

Check out our latest Edition!

Subscribe for free

staci blog mhb

Contact Us

Modern Home Builder Magazine
150 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60601


Click here for a full list of contacts.

Latest Edition

Spread The Love

Back To Top