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.” 

Bryan Stone and Mitchell Martin met while attending Auburn University. After their graduation, they became convinced there was a better way to build new homes. So, they started Stone Martin Builders just out of college in 2006. Their business is now constructing 200 to 250 new homes per year in Alabama with $70 million per year in production.

“Our philosophy is to provide higher-end homes but still offer a competitive price,” Stone says.

How does Stone Martin Builders do this? It keeps prices low because of its large volumes and finely honed production process, Stone explains. 

While some new homebuilders may sell homes for $130 per square foot, Stone Martin Builders’ processes allow it to come in at $60 to $100 per square foot. Its new homes range from $150,000 to $400,000, averaging $270,000. 

Founded in 1954, Sakiyama Construction has become an award-winning home renovator in Winnipeg thanks to its quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail.  Sakiyama Construction excels on interior and exterior projects and has been the recipient of various awards, including numerous golds in the Manitoba Home Builders Association’s (MHBA) Renovation of the Year Awards since their inception in 2000. Recently, the company was named a finalist in the 2013 Canadian Home Builders' Association's National Sam Awards.

“We consider ourselves a midsize renovation company,” President Grant Sakiyama says. “We pretty much stay in the city of Winnipeg, as there are particular neighborhoods we concentrate on and find the bulk of our business.”

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