The construction of a new community can bring many benefits to an area. The most obvious one is housing, but E5X Management’s Leyden Rock project is adding new jobs in the city of Arvada, Colo., President Chris Elliott says.

When people drive past the project site, “It looks like a huge manufacturing plant with all the folks out there,” he declares. “Through the land development effort, we probably have created 400 jobs.”

Leyden Rock is the latest masterplanned community of E5X, a land development company based in Englewood, Colo. When finished, Elliott says, the development will span 1,000 acres with approximately 1,500 living units.

Vancouver Island is a 285-mile-long stretch of submerged mountain range that is anything but ordinary. Its landscapes include serene coastal waters, rainforests and snow-capped mountains that can be seen from its curving beaches. It’s only natural that Camelot Homes, based in the island town of Qualicum Beach, would design/build luxury custom homes with extraordinary views. 

“Our success is defined and determined by the satisfaction of our clients,” President Dan McLeod says. Camelot Homes has been building custom and luxury homes on Vancouver Island since 1979. The company’s focus spans from renovations to family ranch homes to unique multi-million-dollar estate properties that range in price, McLeod says. 

Bluescape may be a relatively young company, but the experience of its principals has helped the company to build a strong portfolio in a short period of time. Lou Hack and Pat Sena founded the company in 2008. Hack has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of construction, while Sena has more than 20 years of experience in residential high-rise and low-rise construction. Together, they have allowed Bluescape to build a reputation for excellent and cost-effective construction projects.

“Pat and I worked together since 2003 before starting Bluescape,” Hack says. “We focused on mid- to high-rise residential condos in the downtown Toronto area.” 

It takes passion and commitment to continually deliver custom homebuilding projects that are known for superior quality. Benco Ventures has been doing just that in British Columbia’s Comox Valley since President Ben Christensen started the company 12 years ago. 

“This is a family company that has experience working in this market for years,” Christensen says. “We understand this industry and have experience inside and outside the country, and we have established ourselves as one of the largest custom homebuilding companies in the valley.” 

Christensen’s extensive experience has been a positive for Benco Ventures since day one. He is a second-generation craftsman with more than 25 years of expertise in the construction industry. His family came from Australia to Canada in 1988, and Christensen previously ran a framing company that worked on custom homes and multifamily projects.

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. 

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