At The Legacy Collection, Warmington Residential wanted to establish the unique character of the community and drive homebuyer interest – and it appears to be succeeding on both counts. The first new home opportunity in Ladera Ranch, Calif., in five years, the community was originally slated to include 28 home sites, but due to demand, an additional 20 home sites were obtained. Today, as sales releases have been accelerated to meet this demand, 43 of the 48 homes have been released for sale, and 36 have been sold.

“The Legacy Collection presented an opportunity for Warmington Residential to re-enter both the Orange County market and the luxury home market on spectacular custom lots with a product that showcases our ability to respond to consumers and provide what they really want, which is quite different from what was already available in the 8,500-plus home Ladera Ranch master plan,”  Warmington Residential President and CEO Jim Warmington Jr. relates. 

Building a custom luxury home can be an exciting yet complex process, with many components and decisions to make. Future homeowners can feel overwhelmed with the process on the way to building their dream home.

Tierra Custom Homes tries to make the new home planning, construction and finishing process as straightforward as it can for buyers. “The primary approach we take is a design/build concept where the architect, contractor, interior designer and other professionals come together in a collaborative environment at the beginning of the project in order to promote the efficient integration of ideas and a synergy in achieving the client’s goals and objectives,” says Joe Storey, president and co-founder of the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based homebuilder. “As an integral part of the team, we make sure we are personally involved in every detail of a home in order to maintain cost controls and best methods of construction in process, material selections and final execution.”

Richard Reyes knows the construction business in Miami, having been involved in it since he was 13 years old. As Reyes explains, he was living on his own at the time and needed to find an opportunity to make as much money as he could quickly. He learned the ropes and eventually gained enough experience to go into business for himself as owner of R2 Construction. Today, it’s safe to say that Reyes has risen from the bottom of the industry to the penthouse, because R2 Construction is one of the most successful contractors building high-rise condominium developments in Miami’s high-end South Beach market. 

The experience that Reyes brings to R2 Construction is a major component of the company’s success in a highly competitive market, but that’s not the only reason for its lofty position. He says that for a contractor to be successful in South Beach, it needs to be flexible, capable and able to communicate effectively with clients from many different backgrounds. All of these are qualities that Reyes says R2 Construction has in abundance, and they will continue to be the foundation for the company’s success going forward.

Tony Prokop grew up in the construction business, and that lifetime of experience has been put to good use in Texas in Victoria, Cuero, Port O’Connor and surrounding areas. Having been in construction for more than 30 years, Prokop founded Prokop Custom Homes more than a decade ago and has been building award-winning custom homes ever since.

Prokop Custom Homes has grown through a combination of advertising and word of mouth. Prokop also has built many strong relationships during his years in construction, many that go back to his early days as a roofer.  “A lot of the subs I use are guys who grew up in construction like me,” Prokop says. “My key subs have worked with me for 20 to 30 years.”

Thanks to a strong track record developed over three decades, Pinnacle International has become one of Canada’s leading builders of exclusive luxury condominium residences, hotels and commercial developments. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Pinnacle is experienced in development, design, construction and management.

“Our core business is in condominiums, but we have worked on industrial, hotel, retail, office and restaurant projects,” says Anson Kwok, vice president of sales and marketing. 

For decades, developers have built and marketed communities in Naples, Fla., that offer amenities such as golf course views and country club memberships. Minto Communities’ latest venture in the region will offer a different kind of experience to southwest Florida homeowners while not sparing the beauty and luxury Naples communities are known for.

The developer in January 2013 commenced site work on the more than $68 million Isles of Collier Preserve, a 2,400-acre community located on property it purchased in late 2012 from prominent Florida developer and landowner Collier Enterprises. The community is the newest venture on the state’s west coast from Minto Communities, a company that started operations in Florida’s southeast region in 1978.

More than half of the Isles of Collier Preserve project – 1,300 acres – will be dedicated to preserving the native wetlands, lakes and nature preserves surrounding the property. These natural areas will be linked by trails and bike paths, and a river – which will be available for kayaking and canoeing– also runs through the community, Minto Communities Vice President Bill Bullock says. 

A full-service design, build and project management firm, Masterwork Home has been creating luxurious lifestyles for its clients over the past 37 years. 

With everything from kitchen and bath designs to full home remodeling, Masterwork continuously strives to exceed its clients’ every expectation. “Our clients expect unique design, quality product and superior workmanship,” owner Joe Matta says.

Exceeding customers’ expectations while transforming a home is what builds life-long relationships. “Relationships with past clients have been one of the greatest joys that I’ve had in this business,” Matta says.

From 2009 through 2011, the company focused its efforts on transforming the site of the former Ottaway Newspaper Headquarters into six luxury boutique condominiums. 

Located in the Flathead Valley of Montana near Glacier National Park, Big Mountain Builders LLC has prospered even during the recession. It builds custom homes ranging in construction cost from $300,000 to $1.5 million, not including land.

The style of the homes sometimes depends on where the homeowner is coming from – literally. Clients who are new to Montana want a Montana-style home that resembles a cabin, with heavy use of wood and perhaps even logs.

But those who have lived in Montana a while or are natives of the area tend to prefer what Big Mountain Builders owner Marc Daniels calls “mountain modern style.” “The people who are from here or have been here a long time have been going away from the “Montana Style” and doing something either more contemporary or “Pottery Barn”-style, because they’ve been around Montana style for so long,” Daniels reports.

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