The process of buying a new home can be emotional, a fact that Beazer Homes is well aware of, Chief Marketing Officer Kathi James says. “Unlike most purchases you make, buying a home is full of excitement, nerves and hope for the future,” she says. “Our new home counselors love to help consumers find the perfect home that will suit the way they want to live.”

Atlanta-based Beazer has a multi-century legacy of helping consumers finding those perfect homes. In 1696, founder George Beazer arrived in Marshfield, England, and established the company. Today, Beazer Homes is a top ten U.S. homebuilder, with operations in 16 states. “Since going public in 1994, Beazer has proudly provided more than 170,000 homes to discerning homebuyers, and I’m happy to say that the homes we are building today retain high-quality construction practices, giving tribute to our heritage, and are significantly more energy efficient than a resale and many other new builds,” James adds.

With a lifetime in the construction business, Vice President Bill Zach and his brother Matt, president of Zach Building Co., can deliver a custom home or historic renovation to customers that is cost-effective with energy-efficient innovations that pay back their cost in savings. 

“As builders, we always have to dance a fine line – cost vs. ROI, which is what we look at,” Bill Zach says. “When you start talking about green, to me there’s emerald green and then there’s pea green. It’s just a conversation you have to have with the client to find out what they really want to concentrate on, being more or less green in their home.”

Zach cites a “laundry list” of energy-efficient features on his company’s homes that are standard, such as spray foam in the walls, variable speed furnaces, a better house wrap, weatherstripping on the doors and gaskets on the light switches, electrical outlets and can lights. Zach Building is one of the few that has built LEED-Gold projects in its area.

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. 

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