Insight Homes takes pride in building better, greener homes for clients.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

Some homebuilders aim to build projects as inexpensively as they can, but Insight Homes takes the opposite approach. “When you speak to many homebuilders, their goal is how low can they get their costs to build a house,” President Robert Elliott says. This approach can help them compete, but “our culture’s completely different,” he says, explaining that Insight Homes focuses on how it can build a better home for educated consumers despite the cost. “That’s our tagline: ‘It’s just a better house.’”


De Young Properties is developing the first zero-energy community in central California.

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

As the homes begin to sprout up in De Young Properties’ newest development in Clovis, Calif., the feature that will surely stand out are the solar panels that will adorn every roof. However, De Young Properties’ green efforts run much deeper. EnVision will be a zero-energy community, a process that begins not with energy production, but energy savings.

“Ninety percent of our time in developing a community such as EnVision is spent designing the energy efficiency of the home first,” Executive Vice President Brandon De Young says. The 36 homes in EnVision will include De Young EnergySmart™ features designed to maximize efficiency and reduce energy waste. The addition of solar panels into the design only came after De Young Properties significantly reduced consumption and determined the likely energy need for the homes.

More than 10 homes are already under construction on the site and the first houses are expected to be completed by the third quarter of this year. “EnVision will not only be central California’s first zero-energy community but it will also be the largest of its kind built in the entire state of California,” De Young says. “We’re proud to lead the charge on that.”


The design of Bauhaus Custom Homes’ projects reflects the climate and neighborhoods in which they are located while also being responsive to clients’ needs.

By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

Bauhaus Custom Homes strives to balance form and function in its innovative custom home designs. “When it comes to the creative side, we try to design something that is appropriate for the neighborhood and the specific site,” Principal Designer/CEO Marc Kleinmann says. The Dallas based design/build firm specializes in building homes in the mid-century modern architecture style that can stand the test of time and reflect the region’s climate while meeting clients’ requests.


TurnKey Builders embraces the Texas landscape when building its clients’ dream homes.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

The great recession of 2008 began with the collapse of the $8 trillion housing industry. It was the same year that Greg Hoppes was determined to make his way as a homebuilder even though times could not have been worse. “I started my homebuilding career in 2001 and decided to start my own company in 2008. If I could make it in 2008 and 2009 I would be able to sustain a career in this industry,” he remembers thinking. “We went ahead flipping houses and things have worked out since then.”

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