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Hess Construction LLC turns homeowners’ dreams into realities by creating the perfect places for families to come together.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Arden Hess has been passionate about construction for as long as he can remember. Hess discovered a love for heavy construction, fine detail and creativity that he was able to combine in 1984 when he founded what is now Hess Construction LLC to build distinctive custom homes. Hess’ passion is evident in every home he builds in the Park City, Utah and surrounding areas.

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JKD Builder is enjoying a healthy market in Austin, Texas.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

When JKD Builder constructs a home for a client, it also builds a new friendship. “They are part of our JKD family,” co-owner Sue Durio declares. “That’s fairly unusual in this business.” In fact, JKD Builder is so friendly with its past customers that it often gives tours of its homes to new clients. “They’re a walking reference for us,” Durio says. “I never have to worry about what they would say, because they’re very satisfied.”

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Photos: Courtesy of Peter Papadopoulos with Smith and Moore Architects, Inc. and Michael Stavaridis Photography.

GroundStone takes on unique and challenging residential projects in South Florida to fulfill market demand and

improve the communities where it builds.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media 

GroundStone’s vision is to reinvent infill and boutique neighborhoods, enrich the lives of the community and provide places and spaces to “Create. Live. Prosper.” “We stay flexible,” founder and President Matthew Montgomery says. “We don’t have a pre-designed type of product all the time. We look at the marketplace and listen to what the market and community says it needs.”

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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.’”

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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.”

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