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.”


Buffalo Bungalow’s co-owners are always available to their custom home clients.

By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Buffalo Bungalow’s owners do not keep standard business hours. “Most of our business is done after hours,” says Derek Sullivan, who co-owns the homebuilding and development company with his wife, Laura Sullivan.

The Sullivans keep in regular contact with their clients at all times of the day via text message, e-mail, on phone or in person. “We’re available when our clients are,” he adds.


Clients can rely on Menard Construction to deliver their beautiful, custom projects on time.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Tom Menard, president of Menard Construction Company, finds the greatest compliment to be when he is asked, “Where is the addition?” He takes pride in a seamless transition to the new work.

Based in Mountain Lakes, N.J., the company specializes in new homes, commercial construction, renovations and additions. Menard founded the firm 25 years ago, after gaining extensive experience in the construction industry.

He worked for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. in Baltimore after graduating from the University of Delaware School of Engineering. “I was a project engineer for a group building Walmart stores,” Menard recalls, explaining that these were often fast-tracked projects that needed to be completed in as little as four months.

“I gained invaluable experience and learned all the aspects of construction management. I realized that I wanted the extra challenge and attention to detail that is required in residential construction.” That led him to start Menard Construction that has grown each year.


Usztan LLC specializes in bringing older homes into the 21st century.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

After 40 years, Usztan LLC has carved itself a niche as a custom remodeler and homebuilder, a specialization that is not for everyone. “Custom remodeling tends to be more difficult than building a new home,” Vice President Boris Usztan says.

“To take an older, outdated structure and bring it into the 21st century can be challenging and very labor intensive,” he says. “This requires insight, vision, design and, many times, creative engineering on the part of the builder and architects.”

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Boyd Custom Homes ensures that every detail of its custom home projects is done properly
and to the highest quality standards.

By Jim Harris

Boyd Custom Homes Owner and President Steve Boyd believes in bringing a personal touch to all of the homes the company builds. “We take personal enjoyment in working closely with our clients. It’s a really exciting process to see each client enjoying working with our team of experts,” he says. “We all share the same high level of excitement and passion of seeing the clients dream home come together.”

Boyd keeps in contact with his clients by phone, text and e-mail as well as during regularly scheduled construction progress meetings. “Great communication is the key to every successful project” he adds.

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