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    Icon Building Group Chicago Custom Home Builders - September 19, 2017 by admin

    At Icon Building Group, our custom home builders bring experience, creativity and life to every project. Our talented design and production teams are committed to making sure your process is fun, collaborative, on time, on budget, and most importantly, that the finished product is everything you had imagined it would be.

    Imagine your own personal home building resource center with the finest interior designers, architects, custom home builders, remodeling crew, and craftsmen, who understand the importance of professionalism, quality, and budgets as much as style, functionality, and flow. Imagine all of them devoted to making the realization of your vision a creative, fun, and positive experience. Imagine on time and on budget as more than just an empty promise it is your GUARANTEE that we do what we say we will do.

    We are Icon Building Group. We are a design-build, full service, custom home builder, home addition, and home renovation company serving the Chicago area and Southern Wisconsin regions. Over the past fourteen years, our team members have collectively built, rehabbed, or renovated more than 2,000 homes. Icon provides ongoing support through every phase and every step of the process including conceptual design, architecture, construction, interior design, and post construction. In other words, were there for you before, during, and after the job.

    We achieve this, in part, by matching you with the perfect professionals for your vision and project. These strategic partners have been hand-selected for the high quality of their work as well as their customer-centric focus. This means your next home custom home building project, bathroom remodeling project, or kitchen remodeling project will not only be done to your complete satisfaction, it will be more satisfying than you ever imagined possible.

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    M.D. Custom Home Builders & Renovations - September 19, 2017 by admin

    M.D. Custom Homes was founded in 1987 as M.D. Properties, Inc. as a partnership between Tim Doyle and Frank Madden serving the Waukesha county area.

    Our team has expanded over the years to include members that share the same standards of impeccable quality and attention to detail. Touring any of our homes allows you to see the outstanding, uncommon details such as intricate framing, unique millwork, cabinetry and beams, stylish tile and stone, old world masonry as well as cutting edge energy saving components. Our team is devoted to actively working with every client through each of the important steps keeping a personalized, hands-on approach.

    From guidance and designing & planning a custom home to new additions, remodeling and renovations; custom wine cellars, home theaters, golf rooms with simulators, gourmet kitchens and luxurious baths as well as green homes, we can handle all of your needs. We work with many of the top architects in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and match the project with the best talent.

    We have established a solid reputation for integrity, reliability, quality and detail. We build homes of 1800 square feet to 10,000+ square feet and stress that its the quality of the home that is important and not the size. Whether you start with a rough sketch of your ideas on a cocktail napkin, or an existing set of plans; we help you design and build the home of your dreams.

    It is our promise to build a trusting relationship and exceed your expectations.

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    Two McGarvey SuperModels close in same week – Naples Daily News - September 2, 2017 by admin

    Submitted by Lucitt & Co. Published 5:45 a.m. ET Sept. 2, 2017

    McGarvey Custom Homes' Astaire Supermodel in Talis Park has sold.(Photo: Submitted)

    Two of McGarvey Custom Homes SuperModelClass luxury homes closed in the same week, both selling for well over $4 million.

    The Astaire in Talis Park and the Brigitte in Quail West present their luxurious appointments like stars, chief among them being their powerful, big statement architecture inside and out a McGarvey trademark matching generous scale to high worth building materials. Both are 6,000 plus square feet under air, with almost half again as much in actual living area. Both have four bedrooms, dens and en suite baths, four-car garages and outdoor living areas with all of the upgrades.

    The Astaires classic British Colonial styling standsat attention the moment you enter its elegantly proportioned foyer and carries on with warm wood tones and subtle, neutral furnishings into the living room, formal dining room and massive great room with wet bar and adjoining island kitchen with casual dining area.The first-floor master suite defines the Astaires warmth inside and out with rich transitional furnishings and fine appointments. The master bath includes his and her vanities and water closets, and an outdoor shower plus private lounging garden. Its SuperModel status is confirmed with the second-story VIP suite including game room, wet bar and covered terrace. The grand outdoor living area has a summer kitchen, island bar, fireplace and pool with separate spa. Twin two-car garages complete the Astaire.

    The Astaire SuperModel closed on July 27for $4.25 million.

    McGarvey Custom Homes' Brigitte SuperModel in Quail West has been sold.(Photo: lori_hamilton)

    The Brigitte is as fresh and sensuously inviting as its namesake with coastal stylingto enhance every angle and surface of this SuperModels form. Arlynn McDaniel of Freestyle Interiors designed the interior space to enhance the senses, merging the simple luxury of wide open spaces with the McGarvey standards for excellence in execution at every turn from the reception foyer to the living and dining areas and beyond to the open kitchen and great room. Interior glass walls are used to great effect to perpetuate the ambiance, bringing the centrally located, glass-walled and temperature-controlled wine room into any conversation.

    The Brigittes clean coastal style uses bold, premium building materials throughout to heighten its structural beauty. French oak flooring and slabs of granite, smart technology wiring and high-end appliances inside and in the outdoor living areas make the Brigitte the standard by which other models can be measured. The main living room is enhanced by a linear fireplace and music area, complete with grand piano. The master bedroom wing with a glass-walled den brings the outside indoors and is a light filledretreat positioned to view the pool, fountain, spa and fireplace. The familyroom has all the tech savvy appointments and opens seamlessly onto the outdoor dining, grill and fire pit area.

    The Brigitte is a boldly executedresidence that defines true craftsmanship and high design standards. McGarvey Custom Homes' SuperModelBrigitte closed on Aug.1for $4.5 million.

    The Astaire SuperModelin Talis Park and The Brigitte SuperModel in Quail West define luxury, vision and fine craftsmanship throughout in the atmosphere of high worth homes. Quality elevates any project. Supermodel quality is the definition of exceptional, and McGarvey Custom Homes has delivered it once again. Both homes express the McGarvey commitment to rigorous standards in design, materials and finishes.

    Style sets the SuperModel apart from the rest, where form and function meet in an elegant expression of purpose. That certain something star quality sets the SuperModel apart, and the McGarvey Celebrity Series is all about its stars.

    The Astaire in Talis Park has it all. Located in the Prato neighborhood where privacy is paramount, it is sited to have uninterrupted golf course, lake, preserves and citrus orchard views at every turn. To meet such restrictive privacy standards, Prato can only accommodate 24 homes.

    As designed and executed by Arlynn McDaniel of Freestyle Interiors, the Astaires rich wood detailing and muted palette enhance the luxurious McGarvey design features. High ceilings, chunky baseboards and solid 10-foot doors. The flooring alternates from rich dark oak to shell stone. The great room, hallways, kitchen and dining room showcase a stone and wood design. The staircase to the second story features oak treads and shell stone risers. TheVIP suite is wood finished.

    The Astairess two-story plan encompasses 6,820 square feet under air with aliving area of 10,692 square feet. The four-bedroom, 5.5-bathhomehas a ground-floor master suite, twin two-car garages and a second-story VIP suite.

    The Brigitte SuperModel in Quail West has6,187 square feet under air with a total living area of 9202 square feet. Its bold exterior features including a broad, travertine-pavered approach and twin bubbler fountain.Upon entry through massive solid mahogany double-doors, you are greeted by the Brigittess elemental charms spaces defined by wood and stone, a fireplace poised as if to re-orientate you to this zen-tranquil retreat, and crowning it all is a floating ceiling. Leaving the grand reception, living and dining spaces and gleaming wine room behind, the custom-designed gourmet island kitchen, casual dining area and family leisure space complete the main living areas in coastal style, each area overlooking outdoor living areas that include a fully appointed summer kitchen, pool, spa, garden and lounging areas.

    McGarvey Custom Homes Astaire and Brigitte SuperModel Class estate homes achieve the quality and stature of luxury residences by alwaysusing the best design, best materials, best craftsmanship available.

    McGarvey Custom Homes was founded in 1995 by John McGarvey and is acknowledged as one of Southwest Floridas leading luxury home builders. Their estate, executive and single-family villa homes reflecting the companys state-of-the-art construction methods are found in the areas most prestigious communities. Online atmcgarveycustomhomes.com.

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    Custom Builder Starts New Community in SC – Builder Magazine - September 2, 2017 by admin

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    Custom Builder Starts New Community in SC
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    Ground was broken on the first home in Congaree Bluff last December. To date, the custom builder has built three spec homes and two custom homes are under construction. Out of those five homes, four have been sold, while two more lot reservations are ...

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    Up, down or flat, Parade of Homes goes on in Oklahoma City area – NewsOK.com - September 2, 2017 by admin

    Whether home construction is up or down, it's time for a parade at least once a year, and this time it's Sept. 9-17 and the Parade of Homes Fall Classic, an annual sidewalk sale of sorts for 77 years.

    Construction is up so far this year compared with the same time last year, although, as usual, building activity varies by price range and location in the far-flung Oklahoma City metro area.

    August ended with starts overall numbering 3,232, up 7.6 percent compared with the first eight months of 2016, according to The Builder Report by Dharma Inc. in Norman. However, construction was still at its lowest year to date since 2011.

    With some Realtors using the word "shortage" to describe supply at entry-level and first-move-up price ranges in some parts of the metro area, it could mean high traffic at the 106 parade homes, which will be open free to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. each day.

    Builders are offering homes at all prices in the Parade of Homes, said Rusty Appleton, executive director of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, which has organized the event for nearly eight decades.

    Maps and information on the entries are at http://www.paradeofhomesok.com. Download a free ticket and check in at five parade homes to be entered in a $1,000 drawing. Parade books are available at metro-area Best Buy locations.

    "This is our signature event," Appleton said. "We're really excited this year."

    Ridge Creek in Edmond, developed and with homes by Norman-based Foster Signature Homes, is the featured neighborhood, northwest of N Douglas Boulevard and Coffee Creek Road. Ridge Creek homes start in the high $300,000s.

    Ridge Creek got notice earlier this year as the site of the St. Jude Dream Home raffled to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The fundraiser fetched $703,832 for the hospital.

    Because of road work, the best way to get to Ridge Creek is to take Covell Road east of Interstate 35 to Midwest Boulevard, then north to Coffee Creek Road and east to Douglas, said parade chairman Dusty Hutchison, owner of Alder Fine Homes in Edmond.

    "There's a little bit of a catch there, but the good news is there's plenty of parade homes along the detour," Hutchison said.

    Through August, homebuilding was virtually flat compared with the same time last year in north Oklahoma City (up 0.9 percent) and up a lot in Edmond (62.6 percent); and down in south Oklahoma City (9.8 percent), Moore (11 percent) and Norman (5 percent), according to The Builder Report.

    Construction was up significantly in Mustang, Newcastle, Noble and Yukon, The Builder Report reported.

    Appleton said the ups and downs depend on the builders and what they're building.

    "When I talk to builders, I can ask them what the state of the market is, and if I get five different builders, I get five different answers," he said. "As best I can put together, it seems like the entry-level are still moving, and many of our volume builders that build in that market are doing quite well.

    "It also sounds like many of our high-end custom builders that build for buyers over $1 million or so are still busy, as well. There's kind of a doughnut hole in the $350,000-$500,000-$600,000, somewhere in there, where I feel like the houses aren't moving as well, and the buyer is a lot more cautious in that price range."

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    Cape contractor closes shop before refunding dissatisfied customers – NBC2 News - September 2, 2017 by admin

    CAPE CORAL, Fla. -

    A reputable Cape Coral home builder abruptly closed his business, leaving customers out hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    There are 17 open cases against Southern Premier Homes three months after the company shut down.

    Sixteen of those cases were filed in the last two months.

    The owner, Chris Cheney, is under scrutiny for accepting payments from some of those customers the same week he shut down.

    Dalia and Rolandas Girdvainis paid Cheney a $10,000 deposit, and a $27,000 first draw. One year later all they have to show for it is an empty lot.

    "Just sad. We are sad. We felt, what did we do wrong? How did this happen?" Dalia Girdvainis said.

    The Girdvainis' did their homework before hiring Cheney, checking his credentials and talking with his references. He had a stellar resume online.

    He was even featured in Gulfshore Business Magazine's 40 Under 40 article, last year.

    "It looks like we did everything right," Girdvainis said.

    Lisa and Randy Johnson of Pine Island share a similar story. They're out $15,000.

    "It was quite devastating to find out that the money had just been taken from us," Lisa Johnson said.

    In addition to leaving buyers high and dry, Cheney also burned his sub-contractors. And in Florida, when sub-contractors aren't paid by the general contractor, the homeowner has to pay a second time to cover the contractor's bad debt.

    "Not only do they have a problem with Southern Premiere, but they have a number of sub-contractors who Southern Premiere did not pay," real estate attorney Kevin Jursinski said. "Those sub-contractors have now filed liens against my clients' house, seeking to get payment against my client, when she already paid Southern Premiere for their work."

    Where is Chris Cheney and where is the money he took from all of these people?

    The NBC2 Investigators went to his former business, but the space is now occupied by new tenants. We also went to his home in Cape Harbor, but he didn't answer the door.

    We learned that he has hired a Cape Coral attorney, but the attorney declined to talk with us about this report.

    The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has also ordered the emergency suspension of both of Cheney's licenses, Certified Residential Contractor and Financial Responsible Officer.

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    Coastal-Inspired Cottage Promotes a Laidback Lifestyle – Builder Magazine - August 9, 2017 by admin

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    Coastal-Inspired Cottage Promotes a Laidback Lifestyle
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    Sabal can offer these lavish architectural touches in so many forms because the company began as a custom home builder, so craftsmanship is part of its history. As the firm grew, it maintained this level of detail by maximizing efficiency in production ...

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    Roderick Neil Thomas – Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) - August 9, 2017 by admin

    On Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley lost one its finest home builders. Roderick Neil Thomas passed at his Clarkston Heights home after a short battle with congestive heart failure. He was 88.

    Rod was born June 9, 1929, in Bowman, N.D., to Ethel and Guy Thomas. In 1934, the family moved to Baker, Mont., where Guy worked as an electrician. During his school years, Rod was active in Boy Scouts, football and basketball. Summers were spent working hard on the family homestead in Mott, N.D.

    Shortly after his graduation from Baker High School in 1947, Rod followed the suggestion of his cousin, Jeannine, and moved to Clarkston, where he apprenticed with his uncle, Harold Ebert, a local builder. To his delight, he found a charming community, loving family, a vocation for which he was well suited and no mosquitoes.

    On June 30, 1950, Rod married Nancy Marie Plunkett of Clarkston. She was the love of his life. Together, they raised three lovely children: David, Don and Diane. Rod spent his spare time improving their home, hunting, traveling across the country to church conventions and spending time with family. Eventually, he built three custom homes for the family.

    Rod had a genuine faith in the promises of God, the great hope of the Bible for all who have died, that they shall live again. For Jesus Christ, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man, a ransom for all. Christ's millennial kingdom will bring the restitution of all that was lost in Adam.

    Over the years, Rod worked on many local projects, including bridges, schools and churches. In time, he became a self-employed contractor, building quality homes with unique touches. Rod spent many years building homes across the Pacific Northwest for Capp Homes. Job sites were frequently in remote locations. The family spent summer months living out of a travel trailer - David and Don building alongside their dad, Nancy and Diane taking care of their boys and the family cats supervising it all.

    In 1983, Rod and Nancy moved to Gresham, Ore., where Rod spent many years building the Bible Student's Retirement Center for his church. During this time, they also devoted themselves to caring for their son David, who had become severely handicapped.

    Rod and Nancy returned to Clarkston in 1999 when Rod was diagnosed with lymphoma. The prognosis was grim, but he beat the odds and resumed building. Rod successfully fought several additional cancers over the years, but it was Nancy's sudden death in 2010 that was most devastating. Rod continued on with his faith, the support of his family and the sense of accomplishment he gained by serving others.

    From 2011 to 2017, Rod did volunteer work for Interlink, Inc. He gave rides to the elderly and those with disabilities. He donated more than 6,000 hours of service and more than 35,000 miles of transportation.

    Rod is survived by son Don (and wife Becky) Thomas of Fontana, Calif.; daughter Diane (and husband Dave) Bennett of Asotin; granddaughter Lusha (and husband Jason) Evans of Colton; and sister Carmen of Jonesboro, Ga. He was preceded in death by wife Nancy and son David.

    Those who knew Rod well will remember his good looks, his big, blue eyes, vise-grip handshake, love of family, friends and the Lord, quality built homes, willingness to help others, honesty and integrity. As his Interlink clients so often told his sister Carmen, "He's the best one."

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made to Interlink, Inc., 817A Sixth St., Clarkston, WA 99403.

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    Peter Rotelle: Surviving the recession. – Philly.com - August 9, 2017 by admin

    Its been nearly ten years since the start of the great recession the recession that wiped out many a home builder. Not Peter B. Rotelle, who leads his familys business, Rotelle Development Co.

    We revamped ourselves, I think, to take a step towards a more conservative business model in a risky business already, Rotelle said during our Executive Q&A interview published in the Sunday business section of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    I guess I can say it this way. Ive always been conservative in business. Im in a risky business, land developer and home building. So, my business demeanor has always been very conservative, because Ive always hedged against the down market. So, we made it through 2008 and we paid every bill. It wasnt peaches and cream, but we made it through, kept staff and we did it.

    Gosh, I would say a tremendous amount of conservative decisions in a half a decade prior to 2008, not getting caught up in the hype of having to feed the engine and grow ego. Probably ego is the big thing. Check it at the door. I watched a lot of companies my size double or triple, quadruple. All of them disappeared.

    Actually, we grew from 20 houses to 100 houses a year. Could we have gone to 200? Im sure, but it was a conscious decision not to.

    Oh, yeah, we experienced great growth. But, once again, conservative cash flow management, prudent decisions. Someone in the land development business whom I respected at the time said, `Let me tell you: The best deal Ive ever done is the deal I never did. That stuck with me.

    That was just great because you get caught up in a bidding war and you end up buying something, forecasting out three to five years when its going to come online and get approved and ready to go. You put the infrastructure in and borrow big money from the bank, and lets say its a four-year build out. Youre looking at almost close to a decade [before you get a return]. Who can predict that length of time for the economy. Economists are only right half the time. So, how am I going to do that?

    Well, something that seemed as if it was a battle with the township, as far as the approval process going into litigation and drawing it out even further.

    The price point, it was just rising too fast. You buy a piece of ground for say $10,000 an acre and the next time it was $12,000 and then it was $15,000 and $20,000. At some point, I looked at our inventory and I said, `We have enough inventory right now. I dont think we should be purchasing any more ground to put into land bank. And, thank goodness, we had a really good loan to value ratio on all of our assets. So, when 2008 hit, we were not really crushed on one single project. Probably half of it we owned and half we had debt on. So, thats pretty much not customary in our business.

    Im entrenched in the business. Im passionate about it. I was president of the Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. I know a tremendous amount of land developer and builders. Im part of a 20 Group.

    Its a national group, sanctioned by the National Association of Home Builders. We will get together and compare financials and notes. We had the same chart of accounts. So, we know exactly what our profit margins were against other people in the country. Same industry, same size, but not in our geographical area.

    Yes. We had a floating CFO and wed put all of our financials on the same chart of accounts that we could compare apples-to-apples. Granted, there were market conditions that were particular to certain areas, but theyre easy to find and discount. But, it was a great way to measure yourself against [similar] companies, and to figure out how you can better and get good ideas.

    So, through that, I was aware of what other organizations were doing as far as land acquisition. And, a lot of times, it was the land acquisition without money down, and then youre banking on the rise in the ground. Youre going to go ahead and improve it. Youre going to increase the value by taking it through the approval process. You may get gap financing for the next piece to put in there. Then, at the end when the music stops, the door knocks. Its the bank saying, `Hey, were looking for our money.

    Well, thats a great question. I put together a board for my company back in the late 1900s, early 2000s. I was in my early 30s, and probably when I was in my late 20s. I was doing multi-million dollar deals. I put together what I thought was a highly decorated group of gentlemen from different disciplines. No one with building experience, because I felt we were experts in that. But, all with great minds, who had run their own companies with a different perspective.

    So, I put together an advisory board of five. So, if there were large decisions that I wanted wisdom on, we met quarterly. I presented them financials and so on and so forth. So, I think with the conservative nature of this business, I never really felt that I was stomaching a lot.

    Things seemed to always work out. I think Id be a fool to believe that its just hard work. Theres definitely luck, but you have to be in the game, and you have to create your luck and recognize it or opportunity. Weve had some tremendous things happen. It doesnt matter how intelligent you are or how articulate or how conservative, how savvy. The chips fall your way, and Im a big believer in being grateful for that, and recognizing that. It kind of comes around and goes around.

    It was like a faucet.

    Humming along, musics loud, everybodys dancing and then theres just a screeching halt. Sales just come to an end.Traffic dies. There are no sales. It just rips through the media, which then crushes consumer confidence. If you think about it, there was a time before the recovery when it was absolutely a tremendous time to buy a home. But consumer confidence was decimated, plus the lending institutions werent lending money. It was a great time to buy. It was the best time to buy.

    If you had money and you werent upside down on your home.

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    Home Builder serving New Jersey and Pennsylvania - November 24, 2016 by admin

    Building the custom home of your dreams is a very personal and involved experience that requires you to find a trusted a custom home builder. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there is one custom home builder that offers a price guarantee, on time completion, high quality and personalized attention by the owners.

    As a New Jersey's Custom Home Builder and Pennsylvania's Custom Home Builder, GTG Custom Home Builders strives to add every client to its list of references. Every step of your project is guided by GTG Custom Home Builders desire to ensure you become the next referral source, sending every friend and family member to us for their Custom Home and Addition project. Look at what our clients say about their experience with us: Testimonials.

    The only way GTG Custom Home Builders can guarantee your satisfaction and hold our place at the top in the New Jersey Custom Home Builder market place is simple; you deal only with the owners, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. This is before, during and after your project and makes your Custom Home Builder unique from all others. See our Executive Summary to see why our Custom Home Building experience is right for you.

    For your FREE and EASY "Quick Project Assessment", click here and we will contact you at your convenience with a custom project overview that will answer your questions. For immediate questions, feel free to call us at (877) 864-3532. Trust GTG Custom Home Builders, true professional home builders, to bring your dreams to reality. Current projects in Bridgewater, Tewksbury, Basking Ridge, Flemington, Califon and Pennington.

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