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Although known for its history in the cattle industry, Fort Worth has good reasons to claim itself as the City of Cowboys and Culture. Texas’ fifth largest city hosts outstanding museums, several festivals, and a bustling local arts scene. Fort Worth is even the home of the world’s first and biggest indoor rodeo.
In addition to being a being an exciting tourist destination, Fort Worth is a great place to settle down. As the second hottest housing market in the U.S. (second only to Las Vegas) and with a booming job market, Fort Worth attracts families and professionals from expensive cities outside of Texas looking for a big home “with a yard for their dog,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Those looking to build a new home can turn to the many custom home builders in Fort Worth, who have designed and built the most extravagant and beautiful homes in the North Texas area for decades. These home builders were chosen and ranked based on their awards, certifications, and expertise in construction.
15) John Fuller Custom Built Homes, Inc.
1555 W. Business 380, Ste. 4, Decatur, TX 76234
Established 19 years ago, John Fuller Custom Built Homes is run by father-and-son duo John and Drake Fuller. In addition to custom home building, the firm provides remodeling, add-on installation, and commercial building services. For each of its homes, the firm provides complete project management and energy-efficient construction. As an Energy Star Partner, the firm proudly engages in green building practices. The firm has built homes in various styles, including Classic, Victorian, and Contemporary.
14) Capitola Builders
1200 Florida Drive, Suite 150, Arlington, TX 76015
As an Energy Star Partner, Capitola Builders prioritizes energy efficiency in its home construction. Established 14 years ago, co-owners Patrick Powers and ML Laughlin lead the firm with 65 years of construction experience. Powers’ love for construction began at a young age, when he learned building hands-on from his grandfather—a construction expert. Powers then became a project manager who helped build 50–70 homes per year. He later partnered with Laughlin to form their own custom home company, which became Capitola Homes.
In a novel approach to custom home construction, Capitola Builders provides fee-based building, so clients are never surprised with hidden fees. The firm’s services include custom plan designs, custom building specifications, and complete project management. The company even provides commercial construction and local construction lending.
13) Bannister & Co.
5 El Campo Ave., Fort Worth, TX
Eighteen-year-old Bannister & Co. is an expert in classically designed homes. However, the firm also adjusts to innovations and trends and works closely with clients to achieve their desired product. The firm can build several types of homes—from Modern Farmhouses and Tudor homes to Spanish haciendas.
Principal Will Bannister, who is younger than most of his contemporaries, was featured on the Fort Worth Builders Press’ annual “40 Under 40” list, which honors men and women under 40 years old who have helped shape the future of the city through business achievements and community involvement. Bannister & Co. is also a member of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and the Master Builders Association.
12) Providential Custom Homes
624 Stoneglen Drive, Keller, TX 76248
In operation since the 1970s, Providential Custom Homes (PCH) is a thriving custom home builder. The firm is a member of esteemed organizations like the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association, and the Texas Association of Builders. PCH is also the proud winner of home design awards from the Spring Tour from 2009 to 2012.
Greg Wright, a founding member of PCH, began working in construction in a cabinet shop in Smithfield, Texas in 1975. Soon after, he became self-employed and mastered wood frame construction. During this time, he impressively constructed more than 400 high-end custom homes. After several collaborations with Wright’s brother, Mark, and colleague, Ty LeBlanc, Providential Custom Homes is what it is today. PCH has built and designed virtually every home style—from Mediterranean and Traditional to Old World and Contemporary.
11) B Smart Builders
4313 Frazier Avenue | Fort Worth, TX 76115
Couple Cheryl and Jeff Bean founded B Smart Builders after acquiring more than 30 years of home construction experience and 50 years of combined engineering and project management experience. The firm specializes in kitchen and bath remodels, room additions, built-in entertainment centers, and energy improvements, but is known for constructing open spaces, which have been featured in Fort Worth Magazine. The firm often knocks down walls to transform small, closed-off rooms into open spaces, create new rooms, and make existing rooms more user-friendly.
In 2017, the firm won Best Living Space at the Fort Worth Home Design Awards. It also won Remodeler of the Year from the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association in 2012.
10) Fred Parker Company Inc.
4313 Frazier Ave., TX 76115
Established in 1951 by Fred and Glenda Parker, Fred Parker Company is known for its “Tradition of Excellence” in building and design in the Greater Fort Worth Metroplex. Ron Parker, President, is a Second Generation Custom Builder and a registered Builder with the American Institute of Building Design with more than 40 years of experience in the design-build industry. Fred and Ron both hold credentials of Graduate Master Builder/Remodeler, Certified Master Builder/Remodeler, and Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Fred is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Greater Fort Worth Business Association, and is a co-founder of the Certified Master Builder Corporation. He proudly serves as a life member on both Board of Directors. The firm has received numerous prestigious awards, including Remodeler of the Year, Builder of the Year, and top awards from Two Street of Dreams Home Tours. The firm has recently won Four Best of HOUZZ Service and Design Awards.
For more than 60 years, the firm has built and remodeled luxury custom homes in various styles, including French, Spanish, and Tudor. One of the firm’s most notable projects is a 2013 Spanish revival estate. The house was designed to meet the historic requirements of the development and to have the same feel as that of the Old Westover Hills estates in Fort Worth. This estate has barrel-tile roofing real stucco walls with inset window details, and an intricate swimming pool with a cabana. The house also features an underground wine cellar and a two-story family room with a stone fireplace.
9) Riverside Homebuilders
3045 Lackland Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116
In operation since the 1940s, Riverside Homebuilders remains as robust as ever in recent years. Two years ago, the firm built a record total of 286 constructions, and in 2018 the firm completed 480 homes. Among its awards and recognitions are features in media outlets such as Markets Insider.
CEO Tim Fleet credits the success of the firm to the camaraderie of the four people who compose its core team, who have been working together for 12 years. Fleet himself had built 900 homes before joining Riverside.
Riverside’s specializes in constructing single-family homes on one-acre homesites. The prices of these projects range from $220k to $400k. The firm’s more affordable homes start at $170k and are usually located in the city.
8) Larry Stewart Custom Homes
2601 Highland Park Ct, Colleyville, TX 76034
With more than three decades of experience, Larry Stewart Custom Homes is confident it can build a home for anyone—from empty nesters to a young family. The firm promises to customize each aspect of a home to suit the client’s lifestyle.
Larry Stewart Custom Homes has been featured on the TV Show, “Today’s Builder.” It was also named Best Builder by D Magazine in 2016 and is a member of the Texas Association of Builders, the Dallas Builders Association, and the NAHB.
Larry Stewart Custom Homes is notable for building Victorian and Tudor homes and estates. One of the firm’s most notable projects is a luxurious Tudor estate in Southlake, Texas. The house is surrounded by manicured gardens and fenced by a black, patterned gate. The swimming pool has fountain jets and angel statues dotting its perimeter. The luxuriousness of the exterior is matched only by the interior designs of the home’s rooms.
7) Bauhaus Custom Homes
1920 McKinney Avenue, 7th Floor, Dallas TX 75201
Founded by German native and designer Marc Kleinmann 12 years ago, Bauhaus Custom Homes is dedicated to architectural integrity, craftsmanship, and technological integration. For seven years, the firm has been featured in D Magazine as being among the Best Builders and winning back-to-back ARC (Associates, Remodelers, and Custom Builders) Awards for Design. Kleinmann was on the board of Directors of the Dallas Builders Association and was chair of the Green Built Texas program.
Bauhaus’ portfolio is filled with luxurious homes, most of which are Modern and Contemporary. One of the firm’s projects is “The Jetsetter,” which was built in Dallas in 2016. The house features plenty of horizontal and vertical lines, with very minimalist interiors. A large, ritzy pool completes the home’s outdoor layout.
6) Couto Homes
3200 E. Hwy 377, Granbury, TX 76049
Donny Couto, founder of Couto Homes, Inc., shares his father’s love of residential design and construction. Al Couto began building homes in the mid 1970’s. Donny began to follow in his footsteps in 2001, and for over 40 years, the core values of the company remain unchanged. Couto Homes continues to “raise the standard” and provide affordable quality homes for their clients. In addition to Fort Worth, they also build homes in Granbury, Aledo, Burleson, Cleburne, Glen Rose, Godley, Joshua, Mansfield, Stephenville, Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, and now serving Azle and Midlothian.
In 2014, Couto Homes was featured in North American Builders Magazine and Spectacular Kitchens of Texas. In a 2016 issue of the latter, Couto Homes was included in a list presented by Jolie Carpenter, which featured inspiring designs by 60 of the state’s top architects, interior designers, and builders.
Couto Homes was also named one of 36 Certified Master Builders in Texas and has more than a dozen Best in Show Awards from the Showcase of New Homes. Four years ago, Couto Homes was given a Guildmaster Award for superior customer service.
5) Atwood Custom Homes
1207 Timberline Ct. Suite 180, Southlake, TX 76092
Atwood Custom Homes boasts more than 25 years of experience as a luxury custom home builder and several prestigious awards. The firm was named the Fort Worth Dream Home Builder in 2015 and was featured in D Magazine’s “Best of Builders” section in 2016. Atwood Custom Homes is also a member of the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association and the Fort Smith Builders Association.
The firm specializes in designing and building quality, luxury homes that range in style from Spanish and Mediterranean to Ranch and Contemporary. One of the firm’s most notable projects is a Contemporary estate in La Salle County. The house features a wide, open floor plan, which is excellent for entertaining guests. Another notable project is a Contemporary villa in Southwood. The pops of turquoise among the mostly white walls, along with the use of materials such as glass, granite, metal, and crystal, convey the home’s sea theme. Florals were paired with metals and glass to give the home a soft and whimsical look.
4) Newport Home Builders
2571 Townlake Dr., Prosper, TX 75078-8980
With nearly 25 years of experience, Newport Home Builders is a veteran custom home builder in the Fort Worth area led by Principal Kent LeSueur, who employs a hands-on style in leading the firm. Before becoming the head of Newport Home Builders, LeSueur was a member of a construction framing crew and earned a degree in Construction Management.
Some of the firm’s most notable awards include a McSam Honorable Mention for Green Building Advocate of the Year in 2009. The firm was also a finalist for Best Architectural Design in 2005. For its environmental efforts, Newport Home Builders was featured on Forbes.com and included in the Pioneers Green Building Program for Energy-Conscious Buyers in North Texas.
3) Boyd Luxury Homes
1105 Knoll Crest , Mansfield, TX 76063
With nearly 25 years of experience building custom homes, Boyd Luxury Homes has established a reputation as a high-quality builder in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As such, the firm has been featured in several publications and has earned many awards. For instance, Boyd was featured in Building Savvy Magazine in 2017 and Dallas Modern Home Builder in 2018. The firm has also been voted Best General Contractor in Fort Worth, 10th Best Custom Home Builder in the State of Texas, and Top Builder in Mansfield.
One example of Boyd’s projects is a Modern home built last year in Mansfield. The interiors consist of blue and white accents in the living room, with a modern fireplace, silver furniture, and white lights. There are also fur and wooden accessories strategically placed inside.
2) Ferrier Custom Homes
5017 Byers Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107
A 35-year-old firm focused on green building and environmental sustainability, Ferrier Custom Homes motto is, “Building Dreams, Saving Energy.” Don Ferrier, President of Ferrier Custom Homes, is a third-generation builder. His grandfather, Alexander Ferrier, who was a general contractor and stonemason, immigrated to the U.S. from Scotland in 1881. Together with his brother, Alexander built stone courthouses, schools, churches, and other infrastructure in Texas. Alexander’s sons Otho, Otto and Mack continued in the construction business by building hundreds of bridges and roads throughout Texas as the Ferrier Brothers Bridge Company. Following in his family’s footsteps, Don established Ferrier Custom Homes in 1984.
Throughout the years, Ferrer Custom Homes has won a slew of awards. Some of these are the NAHB Research Center Remodeler of the Year, the NAHB Green Builder Advocate of the Year, and the Energy Value Housing Award. Several media outlets, such as NBC 5 and Fort Worth Business Press, have featured how Ferrier has made waves in green building and remodeling.
1) Garabedian Properties
1717 Buckingham Dr, Keller, TX 76262
Garabedian Properties is proud to meet both the emotional and practical needs of its clients. The firm encourages clients to provide their vision of a project, and Garabedian promises to deliver regarding the project’s technical aspects, including space planning, engineering, drafting, and technology. Principal Michael Garabedian is a Graduate Master Builder and Certified Green Professional. Garabedian and his family are based in Texas, where they have been building for more than two decades.
Garabedian Properties’ impressive lineup of awards include Graduate Master Builder of the Year, Show Home Builder of the Kaleidoscope of Homes (twice), and awards from the Greater DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Spring Tour of New Homes. The firm has also been featured in the books Dream Homes of Texas and Luxury Homes of Texas and has been included in the NAHB’s’ Builder 20 Club.
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