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As Dorothy from Wizard of Oz would say, “there’s no place like home”. The cozy farmlands and delectable foods are just some of the reasons to consider taking up residence in Kansas. Ranked #7 for housing affordability by the U.S. News & World as of 2018, reports from the Center for Real Estate’s 2019 Kansas Housing Markets Forecast predict that housing prices are projected to rise 4.6 percent in 2019, with over one thousand new homes being built.
The largest city in the state, Wichita, is described by residents as peaceful, friendly and safe, making it an ideal place to live in. Many of the city’s home builders capitalize on this reputation by offering the same kind of amiability you’d expect of a Kansan. These home builders have a common goal of building the best homes for Wichita. They share a similar values for tradition and family, and treat their clients like family. These traits ensure that for any residential project you have in mind- a custom family home or luxurious estates- your needs will be met and your expectations exceeded.
15) JL Russel Construction
| 6302 W. Driftwood St., Wichita, KS 67205
The Russel family has been in the building industry for four decades. Jayson Russel started getting into it early, helping with the new homes as a house framer in his teenage years. Taking every lesson and hardship to heart, he would refine his skills and later found JL Russel Construction, a home building firm that’s been building for Wichita and its neighbors since 2012.
Russel believes in developing strong relationships with his clients as well as new ideas in building techniques and scours the US for new ideas to bring back home. In Wichita, his Craftsman-style project exhibits the excellence his firm promises, complete with huge storage spaces, elegant living room, and a custom outdoor living wood bar and fence.
14) H&H Home Builders
3906 N Lakecrest St., Wichita, KS 67205
Following the firm’s first breakthrough working in Crescent Lakes, H&H Home Builders continued building wonderful homes for Wichita. The firm proudly produces a state-of-the-art project, completed by its master craftsmen, and H&H provides a website for users to track the progress on their home.
The firm’s in-house design staff works with its clients on the home of their dreams. H&H knows that preferences and needs to change over time and having the firm adapt and progress is important in helping H&H stand out from many of the state’s home builders.
13) Tony Giesel Construction
10507 N Hoover St., Heston, KS 67062
Tony Giesel Construction has been providing detailed, affordable custom homes for the state of Kansas for over 30 years. Its clients were impressed by the firm’s professionalism and courtesy, noting that alongside his commitment to customer service, is the beautiful craftsmanship of his team.
The firm takes into consideration the location and its possible future environmental impacts, and clients are given the choice of having their projects built onsite, or delivered to them via prefabrication. In addition to custom home building, the firm also offers room renovation, custom cabinetry and much more, with prices starting at around $30k. Many of the firm’s projects have been featured in Modern Design + Build Magazine.
12) Nies Homes
10333 E 21st St. N Suite #303, Wichita, KS 67206
Passion goes a long way for Nies Homes. The home building firm has five decades of experience and its consistent quality is the essence of the company ’s standing. From the gorgeous Emerald Bay craftsman home to the grand Flint Hills residence, there’s no question that its praise and reputation are well deserved.
Cherie Nies-Cowgill, who has had 30 years of experience in the industry, continues to honor the legacy of the firm’s founder, Clifford Nies, by promising integrity and craftsmanship without compromise, even with energy-efficient designs in mind. Many of the firm’s homes have been featured in the 2017 and 2018 Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA) Parade of Homes, with more than a dozen receiving the honor of “Pick of the Parade”.
11) Don Klausmeyer Construction
107 N. Redbud Ct, Valley Center, KS 67147
Over 3,500 homes have been built by Klausmeyer Construction across Wichita and the surrounding areas since the mid-’80s. The founder, Don Klausmeyer, helps clients realize their dream home by presenting ideas from the firm’s catalog, helping them envision their custom home, or planning something in between.
The firm maintains that having a proper commitment to clients’ needs is the key to maintaining its long-standing reputation. As a family business, Klausmeyer and his sons are involved in the process from start to finish, and even when the home is done, the job isn’t for the Klasmeyers; they will continue to take care of the home through its warranty.
11124 E 28th St. N Suite #112, Wichita, KS 67226
In business since 1988, UBuildIt has a history of success in homebuilding and innovation. UBuildIt’s success is contributed by the firm’s personal UBuildIt system, which revolves around guiding clients through a step-by-step process from acquiring land, to architecture, choice of materials, and overall cost analysis. UBuildIt’s skilled team and a network of confident professionals assure its clients that everything will go according to schedule. The firm also provides clients with an UBuildIt Construction Manual, and assign a Construction Consultant who sees the process through from beginning to end.
One of UBuildIt’s recent projects is a Southern-style home, done with a mixture of French Provincial with Acadian architecture style.
9) Prairie Construction
107 N. Redbud Ct. Valley Center, KS 67147
Prairie Construction is a family-owned residential construction firm that dedicates itself to providing a fun and stress-free experience for its clients. Its founder, Dan Rexroat, grew up in Rose Hill and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Wichita State University, becoming a licensed general contractor in 1991.
From there, he and his partner Derek Claassen formed the company, building in Wichita and the surrounding areas, including Valley Center, Newton, Maize, and Sedgwick, for the next 30 years. Prairie Construction specializes in ranch style and craftsman style homes.
8) Tru Building
544 South Ridge Rd, Wichita, KS 67209
For Tru Building, green building and functional designs define the company’s work ethic. The Wichita-based firm commits to constructing homes with functional space, energy efficiency and minimal material waste. It prefers transparency with its clients and squeezing the budget to the last drop.
The firm uses web-based BuilderTrend and was selected as one of five companies in Wichita that met the criteria set by the Chamber of Commerce as being one of the Best Small Businesses in the Wichita Area. Tru Building operates according to three core values: integrity, knowledge, and expertise. These principles guide their collaborative approach to building attractive, functional spaces that deliver industry-leading energy efficiency, healthier indoor air quality and the advanced technology features today’s buyers seek.
7) McCollom Construction
512 State Street, Augusta, KS 67010
For nearly four decades, McCollom Construction has served the Wichita metro area with exceptional custom homes and dependable customer service. Its homes have been the ‘Pick of the Parade’ in Wichita’s Parade of Home events and have been recognized for excellence by the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The firm also received a distinction by Butler County for its projects concerning restoration, revitalization, and the maintenance of several Kansas buildings, including schools, a courthouse, and a water plant. The firm a certified Green Builder, and strongly sticks to working without compromising integrity and craftsmanship for building a home.
6) Paul Gray Homes
2024 N. Woodlawn St. Suite #200, Wichita, KS 67208
For Paul Gray, having a strong commitment to both his firm and his community is more than just a livelihood, it is a way of life. In addition to being a respected member of WABA, Paul actively supports charities and Wichita-based events and was even the former Vice Mayor and Council Member of the city. All this gives him all the perspective he needs in understanding what the city of Wichita needs, and what how his firm can better provide for it.
After working construction for his family’s construction company, at which he was involved in the construction of more than a hundred homes in Wichita, he formed Paul Gray Homes, a firm that has been building detailed, energy efficient homes for the past 20 years. Every home built by the firm was done with the tagline of ‘Timeless Design’ in mind, ensuring a stable, long-lasting luxury structure that would last generations. Such works can be seen from the firm’s Wichita home, which embodies its exquisite Midcentury style mixed with some modernity.
5) Stovall Construction
11110 E. 26th St. North Ste. #200 Wichita, KS 67226
Stovall Construction started off as a small carpentry business back in 1972 before becoming an award-winning custom home building firm. The firm’s experience in woodworking and ranch style homes earned them recognition from WABA’s Parade of Homes.
The firm also offers other remodeling services and is seeking to expand its business beyond Wichita. The firm is committed to eco-friendly construction practices and builds without sacrificing the beauty of the land or the home.
4) Craig Sharp Homes
2131 N. Collective Lane Suite A Wichita, KS 67206
When going into Craig Sharp Homes for a project, Craig Sharp himself will personally assist you with the details, and later give you a 3D rendered preview on what to expect, before exploring more ideas on perfecting your new home. This kind of care and commitment is what pushed the company ahead of the competition with a positive reputation spanning nearly 30 years.
Recently, the WABA Parade of Homes recognized several of the firm’s custom homes for excellence in its design and features. One example of its cutting-edge work can be seen from its Italian-style villa, whose simple exterior accents contrast the impressively detailed interior.
3) Bob Cook Homes
121 S Water St., Derby, KS 67037
Bob Cook was in the construction industry long before he started his firm, starting out by working concrete in the summer of 1972. He lives by the philosophy that being open with the client and committed to their needs is a priority, and he can be found meeting with clients and working on the job personally every day. The fruit of the company’s labor can be seen from the wide variety of quality custom homes they have completed through the years, ranging from modern farmhouse to upscale rustic and everything in between. Their homes are instantly recognized for the distinct quality and workmanship that goes into every build. They are one of the few insulated concrete form (ICF) experts in Kansas, as well as leaders in innovation for energy-efficiency standards.
Creating livable luxury homes for multiple generations, Bob Cook Homes provides unique and functional designs to custom fit each family’s needs. If a client has trouble envisioning parts of their dream home or anticipating possible design flaws, Cook and his seasoned team of professionals will help custom develop a home design that will resonate their personal taste.
2) Lies Bugner Homes
1339 S Bebe St., Wichita, KS 67209
Lies Bugner Homes has been building quality homes in Wichita’s communities since 1996. The firm is a member of the Local Home Builders Association (LHBA) and its founder, Ed Bugner, is a former board member for WABA. Bugner was working in the industry for more than a decade before he formed his own company. He believes that a home is a lifestyle, and working closely with the client and meeting their desires is the key to complete satisfaction.
The homes he showcases uses a myriad of brick craftsman and ranch styles. One home in particular from Wichita utilizes a rustic architecture with interiors encompassing a homey design from its shiplap woodwork and stone mantle. In addition to home building, the firm also works on remodeling and renovations and serves areas surrounding Wichita.
1) Tri-M Construction
7601 S 103rd St. East Derby, KS 67037
Tri-M Construction had been in the industry since 1975, back when the company focused on commercial and residential remodeling, before taking on custom home building 14 years later. Owner and managing partner Miles Millspaugh is proficient with residential construction, and personally accompanies the firm’s clients through the development process. Tri-M also utilizes an online progress tracking website to maximize communication between the company and its clients, letting them keep track of the development through photos and financial documents. Tri-M also uses 3D rendering software to provide a visual depiction of what to expect for home additions or preferred construction changes.
The firm’s homes promote green home features that employ peak energy efficiency and residential sustainability. Its in-house capability ensures clients that they won’t have to spend excessively to achieve their dream home. Tri-M Construction serves most areas in the state of Kansas and has been the recipient of multiple Parade of Home awards over the last twenty years.
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