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A comprehensive guide to finding the right homebuilder in North Texas

Building a home can be one of the most exciting (and stressful) things to happen in a person’s life. While the process will never go completely smoothly, choosing an experienced builder can ensure a well-crafted home built within an agreed-upon timeframe. Our guide, in advance of the Fort Worth, Texas magazine Home of Dreams issue, includes current trends that local homebuilders are seeing as well as tips for getting the process started and a checklist of things to ask potential builders. To give you a leg up, we’ve added a list that contains the names of local homebuilders that have solid reputations and proven track records.

Trends and Tips From Local Experts With a low inventory of available new homes and the area’s population and strong job growth, the North Texas custom housing market is booming. We asked a group of local custom homebuilders to weigh in on the trends they are seeing among their clients. Growing trends are toward openness in floor plans, making the outdoors an integral part of the house, planning for future care of relatives and increased concern about environmental issues. 

Rick Wegman, president of HGC Residential Development, has been in business for the past 16 years. He says that he is seeing more families making space for multi-generational situations. “The open-concept floor plans are very popular as families are looking to commune in more open spaces. We are also seeing a drastic change in color schemes. The majority of our clients have moved away from the darker colors and are using a palette of whites, blues, grays and light tans,” Wegman says.

Elaborate outdoor living spaces, including the use of sliding doors designed to bring the outdoors in, are gaining in popularity. Sean Knight, owner and manager of Sean Knight Custom Homes, verifies that it is one of the most current trends he’s seeing among his clients as well as the use of lighter colored marble and quartz as opposed to darker, busier granite material. He adds that many families are now asking to incorporate reclaimed wood for flooring and on ceilings, and he’s seen an increase in concern for energy efficiency and the use of green products.

Knight believes the construction process should be an easy and enjoyable experience. He says that one of the biggest mistakes he sees people make is letting cost be the only determining factor when selecting a builder. “Take the time to evaluate several builders so that you find someone who is right for you. You should look for a builder who has been in business for a number of years and has an established reputation. You need to know that your builder will be around to not only finish your construction, but also to handle any issue that may arise later,” Knight says.

John and Linda Askew of John Askew Company have 30 years’ experience and are seeing a shift to single-story homes with exterior elevations that have a lot of character. In order to help their customers best achieve their goals, they first make sure everyone is on the same page regarding the finances.

“Often we see people draw plans that don’t fit their budget. We meet with prospective customers to establish a pre-budget before starting plans. We then target that budget when designing the home. We go to plan-design meetings to assist them in staying in budget and creating a great home design,” John Askew says.

Incorporating elaborate technology in homes and the inclusion of media rooms seem to be two recent trends that are on the decline. Betty Baker, president of Veranda Designer Homes, says that her clients are mainly concerned with technology related to TV and sound but nothing more. “Most people are opting for an open game room/media area, especially with the reduced need for a projector as television output has become so sophisticated,” Baker says. “Another request we quite often get is for an attached or detached suite for in-laws, guests or children returning home from college, which has a separate living area or kitchenette.”

Baker warns that “water is the devil in construction.” She says that it’s imperative to pay attention to details in design or framing with water in mind. “Whether it’s a window too close to a valley of the roof or poor flashing techniques, we are redundant in our procedures to make sure we keep water out.”

An outdoor living space by John Askew Homes.

Getting Started The right builder needs to have an invested interest, adequate time, financial resources, excellent communication skills, organization skills and extensive experience to build your new home. Here are agenda items that need to be taken care of before ever hiring your builder.

Know What You Want. The first step is knowing what size, style and price range you want. Then you can match a builder that has expertise in your type of project.

Start Your Search. There are several places to obtain a list of reputable builders who construct homes in your area. Contact your local home builders association, real estate agents or utilize friends and relatives for recommendations that you can trust. Local lenders can also provide valuable insight into builders and their history of completing projects on time and on budget.

Research Your Builder’s Reputation. Is the builder you are considering licensed? Is he/she a member of the local home builders association? Are past clients satisfied? It is imperative to ask for references and check them thoroughly. The most significant step you can take to learn about a potential builder is to visit homes he/she has built and talk with the owners. 

Keep a Record. When speaking with builders and checking with other homeowners, record the information and your impressions.

HGC Residential used a palette of white and grey in the bathroom of this Westover Lane home.

What to Ask

  • What are your permanent mailing address, email contact and phone numbers? It is imperative to be able to reach your builder quickly and easily.
  • Do you carry insurance that would cover claims that may arise due to property damage or jobsite injuries during the course of construction?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Will you provide a list of the experienced independent subcontractors you use?
  • Can you provide addresses of homes similar in style and size to my project?
  • What is the beginning and end date of the construction process?
  • Will you arrange for the building permit and other statutory permits?   
  • Are you willing to work with my designer?
  • Will you directly supervise the construction of my home? If not, may I meet the project manager who will be at my new home on a daily basis?
  • How do you qualify the competency of the subcontractors who will work on my project?
  • In the event that there are necessary changes to the original quote, what process do you use to communicate those changes?
  • How do you service your warranty once the construction is complete?

A kitchen with a light color palette from John Askew Homes.

Red Flags

  • No written contract is provided or the contract is poorly written
  • A final estimate is never provided
  • The quote is significantly lower than other bids and seems too good to be true
  • The builder’s work history is unclear
  • A large initial down payment is required prior to commencement of work
  • High-pressure sales tactics are used
  • The builder is unwilling to provide evidence of certificates of Insurance for General Liability or Workers’ Compensation
  • The builder offers a lump sum or very general estimate lacking detail
  • Several unresolved claims from the Contractor’s Board exist
  • The builder says your home will be used for marketing purposes so you will be given a special low rate
  • Despite repeated requests, no references are supplied, or they can’t be verified

Open-concept floor plans are a popular building trend. Photo: John Askew Builders

Homebuilders in North Texas We drew this list from many sources, including the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association’s directory of members, the Certified Master Builder Corp. directory, recommendations by friends and associates, personal experience and Fort Worth, Texas magazine archives.

The companies listed below have all been checked against the database of the Business Bureau of Fort Worth & Tarrant County Inc., which serves Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Somervell, Wise, Parker, Erath, and Palo Pinto counties. BBB accreditation was not required for listing.

Inclusion on this list does not imply that Fort Worth, Texas magazine assumes any liability, but it does provide one more source of information for you to consider when you are making decisions about housing.

AG Builders
Fort Worth, 817.207.8988

Atwood Custom Homes
Southlake, 817.505.8881

Avery Homes LLC
Grapevine, 214.212.0558

Bannister & Co. 
Fort Worth, 817.569.9224

Better Built Contractors Inc.
Coppell, 972.245.0193

Bettis Construction Inc.
Fort Worth, 817.732.7528
Blake Freeman
Construction, LLC
Godley, 817.389.2584

Boyd Builders Inc.
Mansfield, 817.703.4592

Braswell Homes Inc.
Fort Worth, 817.453.2465

Calais Custom Homes
Southlake, 817.481.6426

Cameron Classic
Homes Inc.
North Richland Hills, 817.291.4460

Castor Vintage Homes
Fort Worth, 817.231.5177

Chris Thomas
Custom Homes
Granbury, 817.776.8202

Clarity Homes
Fort Worth, 817.569.9224

Clear Creek Home
Saginaw, 817.683.4319

Couto Homes
Granbury, 817.579.6600

Crescent Estates
Custom Homes
Carrollton, 469.892.7200

D.R. Moss Quality
Custom Homes
Haslet, 817.439.3032

Dan Thomas Homes, Inc.
Fort Worth, 817.294.3834

David Adams Custom Homes Inc.
Aledo, 817.441.9333

David Lewis Builder Inc.
Fort Worth, 817.735.1122
Designs for Living
Fort Worth, 817.731.3770
Diamond R Homes Inc.
Southlake, 817.632.8082

Don Bybee Construction Inc.
Richland Hills, 817.589.9200

Dunlap Construction Co.
Richland Hills, 817.284.5111

Ferrier Custom Homes
Fort Worth, 817.237.6262

Fred Parker Company Inc.
Fort Worth, 817.921.0223

Garabedian Properties
Southlake, 817.748.2669

Garvey Homes
Lewisville, 972.416.7209

Gearheart Construction Co. Inc.
Fort Worth, 817.737.8935

Giuliani Custom Homes
Fort Worth, 817.480.0812

Glendarroch Homes
Fort Worth, 817.966.9751

HGC Residential
Fort Worth, 817.336.5172

High Street Homes
Aledo, 817.727.7252

Hodges Construction
Fort Worth, 817.236.7242

Homes By Towne
of Texas Inc.
Burleson, 817.484.3333

J. Lambert Custom Homes
Springtown, 817.992.4983
John Askew
Custom Homes
Fort Worth, 817.441.2288

John Schedcik
Custom Homes
Decatur, 940.627.9028

Jonathan Mark Homes Inc.
Venus, 972.366.1300

Kenny Anderson
Bedford, 817.540.4013

Larry Stewart
Custom Homes
Colleyville, 817.251.5832

Louis Heinze
Building Co. Inc.
Arlington, 817.275.4311

Maverick Homes
Fort Worth, 817.439.3334

Maykus Custom Homes
Southlake, 817.614.8599

Mike Sandlin Homes Inc.
North Richland Hills, 817.281.3509

MK Homes
Fort Worth, 817.913.0239

Montesello Homes
Mansfield, 817.842.2321

Monument Custom
Colleyville, 214.232.2844

Our Country Homes

Patrick Custom Homes
Southlake, 817.614.2460

Providence Homes Inc.
North Richland Hills, 817.451.5197
Custom Homes
Keller, 817.379.2700

R.J. Aldriedge
Companies Inc.
Arlington, 817.633.6559

Rae D. Cummins
Construction Inc.
Weatherford, 817.596.5413

Ramsey and Shaw Builders
Fort Worth, 817.737.5849

Rick Moncrief Homes Inc.
Fort Worth, 817.239.4731

Sean Knight
Custom Homes Inc.
Aledo, 817.560.0828

Simmons Estate Homes
Southlake, 817.329.0207

Steve Spurlock
Custom Homes
Decatur, 817.937.6748

Stone Ridge Homes
Hurst, 817.992.7832

Struhs Builders
Fort Worth, 817.805.1398

Tahoe Custom Builders
Keller, 817.253.4011

Tambert Homes
Burleson, 817.426.2099

Tracy Tomlin Inc.
Aledo, 817.596.4000

Trinity Custom Homes
Fort Worth, 817.268.1110

V Fine Homes
Fort Worth, 817.732.2990

Vector Builders
Fort Worth, 817.294.1460

Venetian Homes
Southlake, 817.768.2333

Veranda Designer Homes
Southlake, 214.202.2775

Village Homes
Fort Worth, 817.737.3377

Waterford Classic Homes
Keller, 817.296.6004

Will Steed Homes
Granbury, 817.894.7650

Windmiller Homes
Burleson, 817.723.1517