After a delay brought on by the onset of the recession, The Enclave at Brookside in Tulsa, Okla., is back under development, and developer The Bomasada Group says the end-result will be worth the wait. Vice President Tim Dison explains that the delay caused the firm to re-evaluate the floorplans and make some small but significant changes that should make the apartment complex a desirable destination for residents. 

Houston-based Bomasada Group purchased the site for the project in 2007 and started construction before the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 put the project – and many like it across the nation – on hold. 

Now that the economy has started to make a recovery, the firm has been able to pick up where it left off, restarting construction in the middle of 2012. 

The process of buying a new home can be emotional, a fact that Beazer Homes is well aware of, Chief Marketing Officer Kathi James says. “Unlike most purchases you make, buying a home is full of excitement, nerves and hope for the future,” she says. “Our new home counselors love to help consumers find the perfect home that will suit the way they want to live.”

Atlanta-based Beazer has a multi-century legacy of helping consumers finding those perfect homes. In 1696, founder George Beazer arrived in Marshfield, England, and established the company.

Today, Beazer Homes is a top-10 homebuilder in the United States, with operations in 16 states. “Since going public in 1994, Beazer has proudly provided more than 170,000 homes to discerning homebuyers, and I’m happy to say that the homes we are building today retain high quality construction practices, giving tribute to our heritage, and are significantly more energy efficient than a resale and many other new builds,” James adds.

 When Royal Oaks Homes started in 2002, it was building three new houses per year. Growth and success soon followed to the point that last year, the company built a record 308 houses.

 ”We build really high-quality homes,” President Rich Van Tassel says. “You can see it in the finished product.”

 The company grew steadily, leveling off at a rate of 140 to 150 new homes per year. It constructed homes at this volume for five years. Then, in 2012, it built 268 new homes and exceeded 300 last year.

 Building at such large volumes requires efficient systems and processes. “It has to be pretty well thought-out,” Van Tassel says.

 JDS Development Group broke the record for the sale of the most expensive condominium in Manhattan last fall when its Walker Tower penthouse sold for just under its asking price of $55 million.

The New York, N.Y.- based company is a real estate development company formed by Michael Stern for the purchase and development of luxury residential real estate. Over the last several years, JDS Development Group has developed and constructed more than 4 million square feet of property in New York and Miami. “JDS is a fully integrated development and construction company,” Managing Partner Michael Stern says. “What sets us apart is the fact that we self-perform all of our work without the use of a third party construction manager and maintain a team of in-house design and construction personnel to streamline the entire process.”

 Gables Residential prides itself on being geographically focused because it chooses to build in established, premium neighborhoods (EPN) and high-growth markets throughout the United States. 

An EPN is an area with the highest per-square-foot home values in an individual market. The areas are ideal for apartment developers and owners because it has access to employment, retail, transportation and entertainment. “It’s not a trade secret,” Chief Investment Officer Ben Pisklak says. “We have just been incredibly disciplined to stick to the EPN theory. In good times and bad, we maintain our focus in those areas.” The Atlanta-based company is a vertically integrated real estate firm that has specialized in the development, construction, ownership, acquisition, financing and management of multifamily and mixed-use communities for more than 30 years. 

roviding a higher-level product and service offering is what Driver Urban is all about. Specializing in the planning and construction of urban living environments in California, the company has been steadily making a name for itself in multifamily and mixed-use developments, senior and affordable housing, hospitality and student housing projects since it was founded two years ago. 

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Driver Urban has offices in California in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ontario, San Diego and San Mateo. The company has experience with a number of construction types including wood structures, steel structures and concrete superstructures. 

 When building a home, people want to feel that what they're building will stand the test of time. They want to imagine that their home will be there, not only for them, but also for future generations of their families. It's for this reason that a growing number of builders are turning toward building with Northern White Cedar wooden products, and Michigan's Cockburn Island Forest Products is one of the leading providers in this small-but-growing niche.

 Cockburn Island Forest Products supplies Northern White Cedar products including hand-hewed siding, post and railing, paneling, flooring and many custom truss and beam systems. Owner Corey Avra says the company's products are used in projects throughout the United States and Canada, primarily because of the many significant advantages cedar has over other woods normally used in residential construction.

 Some designers are tempted to rest on their laurels or resort to the tried and true, but not CetraRuddy. Instead, for the company, “No project is the same,” Director of Strategic Development Emmanuelle Slossberg asserts. 

“We are really dedicated to the client’s mission and goals,” she says. “We approach everything as its own entity, and that allows us to really extract the potential of each project and every goal.”

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