Residential

In the competitive world of construction, it’s refreshing to find people who aren’t focused on increasing the size of their company or expanding internationally, but rather perfecting the art of their business.  That’s exactly what you get when you encounter Gary Furman and Philip Keil of Furman + Keil Architects (FKA). The firm consists of two principles and five additional architects who view collaboration as the fundamental standard of their business.

Based in Evergreen, Colo., Couch Builders is a respected custom homebuilder and renovation company that specializes in the design and building of estate homes, as well as large-scale remodeling projects. Couch Builders has only been in operation for 15 years, but its founder and namesake truly has homebuilding and construction in his blood.

“I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where my father was a homebuilder, so I grew up in the construction environment,” owner Bill Couch says. “After going to college in order to become an electrical engineer, I decided that I wanted to be a builder and I then worked as a framer and carpenter for a decade. My wife and I decided that we would move to the foothills of Denver in the mid-1990s, and I eventually started my own company and have been building and renovating high-end homes ever since.”

Black Mountain Construction/Development in the Bay Area just started the construction of a 20-acre vineyard estate in St. Helena, Calif. When completed, this home will have 11,000 square feet of livable space under the roof, according to owner and President Jeffrey M. Woods. The California construction and development company just finished working on the $25 million penthouse apartment in San Francisco’s Millennium Tower, which was named one of the top-10 residential high-rises in the world by Worth Magazine. Woods explains that the reputation he has worked to build since Black Mountain’s inception in 1989 helps to connect the company with luxury projects such as these.

The principals of D&S Development have been bringing their unique vision of community development to the greater Sacramento, Calif., area since 1986. A big part of that approach has been to locate the most unique properties in the city and bring out their inherent cool factor, according to Partner Steve Lebastchi. Once in a great while, however, a project comes into view that stands head and shoulders above the rest. That’s why Lebastchi and some of his partners from D&S Development started Sac Urban Development, LLC to focus on developing the 16 Powerhouse project in Sacramento.

For residential developers, the city of Cambridge, Mass., presents great opportunities. As the home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a booming biotechnology industry, Cambridge enjoys a growing population and high employment rate, both of which helped it rebound quickly from the housing market crash of 2008.

With a population of more than 100,000 people and an average price of $476 per square foot and home value of $508,500 as of February 2013 and an occupancy rate of 99 percent according to real estate listing site Trulia.com, the market continues to thrive and grow. One of the city’s newest developers, Urban Spaces LLC, will continue to be a part of that positive growth.

Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the latest development by Triangle Real Estate of Gastonia Inc. offers high-end one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments close to historic downtown Hendersonville, as well as easy access to all the recreational activities the mountains have to offer.

The project was organized and developed in two different phases. The first phase of the 18-acre Ballantyne Commons development contains 200 apartment units with open layouts and modern architectural features, such as vaulted ceilings, kitchens with granite countertops, sunrooms and garages available for rent.

Construction is underway in Boston’s burgeoning Innovation District on a new 20-story mixed-use project called Waterside Place. The contractor, Suffolk Construction Co., is building the project for The Drew Company, a Boston-based real estate development and management firm.

After considering several contractors for this project, The Drew Company felt Suffolk was the best choice, According to John E. Drew, president of the Drew Company, “Our selection of Suffolk was based on a number of factors, including the quality of their team, their attention to project detail and schedule and their ability to work with a complex site. We continue to be impressed with their work.”

Some businesses dried up in the wake of the economic recession, but Streetscape Partners has thrived, Vice President Howard Katz says. The McLean, Va.-based real estate and development firm specializes in residential projects in the Washington, D.C., area.

Katz co-founded Streetscape with Michael Schwalb and co-manging principals Ron D. Kaplan and Harris Schwalb in 2008. All four have extensive industry experience, Katz notes.

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