It’s often interesting to see the pathways on which life can take a person. About 25 years ago, Eric Adelman was employed as a classical musician with the National Ballet of Canada, when on the side he started buying homes, fixing them up and selling them. Adelman’s father had been in the development industry, so he helped Eric with the construction and renovation aspects of these projects. Over the years, Eric Adelman gravitated toward higher-end homes and began partnering with architects and designers, and by 2000, he had established a strong client base and was creating high-end homes for them. Leaving his classical music career behind, he founded South Park Design Build.

Developer The Related Group believes Icon Bay is named perfectly, as it expects the property to become a highly recognizable part of the Miami skyline. The 43-story condominium tower will sit on Biscayne Bay and offer residents unparalleled views of Miami Beach when it is completed, according to President Carlos Rosso. With nearly 300 luxury condominiums enveloped by a striking exterior and taking full advantage of its in-demand setting, Icon Bay promises to be a strong addition to the city, he adds.

The process of constructing or remodeling a home often requires teamwork, and that fact has not passed by J. Paul Builders LLC. Instead, owner and founder Paul Litcher says that its ability to work with others has enabled it to thrive over the past 22 years.

“We work with a lot of professionals, landscape architects and designers,” he says. “Our success is [due to] the ability to work with these professionals and implement what they had created on paper.”

After almost 25 years of building a leading remodeling company focused on serving the Ohio market, Improveit! Home Remodeling is planning an expansion into Kentucky this July. Business partners Seth Cammeyer and Brian Leader launched Improveit! in Columbus, Ohio, in 1989 with some industry experience, a single truck, and a lot of grit and determination. The pair started out together learning the business in canvassing and sales, and advanced to be branch managers at the same eastern U.S. home improvement company. Cammeyer’s background was in accounting, while Leader’s was in marketing.

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.

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