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What are the latest trends in custom home building?

In the past 25 years, architectural styles have evolved. Although architecture reflecting Palm Beach, traditional and contemporary styles continues to thrive. The contemporary era of design is becoming more open and minimalistic in approach. Many of the finishes are becoming 'lighter" in weight - making way for innovative tension cables, glass, and industrial materials. Using neutral tones of brown, grey, and blacks and whites for flooring, furnishings, lighting fixtures and textiles. Products such as double pane low-E windows, spray foam insulation, on-demand water heaters and efficient mechanical systems provide substantial energy savings over earlier built homes.

How does your aerospace engineering background apply to home building?

My college education and experience in Industrial Engineering is a perfect fit. It deals with process oriented actions which involve decisions with material and labor to produce a high quality product. Good selections and efficiency provide great cost savings and value for the end customer. We are always looking to integrate the latest in technology and automation into our homes..

You operate Brierhill Homes with your wife Terri. How is that a benefit for your customers?

That's an easy one. She is the most efficient and reliable person that I know. Terri handles the office operations and I do the construction management in the field. We enjoy the responsibility of securing the investment and dreams of home ownership. Our customers work directly with us. There are no employees hired to inspect the job, and no silent partners to influence decisions or redirect priorities. This simple and low cost approach explains how we have produced over 200 custom homes backed by our unmatched 10 year warranty.

Where are you currently building, and in what range of price?

We have built custom homes in all regions of Central Florida, from St. Cloud to Sanford. Our main base of operation is in southwest Orange County, in and around the Windermere area. Over the past 4 years, we built 16 luxury custom homes and lakefront estates in Lake Butler Sound, Bay Hill and surrounding private home sites ranging in price from $900,000 to over $2.5 million. We are currently building in Waterstone, a beautiful gated Windermere community on the shore of Lake Butler and Lake Cypress; located close to Disney, shopping centers and Windermere Prep Academy.

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