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Striving for Greatness
John Caulfield / BUILDER / March 8, 2013
DSLD Homes in Louisiana and Couture Homes in Florida are this year’s America’s Best Builders
Intense customer relationships and attention to detail are what connect DSLD Homes and Couture Homes as this year’s America’s Best Builders. Both companies impressed our judges—Steve Brooks of Grand Homes, Vern McKown of Ideal Homes, Redmond Homes founder Carl Riden, and Chuck and Emma Shinn of Shinn Consulting—with their systems and processes, their tough love with trade partners, their community involvement, and their steady revenue and profit gains.
Couture Homes sets the tone for its rich clients.
In mid-December, subcontractors put the finishing touches on an 11,000-square-foot mansion in the Old Palm Golf Club community in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
For the builder, Jupiter, Fla.–based Couture Homes, this house is the first in its Designer Collection, the result of Couture’s collaboration with international architects and designers to create one-of-a-kind homes, not unlike how fashion designers create clothing that drives trends.
Couture’s principals, Todd Ullom and Gary Hartogh, see their Designer Collection as an extension of their Lifestyle Collection of custom homes. “Our Lifestyle Collection is like walking into a Ferragamo showroom and having something custom made,” explained Ullom, whose career includes management positions with WCI Communities. “Whereas our Designer Collection is like walking into the same store and finding a perfect fit.” What distinguishes the new house in Old Palm is the nexus of art and architecture on its walls, its alfresco living spaces, and its indoor kitchen that features cabinets from the high-end Italian manufacturer Valcucine.