For over 30 years, Live Oak Construction has been building custom homes in the Coastal Bend area that range in price from $50,000 to over $2 million. The company’s in-house design and build team requires consistent quality control over every phase of construction to ensure that its high standards are met. At Live Oak Construction, designing and building a great kitchen begins with finding out what the customers’ individual needs are, and then fulfilling them to well beyond what they
For the last several years, Newcastle Homes has won the most awards in the company’s specific homes’ category in the local Parade of Homes competitions—including, almost always, the award for “Best Kitchen.” John Pope, owner of Newcastle Homes, takes pride in focusing not only on building stunning award-winning kitchens, but also on how they function, specifically (1) for the owners’ needs, and (2) how the kitchen will interact with the rest of the home. It is easy to see why a Newcastle Homes’ kitchen is definitely the heart of the home.
Jodi Steen, President/Owner of Newport Custom Homes in Corpus Christi, Texas, is a rare breed. Not just because she is a woman builder, but because of how she got started in construction. Most people choose their profession. In Jodi’s case, however, the building profession chose her. “Construction got in my blood,’’ she said. “And I loved it.”
Jackie Azalli, founder of Jackie Homes, has some unusual roots in construction. She was born and raised in England, and after meeting and marrying her husband, Rey Azalli, they both lived and did remodeling work there. However, Rey had various family members who were established in commercial and residential construction in Corpus Christi, Texas, so they decided to move to the US—even though it was a difficult decision for her because she loved England. Little did she know, at the time, that a new passion was waiting for her in Texas– building new homes.
Diane McGroarty moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, from Minnesota in 1998, having grown weary of the cold winter weather in the north. She settled on Padre Island and very soon after, resumed what she had been doing in Minnesota—construction work. Instead of doing remodeling work as she had done there, however, she went into new home construction, primarily because a friend in the industry cautioned her about the challenges of remodeling work in the local warmer, humid climate of South Texas.
Early in her career, when Claudia Lara was pursuing a degree in education, she had no idea that she would indeed be teaching, but not in the academic field. As Vice President of Camelot Designs and Construction, one of Claudia’s key responsibilities is to be able to teach the company’s customers about every phase of home buying and home building—and she is very good at doing that thanks to her keen knowledge, years of experience, and—in no small part—thanks to her woman-builder strengths.