The ultimate question regarding the home buying experience is if you could do it over again would you still buy this home and ultimately that answer would be yes. Little did I know the very first time I came into the sales office I met the Chief Operating Officer of Southern Crafted Homes. I liked the fact that he was a veteran and that he looked out for veterans and those that serve them. I didn’t initially find a floor plan that was perfect so I did lots of research and looked at other builders in the area. One year later, I came back. They have one of the best reputations in the area. Real estate agents and even other builders mostly had good things to say about this builder. This time I met Jimi in the sales office who is absolutely wonderful. We made lots of changes to the floor plan. I needed an in -law suite. We made bedrooms larger, family room larger, put in doors and walls where there were no walls or doors. We added and changed bathrooms etc. Southern Crafted homes assured me that they could make just about any changes I desired. They delivered making them a superior semi-custom builder, and that is rare in this area. The design center was also an excellent experience. I wanted a warm and inviting home and we nailed it. Construction went smoothly with no major problems. It finished on time. I also used their financing and title agent, and each process went off without any problem. In fact, it took longer to get the water turned on at Pasco county utilities than it did to close on the house.
I have lived in the home for 9 months and I love it. The finishes are beautiful. The electric bill is amazing and is running near the price of my previous home that was half the square footage. The home maintains it’s overall temperature despite what the temperature is doing outside. Everything is holding up very well. I’ve discovered only minor things missed on final walk through and all have been addressed appropriately. You get one year to catch these things and that’s a nice benefit. I know people in other properties that have had leaks, after living in their newly built home for 4 months, and the owner did nothing in addressing their issues. That will not happen here with Southern Crafted. The owner & Chief Operating Officer take pride in their product. Finally, the sound system installed by Dynamark makes this home truly a favorite amongst guests.
From our first meeting with Jimi Gillespie at the model home office to shaking hands with Jim Deitch the day our home was completed, our experience with Southern Crafted Homes has been fantastic. Jimi in the sales office was always available to answer our questions. Kaisa Puhle of interior design provided excellent advice with no pressure. Our construction manager, Lee Arthur, was always on top of things every step of the way as our home was being built. Jim Deitch, the Chief Operating Officer of Southern Crafted Homes, provided a personal touch to the entire process and was always available to us. The bottom line is that the entire Southern Crafted Homes team was friendly and professional and provided us with a beautiful end result – our Dream Home!
The Bower’s – Stonegate
We recently had a villa home built by Southern Crafted Homes. We felt the need to post a letter of recommendation. Southern Crafted was indeed the best choice to build our dream home. From start to finish the process was seamless. Building a home isn’t easy, it’s stressful, however with the team of professionals at Southern Crafted Homes, it was great! They listen to your needs and wants, and include them on the blueprints! We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We don’t have to worry about the outside maintenance. We can spend more time enjoying family and friends and our puppies. Thanks Southern Crafted Homes. Oh yeah… our home is so energy efficient. Who has $125 electric bills in July. We do! Thanks again.
The Krantzberg’s, Devonwood
Southern Crafted stands out as a leader in the home building business. We have wanted to work with SC for a number of years. We know they build a superior home of the highest quality because they recognize the quality of the home starts long before the materials are delivered to the job site. In this economy it is unheard of to find a builder who respects the vendor and expects more from them than just the lowest price. They expect quality. We are excited to be a part of a “team” of professionals that care about their vendors, the finished product and the customer – like Southern Crafted does. They are truly on the cutting edge!
Paige Fisher Simpson
Being locally owned and operated is a huge deal to me as a buyers agent and you are not just a number to Southern Crafted. Their willingness to try and accommodate the customers changes to their home that will make their home unique and not a typical production built home is unique.
You get the feel of a custom home without the custom home price. I think this brings a ton of value to the equation as well and on that I personally have used when talking about Southern Crafted Homes. The other unique feature is that the company has the ability to buy and develop their own communities which most local builders don’t have the financial strength to do.
President – Buyer Home Store
“Southern Crafted Homes has always maintained a high level of quality, commitment and integrity towards its customers and business partners.”
Terry Edmonson – Edmonson Electric
When I think of Southern Crafted Homes, there is one word that comes to mind: Partnership. As you know, at Parksite we work with many builder customers, but few are true “Building Partners.” That is where Southern Crafted Homes stands out above the rest. I believe that Southern Crafted Homes manages to form long-term partnerships that work; not only for their business and for their vendors, but most importantly, for their homebuyers. I regularly observe the strategic planning that takes place at Southern Crafted; even when changes are required, it is always in support of the quality of the homes that are built by Southern Crafted Homes.
I am particularly impressed with the recent addition of the Eco-Crafted series by Southern Crafted Homes. While striving to offer the best available products with LEED and Green Guard certification, Southern Crafted has again collaborated with their building partners to create a unique offering to their discerning, environmentally-conscious homebuyer. All of the strategies at Southern Crafted Homes seem to be driven by the voice of their customer – another great example of a true partnership in the homebuilding process. I am proud to be a Building Partner of Southern Crafted Homes.
Dupont – Parksite
“We recently had a Villa home built by Southern Crafted Homes. We felt the need to post a letter of recommendation. Southern Crafted was indeed the best choice to build our dream home, from start to finish the process was seamless. Building a home isn’t easy, it’s stressful, however, with the team of professionals at SCH’s, it was great! They listen to your needs and wants, and, include them on the blue prints! We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We now don’t worry about the outside maintnance, we can spend more time enjoying family, friends and our puppies! Thanks SCH’s! Oh yea… Our home is sooo energy efficient, Who has a $125.00 electric bill in July? We do! Thanks again!”
Patrick Krantzberg – Devonwood
“Hi Wendy, thanks to you, Lee and Southern Crafted. It is because of people like you two and the company itself that we tell everyone driving through the neighborhood who asks us that yes, we would buy the same home from the same builder again today with no reservations or hesitation.”
Joe Ryan – Stonegate
“We are really enjoying our beautiful home and all our friends and relatives are very impressed with the wonderful quality and style of our new home. It is great to finally feel settled. We also love the neighborhood - Really nice friendly folks and we just love living in the back of the neighborhood in this circle.
Again, thanks for all your help. Look forward to selling more Southern Crafted homes.
Star Capitano, Re/Max ACR Elite Real Estate
“Southern Crafted Homes customized a wheelchair accessible home for me. The COO worked with me to personalize my chosen floor plan to my requested modifications. He even made suggestions for modifications he has used for other homes. The many modifications were incorporated adding very little additional cost. Other builders in the area were not interested or were unable to be as accommodating.
Additionally, Southern Crafted Homes worked with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to assure the plans met the specially adapted housing minimum property requirements. They worked with the VA inspectors so my home would qualify for the VA Specially Adaptive Housing Grant.
The building process with Southern Crafted Homes was a pleasure from the initial meeting with the sales associate to the move in orientation by the construction manager. My new home is perfect for me!”
Robert Hayes – Stonegate
“Quality in a new home is most important to us and we found a quality builder in Southern Crafted Homes. The floor plan that we liked did not meet all of our needs but the builder was willing to listen and address our issue. Various possibilities were reviewed and within a day a design modification was presented that satsified our requirements. We were pleasantly surprised at the quick response and truly enjoyed our experience with a builder that placed customer satisfaction first. “
Mr. & Mrs. Jurkiewicz - The Preserve at Quail Woods
“I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how much we enjoy our Southern Crafted Home in Devonwood. We love the community, our neighbors and really appreciate the quality and detail that went into the construction of our home. One thing that amazes me is the energy efficiency of the villas in Devonwood. May 16th was the first time we have had to use our air conditioner.
This was the first time I have purchased a home, and needless to say, I was concerned about all the many aspects of the purchase. Everyone with whom I have dealt has been friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The sales counselors did everything possible to make me comfortable with the purchase and have been a constant source of information. The construction manager and warranty manager are only a phone call away if I have any questions.
Again, I am happy with my purchase and have recommended Southern Crafted Homes to my friends and relatives.”
Mr. Portera - Devonwood
“I cannot begin to say enough about how pleased we are with our new home! When we first realized the amenities Southern Crafted Homes provides as standard features that other builders offer as upgrades, we were astounded. Everyone who visits us gives great compliments on the layout and design of our home.
The quality of construction is impressive. We followed the building of our home from pouring the slab until the day we moved in, and we feel assured we have a home of superior quality. In addition, the warranty program gives us reassurance that our investment is being protected in every manner.
Finally, the location of the Stonegate community is ideal. We are only minutes from shopping, dining, entertainment, the airport, interstate highways and medical care. We would never hesitate to consider Southern Crafted Homes as a premier builder in Florida.
Thank you for all you have done. “
Mr. Frazier - Stonegate
“Dear Potential Homebuyer: We were just like you; feeling like the walls of our current home were closing in, it felt stuffy and small and….to quote a line from one of my favorite movies (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)…”Old!” My husband and I knew we needed something bigger, but with the numerous options available, how do you choose?
We, like you, were concerned about location, property taxes, CDD’s and everything else that goes along with buying a new home. Especially in time of economic turmoil, would we really find the perfect answer?
Walking into the Southern Crafted Homes models, we could just tell that this was not your typical builder. We “kicked” the tires of all the different options, but ultimately, we fell in love with the Strathmore II. We just knew that our family would live in that whole house; we would have family dinners in the dinning room, we could entertain comfortably, or we could hunker down on a cold evening with a DVD and some microwave popcorn and be truly content. After envisioning what our life in the Strathmore II would be like, we quickly decided that our family, as well as our investment, were best served by the reputation and proven craftsmanship offered by the team at Southern Crafted Homes.
During the building process, our typical Sunday consisted of an early morning church service, followed by a quick peek at the progress made on our soon-to-be-dream home, and then we’d wrap up the morning with a family style lunch at a local restaurant. Our young twins, who had been sharing a bedroom, were just as excited about eventually moving into our new home where they’d each have their own room, and their new school, which was just one mile away.
Our time in the Design Center was exhilarating to say the least. It was arranged just perfectly, so that you could actually see and feel what YOUR home would look like if you went with this tile, or this color, or this faucet…what fun. What a joy! And, although the counselor was well versed in interior design, she always observed our preferences and the final product looked tre magnifique!
We excitely moved in and couldn’t wait to decorate our new home for the holidays. We’ve been in our home for just over 15 months now and we just love it! We don’t hestitate one bit to recommend to YOU that your family could be just as happy with your new home built by Southern Crafted Homes. “
Mr. & Mrs. Sivak- The Preserve at Quail Woods
“We want to write and thank you and your team for building such a great home at Stonegate. We looked at more than twenty homes, both new and resale, in search of our dream home and we are glad that our real estate agent decided to show us Southern Crafted Homes.
From your attentiveness to us to your design consultant’s creativity and keen awareness to details in the design of our house, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience with your company. We also want to thank your construction manager for his hard work on constructing our home and your warranty manager’s responsiveness to our questions after closing.
We can sincerely say that, compared to other builders in the area and other properties available on the market, the quality and the level of customization of a Southern Crafted Home definitely provides us with a much better value for our investment, We look forward to many years of enjoyment at our new home.
We would certainly recommend anyone who is looking for a home to purchase a Southern Crafted Home.”
“This is the third home I have built. By far the best building experience was dealing with Southern Crafted Homes”
Resident - Stonegate
“I was pleased with the entire process”
Resident - Devonwood
“The home is built very well. They were marketed correctly so they have held their value well”
Resident- Grand Hampton
“We are so pleased with our new home in Stonegate. We were amazed at the features Southern Crafted Homes includes as standard compared to other builders. The nieghborhood, the floor plan, the quality of construction – everything about our home is exactly what we hoped for. Thank you for all your efforts to make our dream home a reality!”
Mr. & Mrs. Kliewer - Stonegate
“The home has better quality workmanship than other builders”
Resident - Quailwoods
Recently I had an opportunity to inspect a home built by Southern Crafted Homes in Stonegate. From the foundation to the roof, it was one if not the best built homes I have encountered. As a licensed and experienced home inspector it is a pleasure to see things done the right way.
Don Wimbish, Don Wimbish Home Inspections, Inc.