The 2015 Homes of the Year Contest features praiseworthy work from these 417-land builders. Learn what makes them extraordinary craftsmen and why they are each deserving of being named a winner. - Jennifer Adamson
Doug Pitts Construction, dougpittsconstruction.com, 417-840-5759
Mostly known for his Old World-, Tuscan- and Craftsman-style homes, Doug Pitts has been on the Ozarks scene for nearly two decades. As a former commercial carpenter, he’s come a long way from building decks to raising entire houses. Most of the artisans, subcontractors and suppliers he’s assembled have been with the company from the beginning, which means his team understands the most efficient and proper way to get the job done right. Pitts is always focused on building to match the lifestyles of his clients and loves to think outside the box in the process. His properties have been featured in 417 Magazine and 417 Home.
Rhoads Design & Construction, rhoadscompany.com, 417-889-6000
In 2007, Adrian Rhoads built his first home, a 3,200-square-foot Craftsman in a subdivision in southeast Springfield. Today, his work ranges in size from 3,500-square-feet to significantly larger and can be seen all over 417-land. Rhoads is a past Homes of the Year winner who credits his success to his alma mater, Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University, where he studied design and structures, as well as to the team he’s assembled in his 11 years of doing business. His talent is in turning creative concepts into physical forms that truly represent whatever style home he’s commissioned to build. Making sure he understands his clients’ needs is also at the top of his priority list.
Ramsey Building Company, ramseybuilding.com, 417-840-0006
From stacking blocks in kindergarten to engineering custom homes for 417-
landers, Rick Ramsey has always loved to build. His official foray into the industry began 20 years ago when he started constructing rental properties. Almost immediately, he was approached by several people who wanted to purchase his homes. In 1995, Ramsey established Ramsey Building Company and now engineers one-of-a-kind, made-to-order residences in southwest Missouri. One of his largest projects to date, a 12,000-square-foot English manor in east Springfield, was named a Home of the Year in 2014, but he also enjoys building smaller homes with more detail and prides himself on quality workmanship.
Robbins Custom Homes, facebook.com/MikeRobbinsCustomHomes, 417-840-4477
A lifetime in construction has given Mike Robbins a distinct skill set that allows him to anticipate what architecture and designs will be popular before they become trends. Over the years, he’s worked his way up from swinging a hammer to owning Robbins Custom Homes, where his brothers, Tim and Jeff, are in charge of framing, cabinets and moldings. Robbins specializes in upscale residential properties ranging in price from $250,000 to $1.1 million, as well as remodels in all price ranges. His homes are modern, rustic and everything in between. Last December, Robbins designed a contemporary take on a 19th century shotgun house, featured starting on p. 112, which garnered his first Homes of the Year win.