Our Builders

Builder: Don Julian

Company Name: Don Julian Builders, Inc.

For the past forty years, Don Julian has set a new standard for design, quality and outstanding customer service in the home building industry. His unique architectural designs and innovative, award-winning floor plans have become a Julian trademark in metropolitan Kansas City.

Don constructed his first home in Kansas City in 1974 after a promotion to director of engineering at an east coast Fortune 500 company required a move to Kansas City. During his search for a home in the metro area, Don quickly realized that a custom built home was what he wanted for his family. As Don's interest in construction grew, he decided to make it a full-time business.

The engineering approach Don incorporated in his first custom homes also jumpstarted his success and initiated certain trends in the marketplace. His innovative nature reveals itself in such elements as virtual "walls of glass," which he introduced even before the "light and bright" open floor plans that have become a Kansas City standard. "My passion is design and discovering the latest trends, in addition to incorporating new twists on floor plans," he explains. Through the firm's in-house design center, Don draws upon resources of an architectural staff, interior designer, and a fully equipped decorating studio to make a client's experience a truly one stop shop.

In the late 1980's, Don began to focus more on the development side of the business. As further evidence of Julian's talent to meet the market demands of changing lifestyles, he is credited with the successful development of several upscale communities, such as the prestigious Northland subdivisions Riss Lake and Forest Ridge Estates.

As a tribute to his success, Professional Builder magazine listed Don Julian Builders as one of the top 400 builders in the United States. Builder Magazine placed him as one of the top five builders in the top 50 single housing markets in the nation. In addition, Don has won more than 150 industry awards for value, design and craftsmanship.

Contact Information

Phone: 913-894-6300 Fax: 913-894-6321 Email: djb@donjulianbuilders.com
Website: www.donjulianbuilders.com Address: 15521 W. 110th Location: Lenexa, KS 66219

Builder: Russ Groshans

Company Name: Casa Bella Construction, Inc.

Casa Bella Construction has earned a reputation as one of the Kansas City metro area's premier custom home builders. They are consistent winners of the Home Builder's Associations' American Dream Grand Award, Pick of the Parade, and Distinctive Design and Plan contests. They have also won many Kansas City Home and Gardens and Kansas City at Home publications' Model of the Year Awards.

Russ Groshans, Founder and CEO, says "Although it's nice to be recognized by all these awards, what is most rewarding its the feedback we receive from our clients." Groshans explains that, "Working with some of the area's most discerning home buyers continually challenges us to grow in many wonderful ways." Today's homebuyers are much more informed than they used to be. They are tech savvy and up to date on the latest design trends, both nationally and internationally. The interest has truly made the world a smaller place."

Casa Bella takes pride in the broad range of architectural styles they have had the opportunity to design and build over the years. Groshans says, "As long as it is thoughtfully designed and flawlessly executed, all of the architectural designs can be special and have broad appeal."

As a Certified Graduate Builder and Certified Green Professional, Russ Groshans is well versed on "Best Build Practices," which he consistently incorporates in all of his homes. His passion for the home building process is infectious. That is most evident when speaking with any of Casa Bella's talented staff or tradesman. "The Team" as he refers to them, is composed of some of the area's most highly skilled professionals. These team members often refer to Groshans as a perfectionist with an incredible eye for detail. They say that, while the very high standards he sets forth can be difficult to achieve, they appreciate that Groshans is consistent with his expectations.

Groshans is quick to point out that much of Casa Bella's success is the direct result of the support he gets from his family. His wife, Lise, is a Certified Public Accountant, and serves as the company's Vice President and C.F.O. His daughter, Amber Jury, is an extremely talented artist, who after serving as Casa Bella's Marketing and Communications Director, recently assumed the role of Chief Design Consultant. According to Groshans, this single change has taken the company to new heights.

He says Casa Bella has always had one primary goal: "To consistently exceed clients' expectations, while making ourselves better in the process."

Contact Information

Phone: 816-436-9969 Fax: 816-436-9965 Email: russ@casabellaconstruction.com
Website: www.casabellaconstruction.com Address: 8800 N. 112th St., Ste. 302 Location: Kansas City, MO 64153

Builder: Craig Archer

Company Name: New Mark Homes

New Mark Homes was founded in 2005 with a mission to help people realize the dream of home ownership, of having a quality home at an affordable price. Innovative designs, at affordable prices, are a trademark of New Mark Homes. Since its inception, New Mark Homes has enjoyed continued success by adhering to a time-tested, dependable formula. A recipe that features two ingredients: affordability and the traditional quality expected from the renowned award-winning Don Julian Builders. Don has over 40 years of experience in Kansas City, as one of the most prominent and respected builders. This reputation has been passed on to New Mark Homes through this partnership.

Craig Archer, our General Manager, has been with New Mark Homes for over 10 years and holds his Missouri and Kansas Builder's License. Craig also has a bachelors degree in Construction Management from the University of Central Missouri and brings over 15 years of home building experience to our team. This experience includes owning his own framing company prior to coming to New Mark Homes. With this experience Craig becomes personally involved in all projects, ensuring no details are overlooked.

"At New Mark Homes, we understand that with each home we build, we are providing the home buyer with much more than shelter," Archer said. "We are providing a level of contentment and security."

Contact Information

Phone: 816-969-9010 Fax: 816-298-6090 Email: craig@newmarkhomes.com
Website: http://newmarkhomeskc.com/ Address: P.O. Box 12025 Location: Parkville, MO 64154