Singer-songwriter Criss Jami quipped the aphorism “Create with the heart; build with the mind.” Applying this truism to the process of homebuilding yields an estate that is crafted with love and formed with an unshakable foundation. Often, constructing one’s dream home seems more like a nightmare than a dream; however, with the right builder, it doesn’t have to be. From the placement of electrical outlets to the size of baseboards, designing a home from the ground up allows residents to make detailed decisions that showcase their personal taste and style.

The key to ensuring the experience is a favorable one is selecting a homebuilder who is both reputable and reliable. Recently, we asked a few of our agents to name their most trusted builders in Palm Beach County. In no particular order or rank, here is a list of preferred builders:

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Maxwell Building Corporation

After interviewing several builders in the area and spending three to four months previewing their work, Victoria Slater’s parents selected Mike Maxwell of Maxwell Building Corporation. “Mike worked hard to establish a strong rapport with us from the outset. He was clear and concise with his advice, ideas and suggestions. We were also impressed with Mike’s immediate knowledge of current trends and different ways of building a great Florida home. After we purchased our tract of land in Hidden Bridge, Mike wanted to ensure the best placement of our house, as well as pointing out any obstacles to overcome. We really appreciated and respected that advice. He is in the process of completing our home and we have been very happy with Mike and his team every step of the way,” state Rick and Tina Slater. Specializing in West Indies and West Indies Contemporary styles of homes, Mike’s signature trademarks include custom millwork and floor to ceiling windows. “His final product inspires quality, class, and a comfortable feel. We trust Mike and that is the best attribute for a builder to possess,” add the Slaters.

Located in Jupiter Florida, Maxwell Building Corporation has built custom estates in opulent communities such as Admiral’s Cove, Old Marsh Golf Club, and Hidden Bridge to name a few. For an appointment, call 561-746-6113 or visit their website

Big Bear Developers

Sharon Gisriel of NV Realty Group recommends Big Bear Developers, a company that specializes in both new construction and home renovations. This company caters its services to meet the client’s most pressing requests. Sometimes it requires building a home from the ground up, sometimes it garners gutting the inside of a structure, and sometimes it entails remodeling various sections of the home in phases. The latter is ideal for homeowners who plan to dwell in their residence during the restoration process. Recently, Sharon closed on the sale of a home in Mirasol Golf and Country Club, which was remodeled by Big Bear Developers. “The transformation was simply amazing. The crew started on time, finished on time, and kept within the budget of my clients,” commends Sharon. Big Bear’s client base extends from magnificent new construction estates in Palm Beach to small home renovations to insurance claims. “No matter the size of project, the builders are loyal and honest,” adds Sharon. Big Bear Developers also have a commercial division that completes projects such as hotels, resorts, and condominiums. For more information, call 561-275-5955 or visit their website.

Minto Communities

Built using green construction, Minto Communities construction focuses on energy efficient homes and sustainability. Similar to NV Realty Group, the company has two primary locations: South Carolina and South Florida. In Florida, Minto is currently completing multiple neighborhoods, retail and commercial space, and an annex center in the City of Westlake, a new municipality in Palm Beach County. Situated off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, Westlake is ideally located between Loxahatchee and Royal Palm Beach.

Westlake showcases Minto’s classic contemporary architecture and home designs, along with its environmentally-friendly community developments. Real estate professional Hope Dillon, who specializes in Central Palm Beach County, highly recommends Minto homes. “Last year, I sold four Minto homes and each family absolutely loves it!” she exclaims. Minto’s unique design, attention to detail, and quality craftsmanship make it one of the most respectable large scale developers. Recognizing the need for affordable housing in Palm Beach County, Minto Communities has instituted several programs and policies to assist potential homeowners. New construction homes in Westlake range from $200,000 to $500,000 with no Community Development District (CDD) fees, and the builder offers discounts for military personnel, police officers, firefighters, teachers and government employees.

For more information about Minto Communities or tour a home in Westlake, contact Hope Dillon at NV Realty Group.

John McDonald Company

As a custom home builder, John McDonald Company specializes in a variety of architectural designs including Island Contemporary, Tuscan Splendor, Florida Vernacular, French Mediterranean, British West Indies, Classical Modern, and Anglo Caribbean to name a few.

Founded in 1982 in Atlanta, Georgia, John McDonald Company quickly emerged as a top, custom builder in the Southeast region and established an impeccable reputation in South Florida. The respectable reputation formed as a result of the company’s high standards, attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and sincere relationships with clients.

As such, John McDonald Company is the recipient of numerous awards including Best in American Living Awards, the Aurora Awards, and the coveted PRISM Award from Gold Coast Builders Association. “I recommend John McDonald Company because he doesn’t cut corners,” says John Holland of the Holland Group at NV Realty. “He is regularly on-site and closely monitors the construction process from start to finish. Additionally, he manages home remodels and renovation projects,” adds John. Having the ability to fuse architectural design with detailed interior appointments is a hallmark of this company. The company’s custom homes and projects are frequently featured in Jupiter, Palm Beach, and Florida Design magazines.

Affinity Construction Group

Another company the Holland Group recommends is Affinity Construction Group. This company is well known for its luxury estate portfolio, which includes homes in The Loxahatchee Club, Old Marsh Golf Club, Jonathan’s Landing, Admiral’s Cove, and Jupiter Island. With more than 40 years in the industry, Affinity Construction specializes in spec homes, commercial and retail space, remodels, and, of course, luxury estates.

Clients appreciate that Affinity assigns an entire team to a project and manages everything from architectural to electrical to interior accessories. The high quality craftsmanship coupled with trusting partnership ensures the construction process is enjoyable for everyone involved. “Clients really enjoy witnessing the vision of their dream home come to fruition,” says John. Headquartered in Jupiter, Florida, Affinity Construction serves both Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

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