To Highmark Builders’ founding partners Jim Moras and Terry Gaulrapp, the essence of creating a custom home is bringing the client’s vision to life. “Each project begins essentially as a blank page because each custom home is like no other and is the result of a personal dream,” said Gaulrapp.
How did you get your start in custom homebuilding?
Our backgrounds came from working in commercial construction. Although we enjoyed the process of building commercial projects, we wanted to build inspiring homes that would be around for generations to come.
Why do you think your clients choose you as their builder?
We believe the keys to our successes are exceptional front-end planning, comprehensive follow-through, and being open and honest with the clients’ expectations.
How do you bring a client’s vision to life?
We dive into our clients’ meaningful life experiences and gather sources of inspiration including personal photos, textures they gravitate toward, and styles that draw their interest. Focusing on specific items that make them feel comfortable in their space allows us to create an environment that fits their lifestyle.
What are some of your favorite trends in new construction?
We have seen a focus on secondary living spaces. Rooms such as prep kitchens, pocket offices, and craft rooms that focus on the functional needs of the family. Sunrooms, hearth rooms, and loft spaces create additional gathering areas for the family to relax. Each unique space is designed to meet the needs of a specific family.
Photography by Meghan Doll