Windstar Homes, founded in 1996, is a nationally recognized, award-winning Design-Build Firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida. From its inception, Windstar Homes has been an active member of the Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA), Southeast Builders Conference (SEBC), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Windstar Homes is also an active member of the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Known for being one of Tampa Bay’s Premier Luxury Homebuilding Companies, Windstar Homes is the proud recipient of more than 77 Major Design and Building Awards spanning over two decades. Most of Windstar’s homes range in size from 3,000 sq ft to more than 20,000 sq ft. Each home is a one–of–a–kind masterpiece that truly exemplifies the way each of our clients live. All of our homes are designed and built to the highest industry standards and include an array of the finest products and technological advances available to builders today.
A beautiful home is a seamless expression of style, function and spirit. Creating a beautiful home is a tangible example of effective communication, trust and skill. This belief is what led the Principals of Windstar Homes, Bobby Gross and David Lesser, to create a company that takes a different approach to luxury home building.
To distinguish themselves and set their homes apart, they personally devote considerable time and energy to both the upfront planning and design processes; and to the construction of every Windstar home. The individual attention each client receives helps ensure our homes are thoughtful representations of their individual lifestyles and are perfectly tailored to their wants, wishes and desires.
Designed by a team of award-winning professionals, and then built with uncompromising materials by the best artisans and craftsmen in the industry, each Windstar Home is a perfect example of Livable Luxury — custom homes designed and built to span generations, transcend time and fulfill dreams. Windstar Homes, Where Living Begins!
Windstar’s most impressive asset is our people. The Windstar Homes Team of experienced professionals treats every home we build as if it were our own. Windstar’s management is a multi–disciplinary team of award–winning experts in their respective fields. When it comes to follow–up, our Project Teams provide hands-on assistance to ensure continuous customer satisfaction.
Windstar Homes has over the years painstakingly culled the finest subcontractors and suppliers from the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Our company has been using many of the same superb subcontractors since our humble beginnings. In this very Labor and Detail intensive business, there is no substitute for “Familiarity” on our jobsites. Derived from the word Family, these special relationships are one of Windstar’s secret weapons of distinction.
In addition to our outstanding team of subcontractors, the following are a few of our key product manufacturers: Andersen® Windows & Doors, Carrier® Air Conditioning Products, Wolf® & Sub Zero® Appliances, Kohler® Plumbing, Rohl® Plumbing, Rinnai® Tank-less Hot Water Heaters, Sherwin-Williams® Paints & Coatings, James Hardee® Trim Products, and many others.
Our commitment to Green Building can be traced back more than ten years to the dawn of the industry’s modern day green building movement. Because we have a deeply held respect for the natural environment and our homeowners, we have adopted a “Green” philosophy that transcends our entire organization.
By us building in a green and sustainable manner serves two very important purposes. The first is a responsibility to protect our valuable and precious natural resources for the benefit of future generations. The second is to ensure that every home we build takes into account our homeowners’ health, safety and the operating and maintenance costs associated with the home.
During every step of the design and construction processes, we look for and incorporate methods that make home building greener and more sustainable. Sustainable building means building in concert with the surroundings to preserve and protect the environment rather than inflict harm; this means creating homes that incorporate sustainable building practices and materials.
Our definition of what it means to be a “Green Home” also happens to be our goal for each and every project, and that is to design and build homes that use less energy, water and natural resources; create less waste during the construction process; and are healthier and more comfortable for the occupants to live in.
One of our company’s core beliefs is to always be on the cutting-edge with regard to the implementation of new and innovative sustainable products and green construction techniques that improve the quality while reducing the carbon footprint of each home we design and build. Because of this, we are constantly training and educating our entire team on the latest sustainable innovations the industry has to offer as we continue to broaden our horizons in this new “Green” world.
What Products and/or services do you provide to your clients?
Unlike most builders in Tampa Bay, Windstar Homes is a “Design-Build” Firm, offering clients much more than just a new home; we offer a “Complete Design and Building Experience,” which includes working with a sophisticated, highly trained, creative ensemble of professionals dedicated to providing a “Once–in–a–Lifetime” experience for the privileged few. Some of the services offered by Windstar Homes are as follows:
- Homesite Identification & Procurement.
- New Home Design Services.
- Building & Construction Services.
- Interior Design & Decorating Services which include Furnishings & Window Treatments.
- Landscaping & Hardscaping Design-Build.
- Swimming Pool Design-Build.
- Audio & Video Design-Build.
- Lighting Design-Build.
We’ve essentially created a “Boutique Style”, full–service, all-inclusive new home destination for clients.
How does your company differentiate itself from other custom builders in your area?
By our Finished Product! Although we feel that our company has many distinguishing attributes, our homes truly stand apart from the rest of the field. Our Innovative Designs, Superior Quality, meticulous attention to Detail, and our unwavering commitment to Customer Satisfaction, have enabled our Product to shine brighter than that of our competitors.
In addition to our Team's ability at transforming our clients' visions, needs and lifestyle requirements into Award Winning Designs, the expertise and care exhibited on our jobsites during construction is a real testament to our company's Quality objectives. All-in-all, Windstar Homes continues to raise the bar in the Tampa Bay area with regard to luxury, new home products and services.
What are some of the advantages of the Windstar Homes design-build process?
We have found over the years that by melding together all of the Design and Building processes, we are able to provide a much more enjoyable journey and experience for our clients.
By first starting with realistic budgets and specifications, and then designing to those criteria, we create homes that are not only “Builder-Friendly”, but in addition, are well within our budgetary parameters.
We then control the flow of information and by closely directing the Selections Process we build each home more expeditiously, more cost-effectively, and just as important, more enjoyably for all parties involved (Clients, Builder, Subs & Suppliers). These are Three compelling reasons to consider the Design-Build option as opposed to anything less efficient and more cumbersome.
How do we get started?
Windstar Homes works with clients in several ways to build their new homes. We offer the flexibility and support of professionals for two different approaches to new home design and construction:
2. Build from your plans developed by others, subject to our review and approval.
Depending on the approach, we begin our formal relationship with either our Design Agreement or Construction / Purchase Agreement.
Our Design Agreement outlines the steps we follow and the responsibilities we share with you to create the building plans, budgets and specifications for your new home. It lists the estimated costs and payment schedule for each step (phase) of the process. You’ll meet with us at pre-arranged times during each phase to review ideas and discuss desired design and budgetary refinements before proceeding to the next phase and level of detail. Between meetings you make choices, list questions, and continue to imagine your fabulous new Windstar home.