Richard Mather has seen numerous changes in the type of homes his clients want over his more than 50-year career as a builder and developer, but what hasn’t changed is his commitment to quality and innovation.
Originally an engineer, Mather decided to become a home builder and developer in 1958 because “he told me he wanted to quit blowing things up and build something that lasts,” said James Cline with the Rob Ellerman Team of ReeceNichols.
Cline is the on-site agent along with Carlene Villaruel at Shadowood in Raymore, one of the two Mather communities marketed by the Rob Ellerman Team of ReeceNichols. Mather’s other community is Highland Meadows in Lee’s Summit.
“Building homes and developing communities is a labor of love for Richard,” Cline said. “His designs and craftsmanship are outstanding. The details on the interiors of the homes are things that you just don’t usually see today. He takes a lot of care with them.”
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Villaruel said Mather is actively involved with every home his company builds, visiting each site daily.
Cline added that the interior of each home built by Mather is different, even if it is the same floor plan that he has built before.
Kern Wood, the on-site agent at Highland Meadows, echoed Cline’s remarks about the individuality of each home built by Mather: “His two sons, Brian and Mark, who have joined him in the business, have degrees in construction management and design, which gives them flexibility with every home. They can change interiors to suit clients’ wishes.
“Just as an example, a recent buyer in Highland Meadows wanted to move the staircase and dining room, and Richard Mather Builders was able to accommodate that.”
Richard Mather Builders has constructed well over 2,500 single-family homes on both sides of the state line. Mather’s dedication to detail and innovation has resulted in winning numerous awards during Spring and Fall Parades of homes, and being named Builder of the Year. He also has won Interior Design and Save Energy awards.
The philosophy of Richard Mather Builders is spelled out on the Rob Ellerman Team’s website: “Our company lives by a straightforward plan. A home should be more than just mere shelter for a family. A home is the base around which you can build your life and the lives of those most important to you. Your home and your neighborhood should reflect your hopes, dreams and desires. We design our homes to reflect a modern lifestyle that makes an exciting yet relaxing living environment.”
When designing a home, Mather said his company’s goal is to add space into the rooms, not waste useful space in hallways. “Larger rooms with intelligent window placements create a pleasant environment to relax in. We strive to incorporate into the design of our homes spacious well-planned kitchens, an open and dynamic entry hall, large master suites and expansive master baths.”
Mather and his sons are long-time members and directors of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. Mather is a past president of the HBA and his son, Mark, will be president in 2015. Mather also serves on the Housing Center Construction Committee, as well as being a founding member of the Home Builders Foundation Fund.
Mather is a senior life director of the National Association of Home Builders, an NAHB Statesman and on the Board of Trustees of the Home Builders Institute.
The quality of Mather’s work can be found in the available homes in Shadowood in Raymore, just south of Missouri 58 on Lucy Webb Road, where homes are priced from the $250,000s to the $300,000s.
“My favorite is the Linden, a reverse 11/2-story that is an amazing home,” Cline said. “A lot of love and thought went into designing and building it.”
Mather’s other available homes in Shadowood include two two-story homes and a 11/2-story plan.
“All of the homes have full basements that are plumbed for future finish,” Cline said.
In addition to building homes in Shadowood, Mather is the developer of the community. Amenities include a swimming pool, walking trails, a small fishing lake and a pavilion for barbecues.
Highland Meadows also is developed by Mather. Here buyers will find homes priced from the low $325,000s to the low $400,000s. Four homes built by Mather are available, including one two-story and three reverse 11/2-story plans.
Wood said the Highland Meadows’ location on Longview Boulevard south of Interstate 470 in Lee’s Summit is ideal. It is near recreational opportunities at Longview Lake and the Fred Arabanas golf course.
“This is a thriving area full of bicyclists, walkers and joggers,” Wood said. “It is near retail shopping and restaurants and minutes from interstate access so getting to Johnson County or downtown is easy.”
Highland Meadows also has a swimming pool for residents who want to relax near home, as well as several sidewalks for strolling through the community.
Rob Ellerman Team
Locations: Highland Meadows, south of Interstate 470 on SW Longview Boulevard in Lee’s Summit. Shadowood, south of Missouri 58 on Lucy Webb Road in Raymore.
Contact: Highland Meadows, Trish and Kern Wood, 816-916-4199. Shadowood, James Cline at 816-797-2586 or Carlene Villaruel at 816-2600-0456.