Area home builder gets noticed and gives back

07/10/2014 1:05 PM

07/10/2014 1:05 PM

Metro-wide home builder Summit Custom Homes is getting noticed. The company was recently named on the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Top Area Private Companies” and “Fast 50: Fastest Growing Area Businesses” lists, as well as the publication’s “Champions of Business” list, alongside corporate giants such as Hallmark Cards and Sprint.

In addition, Summit brought home four awards for its Spring Parade of Homes entries and is preparing for the Fall Parade of Homes.

“We absolutely plan on bringing home more awards for our entries in the Fall Parade of Homes,” said Kevin Stucker, vice president of sales and marketing for Summit Custom Homes. “It is always so fun to see what all of the Kansas City area home builders have to offer and it’s like a fun, friendly competition each year. We are definitely bringing our A-game for the Fall Parade, and can’t wait to show KC what we have to offer this fall.”

Summit is a different kind of home builder. As with every Summit home, buyers can count on the consistent quality and appeal only a builder that’s built nearly 1,000 homes can deliver. Some standards Summit homeowners enjoy are an industry leading 10-year transferable structural warranty, energy efficient standards such as low-e windows, a moisture resistant weather barrier, and a set-back thermostat, a personalized customer care process that helps guide the homebuyer through the building process from start to finish with as little anxiety as possible, and more.

Many homes include stucco or real lap siding with stone veneer elevations and a three-car garage, and all designer series homes include wide-plank wood flooring in traffic areas, premium Delta plumbing fixtures, custom-built designer cabinetry, rubbed-copper wrought-iron stair spindles, a spa master bathroom with tiled floors and tiled walk-in shower, GE stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry, to name a few.

Not only is Summit consistently winning awards for its green, energy-efficient homes, exceptional customer service and company growth, it’s also gaining recognition for its community involvement.

The home builder is currently building its fourth St. Jude Dream Home in a row. This year’s home will open for touring on Aug. 23 and will be given away to one lucky winner on Oct. 12.

Tickets for the Dream Home are currently on sale for $100 each at dreamhome.org or by calling 1-800-385-9756 and every single cent of that $100 donation will go to help fund St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where no child is ever denied for inability to pay.

St. Jude is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. It is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. The hospital freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment.

Only 7,500 Dream Home tickets will be sold this year, which will raise $750,000 for the hospital.

“It takes nearly $1.9 million a day to operate the hospital,” said Megan Fratzke, marketing manager for Summit Custom Homes. “The amount we will raise this year pales in comparison to what it takes to run St. Jude. We’re just doing what we can to help this amazing organization because we know that every dollar counts.”

In addition to the Dream Home, Summit Custom Homes supports additional organizations and events: for the second year in a row, the company was Drumm Farm’s Annual Benefit Dinner’s Presenting Sponsor. Summit also supported the Kids Kick’n Cancer Blood Drive on April 5, as well as the Coldwater Drive Out Hunger golf tournament, which took place on June 9.

“Giving back to the community is an integral part of who we are as a company,” Stucker said.

On top of all of that giving back, Summit Custom Homes is busy expanding its team and doing what it does best: building safe, energy-efficient homes. The company has grown every year since its start in early 2002. From 2012 to 2013, it grew 71.5 percent and is projecting that it will grow by 20 percent in 2014.

“We are expecting to sell 216 homes this year,” Fratzke said. “We just recently opened a new phase in High Point at Creekmoor, and are currently working on a new one in Parkwood at Stoney Creek that includes four new models, one of which will be a new information center. We build all over the metro area and we have new, exciting projects going on all of the time. We are just so happy to be successful and growing — it allows us to continue to serve our biggest asset: our homeowners. We strive every single day to become a better company.”

Despite its busy schedule, the Summit team manages to have a lot of fun, as well. Monthly team lunches and special events like the recent trip to see the Royals play at Kauffman Stadium are what help to build such a strong team.

“It’s important to Summit that we take a break every now and then to have some fun and build a better, stronger team,” Stucker said. “It makes us a better company overall.”

For information about Summit Custom Homes, visit its website at summitcustomhomeskc.com or call 816-246-6700.

Summit Custom Homes

Contact: 816-246-6700.

Web: summitcustomhomeskc.com

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