The Coats Homes Difference
At Coats Homes, we believe a home should be personal. It should inspire you. It should be uniquely yours. We are honored to serve the Park Cities and Preston Hollow neighborhoods as a custom home builder. Originating as a partnership with a 50-year-old home building company, Coats Homes has evolved into a full service team of professionals able to meet all your design and home building needs. With a passionate emphasis on timeless architecture, craftsmanship, and personal style - we are committed to building a home that is perfect for you. The end goal is not just building a home, it’s living in it.
A skilled craftsman cannot do anything in life without evaluating his craft—how to make it better and how to do it differently–and that is how Ben Coats approaches building luxury homes. A second generation builder with more than a decade of experience building homes in the Dallas-area, a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University, and an appreciation of fine architecture all combined to create Coats Homes. Coats Homes provides clients a white-glove building experience where service and exceptional craftsmanship are most valued. Under Ben’s leadership, Coats Homes has received “The Dallas 100” award and has consecutively been named one of the Best Builders in Dallas by D Magazine. Coats Homes projects have been featured in D Magazine, luxe interiors + design, Dallas Modern Luxury, The Scout Guide, and D Home. Ben has built his own home and family right here in Dallas. His wife Jennifer, his five children, and his passion for home building are the reasons he works so hard for you.
Alan brings over 30 years of building experience to Coats Homes. He is recognized as a Certified Graduate Builder and a Graduate Master Builder by the Home Building Institute. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Brigham Young University.
Greg Crooks brings 15 years of experience in finance and operational leadership to the Coats Homes team. Serving as a Partner, Greg oversees all current operations as well as any new business endeavors. Directly prior to joining our team, Greg spent 8 years as Executive Pastor and Head of Operations at one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the country. Prior to that, he held various finance and private equity positions at JP Morgan, Hawkeye Partners (Hillwood) and TRT Holdings. Greg has a finance degree from SMU and resides in Dallas with his wife Alicia and three children.
Josh joins Coats Homes with 15 years of strategy and operations experience. His focus is on keeping Coats Homes operating in the most efficient manner possible, managing our processes and procedures, and maximizing new business opportunities. Prior to joining our team as an Operating Partner, Josh was the CFO of a private equity fund and an Investment Director of a hedge fund. He also served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a Bachelors of Science in economics from the United States Military Academy and a M.B.A. in strategy and finance from Southern Methodist University. Josh enjoys traveling and the great outdoors with his wife, Lauren, and their two children.
Allison’s past experience in construction management, coupled with her passion for design, allow her to take a comprehensive approach when collaborating with clients on the design and feel of their home. Her goal is to assist clients in accomplishing an interior design plan that is not only inviting and reflective of the owner’s personality, but extremely functional as well. Allison holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design, with a focus in Construction Management, from Texas A&M University.
Justin grew up in and around the construction industry and brings professional experience in sales, commercial real estate, and project management to the Coats Homes team. His adaptability, thoroughness, and customer-centric approach, coupled with his experience in real estate market research, urban infill development field management, warranty and customer service management, and new construction sales, make him an asset to the team. Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Texas A&M University.
Melissa joins the team with more than 12 years of experience developing, coordinating, and supervising all aspects of both residential and multi-family projects in a number of roles. Her thoroughness, creativity, and conscientiousness are demonstrated in her ability to work well under pressure and to stay one step ahead. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from University of Mississippi as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Architectural History from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Gentry joins Coats Homes as a seasoned construction professional with a background in commercial construction management, a degree from Oklahoma State University in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and leadership having served as a Captain in the Oklahoma Army National Guard for 10 years as a Combat Engineer. As a Superintendent he has overseen an impressive variety of commercial construction projects to include: Arlington Central Library, Arlington City Council Chambers, Texas Motor Speedway Restart Zone bar suite, and DISD’s South Oak Cliff High School bond program’s new construction. Gentry provides exceptional service to his clients with his gift for complex problem solving and attention to detail.
Alec Ashley began as a project management intern with Coats Homes back in 2015 and went on to be a successful residential construction manager in San Antonio. Alec came back to Coats Homes at the start of 2020 as a Superintendent and we are so excited to welcome him back to the team as a full-time employee. In addition to his experience in residential construction, Alec has a BBA in Finance and Management from Baylor University and brings dependability, attention to detail, and outstanding organization to our team.
Catherine performs her marketing and administrative responsibilities at Coats Homes with unparalleled attention to detail and a true knack for communication. Her positivity, outstanding organization skills, and passion for helping others make her an essential part of the team. Catherine recently graduated from Texas Christian University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Communication.
Paul brings over 25 years of experience in residential and commercial construction to Coats Homes. His passion for home building began at an early age, framing homes during the summer months. His diverse background in the building industry includes warranty and customer service management, building, project management, multi-family housing, new construction sales, and he holds a LEED AP certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. His attention to detail, effective communication, and organizational skills are instrumental to his leadership. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from The University of Oklahoma.
Terri brings over 30 years of accounting experience to the Coats Homes team. Her experience includes owning her own accounting business and working in CPA firms with clients in the construction, retail, law, and medical industries. Along with her wide range of accounting experience, Terri has an incredible work ethic, is very detail-oriented, and enjoys helping others. When she’s not at work, Terri enjoys volunteering with her church and spending time with her son and three grand kids. Terri has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Originally from Kerrville, Texas, Kayo Setnan moved to Dallas in 2012. Having a passion for people, Kayo started her career as an oral surgery assistant. Her passion for movement and health led her to also become a certified yoga instructor in 2015. Kayo plays an essential role in keeping Coats Homes operating in an efficient and organized manner. She is a helping hand around the office including assisting our PMs and accountant. Her huge heart, passion, and energetic spirit make her a joy to work with. In her free time she enjoys creatively expressing herself through DIY projects, as found on Pinterest, and gardening.
David brings over 30 years of construction experience to the Coats Homes team, including many high end custom home projects. David has spent 90% of his experience in the Park Cities. His vast experience in our industry make him a valuable member of our team and an asset to our clients as their Superintendent. David enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and 4 children.
Tim brings 35 years of experience to the Coats Homes team, with experience in both commercial and residential construction. Tim is a 3rdgeneration carpenter and started and ran one of the top custom stair companies in St Louis, Missouri before moving to Texas in 2018. We are thankful for Tim’s outgoing and positive personality and his eagerness to achieve excellence for our clients. Tim has also faithfully served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Before joining Coats Homes, Libby graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Entertainment Marketing. She went on to serve as an account manager for collegiate and pro sports clients executing on design/build projects that turned normal spaces into an unforgettable experience for fans. Libby is highly skilled in critical problem solving, interpersonal communication, and is great at just “rolling with the punches”. Her experience makes her a valuable project manager for our team. Libby is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and enjoys spending time with her husband and pup named Bobbie.
Greg brings over twelve years of experience in residential construction and operations to Coats Homes. As the Director of Operations, Greg oversees all day to day activities in the office and in the field to ensure an efficient homebuilding process for clients. In addition to his career in residential construction, Greg honorably served over six years of active duty in the US Army. Greg’s leadership, depth of experience in operations, and knowledge of construction make him an invaluable part of the team. Greg, a Park Cities native, is currently attending SMU Cox School of Business pursuing an MBA with a focus in finance.
“It’s a pleasure to do business with Ben Coats and Coats Homes, not only do they have a firm grasp of the financing process, but their passion and creativity ensure an excellent product in the end. I’ve worked with Ben in several capacities and he is consistently advocating for his client’s needs and always operates with the highest level of integrity.”
— C. Malcolm Holland, III, President / CEO | Veritex Bank —
“It’s a privilege to be a part of the Coats Homes team. Ben is beyond his years in homebuilding expertise. He understands the attention to details and the importance of never compromising quality.”
— Lisa Luby Ryan | Vintage Living —
“I enjoy working with Ben Coats because he has so much energy and fresh ideas. We worked together on a house in the French streets, where he had a good sense of what the neighborhood needed, not just what he wanted to build. He has good sense of style and knows the way people want to live. He knows how to draw the best design from the real estate and architecture community to create the best product.”
— Wilson Fuqua, Architect | J Wilson Fuqua and Associates Architects —
“Our experience building a home with Ben exceeded our expectations on every level. Ben operates with the highest level of integrity and quickly earned our trust as we began designing our home. With Ben, you get that rare builder who understands the practical needs of daily living, but thinks outside of the box to bring new and exciting design ideas to the table. His open-minded approach and personal creativity made the building process fun for us.”
— Scott and Rebecca Whitaker | Homeowner —
“Ari-Tex Electric, Inc. takes pride in working with many elite custom builders throughout the North Texas area. The attention to detail that is shown in the homes Ben constructs is directly related to the level of involvement he personally has in all of his projects. The step by step method of walking his homeowners through the entire construction process, incorporating their wishes into the details, creates a truly custom home.”
— Janet Fogg | Ari-Tex Electric, Inc. —
“Ben Coats of Coats Homes is an innovative custom-home developer in the Park Cities. His excellent communication skills ensure the clients specific needs are met with quality design. He is an expert in the real estate market with a passion for classical and contemporary architecture. I look forward to continue to work with him for years to come.”
— Alex Eskenasy, Senior Designer | J Wilson Fuqua and Associates Architects —
“Coats Homes is setting themselves apart from other luxury home builders - they listen to their clients and address their needs. Ben understands the importance of good architecture and design, and he collaborates extensively with established experts to ensure that every home is both unique and functional. His focus on quality and detail is unrivaled, and I personally recommend him to all of my clients.”
— Michelle Wood, Senior Vice President | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s —
“I have just completed the design of my first project with Ben. Working with him has proven to be a great experience for me as an architect. His energy and sense of design is very refreshing. The desire to serve his clients and to provide high quality design and construction is the top priority of his company. I am also impressed at Ben’s desire to give back to the community by using his construction resources to help those in neighborhoods that are less fortunate.”
— Paul Turney | Turney & Associates, Inc. Architects —
“Ben Coats is a terrific advocate for his clients. I’ve seen him work tirelessly on numerous transactions to ensure everything goes smoothly. He takes pride in guiding his clients through all phases of the purchase, design and building process.”
— Laurence Henry, President / Attorney at Law | LegacyTexas Title —
“Professional, enthusiastic and creative are just a few words I would use to describe Ben Coats and his team. There is an energy that runs through the whole company, and they're not afraid to take an idea and run with it - which results in new and exciting interiors. They take projects to the next level, with an attention to detail that is everything you want in an experienced homebuilder. I look forward to working with Ben in the future.”
— Neal Stewart | Neal Stewart Designs —
“Navigating financing options in conjunction with site selection, architectural design and the construction process can many times be unknown and stressful. Ben’s knowledge of all phases of the process give the homeowner and the bank a comfort that many builders in today’s ever changing market cannot execute successfully.”
— John Carpenter | Inwood National Bank —
“It is without hesitation or qualification, I endorse Ben Coats and highly recommend him as a home builder. I have the pleasure of working with Ben in a business relationship, which has turned into a true friendship. As Ben has built his business, Citi Private Bank has had the privilege of serving as his banking relationship. I hold Ben in the highest esteem, and I sincerely recommend him as the ideal builder.”
— Kirk Davis, Director / Private Banker | Citi Private Bank —
A Hamptons-style shingle home with a transitional flare with architecture by David Stocker of SHM Architects and interiors by Erin Sander Design. From commissioned art installations to a floating fireplace, 5716 Stonegate is one of a kind in its effortless combination of family friendly comfort and contemporary, high-end style.
Many of the materials used to build this home were kept in their natural state in order to support a “clean living” lifestyle. This includes high quality concrete floors with no dyes or acids, white oak cabinets, water based sealants, and other clean features as described in this video. 5716 Stonegate is 6,808 square feet and is complete with 5 beds, 6 baths, 3 half baths, and over 2,000 square feet of outdoor terraces and patios. The kitchen features custom, modern white oak kitchen cabinets and a stunning book-matched marble slab countertop and backsplash. Sub/Wolf appliances, double dishwashers, Miele coffee maker, and beautiful “hidden” fridge and freezer make this kitchen a chef’s dream. The kitchen opens up into the family room with vaulted ceilings, featuring natural-stained Texas Post Oak wood and beams. This rooms also boasts the option to completely open the family room to the patio using Marvin’s Sliding Glass Wall, taking the open concept to the next level.
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A Hamptons shingle-style home with a modern flare, featuring architecture by David Stocker and interiors by Erin Sander.
As seen on the cover of House Beautiful’s October 2020 issue, this show stopping home features a graceful blend of contemporary lines with warm decor inspired by nature.
A bright, modern home by David Stocker of SHM Architects with interiors by Erin Sander that features unique art and subtle pops of color around every corner.
A spacious transitional home designed by David Stocker with interiors by Collins Interiors.
A bright, transitional southern home by Will Clinton of Clinton + Company.
An inspiring and inviting Highland Park home by David Stocker with interiors by the SHM Architects design team.
An elegant, family-friendly home offering classic charm and stunning curb appeal. Architecture by Jerry Coleman with landscaping by Tyson Gardens.
A classic southern transitional home designed by sought-after architect Paul Turney.
A modern home featuring clean lines and wide windows by Bernbaum/Magadini and designed by Shelly Rosenburg.
Stunning 6-bedroom California Modern home, with architectural design by Wilson Fuqua, interiors by Theresa Rowe.
A gracious southern Paul Turney home with a sleek edge.
A traditional southern home designed by architect Wilson Fuqua that marries contemporary finishes with classic charm.
A transitional modern home designed by David Stocker with a sleek European sophistication that blends into the tree-filled neighborhood.
An inviting, elegant home designed by David Stocker with interiors by Collins Interiors.
A light-filled modern home designed by Smitharc Architects that is both inviting and functional.
A bright, transitional home designed by David Stocker with interiors by Sees Design.
Exquisite Southern estate designed by Nashville architect Jonathan Torode.
A cottage-inspired home designed by Jerry Coleman with interiors by New York interior design firm Cullman and Kravis.
A modern masterpiece designed by David Stocker with interiors by Neal Stewart Designs.
A bright and spacious transitional home featuring architecture and interiors by Allen Kirsch.
This Pfeffer Torode home is the perfect combination of Southern style meets modern lines.
An elegant, Modern French inspired home designed by Jerry Coleman.
A California-modern home in Lakewood designed by Dwayne Brinkley with interiors by Maddie Hughes.
A transitional modern home designed by David Stocker for a large family in the heart of the Park Cities.
A rustic retreat just outside of the city intentionally crafted to get our clients out of Dallas and into nature. This project’s architecture is by Fusch Architects.
A sleek and chic home with details around every corner by Turney and Associates and design by Chris Redden. Photography by Costa Christ
A large-scale renovation turns a traditional home into a unique, modern retreat for a busy Park Cities family.
Sophisticated house on a tree-filled lot in charming Lake Highlands, designed by Alex Eskenasy.
A mid-century modern inspired home designed by Alex Eskenasy.
A complete remodel of a historic 5-bedroom California Mediterranean home, originally designed by Fooshee and Cheek (famed architect of Highland Park Village).
This contemporary Lakewood home is designed to be modern & functional while still blending in with the unique feel of the surrounding neighborhood.
This French-Country inspired home combines old world accents with contemporary finishes. The result is a home that is stunning, yet accessible.
A classic Hudson Valley river home with exquisite detail and a charming blue and white color palette.
A classic Highland Park French home, located on a tree-lined corner of Dartmouth Avenue.
A transitional stone home in Preston Hollow with a classic, clean and elegant look.
Signature construction of Coats Homes including bright interiors, an open floor plan with lots of windows, clean lines, and large room sizes.
A light, bright Hamptons-inspired renovation on one of the prettiest streets in Lake Highlands.