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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.
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.
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.
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.
Alexis’s previous design and project management experience working behind the scenes of HGTV’s Fixer Upper informs her ability to adapt the design and building process to meet clients’ specific needs. Her technical skills and strong work ethic make her an essential member of the Coats Homes team. Alexis received her Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Design from Baylor 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.
“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 —
“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 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 —
“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 —
“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 —
“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 —
“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 —
“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 —
“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. —
“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 —
“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 —
“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 —
Coats Homes has partnered with neighborhood resident, Brett Johnston with Suntxurbana, to present an unparalleled 8-lot opportunity in northeast Preston Hollow. The development of eight residential lots is located off Wander Lane in Hillcrest Estates, home to some of Dallas’s most impressive acre+ properties.
Aptly named Wander Wood, this lush 8.85-acre oasis is populated by thriving Oak, Elm, Cedar, and Ash trees. Eight fortunate owners will have the opportunity to call this beautiful haven home; seven of the lots will enjoy backyards set against a stunning creek backdrop.
By extending this already sought-after street, the developer aims to further accentuate the creek and mature foliage throughout while continuing to maintain and enhance the privacy and exclusiveness of the community. Pre-development lot pricing from $1.125m. Contact the Wander Wood team at 214-206-3919 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ben Coats invites you inside of his personal home for an exclusive look inside the never-before-seen project. In this series, Ben interviews industry insiders, showing tips and tricks that will help make the most of your home project. Be inspired, be educated, and be entertained in this “all access” tour with Ben Coats of Coats Homes. Watch now on our YouTube channel and Instagram page and subscribe to never miss an episode.
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