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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spencer brings 10 years of construction experience to the Coats Homes team. The majority of his experience lies in estimating and building single family homes and townhomes. Spencer’s skills include land development, urban infill construction, project management, warranty, and multifamily construction. He received a BA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of North Texas and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and son.
Naina joins the Coats Homes team with one of the most unique backgrounds yet. Naina previously built her own custom home with us that finished in 2020! During the process, she unveiled her passion and talent for homes and design. Today, she joins the team as a Project Manager. Naina holds a Master of Science in Accounting from SMU and has experience in a variety of roles including accounting, product development, and marketing for one of our suppliers. Naina enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants with her husband and daughter.
Caitlin graduated from SMU and had a successful career in project management for several large advertising agencies in Dallas and New York City. After completing several remodeling projects for her own family, Caitlin had discovered a new found passion for homes and decided to make a move to combine her skill set with her passion and join the Coats Homes team as a project manager. Caitlin’s background has equipped her to be able to wear multiple hats in a professional setting and manage several demanding projects at one time. When she’s not working, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her family and doing anything active outdoors.
Bill grew up in and around construction with his dad owning a small construction company out of Austin. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and began a 10 year commercial construction career doing general contracting and project management. His strengths include organization, catching the little things, relationship building, and team development. He enjoys spending time outside with his wife and two young children.
Jim recently relocated from California to Dallas to be closer to his growing family! Jim is a graduate of the University of Southern California and joins Coats Homes with a 39 year business career under his belt. In his latter years, he has focused on luxury home building with a passion for people, process, and production. Jim joins us to serve clients as a Project Manager with a keen eye for details, client service, and collaboration. Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, three grown children, and grandchildren.
Gia joins Coats Homes with over 15 years of commercial real estate experience, managing the development of luxury multifamily properties throughout Texas. She is detail oriented, enjoys team collaboration, and brings a unique owner’s perspective to her projects. When she’s not working, Gia enjoys hiking and hanging out with her husband, Jeremy, at their local brewery he founded, The Manhattan Project.
Wendy joins Coats Homes as a Staff Accountant with 25 years of experience, specializing in construction accounting. She is a native Texan who received her BS in Accounting from University of Texas at Dallas. Wendy is passionate about helping others achieve personal and professional empowerment. When she’s not working, Wendy loves fitness, nature, dogs, DIY projects, motorcycles, and coffee.
Janelle joins Coats Homes as a Project Manager with over 11 years of home building experience. She has a unique eye for details and passion for creating positive relationships with her clients. Janelle graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, and in her free time she loves traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with her son, Zaine.
Trevor joins Coats Homes as a Superintendent with over 14 years of experience. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Construction Engineering Technology. He is reliable, a great problem solver, and an excellent craftsman. In his free time, you can catch Trevor woodworking with his son.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Olivia moved to Texas in 2015 where she obtained a Finance Degree from Texas Christian University. She went on to work as an asset manager for multi-family and single-family residential properties, where she focused on coordinating property improvements and maximizing property values. Her creative thinking and experience working with development and real-estate companies make her a natural problem solver. In her free time, Olivia enjoys yoga, cycling, trying new restaurants, and traveling the country with her Fiancé.
Connor is a Dallas native with years of experience in the home-building world. After graduating from Baylor University, where he studied political science and entrepreneurship, he formed a residential home building company called Fagin Partners. He later went on to build Texas' first International Passive House. Connor's initial focus on energy efficiency led to his appreciation and understanding of building science early on in his career and is a driving factor in his desire to leverage new methods to solve challenges in the building process. Connor loves to golf in his spare time and enjoys spending time with his wife Miranda and their Golden Retriever, Hallie.
A Dallas native, Caroline Randall brings 9 years of paralegal and office administrator experience to the Coats Homes Team. Shortly after she graduated from Oklahoma State University, she started her career at a small law firm in Dallas. There, she discovered her love for streamlining inefficient processes, boosting overall productivity, and helping people. With a life goal to make a measurable difference in the lives of others, the career path she’s chosen speaks to that fact. She enjoys and excels in fast-paced and dynamic environments, and plays a crucial part in helping Coats Homes run like a well-oiled machine. Outside of the office Caroline enjoys being outdoors with her family, camping, kayaking, and boating. She is a huge NCAA football fan and loves to entertain and watch football.
Kate's experience in journalism, advertising, and event planning led her to join the Coats Home team as a Marking Coordinator. At Coats, she helps design, create, and oversee various marketing projects, including multi-platform marketing campaigns, advertising, events, and promotions. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Fashion Media with a minor in Advertising from Southern Methodist University. In her free time, Kate enjoys tennis, golf, cooking, and painting.
Morgun brings years of experience building premier, luxurious residential estates in Dallas to Coats Homes. He has a passion for custom, high-end home building, and enjoys the challenges that come with creating meaningful architecture. He is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in Construction Science with an emphasis in business. As a passionate people person, Morgun loves his chosen career path and the interaction it brings with clients, vendors, and colleagues. His wife Sarah and their dog Harvey bring much joy to his life and in his free time, he enjoys bow hunting and spending time outdoors.
Melviney has a professional background that started with Interior Design and Project Management in Los Angeles, before coming to Texas in 2018. Before joining Coats Homes, she worked in the various industries of development, including, non-profit Housing, retail design, and commercial class A builds. Melviney loves to spend time with her husband, Quinn, her 7-year-old daughter, and her rescue dog, Max. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, watching new movies, and reading English Literature.
Aaron joins the Coats Homes team with 22 years of experience as superintendent and project manager in the DFW area. Aaron started off his career by serving four years in the U.S Marine Corps. After his service, he entered the residential construction business and has worked on countless projects in the custom home industry. In his off-hours, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and their three boys, Landon, Riley, and Ethan. Aaron loves to watch his sons play sports, and he goes on camping trips with his family whenever possible.
Andrew is a native Texan, born and raised in Dallas. He joins the Coats Homes team with 5 years of building experience as a single-family home builder, as well as a custom home builder here in the Dallas / Park Cities area. Early in his career, Andrew worked in IT as a Unix System Administrator for an international telecommunications company, where he built home directories and file systems. He studied at SMU School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and later he earned his BS in Information Systems at the Legacy Plano campus. Most weekends Andrew spends time with his wife, his two rescue puppies, and his extended family. He also enjoys working on home improvement projects around the house and watching the Dallas Cowboys and Formula 1.
Harrison brings years of home-building experience to the Coats Homes team. Before working in construction, Harrison got his undergraduate degree in General Business and later received his Master's in Business Administration. Harrison started in residential construction, working with his father’s homebuilding business, Waggoner Custom Homes. He later transitioned into commercial construction when he took a job with Billingsley Company as a Project Engineer. Outside of work, you can find Harrison at Watermark Community Church, with family and friends, or on the basketball court.
Janet brings her passion for learning, teamwork, and organization to the Coats Homes team. She has over 20 years of experience in residential real estate, and she now joins our team as an administrative assistant. Janet and her husband moved from Colorado less than a year ago to be closer to family. She has two grown children and two precious grandsons. She enjoys boating and fishing with her husband, Lance in her free time. Her passion is animals, especially dogs.
Born and raised in California, Brittanie obtained her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Human Resource Management at California State University Sacramento. She went on to work in the management consulting industry where she learned numerous skills including team building, customer service, and strategic planning. She now brings her experience to the Coats Homes team as a staff accountant. In her free time, Brittanie loves to spend time with her husband, Josh, and their two beautiful children, Jazlyn and Cameron.
Brad joins our Coats Homes team with a background in commercial construction. He has been extensively trained in commercial construction for the last 7 years and has been building for over 15 years. Brad is an accomplished builder and problem solver, and he enjoys using his skills to contribute to the exciting difficulties and challenges of building. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. Brad enjoys softball, hunting, fishing, and helping his son prepare for college baseball.
Jon brings over 30 years of construction experience to the Coats Homes team! He is a quality-focused, integrity-driven, safety-conscience experienced construction Superintendent with proven skills in building trusted partnerships with clients, owners, subcontractors, vendors, and design teams. He is detail-oriented, dependable, and dedicated to each project. Before joining our team, Jon worked on many projects ranging from high-end custom homes to large commercial projects. Jon has a love of music and plays many instruments. When he’s not working, he enjoys time with family, traveling, and taking motorcycle rides.
“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 —
“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 —
“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 —
“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 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 —
“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 —
“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 —
“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 —
“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 —
“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 —
Once in a lifetime opportunity to call one of Lakewood’s most iconic properties home. Picturesque setting on over a half-acre with rolling topography & mature landscape creates one of the neighborhoods most treasured sites. This home has been meticulously planned to maintain its original influences while enhancing the architectural design. Elevate your day to day living in this serene property with sweeping views of the grounds from nearly every room in the home. Light & bright finishes with vaulted ceilings, expansive windows & sliding doors, natural wood beams & arched openings throughout. Sophisticated yet comfortable materials create a fresh California feel. This is the house memories are made in for several generations. Do not miss out on this truly amazing property. Click here to view video footage of the property!
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.
As seen on the cover of D Home’s May/June 2021 issue, this is 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.
Once in a lifetime opportunity to call one of Lakewood's most iconic properties home. Picturesque setting on over a half-acre with rolling topography & mature landscape creates one of the neighborhoods most treasured sites.