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Fritz-built Home is 2009 Best in

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Craig Flanagan, president

Eddie Duran, state representative

Frank Pucylowski, vice president

Chris Massey, secretary/treasurer

Joe Robertson, associates vice president

Marty Milstead, executive vice president

HBAM Regional Vice Presidents

Kenneth Estes, Region 1

Lance Conn, Region II

David Smith, Region III

Gene Buckles, Region IV

Randy Bosarge, Region V

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The official magazine of the

Home Builders Association of Mississippi

Features

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A Mediterranean Jewel

Fritz Development produces another

award-winning gem with the Garringer residence

of Gulf Hills in Ocean Springs.

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Spring Fever

35th annual Home & Outdoor Living

Expo focused on “Building a Better Mississippi.”

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Home Builders Head

to Florida Coast

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state convention at the Hilton Sandestin Beach

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Contents

Vol. 26, No. 3

May/June 2010

Builder Profile

14 Lance Conn learned the secrets of

the building trade from his dad, and built his

business on honesty and integrity.

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On the cover

The Garringer residence of Gulf Hills in Ocean Springs sparkles as a Best in Mississippi

winner, built by Fritz Development.

Mississippi Builder

May/June 2010 3


BEST in Mississippi WINNER

Stamps Residence

Home builder Tim Prevost of Timber Creek Homes in Raymond received

the 2009 Best in Mississippi Award for Single-Family New Construction Custom

Home Less Than 1,800 Square Feet for the Stamps Residence in Madison.

This 1,700-square-foot custom home features an open, split-plan layout with

an ultra private master suite and a surprisingly spacious and open design,

specifically in the living room, kitchen and breakfast area, home office, and

separate laundry room.

Extras that lend character to this classic country charmer include handscraped,

rustic pine wood laminate floors throughout the living room, dining

room, office area, bedrooms and hallways, with complementing ceramic tile

in the kitchen, laundry and baths. Also environmentally-friendly, this highly

energy-efficient home features “green-minded” elements: water heater, windows,

insulation and energy saving decking.

Wyatt Residence

The Wyatt Residence of Bridgewater in Ridgeland won the 2009 Best in Mississippi Single-Family New Construction Custom Home 2,501 to

4,999 Square Feet for home builder David Smith of David Smith Builder Inc. in Ridgeland. The greatest surprise of this gorgeous 4,000-squarefoot

French County home’s design: It was built within stringent NAHB green building guidelines without compromising style. Old Chicago brick

accented with plaster, cedar lintels and lap siding showcase the exterior. Inside, high ceilings embellished by stately arched case openings set the

tone for the rest of the house, which features heart pine floors throughout, and gives this grand space a comfortable feel.

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BEST in Mississippi WINNER

Mediterranean

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Jewel

Fritz Development

Produces (Another)

Award-Winning Gem

At first glance, it’s striking to realize this Best in Mississippi award-winning

custom home is less than 2,500 square feet.

By seamlessly blending the undulating marshland environment with

creative design and unique top-notch craftsmanship, home builders Michael

and Kimberly Fritz of Fritz Development in Ocean Springs have

produced a 2,477-square-foot luxury Mediterranean-style jewel packed

with larger-than-actual-size style and amenities. As a result, the Garringer

residence of Gulf Hills in Ocean Springs garnered the 2009 category prize

for Custom Home 1,800 to 2,500 square feet.

The Fritzes were challenged with meeting strict building code requirements

while maintaining the aesthetics and incorporating owner-desired

amenities. The home’s location required a 10-foot elevation above ground

level. Built on structural concrete pilings, the lower level was completely

constructed via poured concrete

forms to withstand devastating

storm surges. Above

the commercial-quality foundation,

the home was built

with traditional wood framing,

while the entire structure

was finished with conventional

stucco. The expansive lower

level was designed to serve

as parking and storage space,

with an exterior lift providing

effortless access to the living

space above.

To create a grand entrance,

the staircase leading to the formal

entry was developed with

Tennessee flagging treads and

coordinating stucco risers—

and custom iron railings. A secondary

entry in the back of the

home, with access to the pier

and boathouse, also features a

custom iron railed stairway.

Rich colors of chocolate, tan, black and cream—accented with ruby and

gold—add visual texture to the casual yet elegant open floor plan, while metallic

tile in the master bath and exterior custom iron inlay accent the décor.

Architectural specialties include a faux-finished dome ceiling in the

breakfast room, tray ceilings in the master bedroom and great room, archways

leading to the heart of the home, and rounded drywall corners.

Espresso Euro-style cabinets, black galaxy granite countertops and stainless

steel appliances and hardware give the kitchen a sleek, modern European

feel. Designed to take advantage of the magnificent views of the water,

palm trees, sprawling oaks and magnolia blooms, the great room, octagonshaped

dining area and master bedroom feature full height windows and

sliding glass doors overlooking a spacious covered outdoor living area.

Fritz Development is a residential developer and custom home builder

on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Fritz family has been recognized

for its award-winning work, including Best in Mississippi Grand Award

and Best in Mississippi Subdivision Development of the Year Award for

Toscana in Ocean Springs. For more information on Fritz Homes, visit

www.fritzhomes.com.

Mississippi Builder

May/June 2010 7


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Spring Fever

Record Attendance Caps 35th

Annual Home & Outdoor Living Expo

More than 5,500 people enjoyed the Home Builders Association

of Mississippi’s 35th Annual Home & Outdoor Living Extravaganza

March 12-14 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson.

“We were extremely pleased with the show,” said HBAM

executive director Marty Milstead. “Adding the outdoor living

feature attracted a lot of interest. The show was open to

the public on Friday this year for the first time, making it a

successful 3-day event. (Admission on Friday was 2-for-1.)

And very importantly, the exhibitors were pleased with the

positive feedback about our show.”

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spring fever

(continued from page 9)

The one-stop shopping event focusing on “Building a

Better Mississippi” showcased the newest and niftiest

indoor and outdoor home products from 148 vendors

with 236 booths. Experts in the areas of painting, building

and remodeling, gardening, and energy efficiency

provided a variety of free demonstrations; seminars

were held daily.

“In this year’s show, we got the most leads than

we’ve ever received,” said Hans Horne, sales manager

for Jefcoat Fence Company.

First-year participant Mark Dungan, owner of Dun-

Rite Seamless Gutters, said soon after the show that his

company had received five jobs—so far.

“We do several other shows and this was the best one

that we’ve done in a long time,” Dungan said.

Simple Stone Solutions won Best of Show, and Players

Audio Video was recognized as the booth with the Best

Visual Design. First-time exhibitor Wood-Craft Millworks

received the Best Rookie Award, while Southern Screens

garnered the Best Technical Design for the most innovative

product presentation.

‘We were very pleased with the 2010 Home & Outdoor

Living Extravaganza,” said HBAM sales and marketing

director Kristy Johnson, “and we plan for the 2011 show

to be even bigger and better!”

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2010 HBAM

Calendar of Events

May

25 National Membership Day

Builders

Mean Business

Contributors

These HBAM members have contributed

to the Builders Mean Business campaign.

June

3-6 HBAM State Convention – Hilton Sandestin

Beach Resort, Destin, FL

August

30 Deadline: Best in Mississippi Applications

September

22–26 NAHB Fall Board of Directors Meeting –

New York

27 Deadline: Associate & Builder Member of the

Year Nominations

November

17 HBAM Executive Committee Meeting – HBAM

State Office, Jackson, MS

President’s Dinner & Best in Mississippi Awards

18 HBAM Fall Board Meeting – Jackson, MS

For more information, contact the Home Builders Association of

Mississippi at (601) 969-3446 or (800) 898-HBAM or visit the

HBAM website at www.hbam.com.

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Kenneth Estes

Craig Flanagan

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Chris Massey

Bill McBryde

Marty Milstead

Lee Mitchell

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Frank Pucylowski

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Kevin Taylor

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Thank you Build

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For more information about Build PAC and the

value of participating in Builders Mean Business,

contact the Home Builders Association of Mississippi

at (601) 969-3446 or (800) 898-HBAM or visit the

HBAM website at www.hbam.com.

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Home Builders Head to Florida Coast

Late Registration Accepted for Annual HBAM Convention in Sandestin

A sunny retreat with fellow home builders is just around the corner.

It’s not too late to register for the 2010 annual state convention, taking place again at the alluring Hilton Sandestin

Beach Resort in Florida, home of world-class spa facilities, six restaurants, four championship golf courses, 15 tennis

courts, two outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, game room and an incomparable fitness center.

Even though the room reservation cut-off date was officially May 3, the hotel resort is still accepting late

registrations for the June 3-5 event.

Don’t miss this perfect vacation opportunity, and the chance to enjoy networking agenda favorites: Welcome

Party, Lloyd “Bulldog” Burton Volleyball Tournament, Kids Night Out, Hall of Fame Ceremony and annual

Golf Tournament.

“We’ll throw in a few surprises as well,” previewed HBAM executive director Marty Milstead. “We have a lot

to cover business-wise, yet we’ll also have fun.”

HBAM was able to retain for members Hilton’s special $289 rate for a standard room for two days before and

after the convention. To book these dates, contact the hotel directly at (800) 367-1271 or visit www.sandestinbeachhilton.com and use group

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Builder Profile

Lance Conn

Columbus Home Builder

Learned Trade Secrets from Dad

When Lance Conn joined the family business—Conn

Construction in Columbus—his father, Ted, shared his

secret to success in the construction industry: “You have

to be the first one to unlock the door every morning and

the last one to leave.”

Conn sometimes finds it difficult to follow that advice,

he joked, because “I’m not the first one there every

morning. It’s hard to beat an old-timer who gets there

around 5:30 a.m.!”

The Conn boys—Lance and his two brothers—practically grew

up on construction sites. They started out doing odd jobs—fetching

materials, for example—before moving to skilled labor, such

as hanging drywall. “I can remember when I was in high school,

getting out for the summer, and starting construction work the next

day,” recalled Conn, who studied business management at Mississippi

State University. “I liked working out in the field, but graduated

to the office 20 years ago.”

The Conns build custom and spec homes and handle commercial

work, with most residences ranging in size from 3,000 to 7,000

square feet. “In the custom-built home business, you have to be on

your toes,” said Conn. “As my dad would say, ‘every day that a job

goes on, it’s costing you money.’ How true that is!”

More important than the bottom line, Conn learned early on, is

building a business based on honesty and integrity. “Our website

states: ‘My word is my bond!’ That’s stuck with Conn Construction

(established in 1976). My dad has a great reputation in the Golden

Triangle Area and he makes sure that we boys keep it that way.

Reputation alone sets us apart from our competitors. Many realtors

have told me that a ‘Conn-built home’ sells well. We try to build a

product that the customer wants and loves. The best kind of advertisement

is a satisfied customer.”

Beaver Creek, a subdivision in Columbus, is their most recent

development, with spec homes ranging in size from 3,000 to 4,000

square feet. Conn’s wife of 11 years, Allison, a realtor for Coldwell

Banker in Columbus, and an interior design graduate of Florida

State University, handles the interior design for Conn spec homes.

“The spec home business isn’t something we do a lot of,” he said,

“but we decided to try a 12-lot development. The homes have

turned out great.”

Conn took the necessary steps to get the company Green Certified,

which also gives the home builders a competitive edge. “Building

green is something we all need to get involved in,” he said. “I’d

like to build the first Green Certified home in Columbus.”

Even though his family has been in the business for

decades, there’s always a new wrinkle to challenge a

day’s work, specifically concerning customer relations,

subcontractors and cost.

“There are so many decisions to be made in building

a custom home that the customer becomes overwhelmed,”

he explained. “I honestly say that you have

to be in contact with the customer every day for the

project to run smoothly.”

Good subcontractors are indispensible assets—to the builder and

the customer—when custom building, Conn pointed out.

“If you want to have one of those ‘headache custom built home’

jobs,” he said, “just get you a few bad subcontractors and you’ll

understand what I’m talking about.”

Cost is always an issue with custom homes, Conn emphasized.

“The customer wants or (thinks) he can build a custom home

for $50 per square foot, but it ends up costing more like $150 per

square foot,” he explained. “That’s when you have a problem. And

it goes back to customer relations—letting them know what the

house is going to actually cost. We try to be upfront with the customer

and not sugar coat it. We’ve been in the building business

long enough to know what the home should cost.”

Being involved in construction industry associations is “a must,”

said Conn, who’s been an integral player in the local association since

2002—two years as local president; eight years on the board of directors.

On the state level, he’s been involved for seven years, and currently

serves on the executive board and as Regional II vice president.

“Being involved at the state level really is informative and has

helped me in my business,” he said. “I enjoy going to the state board

meetings and talking with other builders around Mississippi.”

Conn is also busy around town coaching little league teams. His

son, Jackson, 7, participates in soccer, T-ball, basketball and coachpitch

team sports. His daughter, Isabella, 4, plays T-ball.

“It’s hard for me not to smile when talking about my kids,” said

Conn. “We’re blessed to have two of the most wonderful kids in the

world. Jackson is all-boy … our little athlete. We travel all over Mississippi

to watch him play sports. He recently won the state swim

meet in his age group … five first-place metals. (Mom attended FSU

on a swim scholarship.) Isabella is our little princess. Not to be outdone

by her big brother, she’s going to be a little athlete, too.”

The Conn family attends First United Methodist Church in Columbus,

where he is a trustee. He also serves on the Zoning Board in

Columbus and on the Columbus Country Club Board of Directors.

14 May/June 2010 Mississippi Builder


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