We Transform Dreams into Premier Custom Homes

The hardest step in a journey is the first one. We do not simply build houses here at Homes By Artisan, we build residences of distinction that our families call home for generations. Our team is here to help you take the first step in building your dream home by walking alongside you to create the perfect plan.

As a premier builder of custom homes in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, we have built dreams into reality in the region’s most exclusive South Tampa areas.

Our mission is to design and build a sanctuary where cherished memories are created by you and your loved ones.

Because no two families are alike, we believe no two residences should be identical either. Our design portfolio features a wide array of architectural styles to help your family explore options that fit unique dreams. For example, we have created dwellings from spacious vintage bungalows to Mediterranean mansions to beautiful beachfront retreats.

A Purveyor of a Luxury Homes and Lifestyles

Our expertise is designing and crafting extravagant homes that connect and enhance your lifestyle. Homes by Artisan provides the convergence of authentic, old-world craftsmanship with modern-day innovation.

A True Artisan is an Expert Who Creates Hand-Crafted Masterpieces

Homes by Artisan is Tampa’s premier custom builder due to our meticulous attention to detail. We take exceptional pride in exceeding our client’s expectations and transforming their vision into reality. No matter how minute the details, we ensure our homeowners first step into their new home is just as they had imagined it.

The Artisan Story

As a young child, Matthew Longenecker spent a great deal of time in his grandfather’s woodworking shop. There, he enjoyed observing and learning the many aspects which come along with perfecting a skill. Growing up he transformed his passion for wood-working into custom-home building. Today, Matthew excels in collaborating with his client’s to provide an exceptional home building experience from start to finish.

Meaningful, Lasting Relationships

From day one, our goal is to provide a concierge level of service. Designing and constructing a truly personalized home takes time and a great deal of planning to ensure that everything is perfect in the end. Throughout the journey, we form indelible bonds with our homeowners and their families. Our process is simple: First, share with us your aspirations and vision for your perfect home. Then, we will provide you our expertise and dedication to achieve your dream without compromising on even the smallest of details.

Most importantly, however, our desire is to create a solid foundation for our clients, just like our homes. We are built upon trust and above all open communication.

Above all, Homes by Artisan is the clear choice to help you embark on the journey from you initial vision all the way to the first step through the doorway of your completed new home. It would be our privilege and honor to work with you!


5 Things to Know About Living in Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay is more than the sun, beaches, and sports. With a population of over 385,000 people, Tampa Bay is a culturally diverse city with unique communities, a variety of recreational activities, and locally-renowned cuisine. Continue reading about living in Tampa…

Here are five reasons why you need to be living in Tampa.

1. Charming Neighborhoods

Firstly, Tampa’s city and suburban neighborhoods are filled with character and charm. If you’re interested in urban living, here are some areas to start looking:


Located east of downtown Tampa, Channelside has a city feel with lofts, condos, and highrises. For example, Sparkman Wharf is located in the center of Channelside and The Florida Aquarium and Amalie Arena are within walking distance. In fact, there are plenty of restaurants, shops, and boutiques in Channelside.

Ybor City

Northeast of downtown, Ybor City is famous for Cuban cigar factories. Brick roads, an active trolley, bungalows, and historic homes make this a charming community to call home.

Hyde Park

Near the University of Tampa, this community has a wide selection of bars, restaurants, and an active nightlife. In addition, the streets are lined with trees and brick sidewalks.

Seminole Heights

With its central location, Seminole Heights is known for its art scene and restaurants. For instance, many homes are bungalow style in this neighborhood.

2. Parks

Secondly, the city of Tampa manages and maintains 3,540 acres with 178 parks, 80 playgrounds, 30 recreation centers, 3 skate parks, 10 dog parks, Majorie Park Marina, and 300 miles of trails.

With this much space and number of available activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

3. Food and Drinks

From its upscale restaurants to breweries, food trucks and small, locally-owned “mom and pop” shops, Tampa cuisine is rich in diversity and flavor.

Known for its waterfront dining and Cuban dishes,  favorite local cuisines include Cuban sandwiches, stone crab, grouper sandwich, Tampa roll,  seafood market, and its local brew.

4. Festivals

Locals and visitors enjoy food and wine festivals, music festivals, art festivals, children’s festivals, and more.

Since beginning in 1904, Gasparilla Pirate Festival is one of the city’s favorite events. The Parade of Pirates marches down Bayshore Boulevard in late January with a pirate ship in tow. There are many other festivals held throughout the year with food, music, culture, and celebration.

5. Jobs and Housing

Thinking about moving to Tampa? Tampa’s affordability makes it an ideal choice for a home.

The median sale price of a house in Tampa is $265,000. Housing options include bungalows, condos, high rises, duplexes, ranch houses, custom home builds.

If you’re looking for a job in the Tampa Bay Metropolitan area, the top industries are:

  • Tourism
  • Avionics
  • Financial services
  • Business and information services
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine sciences
  • Maritime

Thinking of Living in Tampa?

Lastly, are you ready to make the move to Tampa? If you’re thinking of living in Tampa, consider building your custom dream house. Above all, Homes By Artisan offers a unique experience of building your home with your style and favorite design.

Contact Homes By Artisan when you’re ready to start planning your dream home.

Homes by Artisan Wins Tampa Bay Parade of Homes Award for The Swann

Here at Homes by Artisan, we are thrilled to share with you that we have recently won the Grand Custom Homes Award from The Tampa Bay Parade of Homes for our Swann model! We placed first in the two million dollar category of custom homes and are immensely proud of our homebuilding work.

The Swann is a truly unique, stunning luxury home with high-quality features and finishes. With the help of our friends at IDC Interior Design Consulting, the interior of The Swann custom home is luxury at its finest. Below is a series of home features for The Swann that contributed to winning the Parade of Homes award:

The Swann’s Luxury Winning Features:

  • Three car garage
  • Grand foyer with exposed railing
  • Two marvelous kitchen islands with custom light features and waterfall edge style granite countertops
  • Top of the line stainless steel JennAir appliances
  • Walk-in closets throughout the home in each bedroom
  • Wine cellar/room
  • Open floor plan great room
  • Outdoor living with pool, outdoor kitchen, and patio
  • Six burner gas stove, with pot filler faucet
  • Luxurious bathrooms with white and gray marble flooring seamlessly extending to the walls
  • Hardwood flooring throughout the home

The Swann is a beautiful custom home and we wouldn’t have made it possible without the help of IDC Interior Design Consulting and our current homeowners. Working together with the homeowners on this beautiful home was an absolute joy and we can’t wait for you to create a lifetime of memories for generations to come in The Swann.

We are so proud of our team of designers and construction experts for making this award possible. Thank you, Parade of Homes, for acknowledging our hard work and by gifting us with the Custom Home Award for the two million dollar category. We are humbled to receive it and hope to receive more awards in the future.

More About Homes By Artisan

We do not simply build houses here at Homes By Artisan, we build residences of distinction that our families call home for generations. Our team is here to help you take the first step in building your dream home by walking alongside you to create the perfect plan.

We have exceptional, forward-thinking designers who are experts in their field of custom home building and interior design. We offer game-changing recommendations to our homeowners, giving them unique and exciting features to consider in their new home. Building with only the highest quality materials, our team is one of the most experienced in the industry.

As a premier builder of custom homes in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, we have built dreams into reality in the region’s most exclusive South Tampa areas. Our mission is to design and build a sanctuary where cherished memories are created by you and your loved ones.

As you can see, we accomplished our mission with The Swann and will continue to build top of the notch luxury homes in the Greater Tampa Bay Area and beyond.

If you’re interested in building something like The Swann for you and your loved ones, contact us today. It would be our privilege and honor to work with you!

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Signs You Are Ready for a Customized Home

Finding a dream home can sometimes seem like a nightmare.

The choices about what to compromise on can be heartbreaking. Many people feel understanding the market is hard, but that the steps to homebuying are even harder to keep track of.

You desire a great area for schools, but the houses aren’t the right layout for your (current or future) needs. Or you need a studio or office, but none of the homes have one purpose-built.

It’s easier to build a customized home than you think. So are you ready for a custom home? Why build a home instead of buying a prebuilt one?

Keep reading, because we’re going to cover that and more!

Custom vs Pre-Built: What’s the Difference?

You might think that a custom home is out of your league. Consider, though, that you could spend up to $75,000 on partial remodels. When you buy a home, the older it is the more likely you are to spend even more.

When you remodel the home, you must bring anything found up to current code standards. Not to mention even more underlying problems could be lurking. That causes after-purchase spending to tick ever upward as you replace AC ductwork or fix foundation problems.

If you buy a home but found to be unsuitable for living during the remodel, you then have demolition and removal costs to add.

Then where will you stay while the home design and building go on? It’s another costly anxiety side-stepped from starting the custom home project from the start, with both eyes open.

Getting good designs for kitchens, providing for energy-efficient customization, and choosing quality custom home builders can all drive the total cost of homeownership down over time.

Knowing that everything is as it should be, without any surprises, gives great peace of mind as well.

Another great thing about building a home from scratch is having the choice of your own plot of land. You can often buy a piece of land in the right location for you more readily in some cases than a plot with a prebuilt home.

Am I Ready for a Customized Home?

You don’t have to be an established homeowner to be in the market for a customized home. If you have:

  • Financial stability
  • Outgrown your current living situation
  • A particular style that isn’t reflected in the current market
  • Found an amazing neighborhood
  • Don’t want to compromise on your dream home

Then, a customized home building project is right for you.

The host of technologies to make a home environmentally friendly, ready for high-speed communication, and cost-efficient is growing by the day. Buying a 30-year-old home doesn’t guarantee a retrofit.

Closing the Door on Customized Homes

So after reading this article, are you ready for a customized home?

We think so, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Whether you have your own lot, or you need help finding one, homes by Artisan can help. Do you need a remodel or fully-customized home?

We have the experience and ability to guide you through the process from A-Z.

Get started now! Click here to get in touch with our talented and receptive staff, today.