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!


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How to Add Vintage Flair Into Your Modern Living Room

There’s something about the vintage look that we love. The ages of old may not have been perfect, but sometimes you need to put yourself in another world to get a break from your hectic modern life.

You can turn your entire living room into a time machine within your new home if you design it well. Use these design ideas to turn your modern living room into a vintage haven.

Create a Wooden Wonderland

The vintage look is just as much about texture as it is about color and style. No texture gives you as much of a vintage atmosphere than wood.

In addition to wooden furniture, line your walls with wooden planks. A great way to capture the vintage look is by using planks that are painted white or gray to give you texture alongside a delicate style.

Keep in mind that the type of vintage you want should inform the wood you use. For example, wider planks have more of a rustic feel while planks with a moderate width create a more Victorian style.

Mute the Mayhem

When it comes to choosing colors for your vintage living room, it’s all about muted colors. These hues create a softer, quieter feel throughout the room.

For example, one popular choice is a light robin’s egg blue, as well as a mild pink or rose tone. Pair these with neutrals like ivory or tan and you’ll have a beautiful old-world style.

Give Old Things a New Purpose

When you want your living room to look like a step back in time, why not accessorize with items from that time? The world is full of old things that need new life.

Start scouring antique stores, estate sales, and flea markets. These are great places to find old decorative pieces and accessories that can accent your living room’s look.

If you have a creative streak, you can use that to your advantage too. Buy old items and repurpose them into decorative accessories. For example, try converting old drinking glasses into candle holders.

Conceal the Modern Amenities

You can put a lot of time, planning, and money into creating a vintage atmosphere in your living room. When to throw a sleek new flat-screen TV in the middle of it, though, it breaks the illusion.

We aren’t saying you need to toss out your TV, but find creative ways to hide it. You can use custom cabinetry with doors that hide the TV when you aren’t using it.

Want a more unique solution? Put a vintage-style frame around your TV. When you aren’t using it, set a screensaver that looks like a painting.

Regardless of which option you choose, don’t forget to hide the cables too.

Turning Your Modern Living Room Into a Vintage Fantasy World

The vintage look is a popular one among homeowners, but too many try to capture it by buying a home from the days of old. If you want a vintage style without the headaches of an old home, you can have the best of both worlds with the vintage modern living room tips above.

If you’re still in the process of getting your dream home, we’re here to help. Call our home builders to set your dream in motion.

Determining Value: What Goes Into Luxury Property Appraisal?

There’s a solid reason behind calling the final property appraisal an ‘estimate.’

It can be a daunting task, trying to keep the balance between the art and science elements behind real estate evaluations.

However, there are ways to put together a concrete luxury property appraisal. In addition to avoiding the erasure of the uniqueness of the property itself.

Worried about how to properly conduct a luxury property appraisal? You’ve come to the right place.

Keep on reading to learn all there is to know about appraisals for your luxury property.

Valuing the Home: The Luxury Property Appraisal

The starting point of any sort of real estate appraisal is taking a thorough look at the industry appraisal tools.

Traditionally, you’ll find that appraisers gravitate towards three valuation tools. These are the sales comparison approach, the income approach, and the cost approach.

For residential appraisals, you should lean towards the Sales Comparison Approach (SCA) as it’s the most widely accepted and reliable indicator of home value.

Valuation Basics

The first step after selecting the right appraisal tool is inspecting the property.

This includes drawing the floor plan, calculating the square footage, and establishing the property’s condition. Afterward, you can easily identify the highest-valued features of your property.

Great characteristics of a house can be views, pools, decks, home theaters, location, and proximity to the shopping centers. All of those can be added as critical components of property valuation.

In addition, you must take a close look at construction quality, as well as the quality of appliances and interior features.

Finding the Right Comps

Next step, finding the right comparables (comps).

Once you have your list of property features, you can move on to the comps-hunting stage.

The industry standard is getting comps that are ‘not-older-than-six-months’, however, this might not always be a feasible option.

If finding the right comps cause you a bit more trouble than its worth, you can shift gears and use the Cost Approachinstead.

You can start by using various online data tools. Manuals like the National Building Cost Manual can help determine the replacement cost of improvements for all of your property’s features and amenities.

On the other hand, it’s essential to keep in mind that the cost approach might not be as accurate as you’d like it to be. Especially, in cases of large custom luxury homes.

This is due to the construction cost manual’s focus on the replacement cost instead of the reproduction cost.

Regardless of which valuation tool you decide on using, you’ll end up with a final value estimate. This estimated value is the bedrock of your luxury home’s final valuation.

Ready to Get Your Custom Luxury Home?

Getting a luxury home property appraisal isn’t a task for the faint of heart. But, the benefits of owning your own custom luxury home are truly immeasurable.

After learning all about value estimation for luxury property, make sure you learn everything there is to know about buying your luxury home.

Whether you’re thinking about building vs buying your home, our blog has tons of articles that cover all things custom property and much more!

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4 Luxury Home Pool Designs That You Need to See

Some homes are just houses. Others are experiences.

When you build a luxury home, you want every aspect of it to be your picture of perfection. That doesn’t stop when you walk out the back door.

A beautiful luxury pool is an ideal way to make the most of your high-end home. The best part is that you can customize your pool to be exactly the pool you want.

Need some inspiration? Check out these jaw-dropping pool designs from around the world.

1. Minimalist Majesty

When it comes to luxury pool designs, sometimes less is more. The beauty lies in the modern, clean lines and the open peacefulness of the pool.

The Alila Ubud resort knows that the beautiful Bali landscape speaks for itself. That’s why they opted for a huge pool with borders that seem to vanish into the green around it.

For a touch of detail, the resort added a built-in island in the middle of the pool.

2. Sweet As a Rose

When it comes to luxury homes in warm climates, a spectacular pool is a must-have. A $1.9 million estate in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, doesn’t disappoint.

This home’s pool is better described as a swimming complex. It features several circular pools at different depths for swimmers at any level. When it’s time for a relaxing soak, residents and guests can step right into the adjacent hot tub.

Surrounding the pool is the perfect atmosphere for a great party with tables, chairs, and palm trees any Floridian would love.

3. Lounging in Style

Swimming pools and bedrooms have something in common: both are meant for relaxation. Why not combine the two for the perfect at-home spa?

That’s the approach the designers took at Hôtel La Mamounia in Marrakesh.

Hovering above the luxury pool at this hotel is a cozy lounger on top of a beautiful marble slab with golden posts. It’s the absolute picture of extravagance.

You may not be able to go quite as far with your own pool, but you can use the general idea to create a lounge space above your pool.

4. A Full Outdoor Retreat

If you truly want to make the most of your luxury home, why stop at a pool? Why not make your outdoor space an entire experience?

That’s what the designer did at a home in Longboat Key, FL that sold for a shocking $7.7 million.

In addition to a beautiful pool with multiple alcoves and gargoyle fountains, this home has a luxurious outdoor space with several tables and dining areas.

Customizing Your Perfect Pool Designs

If you’re building your own luxury home, you shouldn’t have to compromise or settle. Our team at Homes by Artisan is all about giving homeowners the luxury estates they want. The pool designs above can be your inspiration for rounding it out with your outdoor space.

To take the next step toward a home you can be proud of, contact our luxury home builders today.