Case Studies

Samuel Taylor Homes

Providing Panama City Beach with quality, custom-built homes

Samuel Taylor Homes (STH) was founded in 2011 by Matt Brandman and Hunter Collins. Headquartered in Panama City Beach, Florida, STH provides custom-built homes and superior service to a large client base throughout the area.

Both Matt and Hunter spent years in the construction industry with national homebuilding companies before finally starting out on their own. Both have backgrounds with some of the biggest builders in the United States, and Matt and Hunter have no shortage of industry knowledge and experience. Looking to create a company with an emphasis on customer service, the duo decided to build a business of their own from scratch.

After realizing an opportunity to start out on their own, Matt and Hunter established STH with the goal of building exceptional new homes with details and amenities customers want, but without the frustrations that often accompanies the process. The company established its finances and brought on partners, and in its first two years of business, built 70 homes in Panama City Beach.

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STH builds moderately priced custom homes throughout the Panama City Beach area, primarily in Bay County and Walton County, Florida. With a focus on customer service, honesty and being available to its customers, STH prides itself in having the organization and experience of a corporate construction firm, with the customer service and quality of a small builder.

Utilizing subcontractors for all of its construction, STH sticks with a core group that it can trust. “Keeping our core subs is critical to obtaining consistency,” Matt details.

The company employs nine regular workers, three of whom are in sales; all based out of an office in Panama City Beach.

Focusing on building homes that are energy efficient, STH provides every homebuyer with complete training and walk through of their building process, to show all the standard items that are included in every STH that provides the utmost energy efficiency. The company also warranties the homes it builds, using a third party warranty program.

With several neighborhoods in development, STH has built in communities all along Florida’s northwest shoreline. From the Sugarwood Beach and Greenway Park developments in Seagrove Beach, to The Glades and Breakfast Point in Panama City Beach, the company is known for constructing high-quality homes and beautiful communities for a moderate price.

STH’s major project of 2014 was the Whisper Dunes development, a 157-unit community. The company is currently selling its first 63 lots, of which 50 percent have been sold. Located in Panama City Beach, the development is constructed along the Gulf of Mexico.

The single-family cottages range from 1,400 to just under 3,000 square feet. As more homes are purchased in the development, STH will be continuing construction throughout the community.

In spring 2015, STH is participating in the construction of a new community, SweetBay. A redevelopment of the old Panama City Airport, SweetBay is a 3,200-lot neighborhood of single-family and multifamily units on 700 acres. SweetBay is expected to take 10 to 20 years to complete and STH is working hand-in-hand with the developers of the project.

Continued growth

Gauging the local market is critical to the long-term success of STH. “I pay close attention to the re-sale market,” explains Matt. “It’s important to watch what is selling and what is not selling.” With a large number of its newly completed homes trickling into the market, the company keeps a keen eye on the economy’s fluctuations and the changes in the building styles favored by the public.

Taking a huge sense of pride in having built the company from scratch, Matt and Hunter consider STH’s success to be directly connected to its superior customer service and attention to detail. With a motto of integrity, commitment and quality, the company focuses its attention on meeting and exceeding its customer’s needs by building quality, energy efficient homes and standing behind its work.

Looking ahead, Matt sees continued growth in STH’s future. “We hope for good, steady growth, but nothing that outgrows us,” he chuckles. With plans to start another master-plan community in 2015, the company has no shortage of work ahead. For Panama City Beach, Samuel Taylor Homes provides quality homes and quality customer service as one of the premier homebuilders in the area.

Published on: July 6, 2015

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