Monica Berry has been in the building-related industry for many years, including the 15 years since she and her husband, Lonnie Berry, founded Berry Homes in 2003. Operating mostly in the Mid-Valley area, Berry Homes is an established construction company, recognized as much for the owners’ integrity as for the detailed quality of their homes.
Waldo Homes was founded in 2004. This family owned company is exclusively owned and managed by the Waldo Homes team: Mr. Luis Waldo and Mrs. Teresa Waldo, along with their son Danny and their daughter Karen. Everyone has a significant role in the day-to-day operations, and their skills complement their duties—especially those of the women.
Stephanie Villanueva is proud to be part of the Villanueva Construction legacy of building beautiful homes for over 30 years. The company rallies around its slogan, “The Valley’s Original Builder” for good reason. Its long history in business predates many new start-ups and is a testament to its enduring reputation as a quality builder.
Since its founding in 2013 by Emigdio Villanueva Jr. and his sons, Emigdio Villanueva III and David Villanueva, Villa Homes has achieved a remarkable reputation as a builder of some of the Valley’s finest custom homes. The Villa Homes team includes Emigdio Villanueva Jr.’s spouse, Cynthia, and his two daughters-in-law, Brianna and Erica Villanueva.
Marisol Treviño works side-by-side with her husband, Mario Treviño, both, as owners of Treviño Construction sharing the same passion for building homes that stand out from the ordinary. This family-owned company has distinguished itself by building award-winning homes that are as unique as the customers who buy them. It is with good reason that Treviño Construction’s company slogan is, “Luxury One-Of-A-Kind Homes For Life.”
Sandra Brown is a builder. What makes her different is that she is a “woman” builder. The love for what she does is evident in her work. And her work involves a lot. In fact, it covers everything from the design and concept of the home to its finishing details. As the owner of Sorrento Fine Homes, Sandra has built a great reputation as both an architectural designer and a master builder. She is currently certified as a “Master Builder” by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a designation she first earned in 2010. The “Master Builder” designation is one of NAHB’s highest designations given only to experienced veteran builders. Sandra is the only one that has been given the Master Builder designation in South Texas.
Our feature on the 2018 Distinguished Women in Construction would not be complete without honoring a group of women working for Proyecto Azteca, a non-profit organization based in San Juan, Texas, that provides a grassroots approach to affordable housing for the area’s poor in the rural “colonias” of the Rio Grande Valley. The women have been with Proyecto Azteca for many years, and together with other members in the organization, they work as one cohesive family towards the goal of improving the quality of life for under-privileged families in the Valley.
Lourdes Vargas started her career in construction in California, helping her husband, Pedro Vargas, who was doing remodeling. Customers were so impressed with the remodeling work by the Vargas family that word quickly spread of their detailed, quality work. It wasn’t long before the couple expanded into full-time custom home building. Today, after moving from California to South Texas, Lourdes works side-by-side with her husband and their son, Jonathan, in one of the Rio Grande Valley’s finest custom homebuilding companies—Innovative Construction.
Divine Custom Homes is one of the Rio Grande Valley’s few construction companies that is run by a woman builder who is actually a “hands-on builder.” What that means is that its owner, Olga Treviño, is the builder. Olga is personally involved in every project, from the design, to the construction, and to the finishing touches—and she would not have it any other way.
Mary Ramirez is the founder of Chris Ryan Homes & Investments, LLC. She is also the builder, personally involved in a “hands-on” capacity since the company’s beginning in 1995. With over 23 years of construction experience, Mary Ramirez truly embodies the definition of a “woman builder.”
The home building industry has long been considered to be dominated by men. In the Rio Grande Valley, however, there is a select group of women in construction who have distinguished themselves—not just because they are women—but because of the incredible contributions, they have made to the industry in the face of many challenges.
Divine Custom Homes is the only builder in the Rio Grande Valley that builds 100% of their homes as qualified ENERGY STAR® homes; this automatically certifies the homes as BUILT TO SAVE™, as well. Even more, the company demonstrates concern for the environment by adding the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label to their ENERGY STAR® qualified homes and “green building” through certifying their homes as “GreenBuilt RGV.”
The visual beauty of Innovative Construction’s homes, both exteriors and interiors, is impressive, and the company is consistently winning awards for their design and craftsmanship. Yet what is under all that beauty is even more impressive because Innovative Construction is a builder member of the BUILT TO SAVE™ program. This means the company has their homes inspected during construction and tested upon completion to make sure they meet the strict energy efficiency requirements of the program.
Rich Heritage has long been recognized for excellence in construction by the RGV Builders Association for their Parade of Homes entries, and the company has acquired many awards. Indeed, their homes are master-crafted works of art. But more importantly, their BUILT TO SAVE™ certified homes combine both the exquisite craftsmanship Rich Heritage is known for with inspected and tested construction—built for high-performance efficiency.
If looking for perfection in design, craftsmanship, and energy efficiency in a new home, definitely consider Villa Homes. Their homes have special touches and designer features that are not add-on upgrades but are standard. This year, their entry in the Rio Grande Valley 2018 Parade of Homes took “Best of Show” among other awards—a testament to excellence in Villa Homes’ design and construction.
What happens when you combine exceptional beauty with exceptional energy efficiency in a new home? You get a Villanueva Home! In the 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes, they received the award for “Most Energy Efficient Home.” In addition, the company has been recognized with an award for building the highest number of BUILT TO SAVE™ homes in 2017, and is on track to receive the award again at the end of 2018 with an even higher number of BUILT TO SAVE™ homes.
Some of the area’s finest builders presented 27 homes in a variety of sizes and architectural styles throughout the upper Rio Grande Valley. This special feature includes the top winners of the 2018 Parade competition.
If one could sum up what Antre-built homes are all about, it would be incomparable floor plans and unique touches—from utilizing surprising wallpaper, to creating a juxtaposition of modern and traditional elements, to unique touches like a dual purpose garage and a Master laundry area. This award-winning home built by Antre is definitely true to their motto: “Think different, think original, think Antre.”
Home by: Sorrento Fine Homes Style: Tuscan/Contemporary Subdivision: Marbella City: McAllen, Texas Home Specs: 4 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 2 Garage / 2,385 Sq. Ft. (Living) / 3,040 Ft. (Total) Property Status: MOVE-IN Ready. 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Awards: • Best New Home in the $251-300K category Dream: “A cherished hope, ambition, aspiration.” You want a
Home by: Villanueva Construction Style: Craftsman Ranch Subdivision: Trinity Oaks City: McAllen, Texas Home Specs: 3 Bed / 2 Bath / 1 Garage / 1,731 Sq. Ft. (Living) / 2,224 Sq. Ft. (Total) Property Status: SOLD. Available to build. 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Awards: • Best Model in the $151-200K category • Most Energy Efficient Walking
Home by: Innovative Homes Style: Transitional Subdivision: West Oak Manor City: Pharr, Texas Home Specs: 4 Bed / 3.5 Bath / 2 Garage / 1 Game Room / 2,979 Sq. Ft. (Living) / 3,664 Ft. (Total) Property Status: SOLD. Available to build. 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Awards: • Best Model Home $301-350K Division What’s the recipe
Home by: Innovative Construction Style: Modern Subdivision: Canton Village City: Edinburg, Texas Home Specs: 4 Bed / 3 Bath / 2 Garage / 3,054 Sq. Ft. (Living) / 3,785 Ft. (Total) Property Status: MOVE-IN Ready. 2018 RGVBA Parade of Homes Awards: • Best Curb Appeal • Best Model Home Over $400,000+ When Innovative Construction decided to