STARS 2020: Graham Homes

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Top Suburban Home Builder

Before that first spade cuts into the ground as the work commences on your new residence, builder Daniel Graham will have already made you feel right at home. As a recognized leader in suburban home building, Graham, owner of Graham Homes, offers a variety of floor plans to appeal to those at any stage of life. If you have a growing family, Graham can tailor any of his designs to fit your needs. If you are an empty nester ready to move out of the larger home and into something tailored to your new phase in life, Graham has the perfect layout for you.

But it’s not just the style of home that matters to Graham. It’s the place it takes root that is equally important to him. Specializing in the areas of Grain Valley and Oak Grove, Missouri, Graham understands the desire to escape the chaos of the city for the charm of a more idyllic and quieter life as the arms of nature envelope the subdivisions in which he builds.

For more than 20 years, Graham Homes has been building quality custom homes with unique floor plans customized for each homeowner, including ranches and reverse story and a half layouts. With a background as a cabinet maker, Graham has 35 years of experience within the building industry overall. His reputation as an honest, approachable, and detail-oriented builder has drawn homeowners from all over who seek the tranquility of a simpler life away from the hustle and bustle but still within minutes of all necessary conveniences. 

“These subdivisions are just the right distance out from the city with easy access to I-70, Blue Springs, or downtown Kansas City,” explained Graham.

With a knack for designing floor plans that appeal to empty nesters, Graham has created somewhat of a niche within that growing demographic.

“Baby Boomers are now leaving the big house and all they have accumulated in favor of a smaller home that can meet their needs as they enter into retirement,” expressed Graham. “In fact, 95% of my buyers are empty nesters and they are loving what we do.”

Offering a variety of lake front lots and wooded acre lots, Graham’s current portfolio consists of homes in Cedar Ridge Heights and Cedar Ridge Estates; Hoot Owl Estates; and the Oaks of Edgewood.

Located in Oak Grove, Cedar Ridge Heights, developed by Graham with a strong focus of his work, offers one-acre and half-acre treed, wooded lots. With an average footprint of 1,700 square feet, each home is outfitted with premium materials, including wood floors, granite countertops and screened-in decks. But it’s not just the interior views that steal the show.

“The property on which these homes sit really sets them apart,” emphasized Graham. “Here, you have the benefit of connecting with nature, nestled among huge, mature trees with all of the city amenities you could need. There’s really nothing like it in the eastern metro area right now.”

Also unique to this neighborhood is the absence of a homeowners association.

“We established this 30-acre development with the purpose of no HOA, but we do have certain restrictions regarding trees and fence lines,” noted Graham, who also welcomes backyard pools and out buildings on the properties.

The Oaks of Edgewood in Oak Grove is bursting with amenities, such as a clubhouse, community pool, stocked fishing lake and an exercise path surrounding the area.

The Hoot Owl Estates, one of the newest subdivisions in Grain Valley, is known as one of the fastest growing cities in the Kansas City area with a population of roughly 14,000. It has also been recognized as the seventh safest city in Missouri and enjoys a school district ranked in the top 10% in the state.

While Graham refers to himself as a “hands-on builder” verses some of the larger building companies here in town, he continually looks towards the horizon of how he can better serve his clients. After all, they are his top priority.

“I speak the language of my clients and make sure I fully understand what they want in terms of the home they desire,” he noted. “I plan to continue to do what I do best.”

Translation? Graham Homes will steadfastly uphold its commitment to stellar customer service, attention to detail, quality materials and craftsmanship, and the desire to make each homeowner feel fully confident in opening the door to a new chapter in life as they make a Graham Home their home.


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