STARS 2020: Olympus Custom Homes

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Top Custom Home Builder

If innovation ever required a new definition, it could easily translate to Olympus Custom Homes. Since 2001, this award-winning custom home builder has been showing customers the best way home through its continued application and integration of innovative designs, exceptional finishes, top-notch flow and functionality, superior comfort and craftsmanship, and, above all, unparalleled customer service.  

As co-owners of the award-winning Olympus Custom Homes, Bruce Hollowell and Lance McDonald, along with their team of experienced craftsmen, have a combined total of 50 years of experience. This team insists each and every one of its homes meet the most rigorous of standards without sacrificing an ounce of creativity, detail and quality. 

A home builder for two decades, Hollowell built his professional resume working in the construction trades and in the construction equipment industry for 12 years prior to establishing his own home building company with McDonald. Hollowell also has an MBA in Project Management.

Located in Liberty, Missouri, and voted best in the Northland, designs from Olympus Custom Homes can be found all over the metro – from Spring Hill to Smithville – at multiple price points, from fabulous starter homes under $300,000 to the most luxurious of residences in the seven figure range. 

“We have a vision for unique things,” expressed Hollowell, in reference to the innovative and inspiring elements of design incorporated into their homes. A significant part of the success of this company can easily be attributed to the superior designs for which they are known, all of which are integrated with cutting edge products and highly trained and skilled craftsmen.

One of the most popular floorplans offered by Olympus Custom Homes is the Rachel, a story and a half design Hollowell has been building for nearly two decades. This attractive plan features a grand round staircase and myriad unique and timeless features, including double entry front doors, stunning light fixtures, and an unforgettable and highly-appointed master bath/spa.

“This is our top seller, featuring 3,100 square feet of finished space,” noted Hollowell.

Another popular plan continually turning heads is the Zaria, a custom design introduced 10 years ago and which continues to gain momentum with each successive build.

“With this particular plan, one of our customers indicated we thought of everything,” said Hollowell, whose team has an obvious talent for always introducing something new and engaging to each design. 

The Alexa Haley floorplan is a five-bedroom, two-story home with a multipurpose room that can be converted to a breakfast book nook, TV area, family room or even a wine cellar.

The fifth bedroom with laundry access is located on the main level. This could be used as in-law quarters or a home office.

“We realize now during Covid-19 more people are wanting home offices,” said Hollowell. “We are a flexible builder and will gladly cater to the customer’s needs.”

Recently, many buyers for the Zaria 1.5 story plan have been requesting feature and layout changes to reinvent it to their match their needs – changes like adding a full in-law suite, a giant double laundry room, a bigger eat in kitchen table area, or a pool bath and changing room entrance from the exterior. One customer even had Olympus change the Zaria 1.5 plan by taking the whole upper level off which created the New popular “Bobbi Jo” Rev 1.5 plan. Coming home feels so good, when Olympus Homes can build the plan just the way you want it! 

The endless creativity that flows from the experts at Olympus Custom Homes often stems from brainstorming with customers, which helps mold and shape the ideas that emerge. One such brainstorming session conducted 16 years ago led to something many custom homes offer today: the grocery drop access from the garage to the pantry in the kitchen.

“We feel like we invented that one,” smiled Hollowell.

Hollowell enjoys attending to all of the unique and insightful touches and elements his homes provide, whether in the form of an oval, vaulted lit ceiling or an elevator. He and his craftsmen take the time and dedication to make the interesting and even unexpected happen.

“We don’t mind doing it at all,” he said. “It’s fun. We really take pride in our quality and try to deliver a product that not only is something we are proud of but that the buyer is proud of.”

Not only does Olympus Custom Homes deliver excellence, this company also provides the ultimate in customer service.

“We are available to our customers at all times,” Hollowell emphasized. “Our clients have a direct line to us and they work directly with the builder.”

In addition to building custom homes, Hollowell and his team provide remodeling, basement finishes or home addition services, all of which continue the focus on attention to detail and excellent service. Olympus Custom Homes is currently building in Kenneth Estates, a new subdivision in Shawnee, Kansas and continues to build in Liberty, Kearney and Staley, as well as Blue Springs, Missouri. The company also has starter homes available in Spring Hill, Kansas.


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