A commitment to building exceptional homes is a tradition at family-focused Overstreet Builders.
WITH A THIRD generation of the Overstreet family now involved in building, Illinois- based Overstreet Builders has experienced nearly 55 years of success – but still maintains a personal touch with each homebuyer.
After working as a carpenter foreman, current President Doug Overstreet took the helm in 1987, following his father, Walter, who also started in carpentry before founding the company in 1961.
With a background in the hands-on side of the business, the common thread – aside from family values – was a dedication to superior craftsmanship and delivering on promises, which remains the company’s reputation as the team builds in the Chicago suburbs.
“We bring a personal touch attached to our family name,” Overstreet says. “We feel that we put a little extra in there, into the construction of the home.”
Though the company stays busy each year with 30 to 35 custom homes that range up to $1 million, the president keeps his door open to clients.
“When you’re building a custom home, you have the ability to reach the owner of the custom homebuilder,” he adds. “Having our name on that product says, ‘This is who we are.’ We stand by those homes.’”
Now Doug’s son, Greg, a Purdue University graduate with a business management degree, is with Doug, learning the skills to carry on the family tradition.
Focusing on traditional-style homes and some transitional styles, Overstreet Builders creates homes that suit how families function.
“We really feel that we build around a family,” Doug Overstreet says. “We try to build a family-oriented home. We build around the kitchen, the family room – the family living areas.”
Homework centers around the kitchen help parents keep an eye on youngsters, and open first floors mean family members don’t have to go far to feel connected. While extravagant master bathrooms are a priority for most of the company’s clients, there is a greater emphasis on walk-in showers rather than the bath tubs.
“We’re seeing elegance within that shower area, and it’s certainly something they use every day,” Overstreet says. “We build for how families actually live and what they want in a home.”
While some communities are seeing a moderate jump in growth, such as Elgin, Illinois, which has a planned community with a swim and tennis club as well as a community center, other suburbs where the company builds maintain the stability seen for decades.
When they aren’t building for families drawn to suburban life, Overstreet and his wife are working hard in Central America.
The couple has led mission trips to Honduras for the past seven or eight years, organizing building projects to help families and children. This year, the team built a community center to store and prepare food as well as a perimeter fence around a local school.
Back home, the company continues to build on its roots. Trade relationships add to that stability, and some have been part of the Overstreet Builders team for 10 to 20 years or more.
“We’re active,” Overstreet says. “We’re looking to expand in the marketplace and have the potential to reach 70 to 100 homes a year. That’s what we will be striving for.”