Our Country Homes Eliminates the Unknowns for Clients
OCH sells between 200 and 300 homes per year in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
When people buy custom homes, they often encounter unknowns, such as how much the final cost will be. Our Country Homes (OCH) eliminates those mysteries for clients. “What we try to do is simplify the process for a custom build job,” President Mey-Ling Pauri asserts.
One way the Hurst, Texas-based builder does that is by bringing customers through its model homes. Although the projects are custom, clients can see the finish out and know what OCH would charge per square foot to build their dream home, with the same features as the model homes. “Customers know when they leave what the price will be,” Pauri says.
Founder Dustin Austin started the homebuilding company in 2009 after growing up in a family of builders that included his father and grandfather. The Austin name has been well known for custom homes in this area for three generations. When Pauri joined OCH in 2010, she was able to combine her experience in production building with Austin’s custom expertise.
Today, the company sells between 200 and 300 homes per year in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. OCH Custom sets itself apart, she notes, by employing its own designers in house and including the complete design as part of the final price. “It is all about making the process very easy for our customers,” she says.
Customers can also bring their own plans for OCH to build. “Most other builders won’t do that,” she says, adding that the firm is also flexible when it comes to location. “They can build on our lots and we can build on their lots.”
Lock and Leave
OCH Lifestyle Homes is its lock and leave product, which includes townhomes, villa and cottage style homes. The company finds that these homes fit the lifestyles of young professionals and empty-nesters. “More people now are wanting to do more of a lock-and-leave home,” Pauri says.
These homes, she explains, are typically smaller in size than its OCH Custom. They also feature smaller lawns that are maintained by the local homeowners association, giving their residents more freedom to do the things they want. “People can go on vacations and not have to worry about landscape, as that is being maintained,” she says.
The Lifestyle homes are affordably priced and have many features standard that other builders classify as upgrades. “When you walk in to an OCH Lifestyle home, you can see the quality.”
OCH Lifestyle builds homes near sources of mass transportation, allowing the young professionals to easily commute between home and work. For example, “We are currently building near the TEXRail,” she says. “We’re trying to make it so it’s convenient for today’s busy lifestyles, so we are actively seeking opportunities for growth near mass transit.”
Pauri is proud of her team at OCH, which is dedicated to pleasing the customers. “We always want to make sure that our homes are built with quality,” she says. “We know our customers are going to be our best referral base.”
She sees a strong future for the company, which is focused on expanding its services into homes that are under $200,000. Although these would not be custom homes, “We see the need for affordable housing and we are trying to fill the needs in our marketplace,” she says.
But the firm has no plans to compete with larger volume builders, since it prefers the flexibility of its modest size. “The nice thing is that the decision makers are myself and the owner of the company,” Pauri says.
“There’s not a lot of red tape,” she continues. “If something doesn’t work and we need to change it, we have the ability to change it right away. We’re all very hands on and we plan to keep it that way.”