Pratt Home Builders Takes its Projects From Start to Finish
Pratt not only builds homes from the ground-up, but it also specializes in community infrastructure.
Times are changing. Resort-style living is more popular than ever before. Gone are the days of the traditional residential community with only a country club. Today’s homebuyers are looking for resort-style communities with world-class amenities and a maintenance-free lifestyle. They want hiking and biking trails, sports fields, playgrounds, outdoor fire pits, pools with cabanas and lots of shared outdoor space.
“We are seeing a demand for more active lifestyle communities,” says Ben Mies, director of development at Pratt Home Builders. “We see home sizes decreasing and shared space increasing. There’s an interest in communities with as much natural green environment as possible. People want to come out of their homes and interact with the community.”
The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based design/build company currently has 10 communities under development in the Chattanooga area. Aside from building the homes ground-up, it also specializes in community infrastructure.
“We do everything from purchasing the property all the way through engineering and construction to home sales and warranty,” Mies explains. “We’re a very vertically-integrated company. We even have our own excavation company that handles roads and infrastructure.”
In the past 20 years, Pratt Homes has been involved in more than 45 communities and enjoys regional recognition such as being consistently identified as “The Best of the Best” in Chattanooga and by Builder Magazine as one of the top 200 builders in America.
“In the past two to three years, we were developing one or two communities per year,” Mies says. “Now we’re developing five per year. The demand is there. The market in Chattanooga is booming right now.”
One of Pratt Home Builders’ current projects is Magnolia Farms, a four-phase development that will eventually consist of roughly 200 homes in Apison, Tenn.
Located just 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Chattanooga, Magnolia Farms offers a rural atmosphere coupled with the convenience of being near a large city.
The first phase broke ground in 2017. The entire development is scheduled to be built out in 2021. Magnolia Farms offers buyers a variety of lot sizes with six to eight floor plans which range from single level, bungalow-style homes to two-story homes that offer loads of living space.
The homes, which range between $350,000 and $500,000, have options for three to five bedrooms and two to three-car garages.
The community boasts a list of active living amenities that include a preserved wetland that has been keystone in the community, a soccer field, playground and a large resort-style cabana with a pool, firepit and a grilling station.
“You can easily have a 100-person family reunion at the cabana,” Mies says. “This neighborhood is designed specifically for family interaction.”
Aside from Magnolia Farms, Pratt Home Builders has another active lifestyle community in the works. GreyHawk Trails – a three-phase development that will feature roughly 120 homes – offers a resort-style rustic elegance atop Signal Mountain, Tenn.
One of the community’s unique features is a private camping area. Other amenities including hiking trails, resort-style pool, sports fields, a stocked lake for fishing and picnic tables. “Everything is designed to be integrated into the environment,” Mies says. “It’s meant to be like taking a family vacation in your backyard.”