These top-performing custom home builders in Oregon have spent over three decades perfecting luxurious home designs and heading efforts to change how homes are built. Oregon native Gerald Rowlett opened this firm in 1999. He landed in construction by accident. After high school, he took a job with a roofing company and then moved on to a position with a local remodeling firm. After he married, Rowlett purchased a small plot of land and built his own house — an experience he realized he could never tire of.

Services by Westlake Development Group are limited to new home construction that is energy efficient and green. It has also developed expertise in steep slope construction. Home prices range between $600k and $20M. The firm serves 24 communities, including Damascus, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Portland, and Battle Ground. Rowlett’s innovative designs have achieved national recognition. He was featured on the ABC TV show Made in America and in The Wall Street Journal. Industry accolades include many Excellence Awards from HBA of Metropolitan Portland. In 2012, Rowlett founded the nonprofit Building a Better America Council, to encourage homebuilders to use products made in America.

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