Building a dream home from the ground up is no easy feat, but we found a talented team to take on the challenge with ease.

By Coastal Living
February 21, 2012
Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors is the designer for the 2012 Ultimate Beach House.
Photographer: Marla Carter

Community: Rosemary Beach

Developer/Builder: Stan Benecki, Benecki Homes
Stan holds an undergraduate degree in Real Estate Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a masters degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Stan has over twenty-five years experience in luxury real estate development.

Project Manager: Vern Vanderkleed, Benecki Homes
Vern holds a degree with honors in building construction management from Purdue University. Vern has over 20 years experience in custom luxury residential building. Prior to his working in the southeast, Vern oversaw construction of many award-winning luxury homes in the Chicago area.

Residential Designer: Lew Oliver, Whole Town Solutions
Lew Oliver is an Atlanta-based urbanist, town planner, and home designer, whose work has won numerous national and international awards. As a key design consultant to the international town planning firm, Duany Plater-Zyberk, Oliver has advanced New Urbanism for a decade, designing for projects around the United States and the world.

Interior Decorator: Erika Powell, Urban Grace Interiors
After graduating Cum Laude from Auburn University with a degree in Interior Design, Erika completed her formal training in New York working for designer Victoria Hagan and Scalamandré, a world-renowned textile company. Erika started Urban Grace Interiors in 2005, and in 2011 was named one of twenty "New Traditional" designers to watch by Traditional Home magazine. She lives in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with her daughter, husband, and two rescued "terrihuahuas."

Landscape Architect: Alec Michaelides, Land Plus
Alec Michaelides is the principal of Land Plus Associates in charge of design.  Throughout his 30 year career, his firm has focused on design and management of some of the finest private residences and estates throughout the Southeast and Midwest.  Recent commissions include estates in Long Island, NY, Ponte Vedra, FL and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Site Superintendent: Thomas Gallion, Benecki Homes
Originally from Montgomery, AL, Thomas Gallion relocated to 30-A two years ago. He has been working in residential construction and selling real estate for the past 10 years. Thomas currently oversees day-to-day construction for Benecki Homes on our 2012 Ultimate Beach House.