Modern Home Builder 2018 - Volume 6, Issue 2 - 52
RJM keeps its customers involved throughout the homebuilding process to minimize
mistakes and ensure it is meeting their needs. Its customer service agents are
available five days a week to work with clients.
to grow the company's project count to roughly 50 new homes in
2019, she adds.
All of RJM's homes are built on lots owned by its clients. The
company will also work with realtors and clients to find ideal lots
on which to build, Nick Bunner says.
Many of RJM's custom home projects feature open floor plans
with great rooms and kitchens in the center of the home. Other
common features in the company's homes include outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas. "We're in Florida, so we can be outside
12 months a year," Kim Bunner says. "We utilize this luxury of
outdoor living in many of our homes.
"Many of the lots we're building on are 5 acres, which gives us a
lot of land to work with."
Standard building materials in RJM's homes include hurricane
impact energy-efficient windows, spray foam insulation, granite
countertops in bathrooms and kitchens, LED lighting and ENERGY STAR appliances.
The company's recent custom home projects include a home
located on a five-acre lot on Banded Raccoon Drive in Palm Beach
Gardens, Fla. "[The owners] came in with an elevation on an 8 by
10-inch sheet of paper and said 'we want this,'" Kim Bunner says.
"We took this on from square one and went back and forth with
the drawings many times. It was amazing to see the features they
came up with intertwined with what our draftsman came up with."
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The 5,709-square-foot home's exterior features a mixture of
modern and traditional style architecture. The $1.3 million home
includes a large open kitchen, a substitutional back patio that can
accommodate the outside Florida lifestyle, a great room, a mudroom, six bedrooms and three-and-a-half bedrooms.
TEN YEARS AND COUNTING
Kim Bunner's father, Ronald J. Maggio, founded the company in
the early 1990s. Kim often worked with her father during breaks
from school before joining the company permanently after college. "I love watching someone's ideas come to life over the course
of several months and enjoy working with the families we've met
over the years," she says.
Kim and Nick Bunner took the company over in 2008, at the
onset of the Great Recession. Although the couple needed to
take on side jobs to make ends meet at the time, the company's
low overhead costs and lack of unsold inventory helped it survive
"I'm proud of the perseverance we've shown as a company,"
Nick Bunner says. "We've gone through some very low times, but
we made it through and are thriving at this point.
"We have been fortunate enough to have immeasurable amount of
positive feedback from our customers," he adds. "I'm really proud of
the road we took to get here and the work we are producing." )