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Custom Home Builder Involves Home Buyers in Every Step

If you want a cookie-cutter home, please don’t ask Curtis McCarty to build it for you.

McCarty, the sole proprietor of C.A. McCarty Construction, a design/build firm headquartered in The Vineyard neighborhood in northeast Norman, specializes in designing and constructing unique homes that meet the specialized needs and desires of his customers.

“I work hand-in-hand with my clients from the design stage to selecting the specification for their new home, to the construction phase to move in,” he said. “My clients are very involved with me directly during the whole process.”

If a client wants a 1,800-square-foot home, fine; he’s equally happy building a 10,000-square-foot structure. Depending on their needs—for example, is the home intended for a young or retiring couple or a large family?—he works with them to hammer out the details that will be functional and meet their aesthetic requirements.

Style? Well, that’s up to them as well, though he notes many home buyers today are looking for transitional housing, which is a cross between contemporary and traditional styles. Generally speaking, this style favors an open concept: a kitchen that is open to the dining and living areas, great for keeping families together and for entertaining purposes. The transitional look also usually incorporates painted woodwork rather than stained; predominant colors are white with shades of gray. Lines are clean and straight.

Unlike many builders, McCarty’s clients know up front what it will cost to build their home and are fully involved in every step of the process, so there are no unhappy surprises or cost overruns. Noted Michele Pierce, a Realtor who works part time in the firm’s office as an administrative assistant, “At the conclusion of a job, Curtis’ clients still love him, and he remains friends with them, even after they move in. That is unusual in this industry.”

“Buying a house is stressful for families,” McCarty notes. “And it’s one of the largest investments most of us will ever make.” His way of dealing with that is to open up a two-way dialogue so his clients can get to know him, and vice versa. The clients come to trust him, and he is better able to learn their needs and desires as well as determine a realistic budget.

The Certified Builder, who has been in the residential construction business for 24 years, currently builds most of his homes in Norman, though his houses also may be found from Goldsby to Edmond.

All McCarty homes carry a high HERS rating (a determinant of energy efficiency) and meet high-wind specifications, an important factor in Oklahoma that may have a positive impact on insurance rates. And all houses feature a storm shelter or safe room.


McCarty is a Green and LEED Certified Builder and an Oklahoma Certified Builder. He also is a member of the state and national Home Builders Association. He was named Builder of the Year by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association in 2010, and in 2013 and 2015, he was named in The Norman Transcript’s Best of the Best competition for home building.

A Norman resident since 1988, he has served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Norman and currently serves on the city’s Board of Adjustments. In 2009, he was appointed by the governor to the Uniform Building Code Commission, for which he still serves.

He currently is an executive member and incoming chair of the Norman Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Norman Regional Hospital Foundation.

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