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Oklahoma homebuilder serves industry at all levels

Homebuilder Tony Foust is influencing policies affecting builders from central Oklahoma and all the way to the national stage. Foust, the founder of DaVinci Homes, also will hand over the front door keys to buyers of about 25 custom-built houses this year.
BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman Published: July 19, 2014
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Homebuilder Tony Foust is influencing policies affecting builders from central Oklahoma all the way to the national stage.

Foust serves at the local level as a director of the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma, the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association and the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association.

Swimming in a bigger national pond, he also is a director for the National Association of Home Builders, based in Washington, D.C.

And Foust, the founder of DaVinci Homes, also will hand over the front door keys to buyers of about 25 custom-built houses this year.

He wears a lot of different hats — and racks up a lot of frequent-flier miles, attending meetings across the country.

“It’s all about time management,” Foust said as he toured the site of a new house DaVinci Homes is completing in Norman’s Hallbrooke addition, south of E Rock Creek Road between 12th Avenue NE and 24th Avenue NE.

His time-management skills are tested daily as he juggles new home construction projects — DaVinci has seven underway — with his builders association-related leadership and educational responsibilities.

Filling expectations

The Tulsa native said “building is scheduling” — both organizing the craftspeople and subcontractors who take his houses from blueprint to final walk-through, and “anticipating a family’s needs, to make sure the building process fits with a customer’s schedule and expectations.”

Hallbrooke residents Tom Marks, a lead systems analyst at Devon Energy Corp., and his wife, Amy, moved into a DaVinci home last August.

“We really needed to spread out,” Amy Marks said.

Their four-bedroom home has rooms for their sons Cameron, 13, and Hayden, 7, as well as a guest bedroom always ready and waiting for an in-law’s visits.

The house also features a large study off the foyer, which could serve as another bedroom.

Amy Marks was especially proud of the kitchen, “a beautiful gathering space” that greets her “like Christmas every single morning — even if it’s cluttered!” The kitchen comprises an expanse of granite countertops and custom cabinetry surrounding a central island that offers storage, a prep area and dining space.

Building was a new experience for the Marks family, “but Tony held our hand the whole time,” Amy Marks said.

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