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The ECH Experience

Emerald Coast Homes, Inc was incorporated in June 2003 with the primary focus of building single family custom homes.  To date, Emerald Coast Homes, Inc has constructed homes in several neighborhoods such as Emerald Bay, WaterSound West Beach, Lakeside at Blue Mountain Beach, Highland Parks, Windswept Estates & old Seagrove Beach.

 Our company prides itself on its hands-on approach to all aspects of the building process.  It’s president, Blake Schaefer, realized his passion of building in high school.  Originally from a small town in southern Illinois, Blake enrolled in his high school’s building trades program & worked for a local builder where he learned everything from pouring a foundation, roofing a home, laying tile & installing custom trim work.  He moved to Destin after graduation & with the help of his parents founded Emerald Coast Homes, Inc.  His hands-on experience in every aspect of the construction process has allowed him to be not just a paper builder.  He is in the field and on-site every day of the building process.  Blake has always placed great emphasis on attention to detail.

 Our Vice President, Nick Schaefer, is Blake’s, right-hand man.  Not only is he Blake’s right-hand man, but he is also his twin brother.  Nick joined Emerald Coast Homes, Inc shortly after its inception & has been with Blake every step of the way.  Nick helps coordinate with subcontractors and helps supervise day to day activity.  He also carries the same hands-on approach and can be seen in the field putting the finishing touches on every home.

 In 2005, our young company was awarded 1st place in the 2005 BIA Parade of Homes and 2nd place in the 2007 BIA Parade of Homes. Our goal is to build your dream home, whether it is a spec home for resale or your permanent residence.  As our name implies, Emerald Coast Homes, Inc builds homes, not houses.

“Blake is a really good listener & understood what we wanted though we had no idea how to get there.  He had great but yet practical suggestions for our space.  The quality of work was incredible with every detail taken care of.”

Darrell & Lois LaBarreare


“The pride they take in their work shows through in every job.  I am so pleased with their work that I keep a stock of their business cards at my house to had out to people when they ask who my contractors are.”

Terri Imeld


“When we decided to build a vacation spot in Destin, Emerald Coast Homes was our first choice for a contractor.  Blake couldn’t have been better at communicating.  I also need to mention that the house was completed within the budget!”

Kyle & Lori McGowan



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