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Thornberry Custom Builders, meet the owners Jackie and TJ Thornberry

Have you been planning your Florida dream home? Or, realized that renovating may cost the same as building new? We recently had the privilege of sitting down with the 2019 "Builders Of The Year" Jackie and TJ Thornberry of Thornberry Custom Builders to discuss Southwest Florida, custom homes, and lighting design. 





The Lighting Gals: 

How long have you been working here in Charlotte County? And why did you decide you start your business here?


Thornberry: 

Well, I grew up here, moved away, and came back in 2004. It's familiar; my family is here—my father's been in the construction business here my whole life. I knew that this would be an excellent place to lay down roots. 


And I like the small-town feel. I like knowing a lot of people and the familiarity of where I go. 


The Lighting Gals: 

Do you have a favorite area?


Thornberry:

We built our home in downtown Punta Gorda several years back; and decided, for logistics and convenience, this was an excellent place to have our business as well. We are doing a lot of work in the downtown area. Although we're building homes all over the county and always have been.


The Lighting Gals: 

What motivates you?


Thornberry:

What motivates us is the customers—the customer's satisfaction. We work hard to produce the best homes for our client's dollars, and we're very motivated to protect that. 

Also, we're very invested in the community. We have a real stake in the county, and being a part of the business community here as a whole. We do a lot of community involvement in addition to our business, but in a lot of ways, the two go hand in hand.  


The Lighting Gals: 

Do you have any favorites?


Thornberry: 

It's not about what we like or don't like. All of our homes are custom to exactly what our clients want. We're not the guys who offer the generic "Well, you can have this floor plan, and we'll just tweak this wall." No. Our homes are designed and built from scratch, start to finish, down to every detail. 


The Lighting Gals: 

What type of lighting packages do you work with for each customer? Are they all different?


Thornberry: 

They're all different. Every homeowner gets to pick out what they want for their home, and it depends on what their style and budget are.


That's why we highly recommend The Local Lighting Shop,—you do a fantastic job. Not only from a selection standpoint—your gallery is attractive and comfortable, so it's helpful for customers to go to—but your product knowledge is great, and you work well with our electricians as well. 


The Lighting Gals: 

How have we been able to help you with your clients?


Thornberry: 

So, okay, you help us curate our products and then meet with the electrician on sight and go through where everything needs to be. Everything is always labeled, so there's never any question about what fixture goes in which room. And The Local Lighting Shop is very thorough— you do a great job. Which, for a custom builder, where each house is different, it's a blessing. We love that you take enough time with each customer to figure out what needs to happen versus there just being one package for every house.


The Lighting Gals:

What kind of trends in the custom building field do you enjoy or dislike right now?


Thornberry:

Our taste and the style of our new model home is "Modern Coastal." That seems to be "The" trend right now in Southwest Florida, which we enjoy. 


We're also adding outdoor living areas to most of our current projects: outdoor kitchens on pool decks, bars built right into the pools. That's a trend we can get behind.

But, we don't typically get excited about the newest and latest products because they're coming out monthly. We get excited about the bones of the house and creating the homes of our client's dreams.


It's always a pleasure working with Thornberry Customs Homes, and it's no wonder why they have been named Builder of the Year. Their gorgeous homes are designed to fulfill their client's needs, and their quality craftsmanship is apparent down to every detail. To see for yourself, stop by their new model home at 2713 Magdalina Dr. Punta Gorda, Fl 33950, or visit them online at https://www.thornberrycustombuilders.com.

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