Celebrating 45 Years
David Weekley Homes is honored to have been Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives for 45 years nationwide! It is a privilege to bring our Customers’ dream homes to life and provide special places where treasured memories are made. As we commemorate this significant anniversary, we remain committed to delighting our Customers by providing exceptional Customer Service and building homes that appeal to a variety of needs and lifestyles.
Over the past 45 years, David Weekley Homes has celebrated many notable accomplishments and grown to be one of the nation’s largest privately-held home builders. Take a look back at some of our most exciting milestones, highlighted by our company leaders.
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David Weekley, then 23, started a home building business in Houston with his brother, Dick. David closed his first sale just as money was about to run out.
Their dad, who owned an advertising agency, created a “David or Goliath” newspaper ad, showing his confidence that they could beat larger builders.
Total Revenue: $7 Million
David initially focused on design as a way to make his homes stand out from big national builders. Pictured is a “California Contemporary” from west Houston.
Total Revenue: $36 Million
The company was selling close to 600 homes a year in Houston alone, leading David to grow his Team of talented people and earning us recognition as one of the fastest-growing companies in the nation by Inc. magazine.
Total Revenue: $24 Million
Houston was ravaged by the oil bust. Housing starts plummeted from 30,000 to 6,000 per year, and thousands of people lost their jobs. To help the company survive, we expanded into Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Total Revenue: $47 Million
Coming out of the oil bust, David Weekley Homes began to grow at an astounding rate of nearly 60 percent a year and expanded into Austin.
Total Revenue: $224 Million
Professional Builder named David Weekley Homes “National Builder of the Year” – the top honor in the home building business.
David realized that he needed to hire a leader who could guide the company through the next stages of growth. He recruited John Johnson to be that leader.
Total Revenue: $338 Million
After building our first Habitat for Humanity home, David started The David Weekley Family Foundation and began to donate half of his share of the company’s profits to worthwhile causes.
From 1992 to 1995 we expanded to San Antonio, Denver, Orlando and Raleigh.
Total Revenue: $389 Million
We were recognized as “America’s Best Builder” by Builder magazine. We also won the “National Housing Quality Award.” Combined with national “Builder of the Year,” we were the first builder to earn the Triple Crown of American Home Building.
Total Revenue: $473 Million
The Walt Disney Company asked David Weekley Homes to build in Celebration, a new community outside Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. We were the only builder with the creativity and Customer-driven focus to build in Celebration from start to finish.
Total Revenue: $503 Million
We opened one of the first Design Centers in the U.S. in Houston, where Customers could discover a wide variety of Custom Choices™ to personalize their homes. Now Design Centers are part of our brand promise: Design, Choice, Service.
Total Revenue: $608 Million
The Leadership Team defined our company’s Purpose to Enhance People’s Lives.
Total Revenue: $711 Million
We celebrated our Team Members’ successes by taking the entire Team (plus one) to lounge on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii.
Total Revenue: $828 Million
David Weekley Homes was first named one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” – a huge honor that recognizes the quality of our workplace as rated by our own Team Members.
The “TODAY” show on NBC chose David Weekley Homes for a 12-part segment called “TODAY Builds a House.” Once it was built, the home was auctioned to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Total Revenue: $937 Million
We introduced our Imagination series, enabling thousands of first-time Homebuyers to own a more affordable David Weekley home.
Total Revenue: $855 Million
We hired building science expert Joseph Lstiburek to develop innovative energy-efficient building techniques, including our advanced framing and EnergySaver™ programs.
Total Revenue: $1.1 Billion
We took our second companywide trip to Hawaii to celebrate our Team Members’ success.
Total Revenue: $1.5 Billion
During the biggest recession since World War II, our conservative fiscal policies allowed us to weather the storm and expand quickly as the market returned.
Total Revenue: $982 Million
Housing bubble bursts in 2008 with the largest price drop in U.S. History.
J.D. Power and Associates named David Weekley Homes a “Customer Service Champion” – and one of the 50 highest-performing companies in the country in the area of Customer experience.
Total Revenue: $624 Million
We rephrased Our Purpose to Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives, which remains Our Purpose today. We also launched Noble Journey 2025 to keep our focus on dedicated & financially secure Team Members, our world-class brand and high financial sustainability & growth.
Total Revenue: $861 Million
Between 2012 and 2015, we expanded into Phoenix, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Sarasota.
Total Revenue: $1.1 Billion
In 2013, we were first recognized as the largest privately-held home builder in America by Builder magazine on its “Builder 100 List.”
We obtained our first public credit rating and were issued $200 million 10-year bonds on Wall Street.
David Weekley Homes was honored once again as the “National Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder. Only one other builder has ever won this top honor twice!
Total Revenue: $1.4 Billion
We launched Encore by David Weekley Homes 55+ active adult communities.
We closed our 80,000th home.
After many years of generous giving, The David Weekley Family Foundation reached $100 million in donations and grants.
We made FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” from 2015-2020.
We broadened our outreach program and named it CARE as a way to expand our giving and volunteer efforts within the company.
Total Revenue: $1.8 Billion
We entered two new markets: Colorado Springs and Portland.
We celebrated our 40-year Anniversary.
Total Revenue: $2 Billion
For the third time, we took all Team Members and their guests to Hawaii to celebrate a successful year!
We formed BuildAid to help rebuild 200+ homes for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Total Revenue: $2.2 Billion
David Weekley Homes became an employee-owned company: owned 1/3 by Team Members, 1/3 by charities and 1/3 by the Weekley family.
We closed our 90,000th home.
The David Weekley Family Foundation donated $15 million in grants.
Total Revenue: $2.2 Billion
We started HEART Diversity & Inclusion Council.
David Weekley Homes hit 200,000 Instagram followers.
We obtained an unsecured $400 million line of credit with upgrade in ratings from Moody’s and S&P.
Total Revenue: $2.5 Billion
Despite the Coronavirus pandemic that shut down the country, we set company records in sales, closings and revenues.
We closed our 100,000th home.
Looking back at #livingweekley
Stories From Our Team, Customers and Partners
Throughout our 45-year history, we have been dedicated to living out Our Purpose of Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives for our Team, our Customers and our Community. Check out these testimonials from some of our Team Members, Customers and partners about their experience with David Weekley Homes.
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Southwest Precision Printing - Owner
Sarah Franklin Savard
The Franklin Team/eXp Realty - Partner/Owner
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Kathy Andrews Interiors - Principal
David Weekley Homes - Project Manager
David Weekley Homes - Houston Division Warranty Manager
Fast Framing - Crew Leader
David Weekley Homes - Houston Area President
David Weekley Homes - Training & Operations Manager
David Weekley Homeowner
Kids Meals - CEO
David Weekley Homes - VP of Design
100,000 Dream Homes Built and Counting!
In 2020, we celebrated the closing of our 100,000th home! Being chosen by more than 100,000 Homebuyers to make their dreams of homeownership come true is an incredible milestone that demonstrates we are a name you can trust to provide you with an extraordinary home buying journey and a high-quality home you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Make an Impact by Joining Our Team!
Our company culture is focused on creating a rewarding workplace by supporting our Team Members, which has earned us a place on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For®" list multiple times. As one of the nation’s largest privately-held home builders, we’re looking for talented people like you to join our Team to help us continue leading the way in home building.