Five Generations: Adams brings experience, background to custom homes
Builder Matt Adams isn’t afraid to admit a career flaw.
“Perhaps my biggest career mistake has been signing nondisclosure agreements on some of the greatest homes I’ve built or renovated in the Fort Worth area,” he says.
It’s his youth to blame.
“I was young at the time and thankful for such large projects. I didn’t think about building a legacy or portfolio at the time, ”he said.
Custom Home Builder?
This term encompasses many areas in which Matt Adams Custom Homes has certainly made a name for itself. In addition to building homes ranging from 4,000 to 8,000 square feet, his accomplishments include 15,000 to 30,000 square foot mansions in Westover Hills and ranches. The projects include new buildings as well as major renovation work.
But details about these projects?
Oh, those pesky nondisclosure agreements. Still, this old reliable word of mouth has more than served its purpose.
A number of builders refer to themselves as “custom” but usually have a certain aesthetic appearance. Adams, to use an artistic term, has a much broader range.
“While most custom builders personalize bathrooms and kitchens, I work on an even more distinctive level. In addition to customizing bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and playrooms, I have created safe, hidden, secure spaces, stunning wine cellars and even complex generator systems that are completely enclosed and the size of a traditional house, ”he says.
Rather than focusing on a single style, Adams used his talents to construct a variety of home designs: Cape Cod; Colonial; Contemporary; Farmhouse; French Province; Ranch; Spanish; Tudor and Victorian.
If the name of Adams rings a bell in Fort Worth, it should be.
Matt Adams represents the fifth generation of Adams builders in the city and goes back to his great-great-grandfather George Fletcher Adams in 1870. The family heritage is 151 years old when every house was a “custom”.
Would you like to see an example of the Adams family’s craftsmanship?
Check out the bungalow-style Fort Worth Fire Station at # 18 on the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Carleton Avenue. It is one of six fire stations built by the family. The system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023.
The Adams family has built and remodeled homes and commercial structures that have received more than 20 historical designations listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Adams, of course, followed the tradition of his ancestors, hanging around construction sites and doing everything he could when he was a teenager.
While other boys in the neighborhood played soccer and baseball, Matt Adams studied architectural plans. The conversation at the dining table revolved around the challenges and solutions of today’s work on construction sites.
He learned the trade from his grandfather BB “Bo” Adams Jr. and his father BB “Bert” Adams III.
“I was in my twenties building a 16,000-square-foot house on a cliff that had breathtaking panoramic views of Carswell Air Force Base and an inside-out swimming pool. I understood that the living room was the largest in Texas at the time. “
Its most memorable feature was a complex boom system that required steel I-beams weighing 130 pounds per foot. The booms extend horizontally across a structure and are only supported at one end. The enormous size of the roof extension required tons and tons of steel beams.
Adams remembered tall piles of steel girders piled in the yard during construction because the project was so huge.
Then there was the crane.
“This project was so massive that I rented a 240-foot Grove crane for six months. I was told this was the first time anyone had used such a powerful machine to build homes in the Fort Worth area, “said Adams.
It wouldn’t be his last crane building project.
A year later, Matt Adams received the call for a project twice the size of the original – a 30,000-square-foot house in the same area. The house was considered the most expensive residence in all of North Texas at the time.
Adams sees the houses he is building in many places.
“I see the profiles of the 25 most elegant homes in Fort Worth year after year and can point to some of them that are my creations, either from scratch or as renovations,” he adds. “I just can’t publish what they are.”
Matt Adams keeps a portfolio that reveals photos of the construction projects, and he’s allowed to share the results of his craftsmanship one-on-one. However, unlike many home builders – especially in this age of social media – there are no brochures and none of the NDA restricted ones [non-disclosure agreement] Photos are on his website.
“The big boom is sure to be a favorite, as is the complicated, giant generator system for the 30,000-square-foot house,” says Adams.
But bigger is not necessarily better.
“In fact, one of my best jobs has been renovating a 4,000-6,000-square-foot (4,000-6,000-square-foot) residence, inspired by some of my biggest projects.”
Adams’ puts a focus on the homeowner and makes it attractive to future owners as well.
“A masterpiece can be created in a 5,000 square meter house just as it can in a 15,000 square meter house. The secret is how to reflect the exact priorities and personalities of the homeowners so that they feel that this home is unique to them, ”he said. “At the same time, the house must have the flexibility to make it reasonably attractive to future buyers when the time comes to move.”
His homes are spread across the Fort Worth area and include addresses at Bellaire Circle, Monticello, Forest Park, Park Place, Country Club Circle, TCU, Tanglewood, Overton Park, as well as upscale residential towers and several ranches .
Ranches, yes, but decidedly upscale with houses, barns, and even office structures.
Adams is known for his attention to detail and how well he works with architects and decorators to create the ideal reflection of the homeowner.
“I like working with architects because I respect their craft. Together we can help homeowners imagine the full potential of their home, ”says Adams. “If homeowners already have their own drawings or ask me to provide design services, I definitely believe my skills in this area are great. I go in the direction the customer prefers. “
Matt Adam’s loyalty goes back generations.
“My grandfather bought the first cubic meter of concrete that Tarrant Concrete poured in 1968 and we have been buying from them for over 50 years. My grandfather built the Sweeney Lumber Company complex in the 1950s, and we’ve been buying wood from them ever since. “
Over the years, Adams has taken personal ownership of every home construction project and quickly realized that a contractor’s reputation is only as good as that of the weakest subcontractor. For the past 25 years, he has recruited and maintained relationships with what he calls “The A Team” – highly reliable specialists in plumbing, frames, masonry, windowing, roofing and more.
Just as 10,000 and 15,000 square meters of land were once a challenge, Matt Adams now enjoys working on projects ranging from 4,000 to 10,000 square meters.
His advice to anyone considering building a new home or major renovation?
“One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is when they don’t fully envision the expanded options a new or renovated home can offer them. I’ve helped clients experience a lot more fun and functionality from home. “
– FWBP employees
Matt Adams Custom Homes
950 E. State Highway 114, Suite 160