Crafting Fulshear’s Finest Homes
Fairmont Custom Homes – Building the future of Fulshear
By: Jaclyn Ritter – original article in Fulshear Magazine
It is often said that if a couple can survive building a house together, they can survive
anything. Building a home can be stressful. There are so many decisions to be made, and
communication is key – communication between each other and communication with the
builder. No one understands this better than Michael Pelletier and Robert Cox.
Fulshear families who have had the pleasure of working with this dynamic duo are the
first to say that their home building experience was nothing like the horror stories often told.
They are very happy customers.
Fairmont Custom Homes are distinctive, innovative, and trendsetting. As a member of
the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, Michael and Robert understand quality
craftmanship and exemplify a southern flair that is a refreshing break from the expected.
Meet the Dynamic Duo
Michael and Robert hit it off right away with their mutual love and appreciation for
quality construction. The two combined have almost 60 years of experience in the business.
Michael grew up framing houses and working on various construction crews, while continuing
his studies in college. Robert grew up helping his father in the custom granite and marble
“Robert gave me my first job out of college,” says Michael. “He graduated a year before
me and was already working for a builder. He opened that first door for me. In fact, he is the
reason I moved to Houston.”
Michael runs the front part of the job, managing sales, marketing, estimating, and
interacting with appraisers, bankers, and clients. The job is then handed over to Robert, who
makes the vision come to life.
While the two have their areas of expertise, they are known to cross paths more often
than not. “Mike won’t tell you this, but he enjoys doing my job as well,” smiles Robert. “And
he is good at it!” Michael has a passion for the creative side of the business. This becomes
apparent if you are lucky enough to go on a tour of one of his homes with him. As we walked
through his model home in Fulshear Run during our interview, Michael beamed with pride as
he showed off the beautiful barrel ceiling in the entryway, the star-worthy laid out master
closets, and the collapsible doors that allow the living room to sprawl directly into the backyard
oasis. “I see a lot of opportunities in structures,” says Michael. Knowing this about him, Robert
often encourages Michael to join him in the field, forcing him to get out of the office and utilize
his creative juices.
Robert, on the other hand, is a true craftsman who thrives on the social aspect. “My
favorite parts about my job are the relationships,” says Robert. “Relationships with
contractors, vendors, and the clients themselves – it doesn’t get much better.” In fact, he
keeps in touch with most of their clients long after completing their homes!
Michael started Fairmont Custom Homes in Sienna Plantation, a Johnson Development
property located in Missouri City, and Avalon of Seven Meadows, located in Katy. People who
owned land in Fulbrook were making frequent trips to these model homes and posing the same
question each and every time: Do you build in Fulbrook? Michael was invited to join a team of
approved builders in Fulbrook, an honor indeed considering the community’s reputation of
being high-end and luxurious. Fulbrook possesses the relaxed country charm that his homes
By 2014, Fairmont Custom Homes was approved by the developer and Michael began
building his first Fulshear model home. Not long after, developer Doug Konopka asked if
Fairmont would build in his new Fulshear community, Fulshear Run. “It was a no brainer!”
Michael adds, “I knew exactly what house to build in Fulshear Run.” Newly finished, this model
home has been viewed and toured more than 1,000 times!
There is No Comparison
Fairmont Custom Homes cannot be compared to other builders. They focus on quality
over quantity, only building six to ten homes a year, with homes ranging $700,000 and up.
One aspect that sets Fairmont Custom Homes apart from other companies is the fact
that the company is comprised of a small and communicative team. Michael and Robert are a
part of every building process, from start to finish. When there is a question, there is no need
to go through three different people only to wind up with someone who may or may not know
the answer to that question. Michael and Robert are reachable 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. “Eight days a week!” jokes Robert. Clients are never left in the dark, waiting a week for
“When Robert oversees your project, you will never feel left in the dark. His best
strengths are his consistent communication with clients and attention to detail,” adds Michael.
“In these types of projects, it requires a tremendous amount of planning and preparation for
the project to go smoothly.” As the project manager, Robert knows that it is better to ask the
questions and have multiple face-to-face meetings, than have the client show up and be
surprised, or worse, disappointed. Robert is at the job site himself, assuring that no detail is
missed in the construction process.
Fairmont Custom Homes also understands the importance of the mechanical system or
underlying structure of a home. “So few builders pay attention to these details, because you
cannot touch it or feel it, and it often doesn’t increase the value or sell-ability of the house,”
says Michael. “With this ever-changing market, we hire an energy consultant so that we
continue to stay on top of, and exceed, all state-mandated requirements.” All Fairmont homes
are complete with 16 SEER air conditioning, open cell foam insulation, and Anderson Windows.
“These are things we do not necessarily promote, but it is just the right way to build a house.”
It all starts with an idea, that leads to a blue print and, ultimately, results in a beautiful
custom home. “It is hard not to get attached to each home, we are sculpting it with our own
hands, but our reward is how impressed and happy the client is,” Michael concludes. News is
spreading quickly around Fulshear that Michael Pelletier and Robert Cox make home building
fun and rewarding. Through fine-quality, innovative floor plans, and unique extras, Michael and
Robert craft homes, not houses.
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