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Shade House Development is a green design + build firm in Houston, Texas that offers traditional contracting as well as full home design services. Founded by Matthew and Tina Ford, Shade House Development strives to bring clarity and efficiency to the home design build process. By integrating design, development and construction, they have the ability to control costs while pushing the design and quality further. This hybrid approach enables them to progress rapidly and seamlessly from concept to field, while employing the latest technologies.

Matt and Tina Ford have a combined 34 years of experience in the home construction industry. Right out of college, and shortly after they were married, they purchased an old bungalow in the Montrose area. With the help of friends and family, they successfully fixed up the little house. They loved the process so much, they haven't stopped since.

They decided right then that this was their future. While Tina finished college, Matt decided to work for a respected builder in Houston to learn the business from the bottom up. Matt worked his way up to project manager, overseeing construction of hundreds of homes. It was then that Matt and Tina decided to strike out on their own.

The Fords have extensive experience in home restoration, large remodels, custom homes and even green projects, including L.E.E.D. They pride themselves on having the expertise to handle the most demanding high-end, large projects, while at the same time maintaining the flexibility to design and build homes that have much more modest budgets. In both cases, delivering the absolute highest quality homes for the least amount of money is their goal.

The Fords moved to The Houston Heights in 1997 and have lived and worked there ever since, completing dozens of projects in their neighborhood. They have also completed countless others outside of The Heights in areas such as South Hampton, Hunters Creek, Memorial, West University, South Side Place, Montrose, Timber Grove, and Spring Branch. They have worked on multiple projects with the same client, (as many as four projects with a single family), a have also worked with four members of a family to build or remodel each of their homes. They consider it an honor to have been passed to friends and family by many of their clients.

Matt and Tina pride themselves on providing clarity and transparency to what can often be a stressful process. They work within your budget, your needs and your design style to help create the home of your dreams. They are excited to meet you and help start your journey.

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