Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight: Edinburgh Custom Homes

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In the homebuilding industry, experience is a currency you just can’t manufacture. Experience is a resource that’s hard won. With 30 years in the residential real estate industry and more than 20 years in homebuilding, John Gilley’s Edinburgh Custom Homes has the experience you can trust.

That’s why we want our readers to find out more about Edinburgh Custom Homes and the value that experience brings to their clients with our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about Gilley and Edinburgh Custom Homes  as the CandysDirt.com staff highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

What location or area do you primarily build in? What about the location makes it especially attractive?  

John Gilley

Edinburgh Custom Homes builds luxury custom homes in University Park and Highland Park in the Park Cities and also in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.  

We specialize in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow areas because they’ve been our own families’ neighborhoods for 4 generations – and they’re communities in which we care deeply. Our family has benefited from the excellent schools, safe environment and the wonderful people that we’ve had the opportunity to meet over the past 50 years – as neighbors and as friends. Since we treasure these communities, we enjoy helping others call these neighborhoods “Home”.

What’s your go-to architectural style? Traditional? Contemporary? Old World? Modern?  

Over the past 20-plus years, I’ve enjoyed building custom homes with all different architectural styles including – Traditional, French Country, English Tudor, Hill Country, Modern, and Transitional. Currently, I’m enjoying building Transitional-style homes – but also blending some traditional and modern design elements. 

How does your company provide value to your clients? 

At Edinburgh Custom Homes, there are several ways that we provide additional value to our clients. 

By Design

 John Gilley (principle and president of ECH):

I’m involved in every facet of the design, construction, and overall management of the homebuilding process for each client’s residence. As homebuyers, you are working with the owner of the company not a contractor (of the homebuilder) – this improves communication, saves time, assures quality, and increases work flow. The needs of Edinburgh Custom Homes’ customers come first, so I’m continually directing my company’s resources to serve our customers best.  Communication is key. I stay in constant contact with our clients, letting them know updates on our progress, setting expectations and explaining where we are on the homebuilding or remodeling timeline.  

Respecting our Clients 

… and everyone involved in the homebuilding process in many small ways, such as respecting their time, respecting their ideas, respecting their values, and respecting their decisions. It’s important to Edinburgh Custom Homes that everyone in the homebuilding process (clients, vendors, workers, and trade partners) is treated with respect and integrity.

Remodeling Services 

At ECH, we enjoy remodeling just as much as building new luxury homes. Many custom builders choose not to remodel but we love working with clients to turn their existing home into a “Dream Home” through Edinburgh’s remodeling services.


Have you received any recent awards? What for? From whom?

At Edinburgh Custom Homes, we have a different set of priorities – our greatest award is a happy client, enjoying their new “personalized” home that’s exactly what they had envisioned, but only better!

Awards and Certifications include: 

Advanced Education Programs taken through the National Association of Home Builders – 

Homebuilding Designations and Certifications: 

Graduate Master Builder 
Graduate Master Remodeler 
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist
Certified Green Professional

D Home Magazine – “Best Home Builder”

Considering the competition, how does your brand distinguish itself?

There are quite a few custom home builders in the DFW Metroplex, so it’s more important than ever as a home builder to be an expert with experience at delivering the finest quality home for a fair price while giving high-level customer service during an organized homebuilding process. 

Different by Design – We are different in that, by design, our clients work directly with the President and have direct access to his expertise and experience. Building a home is an artistic journey that my clients and I take together – it’s positive, increases personalization and makes their new custom home more meaningful.  

Overall Values – Our foundation of Christian faith guides each decision and the way we treat each client, supplier and trade partner.  This includes, being transparent in our billing, not adding additional hidden fees, honesty and integrity in all decisions, paying our trade partners quickly after their work is complete, and generally treating others fairly and the way we would like to be treated.

Market Expertise– Edinburgh Custom Homes builds luxury custom homes in the neighborhoods we know BEST which are the Park Cities and Preston Hollow – where we’ve lived and raised our families for 4 generations. We’ve been building homes in these communities for 20+ years.  John Gilley and his wife Barbara would like welcome you to the neighborhood.

What does being a member of the Dallas Builders Association do for you and your business?

It’s exciting to associate with the best building professionals in the industry who, like us, are committed to staying current with best building practices, the newest technologies, innovations and the best customer service. DBA members are constantly raising the bar and we like being a part of that challenge.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the current market? What are you doing to overcome it? 

There is a great deal of competition from numerous talented builders in the markets in which we build – Park Cities and Preston Hollow.  We are constantly challenged to find the best homesites and designs, secure the best pricing on quality building materials and components, all while delivering a finished product on time that also meets our company’s high standards. We like being challenged!


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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