We are extremely happy with our Antigua model home

Subject: Letter of Commendation for Sue Lawrence

Dear Mr. Zuckerman:

I am writing this letter 15 months after we moved into our lovely home in Pinecrest Estates in Lutz.  We are extremely happy with our Antigua model home and have received nothing but praise about the design, from floor plan to all of the amenities.

In the initial phase, Sandy, at your model center guided us through all of the steps in a warm, professional and motherly manner.  You are fortunate to have her as your mom.  Also the staff Don and Mary were very helpful.

I still own a home in Los Angeles and will be bi-coastal for the next four years, since I am a semi retired Professor of Graphic Design at California State University Long Beach. During the construction process I made five trips over a year to check on the construction.  I was greeted by your construction supervisors, John, Keith and Guy. All of them were very informative and followed through on every question or concern I had.  I hired my own inspector to inspect each stage of the construction.  The inspector had high praise for your firm initially and that continued throughout the process.

So why did I single out Sue Lawrence for the commendation?  To me Sue was the go-to-person.  Every time there was a problem, Sue solved it.  When I forgot to send in my payments for upgrades, Sue contacted me.  When I needed reassurance that everything would be just fine, Sue was there for me.  My first experience of building a new home was greatly enhanced with Sue Lawrence on the wing in Tarpon Springs.

I highly recommend Avalon Building Corporation to anyone that respects professionalism.

 Best Regards,

Juanity & Archie Boston

Avalon Building Corporation (Headline: Avalon continues to deliver award-winning homes and value)

Special Sections correspondent

Tampa Tribune

For more than 20 years, Avalon Building Corp., a local family-owned business, has been focused on constructing high quality homes with innovative designs at prices that make them one of best new home values in the Tampa Bay area, according to Ralph Zuckerman, company president.

“Since the beginning, we have guided the company with the philosophy of providing top quality designs at an exceptional value,” Zuckerman says. “We study the designs of very expensive homes and then incorporate the best details and features of those homes into our Avalon homes at a fraction of the cost.”

Although known for their flowing interior layouts and eye-catching elevations, Avalon homes offer buyers substantially more than aesthetics, according to Zuckerman. He says that the company employs industry leading construction standards to ensure a better-built home, and designs that optimize the home’s functionality and livability. They may look like showcase homes, but they were designed to last and to provide families with a place that feels like home.

“We hear from customers all the time about how they love their Avalon home and how they get wonderful compliments from family and friends, even years after their home was built,” Zuckerman adds.

During its 20 years in business, Avalon Building Corp. has garnered numerous awards for its design features and quality construction, including more than 70 awards from the Tampa Bay Builders Association Parade of Homes and Pasco Builders Association Parade of Homes. Certainly the company is very proud of every award it has won, but Zuckerman says he is even prouder of building beautiful homes for families to enjoy.

Forest Oaks, in Wesley Chapel, is an ideal setting for an Avalon home. The exclusive, gated community is convenient to SR 54 and I-75, yet it feels worlds away from the chaos of city life. The community is close to excellent new schools, a new hospital, a new sports complex and seemingly endless shopping opportunities.

“Forest Oaks is a beautiful, wooded community with home sites that are 125 and 130 feet wide and encompass nearly a half an acre, ensuring plenty of space between neighbors,” Zuckerman says.

Although Zuckerman enjoys describing the open, family-friendly floor plans and the quality of Avalon’s construction, he says that no words or photos can convey the feeling buyers get from visiting the award-winning Avalon IV model at Forest Oaks. “Visitors are always impressed with the oversized kitchen and family room, as well as the equally large bonus room, and the livability of the floor plan,” he adds.

The 3,170 square-foot four-bedroom, three-bathroom Grand Award-winning Avalon IV includes a bonus room, den and a three-car garage. Priced from $297,900, plus home site, the Avalon IV shares the distinction common to all Avalon plans of feeling like a home that costs much more.

Equally popular among buyers are the Grand Award-winning Antigua with bonus up, a 3,654 square-foot home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a den, a bonus room and a three-car garage, which is priced from $337,900 plus home site, and the two-story Bella Vista. Avalon’s newest model, the Bella Vista with bonus encompasses 4,127 square feet of the company’s most luxurious and innovative design features, with prices starting at $439,900, plus home site.  For a limited time, buyers can take advantage of an additional $10,000 worth of free upgrades on any Avalon home purchased through March 31.

As a semi-custom builder, Avalon is glad to make changes and build the home the way customers want it to meet their family’s needs. As an on-your-lot builder, Avalon will construct its award-winning designs on customers’ home sites or on its own home sites. “Our plans range in size from 1,800 to 4,300 square feet,” Zuckerman adds. “We encourage people to visit our models to appreciate the design features, high quality construction and value.”

For information, visit www.TampaHomeBuilder.com, or call 813-907-3431.

Trust is the basis for customer long-term relationships

Trust is the basis for customer long-term relationships and after working with you, I am confident in saying that you are one of the few professional people, in the building industry, who still earns the trust of your customers. When Sandy told me that you were getting involved in some of  the early contract issues, I sensed that she was secure in knowing you were going to get it resolved and after working with you I understand why she was secure in knowing that you would do the right thing for both the customer and  Avalon. Ultimately it's people like yourself who really establish the good reputation of a company.  It has been a pleasure working with you, I wish you all the success personally and professionally going forward.

Terry L Sellman

Operations Controller, PAC

I'ts beautiful and we really love it.


Mary and I have been so busy getting settled into our new house, that I neglected to tell you how happy we are with the way it turned out!     It's beautiful, and we really love it.  

I also wanted to tell you how nice it was to work with your team!   Sue Lawrence was so great to work with throughout the entire process.  Guy DeVinney as well.  Their followup after closing has been great too. 

Everyone at Avalon has made this construction process understandable and mostly stress free!  And I'm happy about that.

Thanks again, Ralph for working with us and helping get us into our new home!   I'm sure we'll enjoy it for years to come!

Best regards,

John and Mary Wood


Winners of Outstanding Worth Awards 2014

2014 Best Feature Tampa Bay Builders Association
2014 Best Pool & Waterfall Tampa Bay Builders Association

It is a beautiful home which we are planning to retire from.

It is a beautiful home which we are planning to retire from.  It turned out to be exactly what we wanted.  We really appreciate the Avalon and all who did hard work to make it happen.  If you need any reference, please do not hesitate to use my name any time.  I will be happy to give the best words.

Thanks Jay Kim

Add / Edit Models

  • Components > K2
  • Use the category filter to select Avalon Home Models
  • Click New
  • Click Extra Fields from the tabs above the text editor
  • Enter the description
  • Enter the model features
  • Click the Image tab above the text editor to insert the single model image
  • Click the Content tab to enter the community and county details


Model Features - entry method

Each line represents a single feature block with each element separated by a vertical bar '|' located on the computer keyboard on the backslash key. Each feature block must be separated by 3 hyphens '---'.

This is the principle

Model Name|Square Feet|Rooms|Floors|photo gallery name


Avalon II|2500sqft|4/3/2 Car|Single Storey|avalon2
Avalon III|2900sqft|4/3/3 Car|Single Storey|avalon3

Edit A Model

  • Use the category filter to select Avalon Home Models
  • Click the name of the model to edit
  • Click Extra Fields from the tabs above the text editor
  • Edit the description
  • Edit the model features if needed
  • Click the Image tab above the text editor to replace the single model image
  • Click the Content tab to edit the community and county details

Edit communities and build-on lot details

Click the tab labeled Content above the text editor

The text immediately before the horizontal bar is that which is displayed below each model's image on the model list page. This is called 'introtext'.

To add the introtext bar, click the place in the text area where you want to place the bar, then click the button labeled ReadMore below the text editor

Add Photo Gallery

  • Components > Simple Image Gallery
  • Click New
  • Add gallery name as a single word and best in all lowercase. The exact name is what will be used for the model feature block
    Example: Gallery name is bellavista1
    Bella Vista 1|3170sqft|4/3/3 Car|Single Floor|bellavista1
  • Click Add Images
  • Drag the images to the window
  • Click Save

Because there are 3 photo sets per model, you must create sub-galleries called 'floorplan' and 'elevation' within each model's gallery. Otherwise an error will occur.


Model gallery is 'bellavista1'

Sub directories paths would be 'bellavista1/floorplan' and 'bellavista1/elevations'. The path is entered in the field labeled Folder Name when adding new gallery

HTML Template Insert

  • Components > K2
  • Select category Awards
  • Click New
  • Click the HTML template insert icon on the text editor tool bar
  • Select the file named awards-table
  • Click Insert
  • Change the text in each cell


Sorting Items

  • Click the double arrows at the top of the sort column to activate sorting (you only need to do this once per admin session)
  • Place cursor over vertically aligned square dots (the cursor will change to a four point arrow)
  • Click and drag vertically to reorder


Build On Your Lot Experts

Avalon has the expertise and experience necessary to make your dream home on your lot a reality.  As the saying goes – “location, location, location”.  If you already own the lot, or like a lot in the location of your dreams, then the next step is finding a qualified builder who has the experience need for the unique challenges of building on vacant land rather than in already developed subdivisions, Avalon should be your choice.

Not only is Avalon a semi-custom builder with an array of plans to start with to create your dream home, but Avalon has been building “on-your-lot” in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years.  If you have a lot you already own, or are considering buying a lot, we will be glad to take a look at the lot with you and help you determine feasibility and any potential lot preparation expenses.

You don’t have to wait until you own a lot to get started with Avalon.  Selecting the home you want can be your first step and then you will be able to look for land that will accommodate the home you wish to build.  While some lots/land may look buildable to the average person, some will have challenges that may exceed the person’s budget to turn the land into a buildable lot for their dream home.

“On-your-lot” also includes lots that are in existing subdivisions.  Avalon has built homes over the years in a vast array of notable subdivisions.  If you have or are looking at a lot in a subdivision, Avalon should still be your choice.  We provide quality construction, elegant homes at great value.


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Forest Oaks Community

A private community of exceptional, beautifully wooded, one-half acre (approx.) homesites. Even more rare is that these homesites are 125-130 feet wide with plenty of space and trees between neighbors. The community is gated with an elegant brick privacy wall along the entrance.

Forest Oaks is also in a great location, extremely convenient to three new schools (elementary, middle, and high school), a brand new county park/sports complex, shopping (Cypress Creek Town Center, Shops at Wiregrass, The Grove at Wesley Chapel, and Bruce B. Downs shopping minutes away), and the proposed Pasco National Tennis Center next to Saddlebrook, with easy access to Hwy 54 & I-75.

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