Here at Monte Smith Designs we strive to provide a high quality set of house plans for the general contractor, builders, and other consumers that are interested in new or spec home construction.
These plans provide flexible floor plans that are energy efficient, and hold excellent market appeal for the active lifestyles of today’s consumer.
What distinguishes Monte Smith from other designers? According to his satisfied customer base, his creativity is what makes the difference. Monte, a self-taught designer, has an extensive background as both a framing contractor and a Custom Home Builder. Monte began his home building career in the early 1980’s, working for Mastercraft Homes, which is a design/build company that targets the custom home market.
Based on this experience, Monte now offers custom designed homes to fit the practical needs of home buyers. Monte’s talent with creative designs, has allowed him to establish himself as a leading home designer and builder in the Montgomery County and Lake Conroe area, north of Houston, Texas.
Talent and enthusiasm distinguish Monte, as he tackles every job with the same excitement he felt when building his very first home. His clients share in this, as they appreciate Monte’s jovial personality and his sincere concern for their ultimate satisfaction in designing a home within their budget that reflects their personal lifestyle. Monte finds that being open to creative challenges and changes, and paying attention to customer desired detail will allow Monte flexibility in making a custom designed home which is the main ingredient for his winning formula. Monte most enjoys the personal gratification that comes from combining his creative talent with his clients’ personal preferences, as they work together to enhance the character of the home.
Monte Smith began his career in construction in the summer of 1978, while still in high school. He began working for a school friend’s father, who happened to be a roofing contractor. At that time, Monte’s experience with shingling houses and assisting crews with asphalt-shingle roofs began and continued throughout the entire summer.
Monte’s next job allowed him to learn about the air conditioning business, where he worked with an A/C and Heating company in Conroe, Texas. Monte was a helper, where he installed A/C and heating units and did the duct work for Poinsett A/C & Heat, from September 1978 through June 1979.
In July 1979, Monte was offered a job with a framing contractor, where he began as a carpenter apprentice, learning to frame walls, stairs and rafters. After three months, the framing contractor taught Monte how to install cornice work on new houses. Monte worked for Daryl Walker, from July 1979 until March 1980.
Monte then began his own framing company in April 1980, under the name of MDS CONSTRUCTION CO. Monte would contract with local custom builders to frame and cornice their new homes. MDS CONSTRUCTION CO. quickly grew into a large framing contract company that eventually developed as many as 17 framing crews by 1982.
In 1982, Monte began building custom homes on a small scale, building two homes per year through his MDS CONSTRUCTION affiliation.
In 1983, Monte started a second company, MASTERCRAFT HOMES, where he designed and contracted with customers to build their new homes. Monte maintained MDS CONSTRUCTION as an ongoing framing company, until MASTERCRAFT HOMES took on a life of its own, and he could no longer manage both. MDS CONSTRUCTION framed its last house in 1989.
MASTERCRAFT HOMES, under the management of Monte Smith, has designed and built over 600 new custom homes, from 1981 through September 2006.
Monte is also a member of the AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING DESIGN and as a Professional Building Designer, has designed new homes for other builders and homeowners in the Greater Houston area and Montgomery County.
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