While Diamond Custom Homes was officially established in 2010, our track record in Southwest Florida goes back more than 25 years. From Sarasota to Marco Island, we’ve created magnificent homes of exceptional quality. And since the day Michael Diamond founded the company, we’ve treated everyone like a friend of the family. This has led to countless enduring relationships with clients and industry partners, as well as continued growth and involvement in the community.
Common beliefs, uncommon results
Skill, experience, collaboration and complete professionalism. These are the ingredients of Diamond’s collective passion for working together and delighting our clients. From each member of our team, you can expect the highest level of service and personal attention.
Our founder, Michael Diamond has 20-plus years in the home building industry. He holds both Florida Contractor and Florida Real Estate Broker licenses as well as a B.A. from Colgate University. To ensure the highest quality outcomes for every client, he personally maintains strong connections to top architects, designers and subcontractors. At home, Mike spends his private time with his wife Nina and their three children.
Jeffrey Benham is co-owner of Diamond Custom Homes as well as its head of financial operations. With over 10 years of experience in the luxury custom home market, Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and a Florida Real Estate License. Formerly, he served as both a CFO and senior financial advisor to several prominent companies and met Mike while working as the director of sales and as a former CFO for another luxury home builder. When he’s not focused on Diamond’s trade partners, clients and project objectives, Jeff spends time with his wife and daughter.
A New Hampshire native, Deborah earned an interior design certification from the University of New Hampshire, and a real estate sales associate license from the State of Florida. Involved in the construction and interior design industries for 30 years, she was the owner of Interior Reflections, a business that sold custom window treatments, upholstered furniture and interior accessories for residential clients.
Dolly Smith is an integral member of the Diamond Custom Homes team, working diligently to oversee our finances and regulate budgets. As Controller, Dolly ensures budgets stay on track and manages all communications with outside vendors. She earned her degree in Accounting from Hodges University and has her CAM license with the State of Florida. Dolly is proficient in QuickBooks, Business Works, and Thompson Reuter software, and is excited to join the DCH team. When she’s not in the office, she can be found enjoying Naples’ parks and beaches with her family.
Mike Swanson has spent his 20+-year career in the luxury homebuilding industry purchasing and estimating goods and services while managing vendors and suppliers. He creates the best methods for day-to-day purchasing operations to ensure every project milestone is met with detailed plan tracking and cost analysis to identify demand and minimize costs. Before joining Diamond, Mike built and headed the Purchasing and/or Estimating Departments for a variety of custom homebuilders and construction firms in Southwest Florida. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan with a bachelor of science in construction technology.
Construction veteran Tim Scarsella is a licensed general contractor in the state of Florida with 30 years home building experience, starting as a field manager and working his way up to project management. He has established award-winning entry level and estate series custom home product lines. Previously, Tim was a superintendent with D. R. Horton and spent 14 years with Centex Homes. He attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, majoring in criminal justice before relocating to Bonita Springs, Florida where he volunteers for Wounded Warriors of America and Habitat for Humanity.
Originally from Miami, George earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Miami-Dade Community College. He began his career in the construction and real estate industries nearly 20 years ago and moved to Southwest Florida more than 10 years ago. Most recently, he held positions as a purchasing agent and a purchasing manager in the homebuilding industry.
Originally from Woodbridge, Connecticut, Peter Brochin has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He earned his Business Management degree from Eckerd and received his Certified General Contractor’s license in the early 90’s. As a Project Manager, Peter sees projects through all the way from pre-construction to delivery to the customer. He collaborates with all subcontractors and vendors, establishes orderly workflow on site, and ensures work is proceeding on time. Peter is OSHA safety certified and enjoys boating and fishing in his free time.
As Architectural Designer, Karen Velasco-Carter plays a vital role in the Diamond Custom Homes process, working closely with clients to articulate their ideas. She is responsible for the coordination between architectural DWGS and the interior design DWGS for all new construction, as well as the permitting of DWGS for remodels. Karen has been in the industry for 15 years, with her previous experience as an architectural designer for two prominent design studios. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from San Buenaventura University, is an AIA associate and a certified general contractor. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, tennis and dancing.
Chris Schneider brings 23 years of construction industry experience to Diamond. As job superintendent, he is responsible for on-site coordination for all phases of building projects, and coordinating all subcontractors, materials and equipment. Chris ensures specifications are strictly followed, and work is proceeding on schedule and within budget. He is DOT (Department of Transportation) and OSHA safety certified. A third generation construction industry veteran, Chris began his homebuilding career in Cleveland as a carpenter focusing on remodeling homes. In 2000, he relocated to Southwest Florida and built homes for actress Sharon Stone and AC/DC singer Cliff Williams. Today, Chris and his family live in Estero.
Before joining our Remodeling Division in May 2018, Michael worked for a corporate builder and owned his own home maintenance company. In his role as Superintendent, Michael manages subcontractors, obtains work permits, and ensures work is proceeding on schedule and within budget. Michael served in the United States Navy and now enjoys spending quality time with his children and grandchildren.
Before joining Diamond in August of 2018, Joe Tedesco worked as a superintendent for several Southwest Florida builders with a focus on new construction. As job superintendent, he is responsible for on-site coordination of all phases of building projects, including obtaining work permits and managing subcontractors, materials and equipment. He also works and walks jobs with inspectors. From pre-construction to delivery, Joe ensures specifications are strictly followed and work is proceeding on schedule and within budget. He is OSHA safety certified and a forklift operator. Joe’s favorite aspect about Diamond is the close relationships with team members. When he’s not working, he likes to fish, hunt and spend time with his family.
Anthony Marzella has been in the construction industry since he was 14 and brings almost 30 years of experience to Diamond. As job superintendent, he is responsible for on-site coordination of all phases of building projects, and coordinating all subcontractors, materials and equipment. Anthony ensures specifications are strictly followed, and work is proceeding on schedule and within budget. He is OSHA safety certified and has taken a wide array of construction courses. Anthony also has extensive historical home restoration experience, previously working for celebrities like Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Allen Jackson. In his spare time, he renovates his own home with his wife, fishes and does craft-oriented activities with his three children.
Originally from New York City, Francisco Morales moved to Florida in 2002 and brings over 15 years of remodeling industry experience to Diamond. As warranty service manager, he is responsible for taking care of all customer service needs when a new home is in its final stages. This includes meeting with the homeowner and coordinating customizations or corrections of any issues, as well as managing partners and vendors. When he’s not working on home sites, he likes to go fishing, play sports and spend time with his family.
From our valued clients
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“During the building process we hired an inspector to review the workmanship on a monthly basis and there was never an issue with any of the inspections. We moved into our home in August 2014 and have been enjoying the beautiful workmanship. If we had to start over again, we would go right back to Diamond Custom Homes. It was a pleasure working with them.”— BILL AND JAN
“Diamond Custom Homes built our dream home in Quail West. We interviewed several builders and decided to go with DCH based on their stellar track record throughout Naples building beautiful homes. We are ecstatic with the result. Also, Mike Diamond's support team was great during construction as well as after we moved in making sure every detail was attended to in a timely and professional manner. All in all, we have nothing but accolades to share about our Diamond Custom Home.”— LES AND JUNE
“It is with great pleasure that my wife Laura and I recommend Diamond Custom Homes as a builder for your future home. Starting with Mike Diamond and with the help of his entire staff — the difficult process of of designing and building a custom home was made significantly easier. The Diamond team showed a high level of professionalism and a particular attention to detail. They chose and managed sub-contractors extremely well. Their on-site management team was present everyday, overseeing and ensuring that every job was done with care and precision. When problems or issues arose during and after construction the staff and particularly the onsite manager was quick to respond and all issues were resolved to our satisfaction without hesitation. An overall masterful job — well done!”— HOWARD AND LAURA
“Diamond Custom Homes has uncompromising integrity. The Diamond team was very professional, very easy to communicate with, and very attentive to details and value. Steve was our on-sight supervisor and he kept an eye on even the tiniest details and made sure they were perfect. George let me know what was going to happen when and kept us on track as far as making design choices. He was delightful to work with. And throughout the process, Mike stayed involved, ensuring our satisfaction through every phase, including after we moved in.
We have been in our home a year now, and love it. Not only do we have a beautiful, well constructed and designed home (close to budget), but Diamond Custom Homes made it a pleasure getting here.”— Joe and Cynthia
While there’s no greater reward than appreciation from our clients and the relationships we’ve built with them, Diamond is honored by the recognition we’ve received from a variety of distinguished industry organizations.
- Best Custom Home 4,000-6,000 square feet, Laurene model
- Best Kitchen Design for a Custom/Spec/One of a Kind Home, Diamond residence
Sand Dollar 2018
- Product Design of the Year – Single Family Homes ($2,750,001 – $3,000,000), Private Residence in Quail West
- Best Use of Custom Wood (over $50,000), Private Residence Custom Home
- Best Kitchen Design (over $250,000), Private Residence Custom Home
- Best Custom Home of 8,000 square feet, Private Residence Custom Home
Sand Dollar 2017
- Best Use of Custom Wood (Under $30,000), Basseterre Model Home
- Best Master Suite ($50,000-$100,000), Basseterre Model Home
- Best Kitchen Design ($200,001-$250,000), Basseterre Model Home
Sand Dollar 2016
- Product Design of the Year – Single Family Homes ($2,000,001 – $2,250,000), Custom Home
- Product Design of the Year – Single Family Homes ($3,500,001 – $4,000,000), Magnolia Model Home
- Best Smart Home ($2,000,001 – $2,250,000), Custom Home
- Best Outdoor Living Area ($30,001 – $50,000), Private Residence Custom Home
- Best Use of Custom Wood Under ($30,000), Magnolia Model Home
- Best Use of Custom Wood ($30,001 – $50,000), Private Residence Custom Home
- Best Flooring Over ($50,000), Custom Home
- Best Flooring Over ($50,000), Magnolia Model Home
- Best Master Suite Under ($50,000), Custom Home
- Best Master Suite ($50,001 – $100,000), Magnolia Model Home
- Best Kitchen Design ($50,001 – $100,000), Custom Home
- Best Kitchen Design Over ($100,000), Magnolia Model Home
Sand Dollar 2015
- Product Design of the Year-Single Family Homes ($3,500,000+), St. Kitts
- Best Use of Custom Wood Above ($50,000), St. Kitts
- Best Kitchen Design Above ($100,000), St. Kitts
Sand Dollar 2014
- Best Master Suite (Over $100K), Capistrano at Quail West
- Best Use of Custom Wood (Over $50K), Capistrano at Quail West
Sand Dollar 2013
- Best Kitchen Design, Alessandra at Grey Oaks