Benefit Homes Project to Celebrate Completion of Two Homes

Terry SwensonBenefit Homes Project

The GHBA Benefit Homes Project is in a unique position this year as two builders committed to constructing a Benefit Home within weeks of each other. Taylor Morrison and HistoryMaker Homes are nearing completion on their homes.

“We are so excited to have such great support from our GHBA members for this program,” said Scott Merovitch, chairman of the Benefit Homes Project and Chesmar Homes city president for Houston. “We can’t thank enough Todd Rasmussen and Bill Dalton with Taylor Morrison and Mickey Pizzitola with HistoryMaker Homes for stepping up to volunteer their expertise and their vendors and suppliers that are critical to making this fundraiser a success.”

This 42-year-old fundraiser recruits two builders each year to build a home with donated materials and services from GHBA member companies. The homes are typically built with amenities and features not always found in homes with similar pricing, and then are sold at market value. The more donations provided, the less the home costs to build and the more money will be raised. The beneficiaries of the sale are two local charities, Operation Finally Home and HomeAid Houston.


Taylor Morrison is building the Dahlia Plan in its own community of Grand Vista. The home is a 1,532 sq. ft. one-story with three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car garage. The design is elegant with a splash of charm while it offers optimal living space for growing families.

Taylor Morrison’s Dahlia Plan

An extended formal foyer flows into an open-concept gathering room and kitchen that is perfect for family gatherings or entertaining. There is also a formal dining room that is the ideal setting for intimate dinners or grand celebrations. The private owner’s suite is located at the back of the home offering a beautiful retreat with its wall of windows that capture the light, making the room bright and airy. There are two closets that provide plenty of storage for separate wardrobes, a double door entry to the owner’s bath, a vanity with dual sinks and a separate walk-in shower.

HistoryMaker is building its popular Hemlock plan in Sunterra. Land Tejas donated the homesite. The Hemlock is a 2,777 sq. ft. two-story design with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The home offers a media room and game room on the second floor, a downstairs owner suite with spacious walk-in closet, a dual vanity and a separate tub and shower. The floorplan is an open concept for easy entertaining and family gatherings, and the tall ceilings and box windows add to the spacious feeling. The home also includes a covered patio and large garage.

HistoryMaker Home’s Hemlock Plan

Hundreds of GHBA members have participated in the Benefit Homes Project that has raised more than $12 million. Not one year has gone by since the Project’s inception that Houston area companies have not made this happen. Everything from the land, surveys, construction, and closings have been donated. The companies that participate range from large national organizations, to local one-man/woman operations.

The construction and sale of these homes for the Benefit Homes Project means that through Operation Finally Home, wounded veterans and their families will own a mortgage-free home that is constructed to meet their needs through the direction and vetting by the OFH team. And, through HomeAid Houston, homeless men, women, children and veterans will have a safe, stable environment to begin rebuilding their lives.

If you would like to join the Benefit Homes Project as a vendor, builder or developer, contact Terry Swenson at (281) 664-1442 or visit