About Us

Premiere Custom Home Builders in the Brazos Valley

The History of Ellis Custom Homes

Choosing a custom homebuilder is a key component in the successful design and execution of your dream home. The complexity of a custom home requires a precision and attention to detail that we are pleased to provide.

At Ellis Custom Homes, we have compiled an extraordinary team of individuals with the experience and talents necessary to craft your home. Our company specializes in quality custom home building and exceptional client services.

Our extensive experience with a wide array of techniques and building materials allows us to speak with firsthand knowledge and help you navigate the potential hazards of building a completely custom home. Each Ellis Custom Home is unique in its design, materials, and methods of construction. Additionally, we have worked with many clients to produce a wide range of styles and sizes to fit their needs and desires; however, one thing remains constant, quality.

Ellis Custom Homes has been creating distinctive custom homes in the Brazos Valley,
Brenham, Houston and surrounding areas for almost 30 years.

Meet Our Team

We are committed to our clients and our team. As a team, each one of us is dedicated to the highest level of standards and workmanship on all our projects. Through our construction experience and our professional commitment, the lifelong relationships developed have become the cornerstone of Ellis Custom Homes.

Keith Ellis

Keith Ellis

President & Owner

With more than two decades of experience in custom home building, Keith brings his own personal wealth of in-depth knowledge and expertise, along with his handpicked team of highly qualified craftspeople, to every Ellis Custom Home. A College Station native, Keith’s innovative and creative vision, coupled with his meticulous dedication to customer service, has resulted in some of the finest homes in the Brazos Valley.

Keith has a keen understanding that clients are not just looking to build a home. They are building a lifestyle for themselves and their families. No matter the size of the project, Keith’s dedication to exceeding expectations extends to every aspect of the homebuilding process. In fact, he personally handles all areas of project management, client consultation, project estimation, scheduling of trade contractors and acquisition of materials.

Keith founded Ellis Custom Homes in 1990. After five years serving clients in Houston, he moved the company back to his hometown of Bryan/College Station where he has built an impeccable reputation for quality, custom construction.

An industry leader, Keith is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as well as a member of one of the NAHB’s Builder 20 groups. He is a past president and current builder director of the Bryan/College Station Home Builders Association as well as life director of the Texas Association of Builders. Keith earned his B.S. in Building Construction from Texas A&M University in 1988.

When he’s not working, Keith loves to give back and volunteers his time with 4H Youth in Shotgun Education. One of his bucket list dreams is to build a church. Keith is married with 3 children.

Mark Ward

Mark Ward

Project Manager

Mark joined Ellis Custom Homes in April 2014 and provides an exceptional working knowledge of construction gained over the past 30 years to our team. Prior to joining our firm, he spent many years in the commercial construction world. In fact, Mark had a part in most of the structures built over the past 20 years on the Texas A&M campus.

Mark enjoys working with clients and ensuring that each project receives the highest level of attention to detail. He brings his core values of integrity, teamwork and dedication to constant improvement to his work, and these values shine through in every custom home project he manages. As a result of working with Mark, clients benefit from his key strength of keeping projects on schedule, as well as his philosophy that every project has its own character and every client has their own thought process and communication style. He is very flexible and able to adapt to individual client needs, while maintaining an efficient and effective building plan and timeline.

In his free time, Mark enjoys traveling and exploring places he has never been before without an agenda—simply being open to possibilities and discovering the unexpected. His hobbies include playing golf, horseback riding and listening to jazz music with a good glass of wine. Mark is married with two sons and can be found some weekends working on his land in Fredericksburg.

Rusty Camp

Rusty Camp

Project Manager

Rusty joined the Ellis Custom Home team in November of 2014. With more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry under his belt, Rusty truly understands home building and is able to use his extensive “insider” knowledge of individual building trades to craft homes of exceptional quality.

Rusty is a people person who prides himself on his core values of honesty, loyalty and hard work. He has learned over his long career (and through owning his own construction business for many years) that good things like exceptional quality and excellent customer service are not just par for the course. Rusty considers every client as his most important client. That’s why he is dedicated to keeping projects on budget and paying attention to all the nuances that make the custom home building experience unique.

Rusty is married with three children and enjoys traveling and spending quality family time with his grandchildren. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, coaching and watching his grandkids at Little League. Although he is a builder by profession, he takes on a decorator role around the holidays. He loves putting smiles on the faces of his children and grandchildren.

Tra Fraley

Tra Fraley

Project Manager

Tra started his residential construction career more than 20 years ago in 1998 and spent many years building high-end, large-scale homes in Houston. He joined the Ellis Custom Home team in April of 2018.

Known affectionately as our “details” guy, Tra leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the homebuilding process--from project estimating to project completion. He enjoys working with homeowners to help them turn their dreams and visions into reality. Tra shows up each day with a strong sense of honesty, professionalism and integrity and keeps the project schedule, cost and quality in mind at all times. Over the span of his long career, Tra has learned to stay calm, be respectful, keep an open mind and listen. He understands that the building process is ever-evolving and involves constant changes, so he takes every opportunity to learn more and do what he feels is right.

Tra earned his B.S. in Agriculture Development at Texas A&M. Although he set out to be a veterinarian, he switched career paths early on to construction. Tra’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He is married and has two daughters.

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore

Office Manager

Jennifer has been working for custom homebuilders in the Brazos Valley since 2002 and joined the Ellis Custom Homes team in September of 2009. Jennifer oversees all aspects of operating the corporate office. Her wealth of industry knowledge and extensive managerial experience allow her to efficiently coordinate multiple aspects of the custom home building process and ensure all of our clients receive five-star service.

Jennifer works closely with every member of the Ellis Custom Homes’ team, as well as interacts and provides personal attention to each client. She handles all areas of marketing, manages the website, and assists clients with research into various options for their new homes. She also deals with contracts, bids, budgets and scheduling—just to name a few of her many contributions.

Her dedication to honestly, integrity and being a team player are infused in everything she does. One of her strengths she has mastered along her impressive career is her ability to be solution focused. If an issue arises, Jennifer will make it her mission to find the best solution or answer for our clients.

Jennifer is a graduate from Sam Houston State University where she earned a B.S. in Interior Design in May 2005. She is married with two sons and enjoys spending time with her family—especially behind the lens of her camera as a photographer. Her dedication to customer service traces back to her very first job in Houston where she spent six years working at Astroworld.

Daniel Pena

Daniel Pena

Estimator

Daniel has been working in the construction industry since 2014 and has both commercial and residential experience. He joined Ellis Custom Homes in September of 2018 and brought with him his strong sense of faith, honesty and hard work. Daniel is known for his acute attention to details, his excellent communication skills and his proactive approach to getting things accomplished.

He earned his Associate’s Degree from TSTC in Building Construction Technology. His interests include reading, writing, photography/videography, camping, hiking, fishing, dancing, listening to music, playing with his dogs and just about any outdoor activity. He makes a practice of buying American-made products whenever possible. Daniel has an interesting background and was a bullfighter for a few years—where he had to develop precision, quick thinking and proactive decision-making.

Melissa Gutierrez-Ortiz

Melissa Gutierrez-Ortiz

Accounting

Melissa joined the Ellis Custom Homes team in June 2017 and manages accounts payable and receivable for the firm. Additionally, she handles the company’s business financial matters and coordinates all areas of insurance for the entire building process. Melissa brings a sense of responsibility, honesty and integrity to her work and is always strategizing to find the best possible solutions for the business as well as our clients. She is an expert at time management and is always helping her co-workers whenever possible.

Melissa graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned her degree in Business Administration in December 2016.
In her free time, she enjoys playing Sudoku, crafting, hand-making soaps, using Apple technology and is an avid fan of action movies. She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and can’t pass up any colorful office supplies at the store! She practices an attitude of gratitude in her life on a daily basis.

What people say about Ellis Custom Homes?

The complexity of a custom home requires precision and attention to detail that we are pleased to provide. Along with a sampling of completed homes in the Brazos Valley, is a list of clients happy to share their Ellis Custom Homes story.

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Everyone we worked with at Ellis Custom Homes was a delight. They work together as a team...more as a family. Above all, Keith Ellis, is a man of great integrity whom I admire and have the utmost trust in. I know that he will stand by whatever he says.

Susan McElroy

Customer
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Keith Ellis and his company "family" were a pleasure to work with in every aspect of the home building process. From the relationship with our architect, to the materials selection process, to the unique creativity and attention to detail, the process was quite effortless for us and the end result is a stunning and magnificent home.

The Batchelders

Customer
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We are beyond pleased with our new home. A lot of extras were included – things we had not thought about or did not even know about. We are looking forward to many years of enjoyment thanks to the very helpful staff at Ellis Custom Homes.

Cary & Sue Ellen Bass

Customer
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I recently worked with Project Manager, Andrew Colson, to install a custom motorized shade system for their project in Boerne, TX. Andrew was helpful in making selections and working with us and the client to select the right product to mitigate the sun/heat/glare/insects for a large sliding door system in the home. The high-quality design and craftsmanship of the custom home called for a totally custom product to provide further functionality for the focal door system.

Texas Sun & Shade

Subcontractor

Community Involvement

At Ellis Custom Homes, we believe that the best way to give thanks to our community is to give back to our community. We are proud to say that we provide sponsorships and volunteer for the following programs:

Photos of Us Volunteering

Professional Affiliations