To enhance the aesthetics and functionality of our clients’ living environment by using sustainable design and value-oriented building practices which elevates the quality of their lives and well-being.
Based out of Stevensville, Maryland and established in 1991, Signature Dream Homes is a long-standing residential builder serving Anne Arundel, Calvert, Howard Counties, the Eastern Shore of MD, and Delaware.
As Residential Builders, we specialize in Custom Tailored Homes, Visionary Additions, Inspiring Renovations, and Resourceful Accessory Buildings.
Our focus is on building YOU-nique projects and exceeding client expectations.
We employ sustainable building practices on all projects to minimize the effects construction has on the environment. Put our many years of dedicated experience to work for you today.
Design It, Build It, Live It, Love It
Eric (Rick as his family and friends call him) grew up in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and spent his summers building tree forts and go carts, damming up creeks to create swimming holes, and dreaming up new ways to earn money. He had a paper route, created a produce stand in the driveway with vegetables from his Dad’s garden, and at the age of 9, sold minnows left over from a fishing trip to the neighborhood kids calling them “Silver Fish” (which prompted phone calls from the neighborhood parents).
Working his way through college, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Entrepreneurship from East Carolina University and, upon graduation in 1985, went to work for Burlington Industries as a production supervisor. He was promoted twice the first year.
As the US textile industry faltered, he decided to leave and enter the financial world. After sequestering himself for two weeks to study, he passed the Series 7 exam on the first attempt and spent the next five years as a successful stockbroker. When the buying and selling of money lost its’ luster and predicting that much of his profession would be replaced by the new technology, he went back to what he loved best - producing something with tangible value.
In 1991, Eric started a painting and remodeling company which grew quickly and, with his love of history, soon became focused on historical restoration. In 1995, he went back to school for two years taking evening classes in Architecture and making the Dean’s list.
Loving a great challenge, he started taking on projects that other contractors wouldn’t or couldn’t do. The company stripped homes down to bare bones and rebuilt them, suspended whole houses while replacing the foundation, moved homes from one location to another, or just replaced the entire back wall of a home with a steel beam for an addition. After doing this kind of work, building a new home became easy in comparison, but no less of a challenge when it comes to quality and value.
As every client is unique and every project a new venture, he continues his passion every day – to serve those who entrust his company with their building needs.
As a Deacon at Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, he has also taught Sunday school, helped start and run several ministries, and continues to counsel men who struggle with the demands of this life while living through their faith.
His free time is spent with his family and friends while fishing, hunting, camping, and enjoying most other outdoor activities.
Eric and his wife Susan celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary this year and have two sons. They reside in Stevensville, Maryland.