CEO / President
In 1980 at the age of 24 and against his Father’s advice to venture out on his own that early, Tim Pelham founded and over the next 5 years built The Pelham Group into an award-winning 35 man Design Firm that was selected in 1985 as the “No. 2 Residential Design Firm” in the U.S. by Professional Builder Magazine. Known best for the personal Estate Home designs of many well-known Celebrities and Professional Athletes, the firm's award-winning designs were published over 250 times in many major housing publications.
As a featured Designer in Professional Builder Magazine's, “A Guide to Proven Design”, and numerous other publications, The Pelham Group remained at the forefront of design innovation and national marketing trends. Additionally, The Pelham Group’s designs have been featured in national advertising campaigns of prominent building material manufactures, such as Eljer Corporation, Marvin Windows, Kitchen-Aid and ACME Brick.
Throughout his 38 year career, Mr. Pelham has been responsible for the design of over 20,000 housing units, ranging from multi-million dollar Estate Homes to Volume Builder's product lines in all 50 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico, Japan New Zealand, and Brazil. In addition, the firm’s design portfolio includes a wide spectrum of design projects from a four-tower hi-rise project in downtown Dallas called “Town Lake Center" to Condominium Development projects in Destin, Florida. The Pelham Group’s scope of services includes design, contract management, estimating, bid procedures, field supervision, lender inspections, market analysis and marketing strategies.
The Pelham Group first achieved national recognition for its leadership role in introducing the “Old World” and “Transitional” design concepts into the national market. While he was credited as a pioneer in housing design, he was also often criticized by breaking long-standing industry “design rules” by combining various traditional and contemporary aspects to create his own unique styles. He was also known for coining the catchphrase “Curb Appeal” in his advertising campaigns highlighting his tremendously appealing exterior front elevations. The firm also gained recognition for its design of personal residences for many prominent Celebrities, Professional Athletes and Business Leaders. One of these was singing star, Gladys Knight, whose home was featured on an episode of “TV’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” Las Vegas special.
In addition, Mr. Pelham has been selected as a featured speaker at National Association of Home Builder’s conventions and at numerous trade shows, banquets, luncheons and seminars as both an Designer and Builder. Occasionally, Mr. Pelham has also served as expert witness/consultant in construction lawsuits. In addition, Mr. Pelham served as a regular rotating Co-Host on the local National Association of Home Builder's Saturday afternoon talk radio program on Station KGBS 1190 and appeared as a regular Co-Host on the Saturday morning television show "DFW Homes Today" on Channel 27 in Dallas.
In 1992, Mr. Pelham expanded his horizons by starting his own design/build firm called, The Pelham Collection, and a custom pool company known as Waterforms. Very few luxury home construction firms begin with such an extensive background in the industry. Additionally, the home buyer proceeds with increased confidence in recognizing that the builder is also the Designer of the home, interiors, swimming pool and landscaping creating a “total living environment”. This consolidation of talents within the building firm results in improved communication for the homeowner.
The firm not only quickly became a leader in the Dallas high end market and by the third year was selected by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine as one of “America’s Top Builders” as well. The firm's success was based on creating a unique concept he called “Resort Homes” which meant incorporating many of the fine amenities and features that someone only experiences while staying in 5 Star Resorts. This design concept to was to create a personal oasis retreat that the homeowner actually lives in every day.