About Distinctive Homes
Distinctive Homes specializes in partnering with clients using their resources and vision to create their own living piece of art we call the home. Whether the vision is modern, craftsman, victorian, southwestern, or any other.
Our mission is to do our best in creating a safe and personable environment that will allow all our clients to unleash their creativity when casting the practical and creative vision for their home.
The Architects here at Distinctive Homes take the client's vision and translates those ideas into a home that is strategically designed to enhance the client's lot and showcase the best possible views the given lot has to offer from all rooms in the house. We pride ourselves in taking a great deal of time and energy into preserving as much of the natural beauty any given lot has to offer. We strive to empower our clients to own their very own custom home that is comfortable and is uniquely tailored to their everyday needs without having to sacrifice style or originality. We are Distinctive Homes.
Designing in the Architectural Arts since 1980
Via Your Resources,
Creating Your Distinctive Home.
Meet The Team
Thomas C. Terry
Owner and Founder of Distinctive Homes
Distinctive Homes was originally established in 1989 by Thomas C. Terry, a licensed architect with over 38 years in the industry. An Ohio state graduate, Tom received his Bachelors in Architecture in 1984. He studied alongside several Frank Lloyd apprentices eventually serving his own apprenticeship under the former chairman of the Arizona Technical Board of Architects and Engineers. Tom has been working in the Prescott area and practicing architecture for over 30 years. Including 8 years of schooling prior, totaling over 38 years working and designing in the industry. He and his team of talented employees have designed over 1000 homes representing over $700,000,000 in planned projects.
He recently won The Fine Home Building Magazine, a national publication, 2014 People's Choice Award. This particular award was nationally published in the summer 2014 issue. Tom has personally designed one of the largest homes in Northern Arizona, at 26,000 square foot under roof. Distinctive Homes has designed most models for the Prescott area's most successful builders, building hundreds homes to date which were designed by Tom. The value of these homes totaling almost $60,000,000 worth of housing. He has also been published in other magazines and books, including Scottsdale magazine and the nationally published Fine Log Home Ideas magazine along with other Log Home magazines and national publications.
We currently have projects in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon, and Ohio. We have also received the energy-efficient achievement of the LEED Gold Certification in Prescott, Arizona. As a business owner, Tom Believes the most important aspects to any project are designing homes sensitive to the lot, topography, solar orientation, beauty, and budget. As an architect the most important aspects of his designs are to make living in the home a wonderful, beautiful experience and marrying the interior to the views and the exterior environment of the lot.
Daniel Lawrence Fehr
Apprentice Architect/Team Project Manager
Director of 3D Modeling/Team Project Manager
Structural Team Draftsman
This is a great firm that builds unique and distinctive homes! Their designs are wonderful!
Service & Professionalism
Great job, Thomas. Very nice plan & you met all,or exceeded, the Preliminary & Final Plan dates. And, thanks for your helpful construction tips. Come out & see it when we have finished. Thanks, Cal & Stella Peters
Tom and his team are great. We set out to build a very unique home in an equally unique setting. Tom worked with us through many variations to get the perfect home. We wouldn't change a thing. He did a fantastic job of integration of the home into the bouldered site to disturb the natural surroundings as little as possible.
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- Bachelor Of Architecture At Ohio State University
- Registered Architect; Arizona 23538