This Founder Brings A Feminine Touch To The Home Construction Industry

Article by Sharla Davenport

Photography by Nicole Wierick

Originally published in Celina Lifestyle

Oprah Winfrey said, “I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.” This is true for Jennifer Johnson, founder of Olivia Clarke Homes. After twenty-five years’ experience in the home construction business, she unapologetically started her company, in an already very competitive industry, two years ago during Covid. 

Olivia Clarke Homes is named after Johnson’s two children. Johnson adores that the company name ended up having a feminine touch as it “helps set us apart. People remember our company because of the name,” Johnson notes. “And because 90 percent of today’s buyers are female, we like that connection as well,” she states.

Olivia Clarke Homes prides itself on its unique designs. It is what makes the company distinctive, as every home is planned with a family focus. Their motto is “A Home Designed Around Your Needs,” with designs not fixated on square footage but practical use of space where “we use every inch of the home for maximum storage and functionality” according to Johnson. Olivia Clarke Homes strives to create a home which functions at an optimal level.  At the end of the day, it’ not about four walls, this is the place families will live and make memories, this is at the forefront of all we do! 

Although they are a production builder, Olivia Clarke Homes provides a boutique experience with each project. Johnson believes every customer deserves to be treated like they are building a custom home. Olivia Clarke Homes is known for home designs which incorporate natural lighting, beautiful large kitchens with oversized islands and where the dining room is actually relocated to the former nook. 

Olivia Clarke Homes has designed a line of homes specifically to fit into the charm of Downtown Celina. For the upcoming Uptown Celina project, expect to see architecture like the craftsman look, Prairie, Farmhouse and South Carolina low country. “I have fallen in love with Celina, the city’s charm, and the people. The people of Celina are so welcoming and wonderful,” she says. 

In fact, there are numerous Olivia Clarke Homes communities throughout Celina, including the Residences at Cottage Hill (which is almost sold out) and Celina Hills on Punk Carter Parkway. The builder is also constructing over 80 distinctive paired homes in downtown Celina on Colorado and Ohio streets. Paired homes are in high demand all over the DFW Metroplex. These homes answer many affordable homes concerns for young families plus provide a good solution for empty nesters. Olivia Clarke Homes designed the homes to look and feel more like a single-family home, again using the builder’s signature features.

The company’s future continues to thrive including many exciting projects with an elite group of builders, like the Fields development near the new PGA Headquarters in Frisco. Johnson is ecstatic to be included in that development and considers it a sign of success within the competitive home building industry. 

Every start-up has its challenges, but the industry has been extremely receptive and supportive of what the company is doing.  Johnson is humbled to have her company continue to grow and flourish. Given her many achievements, Jennifer Johnson is proving there truly are no limits to what she can do.

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