• Builder's Story

    Founded in 2004, McCollum Custom Homes has established itself as a premium custom builder with an excellent reputation for building not only beautiful homes, but also building enduring relationships with our former clients. That same sense of teamwork, loyalty and stability also persists among our talented staff and our well-established list of subcontractors and vendors, almost all of whom have worked together since the beginning.

    Our success, both now and in the future, depends upon efficient planning, resourcefulness, good business practices, flexibility, smart choices and unerring dependability.


      Schacht V. McCollum

      President, Founder

      President, Founder Schacht McCollum is a native Houstonian who has lived in Houston for over 25 years. A summa cum laude graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, Schacht also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law and is a licensed attorney by the State Bar of Texas.

      After practicing law for five years, Schacht decided to follow his real passion - building custom homes of enduring beauty and quality. In August 2000, Schacht started his home building career with a local partnership, focused on custom homes in Houston's premier areas. He was personally involved in over 65 completed homes and just as many satisfied clients. His attention to detail and knowledge of the law served him well in this pursuit and delivering a quality product to discriminating clients.

      In July 2004, Schacht decided to form McCollum Custom Homes. Let us have the opportunity to make you glad he did! Contact him today to get started on your dream and the McCollum team will be with you every step of the way.

      Shawn Guarniere

      Director of Operations

      As Director of Operations, Shawn ensures organizational effectiveness by coordinating smooth interactions between all McCollum departments, including building superintendents, sub-contractors, and office administrators. She manages relationships with bankers, realtors, and city agencies, and she is the primary interface with our clients. Shawn’s management style ensures timely responses and accurate communications.

      Shawn develops and implements McCollum Custom Homes’ organizational strategies, policies and practices, operational systems and business processes. Shawn efficiently manages major office projects and initiatives, and she is committed to high ethical standards and diversity in the workplace.

      Shawn knows that careful listening to McCollum clients and good teamwork result in the best possible client experience. The homeowner’s dream home is created by the combination of Schacht McCollum’s vision, management and building expertise, the superintendents’ knowledge and building experience, and Shawn’s organization and communication skills.

      Shawn is a graduate of the University of Houston and grew up in the Memorial area. When she is not working, Shawn enjoys spending time with her dogs and her children: William & Brooke, Max & CiCi and Grace.

      Neal Ryden

      Construction Supervisor

      Neal brings over twenty years of custom home building experience to McCollum. Neal started in 1978 as project manager in Austin, Texas, where he learned all phases of construction management. Relocating to Houston in 1990, he project managed construction of numerous $1M+ custom homes in exclusive neighborhoods like Tanglewood, West University, Bellaire and River Oaks.

      Neal personifies the personal touch that McCollum provides clients. He enjoys helping them develop their ideas and realize their dreams. His demeanor remains ever calm--even in the fast-paced building environment, partially due to his great time management skills. Neal's great people management skills, especially with our sub-contractors, contribute to the success of our home projects.

      When not with clients, Neal enjoys spending time with Darla, his wife of over 20 years, and his two grown sons. His favorite pastime is fishing!

      Kim Deitz

      Accounts Payable/ Receviable

      Kim has over 30 years of accounting and tax experience, including working for many CPA firms. She has worked for a diverse group of clients such as commercial development, residential real estate, custom furniture builder, wholesale florists, private yacht club, food delivery company, just to name a few.

      She’s a native Texan and grew up in the Spring Branch/Memorial area. When not working she loves watching sports, spending time with her son Clay, her two dogs,friends, and family.

      DeeDee Tognietti

      Documentation Coordinator

      DeeDee is a graduate of California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Before coming to work at McCollum she coordinated numerous fundraisers and events for the Katy Independent school district resulting in raising over 750,000.00.

      DeeDee excels at all aspects of office administration. She organizes and manages all of the records, contracts, proposals, surveys, budgets and testing results related to each project. DeeDee's efficiency enables the McCollum team to quickly provide clients with the most current information for all aspects of each individual home project. She makes our clients' needs her top priority, and she keeps the office running smoothly by meeting the information needs of all parties involved in the home building process.

      DeeDee and her husband of 33 years, Terry, moved to Houston in 1987 when Terry was a Co-Founder and co-CEO of Drypers and now runs businesses in the consumer products and technology arenas. DeeDee is also a mother to three young men, Dominic, a graduate of LSU who works for California Resources and will be getting married to Amanda later this year. Gabriel, also a graduate of LSU, lives her in Houston and works for Apex Systems. DeeDee’s youngest lives in Katy and works as a personal trainer while competing in body building competitions. DeeDee also enjoys outdoor activities, going to the lake, traveling and watching sporting events.

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