Tran + Thomas has worked with James Lavoy and Rick Forner on two new construction homes and enjoyed every minute of it!  James and Rick are so professional and do a beautiful job.  Their skills are amazing and we love how they met each other… Rick built James’ custom home!

James Lavoy (left) and Rick Forner (right) from Forner-Lavoy.  Love these guys. They build beautiful custom homes right here in Kansas City!

James LaVoy has a background in IT consulting and business management.  He and his wife, Carrie, had Rick build their Olathe home in 2000.  When James was looking for a career change, he partnered with Rick to manage the business and marketing side of Forner – LaVoy Builders.  He has a college sophomore and high school senior.  In his spare time, he loves watching and attending sporting events, woodworking, and rivaling Rick as the King of Cabernet.  CONTACT JAMES

Rick Forner has been building and remodeling homes in the Kansas City area for nearly 30 years.  His exceptional attention to detail has earned him the reputation as “the pickiest homebuilder in KC”.  He joined forces with James after building the LaVoy’s family home 19 years ago.   Forner – LaVoy has received numerous home building awards over the years along with a wealth of satisfied clients.   Rick is married to Kathy and they have two grown sons.  His hobbies include motor cross, camping, and enjoying a nice Cabernet  CONTACT RICK


This custom home in Lee’s Summit was also built by Forner-Lavoy and Tran + Thomas joining forces.


More gorgeous Forner Lavoy exteriors…



We hear it every day… how hard it is to navigate retail sources (it is too limited and exhausting) and online sources (too risky and overwhelming) to make purchases for your home!  At Tran + Thomas, we pride ourselves on “representing” our clients when selecting every details for their home.  We have seen the items in person, so nothing grand is overlooked and unsightly/poor quality pieces are avoided.  Our honed process ensures our clients get what they really want and need to make their spaces their best.  We have all heard, “Dress for the job you want.”  At Tran + Thomas, we believe, “Design your house for who you want to be and how you want to live!”  If you’re paying for the luxury of building a new custom home or to renovate/update your home, why would you not make it the best it can be?!


We work closely with our commercial clients to find the perfect custom design solutions to meet their project needs.  Our vast experience with remodeling and building new spaces in the categories of sports, hospitality, corporate, golf clubs, country clubs, restaurants, senior living facilities and retail spaces have earned us a fantastic reputation for helping our clients to increase their profits and create employees that are happier, more efficient and retained longer.

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