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Our History

Ames Design Build

Ames Design Build is a family run business with decades of industry expertise. By combining the design process with construction budgeting, we are able to create architecture that is unique, beautiful, functional and maximizes value. Using state-of-the-art technology for building site evaluation, initial home design, and accurate budgeting, we bring together key components to create superior estate homes.

Since our founding in 1995 we have completed hundreds of custom estate homes in Southern California in prestigious communities such as Heritage Estates in Poway, Del Mar, Encinitas, Del Sur and Santa Luz. In 2013, we transitioned to Austin to carry on our family tradition of excellence. We have built in Barton Creek, Spanish Oaks and Lake Austin. Our experience and vast portfolio of projects has allowed us to incorporate time-tested qualities that result in the best possible outcome for everyone involved.

Our ability to combine architecture, land, and construction seamlessly creates homes where generational memories are made.

Brett Ames

Brett Ames


Brett is the owner and principal of Ames Design Build. He has built the company over the past three decades into what it is today, a highly successful land development and estate home building company. He has been an innovator in the San Diego building marketplace and looks to continue that trend bringing the same level of sophistication to beautiful Austin, Texas.

Brett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company. He has a pre-law degree from the University of Oklahoma and has been involved at the management level in the oil and gas business, commercial and residential land development, and construction for more than 30 years.

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Grant Ames

Grant Ames

Vice President of Construction

Grant started his career in the construction industry in 1998. He is a second generation home builder with over 50 years of combined construction experience in the family. Currently, Grant is overseeing all construction activities in the home building division. He holds multiple bachelor of science degrees in accountancy and information technology.

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Bryonny Van Camp

Bryonny Van Camp


Bryonny has over 16 years of experience in accounting and the construction management industry and has worked with Ames Design Build for more than eight years. She primarily focuses on business agreements, deal structures, project financing, financial, and tax accounting for the company. Bryonny has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was previously a Senior Audit Associate at KPMG.