I've purchased two homes from French. The second home is a product of French Homes and HomeTown builders - their custom home arm.\r
I've worked directly with Don Groody - owner and builder. I had aspirations of designing my own home. Don Groody has designed many homes and is capable of doing architectural drawings by hand, which is really quite impressive. Don worked tireless with me (for months) to get the floor plan right, bid and cost that plan, and then make adjustments to bring it back into budget. He was also critical in screen perspective property locations for my custom home - by far, he did the best job of any builder or GC that I've talked with, reviewing soil, elevation, and pulling topographic maps to verify drainage.\r
Our home is 90% through with construction - we've designed something traditional looking, but has very modern elements including complete foam insulation and solar panels. Price for the custom was well within the range that most spec homes sell for in the area and we've gotten exactly what we are after.. And within budget. \r
Note, there is another on warranty issues ""post sale"" - my first home, we had one warranty issue, it was resolved immediately upon being reported. On resale of that home - and out of warranty - Don resolved inspection issues that probably were not valid issues but were brought up by a very ambitious inspector. We were 100% out of the warranty period and I had *not* signed any commitment to work with French homes on the next house, but he had all of the buyers concerns resolved within one week.
Pros: Highly experienced builder. Super reasonable cost customs.. If it can be done on your budget, these guys can do it.