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Kenneth W. Ellzey, Jr. knew from an early age that he would follow in his father’s footsteps as a custom home builder. At just 15 years of age, he rolled up his sleeves and joined Ellzey Construction Co., Inc., working alongside the craftsmen, mastering each aspect of the construction industry from framing and commercial HVAC to heavy equipment operation and trim carpentry.

After studying business at Louisiana State University, he saw a need for custom luxury homes and started Gulf Coast Construction of N.W. Florida, Inc. in 1993. Through his exceptional craftsmanship, integrity and hard work, he quickly became known for excellence in new home construction.

Ken Ellzey, Jr. takes great pride in his custom homes. He attributes his success to Gulf Coast Construction’s team of experienced professionals who strive to make the home-building process enjoyable and satisfying. Through superior residential design, professional workmanship, and attention to detail, Ken has built a reputation as one of the premier custom home builders on Florida’s gulf coast.


HudsonsKen built an extensive addition to our house – more than 1000 square feet with a huge patio, pavilion, outdoor kitchen. The framing was exceptional – very high quality work. I have never experienced a builder better than Ken. The big difference between Ken and other builders is that he’s done this before... he's DONE the work. He doesn't just rely on the subs. And when it comes to budget – he treated my money like it was his. His construction is a great value. It was a real pleasure working with Ken.

The Hudsons

We really liked the quality of the homes Ken had built. We looked at other builders and their homes were big, beautiful and expensive, but up close, the quality was low. Ken's woodwork and attention to detail was a big difference.

We had never built a home before but Ken never acted like any question was unreasonable. He was very prompt and made me feel comfortable. Other builders might not feel it important enough to return every call, but Ken never dropped the ball. He is committed not only to his clients, but to his subcontractors as well. Everyone he managed with showed up on time, worked hard and was extremely polite.

Ken shows incredible attention to detail – our stepped ceilings have crown molding that is very unique and invites comments from everyone who sees it. It was Ken’s vision – he took it down and replaced it several times until he got it perfect. All of our guests have a wow reaction. I give Ken 100 percent credit on that.

My wife asked Ken up front for three choices- low, high, medium - on every aspect. He was both flexible and straight forward – he kept us on track. She wanted certain fixtures that would have put us over budget, but Ken shopped around and got us the best deals.

Ken and the team are concerned with you and your wellbeing. They make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. It was very easy to do. Everybody told us that building a house would make or break a marriage. Ken and his team made it so seamless that there was no pressure on us as a couple in the process. I felt like I was in the driver’s seat with him guiding me the entire way.

The Olmsteads

We've been very happy with Ken's workmanship and availability over the past almost 10 years. We’re honored to let others know how we feel.

The finish quality is excellent – the wood trim pieces fit together neatly, cabinet and door finishes are well-done. Construction is durable. During two pretty significant hurricanes we lost a total of four shingles. Other than normal wear there have been no instances of required maintenance or replacements.

We were worried about what we might have to endure, never having built before. The experience was a joy, with Ken being on-site regularly and always accessible. The vendors were all first class and very pleasant. The entire project stayed on schedule.

We've really appreciated how Ken never refused a request for help when we’ve needed something over the years. We can assure you that should we ever be in the market to build again or remodel Ken will be the person we call.

The Denekes

We were very pleased with the level of professionalism, quality and first class workmanship we experienced while building our dream home with Gulf Coast Construction. The attention to detail and extensive knowledge of home construction was always reassuring. All our phone calls and emails were answered promptly in a manner that made us feel our home was as important to our builder as it was to us. My family had an enjoyable experience building our home with Gulf Coast Construction and would not hesitate to recommend them to our family and friends.

The Barrineaus