A Tradition of Custom Homebuilding Excellence

Lee Wetherington Homes is a locally owned and operated company located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with a very clear mission – we strive to provide you with the best experience in home building. 

To not only excel in our industry, but to exceed your expectations has been our goal since our founding more than four decades ago, when we began custom building exceptional homes for discerning Suncoast homeowners. We’ve built more than 4,000 homes and established a solid reputation in our region for remarkable quality, long record of dedicated community service and unsurpassed customer satisfaction – one homeowner at a time.

Lee Wetherington Founder

A Company Founded on Principles and Values

Our company was founded by Lee Wetherington in 1974 after his service in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps. Since then, Lee has devoted his life to establishing the company’s reputation as a detail-oriented and customer-focused builder of high-quality family homes. He has instilled values with his partners and team members in the company of care and pride in our community, giving back to local non-profit, educational and family-driven organizations.  

Today, Lee still serves our company as president, providing hands-on design guidance for homeowners seeking something spectacular. Daily operations are managed by his hand-picked successor CEO Gregg Carlson, who leads the team by carrying forward Lee’s vision and dedication to quality and community.

A Custom Experience, Every Step of the Way

Unlike most homebuilders who claim to produce custom residences yet offer limited options to bring your dream to life, Lee Wetherington Homes fully follow your vision. The difference is evident with our Inspiration Homes – which other builders refer to as models.

Our Inspiration Homes are exactly as their namesake implies – they are solely designed and arranged to show you the capabilities and complete elegance of our design and construction work. We encourage you to take a look to inspire your lifestyle desires and experience the possibilities of your new, custom built residence. As you tour our Inspiration Homes, know that you can mix and match floor plans, add or remove features, apply your own touches, and so much more to create your own custom masterpiece.

It All Begins With You

The custom homebuilding process begins with you – your vision, your dream and your desired lifestyle. We have everything in-house to help you select and create the perfect materials, colors, designs and living spaces to complete your custom home. The result is a space of quality, comfort luxury and that is truly exceptional and uniquely yours.

Lee Wetherington Homs Founder Lee Wetherington

More About Our Founder

Lee Wetherington grew up in Jacksonville, Florida in a family of builders, and has worked in the construction industry for his entire life. He moved to Sarasota in the 1970s and joined forces with another builder before founding Lee Wetherington Homes. Since that time, Wetherington has dedicated himself to the growth of this company, establishing an enviable reputation as a design-oriented, detail-driven builder of high-quality, single-family homes.

From the very beginning, Lee recognized that growth requires attention to more than the corporate structure. For that reason, he has also placed an emphasis on staff development. He, along with his partners, drives the company to ever-higher goals in customer satisfaction. Together, they set the tone at the top for the team, who are instilled with a corporate culture of concern and caring, not only for customers, but also for community.

In addition to the generosity of the partners at Lee Wetherington Homes, Wetherington himself sets aside his personal time and financial resources to help those less fortunate. An active member of several boards, he has been honored repeatedly for his generous philanthropic activities. The most notable being the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, which took his name in 2004. He has also won Builder Magazine’s Hearthstone Award for a lifetime of philanthropy. The Southwest Florida chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals also recognized him, naming him the corporate philanthropist of the year for building the Reading Garden at Fruitville Public Library.