Our Vision

At Newgard, we are committed to creating a new type of luxury residential construction company.  We are a boutique luxury home builder.  We choose to focus on a handful of projects at a time, giving us the opportunity to stay actively and personally involved in each project.  Through every step of the process, we work directly with clients, architects, interior designers – ensuring that every detail is carefully planned and constructed in a clean, efficient, beautiful and cost efficient manner.  We listen and transform your vision into the home that you will cherish for years to come. Our focus is on the needs of your family and the requirements of your lifestyle. We put our clients first. Our goal is to build a long lasting relationship with you by translating your ideas into a beautiful home that expresses your personality and style.

Our financial and legal professional backgrounds make us especially suited to dealing with our clients’ needs.  We know the importance of direct, simple and transparent communication.  We believe in keeping you up-to-date and being available for you.  We are a construction concierge service specializing in the construction needs of our clientele on the North Shore.

Unlike the typical homebuilder that may be spread thin between dozens of projects, large and small, a boutique builder focuses on constructing only a handful of custom homes at a time, thereby providing a higher standard of customer service to its clients. Unlike other builders that have complex organization structures, with much of the day-to-day supervision delegated to project managers and site supervisors, the principals of a boutique firm, have a profound commitment to personalized service and time for every client.  At our boutique firm, we are singularly focused on exceptional customer service, and exceeding your expectations is of utmost importance.

Building a custom home is likely your largest financial investment, and a very personal undertaking.   When evaluating different builders, consider whether that builder will give you and your custom home the attention it deserves, and will not only build you a quality home, but make the experience an enjoyable one.  Our finished homes reflect our love of the construction process – leading-edge design, the finest construction quality, and adding value to the  surrounding neighborhood. We are not satisfied with fine residential construction, we are always looking for what’s next. 


Steve made his career path into the custom luxury homebuilding business by way of Wall Street. Steve earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and then spent several years on Wall Street structuring and selling derivatives products. Steve also spent five years as a trader at a hedge fund where he successfully managed and grew the firm’s convertible arbitrage trading strategy.

In 2006, Steve made the leap from the financial industry to the luxury construction business by joining Heritage Luxury Builders. Steve spent seven years at Heritage Luxury Builders developing the luxury custom construction business at Heritage from the ground level. During his years with Heritage, Steve gained extensive construction knowledge by managing all aspects of Heritage’s construction projects, from the grass roots level to putting entire deals together. Steve’s responsibilities included managing all aspects of the company’s custom home projects, general business development, and building the Heritage Luxury Builders brand name through various co-marketing and sponsorship channels.

In founding Newgard Custom Homes, Steve has capitalized on all of his past experience to create a new type of residential building company that puts the client first. Steve brings a client focused, highly organized and detail-oriented approach to building your ideal home. Steve’s ability to seamlessly guide clients through the custom building process and make the construction of clients’ dream homes into an efficient and hassle-free experience is what distinguishes Newgard from other residential home builders on the North Shore.

Steve is a licensed Illinois Realtor and is a member of the Newgard Team at @Properties North Shore.



Victoria’s passion for art and eye for good design are what give Newgard homes their distinctive look and feel. Prior to founding Newgard, Victoria designed custom homes and guided customers through the selection process for nine years at Heritage Luxury Builders. Putting her extensive experience at Heritage and her studies in art and design at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago to good use, Victoria is in charge of interior design for Newgard’s custom homes. Victoria’s keen eye for impeccable home design and understanding of the needs of today’s modern family are valuable assets to clients making their own design choices.

Additionally, Victoria serves as Newgard’s legal counsel. Victoria served as general legal counsel to Heritage Luxury Builders from 2004 – 2013. Prior to joining Heritage, Victoria graduated from New York University School of Law and clerked for the Honorable Judge Harry D. Leinenweber, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. After completing her clerkship, Victoria practiced law as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for six years, working on various corporate, bankruptcy and litigation matters and as well as many pro bono litigation cases.

Victoria is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and a licensed Illinois real estate Broker and is a member of the Newgard Team at @Properties North Shore.