The process of buying and building a Birmingham new home is definitely one that can be described as stressful, but also very exciting. For one couple, Randy Pate and Lisa Gubric, their home building experience at The Cotswolds turned into more than just a building a new place in which to live, but also the foundation for a new life together after Randy proposed to Lisa during a walkthrough of the home.

The couple was actively involved in the building process, coming out to check on the progress of the home and talk with our team frequently, so Lisa didn’t suspect a thing the day that Randy proposed. As he tells the story, after they checked on the progress of the home, they headed out to the car and he opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate. Little did Lisa know, the home wasn’t all they were celebrating. Randy handed her a card in which he had asked her to marry him, and she said “yes!”

Now, the couple is happily living in their brand new home at The Cotswolds. They chose this community due to its proximity to where they work and Cahaba Heights, as well as its feel. They said The Cotswolds was unlike anything else they had seen; the look and the feel of the homes and trees here matched the surrounding area, and all of the homes complemented each other without being “cookie cutter.”


When it came to designing their home, they chose their particular floor plan, features and additions based on the fact that they wanted to create a cottage-style home. To Randy, his favorite part of the home is the brick wall in the living room because it “adds so much character” and is perfect for a night in or having friends over. Of course, as with many women, Lisa’s favorite room is the kitchen, which is complete with wooden beams along the ceiling and a window seat.

Overall, Lisa, who has been in the real estate business in some fashion for 25 years, said this was “without a doubt the best, most professional experience I’ve ever had.”

Now is definitely the time to purchase a Birmingham new home, so if you are interested in purchasing one of our homes at The Cotswolds, we recommend you come out and talk to an onsite agent and tour our model home today.

To learn more about the home building process, our offerings as a Birmingham homebuilder or The Cotswolds, please call Diane Godber at 205-369-5583.