Vanguard North is Tallahassee’s Top-Rated Local® custom home building and remodeling company. Our contractors take great pride in their work and love forming relationships with the local homeowners they serve. Our commitment to serving your individual requirements allows us to provide you with the personalized service needed to insure that you receive your dream home. With skilled workmanship, constant communication, and a genuine dedication to our projects, we work closely with local homeowners to achieve their home design and building goals.

In the mid-1980s, Vanguard North came to the Tallahassee area from Central Florida, where we built custom homes mainly for the Miami-Dade retirees. We relocated because we were drawn to the youthful vigor of this part of Florida and the absolute beauty of the Tallahassee area. We have enjoyed a solid business here, based primarily on referrals from satisfied homeowners.

After serving in the Navy, I joined a construction team that built churches and then became part of a firm that remodeled historical homes in New Orleans. I was able to gain a vast array of construction experience on both large and small projects before obtaining my license to start my own business.

My wife, Donna, was with me from the start and still manages our office today. As an interior designer, she is actively involved in all the home design phases of our remodeling, renovation, and custom home building projects. Due to her training and years of experience with home design and interior decorating, Donna helps direct the finishing touches that bring all of our hard work together. She is truly an essential asset and will not let us stray from our theme of “The family’s home is their castle.”

-Marvin McPhate, Owner


Like the three legs of a stool, our custom home building and remodeling company is based upon a balanced, well-organized team of contractors, carpenters, and tradesmen who each bring their area of expertise to the table with competence and integrity. This coordinated effort provides our clients with a clear, consistent view of their home-building experience with attention to each of the details they are expecting to have provided.

DONNA MCPHATE

Office Manager & Designer

Donna manages the Vanguard North office in Monticello and is actively involved in all the design phases of our home improvement projects throughout the Tallahassee area. With her extensive knowledge about interior design and decorating, she helps master the finishing touches for each and every one of our custom home builds, remodels, and renovations. She is an essential asset to our family-owned and operated business and helps keep us true to our company-wide belief that “The home is the heart of the family.”

MARVIN MCPHATE

Owner & Operator

Marvin’s extensive knowledge as a custom home builder and general contractor spans over 40 years of experience. As an award-winning past president of the Highlands County Builders Association, a chapter of the Florida Home Builders Association, Marvin has served many Tallahassee area residents and builders by providing strong leadership and inspiration. As chairman of the local Zoning Board for eight years, he helped guide the growth and development of the local community for the good of all. It has been said of Marvin that “he never built a house he didn’t love, and never saw a house he couldn’t improve.”

MIKE BAGLEY

Construction Supervisor, Hard Worker & A Diamond In The Rough

Mike is Vanguard North’s #1 man! His technical skills as a custom home builder and his knowledge of the new standards and innovations in the industry make him one of the most respected in his profession among other builders and contractors. Working closely with our clients in achieving their individual home building goals is his greatest passion, except of course for his wife and children who know him as a devoted husband and father!

JASON SEEDERS

Plumbing with Mike Seeders Plumbing

SHELLIE VANDEWARK

Tile Installation & Restoration with Quality Transformations

TJ THOMPSON

Project Manager


Choose Vanguard North for your custom home building, remodeling, renovation, and patio and deck installation needs! We can be reached through our contact form or by phone at 850-659-7068.