Bayou State Homes
For Over 56 Years – Making Your Dreams Come True
We take the “Ouch” out of home buying!
The idea of building quality hand built homes in a concentrated fashion on one location was developed by our founder, Newton Paul Thibodeaux, of Eunice Louisiana in 1963. Having a college degree in Accounting, a Real Estate license, and sales experience, Newton tried to incorporate his education and business experience in building homes and developing neighborhoods in the Eunice area. After realizing the success potential, he decided to develop a way to expand his market. Thus the concept of a home lot, where homes were displayed, purchased, and eventually moved to the owner’s property within a 100 mile radius, was developed.
He began building small affordable homes, with the option of fully complete or partial, on a large lot in Eunice. The concept was intended to concentrate the labor force, supply deliveries and management in one location, in order to cut expenses and decrease construction time. Because of the quality and affordability of the homes, his idea took off. He soon hired more crews, staff, and sales people to handle the expanding demand.
Incorporation was the next step, and BAYOU STATE HOMES became incorporated in 1977, and shares were distributed to some of the employees. At one time in the oilfield boom days, Bayou State Homes Inc. had seven construction crews, and was building 50 to 60 homes a year, with a best year record of 91 homes.
In 1981, Newton’s son N. J. “Chip” Thibodeaux, joined the company with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from L.S.U. and three years experience in the field of Architecture gained from working in Lafayette, and New Iberia. This contributed to the company’s ability to custom design floor plans for it’s customers and continued the process of company improvement. Chip eventually bought into the company.
It has been over 56 years and over 2000 homes, since the concept started and every day we, as a corporation, are constantly striving to satisfy our customers with the best in quality for an affordable price. We have prepared for customers and potential customers a home buyer’s manual, which is just another example of the quality care you will get in becoming a new owner of a Bayou State Home.
Jack Blanchard, from the local “Richard” community (home of the future Saint Charlene), was our first head carpenter, pictured front, left center. He worked for Bayou State Homes for over 30 years. Jack was so pleased with our work environment and the quality Bayou State Homes demanded in workmanship and materials, he recommended us to his children and relatives. As a result in the mid 1980’s he had five sons, 2 son-in-laws, 3 grandsons, and a nephew working with us as carpenters, cabinet makers, and painters. It was a family affair explained founder, “Newton Thibodeaux,” and they were all excellent at what they did. Even though the Blanchards are no longer with us, their spirit of family lives on with our company and we try to treat all our employees and customers as family.
In 1981, Newton’s son N.J. “Chip” Thibodeaux joined the company with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from LSU and three years experience in the field of Architecture gained from working in Lafayette and New Iberia. This contributed to the company’s ability to custom design floor plans for its customers, and continued the process of company improvement along with higher-end homes and on-site construction.
Thank you! Or as we say around here, “Merci!”