the southampton group is a custom general contracting firm building and renovating fine homes in collaboration with some of houston's most respected architects.

marcellus barone


Marcellus Barone, with more than 25 years of experience as a general contractor, has established The Southampton Group as one of the most respected residential building companies in the Houston area. He has combined irreplaceable hands-on experience as a carpenter, a respect for the point of view of the architect, and committed customer service to produce dozens of homes and major renovations in the city’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

Marcel comes from a family of architects and has been exposed all of his life to the architect's perspective on both design and execution.   He understands and is sympathetic to aesthetic priorities as well as expectations for careful craftsmanship.

Growing up, he visited job sites around the word with his architect father, and, while a student at Rice University, Marcel worked as a laborer, painter, and carpenter, gaining the nuts and bolts knowledge of home building and remodeling that would serve him well when he later established The Southampton Group with partners Allen Hall and Jerry Chisholm.

Early on, the company entered the niche market of architecturally driven residential construction and has been fortunate to have worked with many of Houston's finest residential architects and designers.  

In 2003, the original company separated and Marcel formed Barone Interests, Inc., doing business as The Southampton Group.

He and his original partners continue to work together on selected projects. The Southampton Group has built and renovated fine homes in the Southampton, River Oaks, Tanglewood, Memorial, and West University neighborhoods.


mary barone

office manager

Mary Barone has been with The Southampton Group for most of its 28 years,  providing a broad range of behind-the-scenes support services. 

Mary has a BA in English from Rice University and an MA in English from the University of Houston.

Pete Guarrine, Project Manager

pete guarrine

project manager

Project Manager Pete Guarrine, an Illinois native, has been supervising renovation and new construction projects with The Southampton Group since 2010.

In his thirty-six years in the construction business, Pete has overseen home building projects of all types. Before coming to The Southampton Group, he was a Project Manager at Rohe & Wright Builders, a Construction Superintendent at Charles R. Martin & Associates, and he has worked with R.B. Ratcliff and Chris Simms.


Project Manager Matt Kelley began building cabinets as a teenager in River Oaks and Southampton and went on to restore historic homes in Missoula where he studied ceramics, sculpture and philosophy at the University of Montana. All in all, he has more than 25 years in the business as a carpenter, foreman and small business owner. He returned to Houston in 2011 and worked for several area builders before joining The Southampton Group. When he’s not working, he plays tennis, designs and builds furniture, and trains for his next Montana adventure.






Project Manager Will Baez was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Construction Management from the University of Houston. He has been working in the field of construction, in both commercial and residential projects, for over 10 years.




Project Manager Bryan Kewley was raised in upstate New York and moved to the “Space Coast” of Florida for his high school years. He attended college at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, then served as an Army Armor Officer in the 16th Cavalry Regiment and 3rd Infantry Division. Bryan has 10+ years of experience working as a Project Manager in residential construction. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys restoring vintage motorcycles.


Project Manager Jose Gonzalez-Pena has worked in the construction industry for over 5 years, in the fields of customer service, woodwork, and sheetrock. He is currently studying project management at San Jacinto College.