About Odell

O’Dell is a full service residential design-build company serving Westport, Connecticut and its neighboring communities. O’Dell launched in 2013 as a speculative provider of high quality, high efficiency homes whose merits were quickly sought in the custom market.  O’Dell now works primarily with private clients on new homes and large scale renovations. Whether you need a builder only for your project, or an entire design-build team to bring a vague idea in your head to fruition, O’Dell can make your vision a reality.


Chris O’Dell, CEO

Chris O’Dell grew up in Westport, CT where he got his first start in construction after high school working for a local carpenter. He graduated from Michigan State University in three years with a degree in Construction Management and has worked in this capacity ever since. The focus of his 20 year career has been high end residential construction in Chicago and Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Chris lives in Fairfield with his wife and four children.  He retains ties to his home town Westport as a soccer coach at Staples High School.  He can also be spotted coaching on the youth soccer fields of Fairfield.

Project Manager

Lukas Van Zanten

Lukas Van Zanten is a Westport native who has had an affinity for building since he was young. Back then he could be found exploring construction sites all over town. From an early age he volunteered in several youth trips building homes, schools and community centers in South America and was also involved in building stage sets for the Staples Players. During the summers he started to help a local carpenter, and that’s when he first met Chris O’ Dell. Lukas’ great desire to learn more about the construction industry led him to work in many aspects of the field consuming as much knowledge as possible. He received his degree in residential construction from Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2012. Upon graduating he has continued to explore and work in the construction field. In 2015 Lukas reconnected with Chris and they have been working together since.  Lukas lives in Black Rock with his wife Sarah and they are expecting their first son in the fall of 2018.