The custom home building process can be stressful and overwhelming when you don’t work with the right team. But undertaking this adventure with a talented team of designers and builders under one roof – as you will with a custom home design/build company – the process becomes more efficient, more enjoyable, and ultimately, will result in a dream home that you will be happy to live in for years. The custom home companies on this list combine the services of top-notch architects and high-end general contractors to turn drawings and plans into gorgeous homes, within your budget and timeline.
So If you decide to go the route of a design/build firm, sometimes referred to as master builders, we have you covered. We researched thousands of options to come up with this list of the best full-service custom home builders in the country. So whether you are building a contemporary beach home on California’s coast, a ski home in the mountains of Colorado, or a classic cabin in the forests of Vermont, you will find a qualified firm on this list that can help you with your new home project.
About our methodology: We considered thousands of professionals while making this list. In addition to professional associations, we heavily weighed recognition the firm has received in the form of awards and press, any prestigious clientele they have worked with, whether or not they collaborate with other top industry professionals, such as interior designers, and what areas they work in, the more exclusive and high-end neighborhoods having greater influence. We also took into account the value of the projects they undertake, years in the business, customer reviews for quality and service, and range of services offered.
If you are thinking about building a custom home, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.
J.L. Loper Construction Company Inc.
Website | 251.980.1902 | 24693 Canal Rd, Suite B, Orange Beach, AL, 36561
J.L. Loper Construction Company has built a reputation as elite custom home builders throughout the Gulf Coast of Alabama for over 35 years. They are particularly known for building high-end, custom waterfront homes that are as unique as the clients who live in them. Not surprisingly, J.L. Loper Construction Company has been named The Best of Orange Beach, AL” for 7 consecutive years. This design/build firm has been published in Mobile Bay, The Wall Street Journal, Mansion Global, Custom Home Magazine, and Coastal Lifestyle. Their elegant homes project a timeless beauty that surpasses the expectations of their homeowners, reflecting their individual personality and lifestyle down to the smallest details. J.L. Loper Construction Company strives to create innovative homes that seamlessly fit into the land and surrounding environment, with unparalleled quality.
Website | 907.357.6006 | PO Box 873148, Wasilla, AK, 99687
Husky Logwork has been expertly constructing log homes in Alaska since 1985. All of their homes are custom designed and they work directly with clients to ensure that all of their personal requirements and wishes are includes within their custom homes. Not only do they create personalized homes that are suitable to a client’s lifestyle, budget, and site, but they ensure that they are guided through each stage of the home building process to ensure satisfaction and a stress-free experience. And their unique log homes make use of the latest innovations in home building and technology. Husky Logwork has been a proud member of the ILBA since 1991.
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Parkinson Building Group
Website | 501.954.8570 | 25616 Highway 10, Roland, Arkansas 72135
Parkinson Building Group has over 19 years of building experience creating beautiful custom homes in Arkansas. Throughout their history, they have built over a hundred homes and earn a name for themselves in the Little Rock community. Their homes have been featured in industry publications including French Country and At Home in Arkansas. Parkinson Building Group offers a comprehensive and collaborative design/build process that draws out a client’s ideas and aspirations and creates a home that suits their needs, unique style, and budget. Each and every architectural detail of their custom homes is designed to match a client’s vision and lifestyle. No two homes are the same. From initial design ideas through construction and closing, Parkinson Building Group’s personalized approach is arranged to make the custom home experience rewarding and enjoyable. They will help a client find the perfect lot and pick finishes and materials that match their needs and budget.
Stonehurst Construction + Design
Website | 818.392.8664 | 11271 Ventura Blvd, #107, Studio City, California 91604
President and Chief Executive Officer Justin Krzyston founded Stonehurst Construction + Design in 2005 in order to offer a more personalized client experience. Today, his work is frequently featured in publications such as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Dwell, CA Home and Design, and Remodeling Magazine, and been seen on HGTV and the DIY Network. His excellent work has garnered high-profile clients such as Natalie Portman, Adam Lambert, and David Hasselhoff. Krzyston is involved in all firm projects, ensuring his vision and hands make a mark on each and every one. He is particularly known for his work revitalizing historic properties and for creating new custom homes on unique sites demanding innovative designs and construction solutions.
“Known to his fans as the “anti-contractor contractor,” Justin Krzyston combines the project management skills of a first-rate builder with the people-friendly approach of an interior designer. From the initial meeting to late-night cell phone conversations about the project, sources say that Krzyston listens extremely well and will take the client’s interest to heart.” – The Franklin Report
The company has a reputation for building excellent client relationships and keeping clients informed and involved through every step of the process. Krzyston’s small in-house team are true professionals who are highly organized and competent in their respective fields of work.
Pinnacle Mountain Homes
Website | 970.453.0727 | 335 N. Main Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Pinnacle Mountain Homes have quickly risen to the top of the custom home builder scene in Colorado since being founded in 2005 by Chris Renner. In addition to being named one of Inc. 500 fastest growing companies in America, Pinnacle Mountain Homes’ construction division has been recognized with the prestigious Builder Magazine’s America’s Best Builder award. They have also been named Summit County’s Builder of the Year and won more than 15 Summit County Parade of Homes award. The firm has built over 50 custom homes in Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, Silverthorne, and Dillon, Colorado. An impressive testament to their reputation, 100% of their clients are references for the company today. And with multiple divisions, including Pinnacle Lodging, Pinnacle HomeCare, and VisitBreck, the firm is able to offer their clients the exact service needed. They take a forward-looking approach, with progressive designs created in a culture of inspiration and passion.
Website | 203.966.0726 | 27 Grove St, New Canaan, CT 06840
Founded in 1945, Hobbs, Inc has become one of the best and most respected custom home builders in the northeastern US, with offices in New Canaan, New York City, Bridgehampton, and Saddle River. Regularly undertaking multi-million dollar projects, Hobbs, Inc works with prominent clients (such as the head of one of the world’s largest corporations). The company builds first-class craftsmanship into every detail, from elegant woodworking and hand worked masonry to the structural integrity of the home. Hobbs, Inc. has earned many accolades, including CT Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards, tons of HOBI awards, and a Pacesetter Award from Custom Home. Impressively, they have also been named ‘Custom Builder of the Year’ by Custom Home Magazine and won the award for ‘Remodeled Home of the Year’ from the Connecticut Home Building Industry Awards.
Website | 302.537.4444 | 32782 Cedar Drive, Unit 1, Millville, DE 19967-6919
Miken Builders is one of Delaware’s premier custom home design/build companies that has been designing, building, and remodeling homes for over three decades. Although their custom homes can be found in elite communities around the state, they are particularly known for their waterfront homes. Named Sussex County Custom Home Builder of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Delaware for 2016/17, Miken Builders has a reputation for going above and beyond to innovatively turn their clients dreams into a reality. Run by Michael J. Cummings, Founder/CEO and Mike McKone, President, Project Manager, a large part of the respect the company commands among clients and peers stems from their commitment to integrity, honesty, and unfailable high standards that they set for themselves. And the company is proud to have a strong community outreach program, contributing to many different charitable causes throughout the year.
Website | 954.428.2522 | 230 South West Natura Avenue, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441
Bomar Builders of Deerfield Beach, Florida, has rightfully earned national recognition as a custom building firm specializing in full-service design. The company, which has been included on the prestigious LUXE Gold list in 2018 and 2017, also engages in the construction of high-end residences as well as select commercial ventures. Established in 1989, Bomar Builders has built some of the finest residences in Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach, resulting in some of the highest ultra-luxury real estate resale values in their prospective communities. Owned by President Robert G. Mayer, has 25 years of experience in development and building in South Florida’s ultra-luxury market and has compiled a team of the best-skilled professionals. Under his direction, the company welcomes the challenge and opportunity to build unique custom homes of different architectural styles and influences, constantly researching new, innovative designs and building approaches in a quest for higher standards. Their portfolio reveals everything from estates with grand, classical architecture, to cutting-edge, contemporary homes. The trend-setting company has earned many awards and loyal clientele over their years in the industry.
Website | 404.250.0999 | 425 Peachtree Hills Avenue Northeast, Building 5, Suite 30C, Atlanta, GA 30305
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Benecki Homes is a nationally renowned custom home company that has been widely featured in prominent industry publications, including Architectural Digest, Veranda, Atlanta Homes, Coastal Living, People, Interiors, ADAC, and Home & Architectural Trends magazine. Benecki Homes has a strong management team, made of Stan Benecki, Melanie Turner, and Vern Vanderkleed, that together have 60 years of experience in luxury residential development, construction, and design. Under their direction, the firm embraces the challenge of creating custom homes as an art form, with the mission “to adapt and infuse classical architecture with natural landscape in an effort to conceive a home built on the highest standards of design, material, and craftsmanship.” Taking advantage of the Georgia climate, Benecki Homes builds indoor and outdoor spaces that coexist in complete harmony. In addition to building impeccable homes throughout the Atlanta area, the company also builds homes in the coastal Florida panhandle area. And significantly, the company has expertise crafting environmentally friendly homes, both in terms of materials, design, and construction methods.
Website | 808.521.1467 | 1100 Alakea St #300, Honolulu, HI 96813
Longhouse Design+Build is an innovative, high-end custom home builder located on the gorgeous island of Oahu. Founding Principal Jeffrey T. Long AIA, President and CEO, take a hands-on approach to his company’s projects and remains a driving force behind the firm after more than 30 years. He taps into his diverse upbringing and travels to infuse a wide range of cultural and architectural influences into his custom homes, including many from Asia and Europe. He infuses these traditional designs with modern solutions. Long has designed and overseen construction on over 150 custom luxury homes and specialty projects in not only Hawaii, but also along the West Coast and in Asia. With features in prominent publications, including Luxury Home Magazine, HI Luxury Magazine, Modern Luxury, Ocean Home, and HGTV, the design/build company and its founder has earned numerous national and local awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Interior Design, and the Building Industry Association, including the best Overall Grand New Residential from the latter. Setting a new benchmark for luxury living on the islands, Long and Associates Architects, Principal of Longhouse Design+Build, has developed a strong portfolio of contemporary eco-driven residences, as well as a number of resorts.
Website | 208.664.9171 | 1831 N Lakewood Drive, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Recognized twice as the Best Residential Builder by the North Idaho Business Journal (along with an additional two honorable mentions in this category), Aspen Homes has become recognized as an elite custom home builder in the region over their 20+ years in the business. They have earned this reputation, in part, through their commitment to creating personal relationships with their clients and taking seriously the role they play in their community by building their clients’ homes. This approach has also allowed their team of designers, interior designs, and project managers to work consistently with the area’s best sub-contractors and source high-quality materials. Focused on open dialogue and innovation, Aspen Homes creates homes with clever solutions to their client’s specific needs, aesthetic tastes, and property location. Looking at their portfolio, with projects throughout Kootenai County and Eastern Washington, their creations seem to simply embody the spirit of the Great Northwest. Founders Todd and Zetta Stam are both members of the North Idaho Building Contractors Association, an Idaho Registered Master Builder, and are known for their showcase homes in the annual Parade of Homes.
Foster Design Build
Website | 312-445-9564 | 661 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
The luxury, full-service boutique custom home design/build company Foster Design Build (FDB) has earned a solid reputation around Chicago since it was founded in 2009 by Robert Berg. This family-run business has the sophistication of a large firm, with the personalized approach of a small company. In addition to providing clients with elegant custom home designs and high-quality construction, FDB is highly knowledgeable about the regional housing market and assists clients in making educated investments with their custom homes. Berg previously spent over 20 years in the construction business, including as the Director of Construction for a prominent general contractor in Chicago. In addition to their work on custom homes, FDB occasionally works on commercial projects, including for the Department of Navy and Department of Defense, and Northwestern.
G&G Custom Homes
Website | 317.418.7665 | 15822 Shining Spring Dr, Westfield, IN 46074
Set in Westfield, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, G&G Custom Homes has been creating superior custom homes since it was founded in 2003 by Joe Garcia. Garcia takes a youthful and innovative approach to his craft and, along with his wife Mindy, takes great pride in taking a sincerely personal and collaborative approach to each custom home they create. The result is a process driven by integrity and each client’s’ individual home needs, budget, and schedule, that ends with a superior process and final product. The sky’s the limit when designed a custom home with G&G.
We will not just hand over the keys and walk away, we look forward to building a long lasting relationship with all our clients.” – Joe Garcia, Founder, G&G Custom Homes
Along with their personal service policy, G&G Custom Homes provides a 10-year insured warranty through Residential Warranty Corporation (RWC), one of the nation’s oldest and largest providers of written insured warranties on new homes. The company is an expert in green building practices, allowing them to offer their clients with more options.
Homes By DePhillips
Website | 515.201.2247 | West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Homes By DePhillips has been creating luxury custom homes throughout the greater Des Moines metropolitan area since it was founded by Michael J. DePhillips (Mick) back in 1973. Now run with Mick DePhillips’ son Kevin, the company has created more than 500 executive homes in the region, each with a superior attention to detail. The company takes pride in having evolved with the construction industry, growing and adapting to new technology, demands, and the home building climate. The company takes the utmost pride in building the highest quality, one-of-a-kind home possible. They tightly control every detail of the process, by handpicking partners, keeping strict guidelines, constantly monitoring the quality, and maintaining a hands-on approach, Homes by DePhillips is able to ensure quality from the ground up. Homes are created for each family’s unique needs, from materials to layout to every other important aspect.
Robert Montgomery Homes
Website | 913.338.5500 | 4204 West 124th Street, Leawood, KS 66209-2251
Robert Montgomery Homes is responsible for some of the finest luxury custom homes in Kansas and Missouri. With great testimonials from CEOs and the presidents of local corporations, Robert Montgomery has become a top choice for prominent clientele. The firm works hard to make sure the custom home process is an exciting and fulfilling experience, and that all parties involved — the client, subcontractors, material fabricators, and the builder — are all proud of the finished home. Montgomery, a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Architecture, has the expertise and experience to offer a variety of design services to each of his clients, from helping to select the right lot and providing practical insight on design elements based on construction applications to material selection and budgeting concerns. And by embarking on construction with an architectural point of view, the company pays special attention to each detail and can execute complicated elements with meticulous care.
Wolford Built Homes
Website | 502.228.5885 | 7804 Springfarm Glen Drive, PO Box 767, Prospect, KY 40059
Founded in 1974 by Ron Wolford, Wolford Built Homes has won every major building-associated award offered in Louisville, including The Home Builders Association of Louisville’s Tour of Remodeled Homes “Best of.” The company has participated in multiple showcase home events, among them Homearama and The Dream Factories’ “Dream House,” and has successfully completed over 700 luxury homes and remodels to date. The company couples innovative technology with timeless quality and high-end features. Wolford’s excellent work has earned him local and national attention, including Professional Remodeler’s Magazine describing an acclaimed historic remodel project of his as “a perfect 10,” being featured on the TV show Cribs, and winning “Best of Houzz” every year it has been awarded. His work has also been featured in other industry publications, including Kentucky Home & Gardens and Sophisticated Living. In addition to being a leader and pioneer in Louisville’s finest developments, Ron Wolford in proud to be an active participant in many charitable causes.
Charlet Brothers LLC
Website | 225.654.6016 | 911 Hwy 61 | Jackson, LA 70748
Charlet Brothers, LLC, is a custom home residential contracting company that has inspired and awed clients around Jackson, Louisiana since 2001. The company combined the experiences of brothers Don and Brent Charlet in remodeling and home construction. Today, the firm is run by Donald and Susan Charlet, owners and builders with in-house designers and superior craftsman. South Louisiana natives, the firm is passionate about designing homes that are not only unique to their clients, but inspired by the rich heritage of Louisiana, influenced by French and Spanish architecture. Their homes, which reflect their expertise in traditional, European-inspired, and contemporary design, make extensive use of antique and salvaged pieces and materials sourced by their sister business, The Corbel.
Russ Doucette Custom Home Builders
Website | 207.883.3518 | 8 Lancaster Lane, Scarborough, ME 04074
Russ Doucette Custom Home Builders of Scarborough, Maine, only builds a handful of homes each year so that they can give every project the highest level of personalized attention. This design/build company has assembled a tight-knit group of team members who are all share a very personal commitment to quality work and attention to client’s wishes.
“If you are considering building a new home you will soon realize it is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be. This is definitely a chance for you to define your relationship to the world, to your family and to yourself. Creating a home is so much more than the sum of a few parts.” – Russ Doucette
This premier firm was founded by Owner Russ Doucette, who comes from a family of craftsmen and worked at several construction companies in the Portland area before starting his own. He ensures that all work at his firm is carried out with integrity, honesty, and first-class customer service.
Nugent Design Build
Website | 301-261-9685 | 601 Deale Road, Deale, MD 20751
Nugent Design Build has excelled in custom home building since it was founded in 195 in Alexandria, Virginia. Hallmarks of their custom designs and construction include fine woodworking, cabinetry, and exquisite detailing. Licensed in both Maryland and Virginia today, the company are known as creative problem solvers who design award-winning, unique homes perfectly suited for their location and owners.
“At Nugent Design Build, we enjoy working on homes that have a special quality… something that sets them apart. Whether it is an award-winning design, a spectacular setting, the unique interest that the owners or an outside architect bring to the project, the challenge of preserving the character of a home – or creating character where there is none – the story of a place makes building it a rewarding experience for all involved.” – Nugent Design Build
They emphasize collaboration with all parties throughout each stage of the home building process, ensuring the design vision for the home matches what is possible through construction. Particularly impressive is their waterfront homes, with are created to maximize waterfront living in every way and are built to withstand the elements.
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders
Website | 508.945.4500 | 157 Brewster-Chatham Road (Route 137), East Harwich, MA 02645 (Cape Cod, Main Office // 18 Shipyard Drive, Hingham, MA 02043 (South Shore Office)
NAHB’s 2010 National Custom Home Builder of the Year, Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, is one of the most respected custom home firms in the country. PSD was founded in 1996 as one of the region’s first fully integrated design and construction firms. Today, the four partners, Aaron and Peter Polhemus, John R. DaSilva, and Craig Gabri, treat the process of creating a custom home like an art form. As explained by DaSilva, the company considers themselves to be a “high-design architecture firm that is also a craft-oriented construction firm.” In addition to creating new homes throughout Cape Cod and coastal southern New England, PSD also takes on modest renovations and additions.
“The work of Polhemus Savery DaSilva beautifully melds the traditions of New England with the way we live today, affirming that an architecture of place trumps an architecture preoccupied with passing trends.” – Robert AM Stern
The company focuses heavily on the needs of their clients, whether they young families building a second home for long-weekends away or empty-nesters looking towards retirement. And because the majority of their clients live elsewhere while their homes are being built on the Cape, solid communication and truly dedicated service is vital to creating the pleasant and high-end experience the firm is known for. DaSilva, who has been inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame, spent 10 years working in the office of world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli prior to moving to the Cape area and beginning his own practice.
Website | 877-656-9995 | 311 ½ Howard Street, Petoskey, MI 49770 // 830 Cottageview Drive – Suite 202, Traverse City, MI, 49684
Serving elite communities around northern Michigan and Lake Michigan, Render Construction is a high-end custom home design/build firm. With a unique ability to translate a client’s vision into beautiful, well-built homes, they have rightfully earned attention from publications such as Northern Home & Cottage and Michigan Blue and earned the respect of their peers and clients. Render Construction creates everything from large mansions to beautiful cottages, all of which are built to take into account and embrace the naturally beautiful and relaxing landscape of the region. Their team of craftsmen, home builders, architectural designers, project managers, and client coordinators work together to offer clients a seamless experience from start to finish. In this way, everything is considered during every stage of the process to ensure a consistent budget, timeline, and realization of goals.
Website | 763.478.0320 | 1360 Hamel Road, Medina, Minnesota 55340
For over 50 years, Minnesota’s Swanson Homes has built a reputation as one of the most trusted and admired custom home builders in the Minneapolis area. Run by Curt Swanson and his talented team of diverse professionals, the company is known for their extraordinary and unique designs, fine craftsmanship, and commitment to creating homes that suit a family’s needs and will remain relevant for generations. The design/build firm even has an in-house interior design team, Swan Studios, to ensure that every aspect of a homeowner’s new house is comprehensively planned and reflective of their tastes, budget, and lifestyle. The company proudly participates in the annual spring and fall Parade of Home Tours as well as the annual Artisan Home Tour.
Website | 844.289.3554 | Gulfport, MS
Set in Mississippi’s second largest city, Elliott Homes has been building award-winning new homes along the state’s Gulf Coast since 2009. This Gulfport company is on a mission to “deliver quality personalized homes that improve the lifestyle of [their] customers and the surrounding communities through an exceptional home buying experience.” To achieve this, they take the perspective that the possibilities when building a custom home are endless, and as such, they are redefining the custom home process in the area. This has earned them numerous awards, including 2 Best in Mississippi Awards last year alone, in the categories of Single Family New Construction of a Custom Home with 3,000-3,599 square feet and Single Family New Construction of a Spec Home with 3,200-3,499 square feet. Elliott Homes is committed to building quality homes with high-end materials to ensure their client’s end up with low-maintenance, worry-free homes that are suitable and sturdy enough for their locations along the Gulf Coast.
Website | 636.530.9777 | 232 Chesterfield Industrial Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63005
Run by Brett Hardesty, Chesterfield’s Hardesty Homes is one of the most sought-after custom home builders in the greater St. Louis area. Not surprisingly, they have earned numerous Homer Awards, orchestrated by the HBA of Greater St. Louis to award quality, design value and visual appeal. Their dedicated team of professionals works closely with homeowners to realize their specific new home objectives, from creating a beautiful home that is suitable of the unique site and client lifestyle to building homes with a higher level of material and quality. The firm builders only 35-40 years a year in order to deliver personalized service on each project. The firm is proud to mostly employ all of their own carpenters in order to maintain a higher level of control over the quality and craftsmanship that goes into their masterpieces.
Old Montana Building Company
Website | 406.871.6316 | 300 East Second Street, Whitefish, MT 59937
The Old Montana Building Company has quickly risen to prominence since it was founded in 2004. With at least 43 homes earning 18 awards in 9 different cities, the Whitefish builder has rightfully earned accolades and respect. Awards include Flathead Building Association Parade of Homes Builder of the Year, People’s Choice, and Judges Choice.
“You’ll see the energy, the creativity, and the commitment we put into our projects fulfilled in the homes we build. Every home is special, built with the consideration to detail and care it deserves.” – Old Montana Building Company
Specialized in custom mountain homes inspired by mountain architecture, the firm creates amazing homes that feature native products including timbers, stone, and reclaimed materials. And while their homes may take a range of forms, including cabins, cottages, and lodges, each one of them has incredible quality and attention to detail in common. Their innovative designs feature open floor plans and efficient uses of space, so their clients can make the most of their new custom homes.
Website | 402.861.0484 | 15002 A Circle I Omaha, NE 68144
ADC Omaha is a prestigious design/build firm creating gorgeous custom homes, each more unique than the next. Currently, they create custom homes ranging from $400,000 to $2 million and use a design process that integrates the clients to ensure their input, ideas, and inspirations are a vital part of the final product. They embrace even the most ambitious challenges, using innovative technology and building techniques to execute an idea. Experts in both design and construction, the company knows how to bring the two together to ensure that all details are properly carried out. They work with only the best craftsmen, interior designers, and subcontractors to ensure their homes are built to the highest quality and appropriate for the homeowner in every sense.
Sun West Custom Homes
Website | 702.363.8060 | 6675 S. Cimarron Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, Nevada 89113
Sun West Custom Homes is an award-winning luxury custom home company known for their innovative designs and high-end customer service. Founded in Florida in 1978 by Cynthia Coletti, the company was launched in Las Vegas as Sun West Custom Homes in 1989 with owner Daniel Coletti as the driving force. They are known for their innovative designs that take into account the unique aspects of each site, family need, and community environment. Their in-house architecture team will collaborate closely with each client to interpret and make reality their needs and ideas. With the design team working in conjunction with the construction team, the project is planned with a larger understanding of construction realities and completed to exact specification. And the company has an interior design branch that helps clients finish their homes down to the last detail.
Old Hampshire Designs, Inc.
Website | 603.526.6945 | 263 Main St, New London, NH 03257
The award-winning design/build company Old Hampshire Designs, of New London, New Hampshire, is one of the most respected custom home companies in the area. Since 1984, the firm has become the face of custom home building in the state, with unique homes of varied styles set apart by their quality design and construction. They have been featured in industry publications, including NH Home Magazine. They are a leader in green building practices and energy-efficient design and are able to handle each stage of the process from start to finish with a superior customer service that has helped them build a long list of satisfied clients. The create homes using a hybrid construction method that combines the best in both conventional and timber frame construction methods, allowing them to design even more innovative and unique homes. Impressively, Old Hampshire Designs has been a representative of Timberpeg, an internationally leading timber framing company since 1984.
Website | 973.543.2021 | 1 E Main St, Mendham, NJ 07945
Grant Homes is a nationally recognized custom home builder. The company has won many prestigious recognitions, among them the New Jersey Community Builders Award of Excellence for the Best Single Family Home of the Year, an award the company has won multiple times on both the state and local level. Moreover, Grant Homes has been named one of the leading design/build companies in the nation by Residential Design & Build Magazine and Home Builder Executive Magazine cited President Jay Grant among the top 100 Custom Home Builder Presidents in the country. Founded in 1984, the company has created some of the finest luxury homes in the state.
Website | 505.988.2413 | 302 Catron Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Santa Fe’s oldest family owned and operated custom home design/build firm, Woods Builders quickly grew into one of the most respected custom home companies in New Mexico. Founded in 1977 by Sharon and Robert Woods, the pair knew that by combining architectural design and construction services, they could offer their clients better service and more satisfactory results. It is no surprise that Woods Builders have been widely featured in publications including Architectural Digest, Trends, Su Casa Magazine, Santa Fean, Casa & Giardino, Western Art & Architecture, Trend, JustLuxe Lifestyle, Phoenix Home & Garden, Builder/Architect, This Old House, Luxury Living, and more. Sharon Woods has designed and built hundreds of the most beautiful homes in Santa Fe, was appointed by two different Santa Fe city mayors to chair the City of Santa Fe Historic Board, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Santa Fe Business Woman of the Year Award. She is now joined in the company by her sons Rob and Shane.
Website | 212.608.6379 | 311 West 43rd Street, Penthouse, New York, NY 10036
Studio DB is a Manhattan-based firm that has delivered forward-thinking designs and skilled craftsmanship on residential projects since 2007. The practice is run by Damian and Britt Zunino. Bringing sustainable design and smart home elements into each project they take on, be in in downtown Manhattan or the New England coast. In addition to their ground-up custom homes, the practice also conducts extensive renovation projects in sleek apartment buildings, high-end penthouses, and historic townhomes throughout the city. Regardless of the size project the team is working on, they infuse their client’s personality, lifestyle, and dreams into every inch of their designs. In the last decade, Studio DB has caught the attention of prominent publications, including The New York Times, Wallpaper Magazine, Vogue Paris, Home World Design magazine, and Elle Décor.
Living Stone Design + Build
Website | 855.720.2435 | 706 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Winner of the National Association of Home Builders’ “Green Builder of the Year Award,” North Carolina’s Living Stone Design + Build has been exceeding expectations in custom home building for over 20 years. Their award-winning homes, most of which are found in an idyllic mountain setting in western North Carolina, are the result of strategic partnerships and collaboration between architects, designs, realtors, and clients. Their custom homes start at $1 million and they also offer home renovation services. Committed to sustainable design and building practices, every home built by Living Stone is Energy Star Certified and certified Green. Considering themselves a ‘Builder led design+build firm,’ Living Stone uses their knowledge to manage costs, stick to timelines, and capitalize on the unique aspects of a client’s site.
Website | 701.478.4000 | 1 2nd Street North STE 122 Fargo, ND 58102
Comprised of a team of expert builders, Radiant Homes is a sought after custom home building company located in Fargo, North Dakota. The firm is dedicated to achieving distinguished design paired with exceptional functionality. They walk clients through the entire design process, seeking to understand their ideas, style, and dreams and translate that into a well-built, gorgeous home. They pay exceptional attention to the finest details and work tirelessly to take designs from the paper to reality. Radiant Homes offer clients a gratifying and enjoyable experience. They particularly excel at lake retreats and their work has been featured in numerous industry publications, including Inspired Home Magazine, Lake & Home Magazine, and Design & Living Magazine.
Payne & Payne Builders
Website | 440.286.9758 | 10750 Mayfield Rd, Chardon, OH 44024
Ohio’s Payne & Payne Builders have been creating luxury custom homes since 1993. Looking at the grand portfolio, it is not a surprise that the firm was named the 2009 National Custom Home Builder of the Year by the Custom Homebuilders Committee of the National Association of Home Builders. Other awards include the 2013 HBA of Greater Cleveland Builder of the Year and numerous awards from the Ohio Home Builders Association. Founded by brothers Mike and David Payne, the firm provides their clients with the services of the area’s best architects and designers to turn a client’s tastes and lifestyles into a functional home within their budget. They employ a custom home process that is designed to be as seamless and stress-free as possible, with the belief that creating a custom home should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience from start to finish. In addition to new homes, the award-winning Payne & Payne Builders also conducts renovations and additions.
Oak Leaf Custom Homes
Website | 405.590.3937 | 7100 N. Classen Blvd, Bldg 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Oak Leaf Custom Homes is one of Oklahoma’s premier custom home builders. Led by Jim Greene and his talented team of diverse employees, the company has been designing and building homes throughout the North Oklahoma City/Nichols Hills area since 1998.
“Understanding the details of your lifestyle, needs, and vision allows us to create a sanctuary you can enjoy for years to come.” – Oak Leaf Custom Homes
Greene’s background in architecture, art, and design allows him to bring an innovative and creative perspective to custom home construction that has earned him many satisfied customers who value his high-quality, unique homes and comprehensive, collaborative home building process. Their homes have a timeless quality that is designed to endure for generations.
Website | 541.389.2089 | 170 SW Scalehouse Loop, Bend, OR 97702
For more than 40 years combined, Pacwest Builders has been building high-quality custom homes in Bend, Oregon. Believing that each client should “Live in a work of art designed for you from concept to completion,” their team aims to make the home building fun, transparent, and finishing with a home unique to each homeowner. Their lead designer, Spencer Williams and head builder, Jim Yozamp, and interior designers Kristy Yozamp and Kelly Warner collaborate with a team of talented craftsman, suppliers, and administrative staff to assess every detail of a client’s needs and wishes and turn it into their dream home. Paying close attention to the unique aspects of a home site, their homes are created perfect for the beautiful environments they are set within. The entire Pacwest Builders team acts as ambassadors for their clients throughout the entire process.
Website | 610.647.4700 | 274 Lancaster Avenue, Suite 100, Malvern, PA 19355
Since 1974, Pohlig Builders’ leaders Todd and Don Pohlig have built some of the finest homes and communities in the Main Line area. Recognized as “America’s Best Custom Builder” by the National Association of Homebuilders, the Pennsylvania custom home company has unsurprisingly built a loyal following of satisfied, repeat customers and a solid reputation among the construction and design industry. Their team of professionals share a respect for their craft and a commitment to delivering personalized service to each customer. In addition to creating gorgeous custom homes tailored to each individual client, Pohlig Builders also knows how to create environmentally friendly homes, representative of their commitment to the idea of community as a whole.
Sweenor Builders, Inc.
Website | 401.789.4341 | 12 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879
Sweenor Builders, run by Jeff Sweenor, is an elite luxury custom home design and construction firm that is known for their genuine enthusiasm for their work and their superior final products. With in-depth building and design experience, the sought-after firm focuses on providing clients with open communication, responsiveness, and transparent practices. Building gorgeous homes in New England since 1989, the company’s expert team of designers and craftsman all take passion in translating a client’s vision into a home that is uniquely theirs, created for their budget and timeline, but more importantly, for their lifestyle and preferences. They align building goals with construction reality and identify solutions to ensure each project is delivered in a satisfactory manner. Their ‘round table’ approach to project management combines their team’s talents in architectural design, site planning, construction, interior design, specialty woodworking and custom cabinetry to ensure deep expertise and integrated solutions throughout the life of each project.
Website | 864.527.0463 (Greenville) // 828.318.8338 (Ashville) // 864.868.8002 (Lake Keowee) | 115 N. Brown St. Suite 200, Greenville, SC 29601 // 1 Page Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 // 1429 Crowe Creek Rd., Six Mile, SC 29682
Working in some of the finest communities in the region, Dillard-Jones Builders is a highly respected custom home design/build firm founded in 2003 by Tom Dillard. With an eye for detail, commitment to excellence, and holistic approach to designing and building handcrafted homes, Dillard-Jones Builders have quickly risen to prominence throughout the area. Notable honors earned by the company include the Southern Living Builder Member of the Year, the “Best of” Awards, the BBB Business of Integrity Award, the Pinnacle Award, the Merit Award, the Bridge Awards, and the Southern Living Cornerstone Award for Outstanding Leadership. Based in Greenville, the firm builds in upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina and has additional offices in Lake Keowee and Ashville, NC to better serve their clients.
Creative Building Corporation
Website | 605.332.3347 | 217 W 77th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
The award-winning design/build company Creative Building Corporation (CBC) has earned a reputation as one of the premier home builders and contractors in the Sioux Falls area, with numerous industry awards and a long list of happy clients. In addition to creating custom homes, CBC also offers remodeling services. Prominent awards include Gold and Platinum Best in American Living Awards (BALA) Remodeling Awards. Offering design, build, and project management services, CBC helps their clients realize their dreams from start to finish. They believe that one of the most important aspects of a custom home is that it flows comfortably, and use the term “functional grandeur” to describe their design approach. This focus results in homes that work smoothly both visually and functionally and are unique to the lifestyle of each client.
Castle Custom Home
Website | 615.309.8200 | 5214 Maryland Way, Suite 102, Brentwood TN 37027
Castle Custom Home is one of the most trusted custom home builders in the greater Nashville area. Working from the idea that every home should be a homeowner’s own personal castle, the company creates dream homes unique to their owners. By combining superior architectural integrity, professional project management, attentive client service and adherence to strict budgets and timelines, they have rightfully earned a solid reputation and long list of satisfied customers. With over 20 years of experience in the business, they have become experts on creating homes with a timeless aesthetic, integrated with modern amenities and artistic custom details. The firm is run by President Alan Looney, who has earned Southern Living Custom Home Builder of the Year award and the Southern Living Cornerstone Award for distinguished leadership, and Heather Looney, a seasoned home design and marketing professional. And to ensure clients have a comprehensive experience, the company also has a broker on staff and a whole team of interior designers.
Laughlin Homes & Restoration, Inc.
Website | 830.997.4974 | 616 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
The 2016 Texas Association of Builders’ Remodeler of the Year — Laughlin Homes & Restoration, Inc. — is one of the most respected custom home builders in Texas. Founded in 1984, the company has become a staple of the Hill Country over the last 33 years. Founder and third generation builder Richard Laughlin is known for his innovations in seamlessly incorporating historic Texas Hill Country elements into modern homes. Under his leadership, the company has earned numerous national awards, including Dream Home Awards, Residential DESIGN & BUILD Excellence Awards, Professional Remodeler Design Awards, and Best in American Living awards from the National Association of Home Builders, including the 2016 Best in Region and the 2015 Remodeling Project of the Year. They also have received national recognition from Remodeling Magazine, were named Custom Builder of the Year by Custom Builder Magazine, and received a National Pacesetter Award for Design from Custom Home Magazine.
Highland Custom Homes
Website | 801.787.5401 | Highland, Utah
Highland Custom Homes is Utah’s premier custom home builder. With numerous awards from UVHBA, the firm has created gorgeous homes throughout the state, including in American Fork, Highland, Lehi, Salt Lake, and Heber Valleys and earned the respect of clients and industry peers alike. The company, run by Kenny Anderson and Matt Yeates, has over 40 years of combined experience in the custom home building scene in Utah and is committed to creating homes to the highest standards of quality and design. They work with only leading professionals in design, decor, and financing to ensure that their clients are guided and comfortable at every stage of the process. Highland Custom Homes is known for their creative trend setting design and architecture that embodies the beauty of the state of Utah and are executed with innovative and high-end construction practices.
Website | 802.882.8410 | 5430 Waterbury Stowe Rd, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677
Creating gorgeous custom homes since 1992, Vermont’s Gristmill Builders is one of the most highly regarded design/build firms of luxury custom homes in the region. Founded by Brendan O’Reilly, the firm considers homeowners to be an integral part of their team. They employ what they call “The Golden Triangle” – representing the relationships between the client, builder, and architect. ”Through collaboration and the building of strong relationships, Gristmill Builders translates a client’s dreams into a tangible home. All throughout the custom home process, the firm considers the concept, design, budget, client needs, site, and timeline. By creatively approaching design challenges and incorporating sustainable design and construction practices, Gristmill Builders has built an impressive portfolio of stunning homes. Their work has been featured in Custom Homes, Vermont Magazine, At Home in Vermont, and Ski Magazine, and were privileged to take part in the creation of the HGTV Dream Home 2011 in Stowe, Vermont.
Website | 703.356.8700 | 6862 Elm St, Ste 410, McLean, VA 22101
Artisan Builders is one of the most in-demand custom home companies in Northern Virginia. Created by the historic merging of two of the region’s most highly regarded real estate firms, Associated Custom Builders, LLC and Yeonas & Ellis, LLC, Artisan Builders’ homes are infused with craft, character, personal touches, and an incredible sense of luxury and functionality. With an extraordinary attention to detail, the company considers everything when creating a custom home, from embracing the natural landscape, preserving history, and harnessing the potential of ideas.
“We are second and third generation builders. We have learned from the guidance of our elders. We are students at the cutting edge of our industry`s technology. We have been taught the timeless virtues of professionalism, ecological sensitivity, responsibility and commitment.” – Artisan Builders
Artisan Builders’ partners Mitch Racoosin, Stephen Yeonas, and Richard Ellis each have more than 30 years of experience building custom homes in the Great Falls and McLean, Virginia areas and have worked in all areas of custom home design and construction.
David Hopkins Design
Website | 206-960-2922 (Seattle) // 253.853.4764 (Gig Harbor) | Seattle and Gig Harbor
David Hopkins Design is an award-winning luxury custom home builder in the greater Seattle area. The design/build firm creates sophisticated, original homes that are timeless in design, modernist in form, at one with nature, and influenced by the natural environment and the personalities of the homeowners. The firm is not afraid to take on difficult projects, using an innovative approach and finding creative solutions to challenges. Using the newest technologies, David Hopkins Design creates homes that are integrated and at one with their environments, seamlessly blending interior and exterior spaces, using intelligent design work and exceptional craftsmanship. With a holistic design service, the company works closely with their clients to ensure that their dream can become a reality without compromising. Their comprehensive services span everything from architectural design to landscape and furniture design.
Lake Shore Homes
Website | 304.777.2372 | 929 Canyon Road, Morgantown, West Virginia 26508
Lake Shore Homes is in the business of building custom homes in and around Morgantown, West Virginia. Working directly with homeowners from concept through construction, Lake Shore Homes excels at streamlining the entire process to offer their clients a more comprehensive, pleasant, and fulfilling experience. The company is run by Stephen Williams, who managed the construction of 500 homes for both national and regional builders before beginning his own company, and David Rudovsky, who has been in the industry for over 30 years. Rudovsky has spent his career as a builder, estimator and draftsman, and also drafts most of the homes Lake Shore builds.
Website | 262-691-9612 | 1133 Quail Court, Pewaukee, WI 53072 // 11133 N. Wauwatosa Rd., Mequon, WI 53097
Creating custom homes in Southeastern Wisconsin since 1973, Regency Builders is a family-owned company that has earned a reputation for their luxury custom homes. They have earned respect among clients and other industry professionals for their superior service, workmanship, and communication standards. It is no surprise that the majority of their business comes from referrals, demonstrating their commitment to delivering excellent service and results. Their team is made of experts in architectural design and construction management and they have built relationships to the best craftsman and material suppliers in the area. The firm is particularly known for their lake home construction, particularly in the premier areas of on Pewaukee Lake, Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Nagawicka, Oconomowoc Lake, and Okauchee. It is on these homes that their technical experience and design ability truly shines.
Signature Group of Big-D Construction
Website | 307.733.9822 | 1705 High School Road, Suite 140, PO Box 12680, Jackson, WY 83002
Signature Group was launched in 2001 as part of the Big-D Construction brand and quickly earned a reputation among the top of the custom home building scene. With their main office in Jackson, Wyoming, the firm is a mission to be the most sought-after construction company in the business, Signature Group focuses exclusively on residential and resort projects, often in remote and environmentally sensitive areas. This demands a high level of talent and service, which Signature Group delivers with skilled architects, expertly trained craftsman, and high-end tradesmen. Together, their team innovatively overcomes challenges and creatively implements complicated ideas. Committed to their clients and confident in the quality of their work, Signature Group provides warranty services to their clients.
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