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According to several lists of the best places to live in the United States, Indiana may be an ideal location for that sprawling luxury dream home. Both Carmel and Fishers, attractive suburbs of Indianapolis, have recently appeared at the top of such lists. These and other Indiana suburbs are some of the fastest-growing areas in the region. They are also close to open natural spaces and benefits of the big city.
In these wealthy and exclusive Hoosier State enclaves, the leafy residential lanes are lined with luxury custom homes, multimillion-dollar estates, and architecturally notable residences. This is a list of the construction companies that build such showcase homes and work with Indiana’s leading and most innovative architects — the 15 best custom home builders in Indiana. The firms on this list work on the largest, most expensive, and most complex new-home and remodeling projects in the state.
15) Hoss Homes
11825 Broadway Street, Indianapolis, IN 46236
Steve Hoss started working in the construction industry as a teenager, and while learning how to build homes, he often designed them in his free time. He founded Hoss Homes in 1975 and has designed and built large and intricate custom homes throughout greater Indianapolis, including in Geist, Brookside, and Viking Meadows. The family company also includes Steve’s wife, Tracie Hoss, and their sons, Nigel and Colin Hoss. The company has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Also a home remodeling firm, Hoss Homes specializes in kitchen and bathroom renovations, basement finishes, additions, and speciality jobs like wine cellars, entertainment spaces, and home theaters. The residential contractor has participated in the Indianapolis area’s Home-A-Rama home showcases for more than a decade. The company has won numerous awards for homes featured during the events, including a People’s Choice Award and nods for Best Interior Design, Best Kitchen, and Best Master Bath. A gorgeous luxury home the company showed during a recent Home-A-Rama, priced at just over $1M, includes five bedrooms, a main-floor master suite, and a veranda with two built-in fireplaces.
14) Hamed Homes
921 East Dupont Road #775 , Fort Wayne, IN 46825
This custom home contractor has been building one-of-a-kind luxury homes in the Fort Wayne area for 40 years. Founded by Al Hamed Sr. in 1978, Hamed Homes builds large and beautifully crafted homes throughout Northern Indiana. The firm works in many of the finest luxury home subdivisions in and around Ft. Wayne — Indiana’s second largest city. The firm is now led by Al Hamed Jr. The residential contractor’s homes have some the region’s best addresses in Asian Passage, Heron Preserve, The Cliffs, Deer Hollow, and Grey Oaks.
Hamed Homes has developed deep and lasting relationships with Northern Indiana’s best sub-contractors and craftsmen. The company has an A+ rating from the BBB for superior customer service. The home builder has has won many popular and industry awards for its work. These include several People’s Choice Awards from the area’s annual Parade of Homes, and a 2017 Reader’s Choice nod for Best Home Builder from Fort Wayne Newspapers. In 2017 Al Hamed Jr. received the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly 40 Under 40 Award.
13) Steven A. Wilson Inc.
| 739 Keystone Way, Carmel, IN 46032
Steve Wilson builds luxury custom homes in and around Carmel, IN, a suburban city north of Indianapolis. In 2018 the data company Niche named Carmel the best place to live in the US, and it’s also one of the fastest-growing areas in Indiana. Wilson builds large, traditional, finely crafted homes in many of the area’s poshest neighborhoods and developments. These include Kingswood, Willow Creek, Camden Walk, Windemere of Carmel, and Windsor Grove. Wilson has been building in the Carmel area for some 35 years.
Known for their high-quality interior finishes and stately exteriors, Wilson’s homes are constructed by a skilled and experienced team of professionals. The company’s building team, which includes Wilson’s daughter and nephew, has worked together for more than 14 years. The construction company’s homes typically feature wonderful gourmet kitchens, expert woodworking, spa-like bathrooms, and many other elegant, luxurious details. The home building company has also built commercial office projects in and around Carmel.
12) Gradison Design + Build
6330 E 75th Street, Suite 156, Indianapolis, IN 46250
This family-owned construction company has been building custom residences in greater Indianapolis since 1986. The firm is led by brothers Mark and Joe Gradison, with Mark in charge of construction and Joe managing financials and customer service. They are both Indiana natives and graduates of Indiana University with degrees in real estate and finance. The residential contractor builds homes ranging from 2,000 square feet to over 10,000 square feet. The firm employs a highly experienced team of specialists, including in-house interior designers and experts in kitchen design, audio and visual systems, lighting, cabinetry, and flooring.
Gradison Design + Build works throughout Indianapolis and its suburbs, including in Westfield, Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Fishers — where the firm is developing a high-end urban community called the South Village of Nickel Place. A small city with about 90,000 residents north of Indianapolis, Fishers was named the top place to live in the US by Money Magazine in 2017. The residential contractor is currently building about 60 modern-style urban houses in Fishers’ downtown aea. The homes start at about $400k and go up to more than $1M. The company’s homes can also be found in the upscale communities of Washington Township, Gray Oaks, and Maple Ridge.
11) G&G Custom Homes
15822 Shining Spring Drive, Westfield, IN 46074
Joe Garcia founded this Indiana custom home builder in 2003 after working as a project manager and engineer. He is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Master Certified Green Professional and Graduate Master Builder, as well as a partner in the US Department of Energy’s Energy Star program. Garcia is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology. His company builds high-performance green homes throughout the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The company is based in Westfield and builds in upscale developments such as Chatham Hills, Maple Ridge, and Gray Oaks.
All of the homes built by G&C Custom Homes meet the ThermoShield program’s standard, which, according to the C&G, makes them at least 15 percent more energy efficient than normal. The builder also uses high-performance windows and insulation and works with third-party consultants and raters to select the best energy-saving features for each home. The custom home contractor regularly participates in the greater Indianapolis Home-A-Roma showcase and has twice won the event’s People’s Choice Award.
10) WERK | Building Modern
933 N Layman Avenue – Studio 1, Indianapolis, IN 46219
This custom home contractor is a collaboration between Werk, a boutique builder, and Haus, a boutique architecture firm. Together they are an innovative and highly talented design-build firm that has constructed some of the best modern-style homes in Indianapolis.
WERK | Building Modern is led by Owner and Principal Chris Short, an architect with a talent for the clean lines and arresting forms of the modern style. Short is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Advanced Professional (LEED AP) with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Ball State University. He has more than 25 years of experience designing and building elegant and stylish structures. He started both Haus and Werk in 2006 to design and build “highly personal” architecture for single-family residential clients with a taste for the progressive and visionary.
The firm’s new homes and remodelling projects typically range from $200k to more than $2M. Werk builds homes and takes on remodel projects throughout Indianapolis, including in Meridian Hills, Williams Creek, Meridian-Kessler, and Broad Ripple. The firm’s stunning homes have been featured on the AIA Indianapolis Architect’s Home Tour.
9) Selective Homes By Chad and Dad
5100 Anderson Road, Newburgh, IN 47630
This Indiana custom home builder is based in Newburgh — a charming community along the Ohio River just east of Evansville, the state’s third-largest city. Selective Homes was founded by Walter Van Zilen and his wife, Beverly Van Zilen, in 1972. The company is now co-headed by president and second-generation home builder Chad Van Zilen, a graduate of DePauw University. Members of the NAHB and the Southwestern Indiana Builders Association (SIBA), the firm builds midscale and upscale homes throughout the Newburgh and Evansville areas.
Selective Homes, which has an A+ rating from the BBB, also works on remodeling projects, from kitchen and bathroom renovations to whole-home remodels and additions. The company designs its new homes to be very water efficient, installing a manabloc Manifold Plumbing System in each one. According to Selective Homes, the system cuts the average water bill by as much as 50 percent. A frequent participant in the SIBA Parade of Homes, the firm is set to present one of its best houses ever during the 2018 event. The 7,700-square-foot, Craftsman-style residence in the Newburgh’s Sharon Hills area features a pool overlooking a private lake and runs about $800k.
8) Wedgewood Building Company
32 1st Street NE, Carmel, IN 46032
Construction industry veterans Gary McNutt and Brad Love founded Wedgewood Building Company, which designs and builds high-end homes throughout greater Indianapolis. Their gorgeous homes can be found in Carmel, Westfield, and Zionsville, and in upscale and exclusive areas such as Clay Corner, Pemberton, and the Village of Westclay. Their homes range from about $500k to more than $1M. McNutt has been working in the industry since 1983. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with degrees in marketing and real estate. Love has a degree in civil engineering and started working in the industry as a teenager.
The company has a staff of in-house architects, designers, construction experts, estimators, and field supervisors with more than 50 years of combined experience. They offer architectural services through their Architectural Design Studio, headed by architect Greg Cradick. A member of the AIA, Cradick is a graduate of Ball State University with more than 20 years of home-design experience. Wedgewood Building Company is a member of the NAHB and BAGNI.
7) Williams Custom Art Builders
Carmel, IN 46032
This residential contractor in Indiana is a family firm operated by three generations of home builders. Founded in 1972, the company is led by Bill, Steve, and Mark Williams. The company specializes in high-end, finely crafted residences from $550k to more than $2M. Their large and luxurious homes can be found in some of the wealthiest communities in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, including Carmel, Zionsville, Noblesville, and the north side of Indianapolis.
The firm is a frequent participant in BAGI’s Home-A-Rama showcase, and its featured projects have received many awards. In its building, the firm stresses both leading-edge processes and timeless, detail-obsessed craftsmanship. Williams Custom Art Builders has done home remodelling projects of all sizes, including expert kitchen and bathroom renovations, whole-home remodels, basement finishes, home additions, and light commercial jobs. Mark Williams, the third master builder in the family, is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in entrepreneurial construction contracting. The firm is a member of BAGI, IBA, and the NAHB.
6) Homes by Design
4239 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268
Homes by Design builds one-of-a-kind, elite residences in the most exclusive and sought-after communities in the Indianapolis area. The firm’s homes can be found in gated developments and along private golf courses in Carmel, Zionsville, Geist, and Westfield, and in the best Indianapolis neighborhoods. The design-centric construction company was founded by owner and home designer Brad Bowman in 1999. Bowman and his team have more than 40 years of combined experience building luxury homes.
The residential contractor’s homes range from around $700k to more than $5M. They often feature upmarket details, such as exposed wood beams, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, natural stone, wine cellars, and outdoor fireplaces. The company has built homes in many styles, including French Chateau, Tuscan, Arts and Crafts, and contemporary. They often work with Carmel’s award-winning Goldberg Design Group. Headed by Stephen B. Goldberg, the firm has been designing custom homes and remodels throughout Central Indiana for some 30 years. Homes by Design has a A+ rating with the BBB.
5) Cedar St. Builders
Zionsville IN, 46077
This Indiana custom home builder constructs innovative and eye-catching urban homes in collaboration with some the most forward-thinking architects in greater Indianapolis. Cedar St. Builders is led by Dan Porzel, a leader in the state’s green-building industry. A graduate of Bradley University’s Construction Engineering & Management program, Porzel is a LEED AP, as well as a Passive House Certified Builder through the Passive House Institute of the United States (PHIUS). He has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and worked for Power Construction as a supervisor before starting his own home-building and remodeling company.
The firm works with a team of like-minded architects and designers, green building consultants, energy raters, product manufacturers, and subcontractors to create sleek, innovative homes throughout Indianapolis. The company has worked with talented local architects, such as David Rausch Studio and Neon Architecture. Cedar St. Builders collaborated with the latter on Slant House — a stylish, 1,311-square-foot urban home in Indianapolis’s Bates-Hendricks neighborhood that was featured on the 2017 Architects’ Home Tour sponsored by AIA Indianapolis.
4) John Eaton Homes
1101 N. Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202
John Eaton had started his first remodeling business before he graduated from high school. Eaton went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in building and construction management, and later he and his wife, Rachel Eaton, opened their own residential construction firm. The company builds large, million-dollar-plus estates throughout the Indianapolis metropolitan area, including in Greenwood, Brownsburg, and Beech Grove. The company’s high-end residences can be found in upscale neighborhoods, tony developments, and gated communities, such as Diamond Ridge, Stone Pointe, Whistling Straits, Meridian Kessler, and the Crooked Stick Golf Club.
The company works in many styles, from Southern Colonial and Art Deco to Tuscan and contemporary. The firm, which has an A+ rating with the BBB, has won numerous awards from the Home-A-Rama showcase, including honors for best master bath and best outdoor living space. The firm’s portfolio features palatial homes over 10,000 square feet, featuring wine cellars, home theaters, indoor gourmet kitchens, and outdoor entertaining kitchens, as well as wrought-iron staircases and exquisite custom millwork.
3) Phil Myers Custom Homes
10139 Northwind Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46256
Phil Myers Custom Homes has been building upscale luxury residences in Indiana for more than 30 years. The design-build firm’s homes can be found throughout the metro area, including in Brownsburg, Zionsville, Noblesville, and Geist. The company typically builds homes ranging from about $400k to more than $3M and also works on remodeling projects of all sizes. The residential contractor offers home design and interior design services, and also green options. These include an insulation package with Icynene or recycled blown cellulose, geothermal or high-efficiency heat and cooling systems, on-site recycling, and repurposed and reclaimed building materials.
The contractor has an A+ rating with the BBB and more than 30 years of continuous accreditation. The company’s portfolio of completed new homes and remodeling projects features many deluxe and stylish high-end homes. A recent brick-and-stone property in the exclusive Willows of Zionsville is one of their best and shows off the company’s superior craftsmanship. The $2M home features a wraparound deck with a stone fireplace and an outdoor kitchen, a hand-carved front door; an elegant gourmet kitchen with a copper farm sink, walnut cabinetry, and granite countertops; and an indoor theater.
2) Silverwood Builders
1521 Gwynmere Run, Carmel, IN 46032
Headed by architect Bruce Loewenthal, Silverwood Builders designs and builds unique homes throughout greater Indianapolis. Using a classic and historical Midwest design palette, Silverwood builds homes in early 20th century-style, but with all the luxurious comforts and amenities of today. The residential contractor’s distinctive homes also feature Italianate, Viennese, and general European details. The homes can be found in exclusive communities throughout Hamilton, Marion, and Boone counties, including Austin Oaks, Melbourne Place, and Bellewood.
Loewenthal has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He has worked for Helffer Architects in Bern, Switzerland, and also for the celebrated Frank O. Gehry Architects in Los Angeles. He started building luxury homes in Indiana in 1984, partnering with architect and designer Gayle Garber. A member of the Indianapolis chapter of the AIA, Loewenthal also designs commercial and residential interiors, original religious artifacts, art furniture, and public art projects.
1) Sigma Builders
4630 Lisborn Drive, Carmel, IN. 46033
This custom home builder in Indiana constructs about 25 homes per year throughout the greater Indianapolis metro area. The firm builds mostly high-end homes, ranging from about $375k to more than $1.5M, in exclusive neighborhoods and gated communities in Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fisher. The company is one of the area’s higher-volume luxury builders, funding and selling more than $25M in residential real estate annually. According to the firm, the scale of their business and their long-standing relationships with the area’s best tradespeople allows Sigma to build large and luxurious estates for less.
Partner and Operating Officer Dave Berman studied construction management, architecture, and urban and regional planning at Indiana University and has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Randy Sexton, the home-building company’s vice president of building operations and development, is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in construction management. He has more than 22 years of experience in the industry. Sigma Builders has an A+ Rating from the BBB and is a member of the NAHB and BAGI.
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