If you decide to build a custom home, you don’t want to just hire anyone. Construction a new home is a huge project. You want the best of the best to bring your dream home into reality– the best architects, the best interior designers, the best construction team, artisans, carpenters, woodworkers, landscapers, and even suppliers. And that is where the 50 luxury custom home builders on this list stand out. They are experts in their trades and work with the most respected industry partners, delivering superior customer service and ensuring that from picking the right piece of land, to creating a floorplan and selecting finishes, the custom home building experience is fulfilling and results in your dream home. Typically building homes appraised for $1 million or more, the high-end firms on this list have received the industries most prestigious awards for everything from architectural excellence to innovative construction techniques.
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.
Vlahos & Tuck Construction
Website | 251.223.7114 | 25556 Canal Rd, 2nd Floor, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Vlahos & Tuck Construction is a premier Gulf Coast design/build firms. Their luxury custom homes are the result of a first-class, creative team of experts who use the most recent technology to turn client’s visions into a reality. In addition to building luxury custom homes, Vlahos & Tuck Construction also works on extensive remodel projects and home additions. Their homes can be found throughout the Orange Beach/Gulf Shore/Pensacola corridor. Using the best materials and top of the line practices, their homes are as well-built as they are beautiful. They have a constantly growing list of satisfied, high-end clients.
Hawkinson Construction, Inc
Website | 907.345.7764 | 7700 Hillside Way Anchorage, AK 99516
Located in Anchorage, the family-owned, three-generation construction company Hawkinson Construction, Inc. specializes in luxury custom homes, residential construction, and remodeling projects. In addition to their residential work, they also conduct retail renovation and commercial tenant improvements. For over 50 years, the company has built a solid reputation on their principles: trust, partnership, authenticity and ethics, and honesty and excellence. Their large client base respects their detailed pricing, use of high-end materials, and excellent craftsmanship.
Website | 480.585.1845 | 10025 E Dynamite Blvd # 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
LaBlonde Homes, located in Scottsdale, is respected as one of the best home builders in all of Arizona. The company has built nearly 400 homes in the Scottsdale/Cave Creek area. With three decades of experience, a reputation for excellence, and fine craftsmanship, their multi-million dollar homes are highly sought after. It is not surprising that they have been ranked the “Number One Custom Home Builder” by Arizona Business Magazine’s Ranking Arizona in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2017. They can design the perfect home according to a client’s budget and infuse their personality and needs into every aspect of a project. LaBlonde Homes can help clients find the perfect home site for their new custom residence or will build a new home on one of their own lots. In addition to being an NCARB registered architect, Thomas J. LaBlonde Jr has held a real estate license for 38 years.
Celtic Custom Homes
Website | 479.582.1142 | 3075 N Market Ave #1, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Celtic Custom Homes is an award-winning, high-end custom home builder run by Lee Scarlett. The highly-respected company has been building custom homes in Northwest Arkansas since 1994. Building in some of the area’s top-ranked and most sought after subdivisions, they mainly serve Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and the surrounding areas. With the motto “Building on the Tradition of European Quality”, Celtic Custom Homes has created homes in Old-World, French Country, and Tuscan style, and built everything from a 3,000 square foot lake house to a 10,000 square foot castle with a shooting range in the basement. Celtic Custom Homes has been featured in several publications, including Builder/Architect magazine, Citiscapes, At Home in Arkansas, Vertical Magazine, Building Arkansas magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. And they have been named the NWA Builder of the Year for the last 8 consecutive years, in addition to winning many awards in the prestigious Parade of Homes.
Website | 310.826.6222 (Los Angeles) // 415.872.5107 (San Francisco) | 12210 Nebraska Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025 // 612 York Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Marmol Radziner is one of California’s most respected and awarded design/build practices, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Founded in 1989, the renowned luxury home building practice is led by Principals Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner — both of whom have been elevated to the AIA College of Fellows and admitted to the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Not surprisingly, their practice is a regular in Architectural Digest’s prestigious AD100 list and was named by Build Direct as one of the 15 Best Architects In Los Angeles. Their work has attracted A-list clientele, including Tom Ford, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Steven Meisel, and Ellen DeGeneres. The company effortlessly creates indoor/outdoor living and infuses sustainable design into their custom homes. Their projects have been featured in the pages of Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Luxe, Elle Decor UK, Interiors, The Wall Street Journal, Modern Luxury Interiors, Belle, California Homes, The LA Times, and more.
Timber Ridge Properties
Website | 303.805.0300 | 601 S Broadway Suite G, Denver, CO 80209
Denver’s Timber Ridge Properties is a premier family owned and operated design/build company. For over 30 years, Timber Ridge Properties has risen to the top of the custom home scene in Colorado. Their custom homes start at $1 million and can be found throughout the Denver Metro area including Parker, Castle Pines, The Timbers, Evergreen, Cherry Hills, Polo Reserve, Belcaro, Washington Park, Cherry Creek, Country Club, Littleton, Greenwood Village and more. The design/build firm has won many awards for their work. They are a two-time recipient of the Denver Luxury Custom Home Builders Award. And in 2009, one of their properties won Best Overall, Best Master Suite, Best Kitchen and Best Architecture in the Denver HBA Annual Parade of Homes.
Prutting & Company Custom Builders
Website | 203.972.1028 | 75 Camp Ave, Stamford, CT 06907
Stamford-based luxury home builders Prutting & Company has become a go-to-choice for professionals and clients looking for top-notch builders. They are known for their ability to execute sophisticated and technically challenging homes with exemplary craftsmanship and comprehensive customer service. Prutting & Company has worked on luxury projects throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties for the most discerning clients, many of whom come back to the firm for any and all future construction projects. Their homes have received numerous accolades, including multiple CT Cottages & Gardens Innovation in Design Awards, Custom Home Design Awards, a New England AIA Merit Award, and being a Luxe Magazine 2016 Gold List Honoree. The firm has also been named by USA Architecture as one of the Best 100 Custom Home Builders. Prutting & Company Custom Builders have worked with dozens prominent architects, including Connecticut’s Joeb Moore & Partners, Amanda Martocchio Architecture + Design, Paul McKean Architecture, and Specht Harpman.
Echelon Custom Homes
Website | 302.226.1615 | 20184 Phillips St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Echelon Custom Homes are builders of gorgeous, luxury homes throughout coastal Sussex County in Delaware. The firm will happily work with the architect of their client’s choice or offers a seamless design/build experience with their own in-house design team. The custom home building company can count among their many national and regional awards the Home Builders Association of Delaware’s Custom Home of the Year award. Their portfolio shows off their range of styles, with everything from classic, traditional craftsman style homes or large beachfront luxury homes. Customers compliment the truly personalized custom home building experience the company offers them, resulting in high-end homes that blend their aesthetic tastes and lifestyle needs. With the highest level of design and craftsmanship, Echelon Custom Homes has earned a spot at the top of the luxury home building market in Delaware.
Phil Kean Design Group
Website | 407.599.3922 | 912 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Located in Central Florida, Phil Kean Design Group is a premier design/build firm led by Phil Kean, a licensed architect, certified residential contractor and licensed interior designer. The company was recognized as the Custom Builder of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders in 2013. PKDG specializes in designing distinctive custom luxury residences worldwide. Effective, efficient and detailed embodies the PKDG creative process, which focuses on design that is both beautiful and functional. Phil Kean’s distinctive signature style features clean lines and extraordinary attention to detail and they emphasize indoor/outdoor living, often with walls of glass that open. Their design and construction process incorporates the best in new technologies and techniques. PKDG builds all homes utilizing “green” construction methods and the best building practices. Among their awards for sustainability are the Highest Scoring Certified Green Home in Florida in 2012 from the Florida Green Building Coalition, LEED-H 2009 Project of the Year from the USGBC Central Florida Chapter, Best in American Living Award- Green-Built Home, an AIA Sustainable Design Award, Green Design Award at the American Residential Design Awards, Best Green Home Design Excellence Award from Residential Design & Build Magazine and theGreen Design and Energy Efficiency Watermark Award from Custom Home Magazine.
Bonner Custom Homes
Website | 770.423.0249 | 269 Lawrence St NE, Marietta, GA 30060
Bonner Custom Homes has built some of the most gorgeous luxury custom homes in Georgia. Run by Jerry Bonner and his son Rhett Bonner, the company works with the most renowned architects across the Southeastern United States. Bonner Custom Homes was recognized with Custom Homes’s coveted Pacesetter Award for their innovative ideas creating an expansive $40 million custom home in north Georgia. Their homes have been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Homes, Veranda, Southern Accents, Success and Trends Home, and Living magazines.
“Bonner Custom Homes have taken the building process to a new art form with the secret ingredient of a passion for excellence.” — Panache Publishing
Their talented team takes pride in creating the most “uniquely different” homes in the traditional style. They evoke a sense of old world devotion to their craft ultimately demonstrated in their incomparable workmanship. Jerry Bonner, who founded the business in 1978, maintains the same philosophy: to build family homes with the same sense of permanency as seen in Europe, to feel that they have always been there, fitting seamlessly into an established neighborhood. To ensure the highest quality homes, the company employs specialized woodworkers, stone masons, and craftsmen of all trades. Masonry walls and authentic building techniques, the true roots of good architecture, are incorporated into each custom home.
Smith Brothers Construction
Website | 877.230.0333 | 500 Ala Moana Blvd #7, Honolulu, HI 96813
Smith Brothers Construction is an elite design/build firm located in Honolulu with prestigious projects spread throughout the islands of Hawaii, including Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. They have been producing some of the most daring and gorgeous custom luxury homes in Hawaii and California since 1978. The company offers comprehensive architecture, construction, and interior design services to their high-end clients, resulting in a stress-free and cohesive custom home process. Their award-winning design concepts, expertise, and years of collective experience allow them to provide the very best service to their clients with outstanding results. The company has assembled an outstanding team of employees, craftsman, architects, designers, suppliers, and subcontractors that have worked together for many years. They are known for their collaborative home building approach, helping them earn their excellent reputation. Their homes have been featured in prominent publications, such as LUXE.
Magleby Construction Sun Valley
Website | 208.806.1399 | 660 2nd Ave S, Unit A, Ketchum ID 83340
The Magleby Construction team in Sun Valley is responsible for many of Idaho’s most luxurious, high-end custom homes. As a division of the National Association of Home Builder’s National Custom Home Builder of the Year in 2006 and 2016, Magleby Construction Sun Valley has access to the best technology, subcontractors, and suppliers in the field. Magleby Construction – Sun Valley is led by President Layne Thompson, who combines his passion for construction with his interest in architecture to create one-of-a-kind homes that are a reflection of both their owners and the environment around them.
Dave Knecht Homes, LLC
Website | 773-665-8170 | 3060 N Lincoln Ave # 1, Chicago, IL 60657
Dave Knecht Homes, LLC is frequently recognized as a frontrunner in Illinois’s custom home building scene. Twice included on LUXE’s prestigious Gold List 92015 and 2017), the company has also been featured in House Beautiful Magazine, Traditional Home Magazine, Luxe Magazine, Trends Magazine, Home Magazine, Elite Magazine, Frontgate Catalog, Design and Architecture Magazine, and This Old House Magazine and had the honor of working on the HGTV – Fantasy Home 2000. An award-winning Chicago homebuilder with an impressive 25-year track record, President/Owner Dave Knecht is responsible for the construction of well over 350 residential high-end custom homes, historical renovations, and additions. He founded his firm in 2012 to have greater control over the entire custom home building process and offer his clients a more elevated experience. Although the company works primarily in Illinois, they have heavily completed residential projects and vacation homes for select repeat customers in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Martin Brothers Contracting
Website | 574.862.2142 | 26262 Co Rd 40, Goshen, IN 46526
Founded in 1965 by brothers Nelson and Virgil Martin, Martin Brothers Contracting, Inc. is a premier, upscale, custom home builder and remodeler. They provide clients in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan with a truly custom home building experience. With over 50 years of experience under their belt, the company’s award-winning homes are crafted with detail in mind, from start to finish, by an experienced team of career carpenters and construction management professionals. Each of their homes is unique, high-end, and designed to meet the needs of their discriminating client and fit the site on which it is built. They have worked with many top architects, including Agape Designs, Buccellato Design, LLC, Helman Sechrist Architecture, Kil Architecture & Planning, Leedy Architects Design Studio, Phil Jenkins, and Studio Jackson. Among the many awards and honors earned by Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc.include building the home named the Best Tech Home in the USA, being named Wakarusa Large Business of the Year, being named by Builder/Architect Magazine as an Honor Roll Builder, and earning the Best of Elkhart County Home Builder three years in a row. Their homes have appeared in Life + Spaces Magazine numerous times and on the tv show Home Sweet Home.
Website | 515.401.8615 | 506 E 1st, Huxley, IA 50124
Bella Homes Iowa is one of the best luxury home builders in the state. Run by Chris and Kris Gardner and Mark DeYoung, Bella Homes has a talented team that creates unique, custom homes for discerning clients throughout central Iowa. The company has developed a personalized system that puts clients at ease from start to finish. Their home building experience has been designed to highlight unique architectural details that reflect each individual homeowner’s personality and character. They stand out for their custom woodworking and unique details, be it stain glass or barn doors. Their goal is to create luxury while still retaining the comforting feeling of a family home. Bella Homes is privileged to be a member of the Des Moines and Ames Home Builder Associations. Bella also partners with Energy Star to help clients reduce their energy costs.
Website | 913.481.2680 | 7555 160th St, Stilwell, KS 66085
Starr Homes is Kansas City’s premier custom home builder with a reputation for transforming their client’s dreams into a reality. Run by brothers Kit and Gerry Starr, the company is known for their excellent customer service, guiding clients through each stage of the process, from design, financing, and construction. Their entire philosophy is centered upon designing and building exceptional homes that are as practical and well-built as they are beautiful. Their custom homes are created around the way each unique client will live and move within their space, meaning the floor plan, overall aesthetics, and functionality of their homes can be made specifically for the individual client. Starr Homes began as Kit Starr Builders in 2001 and quickly grew based on customer referrals. The company evolved into Starr Homes when Gerry joined the management team. Together, the two ensure the quality, timeliness, and satisfaction throughout the entire custom home building experience.
Website | 502.523.7041 | 5932 Timber Ridge Drive, Suite 202, Prospect, KY 40059
Stonecroft Homes is responsible for some of the most beautiful and unique luxury custom homes in Kentucky. For the 9th consecutive year, Stonecroft Homes has been chosen as a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, a collection of high-end custom home builders with the best experience, knowledge, and reputations. President David P. Lutes is dedicated to providing clients with one of a kind home plans and the best client experience. He is joined at Stonecroft Homes by a solid management team that includes Brock Rogers, Project Manager, Mark Baer, Design Manager, and Beth Conn, Controller. They have developed a fine-tuned, defined process that aims to guide clients through the home building experience in a stress-free way, while also ensuring that every detail of their home is high-quality and customized to their needs and wants. This customer-focused approach has led to long-time relationships with their clients.
Morse Homes Inc.
Website | 504.393.7777 | 110 Keating Dr, Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Morse Homes Inc. has earned a reputation throughout Louisiana as one of the best custom home builders. A testament to the respect they garner from their peers, Frank Morse was recently named Builder of the Year by Louisiana Home Builders Association. Frank Morse founded Morse Homes Inc. in 1975, specialized in upscale custom homes. Today, he is joined in the company by his son Scott Morse, who is the current President of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans. Together, they have crafted gorgeous homes throughout the metropolitan New Orleans area. In addition to their luxury single-family homes, the company has also worked on numerous multi-family residences and light commercial construction. They are also available for custom remodels and additions.
“A house means many things to many people. It is a place of warmth. It is a place of family. It is a place of wonderful memories. And with all of these things, that house becomes a home.” – Morse Homes Inc.
Morse Homes Inc. emphasizes one-on-one service and personalizes the home building experience to make it as stress-free as possible. They work closely with clients to incorporate their needs, values, and tastes into creating homes that truly reflect their clients’ individually, combining clients’ ideas, both practical and aesthetic, with their unparalleled construction expertise to create the perfect home.
Thomas and Lord
Website | 207.467.3688 | P.O. Box 1730, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Thomas and Lord is a leading luxury custom home builder across Maine. They are dedicated to exquisite craftsmanship and delivering the best customer service to their discerning clientele. In order to deliver the highest-quality homes and one-of-a-kind service, Thomas and Lord build one house at a time. The company is lead by owner Kevin Lord, who founded his custom home business in 2003. Previously, he had earned a reputation throughout Western Massachusetts as a top-of-the-line finish carpenter where he also operated a successful construction partnership. This experience honed his attention to detail and helps him maintain high standards in every aspect of each Thomas and Lord home. He takes a hands-on role in his clients’ projects, making sure craftsmanship is at the forefront of the building process. Thomas and Lord work with the area’s best subcontractors and suppliers, building trusting and respectful relationships over the years.
NIROO Construction, Inc.
Website | 301.469.0500 | 9300 River Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
With decades of experience and multiple awards, for everything from home building to interior design, NIROO Construction has built some of the most experience, gorgeous, and high-quality mansions in the region. The design-build firm has been named one of the top exclusive builders in the Washington metropolitan area by Home & Design. They design and build luxury estates in the finest communities throughout Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, GA, and have been involved in many national and international projects. NIROO employs a four-phase process to build gorgeous estates that work on many levels. The process begins with choosing the land, and then moves on to an in-depth architectural design process. As experienced interior designs, the team at NIROO then creates flawless finishing touches and integrates interior design with the home’s architecture, budget, and client needs. By combining these services in one shop, the integrated approach makes for a home that is cohesive and truly high-end from top to bottom. Finally, the last stage of the custom home process, the building, puts all the pieces together, with the best techniques and materials in the industry and eco-friendly technologies that result in timeless statements.
Kenneth Vona Construction
Website | 781.890.5599 (Waltham) // 508.564.4844 (Cape Cod)| 11 Fox Road, Waltham, MA 02451 // 1383 Route 28A, Cataumet, MA 02534
Kenneth Vona Construction is one of the most respected luxury custom home builders in New England. For over 30 years, they have been building exceptional homes with only high-end materials, close attention to craftsmanship, and uncompromising personal customer service. The company wants for every client “to feel like their home is extraordinary, and every home to last a lifetime, or two, or three.” Unsurprisingly, Kenneth Vona Construction was inducted into the New England Hall of Fame in 2016.
“No single builder owns the Boston-area market in high-end custom homes, but every custom builder here knows the name Ken Vona. In business for 33 years, Kenneth Vona Construction has become nearly synonymous with a certain type of house: the best that money can buy.” – Custom Home Online
Kenneth Vona Construction is run by three principles, President Kenneth Vona, Senior Project Managers Jim Koulopoulos, and Brian Vona. Together, they run a team of 60 full-time employees who have expertise and experience in every area of construction. Their sister company, Dartmouth Woodworkers, is a full-service millwork company that expertly crafts everything from custom architectural millwork and doors, to moulding and cabinets, to custom furniture and radius work. The firm not only builds and renovates homes, but they also operate KVC360 to help maintain their homes, keeping them in perfect working order. They also stand by their homes with a five-year warranty, something no other builder in New England offers.
Luxe Homes Design+Build
Website | 248.686.1889 | 360 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009
Luxe Homes Design+Build has risen to the top of Michigan’s luxury custom home scene. Co-founded by VanBrouck & Associates, a luxury residential design firm, and Olde World Homes, a luxury home building company, the company has over 125 awards from Detroit Home Awards and is a 7-time winner of the top award of “Best Overall Home”, and 6-time winner of the “Reader’s Choice Award” in the annual Detroit Home Design Awards. With a combined 33 years of industry experience, their work is frequently featured in design and building publications.
“Our philosophy is that a home should elicit excitement, joy, and pleasure as you come home to it and live in it. A true custom home should reflect the personality and lifestyle of its owners, and should integrate the interior and exterior spaces with the land and gardens that surround it.” – Luxe Homes Design+Build
Representing the highest level of design creativity and luxury building, they are distinguished by their imaginative combination of artistic ingenuity, high-quality craftsmanship, and timeless elegance. Design is run by VanBrouck & Associates’ married co-founders John and Donna VanBrouch, while construction is handled by married co-founders Bryan and Rachel Leith. Their collaborative approach results in an inclusive and fully-integrated process that leaves clients feeling involved, stress-free, and satisfied in the final product. Their homes can be found in Birmingham and Bloomfield, and throughout southeastern Michigan, Oakland County, and the Detroit Metropolitan areas.
John Kraemer & Sons
Website | 952.935.9100 | 4906 Lincoln Drive, Edina, MN 55436 // 240 Minnetonka Ave. S., Suite 101, Wayzata, MN 55391
John Kraemer & Sons is one of Minnesota’s most established custom home builders. With a family tradition in home building, the third-generation company began building luxury custom homes and remodeling fine residences in 1978. They are the state’s only Four-Time Builder of the Year (1999, 2009, 2013, and 2017), and have been the runner-up an additional two times. Founded by current President Gary Kraemer and his late father John, the firm focuses on luxury residential projects of all shapes, sizes, and styles. Their diverse portfolio shows off everything from large state homes, and cozy lake cabins, to gorgeous new homes for empty-nesters and high-end interior remodels.
“A true sign of a solid reputation and financial stability is the fact that our builder license #BC001408 is one of the lowest in the industry today. In 38 years we have never gone out of business, reorganized, changed names, or changed owners. Our clients know that we will be around well into the future to warranty their homes and stand behind our work.” – John Kraemer
John Kraemer & Sons’ staff is committed to making every building or renovation project exceptional, from the beginning of the consultation process until long after a home is finished. The three Kraemers are intimately involved in every project, ensuring that a client’s dreams and needs are built into the final product, which is created to reflect each individual lifestyle and personality. The company employs all their own job superintendents, project managers, and finish carpenters. They are uniquely positioned and willing to take on projects throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and beyond.
David Turner Companies
Website | 601.352.9377 | Jackson, MS
David Turner Companies has impressed Mississippi with their classical architecture design and building since 2000. Founded with a focus on renovation, David Turner Companies quickly added custom new construction to their list of services. The company is built on the guiding principles of providing clients with a product of lasting value, the highest level of service, and doing so with uncompromising honesty and integrity. Although specialized in the construction of traditional architectural homes, the company is an expert in sustainable construction and is heavily focused on a return to traditional town planning principles, often referred to as new urbanism. David Turner Companies has been published in numerous magazines, including in Portico Magazine, Mississippi Magazine, Mississippi Builder Magazine (Cover Stories & Multiple Project Recognition), and Stages Magazine and has won a number of awards, most recently from the Home Building Association of MS where it has won the Best Renovation in the state for the past 3 years, the Best Custom over 5,000 sq/ft 4 of the past 5 years, as well as the Grand Award for a home in Lost Rabbit. Even as the company continues to grow, David Turner has ensured that it remains a close knit-group of professionals who have a passion for improving lives through the homes they design and build.
Robert Montgomery Homes, Inc.
Website | 913.338.5500 | 4204 West 124th Street, Leawood, KS 66209-2251
The finest builder of luxury custom homes in Missouri and Kansas, Robert Montgomery Homes, Inc. offers their clients great value with a uniquely enjoyable and rewarding building experience. The team at Robert Montgomery Homes has a reputation for taking pride in their work and going the extra mile to incorporate a client’s individual needs and tastes, all while staying within budget and on schedule. They have solid relationships with the area’s best subcontractors, materials fabricators, and suppliers, meaning they can offer clients high-end materials and service. All workmen and subcontractors who are part of the Robert Montgomery Homes team are experienced craftsmen who work collaboratively to create a finished product that meets or exceeds all expectations.
Big Sky Build
Website | 406.995.3670 | 87 Lone Peak Dr, Big Sky, MT 59716
One look at Big Sky Build’s portfolio and it is easy to see how they have become Montana’s number one luxury custom home builder. Their homes are as gorgeous and well-built as they are suitable for their environments and perfectly designed and built for the sites on which they sit. Big Sky Build has won Builder of the Year three years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017) and in 2016 their President, John Seelye, was named Business Person of the Year. This premium Montana custom home builder formed its reputation by delivering excellence to each one of their clients. They are relentless in their pursuit to create beauty that lasts and is just as passionate about delivering the best customer service and comfortable home building process. With dozens of custom homes created throughout southwest Montana since the company’s founding in 1997, each home is as unique as their clients.
Curt Hofer & Associates
Website | 402.758.0440 | 16820 Frances St #102, Omaha, NE 68130
Located in Omaha, Curt Hofer and Associates is a premier custom home builder with an unmatched custom design and build process. Curt Hofer, Founder and CEO, began this company more than 20 years ago. He quickly built a reputation for quality, craftsmanship, service, integrity, and innovative thinking that continues to this day.Hofer is joined in his company by Steve Huber, President and Partner, who was one of the first to join the team, and Craig Linnenbrink, Partner and Vice-President of Construction. The company’s approach is crafted to make client input an integral part of the home building process, resulting in truly custom homes that are unlike any others. Filling a niche that no one else can, the respected company’s gorgeous homes have resulted in numerous Best of Omaha awards and a long list of satisfied clients.
Blue Heron Design/Build
Website | 702.531.3000 | 1320 Villa Barolo Avenue, Henderson, NV 89052
Blue Heron Design/Build is recognized as an elite custom home builder for the Las Vegas area. Based on the idea that custom homes should be as unique as the clients that will live in them, Blue Heron collaborates with homeowners at each step of the process. Their architects and designers analyze each home sit for inspiration, and make every effort to incorporate the views, topography, and other environmental cues into the design. They even have a team of licensed real estate agents that can help clients find the perfect location to match their vision and needs. Their award-winning, in-house architects then turn a client’s needs and lifestyle into a comprehensive design concept that feels like home. They also work directly with the construction team to make sure that the design matches budgetary requirements. Finally, Blue Heron’s construction team, which has built connections to the best vendors and subcontractors in the region, create homes that are built to last.
CM Ragusa Builders
Website | 603.601.7330 | 15 Whitaker Rd, Seabrook, NH 03874
Looking at the portfolio of New Hampshire’s CM Ragusa Builders, it is no wonder that they have earned a reputation for creating buildings of distinction. Included in The Boston Design Guide’s directory of the region’s best luxury custom home builders, the Seabrook, New Hampshire company has crafted unique homes throughout the northeast for discriminating clients. Their home building process focused on providing high-quality construction and elegant aesthetics that reflect their client’s needs, lifestyle, and tastes. Unlike many other builders, CM Ragusa takes a “boots on the ground” approach to building homes. Their team of builders has worked on every aspect of building a house, so know how to respond to any concerns or questions. The team is run by President Chris Ragusa, whose over 20 years of experience in building and renovating homes throughout the northeast has given him a wealth of knowledge that is reflected in each home is company creates.
Monetti Custom Homes
Website | 732.223.7949 | 651 Oceanview Rd, Brielle, NJ 08730
Monetti Custom Homes has been created gorgeous, custom homes along the prestigious New Jersey coastline since its establishment in 1948. The respected luxury home builder creates one-of-a-kind homes that are crafted to stand the test of time, both in terms of design aesthetic and quality construction. The firm is run by third generation custom builder Robert Monetti, who crafts architecturally impressive custom homes and extraordinary home renovations for a loyal and discerning client base. Although each home is entirely unique to its owner, some common threads can be found, such as exquisite amenities, indoor and outdoor spaces that blend into one-another, and a clear melding of quality and elegance. The Monetti Custom Homes team hold themselves to the highest standards of professionalism and is well-respected by colleagues and clients alike.
Website | 505.989.8484 | 1512 Pacheco Street, Suite D206, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Santa Fe’s Tierra Concepts offers elite clients an unparalleled custom homebuilding experience that combines decades of design and building knowledge. The design/build company aims to deliver clients with comfortable, gorgeous, personalized homes that reflect the beauty and romance of Santa Fe. Clients working with Tierra Concepts have the privilege to work with a world-class team: Eric Faust heads the award-winning design team and is known for his intuitive eye for design; Keith Gordes, a hands-on home builder and designer who loves to be in the heath of the action and oversees production for both Tierra Concepts and its subsidiary, Southwest Spanish Craftsmen; and Kurt Faust, an artisan, craftsman and builder with 30+ years in building, cabinet making, and furniture marking and who comes from a long family line of artists and craftsmen and who today directs the sales and marketing function for Tierra Concepts. He is the former president of the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association.
Website | 631.367.9696 | 5 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724
One of the country’s foremost custom residential design/build firms, Kean Development is known for their ultra-luxury custom homes. With over three decades of residential building, the company has created some of the finest homes in the entire nation under the leadership of President and CEO, John C. Kean. Kean Development has caught the eye of many of the most prestigious publications in the field, having been published in Architectural Digest, New York Times online, Veranda, and House, among many others. The award-winning firm is structured horizontally, meaning that from inception to completion, each project is overseen and managed by talented in-house professionals. In-house designers fashion a master plan tailored by the Kean Team, comprised of construction managers, designers and landscape architects, while artisanal craftsmanship dovetails classic composition and modern architectural design, exceptional masonry, intricate custom mill and stonework, contemporary elements, and landscape design. And Thorndike Williams, who has been with Kean for more than 30 successful years, continues to spearhead the design phase of many of the exquisite residences Kean Designs Ltd. is known for.
Tongue & Groove
Website | 910.679.4610 | 6331 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403
Luxury design-build firm, Tongue & Groove, offers full-service to their clients throughout the custom home building journey – including architecture, 3D renderings and interior design. Located in the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, their team challenges the status quo by building homes that are beautifully designed, thoughtfully constructed and simple to live in. The company is run by owner / head designer Mark Batson, a Wilmington native that has a unique ability to create designs that reflect individuals and the way they live, all while incorporating a sense of place and history. He intuitively guides clients through the entire process, which results in special homes that are created to be relevant and last for generations. Batson believes that a home should improve one’s way of living, and his custom homes are a reflection of that philosophy. Along with his company, Batson has won multiple awards and recognition, including 2018 NAHB Custom Home Builder of the Year Award Finalist.
Website | 701.793.2004 | 3306 Sheyenne St #210, West Fargo, ND 58078
Monarch Homes in North Dakota is a top choice for clients looking for high-end, custom homes. The firm operates to offer clients options, resulting in a process and final product that matches exactly what they need. Monarch homes allow clients to either design their dream homes by adjusting one of their floor plans to their needs, or can build a completely custom home based on a client’s own custom floor plan and design. Above all else, Monarch Homes seeks to make the home building process stress-free for clients, with an end result that is on budget, on time, and of the highest quality construction. The firm used only the best quality products, knowing that what goes into a home is as important as the design and techniques used.
Alexandra Fine Homes
Website | 440.557.5166 | 1184 Bell Rd. Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Alexandra Fine Homes is one of the most sought-after luxury custom home builders in the area. With over 50 awards, including Cleveland Choice Awards “Custom Home of the Year” seven times in the past thirteen years, the company has rightfully earned a reputation for gorgeous designs and well-built homes. Instead of having a ‘go-to’ style, Alexandra Fine Homes draws inspiration from both historical and modern architecture and reinterprets those forms of modern living and a client’s specific needs. As the firm explains, “Our goal is always the transformation of our clients’ vision into fresh, imaginative, well built, and timeless homes.” Owner and brothers Nestor and Paul Papageorge have experience that encompasses literally hundreds of commercial and residential projects, including several high-profile ones. Their projects combine the best value and quality for clients by focusing on excellent materials, working with only the best tradesmen in the business, and staying on top of new and sustainable methods of building and design. And they emphasis providing an enjoyable and comprehensive experience to clients, which includes helping to select the perfect site and having open communication, and walking clients through every stage, from design to handing over the keys.
MassaRossa Luxury Homes
Website | 405.615.5964 | 130 N Broadway Suite 232, Edmond, OK 73034
Oklahoma’s MassaRossa creates gorgeous, luxury custom homes from its office in Edmond. The high-end firm will work within 45-minutes of their office, ensuring they can give each project the attention it deserves. By enriching the traditional and familiar components entailed throughout the process of building a house with up-to-date technology and innovation, they have crafted many homes that are as extraordinary as they are well-built. The company is run by Owner/President Nathan Walters and Project Manager Jordy Acklin. Walters has a reputation for the pursuit of excellence, maintaining high levels of quality control and time-management in each stage of the home building process. With their in-house designers, each MassaRossa home is unique to the client’s needs, budget, timeframe, and site location.
Westlake Development Group
Website | 503.327.8351 | 9206 SE Idleman Road, Happy Valley, OR 97086
With over 30 years of design and building experience, Westlake Development Group, Portland’s two-time Best Custom Home Builder, creates beautiful custom homes throughout Oregon and Washington. Showing off new and innovative designs in each of their projects, the company is also proud to have participated in the NW Natural Street of Dreams every year and where they have been awarded Portland’s Best Custom Home Builder in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The Wall Street Journal recently featured one of the company’s projects as an outstanding example of how to use glass in a custom home. They stay on top of the latest developments in building trends and technology, attending the International Builders Show in Las Vegas annually to seek of new and better ideas. The man behind this respected custom home firm is Gerald Rowlett, an Oregon native who has spent his entire adult life in various areas of construction, gaining valuable first-hand experience. Today, his company even has a talented real estate agent on staff to help their client’s find the perfect place to build their custom home.
Website | 610.399.1235 | 330 Kennett Pike #207, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
The motivation for Megill Homes began in 1969, when Wayne Megill, Sr. decided to dedicate his career to the idea of building great homes, suited to each client’s specific needs and tastes, and using the best products and techniques. And that no matter what, as a builder, you would be there for a client at every stage of the building process. Today, Megill Home lives up to this idea with Wayne, Jr. and Scott Megill in the lead, creating luxury custom homes throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Megill Homes are built to last and have proven to be of solid quality over nearly 6 decades in the community. Their award-winning homes have earned them numerous return clients who value their attention to detail, truly custom experience, and hands-on approach to customer service.
Website | 401.427.8500 | 320 Narragansett Park Dr, Rumford, RI 02916
Parker Construction, of Rumford, Rhode Island, has established itself as a premier custom home construction firm with gorgeous, high-quality homes throughout southern New England. The company, run by President Glenn A. Parker, prides itself on providing unparalleled quality with innovation and flawless execution. The company has been widely recognized for their work, such as by This Old House and by their inclusion on Boston Design Guide’s list of the top luxury builders in the area.
“Since its founding in 1999, Parker Construction Company Inc. (PCCI) has quickly climbed to the top of New England’s custom homebuilding and renovations market.” – US Builders Review
They have developed a unique approach to custom home building, helping them become one of the areas most successful and respected builders, popular among clients and colleagues alike. The company takes a collaborative approach to luxury home building, working closely with clients and designers to execute a vision from start to finish. Their goal is for the entire experience to be enjoyable, exciting, and ultimately rewarding for all parties involved.
Randy Jeffcoat Builders
Website | 843.837.5133 | 40 Persimmon St. Ste 103, Bluffton, SC 29910
Full-service residential design and build company Randy Jeffcoat Builders services all of Hilton Head and the greater Bluffton area. Building custom homes since 1973, 38 of which were in the Lowcountry where they are now, the Jeffcoat Team has made their mark as one of the top Hilton Head Custom Home Builders in the Lowcountry. A third-generation, family-owned and operated company, Randy Jeffcoat Builders works hard to ensure that each homeowner they work with feels confident that they have the best home, designed and built for their lifestyle. Founder and Owner Randy Jeffcoat began his career in homebuilding working for his father – also a custom home builder – when he was just in high school. He has a sharp eye for detail and demands nothing but excellence out of his loyal team. Under his leadership. Randy Jeffcoat Builders has earned the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association Builder of the Year award.
Website | 605.359.2490 | 4301 W 57th St #110b, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
As one of the most established and respected custom home building companies operating in South Dakota, it is no surprise that Deffenbaugh Homes is often recognized as the best luxury custom home builder across the state. The firm is run by Dudley Deffenbaugh, who knows that the perfect homes is a careful blend of creativity and quality, put together using the best techniques and highest-quality, genuine materials.
“We do not only craft personalized custom homes. We build living spaces you’ll cherish, in which you’re able to truly grow, and you can truly be proud.” – Deffenbaugh Homes
Deffenbaugh Homes works with a team of expert craftsman with decades of combined experience. No two projects are the same at this custom home company, with every element of a home because created for the individual client. Also unique to the company is their unparalleled commitment to the consistent integration and respect for the natural architecture of the Great Plains landscape.
Carlton Edwards Architecture + DesignBuild
Website | 615.988.4751 (Nashville) // 901.410.1605 (Memphis) | 2606 Eugenia Avenue, Suite C, Nashville, TN 3721 // 171 Racine Street, Memphis, TN 38111
Carlton Edwards Architecture + DesignBuild is a premier luxury custom home firm that has offices in Nashville and Memphis. They are included on the USA Architecture 100 and have been featured in tons of industry publications. Their reputation has been earned from their attention to detail, impeccable craftsmanship, and innovative and timeless designs.
“Our approach is based firmly on our intrinsic nature to listen and observe. From this foundation we pursue inspiring and purposeful works of architecture through the refinement of ideas which respond to the specific factors of each endeavor.” – Carlton-Edwards
The award-winning firm is run by Rob Carlton and Jeff Edwards. Carlton, AIA, has grown his architecture career in the mid-1990’s and is also a licensed general contractor. His hands-on approach to the design and construction process brings together his vision as an architect and passion for the highest standards of craft. Edwards’s perspective on architecture is fueled by European influences – old and new. He sorts through a client’s ideas to translate the strongest into a dream home. The pair co-founded Carlton-Edwards as a progressive firm focused on redefining the common notion of Appalachian mountain architecture. Their practice is driven by a sense of stewardship for the land and reverence for an architecture that is relevant and timeless.
JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction
Website | 512.328.7706 (Austin) // 281.362.1708 (Houston) | 3660 Stoneridge Road, Bldg. A-102, Austin, Texas 78746 // 25317 IH-45 North, The Woodlands, Texas 77380
With offices in Houston and Austin, JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction is one of the most respected and sought-after custom home companies in all of Texas. They recently were honored by the National Association of Home Builders’ with the prestigious title of 2016 Custom Builder of the Year. The design/build company offers comprehensive service to their clients from the initial idea conception through final move in, including architecture, building, and interior design. In addition to having a talented team of architects and builders, they work with the best subcontractors and artisans to ensure that everything that goes into their homes is of the best quality. With 30 years of luxury home expertise, JAUREGUI is a wealth of vision, talent, and knowledge. The company has won numerous Best in American Living Awards and dozens of awards from the Texas Association of Builders. Their homes are elegant, practical, and extraordinarily well crafted to individual lifestyles.
Website | 801.785.9998 | 1291 W Center St, Lindon, UT 84042
Magleby Construction is Utah’s premier luxury custom home builder and a nationally-recognized construction company. Impressively, the company has been named the National Association of Home Builder’s National Custom Home Builder of the Year twice, in 2007 and 2016. Paul Magleby, who founded the company in 1974, set out to make a difference in the building industry. He has been recognized the Lifetime Achievement award by the Utah Home Builders Association. Among their many other awards the firm has earned include being named Home Builders Association of Utah’s 2017 Builder of the Year and earning the Best Custom Luxury Home of the Year from the Utah Home Builders Association numerous times. Magleby is known for their superior customer service, providing assistance and a quality team of professionals to guide you through the entire project, from design concept to post-construction. Magleby facilitates an interior designer, architect, pre-construction manager, builder, and estimator for their clients. And their team is there to support all home maintenance needs and remodel projects for years to come. They stay up on the newest building techniques and are highly knowledgeable about green and sustainable building.
Website | 802.434.2112 | 3104 Huntington Rd, Richmond, VT 05477
Birdseye is an award-winning Vermont architecture-build studio that specializes in the creation of gorgeous custom homes through the collaboration of architects, builders, and craftsmen. The architecture division, founded in 1996 has dedicated itself to producing “soulful and timeless creations of beauty, originality and sustainability.” Since then, their work has earned recognitions such as the AIA New England Citation Award, Vermont AIA Honor Awards, and has been widely featured in popular industry magazines, international architecture design books, and professional publications, including Dezeen, Contemporist, inhabitat, Architect, Design New England, New England Home, Vermont Magazine, Details Magazine, and Interior Design. And it has earned them a loyal client base and relationships with the best craftspeople in Vermont. Birdseye is currently participating in the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy with an exhibition piece showcasing their in-house collaborative process for design and craft. Their team is made of designers, carpenters, wood and metal workers, and machinery operators who are all committed to creating homes that are as artful as they are made to last. Principal architect, Brian J. Mac, FAIA, practices a regionalist approach to custom home design, artfully blending place, form, and function. With a unique balance of innovation and tradition, each Birdseye home represents the finest in architectural design and building practice.
Apex Custom Homes
Website | 703.669.2620 | 29 N King St, Leesburg, VA 20176
North Virginia’s premier luxury home builder, Apex Custom Homes is a residential design/build firm with a reputation for high-end mansions with meticulous attention to detail, authenticity, and superior craftsmanship. Although specialized in the upper=end custom market, Apex has also undertaking stunning kitchen transformations, exclusive remodeling projects, and major additions. Regardless of the type of project though, Apex strives to always raise their already high standards and surpass their client’s expectations. Incorporating over 100 years of combined experience, their team of designers, field supervisors, architects, and managers each coordinate to ensure a seamless approach to constructing some of the finest homes in Northern Virginia.
Website | 425.226.9100 | 7525 SE 24th St. Ste 487, Mercer Island, WA 98040
JayMarc Homes is an award-winning luxury home builder specializing in new home construction and custom homes in the Greater Seattle area including Bellevue and Mercer Island. They have earned awards from Best in American Living, Gold Nugget Awards, New Home Council Tribute Awards, and been included in the Puget Sound Business Journal Book of Lists many times. And significantly, the company was named Mercer Island Business of the Year in 2015. Their work has been featured in industry publications, including in Vanity Fair & Architectural Digest – Living in Seattle issue, Alaska Beyond Magazine, and Seattle Met Magazine. The company especially focuses on developing elegant home designs geared to how each family lives in the home. They are known for their responsiveness, transparency, timeliness, and for creating a simple and fun process with their in-house designers
Hampshire Home Builders
Website | 304.856.3875 | 3 Cold Stream Rd, Capon Bridge, WV 26711
West Virginia’s Hampshire Home Builders are renowned for crafting high-quality log houses across the state, as well as custom homes and steel buildings. Their luxury homes are one-of-a-kind, with an immense attention to detail and fine finishes. Serving Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Mineral, and Hardy Counties in West Virginia as well as the Virginia counties of Frederick and Clarke, Hampshire Home Builders has created over 250 custom homes, log houses, and steel buildings since it was founded 28+ years ago. Their reputation is built on integrity, professionalism, and customer service. They take a collaborative approach from start to finish and use only the best building materials and most qualified craftsmen on each and every project.
Website | 262.781.4488 | 13703 W. Greenfield Ave. New Berlin, WI 53151
Kingfogl Construction Company is a family owned and operated business that has earned a reputation for excellence among the Wisconsin building scene. Founded in 1948, the company has served the Metro Milwaukee area for decades, building long-standing relationships with other industry members. These relationships, and the respect the firm has earned in the region, allows them to offer the highest quality materials and best subcontractors work to their clients, without exorbitant costs. Their homes, most of which range from 3,600 to 8,000 square feet, have a timeless quality and are built to endure for generations. And in addition to their commitment to quality building, Kingfogl is dedicated to delivering an enjoyable experience for their clients, making sure homes are finished on time, on budget, and with all the necessary features for their client’s lifestyle.
Website | 307.733.5165 | 8955 Riverfront Dr. Jackson, WY 83001
Since 1983, KWC has been building high-end custom residential homes in the Jackson area. For over three decades, they have carefully crafted structures of enduring craftsmanship. In addition to creating high-quality homes that reflect their client’s needs and aesthetics, KWC emphasizes collaborative relationships and a positive building experience. Years of experience have allowed them to develop systems for managing construction, increasing productivity, minimizing mistakes, and creating a less stressful environment for their clients. The company has their own staff of carpenters, allowing them to better control the quality of craftsmanship throughout each stage of building. This efficient process carefully balances quality and cost for their clients to ensure that they are comfortable and satisfied.
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