A small city bustling with unique shopping and dining experiences, Ladue is a place with a median home value of $842,431. As a city that’s perfect for quaint living, Ladue is home to a range of notable residential architecture styles crafted by well-qualified building professionals.

This list presents just some of the best custom home builders in Ladue. Many of these custom home builders have a wide range of experience. Some have been building beautiful homes for over 50 years; some are new and bringing fresh ideas to the industry. Regardless of their time as custom home builders, these are craftsmen capable of completing unique homes that function perfectly for their clients. These professionals are also members of industry organizations like the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders Association (HBA), others are certified green professionals. Aside from custom home building, all of these firms are composed of professionals who are experienced in various fields in the construction industry, allowing the firms to extend their work to more than just custom home building. 

UIC Homes

1607 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

UIC Homes is a firm focused on design work in the architectural, urban design, real estate development, general contracting, and carpentry fields. With a team of professionals experienced in development, construction, and design, the firm has polished its skills in crafting projects with scales that range from home remodels to large commercial projects. As a company that strives to be a proactive force in community building, UIC homes (Urban Improvement Company) stands true to its name and works on crafting appealing, walkable neighborhoods.

Among its many projects, its most notable might be the VC House in Botanical Heights. A custom home with a large side yard, this three-story residence has a modern style that still fits the aesthetic of adjacent homes that were built 20 years ago while offering up-to-date style. Aside from the spacious yard where the family’s children can play and do other activities, the house also offers a roof terrace. 

R.G. Ross Construction Company

4079 Bayless Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125

Versatile and dextrous, R.G. Ross Construction Company has worked on several construction projects including retail, schools, light industrial, worship spaces, and medical projects in addition to multi-family and high-quality custom homes. With its staff of excellent project managers and estimators, the firm has become one of the most trusted firms when it comes to completing ground-up, turnkey construction.

Among its many projects, its most notable might be the Sinquefield House. A beautiful summer home, it has cherry wood floors and custom cherry cabinet work. Outside, a paved stone courtyard highlights the glass, stone, and redwood wall finishes. Capping it off is a standing seam copper roof and gutter system. Aside from its aesthetic appeal, the house also has special systems including geothermal heating and cooling, an emergency generator system, a three-phase electric service, and an independent water and sewer system. For over 45 years, R.G. Ross Construction Company’s steadfast building approach has helped the firm grow.

DH Custom Homes

2055 Craigshire Rd., Suite #100, Saint Louis, MO 63146

A firm known for crafting affordable, energy-efficient homes, DH Custom Homes has produced a number of remodels and new homes for St. Louis locals. Over the years, the firm has built a reputation that has helped it win over 70 Homer awards, 10 Bravo neighborhoods, several Home of the year awards.

It’s also received national recognition and publication from Professional Builder, The New York Times, CBS, and other media outlets. With this award-winning reputation, the firm has built over 4,00 single-family homes and villas in 50 new home communities and 60 beautiful custom homes that cost as much as $2 million. Aside from design/build services, DH Custom Homes also offers a variety of home plans for clients to choose from.

Compass Design Build LLC

Wildwood, MO 63040

Compass Design Build is a firm that specializes in a plethora of projects—from small renovations and large additions to the design and construction of luxury homes. Aside from providing Universal Design, the firm is also famous for being a choice builder of the Gary Sinise Foundation—a public charity for war veterans and first responders. Collaborating with the foundation, the firm built several specially adapted smart homes for severely injured officers and veterans who were injured in the line of duty.

One of these homes is the SGT Strickland residence. An elegant, luxurious ranch-style residence designed for a war veteran who underwent surgery for bi-lateral above-knee amputations, it is a universally designed smart home that includes an open floor plan of wider hallways and doorways, zero-entry thresholds, a roll-in shower, and a complete home automation system amongst many other custom features.

NJL Custom Homes

556 Leffingwell Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63122

NJL Custom Homes is a firm with seven full-time professionals. With these experts on staff, the firm was able to build a reputation for completing unique homes that are a result of these experts’ streamlined collaboration. So far, the firm has completed new construction projects, additions and remodels, and commercial build-outs.

The home in Meadowbrook Country Club in particular is one of its most notable projects. A traditional style home, its most notable feature is the strip of stone wall siding—a contrast that balances the modern, monochromatic color palette and ties in the warmth brought on by the house’s surroundings.

These projects have earned the firm features from publications like St. Louis Magazine, In Abode, and Ladue News. Currently, the firm is guided by principal Nick Liuzza who worked for Missouri’s largest homebuilder for 10 years. During that time, Liuzza polished his skills in construction management, customer service, plan design, sales, marketing, estimating, and purchasing.

Stockell Homes

201 Beverly, Suite A, Eureka, MO 63025

A firm with over 30 years of experience in the field, Stockell Homes has a streamlined project management system that has helped it gain the reputation of an award-winning, certified custom home builder. Specializing in building luxury homes, renovations, and green building, Stockell Homes has a vast portfolio of residential and commercial projects that highlights its high-quality team. Among its many projects, its most notable might be the modern homes that exhibit strong architectural designs and flexible, highly functional interior spaces. Inspired by various designs including the modern farmhouse and Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, these homes most highlight modern best building practices including energy saving. Over the years, these projects have earned the firm eyes in publications like St.Louis Homes & Lifestyles. The firm has brought home the hardware in the form of HBA’s awards, including Remodeling Project of The Year, Remodeling Design of the Year, and Outdoor living space of the Year. 

Benchmark Custom Home Builders Inc.

13281 Spindle Lane, St. Louis, MO 63122

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Benchmark Custom Home Builders Inc. has worked with some of the best communities in the area. After being personally involved in the completion of many homes, the firm has acquired in-depth knowledge and understanding about many different products and procedures. From selecting the project’s new site all the way to home inspection, the team is known to stick with its clients and give them the kind of knowledgeable decisions and guidance that comes with the firm’s one-year warranty.

With that kind of expertise, the firm has completed over 100 homes that carry a wide range of styles in the traditional, Craftsman, and transitional styles. Its collection of well-built homes has earned the firm several awards including nine of the HBA’s Homer Awards, two of the HBA’s Peopleé Choice Awards, and St. Louis Homes Magazine’s Gold award. 

Johnson Development Company 

12825 Flushing Meadows Dr. Suite #210, St. Louis, MO 63131

Johnson Development Company has been in the industry since 1970. Over the years, the firm has completed high-end custom homes for clients living in some of the most extravagant neighborhoods of metro St. Louis. The different home styles it is experienced with include crafting Tudor, French, Georgian, and traditional homes.

So far, its work has been featured in publications like Cincinnati and St. Louis’ Sophisticated Living and Design STL Architect and Design Awards. With its own private finish carpentry crew and years of experience, the firm is able to complete homes that are unique and well-crafted.  

Hibbs Homes

13990 Olive Blvd. Suite #202, Chesterfield, MO 63017

An award-winning luxury home builder, Hibbs Homes is a 17-year old firm recognized by publications like the 2020 Builder Online and the St. Louis Dispatch. With this recognition, the firm has gained a reputation for being one of the most respected home builders in the St. Louis region and has built over 100 homes showcasing various styles including the modern, ranch, traditional, Craftsman, and Tudor styles. Regardless of the project type, Hibbs Homes builds homes that use the latest energy-efficient technology and techniques.

The firm also sticks with its client from design all the way to construction—even to post-construction where the firm offers a one-year warranty that includes work and products from its tradespeople and vendors. With such great building practices and such a consistent work ethic, it’s no surprise that the firm has been recognized with awards like Build Magazine’s 2019 award for Best Energy Efficient Home Builder in Missouri, the 2020 Custom Home of the Year Award, and the 2016 Best Business of Saint Louis Award in the Contractors category from the Best Businesses of Saint Louis Award Program.

R.E.A. Homes, LLC

2401 Centerline Industrial Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63043

A 14-year-old firm, R.E.A. Homes is staffed by some of the most experienced craftsmen, trade partners, and suppliers. With help from these experts, the firm has built several high-end luxury homes for highly-sought areas like Ladue, Frontenac, Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, Town & Country, and Clayton. These projects carry a wide range of styles from the modern and traditional to French country and French eclectic.

Over time, these luxury homes have helped the firm gain recognition from publications like St. Louis Homes + Lifestyles and the firm was even featured on a podcast about luxury building in 2020. R.E.A. Homes currently builds about three to five homes per year and is known for not only providing aesthetically pleasing homes but just as importantly, homes that are healthier, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient. R.E.A. Homes calls them “High-Performance Luxury Homes”, and can be viewed on their website at www.reahomesllc.com