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Situated just a few miles from northeast Seattle, Redmond is a city in King County known for its picturesque scenery. The community takes great pride in being consistently recognized as one of the best places to live in Washington. The city provides residents with great restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. A large portion of the area’s population is made up of families and young professionals.
In recent years, Redmond has transformed, becoming a technology hub with large tech giants such as Microsoft and Nintendo Software Technology operating out of Redmond. Our editorial team decided to showcase 15 of the best custom home builders in the area. They were chosen based not only on merit but also on their various backgrounds, experiences, and unique skills.
Lochwood-Lozier Custom Construction LLC
8708 152nd Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98052
With over three decades of experience in the industry, Lochwood-Lozier Custom Homes specializes in building custom homes, remodeling, and design. The firm is also well-known for its sophisticated landscaping and has its own division dedicated to offering complete design, installation, and maintenance solutions. Lochwood-Lozier offers a hands-on approach with an emphasis on working with clients throughout the entire process. Additionally, the company has a team of talented painters, framers, landscapers, and laborers who own much of their own equipment. This system keeps as much of the project in-house as possible and maintains a single point of contact and accountability throughout the design and build experience.
Lochwood-Lozier stays engaged with its community through involvement in local charities, auctions, and non-profit organizations. It is affiliated with a variety of industry associations including Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, BuiltGreen, and Building Industry Association of Washington. The firm is the proud recipient of many awards from Seattle’s annual Street of Dreams. Lochwood-Lozier’s work has also been featured in several publications, including 425 Magazine, Bellevue Lifestyle, and Luxe Magazine.
The beautiful homes of Lochwood-Lozier are often recognizable by their transom windows, low-pitched roofs, and generous overhangs. The companý architectural design team primarily draws inspiration from renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and his influence can be seen in many of its projects. The team takes great pride in being able to harmoniously design and build a home that will complement both the lifestyle and sense of style that every client envisions.
Johnson Custom Builders
16541 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052
Operating out of its office in Redmond, Johnson Custom Builders deploys design and function to reflect its clients’ lifestyles and needs. The firm has been in business for the greater part of two decades and specializes in both custom residential builds and remodels. It services the entirety of the greater Eastside and the surrounding Seattle areas and typically customizes its processes for each of its projects. The firm achieves this level of specificity by working collaboratively with homeowners. The company is also respected for its accurate estimates, which allow it to avoid exceeding the agreed-upon budget. And the firm has secured solid relationships with some of the area’s best subcontractors and architects, relationships that always result in excellent work.
The firm specializes in everything, from small-scale designs to larger work such as ground-up construction projects. The home pictured here best embodies Johnson’s work. It features wood-paneled exteriors, exposed beams, and large windows to bring in a large amount of ambient light. The firm also incorporated angular roofs.
Armada Design & Build Inc.
12727 Northup Way #6, Bellevue, WA 98005
Armada Design & Build Inc. is a full-service residential construction company that has secured an outstanding reputation for itself throughout its years in business. The firm specializes in kitchen and bathroom renovations, new construction, and home additions. Some of the firm’s best projects can be seen spread across Bellevue and Greater Seattle, with its team assisting throughout the entire process. The firm was established in 2011 and offers interested clients free consultation services. The firm has been noted for its expertise in modern work, as well as its great granite countertops, cabinets, flooring, and custom finishes. The firm also has its own showroom where it displays its own products but also various other lines through partnerships with a number of impressive brands. That showroom allows the firm to keep the entire process in-house: homeowners do not have the stress of looking for additional subcontractors.
The firm has been featured in publications like Portrait Magazine and is also the proud recipient of numerous awards. Those awards include distinctions from the Master Builders Association. The project above is an excellent embodiment of the company’s work. It features a contemporary theme, with its exteriors a blend of stucco and wood.
12025 Willows Rd., Redmond, WA 98052
Meydenbauer Group offers a full range of residential services. It specializes in development and construction work and also provides great investment and brokerage work. The firm offers its clients over a hundred years of experience in the industry and showcases expertise in a broad range of designs. The firm often employs modern architecture, large glass windows, and various other contemporary touches. The firm has provided numerous craftsman designs, often making use of exposed beams, wood-paneled exteriors, unique fixtures, and inviting color palettes.
Completed in Woodinville, the project showcased here presents an excellent example of a mid-century modern design. It spans 4,133 square feet and features flat roofs, floor-to-ceiling windows, and various wood touches. Inside, you’ll find four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a home office, a customized den, and a mudroom. Meydenbauer also employed an open floor plan and custom wallpaper accenting the walls in a way that makes the space feel spacious.
Gregerson Custom Homes, Inc.
21627 NE 133rd St., Woodinville, WA 98077
Gregerson Custom Homes has been in business since 1981 and has provided work in Bellevue, Mercer Island, and many of the communities in the greater Seattle area. The firm specializes in high-end custom homes, which often feature detailed millwork packages, excellent interior painting, and various other custom finishes. Aside from its custom homes, the company has also worked on numerous extensive remodels and home additions. The firm has also taken on multiple complex and challenging specialty spaces like wine rooms and unique outdoor living spaces. The company integrates the architectural design process with its interior design work, which has resulted in timeless and outstanding work. The project below is a prime example of the firm’s expertise.
Completed in 2016, this home features a classic craftsman style. It sits on a half-acre lot and showcases an open-concept floor plan. The firm’s team worked on a large private covered deck, vaulted ceilings, and custom cherry cabinets. The luxurious master suite has its own double-sided fireplace, a large ensuite bathroom, and a walk-in closet.
Bender Custom Construction
1800 112th Ave. NE, Suite 210W Bellevue, WA 98004
Operating out of its office in Bellevue, Bender Custom Construction specializes in custom home building and remodeling and draws inspiration from over four decades of industry experience. The firm’s work has had the honor of being featured in publications like Dreamhomes Pacific NW, Green Building & Design, Seattle Homes, and LUXE Homes Magazine. It extends its services throughout Kirkland, Bellevue, and the greater Seattle area. Since its inception, the firm worked on over 360 high-end homes. The firm’s talented team has secured a solid reputation for itself as well. It typically takes on eight to ten projects at a time and can handle any project regardless of size. The Bender portfolio showcases numerous homes ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 square feet and those homes come in various architectural styles.
The project above was completed in collaboration with Chesmore Buck Architecture. It was completed in Kirkland and sits on a sloping site along Lake Washington and provides its homeowners with sweeping views of the gorgeous scenery. The includes clear cedar siding, Cor-ten and blackened steel, and Montana drystack stone.
14250 NE 21st St., Bellevue, WA 98007
Extending its services throughout the Greater Eastside of Washington, Urban Restoration specializes in residential home building and remodels. The firm has also taken on commercial work and is led by its principal Reg Willing, who personally oversees each and every project. Under his leadership, the company has worked on numerous one-of-a-kind custom homes. Some of its best projects can be found in the neighborhoods of Bellevue, Beaux Arts, Clyde Hill, Medina, Mercer Island, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, and Sammamish. The firm assists its clients throughout the entire process. That process encompasses comprehensive and accurate budget plans, choosing the right team for each project, and always using the latest and best industry techniques. Some of the firm’s best homes have been featured in publications like Luxe Interiors + Design, which has also honored the company with including it on its annual “Gold List.”
The photo above depicts one of Urban Restoration’s best projects. The firm’s capacity to produce beautiful contemporary architecture is evident in the wood-paneled finishes and large glass windows. The firm also incorporated various decks and outdoor living spaces and installed high ceilings.
705 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, WA 98033
Eakman Construction takes a highly hands-on approach to its projects and has mastered the art of carefully fusing clients’ visions with their lifestyles and needs. The firm specializes in custom home building and remodeling and understands the challenges that arise with both. The firm is there to assist with everything, from start to finish. The firm begins with an initial consultation and walks clients through all that needs to be done. The Eakman team will work hand-in-hand with your preferred architect, as well as your chosen interior design team. The firm maintains affiliations with various important industry organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Passive House Institute. These important industry affiliations allow the firm to stay up-to-date with the latest industry techniques, practices, and popular designs.
The firm has had its work featured in publications like Remodeling Magazine— that publication has recognized Eakman on countless occasions as one of the country’s leading companies. The project below is an excellent example of the firm’s expertise. This home showcases a modern take on the classic farmhouse style. It uses clean, large windows, barn-like exteriors, and various distinctive fixtures.
Uniplex Construction LLC
14737 NE 87th St., Redmond, WA 98052
Uniplex is an award-winning firm that specializes in residential work and commercial tenant improvement projects. The firm has worked on numerous outstanding homes and spaces throughout the Puget Sound Region. Manned by a talented team of professionals, the firm is capable of taking on homes regardless of size or scale. The firm commits itself to the highest standards and uses only the best industry techniques. At the firm’s helm is Joe Schwab, the firm’s principal architect. Through his vision, the firm has become a trailblazer on the scene. The firm has been named one of the top 25 fastest-growing companies in the state. Uniplex also maintains affiliations with organizations like the Master Builders Association and is the recipient of a multitude of awards.
For the project above, the company opted for transitional themes. It installed unique tile backsplashes, wood-paneled flooring and finishes, and granite countertops. It also provided the custom cabinetry.
GIS International Group
2737 152nd Ave. NE Building 5, Redmond, WA 98052
Well-known for its stellar services, GIS International Group specializes in the construction, development, and design of luxury custom homes and communities. The firm is an expert on every facet of the real estate development and construction process and has worked on numerous single-family and multi-unit projects. Its portfolio depicts an extensive range of homes completed in challenging sites like steep slopes and wetlands. Now on its third generation of builders, the company has also been recognized for infusing various sustainability practices into its work, assuring homeowners of the high efficiency of its projects.
GIS International Group finished construction on a custom-built single-family home on Grand Ridge Drive, just a stone’s throw from the celebrated Issaquah Highlands neighborhood. The 10,000-square-foot luxury home—offering convenient access to I-90 and a host of urban amenities, yet immersed in nature near Squak Mountain State Park and Tiger Mountain State Forest—is a modern-day mansion that’s part of one of the most elite private communities in the region.
The home features an eight-car garage perfect for collectors or auto enthusiasts, a custom-built entry fountain, a serene private garden, and a state-of-the-art entertainment and security system. It also has five bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms to meet the needs of every discerning homeowner. The villa, designed by renowned residential architect Scott Hommas of Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl, was developed and custom-built by GIS’s expert team.
1524 Market St. Suite #200, Kirkland, WA 98033
Bromik takes great pride in the great relationships it has built with clients and subcontractors. The firm emphasizes the importance of open communication throughout the entire process and is respected for its stellar techniques and innovative methods. The company’s vision stems from the 15-year working relationship of its partners Kirby Owens and Mike Benes. Under their leadership, Bromik has become a leading firm in terms of design, planning, and preconstruction work. The firm assists its clients with everything including lot selection, accurate estimates, feasibility studies, and development. The Bromik portfolio demonstrates a penchant for modern takes on classic architectural styles.
Located in Kirkland, the home our editorial team fell in love with spans 4,800 square feet and features a contemporary farmhouse theme. It sits in a quaint and quiet neighborhood and welcomes its homeowners with a small main entrance on one side. The firm provided several meticulously finished gathering spaces, a light-filled basement, and multiple smart home features.
Hamish Anderson Custom Homes
11250 Kirkland Way Suite #104, Kirkland, WA 98033
Hamish Anderson provides clients with a full and comprehensive range of custom home building services. The firm has also worked on several extensive home remodels and, from time to time, takes on spec homes and land development projects. The firm works with its clients every step of the way and has worked in some of the best locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Snohomish, even as far as Cle Elum. Upon completion, the firm’s team conducts a final walkthrough to identify any problems. It also provides homeowners a one-year warranty for both their new homes and all other fixtures, appliances, and materials. The firm is well known for its accurate estimates and scheduling, assuring clients that it never exceeds the agreed-upon budget and always finishes on time.
The project below is a modern lodge. It features wood-paneled exteriors and unique fixtures. The firm also opted for low-pitched roofs and a recurring theme of straight lines. The firm also installed floor-to-ceiling windows to frame breathtaking views of the nearby area.
Design Guild Homes
10001 NE 8th St. Suite #201, Bellevue, WA 98004
Founded in 1976, Design Guild Homes specializes in custom home construction, large-scale remodels, and home additions. It is experienced in every aspect of the process and is highly regarded for its superb architectural design and meticulous methods. It works throughout Mercer Island as well as Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Woodinville, Newcastle, and Seattle. The firm maintains associations with organizations like Build It Green and has had the opportunity to be featured in publications like Luxe Interiors + Design, which has also distinguished the firm in its annual Residential Excellence in Design Awards. The firm is now on its second generation of builders and led by brothers Joel, Steve, and Tom Glass. The three grew up immersed in the business and influenced by their father and firm’s founder George Glass’ vision and skills. Together, they have built long-standing partnerships with carefully selected vendors and assisted clients throughout the entire process.
The selected project above features a timeless Cape Cod theme. For this home, the firm opted for clean, paneled exteriors. It coupled these with exposed beams and various excellent custom finishes. Additionally, the firm provided a couple of dormer windows and added touches of stone masonry.
1320 Market St., Kirkland, WA 98033
RD Homes assists its clients throughout the entire process and is also well-known for its excellent sustainability efforts. All of its projects are completed in adherence to the standards set out by Built Green, with which it also maintains affiliations. The firm also emphasizes the importance of taking into consideration a project’s site and that has resulted in environmentally sound and sensitive homes. The firm is led by principal Ryan Deason, a professional who has been practicing since 2002. He has worked on various project types aside from single-family homes: everything from large-scale renovations to multi-family developments.
The contemporary project pictured here is situated on a slope, which made construction a little more challenging. The company incorporated both wood, concrete, and tiles for its exteriors. It also installed several unique fixtures and large windows to emphasize the lines of the project.
Damskov Construction, LLC
1940 124th Ave. NE Suite A107, Bellevue, WA 98005
Damskov Construction is an innovative, custom home builder and whole house remodeler serving the Greater Puget Sound area. It is known for superior quality construction, efficient project management, and a collaborative approach to building. Since its inception in 2012, it has built architecturally elegant custom homes and whole house remodels working collaboratively with homeowners, independent architects, and designers alike—the results of which translate into a higher level of knowledge, skill, and attention-to-detail on every project.
Damskov embraces technology to stay in regular contact with its clients throughout its home construction projects—a method that helps both staff and project owners to work well together. The firm’s proficiency in construction management transforms a homeowner’s basic needs, routines, budget, and timeline into a reliable system of accountability. The same process has helped the company earn commendations from delighted clients, highlighting its responsiveness, ability to deliver projects on time, and being refreshingly easy to work with. These testimonials also emphasize the firm’s profound understanding of the clients’ vision and its ability to complete projects without exceeding the financial expectations of the build.