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The cottage is one of the more popular home styles known for its old-world charm. This small home’s origins date back to the medieval times as a residence for a cotter who works for lords and other nobility. With its simple architecture, craftsmanship still takes center stage in this type of home from large stone or brick chimneys to ornate handcrafted woodwork in its entries, windows, and interiors. In the U.S., these homes can be vacation homes near the beach and up in the mountains or cozy family homes in the suburbs. They can also be a mix of vintage and modern elements in terms of style, with many cottages having Craftsman, Tudor, Georgian, or even modern contemporary silhouettes.

This list features 25 of the best builders in the US that can design and build your dream cottage home. These design-build contractors and construction companies have extensive experience in creating these beautiful homes along with accolades and recognition to prove their expertise. We have selected these builders based on a number of criteria including achievements, portfolio, reviews, and press features.


Big Sky Build

87 Lone Peak Dr., Big Sky, MT 59716

One of the top luxury builders of Montana is Big Sky Build. This premier builder is the company behind some of the finest ultra-luxe homes in southwest Montana. Deep collaboration and open communication with each client helps in creating one-of-a-kind homes that are suitable for their environments and perfectly designed and built for the sites on which they sit. Thanks to its high-quality work, the company has been named Builder of the Year by Explore Big Sky for five years in a row. Its opulent homes have also been featured on Dwell and Mountain Living Magazine.

Traditional and contemporary mountain homes fill Big Sky Build’s portfolio. Craftsman cottages, grand lodges, and modern mountain estates. This Beaver Creek home employs cottage elements like wood and stone for a warm and cozy home fit for mountain living.


Bonner Buchanan

269 Lawrence St NE, Marietta, GA 30060

Bonner Buchanan is a visionary when it comes to building homes down in Georgia. The high-end residential home building company is run by Rhett Bonner, a third-generation home builder who learned first-hand from his father and fellow builder, Jerry. He has built some of the most prestigious homes in Atlanta. Alongside him is Wes Buchanan. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Building Construction, he has been with the company for more than 10 years. Rhett and Wes lead the company’s team of skilled building and design professionals in creating elegant homes across Georgia’s neighborhoods.

English Tudor, French, and transitional are the most common works of Bonner Buchanan Custom Homes. Each home constructed by the company is rich in architectural details — elaborate stonework, timeless wood pieces, and beautiful interior layouts. With 40 years of experience, the firm’s traditional building techniques continue to produce these works of art. Featured here is an English cottage home complete with impeccable stone and brickwork on its exterior.


Castle Homes

5214 Maryland Way, Suite 102, Brentwood TN 37027

As a top Nashville based design-build company, Castle Homes is a pioneer in producing impeccable custom homes with a guaranteed price. Using superb attention to detail, green building, and proven craftsmanship, the talented staff includes construction degreed project managers and an experienced interior design staff who create a stunning spectrum of homes throughout the Middle Tennessee area. Its portfolio encompasses a wide range of dream homes, from low-maintenance farmhouses in Leiper’s Fork to historically inspired English Country style homes. 25 years of building excellence has given Castle Homes recognition through accolades and press features in The Wall Street Journal and Southern Living.

In terms of architecture, its homes take on a variety of styles, from classic American colonial and craftsman to Old World European such as English, Tudor, and French. Pictured here is a French Country cottage from Castle Homes. White, gray, and sky blue is prominently displayed throughout the home. Its open floor plan facilitates a good flow of movement inside while massive windows let in plenty of natural light.


Cottage Home

184 S. River Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

Cottage Home has made the most out of Lake Michigan’s serene views by building cottages and lakefront homes fit for any lifestyle. It has mastered the understanding of site selection and home design perfect for living near the water. It has successfully designed and built more than 100 custom homes along the shoreline of southwest Michigan, including 32 LEED-certified homes. For this, the company has earned the LEED Homes Power Builder Award in 2016 from the USGBC.

The company’s founder and lead designer Brian Bosgraaf was raised in a family real estate and home development business. He excelled as a real estate broker and in 2000, he decided to further his career by going into the design-build industry with his own company. He has also volunteered in the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF), building homes for low-income families in the inner city of Grand Rapids.

One of the recent LEED-certified homes of the company is the Oriole Lane Cottage. This exquisite Lake Michigan home was thought through in great detail with elements having a meaning or memory attached to it. The company painstakingly crafted each element, from the Craftsman exterior to the high-end finishes of the interior. Granite and quartz countertops, quarter-sawn white oak floors, and custom-built and finished cabinetry are just some of its notable features. This cottage was given the LEED for Homes Gold Award in 2016.


Davenport Contracting

78 Harvard Ave, Stamford, CT 06902

For over three decades, Davenport Contracting has been building lasting relationships with clients and peers through their stunning high-end homes. The company operates under president and founder, Brian McDonald. He started the company with Rick Koch after they met on a job site in 1983. They foster a collaborative environment that includes the client, architect, interior designer, project manager, and crew, to provide clients with an exceptional home at an agreed-upon budget.

Often undertaking multi-million dollar projects throughout Connecticut and Westchester County, and perhaps a restoration or major renovation in Manhattan for the right client or property, Davenport Contracting typically limits the number of large-scale jobs it takes on at any given time in order to provide the best, personalized service to each client. Its homes have earned awards from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association Of Connecticut and have been featured on the pages on East Coast Home + Design, Connecticut Cottage and Gardens, Veranda, and Elle Decor.

The company’s experience in shingle style homes, English manors, and contemporary homes have made it a favorite builder of discerning clients in Connecticut. Here, it takes the shingle style and fuses it with cottage elements. This charming home is perched on a hilltop overlooking Long Island Sound. Inspired by early twentieth-century beach houses, special features include sky-blue stained shingles, leaded hand-blown glass in windows, and white-painted shutters and window boxes. This project won the prestigious Stanford White Award for Classical Architecture from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.


Francis Bryant Construction

2637 Valleydale Road, Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35244

What began as a one-man operation in 1960 with a carpenter from Birmingham, Alabama framing houses with diligent detail has grown into a premium custom construction company with nearly 600 builds to its credit. Francis Bryant Construction has brought to life stunning custom designs by some of the best architects and interior designers in the world.

Francis Bryant has been in high-end custom job sites since the age of four. A third-generation builder, he was taught by his grandfather, Francis, and father, Steve. He learned the mastery techniques of how to build custom projects for demanding clients, architects, and design professionals. He personally oversees all aspects of the construction process for each project at the company.

One of its brilliant cottage projects is the home of interior designer Jan Cash. Tudor and French elements are combined in its exterior with a warm and inviting interior plays on wood details.


Gander Builders

90 Lawndale Blvd F, Frankfort, IL 60423

Filling the Chicago suburbs with authentic and distinctive custom homes is design-build company Gander Builders. Established by Steve Lecas in 1963, the company has earned a stellar reputation and respect with area tradesmen, village officials, and satisfied customers. It specializes in luxury custom homes that are highly personalized to fit any lifestyle. Aside from architecturally beautiful homes, the company built extraordinary interiors, from indoor theaters and bars to indoor basketball courts. The company builds in Frankfort, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, and the surrounding areas.

Clients praise Gander Builders for being highly collaborative. Its commitment to listening to the client’s needs and suggestions, as well as all ideas proposed by subcontractors, efficiently produces custom homes that are finished on time and on budget. These homes have also been recognized through a feature on This Old House and The Chicago Tribune.


GB Group Construction

10149 Taryne Street, Hayden, ID 83835

GB Group Construction is a Northwest Arkansas premier custom home building company specializing in modern and craftsman style homes. Established in 2009, it has built high-end, architecturally specific, custom-designed homes in collaboration with the best architects and designers in the area. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it is also dedicated to creating green and eco-conscious homes for all its clients.

The company is owned by Jacob Tankersley, who has more than two decades of experience. He has been involved in the management and building of over 150 residential homes. He is a recognized leader in the building industry, serving on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association and as chairman of the HBA Greenbuild Committee.

Modern contemporary homes and Craftsman-style residences fill GB Group’s portfolio. Its completed homes, like this Craftsman cottage in Mission Heights, showcase its craftsmanship. The firm’s works have been featured in Northwest Arkansas Citiscapes Magazine and Y Arkansas Lifestyle Magazine.


GDC Construction

1031 Silverado St., La Jolla, CA 92037

Four generations of the Dewhurst family have run La Jolla-based GDC Construction. They have built some of the area’s finest homes and worked on some of the city’s landmark projects. Today, Pancho Dewhurst continues his family’s legacy of high-quality craftsmanship. He makes his mark on the family business with work influenced by the modernists and his studies in Italy. He also works on historic preservation and restoration projects all over San Diego.

GDC Construction provides top of the line building and design services. Its work is represented both in the traditional and contemporary style on residential and commercial projects throughout San Diego. The company does everything, from traditional hacienda style homes and classic ranch houses to modern cottages and transitional homes. This beach cottage in La Jolla built in place of an old one produced a more modernist look using unique building materials and cutting edge construction techniques. Numerous engineering challenges were overcome by GDC to support the new structure and maximize the property’s extensive view such as erecting a new oceanfront deck. The home’s craftsmanship is also commendable. Two custom doors greet you at the front — a mahogany garage door and a handmade poured-glass door. Huge sliding doors, a custom granite linear fireplace, and a floating staircase made from reclaimed Indonesia teak are just some of the notable features.


Hayward and Company

153 Pease Road. Meredith, NH 03253

Hayward and Company’s beginnings go back to 1971 when Arthur Hayward built traditional log homes around New Hampshire. The skill and craft of Hayward continues as the company remains a go-to contractor for custom traditional timber frame, log, and hybrid post and beam homes and barns. It is also a premier design-build company in the Lakes Region capable of merging traditional and vernacular architecture with the latest building technologies available. Additionally, many of its projects are geared towards sustainability — using solar smart design, energy-efficient lighting and heating, and other green products.

This Highland cottage uses traditional New England vernacular design elements but with a modern twist. It merges rustic structural timbers with clean fresh lines and textures to present a different architectural style. Exposed timbers warm the space against the cool white and gray tones throughout the home. It also features a Control 4 home automation system and a smart HVAC system. This structure was the company’s entry to the 2018 Lakes Region Parade of Homes.


Highmark Builders

8720 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Savage, MN 55378

Minnesota-based Highmark Builders is a custom home builder and remodeler known for its award-winning in-house design and construction work. It has a full-time design and drafting staff and is one of Minnesota’s first custom homebuilders to have such a department. By maintaining one point of reference for the home building process, the company provides a seamless service from start to finish and stays true to the collaboration with its clients. The company has earned awards from the Building Association of the Twin Cities for its custom homes and remodeling projects.

This rustic and modern take on the cottage was built by Highmark Builders on the shores of Prior Lake. Rustic timber headpieces above windows and doors, boulder fireplaces, and a custom iron staircase with full wood treads are just a few of the unique, custom details found throughout the residence. This home was part of the 2019 Parade of Homes.


John McDonald Company

947 Alternate A1A, Suite F, Jupiter, FL 33477

With origins in Atlanta and an established reputation in Florida, John McDonald Company boasts three generations-worth of custom home building expertise. It is a nationally recognized residential construction company, with prestigious accolades to its name: Best in American Living Awards, Aurora Awards, and PRISM Awards, including the coveted Best of Show from the Gold Coast Builders Association. It has also received praise from repeat clients for creating homes of the highest quality craftsmanship.

The company has demonstrated its flexibility in using various styles in its homes. From French country estates and Mediterranean manors to remodeled cottages and beach houses, John McDonald Company is consistent in exceeding client expectations. It has even built specialty projects like a residential airplane hangar.

This traditional island style home borrows elements from a laidback beach cottage for the perfect vacation residence. White and turquoise reflect the seascape while high ceilings keep the home open and breezy. The back of the house opens generously to blur the lines of indoor and outdoor spaces all while giving expansive views of the water. The home has been featured on Architectural Digest, Jupiter, and Florida Design.


Knickerbocker Group

82 Hanover St., Suite 3, Portland, ME 04101

Knickerbocker Group is a top design-builder in Maine known for impeccable craftsmanship and perfect attention to detail. Its client-driven designs are made into reality by architects, interior designers, builders, and woodworkers. With over 40 years of experience and a comprehensive set of construction and design services, it has produced island cottages, farmhouses, shingle-style homes, modern residences, and many more.

The company was established in 1978 as Boothbay Home Builders. CEO and president Stephen Malcolm took this small carpentry company and turned it into a force in the home building industry of Maine. It now has an in-house team of 70 employees and more than one thousand subcontractors and vendors throughout the state. In 2017, the company became an ESOP— 100% employee owned. The success of the firm can be seen in its awards such as AIA Maine awards, and DownEast Magazine’s Best of Maine awards. It is also a favorite of magazines like Maine Home + Design, New England Home, and Decor Maine.

Photo copyright Darren Setlow Photography, LLC.

The company demonstrates its unparalleled craftsmanship on this stone house located on a one-acre island in Maine. The stone cottage rises right up from the rocks that it is built upon. Salvaged and locally sourced stones were employed for its signature rustic character. An earthy palette with a punch of sky blue can be seen throughout the main cottage and the bunkhouse.


Larson Building Company

10346 State Line Road, Leawood, KS

Distinguished architecture and industry-leading energy efficiency — these are the two elements that define homes designed and built by Larson Building Company. This Kansas-based business guarantees clients unique custom homes that have their lifestyles at the forefront of the design process. Also integral to its process is a focus on energy efficiency during each phase. With this brilliant process, the company has produced award-winning homes such as Parade of Homes Pick of the Parade Grand Award winners and a Kansas City Home & Garden Home of the Year.

Craftsman, farmhouse, and cottage homes are some of the popular ones the company has produced. While many prefer these styles, each home is unique to its owner and is fully customized. Featured here is a French cottage-inspired home. Beautiful stone and stucco work grace its exteriors while hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling, and flawless white and gray palette fill the interiors.


Lockhart |Suver

6201 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

As specialists in building challenging architecture and one-of-a-kind designs, Lockhart|Suver has earned the top spot among Washington builders. The firm works with many of the Northwest’s best-known and award-winning architects and has produced well-defined and highly detailed homes. Its team is populated by the best in the business—project managers, experienced superintendents, foremen, carpenters, laborers, and apprentices. Also included in its team is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) and a LEED Accredited Professional. They are led by founder partners Burt Lockhart and Mike Suver who have more than 70 years of combined construction experience.

The firm is known as a dedicated advocate of green building practices. Many of its projects include ground-source heating systems, solar arrays, sustainably harvested wood products (as designated by the USGBC), reclaimed or re-sawed old growth lumber, and green roofing systems. Aside from this, it has also earned recognition for its work such as an AIA Seattle Home of Distinction Award and features on Martha Stewart, Homes & Gardens, Luxe, and Elle Decor.

The company’s homes can be found around the Puget Sound, from Seattle and Mercer Island to Yarrow Point and Medina. It is well-versed in contemporary and traditional styles, with an emphasis on lakeside living. This cottage-inspired home is situated on top of one of Seattle’s famous hills. The intimate home has wood-paneled walls, ceilings, and trim that bring warmth and depth of finish.


McEwan Custom Homes

PO Box 1265, American Fork, UT 84003

McEwan Custom Homes is an award-winning residential construction company based in American Fork. It constructs beautiful luxury properties throughout the Utah Valley, including in Alpine, Draper, Lehi, Orem, and Provo. The company’s projects feature stylish home designs and exquisite high-end details. A member of the Utah Valley HBA and NAHB, the company also has an A+ rating from the BBB.

The company has won numerous People’s Choice Awards from the UVHBA Parade of Homes, and they sustained a five-year streak of wins from 2011 to 2015. McEwan’s gorgeous homes are often over 10,000 square feet and feature magnificent materials and details. One such home is this European cottage style home located in Midway. Designed by JCD Custom Home Design, the home’s exterior highlights a beautiful facade of stone, wood siding, and dormer windows with raised flower beds. With its open floor plan, the home is elegant, comfortable, and highly functional—perfect for family living.


Metzler Home Builders

1172 Penn Grant Road, Lancaster, PA 17602

Over the span of more than five decades, Metzler Home Builders has designed and built hundreds of new homes and has completed countless addition and renovation projects. The company was started in 1953 by Abe Metzler, a carpenter who worked on home and barn remodeling projects for a number of farmers in the area. Along with his son Roy, the pair was the beginning of Metzler Home Builders. Years later, Roy’s son, Dan, would follow in the tradition as well as his son, Jordan. Four generations of Metzlers have taken care of the reputation of crafting quality homes and additions, providing efficient project management and open communication through the life of the project and beyond.

With its expertise, the company has earned more than a hundred awards in the Parade of Homes in the categories of Best of Show, Best Exterior, Best Interior, Best Kitchen, Best Bath, Best Landscaping, and Best Decorated. It is also a top readers’ choice of many local publications, such as Lancaster County Magazine and the Lancaster Newspaper.

Featured here is a cottage family home that has a beautiful craftsman exterior. Designed by the owners themselves, the Metzler collaborated with them and other subcontractors to make this project a success. The house features a bright and open floor plan accented with rustic details such as distressed beams and a stone fireplace. It also has a custom kitchen and a large mud/laundry room.


Old Greenwich Builders

4100 E Mississippi Ave, Glendale, CO 80246

Old Greenwich Builders is one of the top contractors in Colorado, building grand custom homes and large-scale remodels. Its extensive portfolio encompasses modern, contemporary, classical, and vintage styles created using green and eco-friendly techniques. Its partnerships with top architecture firms and a vast network of subcontractors make Old Greenwich Builders fit for any type and size of construction. The company has won various prestigious awards, including Custom and Remodeling Excellence or CAREs from the HBA Metro Denver Chapter, Architects’ Choice Awards from the AIA, and Robert and Judi Newman awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA).

The company is responsible for this charming cottage, which was featured on Timber Home Living.. Designed by TKP Architects, the 450-square-foot cottage seems to be part of the natural landscape with exterior stonework and granite patio seamlessly blending into the granite boulders around it. Other notable features of the home include a natural slate roof, copper flashing, and stone veneer. The Old Greenwich Builders team displayed their construction expertise by overcoming challenges like chiseling out at least four feet of solid rock to sink footings down for the home.


Old World Cottages

532 St. Highway CC Suite #2, Nixa, MO 65714

Timeless architecture infused with European elegance and modern technology—this is what defines the work of premier design-build firm Old World Cottages. It designs and builds homes that have timeless character, functional floor plans, and are within the client’s budget. Its continuous client, designer, and builder relationship and communication throughout the project is consistent as the project evolves from drawings through construction. The company offers the skills, craftsmanship and quality of Amish Construction. English and French cottages, Craftsman homes, and farmhouses are some of the firm’s specialties.

Its charming cottages are named after fairy tale characters and rightfully so. A perfect blend of whimsy and grace, these custom homes look like they come straight from fairy tales. Stone, brick, and wood come together beautifully in these homes. Inside, exposed rafters, country kitchens, and hardwood floors keep the home warm and inviting.

To learn more about the firm and its work, you can visit their websites Old World Cottages and OWC Design Build.


PL Lyons Architectural Builders

11503 Main St., Middletown, KY 40243

PL Lyons Architectural Builders has built a legacy of unique building projects and excellence. The firm was founded by Perry Lyons, a respected builder and leader in the industry, who has more than 40 years of experience. He is a past president of the Greater Louisville BIA and Homebuilders Association of Louisville. He also chairs the code committees for the Home Builders Association of Kentucky. Together with partners Ben Robbins and Adam Gallagher, the company builds and remodels high-end custom homes in Louisville’s coveted neighborhoods such as Douglas Hills, Lake Forest, Fox Run, and Poplar Woods.

The firm’s homes are annual contenders in the area’s Homearama program. From timeless European looks to modern iterations of American architecture, these homes are popular choices for clients who want to put down roots in Louisville. Whether its a Homearama home or a purely custom project, the company exercises the same care, attention, and expertise to bring a client’s dream home to reality. Featured here is a home in Louisville with English cottage elements on its exterior. Its warm palette of stones gives the home a unique curb appeal.


Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD)

157 Route 137, East Harwich, MA 02645

Unbeatable craftsmanship, gorgeous architecture, award-winning reputation — all of these embody Massachusetts-based firm Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD). For more than 20 years, its name has been synonymous with excellence in design and construction on Cape Cod and in coastal southeastern New England. It is an integrated architecture and construction firm of with a single-source approach, ensuring seamless communication among the project team and its clients to produce quality workmanship true to the vision.

The firm has numerous awards to its name—NAHB National Custom Home Builder of the Year Award, named on the New England Design Hall of Fame, one of Ocean Home Magazine’s Top 50 Coastal Architects, consistent ranking on the Best of Boston Home, PRISM Awards, and Chatham Preservation Awards.

The company’s flexibility in working with a broad range of aesthetics and scales is in full display in its portfolio. Country estates, seaside homes, and historic renovations are designed and built with an emphasis on beauty and accommodation. This charismatic waterside cottage looks like an iconic house from a children’s imagination. Broad flat columns, big overhangs, crisp triangular roof shapes, window sizes ranging from extra small to extra large, fat window muntins, and a flaring copper chimney makes this home inviting but bold.


Roundtree Construction

5450 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven, VT 05472

Founded in Vermont in 1973, Roundtree Construction has more than four decades of success in building and renovating homes. It specializes in architect-designed houses, renovations, and additions, as well as historic restoration. It works with industry-leading architects, both local and national, to bring unmatched craftsmanship, unrivaled attention to detail, and unparalleled artistry to fashion and fabricate award-winning structures. To do this, it owns and operates its own full-service cabinet and millwork shop.

From traditional to distinctly contemporary, another core element of Roundtree homes is energy efficiency. As a member of the USGBC, it is committed to the green building movement by constructing homes that are sustainable and efficient. It also works along with Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, LEED for Homes, and Vermont Energy Star Homes.

This cliffside sustainable cottage looks out to stunning views of the lake. It features a gable structure with projecting dormers which create a full-width bungalow-style front porch/entry. The cottage is full of multiple intricate exterior trim details that recall turn-of-the-century design. The company made this home one of the most energy-efficient in the area, with a HERS rating of 53 and an Energy Star 5+ rating from Efficiency Vermont, its highest rating.


Ryan Smith Builders

2105 Morning Glory Circle, Benton, LA 71006

Louisiana-based builder, Ryan Smith Builders, is a premier contractor of custom homes in the Shreveport-Bossier City area. It has a clear grasp of traditional Louisiana styles as well as contemporary ones, often merging the two in its projects. The company is listed in Southern Living Magazine’s top 100 Builders in the South for two years in a row. Being part of this invitation-only program proves this custom builder’s detailed craftsmanship, excellence in customer service, preference for high-quality building materials in their homes.

The company has built classic Louisiana and Creole cottages fit for modern-day living. Its collaboration with high-end residential architecture firm Farmer Payne Architects has resulted in this Louisiana cottage in Benton. Modeled after the timeless work of Louisiana architect A. Hays Town, this home incorporates French, Spanish, and Creole architectural design elements into southern accents. The company used recycled materials such as retired sugar kettles as water gardens and reclaimed brick from one of the famous inventor Eli Whitney’s actual cotton gins.


Stone Ridge Custom Homes

480 5th St., Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Stone Ridge Custom Homes is one of Lake Oswego’s top home builders specializing in luxury custom homes. For 20 years, it has displayed unparalleled quality and craftsmanship. It provides tailor-made designs and a seamless construction process to cater to homeowners who want the finest in old-world to modern living. The company also takes great pride in highlighting and blending the surroundings into the home design and usability to enhance quality of life. The company is recommended by many Oregonians for their professionalism in custom homes and renovations.

From beautiful materials to a careful eye for both form and function, clients praise the Stoneridge team for being on top of the design elements to the smallest details. Perfectly situated near the shore of Lake Oswego, this Old Tudor style cottage is fairytale-like in character. The exterior’s stonework and wood details bring out the old-world architecture while modern amenities inside the cottage make a comfortable home.