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The Best Craftsman Home Builders in the US

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Craftsman architecture is a style that inherently emphasizes nature and craftsmanship, which developed in reaction to the Industrial Era. Over a century has passed since its conception and the style is still the most popular today in the U.S. Craftsman homes are characterized by horizontal lines, with low-pitched gable (triangular) roofs that extend far out past the home’s exterior walls, often with exposed beams or rafters. Like its name, Craftsman homes showcase hand-worked local materials with decorative elements such as brackets, lintels, and rafters.

This list presents the top custom builders capable of building in this beloved style. With one contractor each state, they have been selected based on their achievements, accolades, portfolio, reviews, and press features. They build in various Craftsman styles, from the traditional English Arts and Crafts to more contemporary silhouettes that display a more modern blend (often featuring ranch and farmhouse elements).

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.

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Cotton Construction

4001 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL, 35222

Trey Goldstein left a career in commercial development to focus on more personal and meaningful projects in the residential construction industry. He started Cotton Construction in 2006, using his construction knowledge to provide excellent custom luxury residences in the Birmingham area. His education from the commercial front proved to be effective in streamlining the homebuilding process. As a result, his company is more efficient on-site with homes delivered on time and on budget.

The company has built amazing residential properties in various styles and forms. It is adept in classic European styles as well as their modern iterations. In its portfolio, one can see a couple of well designed and constructed craftsman homes. One such home is this lakeside retreat on Smith Lake. Built in the summer of 2015, the home has gained national attention and even won the HGTV Lakeside Retreat Contest. The project is a collaboration between the architect, designer, owner, and contractor. It features custom stonework, an outdoor kitchen, reclaimed wood beams, and custom cabinetry.


Michelsohn and Daughter

3410 Balchen Dr., Anchorage, AK 99517

Having built homes in Anchorage for more than 40 years, Michelsohn and Daughter has proven to be one of Alaska’s best. Founded by Paul Michelsohn and now run by his daughter Karen, family is the foundation of the firm’s success. The company treats its team and its clients with the same warmth and respect, building not only dream homes but also lasting relationships.

Karen possesses impressive designations such as a Certified Residential Designer and a Fellow of the American Institute of Building Design. She is also the current president of the AIBD. Her experience spans more than 30 years and has dedicated them to designing spectacular homes for Alaskans. Under her leadership, Michelsohn and Daughter won Builder of the Year in 2016.

The company specializes in custom homes and remodels. From narrow lot houses to expansive estates, it constantly rises to every challenge and comes up with innovative design and construction solutions. Many of the company’s homes have natural wood and stone details. These reflect the closeness to nature that is Alaskan living. This transitional house features a Craftsman-inspired exterior.


Sonora West Development

8937 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

For more than 15 years, Sonora West Development has built hundreds of luxury custom homes in the very best communities in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. These homes are often valued between $1M and $7.5M. From selecting an architect and exterior detailing, to interior selection and even financing, the firm aims to provide all services to make the home building process as seamless as possible. By sticking with this tried-and-true method, the company has gained the trust of discerning Arizonians.

The company’s founder, Scott Pfeiffer, started working in the construction industry early in life. He worked as a carpenter throughout college and received a position at a local tract home builder after graduating. He gained invaluable experience as he worked his way up and eventually went on his own. He and the company have been featured in Modern Home Builder and Scottsdale Lifestyle.

While the company often creates signature Mediterranean-style homes in lighter tones around Arizona, it is also capable of working with other home styles. From cutting edge contemporary-styled homes in some of its recent residential developments to charming craftsman homes and coastal-inspired abodes, Sonora West exceeds expectations every time.


Celtic Custom Homes

3075 N Market Suite 1, Fayetteville, AR 72703

Since 1994, Celtic Custom Homes has been building dream homes in Northwest Arkansas. It has constructed everything from lake houses to castles in the area’s premier subdivisions and neighborhoods. Residents of Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers, and Springdale have turned to the company for its expert team of craftsmen and its award-winning work.

The company has earned recognition for its homes, such as awards from the Parade of Homes and Best of Citiscapes Magazine lists. It has also been featured in Builder/Architect, At Home in Arkansas, Vertical Magazine, Building Arkansas, and even the Wall Street Journal.

The company has become known for its Old-World, French Country, and Tuscan style homes. This 6,700-square-foot three-level shingle-style home employs craftsman details in its exterior. The home backs up to a private golf course and includes a theater room, craft room, two laundry rooms, a man cave, and outdoor kitchen and swimming pool. The Castle Homes interior design team took the lead in designing this home. It was Celtic’s 2018 Parade of Homes entry.


Latala Homes

1999 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 700, Campbell, CA 95008

Latala Homes is a family-owned construction company specializing in residential home building. This Campbell-based business has over 30 years of industry experience and builds custom homes across Northern California. From the smallest remodels to multi-home developments, it has the experience to deliver exceptional homes with intense attention to detail and the utmost commitment to customer satisfaction.

While many California builders focus on the common ranch and mid-century modern homes, Latala Homes creates beautiful craftsman, farmhouse, and transitional homes. The company built this craftsman shingle-style cross in Los Gatos. The four-bedroom home features gorgeous architectural details like craftsman eave brackets and rich shingles. Natural elements like stone and wood are prominent outside as well as in the interiors.


Larsen Development Company

1361 S Broadway, Suite 102, Denver, CO 80210

Larsen Development Company is a premier luxury design-build firm headquartered in Denver. This award-winning custom home builder has created hundreds of beautiful homes across Colorado, from contemporary masterpieces to cozy lodges and cabins. It has an impressive list of accolades that include multiple custom home building awards from the NAHB and numerous MAME awards from the HBA of Denver. In 2014, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles recognized one of the firm’s homes as the Custom Home of the Year.

Larry Larsen started the company 18 years ago. He is a builder with a degree in architecture from Kansas State University. He once worked for the U.S. Navy Corp of Engineers, where he oversaw the construction of hundreds of homes all over the world. With all this experience, Larsen established Larsen Development in 2003 and set a goal to build 12 custom homes a year, with a focus on affluent, infill neighborhoods in the Metro Denver area, such as Washington Park. As of 2017, the company has been led by Jeff Englund, with Larry Larsen now serving as the initial concepts designer.

One such home Larsen Development created in Washington Park is this gorgeous craftsman home, where Jeff served as the project manager. With its beautiful wood and stone details on its exterior and interior, it effectively impresses on every angle. The company is well-versed in the craftsman style along with other styles like farmhouse, cabins, and modern contemporary.


The Ram Group

10 Glenville St., 3rd Floor, Greenwich, CT 068631

The Ram Group is a Greenwich-based company that offers design-build services for residential construction. Established by Andrew Moore in 1989, the company has gained a solid reputation among clients and peers alike for their quality craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail, and a commitment to using only the finest and most durable materials in their homes. As general contractors and architects under one roof, its team of professionals can take any project from inspiration to completion with a single point of contact.​

The firm is excellent in designing and building homes in the craftsman-style. From the layout to subtle architectural details, it strongly delivers. Clients also get the added benefit of having custom millwork made by the company itself. The Ram Group operates a 4000-square-foot millwork shop staffed with European craftsmen who have been formally trained as cabinetmakers and finishers. Since it designs and builds all of its millwork, its projects possess uniqueness and quality that are unparalleled.


Bay to Beach Builders

414 East Market St., Greenwood, DE 19950

Impeccable Amish woodwork and old-world craftsmanship define Bay to Beach Builders custom homes. This custom and spec home builder has completed more than 500 new homes in Delaware and Eastern Shore Maryland. While its traditional methods set it apart from many home builders in the area, many homeowners also choose the firm for its capability to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainability in its projects. For its superb work and outstanding customer service, readers of Metropolitan Magazine have voted the firm the Best Home Builder in Southern Delaware for six years running.

Many of the company’s homes come in farmhouse, colonial, and craftsman styles. It has a portfolio of pre-designed floor plans that clients can choose from. Homeowners can also custom design their new home with one of the company’s design experts who will listen and create a home that will fit their personalized needs.


Shawn Starr Custom Homes

4330 Springmoor Dr. E, Jacksonville, FL 32225

North Florida clients have been hiring Shawn Custom Homes to create their dream homes in the Sunshine State since 2009. The company’s customer-centric approach and unique designs have earned the respect of both homeowners and industry colleagues. The company has consistently topped journal rankings and lists like Jacksonville Business Journal’s annual Upscale Home Builders list and has earned awards for its homes, including Jacksonville Magazine’s Home of The Year.

A Jacksonville native, Shawn Starr has been a state-certified building contractor since 2007. Prior to establishing the company, he served as a contractor for one of the nation’s leading production homebuilders. He caught the custom home building bug when he built his family’s home. Since then, he has focused on design-driven residential construction for his community and beyond.

Many of the company’s home designs take on farmhouse and craftsman elements. Pictured here is the Ortega craftsman. The four-bedroom home features a large lanai and plenty of backyard space. Inside, a large open great room with a fireplace serves as a focal point. Custom built-ins, a large kitchen island, and handcrafted details finish the home.


Chathambilt Homes

5780 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta GA 30005

In 1948, soon after serving in World War II, Howard Chatham returned to Georgia and built his first home. A neighbor, impressed with the build, asked Chatham to construct one for him. Chatham ended up selling his home to the neighbor and promptly built a second for himself. More than 70 years later, the business is still run by Chatham’s family down to the third generation. It is the most awarded residential contractor in northern Atlanta. Chatham has built more than 5,500 luxury estates in metropolitan Atlanta.

In 1971, Howard’s son, David, took over as president and CEO of Chatham Holdings Corporation, which includes development, realty, and asset management firms. David is a lifetime board member of the NAHB and a member of GAHBA. He is a former president of the Atlanta Home Building Association (AHBA). In 1998, David received the GAHBA’s most prestigious honor: the Lewis Cenker Award for significant contributions to Georgia’s building industry. He serves on the board of directors for the Southern Living Builder Program (SLBP) and CoreLogic, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company is now in its third generation led by David’s sons: Gabe, Myles, and Lance Chatham. Gabe is currently serving as the president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

The company itself is also a multi-awarded entity. Its list of accolades includes five Southern Living Cornerstone Awards, three Atlanta family business awards in addition to hundreds of other titles. It is also a Southern Living Custom Builder and part of a network of some of the finest custom home builders in the South. Featured here is a true craftsman residence with its superior architectural design elements. Inlaid wood flooring, coffered ceilings, and custom millwork abound in the interiors.


Mokulua High Performance Builder

1156 Luna‘apono Place, Kailua, HI 96734

High-performance homes are the bread and butter of Mokulua High Performance Builder. Its homes are determined by intimate designs that reflect the Hawaiian way of life, sustainability, and energy efficiency. Its healthy homes take on the form of traditional Hawaiian plantation houses, craftsman and ranch homes, and contemporary residences. Many of Mokulua’s homes are LEED and Energy Star Certified. To make such forward-thinking homes, the company continuously updates itself with the latest trends in sustainability by being part of leading organizations such as the US Green Building Council and the NAHB.

One such home the company has built excellently is this Kailua craftsman home. The beach retreat is a mix of contemporary Hawaiian and craftsman styles. Highly durable materials were used because of the home’s proximity to the ocean. An Energy Star certified aluminum shake roof sits on top of the two-story family home. The house is also LEED Gold-certified.


Orren Pickell Building Group

444 Skokie Blvd., Suite 200, Wilmette, IL 60091

Nearly 50 years of luxury home building has honed the Orren Pickell Building Group in addressing the needs of homeowners in the Chicagoland area, Southern Wisconsin and Harbor Country Michigan. The family-owned and operated company thoughtfully designs and builds each high-end custom home to suit each homeowner’s unique preferences and lifestyle. Established in 1975, the business traces its roots back to Orren Pickell’s modest house-painting business, opened to help pay for college. Over 45 years later, Pickell’s humble enterprise has grown into an award-winning family-run building group with an extensive portfolio in custom building and remodeling.

The firm has received over 350 awards, including the Best Custom Builder award from Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, multiple Key Awards from the HBA of Greater Chicago, and the prestigious Best in American Living Award from NAHB. The firm’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Luxe, K+BB, and HGTV.

The company is highly proficient in architecturally driven homes, with intricate elements and unique features. One home that embodies its expertise is this country club craftsman home. Front entry gable details with rustic arched beams and iron brackets warmly welcomes you into this masterpiece. Shed dormers, square columns on stone piers, and natural cedar shake and timber all come together to make this house a one-of-a-kind home. To know more about Orren Pickell Building Group, visit their website here.


G&G Custom Homes

15530 Shining Spring Dr., Westfield, IN 46074

G&G Custom Homes differentiates itself from other home builders in Indiana by focusing on the client and following through with every request and building not only the home but also the best construction experience. The company works on only a limited number of homes to build each year. Because of this, it develops a close working relationship with each family and works directly with them from start to finish.

The company was founded by Joe Garcia, an experienced home builder with an engineering background. When he built his own home after working in industrial engineering, he discovered his passion for creating exquisite homes for his community. He holds the following designations through the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB); Graduate Master Builder (GMB), Master Certified Green Professional (MCGP), Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), and Certified Green Professional (CGP). Additionally, Joe is one of a handful of select builders in central Indiana to receive the GMB designation.

The company managed to create this classic yet unique craftsman home in Westfield. It is fitted with luxurious amenities such as a large entertaining space, complete with a theater, a game room, and a luxury bar. With its beautiful elements and finishes, the home won a People’s Choice Award in the 2016 Home-a-Rama.


Homes by DePhillips

1111 S 45th Ct., West Des Moines, IA 50265

High-end custom home builder, Home by DePhilips, has built more than 500 executive homes in the Des Moines metro area. Founded by Michael J. DePhilips in 1973, the firm has built not only luxury homes but also long-lasting client relationships. Michael is joined by his son Kevin in leading the company and its team of designers and builders. A truly custom home builder, it specializes in unique and personal homes. The company also does remodeling projects from kitchen and bath renovations to whole-home remodels and additions.

Its portfolio displays transitional homes that marry modern building technology with traditional silhouettes and materials. Its flexibility and adaptability in changing styles can be seen in its craftsman, ranch, and farmhouse residences built to stand a lifetime. Reviews from clients praise the company’s homes as well as its professional and friendly team.


J.S. Robinson Fine Homes

8325-D Monticello Rd., Shawnee Mission, KS 66227

For over 30 years, Kansas City has seen the beautiful homes produced by local builder J.S. Robinson Fine Homes. A full-service builder, the firm carries out all phases of construction from planning and design to construction and interior decorating. The company has amassed an extensive portfolio, having built ranches and villas to two-story residences and estate homes. Each one is meticulously crafted and assembled with the finest details from built-in crown moldings and well-trimmed countertops to staircases and doorways.

The company has annually dominated the local Parade of Homes event of the HBA where it displays its skilled craftsmanship of its clients’ dream homes. Along with other custom homes the company has done, these can be spotted in various neighborhoods in Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Shawnee, Prairie Village, Leawood, and other Kansas City areas.


Artisan Signature Homes

10636 Meeting St., Prospect, KY 40059

Founded by Louisville native Jason Black, Artisan Signature Homes is one of the most sought after custom home building companies in the Greater Louisville area. Black’s extensive experience in creating tailor-fit homes spans decades and has earned him great respect as a builder from both clients and peers. A local building industry veteran and leader, he has served on the boards of directors of the BIA Greater Louisville and the elite Southern Living Custom Building Program, of which Artisan is a member. Black has built more than 100 homes in the traditional neighborhood setting. Today, he co-owns Artisan Signature Homes with his highschool friend, Jimmy King.

Artisan homes’ clean layouts and superb architecture make them a favorite by homeowners wanting comfortable but luxurious homes. Many of these homes fill up upscale neighborhoods of Kentucky such as Norton Commons, Valley View, and Glenview Park. The company has also entered its homes in the annual Homearama event sponsored by BIA Louisville. This craftsman-shingle style home earned the company a Favorite Builder award in the 2016 Homearama. The expansive 6,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Norton Commons features a great room with high ceilings and a wraparound porch.


TAG Homes Inc.

4405 N I-10 Service Rd. W, Suite #300, Metairie, LA 70006

For more than two decades, TAG Homes Inc. has produced over 400 projects in the New Orleans area. The general contractor focuses on large residential and commercial construction services in the metro area and beyond. Owned by New Orleans native Thomas A. Genusa III, the company boasts impeccable work made through its design-build process and onsite management. The company’s skill and excellence in the craft have earned it a place in the Best of Home List of the New Orleans Magazine.

The company’s residential projects vary in styles ranging from traditional Southern-inspired mansions and cottages to sleek and modern houses. The Louisiana architectural vernacular is also very evident in the firm’s work. French-inspired cottages and Acadian facades are some of its specializations. Alongside these styles, the company is also capable of delivering the classic American craftsman style.


Richard Moody and Sons

899 Post Road, Wells, ME 04090

Four generations of master craftsmen make up Maine home builder Richard Moody and Sons. For more than 65 years, the family-run company has been building and renovating homes and commercial properties along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts. With memberships in the NAHB, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Architectural Woodworkers Institute, the company constantly strives towards excellence. It implements green and efficient concepts for most of its projects and has built sustainable homes certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Energy Star. The business also dabbles in real estate development, offering home properties and private lots for sale in Maine.

In-house millwork elevates the work of Richard Moody and Sons. With hands-on craftsmanship, each work is made more personal. A lot of these homes have been featured in Maine Home + Design over the years and have made the company known across the state. Featured here is a warm and inviting home constructed by the company. Craftsman and shingle-style blend beautifully in this 2,200 square foot residence. Built for inside-outside living, it has an open floor plan with a patio and screened porch right outside the main living space.


Cafritz Builders

7520 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

With 28 years in the business, Cafritz Builders has shown its commitment to excellence in homebuilding in Bethesda and Chevy Chase in Maryland, as well as Northwest Washington D.C. Its expertise lies in finding infill building lots and tear-downs in existing, mature, and highly sought-after neighborhoods. As its founder, Laurence Cafritz is a name synonymous with excellence in building. A third-generation Washingtonian, he has over 25 years of experience building and remodeling hundreds of homes throughout the region. He serves as president of the Custom Builders Council of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) and a member of the MBIA Board of Directors.

Cafritz Builders’ skill and mastery in custom home building are reflected in its list of accomplishments and awards. It has earned the Montgomery County Builder of the Year Award in 2019 from the Maryland Building Industry Association, along with a dozen other accolades.

The company does well in both traditional and modern styles. It frequently builds Nantucket and shingle style homes along with farmhouse and craftsman styles. It is also adept in contemporary styles, in which it skillfully uses geometry and lines to create one-of-a-kind homes.


Carpenter and MacNeille

106 Western Ave, Essex, MA 01929

Highly detailed and extremely personalized homes are the core of Essex-based custom home builder Carpenter and MacNeille. The firm’s award-winning architectural design and comprehensive home construction services have made its mark across New England and the Northeast. Clients come to the company for its full suite of services that include distinctive interior design, custom millwork, and cabinet-making, and ongoing property maintenance. It also does extensive renovations and restorations.

Terry Carpenter, a builder, and Rob MacNeille, an architect, created the multidisciplinary firm in 1996. With its foundations on the master builder philosophy, the company quickly gained track with a myriad of projects, from design-build homes to historic restorations. Over the years, it has earned three New England Bulfinch Awards from The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, ASID Design Excellence Awards, and NARI COTY Awards.

In an oceanside enclave of magnificent early 20th century stone and slate summer houses, Carpenter and MacNeille created this new Arts and Crafts masterpiece that fits perfectly among the beautiful weathered homes. A unique blend of craftsman and Asian design influences recurs throughout the house. Its design focus was on natural materials and simple detailing. From a Japanese soaking tub handcrafted in Maine to the home’s architectural details that pay homage to the heritage of Cape Ann and coastal New England., the house never fails to surprise.


LUXE Homes Design+Build

360 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009

LUXE Homes Design+Build is the product of the combined expertise of two award-winning companies specializing in beautiful homes. VanBrouck and Associates – a luxury residential design firm, and Olde World Homes – a luxury home building company, make up this highly reputable company. Clients across Michigan seek out the company for its luxurious design-build homes.

The firm’s co-founders have over 38 years of combined experience and expertise in creating remarkable homes. John and Donna VanBrouck have designed over 1,500 distinctive homes. They have traveled extensively through Europe, experiencing and learning firsthand the classic architecture of France, England, Italy, and Spain. Their knowledge translates seamlessly into their designs that are made into gorgeous homes by the construction expertise of Bryan and Rachel Leith. They incorporate one-of-a-kind elements that stay true to every design and fulfill the needs of their clients.


Highmark Builders

8720 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Savage, MN 55378

Design-build firm Highmark Builds creates high-end luxury homes and remodeling projects in some of Minnesota’s most exclusive neighborhoods and developments. It also develops its own upscale communities. The company is a three-time finalist for BATC Builder of the Year and its creations have been featured in the Twin City-area Parade of Homes, the Remodelers Showcase, the Artisan Home Tour, and the Midwest Homes Luxury Home Tour.

The company is led by Terry Gaulrapp and Jim Moras. Gaulrapp has more than 20 years of experience in the building industry. Moras learned the business growing up under the tutelage of his father, an electrician and plumber. He also has more than 20 years of experience working for residential construction companies in the Twin Cities and in California.

Under the duo’s guidance, Highmark Builders’ team produces lake cottages, modern contemporary homes, and rustic residences. This home alludes to the traditional Arts and Crafts style. The bungalow’s classic exterior is in stark contrast to its modern interior but Highmark Builders managed to combine the two in a uniquely stunning home. Inside, elegance is seen throughout, with its warm oak hardwood floors and dark chocolate trim paired with contemporary lines.


Elliott Homes

1402 Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 39501

Elliott Homes is a custom home builder that relies on floor plans as well as custom ideas to build homes with unique personality and optimal function with family in mind. While it has a broad range of premade floor plans, clients can customize their home to their specific needs, from choosing bespoke masonry to selecting creative interior design and finishes. High-end materials make up the company’s low-maintenance worry-free homes. With its ingenuity in custom home building, Elliott Homes has earned 16 state awards from the Mississippi Home Builders Association and four national awards from the NAHB.

The company was established in 2009 by Brandon and Adrienne Elliott. Together they and their staff have developed a reputation as one of the most accomplished home building teams in South Mississippi. They are also dedicated to giving back to the community and have done so by building homes to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Ramsey Building Co.

201 N. Main St., Nixa, MO 65714

Rick Ramsey has established a reputation for being one of Missouri’s top custom home builders in the Springfield area. Coming up with fresh ideas and designing distinctive features is his day-to-day task, one that he passionately does for his clients. He has more than 20 years of experience in residential home building and was still in his early 20s when he built his first project. After establishing his own company, Ramsey Building Co., he has completed hundreds of complex and intricate projects that boast supreme architectural detail and luxurious elements. He is an NAHB Certified Green Professional and Certified Graduate Builder, as well as a member of HBA Greater Springfield.

The Ramsey Building Co. builds in a number of styles, from farmhouse and Arts and Crafts to European traditional and modern contemporary. It has been featured in 417 Magazine and won the publication’s Homes of the Year Award in 2016. Featured here is an Arts and Crafts home in the golf community of Highland Springs. The exterior of the home features painted shake siding and stone accents. Inside, superior craftsmanship can be seen in the rich wood floors and box beams.


Malmquist Construction

100 Baker Ave., Whitefish, MO 59937

From managing home projects to openly communicating with customers, Malmquist Construction stays on top of the standards. Its construction-savvy team has built some of Montana’s most luxurious custom homes from casual cabins and cottages to fully customized homes and large-scale luxury retreats.

Malmquist homes’ details and materials are some of the best in the state. Its designers and builders use natural wood, native rock, steel, glass, and stone in achieving unparalleled attention to detail. With outstanding craftsmanship, it builds homes that perfectly reflect and blend in with the artistry of its surroundings, whether on a mountainside or lakeside location.

The featured home is a cabin-meets-cottage home that boasts craftsman elements. From the stonework on its exterior to the handcrafted woodwork in the interior, the combination of natural materials makes the residence a warm retreat in the mountains.


ADC Custom Homes

15002 A Circle, Omaha, NE 68144

True custom homes are what sets ADC Custom Homes apart from most Nebraska builders. The company does away with residential plans and focuses on designing and building homes through deep collaboration with the client. ADC takes all the input, ideas, and inspiration and makes one-of-a-kind homes for Omaha residents. Building only a handful of custom homes each year allows ADC to fully dedicate time and resources in perfecting each project. Aside from new houses, the firm’s projects also include basement and kitchen remodels, restorations, and commercial projects.

The firm operates under the watchful eye of its founders, Steve Taft and Patrick Knobbe. The cousins had been working on luxury custom homes for other companies prior to establishing their own company in 1998. Taft’s engineering prowess is complemented by Knobbe’s architectural mastery. The duo and their team of like-minded professionals have built all styles, from transitional, French country, craftsman/farmhouse, modern and contemporary homes.


TRC Homes

1100 California Ave., Reno, NV 89509

For more than 25 years, Northern Nevada residents have turned to TRC Homes to build their dream homes. This design-build company is family owned and operated and caters to homeowners of Reno, Lake Tahoe, and nearby areas. Steve, Lynn, Justin, and Kyle Ryckebosch have organized an outstanding team of skilled local craftspeople who share their vision of building only the highest quality homes for the company’s clients.

The company has the capability to build homes of various styles and sizes. Whether it’s a small cabin or a 12,000 square foot estate, TRC Homes consistently delivers high-quality results. This is evident in its award-winning homes. TRC Homes is a recipient of several accolades from BANN’s annual awards show. Most recently, it won three BANN-ER awards: Best in Show, Best Custom Home for in the $700k to $1 million category, and Best Custom Home in the $1 million to $1.5 million bracket.


Hayward and Company

153 Pease Rd., Meredith, NH 03253

Traditional meets technology — this is what defines homes built by Hayward and Company. It utilizes age-old traditional joinery with wood structures but, in turn, uses many of the latest building technologies to construct buildings that have high energy efficiency and low operational costs.

The company works with a lot of wood elements for various home styles like timber frame homes, log homes, and post and beam homes. Its unique understanding of craftsmanship makes it great at producing traditional style homes like farmhouses, craftsman, and shingle-style homes. For the 2017 Lakes Region Parade of Homes, the company entered this Craftsman-inspired lakefront home. The exceptional home has a columned entry porch and cool grey shingle siding. The classic silhouette and architecture are paired with advanced home technology like home automation and geothermal systems for a timeless yet energy-efficient house.


Distinctive Domain

9 Old Forge Dr., Warren, NJ 07059

Based in Warren, Distinctive Domain designs, builds, and remodels homes in central New Jersey. Founded more than two decades ago, the company builds a limited number of homes each year, focusing on high quality rather than high quantity. It offers these homes at a fair value for homeowners and uses collaborative project management to complete the projects quickly and efficiently

The company has perfected its design-build process through its trademark system, “The 5 Simple Steps.” It allows homeowners to describe what they want while the design team draws it. When approved, the company goes right into building the dream home. This has resulted in a portfolio that is an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary styles. It displays a number of ranch, craftsman, and European styles that boast exquisite details, woodwork, and stucco finishes. Featured here is a home created with a mix of craftsman and french cottage elements.


Lee Michael Homes

7910 Rancho de Roberto Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Over the course of more than two decades, Mike and Alexa Knight of Lee Michael Homes have designed and built more than 300 custom homes in the Albuquerque area. Their company specializes in designing and building custom green homes. The Lee Michael team offers over 100 years of combined experience in the real estate and construction industry, providing clients with award-winning custom homes and remodels in the area. The company builds on its developed subdivisions and communities, but also builds on individual lots owned by clients.

The company blends ranch, craftsman, and Southwestern elements in many of its homes. From Parade of Home winners to beautiful family homes, Lee Michael Homes always strives for perfection. It employs the latest engineered designs and technology as well as green home building practices. Because of this, it gets recognized annually for its homes with awards from the Land of Enchantment Parade of Homes.


Bella Home Builders

228 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Multi-awarded home builder Bella Home Builders is a custom home and spec home contractor serving the Capital Region of New York. The company is run by Dave DePaulo, a third generation home builder who followed in the footsteps of his grandfather. Alongside him is company vice president Tanner Duguid, who is also a third-generation builder. He complements DePaulo’s leadership with hands-on expertise. With the duo at the helm, the company builds exceptional homes that have consistently been winners in the Showcase of Homes and the Parade of Homes.

From Nantucket-style estates to ranch and craftsman-style residences, the company’s in-house architects and interior designers are ready to deliver homes that fit the needs of their clients. The featured home is the company’s entry to the 2019 Saratoga Springs Showcase of Homes. The craftsman-style home won People’s Choice’s Award for Luxury Home.


Thompson Custom Building Group

1310 South Tryon St., Suite 103, Charlotte NC 28203

Timeless, tailored, comfortable, refined—those are the words that Thompson Custom Building Group has put in its foundation as one of North Carolina’s premier home builders. The company’s work can be found in affluent neighborhoods across Charlotte as well as in Lake Norman and Lake Wylie.

The founder and head of the company is Ted Thompson. He has over 15 years of experience in creating outstanding homes. He also grew up in a family of builders and engineers and continues his family’s tradition of making some of the best homes in North Carolina. Some of his past projects include extraordinary fully custom homes ranging from 4,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet.

Looking at the company’s portfolio, one may find that there is no home too big for Thompson CBG. Estates and manors in mid-century modern, craftsman, and Nantucket styles. The company has even won Best New Home Construction in the 2018 Lake Norman Home Builders Association – Best of the Lake Awards for one of its homes. Shown here is the company’s exceptional work on an American craftsman home in Charlotte.


Kochmann Brothers

3209 Fiechtner Dr, Fargo, ND 58103

North Dakota’s Kochmann Brothers have made a mark on the home building scene with its luxury custom homes and premier remodeling services. The 35-year-old company was founded by Bob and Paul Kochmann. The brothers’ leadership skills transcends into the local and national building communities. Bob and Paul have both been named Fargo-Moorhead “Builder of the Year.” They are joined by a team of experts including a Certified Green Professional and a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, rounding out the company’s skillset. With this team, the company has amassed multiple awards from HBA of F-M and features in publications such as Area Women Magazine, Design & Living, and Inspired Home Magazine.

Aside from luxury homes and remodels, the company is also known for its luxury lake houses built around Minnesota. In Fargo, it has built many homes in the craftsman silhouette. Featured here is one of its recent builds in that classic style. Coffered ceilings, a whole wall of windows, and a stone fireplace are just some of the notable features of this craftsman home.


Bob Webb Homes

63 Compark Rd., Centerville, OH

Bob Webb Homes is a longstanding leader in custom home building in Central Ohio. It has enjoyed more than five decades of success and has built more than 2,000 luxury homes across Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Lewis Center, and Powell. Founded by Bob Webb and currently run by his daughter Becky W. Rogers, the company continues to have the same commitment to quality and relationships. This has led to more than a dozen Consumer Choice Awards for Best Custom Home Builder, a Builder of the Year title, and a place in the Hall of Fame of Builders of the BIA of Central Ohio.

Most of the company’s projects range between $500k and $4M and utilizes a blend of contemporary and traditional architecture. Its design center is the starting point for many of these homes. An American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) certified designer helps clients select finishes and design elements to make a perfectly tailored home. The company’s latest show home shows off this benefit. Built in the craftsman style, the home won People’s Choice at the 2019 Parade of Homes.


Landmark Fine Homes

2900 Washington Drive, Norman, OK 73069

Established in 2000, Landmark Fine Homes is the family-run business of Dan and Amy Reeves, a former police officer and former teacher. The Oklahoma couple has dedicated their lives to energy-efficient, quality-crafted homes built for residents of the OKC metropolitan area. With the husband and wife team on the reins, the company was awarded the title American’s Best Builder by Builder Magazine and was an eight-time winner of the Oklahoman Readers’ Choice Awards under the category Best Home Builder for both North and South Oklahoma City. It was also hailed 2017 Builder of the Year by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association.

Clients can choose from the company’s large collection of Landmark floor plans or design one with the company’s team. Cottage, farmhouse, and craftsman styles can be seen in its portfolio with many combinations of each. Featured here is a craftsman-style home with classic dormers and porch columns.


Westlake Development

9206 SE Idleman Rd., Happy Valley, OR 97086

Named as Portland’s Best Custom Home Builder multiple times, Westlake Development has set the standard for custom executive and luxury homes in the Beaver State. With over 30 years of design and building experience, it has created countless estates and lakeside residences for affluent clientele. The firm has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.

Behind this successful company is Gerald Rowlett. The Oregon native has been working on homes since finishing high school, starting with roofing and joining a small remodeling company soon after. When he built a home for him and his wife, he realized his love for custom home building. He rounds out his company’s aptitude in design and construction by having a talented real estate team to help clients find the perfect place to build their custom home.

Working with the natural topography of Oregon and Washington, the company has become a steep slope expert in the area. With thorough planning and research Westlake working with their seasoned Geotech engineers expertly evaluate sites and create homes that maximize the mountain and valley views. One such home is this Happy Valley residence with its charming craftsman exterior. It was part of the Street of Dreams and features exposed wood beam vaulted ceilings and an expanding cityscape view.


Pohlig Builders

274 Lancaster Ave., Suite 100, Malvern, PA 19355

When it comes to excellent builders in Pennsylvania, Pohlig Builders have always been part of the list. Since its inception in 1974 by brothers Todd and Don Pohlig, the company has established a reputation for being a well-respected, experienced, high-end custom home-building company. From land planning and architecture to construction and settlement, the company thrives in the excellent execution of luxury homes that last a lifetime.

The company has earned various local and national awards for its work. It was named as one of American’s Best Custom Home Builders by the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine and has received top awards in various categories from Home Builders Associations of Bucks & Montgomery and Chester and Delaware Counties. Its founders have also had vital roles in the building community. Todd has been the president of both the Main Line Building Association and the HBA of Chester and Delaware County. He remains an active member of both as well as the Pennsylvania Builder Association. Don speaks frequently on the value of technology in residential construction and is active with the NAHB’s Builder Twenty Group and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA).

The firm’s work is defined by supreme attention to detail and intricate elements. Many of its homes embody local Pennsylvania architecture like colonial, shingle-style, and craftsman. This modern craftsman home has the defining architectural elements blended with a contemporary layout.


Sweenor Builders

12 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

Spread across Rhode Island’s coastal neighborhoods are custom home masterpieces of luxury home builder Sweenor Builders. Since 1989, this award-winning company has put a premium on authentic craftsmanship as seen in its luxury homes. This is made possible by its state-of-the-art millwork facility and cabinetry shop. Its portfolio features collaborations with Southern New England’s leading architects, as well as a range of in-house design/build and interior design services. Its creations have received accolades such as Best In American Living Awards and Narragansett Historic District Commission Awards. Build Magazine also hailed it as the Best Home Design and Construction firm in Rhode Island.

Sweenor Builders was responsible for building the 2018 Idea House of This Old House. The village craftsman home aims to be a smaller home that lives large in a tight-knit neighborhood. It has plenty of bespoke built-ins and luxury amenities. The exquisite millwork inside is also courtesy of the company’s cabinetry and millwork shop.


Gabriel Builders

641 Garden Market Dr. Suite A, Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Gabriel Builders is an award-winning custom home builder based in South Carolina. The firm was hailed as the 2014 National Custom Home Builder of the Year by the NAHB and has more than 50 national and state awards for its bespoke homes. These include NAHB South Carolina’s Pinnacle Awards, Bridge Awards, and even GuildQuality Awards. The company’s gorgeous homes can be found in sought after communities in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina and Lake Keowee.

The company works with many traditional styles such as craftsman and ranch. Whether it’s a lake house or a mountain lodge, handcrafted details take center stage in these homes. For example, take this Tahoe-craftsman-style home in the mountains. A substantial amount of rock and cedar makes the custom home cozy and warm. A home theater, wine cellar, and exercise room take this home to the next level. An elevator provides easy access to all floors. A beautiful screened-in porch makes for amazing outdoor living space as its walk-around deck covers 2/3 of the home complete with cedar beams.


Jarrod Smart Construction

820 E Amidon St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Sioux Falls custom builder Jarrod Smart Construction combines technical skill and design mastery in creating classic and contemporary homes in South Dakota. The company holds esteemed certifications such as Certified Graduate Builder, Certified Aging In Place Specialist, and Certified Green Builder. Aside from custom homes, the company also specializes in remodeling and design for homes and commercial building construction.

Founder Jarrod Smart started in the industry with remodeling projects during his last years in university. Today, he has his own company and his own crew of quality craftsmen. They never subcontract any single phase of construction and also only select a number of projects to do every year. This ensures the company has direct control over every detail and that the work is done in-house to guarantee quality.


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 super attention-to-detail, green building, and proven craftsmanship, the talented staff includes construction degreed project managers and an experienced interior design staff that creates 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.

The company’s craftsman homes range from American craftsman styles with porch pillars and wide eaves to English Arts and Crafts that are blended with cottage looks. Featured here is the company’s incredible work on the 2018 Concept House of House Beautiful. The home is a blend of traditional architecture and design and state-of-the-art health and sustainability technology powered by LG Electronics. Fifteen designers were tasked to create unique spaces inside, while Castle Homes built the home.


Shaddock Caldwell Builders and Developers

105 E. Main Street, Richardson, TX 75081

Shaddock Caldwell Builders and Developers embodies the legacy of a great name in custom home building and the real estate expertise of another. As the son of Dallas home building icon Peter Shaddoc Sr., Todd Shaddock has followed in the footsteps of his father as a leader in homebuilding. He spent over 10 years building homes as part of his family’s company and has served on the board of the North Dallas/ Collin County division of the Home Builders Association as its president. His business partner, Ben Caldwell, has a stellar real estate career, having worked on multimillion projects and several notable communities including Stonebriar Park, Chapel Creek, Tranquility Farms, and Shenandoah.

With powerhouse leadership and an expert team of designers and builders, the company has built dozens of homes in Richardson and across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This craftsman home in Northlake was built for the McCauley Family. They commended the company for bringing them peace of mind during the construction of their home. For them, the company’s experience, expertise, and patience were evident every step of the way. The company has built other craftsman homes in affluent neighborhoods of North Dallas along with ranch, traditional, and contemporary homes.


Highland Custom Homes

395 South Main St., Suite #108, Alpine, UT 84004

Highland Custom Homes is one of Utah’s premier custom home builders. The company creates modern and traditional homes that reflect the natural beauty of the Beehive State. Its mountain chalets, lakeside estates, and suburban residences can be found in American Fork, Highland, Lehi, Salt Lake, and Heber Valleys. These are evidence of the Highland team’s over 40 years of combined experience in custom home building. Partners Kenny Andersen and Matt Yeates stand at the helm of the company. Under their leadership, Highland Custom Homes became known for its creative trend-setting design and architecture executed with innovative and high-end construction practices.

Aside from being comfortable homes for every homeowner, its meticulously crafted homes have been eye candy for many in the Parade of Homes of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association and Park City Area Showcase of Homes. Its homes and individual rooms have won People’s Choice Awards in the event. Incredible stone and woodwork are almost always present in its projects, especially in its craftsman-style lodges, cabins, and mountain homes.


Donald P Blake Jr.

59 Old Creamery Road, Unit 1 Morrisville, VT 05661

Donald P. Blake Jr. Inc. has been a reliable construction company since 1985 to residents of the Lamoille County area. It provides a variety of services for new construction, renovations and property services. Some of the company’s specialties are custom residential new construction, renovations, restorations and energy enhancements. Additionally, it does design-build services for smaller-scale projects.

The firm is proficient in constructing spaces of distinct styles. Its portfolio features a wide range of designs from a Scottish-inspired cottage to lakeside cabins to modern contemporary homes. It integrates new and old-world elements into harmonious layouts that underscore individuality and functionality. Numerous past clients have vouched for the team’s creativity as well as its impeccable sense of service and responsibility. Its members are skilled in working in a collaborative environment and continuously improving the quality and value of their work by keeping abreast on the latest industry trends and practices.


Troutman Custom Homes

2113 N Quebec St., Arlington, VA 22207

For more than four decades, Troutman Custom Homes has provided the residents of Arlington with unique and visually stunning homes. This lifelong goal was set by Dan Troutman, founder and creative director of the company. With a drive towards progress, this goal is continuously carried out in the company’s new plans and developments that reflect industry market trends. Many of its clients come to know about the company through word-of-mouth while others approach the company after seeing its beautiful homes across the Arlington area.

Troutman Custom Homes can do anything from renovations and additions to ground-up construction of new homes. It is especially skilled in working in the craftsman style as seen in this four-bedroom home. Perched in a notable Arlington Ridge community, the expansive home features a three-car garage, a back patio, screened porch, and dual island kitchen.


Dave Hobba Builder

108 Custer Ridge Road, Buffalo, WV 25033

After working as a corporate controller and chief financial officer for 10 years, Dave Hobba started HOBBA Enterprises LLC in 2000, now commonly recognized as Dave Hobba Builder. His impressive career in home building is marked with local- and state-level awards from the West Virginia Home Builders Associations as well as a Builder of the Year title from the Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston. Additionally, he has served as Vice President in the HBA of Greater Charleston.

With all these credentials, it’s no surprise that Dave Hobba is a trusted name in construction across West Virginia. His company has worked on six separate developments totaling over 350 lots and parcels and built over 260 homes, patio homes and townhomes, and commercial buildings. It provides move-in ready homes suited for any lifestyle as well as customizable plans varying in sizes and layouts.


Tim O’Brien Homes

2601 Crossroads Dr., Suite #140, Madison, WI 53718

Value-driven, energy-efficient green homes are what Tim O’Brien Homes is all about. The Madison-based custom and spec home builder is run by a team of professionals with high-level training in new home technologies like building science, renewable energy, and the latest technologies in insulation and home air quality. Leading them is founder Tim O’Brien. He started the company in 2007 after having worked in the industry for 14 years prior. Clients come to him and his team for sustainable home designs that are Energy Star Certified and are always one step ahead in the green building trends.

Among its extensive list of built homes are award-winning projects. These homes have won top ranks from the Metropolitan Builders Association’s Parade of Homes and Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. One of its recent additions to the list of accolades is five awards from the 2019 Parade of Homes. The firm’s entry was this transitional home with craftsman exterior details. A unique blend of modern technology and classic architecture, it has earned Best Exterior and People’s Choice Best Overall Home.


On Site Management

320 E Broadway, Suite 1A, Jackson, WY 83001

On Site Management is a full-service general contracting and building firm dedicated to creating beautiful mountain homes in some of the best locations in Wyoming and Montana. Spanning from the resorts of Big Sky, the Yellowstone Club and Teton Village to the Jackson, Paradise, Gallatin, and Big Hole Valleys, it has built premier homes of exceptional design and superior craftsmanship. The company was founded by renowned architect Jonathan Foote. His work has graced the pages of Mountain Living, Big Sky Journal, and The New York Times.

From rustic cabins to modern steel marvels, OSM never skimps on high-quality materials and attention to detail. The company operates a 13-acre production and reclaimed materials sales facility that has a vast inventory of reclaimed wood, hand-hewn timbers, floor planking, and other traditional building materials for use in its projects.

OSM performs work using a number of styles including Swiss chalet, cabin, craftsman, and modern contemporary. Featured here is a timber and stone home called Aspen’s Edge. Located in Jackson, it’s a beautiful blend of traditional and modern elements. Montana fieldstone, reclaimed lumber, corral board, and timbers create a Mountain Modern masterpiece that has hints of craftsman architecture.

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