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The Best Custom Home Builders in Atlanta

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Any number of multinational corporations have their headquarters in Atlanta Georgia, and thanks to the strategic tax incentives that the state created for the film and television industry in the 2000s, you might be used to seeing this beautiful city of the deep south in some of your favorite film and television shows, including Atlanta and The Walking Dead. The city has been growing in population for while, but it is exploding in terms of its national influence. Starting a business or owning a home in this thriving, multicultural, historic city has never been more exciting.

Across the greater Atlanta’s metropolitan area bungalow-style homes are a common sight, but many modern homes are beginning to replace the previous post-WWII era homes. And many homeowners and contractors are starting to look for ways to add distinctive touches to the city. Custom building a home is a great way to add style to these southern neighborhoods already known for their distinctive flair.

We’ve handpicked the top 15 custom home builders in Atlanta to help you with your home construction needs. We looked especially for contractors that have won awards, who have experience working with historic builds and have worked with a variety of home styles. Whether it’s a simple home remodel or a major custom home project, there’s a contractor on this list for you.

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. On the other hand, if you want to learn more about the cost of building a custom home in Atlanta, check out our cost guide article.

The Berndsen Company, Inc.

3525 Piedmont Rd. Bldg. 6-130, Atlanta, GA 30305

Nine-time winner of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association OBIE Award, and the coveted Phillip Shutze Award, The Berndsen Company team has been building and renovating luxury residences in Atlanta since the mid-80’s. 40-year construction industry veteran Jon Berndsen leads the team as president. Berndsen earned his Building Science degree from the Auburn University School of Architecture and was instrumental in founding the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Southeast.

On the walls of this retro classic/contemporary home in Midtown Atlanta hang the owner’s $15-million art collection. The Berndsen Company built the estate with the intent for entertaining large gatherings and showcasing the art and accent pieces in the various rooms. Motifs run from cream to brown, with more pops of color in the arched window family room. French doors lead out from the living room and a broad steel window wall opens up the kitchen, rotunda room, and sunroom to the breathtaking outdoors where art sculptures are displayed. The bedrooms are spacious, with their own sitting areas. The master bath features a heavily textured wood wall across its glass-doored alcove shower. There’s also a home gym and a sauna. A back patio offers some more space to lounge and the pool and spa provides plenty of fun and exercise for guests and residents alike.

John Willis Custom Homes

281 W Wieuca Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

John Willis Custom Homes builds with a distinct style that communicates southern elegance into homes. Since the firm works in Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods, it remains faithful to Georgia’s historical and cultural perspective. Its Atlanta based team consists of architects, designers, craftsmen, and artisans who make these luxurious homes possible.

Colonial style homes are among the most common home designs that the firm works with, but the firm is not limited to the Colonial. John Willis Custom Homes offer clients services from renovation to new home construction.

This simple, yet intricately built Colonial home on Wickersham Drive is a true show-stopper. John Willis expertly combined texture and pattern to generate an intriguing facade. The firm paired the antique granite wall and fence with woodwork. Its interior details are as delicately planned as its elaborate exterior.  

ETB Homes

3855 Shallowford Rd. Suite #510, Marietta, GA 30062

Unique design, practical layouts, and remarkable home building experience are the little things that make ETB Homes easy and fun to work with. Homes are not only an investment but a place where homeowners make memorable gatherings and conversations. ETB Homes builds classic homes that its clients will look forward to seeing every time they return home.

The firm’s stellar work ethic has allowed them to maintain affiliations with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. As a luxury home builder in Atlanta, expansive and classy homes are a common sight in its portfolio. Among these is a custom build located in the outskirts of Atlanta: this spacious home offers a fresh and modern home style with sleek design.

Bonner Buchanan Custom Homes

269 Lawrence St. NE, Marietta, GA 30060

Homes with style and elegance: a trademark of the works done by Bonner Buchanan Custom Homes. In 1978, the high-end residential home building industry gained a visionary in the form of Jerry Bonner. He brought his passion for traditional European architecture into the homes his firm builds. Eventually Jerry’s son, Rhett Bonner came to the firm, and, joined by Wes Buchanan, they continued to build elegant homes across Georgia’s neighborhoods.

English Tudor, French, and transitional are the most common works of Bonner Buchanan Custom Homes. Over time, the firm has mastered the traditional building techniques that make homes one-of-a-kind statements in their respective neighborhoods. This colonial-inspired home in Georgia is named the Jewel Box Beauty for its delicate interior design. The home features a subtle spectrum of colors in the interior, as well as an outdoor pool where homeowners can host small gatherings and relax at the same time.

Paces Builder Group

110 E Andrews Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Renovating and building homes in Atlanta’s neighborhoods for over 24 years, Paces Builder Group (PBG) continues its rich legacy in the home building industry. PBG founder Joe Delany has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Joe has managed the company’s home construction side, its renovation projects, and its real estate activities.

Modern, traditional, and contemporary homes are among the common home styles found in the PBG gallery. Its unique taste in design, as well as its rigorous building process, ensures clients dwell in durable, yet beautiful homes.

Just 15 minutes outside Atlanta, Georgia is a traditional-prairie custom home built by PBG. Behind its strong facade is a delicately adorned interior. Chandeliers, ceiling beams, and an outdoor pool give this home added sophistication and luxury.

The Dernehl Company

150A N Main St Hiawasse GA 30546

In the last 40 years, The Dernehl Company has prospered and is now Georgia’s contractor of choice for custom home construction. A total of over 75 custom homes and hundreds of remodeled homes has solidified the firm’s good reputation.

The Dernehl Company wants clients to enjoy the comforts of the indoors, but give them all the access to the outdoors they might desire. Thus they prefer to build on expansive properties. The Gregorian Mansion found in Sandy Springs is a luxurious home complete with a wine cellar, hand-chipped cobblestone and exposed aggregate driveway with a brick and limestone exterior. The mansion features custom European craftsmanship.

Legacy Custom Homes

995 Winding Creek Trl., Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Seamlessly blending new homes with Georgia’s historic neighborhoods is what makes Legacy Custom Homes (LCH) a premier home builder. Randy Arndt holds a degree in Engineering and has been building multimillion dollar commercial development projects for 14 years.

LCH builds luxurious, exceptionally designed eco-friendly homes. Each home they build goes through a painstaking process to ensure its stability and quality before homeowners move in.

Expansive, modern homes are a common sight in Legacy’s portfolio. Take a look at this modern custom home in Aberdeen, just a few minutes away from Atlanta. Every aspect of this home is visually inviting, from the elegant exterior to the clean, crisp interior. Expansive windows flood its rooms with bright Georgia sunlight, which pleasantly brings out their neutral colors.

Home Rebuilders

2120 Plaster Bridge Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Home Rebuilders uses cutting edge technology, as Bill Bartlett’s professional background is in construction software development. The company’s principal has been building homes in Atlanta since 1981. The firm works on everything from small scale home renovations to custom homes with an average project cost of $25k to $1.5 million.

The firm’s excellent work has been featured on television shows such as HGTV’s “Before & After.” It has also maintained memberships with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Among the firm’s completed projects is a custom home in the Morningside neighborhood in Atlanta. Home Rebuilders perfectly blended elements of brick, stone, and siding to add intricate detail to the appearance of this home. The firm carefully planned out the home’s exterior and kept its interior updated and fully functional by eliminating idle spaces.

Atlanta Building Co.

556 John Jacobs Trl., Grayson, GA 30017

Atlanta Building Co. works with the city’s top architects and engineers to craft homes that will make a statement. Atlanta Building Co. specializes in custom homes, new construction, and home remodeling with a diverse selection in home styles. John Southwell, Atlanta Builder’s founder, has a degree in Architectural Engineering. Prior to establishing Atlanta Building Co., he honed his skills working for multiple construction companies.

The firm’s portfolio gives clients a chance to see the variety of architectural home designs it offers. Apart from the many awards the firm has won, it is also a member of professional associations including the National Association of Home Building (NAHB), the Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG), and it is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Homeowners will look forward to coming back to this custom build in Lake Lanier.

Pinnacle Custom Builders

123 Jefferson Pl., Decatur, GA 30030

After building a lot of notable commercial spaces, Robert Soens shifted his focus to the residential home building sector in 1996. The tedious process of commercial construction served as a solid foundation and set a high standard for the firm’s high-end residential construction. Pinnacle Custom Builders specializes in custom homes and they build with the highest level of green and eco-friendly construction: the firm holds a LEED Platinum Certificate.

Eco-friendly homes that follow the curve of contemporary home construction take up a huge chunk of Pinnacle’s portfolio. Examine this award-winning home in Decatur, GA just 19 minutes away from downtown Atlanta. Each part of the home was carefully planned out, from its butterfly roof which captures rainwater and sunlight for solar panels, down to its geothermal heating and cooling system.

John Bynum Custom Homes

115 Peach State Ct., Tyrone, GA 30290

Fueled by his passion for woodwork and construction, John Bynum filled a void in the untapped industry of custom home building in the local market. 14 years later, John Bynum Custom Homes is a leading custom home building firm in Georgia.

John Bynum Custom Homes, a design/build firm, specializes in high-end custom homes as well as home renovation and remodeling. Its taste for timeless architectural designs and finely crafted homes explains the firm’s solid reputation among its clients.

Just a few minutes away from Atlanta you will find this classic gothic revival style home. From the kitchens to the bedrooms, and then out the back door to the exterior fireplace, this home exudes timeless grace.

Vincent Longo Custom Builders

2451 Cumberland Pkwy. Suite #3408, Atlanta, GA 30339

Vincent Longo’s early apprenticeship with an upstate custom builder is still paying dividends. His passion for building homes continued to grow after that position, and eventually, he decided to start Vincent Longo Custom Builders in 2000.

Attention to quality and detail make Vincent Longo Custom Homes stand out from other contractors. The firm handles everything from small home renovations to custom home builds worth $3 million. The firm’s talented craftspeople make these homes possible in a range of styles, from craftsman to rustic. Take this cottage-inspired custom home, for example Vincent Longo Custom Builders constructed the residence while still preserving some of the lot’s old growth trees.


690 Miami Circle NE, Suite #700, Atlanta, GA 30324

SawHorse is one of Atlanta’s leading design/build firms since it was established in 1988. The firm specializes in custom homes as well as home remodeling across the state. Because of its stellar work, the firm has received citations from the Qualified Remodeler magazine, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Atlanta’s Best Consumer & Entertainment Guide.

One good example from their portfolio is this Italian-inspired home in Sherwood Forest. SawHorse completed this home in 2007 with a project cost of up to $2 million in total. The beautiful Italian inspired facade is perfectly framed by the lush green forested area the house is built on.

Storey Custom Homes

2800 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite C, Duluth, GA 30097

Storey Custom Homes (SCH) is a family-owned company building luxury homes since it opened its doors in 1998, and its attention to quality meant that it quickly earned a great reputation. The firm is headed by father and son tandem Danny and Kevin Storey. The family offers its clients luxurious statement homes.

The firm’s portfolio highlights the various homes that SCH has built throughout the years. The firm was honored to be named asGwinnett magazine’s  Best Home Builder of 2017 and Best Custom Home Builder of 2014. Additionally, the firm is also a member of the Greater Atlanta HBA and a Certified Professional Home Builder of Georgia. The expansive Atlanta home pictured below pays homage to classical Italian Renaissance design.

Principle Builders Group

674 N Highland Ave. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30306

Modern and traditional homes have never looked quite this way. Across Atlanta, Principle Builders Group (PBG) builds homes that are both stylish and fully functional. Modern and traditional homes are a common home style in its portfolio, but PBG’s teams remain versatile. PBG is company-owned and operated by Ryan Locke and Tony Bondhus. They handle the firm’s design and business side respectively.

PGB’s excellence in the quality building has given the firm affiliations with the National Association of Home Builders and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and its eco-friendly practices earned a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Featured is this modern home built in the Virginia Highlands of Atlanta. This home has been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles,  Design Equilibrium, and Atlanta magazine’s Where to Live Now 2016. PBG created clean, crisp lines to achieve this study in minimalism. Expansive windows frame the breathtaking views of the Georgia landscape.

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This list takes a range of ranking criteria into consideration, including but not limited to: work history, customer satisfaction, awards and recognition, geographic area of work, cost, building permits, and clientele. We spent over 40 hours researching local contractors before calculating the final ranking for this post. If there is additional information about your business that could affect these rankings, please fill out this form and we will take it into consideration

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  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as a brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at HomeBuilderDigest, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University - Degree in Construction Engineering Management