Due to its industrial history, Buffalo, New York is rife with Neoclassical, Beaux Arts, and Art Deco architecture. Notably, Buffalo hosts two national architectural landmarks: the Martin House, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Equally impressive are the city’s homes, which flow seamlessly throughout Buffalo’s parks. The most popular homes styles in the city include Traditional, Cape Cod, and French.
With a median home value of $83,700, which is significantly lower than the national value of $223,900, Buffalo is certainly an affordable place to live. Individuals and families looking to settle in the city can to turn to one of Buffalo’s talented custom home builders, of which the top 13 are listed here. These firms were selected and ranked based on their work history, the quality of their work portfolio, and accolades.
13) MJ Peterson Tucker Homes
Website| 716-997-1464 | 200 John James Audubon Pkwy, Ste #300, Amherst, NY 14228
MJ Peterson Tucker Homes is an Amherst-based custom home builder that serves western New York. The firm is currently lead by Chris Tucker—a former employee of MJ Peterson who rose through the ranks and became a partner at the firm.
The firm frequently builds Traditional, French, and Tuscan homes. The work featured here is a French home with a blue-and-white color scheme, fluted walls, and an inviting front porch. French-type windows in coral white accents complete the home’s clean and posh look. This home and its design elements perfectly represent the company’s expertise in the French home style.
12) Prestige Designs
Website| 716-626-0133 | WNY 6480 Main St., Suite # 4, Williamsville, NY 14221
Following in the steps of his father, Italian immigrant Rick Graci entered the contracting industry and established Prestige Designs. Today, the firm has been serving western New York for 30 years and with several generations of building expertise. Under Graci’s leadership, the company received a Parade of Homes award and a Festival of Homes award, along with several awards from local publications.
Prestige Designs’ portfolio is filled with Ranch, Bungalow, and Transitional homes. The project featured here is a Transitional home with cream tones and a gabled roof. With an L-shaped layout, increased elevation on the right side, and large garage, the home’s design maximizes functionality without sacrificing elegance.
11) Randaccio Builder
Website| 716-634-9444 | 300 International Dr., Williamsville, NY 14221
Founded in 1964, Randaccio Builder is one of the oldest firms on this list. Offering custom home building and pre-made homes, this family business is a staple for French and Patio homes in western New York.
The work featured here is a Tuscan home with hazel tones and an intricate wall tapestry. The home’s colors and cascading facade blend well with the lush environment. The asymmetrical structure and slender windows make the home appear larger and fuller. All of the home’s design elements work together to convey a sense of dynamism and youthfulness.
10) Regency Builders
Website| 716-517-7439 | 7165 Schultz Rd., N Tonawanda, NY 14120
Shortly after receiving his law degree from the University of Buffalo, Elliot Lasky established Forbes Homes, a real estate development venture, which he sold in 2005. Years later, he began anew with Regency Builders. The company slowly garnered success and received various awards and accolades. In 2017, Regency Builders was recognized by Buffalo Business First as one of the top 10 home builders in western New York.
The company creates premium Ranch, Farmhouse, and Traditional homes. Often using low elevation or two-story floor plans, the company builds simple yet elegant estates. The project featured here is a two-story Farmhouse with an interesting combination of indigo and flint gray colors. Enhancing the home’s unique look is its facade, which is a creative fusion of the Traditional and Farmhouse home styles.
9) Morgan Homes
Website| 716-523-5520 | 5520 Strickler Rd., Clarence, NY 14031
For more than 20 years, Morgan Homes has been serving the greater Buffalo-Niagara area with a full range of construction services. Jim Warren, the current head of the company, is an alumnus of Canisius College and Indiana University Bloomington.
The company has an extensive portfolio of French, Victorian, and Transitional homes. The firm’s homes are often massive in scale and feature elaborate detailing. The symmetrical home featured here showcases Morgan Homes’ expertise in the Victorian home style. Patches of gray tones and dark notes add a customized touch to the home, while hints of wood maintain the home’s classic elegance.
8) Alliance Homes
Website | 716-646-6555 | 4727 Camp Rd., Hamburg, NY 14075
For 25 years, Andrew Romanoski served as the president of the Buffalo-Niagara Builders Association (BNBA) and a member of the Municipal Planning Board. Today, Romanoski utilizes his experience and expertise to lead Alliance Homes.
The firm often builds compelling Traditional and Bungalow homes. The work featured here is a Traditional home, whose neutral and indigo colors convey confidence. A wall tapestry forms the base of the home, while wooden panels complete the upper portion. This two-tone stylistic choice adds uniqueness and fun to the overall design without sacrificing the home’s simple beauty.
7) Julius Blum Builders
Website| 716-741-9970 | Roll Rd., Clarence Center, NY 8570
For more than 60 years, Julius Blum Builders has been serving the Buffalo area with a generations-old approach. Established by Julius Blum and his wife, Eva, Julius Blum Builders has catapulted to local prominence, especially receiving the BNBA’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Julius’ firm and legacy are continued by his sons, Dave and Jeffrey Blum.
Julius Blum Builders focuses on Traditional and Bungalow home styles. In fact, the project featured here is a Traditional home with Bungalow elements. A low elevation, strong silhouette, and large porch are the home’s primary elements, which are matched by the varying window sizes and entryways. A seaweed color and vintage finish add to the home’s uniqueness.
6) Heartland Homes Construction
Website | 716-626-1919 | 525 N Forest Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221
Richard Bergman underwent several career changes prior to the establishment of Heartland Homes Construction. From being a real estate broker to a design instructor at the University of Buffalo, Bergman has dabbled in various areas of the construction industry. Bergman’s passion for building landed him on the cover of Builder/Architect Magazine.
Heartland Homes Construction builds homes with premium consideration of the design and use of health-conscious materials. The firm’s portfolio features several Contemporary and Traditional homes. The project featured here is a Traditional home with a contemporary twist. Somber tones of matte black and gray give the home a sophisticated look, and thin, vertical windows complete the home’s Neopolitan feel. In addition to its unique aesthetic, this home is one of Heartland’s most practical homes, as it uses a geothermal earth energy system and is Energy Star rated.
5) David Homes
Website | 716-691-6900 | 8 Knoche Wy, Orchard Park, NY 14127
After retiring as a player for the Boston Red Sox, David Stapleton found himself in the homebuilding industry and has since achieved the same prominence in construction as he had on the field. In 2009, David Homes was featured in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and completed the show’s largest project.
The firm specializes in Traditional homes, such as the project shown here, which features a beautiful color combination of blue and eggshell white. French windows and a narrow porch add functionality and a sense of balance to the design. In a twist on a conventional design, a slightly elongated garage hangs off the leftmost portion of the home, which invokes a playful feel.
4) Buffalo Treehouse
Website | 716-833-8733 | 1897 Davis Rd., W Falls, NY 14170
Led by husband and wife duo Ricardo and Jyl Rivera, Buffalo Treehouse is a design and construction firm that specializes in woodwork and structural engineering. Despite its recency, the company has garnered local and national popularity, with features on HGTV and in Buffalo Business First.
Most of the company’s projects are treehouses, but the work featured here is a non-treehouse with a terrace and a unique, multi-level layout. Adding to the home’s interesting design is the combination of fluted gray walls and wooden overhangs.
3) Natale Builders
Website | 716-580-3318 | 9159 Main St., Clarence, NY 14031
Family-owned and operated Natale Builders has been serving the western New York area for more than 40 years. The company is currently lead by Angelo Natale, who was the BNBA Builder of the Year in 2004 and was president of the BNBA in 2007.
The firm specializes in the English cottage and Craftsman home styles. The work featured here is an English cottage with slender pillars and an asymmetrical facade. The combination of blue, Earth, and gray tones conveys sophistication, and a garage on the left side adds volume and functionality to the home’s facade.
2) Forbes Capretto
Website | 716-688-559 | 470 Cayuga Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
For more than 30 years, David Capretto has been building homes in western New York. In 2002, Capretto bought Forbes Homes from Elliot Lasky and established Forbes Capretto, which was named one of Buffalo Business Journal’s Western New York’s Top Private Companies in 2014.
The company focuses on English and Tuscan home styles. The project featured here is an English home with a veranda and brickwork that overhauls the entire facade of the home. The home achieves classic beauty through its conventional facade and tawny bricks. Multi-pane windows with a balanced positioning maintain the home’s elegant look and direct the onlookers to the home’s center.
Website | 716-337-0012 | 10821 Eagle Dr., N Collins, NY 14111
With an emphasis on high-quality woodwork and green design, Timberbuilt serves both the U.S. and Canada. Hailed by Timber Home Living as one of the Best Homes of the Year in 2017, Timberbuilt makes high-quality wooden homes. George Klemens, founder, and principal of the company leads the firm.
The Timberbuilt portfolio reflects the company’s artistry, ruggedness, and commitment to green building. The project featured here is a Contemporary timber home, which features an outward layout and a hybrid timber-frame system. Complementing wooden tones create both a rustic and organic feeling. To complete the ingenious design, an open and flowing floor plan integrates the interior with the outside environment.