Charlotte, North Carolina’s most populous city, is home to some of the country’s most impressive works of modern architecture, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the UNC Charlotte Center City, and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The impressiveness of these structures is matched by Charlotte’s beautiful homes, which can be 5,000 square feet or more. Homes of this size are often found in the city’s high-end neighborhoods, such as Myers Park, The Sanctuary, Davidson, and Morrocroft Lane.
The houses in Charlotte have a median price of $220,700, but the mansions, manors, and estates built in the city’s high-end communities like Myers Park are worth an average of $726,189. These luxury homes are most likely custom built and uniquely designed to suit the particular homeowner. From European Colonial to American Craftsman, Charlotte’s custom home builders have the knowledge and experience to build any type of home style.
Here, we list the 14 best custom home builders who have created some of the most outstanding homes in Charlotte. These rankings are based on the custom home builders’ years of experience, a number of awards received projects featured in magazines and customer reviews.
14) PresPro Custom Homes
Website | 704-453-2700 | 6220 Hudspeth Rd, Harrisburg, NC 28075
PresPro Custom Homes offers custom home building services in Charlotte and the surrounding counties, including Iredell, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Rowan. Founded in 2009, the company specializes in building personalized homes in various styles, including English Arts and Crafts, Modern Tudor, Dutch West Indies, and Contemporary, and Modern. The firm handles projects with professionalism, precision, consistency, and care—whether the project is a $30k home upgrade or a custom home worth $500,000 – $2,500,000 with the majority of our current custom homes coming in around $1,300,000.
In just nine years, the company has earned several recognitions from local online publications, such as the Charlotte Business Journal, which named the firm the number one fastest-growing company in Charlotte in 2017. PresPro Custom Homes was also listed by Charlotte Business Journal as #1 Fastest Growing Company in 2017, #5 Fastest Growing Company in 2018 and #1 Fastest Growing Builder in 2014, 2017, and 2018. They were also listed by Inc 500 as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2014 and 2018. They were also an Earnst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Southeast Finalist in 2018.
13) Everett Custom Homes
Website | 704-608-4307 | 1408 Tarrington Way, Indian Trail, NC 28079
With more than 10 years of experience in building luxury homes, Everett Custom Homes is a highly acclaimed design-build firm that builds homes worth up to $5 million. The firm has completed several custom home, remodeling, and home addition projects in Charlotte’s prestigious communities, such as Lake Wylie. The company normally constructs large homes of 7,000 to 9,000 square feet and aims to transform each home into a living masterpiece.
With a superb educational background in design and architecture, founder Eric Brown inherited his grandfather’s knowledge of and carpentry skills in building custom luxury homes. Under Brown’s leadership and training, the firm’s hand-picked subcontractors, suppliers, and artists ensure that they deliver first-class customer service and treat every home like a work of art. This high-quality service was recognized by the Southern Living Custom Builder Program in 2014.
12) John Marshall Custom Homes
Website | 704-239-1124 | 618 James Alexander Way, Davidson, NC 28036
A certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council, John Marshall Custom Homes is one of the most recommended builders for constructing sustainable homes in the Charlotte metro area as well as the counties of Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, and Lincoln. Since its establishment in 2002, the company has completed more than 75 new custom homes ranging in size from 1,500 to more than 6,000 square feet. The firm is an expert in building homes with unique and complex architecture styles, but the firm’s best works are those of homes with classic American architecture. Whether clients request a $200k or a $2 million custom home, the company prioritizes comfort and efficiency in each project.
Owner and operator Rodney Graham has worked with major corporations and assumed leading roles in community organizations in Davidson, NC. His knowledge and influence have helped his business grow into one of North Carolina’s award-winning green builders and Energy Star partners. Several of the firm’s projects have received multiple community awards, including a Best Green Custom Home in Davidson’s “Best of the Lake” competition. In 2012, the firm was awarded a first place prize for a new home construction between $500k and $750k in a community home building contest. Several homes built by the company have been featured in local magazines, such as Lake Norman Magazine.
11) Thompson Custom Building Group
Website | 704-202-4390 | 1310 South Tryon St., Suite 103, Charlotte, NC 28203
Thompson Custom Building Group is an architecture and custom home building company that serves clients in the Charlotte metro area and neighborhoods in South Carolina. Each of the firm’s projects is a product of strong collaboration between the company’s owner, architect, interior designer, and builder. The firm was founded by Ted Thompson, who has more than 15 years of experience building custom homes. He designs and builds homes to ensure that they are timeless, tailored, comfortable, and refined. The firm builds houses between 4,000 and 24,000 square feet, but its dedication to first-class customer service and craftsmanship remains the same no matter the size of the project.
Most of the company’s works commonly feature American Craftsman, Mid-century Modern, and Contemporary home styles, but one of its outstanding masterpieces is a Contemporary waterfront home in Cornelius, which overlooks Lake Norman. The 33,000 square-foot house is owned by none other than Denny Hamlin—a famous and respected NASCAR Driver who always dreamed of living in a home where all of his stress could seep away. Today, this Malibu-inspired home is featured in one of the most popular magazines in the city, QC Exclusive.
10) MacNeil Homes, LLC
Website | 704-506-0404 | 6701 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
MacNeil Homes provide custom home building, home improvement, and home consulting services in high-end areas of Charlotte, including Davidson, The Sanctuary, and certain locations featured in the 2009 Luxury Home Tour by the Home Builders Association of Greater Charlotte (HBGC), including the Chapel Cove and Weddington’s Highgate neighborhood. Since the company’s inception in 2006, MacNeil Homes has developed a reputation for its integrity in customer service, and several award-winning architects have collaborated with the firm to create some of the most stunning custom residences in the area.
The firm is managed by CEO Anita MacNeil—a veteran home builder who worked hard to rise up the ranks and create her own name as the owner and general manager of MacNeil Homes. Under her leadership, the company has built more than 1,000 homes in North and South Carolina in just 12 years. These homes display a wide range of styles, including Old World, Craftsman, and Traditional. The firm received the 2010 Best Custom Home Gold Award from the 25th Annual Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence awards and was recognized as Home of the Year by Professional Builder Magazine.
9) Carolina Classic Builders
Website | 704-684-9675 | 10612-D Providence Road, Suite 203 Charlotte, NC 28277
For more than 60 years, Carolina Classic Builders has been providing custom home building, home renovation, and design consultation services in Charlotte as well as the counties of Union and Mecklenburg. The homes built by the firm are usually worth $40k to $2 million and display various home styles, including Craftsman, Tudor, and Traditional. Many clients request the firm’s services repeatedly because its team of craftsmen and designers provide high-quality customer service and the firm’s finished products exceed expectations.
Carolina Classic Builders is owned and operated by Evan Weiss—a general contractor who graduated from the University of Florida with a specialization in Building Construction. In 2016, the University of Florida recognized Carolina Classic Builders as one of the fastest growing companies managed by an alumnus and included the firm on the Gator 100 list. Weiss was also featured on Professional Builder Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” list.
8) Whitlock Builders
Website | 704-364-9577 | 8101 Tower Point Dr #100, Charlotte, NC 28227
For 60 years, Whitlock Builders have been serving the Charlotte area, the Carolina Piedmont region, and upstate South Carolina. The firm was founded by Hubert Whitlock in 1957 and was inherited by Scott Whitlock who is a second-generation builder in the family. Scott serves as the president and CEO and leads his team of professionals to create the most sophisticated homes in the area. The firm’s high-quality service has earned recognition from nationally famous magazines, including Professional Builder Magazine, which listed Whitlock Builders as one of the “101 Best Companies to Work for in Residential Construction.” The firm builds in various styles, including Farmhouse, Dutch Colonial, and Jacobean Tudor and can build the most complex residential structures.
One of the firm’s most outstanding works is a new Manor residence on Morrocroft Lane. The homes in this area are some of the largest and most uniquely designed homes in the city. The Manor residence embodies elegance and grandeur, which is evident through the home’s intricate details, such as the arches, decorative wall paneling, floating cabinets, and incredible outdoor living space.
7) Loyd Builders, LLC
Website | 919-387-1455 | 2501 Reliance Avenue, Apex, NC 27539
Though mostly serving clients in the Greater Triangle and surrounding areas, award-winning firm Loyd Builders, LLC also builds homes in Charlotte. The firm builds mansions, manors, and estates in several different styles—from Tudor Revival to Georgian Colonial. It is owned and operated by Tripp Loyd—a second-generation builder in the family with more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry.
For several years, the company has been actively participating in Parade of Homes contests in North Carolina. Every year since 2001, the company has brought home a gold, silver, or bronze award. Just this year, the company was the Parade of Homes’ gold award winner for its Tudor Revival-style home in Sweetwater, Apex. The house features all-white walls and Contemporary designs in the living, dining, and kitchen areas.
6) Shea Homes
Website | 704-319-5000 | 8008 Corporate Center Dr., Charlotte, NC 28226
Shea Homes is one of the oldest and largest custom home builders in the U.S. In North Carolina, Shea Homes specifically serves the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Since 1881, Shea Homes has been constructing luxury homes that usually cost up to a million dollars. Honesty and integrity, respect for the individual, teamwork, and a competitive spirit are the core values that guide the firm’s team of professionals to deliver the best results and provide the highest quality of customer service to each one of its clients.
In North Carolina, the company has built impressive homes that have earned several awards from home builder organizations, such as the 2014 HBGC Parade of Homes Silver Award in Category 1 for the Tensley Model at Miller’s Grove; the 2013 National Association of Home Builders National Sales & Marketing Council Silver Award for the Design Studio; and the 2012 HBGC Parade of Homes Gold Award in the $135k–$182k category for the Tensley Model at Winding Walk. One of the firm’s most outstanding projects in Charlotte is a Redwood Model home in The Palisades community near Lake Wylie. The unique features of this Traditional, Craftsman-style home are the fully wooden floors, a marble kitchen island, and a brick wall in the dining area.
5) Simonini Homes
Website | 704-333-8999 | 501 East Morehead Suite 4, Charlotte, NC 28202
Simonini Homes offer custom home building and home renovations in Mecklenburg County, Gaston County and prestigious neighborhoods in Charlotte, such as Myers Park. The company specializes in building homes that are worth up to $6 million and that showcase European Colonial, Craftsman, and English Manor home styles. The company is determined to provide exceptional customer experience and is passionate about crafting individual homes that add beauty to the neighborhoods it serves.
The founder of the firm, Alan Simonini, constantly strives to learn the best construction techniques in the industry. John Tammara is the president of the firm, a member of several community service organizations, and a licensed General Contractor and NCRE Builder. Under the Simonini and Tammara’s leadership, Simonini Homes is the only builder in the region to have won the coveted “Triple Crown” of builder awards: National Builder of the Year, America’s Best Builder, and the National Housing Gold Quality Award.
4) Niblock Homes
Website | 704-842-9448 | 759 Concord Parkway, N.W. Suite 20, Concord, NC 28027
In 1979 3 brothers founded Niblock Development Corporation and began a tradition of homebuilder excellence. This tradition is strengthened by ideals like integrity, value, fairness and quality. These qualities combine to form the foundation of Niblock Homes and are what guide our business today. Niblock started out specializing in custom homes. That specialty carries over into the homes we build today. As recipient of the prestigious Diamond Builder Award and the Foundation Builder Award, you’ll find quality design concepts in every home we build, and that is why Niblock Homes has been building custom homes in the greater Charlotte area for over 40 years.
Driven by its four core ideals—integrity, value, fairness, and quality—the company continues to be one of the most preferred home builders in the Charlotte area. Among its recent projects was a custom home in Dunhill at Bedford Farms. In 2017, Niblock Homes was given a Gold Award from the Parade of Homes in Charlotte.
3) Augusta Homes
Website | 704-892-7795| 10602-B Bailey Road, Cornelius, NC 28031
Augusta Homes is a one-of-a-kind builder that specializes in building custom homes with provincial European to trendy courtyard concepts. For more than 20 years, the firm has been building high-end homes that are worth more than a million dollars. The company offers its services to Charlotte as well as to upscale neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County and Iredell County. Uniquely, the company can build homes in Meadowlands, forests, and lakefront areas.
August Homes is spearheaded by Ken Wrench—a highly regarded businessman who has been working in the industry for more than 30 years. Wrench has been featured in the Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and “Businessmen to Watch in Charlotte” lists. His years of experience in designing and building custom homes have helped the firm make a memorable contribution to the residential architecture in the communities in which it builds. Some of its works made the cover of popular local and national magazines, including Luxury Home Magazine, QC Exclusive, and Lake Norman Currents. An example of its work that made the cover of QC Exclusive is a rustic-modern French cottage located in the Lake Norman area. A 23-foot ceiling and 16-feet windows were used to showcase the magnificent view of the lake.
2) Artistic Contractors
Website | 704-280-3934 | 5960 Fairview Road, Ste 400, Charlotte, NC 28210
Artistic Contractors is an inventive and creative custom home builder that uses state-of-the-art technology and building practices to create stunning custom luxury homes. The company constructs homes worth over $2 million for clients from the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Union County, and other surrounding areas. From Modern and Contemporary to American Farmhouse, the firm can build the most complex home styles. One of the firm’s most outstanding projects is a modern custom home overlooking Lake Norman in Denver, North Carolina. The house features floor-to-ceiling glass windows that capture the perfect view of the poolside/barbecue area. The light-colored wooden ceiling, floors, and furniture brighten the entire living and dining areas. This masterpiece was a collaborative project with McClellan Architects and Artistic Contractors. It was featured in an online article by QC Exclusive.
Co-owners Daron Gaon, Drew Rivas, and Andrew Parker lead the company with solid teamwork and a deep passion for unique, top-notch designs and seamless construction. Their clients frequently compliment the team’s professionalism, honesty, and customer service.
1) Kingswood Custom Homes
Website | 704-889-1600 | 115 College Street, Pineville, NC 28134
Known for its exceptional workmanship, Kingswood Custom Homes is a respected custom home builder that serves both North and South Carolina. Most of its homes are built in Charlotte’s high-end neighborhoods, such as Myers Park, Eastover, Carmel Park, The Point, and The Peninsula. Since 1996, the firm has been building estate homes in unique and elegant styles, including 19th Century Colonial, Southern Revival, and English Manor, and these homes normally cost upwards of $2 million.
Founder and owner Peter Leeke has more than 40 years of experience in the real estate business and more than 20 years of knowledge and expertise in custom home building. Among his best works is a 7,000 square-foot home that features a simple American Craftsman style. The u-shaped house has a second-floor deck, vaulted ceilings, a below-ground wine cellar. and a reinforced professional gym floor with diamond plate walls. The home’s uniqueness caught the attention of QC Exclusive. Other stunning homes built by the firm have been featured in several publications, including Southpark Magazine and the Charlotte Business Journal. Over the years, the company has mostly been awarded for its custom homes that are worth $1 million and above. Recently, Kingswood received a 2017 PRISM Award from the Charleston HBA for a single-family detached home that was worth $2.5–2.9 million.