Cleveland is a growing city without the pressure of fast-paced New York or the lavish lifestyle of Los Angeles. The Cuyahoga River divides the city in two; the East Side displays Cleveland’s Old World charm, with historic homes that inspire the artistic character of this region, while the West Side has a newer infrastructure. Building a house in Cleveland is a good investment; U.S. News reported that housing rates in Cleveland are lower than the median national sale price. There are many home styles found in the city, including charming farmhouse single-family homes or rustic contemporary lake homes.
This list will provide you with the best custom home builders in Cleveland, all able to provide you with the type of home you are looking for. These firms have been evaluated on their craftsmanship, customer service, memberships in various associations, publications, and awards.
13) Petros Homes
Website | 440-546-9000 | 10474 Broadview Rd., Broadview Heights, OH 44147
Petros Homes was founded by second generation builder Sam Petros in his hometown of Broadview Heights. Today, the firm builds in seven countries in Northeastern Ohio, and has built over 2000 homes. It is one of the top volume producing companies in the city. The firm boasts of building not just beautiful homes, but neighborhoods of distinction, which have won numerous awards including Community of the Year. Despite being spec builders, the firm makes custom homes in its Cleveland communities. Petros Homes recently participated in the Parade of Homes to show homeowners that its custom communities are composed of impressive homes.
The Roswell is a five bedroom home with an open floor plan that perfectly suits the luxurious Lake Forest Subdivision. The home is a classic colonial with master floor plans that are built for convenience. For example, the guest room is on the first floor of the home, which is more practical for the guest and more secure for the homeowner.
12) KNL Homes
Website | 330-848-4330 | 172 1/2 Milo Ave., Barberton, OH 44203
KNL Homes offers simple, traditional homes with a modern, innovative twist. The firm ensures that every step of construction is done in-house, and takes on a limited number of projects per year to maintain the highest quality in its work. KNL Homes’ mission is to bring groundbreaking lifestyle design into the homes of its clients; its three awards for Best Single Custom Home from the Envision Awards is proof that the firm creates beautiful and practical homes.
The featured work is a perfect example of how KNL Homes blend traditional designs with a modern take. The wooden columns, steep roof, and central door are all common features of a colonial home, but the barnboard details and wide porches give a fresh look to the home. Mixing together two classic designs gave a modern look to a more traditional style.
11) Relief Properties
Website | 216-225-9474 | 20728 Carlton Ct., Strongsville, OH 44149-6700
When Darren Mancuso and his wife first renovated their first home over a decade ago, the couple found an unspoken passion for homebuilding and decided to establish their own firm in 2012. Relief Properties began as a real estate agency, buying and refurbishing old homes at a better price. As the firm expanded its clientele, it added custom home building and whole-home renovation to its services. Relief Properties has won multiple awards for its custom homes, despite the fact that these services are fairly new: the firm won two awards for Best Custom Home from Best of Ohio and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Ohio.
The firm’s award-winning lake home is a picture-perfect craftsman home showcasing all the traditional features of this style, from the gabled roof to the pillars leading to the front door. The firm is able to bring excellence to even a particularly simple home-style thanks to its careful execution.
10) Keselman Construction Group
Website | 216-269-0449 | 2475 Maple Hill Rd., Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
When Ukranian immigrant Zakhar Keselman established his firm in 2004, his first challenge was gaining the trust of his clients. His firm’s gratitude towards its clients gained the respect and trust of homeowners across Cleveland. Now, Keselman’s majority-immigrant Construction Group has over 2000 construction projects under its belt, and two consecutive Best of Ohio awards for its whole home renovation and custom home services.
The home pictured is the award-winning entry for the 2018 Best of Ohio awards. This quaint craftsman home is given character by its neutral toned brick and stone lining. The pop of blue in the front door is a welcome accent against the beige exterior of the home. There are also large dormers and window sills, bringing in the natural light into the home. The neutral color palette is also carried on inside the home, with dark hardwood floors and lighter neutral-toned walls.
9) Charis Homes
Website | 330-575-8545 | 6231 NW Frank Ave., North Canton, OH 44720
Charis Homes is an innovator in the Northeast Ohio homebuilding industry. The firm is being part of the 1% of builders in the U.S. that have met the guidelines and quality specified by U.S. Department of Energy. These homes are called Zero Energy Homes, because they filter the air and prevent harmful pollutants from entering the home. Every Zero Energy Home has superior insulation, windows, air sealing, and space conditioning systems that ensure even temperature and low humidity inside the home. These efficient homes have caught the attention of many organizations, and has earned Charis Homes many custom home awards from the Department of Energy (DOE), Building Industry Association (BIA), and the Envision awards.
Not only are these homes energy efficient—they are also aesthetically pleasing. The firm constructs mostly Ranch homes, ranging from single-family homes to two-story homes. The firm also takes the extra step of making these homes functional without compromising elegance. Examples of this effort are the hidden pantry, radiant floor heating system, and tankless hot water tank.
8) Kingdom Home Builders
Website | 440-519-3508 | 32333 Aurora Rd. Suite #300, Solon, OH 44139
Led by passionate team husband-and-wife team Jeff and Stacie Halper, Kingdon Home Builders has constructed some of the most distinctive and ambitious homes in Cleveland. The seven-time Cleveland Homearama winner makes grand homes that are reminiscent of European Manor Houses with a more traditional facade. When the couple established their own firm with the aim of going above and beyond for clients’ homebuilding experiences. The firm’s success has been recognized by the National Association of Home Building (NAHB), from which the firm earned a Best in American Living award.
The home pictured is one of the firm’s standout projects, which showcases Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Design Architecture principle. Wright believes that architecture should be reflections of the natural surroundings. This home’s dark beige color palette perfectly blends with its site’s lush greenery. Its interiors also practice this principle by incorporating tree stumps into the furnishing.
7) Prestige Homes
Website | 330-650-4333 | 17 W Streetsboro St., Hudson, OH 44236
Perry E. Bourn established Prestige Homes in 1972 to provide luxury home building services for Northeast Ohio and the Greater Cleveland area. True to its name, Prestige Homes continues to build prestigious homes offering a distinct old world charm. The firm generally builds traditional homes in ranch or craftsman styles, but what sets it apart is its organized floor plan. Cleveland.com praised the firm’s Parade of Homes entry, a functional 9,867-square foot with several unique features to make home life easier. This is the main goal of Prestige Homes—luxury for the sake of convenience. To make sure that the firm achieves its goals, Prestige Homes has cultivated a relationship with the best industry professionals to bring the best home for every homeowner.
Two of the homes Prestige Homes has showcased won best exterior architectural design in the Cleveland Choice Awards. These two award-winning entries are Cape Cod style homes with rustic stonework exteriors and barn style doors.
6) Sareth Builders
Website | 216-855-8635 | 30628 Detroit Rd. #256, Westlake, OH 44145
Founded with the family in mind, Sareth Builders aims to build family-functional and universally-designed home throughout Cleveland’s western suburbs. The firm constructs homes that are suitable for every age demographic using advanced construction techniques and generally works in ranch and Cape Cod styles. The firm constructs all homes keeping in mind people who are differently-abled, and its homes are suitable for every type of homeowner. Sareth Builders has earned many accreditations from respected organizations, including the Passive House Institute US and the Society of Building Science Educators. The firm has also won numerous Cleveland Choice Awards, including Best Green Built Home and Best Custom Home.
Aside from its universal design, the firm also has noteworthy green homes. The Morning Journal and Cleveland.com have both featured the firm’s Zero Energy Homes. The firm aims to make a community composed primarily of Zero Energy Ready Homes, certified by the Department of Energy.
5) Otero Signature Homes
Website | 440-543-3333 | 8559 East Washington St., Bainbridge Township, OH 44023
Otero Signature Homes is one of Cleveland’s premier builders and constructs luxury homes using green building methods. The firm’s achievements are credited to its founder, Ted Otero, who is one of the most successful builders in the area. Otero has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial construction and is the current President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland. As a civil engineer, Otero believes that great homes make a great community, which is why he makes sure every home in his communities is made with the best environment-friendly materials. His green homes have won the Cleveland Choice Awards’ 2015 Best Green Built Home, and the firm has won 16 other Cleveland Choice Awards awards since its establishment.
The firm’s Aurora Homearama entry is a modern craftsman home accented by white wood boards and subtle stone accents. Its interiors feature a rustic exposed wood beam ceiling and large overlooking windows that bring natural light into the home. These rustic accents create a balance with the predominantly modern furnishings and layout.
4) ProBuilt Homes
Website | 440-255-6535 | 9124 Tyler Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060
For the past 15 years, ProBuilt Homes has built a reputation with its excellent customer service. The spec builders are a household name among Northeast Ohio homeowners. While many of the firm’s customers are looking for a ready-made home, the firm’s custom home services are particularly renowned. Its designs are simple, cozy, and welcoming farmhouse-style homes. The firm continuously impresses its clients and has won News Herald’s Best of the Best Home Builder award for the past seven years.
The home pictured above shows one of the firm’s stunning farmhouses. The white barn board details and beige stonewall detailing give a fresh look to a traditional style. But ProBuilt Homes’ homes are not limited to this kind of design. The award-winning Cleveland Choice entry for Best Custom home was a rustic interpretation of a farmhouse-style home. It also had an outdoor pool with an overlooking sunroom that perfectly completed the stone landscaping.
3) Knez Homes
Website | 440-710-0711 | 7555 Fredle Dr. Ste #210, Concord Township, OH 44077
Having won over 50 Cleveland Choice awards, Knez Homes is one of the most decorated firms in Northeast Ohio. Unlike many builders in the area, the firm’s designs are mostly contemporary and modern, though it is more than capable of building craftsman and ranch-style homes. The firm aims to reinvent the Northeast Ohio home building scene.
The standout contemporary projects of the firm are products of its custom home services. This Tremont Custom Home is a classic example of a contemporary home. The home’s large windows utilize natural light. The home is made also made with sustainable materials since the firm’s homes are built according to Green Building Initiative Standards.
2) Payne and Payne Builders
Website | 440-286-9758 | 10750 Mayfield Rd., Chardon, OH 44024
One of the most successful firms in Northeast Ohio is family-run Payne and Payne Builders, the first firm in Ohio to be named the NAHB National Custom Home Builder of the Year. The firm is also a yearly winner of the Cleveland Choice awards and has been part of Qualified Remodeler magazine’s Top 55 in National Customer Service list. When the firm was established by David and Mike Payne in 1993, the brothers made sure that their family would uphold the quality service the firm offered from the beginning. Today, the firm has over 30 people in its team and is managed by the second generation of the Payne family.
Payne and Payne Builders has mastered a number of home styles, ranging from traditional to modern. The firm is also not limited to single family homes; it builds grand multi-level homes and lake homes. Its project portfolio is a collection of diverse homes in a range of styles. However, there is a distinct similarity to these homes, which is the play of rustic elements throughout every design.
1) Makoski Construction
Website | 440-729-1158 | 11139 Caves Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026
Makoski Construction is one of the most popular and successful firms in Cleveland, established by one of the most seasoned builders in Ohio. Founder Frank Makoski has been building homes since 1976 and has been the pioneer of many prestigious accreditations in Ohio, including the Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designations. Perhaps his most memorable award is HBA’s “Presidential Recognition Award” for his participation in creating the first HBA Remodeling Warranty. Makoski Construction has won numerous awards itself and has been featured in publications and television shows.
The firm is aware that not every homeowner understands the meaning of green building. For this reason, the builders and architects of the firm take the extra step to explain to clients why this process is necessary. Makoski Construction also makes sure to highlight how green building differs from the normal building process.