Ohio’s state capital, situated on the banks of the Scioto River and surrounded by forest, is a fast-growing city boasting many beautiful residential neighborhoods. As of 2017, it was the third-most populous state capital in the nation – and it is projected to grow substantially in the coming years. According to realtor.com, it’s the fourth-hottest housing market in the country. A sudden boom in its economy led to Forbes Magazine calling it a “rare Midwest success story”. Before the prices in this area skyrocket, here are some contractors that could help you build your dream home.
These firms have been included not just for their specialty in building custom homes but also for their awards for spectacular home construction and their accreditations with organizations like the BIA, NHBA, and NARI. Press releases from these firms are also highlighted to show the firm’s recognition in the industry.
Some also offer other services such as home rebuilding and renovations, but here we highlight contractors with the ability to build custom homes reflecting the state’s old, European ancestry. These beautifully crafted buildings are diverse in styles: classy, traditional, or simple – and they harmonize well with the forest background Columbus was blanketed with before modernization, and that still surrounds it today.
13) Cornerstone Construction and Remodeling
Website| 614.840.0922 |6589 Huntley Road Columbus, OH, 43229
Established in 2005, Cornerstone Construction and Remodeling aims to deliver superior quality construction services in line with each client’s values and budget. The firm believes communication is the foundation of every great project, and they emphasize this in their customer service. They say they don’t have any salespeople on their team because their clients consult directly with the craftsmen who will work on their homes. The service does not end with the completion of construction. The company provides a one-year workmanship guarantee to clients for each project.
Cornerstone Construction and Remodeling is a NARI member and is an award-winning contractor. They won the 2013 Contractor of the Year Award: Residential Kitchen under $40k. While their projects often range up to $80k, they also collaborate with SBA Studios on larger-scale projects starting at $100K.
12) Iullianeli Custom Homes
Website |614.560.9241|PO Box 1055 New Albany OH 43054
Building in many areas in Central Ohio, Iulianelli Custom homes is founded by Dan and Frank Iulianelli who come from a family deeply rooted in traditional fine craftsmanship. The firm has been a long-respected name within Central Ohio’s construction industry and is known for building custom homes and doing home renovations.
With more than 50 years of experience in the industry and a team of diverse and experienced subcontractors, Iulianelli Custom Homes combine their client’s vision with their own skill to create high-quality homes. The team also has their own home planners, interior designers, real-estate agents and lenders who can make the building process much simpler. Iulianelli Custom Homes start in the $400,000 range and they produce an affordable high-end product for homeowners.
11) Betley Vistain Builders
Website|614.451.320|11580 Fishinger Road Suite 150 Columbus, Ohio 43221
Providing primary contractor construction management services for high end, single family homes, Betley Vistain Builders is a top estate builder of houses with eclectic French and traditional French styles. Established in 1991, and founded by Walt Betley and Jeff Vistain, the firm serves central Ohio, including Upper Arlington, Bexley, and New Albany.
The company’s fine homes have been priced at over $1 million. A key to the luxury is the synergy of new materials and historic styles that they accomplish in each project. This is made possible by the close collaboration the architects develop with each client, ensuring that the customer’s vision and expectations is implemented completely and accurately.
10) Weaver Custom Home
Website|614.314.7009|124 E. Liberty St., Downtown, Wooster, Ohio
Weaver Custom Home was founded in the 1950s by Ben Weaver, who was then a mason by trade. Weaver has become a local industry leader, founding the local Home Builders Association while continuing to build homes for his own clients. Many of his single-family houses and condominium neighborhoods are still standing were attributed to him. The firm’s current president is Merle Stutzman, who retains the values of excellence and integrity ingrained in the company by Weaver while looking forward to new markets and technologies. The Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce awarded the firm with Small Business of the Year recognition, as well as the Main Street Wooster Design Award in 2015. The firm has participated in the 2018 Parade of Homes.
Weaver Custom Homes offers renovations, luxury condominiums, and window treatments, in addition to new home custom construction. The company says, “we have a passion for what we do – no matter the location or the investment range, our first priority is to build you a welcoming place where your family will create memories for decades to come.” Weaver builds in Central Ohio’s Britonwoods, Ebrington, Greyland, Northeast Ohio’s Wooster, and Doylestown.
9) Heinlen Follmer
Website|614.889.9415|8941 Dublin Road. Powell, Ohio 43065
One of the household names in construction in Central Ohio is family-run firm, Heinlen Follmer. Steve Heinlen founded the company in 1973 because he wanted to build exceptional, quality homes that would involve the homeowners in every step of the process. Since then, the company has emphasized operating according to the Golden Rule. Their aspiration is to respect their customers and subcontractors and treat them with fairness and kindness at all times. This value may be the reason for the firm’s loyal clientele: some have returned for new projects up to 20 years later. Clients are mostly families in the mid-range price point with project sizes that range from $121K to $674K.
Heinlen Follmer specializes in constructing custom homes with simple classic facades and clean interiors. The firm has been a Building Industry Association member for more than 20 years and has been designated by the Columbus Business First as one of the top home builders ranked by high gross sales on 2016 and 2011.
8) Schumacher Homes
Website|740.224.3756|5087 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035, USA
Schumacher Homes is a large family-owned company with offices in many states, including Ohio. Since its founding in 1992 by Paul Schumacher, the firm has completed more than 14,000 custom-built homes across the nation. Schumacher Homes offers extensive custom options and model homes with a team of New Home Consultants ready to assist clients. The firm prides itself on its ability to make the homebuilding process clear and exciting for customers.
Schumacher Homes won a National Housing Quality Award and have been designated as an NHQ builder. The firm also won National Gold Winning Home of the Year and National Silver Winning Home of the Year awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the Gold Award from the 2015 International Builders Show for Best Multi-generational Home. The firm also won an award for their marketing campaign, given by the NAHB. The Professional Builder Magazine named the firm Best in American Living Award for its work on a 6,500 square feet custom home. Schumacher was also designated as the #1 Design Studio in America by the NAHB.
In addition to their awards, they’ve been featured in the press. Schumacher Homes’ custom bath work appeared in Builder Magazine and in The Atlantic, and the company has struck a deal with Cleveland’s Fox 8’s show Home Builders Spotlight, in which Schumacher discusses home building processes and trends. The firm builds in Ohio, and in neighboring states such as Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, and others.
7) Matrka Group
Website |614.486.7707|1211 Chesapeake Ave. Columbus, OH, 43212
Serving the Columbus area for 35 years, Matrka Group builds custom homes and home remodels. With a focus on a systematic and thorough process of delivering the high-quality construction, the firm has done at least 36 projects in the Columbus, Blacklick, Delaware, and Westerville areas. Their work has won awards, including National Contractor of the Year in 2007 and Contractor of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
Established in 1990, Matrka Group has sought to become the premier custom home builder in the Columbus area. The firm’s three principals are Mike Matrka, Andy Bush, and Brett Harper. With founder Matrka’s 35 years of building work, Bush’s 20-years experience in the firm and innovative forward-thinking, and Harper’s use of the latest software technology, Matrka has an assembly of creative individuals with an eye for art and innovation, and an exceptional taste in design.
6) Corinthian Fine Homes
Website|614.766.7955|90 S. High Street, Ste. D Dublin, OH, 43017
Founded by principals Joe Aulino and Kevin Koch, Corinthian Fine Homes has been building homes for the Columbus area since 1994. The firm is affiliated with the Central Ohio Building Industry Association (BIA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Though primarily building in Dublin, Powell, Upper Arlington, New Albany, Hilliard and Westerville, the firm also builds homes throughout Central Ohio.
To ensure quality work, Corinthian Fine homes builds their high-end houses with fine materials and sophisticated technology, customized for each client’s vision. Their construction process focuses on a smooth collaboration with clients and long-term subcontractors through easy time management, availability, communication, and a personal touch.
5) Coppertree Homes
Website |740.587.0777|8624 Industrial Parkway #4 – Plain City, OH, 43064
Established in 2004, Coppertree homes are one of the few pure custom home builders in the Columbus area. Combining roughly 150 years of experience in construction, land development, and design industries, Coppertree Homes was founded by Bob Gardner out of his love for custom home building. In 2008, Tim Shear joined the team, bringing with him over 40 years of home construction experience.
Being one of the most respected residential builders in Columbus, the firm limits itself to completing 16 homes per year, in order to devote full attention to its customers and to ensure high-quality craftsmanship within each project.
In the last four years, the firm has completed 33 projects, primarily in the Columbus area, and is known for winning top honors in the BIA Parade of Homes. In the 2013 Parade of Homes in Jerome Village, the company built a striking Italian-style home filled with unique touches – graceful interior arches, and a Tuscany-inspired wine cellar. This home won first place for the People’s Choice Favorite House and Favorite Interior Décor. In 2016, an owner’s suite in another of the firm’s houses earned the Gold Award for the “Best Designed Retreat”.
4) 3 Pillar Homes
Website|614.845.6055|Lewis Center, OH 43035
The founder of 3 Pillar Homes, Zenios Michael Zenios, grew up on Cyprus, steeped in fine architecture and his father’s construction business. Inspired to become a craftsman and contractor himself, he honed his skills with degrees in business and civil engineering in the United States. Settling in Ohio, he started a successful business named after the three values (the 3 pillars) that his father’s business upheld: honor, quality, and design.
These values landed the firm nine 2018 Parade of Homes awards and five 2014 Parade of Home awards, among other accolades, and they were BIA’s 2011 Builder of the Year. They were also ranked number 25 in Colombus Business First’s “Fast 50” of Greater Columbus Area Fastest Growing Companies last 2014. Zenios was also the BIA President on 2010.
Given all these accomplishments, it comes as no surprise that 3 Pillars caters to Central Ohio’s most prominent neighborhoods. They have high standards and always prove to their clients that their excellent craftsmanship is worth investing in.
3) Compass Homes
Website|614.895.1800|3763 Attucks Drive Powell, OH, 43065
As the only firm that is recognized as Columbus’s Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Compass Homes has been guiding their clients to better homes for more than 10 years. Having a CGB recognition means that this firm not only has the skills for home building but also for business management. This explains the process-driven culture and success of the firm, which has earned it 26 Parade of Home Awards, 21 Building Industry Association (BIA) Awards, and placement on the Columbus Business First “Fast 50” list from 2010 to 2016.
Established by Mark Braunsdorf, Compass Homes lives by their tagline of the “more thought per square foot home builder” by building homes that are efficient in the long run. This means that they are not only focused on what they are building but also where they are building it – how it fits in with the community and its amenities. They also want to maximize the efficiency of each home by giving purpose to every space. The firm builds modern homes with functional designs and details like hydraulic cabinets, strategically-placed shelves, and smart home features.
2) Romanelli and Hughes Homes
Website|614.891.2042|148 W. Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Romanelli and Hughes Homes is one of Central Ohio’s premier luxury custom home builders. Established by Vince Romanelli and David Hughes in 1970, the firm has since gained widespread praise for their attention to luxury, craftsmanship, and excellence. Romanelli and Hughes offer architectural designs, general contracting, and interior design, and oversee a staff with more than 100 years of collective experience in the industry. The firm’s custom homes have received multiple awards from the Building Industry Association (BIA) and the firm was recognized in the Top Custom Home Builders list by Columbus Business First. Vince Romanelli was inducted into the BIA Hall of Fame in 2017.
The firm’s high-end homes are characterized by open spaces, custom cabinetry, and manicured lawns, courtesy of Columbus’ skilled artisans and craftsmen. Their works earned them the Favorite House, Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards from the BIA Parade of Homes, including two Energy Efficient Awards. The firm is also the recipient of four MAME Awards in categories Best Design Center (21st and 22nd) and Best Parade Home Design (23rd and 27th). The company’s projects are energy-efficient and were rated below 55 at the HERS Index Score. Their projects have been featured in the Columbus Dispatch, Delaware Gazette, Fox 28, ABC, and Columbus Business First.
1) Bob Webb Homes
Website|614.362.3523|7662 North Central Drive, Lewis Center, OH, 43035
Bob Webb Homes is a family-operated, award-winning custom home builder in Ohio with more than 2,000 luxury homes to its name. Robert Webb, the founder, runs the company with his daughter, Becky Webb Rogers, serving as president. Bob was named Builder of the Year by the BIA and is included in its Hall of Fame. The firm’s commitment to their long-standing, family tradition of satisfaction and quality of craftsmanship has earned them 20 Consumer’s Choice Awards for the Best Custom Builder category in the last five decades. The company says, “we partner with you every step of the way to help you identify your needs so your custom home has everything you want and none of the things you don’t.”
Bob Homes offers clients custom home construction, site planning, and preparation, including architectural and design services. The company tailors each design to fit the unique style and needs of the client. The firm has a strong commitment to sustainable building: the firm earned an assigned score of 50 out of 100 in the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index, which rates a home’s energy efficiency (the lower the number, the more sustainable). Bob Webb also popularized a particular design trend called Messy Kitchen, according to Columbus Magazine. You can see the firm’s diverse builds in Columbus, Dublin Olentangy, Powell, Plain City, Lewis Center, and Delaware.