Historically El Paso Del Norte, or ‘The Pass of the North,’ served as a stop for travelers at an intersection of three states and two countries. The city has always been a place where cultures and languages met, and today it is host to the largest bilingual, binational work force in the Western Hemisphere.
That rich history still informs the city’s infrastructure: when you’re there it’s impossible not to feel Spain’s lingering influence, and the buildings harken to a simpler, more elegant way of life.
El Paso ’s residents, however, are making sure that their city is not frozen in time. Even as you sense the Spanish influence on the welcoming neighborhoods, you can also see that the designs are modernized, thanks to the established and growing community of home builders in the area. This article lists all the best general contractors in El Paso, contractors who show us both the classic and modern designs this elegant historic city has to offer. On the other hand, if you want to learn more about the cost of building a custom home in El Paso, check out our cost guide article.
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 El Paso, check out our cost guide article.
ICON Custom Builder
1150 Burgundy Drive, El Paso, TX 79907
ICON Custom Builder’s entry to the 2021 Parade of Homes, the VIDA on Camino Nogal stands at 3,927 square feet, with four bedrooms, four full baths, and a half bath. This sleek black and white modern farmhouse opens to a fireplace wall, which warms the living room on its other side. Towards the left, a marble slab center kitchen island cascades into a wooden eat-in space right at the entry to the gray and white formal dining room. A butler’s pantry sits between these two spaces. A bar area looks out onto the outdoor grill, accessed through sliding doors beneath large clerestory windows in this flex space. The crisp neutral tones continue in the spacious master bedroom, which opens to the freestanding tub, dual sink vanity, and open shower master bath. There’s also a cozy family room and a well-lit home office.
Husband-and-wife team Carlos and Juanita Garcia opened ICON Custom Builder in 2004 with a vision for building high-quality modern homes. It’s earned multiple Parade of Homes awards over the years and the firm has become one of the most successful custom home builders in El Paso.
11450 Rojas Dr, El Paso, TX
Edward’s Homes, founded by Eduardo Fernandez in 2003, aims to serve El Pasoan families by providing them high-quality homes they can relax in at a price with which they are comfortable. According to the firm, “we have accomplished this through focused teamwork, pride in our work, quality-controlled systems, and by hiring and educating the best individuals we can discover.”
Edward’s Homes offers spacious floor plans, consultation, planning, and financing suggestions. Edward’s Homes has completed nearly 200 houses in El Paso, with lot sizes starting at 2,800 square feet. Edward’s Homes is highly regarded for their customer service, most notably their willingness to go the extra mile to provide the best for their clients. Edward’s Homes has been BBB accredited since February 2007, and they participated in Parade of Homes 2018.
Fortune Custom Homes
14697 Long Shadow, El Paso. 79938
Since 1988, Fortune Custom Homes has been building stylish and high-quality homes that clients are proud to own. The firm has served more than a thousand clients and has received recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency as the first custom home builder 100% compliant with Energy Star Guidelines. During the Home Show in 2005, Fortune built an entire model home inside the El Paso Civic Center. The firm participated in the Parade of Homes in 2017.
The company says, “our philosophy towards business and building homes is why Fortune Custom Homes continues to grow and succeed and succeed. A philosophy that puts the customer first, that stands by its product, that listens and responds to their client’s needs and desires.” Fortune offers custom home building and model homes. The firm builds in East Side’s Tierra Del Este 72, 76. 78, and 68, and in Mission Ridge’s Garden Park, Desert Canyon, and Painted Sky. Each of their projects has 50 standard features – ranging from custom base modeling, semi-gloss paint to the tankless water heater and built-in medicine cabinets, all for the ease of clients. Fortune also takes pride in the fact that a significant portion of their projects came from referrals; their success has come from other satisfied customers.
Diamond Homes LLC
3000 Bob Beamon Street, El Paso, TX 79938, USA
Diamond Homes LLC, in El Paso, is a family-owned, custom homebuilding company founded in 1994. Juan Baquera, who took over from his father, now runs the company. Diamond listens to their clients and carefully crafts each project. They write that “family comes first and where you call home is everything. Be it entertaining guests in a stylish functional kitchen or de-stressing in a relaxing master suite, our family has your family at the heart of our company.”
Diamond Homes are characterized by refined lines and airy spaces. The company is also the first home builder in the city to build a fully-certified Energy Star home. Juan assures the public that their homes are 100% energy efficient. The company serves the areas of El Paso, Horizon City, and Franklin Hills, and take on projects with a size range of 1,400 square feet and up.
Diamond Homes has been featured in Fox – Channel 14’s Today’s Home Builder TV Show, on an episode that told the story of their company, and explained their building process. In 2015, their home amenity work appeared in Su Casa Magazine. Diamond Homes is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the Texas Association of Builders.
12660 Tierra Clara Rd., El Paso, TX
For over two decades, Pacifica Homes has been building homes in El Paso and they style themselves “the people’s choice.” They rarely receive a complaint and client testimonials attest to that. Perhaps it’s because the firm offers superior quality service at an affordable price. In fact, they’ve participated in the 2017 El Paseo De Casas affordable home showcase. They’ve also won “Best Kitchen” in the 2018 Parade of Homes.
Founded by Juan Jose Vasquez, Pacifica Homes believes that they should always do the right thing the first time, that’s why they only use the best quality materials in their construction. To prove the durability of their material, they took a video of an Army Sergeant attempting to hammer through their walls; he failed to penetrate the invincible walls.
The firm’s price range is from $100k to $300K. They specialize in ground-up construction and remodeling. They are a proud Energy Star Partner and are members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the El Paso Association of Builders (ELPAB).
604 Gil’s Magic Ct., El Paso, TX 79932
For over 15 years, Rassette Homes has crafted beautiful homes in El Paso. The company takes cutting-edge homebuilding technology to the area. Their work has resulted in improved building standards, such as having refrigerated air circulation and easy-maintenance pitched roofs.
Rassette Homes is no stranger to awards. In 2017, the firm was named the Builder of the Year by the El Paso Association of Builders (EPAB) and has won a Best Master Bath recognition from the Texas Association of Builders. In the early 2000s, the firm won several Home Show Awards, and they also took the 2006 Home Show Premier Builder, the 2005 Home Show Award, and the Next Generation Home in El Paso. The firm’s president, Don Rassete, also served in 2017 as the EPAB’s president. Rassette Homes has appeared in the El Paso Times and they participated in Parade of Home event, an annual showcase of homes in different regions.
Rassette says, “we have also developed a reputation for superior customer service by putting our buyers’ needs and concerns at the forefront of our business practices.” The firm offers semi-custom home construction, pre-planned floor plans, green building options, new home construction to clients in El Paso, Sunland Park, and Canutillo. The company guarantees that all of their projects are built by licensed professionals, abide by energy efficient standards, and will be elegant and comfortable. Rassette Homes is a member of the National Association of Home Builders Spike Club, Texas Association of Builders, El Paso Association of Builders, and a BBB Accredited Business.
12720 Runway Ave. El Paso, Texas
Loyalty Homes is one of the newest contractors in El Paso, and they are off to a fast start; they were nominated “Best Home Builder” by The City Magazine in their first year, and in the following year as well.
Established in 2016, the family-run firm makes sure that all of the homes they build are compliant with Energy Star standards which means their homes are sustainable and friendly to the environment. The firm designs modern American colonial homes in an affordable price range of $100K to $260K. The firm was chosen for the El Paseo de Casas for just that reason: they wanted to showcase builders who constructed affordable homes.
They specialize in custom homes and remodeling, and they offer 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty which means they can cover structural and system defect coverage for up to 10 years. Their policies show that loyalty is not only found in their name.
Mountain Vista Homes
10657 Vista Del Sol Drive El Paso, Texas 79935
One of the longest-running firms in El Paso, Mountain Vista Homes has won the El Paso Builder of the Year Award for 1994, 2007, and 2010. Its founder, Mike Santamaria, has also garnered the Pat Cox Lifetime Achievement Award from El Paso Association of Builders in 2012.
Like many firms, Mountain Vista Homes upholds the value of customer service in their business. Their price range is usually at $100K to $180K but they can go as high as $400K They also offer a 10-year warranty along with their construction.
Mountain Vista Homes are home builders that offer renovation and ground-up renovation, but they also offer houses for rent for their customers who are not currently in a position to buy. They are proud members of the Texas Home Builders Association, El Paso Home Builders Association, and the National Home Builders Association.
Winton Flair Homes
6300 Escondido Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912
Established in 1963, Winton Flair Homes is one of the oldest and most energy-efficient firms in El Paso. They’re an Energy Star Member and they have also been awarded the Sustained Excellence award for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Builder Magazine has cited their achievements in sustained excellence.
The family-owned firm makes luxury homes that, while expensive, are actually an investment in the long run. All materials are carefully chosen to lessen energy use within the home. They’ve calculated that their clients save about $400 per year in energy costs. Vice President Mark Dyer said in an interview that the extra steps they’ve taken to become more sustainable have increased sales: their clients are increasingly searching for energy solutions that will decrease their long-term financial liability. To date, they have constructed 1,657 Energy Star Certified Homes in their community.
They offer custom design builds for clients in the El Paso, Las Cruces, and Southern New Mexico. They also offer landscaping services such as swimming pool installation, front lawn landscaping, and rock landscaping. Their prices start at $250K and go as high as $500K.
Bella Vista Homes
1404 N Zaragoza Rd, El Paso, TX 79936
Bella Vista Homes is a premier, custom home building company run by second-generation builder Edgar Garcia. Founded in 2001, the company quickly became renowned for their excellently crafted homes in El Paso, Texas. Bella Vista has participated in the 2018 Parade of Homes, where it was voted as Best Staged House. The company’s work also appeared in Su Casa Magazine April 2018 edition.
Bella Vista Homes’ works are characterized by distinctive front exteriors made of different culture stones, full frontal landscaping, and ornamental wrought iron gates. Through their use of Buildertrend–a building and remodel web-based software–the company allows clients to track the real-time status and schedule of their project. Bella Vista offers building design, custom homes, and new home construction in El Paso, Anthony, Canutillo, Clint, Fabens, San Elizario, and Tornillo. They also help homebuyers in their search through their sister company, Bella Vista Real Estate. In addition to being an Energy Star Partner, Bella Vista is a BBB Accredited Business, and a member of El Paso Association of Builders. The company is actively in construction at various sites in Canyon Cimarron, Franklin Hills, Sky Island, and The View.
Deal 2 Deal Homes
6600 N. Mesa St. Suite 404, El Paso, Texas 79912
Husband and wife tandem Delton and Lucinda Deal founded Deal 2 Deal Homes in 2015. Since then, the firm has participated in the 2016 and 2018 Parade of Homes, as featured in the El Paso Times. They are also a certified Energy Star partner and members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the El Paso Association of Builders (ELPAB), and the Texas Association Builders (TAB).
Deal 2 Deal Homes have high standards because they want to “build homes where quality matters.” They design modern homes that give a fresh take on classic designs, like the curved home that Delton Deal designed for the 2016 Parade of Homes. Their services are customer-centered: they believe that the customer is not dependent on them, but that they are dependent on the customer. They are aware that every detail must be taken into consideration, so they assure daily on-site supervision. Their price range is from $250K to $450K.
12300 Montwood, El Paso, Texas 79928
Saratoga Homes is considered one of the most credible builders in Texas. With over 30 years of experience in the business, the firm has won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Home of Texas, listed as The City Magazine’s “Best Home Builder” in 2015, and ranked 84th in Builder Magazine’s 2018 Top 100.
As one of El Paso’s most experienced builders in the business, the firm stays true to their old-school values, but with the innovation of modern technology. They promise their clients that they are “Family First” above everything else because they don’t just make homes, they make memories. They live by their promise, as they’ve built over 8000 homes in not just the El Paso area but also in Austin, Houston, and Killeen.
Saratoga Homes’ designs stay true to El Paso’s classic American colonial exteriors but their modern floor plans set them apart from other firms. Their modern floor plans take into the consideration the family’s lifestyle. Above all else, Saratoga Homes want everything to be within the budget while using high-quality materials. Their CEO, C. David Bombach, assures clients that their services are dependable because they also stay where they build: they are not just your builder, they’re your neighbor.
11351 James Watt Dr. El Paso, TX 79936
Pointe Homes established themselves in El Paso in 2005. Since then the company has become a prominent fixture in Parade of Homes and El Paso Home & Garden Show events, and in 2016, was named the Builder of the Year by the El Paso Association of Builders (EPAB). Carlos Villalobos founded the firm on the basis of high-quality finishings, dedication, and innovation. Villalobos served in 2016 as president of the EPAB, and has been featured in The City Magazine for his commitment to the revitalization of home building in El Paso.
Pointe Homes offers custom house designs and 30 spacious, pre-planned model homes that can be modified to suit the client’s requirements. Their projects typically cost $130,000 to $1 million and they have catered to some of El Paso’s most prominent residents. The company has completed over 200 homes in 12 high-end communities throughout El Paso, and is currently working on a 14-unit upscale apartment named The Uptown and Franklin Avenue Apartments near the Southwest University Park. Pointe says, “[the company] is dedicated to building new and custom homes in El Paso that can accommodate everything important and valuable to you and your family. Through innovation, integrity, and professionalism, we build quality homes for you.”
Palo Verde Homes
7100 Westwind STE 250, El Paso, TX 79912
Palo Verde Homes is a premier, custom luxury home builder, established in 2007. Their work has already earned the distinction for their high-end design and efficient functionality. In 2016, Palo Verde Homes was named The City Magazine’s Best Builder, recognized as the Builder Member of the Year in 2015 by the El Paso Association of Builders, and has been included in America’s Top 200 Builders. In 2010, the firm received recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency as an Energy Star Leader. Its current president–engineer Edgar Montiel–was a finalist for the National Association of Homebuilding (NAHB) Young Professional Award. Montiel previously worked for IBM, General Motors, and Delphi before starting Palo Verde Homes.
Palo Verde’s homes usually range in size from 1,300 to 2,500 square feet and cost anywhere from $140,000 to $280,000. Their projects are 100% energy efficient and comply with Energy Star standards. Palo Verde understands that the home buying process can take up to two years, and has made it easier for clients by devising a more customer-friendly process that shows clients exactly how the house will look. The company says, “our Commitment to you is to offer the best in design, materials, customer service, workmanship, and quality at competitive market prices.” The firm has participated in the 2018 Festival of Homes and appeared in Builder Magazine and Modern Builder and Design.
300 East Main, Suite 740 El Paso, TX 79901
We can’t rank the best contractors in El Paso without mentioning Tropicana Homes. The firm was founded by the Bowling family and is now headed by Randy Bowling. For three generations, the firm has made around 10,000 homes for the El Paso community, and through all those years they aimed to be nothing but the best. The company has been in the business for over 68 years and has been awarded “Builder of the Year” by the El Paso Association of Builders four times. They were named the “Texas Developer of the Year” and “Builder of the Year” by the Texas Association Builders in 2003, 2013, and 2015. And The City Magazine cited them as the “Best Home Builder” in 2012.
Perhaps Tropicana Homes’ secret to survival in this competitive business is in their passion for serving the community. The firm wants to fulfill their clients’ needs by giving them their dream home. They have a variety of floor plans to choose from, but they’re also willing to build your home from scratch. Not only that, Tropicana makes sure that the homes they build are energy efficient, and built in accordance with the standards of the International Energy Conservation Code. Their designs are reminiscent of a Spanish Colonial exterior but have a modern twist which goes to show that despite their long years in the business, Tropicana Homes is not behind the times.
Cullers & Caldwell Builders
7170 Westwind Dr, Suite # 101, El Paso, TX 79912
Cullers & Caldwell Builders has completed some of the most beautiful and highly-lauded homes in El Paso, often adopting a distinctively Mediterranean feel. They earned the title of El Paso Association of Builders’ Builder of the Year in 2006. One of its founders, John Cullers, earned his MBA at the Southern Methodist University and has served as EPAB’s president. The firm takes pride in its roster of skilled craftsmen and artisans: each of its employees has an average of 20 years of experience in construction. In the company’s own words, “impeccable design and flawless craftsmanship are a part of every custom home we build. When you expect nothing less than superior quality and service, there’s only one custom builder to turn to in the region.”
Cullers & Caldwell offers custom luxury home construction and multi-family development in El Paso. The firm considers itself a non-mass-volume builder: they only take a few home projects each year so that they can pour all their attention and resources into perfecting a project. In 2016, the firm’s work on the Franklin Mountain Home, in partnership with an architectural firm, Hazelbaker Rush, won a Builder’s Choice Custom Home Design Award from Builder Magazine. The firm’s multi-family development arm, C&C Construction, has completed numerous high-end, Spanish-style multi-family apartments.
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