Known by many names, from “The Venice of America” to “The Yachting Capital of the World,” is the stunning city of Fort Lauderdale, located in the state of Florida. With breathtaking beaches, more than a hundred marinas, and 50,000 registered yachts, life in Fort Lauderdale is all about the sun and the coast. This sunny lifestyle even translates to the custom homes built around the area. 

Although the gondola rides available in the city give Fort Lauderdale the feel of Venice, so do the styles of homes built here, with many homes built in the Mediterranean style. And while this architectural style dominates the homes in the city, the Fort Lauderdale builders have the versatility to match any style and design that clients may desire.

The top custom home builders in this list have been ranked according to company profile, experience, services offered, customer satisfaction, awards received, and media features and coverage. With these firms’ unique designs and services, and their high levels of quality, clients are sure that their discerning tastes and preferences will be satisfied, whichever firm on the list they choose to work with.

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.

Ark Residential Corp.

2601 E Oakland Park Blvd. #203, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

Ark Residential Corp. is a builder of custom waterfront and estate homes throughout South Florida. When undertaking a project of any scale with the firm, clients can be assured that the team of industry specialists at Ark Residential Corp., headed by founder and executive officer Sean Tanner, is backed by an extensive expertise in construction, design, and development. The firm believes that building involves the creation of more than just a structure—it helps strengthen clients’ foundations for future success.

Pictured here is the firm’s impressive work on a 25th Street Coral Ridge estate. The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom home offers 100 feet of prime water frontage in the beautiful neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale’s Coral Ridge. The home balances luxury and functionality through vaulted ceilings with a double height glass entrance, a gourmet kitchen, and a sparking saltwater pool and gas heater, summer kitchen, and covered loggias. The home even includes a custom wine cellar and a three-car garage. With all these amenities available for the homeowner, customers can be sure that Ark Residential Corp. will afford the same level of care and expertise to any client’s home.

Arkitron Corp

4101 N Andrews Ave. Suite 205 Monaco Building Oakland Park, FL 33309

With a company philosophy based upon credibility, intelligent design, and affordable value, Arkitron Corp., under the leadership of its principal Gene Monaco, has been building custom homes in Broward County since 1987. With more than 30 years of experience to its name, the firm offers its luxury home building services to the areas of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Weston, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, and Parkland. 

Gene Monaco created Arkitron to combine architecture and building as one service. A second generation developer of the Monaco family, Gene has received many Fort Lauderdale community awards, and has design-built and developed numerous single- and multi-family projects in South Florida. One of these projects is this stunning luxury waterfront residence completed in 2014. The home, built in the beautiful Mediterranean style, features six bedrooms and eight bathrooms—an extensive offering that ensures a wealth of space for the activities of every member of the family.

Cianci Construction

4801 S University Dr. Suite 136, Davie, FL 33328

For Cianci Construction, the hallmark of its practice lies in working with discerning clients who require the best value for their money while achieving the design and finishes they desire. In projects of all scales, the Cianci team is able to provide competitive pricing and superior quality and workmanship. All this is made possible by an experienced executive team that brings with it more than 25 years of expertise. 

The firm is headed by Bruce Cianci, who, himself, has more than 26 years of professional experience in the industry. Under his masterful project management and efficient leadership, the firm has garnered memberships in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB), among other affiliations. The firm is also Lead-Safe certified, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As Cianci Construction is in good standing with these organizations, clients can be assured that the firm will bring not only its expertise, but also its high standards of business operation to every project it undertakes. 

GL Signature Homes

1600 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway Suite 400, Sunrise, FL 33323

GL Signature Homes has more than 30 years of custom luxury home building experience to its name. The firm’s president, George Atkinson, is the backbone of GL Signature Homes, bringing with him his operational expertise and industry contacts, as well as his extensive experience building a range of projects, from large-scale commercial projects to high-end custom homes, to thousands of single-family residences. 

George and his team at GL Signature Homes believe that in order to build a luxury residence that exceeds client expectations, there must be a fine attention to detail and uncompromising standards. The firm exercises these practices from the initial phases of the project until its end, ensuring that it achieves its goal of complete and total client satisfaction. In maintaining a focus on quality, the firm works closely with only the most skilled craftsmen. The result of this kind of collaboration can only be a one-of-a-kind, superior residence.

Gulf Building LLC.

633 South Federal Highway Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Gulf Building LLC. was founded in 1991, on the belief that improvements could be made to the different components of the construction management and design process, which could result in better, more enhanced results. For the firm, timeliness and sticking to the budget are equally important, and quality materials will mean little without the expertise and skill to guarantee precision. That’s why Gulf ensures that it works closely with only the most experienced craftsmen in the industry.

Because the firm holds itself to a higher standard, both in terms of its work and the team it employs, Gulf is able to build new custom estates and renovate existing homes with an exacting skill and precision—the kind that cultivates the firm’s respected reputation, and validates its receipt of the South Florida “Fastest Growing Business” Award in 2011. Today, as the firm continues to operate, it goes on to see through improvements to its construction and design process, proceeding to get better at its trade through the years. 

Heartwood Custom Homes of South Florida, Inc.

710 Falling Water Road, Weston, FL 33326

At the heart of Heartwood Custom Homes’ practice lies the development and maintenance of strong relationships with clients. The firm’s president, John LoMonaco, places a primacy on top-notch customer service, which translates to a high level of customer satisfaction—something the company considers as the foundation for its success. 

John’s experience in the field is extensive, having held senior level positions with multi-billion dollar national builders in the past. Additionally, John has supervised the design and construction of thousands of homes in the most prestigious communities of South Florida, earning him numerous awards from local and national building industry associations. The firm’s focus is unique, specializing in Old-World craftsmanship for aesthetics, but even as its slant is more towards traditional architecture, the firm incorporates contemporary design and technology in each Heartwood Home.  

K2 Builders

Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301

Since beginning in the industry in 1999, K2 Builders’ principal Kevin Karten has been focused on the singular goal of achieving complete customer satisfaction. With its uncompromised commitment to quality, K2 Builders is able to offer its clients the most distinctive homes suited to their needs, wants, and lifestyles. 

When dealing with its suppliers, subcontractors, professional associates, and most of all, its clients, K2 Builders exercises the utmost level of professionalism, integrity, and honesty in order to ensure the longevity of its company through repeat and referral business. The firm’s credentials help it fulfill its objectives. K2 Builders is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified—two testaments to its ability to maintain high standards of quality in the work it does. When clients choose to work with K2 Builders, they are choosing to achieve total satisfaction and a job more than well done. 

Marker Construction

226 SE 12th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

For Marker Construction, nothing could represent the firm better than its driving principle to “Build Better.” Through a willingness to adapt its practices to the feedback of clients and team members, the firm is able to streamline its processes to provide an overall better construction experience, and better results for the client. Behind this vigorous drive to provide only the best in the game is a principal whose background in the industry, and involvement in the South Florida community, is equally driven and spirited. 

Grey Marker began his career working during his summers in college as a laborer for Miller Construction Company in Fort Lauderdale. After graduating, Grey stayed with the company until 2000, taking on different roles, such as estimator, project engineer, project manager, senior project manager, and director of business development. With all these years of experience behind him, Grey was able to form an impressive network of resources that included talented personnel and some of South Florida’s best architects and sub-contractors, who provide premium materials and products. Today, Grey continues to be active with building associations and the South Florida community, most notable of which is the 4Kids of South Florida, an organization serving foster children in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. In fact, under Grey’s leadership, Marker Construction donated the construction of a home for pregnant teens as a 4Kids of South Florida initiative. With a heart for service, and an eye for building, clients can be assured that working with Marker Construction will be the right choice.

MV Group

3020 NE 32nd Avenue Suite 117, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

MV Construction Group is an award-winning custom home builder in South Florida, specializing in the construction of luxury waterfront and oceanfront residences. The firm serves the areas of Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, and has built homes for various personalities, some of which are Fortune 500 CEOs, real estate developers, film stars, international entertainment figures, sports celebrities, and heads of foreign countries. These discerning clients have come to trust MV Group with the building of their homes because of the firm’s reputation for having exacting standards that constantly drive it to be the best. 

Behind this powerhouse of a firm is Manny Angelo Varas, the president of MV Group. Manny has the unique distinction of being appointed by the former U.S. President George W. Bush to the Presidential Business commission. Manny also made history in 2004 by becoming the youngest president/CEO and sole owner of a Hispanic business to be ranked 255 amongst Hispanic Business magazine’s Business 500. These distinctions translate into Manny and the MV Group team’s work through their offering to clients of unrivaled knowledge, creativity, resolute service and communications and, most notably, extraordinary outcomes. The result of this entire process is client-inspired innovation. 

Paskoski Construction

1028 S. E. 13th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For more than 35 years, Paskoski Construction has been cultivating a distinguished reputation for its rigorous approach to custom home building. Steven Paskoski, the firm’s principal and a South Florida-based builder, has successfully executed hundreds of full-scale residential projects with a body of work that is as diverse as the clients the firm represents. 

Since beginning in 1980, Paskoski Construction has striven to deliver top quality in all its endeavors—a practice which earned the firm a solid reputation among its customers in Broward, Miami Dade, and Palm Beach counties. As an industry leader in South Florida building, Paskoski Construction has garnered numerous awards and accolades, which stand as the results of its great attention to detail, superior product, and strong commitment to its customers, employees, and subcontractors.

Paterson Project Management

10 S New River Drive E. #108, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

After more than 20 years of on-the-job experience, Paterson Project Management has earned a reputation as a premier construction company in South Florida. The firm provides new home construction, home renovations, and property development services to residents of the Fort Lauderdale area. Terry Paterson, the firm’s president, has been heading Paterson Project Management since 2001. Both he and his partner in management, Jessica Easterling, have 20 years of experience as licensed general and building contractors. Together, they bring this experience to every project Paterson Project Management undertakes.

Over the years, Paterson Project Management has been the recipient of numerous accolades from the Fort Lauderdale community. In fact, because of the consistency of its quality of work, the firm has been the four-time winner of the Fort Lauderdale Community Appearance Award. The fact that it is recognized for its service to the Fort Lauderdale community, and the quality of its work speaks to Paterson Project Management’s ability to deliver consistently outstanding results. 

Schachne Architects & Builders, Inc.

10101 S.W. 40th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

Schachne Architects & Builders, Inc. is a full-service, in-house architecture, interior design and construction company specializing in custom homes, house additions, interior/exterior remodeling and commercial office design. The firm’s service is concentrated in Broward County, Florida, where the firm has cultivated strong relationships with the local community and clientele for more than 20 years. 

In every project, big or small, that the firm takes on, it exhibits hard work, professionalism and dedication, committing itself to the design and delivery of innovative, cost-effective, energy-efficient, high-quality finished products that exceed expectations. In recognition of its efforts to offer only the best services that translate into stellar results, Schachne Architects & Builders was awarded the Honor award for its Ocean View Condo renovation by the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2018. 

UBACK Construction

1317 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Few builders today can claim to have a focus on green, energy-efficient building, but for UBACK Construction, this claim is a simple fact of its everyday workings. UBACK Construction’s principals, Tom and Jared Utterback, lead the green-building firm with Tom’s extensive construction industry experience of 40 years, and Jared’s lifelong passion for building and construction innovation. 

More than his passion for building, Jared also has the credentials to back this passion up. A graduate of the University of Florida, and a Florida-certified contractor, Jared is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Accredited Professional, lending credibility to the firm’s commitment to sustainable development with a focus on green-building solutions. Tom, meanwhile, takes on an advisory position on construction industry subject matters from energy efficiency to code enforcement. With these credentials to back UBACK Construction up, clients can rest assured that taking on a project with UBACK Construction will result in a home that is not only beautiful and

Waterbrook Builders

3600 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

For Thomas Yianilos, principal of Waterbrook Builders, building a structure is one thing, but building with an intimate insight into the life of a community brings an added edge to his construction and design process. Thomas was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, lending him the unique perspective and insight that only a local could have, which Thomas brings to his work by building homes suited to the neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale. 

With his knowledge and expertise in the field, Thomas has delivered numerous quality homes to both end-user clients and investors throughout his career. Every Waterbrook Builders’ project is guided by Thomas’s belief that a custom home should be a showcase of clients’ personal styles. Because of his commitment to a customized process, Thomas and his firm have been recognized in 2015, in the City of Fort Lauderdale Community Appearance Awards. Waterbrook Builders takes pride in delivering astounding custom homes, bringing discerning home buyers and owners the triple balanced blend of quality construction, innovative design, and attention to budget.

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This list takes a range of ranking criteria into consideration, including but not limited to: work history, customer satisfaction, awards and recognition, geographic area of work, cost, building permits, and clientele. We spent over 40 hours researching local contractors before calculating the final ranking for this post. If there is additional information about your business that could affect these rankings, please fill out this form and we will take it into consideration.

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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.