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Glendale, recognized as “Arizona’s Antique Capital,” is home to many remarkable historic neighborhoods with vintage homes built in the early 1800s. Its most famous district is Catlin Court, where the most common home style is the bungalow home. Sahuaro Ranch, another district on the National Register of Historic Places, is dominated by traditional and craftsman homes. The newest trending home style is a combination of modern, Adobe Revival, and Mediterranean homes. The results of mixing and matching some elements of these styles are distinctive and durable—made to withstand Arizona’s extreme weather.
We’ve looked through many custom home builders in the area. Below, you will find the top twelve best custom home builders. The ranking is based on their years of experience, service type, quality of work, value of their projects, and accolades received over the years.
11) Hoctor and Sons Construction, LLC
5424 N 106 Ave., Glendale, AZ 85307
Hoctor and Sons Construction is a custom home builder and general contractor, providing construction services in areas including Goodyear, Litchfield Park, and other nearby neighborhoods. The company’s services include custom homes, architecture design, home renovation, repairs, room addition, and remodeling. The firm is recognized for providing friendly service, honest cost estimates, creative designs, and quality construction.
An example of the company’s work is a Mediterranean custom home in Litchfield Park. The home uses earth-toned bricks in the exterior facade to add texture to the cream-colored stucco walls, as well as red terracotta tiles to add style to the gabled roof.
10) Sunland Development Corporation
7787 W Deer Vly Rd. Suite #299, Peoria, AZ 85382
Sunland Development Corporation is a custom home builder serving Glendale, Phoenix, Peoria and the surrounding areas. The company has received glowing testimonials from its clients, complementing the firm’s professionalism, honesty, integrity, and its ability to quickly solve inevitable problems along the way. Owner Paul Halmrast has a keen eye for detail, and is a passionate builder, gifted in crafting Mexican-themed Adobe Revival custom homes.
Some of the distinctive features in the company’s works are Corinthian columns, rustic-curved metal railings, marble staircase flooring, arching windows and doorways, wooden cabinets, marble framed fireplaces. Sunland Development Corporation has mastered building custom homes, perfect for Old World interior designs.
9) Gauge Construction, Inc.
21001 N Tatum Blvd. Suite #1630-518, Phoenix, AZ 85050
Quality, professionalism, safety, and a fair price are the top priorities for Gauge Construction. The company provides residential and commercial construction and renovations in areas such as Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Glendale, and the rest of the Valley metro area. The firm’s founders, Greg and Brandi Hunt, have been working in the construction industry for a number of years; Greg once managed a crew of 400 men, and completed projects as large as $106 million. Meanwhile, Brandi has experience serving different roles in her previous jobs, from Project Executive and Surveyor to Owner’s Representative. She has handled projects small and large, from custom homes to high-finish hotels. With a talented and diligent crew, which has 70 years of combined experience, the firm is considered one of the most reliable custom home builders and general contractors in the Phoenix metro area.
One of the firm’s notable works is a luxury custom home built in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The house features a combination of Spanish Revival, Contemporary and Modern elements that is made to withstand the harsh weathers of the area. The exterior facade showcases white stucco walls, uniquely shaped brick “lava” walls, Clerestory windows, and a beautiful “butterfly” roof. The house features a spacious kitchen with a large kitchen island and multiple cabinets for storage, a classy master bath with teak wood accents, and finally, an indoor pool and spa complemented with earth toned glass tiles.
8) Kuhlwein Custom Homes
24617 N 49th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85310
Kuhlwein Custom Homes serves the Greater Phoenix Area. The company has provided custom home building, home remodeling, small commercial construction and other general contracting services since 2009. This family-owned business is managed by its owner and president, Mark Kuhlwein. Fairness in price, professional work, and flexibility in planning are some of the most important values for the company.
Most of the firm’s homes are built in the Adobe Revival, American Craftsman, Traditional, or Shingle styles. The home in this photo has walls designed like a fortress and was built of quality concrete, smoothed to create a refined and seamless texture.
7) Williamson Development, LLC
8961 N. 79th Ave Suite 107, Peoria, AZ 85345
Williamson Development, LLC was founded by Chad and Ryan Hardy, who with more than 20 years of construction experience combined, decided to merge their two separate companies in 2012. The firm offers custom home building services throughout Arizona. Adobe Revival, Contemporary, and Traditional homes are just a few of the firm’s distinctive home styles. The company builds gorgeous, high-quality, and affordable custom homes with a typical price between $250k to $500k.
This Adobe Revival custom home features unique gray colored stucco walls and surrounding tall “picture” windows. Upon entering the house, a broad open floor plan welcomes guests into the warm living room and spacious kitchen area. A combination of antique-inspired and modern geometric shaped furnishings are used to create a transitional and chic ambiance.
6) NeheMiah Builders, Inc.
2930 E Camelback Rd. Suite #135A, Phoenix, AZ 85016
At only three years old, NeheMiah Builders is one of Arizona’s younger firms but has already built and remodeled many impressive homes in the area. The company serves neighborhoods within Phoenix, Scottsdale, Pinal, and other areas in Maricopa County, providing custom home building, home improvement, and other design-build services. The firm takes on projects both small and large that cost between $100k and $2 million, from the kitchen, remodels to luxury custom home ground-up construction.
Owners Jacob Massey and Yossi Dror have been working in the industry since 2001, and have completed thousands of custom projects. The co-owners lead a team of in-house architects, construction crew, and interior design specialists to bring a holistic approach to the design-build process. With the use of state-of-the-art technologies and energy-efficient building practices, the firm has delivered outstanding results, making it one of the most trusted and recommended builders in the area.
5) Strahl Custom Renovations, Inc.
8221 W Georgia Ave., Glendale, AZ 85303
Strahl Custom Renovations is a custom home builder and general contractor serving all areas of the West Valley and Sun City Communities. In its 22 years of service, the company has worked on projects in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Buckeye, Peoria, and other nearby neighborhoods. In addition to custom home construction, the firm offers home remodeling, kitchen and bath renovation, swimming pool construction, and other special projects. The company is based in Glendale and was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award by the mayor.
An example of the company’s work is a combination of a Spanish Revival and bungalow home with a wide front lawn and a beautiful arching doorway, which matches its curved casement windows.
4) Central Construction Homes
29967 N 72nd Dr., Peoria, AZ 85383
Established in 1926, Central Construction Homes has built over 12,000 homes in its both Illinois and Indiana. Today, the company is based in Peoria, Arizona and serves different areas in the West Valley, Glendale, Phoenix, Sun City, and mainly focuses in the East Valley, such as Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Fountain Hills. For three generations, the company has been providing custom home construction, home remodeling, and renovations for various types of homes, from one-story Tudors to luxurious French Country mansions.
The family-owned business is now under the leadership of Jeffery Nathenson, a former director for the Young Builders Council, South Suburban Home Builders Association, Home Builders Association Illinois, and a lifetime member of the National Association of Homebuilders. He has also been a featured builder in local magazines, including Builder Profile Magazine and Builder Architect Magazine.
3) Castle Rock Homes
501 E Plaza Cir. Suite A, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Known for building a concrete “Lego House,” Castle Rock Homes builds creative and innovative custom homes in Glendale, Litchfield Park, and the rest of the Greater Phoenix area. Since 2004, the company has been providing design-build custom homes, home additions, land acquisition, and construction management services to these areas. The company builds eight homes per year, with an average job cost between $400k to $2 million. The firm aims to meet the highest standards in work quality and customer service in every home it builds. Castle Rock Homes uses Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)—one of the highest energy-efficient products in the market. This material can withstand disasters, bullets, and even explosions. The material’s resilience through forest fires and hurricanes has shown it to be one of the most durable materials used in home building.
Gary and Rod Fetters—the firm’s owners—were previous members of the AirForce. After serving the military for many years, they learned to understand the importance of having a safe and secure home. Using ICF blocks, the company has the ability to craft various home styles, from Adobe Revival to modern. In 2017, the company received the Best Small Residence from the ICF Builder Awards. The “Lego House” project was mentioned in the West Valley View local magazine and featured the builders’ background.
2) Starwood Custom Homes
2350 E Germann Rd. Suite #25, Chandler, AZ 85286
Starwood Custom Homes is a design-build firm that has been serving various areas of the Phoenix area for almost a decade. Its portfolio of custom homes showcases a spectrum of home styles such as Traditional, Tuscan, Spanish Revival, and Modern, with a price from $300k to $5 million. Starwood Custom Homes is co-owned and co-founded by CEO Jake Simonton and Managing Member Josh Simonton. Their partnership gave rise to a company that exceeds customer expectations and provides award-winning results. Together, they lead a company that is dedicated to offering creativity and superior craftsmanship in their work and unwavering trust and relationship in their service. In 2016, the company received the Best of Mesa Custom Home Award and in 2017, it was given the Chandler Lifestyle Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
The firm built a spectacular Adobe Revival custom home in 2016, known as the Sawyer Residence, located in Gilbert, Arizona. The exterior structure of the house features beautiful elements such as smooth tan stucco walls, scattered arching and rectangular windows, and layers of loggia balconies. Inside the house, homeowners can lead their guests to a large living room with high-vaulted ceilings, while they prepare their meals in the spacious kitchen, complete with a wide rectangular kitchen island and marble gray countertops. The home is also outfitted with an entertainment room, a theater room, and a large spa-inspired swimming pool.
1) The Construction Zone, LTD
1729 E Osborn Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Nationally recognized for its grand and dramatic designs, The Construction Zone is a design-build firm offering residential and commercial construction services throughout Arizona and neighboring states. The firm has developed a reputation for creating modern and contemporary designs combined with Ranch home style characteristics for 27 years. Its owner, Andy Byrnes, is a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Architecture. Byrnes established the firm in 1992 and has since expanded by adding services such as carpentry/cabinetry, glazing, and concrete/rammed earth.
Many of the company’s projects have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2011, the company won an AIA Design Awards Citation for its Urban In-fill project. The firm’s most impressive project is the Courtyard House, which was awarded with an AIA Design Awards Honor in 2013. It is a 7,800 square-foot home that features asymmetrical geometric designs, a combination of concrete and bronze walls, and floor to ceiling picture windows, which perfectly frame the desert scenery of Arizona.
Update: This list was updated in June to reflect additional information that became available.
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