Miami is an eclectic mix of architectural styles. From Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean-style villas to modern estates and opulent waterfront homes on the East Coast, each home is distinct yet reflective of the colorful nature of the Magic City. In fact, an entire architectural movement originated in Miami: the MiMo or Miami Modernism movement. This, along with Art Deco and Mediterranean Revival homes, dominates the styles of the residences among the tropical pastels of Miami Beach.
Expert and talented contractors are continually defining and redefining the residential landscape of the city. In this list, we list the top custom home builders in the area based on accolades, press recognition, and glowing client reviews. These contractors are ready to help you build your dream home in vibrant Miami.
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 Miami, check out our cost guide article.
1430 S Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables, FL 33146
ICH Builders is a boutique construction company in Coral Gables, specializing in custom modern homes. Founded by Ralph Ramirez in 2009, the firm has gone on to build numerous homes within South Florida and the Miami-Dade area. Its gorgeous homes can be found in upscale communities such as Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Miami Beach, and High Pines.
The firm attributes its success to the fruitful partnerships it has with its clients and suppliers. It works with a specific network of architects, designers, and subcontractors to build carefully-planned homes in the most efficient way possible. As a member of the US Green Building Council, ICH Builders has additional specialties in green building and sustainable construction. This makes its modern homes not only highly ranked in aesthetics but also praised for progressive materials and techniques for sustainable living and eco-friendliness.
Mark Timothy, Inc.
41 SE 5th St. 2nd Floor, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mark Timothy Inc. is a luxury home builder based in Boca Raton. The firm specializes in elegant estates such as oceanfront, gulf front, intracoastal, deepwater, country club, and enclave estates. Its luxe homes can be found in South Florida, and are mostly concentrated in Hillsboro Mile, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Manalapan Beach, and Palm Beach.
Mark Timothy brings years of unmatched fine homebuilding tradition to Miami. As the son of the owner of Atlanta-based Pulte Homes Corporation, he was exposed to construction at a young age. His passion grew, and he decided to start his own company after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. His hands-on management philosophy ables him to devote his personal attention to every key stage of a project.
The firm’s portfolio is filled with both traditional and modern homes, designed to fit the laidback beach lifestyle. From sleek and angular contemporary homes to Spanish villas and Italianate manors, the firm’s work exhibits its exceptional attention to detail, and explores alternate methods and materials to bring out the best in every home.
Certain Homes Inc.
SW 141st Dr., Miami, FL 33176
Certain Homes Inc. has been servicing the Miami metro area with high-end custom homes since 1999. The firm is run by its founder and president Alejandro J. Certain. His son, Pierre Angelo Certain, has recently joined the company and brings a fresh and modern approach to the firm’s well-developed building process. The father-and-son team guides the firm in fulfilling its aim of addressing each and every need of the client when it comes to building their perfect custom home. Because of this, clients of the firm laud its dedication, detail-orientedness, and overall excellence in construction and customer service.
The firm’s homes are often built in Mediterranean or Spanish style. The firm also delves into modern contemporary homes. This magnificent Certain Homes mansion in upscale Pinecrest wraps around a custom pool. Ceramic roof tiles, stucco finishing, and wrought iron details bring out the Mediterranean flair of the residence.
Shear Construction & Management
6817 SW 81st Terrace, Miami, FL 33143
From custom estates and waterfront home projects to townhouses, condominium, and business remodels, Shear Construction & Management has contributed greatly to the Miami real estate landscape. It has been in the business for 30 years, gaining invaluable experience and insight it uses to produce high-end homes and residential projects.
Shear’s growing portfolio of custom homes features Mediterranean architecture fused with modern contemporary. Waterfront homes are also the firm’s specialty. It can build estates right by the water that include their own docks and water access. These homes can be found in upscale Miami neighborhoods such as Cocoplum, Ponce Davis Estate, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, and North Bay Road.
1801 NE 123 St. Suite #314, North Miami, FL 33181
J&E Construction is a full-service residential company with a successful track record of building even the most challenging projects. This Miami-based company offers a wide range of construction services, such as high-end commercial and residential construction, commercial build-outs, hotel construction, roofing, and home remodeling.
The firm is owned and headed by Jorge Guinovart. Jorge is an experienced construction professional, who specialized initially in roofing. He and the company have participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Operation Blue Roof, which provided free roofing services to homeowners who live in disaster areas and whose roofs are in need of emergency covering. To date, Jorge’s expertise has been honed through more than 400 different projects, including demolition services, residential remodels, and commercial construction.
18557 SW 104 Ave., Miami, FL 33157
From simple home renovations to full custom residences, Whitecap Construction can complete a variety of residential services at any given budget. The firm’s custom homes are defined by clean modern lines and white-dominated palettes. Whitecap Construction also specializes in green building and sustainable construction.
One of the firm’s strengths is top-notch leadership in its President Chad Stark and Vice President Richard Lehman, both construction veterans in the Miami building scene. Stark graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Management, and has over 15 years experience in commercial and residential construction in the South Florida Area. Lehman learned construction at an early age from his interior designer mother and furniture maker father. He has built over 2,000 homes in 19 communities within Dade County.
1701 NW 93rd Ave., Miami, FL 33156
With over 15 years in the construction business, Dreamline Contractors has made a name in Miami with its bespoke custom homes and renovations. Along with its design-build approach, the company also offers interior design services, additions and remodeling, and project management. It aims to deliver precisely what its clients want, making the firm one of the most respected construction companies serving South Florida.
The company builds in a variety of modern styles, including contemporary and mid-century modern. Hints of Frank Lloyd Wright’s style can be seen in this modern marvel in Pinecrest. The home’s layout, as well as the use of the same materials for the interior and exterior, provide seamless continuity throughout the home. It features sharp angled lines in windows and design features like wall cutouts and light structures.
7700 SW 57 Ave. Suite #200, Miami, FL 33143
The Mackle family has been building superb homes in Florida for a century. Today, the legacy is carried on by Tom Mackle, president of Mackle Builders. While the first, second, and third generations of the Mackle family built major developments throughout Florida, Tom focuses on individual and personal homes under the design-build philosophy. Along with custom homes, his company also does major renovations and additions to single-family homes.
Mackle Builders’ portfolio is filled with Mediterranean, Colonial, and Modern Contemporary homes. The firm also takes custom-built to new levels with specialty rooms specified by each client, from indoor hardwood basketball courts to silver-leafed doors. The firm’s homes have been featured in Luxe and included in its 2019 Gold List for Design.
5775 Blue Lagoon Dr. Suite 400A, Miami, FL 33126
CDC Builders has established itself as one of the city’s premier full-service residential construction companies through its high-end residential projects in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. It has a historical focus on lavish waterfront estates in Mediterranean, Key West, Spanish Colonial, and Modern Contemporary Styles. The firm also has ventures in the commercial sector such as numerous condominiums, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami, and the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne.
Jose Ortega founded the company in 1992 as a general contractor and construction management firm. Prior to establishing the firm, he had extensive experience in constructing homes and has finished over 600 residential units.
This impressive waterfront estate in a high-end neighborhood in Key Biscayne boasts 10,611 square feet of air-conditioned space with an additional 4,993 square feet of patios balconies and storage. Its modern architecture with white neo-Corbusian was inspired by the architecture of world-renowned architect Richard Meier. Unique features of the home include a translucent bridge of stainless steel and glass, a voluminous foyer with 14 skylights, and extensive limestone cladding on the exterior.
Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers
937 Collier Ave., Marco Island, FL 34145
Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers is a residential company based on Marco Island that produces charming traditional and sleek modern homes. For 15 years, the company has developed specialties in building custom homes, extensive renovations, aesthetic remodeling, and interior designing. This full-service company has a complete team of architects, certified designers, and master carpenters ready to build a client’s dream home.
The company is flexible and adept in building a variety of homes including Craftsman, Tudor, Mediterranean, and Modern Contemporary. It is also skilled in the use of both traditional materials and modern finishes, mixing the two together to achieve a classic yet updated look on its homes. This Nantucket style home is an example of this technique.
169 E Flagler St. Suite 1232, Miami, FL 33131
Shorecrest Construction is a residential construction company that is making waves in the custom home building industry of South Florida with its exquisite modern contemporary homes and charming traditional home renovations. It also offers extensive renovations, commercial construction, and design-build services. President Patrick Lee heads the firm along with operations manager Narey Ramo. The two handle a nine-man core team of designers and builders that collaborate with a large network of architects and subcontractors to bring clients’ dream homes to life.
The firm’s most notable project is this incredible three-story waterfront residence that provides unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay, Sailboat Bay, and Miami’s Downtown skyline. The home sits on a seven-acre land next to the water. The home exhibits tropical modernism with its ash-infused concrete exoskeleton, gravity-defying staircase, cantilevered balconies, infinity edge reflecting ponds, and waterfront spa bathrooms. The home is priced at $50 million, making it the second most expensive residence in Miami-Dade. The home also won the Architizer’s Popular Choice A+ Award in the Architecture + Water category.
17071 West Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach, FL 33160
VCM Builders is a residential and commercial company, providing full-service construction services throughout Miami. The firm is an affiliate of Macken Companies, and is headed by South Florida natives Alan S. Macken and Andrew K. Verzura. Macken has been in the local real estate industry since 1986, and focuses on design and development for the company. Verzura is the lead principal and project manager. He has over 20 years of experience building a myriad of residential projects—ranging from high-rise mixed-use facilities to residential communities to custom waterfront estates. Macken and Verzura’s partnership led to the establishment of the company in 1999.
The firm’s portfolio features a wide variety of projects, including custom estates, multi-family apartments, townhome developments, tenant build-outs, retail centers, and restaurants. For custom homes, the firm specializes in estates and coastal homes in posh Miami neighborhoods. The firm and its beautiful projects have been featured in Las Olas Boulevard & Isles Magazine, South Florida Business & Wealth, Curbed Miami, The Miami Herald, Luxe, and Builder.
10101 South Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest, FL 33156
Premier custom home builder Hollub Homes has become an icon for setting the standard in building excellence and innovation in the luxury custom home market. From Miami to Stuart, the firm’s distinct homes have been loved by Miami residents and continue to be chosen by new clients, referrals, and second generations of original Hollub home buyers.
Hollub Homes was established in 1954 when Marvin Hollub built his first home in what is now Pinecrest. He continued to make custom homes his forte by expanding his business into Coral Gables and the surrounding neighborhoods, with help from his son, Harry Hollub who is now the president of Hollub Homes. What started as a small building business eventually transformed into a major custom home and community development company in Southern Florida that has built over 1,000 single-family luxury homes. Today, the firm offers new construction, extensive interior and exterior remodeling with interior design specialists, major renovation work, and disaster relief services for existing clients.
The firm’s 65 years in the business have been filled with more than 100 recognitions, including a major feature in Florida Design Magazine, the Florida Atlantic Building Association’s PRISM Awards, two Best of Show awards in 2006 and 2013, and a Custom Home Magazine’s Pacesetter Award.
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