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As Tennessee’s capital and most populous city, Nashville, or “The Music City,” is a hub of activity and excitement. Nashville’s country music scene and attractions, like the Johnny Cash Museum and the full-scale replica of the Parthenon, make the city a hotspot for tourists. Nashville was even deemed by the New York Times as the top destination in the country in 2018 for bachelor and bachelorette parties.
In addition to being a popular tourist destination, Nashville’s median home value of $262,400 and large university community make it a great place for families to settle. House hunters in Nashville can find a wide range of home styles, including Cape Cod, Craftsman, Farmhouse, Foursquare, Mediterranean, Modern, Ranch, Tudor Revival, and Victorian. Most of the homes in the city feature inviting porches and beautiful pillars.
Building these homes are Nashville’s custom home builders, of which the top 15 are listed here. These firms were selected and ranked based on their portfolios, client reviews, and media recognition.
15) Stone Ridge Custom Homes
1106 Shannon Ln, Franklin, TN 37064
Stone Ridge Custom Homes is a small, family-owned custom home building firm that serves Williamson County, Franklin, and Nashville. The firm usually takes on only a few projects at a time to better ensure that each home receives the team’s utmost attention. Established in 2002, the firm’s design and construction experience include both residential remodeling and large commercial construction. Stone Ridge has worked on several major hotels, healthcare facilities, and luxury homes. The firm is led by father-and-son duo Mick and Chris Rhodes, who, alongside architects and interior designers, work closely with each client on a day-to-day basis.
Stone Ridge has built in numerous styles. Its portfolio showcases an array of English cottages, Tudor homes, and luxurious Mediterranean manors. The photo here is a fine example of one of the firm’s Traditional Craftsman homes. For this house, the firm utilized a classic color scheme of whites and blues and highlighted the house’s windows and woodwork using trellises and beams.
14) DeFatta Custom Homes
110 Reynolds Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
Established in 2007, DeFatta Custom Homes serves the greater Middle Tennessee area. It is led by Joe DeFatta—a builder with more than 25 years of industry experience. Under his leadership, DeFatta Custom Homes has been named one of the top 20 family businesses in Nashville for three years in a row. The firm specializes in beautiful, Contemporary and Traditional French architecture; inviting Craftsman designs; and sleek, Modern, Colonial spaces. In addition to custom homes, the firm also builds luxurious communities with homes priced at a range of $500 million to $2 million.
The project here is an example of the firm’s expertise in French architecture. Here, the firm incorporated classic Mediterranean stucco exteriors with traditional French shutters and pointed roofs.
13) Donnelly Timmons and Associates Inc.
PO Box 150221, Nashville, TN 37215
Donnelly Timmons and Associates specialize in building luxury custom homes and home additions, as well as in small-scale renovation. It is led by Dustin Timmons and Joey Donnelly, who established the firm in 2001. Beginning by flipping houses, the firm eventually began building custom homes. Donnelly Timmons now specializes in Mediterranean, French, Tuscan, and Colonial homes and has built homes in Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Green Hills, Franklin, and Brentwood.
The photo here is an example of one of the firm’s French estates. Here, neutral tones were utilized along with classic French shutters. The firm’s team also showcased their skills in exterior stucco work.
12) Tennessee Valley Homes
245 Noah Dr, Franklin, TN 37064
Tennessee Valley Homes provides both custom and semi-custom homes and gives clients the option of building their new home in one of its various communities or a pre-owned lot of their own choosing. The firm was founded by Jimmy Franks—a third-generation builder with more than three decades of building experience in constructing some of the most beautiful homes in Williamson County. Along with his son, Chris, Franks assists in each project the firm handles.
The photo here features one of the firm’s Modern farmhouses. In this project, the firm made generous use of neutral tones and flat-sheeted roofs to give the house a Contemporary feel. There are also hints of stucco work in the home’s exterior.
11) Zurich Homes
PO Box 58991, Nashville, TN 37205
Established in 2005 by Isaac and Stan Zuercher, Zurich Homes initially only served the Fairfield Glade area of Crossville. In 2015, the firm’s services extended to Nashville under Micah Zuercher. With this new extension, the firm also began providing its services throughout the Brentwood, Franklin, and Williamson County areas. This division emerged as a leading luxury custom home builder in the area, with one of its communities, Westhaven, being hailed by Where to Retire magazine as one of the best master-planned communities in the U.S. Notably, Micah Zuercher was included in Professional Builder Magazine’s annual “40 Under 40” list for his leadership of the firm.
Zurich primarily specializes in Contemporary farmhouses and barns, quaint French homes, and classic Mediterranean houses. The photo here is a two-story French cottage that is simple yet elegant. In this project, the firm utilized classic French tones through the generous use of blues and whites. The project also features custom finishes lining the home’s exterior.
10) Focus Builders
2002 Richard Jones Rd, Ste C304, Nashville, TN 37215
Focus Builders’ talented in-house design team often builds various Mediterranean-style homes and Contemporary renditions of farmhouses. In addition to custom home building, the firm also provides consulting and residential real estate development services for owners and investors hoping to make use of their properties on a larger scale. The firm also constructs a few speculative homes per year for clients looking for immediate possession. Focus Builders’ work has been featured in several publications, including the Nashville Business Journal and Southern Living Idea House, with the latter hailing the firm as Custom Home Builder of the Year in 2012)
The photo here features a Contemporary Mediterranean home. In this project, the firm used neutral tones with minor wooden accents and incorporated curved lines to give the home a more Modern look.
9) Grove Park Construction
7101 Sharondale Court, Ste 40, Brentwood, TN 37027
Founded in 2005, Grover Park Construction is led by Brandon Jenkins—a fifth-generation builder and Williamson County native. The firm specializes in large custom homes with sizes ranging from 4,000 to 20,000 square feet and with prices of around $700k to $10 million. Grove Park serves Belle Meade, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Green Hills, Brentwood, and the surrounding areas. It has collaborated with some of the area’s best architects and designers and is known for constructing unique spaces, such as glass-ceiling wine cellars, luxurious outdoor living spaces, and indoor gardens on slate roofs. The firm demonstrates expertise in the Craftsman and Traditional styles and often incorporates Contemporary Mediterranean themes and eclectic designs in its projects.
The photo here is an example of one of the firm’s Contemporary French-style homes. In this project, the firm utilized modern and neutral tones emphasized straight lines and brought out the French vibe using classic shutters and arched windows.
8) Huseby Homes
Nashville, TN 37205
Huseby Homes serves Nashville and its surrounding areas and specializes in new home construction, whole-house renovations, and high-rise build-outs. The firm was founded in 1998 by Craig and Nichole Huseby, who have led their team in constructing some of the most complex residential projects in the city. Under their leadership, the firm has been featured in Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeler. Huseby Homes have won a Big50 Award and several Master Design Awards for its exterior, outdoor living, and specialty work. Some of the firm’s most recent projects were also featured in Sophisticated Living and House Beautiful.
The firm specializes in elegant Craftsman and Traditional designs. Huseby Homes’ portfolio also displays an array of modern Mediterranean homes, luxurious Art Deco-inspired houses, and traditional estates.
7) Botsko Builders Inc.
237 Molly Walton Dr, Hendersonville, TN 37075
With more than two decades of experience, Botsko Builders is an award-winning firm led by Mark Botsko—a former director of the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee who has managed more than 200 projects throughout his career. He first got his start in the building industry after college when he landed a sales position in a building materials manufacturing company. He moved to Nashville in 1985 after being promoted to National Accounts Sales Manager. Eventually, he decided to start a general contracting firm of his own with a few of his business associates. This firm became what is now Botsko Builders—the recipient of several Parade of Homes accolades for its interior and outdoor living work.
The firm specializes in European themes, including Mediterranean, Tuscan, and Tudor. The photo here is an example of one of the firm’s more contemporary French homes, as exhibited by the woodwork, roofing, and windows.
6) Superior Custom Homes and Remodeling
7105 Moores Ln, Ste 100, Brentwood, TN 37027
Established in 2004, Superior Custom Homes and Remodeling is a full-service custom home builder and remodeler that utilizes a design-build approach. It serves the entire Middle Tennessee area and has worked on hundreds of homes throughout its years in the industry. The firm specializes in Traditional and Craftsman designs but has also built several Colonial and Contemporary homes. The firm offers over 70 customizable floor plans for each client to choose from, but also takes on projects that need a brand new floor plan.
Superior is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders’ prestigious Builder 20 Club—an exclusive group of builders throughout the U.S. dedicated to the improvement of the entire home building process. In this way, Superior not only knows the ins and outs of the building process but also demonstrates a commitment to improving the industry itself.
5) Regent Homes
6901 Lenox Village Dr, #107 Nashville, TN 37211
Regent Homes is a regional home builder that works on not only single-family homes but also townhouses and condos. It builds in an extensive array of designs and makes an effort to incorporate traditional southern architecture in each of its work. Further, as an EnergySmart builder, the firm utilizes eco-building methods and materials to further the green building movement and to ensure that each project is energy efficient. The firm is led by its founder, David McGowan—a former real estate developer who also gives back to the community as a board member of the Adventure Science Center and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, which once named him Board Member of the Year.
Under McGowan’s leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the largest privately owned building companies in the Nashville area. It has also been recognized with numerous industry awards for its outdoor living projects and specialty rooms.
4) Castle Homes, LLC.
5214 Maryland Way, Ste 102, Brentwood, TN 37027
With more than 26 years of experience, Castle Homes builds in an extensive range of styles. It has worked on numerous luxurious Contemporary and Modern homes, in addition to several French estates, English cottages, Contemporary farmhouses, and Craftsman-inspired homes. The firm serves Nashville, Williamson County, and Middle Tennessee, and is the recipient of several awards from the area’s annual Parade of Homes Competition. Further, Castle Homes has been featured in publications like Southern Living and the Nashville Business Journal, with the former hailing the firm as Custom Home Builder of the Year in 2012) As a green builder, the firm is affiliated with EnergyStar and Leadership in Energy Environmental Design and complies with the standards set out by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The photo here is an example of one of the firm’s Contemporary projects. Here, the firm installed floor-to-ceiling windows in several rooms to allow more ambient light into the house and emphasized straight lines throughout the entire home.
3) Carbine & Associates, LLC.
621 Bradley Court, Franklin, TN 37067
Carbine & Associates is an award-winning firm with a team comprised of some of the area’s most experienced builders. It is led by its founder, James Carbine—a lifetime director of Middle Tennessee’s local and national Home Builders’ Associations. Currently, he serves as Chairman to the National Association of Home Builders’ Area 7 chapter for the states of Tennessee and Alabama. Further, as part of the firm’s community involvement efforts, Carbine also served as the Director and President of the House for Hope Foundation—an organization of homebuilders who aim to give back to children. Under Carbine’s leadership, the firm was featured on the cover of Traditional Home Magazine’s “O’More Show House” project. The firm was also selected to build HGTV’s Smart Home in 2014.
The firm specializes in a wide range of designs, including Modern farmhouses, luxurious Mediterranean homes, elegant Tuscan homes, and French homes. Carbine & Associates has also built several Craftsman, Colonial, and Traditional homes, which are often distinguished by the firm’s pillar work.
2) Hughes-Edwards Builders
100 Country Club Dr, Ste 102, Hendersonville, TN 37075
In 1977, Gene Hughes decided to pursue a career in home building by taking on projects of all sizes—from small-scale bungalows to sprawling estates. In 1997, Hughes partnered with his son-in-law, Bryan Edwards, and established Hughes-Edwards Builders. Drawing heavily from the design-build approach, the firm has made a name for itself as one of Middle Tennessee’s premier custom home builders. The firm was named by The Tennessean as the winner of the “Toast of Music City” Best Home Builder and has received numerous Parade of Homes awards for its interior design and craftsmanship.
As evident from its portfolio, the firm has built in a wide range of designs. These include elegant Mediterranean, Tuscan, and French homes. Its projects often feature the firm’s classic and signature custom trimmings and finishes, which make each home all the more stylish, chic, and, above all, unique.
1) Crane Builders
2931 Berry Hill Dr, Nashville, TN
Established in 1987, Crane Builders is led by David Crane—a Certified Graduate Remodeler, two-time National Remodeler of the Year, and seven-time State Remodeler of the Year. Although it is more recognized for its remodeling work, the firm also takes on custom home building projects with prices often ranging from $50k to $1.5 million. The firm serves the Middle Tennessee area, primarily Franklin, northern Williamson County, and southern Davidson County, and has been featured in publications such as Southern Living Magazine, Remodeling Magazine, Qualified Remodeler, and Better Homes and Gardens.
The firm is known for its European designs, such as its Mediterranean, French, and Tuscan homes, and for its specialty construction work, such as its sunrooms, foyers, space utilization, and pet-proofing services.
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