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In Nebraska, homes hold a median value of $166,900. The firms on this list have built residences that carry prices beyond this median price, but they are also more than capable of building homes that are beautiful, affordable, and practical. This list features firms that are led by principals who possess years of construction experience and have built the skilled, hardworking teams that help you make your unique dream home a reality.
Many of these custom home builders also hold affiliations with industry organizations like the Metro Omaha Builders Association (MOBA), Build Omaha, and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Others have been featured in publications like Omaha Magazine, From House to Home, Midwest Living, Kitchen and Bath Design, and Edge.
13) Bloomfield Custom Homes
12910 Pierce St. Suite #110, Omaha NE, 68144
Formed as a division of Lockwood Development, Bloomfield Custom Homes was created to help Lockwood Development meet the increasing demand for custom homes. Since Bloomfield’s establishment in 2011, the firm has built and remodeled approximately $7 million worth of custom homes priced at $400,000 and above. Some of these homes exhibit the French, ranch, colonial revival, and Tudor styles. One great example of the firm’s projects is Sterling Ridge Estates, a beautiful French-style home with a spacious interior that’s perfect for entertaining guests. Alongside this home, the firm also built an Omaha residence that was featured in Omaha Magazine.
Currently, Lawrence “Chip” James II guides the firm. A graduate of Drake University, James has real estate experience and specializes in development, brokerage, and management. In 2006, James built his own custom home—a project that served as the inspiration to expand Lockwood Development into the residential custom home market.
12) Thomas David and Fine Homes
1317 S 208th St., Elkhorn, NE 68022
A home building firm with a membership in the Metro Omaha Builders Association (MOBA) and Build Omaha, Thomas David and Fine Homes is a 15-year-old firm that builds about 15 custom homes each year and even had one of its residential projects featured in Omaha World-Herald. The firm favors the ranch, Craftsman, and contemporary styles but one great example of the firm’s projects is a spacious, two-story modern styled home. The balcony offers homeowners a fantastic view and the residence also has wide glass doors and windows that provide ample natural light.
Projects like these are possible thanks to the leadership of principals Dave Tewes and Tom Shafer. Tewes has a background in construction and project management. During his long career, he has been able to do both commercial and residential construction work. Currently, he focuses on the firm’s client relations. Shafer, meanwhile, adds his experience of building hundreds of high-end remodels, additions, and custom homes to the firm’s capabilities.
11) Fulton Construction
3639 N. 39th St., Lincoln, NE 68504
Founded in 1979, Fulton Construction is a custom home building and remodeling firm with a reputation for being organized. And that organization has led to some absolutely gorgeous Mediterranean, Spanish revival, and modern style homes. The firm once did long-distance work for a family that wanted a new home. Though the process was intricate, difficult, and much of the discussion of the new home came in the form of long-distance phone calls, Fulton Construction still managed to deliver a stunning home.
Currently, this firm is an Energy Star partner and has Steve Fulton at the helm. Fulton has already won the Nebraska Builder of the Year award, but he also has a history as a member and past president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Lincoln. He is also a member of the Nebraska Green Building Council, the Remodelers Council of Lincoln, and the National Home Builders Association (NHBA) where he works as its Life director.
10) ADC Homes
15002 A Circle, Omaha, NE 68144
When it comes to custom design building’s architectural and engineering side, ADC can be trusted to create homes that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. One of the firm’s best is named the Linden Estates, a Mediterranean ranch-style residence. The home’s open floor plan allows it to capture exceptional views of the backyard pool and green space from all angles.
ADC Homes was founded by partners Steve Taft and Patrick Knobbe. Taft studied engineering before working for a custom home builder in Omaha. During that time he also worked on his own design projects with his cousin and partner Patrick Knobbe. While Taft studied engineering, Knobbe gained a degree in architecture and now he provides the firm with design and drafting throughout every phase of construction.
9) Brau Builders
20515 Nicholas Cir. Suite #6, Omaha, NE 68022
Named by the Best of Omaha as 2015’s Best Home Builder, Brau Builders has built diverse homes across Omaha’s communities for 71 years. The favored designs for these homes are the craftsman and prairie styles. One notable project is an elegant two-story prairie style residence.
Aside from the firm’s skill in building beautiful homes, Brau Builders has also been recognized for its team of proficient craftsmen who consistently exhibit flexibility and exceptional customer service. This work ethic has allowed the firm to build projects for a number of referral clients.
8) Ken Oster Homes
15710 L St., Omaha, NE 68135
Ken Oster Homes has been building custom homes for 48 years and is definitely on the shortlist of veteran builders who pay special attention to personal service and details. Clients have made it clear that the firm’s team of builders is professional, kind, and transparent. Ken Oster Homes has principal Ken Oster guiding the firm, who brings 40 years of construction experience to the table.
Thanks to those four decades of experience, Oster has a strong reputation with sub-contractors, realtors, lenders, and customers alike in the community. The firm has built homes in communities like The Sanctuary, The Prairies, and BlueWater. One great example of the residences this firm has built is a craftsman style home with a stone exterior. Homes like these are often priced at $500,000 or more.
7) SL Jensen Construction
6324 S. 118th St., Omaha, NE 68137
For the last 30 years, SL Jensen Construction has specialized in remodeling and new construction projects. Being a stable firm with many years of service on its side, clients know SL Jensen Construction as a responsible firm that provides its customers with knowledgeable advice and service that has resulted in harmonious professional relationships. With its many years of experience, it is not surprising that the firm also has connections with some of Omaha’s best painters and cabinet manufacturers. Magazines like Strictly Business, The Omaha World-Herald, and Omaha Magazine have all featured the firm’s excellent work. The firm specializes in farmhouse and craftsman style homes that exude graceful simplicity.
A SL Jensen project of special note is this two-story, split-type craftsman style home with an elegant grey clapboard sided facade. Aside from building and remodeling custom homes, the firm also provides work on commercial structures.
6) Pohlad Custom Homes
21995 Brookside Ave., Elkhorn, NE 68022
A firm led by principal Jon “Jay” Pohlad and his team of hands-on builders, Pohlad Custom Homes only takes on six to eight projects per year in order to focus on quality. Pohlad Custom Homes is also known to be very responsive to all of the involved parties during a project and demonstrates fine attention to detail even during aggressive time schedules.
The firm has built homes for communities like Southpoint Estates, Salt Grass Villas at The Prairies, and Windgate Ranch Estates. And some of these beautiful homes have brought the firm awards. For six years in a row, Omaha Magazine included the firm on its list of the top three custom home builders. One example of the firm’s projects is a rustic, craftsman style home that exudes a warm, cozy atmosphere due to the warm, earthy colors used in its exterior.
5) Arjay Builders
15006 Grover St., Omaha NE 68144
Arjay Builders was established in 1973 by company principal John Shramek. Since then, it has been recognized as a builder of high-end luxury homes that can weather long years and maintain its aesthetic. Doing jobs that usually cost $750,000 to $1 million, Arjay Builders has many happy clients who often mention the firm’s use of premium materials, superior service, and great attention to detail.
A great example of these wonderful homes is a two-story luxury estate in Bennington. Located on two prime point lots at Bennington Lake, this home has numerous windows that open up into spectacular views of the lake. Granite, tiles and wood floors complete the feeling of grand luxury. Arjay builders have experience building homes in the contemporary, transitional, Mediterranean, ranch, traditional, and Georgian styles.
4) McNeil Company
4666 S 132nd St., Omaha, NE 68137
Recognized as Custom Home Builder’s 2011 Best of Omaha contractor, McNeil Company has experience building custom homes, multi-family homes, and commercial structures. As a company with a wide reach for construction, McNeil Company has built many long-lasting relationships that have led to some of the most notable homes and estates in the Omaha area. A great example of the firm’s work is a French Provincial home in Linden Estates. 10,120 square feet wide, this home was inspired by a French chateau found in the south of France. Despite its grand beauty, the home also has a rustic charm. Large floor to ceiling windows were installed to bathe the interiors with as much natural light as possible.
In terms of the exterior, the house exhibits touches of distinct turquoise on the windows, the breakfast hutch, and on the master bedroom plank wood ceiling and tilework. Inside, a curved staircase that reflects Old World craftsmanship leads to the master bedroom, where rustic wood planks make up the ceilings, reflecting the simplicity of the provincial countryside. With homes like this, it’s no surprise that McNeil Company has been featured in Omaha Magazine. The firm’s principal, Pat McNeil, was also featured in Custom Home Online. A contractor who has been in the industry for three decades, McNeil started out by rehabilitating a small house that had been condemned. Soon enough, he was being sought out by CEOs and business owners with home building budgets well into the millions.
3) Majestic Homes
331 Village Pointe Plaza # 101, Omaha, NE 68118
Whether it is a 2,000 square foot villa or a 6,000 square foot estate, Majestic Homes is known for its capability to build beautiful custom homes that draw in repeat clients. One great example of these homes is Mallard Landing. This two-story home has an open floor concept and makes use of exotic granite throughout the home. Aside from having an open floor plan, the residence also has numerous windows that allow for stunning lakeside views. Like Mallard Landing, the firm has built other beautiful homes in a number of different designs, including ranch and craftsman.
By building homes like Mallard Landing, Majestic Homes was able to win awards like the 2016 Street of Homes awards for Best Kitchen, Best Floor plan, and Best Interior Design. These homes were also possible thanks to the guidance of company principals Juston Brazda and Benjamin Muilenburg. Before forming Majestic Homes with Ben Muilenburg, Brazda gained experience working in concrete, framing, siding, and roofing. Thanks to this experience, he helped the firm build more than 50 homes. Benjamin Muilenburg meanwhile carries the lessons from his old mentor Conrad Muilenburg, a well-known Midwest developer, and nationwide builder. With this dynamic duo, Majestic Homes is able to keep its reputation as another firm that combines great client services with quality building.
2) Grace Homes
14921 Industrial Rd., Omaha, NE 68144
Grace Homes was first known as Ted Homes. Though the firm was established in 2012, it has already been recognized for its homes that carry the firm’s authentic craftsmanship and modern architectural design. To exemplify these elements while creating some cutting-edge homes, the firm uses a service that makes use of virtual reality to show clients their blueprints before the actual building process begins. One great example of this firm’s projects is this traditional home: its interiors show slight traces of its red exterior through its traditional furniture and interior designs.
Combining the firm’s service, experience, and ability, Grace Homes was able to gain awards such as the Metro Omaha Builders Association (MOBA)’s 2016 Hall of Fame Award, two of the Omaha Street of Dreams’ People’s Choice award for Favorite Home, and the Nebraska Energy Department’s Energy Efficient Home Award. The firm has also been featured in magazines like Edge, House to Home, Midwest Living, Kitchen and Bath Design, and Omaha Builders Magazine. Along with the firm’s award-winning skill, it also has memberships in the Nebraska State Homebuilders Association, The Builder Foundation, and MOBA. The expertise of current principal Jason Troshynski guides the firm. A contractor who started with building speculative homes, Troshynski works in different aspects of construction including framing, design and construction, and product representation.
1) Curt Hofer
16820 Frances St. Suite #102, Omaha, NE 68130
Recognized as one of the area’s most respected high-end builders, Curt Hofer has built numerous homes in a variety of designs including ranch, Tudor, modern, contemporary, farmhouse, and prairie styles. For more than 20 years, the firm’s creations have been known to not only be unique and stylish but also functional and durable. A great example where the firm’s abilities are most visible is The Lodge—a two-story prairie type cabin with a large backyard that provides a wide area for entertaining guests.
Because of projects like The Lodge, Curt Hofer has been recognized in publications like From House to Home, Omaha Magazine, and Professional Builder. The firm has also picked up quite a few awards, including the 2010 Design Detail Gold Award. At the same time, the firm has consistently won Omaha Magazine’s 2009 to 2016 Best of Omaha awards. The firm also won the Best in America Living Award from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Professional Builder Magazine.
Currently, this firm is headed by founder and CEO Curt Hofer. A contractor with more than 20 years of building experience, Hofer started the company by putting an emphasis on quality, craftsmanship, service, integrity, and innovative thinking, the same values, and priorities that still guide the firm today.
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