One of Virginia’s major attractions is the Hampton Roads, a large natural harbor connecting the major metropolitan areas of the state, including the city of Norfolk. When it comes to Norfolk, one of the things that come to mind is its maritime festival, Harborfest. Many of the city’s citizens come to revel in its delicious seafood and oceanic performances. Along with a sandy shore that can rival Virginia Beach, a history of artistic culture, Norfolk provides plenty of reasons for people to visit, more so if one is planning to stay.

Recent housing statistics for the state indicate a steady market for competitive homebuilders for most of its populous cities. For a comfortable home that can match the allure of Norfolk, these talented and dependable construction firms are ready to take up their tools and accomplish whatever is needed of them. They have been evaluated on their customer service and craftsmanship, as well as awards and features in various publications.

10) Crumley Group

Website | 757-428-5252 | 1728-106 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Crumley Group’s expertise in the homebuilding industry and emphasis on superior craftsmanship are evident from first glance. The firm’s grand homes feature elegant architectural designs with exteriors matching the beauty of its interiors, as seen from their portfolios.

Many of the firm’s custom homes, such as the St. Mary Charity House, have won awards. Crumley has flourished under the leadership of its president, Scott Crumley, who prefers to work closely with his clients throughout the project’s construction to match the vision they have for their dream homes. Crumley’s dedication to the craft and its clients shows how important it is to the firm to achieve nothing but the finest.


9) Designs of Distinction

Website | 757-547-8196 | 1222 Executive Blvd. Suite #103, Chesapeake, VA, 23320

Designs of Distinction has been building homes for the cities of Virginia since 1989, with some of its homes earning awards and recognition from Homearama and Remodeling Excellence (REX Awards). Designs of Distinction is currently owned by Lana O’Meara and Jerry Edmonds. O’Meara served on the Board of Directors for the Tidewater Builders Association in 2013 and specializes in both color and material selection.

Edmond is certified by the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and holds contracting licenses in both Virginia and North Carolina. The two have led the firm to build outstanding luxury homes, living up to the firm’s reputation.


8) Sadler Homes

Website | 757-977-1041 | 5131 River Club Dr. Suite #200 Suffolk, Virginia 23435

Sadler Building Corporation has built gorgeous custom homes in the surrounding Hampton Roads area for over three decades. The firm has a reputation for its quality construction, targeting timeless elegance and comfortable living for many of its projects.

The featured work in Chapel Hill is an excellent example of the firm’s craftsmanship. Features include a fair brick exterior and unique white interiors with spacious rooms, as well as window placements that promote daylight savings. The firm was selected to be a member of the Southern Living Custom Home Builder Program in 2007, thanks to the firm’s experience and reputation.


7) Schneider Custom Builder

Website | 757-769-8525 | 350 W 22nd St. Suite #101A, Norfolk, VA 23517

Jim Schneider became enamored with the home building at a young age, working with his father and uncle in New Jersey. He honed his skill and work ethic, slowly creating a process for homebuilding that would come to define Schneider Custom Builders.

The firm does whatever it takes to achieve the best quality home possible for its clients. Schneider Custom Builder even incorporates unique design quirks, with the firm’s portfolio showcasing its wide reach of style compositions. Examples of such include the firm’s round three-story home, with its unique wagon wheel design, and the Reddix, a two-story home with grand interior features, including a distinctive hall between the stairs and the kitchen.


6) JF Schoch Building Corp

Website | 757-495-5050 | 2117 McComas Way Suite #103, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

JF Schoch Building Corp delivers quality custom homes for Norfolk and its nearby cities.  The firm was founded by Jack and Margaret Schoch, who have been building homes since 1993.  With Jack’s exceptional craftsmanship and Margaret’s eye for design and detail, their combined efforts have resulted in very stylish architecture.

Many of the firm’s homes have been featured in Homearama events, earning gold awards for their beauty and unique takes on several architectural styles. The firm’s homes are priced between $200K and $4 million. The firm provides a number of construction services for both commercial and residential needs, including remodeling, home extensions, wine cellar installation, and pool and gym design. For a dream home with reputable workers, JF Schoch is sure to deliver.


5) JM Froehler Construction

Website | 757-802-7182 | 2251 W Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

JM Froehler Construction has been building homes for the state of Virginia for more than three decades, creating exceptional homes and building firm trust with its clients. Under the expert supervision of Matt and Michael Froehler, every home built is sure to earn the firm’s website tagline, “Creating Jealous Neighbors Since 1979.”

Matt is a Virginia Beach native who gained his construction experience during high school while working as a carpenter’s apprentice. Years later, he worked in the company as a construction superintendent while earning several building licenses and certifications. Michael has been in the construction industry for the last 15 years, now serving the company as a project supervisor. This combined knowledge has helped the firm climb through the ranks to become one of Virginia’s best custom home builders.


4) Sasser Homes

Website | 757-347-8334 | 3200 Tyre Neck Rd., Portsmouth, VA 23703

With a number of large, beautiful family homes in its portfolio, Sasser Homes shows off a lively collection of energy-efficient houses in the state of Virginia, utilizing a variety of architectural styles and plans that reflect the lifestyle and interests of its clients.

The firm has a dedicated team of seasoned professionals, led by Sasser Homes’ president, Eric Sasser. Eric has been in the industry since 1986, with his interests stemming from his father’s work in building homes 18 years prior. He keeps his firm up to date with the latest construction, home building, and design trends. He also predicts future directions for the industry. With Sasser Homes, expect nothing short of luxury and precision.


3) ABT Custom Homes

Website | 757-488-4663 | 3345 Bridge Rd. Suite #924 Suffolk, VA 23435

In 1976, Chip Iuliano went into the home building industry with nothing but a truck, a hardware store and a passion for the craft. He then built a 1,700 square-foot ranch home in 1978 and became more involved in the industry until, nearly a decade later, he founded ABT Custom Homes. The firm has established an excellent reputation, participating in multiple house shows and winning awards for its craftsmanship and design. Today, the firm has over 500 custom homes featured in its portfolio.

One home in a traditional style displays an elegant stone and brick exterior, tying into the neutral theme. The home also sports a cozy fireplace and a spacious kitchen.


2) Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods

Website | 757-631-8793 | 820 Greenbrier Cir. Suite #3, Chesapeake, VA 23320

With ample experience in constructing farmhouse and beach-style homes, Stephen Alexander Homes & Neighborhoods exceeds expectations.  Many of the homes the firm has showcased in its portfolio display the elegant yet intricate craftsmanship typical to the firm’s work.

Stephen Quick, the firm’s principal, knows that personally overseeing the construction and implementation of a project is the key to satisfactory outcomes. The firm also showcases its talents through the displayed homes at Homearama events, many of which have won Gold Awards and People’s Choice recognition. These houses are often between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet, with more than three bedrooms and styles mixing craftsman and traditional.


1) VB Homes

Website | 757-491-1996 | 1209 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

With over three decades in the industry, VB Homes has proven its dedication to providing excellent service to any client and their residential needs. The founder of the firm, Chris Ettel, has over 28 years in the industry with experiences ranging from real estate to being an active member of the Virginia Beach Public Schools Education Foundation. As a native of the city, he knows Virginia Beach’s housing preferences well, and his firm provides many services, from home remodeling to residential construction.

The firm was featured in Inside Business, receiving an honor award in the Residential Development category for its work on Old Beach neighborhood. VB Homes was previously honored in recognition of creative and innovative design solutions for the same neighborhood. The firm has also been featured in other publications, including Southern Living Magazine and Remodeling Magazine.