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The city of Omaha, founded in 1854, is the biggest city in Nebraska, and a gateway to the Great Plains. Historically, Omaha is a world-class livestock, meat packing, and grain-shipping city. Because of their desirable open floor plans, in which bathrooms, living areas, kitchen, and bedrooms are all on the same floor, ranch-style homes are popular in Omaha. Those with mobility challenges or families that have small children find these homes safer and more convenient than multi-level floors. Though functional by design, ranch style homes still come in various styles – luxury homes and custom houses included.
The firms on this list are either known to be the most trustworthy firms in the area, with long years of experience and numerous awards for their work or are firms that boast high recognition and superior craftsmanship. Most are also members of the Metro Omaha Builders Association or have been recognized by Omaha Magazine and have been given a Best of Omaha award.
13) Craig Tuttle Construction
1536 South 79th Street, Omaha, NE 68124
Working with some of the best design professionals to deliver exceptionally- finished products, Craig Tuttle Construction is known to make homes that boast expert craftsmanship and high attention to detail. These homes are usually priced at $100,000 to $5 million.
Known to be one of the most responsive and straightforward building companies in the Omaha area, Craig Tuttle Construction, led by founder Craig Tuttle, has been building homes for over 20 years. In addition to building fine custom homes, the firm is a full-service general contractor that helps clients find suitable architects and offers renovations from single rooms to whole house transformations, additions, and special projects including penthouses and rural living spaces.
12) Arjay Builders
15006 Grover St., Omaha NE 68144
Established by John Shramek, Arjay Builders has been in the building industry since 1973. Since then, the firm has been crafting high-end luxury homes that highlight the essence of timeless comfort and beautiful craftsmanship. These houses are offered in Omaha, Bennington, and the surrounding areas.
One of Arjay’s most prominent projects is a luxury lakefront home in Bennington. Built in 2008, it was priced over $1,000,000 and boasts intricately-designed interiors that are spacious enough to house a whole party, a pool with a scenic view of the lake, and a fire pit at the side. Dedicated to satisfying every client, the firm keeps honesty, encouragement, and appreciation in mind for each job.
11) Vintage Custom Homes
P.O. Box 743, Gretna, NE 68028
Established in 2012, Vintage Custom Homes is known for creating charmingly unique custom home designs and building beautiful custom homes in Omaha and in the surrounding areas.
In 2016, the company was featured in the Spring Parade of Homes for a 1.5 story home in the Gretna school district priced at $1,200,000.
10) Brau Builders
20515 Nicholas Circle #6, Elkhorn, NE 68022
Established in 1948, Brau Builders is a certified green builder that boasts over 67 years of service in the Omaha area. Thanks to their many years of service, their clients usually come from referrals. The firm is a member of the Metro Omaha Builders Association and has been awarded Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha Award from 2011 to 2015. In 2006, they were also named by the Metro Omaha Builders Association as Builder of The Year.
The firm creates homes that perfectly fit their buyers; generally costing $300,000 to $2 million and seen in the Omaha, Waterloo, Bennington, and Valley communities.
9) Thomas David Fine Homes
P.O. Box 645, Elkhorn, NE 68022
Building in the finest new home neighborhoods in west and southwest Nebraska, Thomas David Fine Homes constructs about 15 custom homes each year, with the residences priced between $450,000 to $1 million. Established in 2004, the firm is a member of the Metro Omaha Builders Association and were included in the 2016 and 2018 Parade of Homes.
Delivering architecturally appealing homes, the firm notes the home’s functionality and makes sure that the home is easy to live in and ages beautifully. Over 10 years ago, partners Dave Tewes and Tom Shafer combined forces to build and design homes that were “a step above anything being built”. During the building process, Tewes focuses on the customer while Shafer uses the finest materials and works with skilled craftsmen to ensure that every home built is exactly to his standards.
As said by Dave Tewes, “Either we build your home the right way or we don’t build it.”
8) Bloomfield Custom Homes
12910 Pierce Street, Suite 110, Omaha NE, 68144
Formed as a division of Lockwood Development – a full-service commercial real-estate company – Bloomfield Custom Homes was established in 2011 to address the increasing demand for the custom-built homes that Lockwood had become known for. During this time, Bloomfield was featured in Omaha Magazine for the Yannone residence at 132nd and Pacific. The first home built in Sterling Ridge Estates, the Yannone residence boasts an exterior Mediterranean feel while concealing a contemporary and modern design interior.
Since Bloomfield’s establishment, it has built many homes that exhibit different styles and sizes. These houses are usually priced at $400,000 and above and are constructed in a timely manner with the client’s desires in mind.
Founder Lawrence “Chip” James, Jr. attended Drake University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English. After building his first custom home in 2006, Lawrence became more involved in the custom home market and discovered his passion for home building, resulting in the inception of Bloomfield Custom Homes.
7) Majestic Homes
14609 Prairie Corners Rd., Omaha, NE
Building an incomparable reputation on craftsmanship, quality of materials, and attention to service, Majestic Homes is a leading custom home builder in Omaha. The firm was featured on WOWT Channel 6 before winning three awards for the 2016 Street of Dreams – Best Floorplan, Best Kitchen, and Best Interior Design.
One of their residences is The Bella. Entered in the 2016 Street of Dreams, it is a unique 1.5 story house priced at $1,100,000 that boasts craftsmanship which resulted in a polished, sophisticated design and a style that emphasizes beachfront living. With soaring ceilings, a tall stone fireplace, and extensive windows that offer spectacular views of the lake, the house also has a secret passageway that leads into the captivating master suite highlighted by a distinctive wood wall.
The firm has two principals – Justin Brazda and Benjamin Muilenburg. Juston Brazda is known for his insight and strategy helping the firm build more than 50 homes over the past six years while overseeing all aspects of the building process. He has also worked in the concrete, framing, siding, and roofing businesses before starting Majestic homes. Benjamin Muilenberg meanwhile is recognized as being dedicated to the clients and the building process. He was mentored by Conrad Muilenburg, a well-known Midwest developer and nationwide builder who taught him the basics of working in the building industry.
6) Grace Homes
14921 Industrial Road, Omaha, NE 68144
Grace Homes is an Omaha custom home builder established in 2012 when founder Ted Grace partnered up with his nephew and now president of the firm – Jason Troshynski. Grace, with over 40 years of experience in the building industry, and Troshynski both grew up in a family of carpenters.
Grace Homes has been the recipient of many awards, including two Omaha’s Street of Dreams People’s Choice Award for Favorite Homes, the Metro Omaha Builders Association (MOBA) 2016 Hall of Fame Award, the 2002 Nebraska State Homebuilders Association Quarter of a Century Award, and an Energy Efficient Home Award. They have also been featured in publications including EDGE, House to Home, Midwest Living, Kitchen & Bath Design News, and Omaha Builders Magazine. In addition, they were featured in the Omaha World-Herald, Douglas County Gazette, and Midlands Business Journal Newspaper.
In the 2016 Street of Dreams, Grace Homes featured a custom ranch home priced at $750,000. The residence is a traditional home with exterior possessing natural casts that draw the eyes and exhibit the exquisite architectural design. The interior meanwhile cast a stately presence with authentic details like fine finishes, vivid artwork, mixed furniture, and vivid, eye-catching colors.
In addition to being an outstanding custom home builder in Omaha, the firm also runs the Builders of the Future program. Started in the early 1990s, the program helps “locate, encourage, and educate the next generation of construction trade specialists”. Working with the Omaha area high schools, this program helps students build connections while gaining the skills to build tangible projects.
5) Quest Custom Homes
14939 Industrial Rd., Omaha, NE 68144
Building homes in Omaha and the surrounding areas, Quest Custom Homes has decades of building experience, starting in 1989. With founder Tom Meginnis’ unique ability to align with his clients’ vision for their homes, he is known for his commitment to making innovative custom home designs.
Quest’s custom built homes are known to be grand, elegant and welcoming. The company’s homes are of exceptional value with energetic exteriors and lively interiors. These homes, built in the area’s finest subdivisions, are usually priced between $500,000 and $10 million, and boast superior quality that can stand the test of time. A member of the Metro Omaha Builders Association, Quest is also a builder in the 2018 Parade of Homes.
Carrying decades of experience in custom home building, the firm doesn’t compromise its workmanship but offers impeccable quality that leads to the firm crafting living experiences for clients who value luxury and have a desire for involvement in the design process.
4) Jordan Michael Signature Homes
1710 N. 203rd Street, Elkhorn, NE 68022
A member of the Metro Omaha Builders Association (MOBA), Jordan Michael Signature Homes is a custom design-build company specializing in Omaha custom homes and residential projects. In 2016 and 2018, the company was included in the Street of Dreams. The 2016 featured home was a 1.5 story home called The Tranquility and was priced at $1,350,000. A home of metal and glass, The Tranquility has an industrial, chic and modern style, yet still feels warm and inviting. The 2018 Street of Dreams homes is a 1.5 story residence priced at $895,000.
As one of the premier custom home builders in the area, Jordan Michael ensures customer satisfaction with total commitment for all its projects. By providing practical advice, flexible accommodations, and educational insight, the company successfully turns a laborious project into an enjoyable experience.
Founder Jon Ish has over 25 years of experience in remodeling, general contracting, design, and construction. While building luxurious homes with open flowing interiors that interact with open spaces, the firm is also building a solid reputation for creating elegant, and magnificent custom homes.
3) McNeil Company
4666 S 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68137
Designing and building many of the finest homes and estates in Omaha since 1977, McNeil Company boasts a sophisticated design department which includes architects, designers, AutoCAD operators and cabinetry specialists who seamlessly compliment the construction process. Founded on the guiding principles of true to form architecture and old world craftsmanship, McNeil Company creates legacy homes that endure and inspire. The firm is a member of the Metro Omaha Builders Association and has been featured in numerous local and national publications.
This home was recently completed in the fall of 2018 in the Linden Estates neighborhood. It compliments a portfolio of completed projects that range from small remodels to larger scale multi-family projects and commercial buildings. McNeil Company now offers ease of home ownership through its newly minted program; Single Point Service. All maintenance items are consolidated and professionally managed by McNeil Company’s dedicated crew, staying ahead of costly repairs and leaving the burden of maintenance to an entrusted staff. McNeil Company aims to garner life-long relationships with their homeowners.
2) ADC Custom Homes
| 15002 A Circle I Omaha, NE 68144
Priding themselves on the ability to turn even the most ambitious wishes into reality, ADC Custom Homes is a design/build company specializing in custom residential projects. In 2012, the firm was featured in the September/October issue of Omaha Magazine as one of the builders in the 2012 Street of Dreams. The firm’s projects range from basement and kitchen remodels, restorations, semi-custom portfolio homes, commercial projects, and custom homes. Their custom homes are priced from $500,000 to $4 million, and to ensure the quality of each home, the firm focuses on building only 5 to 10 new custom homes each year.
The firm was founded by Steve Taft and Patrick Knobbe. Before starting ADC Custom Homes, Taft studied engineering then worked for an Omaha custom home builder. There, he also worked on his own design projects with his cousin and partner, Knobbe. An architecture graduate, Knobbe is an avid user of the company’s 3D design system and online process software. Thanks to this, he is able to easily design and draft throughout the whole construction phase. According to Patrick Knobbe, “This is a partnership between us and the buyer to create what they want – and that means making it custom to the last detail”.
1) Curt Hofer and Associates
16820 Frances Street, Suite 102, Omaha, NE 68130
Having served the Omaha metro area for over 20 years, Curt Hofer and Associates is a design/build firm that has been recognized as one of the most respected and inspired custom home builders in Omaha.
In addition to being a member of the Metro Omaha Builders Association, Curt Hofer and Associates has been given Omaha Magazine’s the Best of Omaha award from 2009 to 2016. The company has also won the Best in American Living Award, 2008 Best in Central Region, the Best One-Of-A-Kind Spec Home Central Region, the 2010 Design Detail Gold Award, and the Room of the Year Award. In addition to these awards, the company has also been featured in the 2006 July/ August issue of From House to Home as the Omaha World-Herald Featured Home, and in the 2009 February issue of Professional Builder for 2008 Best in Living award.
Curt Hofer homes are known to be highly unique and individualized towards their clients and their desires. To do this, the firm focuses on the function of the home first. According to V.P. of Design Marshall Wallman, “A home can be very very beautiful. But if it doesn’t function correctly, it’s not going to be beautiful for that client”.
Founded by CEO Curt Hofer, who has earned a reputation for quality, craftsmanship, service, integrity, and continuous innovative thinking, the company is led by President and Partner Steve Huber. Huber has the ability to apply his unique perspective in custom home building, taking note of every critical element; from site selection and development, to design, construction, and budgeting.
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