The county seat of Lucas County, Toledo has one of the best housing rates in Ohio. Its median property value is over $100K lower than the national median property value because, unlike most cities, there are more entry-level homes available than premium listings. Most cities have a high median housing rate because there is an oversupply of premium homes and a shortage of affordable entry-level homes. For Toledo, it ides the complete opposite: there is a large number of available entry-level homes and an adequate amount of premium homes. This is why the majority of the population in Toledo are homeowners.
The average median income is relatively lower in Toledo, but this maintains the affordable living conditions that every resident enjoys. Another perk the residents enjoy is the sprawling neighborhoods like historic Perrysburg, the lively Old Orchard, and family-friendly Sylvania.
Zillow.com forecasts a 4.8% increase in the housing rates of Toledo, so while there is still a healthy balance between affordable and luxury homes, investing in a home is a wise decision. This list reports the 11 best custom home builders in the area. These builders were ranked based on the number of accolades they have received and the quality of their projects. Some of these builders are based in Michigan but were included because Toledo is part of their main areas of service.
11) Premier Builders
Website | 419-794 5958 | 350 S. Reynolds Rd. Suite B, Toledo, OH 43615
Homebuilder and general contractor Premier Builders provide quality Craftsman homes in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The firm was only recently established in 2009 but has already expanded to multiple states including Oregon and Michigan. What makes Premier Builders so popular among families is its dedication to building homes that will last a lifetime. For this reason, Premier Builders builds homes that are a wise investment for families looking for a house that will stand the test of time.
Recently, the firm has been featured in the annual Toledo Parade of Homes along with other distinguished builders in Northwest Ohio. The featured farmhouse home is a timeless creation that is both aesthetically pleasing and very practical.
10) Bankowski Builders
Website | 419-215-9070 | 9226 Village Meadows Dr., Temperance, MI 48182
Though a Michigan-based builder, Bankowski Builders mainly services Toledo. Bankowski Builders has received two People’s Choice awards from the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Toledo and has been a staple in the annual Parade of Homes. The firm’s homes are often featured because of their simple yet unique look. From the craftsmanship to the material, the firm always keeps its designs humble and warm.
Its two entries for the most recent Parade of Homes were The Tyler and The Audrey models. The Audrey is a traditional farmhouse home that has a neutral palette accented with stone details, while The Tyler is a modern craftsman home with white barn board exteriors. These entries are both inviting, traditional homes, with clean aesthetics that are appealing for anyone. The difference between them is that Tyler was executed with a more contemporary approach instead of the usual craftsman exterior.
9) Mavillino Homes
Website | 419-304-5574 | 25660 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, OH 43551
Mavillino Homes is the youngest firm on this list founded by Ryan Villhauer and Matt Maxwell but has an impressive portfolio that includes six awards from the HBA as well as the winner of “Best home builder in Toledo” for the past 2 years in a row. The firm specializes in classic craftsman homes that give off a very warm atmosphere. The firm is popular among families because its goal is to make livable homes that can be treated as communal spaces. The homes designed by the firm are functional spaces that bring convenience to their owners. Mavillino Custom Homes offers livable and affordable custom homes built with unmatched efficiencies and uncompromising quality.
The firm’s Facebook page features 3D tours of the interiors of its finished homes with an impressive gallery of photos. One of the homes that can be viewed is the award-winning Ashton Home- a 2-story style home that has a modern rustic finish. With its modern interiors and remarkable design, it suits the lifestyle of any family.
8) Macek Custom Builders
Website | 419-861-7773 | 8451 Willow Glen Ct., Holland, OH 43528
Toledo native Rick Macek always had a fascination with building homes. His earliest memory of himself was building with Lincoln Logs, which inspired him to help his father rehabilitate condemned homes at the age of ten. His brother, Les, had a fascination with customizing model cars and planes. The brothers combined their skills and established Macek Custom Builders in 1990. Macek Custom Builders boasts of being one of the most versatile builders in the Greater Toledo Area. With over 20 years of experience, the firm has mastered making million dollars luxury homes, as well as small-scale custom homes. The firm has put its name on the map by being regulars in the annual Parade of Homes. The Parade of Homes has given the firm numerous awards, including the People’s Choice Award and Best Kitchen.
Many of the homes found in the firm’s portfolio are multi-level homes that vary from farmhouse to colonial. The firm’s homes can be distinguished by their signature brick wall exterior. For its upscale projects, a common feature is the traditional white columns welcoming the homeowner to the grand colonial home.
7) Ciboro Construction
Website | 419-243-5600 | 1318 Broadway St., Toledo, OH 43609
Doug Ciboro has long been a staple in the Toledo home building industry. When Ciboro Construction was established in 1983, it was initially a commercial remodeler that worked on churches and other infrastructures. The firm recently ventured into the residential construction market, and its remodeling and new home construction services have been making an impact on Toledo homeowners. Thanks to its loyal customers, Ciboro’s residential services have greatly relied on referrals, and the firm’s integrity and craftsmanship speak for themselves.
One of the firm’s creations was featured in The Blade magazine’s “Featured Home of the Week”. This project was a whole home remodel of a 1941 brick colonial home, personalized to the homeowner’s taste and lifestyle. The home’s roof was raised to accommodate the new upper deck that overlooks the stunning treetops and leads to a new sunroom.
6) Sean Patrick Builders
Website | 419-283-3444 | 4730 W Bancroft St. Suite #12, Toledo, OH 43615
For Sean Patrick Builders, there has always been one stellar service that has put the firm above the rest—quality customer service. Founder Sean Nester has always prioritized building on-time and within budget. His mantra throughout the years has been that no house is done until the customer is satisfied with the result. This is why the firm is consistently nominated as “The Best Local Builder and Remodeler” for the Toledo City Paper and the Best of Toledo awards.
Its portfolio consists of a diverse collection of styles that range from farmhouse to cottage. However, these designs are all modern interpretations of the classic styles that every homeowner is familiar with. The home pictured is a modern ranch home that integrates casement windows to highlight the open floor plan. It also has natural elements including a stone wall accent and a dark finish wood door that give the home a cozy feel.
5) Design 2 Construct
Website | 419-673-6730 | 118 WS Boundary St., Suite 102, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Derek Feltman established Design 2 Construct to share his 20 years of experience in traditional and contemporary construction. Feltman wants every project to be unique; providing a particular custom feature for every home it constructs. For example, every master suite has a custom vanity that the firm personalizes depending on the homeowner’s preference. The firm incorporates a lot of natural materials to give their homes a very warm feel. The firm’s personalized homes are regulars in many festivals, including the Parade of Homes and the Miami County Home and Garden Show. In addition, Sidney Daily News gave the firm Best Home Builder distinction.
The firm goes the extra mile to provide a personalized home for every homeowner, including such features as marble vanities and a staircase that has a built-in bench. These custom features are based on the homeowner’s requests and lifestyle.
4) Homes by Josh Doyle
Website | 419-705-1091 | 10075 Waterville St., Whitehouse, OH 43571
All his life, Josh Doyle has been surrounded by home builders. His father, a veteran of the home building industry, heavily influenced Doyle to establish Homes by Josh Doyle in 2009. The firm has been Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan’s one-stop-shop for custom home needs. In its tenth year, the firm will be celebrating its 500th custom-designed and -built home. On top of this, the firm won 2017 and 2018 HBA Builder of the Year from the Greater Toledo awards.
Through his firm, Doyle brought his father’s teachings into the modern building process. An example of this is a 3D model presented to clients of their future home. Doyle makes these models himself so he can show his clients his dedication to bringing the best quality homes. The firm specializes in traditional and craftsman homes that have modern interiors.
3) Decker Homes
Website | 734-856-2663 | 2666 Sterns Rd., Lambertville, MI 48144
Since 1981, Decker Homes has been a pioneer of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for custom home construction. This is the first firm in Michigan to make Zero Energy Homes- carbon-free homes that are energy efficient and produce renewable energy. Decker Homes innovate this by building with a whole systems approach, integrating Geothermal HVAC and Solar (PV) systems into the home. These systems improve the insulation and heating system of the home. Founder Bill Decker, Sr. is the first builder to offer this kind of service in Northwest Ohio. For its achievements, the firm has received the Eco-Community award from the Science Alliance, and Business of the Year from Green Energy of Ohio.
Decker’s home designs are simple and inviting, specializing in ranch and farmhouse styles. Beige tones and stone accents are often used in the firm’s designs.
2) Schumacher Homes
Website | 877-319-1436 | 6539 Dixie Hwy., Cygnet, OH 43413
Schumacher Homes is one of the largest firms in the country, serving 32 markets, including Ohio and Missouri. Paul Schumacher established the firm in 1992, since that time overseeing more than 14,000 projects. Known as a spec builder, the firm allows the homeowner to customize the in-house floor plans, or provide the designs themselves. The firm encourages this, aiming to make homes that are unique to each client. Moreover, its homes can be customized according to Multi-Generational living and Aging-In-Place standards. Given its wide scope of services, the firm has received several prestigious awards, including the National Housing Quality Award, the National Gold Winning Home of the Year, and the National Gold Winning Multi-Generational Home of the Year.
The firm’s designs are simple and familiar, with many creative design solutions integrated into the projects. This can include a concealed laundry room that is still spacious enough for leg room or a farm sink that tastefully complements the open kitchen.
1) Moline Builders
Website | 419-843-4411 | 5383 Coldstream Rd., Toledo, OH 43623
With an extensive background in carpentry and framing, founder Jim Moline is one of the most seasoned home builders in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Moline Builders, established in 1987, is a lot like its founder- decorated and successful. The firm’s accomplishments include being a seven-time recipient of the Builder of the Year award, and three 2018 Toledo Choice Awards.
In addition to being a distinguished builder, the firm has also been an Energy Star innovation leader since 2002. It makes homes that have state-of-the-art insulation, such as thermal enclosure systems and water, cooling and ventilation systems. Not only are its projects environment-friendly, but the homes are also charming and nostalgic. These homes stick to the traditional aesthetics of farmhouse, craftsman, and ranch styles. The home pictured is the 2018 winner of The Best Single Family Home from the Toledo Choice Awards. It is a craftsman home with a textured blue exterior that is complemented by a dark stone wall.