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Romantic and picturesque, Italianate architecture merges the deep-eaved Italian villa with Greek or Gothic revival ornamentation. Its distinct elements of warm tones, nearly flat roofs, wide eaves, and massive brackets make the Italianate style a unique look for custom homes.
For this list, we have selected the best home builders in the U.S. that can execute the Italianate home style perfectly. Our team selected these companies using a comprehensive set of criteria that includes awards, press, versatility in styles and services, number of projects, and overall reputation in the community.
Artisan Signature Homes
10636 Meeting Street, Prospect, KY 40059
Jason Black is a Louisville native who left the corporate world to pursue his passion for building homes. In 2002, he established a construction company, where he learned hands-on how to be a custom home builder. He developed his craft throughout the years, and by 2015 he started another venture—Artisan Signature Homes. This company aims to showcase Black’s perfected process for creating dream homes. Aside from running his company, Black has served on the Board of Directors of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Living Custom Building Program.
Artisan Signature Homes has built more than 100 bespoke residences in traditional neighborhood settings. From coastal farmhouse to classic Italianate, the firm is versatile in a variety of home styles. It has also earned multiple Homearama Grand Awards for its creations. In this featured project, the company collaborated with C3 Studios in creating a modern version of an Italianate home. It merged classic elements like large brackets and an almost flat roof with a modern interior layout and color palette.
Aspire Fine Homes
927 Studewood St. Suite 310, Houston, TX 77008
Texas-based Aspire Fine Homes is one of Houston’s premier custom home building companies specializing in collaborative designing and building with homeowners. Formerly Whitestone Builders, the firm’s rebranding comes after refocusing on custom home building geared towards prioritizing the customer experience and building in Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods. The company started in 2004 as a spec home building company. It eventually pivoted to custom luxury homes and gained success by integrating design, placement, finishing, and flow to deliver a positive experience and dream homes to its clients.
As evidence of its skill and expertise, Aspire Fine Homes has earned an impressive list of awards over the years. These include dozens of PRISM Awards in various categories from the Greater Houston Builders Association. Led by founder David Gordon, the company’s team designs and builds stunning homes in various styles, including Acadian-southern, Charleston, contemporary, craftsman, farmhouse, New Orleans, traditional, transitional, and more.
705 East Oak St., Suite D, Kissimmee, FL 34744
For over 25 years, Derrick Builders has created luxurious residential masterpieces in the finest communities of Central Florida. Meticulous attention to detail, selection of the finest materials and finishes, and outstanding construction techniques define this luxury custom home builder’s work. The firm is a trusted builder of renowned communities like the Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort, Celebration, Baldwin Park, and Lake Butler Sound.
Central Florida native Derrick Koger established the company in 1990. He is a third-generation craftsman and a Certified Green Professional. A hands-on leader, Koger directly involves himself in the design and building processes of each project. He has established solid relationships with trusted vendors and expert craftsmen who share the company’s attention to detail and dedication to quality.
Derrick Builders is well-versed in European architectural styles — from French and Italianate to Tuscan and Spanish Revival. This Italianate custom home shown here features elegant architectural details. On its exterior, grand archways and beautiful columns welcome guests. Inside, playfully themed rooms, a resort-style water slide, and a large outdoor living space make the home perfect for entertaining. Other bespoke homes from the company have been featured in several publications, such as Southern Living, Orlando Magazine, Luxury Home Quarterly, Florida Homebuyer Orlando, and Builder Magazine.
Design Build Enterprises
81 Prospect Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Design-Build Enterprises (DBE) is a general contracting, management, and advisory firm making a mark on New York’s most popular neighborhoods. It works on brownstones and apartments in Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, and Fort Greene, where home listings frequently top $15 million. Its work encompasses a lot of renovations and restorations with the occasional custom home building project. The firm’s team of designers, technology specialists, and craftspeople are headed by founder Tambi Kat. A LEED-certified professional, Tambi worked with architects and development firms for years before establishing his own practice in the design-build industry.
DBE’s extensive experience in home building is evident in this successful update of a historic Italianate home in Fort Greene. Built-in 1860, DBE fully renovated and restored this unique building’s timeless elements, such as the beautiful Gothic trimmed porch and symmetrical windows. Inside, the firm installed a new kitchen, modern bathrooms, and new wood flooring.
13990 Olive Blvd, Suite 202, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Among the design-build professionals in the St. Louis area, Hibbs Homes has become one of the most well-respected firms. The company is highly regarded by clients and peers alike for its professionalism, technical expertise, and customer service dedication. It is also a notable pioneer of green home building in the region. Its custom homes are the products of the firm’s design and construction professionals and carefully applied sustainable technologies. Hibbs Homes has earned awards like Custom Home of the Year from the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Best Energy Efficient Home Builder in Missouri from BUILD Magazine.
This family-owned and operated company operates under the guidance of Kim and Jan Hibbs. The couple started Hibbs Homes in 2004 after gaining construction experience from fixing and flipping homes. As an experienced general contractor, Kim has served as president of the HBA of St. Louis and a national director of the National Association of Home Builders. He is credited for building the first gold level-verified green homes in the St. Louis area and the first Active House in the U.S.
This Craftsman-Italianate cross built by Hibbs Homes earned the Infill of Merit distinction for being a new single-family home that “fits seamlessly into the existing character of its neighborhood through architectural style and use of scale, proportion, materials, textures, and details.” The company successfully married the beauty of traditional architecture and design with advanced building techniques. The Kirkwood home features distinctive wood details in its custom kitchen cabinets, cedar decking, and pergola. It also has geothermal-zoned heating and cooling, Energy Star lights and windows, and upgraded insulation for improved efficiency.
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Lynbrook of Annapolis
4 Annapolis Street, Suite 4, Annapolis, MD 21401
In 1994, skilled builders Raymond Gauthier and Bryan Beauchemin came together to start a home building company in Annapolis. With their combined 40 years of experience in the trade, the pair started Lybrook of Annapolis, a fine residential construction company focused on architect-designed homes. With their construction management expertise paired with good financial practices, the two have led the company to become one of the go-to custom home builders in Central Maryland. They are joined by key individuals with different yet complementary skills who share the same passion for fine home building — rounding out the company’s strong and dedicated team.
Lynbrook offers a full suite of services, from design and architectural plans to construction to repair and restoration. It also has artisans that specialize in millwork, metalwork, painting, finishing, stonework, and masonry. Additionally, the firm is capable of green and sustainable building for modern and traditional homes. For its impeccable craftsmanship and construction work, it has earned dozens of Builder and Fine Design Awards from Annapolis Home Magazine.
Lynbrook renovated and restored this classic Italianate home and its surrounding garden. The project’s highlights include extensive brickwork in its exterior, flawless brackets and molding, lush gardens, and a mini reflection pool.
1401 Cold Springs Road, Louisville, KY 40223
Old World style combined with New World innovation defines Meridian Construction’s custom homes in Louisville. From utilizing one-of-a-kind materials to collaborating with skilled craftsmen who specialize in various fields, the company brings a sharp focus on detail and unparalleled workmanship to the table. Additionally, it is a certified Energy Star Builder capable of creating efficient and healthy homes. The company can build in Louisville’s prime developments and top communities, as well as clients’ private lots.
The company’s portfolio displays a wide range of home styles, from classic American styles like Craftsman and farmhouse to ornate European architecture like French and Italianate. Featured here is the Palazzo, an Italianate custom home with the conveniences of modern technology. Beautiful elements like red brick, coffered ceilings, and intricate molding embody the home’s traditional style, while an open interior layout and energy-efficient techniques give the home a modern touch.
New Prairie Construction
605 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802
Julie Vogel Birdwell and Jill Mulder started New Prairie Construction in 1988. Working as a team, they tackled a wide range of building projects as they developed the company into a leading general contractor and home builder. The company understands that effective renovations of old houses and buildings require respect and understanding of historic architectural styles, materials, and construction techniques. Because of this, New Prairie has been one of the most trusted companies for historic renovations as well as new construction in central Illinois. Its portfolio shows a diverse selection of projects, including additions, kitchen, and bathroom remodels, home energy efficiency projects, solar panel installations, and specialty projects.
By integrating technology with traditional materials and time-honored techniques, New Prairie is able to produce award-winning restoration work. One of these projects is a Victorian Italianate homestead in East Central Illinois. Built-in 1874, New Prairie brought the home back to its former glory. It reinstalled most of the original corbels, rebuilt the cupola, and replaced the porch.
Sims Luxury Builders
4665 Sweetwater Blvd Ste 106, Sugar Land, TX 77479
More than three decades of building experience make Sims Luxury Builders one of Texas’s premier custom construction firms. It specializes in creating luxury homes for families in the Greater Houston area. Its timeless designs, exceptional craftsmanship, and relentless attention to detail have earned it an award-winning reputation in the building industry. The father-and-son duo, Chris and Michael Sims direct the firm and its collaborative team of professionals.
From garden homes to sprawling estates, the company is consistent in practicing the same level of expertise across its various projects. In the featured project, Sims blended Italianate and Mediterranean elements to create an opulent home. The home boasts a two-story library, a dedicated music room, a theatre and game room, and a resort-style outdoor living space.
UberGreen Spaces & Homes
9462 Brownsboro Road #197, Louisville, KY 40241
As its name suggests, UberGreen Spaces & Homes specializes in some of the most sustainable and healthy homes in Kentucky. This Louisville design-build company creates healthy, zero-energy, water-efficient, and durable homes and buildings. Its emphasis on minimal energy use and the health and wellness of homeowners have earned recognition from Dwell, Louisville Business First, and Proud Green Home. The company is led by founder Sy Safi. A leader in the green building industry, Safi is a PHIUS Certified Builder, a Certified Passive House Consultant, and an ADVANCE Ambassador of the US Green Building Council.
Although the company focuses on modern home technologies, it is capable of infusing these technologies into classic architectural forms, resulting in a perfect blend of old and new. A perfect example of this is Su Verde—a modern Italianate home that the company designed and built-in Norton Commons. The firm combined a traditional silhouette with local materials and the highest modern finishes and sustainable technologies. The home features reclaimed Kentucky horse farm fencing for hardwood floors, reclaimed Kentucky barn wood for built-ins, and non-toxic materials and finishes.