First popularized during the decades between the 1920s and the 1970s, modern homes are often characterized by their flat roofs, minimal designs, and large glass walls. This architectural style was born in response to the over-the-top architecture of previous decades: modernist architects preferred simplicity. Homes with strong horizontal composition, large open floor plans, and cinematic asymmetry gradually became far more prevalent. Today, these homes can also be crafted with sustainable building practices and are often more energy-efficient.
We’ve compiled 50 contractors throughout the entire country, representing the best modern home builders in each state. These contractors were chosen based on merit, work history, affiliations, and previous projects. Several of these firms offer unique services and incorporate innovative solutions into their designs that they offer exclusively.
If you are thinking about building a modern home, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.
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Philip Woods Home Builder
1102 20th St. S Suite B, Birmingham, AL 35205
Philip Woods Home Builder has been in the industry since 1993 and has secured a solid reputation for itself for its extensive range of services and designs. It maintains affiliations with organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Alabama’s local Home Builders Association (HBA), and the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. Its portfolio displays a variety of different homes, most of which feature modern takes on otherwise classic themes. That approach might be best observed in its minimalist Mediterranean projects. With features in publications such as Veranda, Birmingham Home & Garden, Milieu, its work is often distinguished by its use of large floor-to-ceiling windows, neutral color palettes, and the incorporation of industrial elements and straight lines.
Take a good look at the chosen project above, for instance. Inside, this home features seamless paneled cabinetry, sleek furniture, and a large wall-like fireplace. Its master bedroom is a minimalist haven. This home also features numerous nooks perfect for entertainment. One noteworthy space includes a small area where one of its glass walls meet, creating a perfect area for its homeowner’s grand piano.
7700 Hillside Way, Anchorage, AK 99516
Headquartered in Anchorage, Hawkinson Construction specializes in luxury home construction and has been in business since 1968. The firm is family-owned and, in addition to its residential work, ventures into the commercial industry from time to time. The firm is comprised of a team of highly-skilled, experienced professionals and also takes on large-scale remodeling projects. Its process emphasizes the importance of maintaining open lines of communication with its clients. The firm also assists with working on budgets and commits itself to ensure that its client’s lifestyles and needs are reflected in their new homes. The firm’s portfolio depicts a variety of several modern homes, all crafted with the unique Alaskan environment in mind.
For the home we’re featuring here, the firm’s team made use of large floor-to-ceiling windows and entryways coupled with a wooden exterior. The firm also opted for a recurring theme of straight lines, something that will be a commonality for almost every project on this list, as well as a flat roof. Several unique fixtures were also used to complement the ambient light that streams into the home.
6607 N Scottsdale Rd. Suite H-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Camelot Homes is an award-winning firm with over five decades of industry experience. Unlike most of the builders in its area, the firm is a native Arizona builder, now in its third generation of builders. Aside from its luxurious custom modern homes, the firm is also known for its communities. These said neighborhoods adhere to particular themes set for them and best showcases the firm’s excellent command of a variety of architectural themes. Its modern work, however, may best be seen in its portfolio for the “Adero Villas.” In this particular community, the firm often works with homes with large patios complete with spectacular mountain views, beautiful and seamlessly connecting indoor and outdoor spaces, and open great rooms. Some also come with ceilings as high as 12 feet, master kitchens, and spa-like baths. Such is the case for the featured project below.
Camelot has been recognized for excellence numerous times. Its most notable accolades include “Builder of the Year” from the HBA of Central Arizona and several Gold Nugget Awards in various categories including “Home of the Year.” The firm also maintains affiliations with organizations such as the NAHB and it has also been featured in magazines like Ranking Arizona.
GB Group Construction
885 W Henri De Tonti Blvd. Suite #2, Springdale, AR 72762
Hailed as one of Northwest Arkansas’s premier custom home builders, GB Group Construction is an expert in both modern and craftsman designs. The firm has been in the industry since 2009 and has collaborated with some of the area’s best architects and designers. It is led by founder Jacob Tankersley and he adheres closely to the principle of crafting premier custom homes that are energy-efficient and highly functional. He has overseen and managed the construction of over 150 residential homes over the past two decades. With the aid of his vision, the firm has also been featured in publications like Retrofit Magazine, Northwest Arkansas Citiscapes, and AY Arkansas Lifestyle. The firm is also a Certified Green Professional and maintains affiliations with vital organizations like the US Green Building Council.
The firm’s portfolio displays a variety of modern homes that are often distinguished by the firm’s ability to infuse different elements not typically seen in modern designs. We think the project above, is an especially good example. From unique windows and wooden slate exteriors, this home is the incorporation of minimalist art deco elements and modern architecture.
612 York St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Marmol Radziner uses a design-build approach: the firm handles every phase of construction from start to finish and offers a full range of architecture, construction, landscape, and interior services. Founded in 1989, Marmol Radziner is best known for its innovative designs and excellence in applying construction standards. Given that it provides interior design services, the firm has its very own team of in-house designers and master craftsmen ensuring the high level of personalization that comes with each of its projects. Adhering to the traditional “master builder” process, the firm is currently comprised of over 200 people and takes on not only single-family homes but also restoration, prefab, retail, office, and hospitality projects. Its work has seen the likes of publications such as the Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Town & Country. It is also the proud recipient of numerous distinctions, and the project we’ve chosen to showcase here is some of its best work.
This home won the firm a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architect (AIA) California’s Design Awards. Located in Los Angeles, this home sits between a canyon road and a hillside somewhere in the Santa Monica Mountains. The firm was tasked with skillfully following the slope of the land, placing the home’s eastern area floating just three feet above the canyon floor. The home was constructed with a façade of brick and metal panels, coupled with large glass windows and entrances.
2551 Dolores Way, Carbondale, CO 81623
Headquartered in Carbondale, Koru was founded on a simple principle of crafting innovative designs that have resulted in some of the area’s most distinctive work. The firm has been servicing Colorado since 2005 and has secured a reputation for itself for its excellent modern homes. The firm is led by Antony Cullwick, and the firm has been recognized multiple times, including by the AIA of Colorado. Koru uses a highly collaborative approach and is known for its strong leadership. The firm works closely with each specific subcontractor and designer a client may ask for throughout the entirety of the process. As a result, the firm has built lasting relationships with some of the area’s best craftsmen. The firm is known for its ability to deliver its projects within the agreed-upon timeframe and budget.
This home is a prime example of the firm’s expertise for modern architecture. With the surrounding environment in mind, this home was built in the style of classic Colorado mountain homes, but its design also incorporates several hints of industrial elements and has a unique den visible from the outside.
BPC Green Builders
523 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897
As its name implies, BPC Green Builders is best known for its high-performance green homes that have won the firm numerous awards through the years. The firm maintains affiliations with important green building organizations such as the Passive House Institute (PHI) and EnergyStar in addition to several other certifications. This emphasis on green building is vital because modern homes are not only defined by their designs and adherence to minimalistic themes but their ability to conserve energy, their use of sustainable materials, and their indoor air quality. All of these elements are present in the firm’s projects, which has led to it being distinguished with several awards throughout the years, including multiple National Housing Innovation Awards. And one of its renovation projects was recognized with a LEED Silver certification in 2015.
The chosen project features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is located on a lightly wooded lot in a neighborhood noted for its selection of modern and contemporary homes. Inside, this home features custom kitchen cabinetry, high ceiling living areas, and a master bathroom. It also has large windows overlooking the home’s wonderful landscaping. As for its green elements, this project has insulated concrete forms used for frost walls, a ducted air-source to pump heat and cool the entire house, and a propane-fired water heater.
Marnie Custom Homes
33298 Coastal Hwy. Suite #3, Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Given that Delaware sits on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, homes here often employ coastal designs. Most firms in the area that construct modern takes of these classic designs. This pleasing fusion can be observed in the featured project below. Using a neutral color palette, this home features paneled exteriors and several large windows. Inside, a recurring minimalist theme has also been The firm behind this project, Marnie Custom Homes, is no stranger to completing highly personalized luxury work. The firm is led by its namesake Marnie Oursler, the host of the DIY Network’s “Big Beach Builds” and HGTV’s “Dream Home.” She also has experience in the real estate industry and under her supervision, the firm has gone on to become an award-winning company.
Some of the firm’s most notable accomplishments include being featured in publications such as The Washington Post and Forbes. The firm has also been covered by magazines like Coastal Living and Home & Design, which both praised the firm’s work. The firm has also been featured on “The Today Show” and on ABC News.
Josh Wynne Construction
1925 Barber Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240
Josh Wynne Construction is the by-product of its founder and namesake’s goal of contributing to the design and environmental needs of his area’s residential scene. At the time of the firm’s inception, Florida’s highly popularized “Cracker Home” design was out of circulation along with the once in-demand mid-century ranches. In response, he would work on crafting Florida’s first LEED Platinum-certified home with the highest rating in the world at the time of its creation in 2008. This is only one of the firm’s many distinctions. With Wynne’s hands-on approach, the firm has received over a hundred Aurora Awards from the Southeastern Building Conference, as well as a number of other distinctions. Wynne himself primarily describes the firm’s process as highly collaborative and assures each of its clients that he and his team take extra measures to further understand their wants and needs.
The firm adheres to the toughest and most stringent residential sustainability programs, making its homes equipped with all the qualities of a sustainable home from low maintenance systems to consistent temperatures in each room. The featured project, dubbed the “Lido Deck Haus,” was crafted with the owners’ desire for their own private resort in mind. Given that the lot has wonderful unobstructed views of Gulf beach, this dream was made possible by crafting several observation decks.
620 Peachtree St. NE #106, Atlanta, GA 30308
Located in the heart of Atlanta, Cablik Enterprises has strong ties with some of the metro area’s best subcontractors and craftsmen. It was founded by local Alan Cablik, who has personally witnessed the growth of the real estate and construction landscape in the area. Due to his deep understanding of the city’s past and present environment, Cablik is able to oversee the firm’s projects with the benefit of experience. With the aid of this vision, the company commits itself to work on not only the latest modern and contemporary designs, but also with the industry’s leading technology. The firm goes the extra mile by using only top-of-the-line sustainability methods and materials and has established itself as one of Georgia’s leaders in the green building movement. As a matter of fact, it has been distinguished with several OBIE and Chrysalis Awards. The firm has also had its work featured in publications such as ULI Magazine, Trends, and Jezebel. Calbik has also managed to make it into television through a feature on an episode of HGTV’s “Million Dollar Rooms” in 2012.
The firm’s portfolio is primarily comprised of modern residential dwellings, in addition to a few commercial projects. Its craftsmanship is best exhibited by the project displayed above. Awarded with a Gold OBIE Award and featured on the 2013 Modern Atlanta Home Tour, this project was built with Cablik’s Earthcraft standards, all of which are present in its projects and provides sound construction techniques and increased energy efficiency. Inside, this home features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, an open living and dining area, and a spacious backyard. Currently, the firm is wrapping up phase one of construction on a 17-unit townhome project in Chamblee. Called “The Bristol,” the project is set to be a part of this year’s upcoming Modern Architecture Home Tour. its features include designer kitchens complete with modern cabinets and quartz countertops, elegant master suites, and several energy-efficient elements.
Longhouse Design + Build
Alakea Corporate Tower 1100 Alakea St. 3rd Flr. Atrium, Honolulu, HI 96813
Longhouse Design + Build is the combination of the skills of two firms: Long & Associates Architects and Interiors and Longhouse Development. Now headquartered in Honolulu, this multi-disciplinary firm uses a design-build approach and has been recognized as one of Hawaii’s best custom luxury home contractors. It has secured a solid reputation for itself for its team of experienced architects, interior designers, and builders. The firm has several LEED accredited professionals in its lineup, making it equipped for any specific green building needs a client may have. Both the firm’s design and construction departments offer an extensive range of services and are able to assist throughout the entire process from site planning and code reviews to 3D modeling input and material reviewing.
At the firm’s helm is Jeffrey Long, a licensed architect who personally oversees the design and construction of every project the firm takes on. He has supervised the construction of over 150 homes since the firm’s inception and has led the firm to be featured on HGTV and “Epic Beach Homes.” He maintains affiliations with vital industry organizations such as the AIA, American Society of Interior Design (ASID), and the Building Industry Association (BIA).
Tradewinds General Contracting
9165 W State St., Garden City, ID 83714
Tradewinds General Contracting has been incorporating green building practices in all of its projects for the past four decades. It offers both residential and commercial construction services, and it specializes in an extensive range of designs. The firm has built many bungalows, modern homes, Cape Cod themed houses and Mediterranean-inspired estates. It has been recognized as Local Builder of the Year, State Builder of the Year, and State Company of the Year on three separate occasions in addition to its long list of Parade of Homes accolades. In its modern projects, the firm’s work is often distinguished by its preference for L-shapes and flat roofs.
The featured project displays a particularly modern and contemporary example of the firm’s work. For this home, the Tradewinds team employed several large windows, clean straight lines, and made use of multiple corner designs to emphasize the home’s pleasing symmetry. The firm also added several wooden elements and warm lights so as to give the home a more inviting appeal.
Goldberg General Contracting
3510 N Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
Decorated with numerous distinctions from the AIA and features on publications like Builder Magazine and Luxe, Goldberg General Contracting specializes in renovations, large-scale restorations, and ground-up construction projects. It is an expert in modern designs and has taken on some of Chicago’s most interesting residential construction projects. Manned by a group of over 25 experts, the firm handles site management full time and only works with the area’s best and licensed subcontractors. It also has long-standing relationships with some of the city’s leading architects and interior designers and emphasizes the importance of maintaining open lines of communication among its clients, contractor, and architect. Most of the firm’s projects may be found along Chicago’s Gold Coast and consist of both modern single and multi-family residences.
Chicago is, of course, the birthplace of modern architecture in the country and is lined with homes crafted by some of the most recognizable designers in history. Goldberg has proven itself capable of keeping up with the impressive Chicago aesthetic standard, with its portfolio showcasing a noteworthy array of modern and contemporary projects. This is best seen through the chosen project. Recognized as one of the first residential projects in the country with radiant cooling, this home features geothermal heating via a radian floor, solar hydronic hot water, and a green roof. It also has a remarkable rain screen façade.
WERK | Building Modern
933 N Layman Ave. Studio 1, Indianapolis, IN 46219
WERK | Building Modern was founded by the architects of HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles in 2004 after having decided to take on the task of building their own designs. The firm wanted to complete its projects with their own design concepts and their client’s exact specifications in mind. Who better to do this than the very people behind the designs? So the firm moved to an enhanced design-build process. At the time of the principals’ exclusive architecture days, Central Indiana homebuilders often worked without the involvement of any architects, which resulted in the lack of general design and documentation of projects at the time. That lack has, of course, impacted the firm’s approach to the design-build process. WERK has been noted for its excellent sustainability work and uses various unique strategies custom fit for its projects.
The featured project is located in Zionsville. Constructed for a family of four, this energy-efficient dwelling was built on a 20-acre land filled flush with wetlands and nature. It has a dramatic roof overhang, which also serves as a home office and guest suite, in addition to a kitchen area with an open front and backspace achieved through pass-through windows. This project is also equipped with Smart Home Technology, which is in charge of the home’s lighting, HVAC, and security, all accessible via the owners’ mobile devices.
4800 Mills Civic Pkwy. Suite #204, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Headquartered in the state’s capital of Des Moines, Dreamscape Homebuilders is a custom home builder known for its innovative designs and award-winning work. The firm provides in-house design services and is noted for its projects’ full range of modern design qualities. All of its homes are energy efficient and crafted with the best building materials, windows, doors, and insulation to ensure its projects’ holistic and sustainable performance. The firm also offers LP Smart Board Siding that comes in handy during harsh weather conditions and provides its clients with nearly 30 modern graphite options to choose from in its very own showroom. Most of the firm’s homes are also crafted with hardwood flooring in a variety of designs. The firm is led by partners TJ Clemons, Ryan Roberts, and Ou Meksay, who together have a combined experience of over three decades.
The firm’s portfolio displays a variety of single-story and multi-level homes. The firm does build the occasional ranch-style home but for the most part its modernism. This can be seen most clearly in the featured project: the firm’s team made use of unique flat and slanting roofs coupled with complementing colors.
7555 W 160th St., Stilwell, KS 66085
Recognized as one of Kansas’ premier custom home builders, Starr Homes extends its services throughout the greater metro area and assists throughout the entirety of a project. Its team guides its clients from inception all the way to completion, including handling the financial requirements of a project. The relationships the firm has fostered with its clients have lasted beyond each of its projects’ completion dates, which in turn has also enabled the firm to garner an excellent reputation for its superior work. Starr Homes is led by its namesake Gerry Starr, who personally maintains a highly hands-on approach and is very much involved in each home’s design process. He holds two engineering degrees and is an expert when it comes to floorplans and overall aesthetics.
The firm maintains affiliations with organizations such as NAHB and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). It has also been distinguished with numerous awards from the HBA. In the gorgeous project we’ve chosen to highlight, the firm’s team opted to infuse stucco and wooden elements into its exterior to give the home more curb appeal.
Atchison Heller Construction
3399 Tates Creek Rd. Suite #210, Lexington, KY 40502
With over four decades of design and building experience, Atchison Heller Construction is the award-winning firm behind some of Kentucky’s most appealing high-end homes. Its projects are characterized by the firm’s ability to make them “maintenance-free.” The firm was first founded in 1978 by Josh Atchinson and primarily only serviced the Lexington community. In 2000, he was joined by longtime friend, Steve Heller. Since then, the two have expanded the firm’s business operations. Together, they have also completed other noteworthy projects outside the residential sector which include work for the Hope Center of Lexington and an Alzheimer Care Center in Wilmore. Together, they have led the firm into winning numerous awards from the HBA and having the firm’s work published in outlets such as Modern Home Builder Magazine.
Depicted above you’ll find one of the firm’s best modern projects. For this home, the firm was tasked with the full-scale remodeling of a mid-century modern house into a custom design-build project. The result was this ultra-modern design featuring a cantilevered flat roof and cedar lap sidings. Inside, minimalist furniture and cabinetry further coupled with clean finishes create a bright, almost futuristic space.
3900 N Causeway Blvd. One Lakeway Suite #105, Metairie, LA 70002
Extending its services throughout Southeast Louisiana and the Greater New Orleans area, Troyer Builders has been hailed as one of the state’s leading luxury custom home builders. The firm uses a design-build approach and has worked on over 300 homes since it was first founded. Its projects range from 2,500 square feet to 20,000 square feet in size and are often distinguished by the firm’s use of minimalist themes and preference for modern renditions of classic architectural designs. In the home we’ve chosen to highlight, the firm opted for a clean white façade coupled with several large windows and entrances. You can also see two dormer windows and, unlike most projects on this list, gabled roofs.
The firm is led by founder and namesake Greg Troyer, a builder with two decades of experience and under whose leadership realized its signature style. He personally communicates with each of the firm’s clients throughout the entire process.
Sylvain + Sevigny Custom Builders
202 Rt. 1 Suite #209, Falmouth, ME 04105
Established in 2010, Sylvain + Sevigny Custom Builders offers both residential and commercial building services. The firm operates from its headquarters in Portland and specializes in ground-up construction projects, home additions, and large-scale remodels. The firm has worked on a variety of primary residences, second homes, and retirement retreats. Some of these projects have had the chance to be featured in publications such as Dwell, Maine Home + Design, and the Boston Globe. Its portfolio showcases a variety of remodeling projects and is often noted for the firm’s brilliant capability of seamlessly incorporating new spaces into a home’s original plans.
The firm’s work is often characterized by a fusion of traditional and other architectural styles. In the home we’ve chosen to highlight, the firm made use of several dormer windows coupled with wooden finishes and angled roofs.
Anthony Wilder Design/Build
7913 Macarthur Blvd., Cabin John, MD 20818
Anthony Wilder is an award-winning design-build firm with over two decades of experience. The firm offers full-service architecture, construction, and interior design services, and specializes in a wide range of residential architectural themes. The firm’s work is often distinguished by its maximization of space, use of natural light, and its use of sustainable materials. The firm is comprised of a team of over 40 Architects, Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Designers, Interior Designers and Craftsman, all of whom are ready to assist each of the firm’s clients throughout the entire remodeling process from material selection to construction. The firm has had the honor of receiving numerous accolades, including multiple regional and national CotY awards, Chrysalis Awards, and several features from Home & Design, The Wallstreet Journal, and Qualified Remodeler. Anthony Wilder was also featured on an episode of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal.”
The firm’s extensive portfolio provides an in-depth look into a gallery of modern and contemporary spaces, and its sleek finishes have a reputation all their own. Built in Bethesda, the featured home was originally constructed in 1957 and now features a large glass main entrance, stucco exteriors, wood accents made of dark cherry finishes, and metal sidings. Inside, visitors will be impressed by the vaulted ceilings and the generous open floor plan.
580 Harrison Ave. Suite 4W, Boston, MA 02118
From luxury urban residences to exquisite custom homes, Sea-Dar offers new construction, conversion, and renovation services. For nearly three decades, the firm has been collaborating with some of the area’s best architects and talented subcontractors. The result is any number of breathtaking projects. In addition to its custom residences, the firm takes on multifamily and commercial work and has been decorated with multiple awards for those efforts. The firm has been distinguished with the Best in American Living Award from the NAHB along with the Best Single Family Residence accolade from PRISM.
Sea-Dar Construction’s portfolio showcases a wide range of modern and contemporary homes as well as traditional, European themed spaces. A piece emblematic of its best is above. This project won the firm an Honor Award from the AIA’s New England Chapter and was published on the pages of the Architectural Record. Its exterior siding is made of zinc panels and a dense hardwood rain screen. The firm was also tasked with installing several solar PV panels.
New Urban Home Builders
6883 Cascade Rd. SE Suite B, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
New Urban Home Builders collaborates with some of West Michigan’s best architects, interior designers, and craftsmen. It adheres to the principle of ensuring that each of its clients’ unique and individual lifestyles is reflected in its work, and the firm employs a variety of green building techniques. The firm is a proud boutique builder: it has deliberately remained small, taking a handful of projects during a year to ensure that each home it designs and builds receives full attention from the team. The firm is the proud recipient of the Best in American Living Award from NAHB back in 2018 and maintains affiliations with exclusive organizations such as NAHB’s prestigious 20 Club. The firm is headed by Scott Branc, an experienced Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) whois currently the president of his NAHB 20 Club Chapter. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.
The project we’ve chosen showcases mid-century elements, low rooflines, and a neutral color palette. Inside this home is an open floor plan which connects its kitchen, living, and dining areas. The home’s master and guest suites are isolated sanctuaries, while the children’s room comes in the form of a bunk room. This project also has an accessory guest building and several other unique amenities such as its own firepit, outdoor shower, and a bocce ball court.
High Tide Builders
146B Main St. Bay, St. Louis, MS 39520
High Tide Builders specializes in new construction, interior design, and architecture. It has been crafting one-of-a-kind homes since 2014 and extends its services throughout Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Diamondhead, Kiln, Pass Christian, Long Beach, and Gulfport. The firm is an expert in a variety of home styles and uses a highly meticulous process. The team takes it upon itself to analyze the topography and landscape of a client’s lot prior to construction because of Mississippi’s varying environments. The team handles every phase of a project from the foundation all the way through finishing details. The firm is also noted for its accurate pricing and detailed estimates. High Tide provides clients with in-depth reports and is known to finish all of its projects on time and within budget.
The featured modern mountain home above was completed for a family of four. Its main house consists of four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and an office. The firm’s team drew inspiration from mining structures from the past and used hints of several rustic and industrial elements. Numerous metal and reclaimed materials were used for its exteriors, along with a giant shed roof.
924 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Homoly Construction offers both custom home building and entire house remodeling services in addition to commercial work. Homoly Construction is behind the remodeling and construction of some of the Kansas City Metro’s most luxurious homes and communities. Homoly Construction offers its clients a highly streamlined “5 Step Process,” which enables them to communicate with each client thoroughly and consistently throughout the entire duration of the project. Homoly Construction’s portfolio showcases a wide range of complex designs, which range from period spaces to the latest modern and contemporary architecture.
Homoly Construction has been recognized multiple times for its excellent work through several awards and publication features. The firm received Gold Awards from Kansas City Homes & Gardens Magazine and the Kansas City Business Journal. We’re especially taken with this home, where the firm opted for slanted flat roofs and large geometric windows.
500 Bell Dr. #15, Ketchum, ID 83333
Mountainwood Construction offers a full range of design and construction services and has the capability to take on any project regardless of size. It is manned by a group of some of the area’s best professionals and has secured relationships with numerous leading architectural firms and local suppliers. It assists its clients throughout the entire process and handles every phase of a project from inception all the way through completion, with its clients’ interests always in mind. It prides itself for its significant amount of repeat clients, in addition to its highly-detailed and hands-on process. Aside from its modern homes, the firm has also worked on several traditional themed homes and chalets.
The featured project best showcases its more modern approaches. For this, it made use of large floor-to-ceiling windows and entrances, coupled with unique fixtures and a neutral color palette. Metal was also used to achieve an industrial appeal.
Curt Hofer & Associates
16820 Frances St. Suite #102, Omaha, NE 68130
For nearly three decades, Curt Hofer & Associates has been extending its services throughout the greater Omaha metro area. The firm provides an extensive range of custom home building, remodeling, and home addition services and has secured a reputation for itself as one of the area’s most respected high-end custom home builders. The firm handles every facet of a project from design to construction and also assists with providing estimates and other financial aspects of a project. The firm is led by its founder and namesake Curt Hofer, a builder with over two decades of experience who personally handles each project that the firm takes on. With the aid of his leadership, the firm has been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions. These include several “Best of Omaha” awards from Omaha Magazine and features in magazines like Professional Builder.
The highlighted modern farmhouse above is a display of one of the firm’s best projects. This home won the firm numerous awards and was originally crafted for the “Street of Dreams” competition back in 2008. The firm’s team opted for a natural color palette and minimal elements. Unlike traditional farmhouses, this modern rendition is clean and functional, as you can see in its windows and exterior details.
Sun West Custom Homes
6675 S Cimarron Rd. Suite #100, Las Vegas, NV 89113
Located in the heart of sunny Las Vegas, Sun West Custom Homes uses a design-build approach and offers comprehensive architecture, construction, and interior design packages. The firm features its own in-house architectural team that works closely with its construction department, ensuring that every specification from inception to completion is reflected in the final output. That approach also enables the firm’s team to reduce any design errors throughout the entire process and reduce construction costs. The firm was originally founded in Florida by Cynthia Coletti, who worked on numerous award-winning homes in the area before relocating to Colorado and eventually, Las Vegas. It is now led by her son Daniel Coletti, who has continued carrying on Cynthia’s legacy. Under his leadership, the firm has been distinguished with several noteworthy awards which include numerous Street of Dreams distinctions and Silver Nugget Awards.
Our editorial team was really struck by this residence in Macdonald Highlands. It showcases a stunning backyard complete with a pool, fire pit, and outdoor entertainment areas. Its exterior façade displays several stucco finishes and floor-to-ceiling windows.
6 Blackjack Crossing, Walpole, NH 03608
Bensonwood homes are noted for their sustainable qualities and their incorporation of classic New England timber-framed architecture. Its team uses what it calls a “whole-house approach;” it handles a project throughout its entire duration from design to moving in. The firm was founded in 1974 after its principal, Tedd Benson, became intrigued by the area’s handcrafted and heavy timber made homes. He became enthralled by these structures and wanted to revive the craft with a more contemporary touch. The resulting portfolio has garnered the attention and eventual collaboration of several of the industry’s best architectural firms.
A modern timber-frame home in Sunapee, New Hampshire complete with heavy timbers and glass. This northwest style lakefront house is designed to blend in with the natural landscape while providing expansive views of Lake Sunapee. A modern home with plenty of contemporary accents seen in the heavy douglas fir glulam timbers, long span beams and red cedar clapboard siding with large roof overhangs. The home is built to Passive House standards complete with triple glazed windows, air-source heat pump, our heavily insulated OBPlus walls and an energy recovery ventilator that ensures high indoor air quality. Multi-floor living space with custom Bensonwood screen porch, 2 car garage and boat dock on the property. Further custom millwork is seen in the open tread white oak stairs with steel frame and the douglas fir ceilings and trim.
38 Park Ave. 2nd Floor, Rutherford, NJ 07070
RS Mannino works closely with its very own network of skilled and experienced professionals, trade suppliers, and craftsmen. The firm provides its clients with a highly hands-on experience and handles not only the construction aspect of a project, but also architecture, design, structural engineering, and site superintending. The firm is led by its founder Rosario Mannino, a New Jersey native and experienced architect whose experience includes having worked on multiple award-winning and multi-million dollar homes prior to his establishment of the firm. He is licensed in both New York and New Jersey and is a member of the US Green Building Council’s LEED AP certification program, in addition to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. With the aid of his vast experience in the field, the firm has had its work featured in publications like Old House Journal, New Jersey Monthly, and Design NJ.
Constructed in Cliffside Park, the chosen modern project above was built atop the palisades overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan. Its design is comprised of four major parts: a porcelain box, several glass boxes, a concrete stair, and a metal façade. The largest of the boxes houses three floors of living space and contains a loft inside of it. This loft leads to a roof-deck which offers 180-degree views of nearby New York City.
Prull Custom Builders
3204 Calle Marie, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Since 1981 Prull Custom Builders has been providing the greater Santa Fe area with award-winning and architect-designed residential projects. It has been recognized with top distinctions from prestigious organizations like the AIA and its local Haciendas Parade of Homes. The firm is also the proud recipient of several remodeling and preservation awards and is noted for its excellent modern homes which fit in perfectly with the arid New Mexico landscape. The firm employs stucco and clay exteriors reminiscent of the area’s classic desert bungalows, coupled with flat roofs, and on occasion, exterior wooden beam work. The firm is led by William Prull, a pioneer in the New Mexico green building movement. At the time of the firm’s inception, it focused on remodeling before starting to work on custom home building projects and constructing passive solar homes.
Depicted above is one of the firm’s most noteworthy projects. This home was a Grand Hacienda Award Winner in 2019’s Parade of Homes. The home features a contemporary pueblo revival style and was crafted with the use of modern metals and stone. Inside, you’ll see a custom minimalist bookshelf in its family room, dramatic lighting, large format porcelain tile flooring, and floating custom dressers in its master suite. The home’s great room has a plastered ceiling, while three elegant stone water structures seamlessly infuse its indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces.
Jeffrey McMahon Design + Build
488 9th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Regarded in the Sullivan Showcase as its “Most Interesting Residential Project,” the featured home below makes use of a modern design made of timber and metal. One of the firm’s walls is pure glass, which brings in a generous amount of natural light and provides vast views of the surrounding area.
Jeffrey McMahon Design + Build, offers a full range of renovation and new home construction services. It is known for its excellent designs and general contracting services. The firm is led by its namesake, a builder with over two decades of design and construction experience. Throughout the entirety of his career, he has made a careful study of natural and manmade systems which has enabled him to craft a unique and integrated process of design and construction for the firm.
Because of this vast experience, the firm has had the honor of being featured in publications like The New York Times and Bella Vista. Take the time to go through the firm’s portfolio: you will notice a variety of single and multi-family residences in the form of townhouses and condominiums. The firm’s modern work is often recognized by its use of reclaimed and industrial materials.
50051 Governors Drive., Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Bold Construction specializes in luxury custom home building and renovations. Bold works throughout Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, and Pittsboro. The firm typically uses a design-build approach and incorporates several green building elements into its processes, making its homes energy-efficient. The firm custom assembles a team for each project it takes on and collaborates with only the area’s top subcontractors and craftsmen. Bold also has in-house interior designers, which ensures the high customization that comes with each of its projects. The firm has been recognized multiple times throughout its tenure in the industry. The firm was named by Inc 5000 as one of its fastest-growing companies for 3 years in a row and has been consistently included in the Triangle Business Journal’s list of the area’s largest custom home builders. The firm also maintains affiliations with organizations like the NAHB and ASID.
Designed by award-winning architect Philip Szostak, this project was built on a wooded slope. It features three levels and makes use of the entirety of the lot’s terrain, placing each level carefully into the hillside. For this project, the client opted for a neutral color palette coupled with industrial and wooden elements.
1 2nd St. N Suite #122, Fargo, ND 58102
Comprised of a team of expert builders, Radiant Homes is known for its excellent, functional designs. The firm works closely with each of its clients throughout the entire process and incorporates their specific needs and lifestyles into its designs. The firm provides a full range of services including 3D renderings and sustainable designs for clients who desire a green and energy-efficient home. Radiant Homes is the proud recipient of numerous Parade of Homes Awards and has had its work featured on the pages of publications like Inspired Home Magazine, Lake & Home Magazine, and Design & Living Magazine. The firm’s portfolio showcases a variety of modern and contemporary renditions of classic craftsman bungalows and prairie homes.
One of its best projects, the home we’ve decided to highlight here, constructs rectangular shapes out of a pleasing combination of various materials. The home is defined by flat roofs and large windows. Inside, it has minimal trimmings and clean details that frame a welcoming open floor plan.
347 Stanley Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226
Sterling Homes specializes in custom home building and large-scale remodeling. It is headquartered in Cincinnati and offers a full range of award-winning services. The firm uses only the best materials and works in a variety of home styles. It balances style with function and is known for its budget optimization skills. Each of its projects is personally led by founder Brad Olinger, a Cincinnati native whose meticulous and highly-hands on approach has led to numerous awards. These include multiple Homearama accolades and features in publications like SubUrban Magazine. The firm maintains affiliations with organizations like NAHB and its local HBA. Sterling is capable of infusing several green building and sustainability efforts into its projects and has also been recognized for its work in the movement.
The firm’s projects are often characterized by the use of neutral palettes and large glass entryways and windows. It has worked on several modern rooftops and often opts for rectangular themes.
Christopher Lee & Company Fine Homes
219 W Wilshire Blvd. Suite 101A, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Using a design-build approach, Christopher Lee & Company Fine Homes is headquartered in Oklahoma City and takes clients from design inception all the way through construction to finishing touches. The team is composed of a group of professionals with over eight decades of combined experience and has been in the industry since 2001. Regarded as one of the area’s premier custom home builders, the firm only works with the area’s finest subcontractors and suppliers and has completed projects with the aid of some of Oklahoma’s best craftsmen and, on occasion, national and international contractors. The firm emphasizes the importance of client participation in its process and starts off with a design questionnaire designed to bring out a client’s vision. During this part of the process, the firm’s team provides suggestions, examples, and possible budget scenarios.
The firm is an expert in four major architectural themes: transitional, traditional, Tuscan, and of course, modern. Its modern and contemporary work is often marked by the firm’s preference for uncluttered, simple, and clean lines. From time to time, it also opts for neutral palettes paired off with hints of primary colors. It also often makes use of open floor plans and large metal windows.
Westlake Development Group
9206 SE Idleman Rd., Happy Valley, OR 97086
Named the “Suteki House,” the featured project is a fine example of modern Japanese architecture. The home was crafted with an open floor plan and showcases a deep covered veranda that runs along its entire eastern side. This space effortlessly combines the project’s indoor and outdoor spaces. It welcomes its guests with a carved Japanese cedar door and has three bedrooms and one master suite inside. This home was crafted by Westlake Development Group in collaboration with world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma and several other noteworthy craftsmen. The home became a part of the 2017 Northwest Natural Street of Dreams and perfectly embodies the essence of Japanese-American homes.
Focusing more on Westlake Development Group, it has over three decades of experience and extends its services throughout the Pacific Northwest. It has real estate agents on its team to assist with site selection and begins with examining a future home’s environmental conditions. It then works closely with each of its clients to make sure that their vision is reflected in their homes. Most of the firm’s projects may be found in Portland and are noted to be some of the city’s finest homes. Many have captured the attention of publications like The Wall Street Journal as well as a number of award-granting institutions.
Pohlig Custom Homes
274 Lancaster Ave. Suite #100, Malvern, PA 19355
Regarded among the country’s best custom home builders by the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine, Pohlig Custom Homes specializes in high-end residential construction. It has been in the industry since 1974 and was founded by brother Todd and Dog Pohlig. Together, the two have led the firm into crafting some of the Main Line’s finest homes and communities. From site selection to architecture and construction, the firm takes charge of every phase of a project and even assists clients with settling into their new homes. The firm has been recognized multiple times by its local HBA and has had the privilege of being featured in magazines such as Architectural Digest.
Sifting through its portfolio, you may notice a trend of traditional and classic designs. The firm has, however, also worked on modern and contemporary craftsman homes as you can see in the project we’ve decided to showcase here. For this home, the firm’s team made use of stucco exteriors, a varying combination of large and small windows, and a warm color palette.
9 Warren Ave., Tiverton, RI 02878
With features in publications like New England Home and Design New England, Highland Builders is headquartered in the Newport Area and has been in business since 1993. It started out as a group of subcontractors working for some of the area’s largest firms. After gaining substantial experience, this group decided to take a chance and start a firm. Since then, Highland Builders has worked with some of Rhode Island’s best architects on some of the most beautiful homes around Bristol, James Town, Little Compton, Block Island, and Westerly. It has also completed projects located in Massachusetts, including Westport, Marion, and Cambridge. Several of these projects have received prestigious industry distinctions and accolades. Highland works on homes regardless of size, ranging from 1,200 square feet to 10,000 square feet.
The firm also has its very own painting and finishing team. Located in Charlestown, this modern home features several floor-to-ceiling windows and entrances. Its minimalist exteriors are constructed of wood panel sidings, and the small pathway leading up to the front door is lined with unique lighting fixtures.
SHELTER Custom-Built Living
895 Island Park Dr. Suite #203, Daniel Island, SC 29492
SHELTER Custom-Build Living is an award-winning firm best known for its innovative home solutions in the Lowcountry. It makes use of a design-build approach and is comprised of a team of talented and experienced builders, artisans, and designers. Ryan Butler, a second-generation builder who first gained experience working in one of Atlanta’s best custom home building firms, leads the firm. He is a member of the Charleston Trident HBA and personally oversees details like pricing, scheduling, and budget management. Clients can expect that their homes will receive the benefit of his experience, along with touches of green building practices.
The firm’s work has been published in magazines like Charleston Home + Design and has been recognized with multiple Prism Awards throughout its years in the industry. Its modern designs offer a fresh take on traditional farmhouses and craftsman homes, as showcased in the project here. For this home, SHELTER made use of a modern vernacular exterior.
Jarrod Smart Construction Company
820 E Amidon St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Unique to most firms on this list, Jarrod Smart Construction Company is the proud holder of numerous unique certifications such as Certified Graduate Builder, Certified Aging In Place Specialist, and Certified Green Builder. It is led by its namesake Jarrod Smart, who started the firm with remodeling projects during his last years in university. The firm makes use of a design-build process for both commercial and residential projects. The firm has completed all of its projects on time and within budget, and it is known for its excellent high-end single-family homes. The firm also takes on exclusive drafting and design services, in addition to build-to-suit projects. The firm maintains affiliations with organizations like NAHB and the Remodeling Council of the Sioux Empire.
The firm’s portfolio displays a variety of both transitional and modern themes with a couple of traditional homes. Its work is often distinguished by stucco exteriors, a preference for neutral color palettes, and rectangular structures.
5214 Maryland Way Suite #102, Brentwood, TN 37027
With more than 26 years of experience, Castle Homes builds in an extensive range of styles. It has worked on numerous luxurious Contemporary and Modern homes, in addition to several French estates, English cottages, Contemporary farmhouses, and Craftsman-inspired homes. The firm serves Nashville, Williamson County, and Middle Tennessee, and is the recipient of several awards from the area’s annual Parade of Homes Competition. Castle Homes has been featured in publications like Southern Living and the Nashville Business Journal, with the former hailing the firm as Custom Home Builder of the Year in 2012. As a green builder, the firm is affiliated with EnergyStar and Leadership in Energy Environmental Design and complies with the standards set out by the US Green Building Council.
The photo here is a great example of one of the firm’s best modern projects. The firm installed floor-to-ceiling windows in several rooms to allow more ambient light into the house and emphasized straight lines throughout the entire home.
2500 Summer St. Suite #3112, Houston, TX 77007
StudioMET Architects is an award-winning design-build firm comprised of a team of experienced architects and craftsmen. Because of this, it is offering potential clients a full range of construction and architectural services. It also closely handles and monitors budgeting and scheduling, which enables its team to balance the financial aspects of a project with design and quality. The main objective: seamlessly lessen the gap between architects and builders in order to craft a cohesive and holistic process. The firm is led by Yoonchul You, Stephen Andrews, and Shawn Gottschalk, all of whom are licensed architects and have nearly five decades of combined experience in the fields of planning, construction, and design.
Under their leadership, the firm has had the privilege of being included in various home tours conducted by prestigious organizations like the AIA. The firm has also been featured in publications like Contemporist and Arch Daily, in addition to several television programs. We were particularly taken with one of the firm’s projects featured in Houston Lifestyles and Homes, pictured here. The firm’s team made use of concrete planes with steel members, several stucco finishes, and a glass circulation volume. The home was crafted in a U-shape, allowing for an effortless interchange between the indoors and the outdoors.
Ezra Lee Design + Build
363 S Main St., Alpine, UT 84004
Headquartered in Lehi, Ezra Lee Design + Build specializes in mid to high-end custom homes and is known for its award-winning services. It uses only the best materials and the latest industry technology. Given that it makes use of a design-build process, the firm also has several in-house craftsmen and designers, rendering it capable of working on highly customized projects. The firm is known for having completed all of its projects on time and within budget and has had its work featured in publications like Utah Style & Design and One Kind Design. It has also participated in several Parade of Homes and has been distinguished with several Judges’ Choice Awards. The firm is led by its founder and namesake Ezra Lee, an experienced builder, who has a background in design, construction, and real estate. He personally handles each project that the firm takes on and acts as a primary point of communication.
The firm’s modern work can be readily recognized by its use of minimalist industrial elements. We particularly liked this home: the firm’s team opted for a neutral color palette, large clean windows, and several classic barnyard elements.
3104 Huntington Rd., Richmond, VT 05477
Established in 1984, Birdseye is an award-winning architecture and construction firm. It started out as a woodworking group before its craftsmen grew Birdseye into the company it is today. The firm now specializes in metalwork, site development, landscape construction, and custom property services. It describes its process as the “perfect balance of innovation and tradition,” and is noted for its ability to unify architecture and construction. The firm adheres to only the highest standards of craftsmanship, and it has won numerous awards and distinctions as a result. Some of its most notable achievements include features in publications like Architizer and The New York Times, in addition to several awards from the AIA.
The featured project is located atop a five-acre hill in Waterbury Village. Its largest façade faces south and harvests solar energy. The firm’s team opted for a palette of white stained red cedar shingles coupled with repurposed snow fencing and contemporary sheds. It also made use of several oversized entryways to allow in a large amount of natural light.
Peter Johnson Builders
617 Rives St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
A low volume, but high-quality general contractor, Peter Johnson Builders specializes in custom home building and large-scale remodeling. The firm was founded upon a principle of sustainability and has since been incorporating green building practices into its projects. All of its homes are designed by architects and may mostly be found in Charlottesville of Albemarle County. It has been in the industry for nearly three decades now and remains small in size to ensure the quality of its work. Additionally, it prioritizes quantity over quality and only takes on a small number of projects at a time. The firm has been published in numerous magazines like Dwell and Abode. The firm’s work is often characterized by its use of straight lines, oversized windows, and, on occasion, stucco exteriors.
Completed together with Chris Hays at Hays + Ewing Design Studio, the featured modern dogtrot style project above is split in the middle and features two separate wings under a common roof. This home won the firm several noteworthy distinctions including an Award of Honor from the area’s local AIA. It is also Earthcraft Certified and was named as one of Virginia’s “Top Ten Earthcraft Houses for Energy Efficiency.”
95 Yesler Way Suite #300, Seattle, WA 98104
Method Homes is best known for its award-winning prefabricated structures, sustainability efforts, and of course, custom home building services. Since its inception, it has worked on over 220 residential and 22 commercial projects and provides a variety of “series” for clients hoping to craft a home with one of the firm’s specific modern themes. Its team takes charge of overseeing quality control throughout the entire process and is comprised of a group of skilled master craftsmen. Together, they have worked on numerous LEED qualified homes built to suit each client’s specific needs. From energy-efficient cabins to full-sized homes, the firm’s portfolio showcases a variety of projects stemming from its various fields of modern design expertise. The firm provides fully integrated construction solutions, which also encompasses engineering and site coordination nationwide. Interestingly, Method has proven capable of building a custom home 60% faster than the traditional site-built construction cycle.
Spanning 4,608 square feet, the featured project was completed with the aid of sagemodern, who also served and worked alongside the firm as the home’s architect and general contractor. It is comprised of six modules and a site-built great room, best exemplifying the hybrid of modular and onsite construction. It also features energy-efficient elements and a high level of fixtures and finishes.
74 N Lake Dr., Fort Valley, VA 22652
Hayes Construction offers clients over three decades of experience and its principal, Bill Hayes’, excellent skills. Under his leadership, the firm has become known for its residential and commercial services alike. Most notably, the firm is known for its home additions, large-scale remodels, custom homes, and whole-house additions. Bill Hayes himself is a recognized builder by NARI and the proud recipient of over 14 Contractor of Year Awards. The firm is a family-owned endeavor and operates from its office in Fort Valley. It is licensed in both West Virginia and Virginia and has secured a solid reputation for itself throughout the area. Aside from its modern homes, the firm has also been noted for its craftsman, colonial, and log home projects. Hayes Construction is capable of working on a variety of plans and can take a design-build approach if that is what is required.
The firm’s portfolio showcases a variety of modern and contemporary projects. For this home, it made use of slatted wood exteriors coupled with large windows and a neutral color palette.
On Site Management
320 E Broadway Suite 1A, Jackson, WY 83001
On Site Management offers a full range of general contracting services and has been in the industry since 1987. It specializes in custom home building in addition to ranches, horse and cattle facilities, large-scale remodels, and the occasional light commercial project. It has offices in Bozeman, Montana and Jackson, Wyoming. Some of the firm’s work may be seen spread across the Jackson Hole, Gallatin, Paradise, and Big Hole Valleys. The firm was founded by renowned architect Jonathan Foote, whose design and construction philosophy the firm still adheres to. With the aid of his vision, the firm has been featured in a variety of publications; the features emphasize the firm’s excellent woodwork, custom finishes, and mastery of modern and contemporary architecture.
Dubbed the “Butterfly,” the featured project was built between 2012 and 2013. It was constructed with a variety of large glass windows to take advantage of the peak’s extensive views. Several reclaimed materials were also employed as well as exposed steel beams. The interiors feature clean, crisp walnut trimmings and a combination of concrete and reclaimed oak. This home attracted quite a bit of attention and was eventually featured in The New York Times.
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