There are numerous reasons that Houston is attracting so many new residents. There are its stellar dining and art scenes as well as its world-class sports scene. Houston also features a thriving economy, neighborhoods perfect for families, a top-notch school district, and a culturally diverse population. In comparison to other large metropolitan cities in the country, it also has a lower cost of living and has received high livability scores. The city’s affordable housing also makes it easy for current and prospective homeowners to buy or improve their homes.
While the majority of existing homes in the city have Farmhouse, Craftsman, Colonial, or Midcentury Modern designs, it is always up to homeowners to decide which home best suits their personal tastes. In this article, our editors found eight of the best custom home builders working in Houston. Most of them have also won awards and are members of leading industry associations. With their years of experience and accredited professionals, these companies have the ability to make their dream homes a reality.
Frankel Building Group
7800 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
Frankel Building Group is a family-owned firm that specializes in designing and building luxury homes. It has been providing its services to the Greater Houston area since 1988 and has since earned a strong reputation for its work. The National Home Builders Association (NAHB) recently named the firm the 2021 Custom Home Builder of the Year. The 2020 Custom Builder Grand Award was also given to the firm by the Texas Association of Builders (TAB). The firm has demonstrated its award-winning skills through its comprehensive approach, which emphasizes client comfort and a streamlined process. It also provides clients with complete in-house service from architecture to construction and interior design. In 2010, the firm began building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for homes, bringing clients into energy-efficient, sustainable, and durable homes.
Throughout its three decades in business, the firm has relied on the expertise of its professional team. Along with a showroom, it works on projects collaboratively to ensure that each is tailored to the client’s needs and preferences. The firm is led by founder Jim Frankel. He is one of the country’s first Graduate Master Builders (GMB) and has been building custom homes in the area for over 20 years. He held various positions in the area’s leading associations, including the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), TAB, and NAHB.
Aspire Fine Homes
2233 Yale Street, Suite 170, Houston, TX 77008
Aspire Fine Homes is known for its high-quality craftsmanship and outstanding customer service. It provides a streamlined approach that allows the firm to work efficiently on projects, saving clients time and money without compromising quality. The firm accomplishes these goals backed by its talented team, which works meticulously on each project. They maximize the space’s functionality while also incorporating the clients’ preferences to improve their living experience. With the utilization of quality materials and finishes, each of its projects is crafted with an emphasis on comfort and luxury. For its work, the firm has received numerous awards including the 2020 GHBA Best Custom Home Elevation Award in the $750,000 to $1 million category and multiple 2018 Prism Awards.
David Gordon, who has over 18 years of industry experience, founded the firm in 2004. His interest in construction began at a young age and has since received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction at the University of Houston. He is also an active member of the GHBA. Throughout his career, he has developed a method that combines planning and execution with close collaboration between clients and the firm. As a result, the firm has made a name for itself by having its work featured in publications such as Home Builder Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and The Metropolitan Builder.
8505 Technology Forest Place, Suite 102, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Matt Powers works on each project with a team of professionals who share its values and passion for high-quality work. Founded in 2001, the firm provides custom home building and renovation services. The firm is led by namesake Matt Powers, who has over 20 years of industry experience. He started his firm to provide quality homes for clients. He is a licensed realtor and holds a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CHLMS) designation. He and his team of highly skilled professionals build relationships with clients and guide them through all phases of construction. This practice has given the firm the opportunity to demonstrate its skills and expertise, earning significant awards such as six TAB Star Awards in different categories.
Aside from Powers, who is a LEED Certified Specialist, the team includes industry veterans with decades of experience. The firm is a member of the NAHB, GHBA, and National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The firm’s work has been featured in Mansion Global, Houston Design Magazine, Houston Business Journal, Houston Design Resources Magazine, and more.
Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling, LLC
9070 Gleannloch Forest Drive, #600, Spring, TX 77379
Founded in 2011, Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling, LLC takes a collaborative approach to each of its projects. With team members who have backgrounds that complement one another, the firm is able to provide projects with exceptional service and fantastic results. Its process includes discussions and brainstorming sessions that generate design ideas that match each client’s preferences. It constantly communicates with clients and employs user-friendly technology to make the process easier and more convenient for them. With top-of-the-line products and cutting-edge construction technology, it ensures that each project is built to last. Over the years, the firm has completed various projects in different styles. Some of these are Transitional, Traditional, Modern Farmhouse, Industrial, Contemporary, and Eclectic custom homes.
Owner Matt Sneller, GMB, leads the firm. He began his career in commercial construction before transitioning to custom home building and remodeling. His passion for custom homes enabled him to bring creative ideas for each project and enhance the lives of clients. He recently received his Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation from the NAHB. Under his leadership, the firm was recognized with multiple awards which include the 2021 TAB Star Awards for Whole Home Remodeling and multiple 2020 GHBA Prism Awards.
5814 Winsome Lane, Houston, TX 77057
Incredible Home has been one of Houston’s leading home builders for over 43 years. Its extensive industry experience offers clients custom home building, renovation, and remodeling services. Via its design-build approach, it provides a one-stop-shop process that brings a comprehensive service to clients from conception to completion. It has been on top of emerging technologies since 1979 and is among the first firms to use AutoCAD and 3D technology. After its in-depth discussions with clients, the firm strives to find the best designs and incorporate any special features that clients want for their homes. Its in-house team provides expertise and constant communication throughout the process, ensuring that each project is completed on time and within budget.
Writing this success story is president Adam A. Bakir, GMB, CGP. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) as well as a Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR). He co-founded the Descon Group of Companies, of which the firm is a member. Descon is responsible for the development of many subdivisions and custom homes throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Bakir believes in continuous education, which allows for many improvements in product and service delivery. His personal involvement in each project ensures quality and timely completion. Over the years the firm has received Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence.
Southern Green Builders
1901 Houston Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
Southern Green Builders has been providing Houston with custom home and historic renovation services since 2013. Each project at the firm is completed via a combination of collaboration, communication, and craftsmanship. As a result, the firm has established a reputation for providing excellent service and it collaborates closely with clients throughout the process. Doing this allows the firm to connect with clients find the right design for the project. During construction, the firm communicates regularly with clients, providing updates and guiding them through decisions.
With the help of a team of accredited professionals, the firm builds custom home buildings in a variety of styles, including Traditional Craftsman, Contemporary Craftsman, Modern Farmhouse, and others. It also specializes in homes ranging in size from 2,500 to 5,200 square feet. It is a member of the NAHB, GHBA, TAB, and the BBB.
Crafted Custom Homes
5323 Gulfton Street, Houston, TX 77081
Crafted Custom Homes is a Houston-based custom home building and remodeling firm founded in 2007. It understands that each project is unique and takes a team approach to its work. Doing so allows the firm to work on projects in a collaborative, organized, and efficient manner. With its professional team and a strong emphasis on communication, it walks clients through all parts of the process. Doing so ensures that every detail is included in the project. From simple renovations to large custom homes, the firm has the knowledge and experience to bring clients outstanding results. This is evidenced by the firm’s portfolio, which includes over a hundred custom homes in a variety of styles.
In its 15 years of service, the firm has continuously strived for improvement. It keeps up with new building technology and smart delivery methods to ensure that only the best quality is given to its projects. Through these, the company maintains its relationship with its customers and stands behind its work and service even after the warranty period has ended. The firm is led by Curtis Lawson, GMB. He is a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) and a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)
5438 Guhn Road, Houston, TX 77040
LBJ Construction, established in 1995, offers new home construction, remodeling, and restoration services. It also has a handyman division that handles home maintenance and repairs. Its time-tested process has allowed each project to be finished on time and within budget. It achieves this through collaboration and coordination among its team and by guiding clients throughout the process. As one of its goals is to reduce the stress associated with construction, it values continuous communication. Its extensive portfolio, as well as client testimonials, demonstrate its dedication to craftsmanship, transparency, and precision.
Owner and president Breck Powers—GMB, CGR, CAPS—has extensive industry experience. He served on the board of GHBA, and he also served as the chair and president of its Remodelers Council. He is personally involved in projects and continuously expands his skills and knowledge of the industry. Under his leadership, the firm has consistently delivered projects that meet and exceed client expectations.