Las Vegas is often associated with its casinos and nightlife, but it also has family-friendly characteristics that make it a great place to live. These include a strong education system and activities that families can enjoy, like exploring Red Rock Canyon or attending the Tournament of Kings for a unique dinner and theater experience.
For anyone looking to move to Las Vegas and live in a home that reflects both their personality and the city’s vibrancy, we have created a list of the area’s best design-build firms. Each of these firms are led by veteran professionals who have helped develop some of the city’s best areas while providing a client-centric experience, prioritizing their clients’ visions and taking client feedback seriously.
Merlin Custom Home Builders
6408 S. Arville St. Las Vegas, NV 89118
Merlin Custom Home Builders is a family-owned and operated firm with a long history in the construction industry. The family behind the firm has been involved in construction since 1931, and the current leadership is in the capable hands of brothers Steve and Bart Jones. Steve, a third-generation builder and the founder, focuses on fostering growth in his team and passing on his knowledge of custom home building. Bart, who joined the firm in 1994, oversees the firm’s growth as CFO and ensures that decisions prioritize maintaining positive client relationships. Thanks to their leadership, Merlin Custom Home Builders has been serving Nevada since 1989 and continues to be a technologically advanced construction firm.
With its extensive knowledge and expertise, Merlin Custom Home Builders brings clients a unique custom home building experience hinged on quality, honesty, and reliability. Each project features designs that highlight the environment it is built in, as well as timeless details that maximize the project’s potential. Merlin Custom Home Builders has systems and procedures to maintain organization and scheduling, including personal visits, checklists, calls, and reports. Institutions like the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) have acknowledged the firm’s efforts with several awards. Some recent examples include a 2021 Silver Nugget Award for Best Kitchen and Best Primary Bath and a 2020 Gold Nugget Award of Merit for Best Custom Home Over 8,000 feet. NAHB also named the firm the National Custom Home Builder of the Year in 2017.
7900 W Sunset Rd. Ste 501, Las Vegas, NV, 89113
Founded in 2004, Blue Heron’s mission is to enhance the comfort and emotional connection that homes bring to their owners through vibrant and vivid designs that last for years. The firm’s founder, Tyler Jones, draws on his deep understanding of Las Vegas’ unique climate and energy to shape its design philosophy. Thanks to this approach, Blue Heron has made a significant impact on the Las Vegas area, with its homes appearing in publications like Nevada Business Magazine and Sierra Online News. From energy efficiency to emotional well-being, Blue Heron’s designs prioritize the homeowner’s experience above all else.
Blue Heron’s custom home portfolio includes this 2015 New American Home project, which showcases the firm’s expertise in contemporary open-concept design and emphasis on natural light. Using a light color palette, the home feels even more spacious. Blue Heron’s work on the loft, kitchen, master bathroom, and great room highlights the firm’s attention to detail. The loft features a three-column wine display that matches the marble wine bar, along with a billiards table and plenty of space for socializing. The great room seamlessly connects to the kitchen and outdoor living area, offering uninterrupted views and a sense of openness and relaxation.
8311 Farm Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89131
Kingdom Home creates thoughtful and functional spaces for clients in the Henderson, Summerlin, Lone Mountain, Sky-point, and Gilcrease areas. Its portfolio features both residential and commercial projects, including custom homes, restaurants, commercial buildings, and government facilities. With the ability to meet the needs of clients in different industries, the firm has established itself among Nevada’s leaders in the construction industry.
Kingdom Home strives to provide exceptional craftsmanship, innovative design, and attentive customer service. With dedication to client satisfaction as the core of its approach, the firm works with clients to refine their ideas, opting to follow their lead instead of taking charge of every facet of the project. As a result, the firm has created many visually appealing and highly functional spaces. The firm’s efforts were acknowledged by HGTV’s Property Brothers, which led to eight more of their home remodeling projects being featured on the show.
7641 W. Post Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89113
Raftery Homes works to see its clients’ visions refined and brought to life. With nearly three decades of experience, the firm understands that good design comes from attention to detail and being mindful of value. Therefore, it aims to establish collaborative relationships with clients in order to guide them through decision-making while simultaneously teaching them about the process. As a result, each home in its portfolio has a charming, functional, and timeless quality. This has led to publications like The Wall Street Journal highlighting the firm’s work.
Jack Raftery and Mike Mecka serve as Raftery Homes’ co-leaders. Rafter uses his background in finance and development to guide the team in building quality homes in a cost-efficient manner. Mecka, on the other hand, has an eye for detail that he uses to elevate project value and develop the team’s skills.
8237 Arch Bay Ln. Las Vegas, NV 89128
Ranieri Construction is a woman-owned and operated boutique contracting firm that has been serving the Las Vegas Valley since its founding in 1974. Stacey and Tasha Ranieri are at the forefront of the firm’s operations, looking over consultations, design processes, and construction efforts. They have worked on a wide variety of project types, including custom homes, whole home renovations, room additions, and sliding door walls, among others.
As a small business, Ranieri Construction limits the number of projects it works on at any given time. This allows the firm to work directly with clients, from project inception to completion, and prioritize customer service and communication. This approach also ensures timely and quality project delivery that remains within budget. One particular example of a project completed by Ranieri Construction is this elegant master bathroom of a 1990s custom home. The firm preserved the existing footprint while modernizing the space with a freestanding bathtub and marble-patterned porcelain tiles. Ranieri Construction also used a gray-and-white color palette and chrome and brushed nickel fixtures to add to the bathroom’s modern elegance.
Gramly Construction Inc.
4265 Butler St. Las Vegas, NV 89129
Gramly Construction Inc. was founded in 1998 and has been building private custom-homes ever since, some of which are located on large parcels of land. By 2000, the firm had begun working on multi-million dollar residential remodeling and commercial tenant improvement projects. The effort that Gramly Construction Inc. put into its work resulted in Nevada’s first Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building. This project was an extensive green residential home remodel completed in 2010.
Firm president Mike Gramly has been in the industry for more than 40 years, giving him extensive experience in all phases of custom home construction. He is particularly knowledgeable about construction management, which helps him meet industry standards and ensure quality craftsmanship. Gramly is also a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Jerezee Construction Inc.
8685 W. Sahara Ave. #200, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Jerezee Construction Inc. operates on the belief that achieving client satisfaction is they key to company growth and development. Understanding that home renovation projects can be stressful for homeowners, the firm establishes close relationships with clients in order to provide full guidance and assurance. Working side-by-side with clients allows the firm to alleviate the pressure of completing a project by providing professional service and advice.
Using a personalized approach, Jerezee Construction Inc. tailors its services to the unique needs of each client and project location. This approach maximizes both the efficiency and easy of every project the firm completes. Several client testimonials have commended the firm for being professional and amiable, while others have mentioned being thankful for feeling so included in the project, since it allowed them to give feedback and express their ideas.