Indianapolis is perhaps best known for its many sports teams and the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where one of the world’s most prestigious auto races — the Indy 500 — is held each year.
Recently, the city has been expanding its cultural and economic appeal beyond its image of the Racing Capital. A new pedestrian and bike pathway through the heart of downtown connects major attractions and cultural districts, and increasing investment from large companies like Salesforce have expanded job opportunities in new sectors.
A moderately strong economy at full employment continues to attract many new residents, with thousands of new housing starts each quarter. Many new homes continue to incorporate historically popular styles such as ranch, Cape Cod, Victorian, or bungalow in their designs.
However you envision your dream home, the quality of your contractor is one of the biggest factors in determining the success of your project. In our list of the top 15 general contractors in Indianapolis, we’ve hand-selected the best builders based on experience, home quality and skill, recognition and awards, and customer satisfaction.
15) Christopher Scott Homes
736 Hanover Place Carmel, IN 46032
Christopher Scott Homes is co-owned by friends Scott Bates and Christopher Cornell and has been in business for 16 years. Under their meticulous supervision, the firm has been able to produce wonderful and classic custom homes built to fit a client’s lifestyle. Bates and Cornell are dedicated to maintaining good communication with their clients and include an online service through which clients are able to log-in and view updates on their project.
The firm is affiliated with the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Indiana Builders Association (IBA), and Energy Star. They have also participated in several home show competitions and specialize in new home construction, remodeling, floor planning, and home additions.
14) Bontrager Custom Homes
8038 Bayview Point Indianapolis, IN 46256
Bontrager Custom Homes has a highly qualified team of builders with over 60 years of experience. A family business run by Uriah and his son Scott, the firm presents projects constructed only of the best materials under the watchful and scrutinizing eye of its principals. Throughout its years in service, the company has been accoladed with several Home-a-rama awards and has had the privilege of taking home the Best Show and People’s Choice Award titles.
Aside from custom home building, they also provide green building programs, remodeling and renovation projects, and home additions. Typically, their homes are priced between $400k and $1M.
13) Phil Myers Custom Homes
10139 Northwind Drive Indianapolis, IN 46256
Since its founding in 1978 by its namesake, Phil Myers Custom Homes has been building luxurious custom homes in the Brownsburg, Zionsville, Indianapolis, Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers and Geist areas. The firm specializes in custom home design and builds, remodeling, interior design, and green design. Their efforts to create more eco-friendly homes entail using Low-E windows with thermal panes, geothermal heating, and cooling systems, and installing Energy Star appliances, to name a few.
The firm believes in personalizing each home and working closely with the client throughout the process. Their homes typically range from $400k to $3M.
12) Homes by Design
4239 West 96th Street Indianapolis, IN 46268
Homes by Design was the brainchild of Brad Bowman, who established the company in 1999. Brad and his team have over 40 years of combined home building experience, and the firm prides itself on its focus on client care. They incorporate the latest building techniques in their homes with the retention of that classic “Old World Craftsmanship.”
Their projects are usually priced between $700k and $5M, and they offer remodeling and custom home building services throughout the state of Indiana.
11) John Eaton Custom Homes and Remodeling
1101 N. Central Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46202
Prior to establishing John Eaton Custom Homes and Remodeling with his wife Rachel, John Eaton had already the workings of becoming a great builder. He started working on remodeling projects as early as his high school years and went on to pursue a degree in building construction and management. He has since become one of Indianapolis’ most well-respected builders. The firm has won several accolades from the House-a-rama competition, in the landscaping, master bath, exterior, outdoor living, and lower level categories.
Eaton is a hands-on builder and ensures a high standard of quality by sourcing the best materials and working with a solid network of the region’s best subcontractors.
10) Hamilton Homes
8501 Bash Street Suite 1100 Indianapolis, IN 46250
Founded in 1987 by Rick Hamilton, Hamilton Homes has made the home building process much easier by offering a fixed fee pricing model. Once the home building process is underway, a checking account is set up so the client can see a breakdown of all transactions, and invoices are presented at the end of the month. Unlike many home builders, Hamilton Homes does not charge change order fees but a single, fixed management fee.
With over 30 years of custom home building experience, the firm offers solid guidance along the way and even offers 40 hours of work from a professional interior designer for every project. Even after the home is complete, the team will continue to help add, remodel, or enhance the home for years with the same pricing structure.
9) Carrington Homes
8250 N. 600 W. McCordsville, IN 46055
With over 350 custom homes under their belt, Carrington Homes has been serving Indianapolis and several other parts of Indiana since 1992. It prides itself as being Indianapolis’ “distinctive custom home builder.” Founded by Carl McIntyre, Carrington Homes has been decorated with awards such as the Hancock County Builder of the Year and Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis Builder of the Year.
Their services include custom home building, remodeling, commercial projects, and industrial projects in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas including Castleton, Cumberland, Fishers, Fortville, and Greenfield They also perform demolition work and offer energy-efficient features, with most of their projects ranging from $350k and up.
8) G&G Custom Homes
15822 Shining Spring Dr. Westfield, IN 46074
There are many green builders, but G&G Custom Homes offers custom homes that are truly high-performance by using a third party verifier that provides a ThermoShield program for each home they build, making them 15%-30% more efficient than other homes. G&G Custom Homes Inc also offers a web-based service where homeowners can track spending, check selections, and access their schedule.
With a background in engineering and project management, Joe Garcia launched G&G in 2003. Joe takes the same standards he applied in his work in the pharmaceutical and steel industries to home construction and received the exclusive distinction of Grand Master Builder for his business and project management skills. In 2016, G&G Custom Homes won the People’s Choice Award for the Indianapolis Home-a-rama showcase.
7) Hoss Homes
11825 Broadway Street Indianapolis, IN 46236
Hoss Homes founder Steve Hoss first got into the home construction business as a teenager while working for a framing company. He began running his own team a few years later while designing homes during his spare time. By 1975, he had enough experience to start his own operation and founded the company. To this day, Steve actively oversees all projects to maintain a fine attention to detail.
Hoss Homes have become known for high-quality work that uses materials and building methods that are meant to last, and in 2007 won not one but a total of five awards at the annual Home-a-rama competition. The company was also featured in several publications including Timeless Style magazine and Indy Star.
6) Wedgewood Building Company
32 1st St. NE Carmel, IN 46032
Wedgewood Building Company is a home builder and architectural firm led by Gary McNutt and Brad Love, who both believe that people’s lifestyles should be reflected in their homes. Accordingly, one of the firm’s guiding principles is to understand each client’s lifestyle. With over 25 years of experience, Wedgewood specializes in ranch-style homes and spacious traditional homes with hints of historic architecture.
Clients have the option of choosing to build in one of their 12 luxurious custom neighborhoods, on their own lot, or to build on a pre-owned lot from their inventory. The design process is guided through their Architectural Design Studio, which helps to create the most sophisticated and personalized home that aligns with the client’s vision and budget.
5) Gradison Design•Build
6330 E 75th Street, Suite 156 Indianapolis, IN 46250
Gradison Design•Build has been around since 1986 and is run by a family with a long history of working in architecture and construction. The firm is currently led by brothers Mark and Joe Gradison, with the former being in charge of construction and the latter in charge of the company’s financial department. Both are Indiana University alumni with degrees in finance and real estate. The firm is the proud exclusive builder of nine wonderful communities in Indiana and has been featured in magazines such as Midwest Living magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.
If building outside of their exclusive communities, the firm can build on your pre-owned lot, or will happily help scout out the best location for your new home. The “Gradison Design Manifesto” — a short guide on the firm’s principles — reveals how they make the home building process exciting and easy for the homeowner, and remove the fear of going over budget by locking in the blueprints and costs.
4) Williams Custom Art Builders
16480 Valhalla Dr, Noblesville, IN 46060
Established in 1973, Williams Custom Arts Builders is a family-owned business that specializes in building custom homes. Their projects usually range from $500k to $2M, and they have participated in the Home-a-rama competition in 2015, 2016, and 2018. Aside from their residential work, they also handle small commercial projects and remodeling work including basement finishing, room additions, interior/exterior updates, kitchen renovations, sunrooms, patios, and bathroom renovations.
Whether the client wants a spacious, ranch style home or a custom modern home with floor to ceiling windows, Bill, Steve, and Mark Williams will make sure to incorporate the latest technologies and deliver a home that exceeds expectations.
3) Kent Shaffer Homes
8649 East 250 South Zionsville, Indiana 46077
Kent Shaffer Homes have successfully made dream homes a reality for clients in Central Indiana for more than 30 years. Kent Shaffer is the second generation of builders in his family, and Kent’s daughter, Kristen, is the third generation. Quality building techniques, attention to detail, and integrity are just a few of the traits inherited over multiple generations in the industry. Blending time-tested skills with modern technology, innovative designs, and premium products result in an unparalleled experience for the client. With the client’s vision in mind, the Shaffers’ onsite approach to building and attention to detail contribute to a memorable homebuilding experience.
Kent personally handles and oversees all projects and now works closely with his daughter Kristen, the third generation of builders in the family. Kent Shaffer Homes is a member of BAGI, is accredited by the NAHB, and has an A rating from the BBB. Projects usually cost between $75k and $3M, with new homes starting at around $675k.
2) Executive Homes
1010 3rd Ave. SW., #202 Carmel, Indiana 46032
Since its establishment back in 1995, Executive Homes has won over 20 awards from industry organizations such as Builder of the Year from BAGI and several other accolades from its entries to Home-a-rama. They also won the Builder of Integrity Award from the Quality Builders’ Warranty in 2003 and again in 2005. The firm prides itself for its attention to detail and collaborates closely with trade partners that have specific fields of expertise such as design, air conditioning, cabinetry, and flooring.
The company is led by Peter Gray, who founded Executive Homes in 1995 and over time has become one of Indianapolis’ most respected and well-known builders. Gray also serves as a board member and the president of BAGI and has rendered time both as a board member and as its president.
1) Old Town Design Group
1132 S Rangeline Rd Carmel, IN 46032
The Old Town Design Group is the product of a partnership between home builder Jeff Langston, a longtime homebuilder and Justin Moffett, a local developer. Both were born and raised and Indiana and decided to join forces to bring urban style, quality craftsmanship, and timeless custom home designs to their community. A project with Old Town Design Group typically costs between $400k and $5M.
The Indiana Business Journal ranked the firm as the number one custom home builder based on pulled permits, and they have also won various awards such as the Best Custom Home and Builder of the Year from BAGI. The firm also regularly participates in the Home-a-rama show and has won numerous distinctions including Best of Show, Best Interior Design, Best Outdoor Living, and Best Lower Level.
The old town goes beyond creating beautiful, high-quality homes in the area by directly giving back to their communities, both locally and globally. One of their initiatives called the “Orchard Project” partners with organizations in developing countries to aid in building homes for families in need. They also offer scholarships to high school graduates who have an inclination for construction.