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Known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, there’s more to Louisville than the famous horse race and bourbon. As the largest city in Kentucky, Louisville has a huge collection of Victorian homes, some even dating back to the era between the Civil War and the turn of the 20th century. Though considered as the largest city, Louisville’s tight-knit communities offer the feeling of being in a small town with all the benefits of living in a huge city. The diverse neighborhoods offer a variety of attractions including coffee shops, clothing stores, art galleries, museums, and several historic properties.
The city’s eclectic neighborhoods truly offer a rich culture and a unique living experience. With their small-town charm and modern amenities, Louisville has the best of both worlds. The city’s history is evident even in newly built homes. Louisville’s skilled and experienced builders have mastered the ability to seamlessly integrate Southern architecture and charm with modern and high-end finishes.
This list features 15 of the best general contractors in Louisville who specialize in custom home building or large remodels based not only on the quality of the homes produced, but also at the strength of the reputations they have developed, and the recognition they have received for their work.
15) Leigh Custom Homes
9701 Shady Acres Ln Louisville, KY 40299
Leigh Custom Homes serves Louisville and the surrounding counties with custom home building services. Company owner Chris Leigh is a second generation builder and has over 25 years of experience in the custom home building industry. Allyson, Chris’ wife, works closely with clients throughout the design process of their custom home project to make sure that they get the home of their dreams.
Chris Leigh, together with Johnny King, also manages River Homes—a subsidiary of Leigh Custom Homes. The company offers luxury patio homes in the Villas of Cherry Hill.
14) Orthober Custom Homes
508 Sturbridge Place Louisville, KY 40245
Orthober Custom Homes has been serving Louisville for over 50 years, offering clients with top-notch custom home building services. Ted Orthober started building homes in the Louisville area in 1953 and passed on the legacy of constructing high-quality custom homes to his son and grandson. Throughout the years, the company has built over 600 homes in the area. With an expert team of contractors and craftsmen, the company’s works have been featured in over nine Homearama competitions.
The company dedicates itself to providing excellent customer service and delivering clients with classic custom homes that can be enjoyed for generations.
13) Jim French Builder
207 Dorsey Way Louisville, KY 40223
Jim French Builder continues to build quality custom homes in Louisville since 1981. The company uses top quality products that guarantee durability as well as efficiency. Jim French, the owner of Jim French Builder, also ensures to use high-efficiency climate control systems, first-rate insulation packages, and upgraded plumbing for energy efficiency. A Registered Builder and Energy Star builder, Jim personally frames each home and will personally make sure that the project is done right. In 2013, the company won the third place Homearama Grand Award for Favorite Builder.
In addition to their custom home building services, the company also carries out remodeling and home addition projects for residential and commercial properties in Louisville.
12) Mastercraft Homes
6102 Breeze Hill Rd. Crestwood, KY 40014
Mastercraft Homes was established in 2010 by Don Swigart of Fine Home Builders and Joe Kroll of Joe Kroll Builder. With both of their experiences merged into one company, Mastercraft Homes has built a reputation for building homes that feature a perfect blend of history and modern amenities. The company’s team of professionals are dedicated to providing clients with quality customer service and assistance throughout the entire process of their custom home building. In 2011, one of their homes was showcased in Homearama.
They have built homes in many upscale neighborhoods including Beech Spring Farm, Norton Commons, Shakes Run, Longwood, and Wolf Pen Springs.
11) Landis Homes
9462 Brownsboro Road #183 Louisville, KY 40241
Putting a premium on green building and energy efficiency, Landis Homes is among the first builders in the Louisville area to receive a Certified Green Professional designation by the National Association of Home Builders. The company uses the latest green building strategies in their home design to provide their clients with custom-built, energy efficient homes. David Landis, the owner of Landis Homes, has been building and remodeling homes since 2004. A certified green professional, David is also a member of the Building Association Industry of Louisville and the NAHB.
Among the neighborhoods that they build in are Briall Hill, Carlton, Glen Oaks, Glenview Park, Heather Green, Meadowbrook, Norton Commons, Poplar Woods, Shakes Run, Spring Farm Lake, Summerfield, and Wolf Pen.
10) Ramage Company
900 East Jefferson Louisville, KY 40202
For over 10 years, Ramage Company has built timeless custom homes in the Louisville metro and its surrounding counties. The company’s team of builders, architects, and designers work closely with each client for a personalized and transparent process. The company is a member of NAHB and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky, specializing in classic architecture and lasting design that their clients can enjoy for many years. In 2016, the firm participated in Homearama and showcased a 3, 563-square-foot home with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and four outdoor entertainment spaces.
To make the process easier for their clients, the company offers a user-friendly, cloud-based production software which allows their clients to track their projects real time and select the designs for their home’s interior. Typically, their projects cost between $450k to $1M.
9) UberGreen Spaces & Homes
9462 Brownsboro Road #197 Louisville, KY 40241
UberGreen Spaces & Homes takes pride in building healthy, energy-efficient, and water-efficient homes that are third-party green certified. The company was founded by Sy Safi, a multi-award-winning progressive builder and sustainability designer for residential and commercial properties. Sy’s family has been in the construction industry since the early 1900’s, inspiring him to create his own business. The firm’s homes are specifically built to be zero energy ready, reducing the home’s energy consumption by 80 to 90%. Furthermore, they also have net-zero water homes, where rain is collected from the roof and stored to use in flushing toilets and irrigating lawns and gardens.
The company has several third-party green certifications including Home Energy Rating Score (HERS), Energy Star Home, Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home, Fortified for Safer Living, LEED, NGBS, Passive House, Well Building Standard, and Living Building Challenge.
8) The Jones Group
7204 Highway 329 #2 Crestwood, KY 40014
For over three generations, The Jones Group has been one of the leading home building contractors in East Louisville and Oldham County. Originally founded by Carl “June” Clore in the 1950’s, the company was passed down to his son-in-law Bob Jones in 1967 and to his grandson Clay Jones in 1997. For many years, the company has built over 1,000 homes and the area and has committed to using energy-efficient building materials. To ensure its energy efficiency, their homes are tested and inspected by an energy rater. They are also a member of the NAHB and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky and have been awarded the 1999 and 2012 Homearama Award Winning Builder.
In addition to new home construction, they also offer home additions and architectural design services throughout Louisville, Crestwood, Goshen, Prospect, Oldham County, Buckner, and LaGrange. Usually, their energy efficient custom homes cost around $325k to $1M.
7) Stonecroft Homes
5932 Timber Ridge Drive Suite 202 Prospect, KY 40059
For the past 15 years, Stonecroft Homes has built several of the finest homes in the Louisville Metro area. The company is known for honoring traditional architectural details and incorporating the best of both traditional and modern design in their custom homes. They are a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Home Builders Association of Kentucky, and the Southern Living Custom Builder. In 2015, the firm was awarded the Homearama Grand Award.
Based in Prospect, the company builds homes in Oldham County, Shelby County, and Indiana as well as in many prestigious neighborhoods in the area including Harrods Glen, Poplar Woods, Glenview Park, Beech Spring Farms, Locust Creek, Shakes Run, Equestrian Lake, and more great communities. Their projects range from $450k to more than $1M.
6) Signature Crafted Homes
5964 Timber Ridge, Dr. Suite 101 Prospect, KY 40059
Prospect-based Signature Crafted Homes is a custom home builder in Louisville, offering high-quality homes from $250k to $1.5M. They are a family-owned and operated business, which offers all levels of home building and renovation including interior or exterior home renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and home additions. Tom Waller, the owner of the firm, had years of experience in the custom home building industry before starting Signature Crafted Homes.
In 2018, one of their homes was featured in Homearama and has won numerous awards including People’s Choice: Best Home, Best Interior Design: Interior Lighting, Best Home Design: Interior Trim, Best Home Design: Kitchen Cabinetry, Best Home Design: Landscaping, and Best Home Design: Masonry.
5) Provident Homes
9462 Brownsboro Road Suite 186 Louisville, KY 40241
Provident Homes builds quality custom homes by integrating advanced technology and building techniques. With over 50 years of experience in the real estate market, the team at Provident Homes has years of knowledge in building and remodeling homes in the Louisville area. The company has been in business for over a decade and has built several custom homes in many neighborhoods including Beech Spring Farm, Briar Hill Estates, Locust Creek, Norton Commons, Poplar Woods, Shakes Run, Wolf Pen Springs, and The Woods of Fox Run.
In 2009 and 2014, the company received the Favorite Home award from Homearama and the 1st place award for interior design. They have also received numerous awards from the 13th annual HBAK Design and Remodeling Awards. The company is an active member of the NAHB and the Home Builders Association of Kentucky.
4) Artisan Signature Homes
10636 Meeting St. Prospect, KY 40059
Jason Black founded Artisan Signature Homes after leaving his career in corporate finance and discovering his passion for homebuilding. He started his first construction company in 2002 and co-founded his second home building company, Stonecroft Homes, in 2004. As he gained more experience and knowledge in the homebuilding industry, he began his third enterprise Artisan Signature Homes in 2015.
The company’s projects feature Southern charm blended with modern finishes, with prices ranging from $400k to $2M. Their mission is to develop the finest custom homes that exude timeless elegance and influence. They have been selected to represent the Louisville market in the Southern Living Custom Program, a network of more than 100 of the South’s top custom builders brought together by Southern Living Magazine. Additionally, the company’s homes were featured in several Homearama competitions and won numerous awards including the 2015 Grand Award, the Best Home Award, Best Interior Design Award, and the Best Trim Work Award.
3) P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders
11503 Main St. Louisville, KY 40243
Since 1974, P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders has built many upscale homes throughout greater Louisville, including the areas of Douglas Hills, Lake Forest, Fox Run, and Poplar Woods. Owner Perry Lyons has more than four decades of custom home building experience. He was formerly the president of the Greater Louisville Building Industry Association and is still an active member. Together with partners Ben Robbins and Adam Gallagher, the company builds and remodels high-end custom homes in Louisville and surrounding counties.
As an active participant in the annual Homearama, many of the company’s homes have been featured in the event. One of their recent works, “The Antiquity” features a 4, 337-square-foot home with four bedrooms and three baths. The property has an open concept floor plan, with imported antiquities and reclaimed wood that highlights the Old World style.
2) Meridian Construction
11811 Hazelwood Road, Anchorage, KY 40223
Meridian Construction is a custom home building company founded by David Weis in 2001. The company has built a reputation for building high-end custom homes in the greater Louisville area. An Energy Star builder, they focus on combining old world style with new world innovation to create energy-efficient one-of-a-kind homes. The company’s homes have been featured in Homearama and have won several awards including Best Interior Trim, Most Innovative Use of Concrete, Best Kitchen, Best Ceramic Tile, Best Use of Masonry Product, and Best New Design Feature.
As a green builder, the company also incorporates reclaimed materials in their projects such as 150-year old bricks they repurposed for a building in Louisville. The firm builds in Louisville’s many developments, with projects ranging from $300k to $15M.
1) Wolford Built Homes
7804 Springfarm Glen Drive PO Box 767 Prospect, KY 40059
Wolford Built Homes is one of Louisville’s premier luxury custom home builder and remodeler. The company was established in 1974 by Ron Wolford, a registered home builder that has built over 700 projects in Louisville and Northern Kentucky. He has won many awards including The Home Builders Association of Louisville’s Tour of Remodeled Homes “Best of” and was featured on the international TV show Cribs. The company’s homes have also been featured in Homearama and The Dream Factories’ “Dream House”, an 800-square foot traditional home with four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a master suite, a finished lower level and a three-car garage. The firm also received multiple awards from the Home Builders Association of Louisville including the 2012 Best Builder/Remodeler, Best Model Home, Best Remodeling Project Over $100k, and Best Home Design under $1.2M.
Throughout the years, the company remains one of the area’s finest luxury custom home builders that incorporates the latest trends in home design with traditional architecture and details perfectly blended with innovative technology.
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