Nicknamed the Old North State, North Carolina ranks as one of the top places in the United States to live and do business because of its low cost of living and abundance of natural resources. Some of the most renowned cities in North Carolina include Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Greensboro. These cities have rich and thriving communities and attractions, as well as universities, parks, and culinary scenes.
The houses in North Carolina range from contemporary-style houses and large farmhouses to lavish, historical mansions. An unassuming and quiet state in the Southeastern region of the U.S., North Carolina often surprises people with the grandeur and magnitude of its luxury custom homes and remodels.
Here, we list the 12 best general contractors in the state of North Carolina. These award-winning contractors are recognized by various publications and organizations for their excellent quality of craftsmanship and beautifully designed, luxurious custom homes, most of which can be found in Raleigh’s fine neighborhoods and surrounding communities.
12) Southern Evergreen
5415 Old Lake Jeanette Road, Greensboro, NC, 27455
Southern Evergreen is a Greensboro-based firm that offers residential design and construction in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad area. The firm was featured in Southern Living’s Custom Builder Program for its great craftsmanship. The firm’s in-house architecture and design team has been featured in The Business Journal’s Top 25 category for eight years running.
Southern Evergreen’s remodels range from bathroom and kitchen updates to large-scale, whole-house renovations. One of the firm’s most noteworthy projects is the historic preservation of the 1917 HH Felder House. It was recognized as an excellent project by Preservation Greensboro Incorporated. It was also recognized as an environmentally-friendly project by the National Home Builder Association’s National Green Building Guidelines. The HH Felder House is one of the first historic homes in the United States to receive this prestigious designation.
11) Kevin Jones Design Build LLC
620 Guilford College Rd, Greensboro, NC, 27409
Kevin Jones Design Build LLC has been voted the number one full-service remodeler in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad area multiple times since 2010. This achievement is no doubt the result of the firm’s commitment to listening to and addressing its clients’ needs.
Specializing in modern-style, ranch-style, and mid-century homes, the firm mostly performs new home construction as well as remodels and renovations. Kevin Jones is also part of the Greensboro Builders Association and the North Carolina Home Builders Association (HBA).
One of the firm’s most notable projects is the Disney-themed house featured in the photo here. The house features neon green walls, silver and grey furnishing, and circular, his-and-hers showers with colorful tiles.
10) KingPost Design & Construction
4022 Market St., Wilmington, NC, 28403
Established in 1994, KingPost has built excellent homes in the Southeastern region of North Carolina. The firm completes custom homes, home extensions, and home remodeling. KingPost is a five-time featured home builder in Wrightsville Beach Magazine and has also been featured in Coastal Living.
The firm is notable for its coastal and beach-side designs, which often include sea shells and fish as well as hues of blue and white. The firm has also extended its portfolio of work on outdoor homes by completing beach bungalows and tree houses.
9) Arcadia Custom Homes & Renovations
6428-A Bannington Rd. Ste A, Charlotte, NC, 28226
A firm notable for its trendy builds, Arcadia Custom Homes & Renovations is a premier luxury home builder in North Carolina. In 2000, President and Managing Partner Jeremy Schumacher graduated from East Carolina University, where he studied architectural and building technology and business. Schumacher immersed himself further in the custom home and remodeling business by increasing his experience in land acquisition, entitlement, development, and construction and operations management in the residential industry.
Arcadia Custom Homes is an accredited master builder by the North Carolina HBA. It has also been featured in several publications, including Architectural Digest, QC Exclusive Magazine, and Charlotte Genda Magazine.
8) Shea Homes Charlotte
115 College Street Pineville, NC, 28134
Owned by the Shea family, who has a long history in the contractor business, Shea Homes Charlotte is one of the largest luxury homebuilders in the United States. Started in 1881 by John F. Shea, this firm, which Shea began from a one-man plumbing business, is currently operating in 10 states (but with a focus on the Carolinas). In North and South Carolina alone, the company has worked on more than 4,000 luxury residences.
As a firm with over a century of experience, Shea Custom Homes has been awarded several different prizes. In North Carolina, the firm has won Silver and Gold Awards for Best Single Home from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In 2005, the company was named one of “America’s Best Builders” by the NAHB and as the “2007 Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine. In 2013, Shea Homes received the Excellence in Remodeling Gold Award for whole-house renovation awarded by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Charlotte. Earlier in 2012, the firm received the Contractor of the Year Award for Whole House Renovation.
Although Shea Homes is known for its exquisite mansions, it has also designed interesting workspaces, such as a design studio in Charlotte, which was completed in 2016 and cost $500,001–$750,000. The space features natural lighting and pristine white walls, which create a relaxing ambiance. Lighting structures, tiles, bricks, and other building materials are displayed in rows along the walls. The space is also equipped with a fireplace and kitchen.
7) Jas-am Luxury Home Builders
5113 Piper Station Dr., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC, 28277
For around 30 years, Jas-am Luxury Home Builders has created some of the most luxurious homes in North Carolina, including the second-biggest house in the state, which is a 34,000-square foot mansion in Morrocroft that features mosaic tile and a Turkish bath.
The firm was founded by Sajjan Dhaliwal, a mechanical engineer licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition to his impressive experience, Sajjan has an MBA from Memphis State University.
Jas-am has gotten media mileage from Charlotte Luxury Home Magazine, QC Exclusive, and Luxury Home Magazine Charlotte. It was also named one of the best builders in Charlotte by Charlotte Architect Magazine.
One of the firm’s biggest milestones was its creation of the “Bachelorette Home” featured on the popular reality TV show The Bachelorette in 2012. The mansion is situated on five acres of land in one of Charlotte’s most exclusive gated communities. It features 12,000 square feet of living space, six bedrooms, a grand ballroom with 20-foot ceilings, marble fireplaces, and gold-glazed mahogany trim.
6) Noble Renovation
109 Pebble Ridge Farms Ct. Cary, NC, 27513
Located in Cary, North Carolina, Noble Renovation was established by Steve Minor in 2004. Steve has been in the home building/residential construction industry since 1989, which is the same year he graduated from Stephen F Austin State University. During the first 11 years of his career, Steve built and managed more than 350 homes for two national home builders. Steve lives by the philosophy of doing things right the first time, which has propelled his career in the building industry.
Noble Renovation provides remodeling, new home construction, and general contracting. Some of Noble Renovation’s most recent accolades include being an Executive Board member of the HBA Remodelers Council and a Community Service Project Co-Chair from 2012–2015. The firm was also the 2016 Promotions Co-Chair and the 2017 Education Chair. Noble Renovation is a member of the HBA of Raleigh, the NAHB, Professional Builders Supply, and Remodeling Solutions.
5) Andrew Roby Inc
2000 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC, 28208
Andrew Roby is a Hungarian-born immigrant who made it big in the remodeler business in North Carolina after almost seven decades in the industry. Roby founded his firm in 1970 and has since offered remodeling, custom home building, and new home construction.
The firm has won many accolades, including the 2016 CBJ Family Business Award for Companies; BOB Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016; and The Charlotte Observer’s Best Homebuilder of 2015. The firm has also been featured on The Charlotte Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2013 and 2014 and was named by the publication as one of the Best Places to Work in 2013. The firm is a member of the HBA of Greater Charlotte, the NARI of Greater Charlotte, the Lake Norman HBA, and the High Country HBA.
Notably, the firm creates especially beautiful pool houses, such as the one featured in the photo. The renovation of this pool house included warm tan interiors, marble flooring, and an African ambiance, which create a feeling of both luxury and comfort.
4) Simonini Homes
501 E Morehead St, Charlotte, NC
Simonini Homes inject a different style to North Carolina homes. Known as “New Urbanism,” the style encourages a return to walkable neighborhoods by mixing residential and commercial styles.
The firm is also distinct because it is the only builder in the region that has won the coveted “Triple Crown” of builder awards: the National Builder of the Year, America’s Best Builder, and winner of the National Quality Award.
Simonini Homes offer home remodeling, home restoration, custom home building, and energy-efficient home building. One of the firm’s most notable projects is a luxurious breakfast room, complete with chandeliers, wide windows, antique cabinets, and damask-patterned rugs.
3) Loyd Builders LLC
115 College Street Pineville, NC, 28134
Loyd Builders LLC is one of the most impressive builders in North Carolina, having earned up to 40 awards in its 18 years of operation. Its founder, Tripp Loyd, was inspired to establish the firm from his childhood days of conducting custom home building with his father. From Apex, a suburb in Raleigh, Loyd Builders has expanded its services to the Greater Triangle region.
Tripp and his team have been featured in several publications, such as Construction Leaders Today, New Homes and Ideas, and BizJournals.com. Some of Loyd Builders’ most recent awards include last year’s Builder of the Year Award from the HBA of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties and the Parade of Homes Gold and Bronze Awards. In 2016, the firm won the Major Achievements in Marketing and Excellence (MAME) Award for Best Product Design, Best of the Best Custom Builder, and Best Outdoor Living Space.
2) Bold Construction
50211 Governors Dr. Chapel Hill, NC, 27517
Bold Construction’s story begins with business partners Jason Dell and Chris Ehrenfeld, who have been friends since pre-school. Ehrenfeld started building homes after graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1997, and Dell received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University in the same year. Five years later, Dell moved to North Carolina to pursue contracting opportunities with Ehrenfeld.
The firm prides itself on prioritizing clients’ needs and delivering detailed and reliable quotes. The firm not only builds high-quality custom homes but also focuses on making the building process enjoyable for its clients as a top priority. Bold Construction always implements certain upgrades in its homes, such as environmentally friendly items including smart thermostats and tankless water heaters and universal design features including wider doors and curbless master showers.
2018 continued to be another notable year for Bold Construction garnering over 8 industry and regional awards. They were honored to be ranked the #1 Home Builder in Chapel Hill by Houzz, recognized by the Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 list as the #13 fastest growing company in the Triangle and included in the 2018 Inc. 5000 list as one of the Top 2,000 fastest growing Private Companies in America among other accolades.
1) Kingswood Custom Homes
115 College Street Pineville, NC, 28134
Kingswood Custom Homes was founded by Peter Leeke, who began his career by working with the British government and building townhouses and apartments for the handicapped and people with special needs. It was in 1996 that Leeke and his family migrated to the United States and established Kingswood Custom Homes.
The firm has received 30 industry awards. In 2017, Leeke and his team received three PRISM Awards from the Charleston HBA (CHBA). The firm’s most recent awards include the 2017 Builder Superintendent of the Year-Custom from the HBA of Greater Charlotte, the 2017 PRISM Awards for Single Family Detached Home and Pool and Outdoor Living Space from the CHBA, and the 2016 Best New Home Construction in the Best of Lake Design Competition hosted by the Lake Norman HBA.
One of Kingswood’s most recent builds was for NFL star Greg Olsen, who relocated to Charlotte from Chicago. Olsen’s estate has antique silver beams, cathedral ceilings, a crystal fireplace, a stone-and-stucco exterior, and gold trim all throughout. Publications such as The Quintessential Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte Living Magazine, and South Park Magazine have also featured Kingswood’s most notable builds.