Known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees, Raleigh is North Carolina’s state capital and second largest city. It has a rich cultural community and many attractions, including the Research Triangle comprised of North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aside from the outstanding university system and public schools that Raleigh offers, the city also boasts numerous museums, public parks, and entertainment for singles and families, and a strong culinary scene, making it an ideal place for people looking seeking a healthy and active lifestyle, surrounded by year-round scenic beauty.

In this list are the 15 Best General Contractors in Raleigh. These award-winning contractors are recognized by various publications and organizations for high-quality craftsmanship and beautifully designed, luxurious custom homes found in Raleigh’s fine neighborhoods and surrounding communities.


15) Drees Homes

7701 Six Forks Road, Suite 132, Raleigh NC

For more than 90 years, Drees Homes has established a reputation for building award-winning custom homes throughout the Raleigh-Durham area. Today, the firm is the nation’s 12th largest privately-owned home builder and the 30th largest builder in the country, with branches in Austin, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, and Washington D.C. Drees Homes’ awards include America’s Best Builder by Builder magazine, National Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine, and the National Housing Quality Award, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center and Professional Builder magazine.

Additionally, the firm is a ten-time recipient of the Building Company of the Year award by the Home Builder’s Association of Raleigh-Wake County. The company offers complete design-build services, as well as turn-key ready homes.


14) Poythress Construction Company, Inc.

1011 Classic Road, Apex, NC 27539

Since 1993, Poythress Construction Company has built beautiful single-family custom homes throughout the areas of Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, and Fuquay Varina. The company is recognized as one of the top Raleigh home builders in Triangle Business Journal,  winning the “Best Attached Home” award in 2007 and 2008. They have also received multiple awards in the annual Parade of Homes of Raleigh-Wake County. The owner, Kevin Poythress, is a founding member and current board member of the Triangle Builders Guild, an organization founded in 2005 that aims to bring together the best custom home builders in the Triangle area of North Carolina. He has been building single-family and multi-family homes in the area for more than 25 years.

The company’s projects range from 1,300 square feet to over 6,000 square feet, with prices ranging from $200k to more than $1M. Every home they build is backed by a one-year builder warranty and a six-year warranty provided by the Residential Warranty Corporation.


13) Hearthstone Luxury Homes

1004 Manor Glen Way Raleigh, NC 27615

Established in 2010, Hearthstone Luxury Homes has served clients in and around Wake, Orange, Chatham, and Durham Counties. Recently, Hearthstone Luxury Homes has joined the Arthur Rutenberg Homes’ network of custom homebuilders. Since 1953, Arthur Rutenberg Homes has been one of the largest and most popular networks of independent custom home building companies in the country. In 2016, the firm received multiple awards from the Parade of Homes.

The company builds in popular communities in the Greater Raleigh area and also offers build-on-your-lot service for your custom home. They have a wide range of award-winning plans available and also offer an option for customers to create a one-of-a-kind, custom home design.


12) Winslow Homes

PO Box 610 112C Wheaton Ave Youngsville, NC 27596

For almost a decade, Winslow Homes has delivered energy-efficient custom homes using the latest building technology to integrate ecologically mindful materials into their beautiful custom home designs. They are a certified Energy Star builder that serves clients throughout Raleigh, Durham, Wendell, Youngsville, Knightdale, Wake Forest, and other towns in the Triangle area.

From 2015 to 2017, the company has been voted the “Best of the Best” local home builder by Wake Weekly. They are also a partner of several organizations such as Homes for Hope, Franklin County Education Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.


11) Snyder-Hankins Custom Homes

8368 Six Forks Rd. Suite#202 Raleigh, NC 27615

Founded in 1999, Snyder-Hankins Custom Homes is one of the premier custom home builders in North Carolina. The company was established by Tom Hankins and Dan Snyder, both of whom have many years of experience in the construction industry. Together, they have assembled a team of highly experienced craftsmen to provide clients with the best building techniques to produce homes that will reflect the client’s lifestyle. The company has received multiple awards from the Parade of Homes including the 2009 and 2011 Gold Award, 2014 Silver Award, 2015 Bronze Award, and 2016 Gold Award.

They are also a member of the Triangle Builders Guild, Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, and the National Association Against Consumer Fraud. Their homes cost between $450k and $1M.


10) Upton & Company

112B Pheasant Wood Ct. Morrisville, NC 27560

Cary-based Upton & Company builds custom homes throughout Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Durham, and the Pittsboro areas. They have been in business since 1980 as a custom home builder, constructing beautiful homes in the most impressive neighborhoods across the Triangle. Over the years, they have constructed more than 500 new custom homes in the area. Among the numerous awards that the company has received are the Gold and Silver Awards from the Parade of Homes and the prestigious Triangle Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence (MAME) “Best Innovative Feature for a Custom Builder” Award in 2017.

The company is also a member of the National Association of Home Builders, Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association.


9) Kirkwood Builders

258 Christenbury Ln, Clayton, NC 27527

Kirkwood Builders was founded by Art and Teresa Kirkwood in 2003. Although neither had much experience in the construction industry, the company has become one of the most highly recognized builders in the Triangle area. They have won eight “Best of the Best” Gold Awards in the Parade of Homes tour and received a “perfect score” award for their attention to detail and design. For 15 years, the company has specialized in constructing design-build homes, custom-complete homes, and turn-key ready homes.

The houses they design and construct are all equipped with automated and energy-efficient features to provide clients comfort and functionality. Their projects typically cost between  $600k and $2M.


8) Homes by Dickerson

Website 7101 Creedmoor Road, Suite #115, Raleigh, NC 27613

Homes by Dickerson is a multi-award-winning custom home building firm based in Raleigh that serves clients throughout the Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, and Pinehurst areas. Since 1975, they have provided clients with high-performance energy-efficient custom homes. The company offers clients with the option to choose a floor plan from their portfolio of existing floor plans, modify an existing floor plan, or create a custom design with their licensed architect for a one-of-a-kind custom home.

A member of the NAHB, the Better Business Bureau, the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association, the company is also a recipient of multiple Parade of Homes awards.


7) DixonKirby

1033 Wade Ave Ste 100 Raleigh, NC 27605

Since 1984, DixonKirby has been one of the most reputable design-build firms, constructing gorgeous custom homes throughout the Triangle. They put a premium on designing homes that are tailor-made to fit client needs and preferences. The company is a member of numerous organizations, including the NAHB, the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association. The company has been featured in Southern Home Magazine in April 2014, Home Design & Decor in September 2018, and The Capital Area Preservation.

Additionally, one of their projects, the “Five Points Charm”, a beautiful craftsman home blended with traditional and modern design, was featured on Walter Magazine. Furthermore, another stunning custom home project of the firm was featured on Triangle Business Journal’s “Home of the Day.” Their projects range from $800k to $4M.


6) Robuck Design Build

6131 Falls of Neuse Rd., Suite 201 Raleigh, NC 27609

Robuck Design Build has nearly 100 years of experience in the custom home building industry, providing clients in Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Cary with award-winning custom designs and luxurious new homes. Since 1926, the Robuck Family has been building custom homes in the area, a legacy of excellent custom home building carried on by the company’s skilled and experienced team of craftsmen. In 2013, the company received the Wake County Parade of Homes Gold Winner Award for the category of $769,834 to $822k and in 2015, the Wake County Parade of Homes Silver Winner Award for the category of $930k to $1.190M.

They take pride in their green building practices that promote sustainable homes combined with luxury finishes and designs. The company is a member of the NAHB, the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association.


5) Raleigh Custom Homes

6736 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 300 Raleigh, NC 27615

Raleigh Custom Homes was established by Tim Thompson, a Michigan native with an electric engineering degree from Michigan State. For more than two decades, the company has been a leader in the Triangle real estate market, offering custom home building services. Additionally, they also offer real estate services for clients looking to buy a new home or planning to sell current property. The company has received multiple awards from the Parade of Homes including the 2012 Parade of Homes Gold and Silver winner, the 2013 Parade of Homes Gold, Silver, and Bronze winner, the 2014 Parade of Homes Bronze winner, and the 2015, 2016, and the 2017 Parade of Homes Gold, Silver, and Bronze winner, among many others.

One of their award-winning homes is a spacious 4,268 square-foot property with four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms worth $1.25M. This gorgeous home also features a beautiful outdoor living area with a fireplace as well as master and guest suites located on the first floor and an executive office space on the second floor.


4) Bold Construction

50211 Governors Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Bold Construction has built a reputation for constructing stunning custom homes throughout exclusive neighborhoods in and around Chapel Hill and the Greater Triangle areas. Using first-class materials, the company has built energy-efficient and long-lasting custom homes for their clients, with projects ranging from 2, 500 square feet to more than 7, 500 square feet. Recently, one of their projects was featured in HGTV’s Love It or List It. They have also been featured on the Triangle Business Journal’s Top Custom Home Builders List in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and were listed among the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2017.

The company accepts only a limited number of custom projects each year to give each home and client the attention and experience they deserve. Typically, their projects range from $700k to $3M.


3) Rufty Homes

5121 Kingdom Way, Suite 208 Raleigh, NC 27607

For over 25 years, Rufty Homes has been one of the leading luxury custom home builders in the Triangle area. Jon Rufty, the owner of Rufty Homes, is a forefather of green building in North Carolina. In 1994, he developed the HealthyHouse™ concept — a health-conscious and environmentally sensitive residence — in cooperation with the American Lung Association and the National Association of Home Builders Research Center. He is also a member of the exclusive NAHB Builder 20 Club, an organization which consists of the nation’s most elite custom home builders. For the past six years, the Triangle Business Journal has named the company as the top largest custom home builder in the Triangle area.

The company’s focus is on constructing luxurious custom homes using green building techniques that ensure every residence exists in harmony with nature. In addition to their custom home building services, the company also carries out home remodeling services as well as maintenance and repair.


2) Loyd Builders

2501 Reliance Avenue Apex, NC 27539

Loyd Builders is a second-generation builder that offers full design-build services in the Greater Triangle area. The company prides itself on designing impeccable living spaces and building elegant high-end custom homes using cutting edge technology. Owner Tripp Loyd has been in the custom home building industry, working with his father at a young age. In 2000, he established Loyd Builders. Throughout the years, the company has received several awards and recognition from many organizations. Some of these accolades include the Builder of the Year Award from the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties, multiple awards from the Parade of Homes, the MAME Award for “Best of the Best: Custom Homes” and “Best Custom Home Design,” as well as  multiple awards from the Wake County Parade of Homes.

The company specializes in luxury custom homes, expansive outdoor living spaces, pools, water features, spectacular master bathrooms, and gourmet kitchens. They build homes throughout Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Research Triangle Park (RTP), Durham, and Chapel Hill.


1) Bost Custom Homes

1941 Evans Road Cary, NC 27513

Bost Homes is one of the leading luxury design-build firms serving clients throughout the Triangle. Since 1986, the company has constructed energy-efficient luxury custom homes using environmentally sustainable building resources. For three decades, they have specialized in using recycled and local building materials as well as rain-water gathering technology, air filters, and alternative energy sources for greater energy efficiency. Together with their award-winning designs, the company incorporates these green features into their custom homes.

The firm is a member of the NAHB, the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, the North Carolina Home Builders Association, and the U.S. Green Building Council.  They have received many awards, including the 2018 Raleigh/Wake MAME “Best of the Best Custom Builder,” “Best Product Design,” “Best Innovative Feature,” multiple Parade of Homes awards, and multiple MAME and STARS awards for their great craftsmanship and innovation. Their homes range from $1M to $4M.