The Best Custom Home Builders in Charleston, SC

We set out to find the best custom home builders in Charleston, SC. Considering how many builders there are in the area, it was even harder to find the best than we though it would be.

Building a custom home is beyond a doubt, one of the most rewarding and satisfying endeavors you can take on. Look past all the common jokes about contractors and stress and what you really have is a home built exactly to your needs and desires. Remember, doing anything extraordinary isn’t easy, including building a custom home. However, when you work with an extraordinary home builder, the process quickly becomes an exciting and amazing experience. 

How do you find that perfect builder though? That is the hard part. Below you will find our own curated list of exceptional Charleston home builders. The builders on this list have been hand picked and vetted and all of them deserve the title of Best Custom Home Builder In Charleston.

So, how did we pick? In creating this handpicked list we considered the following:

  • Professional associations in the industry
  • Awards and press coverage weighed heavily in our selections
  • Prestigious clientele was not a be-all or end-all, but it did have an impact
  • Collaboration with top industry professionals such as architects, interior designers, and subcontractors
  • Working in fashionable and high-end areas carries weight
  • You want a custom home builder well versed in a variety of settings
  • Value of projects comes into play to ascertain if the builder truly does custom homes
  • Portfolio review as to versatility
  • Customer reviews for quality and service
  • Talking to past clients
  • Contact with local licensing boards to make sure licenses are up to date

All this are important to consider when selecting a custom home builder.

Renew Urban

Renew Urban checked all our boxes and is at the top of our list.

Under the direction of owner Andy Meihaus and Mark Regalbuto, the company welcomes the challenge and opportunity to build unique custom homes of different architectural styles and influences. Even with 20 years of experience, they still constantly research new innovative designs and building approaches in a quest for ever higher standards.

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Their elegant, custom-built homes project a timeless beauty reflecting their clients’ individual personalities and lifestyles…right down to the smallest details.

We were especially impressed by the innovative homes that seamlessly fit into the land and surrounding environment with unparalleled elegance. This is a company that understands the Lowcountry. And, significantly, the company has expertise crafting environmentally friendly homes in terms of materials, design, and construction methods.

We especially admire their forward-looking approach with progressive designs created in a culture of inspiration and passion.

Their portfolio reveals everything from grand, classical architecture to cutting-edge, contemporary homes depending on the setting. Loyal clientele and many awards. 

Renew Urban
251 ½ King Street Suite B
Charleston, SC

Naramore Construction Co.

What do we love about Naramare Construction? They are all about customer service. This family-run (father/son) business has the sophistication of a large firm with the personalized touch of a small family.

They have a stellar reputation in the Charleston area and they have earned this reputation through their commitment to creating personal relationships with clients and taking seriously the role they play in the community by building their client’s dream home.

Focused on dialogue and innovation, they create homes specific to their client’s needs, aesthetic tastes, and property location.

We were impressed by their collaborative approach that results in a process driven by integrity and each client’s home needs, budget, and schedule. 

Owners Chip and Chad Naramore take pride in evolving with the construction industry, growing and adapting to new technology demands, and the ever-changing, home building climate.

Naramore Construction Co.
103 Palm Boulevard
Isle of Palms, SC
(843) 886-5187

Sheppard Construction Inc.

For over 20 years, brothers Tre and Rus Sheppard have used their knowledge to manage costs, stick to timelines, and capitalize on the unique aspects of a client’s site.

They employ a custom building process that is designed to be as seamless and worry free as possible with the belief that creating a custom home should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience from start to finish.

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Sheppard’s approach caught our attention because, regardless of project size, they are working on infusing their client’s personality, lifestyle, and dreams into every inch of their designs. Paying close attention to the beauty of each home site, this company creates homes perfect for the beautiful Lowcountry. They also have the expertise to create environmentally friendly homes representative of their commitment to the community as a whole.

Sheppard Construction Inc.
859 Coleman Boulevard
Mt Pleasant, SC
(843) 856-3430

Structures Building Company

Building gorgeous homes since 1999, owner Steve Kendrick’s expert team of designers and craftsmen is passionate about translating a client’s vision into a homestyle that is uniquely theirs, created for their budget and timeline, but more importantly, for their lifestyle and preferences.

What grabbed our attention is how they align building goals with construction reality to ensure each project meets client expectations. Their collective approach in architectural design, site planning, construction, and interior design ensures deep expertise and integrated solutions throughout the life of the project.

What struck us in seeing some of their finished homes is the timeless aesthetic coupled with modern amenities and artisan custom details.

They only work with leading professionals in design, decor, and construction to ensure that their clients are guided and comfortable at every stage of the process.

Winner of numerous awards and a builder of Coastal Living’s 2009 Idea House.

Structures Building Company
899 Park Drive #101
Charleston, SC
(843) 856-6901

professional, responsible and committed

Southern Dwelling Construction

Charleston native Shawn West works to ensure a consistent budget and timeline while providing a realization of client goals.

Their custom designs include fine woodworking, cabinetry and exquisite detailing. Southern Dwelling builds homes that are perfectly suited for their location and their owner’s vision. They take the perspective that the possibilities in building a custom home are endless, which results in some unique and innovative designs.

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Working with only the best craftsmen, interior designers, and sub-contractors ensures that their homes are built to the highest quality and that all their clients’ dreams become reality.

They are professional, responsible and committed.

Southern Dwelling Construction

1315 Headquarters Plantation Drive
John’s Island, SC
(843) 277-7394

We hope you find this list helpful and can put it to good use when trying to find a reliable custom home builder in the Charleston area. As we mentioned above, there is no shortage of builders in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, James Island and beyond…however, there is a shortage of good builders!

Make sure to check references, view past work and even talk to some of the company employees. Even if someone builds a good house, they may be a jerk and who wants to work with a jerk!

Rory Witkowski
Author: Rory Witkowski

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