If you can’t find your dream home on the market, you don’t have to settle for something less than ideal — building a custom home might be your best option! When building a home, you have two options: either purchase available land or remove a home from its existing spot to use the land.

The costs of each of these can vary greatly, especially depending on where in North Carolina you’re building. For example, an acre of land in eastern North Carolina averages around $16,200. Mountain areas are much higher, averaging over $42,000 per acre.

If you already own your home and want to use your existing land for a custom home, you might consider a demolition or transport. A complete demolition averages $18,000, which isn’t much more than buying an acre of land in North Carolina. But then you’re essentially starting from zero with no home to sell to pay for your new one.

Transporting a home is usually the most expensive option, reaching nearly $100,000. One way to reduce your costs is to sell your home for $1, as long as the buyer will pay for transportation costs. This saves you from having to pay for demolition AND it frees up your land for a custom home.

However you decide to approach your home dreams, sellers should partner with an experienced local real estate agent who can walk you through the process, set realistic expectations, and start searching for high-value lots or demo properties. And as an added bonus, agents can also leverage their extensive professional networks to help their clients connect with local contractors and home builders that align with their specific goals and budget.

Start your journey by exploring these top 10 custom home builders in North Carolina that can help you reach your goals:

Legacy Homes

Legacy Homes in Raleigh began as a luxury home builder for the Triangle area, but has now evolved into all prices points starting at $200,000. They’re highly invested in the buyer’s success, offering an in-house design center, a complete support staff, and pricing with no gray areas. In other words, they take much of the guesswork out of building a custom home so you can be part of the process and proud of the results.

Whitney Blair Custom Homes

If you’re looking to build near the coast, Whitney Blair Custom Homes is an obvious choice. They’ve racked up a number of accolades, including features in Southern Living magazine and Best of Houzz. They’ve become synonymous with Carolina coastal luxury and have built a reputation for providing amazing after-build service.

Towery Builders, Inc.

If you’re looking for an authentic mountain home in western North Carolina, Towery Builders Inc. is the premier choice. They’re the preferred choice for Craftsman-style homes that reflect the rustic mountain scenery of the area. What’s interesting is that they build homes one at a time to ensure their clients get undivided attention throughout the process.

Bost Homes

Luxury home builder Bost Homes serves the Triangle area of North Carolina. They’ve earned themselves a long list of local accolades, including multiple MAME awards, STARS awards, and Parade of Homes. If you’re looking for green building solutions, they’re a go-to choice in the state, offering everything from rainwater harvesting systems to eco-friendly materials.

Value Build Homes

Sanford-based Value Build Custom Homes shows that not all custom homes have to come with a luxury price tag. For first-time builders, their process is a dream come true, offering 30+ home plans to choose from that are all completely customizable. Home warranties, affordability, model home tours, and expert guidance throughout the process should build your confidence in them. They even have lot specialists that can help you find the perfect location for your new home.

Patrick Joseph Distinctive Homes

With more than 25 years of custom home building experience, Patrick Joseph Distinctive Homes lives up to its name. Based in Mooresville, the company puts emphasis on the little details that turn a house into a home. Their typical build averages around $2M ranging from 3,000-15,000 square feet, with many of their homes being featured in trade publications.

Robuck Homes

Robuck Homes has been supplying the Raleigh-Durham area with custom homes since 1926! Their longevity in the business is a clear testament to their quality and dedication, as are the 2,700+ homes they’ve built during this time. You can find samples of their work in prestigious neighborhoods like 12 Oaks, Brighton Forest, and Heritage at Wake Forest.

Snyder-Hankins Custom Homes

Snyder-Hankins Custom Homes is a customer-friendly builder that knows how to make you an integral part of the process without the overwhelm. They’re a full-service home builder that handles everything from the design to the final build, with most projects ranging from $450,000 up to $1M. As an added bonus, they not only specialize in custom homes but also specific home goals, like energy efficiency.


Simonini is a custom home builder in every sense of the word, serving some of Charlotte’s most upscale neighborhoods. They’re on their third generation of home builders that can turn any home plan, idea, or napkin sketch into a real-live dream home. If you’re looking for green building practices or have special needs like handicap-accessible rooms, their skills and expertise will take you far.

Artisan Custom Homes

Serving the Lake Norman and Cornelius areas, Artisan Custom Homes are truly works of art. Their team makes you a partner in the process and provides expert guidance on decisions and details. One of the biggest things that set them apart is their customer-centric business model, which gives you access to their team 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Get the Most from Your Custom Home Building Experience

Are you ready to sell your current house and start building the home you’ve always dreamed of? The first step is to partner with an experienced local real estate agent that can help you explore your options.

Clever Partner Agents are full-service real estate agents in their local markets that can help you sell your home quickly and for top dollar. Most importantly, our Partner Agents work for a reduced commission to save you thousands in the process, which you can put toward building your new home.

Click here to connect with a Partner Agent in your area and start your custom home journey!