The custom builder– In this scenario you as the buyer are purchasing the home-site, designing your own set of plans and making all the decisions and selections as you go through this process. It can be time consuming, frustrating and most of all expensive if you have not chosen the correct builder and set expectations. If you choose the right builder then it can be a most rewarding process watching your dream home come together before your eyes.

The semi-custom builder– In this scenario the process is shorter, easier and can be much less frustrating. A semi-custom builder has a portfolio of floor plans to choose from and most let you customize aspects of these like moving a wall or making a room bigger. The selection process can be easy and is usually done at a design studio where all the options are laid out in front of you. Just like a custom build this can be a wonderful experience if expectations are set early on in the process.

Featured Custom Builders

Cruse Construction INC.


Travis Cruse of Cruse of Cruse Construction INC. is one of the most honest, versatile and honorable builders I have the pleasure of working with. I am proud to say he built my home in River Sea Plantation and most upgrades that you want in a home are a standard in a Cruse Construction home. He builds everything from efficient 1200 heated square ft. homes in the Boiling Spring Lakes area to 4,000 heated square ft. homes in St. James Plantation. No matter how large or small Cruse uses standard features such as a custom coffered ceiling in the great room, crown molding in every room, attractive door and window headers, trey ceilings, wainscoting, granite countertops throughout, all wood box cabinets with soft close doors/drawers and durable flooring. The demands for efficiency and functionality are also met with features like a radiant heat barrier, beefier insulation and Trane heating and cooling systems.

Centerline Custom Homes

Jeff Satterwhite of Centerline Construction Homes offers many custom and semi-custom floor plans and approximately 80% of his builds are in St. James Plantation. He makes the building process fun, enjoyable and is easy to work. His building standards and quality of work leave little to be desired and he works with some of the best subs in the industry. His office is local and he is always available for meeting or to showcase his work

Hazelton Construction

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Bob Hazelton is an owner resident in St. James Plantation and considers himself a retired builder but what a builder he is. He is usually building a model or two in St. James and enjoys taking on no more than two custom homes at a time. He is fun to work with and comes from a wood working background combined with teaching so he knows his stuff. He is all about energy efficiency and in every home he builds he uses foam insulation and state of the art heating and air equipment.

Other Great Custom Builders

CL Smith Construction

Cameron Smith

True North Building Company LLC

Matt Scharf and Elisabeth Scharf

Solstice Builders


Featured Semi Custom Builder

Southern Homebuilders Inc.


Eastern North Carolina and the Cape Fear region is a wonderful and unique area to buy a home.  Whether you are a first time home buyer, upgrading to something bigger to accommodate the family or searching for that perfect home to enjoy retirement, Southern Homebuilders Inc. has many locations to choose from with an abundant variety of floor plans to serve each community or area. 

Southern Homebuilders Inc. has been serving eastern North Carolina for over 32 years by designing and building quality homes.  The company was founded on the principal of delivering a home of the highest quality and exceptional value and we remain committed to that philosophy to this day.  We believe there are two ways to measure the success of our company and that is by the satisfaction of our homeowners and by the longevity of the houses we build.  Many of our current home owners are family or friends of previous owners.   We know there is a family that is going to live under that roof and maybe one day their children or children’s children will make it their first home as well. If you are interested in living in the Brunswick, New Hanover or Pender county area of eastern North Carolina, we would love to hear from you.  We have several communities and areas we are currently building in for you to visit and each are distinct in their design and flair.  You can find them by clicking here or visiting our Where We Build section.

Trusst Builder Group


Simply put these guys rock! Shawn Horton of Trusst Builder Group is a man of integrity and delivers exactly what he says he is going to every time. The best part about this group is their floor plans are designed to suit everyone and the selection process is great. With them there is no level 1 or level 3 cabinets/granite. You want brick, great it’s a standard, you want the highest end cabinet great you have about 30 you can choose from. The biggest complaint about semi-custom builders is you walk into their model and fall in love with it only to find out that $60,000 in upgrades were added to the home you just fell in love with. Not this builder that is what makes them great.


Other Great Semi Custom Builders

Kent Homes

Dan Kent

Bill Clark Homes

Bill Clark

Logan Homes

Dee Logan