Las Vegas Builder Named NAHB Custom Home Builder of the Year

The NAHB Custom Home Builders Committee on Wednesday named Stephen S. Jones, founder and CEO of Merlin Contracting & Developing LLC in Las Vegas, the Custom Home Builder of the Year.

Jones said believes his company’s craftsmanship and innovation are key to creating each client’s dream home.

With projects ranging from new estate homes to renovations of homes and condominiums, quality building, good communication and exceptional project managers for the company’s success at satisfying customers’ unique visions, he said.

One penthouse renovation was described in the Wall Street Journal business section as having a “James Bond-like aura,” with secret rooms, disappearing walls and other intriguing features. A 5,108-square-foot custom home with Moroccan hand-painted wood panels, a cantilevered roof with oculus and a metal pivot front entry door was dubbed “the coolest house in Las Vegas” and featured in Architectural Digest.

During each of the past six years, Merlin Contracting & Developing has completed two custom homes ranging in value from $1.8 million to $10.2 million, as well as averaging six custom remodels ranging in value from $19,000 to $9.5 million and three custom high-rise unit remodels ranging from $13,000 to $15.2 million.

NAHB also honored two finalists for the annual award.

Mark Batson is owner and designer at Tongue & Groove LLC, a boutique design-build firm in Wilmington, N.C. The firm focuses on of specialized projects, completing about six a year.

Rod Cullum, founder and CEO of Cullum Homes in Scottsdale, Ariz., builds 10 to 15 multimillion-dollar homes a year and completes six to eight remodels.



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