Best Home Building Company

Rufty Homes

Builder of some of the Triangle’s most stately abodes, Rufty Homes is our readers’ top choice when it comes to custom workmanship. Fun fact: Company founder Jon Rufty built North Carolina’s first HealthyHouse and first EnergyStar structure, earning him the nickname “Dean of Green.”

By-the-numbers averages per Rufty home:

2x4s: Three semi-truckloads

Sheets of plywood: 1,200

Largest Rufty home built:
19,000 square feet, in Cary

Noted Rufty home dweller:
NCSU chancellor Dr. Randy Woodson

Does Rufty use a level when hanging artwork?
“Of course! Well, when I can find it. Most of the time I leave it at the job site … with all the tape measures I end up re-purchasing.”

Special thanks to the homeowners of this Hills of Rosemont home in Durham.

A wrap-around island houses a microwave, convection oven, and pop-up mixer; warming trays rest on top. Pull-out drawers and no upper cabinetry are trendy takes, and electrical outlets pop up from within countertops! 

Modern glass panels contrast well against traditional gridwork, heading upstairs.

Jon Rufty’s personal home-feature faves:
Stone siding and an outdoor porch with a stone fireplace

Most indecisive homeowner:
Jon Rufty. His six-week remodel took seven months, because he “waffled” on fixture and materials selections.


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