Husband and wife team Brian and Beth Carter have been building in Columbia County since 2001. The couple has always shared a love of fine home craftsmanship. Years ago when they were dating, they would spend hours driving around together attending open houses in Augusta and Atlanta and exploring homes together. They had always wanted to build and put their ideas together to create the perfect house, and that dream has now come to life with B.E.C. Custom Homes.

Ernie Blackburn

Ernie Blackburn Home Builders is an award-winning custom home builder with more than 30 years experience. Ernie and his wife Karen are on-site builders, giving close, personal attention to each home. We work as a team with our homebuyers from lot selection and plan design to the final touches that complete their dream home. Ernie and Karen are with you every step of the way. We limit the geographic area in which we build to River Island and the close surrounding area to ensure personal attention of each home.

Our company built the first home in River Island and takes great pride in having built over 70 quality homes in this outstanding neighborhood. It has also been our pleasure to have lived in River Island for over 12 years.
We are proud of our skilled sub-contractors and suppliers that partner with us to bring reliability, efficiency and quality to each home we build. Our homebuyers are important to us before, during and AFTER the building process. We strive to keep the customer’s desires, budget and time frame as our upmost concerns.

Jonathan Judson

Husband and wife team, Jonathan and Lynn Judson, are excited to now be a preferred builder in the River Island Community. J. L. Judson Construction was started in 2006 by Jonathan - and Lynn joined him in 2009 after leaving her career in Catalogue Management after their 2nd child was born.

Jonathan has experience in all phases of construction and grew up with a long history of family framers, carpenters and builders in the CSRA and the coastal area of Georgia. He learned carpentry at an early age and was working on job sites for his dad and uncles at the age of 14. Lynn’s business experience with a focus on design and buying helps to round out the team. They love working hands on with their customers and creating a home that they will cherish for years to come. Jonathan can often be found on jobsites coordinating and working with subcontractors while Lynn works in the office and hand in hand with their clients to help make design and finish selections. And don’t be surprised if you see their kids working along side them. They love visiting the new homes too! They love to help their clients design the details that make each house unique, while working within their budgets.


Lacher Construction, owned and operated by Robert Lacher, has the unique ability to offer great value with great attention to detail. Robert Lacher is a licensed Residential and Commercial Contractor with a Masters in Accounting and a CPA License. Because of Rob's desire for excellence, integrity and complete oversight of each project, he focuses on a few projects at a time in order to give customers the attention their homes deserve.

Robert has won Historic Augusta's prestigious Preservation Award for his work and seeks to build beauty and modern day utility into every home he constructs.

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Larry Meister Custom Homes Larry Meister

Custom home builder Larry Meister began building homes in Columbia County more than 25 years ago. He first got his start in the Augusta area by painting and remodeling in the Hill section of Augusta.

Today, Larry has built and remodeled in many neighborhoods in the area such River Island, Knob Hill, Riverwood and Bishops Circle in Champions Retreat.

With his wife of 37 years Becky by his side quality construction and attention to every detail is what makes a Larry Meister Custom Home stand out. “We love adding the beauty of detailed molding and time-honored Southern charm in every step of construction.” One thing that Larry and Becky enjoy doing is traveling to historic areas throughout the south such as New Orleans, Charleston and Savannah gathering ideas to bring back to their homes.

“Your home should reflect your lifestyle, and we enjoy making that happen.” No project is too small for their personal touch.
A home is a place to make lasting memories for generations to come. Every family should feel a sense of well-being and togetherness in the home, and we try to bring those qualities to everything we build. Let us open the door to your dream home.


Newsome Homes and Construction Travis Newsome

Travis Newsome, President of Newsome Homes and Construction, Inc., started building homes in 1999. As a third generation carpenter, he started very young working the summers for his father who still owns a framing/interior trim business. This background in framing and interior trim has contributed to a philosophy of building a solid home with extraordinary exterior and interior detail. Travis takes pride in taking a “hands on” approach with customer satisfaction first and foremost in mind. By taking on a limited number of projects at any given time, he can assure the homeowner the right amount of quality attention for every job. He has built homes in Rhodes Farm, River Island, West Lake, and Champions Retreat. Travis is a member of the Builders Association of Metro Augusta and the Columbia County Chambers of Commerce. He is also licensed in the state of South Carolina.


PDH Builders Patrick Huguenin

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Thank you for your interest in my homes.

Having been raised in the building business and being in the business myself for over forty years, I cannot remember a time when I was not involved in creating new homes.

Today, I custom build every home, with careful attention to every aspect from beginning to end.  My goal is to select a layout that meets the needs of today’s family, construct a quality built home, and then dress it up with details and character that will “wow” you every time you walk in the door! After all, homebuilding is not just my occupation, it is my heritage and it shows.

I am all about details and that shows too!

Call me today and let me show you the difference I can make in your next new home!


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Dola, Charles BODY

Southeastern Family Homes employees possess a wealth of experience in custom home building, real estate and construction. Our dedicated team members work hard to provide unparalleled service from the initial design phase, to construction and closing. Mr. Dolan has over 30 years of experience in residential and light commercial construction and is a licensed builder in both Georgia and South Carolina. He has been with the Southeastern Development Associates since 1990, and currently oversees construction activities on single-family homes in the Augusta area and on various townhome communities in Charleston, SC. Mr. Dolan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Georgia in 1984. Prior to joining Southeastern Development Associates, Mr. Dolan worked with Caliber in Atlanta for 6 years in development and construction. He is a certified “green” builder that focuses mostly on single-family, multi-family, and light commercial projects.

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