We are very proud of our reputation within the community and feel privileged to live in a place with such abundantly beautiful scenery and the community’s dedication to maintain it.
Founder and managing member of Lake James Custom Homes LLC, Gary has been building quality, environmentally and energy efficient homes on Lake James since 2006 (founding LJCH in 2009). As a third generation builder, Gary grew up with a passion for home building that reflects in all aspects of his work. He has built homes ranging in price from one hundred thousand dollars to over five million dollars, some of which have appeared in magazines and been awarded for their design, curb appeal and superior energy efficiency. Click here to learn more! When he is not on a job site, Gary can often be found hiking and taking pictures along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Gary married his wife Anna on Shortoff Mountain and resides on Lake James overlooking the iconic mountain range. Gary has one step daughter and two dogs, Monster and Lilly. Gary loves to share the beauty of the mountains by guiding trips for friends and sharing his wildlife and landscape photography online.
Kyle joined Lake James Custom Homes LLC in March 2018. He is a graduate of James Madison University in Business Management and has 10 years of experience in construction management. Kyle’s ability to manage job sites and schedules is what makes him not only a valuable asset to the LJCH team, but also what makes LJCH an efficient and timely builder. Kyle and his wife Erin, who oversees the company’s marketing and social media, live in Asheville along with their two dogs, Gus and Madi. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys mountain biking and white water kayaking.
Dave (also known as “Big Dave”) joined the LJCH team in June 2018. His passion for working in the building industry began when he was very young. Dave has been involved in home building and remodeling for the past 25 years. He enjoys getting to know each of his customers, working alongside them to create not only a house but a home. Dave has a daughter, Tessa, whom is his pride and joy. When he is not at that lake, Dave enjoys shooting sports and spending his Saturdays coaching a high school shooting team.
Jason joined LJCH in September 2018. He brings 18 years of experience in hardwood flooring and general carpentry with him, along with an exceptional eye for detail. Jason is heavily involved in the finishing stages of each project. He and his wife Rebecca live in Lenoir with their two dogs Silas and Sadie. They have two adult daughters Jennifer and Lyndsay.
Dylan Riddle is a native of Denver, North Carolina and joined LJCH in January of 2019. He received his degree in Construction Management from Western Carolina University, where he also met his wife, Katelyn, and adopted their dog, Savannah. Dylan is a second generation builder with a strong background in both residential and commercial estimating. When he is not working, Dylan enjoys playing music, traveling, and exploring nearby Pisgah Nation Forest.
Cathy’s strong background in accounting has enabled her to maintain accurate financial records, track accounts and oversee the daily finances of the company since she joined the LJCH team in 2015. She also manages office operations and many behind the scenes activities. She is the mother of two sons and two stepsons. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their two dogs (Luke and Bandit), watching Yankees baseball and going on road trips with her boys and grandchildren. Originally a New York native, Cathy enjoys the mild southern weather that can be enjoyed year-round in Lake James.