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 13+ 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 website, live in Asheville along with their son Kaden and two dogs, Gus and Madi. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys mountain biking and white water kayaking.
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.
Champ joined LJCH in September 2020, and comes with nearly 25 years of experience in residential and commercial construction. Projects he has worked on have ranged from 100k to over 5 million dollars involving varying degrees of difficulty and detail. He was a selected builder within the Cliffs communities for a number of years and has worked with several renowned architects over his tenure. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he is an avid Dawg fan! He has two young men, Straton and Wyatt, as well as two cats and his dog “Scooter”, who can be found with him most of the time. In his leisure time, Champ enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, and golf. He is a lover of music and plays multiple instruments with several local churches, as well as recreationally.
Eric joined the LJCH team in 2020. His roots in home building run deep. Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Eric is the son of a General Contractor. Eric brings 17 years of construction experience ranging from general carpentry and plumbing to fireplace and garage door installation. Eric’s high standard of quality can be seen in every stage of the building process. Eric and his wife Juanita have a son Brayden, an adult daughter Courtney and two dogs (Diesel and Layla). Outside of work, Eric enjoys playing golf and being with friends and family.
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.