2023 Year-In-Review

As we approach the end of the year, we like to use this time to reflect on all our team has accomplished together. Below, we’ve put together a 2023 year-in-review that highlights some of the best moments of the year. We hope you’ll enjoy looking back at 2023 (and peeking ahead to 2024!) with us. 

If one of your goals for the new year is to build a luxury custom home or finally start planning your luxury remodel, we’d love to talk to you about your ideas. Call us at 919-460-8550 or contact us online

The Stories Behind the Builds

Each home we build has its own story based on the families living inside them. This year, we shared some incredible stories of the families behind the homes we’ve built and remodeled. If you missed them, you can learn more about them below. 

A Custom Home in Cary That Felt Like Kismet

“There are certain times in life when it feels like the stars align in your favor. That’s exactly what happened to Ginger and Allen when they found the downtown Cary lot of their dreams all thanks to an Instagram story.” 

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A Taste of Casual Elegance in Apex

“For as long as Cindy can remember, she’s dreamed of having a custom-built home. Inspired by a beautiful French home in Greenville, and her newfound love of Patina Farm in California, Cindy and her husband, Don, decided to build.”

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Traditional Meets Modern Home Design

“Louis Cherry, of Louis Cherry Architecture, has a local reputation for creating thoughtful, modern designs. So, when this particular family searched for an architect to bring their dream of building a modern luxury custom home to reality, Louis Cherry was the perfect fit.”

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Custom Art Studio Addition

“In 2019, we were honored to build Frank & Barbara’s dream home. Recently, we were asked back to build a custom art studio on to their beautiful home.”

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A Dream Home Created by a Dream Team

“When Jeff and Christine Johnson decided to move to Raleigh, they never expected to build their custom home in the Triangle. The couple made several trips down to Raleigh during the pandemic, driving through neighborhoods and looking for a home to meet their needs. When they couldn’t find something that would quite work, that’s when they started to consider a build instead.”

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A Remodel Rooted in Transparency and Trust

“When the Laber family moved into their home in 2014, they knew they would eventually remodel. While they loved their neighborhood and the bones of their house, they knew a well-planned renovation could turn it into the home of their dreams.” 

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Experience With Rufty Homes Comes Full Circle

“As newlyweds, Jeanne and Kevin Howard found themselves relocating to the Triangle for their careers. After looking around the area, they ended up moving into a Rufty spec home in Holly Springs, where they lived from 1997 to 2001 before their jobs took them around the country once again.”

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Challenges Faced in 2023

The housing market this year faced some challenges and we were not immune to them. There were labor shortages this year that made it more difficult to find subcontractors for projects. 

Ongoing supply chain issues, particularly regarding the production and deployment of new transformers, also led to significant homebuilding delays. And, even three years removed from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were still permitting delays this year that impacted the home building timeline. 

We are thankful to our clients for being patient with us as we navigated these challenges. We’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of our staff this year, who stepped up to the plate and found new ways to continue providing the best possible service to our clients. 

Milestones and Achievements in 2023

Despite the difficulties of this year, we’re proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish in 2023. 

  • We’ve worked with more than five national architects this year, thanks to the influx of people to the Triangle who choose to work with out-of-state architects. We’re honored to be selected to work with renowned architects locally and nationally. 
  • We built a beautiful concrete house and remain one of the few builders in the area who can complete concrete projects. 
  • We received the 2022 Best in American Living Award for our entry, The Power of Collaboration in Category 36: Entire Home, Over $750,000. 
  • We received the 2023 Triangle Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Award.
  • We were acknowledged as the 2023 Face of Luxury Home Building by Midtown Magazine and 5 West Magazine.
  • We were named the 2023 Diamond Awards Gold Winner in Cary Living Magazine and the Silver Winner in Midtown Magazine.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us to win these awards! We recognize that our success is possible thanks to our clients and supporters. 

Philanthropic Activity and Sponsorship Events

One of our core values has always been to give back to our community by supporting organizations that make a difference in the lives of people in need. In 2022, we made contributions to the following organizations, totaling $232,984, which led to us receiving the TBJ Corporate Philanthropy Award for this year. 

  • Roc Solid Foundation
  • American Heart Association
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
  • NCSU Shelton Leadership
  • African American Cultural Celebration 
  • NCSU 
  • Frankie Lemmon 
  • Memorial Presbyterian 
  • Salvation Army 
  • St. Jude 
  • Frankie Lemmon 
  • J.Y. Joyner
  • The Raleigh School 
  • Junior League of Raleigh 
  • NCSU 

This year, not only did we make direct contributions to local and national organizations, but we also participated in several philanthropic events in the community. 

  • On September 14, we hosted an Open House BBQ benefiting St. Jude. With more than 200 people in attendance, we raised money for Team Rufty in the St. Jude Triangle Walk/Run event.  
  • We were a Building Sponsor for The Green Chair Project’s Charity event. Proceeds from the event support The Green Chair Project’s mission of transforming housing into homes for local families transitioning out of homelessness, crisis, and disaster. 
  • We were a Gift Sponsor for the Triangle Business Journal Corporate Leadership Awards. 
  • We were a table sponsor for the 2023 Women of Western Wake Forum. 

Other Events

Aside from our participation in these philanthropic events, we also were part of a few other events throughout the year. In February, we attended the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, where we received our BALA Award and enjoyed connecting with creative home designers from around the country. 

Then, in March, we celebrated Women in Construction Week by hosting a social event for local designers, architects, and subcontractors, where we learned to make beautiful charcuterie boards and connected with other powerful women in the industry. 

Company Highlights in 2023

We may be biased, but we have the best employees on our team. Our 35 years of success is a result of everyone on the team working together to provide the best possible service to our clients. 

We value our employees and the work they do and we’re proud to have a low turnover rate. 

As average project costs have increased, our response has been to increase our number of employees so we can maintain the level of quality that people associate with our company. 

Growth is always a positive thing and we’ve significantly grown as a business this year thanks to our long-standing employees and new hires. 

Please join us in congratulating the following employees who have been a part of the Rufty Homes team for more than a decade:

  • Parker Shanahan, 20+ years
  • Allen Moore, 20+ years
  • Kelly Nicholson, 10+ years
  • Sydney Jamison, 10+ years
  • Don Pegram, 10+ years

This year, we’ve also implemented new technology that allows us to work more efficiently. Now, project managers can use tools out in the field and back in the houses to improve the build process. We’re also using 360 cameras during builds and remodels, which gives us better insight during the project. 

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What’s to Come in 2024 for Luxury Home Building?

This year-in-review wouldn’t be complete without a quick look to the future. We already have several exciting projects already in progress that will wrap up in 2024. Keep your eye on our website as we’ll add new photos and stories from these projects to our portfolio. With events like our subcontractor appreciation to start, 2024 is set to be another big year!

We’re also expanding to a 45-minute build radius as more people are looking to build beyond Raleigh and its immediate suburbs.

If you’re ready to start your own project in 2024, please don’t hesitate to call us at 919-460-8550 or contact us online

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