Chad and Caroline Day didn’t plan to build a home when they moved to the Raleigh area in March 2020. They always intended to buy a place, but they quickly realized that it was hard to find something they loved that didn’t need a lot of work. 

Then, fate seemed to intervene. “We were talking to one of our friends that had already talked to Rufty Homes and they mentioned that Rufty owned another lot on the same street in a neighborhood in North Hills. They encouraged us to reach out to Jon, and we found out that someone else had just backed out on the lot so it was available. The timing couldn’t have been better,” Chad remembers. 

Midtown North Hills Luxury Custom Home

After an initial meeting to talk about ideas, the Days quickly realized that the Rufty team matched the quality of what they were looking for in a forever home. “We wanted a home that our family could grow into and that we could enjoy together for a long time. After meeting with Jon, it was clear that Rufty could make it happen. To be able to live right down the street from our good friends made it even better,” Caroline says. 

New to the home building process, Chad and Caroline wanted to work with a team that they could trust, and they felt that connection with the Rufty team instantly. 

“There was never a question that they were putting our needs first and they were always honest with us. At one point in the building process, we talked in-depth about reconfiguring the layout of the home to change the orientation of the garage. Jon was upfront with us and told us they’d absolutely do it if we wanted, but he warned us that lumber prices were starting to go up, which could impact the project. We appreciated that honesty, and looking back, making the decision not to change the garage was the best thing we could have done,” Chad says. 

Custom Luxury Home Raleigh North Hills

Even though construction on their home began at the height of the pandemic, the Days never felt like they got anything less than the best from the Rufty Homes team, the subcontractors, and their interior designer, Heather Holcombe. In fact, even when working virtually, they all formed genuine connections, working together to create the home of Chad and Caroline’s dreams.

Heather remembers, “Right away, we had a great connection. Both Chad and Caroline were involved in the process, and we worked together to design a space that’s traditional, yet timeless, that will grow with them over the years. By the end of the project, we achieved their design goals, and we formed a real friendship.”

The result is a classic look, with a blue and white color scheme, statement lighting fixtures, and a nod to Europe through wallpaper accents and the black and white tiled laundry room. Their home also has stunning crown molding details as well as functional spaces like a shoe closet, outdoor space, and home gym. 

Custom Luxury Home Raleigh North Hills

Caroline explains, “We can truly envision ourselves here for the long run. Not only is our house exactly what we wanted, but we’re in a great neighborhood with our friends and we look forward to continuing to grow our lives here. Throughout the whole process, the Rufty team’s goal was to build a home with our best interests in mind and the end product reflects that. We couldn’t be happier.”

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Once again, we're pleased to see the latest custom designs from Rufty Homes featured in a recent Triangle Business Journal Luxury Home magazine. We're honored to feature the top custom homes throughout Raleigh, Cary, Wake County and surrounding communities.

Please join us for our Open House on Thursday, June 28. We're welcoming friends and family to our new workplace. Join us and celebrate 30 years of custom home building. See the details and RSVP here.

This morning's Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast event featured interesting insights on trends impacting our region’s housing, particularly the Triangle luxury home market. Our own Jon Rufty shared a panel with Rex Bost and Tim Smith to discuss land availability, custom homebuilding, and the impact of rapid growth on our region's infrastructure.

In recent years, our community has experienced a re-emergence of the luxury home market here in the Triangle. Read on to learn more about the growth and Jon Rufty's thoughts on custom home building. We've weathered the ebbs and flows of the housing market over 30 years like few others in our region. Thanks to our clients, we're proud to celebrate 30 years of truly custom home building in Wake County and beyond. Here's an excerpt of the article in the Triangle Business Journal about luxury builders:

As teardowns continue to get replaced by million dollar homes from North Hills to MacGregor Downs Country Club and new communities such as Avalaire and Bella Vista in north Raleigh put up 7,000-square-foot estates, longtime observers of residential real estate in the Triangle say one thing is certain: the surge shows just how high the Triangle’s reputation has risen. “It’s moving on up in the world,” Anfindsen says. “The natives are stunned when they see all the wealth that’s come here.”

Friday has arrived and we're excited to see this week's Triangle Business Journal. The latest issue features this beautiful custom home we built in North Hills off Marlowe Road in Raleigh. It's always a treat to kickstart the weekend with another proud residence we constructed receiving the spotlight.


Neighbors in the Hayes Barton community in Raleigh have a brand-new "Little Free Library" thanks to our remodeling guru Harry Grube. Harry's good deed this week was caught in-action by our friends at N2 - Hayes Barton Living.

We always enjoy the sight of the Triangle Business Journal on Fridays. This one is an especially great way to kick off the holiday weekend! It features the lovely kitchen remodel we completed in the Governor's Club neighborhood on behalf of the Andersen family.

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