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Guide to Building a Home in St. Louis

Updated: Apr 27, 2019


April 26, 2019

With historically low inventory in St. Louis, most buyers are turning to new construction to find their new home. I have gathered some of the top builders in St. Louis with a variety of price points for every budget, so you know your options.

Building a new home is a fun process! You get to pick everything that goes into your new place and make it your own. If you have built before, you know the process can also be overwhelming and tedious! My job is to take care of the overwhelming aspects so you can focus on the fun parts, like picking out your new countertops and flooring.

Here is how I will help with your new home build:

  • Research and find the best builder to fit your needs. Every builder has a specialty and something different to offer. I will help you find the one that matches with what you want. Building a home can take anywhere from 4 months to over a year, so you want to be sure you are working with a builder that has your best interest in mind.

  • Represent you through the entire building process. The agent at the builder's company is representing the builder, not you. How do you know if you are getting a fair deal? How do you know that they are doing what is best for you? I will work with you to know your needs and goals for your family in order to best represent you.

  • Find a lot in the best location for you. Convenience, privacy, walk-out basement, acreage are all factors in choosing the lot you want.

  • Help you know the best upgrades for your money. We all have a budget that we need to stick to! I can help guide you in picking quality upgrades for your money, so you get the best return on investment. A good rule of thumb is to stick with the classics on the large items and add your own personal style in the details. When it comes to extras like decks or pools, at times, it is better to get bids from different contractors to see if you can get a better price than what the construction company would charge.

  • Go to all inspections! There will be several types of walk-throughs and inspections during the building process. I will go to all of them to make sure everything is staying on task and passing inspections. You should go too, as it is an opportunity to see the progress of your home.

  • Celebrate with you when you move into your brand new home! Now it's time to party! Let's throw a house warming party to welcome all your friends and family to your new digs!

Without further ado, let's get to the main event. Below are the go to home builders in the St. Louis area listed from budget friendly to high-end luxury. This is not a comprehensive list, but will give you an idea of what is available. The options below start at various price points, so we can find something that fits your budget.

McBride & Sons

Price Point -

Budget Friendly Option

$100k to $500k+

Communities -

Chesterfield, Eureka, Frontenac, Jefferson County, West County, South County, Wildwood, Lake St. Louis, New Town, O'Fallon, St. Charles, Wentzville

Coming Soon: Homes on The Hill

What I love -

They have a show room in Chesterfield Valley where you can see and touch all your finishes and see how all your picks work together!

Fischer and Frichtel

Price Point -

$200k to $1m+

Communities -

St. Charles County and St. Louis County

What I Love -

They work with a variety of budgets and do quality work. You can choose from an already built home or build wherever you would like!


Price Point -

$300k to $700k+

Communities -

St. Louis, Chesterfield, St. Charles, Des Peres, O'Fallon, Lake St. Louis

What I Love -

They provide move-in ready homes. You can pick one of their home plans and customize it to fit your family's needs.

UIC Homes

Price Point -

$320k to $1million+

Communities -

Botanical Heights and St. Louis City

What I Love -

City living with modern style! New construction in St. Louis City is rare. There are many historic homes undergoing complete renovations, but a new build in the city can be hard to find. UIC homes is meeting that need! Or if you want to stay in your home, but want a modern design, they offer renovation options as well.

Hibbs Homes

Price Point -

$500k to $1M+

Communities -

All across St. Charles and St. Louis Counties

What I Love -

They provide excellent customer service and communication, which is vital when building a home. All of their homes are built to be energy efficient. Look at their detailed work!

REA Homes

Price Point -

$1M to $10M+

Communities -

Ladue, Frontenac, Creve Coeur, Chesterfield, Town & Country, Clayton and across the St. Louis area

What I Love -

Jeff Bogard, founder and president of R.E.A. Homes, LLC, is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to building custom homes on the luxury end of the market.  His company specializes in “High Performance Luxury Homes”, which means homes that not only look amazing, but just as importantly, are more comfortable to live in, healthier, and more energy efficient. They also offer home renovations.

Are you interested in building in St. Louis and want to know more about the process? I would love to help you get started!

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