A Team Dedicated to Your Dream

For nearly 20 years, Homestead Building Company has been building partnerships with the area’s top designers, architects, and contractors to build stunning luxury homes across the Triangle and Hilton Head Island. We’ve built a reputation by creating homes that are not only warm and inviting, but that also distinctly represent our homeowners. We help bring their dreams and ideas to life while staying on-budget and on-time thanks to our commitment and our tried-and-true building process.

We also build with the most modern, on-trend building technologies to ensure your home is energy efficient, made with the most advanced materials, and built in a way that is a sound investment for the ages. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, so we’re here to make sure that every detail is exactly the way you want and expect it to be.

Meet Our Team

John Heidel

John Heidel

John launched Homestead Building Company in 2003 after spending years delivering exceptional customer service in the home electronics industry. The company was built from a desire to bring cutting edge technology and fresh design to the entire home building process. As Chief Executive Officer, his focus is to provide the highest standards of customer service. Combined with a heart to serve his clients, these traits have made him one of the premier homebuilders in the Triangle area. John and his wife Margaret, who have been happily married for over 20 years, are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters. His family inspires him to be the best at serving others.

Dean Sackett

After 20 years in finance and general management roles with a focus on building multinational businesses across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Dean joined Homestead Building Company as Chief Administrative Officer in early 2021. Responsible for finance, strategy and sales, Dean’s objective is scaling the organization so it is enabled to deliver the best experience and custom-built home to our customers. A graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management and Miami University, Dean has degrees in Finance and International Management. Dean and his wife, Christine, have three children and after 25 years of moving, look forward to calling Raleigh home. They love to plug into their local community and serve others via their church, travel, explore new foods and cultures and feel blessed to be able to call on friends scattered around the world.

Ryan Eldridge

Ryan Eldridge

As Sales Manager, Ryan brings a high level of enthusiasm and knowledge to the team and exemplifies Homestead Building Company’s passion for unparalleled customer service. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics, Ryan spent 12 years helping clients achieve homeownership through mortgage financing. Having specialized in construction to perm lending, he offers a unique perspective of the client experience. Outside of working to build clients’ dream homes, Ryan can be found off the beaten path mountain biking, paddleboarding, and backpacking. He and his wife, Lindsay, are often planning their next big adventure together.

Bob Latvala

Bob Latvala

As Chief Operating Officer, Bob is responsible for maintaining the company’s financial health as well as evaluating opportunities to better serve our clients. He brings more than 20 years of custom-building experience where he has done it all — from design to build and everything in-between. Throughout his career, he has been customer focused and his passion is delivering a high-quality home that exceeds expectations. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. His also enjoys traveling, cooking, and sports.

Jeff Melton

Jeff Melton

As Construction Manager, Jeff keeps projects flowing on time and on budget thanks to his wealth of knowledge about leadership, process implementation, and project management. Jeff’s passion for serving others, which is clear throughout the entire home building experience, provides a stellar experience for all clients of Homestead Building Company. Jeff is happily married to his lovely wife Donna and is the proud papa to two kids: both a daughter and a son.

Taylor Davenport

Taylor comes to Homestead Building Company as a Construction Manager with over 25 years of experience in homebuilding. He is a licensed general contractor and has worked for several renowned builders in the Raleigh area before joining our team. His strong knowledge of the build cycle, along with his strength in planning and scheduling, make him a valuable asset to both Homestead and our clients. When Taylor is not working, you might find him hanging out with his wife and three sons or enjoying some time on his Harley Davidson.

Andy Hurst

Andy Hurst

Andy is the energetic, diligent, and attentive Project Manager of Homestead Building Company — and the person who keeps every home’s progress on track. There is not a detail that escapes his discerning eye. A part of Homestead Building Company since 2005, Andy’s focus on finishing a home with excellence and on time makes him the hero of our clients. Andy spends his off time raising his beautiful daughter and enjoying the outdoors.

Melanie Priestley

Melanie Priestley

Melanie is irreplaceable in her role as Project Manager. She joined the company in 2014 as an assistant and quickly expanded her knowledge of homebuilding processes to become a superintendent who now manages the entire process with ease. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her sister Holly and parents Morgan and Carol, as well as participating in outdoor recreational activities and playing competitive soccer.

Tommy Murray

Tommy is a Raleigh native and a recent graduate of East Carolina University, where he received his degree in Construction Management. After several commercial construction internships, Tommy is excited to put his knowledge of best construction practices to work on practical applications in the field of residential home construction as Homestead’s Job Site Assistant. When not working, he enjoys all outdoor activities and sports including, golfing with his family, boating during the summer, and skiing in the winter. He is also active in his church. Homestead is thrilled to have Tommy bring his skills to our team!

Hannah Koontz

Hannah, who has a degree in Fashion and Textile Management from North Carolina State University, is the Designer for Homestead Building Company. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, she brings her passion about design, form, and function to the team. She works directly with our clients through the entire design selection process to bring their homes to life in a way that is beautiful and distinct. A North Carolina native, Hannah enjoys traveling, live music, and all things home-related.

Melanie Pearsall

Melanie comes to Homestead as a Designer with 10 years of experience in model home design and interior selections with a production builder. She has a degree from East Carolina University and has also worked in visual merchandising and business interiors. Growing up in an Army family allowed Melanie to explore many design philosophies, styles and personalities. She brings that understanding to Homestead’s clients and works with them to create personal spaces that encourage form and function. She lives with her fiancé Thomas and two cats in Cary and enjoys outdoor activities, crafting and traveling with friends.

Christy Gates

Christy comes to Homestead as a Design Coordinator with 7 years of experience that began with designing fun, functional kids’ spaces and unique baby nurseries. Her passion quickly evolved into designing custom homes, reflecting a clients’ personal style and vision. She seeks to inspire and create a home where family and friends can come together to make great memories. She enjoys her 3 children, her new grandson, and her granddogs. The beach, jogging, paddleboarding, and gardening are a few of her favorite past times.

Margaret Heidel

After years of working in the background for Homestead Building Company in many different roles, Margaret officially joined the company in January of 2018. Her role as Human Resource Manager benefits Homestead employees and clients alike. When she is not working, Margaret is the lead educator, chaperone, chauffeur, chef, and cheerleader for the Heidel family.

Ricky Wadford

Ricky Wadford

After spending more than 35 years in the ceramic tile operations industry as Operations VP in the Triangle area, Ricky retired only to join Homestead Building Company in 2016 in the important role of Warranty Manager. He incorporates passion, courtesy, kindness, and integrity into all he does as well as maintains a high level of communication and attention to detail. Ricky is an active leader in his church and stays busy playing outdoor sports and activities, which includes a national traveling softball league. A believer in deep family values, he has been married for over 40 years to his beautiful wife, Helen, with whom he shares one daughter and one son. The couple also have three grandchildren.

Ryan Bohr

Ryan Bohr

Ryan is Homestead Building Company’s social media manager, a role that’s been ever-growing in the current digital landscape. Her role encompasses monitoring and posting to our company’s social media outlets and maintaining our online profiles. But perhaps more importantly, it’s her expertise that helps us grow our audience base and interact seamlessly with our clients and brand advocates. When she is not working, she can be found spending quality time with her husband and two kids.

Paige Cashwell

Paige comes to Homestead as the Office Manager after several years in Retail Management. After having her first daughter she was ready for a change of pace. Growing up she got to experience firsthand the family-like work environment at Homestead and jumped at the opportunity to join the team. She has a degree in Business Administration from Wake Tech Community College. Paige enjoys spending time at the beach, in the mountains, and taking in everything else North Carolina has to offer. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her husband, precious little girl, and sweet pup.

Kate Sparling

Kate Sparling

Kate brings go-getter energy and contagious enthusiasm to her work at Homestead as a Designer. She is a recent graduate from East Carolina University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Merchandising. Her passion for design started at a young age walking the aisles of Home Goods with her mother and has developed into a distinguished career. As a designer, Kate gravitates towards inspiration from around the world and the people she connects with along the way. Over time, this has inevitably created an ongoing cycle of creativity and self-discovery. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Tar Heels with her parents in Chapel Hill, NC, traveling, loving her Golden Retriever, and making long-lasting memories with family and friends.

Glen Willert

Glen Willert

Glen joined the Homestead team as a Construction Project Manager. After working for 12 years in the specialty estate construction industry on the North Shore of Long Island, he’s excited to integrate cutting-edge design and materials into the already amazing Homestead houses. His role is to keep the entire process from ground-break to final inspection on time, on budget, clean, organized, and an all-around positive experience for clients. In his spare time, you can find him playing with his dog, working on cars, woodworking or traveling the globe.

Ashton Rogers

Ashton is one of the Design Coordinators at Homestead Building Company. From as early as she can remember she has always been enamored with fabrics, furniture, colors, and all things design. She made the natural decision to pursue a career in design and after graduating from East Carolina with a Bachelors in Merchandising and Interior Design, she went on to become a design coordinator at a tile showroom and later a kitchen and bath designer. Both provided her a solid foundation and understanding of the home building process with specialized knowledge of these areas. She is delighted that she is now able to expand upon this knowledge and grow as an individual! Ashton will attentively listen to and understand her clients’ visions and must-haves for their new home while offering her expertise to ensure a cohesive and well-executed design. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones, serving at her church home, and being outdoors.

Awards

Home Builders Association of Raleigh – Wake County

Triangle Parade of Homes – Features the best-of-the best builders in The Triangle. Homestead has won Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for the last three years.

Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence – Recognizes the best in new home sales and marketing in the Triangle. Homestead was awarded Best Innovative Marketing and Best Signage.

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