Contact us today to discuss your next project: 252.633.6452

Contact us today: 252.633.6452

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Serving Southeastern
North Carolina since 1981

Tarheel Associates is the premiere builder in the New Bern, North Carolina area for residential and commercial property. We have worked very hard and continue to strive to be the best in our business. Our talented staff provides design and drafting services, experienced supervision and careful attention to every detail. Our primary objective is to help every customer achieve their goal. We share the vision of our customers for fine craftsmanship, ethical behavior and a superior finished product that you can enjoy for years to come.

About

Tarheel Associates has been serving home and business owners in eastern North Carolina since 1981. After establishing ourselves as the premiere custom home builder in the area, we became equally successful in the commercial construction market, specializing in medical and dental office projects. Tarheel Associates is also solidly established in downtown New Bern for historic renovation work. We are a design+build firm with a design and computer-aided drafting department that is second to none. We have earned a solid reputation for quality craftsmanship and have maintained a strong commitment to the highest standards of professionalism. It is our mission to uphold these standards by: 

  • Providing the highest quality workmanship and materials possible, based upon the budget parameters of the client.
  • Meeting and exceeding the expectations of clients.
  • Completing every project as expeditiously as possible without sacrificing quality.
  • Communicating with each client to insure that his or her needs are satisfied and anxieties are relieved.
  • Completing punch list items within twenty-one days of project completion.
  • Maintaining a safe and clean work environment for field employees and subcontractors.

 

Our team

Henry "Bud" Stilley, Jr., Tarheel Associates' president, founded the company in 1981 to bring quality and attention to detail to the local and regional home building market. Since then, Bud and Tarheel Associates have earned a reputation for quality, commitment and craftsmanship. Bud also founded a companion business, Tarheel Building Systems, another Design+Build company, to meet the same needs in the pre-engineered steel construction market. Both companies are known for creating partnerships with clients to deliver the highest quality product with unparalleled customer service.

Lucien R. Vaughn, Tarheel Associates' vice-president since 1990, is a NC Licensed General Contractor and Real Estate Broker. Lucien brings a broad range of construction experience to the company, particularly in commercial construction and historical building renovations. In 1995, he became one of the first builders in North Carolina to complete the Graduate Master Builder program conducted by The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In 2013, Lucien earned the designation of Certified Green Professional (CGP) also administered by NAHB. Lucien holds the distinguished Accredited Master Builder designation from the NC Builder's Institute. These designations require that graduates hold themselves to the highest industry standards of knowledge and ethical behavior. Lucien takes a personal interest in every client and devotes his time and attention to the successful completion of every job.

Lewis Stowe, Tarheel Associates' project supervisor and part owner of Tarheel Associates since its inception, grew up in the construction business following the footsteps of his father, a respected  New Bern craftsman. Lewis works directly with clients on the job site and applies his knowledge, patience and good humor to every project. Tarheel's clients will tell you that Lewis is a true professional, a master craftsman and a great gentleman.

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The home that you built is far
    beyond our expectations. It will
  be something we will be proud 
of for years to come. 
It is our mission to build the 
    highest quality construction
  with the most satisfied clients
in Eastern North Carolina.

Services

Commercial Construction: Tarheel Associates is a Design+Build firm with a team of experienced professionals dedicated to helping their clients find the perfect building solution. The Tarheel team has made its mark in eastern North Carolina particularly in the design and construction of medical, dental and business offices. Their talented staff provides design and drafting services that are second to none in this area. Tarheel understands and respects customer service and careful attention to every detail. Beginning with the initial design work and culminating with the final stroke of the paint brush, Tarheel's commercial clients will tell you "those guys know their business."

Residential Construction: Tarheel Associates has long distinguished itself as being one of the premiere designers and builders of fine custom homes in the New Bern, Trent Woods, Pamlico County and surrounding area. With over 150 custom homes under our belt, Tarheel understands the art of residential design, structural integrity, green and energy-efficient construction, and the fine craftsmanship that goes into making a house... a home. Tarheel residential clients enjoy the benefit of having a team of experts with over 30 years experience turn their dream home into a reality. Our clients tell us they are proud to let their friends know "this is a Tarheel home."

Historic Restoration & Renovation: In New Bern, the historical capital of North Carolina, where historical structures are highly valued and restored or meticulously renovated for modern use, Tarheel Associates has earned a reputation that is second to none for this specialized work. We have a true appreciation of New Bern's unique heritage and have built a solid relationship with the local Historical Preservation Commission as being a contractor that sincerely cares about historical preservation. We are proud of our work in the New Bern Downtown Historic District and enjoy being part of the effort to protect its beauty and charm.

Addition & Remodeling: Tarheel Associates specializes in remodeling and expanding existing homes and businesses. Often these projects are more complicated and challenging than building from the ground up. Tarheel takes pride in being the "go t0" company in the New Bern area for difficult additions and remodeling projects. We enjoy seeing the delight on our clients faces when we exceed their expectations and surpass the quality and functionality of their original home or building.

Houses of Worship: Tarheel Associates takes great pride in the building and remodeling of houses of worship. Throughout eastern North Carolina, we have worked closely with pastors, church staff and congregational building committees to create places of worship that combine a balance of reverence, functionality and beauty. Our dedication to a close, personal working relationship with clients and our attention to detail make Tarheel Associates uniquely qualified to build or remodel Houses of Worship. These buildings are more than just wood, glass, bricks and mortar. They are special places where people begin their marriages, dedicate their lives, lay their loved ones to rest and share in fellowship with others of their faith. We understand that these buildings have the highest of purposes and we carry out our work with that understanding firmly in mind.

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Many thanks to you and your
    crew for the fantastic effort 
  and craftsmanship that went 
into our building.

Testimonials

"When looking for a company to undertake a renovation of a second floor living space in a 1920's historic downtown building, we chose Tarheel Associates. We found Lucien Vaughn and Tarheel Associates to be a professional company with experienced craftsmen that have an eye for detail and a friendly customer-service driven attitude. Our expectations were met and exceeded." - Steve & Sabrina Bengel

"Many thanks! You and Lewis are quite a team! We LOVE the house and look forward to many years of enjoyment. Thank you for a great job." - Greg Knox

"You were great to work with, and we really appreciate all you did for us. We have recommended you to others already and will continue to do so because you all did a GREAT job on our house!" - Jon & Sheila

"The home that you built is beyond my expectations...and I had very high expectations! You and your team were fabulous to work with every single day of the process." - Ann Bryan

"We received many compliments on the house at the Homes Tour and I was proud to say that Tarheel Associateshad done the work." - Peggy Campbell Glynn

"On behalf of Temple B'nai Sholem, I thank you, Tarheel Associates and it's subcontractors for an outstanding performance on the recent completion of our renovation job. The entire project was prosecuted in a professional and workman-like fashion and we are very pleased with the results. We have gotten many compliments form congregants as well as neighbors on how nice the building now looks. In fact, the project has been so well received, that it has prompted several congregants to make unsolicited donations. We haven't completed our overall renovation program and we certainly will be doing more business with Tarheel. I want to add my personal thanks for making my job easy." - Bill Siegendorf

"Mr. Vaughn and Tarheel just completed an expansion of the office building of New Bern Surgical Associates. We could not be more pleased. The expansion was completed on time and budget. This was a tricky expansion as work had to be carried out while the surgical practice continued to see patients on the premises. During the remodeling of the inside of the building, the workers were as quiet as possible and maintained a clean environment. This was despite their having to tear out dry walls and plumbing. They worked around our schedule when possible. The exterior building blends with the original design and materials such that only close inspection reveals the addition. The original building was built by Marshall-Erdman Associates and they have expressed their praise about the quality of the expansion. Every detail of the project, including the parking lots and landscaping has been perfect. Obviously, I am very pleased with this company and have no reservations about recommending them."
- O. Drew Grice, MD, New Bern Surgical Associates

"Many thanks to you and your whole crew for the fantastic effort and wonderful craftsmanship that went into our building. I hope it will be something we will all be proud of for years to come." - Katherine Haroldson, Persimmon's Restaurant

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Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in Tarheel Associates. Whether you are interested in starting a commercial or residential project, we are here to provide outstanding service throughout the building process; from construction drawings to quality craftsmanship to final walk-throughs. Contact us today to get started!

Tarheel Associates, Inc.
4527 Highway 17 South
New Bern, NC 28562
252.633.6452

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