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.
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.