Contact us today to discuss your next project: 252.633.6452

Contact us today: 252.633.6452

Tarheel Associates, Inc. is one of the premiere builders in the New Bern, North Carolina area for both residential and commercial construction.

Serving Southeastern North Carolina since 1981, our talented staff provides design and drafting services, experienced supervision and careful attention to every detail. 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.



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 also has distinguished itself in downtown New Bern for its historic preservation and renovation work. Tarheel is a design+build firm with in-house design and computer-aided drafting that is second to none. Tarheel has earned a solid reputation for quality craftsmanship and have maintained a strong commitment to the highest standards of professionalism. Our mission is 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. Tarheel Associates is 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) and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) 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.

Daniel "Danny" Russell, a Tarheel Associates' job superintendent since 2003, is a veteran professional in the construction industry with a broad range of knowledge and experience in all aspects of construction. Danny has supervised the construction of many outstanding Tarheel custom homes and buildings in the area and has, as well, made his mark in the restoration of many historic properties in the
New Bern Historic District. Danny's diligence toward "doing the job right the first time" and his clever, creative thinking has endeared him to many Tarheel clients through the years. 

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.


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 their 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 tell their friends "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.

Additions & 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-to" company in the New Bern area for difficult commercial and residential additions or 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.

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


"In deep gratitude for a work of art, everything looks amazing! You delivered a museum quality product. Hopefully, it will be a testament to your time for generations. Thanks for the years' worth of effort. I have no criticism for the work that was performed. It is spectacular! We have received craftsmanship, artistry, creativity and expert leadership from you. We are delighted that we have been able to share your talents with the public in New Bern. If anyone in the area wants a first-class project, Tarheel is the only company to call. " - Dr. and Mrs. John Long

"Thank You Tarheel for another fantastic job! Special thank you to Lewis Stowe for his attention to detail and caring about the job! So, so appreciate all the hard work, kindness and professionalism that all involved showed! Give them a call for your next project, large or small!" - Celia Wheeler Byrd

"Frank and I are very happy and grateful for all that you, Lewis and your subs have done to turn our new home into our little dream home. Can't wait to move in." - Janine Palombo

"WOW! Lucien. The bathroom is palatial. It looks so great. Beyond my expectations!! Thanks to you, Lewis, and the team." - Tom Wilson

"Thanks Lucien. I couldn't be more pleased with you and your team on this project. The process from start to finish was painless and professional and the final product is wonderful. Thanks so much to you, Lewis, and all the subs. We greatly appreciate it." - David Byrd, MD, CCHC Southern Gastroenterology Associates

"Together we have created great rooms and transformed Ho-Hum interiors into WOW! interiors. Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your projects which we hope will continue to give you comfort and pleasure for many more years." - Maggy Costandy

"Absolutely outstanding! You, Lewis and your great Tarheel Team did an excellent job. The craftsmanship and superior quality are a true testament to Tarheel Associates' success. What a great "welcome back to New Bern."" - Glenn MacNaught

"We now know the secret of how absentee landowners become the proud occupants of a new home. It's simple -- use caring experts who work as a team. We really appreciate you sharing your talents with us!" - Tish Bratton

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 design and drafting to quality craftsmanship through the final stroke of the paint brush. Contact us today to get started!

Tarheel Associates, Inc.
4527 Highway 17 South
PO Box 12666
New Bern, NC 28562