What We Do

Renovations & Additions

Renovating older homes is a tricky business. How do you provide an environment for modern living while maintaining the integrity of the original structure? How do you repair or reproduce intricate details like exposed eaves or period moldings? Are historic tax credits available, and how do you take advantage of them? We’ve met these challenges many times over the years, with the help of our fine craftspeople and experienced subcontractors.

One of the most important (yet hardest to accomplish) goals when expanding a home is making it seamless. Since 1985, Greg Paul Builders has built over 200 additions. Some clients have asked us to return for three or four different projects. We know how to match the old to the new, and make the addition appear as if it’s been part of the house forever.

New Homes

For more than 20 years, we’ve been building new homes all over the Triangle and along the North Carolina coast. The styles range from Colonial to Craftsman Bungalow to Bauhaus Modern, but each is as unique as the families who live within. What they all have in common is superior craftsmanship. Whether it’s a contemporary detail in exotic wood or a traditional molding assembled with utmost care, each is a labor of love.


We built our business as a general contractor, building and renovating houses according to architects’ plans. Increasingly, though, homeowners come to us with construction projects in mind, without specific

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plans or drawings. With our Design/Build option, Greg Paul Builders can be part of the process from the start, working with the client and architect in the interest of time, quality, and budget management.

Though we will be happy to work with any architect you choose, some of our most successful collaborations have been with Hart-Paul Designs, a long-standing residential design studio owned and headed by Greg’s wife, Mary. Based on in-depth discussions of needs, lifestyle, budget, and taste, Mary and the client develop a building program. This program, with Greg’s input and particulars about the building site, evolves into a unique custom design. If you have not yet commissioned drawings for your home, we would like to discuss the advantages of working with our team, from conceptual drawings until we hand you the keys.

Outdoor Living Spaces

A garage, workshop, patio or studio can add valuable living or working space to a home. It can even become the most interesting part of that home. Whether we’re building a 600 square foot garage or 6000 square foot home, we understand the importance of the investment you are making in your property. A Project Manager will be with you every step of the way, overseeing the process to insure that no detail or request that you make is overlooked.

Commercial Projects

Throughout the years, we’ve applied our construction knowledge and experience to light commercial projects of all vintages. On Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, we restored the 1874 Mahler Building, and two entire floors of the 30-story Two Hanover Square. At the 220-year-old Joel Lane House Museum, we renovated outbuildings not only to match the look of the historic home, but to function better as offices.

Our award-winning office building for Lucy Daniels in Cameron Village has elegant and hard-working features. High clerestory windows grace the central gallery, bringing in natural light without relinquishing valuable wall space. This soaring space is unique and glorious in contrast to the markedly private spaces that flank it.

Sustainable Building Practices

We have known for a long time the importance of energy efficiency, recycling, and the quality of our air and water. As our world learns more about the environmental challenges ahead, Greg Paul Builders is prepared to incorporate as much “green” into your project as you desire, or that your budget will allow.

In 1995 we built a house for the late Gail Lindsey, one of the world’s foremost experts on sustainable building practices. Many of the details and systems that went into this simple, but state-of-the-art home are still considered cutting edge today.

We have put our money where our mouth is in the recent renovation of our company headquarters. Come visit us and see!