VPC Builders operates as a mid-size construction company capable of many diverse sized projects. The experienced gained through the years allows our project managers and superintendents to employ the most innovative construction means and methods to new situations. VPC Builders is fully insured, licensed and bondable for any bid placed in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Our success can be attributed to our philosophy of open communication and transparency throughout the construction process. We work with our clients to meet and to exceed their expectations for budget, schedule and quality. Whether it is a special purpose building, a unique design concept or a pre-engineered structure, our people apply creativity and good construction practices to get the job done right and achieve outstanding results.
Although headquartered in Banner Elk, North Carolina, we also have an office in Blowing Rock for your convenience. We service Boone, Banner Elk, West Jefferson and the surrounding North Carolina High Country serving Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany and Caldwell Counties.

Our Process
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    Meet with local contractors who construct houses that are similar in size, quality, and features to the home you want, to review a custom home plan. Do Your Research. Check with friends, neighbors, or co-workers who’ve used a contractor. If you can, take a look at the work done and ask about their experience. Look at sites you trust that post ratings and reviews like Houzz, Angie’s List, Google, etc. Do people seem to have similar experiences, good or bad? You also can check out a contractor’s online reputation by searching for the company’s name with words like “scam,” “rip-off,” or “complaint.” Find out how long they’ve been in business. Look for an established company whose record and reputation you can check out. Make sure to check for qualifications, like licensing.
    Builders will tell you how much per square foot they usually charge for home construction. They can also give you a ballpark idea of what your dream home might cost. However, it is important to know exactly what is included in the price. If you ask, some builders will provide you a list showing the materials they will use.

    *VPC Builders provides a detailed estimate of the cost breakdown of the proposed home with every cost itemized in order for the client to make a fully informed decision. We welcome the opportunity to bid on the construction of your home. We provide this cost analysis free of charge.

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    Look at newly constructed homes that are similar in size, style, quality, and features to the home you want. Take the price of the home, deduct the price of the land, and divide that amount by the square footage of the home. For example, if the price of the home is $230,000 and the price of the land is $30,000, then the construction cost is around $200,000. If the home is 2,000 square feet, then the cost per square foot is $100.

    Use several new homes in your area to get an approximate square footage price. After you have calculated an average square footage cost, you can multiply that cost by the finished square footage of your house plan to get a ballpark estimate.

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    The most expensive areas in a home are usually the bathrooms and the kitchen. The number of windows and the size and quality of windows can also affect the cost. Vaulted ceilings and high roof pitches can increase the cost of a home as well. When using other homes to calculate an estimate, be sure the home has a similar style and features of the home you plan to build.

    The cost per square foot is often higher for a small home than that of a larger home. When building a larger home, the cost of expensive items (such as a furnace or kitchen) is spread over more square footage. Consequently, a larger home may have a lower square footage cost than a smaller home. Also, it usually costs less per square foot to build a two-story home when compared to a one-story home that has the same square footage. This is because a two-story home will have a smaller roof and foundation. Plumbing and ventilation are more compact in two-story homes.

    Small details in the design of your home can make a big difference in the price. To save on costs, begin estimating construction expenses before you select your final blueprints. Here are important factors to consider:

    Size of Home: When building a home, it's best to work with even numbers. Have your home size rounded up or down to increments of two feet. This reduces wasted materials. Also, it's most economical to build a home that is no deeper than 32 feet. If the depth exceeds 32 feet, then your roof trusses may need to be specially designed and will be more expensive.

    Shape of Home: Homes that have a rectangular or box shape cost less to build. Having more angles and corners in the shape of your home can increase the amount of labor and materials needed to build a home. Dome shaped homes also make efficient use of materials and tend to cost less than other shapes.

    Site Preparation: Preparing a site for construction can have a big impact on the cost of a home. Building on a flat lot will usually cost less. If you have to haul in a large amount of dirt, do a lot of grading, clear trees or blast through large rocks, then site preparations can become more expensive.

    Cost Overruns: Usually the finished cost of a home is more than the original bid price. Cost overruns occur from overspending the allowances, making changes, and encountering unforeseen problems. Proper planning can greatly reduce cost overruns. In general, it is a good idea to allow an additional 10% to cover unexpected costs.

    Inflation and Market Conditions: Usually the cost of building a home increases around 3% to 6% per year. If it will be several years before you begin construction, remember to include inflation into the cost estimate for your home. When using other homes to compare prices, try to use homes that have been built within the last six months.

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    Contractors expect clients to know exactly what they want. It's then the contractor's job to turn that idea into a reality -- not to fill in the blanks. To make that happen, clients must be prepared to deliver specific, detailed requests; otherwise, the final product won't match up to the original concept. In doing so, savvy clients will educate themselves about the general flow of similar construction or remodeling projects, be able to read blueprints, and know how to clearly communicate their needs to the contractor, project manager and subcontractors.
    Communication is paramount to having a positive experience with a contractor. If clients want to be able to get in touch with their contractors at a moment's notice, they should also be just as available. To establish an open line of communication, it's a good idea for clients to set up regular face-to-face meeting times at the outset of projects. That way, they'll have an opportunity to inspect progress and catch any possible mistakes early in the construction phase.

    Clients should keep in mind, however, that routine meetings shouldn't spiral into micromanagement sessions. Contractors are hired for their expertise, and they should be allowed to exercise it, while staying in close contact with their customers. Also keep in mind to respect the contractor's time, as they will yours. Most people wouldn’t prefer to have their contractor call them about a minor detail on a Sunday evening while they are having a family dinner. If it’s something that isn’t urgent, it can wait until normal business hours.

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Our employees are the best of the best in the High Country. We are a very diverse group and each bring different talents and skills to the team. One thing we do share is what VPC Builders is all about -- Values, Professionalism, and Communication.

Meet the Team
  • Matt Vincent
    Owner
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    Matt Vincent
    Owner

    Matt was born and raised in Boone and considers the High Country of North Carolina his home. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business from Appalachian State University, with a concentration in Finance & Banking. Matt is an Unlimited Licensed General Contractor with the state of North Carolina and South Carolina, and also holds a Master Builder and Accredited Builder Designation through North Carolina’s Builders Institute. Matt has also earned a Renewable Energies and Green Building Diploma from the North Carolina Solar Center.

    Environmental respect and consideration are very important to Matt which is why he is LEED AP certified. Matt also participates in the NC Healthy Built Home Program and has experience building Energy star rated and LEED certified homes. Currently Matt holds the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Graduate Associate (CGA), and Certified Green Professional (CGP) designations with the National Association of Home Builders and is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst.

    Matt Vincent
  • Charlie Day
    Project Manager
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    Charlie Day
    Project Manager

    Charlie Day was born and raised in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Charlie practically grew up in the construction industry as it was his family’s trade. After graduating high school, Charlie attended Lees-McRae College. Shortly after completing his freshman year, Charlie decided to join the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany and as a Sergeant conducted combat operations in Desert Storm. Charlie left the army after serving over 8 years and began working in construction and Christmas tree farming.

    Charlie has been a part of the VPC Builders family since April 2011 as a Job Foreman. He has been involved in all aspects of residential and commercial building projects (from the ground-up!) Charlie has remodeled several restaurants and commercial properties, and has worked on dozens of custom homes throughout the years. He brings years of experience and knowledge, we are very thankful to have him!

    Charlie Day
  • Gary Smith
    Project Manager
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    Gary Smith
    Project Manager

    Gary Smith grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and soon after high school traveled to England where he attended the Bath School of Art and Design for one year. Gary moved back state side to attend Appalachian State University and acquired a degree in Anthropology. While pursuing his degree, Gary worked in the construction industry learning many trades such as cabinet making, building log homes and working on historical restoration and preservation projects in Asheville, NC. In addition, Gary has traveled all over the world volunteering with home building projects. In Thailand, he volunteered by helping to build an orphanage for children with AIDS. Gary also helped build a school for girls in Vietnam, and worked in Rarotonga (Cook Islands) building homes for locals.

    Gary has been working with VPC Builders for many years and has been an integral part of the VPC team. He utilizes his creative skills by helping design and render many of our projects by hand and with Google Sketchup. Gary is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst. Currently, Gary lives in Valle Crucis with his wife and son. We are so blessed to have Gary working with us!

    Gary Smith
  • Wendell Proffitt
    Home Project Specialist
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    Wendell Proffitt
    Home Project Specialist

    As Home Project Specialist, Wendell has extensive experience with both INTERIORS remodeling, improvements, repairs and EXTERIOR remodeling, improvements, repairs. He has recently completed several bathroom and kitchen remodels, deck additions, wood/cedar shake or hardi-board siding, windows, roofing, painting, timber-frame and various repairs both large and small.

    Wendell has over 24 years on-the-job experience working as a Master Carpenter and Mason on Residential and Commercial Projects in the local community.  He brings 8 years of continuous N-home Sales and Service to you, our valued customer by appointment at your residence for your convenience. Wendell continually works toward his continuing education and was recently awarded the Building Science Principles Certificate of Achievement from the Building Performance Institute. The Home Project Specialist’s focus is on Customer Satisfaction, Craftsmanship, Problem Resolution/Solutions, Professionalism and Communication.
    Wendell lives at Watauga Lake with his wife and daughter. Among construction and woodworking, Wendell enjoys motorcycles, traveling, geology, practicing the ukulele, and photography. We are very thankful to have Wendell and all his various skills here at VPC Builders!
    Wendell Proffitt
  • Tony Anthony
    Project Manager
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    Tony Anthony
    Project Manager

    Tony was born in Shelby, North Carolina and moved to the High Country as young child. He attended the Outdoor Semester in the Rockies program at the Colorado Mountain College Leadville campus. While attending the OSR Program, Tony hiked the Collegiate Peaks in Colorado, the Grand Gulch in Utah, and the Organ Pipe Desert in Arizona. He returned to Boone and attended ASU where he received degrees in Industrial Drafting and Design as well as Construction Technology.

    Tony has worked on residential, commercial, and highway projects in Western North Carolina for many years. He is certified by the Building Performance Institute as a Building Analyst. Tony resides in Boone with his wife and three children. He enjoys motorcycles, the outdoors, and spending time with his family. Tony brings many years of experience and we are excited to have him as part of the VPC Builders team!

    Tony Anthony
  • Jake Smith
    Project Manager
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    Jake Smith
    Project Manager

    Jake was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. He moved to Boone to attend Appalachian State University to pursue a degree in Architectural Design and Technology and minors in Art and Town, City, and Regional Planning. After completing his undergraduate degree, Jake moved back to his hometown of Asheville to teach Architectural Drafting at A.C. Reynolds High School. After a year of teaching he moved back to Boone to attend ASU for a Masters Degree in Building Science as well as Sustainable Design and Construction.

    In his free time, Jake enjoys fly fishing, playing with his blue heeler, and enjoying the outdoors with his wife.  Jake has worked a wide variety of jobs, from construction worker to bread baker at Stick Boy Bakery and even a wrangler on a ranch in Wyoming. Despite his range of work experience, he has always enjoyed the world of construction and is excited to be a part of the VPC Builders team.

    Jake Smith
  • Scott Pitts
    Project Manager
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    Scott Pitts
    Project Manager

    Scott moved to Boone as an infant and has lived here ever since. While in college, Scott worked with a general contractor, as well as, a stone mason. This is where Scott discovered his enjoyment for building. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Industrial Technology, Construction and a minor in Religion. Scott has worked in the construction field for over twelve years and has most of his experience in Commercial Building. He has estimated and project managed numerous jobs around Boone and the surrounding areas.

    Scott lives in Boone with his wife and three children. Scott enjoys spending time with family, working out, and watching NFL football; especially the Carolina Panthers. Scott is excited to join VPC Builders to continue to learn and further his knowledge in construction.

    Scott Pitts
  • Jackie McDonald
    Marketing/Communications Director
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    Jackie McDonald
    Marketing/Communications Director

    Jackie is originally from Atlanta, Georgia but later moved to North Carolina to attend Appalachian State University where she will receive a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. While attending ASU, she participated in the Disney College Program internship in 2013 with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida.  She also took part in a summer study abroad program to Ireland.  Jackie’s variety of experiences allow her to make instant connections with our clients to find out exactly what they need and how we can best meet those needs.  

    In her free time, Jackie enjoys photography, traveling and exploring the outdoors with her boyfriend Thomas.   She currently works as the Communications Director at VPC Builders and is excited to be a part of the team!

    Jackie McDonald
  • Dave Shableski
    Project Manager
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    Dave Shableski
    Project Manager

    Dave was born in Neptune Beach, Florida and moved to the High Country of North Carolina in 2001. He attended Appalachian State University where he earned a degree in Health Promotion with a minor in Exercise Science.  Dave currently lives in Seven Devils, NC with his wife Kristina and son Jake.  They enjoy hiking and camping as a family as well as enjoying App State football in the Fall.

    Dave Shableski
  • Brent Lyons
    Project Manager
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    Brent Lyons
    Project Manager

    Brent was born and raised right in Boone, North Carolina and went to Appalachian State University to study Industrial Technology, Construction Technology and Pre-Architecture.  He began working in the construction industry in 1987 in Southern California and returned to Boone in 1990 to continue his work in the industry.  Altogether, Brent has obtained 30 years of hands on experience in construction and project management.

    Brent resides in the High Country with his wife, Janna, and son, Eli.  He is an Official for Professional Cycling and also loves participating in competitive cycling.  Brent also enjoys doing anything outdoors including camping with his son, hiking or going to the beach.  Brent brings years of experience and knowledge to the team and we are very thankful to have him!

    Brent Lyons
  • Thor
    Project Manager
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    Thor
    Project Manager

    Thor is a full blooded, Long-Haired German Shepherd and has been working in construction since he was born! When he was about 3 months old, he joined the VPC Builders team and was quickly promoted to Project Manager. Thor has a commanding presence and often roams the job site to make sure all is in order! He also writes a column in our monthly newsletter called, “Thor’s Thoughts” about quick tips and tricks to help keep your home in shape and other topics relevant to the season. Thor is a very wise, deep thinker and always likes to leave the reader with a compelling quote, usually about the relationship between man and his dog. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to read “Thor’s Thoughts”!

    Thor is a Boone native, having lived here his whole life. He enjoys the cool mountain weather and especially loves playing in the snow. Thor loves to travel when time allows and currently lives in Blowing Rock, NC. We don’t know what we would do without him!

    Thor
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