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
    Manager
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    Matt Vincent
    Manager

    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
    Superintendent
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    Charlie Day
    Superintendent

    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
    Superintendent
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    Gary Smith
    Superintendent

    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
  • Tony Anthony
    Estimator
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    Tony Anthony
    Estimator

    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
    Estimator
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    Scott Pitts
    Estimator

    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
  • Dave Shableski
    Residential Project Specialist
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    Dave Shableski
    Residential Project Specialist

    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 loves living in the mountains with his wife Kristina and children, Jake and Kate.  They enjoy hiking and camping as a family as well as enjoying App State football in the Fall.

    Dave Shableski
  • Brent Lyons
    Superintendent
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    Brent Lyons
    Superintendent

    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
  • Cliff Baldwin
    Superintendent
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    Cliff Baldwin
    Superintendent

    Cliff brings residential and commercial experience to the team. He began his career in construction at an early age outside of Washington DC working on large scale multi-story projects. Cliff and his family decided to move to Boone, North Carolina to be closer to family, and they love the small town work and social culture. Cliff operated his own residential and light commercial contracting business for 16 years and recently joined the VPC team in order to be a part of an exciting company, while also having more time for family and activities. He enjoys about anything outdoors, but if stuck indoors will always choose racquetball.

    Cliff Baldwin
  • Jordan Mattar
    Project Manager
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    Jordan Mattar
    Project Manager

    Jordan was born and raised in Blowing Rock where he developed his love for the mountains.  He grew up building and tearing things apart.  His love of building and design led him to Appalachian State where he excelled in his degree of Construction Management with a minor in general Business.  After college he remained in the area and began his career in the commercial sector, he transitioned to the high end residential sector and joined the team at VPC.  Involvement in everything from industrial steam lines to custom vacation homes has given Jordan a deep knowledge of the construction and design industries.  He is focused on delivering a quality product on time and under budget.

    Jordan is a licensed general contractor in the state of NC.  He enjoys project development, planning, and design.

    Outside of work Jordan can be found around town with his wife and daughter.  If he’s not in the office he’s out hiking, looking at cars, or most likely skiing.

    Jordan Mattar
  • Nick Madrigal
    Carpenter
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    Nick Madrigal
    Carpenter

    Nick is a long standing member of the VPC Team and known as everyone’s right hand man. His upbeat personality is contagious and is just a pleasure to be around. Nick has been in the construction business for over 20 years and brings a great amount of knowledge to our team.

    In his spare time Nick enjoys spending time with his daughters, and renovating his home. He likes to stay busy and is continually looking to learn new skills.

    Nick Madrigal
  • Nick London
    Project Manager
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    Nick London
    Project Manager

    Nick was born and raised in the Boone area and has been working in the building industry for most of his life. He developed a love for creating at a young age and found old tools in his dad’s workshop which fueled his passion for construction. For many years, he pursued a career in timber framing and traveled around the U.S. cutting and installing timber.

    In his free time, he enjoys golfing, exploring the great outdoors, woodworking, and spending time with his family. He also has traveled overseas for several mission trips to aid in national disaster remediation over the years.

    Nick London
  • Casey Vincent
    Account Coordinator
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    Casey Vincent
    Account Coordinator

    Casey is a native of Boone, NC. She attended Appalachian State University and Catawba Valley Community College School of Dental Hygiene where she was the President of both the Dental School and the Community College. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist in NC and enjoyed a successful decade-long career in private practice here in the high country. Also, Casey is a sales executive at Ridge Runner Trading Company, a wholesale natural botanicas business her parents started in 2000.

    Casey married the love of her life, Matt Vincent, in 2016. Matt’s vision for growing VPC Builders and his passion for creating beautiful homes rubbed off on her. She is now an Account Coordinator and a team leader at VPC Builders. She generates leads, creates internal processes, onboards new hires, and supports accounting.

    Casey aspires to pursue a degree in Interior Design. Her hobbies include hiking with her German Sheppard Thor, fishing/boating, gardening, horseback riding, cooking, vacationing to new places, researching home design products, and playing with her two little boys Dean & Nash who love dinosaurs and tools, lots of tools!

    Casey Vincent
  • Cara Dehen
    Communications Coordinator
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    Cara Dehen
    Communications Coordinator

    Cara was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. As a lover of the outdoors, she migrated westward to attend Appalachian State University and enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains. She resides in Boone, NC with her husband Jon.

    She majored in Business Hospitality & Tourism Management but has always enjoyed working in the marketing and communications industry. Her hobbies include traveling, gardening, hiking, painting, and reading books on psychology and archeology.

    Cara Dehen
  • Andrew Dolan
    Superintendent
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    Andrew Dolan
    Superintendent

    Andrew Dolan was born and raised in Red Rock, TX. Andrew has been around building his whole life, beginning with helping his father build outbuildings at their home as soon as he was old enough to lift a hammer. The love for building has always been a part of his life and he considers himself extremely privileged to be able to do it for a living. 

    After attending Moody Bible Institute for Pastoral Studies, playing soccer for their college team, and working in Germany for two years, he returned to the states to coach soccer professionally for the next 11 years. However, the pull of his passion for building had Andrew returning to Texas where he spent the next two years learning many different aspects of the building industry both commercial and residential. Andrew and his wife decided to move to Boone to accept a job in timber framing and raise their growing family out of the Texas heat! He quickly became proficient in timber framing and has led crews up and down the east coast building everything from homes to theme park rides. 

    In Andrew’s free time he loves to run, play soccer, read a good book, build furniture, and spend time with his wife and three children.

    Andrew Dolan
  • Mike Peters
    Superintendent
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    Mike Peters
    Superintendent

    Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, Mike started his construction career early at the age of 15 and worked for a high-end framing company through his high school career. After being full time and gaining industry experience, he advanced to lead foreman of the framing crews. He spent eight years framing custom homes, historic remodels, and barn restorations. Following that, he was offered a position as an in-house finish carpenter for another custom builder.

    He continued to follow his career and pursuits which eventually led him to West Palm Beach, Florida. Mike, his beautiful wife, and two amazing children made Palm Beach home for four years where he became a superintendent for a premier builder. The multi-million dollar oceanfront homes that Mike managed, oversaw, estimated, scheduled, and completed have made their way into magazines such as Veranda and Coastal Living. To pass the time and to relieve the stresses of the South Florida building, Mike held a position on the weekends as a deck boss on a professional fishing charter boat.

    Mike and his family now reside in Ashe County, where he would frequently visit his family for summer vacations as a child. He enjoys the High Country lifestyle and continuing his career. In his free time, he plays guitar, hunts, fishes, fixes old cars, and hikes with his family and four dogs.

    Mike Peters
  • Lindsey Royle
    Interior Designer
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    Lindsey Royle
    Interior Designer

    Lindsey was born in Atlanta, GA, but having moved to Boone prior to high school, considers herself a full-fledged “Boonie”. Right after graduation she moved to the coast and graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelors’s degree in both Communication Studies and English. In the process of figuring it all out, she pursued a degree in Medical Sonography and practiced as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for many years. The mountains started calling when she became pregnant with her son, and she and her husband Drew moved home to raise their family.

    Interior Design has always been her passion and she studied at the New York Institute of Art & Design. For many years she worked as a designer “on the side” while working as a Sonographer and being a Mom to 2 little ones. Being able to practice design full time has always been a dream, and working with VPC Builders is the icing on the cake!

    In her free time, she loves to hang out with her husband and children, exercise, spend time with friends and family and always look for design inspiration in the day-to-day. She looks forward to creating with all of our clients!

    Lindsey Royle
  • Matt Mullins
    Superintendent
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    Matt Mullins
    Superintendent

    Matt was born and raised in Eastern Tennessee where he worked in local government for nearly 10 years and held leadership roles within his time there. Ever since Matt was young he has been passionate about the construction industry and loved being involved with projects. Matt has also spent over the last 10 years taking on and overseeing construction projects as well as handcrafting fine woodworking projects. He recently made the decision to leave local government and pursue his true passion for building homes full time.

    Matt is married to his school sweetheart and they currently have one beautiful daughter. In his spare time, he can be found in his woodshop working on furniture or cabinets, or spending time with his family trying new restaurants and new fun experiences.

    Matt is very excited to be a part of VPC and to continue to grow and learn within the industry.

    Matt Mullins
  • Carson Doub
    Project Manager
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    Carson Doub
    Project Manager

    Carson is a North Carolina native that grew up in Pfafftown, NC which is close to Winston Salem, NC.  She grew up learning and understanding the basics of construction from her family’s demolition and asbestos company in the Winston area. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in building science with a concentration in construction management and is thrilled to be a part of a construction company located in the High Country.

    Carson enjoys rock climbing, running, traveling, and generally anything that includes the great outdoors. She also loves taking her rescue dog Georgia hiking and to the VPC office. She is proud to be the only redhead of the office and excited to take on her new role as a project manager.

    Carson Doub
  • Devon Bell
    Project Manager
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    Devon Bell
    Project Manager

    Devon was born and raised in Virginia, living there for most of his life. He has always enjoyed building and working with his hands. His construction experience spans 20 years with 15 years of that running his own company until joining the VPC team. He has a passion for building log homes, timber framing, and aspires to build his own home one day. He chose to move to the High-Country because it was close to his family in Virginia and for the beauty of the mountains.

    His hobbies include “all things outdoors” including hunting, hiking, fishing, and camping. He enjoys spending time with his family and serving God. In his spare time, he can be found grilling, cooking, and gardening. Devon feels very blessed to be a part of the VPC team and the High-Country community.

    Devon Bell
  • 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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