Bronze Award Winner
2020 Wake County Parade of Homes

Silver Award Winner
2018 Wake County Parade of Homes


“We moved to the Raleigh area the end of august and rented a townhouse in Holly Springs. At this time Gemstone just started building two houses in Fuquay Varina. However, we just signed a 6+ month lease and were not ready to buy. But we loved this house (and location) so much that we broke the lease and purchased it before it was finished and we moved in after the house won Silver in the 2018 Parade of Homes. Gemstone is truly a ‘custom builder’ with unique, perfect floorplans and a high level of design details like extensive, unique trimming, wainscoting, hardwood floors, finished garages etc. using high quality materials. But what is most impressive are the attributes of the house that you don’t find often in a house in this price range: High quality A/C units (Trane), carefully sealed and conditioned crawlspace (thus solving the damaging moisture problems most houses in NC have) and abundance of storage space.

‘Builders quality’ is often synonym for ‘cheap, entry level’ to make a house attractively priced, but with ‘Quality builders’ like Gemstone it mean you get the design, detail and quality many steps up from what to be expected in this price range. We live now about 2 months in our house and love every second of it. We had a short ’30 days’ list with repairs and adjustments and these were all solved in a single morning: very well coordinated and perfectly executed. I can’t praise Ken and Chris of Gemstone Builders enough: very ethical, professional, customer oriented builders! ”
‐ Fred and Irma

“This was our first time building a new home so we were worried about overlooking things and having issues that couldn’t be easily resolved.  Our experience could not have been better with Ken and Chris with Gemstone Homes.  They didn’t send other people to do their work.  Ken and Chris were there with us through every step.  They wanted the house to be as perfect as we did.  Their attention to details and working side by side with us was amazing.  We love our new home and recommend Gemstone to anyone thinking about building a beautiful new home. ”
‐ Tina and Mike

“I bought the first Gemstone house. I found it by chance, and I scheduled a time to see it in person as soon as possible. After walking through sixteen houses with my realtor and feelings unsure that I’d find the right fit for me, I KNEW this was the right house five steps into the walk through. The first thing that I noticed was the open floor plan. This is a well designed house. Very quickly I began to notice the details. All the details were done right. Nine foot ceilings, extra-deep eat-in counter, granite counter tops, brushed nickel hardware throughout the house, and an amazing deck. Ken and Chris are the kind of guys I want to do business with. They don’t cut corners! They do good, quality work. They take the time to explain their process and why they made the choices for each component in the house (flooring, cabinetry, lighting, etc.). On top of that, they provided me with a booklet for all of their vendors at closing, just in case I needed it for any reason. ”
‐ Kyle Mankes