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"We could not imagine a more thorough, reliable and honest builder than Brian Robards."

"We would build a home with Brian again in a heartbeat, and would recommend him enthusiastically and without reservation to any potential customer."

"Brian Robards, the man, the builder, is in a league of his own. He merits our highest recommendation without reservation."

Choosing to build your home with Brian Robards Custom Homes is a decision you will never regret. You can feel confident that Brian and his team will build your dream home while also ensuring the process is a smooth one — from design through move-in. BRCH has mastered the art of building a custom home while involving the homeowner every step of the way.


Brian worked collaboratively with us from day one; he understood what we wanted as homeowners and as a result recommended several on-site design changes that proved invaluable to us.


Brian takes great pride in building a quality house from top to bottom; using only quality materials, outstanding suppliers and meticulous craftsmen. Brian treated our home as if it were his own, uncompromising down to the smallest of details. And, he stands behind his product. Four years later, we know that Brian will respond to any question or concern we might have — no matter how minor.


Building a custom home can often be stressful and demanding, but we can honestly say that was not the case with when building our home. Not only was our end result extremely rewarding but the building process was truly fun. We love everything about our house and very proud to say that our builder was Brian Robards Custom Homes.

- The Carpenters

Building a dream home is a very personal thing. People have often asked us, would you build with Brian Robards Custom Homes again? We always said that we would, but didn't think we would get the opportunity because we just loved the house we built with them. We now have that opportunity ... and are choosing Brian again.


Building your dream home with someone the first time is an act of faith. Choosing to do so again is a deliberate act.


Brian was extremely careful with the build, paid attention to all the little things most people won't ever see in a house. The workmanship was of the highest quality, and he has a great eye for details (we really appreciated his artistic insight). He earned our complete trust, dealing with us honestly and openly on the budget.


He and his wife, who manages the office, were easily approachable, accurate, and understanding. Would we build again with Brian Robards Custom Homes? We would, and we are.

Drs. David and Renee Pinsky

The opportunity to build a home at near retirement age was forced on us after ours burned completely down. So, this was not an opportune time to take chances or exceed a budget. We interviewed numerous builders and Brian Robards was the clear choice as he instantly won our trust. We have never regretted that decision, the relationship that has developed, and the uniquely beautiful and extremely high-quality home that addressed all of our dreams and that we marvel at daily.


Reflecting on what makes Brian Robards so successful as a custom home builder, 4 characteristics of the man come to mind: 1. Honesty and integrity, 2. Hearing the voice of the customer and addressing the small but ultimately important things, 3. Focusing on high quality from his subcontractors and doing things right, whatever that takes, and 4. Contributing his own creative suggestions that improve the awe factor as well as the functionality of the build. Brian Robards, the man, the builder, is in a league of his own. He merits our highest recommendation without reservation.

- Dr. Richard and Cheryl Zarbo

Brian Robards is honest, fair, and transparent.  He has fantastic sub-contractor relationships that he has nurtured over the years.  They all speak highly of him.  His sub-contractors often told me, “You are lucky to have him” and they were right.


He is extremely creative and shares his ideas- great ideas- while also listening to your vision of the project.  Brian also worked very well with our designer.  Brian always answers his phone.  He addresses issues that arise quickly, and competently even after he had completed our project.


Our remodel is everything we envisioned it to be and more!

We feel blessed to have had Brian, and his crew work on our home.


- Dawn & Jeff Williams

We feel fortunate to have been able to work with Brian. We completely developed approximately 4,000 square feet of lower level space into an amazing area that included a “5 star” recreational area, an extraordinary wine room, bedroom, bath and due to Brian’s innovative talents designed an “over the top” Christmas room that is not only unique, it is the show stopper of our beautiful home.


His attention to detail and not allowing us to make costly mistakes remains upper most in our minds. Would absolutely recommend Brian for any project being considered!


- Marv and Elise-Benedict Howard, CEO University Moving & Storage Co

I cannot imagine a house that Brian Robards would not be qualified to build.


From the most high-end home to a simple kitchen remodel, you will not find someone who is more dedicated, focused, will pay more attention to detail, or more honest than Brian.


He is a delight to work with and takes personal pride in everything he does. Brian's staff of subcontractors have the same work ethic and devotion to quality that he holds..and demands. To Brian, building a house is not just a job it is creating a home you will love for a lifetime.


- Julie Dunning, President, Dunning Toyota

Building a house is an enormous undertaking, a project like no other, where you may explore your own creativity and ability to create your own very individual home or, if you’d rather leave the creative details to your builder. With either option you need a builder that IS creative. Brian Robards is truly that person. Brian collaborated seamlessly with our architects, both in structural aspects and creative aesthetics.

Neither my husband nor I tend to relinquish design control, which is why we found it particularly amazing that we constantly looked to Brian for his input and, quite honestly, the final word on decisions. Additionally, Brian was eager to incorporate our ideas such as making windows larger or even adding windows where there had been none. We

were a team and Brian’s pride and excitement about every little detail was simply a joy. His ability to imagine a house as it sits on the site, the light that will come through windows and the views from within, is impeccable. For our project he created a staircase that became a central functioning piece of art. The blueprints created by our architects were stunning but our home would not be what it is without Brian’s creativity and ability to imagine.


My husband and I had the slight misfortune of building a house during Covid, which meant there were added stressors with our particular project. But Brian is a master of soothing frazzled, nervous clients. It’s inconceivable to us how stressful our project must have been for Brian, however, his stress never trickled down to us. Throughout extreme challenges of the broken supply chain, Brian just kept pivoting in order to keep our construction moving forward. The team of tradesmen Brian orchestrated moved seamlessly with him, throughout the rather extraordinary circumstances.


Building a house is not for the faint of heart but it is an amazing process to be a part of and with Brian Robards’ vision and his incredibly gifted team of tradesmen you will witness blueprints becoming something extraordinary and a home you will absolutely love! 


- Alison Holland and Fred Ferrand

I had talked to several builders before meeting Brian Robards of Brian Robards Custom Homes. I had my first meeting with Brian and he was the most informative and knowledgeable builder that I spoke with. I was most impressed with Brian not only for being a builder, but his skills when far beyond that. I did not have to deal with an architect or custom decorator with Brian, he knew how to do it all.


One of the most important and commendable attributes of Brian is his ability to listen to his customer.


He offered exactly what I was looking for and his portfolio of the kitchens he had done was amazing. Knowing this I knew he was the builder for me. The ease of having one person handle every detail for me was a huge bonus. The budget that was set was exactly what we paid; and the time period he set was exactly as he promised. Every single person Brian had working in our home could not be more professional or courteous and every single day the job site was cleaned up afterwards. The end result was a kitchen that should be on the cover of a magazine!


I cannot say more good things about my experience with Brian and I will definitely be ready to call Brian Robards Custom Homes for my next project.


- Debbie Crispin, Co-Owner, Bill Crispin Chevrolet

It can be overwhelming to build a custom home! However, with the experience and expertise of Brian Robards driving the process start to finish, we had a great working partner who delivered our dream home.  On the construction site, Brian’s subcontractors took great pride in their craftsmanship and truly loved working on a Robard’s home. Brian’s design sense and attention to detail led him to incorporate several ideas that were not in the architectural plans.  Brian also was easy to work with when we had certain questions or suggestions- and often our discussion would create a new option we hadn’t thought of before. The result was a one-of-a-kind custom home that we absolutely love.  For those looking to build their dream home, we cannot recommend Brian enough.

- Jeff and Anne Kittendorf

Dear Brian:  We want to thank you, your wife Jodi, and the entire personnel who worked under your direction for the excellent workmanship in the extensive renovations made in our home. We had a vision for the renovations which reflected our European upbringing and are thankful that you respected and incorporated our ideas.


Not only you adapted to our taste for modernizing the bathroom and kitchen but you provided crucial modifications and great input for the design and reconstruction of our home.


We always were comfortable asking questions and felt our input was always considered in the plan. We have received so many compliments from our friends and family on the looks and craftsmanship of the renovations in the main floor and the basement project. Now we are enjoying every day the outstanding final result of our collaboration. We could not be happier. Again, many thanks.



- Dr. Jose and Paloma Jalife

We thought we knew everything about a house and what a luxury, high-end home should be, especially after going to so many home shows and visiting with local, high name, luxury home builders. Then we met Brian Robards. Brian started with giving us an education on craftsmanship and showed us firsthand what luxury should be in the building of a custom home. He then went further when we chose his company to build our dream home, by building it with the care and attention that Michelangelo gave to painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.


Brian and, his wife and business partner, Jodi provided us with an amazing experience in building our dream home, and their commitment to excellence and customer service felt like staying at a five-star resort.


They took care of everything and made sure that any and every detail was covered throughout the entire building process. Today, we have one of the finest built homes in the world that is truly unique and magnificent; a home that is living and breathing with quality craftsmanship and exceptional beauty. We’ve heard all the stories about the challenges of building a home, and we are delighted to say that our experience with Brian and Jodi has been breathtakingly amazing.


Our next home will be a Brian Robards home, and we are looking forward to working with Brian and Jodi again on another dream home.


- Fidel and Nancy Galano

Brian Robards and his teams are very focused on details and doing things right both from function and aesthetics. Not only is Brian a great craftsman himself, but he has really great ideas. We redid our entire first floor including kitchen, powder room and mudroom. Although we worked with an architect for the big picture and a kitchen designer for details, we found Brian often was the one who came up with solutions to the problems that stumped the rest of us.


Brian always took the time to meet with us to go over our selections, never rushed us and always explained why things had to be done in a certain way. If he thought we were making a bad choice, he took the time to discuss with us our options and make sure we were making the decision that was truly best for us and our needs. Now that the project is done, we can see he was right every time. If he felt things hadn’t been done right, they got fixed with no hassle to us.


Bottom line, Brian helped us make our home beautiful and unique. He created and improved designs, implemented with quality and craftsmanship, and always was a professional.


- Greg and Julie Miller

The renovation of our home was quite extensive, involving nearly the entire house. We were somewhat anxious about choosing a contractor given the scope of the project. We heard a number of good things about Brian from local realtors, and upon meeting Brian, we both were impressed by his knowledge and relaxed friendly manner. The house turned out just as we had hoped, and we have been delighted with the work.


Visitors to our home, including friends with construction backgrounds, have routinely commented on the excellent quality of the work, especially the beautiful finish carpentry. If we ever needed another builder in the future we would happily work with Brian and his crew again.


- Drs. Edward and Allison Kreske

It was a true pleasure to work with the Brian Robards Custom Homes on our house renovation. Brian is straightforward, pleasant, low-key, easy to contact, readily available for consultation, and crisp in his follow-up. As the owner of the company, Brian takes charge and is personally hands-on with the projects and his crew. We especially appreciated the fact that when Brian ran into the unexpected, he would find a modest way to address the issue. He simply didn’t allow small things to become big things and to impede forward progress.


Brian and his wife Jodi set the tone for their crews. They were knowledgeable, personable and did exceptional quality work.


They paid attention to details in places we never would have seen, like making sure insulation was installed in every nook and cranny. The subcontractors showed up when they said they were coming and always left the site clean at the day's end, respecting that fact that we were living in our home during the renovation. These are the sorts of behaviors that make renovation a true pleasure rather than a painful experience.


- Gerry and Lizann Anderson, CEO, DTE Energy

We could not imagine a more thorough, reliable and honest builder than Brian Robards. He was in our corner every step of the way and even now, 4 years later, he comes by at a moment’s notice.


He and his wife and partner, Jodi, are completely organized and work with the best craftsmen and suppliers.


Danny is a paraplegic who uses a wheelchair, so we had many extra challenges. Brian was on top of every issue, from our elevator to turning radius concerns to counter and toe kick heights. By being so thorough, he saved us from making errors that would have made the house less usable for Danny. We recommend Brian wholeheartedly and without hesitation.


- Danny and Lynn Heumann

We have been working with Brian Robards Custom Homes for the last 5 years, on multiple projects. We’ve been very impressed with the personalized attention given every step of the way. Brian and his construction team are the best of the best, top notch! Never sacrificing quality or workmanship.


Brian is not only a wonderful businessman and genuinely nice guy, but he’s also very accommodating, professional and a master of his trade. Whatever, you can dream up, Brian Robards custom homes can make it happen. Brian’s great work ethic and enthusiasm are always present both on and off your project. He’s also a great visionary -helping you see the potential in the detailed personalized planning of your project. He’s always there to help in any way when you call him, which is so important to us in our busy lives.


Brian Robards Custom Homes is a family affair, with each member being so pleasant and helpful always. Would highly recommend Brian and his team for any home project, big or small.


- Lisa & Asi Sheikh, Owner, Perfect Pizza Pie Inc., Executive Vice President-Domino’s Pizza

We really loved working with BRCH (Brian & Jodi) and would highly recommend them for your custom home.  In deciding on a builder, it was important for us to choose a local independent builder that could offer us personalized attention, quality, and craftsmanship. Brian was all of that and more! His attention down to the finest details and commitment to quality are what set him apart from other builders. He was a trusted partner that not only understood our vision but brought additional creative ideas to deliver the home of our dreams.  From the design phase through completion and beyond, there was open communication.  Brian was always involved and available for consultation at any time.  In working with BRCH our experience was excellent and we would choose BRCH again for our next home.

- Sincerely, Dr. Daryl & Jill DePestel

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