Hilton Head Custom Homes

HHCH LogoHilton Head Custom Homes is one of the coastal region’s most highly regarded home builders, crafting beautifully appointed Southern residences of distinction. Our award-winning team understands the unique attributes of the coastal lifestyle and brings a combined 50 years of homebuilding excellence and award-winning design experience to each residence we build. Our personal approach to client relationships begins with an idea or a dream, understanding the wants and needs of each client and committing to opening up every possibility to realize a unique vision. Through a dedicated hands-on approach and unrivaled demand for quality, we help our clients realize their dreams.

Our rich Lowcountry heritage and deep local roots nurture a new home design and construction process that exemplifies integrity and character.. It’s our sincere belief that every home – from modest to extravagant – should be built with the same attention to detail and commitment to quality.


Tim Franks, President

Mr. Franks’ extensive experience in the residential design and construction business spans 4 decades and many satisfied customers. He is personally involved with each client, and works closely with the entire Hilton Head Custom Homes team to ensure the design and construction, from concept to completion of the new home not just meets, but exceeds their clients expectations, of design, price, on-time completion and quality.

7 Time Lighthouse Awards Winner – Hilton Head Homebuilders Association


“After considering 2 other builders, we chose Hilton Head Custom Homes for their professionalism, integrity and very creative design ideas.  When we started the build process, we were still living in Maryland so Laura kept in contact frequently with updates including emailing pictures. We fell in love with the Hampton model and Tim was able to redesign the master bath to accommodate our mobility challenges and he added an indoor space for a workshop/storage area.  When you build a custom home, the choices you have to make can seem overwhelming but Laura has such a keen eye for color and design and made the process seem effortless (and saved me from a few design mistakes. Tim and Laura are very familiar with Hampton Lake’s ARB codes and made sure they were followed so we had no problems before, during or after the build.  Once we arrived in Bluffton, we were regularly updated and really enjoyed seeing our home being lovingly built from the foundation up. We would highly recommend HHCH to anyone considering building a home in Hampton Lake (or anywhere).  From the first meeting to the handing over of the keys, the entire team made the process appear seamless.   Our beautiful new home was delivered to us on time and on budget.  And….they don’t disappear after the house is finished!  They handled a couple of minor problems quickly and that is very reassuring to us.   They feel like family now!”

– Larry and Kathy Bourgard


“We researched various builders, and choosing Hilton Head Custom Homes (HHCH) was the best decision we ever made.  Our beautiful home was constructed on time, on budget, and surpassed our highest expectations.  Quality products and appointments were used throughout the home, and the craftsmanship is exceptional.
Tim Franks and Laura Lyons – Karrh spent considerable time and effort on our behalf before a contract was even signed, and their attentiveness continued throughout construction.  They carefully listened to our design preferences, and incorporated every aspect of our wish list into a truly custom home. Tim, Laura, and the entire HHCH team are a talented group of experienced, conscientious, and professional individuals.  They were a pleasure to work with, and our entire building process was a positive experience.  HHCH is very customer service oriented, and the attention to detail confirms HHCH’s commitment to its clients.  Honesty, integrity, and personalized service is not merely a slogan; it is their business practice. We are grateful to the HHCH team for their outstanding workmanship, and are privileged to call this lovely dwelling home.”

– Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cerutti


“This letter is long overdue to express our appreciation for the wonderful home you built us in Hampton Lake. One of the things we tell people when they ask about our building process is that Hilton Head Custom Homes did exactly what they promised and more, that is, build us a solid house in a timely, efficient manner.We hear stories from neighbors who’ve hired builders with nightmarish results, so we consider ourselves fortunate. Particularly as our house was built while we lived out of state and there were relatively few opportunities to inspect during the process. A trusting relationship is helpful under those circumstances. We thank Laura Lyons Karrh and Tim Franks for being helpful and providing personal attention during the building process and even afterwards by fixing a smoke detector that was acting up while we were away on a trip.We would, and do, recommend Hilton Head Island Custom Homes to any potential lot owner in Hampton Lake.”

– Gary and Kathy Shepherd

Laura Lyons Karrh

Broker, Custom Homes Specialist
843 290-4643
[email protected]

Design Center (by appointment only)
1110 Fording Island Road/Hwy 278 East
(between Kitties Crossing and Burnt Church Rd)
Bluffton, SC 29910


now open daily

summerlandThe Summerland

  • 3,231 Sq. Ft.
  • 3 – 4 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 – 4.5 Bath

The Summerland model can range from 3,231 sq ft up to 4,600 sq ft with a flexible design including up to five bedrooms and up to four and a half baths. Lowcountry-style exterior with options for a golf cart or third car garages. Open plan with generously sized great room and kitchen. Rear facing 2nd floor bonus room overlooking the lake or nature preserve. Amazing outdoor living spaces include grilling and screened porch with optional gas or wood-burning fireplace. Generous storage options throughout the home.

Other Concept Homes Plans

The HamptonHHCH-Hampton-Rendering

  • 2,725 Sq. Ft.
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 – 4.5 Bath

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The Hampton model features a Lowcountry exterior with options for golf cart and 3rd car garages, inside is an open floor plan with large great room (with vaulted, coffered, or tray ceiling options), kitchen, formal dining and breakfast nook. Open plan with large great room and kitchen. Large bonus room over garage can have optional 4th bath.


  • 2,999 Sq. Ft.
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Bath

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Lowcountry exterior with options for golf cart and 3rd car garages. Open plan with generously sized great room, formal dining room, and kitchen featuring double islands. Grilling porch and screened porch with optional gas or wood burning fireplaces for great room and/or screen porch.



The Dillon

  • 2,688 Sq. Ft.
  • 2 – 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 – 3.5 Bath

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The Dillon model offers lots of options including 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths or den/2 bedrooms/2.5 baths on 1st floor. Lowcountry-style exterior with options for golf cart and 3rd car garages. Open floor plan with generously sized great room, kitchen and butler’s pantry. Dining room has panoramic view windows. Rear facing 2nd floor bonus room overlooking the lake or nature preserve has the option of an additional full bath. Screened/Covered Porch with an optional gas or wood-burning fireplace. Generous storage options throughout the home.

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