Custom New Home Builders in Houston

A Rich Family History of Home Building

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Custom Home Builders in Houston, Bellaire & West University Place

Emerging from a multi-generational tradition of fine home building, Stone Acorn Builders is a family-owned and operated home construction company that has been building quality homes since 1999 in Houston – near town and inner loop, Bellaire, West University Place, Braes Heights, Meyerland, Medical Center, South Side Place, Memorial and Spring Branch. Sarah Lavine-Kass and Benjamin Lavine, a sister-brother team, are the creative and technical forces behind Stone Acorn Builders.

Sarah founded Stone Acorn Builders with the goal of creating a custom home building business that would offer clients a bespoke building experience. Sarah came to the home construction business via a career in law. She received her B.A. from Brown University, her M.I.A. from Columbia University, and her J. D. from the University of Chicago. After a short career practicing law in Houston and her own experience as a homebuyer, Sarah realized the importance of providing a client-centered home building experience grounded in customer service, attention to detail, creativity, and technical excellence.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University and working in management consulting, Benjamin joined Sarah and has been instrumental in making Stone Acorn Builders the quality construction company it is today. Benjamin is a Certified Graduate Builder and Graduate Master Builder, indicating that he has achieved the technical mastery essential to building only the highest quality home. His technical mastery and friendly, customer-centered focus make Benjamin an excellent partner for customers demanding the finest home building experience.

Both Benjamin and Sarah supervise every job – no intermediary superintendents are employed. From foundation to finish work, they pride themselves on their attention to detail. When you sign on with Stone Acorn Builders – either as a custom client or a spec home purchaser – you are signing on to a team that prides itself on quality, integrity, and customer service.

Southern Living Custom Builder Program

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Stone Acorn Builders was selected for membership in the prestigious Southern Living Custom Builder Program in 2009. Principals Sarah Lavine-Kass and Benjamin Lavine are one of just over 100 builders chosen from across the nation for the exclusive program. Southern Living carefully selects members based on their reputation among local businesses and consumers; strength of presence in their respective markets; superior quality and attention to detail; innovative style; financial stability; and customer service.

In 2012, Stone Acorn built the first Southern Living Showcase Home in Houston.   The home was toured by more than 3,500 guests and raised a combined $30,183 from admissions for the Friends of the Bellaire Library and Houston Center for Literacy.  Stone Acorn Builders was a finalist for Builder of the Year at the 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder Program Conference, and was honored in 2014 with the Program’s Cornerstone Leadership Award. 

Professional Memberships & Awards

1. Stone Acorn Builders' Memberships (view)
  • Board of Directors and Member of Southern Living Custom Builder Program 
  • Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) 
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 
  • Texas Association of Builders 
  • GHBA Custom Builders Council 
  • Board Member of Patrons of Bellaire Park
  • Project Advisory Team of Condit Elementary Rebuild
  • Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
2. Professional Designations (view)

Sarah Lavine-Kass and Benjamin Lavine are Certified Graduate Builders (CGB) and Graduate Master Builders (GMB); Sarah Lavine-Kass is also a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)

3. Stone Acorn Builders' Awards (view)
  • 2014 Southern Living Customer Builder Program Cornerstone Leadership Award 
  • Best of Houzz 2014 Design
  • Best of Houzz 2013 Design
  • 2013 Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year Finalist
  • 2012 Presented Houston’s First Southern Living Showcase Home 
  • 2009 Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase – 
    – 2nd place Best Design 
    – 2nd place Best Master Suite 
    – 2nd place Best Kitchen 
    – 2nd place Best Exterior
  • 2009 H Town Magazine – Voted one of Houston’s Top Custom Builders
  • 2008 H Town Magazine – Voted one of Houston’s Top Custom Builders 
  • 2007 H Town Magazine – Voted one of Houston’s Top Custom Builders 
  • 2006 Trees for Bellaire Preservation Award 
  • 2005 Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase
    – 3rd place Best Design
  • 2004 Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase 
    – 1st place Best Design
    – 1st place Best Master Suite 
    – 1st place Best Kitchen 
    – 3rd place Best Exterior