Dependable, honest custom home builders for the Charleston area.


Local, family-owned business with deep roots in the Charleston area.


Small team of experts who value quality construction, honesty, integrity, and treating customers like family.


Able to build from your plans or ours with creativity and flexibility for true custom touches on a budget.


As a family-owned local business, we can offer clients the personal attention that is missing with large corporate builders. Our owner, Michael Rooke, is your project manager. Michael will personally oversee every aspect of your new home construction and ensures it stays within your budget.

Small or large, your project will have the benefit of Charleston’s most experienced and trusted new home construction professionals. We take pride in being part of the Charleston community. We enjoy supporting the community through charity and volunteer work. Our family has lived here for a long time, and we are committed to building homes that hold their value long-term.

We’ve Got You Covered

By the way, the last thing you want for your project is to find out that the contractor working on your property doesn’t have the proper insurance or licenses. It’s essential that your general contractor has ample worker’s compensation, property damage, and personal liability coverage. If something goes wrong, or someone is injured on a worksite, you could be held liable for damages. Rooke Custom Homes is fully insured and bonded, so we’ve got you covered.

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We are the most trusted, reliable, and affordable custom home builder in the Charleston, SC area.


Together we develop a budget and a reasonable time frame and put it in a contract that we all sign before we break ground or start any project. This is the Lowcountry, so there is an Act of God provision in the contract. Construction during a hurricane is not only dangerous, but not likely to produce a good finished project. Check with our references you’ll see that any delays are only due to nature or outside forces; otherwise we do what we say, when we say.

Terms are broken down in the contract and are based on progress with a completion date. Typically we take a deposit of 10% for materials, and the rest of the payments are determined beforehand. Once the work is completed to a pre-determined point, a pre-determined payment is made, with final payment due upon completion.

We are very blessed to say that over 50% of our customers come to us or are referred to us from customers we’ve built for in the past. When you check our references, you’ll learn why our homeowners are so loyal and enthusiastic about our work.

Permits are always required. We will obtain the permit, handle all inspections, make sure everything is built to code, and that the project and process satisfies all requirements to the letter of the law.

Important building materials are specified in our contract. All materials are covered, however, as substitutions are sometimes unavoidable (lots of bricks run out, for example, colors of materials are sometimes no longer made). We make it clear that an equal substitution will be made but only upon your approval. For items such as lighting fixtures or doorknobs that you have not chosen when the contract is signed, a budget is determined in the contract to cover exactly what will be spent on them.

A change order is a written statement signed by the customer authorizing the contractor to do additional work not included in the original contract. The change order should be signed before the additional work is started, but often it is not in order to keep the project moving. The amount specified is due when the project is completed. A change order also may be written when a contractor comes across any unforeseen damage or problem.