Meet Your Builder

The Owners

The Lewes Building Company, owned by John and Kathleen Leebel, offers design-build services for people interested in building high-quality custom homes at the Delaware beaches.

The goal of The Lewes Building Company is to provide custom homes that consistently exceed the expectations of our clients. We believe that architectural design and detail and the finishes in a home are as important as the structural components. Every project is an owner-managed build and construction flows in an efficient, controlled and logical fashion which allows us to deliver premier custom homes with unprecedented value.



John has extensive experience in homebuilding and spent 10 years early in his career with two nationally recognized luxury homebuilding companies: NV Homes and Toll Brothers. He has specialized field training in production, scheduling, and subcontractor management as well as large-scale project management experience in costing, contracting, and budgeting. The communities under his management were recognized for superior cost control and excellent overall budgeting. In 2008 one of the communities under his management won the prestigious “Resort Community of the Year” Regal Award by the Home Builders Association of Delaware.

Convinced that they could implement these established business processes from production homebuilding within a custom home building model, John & Kathleen have designed a system that allows for delivery of high quality custom homes at unprecedented value.


Our Building Process

The Lewes Building Company makes the home building experience a personal and enjoyable process. Our business model is founded on an owner-managed build and direct communication with the client. Your home is a financial investment, as well as an investment of your time and creativity. Clients work directly with the owners of the company for design, selections, and budgeting. Daily on-site owner management maximizes quality control and minimizes construction delays.

Because The Lewes Building Company limits the number of homes started each year, we are able to provide our clients with personal attention and superior construction management. We are unique because we implement the same models of construction costing, contracting, and scheduling used by long-standing home building companies from the national arena. These business practices combined with owner-managed construction, use of high-quality products, and access to craftsmen is why The Lewes Building Company is the only small custom builder in the area that can offer impressive build times, lasting value, and exceptional quality.


Stage One

Home Site Selection: Our home site selection assistance includes a consultation to optimize your home’s position on the building lot. We also discuss low-impact site development, erosion control and any future hardscaping or landscaping ideas that may affect how your home is sited.


Stage Two

House Design and Floor Plan Selection: Bring your own plans or allow us to help you design a home. How do you live? Will there be changes in your family or lifestyle? These are all questions we use to help you choose or modify a plan. We work with local architects and designers and also have pre-selected home designs from leading architectural firms including Frank Betz, Don Gardner, Stephen Fuller, and Southern Living.


Stage Three

Construction: Proper construction management begins with selections, budgeting, and project scheduling. The Lewes Building Company works with you on your selections and provides you with a budget and a construction timeline. We schedule regular meetings during construction and specifically address any change orders that may arise.


Stage Four

Settlement Service: For custom home clients, our settlement procedures include punch list management, a pre-settlement demonstration, a one year home warranty, and varying 2 year mechanical warranties. You can rest assured knowing your home is backed by 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty – the best home warranty in the industry.


The Lewes Building Company is committed to be an industry-recognized residential builder and contributor to the values of quality and innovative home building. We remain ahead of the curve in home construction, utilizing new technologies and exploring innovative home features that result in a better built and more cost-effective energy-efficient home.