Keystone Custom Homes is one of the top 100 home builders in the nation, ranked by the industry's leading trade journal, Builder Magazine, and is the first builder ever to be named America's Best Builder three times by Builder Magazine in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders, a 200,000-member trade organization. America's Best Builder is considered the most prestigious award that a home builder can achieve.
Distinguished as the area’s largest independent homebuilder, Keystone Custom Homes builds homes throughout Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland.
Keystone Custom Homes' success is driven by the simple philosophy to build above and beyond for customers, fellow team members and the global community.
Reflecting the company's core values, a percentage from each Keystone Custom Homes sale goes to HOPE International, a non-profit charitable network of microfinance institutions founded by Keystone Custom Homes CEO, Jeff Rutt, in 1997 in Lancaster, Pa. Only 13 years later, the now worldwide organization currently serves over 265,000 active clients. By providing small business loans and basic business training, HOPE empowers individuals to defeat poverty while preserving dignity. Because poverty disproportionately affects women and their children, HOPE International concentrates over 80 percent of its efforts on women. Jeff Rutt's ongoing leadership of HOPE earned him the national Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award in 2008.
"It's all about value" says Jeff. “We have a philosophy of always giving the customer great value and great service. These ideas are the foundation of our success — and everyone who works with our team knows how we do things."
Jeff continues -- "We go to great lengths to make sure that our customers have an unforgettable experience when they build with us. We offer thousands of options so each home is customized to meet the specific needs of the customer, and our quality control process is incredibly detailed. We check over two thousand different items on every home and we back the whole thing up with a twenty-year warranty. We love what we do... we love making our customers happy."
Jeff Rutt and his wife, previously dairy farmers, owned and operated a 200 acre farm in Lancaster County, Pa. After a decade of hard work and 100 hour weeks in dairy farming, Jeff decided to change careers. "I looked for something with lower risk and fewer hours" Jeff says with a straight face. "So I got into home building".
Although he is now more than 15 years removed from the dairy farm, its legacy lives on in the strategies and corporate culture of Keystone Custom Homes. The head of this young firm takes a frugal approach to everything from scrap lumber to office space. In farming, you need three things: efficiency, perseverance and a positive attitude. Those are the same qualities you need to succeed in home building.
After spending several years as a Realtor working with builders to buy and develop land, Jeff Rutt started Keystone in 1992. In the first six months they sold 12 homes and have continued to grow ever since.