About Merlin Custom Home Builders

Our family has been building in Southern Nevada since 1931; starting back when the Jones family settled in the Las Vegas Valley to help build the Boulder (Hoover) Dam. The next generation was born with building in their blood. In fact, in 1989, after spending years gaining practical construction wisdom and developing a belief in absolute perfection, Steve Jones founded Merlin Custom Home Builders.

Over time, the Merlin name became synonymous with unique custom home building. Our reputation for impeccable quality, honesty, and reliability has opened many doors. We were recently awarded the prestigious National Custom Home Builder of the Year 2017 by the NAHB. We have also been honored to build a home for the “Street of Dreams” at MacDonald Highlands, as well as The New American Home 2004®. We have the distinction of building custom homes for two past presidents of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association and for many top gaming and corporate executives in Las Vegas.

Our team provides an extraordinary level of personal service – the kind that is expected and appreciated by our unique clientele.

Merlin also understands every detail needed to build a breathtaking living environment with a timeless design that maximizes views and the full potential of each property. We have systems and procedures in place, including personal visits, checklists, calls, emails, and reports to ensure your project stays organized and on track. Clients receive detailed, customized accounting reports each week which address every budget line item, additional work authorization (change orders), weekly billings, and projected costs. Merlin also provides clients with timelines, drop-dead dates for decisions, and cash flow projections. For logistical convenience, our superintendents have field computers, smart phones, and tablets to manage digital communications and keep everyone in sync.

Merlin has the staff, years of experience, and resources to orchestrate complicated design elements and technologies so you can enjoy this exciting and creative process.


The Jones family settled in Las Vegas in the early 1930s. Steve Jones, born in 1949, had the unique opportunity to grow up with the city. After attending college at the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve finished his studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He married Anne Rose Keegel, a third-generation Nevadan, in 1976 and they soon had two sons.

Our Team

The Merlin Custom Home Builders team provides an extraordinary level of personal service – the kind that is expected and appreciated by our unique clientele. When someone engages Merlin Custom Home Builders to build a home, they are treated professionally and respectfully every step of the way. We do everything in our power to ensure the project unfolds smoothly and that the experience is as positive, exciting and stress free as possible.

MacDonald Highlands


Merlin has over 30 years of experience building Custom Homes in Las Vegas. We have been honored to design, build, and remodel nearly 200 spectacular homes and estates ranging from $1 Million to $25 Million.  Our Clients’ appreciation for the craftsmanship, creativity, and commitment we lavish on their homes is evident in the referrals given to family, friends, and business associates.


We are honored to work with industry-leading Architects and Interior Designers to make your dream home possible. Steve, Bart and the Merlin Custom Home Builders Team have developed strong, long-lasting relationships with their partners over the last 30 years.

Private Residence At Southern Highlands Chess Set
Custom Home At Macdonald Highlands Bathroom Vanity

Clients & Testimonials

We have been honored to work with some of the finest families in the Las Vegas Valley. Their appreciation of the quality craftsmanship, creativity and commitment we lavish on their homes is evident in the referrals given to family, friends and business associates.

Awards & Associations

View the many distinctive Awards that Merlin Custom Home Builders has been proud to receive over the years. We have recently received the National Custom Home Builder of The Year Award for 2017.

Custom Home At Macdonald Highlands Bar And Sitting Area
Custom Home and Pool House at The Ridges Living Room

Press & Media

Merlin Custom Home Builders has been featured in a multitude of renowned national publications throughout the years. We invite you to browse the pages of our personal favorites.


Merlin Custom Home Builders was founded on one important goal – to construct homes of the highest quality. From that singular idea evolved a guiding philosophy: to treat our clients, our team, the community and everyone we meet, with integrity, respect, compassion and all the best we have to offer. This is our unwavering commitment.

Custom Remodel at Mandarin Oriental Penthouse

Community Contribution

Our team believes in giving back to the community by volunteering, supporting, organizing, donating to, and even founding worthy local causes. One of Steve Jones’ most notable contributions is being a founding and board member (1996 to 2007) of the Boys Hope Girls Hope group home.

Green Building

Thinking green and promoting energy conservation has been a constant at Merlin Custom Home Builders since 1989. While developing each budget for Merlin Custom Home Builders’s homes, we have the expertise to advise clients of the options, opportunities, costs and benefits of green building.

Private Residence At The Enclave Tournament Players Club Back of House