“Personal contact and the needs of the Homeowners always come first.”



Bart Jones, a Las Vegas native and brother to Steve Jones, joined Merlin Custom Home Builders in June 1994. By 1998, Merlin’s growth required Bart to move from field supervision to the office. He became the CFO and managed the evolution of Merlin’s transition to a technologically advanced company while still focusing on the priority of keeping personal contact with the homeowners.

Bart fully supports Steve’s vision for Merlin and is honored to work with his brother to carry out the family legacy of building exceptional quality homes in Southern Nevada. Bart continues to play a key role in making sure that Merlin Custom Home Builders balances both the needs of a rapidly growing company while maintaining the company’s commitment to putting customer’s needs first.

Bart graduated with honors in 1975 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), receiving a Bachelor of Arts and Letters degree. He then left the desert for the tropics and spent nearly 20 years owning, managing, and marketing agricultural businesses, and developing facilities for processing agricultural products on the beautiful island of Hawaii. While managing over 500 acres of orchards and other operations in the 1980s and 1990s, Bart worked with the Farm Bureau as well as the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and personally created and managed the Low In-Put Sustainable Agriculture Project for Hawaii. The project brought organic and sustainable farmers together with University of Hawaii scientists to develop scientific protocol for such practices.

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“Every detail matters, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Perfection is expected and nothing less will suffice.”



Steve Jones is at the pinnacle of his career. Merlin was recently named the 2017 National Custom Home Builder of the Year by the NAHB and has no intentions of slowing down. Steve understands the strength of the next generation and teaches the art of custom home building to his team in a way that will ensure a 3rd generation of builders. Steve envisions that Merlin will be building Custom Homes for his clients’ families for generations to come.

Steve started by building houses with friend, journeyman builder, and mentor, Audie Coker. Audie was a true perfectionist and imparted that same wisdom to Steve, who willingly embraced the philosophy. Steve spent years learning the art of custom home building from Audie. Every detail mattered, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Perfection was expected and nothing less would suffice.

When Audie retired in 1989, Steve secured his General Contractor License and created Merlin Custom Home Builders. Merlin began building unique custom homes throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Subcontractors were carefully chosen for their work quality and professional reputation. Steve created lasting relationships with the best subcontractors in Las Vegas, many of whom still work for Merlin today.

Steve Jones built Merlin on a commitment to maintaining the highest quality building standards and treating people with integrity, respect, and compassion. This is exemplified in the fact that numerous multi-million dollar homes were realized with a handshake rather than a contract.

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 have two sons.

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