FOUNDER & CEO
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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