Capehart & Washburn, LLC General Contractors

BEST OF THE BEST Home Builder in Watauga County

April 7, 2016.  Boone, NC - Local general contractors, Capehart & Washburn, LLC (C&W) are proud to announce the recognition received today as Best of the Best Home Builder in Watauga County.  At the Watauga Democrat event, where roughly 300 people were in attendance, dozens of small businesses in Watauga County were awarded the Best of the Best in a host of categories.  

Over the past couple months, Watauga Democrat readers filled out ballots published in the newspaper, selecting their favorites in over 100 categories.  The recognition of these businesses is a testament to quality products and services, as well as their integrity and community involvement.

“We are very excited to have received this honor,” says parnters Matt (Capehart) Long and Phil Washburn.  “With the economic downturn and housing hit particularly hard, it has been a rough go the past several years, but we have worked to seek constant improvement in our homes, renovations, and so much more.” says Phil Washburn.  “We are passionate about what we do and as a result, the quality in which we do it.  We want to truly thank all of those who cast a ballot for us - we are truly grateful!”

Phil Washburn & Matt (Capehart) Long have been partners for nearly a decade, having weathered the tough times, but have taken that opportunity to sharpen their pencils and learn ways to do more with less.  “Even through the tough times, we have worked to improve and grow upon what we do.  The fact we have received this recognition as Best of the Best Home Builder could not have come at a better time.  Just last year, we opened up our new office and showroom to really launch our growth strategy and provide a one-stop-shop for our clients.  This award is special to us - we have worked hard to get here, but there is a lot more to come.”  Matt also added, “Thank you to all who voted for us - our goals are to always get positive feedback from our clients when the job is done.”

Capehart & Washburn, LLC is a General Contractor headquartered in the heart of Boone, North Carolina.  The company provides a one-stop-shop to its clients by offering full turn-key construction services including design-build work for mountain style and log cabin homes, kitchen and bath cabinetry, in-house electrical, garage doors and more.  For more information, see .  

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August 7, 2015. Boone, NC 

Local Custom Builder Expands Operation in Light of Improving Economy

Local general contractors, Capehart & Washburn, LLC (C&W) announce their expansion of products and services offered at their new office location in the Southgate Shopping Center next to Walmart (two doors up from Coyote Kitchen).

Partners for nearly a decade, Matthew Capehart Long & Phil Washburn have long wanted to enhance the customer experience by offering more of a one-stop-shop for their construction clients. As proven builders and remodelers, they are expanding to include full design services, a log home division, a full service kitchen and bath division and showroom, a licensed electrician, garage doors, as well as a landscaping and grading division. Long says, “Economic conditions and the demand for new homes and renovation projects is really improving. We have survived the recent challenging times and are in the position to offer clients an expanded array of products and services all in one location. Not to mention, by having more control over more aspects of the build, we can save our clients money and better control project schedules.”

The numerous pieces and parts of the build process that C&W can now offer in-house will, “simply make for an overall less stressful and more productive customer experience,” says Long. “Technology has improved to allow more sophistication in our computer-aided-design. Our Chief Architect software 3D renderings and ‘fly-throughs’ really allow the client to see and better understand a floor plan or design concept earlier in the decision making process and before construction begins,” says Washburn.

C&W have partnered with Jeremy Bertrand, who will be handling their new log home division. Jeremy comes with 5 years experience at Log Homes of America (Jefferson, NC) as their National Sales Manager, and previously as the Executive Director of the Log Homes Council at the National Association of Home Builders. “One of the biggest challenges for many log home clients is they are forced to coordinate with too many parties to get their home built, causing confusion and frustration. With this partnership, we handle the design, log package, cost estimating, and full turnkey construction of the home all in one location with one point-of-contact.” 

The C&W Kitchen & Bath division offers a full cabinet line, as dealers for Wellborn Cabinetry. Wellborn is a state of the art cabinet manufacturer located in Ashland, Alabama, who guarantees a 3-4 week turnaround time from order to receipt, with over 30,000 options of species type, grain patterns, color variation and textures for every room, home, budget and imagination. C&W’s office showroom also displays concrete options by Andy McDaniel of BDWG Concrete Studio, granite by High Country Stone and Cambria quartz countertop options. 

High Country native, John R. Lawrence III, is C&W’s licensed electrician. John handles all electrical projects from service calls to new construction wiring and has over 20 years experience in the electrical trade.

Also within the C&W umbrella is Clay Boykin who is heading up the Grading and Landscape division. Clay and his crew can handle everything from clearing, grading and excavation, retaining walls, and residential or commercial landscape design and construction. Clay is a seasoned landscaper who says, “Landscape design is such a big part of the overall home building experience. With C&W’s design services, our marriage will only add to the ease of the one-stop-shop experience for our clients.”

Partners Matt Long and Phil Washburn came together at the height of the housing boom in 2007, partnering to launch their construction company in the residential and commercial sectors. “It was not an easy start,” says Long… “shortly after our partnership, the housing market took a significant nose dive, so we really had to sharpen our pencils and operate as efficiently as possible.” Those tougher years were the building blocks for the expanded options now offered, conveniently in one location. Both Matt & Phil have served as Presidents of the local High Country Home Builders Association.

Capehart & Washburn, LLC invites local and seasonal residents in to see their new headquarters and showroom as they officially open the doors on August 10th.