Our Company

May River Custom Home’s team approach, attention to detail, design capabilities and financial stability truly separates us from other builders in the Lowcountry.


May River Custom Homes is a family-owned and operated company founded by husband and wife, Jay and Jenny Nelson. Jay and Jenny founded May River Custom Homes with the same convictions of providing exceptional customer service while designing and building the ideal custom home for their clients in Bluffton and beyond. Jenny and Jay treat their clients as if they are extended members of the family because the couple understands that May River Custom Homes isn’t merely building rooms with a roof, but allowing someone’s dream home to become a reality … always keeping in mind that the home is where the heart is.


Jenny & Jay for webJay Nelson spent his summers as a young man working for his father’s contracting business in the Myrtle Beach area. This gave Jay an opportunity to learn the hands-on and managerial side of the construction industry. This experience fueled his desire to turn his summer job into a profession. Jay attended Georgia Southern University where he earned a Bachelors of Science and Technology in Construction Management with a minor in Business. Jay has called the Lowcountry home for many years and loves giving his customers a taste of its legendary comfort and style with every new home he builds in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

Jay’s wife, Jenny Nelson, always dreamed of turning her love of interior design into a career. Jenny’s passion for design led her to the Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Her experience and education has equipped her with a vast understanding of finishes, codes, current trends and plan design. Jenny’s calm and caring nature is refreshing in this industry and allows her to carefully walk the homeowners through the steps of building a new luxury home including choosing lighting, floors and other materials and colors.

Clients are amazed at how Jenny can pinpoint their style perfectly, while still designing a functional and livable space. She not only takes into account the homeowners’ style, but their lifestyle as well to ensure the space fits all their needs. Jenny is able to blend creativity and the latest design trends and innovations with elegant and classic touches to give her clients a place they can truly call home.

The caring couple has worked on a variety of projects in Bluffton, Savannah and on Hilton Head Island including new residential construction, major residential renovations and commercial construction.

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