Our Story


About Us

May River Custom Homes is a family-owned and operated company founded by husband and wife, Jay and Jenny Nelson. Jay and Jenny established 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, rather, allowing someone’s dream home to become a reality … always keeping in mind that the home is where the heart is.

Working with May River Custom Homes made our home building process very simple. We were building long-distance so needed to feel we could trust our builder to comply with our requests/specifications, keep us updated on progress as we couldn’t check on the project first-hand, and deliver a quality home in the end. May River fulfilled our expectations in every way and we love our new house. Jay and Jenny are a pleasure to work with.

JAY 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. Jay attended Georgia Southern University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science and Technology degree in Construction Management with a minor in Business. Jay has called the Lowcountry home for many years.

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, flooring, and other materials and colors.

Clients are amazed at how Jenny can pinpoint their style perfectly, while still designing a functional and livable space. 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.

This 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.


What We Do

May River Custom Homes has had the pleasure of working on a variety of building and construction projects in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Savannah, Georgia, including new residential construction as well as residential renovations and remodeling.

May River Custom Homes is a true custom home builder. Clients are offered the option of drafting their own plans with May River or using details and plans of previously built homes to shape the design of their dream home.

The team offers custom building touches such as panelized arches, coffered ceilings, crown moldings, paneling, wainscoting, built-ins, etc. However, each team member at May River Custom Homes understands the home isn’t just about finishes; it’s the family’s command center and should be designed as such. The team of builders and designers spend time getting to know clients in order to learn their lifestyle as well as the homeowners’ current and future needs.

Even if a new home isn’t in your near future or budget, May River Custom Homes can help you customize your living space to best fit your current and future needs. From kitchens to bathrooms and master suites, the talented team of designers and builders at May River Custom Homes can help you tap into the potential of your home … and turn it into the home of your dreams.

Whether May River Custom Homes is building for a young family of four or a couple who has been married for 40 years, the same level of quality and consideration is given. Besides the experienced builders and contractors, the team includes a design coordinator to assist customers with various decisions when it comes to the look, feel, and function of their new custom home. Jenny Nelson works with clients to ensure all of the selections for their home are made in an efficient and timely manner. She holds a degree in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Jenny’s combination of experience, formal education, and impeccable taste makes her an ideal partner to work with clients on developing the overall design and style of their newly constructed or renovated home as well as the finishes.

May River Custom Homes has a design/build capability that includes a collaborative effort between the client and the architect/designer using a team approach.

As the client, you will work with the entire team at May River Custom Homes in Bluffton to ensure every aspect of your home fits within your expectations and budget, from design and layout to finishing touches. The design charrette allows clients to consider efficient design possibilities as well as value-engineering suggestions by the team. This ensures that the client obtains house plans, specifications, and engineering and landscape plans that meet all community and building code requirements, whether they are building in a new home community in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, or beyond.

Once the design meeting is completed, May River Custom Homes prepares a budget for the project based upon the plans, architectural review board requirements for the home community, and design selections made by the client. When the budget is finalized, May River Custom Homes will provide you, the client, with a fixed-price contract. This process ensures the homeowners are delivered a professionally built home, within budget, while complying with community and building code requirements.