Never Goes Out of Style
Kingswood Custom Homes offers a legacy of top-flight construction standards in bespoke homebuilding and extensive home renovations. Serving the Carolinas and environs from offices in Charlotte and Kiawah since 1996, the company has its roots in England, where founder Peter Leeke and his wife Louise had successful practices in the building and design industries. Lauded today for its articulate and comprehensive project organization, dedication to craft, exceptional white glove service, keen environmental concern, and expert and creative design capability, Kingswood is committed to the highest caliber process and final result. Astute clients and their architects can be assured of a beautiful home built to delight and inspire for generations.
Who Believe in Your Home
Founder Peter Leeke’s vision for Kingswood is one of deep integrity, nurtured relationships, and a passion for building and craft. A staff of 14—including skilled managers, talented designers, and field supervisors who are licensed contractors in North and South Carolina—represent 300 years of collective experience and personalized service. The Kingswood team upholds a high bar in all they do: listening, anticipating needs, respecting schedules and budgets, and maintaining currency in the shifting worlds of technology, engineering, and materials.
Founder & President | Charlotte
Peter Leeke founded Kingswood Custom Homes with his wife, Louise, in 1996 when they moved their family to Charlotte, North Carolina from London, England. Prior to the Leekes’ relocation to the United States, Peter ran a successful homebuilding and development enterprise, which built award-winning residences in and around London. He also worked with the British government, building apartments and townhomes for people with special needs. An experienced homebuilder and entrepreneur, Peter is long-inspired by his grandmother, who was knowledgeable about construction and involved in real estate investments in London.
Regarded for his warmth and integrity, Peter enjoys the relationships that he nurtures with his team, their clients, and industry professionals alike. As a philanthropist, Peter has dedicated himself and Kingswood to supporting the community, which as he says, “has been so good to us.” From raising over a million dollars for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to sponsoring events for The Heartest Yard and Inspire the Fire, among others, Peter sets the bar high in both business and service. His passion for quality—from working with top architects to maintaining skilled currency with technology and materials—is evident in every Kingswood project.
Peter is the recipient of the 2018 Leadership Award from the Charlotte Home Builder’s Association.
Vice-President | Charlotte
Louise Leeke founded Kingswood Custom Homes alongside her husband Peter and leads the Interior Design department for the organization. Born into a family of English builders—and representing a third generation—Louise is steeped in thoroughly personalized service, exquisite details, and quality craftsmanship. Louise met Peter while working in her family’s London-based business and after they married and immigrated to Charlotte, her deep experience of the building industry merged with his to create Kingswood.
Louise’s interior commissions reflect an ease, innate skill and sensibility that seem inevitable, but are the result of clear and rigorous organization. She is admired for her diverse clientele, one-of-a-kind designs, and ability to work alongside first-class trades and artisans. When not in the design studio or guiding the day-to-day operations of Kingswood, Louise is involved in the greater Charlotte community, supporting organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Heartest Yard, and Inspire the Fire. Louise and Peter have three grown children.
Managing Partner | Kiawah Island
Managing Partner Rob Hutzler leads the Kingswood Homes office in Kiawah Island. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Rob has focused on custom residential home building in the Carolinas for over two decades. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and Insurance from Appalachian State University and is a licensed contractor in South Carolina. Prior to joining Kingswood, Rob was a Purchasing and Estimating Manager and a Project Manager for local construction companies. He says, “I have a knack for business as well as a passion for fixing things so have found my work in custom home building suits me very well. In addition to doing what I love, I am further inspired by Kingswood’s philanthropy—from donations to charity events to building homes for disabled veterans—which only fuels my desire to be involved to make life better for everyone.”
Rob enjoys the challenges of the industry, building relationships, and making dreams come true for Kingswood’s clients. He shares the process with his children, showing them photos along the way so that they have an appreciation for the hard work that goes into each home, how many skilled people it takes, and how everyone works together to make it happen. One day he’d like to take this a step further and introduce home building to kids still in school so that they might consider pursuing a career in construction one day too. When not on the job, Rob spends time with his wife, three children, and two dogs. He is an avid supporter of youth sports teams and has enjoyed volunteering as a coach.
Managing Partner | Charlotte
Managing Partner Brian Hedgepeth has worked with Kingswood Custom Homes overseeing all the purchasing and estimating since 2007. Enthusiastic in his work, Brian is especially proud of the ongoing relationships with Kingswood’s clients and with their trade base. He loves the process of building and the collaborative effort it requires. He says, “It is very rewarding to provide an incredible product for our clients—they really love their homes. To make that happen we provide work for our 200-plus trade contractors and have a direct impact on their lives too.”
Originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina, Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science & Management and a Minor in Economics from Clemson University. His choice of profession was indicated early in life via an indisputable love of Legos and creating something tangible. Today, he credits the 2008 recession as the challenge that created a true appreciation for the process and the patience, resilience, and accountability necessary for leaning in and staying the course. On a more micro-level, the phase of construction that he particularly enjoys is the interior trim stage, which comes after the drywall, tile, and flooring have been installed. “The interior trim gives the spaces recognizable form and identity. At that point, the house really takes on a heartbeat and personality.”
Brian is a licensed General Contractor and holds the Associate Constructor designation from the American Institute of Constructors. In his free time, he enjoys coaching children’s basketballs teams, working out with local community organization F3, watching Clemson football, and spending time with his wife Perrin, their young son, and their dogs, Moose and Murphy.
Brian won the 2018 Purchasing Manager of the Year Award from Charlotte Home Builder’s Association.
Director of Creative Projects | Charlotte
Originally from London, England, Kirsten Gibson attended The University of Alabama where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She also holds a minor in Interior Design from Queens University of Charlotte and is a licensed General Contractor in the state of North Carolina. Born and raised in the construction industry, her eye for detail and comprehension of the construction process was honed by the family’s business and deepened by her studies and experience.
In her roles as Design Consultant and Project Coordinator, Kirsten relishes the creative practice on many levels. As such, she manages design choices indicative of Kingwood’s beautiful homes as well as creating the marketing and advertising materials for the organization. When not at the office, she spends time with her husband, Bijah, their two young boys, and their black lab, Charlie. Kirsten also enjoys, painting, riding her Peloton bike, and volunteering for Florence Crittenton Services.
Kirsten received the 2018 Shining Star Award the Charlotte Home Builder’s Association.
Senior Project Manager | Charlotte
Scott McMillan joined Kingswood Custom Homes as a Senior Project Manager. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Scott moved to Charlotte, North Carolina after college. A graduate of Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction and began his career immediately after completing his degree as a framer for luxury homes. Scott subsequently quickly rose through the ranks with his clear understanding of what it takes to craft the fine bones of a home. As such, he brings to Kingswood over fifteen years of construction experience. Scott is active with his church and is an avid outdoorsman. He also enjoys being the Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout troop and loves spending time with his family.
Senior Project Manager | Kiawah Island
Russell joined Kingswood Homes as a Senior Project Manager. With over 20 years of construction experience, Russell enjoys the variety of daily tasks and overcoming any challenges on a home. Originally from Ocean City, Maryland, Russell comes from a family of builders and has always been interested in construction. As a child, he and his brothers would build anything from bike ramps to tree houses, and his love of building from a young age is what steered him into the career path he’s in now. In his free time, Russell enjoys fishing, hunting, woodworking, exploring saltwater aquariums, and playing with his children. Russell lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, Jessica, and his 3 children.
Accounting Manager | Charlotte
Tammy Bracey has been a part of the Kingswood Custom Homes family since 2012. She is a graduate of King’s College—in her hometown of Charlotte—with a degree in Accounting. With over 29 years of accounting experience, Tammy manages both the accounting and human resources for both the Charlotte and Kiawah offices. During her free time, Tammy enjoys cooking, watching football and basketball, and proudly attends her sons’ high school and college basketball games.
Estimating Manager | Kiawah Island
George Fisher is a graduate of Clemson University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science & Management with a minor in Business Administration. While in college, George interned at Full Steam Ahead and with Kingswood, gaining experience working in carpentry, estimating, and project management. After graduation in 2015, George joined Kingswood and currently holds his Associate Constructor Certification and is a licensed General Contractor in the state of South Carolina. George enjoys doing anything outdoors and in his spare time hunts, fishes, and works in his yard.
Project Manager | Charlotte
Project Manager Jason Hughes joined the Kingswood team in 2009. Jason holds an Associates Degree in construction from Delhi State College and a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Technical Education from Oswego State College. Happily transplanted from his home state of New York, Jason is a licensed General Contractor in North Carolina. Inspired by client relationships and working collectively, Jason is proud to uphold Kingswood’s standards to bring beautiful, lasting quality to every home. His experience and dedication led to being acknowledged as the 2017 Builder Superintendent of the Year by the Charlotte Home Builder Association. In Jason’s free time, he spends time with his wife, son, and daughter, and enjoys making improvements to their home.
Project Manager | Charlotte
Keith Love joined Kingswood Custom Homes as a Project Manager in 2014. Originally from Stanfield, North Carolina, Keith began his career in the construction industry in 1985 and hasn’t looked back. He enjoys the process of building a finely crafted house and thrives on productivity and the myriad details. Known for exacting efficiency and organization, Keith also brings joy to the enterprise and succeeds in serving the homeowner as well as the surrounding neighborhood with each of his projects. In his free time he enjoys gardening and spending time with his two children.
Project Manager | Kiawah Island
Prior to settling in Kiawah Island and joining Kingswood Homes as a Project Manager, Paul Newman worked as a Project Manager for the Kingswood Charlotte office. Paul has lived in England, Canada, and California where he had experience working on custom homes and large-scale remodels. He loves the entire multi-faceted process and collaborating with the whole team to tailor it to a client’s requirements and imagination. The opportunity to manage and create beautiful, functional homes inspires Paul daily. He reflects, “Meeting our clients and getting to know their families motivates me. At Kingswood, we are skilled innovators, environmentally conscious, and have exceptional tradespeople and technology at our fingertips, all of which—plus the variety of our work—makes what I do incredibly exciting and fulfilling.” Paul is a certified General Contractor in the state of North Carolina and holds his Green Built certification from the Green Built Alliance. Paul also completed a BTech in Engineering from Basildon College, Essex. Paul enjoys playing golf in his free time and cooking for his wife and two boys.
Project Manager | Kiawah Island
A 2nd generation builder who grew up in Brielle, NJ, David used to spend his early days on job sites and building tree houses with his father and brother. He developed a love for the low country after attending the College of Charleston. After graduation, he returned to New Jersey where he built custom homes throughout the coastal communities, and volunteered for ‘Restore The Shore’ after Hurricane Sandy. David and his family moved back to Charleston to enjoy the low country and raise their children. David enjoys the home building process and its highly challenging but extremely rewarding nature. His favorite part of the process is seeing the joy and excitement of a client at the final walk through and handing clients the keys to their dream home. When not building custom homes, David enjoys surfing, fishing, playing hockey, and spending time with his wife and 3 children.
Assistant Project Manager | Kiawah Island
Assistant Project Manager, Lucas Koster’s interest in home building came early in life. Lucas has always enjoyed admiring the beautiful properties in Charleston and watching homes be built from the ground up. Lucas’ favorite part of the build process is turning it over and watching the client’s excitement as they see their dream home come to fruition. Prior to working in the construction industry, Lucas worked in the marine construction field, where he found his love for working with tools. Outside of work, Lucas enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and dog.
Assistant Project Manager | Charlotte
Assistant Project Manager, Corey Lowe, has always been interested in the construction industry. A native Charlottean, Corey started in the electrical field in his early 20’s, learning the trade and obtaining his electrical license. Eventually, he moved into the woodworking industry, working with a custom cabinet maker, where he learned how to work with different wood species. His favorite aspect of cabinetry and woodworking is how timeless natural wood is. His ability to work with the dimensions of each cabinet and the creativity of the design, has translated well into building custom homes. In his free time, Corey likes to fish, camp, boat, and enjoy time on the lake with his family.
Organizations We Support
With sincere gratitude, philanthropy is an integral part of Kingswood’s mission to participate in and serve the community of Charlotte. Kingswood is particularly proud to have helped launch St. Jude’s Showhouse program, which successfully piloted in Charlotte in 2007 and subsequently became the national model.
- Greg Olsen Foundation
- The Heartest Yard
- St. Jude’s
- Inspire the Fire
- Florence Crittenton Services
- Pineville Police
- A Night of Smiles
- Local Community Sports Organizations
- Fore a Cure
- Children’s Fellowship of India
- 24 Foundation
- March of Dimes