team includes Norman Tripp, Chris Hughes, Bryan Edwards and Gene Hughes
Hughes-Edwards' beginnings date back to 1977, when family patriarch, Gene Hughes
, set out to build his
own home in North Carolina.
With drawing pencil in hand, Gene
dream house and discovered his
Since then, others have had Gene
create their masterpieces, from cozy bungalows to sprawling estates.
In 1997, Gene partnered with his son-in-law, Bryan Edwards to form Hughes-Edwards Builders, a design-build firm, as it is known today.
Gene Hughes, Hughes-Edwards Builders
Gene Hughes, CEO, Hughes-Edwards Builders
Gene Hughes spent 34 years as a manager for DuPont, the nation's leading science-based products and services company, before dedicating his life to his passion: Building homes.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Gene
had always been interested in building.
Fortunately he was handy with tools, so when he decided to build his own house while working at DuPont, he was able to do much of the work himself.
The 3,000 square foot Williamsburg style country house turned out beautifully.
So much so, a friend asked that he
build him a house too, which he
did, and then another friend, and so on...
was never satisfied with building an ordinary house.
The house had to have that "look.
was born with a talent to draw which may explain why he
wanted each house to have its own personality.
worked with each client to reflect their feelings for their home and turned their home into something special.
wanted each house to be built with the utmost quality and looked for subcontractors that could meet his
After retiring from DuPont, Gene teamed up with his son-in-law Bryan Edwards, and formed Hughes-Edwards Builders in 1997.
Gene has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the University of South Carolina.
wife, Ruth have three children and five grandchildren.
Pair this with his appreciation for "Old World" architecture and it is understandable why Bryan founded Hughes-Edwards with his father-in-law, Gene Hughes.