Our commitment to you starts at the design phase and continues all the way through the onsite construction and completion of your home.


We are Russell and Lisa Zavatsky, a husband and wife custom home building team. Together we have been in the home building industry for more than 5 decades. We specialize in designing and building custom homes in and around the Charlotte area, including many counties in South Carolina. Russell is the General Contractor and holds an unlimited building license in both NC and SC. He is very involved in every aspect of building your home. Lisa is the design stylist for the interior and exterior details and works closely with each client. We take a thoughtful and creative approach to each home we build, making sure that it fits each of our clients unique lifestyle needs. Creating a beautiful home for our clients to call home is what it's all about. The personal attention you will receive from Zar Custom Homes is second to none and starts the moment you first meet with Russell and Lisa.


Russell Zavatsky



Russell Zavatsky graduated from Appalachian State University with degrees in Industrial Technology and Business Management. He has been building homes in the Charlotte area since 1991. In his time working with one of the largest national builders in the country, Russell held many different positions, from Superintendent all the way to becoming an officer in the corporation as Vice President. This allowed him to experience every facet of the home building industry. His understanding of quality construction and dedication to outstanding customer service are the foundation of what Zar Custom Homes is built upon. The relationship that begins from there, and the continued communication, is what will allow us to bring you home, on time, on budget, and delighted.


Lisa Zavatsky



Lisa Zavatsky graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a BS in Business. She has been in the home building industry in the Charlotte area since 1988. She has worked in multiple areas of the building process during her career and brings vast experience in all facets of the design process. This is invaluable to our customers who need assistance in the details of the finishes, flooring, appliances, paint colors and the many other pieces that pull a home together. Lisa is very knowledgeable in all aspects of these elements and will be with you every step of the way to ensure that each element of your home is exactly what you have dreamed of.   


Zar Custom Homes is a full-service custom home builder and remodeler. We are here to guide you through the entire process of creating your dream home. 


home site

If you already own the property you wish to build on, we will work with you to make sure that the home is situated on the site in the best possible location to maximize views, as well as to make the most efficient use of the topography to minimize unnecessary expenses, and avoid any surprises. If you are still searching for property, we can help find the perfect site for you based on your needs, and making sure it works for your desired home. 


home plans

When it comes to selecting the perfect plan for your family, there are many ways to go about it. Some of our clients come to us with a home plan already identified. For those who have not finalized a plan yet, we will work with you to determine if purchasing an existing plan is the way to go, or if custom designing a plan from scratch is the better approach.  Zar Custom Homes works with some of the top residential architects who can make modifications to existing plans, or take all of your wants and needs and design them into the perfect custom plan for your family.



When building a custom home, the many decisions that must be made can be overwhelming. Lisa Zavatsky will work with you hand in hand to walk you through each step and assure that the process is smooth and fun. She will work with you from the start to identify specifications and details on both the interior and exterior of your home, while focusing on your style and keeping you in budget. Our goal is to make sure that your new home is built and designed for your lifestyle and your design style. 



From start to finish, we will be in constant communication with you throughout the process. We have multiple on-site meetings to ensure that you are included on all of the details. Some of these meetings include lot walk, framing walk, pre-mechanical walk, interior trim walk, exterior trim walk, customer home orientation, final walk through for closing. Of course, there will be many other on-site meetings during the process to assure our customers are thoroughly satisfied.



Zar Custom Homes offers a 10 year warranty on all of our new homes. We have partnered with 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty to offer our customers one of the best warranty’s in the industry. You can learn more about this warranty at www.2-10.com.


NCHBA Star Awards

Zar Custom Homes, from Charlotte, was awarded the STARS award for the category “Best Single Family Detached Home” with a sales price over $1Million between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet. Zar Custom Homes is a member of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association and the Charlotte Home Builders Association and builds in the Charlotte Metropolitan area in both NC and SC.


LNHBA Best of the Lake

Zar Custom Homes has won Best of the Lake and Best in Show for Custom Homes several times. The most recent example was a beautiful modern home on Lake Wylie. This spectacular home was built on the lot of the former home of George Shinn (former owner of the Charlotte Hornets). 

The prior home on this site had been struck by lightning and then completely demolished. One of the few things that remained was the swimming pool, boasting a custom ceramic tiled Hugo the Hornet.  The home owner had the fore-site to keep Hugo, so in the complete reconstruction of the pool, we worked around Hugo, keeping him completely intact.


Energy Star Partner

Zar Custom Homes has completed the required training to become an Energy Star Partner. The partnership represents our commitment to energy savings through the use of energy efficient products in the construction of our homes.


Better Business Bureau

BBB sees trust as a function of two primary factors – integrity and performance. Integrity includes respect, ethics and intent. Performance speaks to a business’ track record of delivering results in accordance with BBB standards and/or addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner.

Zar Custom Homes has been a BBB accredited business since 2008 with an A+ rating.



Builders are the heart and soul of NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). Builder members are directly involved in building homes. They include small-volume builders, production builders, light commercial builders and remodelers.

Zar Custom Homes has been a member of NAHB since 2007.