About Us



Steve Kelley has led Reliable Builders for 25 years with his main objective to help people in the planning, design and construction process and to represent their interests in the most professional manner possible. Over the years in this business, we have developed a long list of satisfied customers as well as a dependable, top-quality group of subcontractors and suppliers. We have worked hard to build our reputation upon solid experience, dependability, quality, trust, cost efficiency.

Our projects have ranged from home inspector report repairs, pre-listing evaluation and repairs to renovations and additions of kitchen and baths, room additions, basement finishing and home remodeling to building custom homes in all sizes and price ranges up to 11,000 square feet and $1.5 million. Our market plan is to concentrate on working with homeowners who need a qualified and experienced builder that is easy to work with to help them realize their vision to remodel, construct an addition or renovate their home.

Our web page is designed to introduce our company to you and show you the wide range of projects we have constructed over the years for our customers. Our objective here is to communicate our mission, experience, commitment to excellence and dedication to serving our customers. Then you will understand why we have been invited back by many homeowners of our completed projects to build additional projects and additions for them.



Steve grew up in Rocky Mount, NC and then attended and graduated from Wake Forest University in business administration. Upon graduation and a tour in the Army in California, he remained there to work with a national home building company in Southern California where he acquired valuable building experience and an avid interest in design and construction. He later decided to return to his native North Carolina and chose to settle in Winston-Salem. He joined Wachovia Bank and Trust Company (now Wells Fargo) in the Facilities Section of the General Services Group where he was responsible for planning, development and construction of bank offices across North Carolina and the Southeast as the bank expanded. His duties included land acquisition, preparation of budgets, developing plans and specifications and working with architects, engineers and designers to construct successful bank properties. After 10 years, he left to start Reliable Builders to apply his knowledge and experience in planning, design and construction to help people in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. He also wanted to contribute to growth of the local economy by providing employment for local skilled workmen and subcontractors, service providers and material vendors and suppliers.

Professional Qualifications and Certifications

  • Licensed North Carolina General Contractor and Real Estate Broker
  • Graduate of the N. C. Home Builders Institute with Accredited Builder, Accredited Remodeler and Master Builder Certifications
  • Long standing member of the Winston-Salem Home Builders Association. Served as Treasurer and President and was selected as Builder of the Year
  • Member of the national and local NAHB Remodelers Council, a professional arm of the HBA of W-S for builders who meet high standards and experience to specialize in remodeling, additions and renovations
  • Green Building Professional Certification awarded by NAHB after completing extensive green building curriculum and testing.
  • Built first Energy Star Home in Forsyth County in 2000. This home won first place in the Parade of Homes category. Annually, Steve has taken courses offered by the N.C. Builders Institute, Duke Energy, NAHB, NCHBA and HBA of W-S and other training venues to increase his knowledge of Energy Star standards and the related building science to apply to every construction project.
  • Completed EPA certified course and specialized training and have certificate for lead based paint abatement and remediation for homes built before 1978.
  • Recently completed the coursework at the Home Builders Institute for the CAPS certification (Certified Aging In-Place Specialist) to provide design-build solutions to allow customers to remain in their homes.
  • Annually takes courses at Forsyth Tech to learn and improve computer skills




photo-of-DickProfile of Experience and Qualifications

  • Professional designer and space planner – has worked extensively in residential and commercial planning, design and construction for over 25 years
  • Dick and Steve worked together at Wachovia and developed a professional and personal friendship. He provides Reliable Builders with a highly creative design capability by developing drawings to show customers several creative options to meet their project vision after meeting with them to identify their desires, needs and budget.
  • Served as Interior Designer and space planner for Wachovia Bank and Trust Co. for 5 years and ran his own space planning and design consulting business for 20 years
  • Highly experienced and very comfortable in working with customers, interior designers, architects, engineers, subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and other building professionals and healthcare providers to communicate and coordinate project specifications and our customer’s vision and needs with these professionals. Including design-build solutions for aging and accessibility.
  • View an example of his design work here.