About Us

Terry Stewart, custom home builder, established the business in 1984 building “Homes to Believe In.” The company’s goal is to make it as easy as possible for their customers to build their dream home. Years of experience allows T. L. Stewart Builders to properly guide their clients to produce the home that they desire. Attention to and accommodating all the details are foremost. Whether people are in the midst of their careers, starting a family, or retiring, they should expect the building process to proceed as smoothly as possible.

Terry Stewart states:

We use the very best, both in materials and in people. I think it’s a requirement. We hire subs that have worked with us for years and I know that they will be reliable and responsive to meeting my customer’s needs. In this spirit, we have found this to be a good business practice, in efficiently producing “Homes to Believe In” for our customers.

After over 30 years in business, we have developed an extensive group of vendors, subcontractors, designers, architects, site engineers, structural engineers, landscape architects, and interior designers who provide us with a superior level of service for our clients, just as if they were in-house.

The T.L. Stewart Builders Team

The T.L. Stewart Builders Team is not a one-person shop and no one person is expected to do it all. A customer is surrounded by our team of experts in various aspects of the construction process. We all work with the client on the design, specifications, options, and contract. The Jobsite Supervisor runs the day to day construction of the home, and the Selections Coordinator/ Project Manager is side by side with you through all the finish details. We are set up so the customer gets the best of everyone’s talents.

Terry Stewart



Terry earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1976 and five years later obtained his North Carolina Builder’s License. Prior to forming TL Stewart Builders in 1984, Terry gained valuable experience working in the City of Sanford’s Engineering Department for several years.

The experience gained from working in the engineering department assisted in the development of some exceptional neighborhoods such as Carters Grove, Brighton Park, and Hampton Ponds all located in the Westlake Valley area of Sanford. TL Stewart Builders has partnered with Arthur A. James III and David James, AIA to develop Sanford’s newest neighborhood Carbonton Cove. Carbonton Cove consists of 48 lots and located on Carbonton Road just east of Highway # 42.

Sandra Stewart


Vice President/Secretary

Sandra attended the University of North Carolina and received a BA degree in Education in 1977. After graduating from college, Sandra taught school for three years. Then in 1980 began a ladies and men’s retail-clothing boutique. After starting a family and having two businesses in one family, Sandra decided to sell the retail business and joined TL Stewart Builders in 1990.

Sandra comes from a family of business people, her grandfather, WM Holt, Sr. started Holt Truck and Tractor in 1921. Sandra’s father WM Holt Jr. oversaw the business until it eventually closed in 2000,due to the diminishing of the agricultural business, in the Lee County area. Holt Truck and Tractor was located on Horner Boulevard where Kerr Drugs is currently.

Tommy Haymore

Jobsite Supervisor/Project Manager

Tommy enjoys building relationships with clients as their “go to guy” during and after construction. Tommy has been involved with TL Stewart Builders since he was ten years old working summers with his dad Billy Haymore, a very well know (old timey) framing contractor. Billy, Tommy’s dad, worked with T L Stewart Builders from the beginning, and now Tommy is following in his dad’s footsteps. Tommy’s passion for construction came naturally from the years of watching his father’s own career. Tommy still conveys and explores ideas the old fashioned way. At the end of the day, it is the personal relationships built over the course of a project that fuel Tommy’s day to day drive to meet and exceed our client’s expectations in design. In his spare time, Tommy enjoys training dogs, hunting and watching his daughter play competitive tennis.

Larry McKee

Director of Grading/Equipment

Larry has been with TL Stewart Builders for ten years. Larry’s father Larry McKee Sr. and his brother Fred worked as in-house trim carpenters beginning in the 90’s. Highly recommended by his family as dependable and hardworking, Larry came to us from Frontier Spinning, and has worked his way up to managing all site clearing, grading, and site cleanup.

He is a company man and enjoys meeting and helping our clients with any of their needs. Larry loves watching pro football and is an avid CAROLINA PANTHERS fan.

Patrick Stewart

Director of Sales

Patrick Stewart is a lifelong resident of Sanford, N.C. His major goal in the real estate market is to provide professional advice based on your needs, the current trends, and the recent housing market analysis. In 1995, Patrick became owner of Stewart’s Convenient Store and continued to run a successful business until selling in 2008. The transaction, which Patrick handled personally, led him into the real estate market. In 2014. He established Stewart Real Estate, LLC located at 613 Carthage Street, Sanford N.C. where he shares an office facility with TL Stewart Builders. Together these two businesses can provide numerous services, such as residential and commercial sales, new construction, investments, and developing various types of remodeling and maintenance assistance. Trust is hard to come by in today’s competitive real estate market. Patrick strives to provide the professionalism and integrity needed to ensure your security in what could be one of the largest investments of a lifetime.

River Stewart

Director of Happiness

First coming to work in July 2015 as an eight week old Boykin Spaniel, River enjoys coming to the uptown office every day. She meets and greets all the subcontractors, potential clients, and friends just stopping in to say hello. Thus she has been appointed as TL Stewart Builders Director of Happiness.

River enjoys training for upcoming hunting trips and field trial events.

Our story of quaility goes back almost 40 years

We’ve been building high quality luxury homes for more than three decades. Our attention to detail, along with great architectural designs, have made us a highly respected builder for discriminating buyers throughout eastern and central North Carolina.

Most housing experts locally and nationally agree that some of the best builders are the ones that have been around for sometime. Relationships with suppliers, designers, subcontractors, lenders, customers and real estate professionals speak to the true pedigree of a homebuilder. Our references in this industry are impeccable, and are evidenced by the number of discriminating families who allowed us to build their homes.

Several of the finest homes in Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, and on estate homesites in Moore, Lee and Chatham Counties have been built by T.L. Stewart Builders. We are honored to have been selected to bring our “Homes To Believe In” to one of Raleigh’s most prestigious addresses. Our friends, competitors and many others ask “What makes your homes so special?” Take a closer look and you’ll see why.

Founder Terry Stewart is a School of Engineering graduate of Noth Carolina State University, is a native of North Carolina, and has been building homes his entire adult life. His relationships with his clients is as important as the homes themselves, when you realize that many of his friends started out as clients.

A brochure or a few photos can hardly tell the whole story. Each of our customer relationships start with a meeting with owner Terry Stewart, and very often include a visit to one of the many homes he’s built over the years.

From Rebuilding Landmarks to Governor's Club, We've Done it All

At the end of the day, all a builder has to show of himself are the houses he’s built. The owner of a home listed on the National Register of Historic Places selected our company to expand and update The William Alston Rives House, built in 1832. After 184 years, the owners selected T.L. Stewart Construction to handle this special endeavor.

Intense research of both materials and craftsmen was required in order to duplicate the feel of the original structure. Things such as siding, brick, trim molding, windows, doors, hardware and more were all matched perfectly.

The end result is a home that the owners have said will likely last another 184 years. So how does a builder get selected to handle such a project? Terry Stewart built many of the early homes in Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, a private luxury home community featuring a Jack Nicklaus golf course. The clients who selected him to build their homes have shared their stories. Those stories of quality and professionalism made their ways to other discerning home buyers, many of which chose Terry Stewart to build their homes on estate properties throughout central North Carolina.

Today, a visit to our website, or a personal meeting with us will allow you see more examples of our work and what earned us this reputation.

What Differences Will This Team Bring To Your Home?