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 Actual Size Builders was a finalist for BEST CONTRACTOR in Durham and Orange/Chatham County for 2017!  We won BEST CONTRACTOR in Orange/Chatham County for 2016.


Actual Size Builders won “Best Kitchen Over $80,001” at the 2017 HBA Remodelers Outstanding Construction Awards for the kitchen portion of the Biese Project on historic Gimghoul Rd in Chapel Hill.  We have won the award for the second consecutive year.

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Actual Size Builders thanks all readers who voted for us as Best Contractor in Durham and Orange%2FChatham County for 2017!


Actual Size Builders has a “family” of subcontractors that work together on every job, so they know what to expect of each other, and we know what to expect of them. Our family includes Sparrow & Sons Plumbing, CWJ Heating & Air, Theye Electric, Hansell Painting, and Walker Brown Roofing. We do not shop around estimates to multiple subcontractors to get the cheapest bid. We are loyal to our subs, and the loyalty is mutual.

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We keep items out of the landfills by donating to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.




Actual Size Builders uses a cost-plus model for our projects — the customer receives an invoice only for the work that has been done. This invoice includes a bill from every subcontractor, an invoice for all materials purchased, and a printout of our carpenters’ hours on the job. This ensures transparency in the billing process, and gives our customers peace of mind knowing where every dollar goes.

“ASB brings highly developed problem-solving abilities to every project. We emphasize attention to detail, communication with client and architect, and quality of workmanship.” — Trip Renn. Please contact Trip at actualsizebuilders@gmail.com for a list of references.

From left to right, Ernie Renn, LA Renn, Gordon Gress, Ben Chetta, Ed Ralston, Ross Herbert, Trip Renn, Chase Pickett, John Campbell, Mike Lanier
Rear, left to right:  Ernie Renn, LA Renn, Gordon Gress, Ben Chetta, Ross Herbert, Trip Renn, John Campbell; Front, left to right:  Ed Ralston, Chase Pickett, Mike Lanier