Case Studies

C. E. Wheeler Inc.

Building For Generations to Come

C.E. Wheeler Inc. (CEW) designs and custom builds timeless homes. CEW uses old world craftsmanship and quality, while maintaining a style and level of detail that has long been forgotten. Other builders may consider themselves custom—but CEW redefines what custom is all about.

A lot of press has been penned over the last couple of years how everyone is adjusting to the new economy, and thrifty is the new black. To that, Ed Wheeler, president of CEW, says this, “Shortly after the sweet taste of low price has been forgotten, the bitter taste of poor quality is long remembered.”

CEW is a design-build general contracting firm based out of Upperco, Md., that specializes in unique distinctive homes. The company has been consistently recognized as one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier customer home builders and remodelers. Wheeler’s vision is simple, “To build homes using the finest materials available, incorporating the latest technologies and offering the highest quality craftsmanship in the industry.”

High-End Homes for Discerning Clients

Wheeler has developed a niche for himself in the construction of over-the-top high-quality homes. CEW’s clientele uniformly praise the quality of its work. These clients can typically be found in the halls of Congress, in the first-tier law offices around Washington DC and Baltimore and in the in the board rooms of Fortune 500 companies.

But for Wheeler’s typical clients, a beautifully built home is often not enough to satisfy them. Wheeler and his team of professionals bring a level of personal service and unique detail to his homes that are unsurpassed by his competition. Wheeler says that his employees are really what make the company great. Most of his employees have been with the company for over seven years, but have an average of 20 years in the industry. Because of the talent’s experience, Wheeler is able to establish a level of service and quality that can’t be found elsewhere.

Wheeler started the firm 25 years ago when he abruptly decided to change careers. “I was a truck driver for a long time and being on the road finally got to me. I wanted to settle down and have a career that didn’t involve a lot of travel. I went into high-end construction and things just took off,” he reveals.

Wheeler offers his clients custom and estate home construction and renovation services. Wheeler himself was born and raised in Baltimore County, where most of the company’s work is done. However, Wheeler says that he’ll travel to wherever his clients need his services. “Most of my work can be found the Baltimore-Washington region, but for the right client, I’ll go to Aruba if that’s what they want.”

Building A Great Architectural Home

Due to the nature of the clients that he typically works for, Wheeler is unable to provide actual details of any of the homes that he has worked on, but it able to describe what makes his work so appealing to his clients. “We have an in-house architectural team, and our work is detail-oriented, high-quality and designed and built with the vision of a great architectural home. I’ve built residential homes ranging in size from 5,000 square-feet to 35,000 square-feet and everything in between.”

Wheeler’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and he reveals that his company won a merit award for quality several years back. “I appreciate it when my work is published but it’s not something I actively pursue. I don’t belong to any organizations like the AGC or the ABC; it’s not what I want. I like building quality homes and that’s what I do,” notes Wheeler.

Wheeler reflects on his 25 years in the industry, “If we concentrate on doing the job right, with high-quality materials and the finest craftsmanship, the finished product will be like a fine wine – something our clients can appreciate and enjoy sharing with their friends and family. We take great pride in creating homes that are inviting, livable and breathtaking all at the same time!”

The trite and worn out adage really is based on truth– you really do get what you pay for. Ed Wheeler is adamant that regardless of how sour the economy gets, he will not compromise his standards. “My clients expect a level of service and attention to detail that they can’t find anywhere else. In my line of work, you are only as good as your last project. As long as I’m still running the show, C.E. Wheeler Inc. will always stand for the absolute best in home building.” Wheeler’s unwavering concept of perfection will keep C.E. Wheeler Inc. at the top, only designing and building the finest homes.

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Spring 2018



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