The entryway to a home should be a powerful symbol, setting the stage for the experience awaiting inside.

The front entry of this award-winning manse on Lake Keowee in South Carolina, nestled in a woodland setting that sweeps down to the waterfront, emanates a gracious welcome. Its weathered wooden shingles and beautiful stonework exude a warm, inviting tone.

Creating a house such as this one, with its exacting lines and scale, requires a masterful custom builder. Gus Rubio, owner and president of Gabriel Builders, located in Greer, S.C., accomplishes this feat in deft style.

Rubio built his first home back in 1984 with a price tag of $67,500. Today, he and his team craft quality homes in upscale neighborhoods throughout South Carolina and beyond.

If one word describes the company’s style, it is handcrafted – possessing a unique flair for creating custom-built homes with the finest materials in natural hues of wood, stone and burnished metals.

Gabriel Builders’ homes are the result of 30 years of Rubio experience, cultivating relationships with other likeminded craftsmen, honing expert techniques and always basing work on strong values.

He and his company – which includes his wife Belinda, Gabriel Builders’ vice president, and their two grown sons – have built homes for corporate CEOs, architects, entrepreneurs and other clients who know home construction and demand the highest standards.

A former quality control manager for a Fortune 100 company, Rubio motivates his team to meet the challenge of every custom home project with passion and tenacity.

His impeccable credentials and numerous awards include being honored as the National Association of Home Builders’ 2014 Custom Builder of the Year, awarded at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas in January.

The Lake Keowee home’s interior has the artful seaside feel of Nantucket Island’s waterfront homes: gracious arched interior trim, columnar styling and bedrooms that open to the waterfront.

The beautiful home also won a Pinnacle Award for new home construction from the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, another feather in the Rubio family’s cap.

The home typifies Gabriel Builders’ dedication to quality control and precision, built on core values of integrity, hard work and a steadfast commitment to the client. It’s a tall order, but Rubio and his team fulfill it with flair.