Stephen McKay’s ability to balance the latest in home innovation with unique refinements — think LEED-certified windows and reclaimed wood flooring – earned him a spot on Professional Builder magazine’s 40 Under 40 list in 2012, and he continues to rise as an industry innovator.

An expert in design, real estate and building, Stephen McKay’s talent is unique in the industry. He continually raises the bar for custom home style. After listening to you talk about your wants and needs, he’ll translate his breadth of architectural experience around the globe to create a trendsetting design for your home that fits within your budget. You’ll watch your dream home come to life as he sketches his vision right before your eyes.


A world traveler who has been to 35 states and 12 countries, Stephen McKay’s design range spans all vernaculars, from French country estates to contemporary homes to Tuscan villas – and everything in between — so your Cranbrook home will not only fit your taste and personality, it will make sense for your family on a practical level. He will also build you a 3D energy model to show just how efficient your Cranbrook home can be, saving in utility costs over the long term.

He’ll also use your home’s proposed location for inspiration, visiting your homesite to make the most of its natural assets. Stephen McKay considers everything from the sun’s path over your lot to the best views from within. He’ll plan your home to maximize the environment you’ve chosen. For a recent Cranbrook client in Macomb Township, Stephen McKay’s home site visit revealed a stunning landscape that included the Renaissance Center way off in the distance. He rotated his original plan by three degrees to ensure Detroit’s iconic skyline was visible from the home’s lanai.

The business-savvy, marathon-running Stephen McKay brings a fresh approach to the client experience at Cranbrook Custom Homes, which he cofounded with third-generation Michigan builder Sebastian Lombardo. At Cranbrook, Stephen McKay and Sebastian Lombardo have merged the creative and practical aspects of custom home design and craftsmanship into one synergistic, streamlined process.

The best part? All architectural plans and refinements are included in the fixed price of your Cranbrook home, and you’ll know (and love) exactly what your home will look like before you sign a contract.