Southern Image Design Builders
Jeff and Jean Martin
About Us



Since 2003, when the company moved to Louisa County from the Richmond area, the husband and wife team of Jeff and Jean Martin have continued pouring their talents, integrity, and quality into their Lake Anna company, Southern Image Design/Builders. In just ten years at Lake Anna, the company earned the Central Virginian’s prestigious “Best of the Best Construction Company” award, which is not surprising for this thirty-year-old, well-respected licensed homebuilder.

“Southern” means more than location, it’s a Southern state of mind! They practice business with easy-going and welcoming attitude, positive customer relationships and the comfortable style of homes they build.  No two homes have ever been exactly the same !

Prior to constructing “dream homes” at Lake Anna and nearby counties (Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania, Western Hanover), Jeff built homes in Florida, where Jean opened a fabric and design shop in 1982 after the couple married. In 1990 they returned to Virginia, where Jeff continued building fine homes and restoring historical properties.

Jeff is the owner and a journeyman/builder, while Jean is the president and project manager.  She also handles sales and marketing. The couple is generous with their time and talent in the community, volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Lake Anna Business Partnership, and the local arts. 

At the heart of it all is Southern warmth and attitude toward their community and especially their customers. The Martin’s live where they build, and “we were blessed that the Lake Anna community embraced us even when the there was a downturn in the economy,” Jean said. 

“We take pride in our efforts to stay up-to-date and savvy about what customers want in their new home,” said Jeff. This includes building homes that are energy efficient and “green,” also solidly built with custom trim, and that utilize the most current trends and products. The company also builds decks, porches, garages and boathouses, and offers renovations or reconstructions. They remodel kitchens and bathrooms and can increase a home’s size and usability through additions.

“We value and attend to our customer’s ideas, beginning with the design phase,” Jeff said. Southern Image Design/Builders utilize a draft team, containing several different of talents. 

Jean’s background in design helps her to give life to color, space and materials, from countertops and cabinets, to carpet and window treatments. She has a special eye for the palette of colors because of her work with fabric and costume design.

They have built homes in a variety of styles including Modern Farmhouse, Transitional, Bungalow, Beach Cottage, or Craftsman-style tailoring them to meet the customer needs.

The key elements of their professional ethics include guaranteeing the price before the contract is signed, a two-year warranty on workmanship, and building permits taken out in the company’s name to meet all codes and inspections. Special extended warranties are also available.

This company is all about customer satisfaction, Southern style.

For more information call the office at (540) 872-5900 or mobile (804) 301-4154,

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Jeff and Jean Martin

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5 Reviews
Dar Dawson Color Consultant
Relationship: Consulted this company regarding a renovation, then life changed our plan.Project Date: Dec 2016

While this review may be a bit untraditional, it is sincere and the work of Jean was excellent. Having moved to rural Virginia last summer, I'd begun daydreaming about a shared home, a "we" home, for...Read More

Sue and Paul Clark
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jun 2016

Working with Jean and Jeff to design and then create our dreams was pure joy. Jean had ideas we never would have had and Jeff is a magician with wood. From start to finish our basement remodel project...Read More

Valerie Riddle
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Apr 2013

I had the pleasure of working with Jean and Jeff of Southern Image Design Builders on a screened enclosure on my home. It wasn't just any screened enclosure - it was an A-frame design with a tower le...Read More

Cathy Partridge
Relationship: ClientProject Date: Mar 2015

Southern Image was a joy to work with. Their craftsmanship was top notch. We have successfully referred them to friends.Read More

Relationship: ClientProject Date: Jul 2019

Southern Image built our forever home! We are beyond amazed at the outcome. Both Jeff and Jean are with you ever step of the way in the building process. You get not only a builder but an interior des...Read More

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