Finger Lakes Trusted Custom Modular Home, Pole Barn & Garage Builder

Welcome to Horst Custom Homes, where we transform dreams into reality. Based in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, our family-operated business stands on the pillars of vision, dedication, and hard work. Specializing in building homes, pole barns, and garages, our aim is to be the foremost in our field.

Horst Custom Homes is a general contractor specializing in the building of custom modular homes, log cabins, pole barns and garages. Located in Canandaigua, New York and established in 2022, Horst Custom Homes has been serving the Finger Lakes region and central New York ever since. 

We offer a large catalog of homes, log cabins and pole barns that are completely customizable to fit your residential, commercial or agricultural needs and function. Horst Custom Homes is dedicated to building beautiful quality buildings and homes quickly and on budget, with prices starting at $118,000 for custom residential homes. 

Our Journey

It all started with a vision. Jonathan Horst, a man on a mission, teamed up with his father, Jacob Horst, whose prowess in managing paperwork and quotes laid our foundation. Together, they navigated the first year, setting a robust path for growth and success.

In January 2024, our story embraced a new chapter with the arrival of Javin, our Chief Operating Officer. A former owner of a logging company for five years, Javin’s shift from logging to construction was a strategic move influenced by market trends and a passion for building. His extensive experience in business management, coupled with expertise in construction and excavation, makes him an invaluable asset in our operations.

Our Team

Jonathan Horst, CEO: The visionary with big dreams and a strategic mind, leading both Horst Family Construction and Cachet Capital.

Jacob Horst, President of Sales and Financials: Ensuring smooth operations through meticulous handling of paperwork and quotes.

Javin, COO: Bringing a wealth of business management experience, he oversees our day-to-day operations, guaranteeing excellence in all projects.


At Horst Custom Homes we are more than builders and investors; we are creators of memories and dreams. We aspire to be the leading construction firm in the region, known for our craftsmanship, reliability, and customer-centric approach. Whether building homes, pole barns or garages, we commit to providing the best customer experience, characterized by skill, clear communication, and exceptional workmanship.

Join us on this journey as we build not only structures and investments but also strong, lasting relationships with our clients. Your dream project is our mission.

JRH Construction Company, owned by Jonathan Horst, is the construction company / main contractor of each project. Jonathan and Javin will ensure you are satisfied with every step of your project.  JRH Construction is fully ensured and has been in business over 10 years with expertise in roofing, pole barns and home building projects. 

Jonathan Horst, Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Horst, Chief Executive Officer of Horst Custom Homes, also owns JRH Construction Company, the contractor hired to build each of our custom modular homes and pole barns and garages. Jonathan and wife, Susan, love everything about the Finger Lakes – all of the seasons, especially spring, summer and fall, the perfect fishing weather. When Jonathan is not at the office, you can find him working alongside his family at his father’s farm. Jonathan also is a partner in the Woods and Wildlife Outdoor Show.

Jacob Horst, President – Sales / Financials

Meet Jacob Horst, President of Horst Custom Homes. My expertise lies in sales and business finance, but I have had a diverse range of experiences throughout my career. Early on, I worked in carpentry and masonry, and later transitioned to sales in a nursery where I gained experience in landscaping and hardscaping. I also took on short-term jobs in cabinetry, electrical, electronics, and drywall. All of these experiences proved to be valuable when I spent the next 30 years as a dairy farmer alongside my wife, Martha, while raising our family.
Now, I have retired from farming and am excited to be a part of the management and leadership team at Horst Custom Homes, a business that my son Jonathan started in 2022. Our team has recently expanded with a new partner, Javin. Our mission is to continue providing our community with high-quality craftsmanship homes, pole barns and garages, both now and in the future.

Javin Hoover, Chief Operating Officer – Project Management

Hello! I’m Javin, the Chief Operating Officer at Horst Custom Homes. My journey to where I am today has been one of adaptability, vision, and a strong drive to make a meaningful impact in the construction industry.

My Background

Before joining the Horst family in January 2024, I owned and managed a logging company for five years. This experience was foundational in shaping my approach to business and operations management. The decision to transition from logging to construction was driven by a keen understanding of market dynamics and a passion for building and development.

Joining Horst Family Construction

My move to Horst Family Construction marked a significant shift in my career path. Here, I found an opportunity to combine my skills in business management with my hands-on experience in construction and excavation. As the COO, my role involves overseeing the daily operations of the company, ensuring that each project is executed with precision and excellence.

Skills and Contributions

I bring to the table a diverse set of skills, including:

Business Management: Leveraging my experience in running a successful logging company, I understand the nuances of managing a business effectively.
Construction and Excavation Expertise: My hands-on experience in these areas allows me to contribute valuable insights into project planning and execution.
Strategic Decision-Making: My ability to analyze market trends and adapt strategies accordingly has been crucial in steering the company towards growth and success.
Vision and Goals

Joining Horst Custom Homes wasn’t just a career move; it was a step towards fulfilling a larger vision. My goal is to see our company not just build structures, but create spaces where memories are made and cherished. Being in the heart of the Finger Lakes, we are committed to becoming the best in building homes, pole barns, and garages, and offering an unmatched customer experience.