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Our Story


Hughes-Edwards Builders, Nashville, TN
Hughes-Edwards team includes Norman Tripp, Chris Hughes, Bryan Edwards and Gene Hughes.

Our Story

Specializing in the design and construction of luxury custom homes and remodeling, Hughes-Edwards Builders has created award-winning projects throughout the Middle Tennessee area including Davidson, Sumner and Williamson counties.

Hughes-Edwards’ beginnings date back to 1977, when family patriarch, Gene Hughes, set out to build his own home in North Carolina. With drawing pencil in hand, Gene designed his dream house and discovered his passion. Since then, others have had Gene create their masterpieces, from cozy bungalows to sprawling estates.

In 1997, Gene partnered with his son-in-law, Bryan Edwards to form Hughes-Edwards Builders, a design-build firm, as it is known today. Gene’s son, Chris, joined the company in 2001, and, since this time, the team have a well-earned reputation as Middle Tennessee’s premier builder of custom homes,  the area’s renovation specialist of choice and the 2013 Tennessean “Toast of Music City” Best Home Builder Winner.

Hughes-Edwards is a member in good standing with the National Associaton of Home Builders and the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee. Members of these prestigious groups have led Middle Tennessee’s home building industry in maintaining the highest standards of quality and ethics.

In addition to the HBA, Hughes-Edwards Homes is a member of the Master Custom Builders Council of TN, Hendersonville Rotary Club and the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gene Hughes, Hughes-Edwards Builders
Gene Hughes, CEO, Hughes-Edwards Builders

Gene Hughes

Gene Hughes spent 34 years as a manager for DuPont, the nation’s leading science-based products and services company, before dedicating his life to his passion: Building homes.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Gene had always been interested in building. Fortunately he was handy with tools, so when he decided to build his own house while working at DuPont, he was able to do much of the work himself. The 3,000 square foot Williamsburg style country house turned out beautifully. So much so, a friend asked that he build him a house too, which he did, and then another friend, and so on…

Gene was never satisfied with building an ordinary house. The house had to have that “look.” He was born with a talent to draw which may explain why he wanted each house to have its own personality. He worked with each client to reflect their feelings for their home and turned their home into something special. He wanted each house to be built with the utmost quality and looked for subcontractors that could meet his high standards.

After retiring from DuPont, Gene teamed up with his son-in-law Bryan Edwards, and formed Hughes-Edwards Builders in 1997. Gene has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Ruth have three children and five grandchildren.


Bryan Edwards, Hughes-Edwards Builders
Bryan Edwards, President, Hughes-Edwards Builders

Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards knows how to take an intangible vision and convert it into a viable reality. Pair this with his appreciation for “Old World” architecture and it is understandable why Bryan founded Hughes-Edwards with his father-in-law, Gene Hughes. With his strong background in finance, Bryan handles the operational side of the business.

Bryan grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon graduation from The McCallie School, he went to Millsaps College where he earned a degree in Business and Accounting and subsequently became a CPA. During this time while studying abroad at Oxford University, he was exposed to the gothic revival architecture.

After college, Bryan began his career at Arthur Andersen. The best part about his time there was that he met his wife Sharon. He then transitioned to the Health Care Industry and became Director of Development for HealthSouth Corporation in the Surgery Center Division. He solidified his interest in the construction field as he developed and constructed Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Centers. He mastered the ability to seamlessly and successfully interact with realtors, developers, architects, contractors, attorneys, physicians and owners to achieve the ultimate goal of an operational surgery center.

Bryan currently serves on the board of directors of the Middle Tennessee Homes Builders Association and the Master Custom Builders Council of TN. A dedicated family man, Bryan and his wife have two daughters, Elizabeth and Hillary. They reside in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Bryan and Sharon spend their free time supporting their children in their plethora of activities. Additionally, he has completed two Country Music Half Marathons.


Chris Hughes, Hughes-Edwards Builders
Chris Hughes, Project Manager, Hughes-Edwards Builders

Chris Hughes

The discipline of an Army captain and the passion for “getting it right,” make Chris Hughes a valuable member of the team at Hughes-Edwards Builders. As project manager, Chris is charged with the responsibility of overseeing all sub-contractors, materials, and ensuring all timetables and deadlines are met. Chris also works closely with the homeowners to ensure that all their ideas, needs and specifications are met.

A Hendersonville High School graduate, Chris attended the University of Tennessee on an Army ROTC scholarship. Upon receipt of a Bachelors of History degree, Chris was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He served four years and achieved the rank of Captain. Chris then returned home to work in the family business with his father, brother and brother-in-law.

Chris and his lovely wife Scottie Nell have a son named Houston and a daughter named Alexandria. He and his family reside in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Chris also serves as a Sumner County Commissioner representing the 9th District and is a member of the Hendersonville Rotary Club.


Norman Tripp, Hughes-Edwards Builders
Norman Tripp, Chief Estimator, Hughes-Edwards Builders

Norman “Ligge” Tripp

With a strong finance background, Norman Tripp serves as chief estimator for Hughes-Edwards Builders. Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, he has been living and working in the Middle Tennessee area since 2002.  Previously, he was director of Sumner Asset Management and earned his bachelors of business administration from the University of Miami.

A father of two daughters, Norman is an avid triathlete and outdoorsman and is a qualified pilot of a Learjet 60 and served as a captain for a “Forbes 400” family.

He is also a graduate of the Johnson & Wales University with culinary arts degree. As a chef, he appreciates the Nashville area’s fine dining restaurants, personally enjoys cooking and thinks spending a day trying “Bizarre Foods” with Andrew Zimmern would be amazing.

Our Promise

Hughes-Edwards Builders promises our customers, above all, a beautiful home that stands the test of time.

On our journey together, customers can expect a personalized, convenient experience and unsurpassed value for their dollar.

    • We are…
    • Visionary.
    • Innovative.
    • Experienced.
    • Professional.
    • Accountable.
    • Passionate.
    • Committed.

Hughes-Edwards is a Certified Builder with the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee. The association is committed to excellence and Hughes-Edwards exemplifies this standard.

Hughes-Edwards is also a member of the association, Green Building Council in Middle Tennessee.

Nationally, Hughes-Edwards Builders has been recognized for its efforts in green building. Bryan Edwards is a Certified Green Professional (CGP). HEB incorporates green building principles into homes construction, without driving up the costs.

Best of Houzz 2015 “Design” 

Best Home Builder  2013 – Toast of Music City Winner – Tennessean

Winner of 2005 Parade of Homes – Dover Hall, Fairvue Plantation

      • Best of show
      • Best interior design
      • Best craftsmanship
      • Best kitchen
      • Best home theatre
      • Best foyer

Winner of 2003 Parade of Homes – La Belle Maison, Fairvue Plantation

      • Best of show
      • Best interior design
      • Best craftmanship
      • Best landscape
      • Best faux finish
      • Best interior decor


The Tennessean Article (1.9 MB PDF)

Press Release (80 KB PDF)
AtHome Article (1.1 MB PDF)
Today’s Homes Article (3 MB PDF)
The News Examiner Article (1.1 MB PDF)


Remodeling and Home Design
Remodeling and Home Design