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We are committed to finding the balance between "architectural opportunity" and "proven construct-ability" in search of the value found between budget and project aspirations. Every project has different functional needs, aesthetic goals, and budgets. Successful projects balance these competing priorities, bringing the most “value” to you. This critical balancing act is only achieved with a "builder’s conscience" during design, and an "architect’s vision" during construction. At ARCON, this is our strength. We always achieve this balance. Why? Because we have both disciplines working in one firm.


Ron and Ike have designed and built two homes for us on Lake Keowee. You will not find a more attentive and creative design/build firm. Ron has a great talent for planning a home based on your ideas, fitting it perfectly on the lot and then designing an exterior that is an instant classic. His designs are truly timeless.Read More

After looking at probably 30+ houses on Lake Keowee, we decided to purchase a lot and build, and after talking to multiple builders, we decided to go with Arcon – and have been extremely satisfied and happy with them. We hadn’t built a house in 30 years, so we were a little apprehensive about the experience – but Arcon made it as stress-free as possible for us. Arcon has been great to work with because with them you have both the architect and builder combined into one entity. Ron is an extremely talented architect and was able to position and design the house with the best view possible on the lot and accommodate a number of changes we made to the house design – even as It was being built – making it truly custom. He is also very creative and helped us work through potential changes and how they would look. Ike, the site manager during the build, was always available to answer questions and even answer if what we wanted changed could be done. Ike is also very creative and helped us think through a number of choices we had to make as the house was being finished. They had great relationships with the subs/suppliers and worked directly with them to help take care of any questions or issues we had. Both Ron and Ike listen carefully and closely to what you want as their customer – then works with you to ensure you’re satisfied with the result. Even after the house was built, they were very responsive to the punch list and any other questions we had. Plus they were really a lot of fun to work with. We would highly recommend Arcon to build your house - so on a scale of 1 to 10, we’d give them an 11!Read More

I had the privilege of working with Ron personally to produce professional images of his work. Arcon homes have such a signature style they really stand out. I love the use of rock and exposed beams in the interiors , so many textures and angles in every scene. The outdoor living spaces keep the elegant theme but are practical too. Before I had the chance to work with Ron I was already a fan of how he was blending incredible pools and hot tubs into the home in such a unique way. Ron is loved by his clients and they just glow talking about their new homes.Read More

Prior to meeting with Ron Welch of ARCON Architects & Builders, we met with several other highly recommended builders in the area. We toured some of their homes and were impressed with their work. We were confident each of those we interviewed could skillfully build whatever we asked, yet we felt as if something was missing. We desired some back and forth; a creative process of sorts. We needed someone who would do more than build the plan, someone who could help with the evolution of our ideas. When we finally met Ron we toured a home he had designed and built. We realized that Ron Welch was exactly the person we were looking for. It was at that point that we began to understand the value of an outstanding architect who is also a skilled builder. Ron understood our needs, and creatively designed a home that was magically sited on our lot. We are convinced that his vast knowledge of both architecture and construction saved us from making costly errors in design, placement, materials and product selection. Throughout the project Ron worked with his team to incorporate creative custom touches while at the same time he was always mindful of costs. Ron was passionate and personally invested in every last detail of the design and build of our home. His creativity, attention to detail, organization and integrity are beyond amazing. We've heard it said that there is no perfect house, but Ron designed and built the perfect house for us. We would enthusiastically recommend Ron and his outstanding ARCON team.Read More

We have worked with Arcon with the lighting layouts of the homes he builds for many years. His customers are ALWAYS happy with the way things are handled and the final product. Ron's work is far above wonderful. It is always a pleasure to meet with his customers and work on the lighting layouts.Read More

Ron was my contractor to design and build out a large basement project in my lakehouse. Ron did an amazing job, and all the fights you normally have with a builder with them trying to squeeze more money out of you never happened. He was always more than fair when it came to any change orders. Additionally, the workmanship was excellent. His design work was also excellent as he created a very nice floorplan with all the rooms I desired to have in the basement. I wish he had built the house to begin with! And all this occurred with me not being present. I live out of state and had to do all this by phone! Just goes to show how good and trustworthy Ron is. I would highly recommend him for any job.Read More

Designed and built my beautiful home on Lake Keowee SC. The home was completed on time and within budgeted and quoted estimates. The construction in South Carolina was complete while I lived in Michigan and most of the project management was done via weekly phone conversations (with photo's) and monthly site visits. His honesty and integrity is beyond reproach. I'm been living full time in the home for more then 8 yrs now and the home is still near perfect inside and out. His after construction service support has been great. Twice over the 8 yrs I had to call him to do some major repairs caused by severe weather, he was on the job the next day and the repairs were perfect. He runs a full service business and you get just that.Read More

We contracted with ARCON to renovate a level of a home that was purchased on Lake Keowee. ARCON's renovations were a part of the purchase process. He was extremely sensitive to our building objectives. Ron went above and beyond our expectations in supporting a need for an 11th hour design submission. Before we had a signed contract with ARCON, owner Ron Welch put in late hours to meet our lenders very tight timeline of a design and cost estimate. ARCON isn't just about Ron, our experience with the entire ARCON team was fantastic. We've owned the home for more than a year now, and remain exceptionally pleased with the craftsmanship and design. We have every intent on building from the ground up on our lake property in the future, i.e. dream home. We will turn to Ron and the ARCON team to repeat their excellent work.Read More

We worked with ARCON on two separate projects. One a small apartment for our in-laws and a second, larger project, a guest quarters on our property. We had a budget that they strictly adhered to and they worked tirelessly to help us with every decision that impacted the final cost. In both cases the projects came in under budget.Read More

After an extensive search and interview process we hired Arcon to design and build our dream lake house on Lake Keowee. We have built before and had pretty bad expereinces so were nervous if not skeptical going in. Our expereince was excellent and we could not have been more pleased. Ron and Ike are uber talented, creative, and most important ethical and trustworthy. We finished on time, below budget and love the finished product! Many years later, they continue to be availble and more than willing to help with any questions or needs we might have.Read More

Ron was the Project Manager for the construction of our residence and we subsequently later engaged the services of his company for a project to finish out the basement. We could not be more pleased. I have a background in interior design, am very picky, and always want something a little different. Ron really delivered a great result. He is very creative at solving the occasional problems, comprehends my ideas very quickly, and is very conscientious concerning the bottom line. The end result for us was a lovely wine cellar, along with an additional bedroom which he connected seamlessly with an existing bath, as well as a spacious walk-in pantry, an attractive area for silver and china storage, a workshop, and a study. We are enjoying this home every day. If I have a question, or need direction to a service (painter, plumber, HVAC specialist), he is always available and points us in the right direction. We would utilize his talents again in a heartbeat. Laurelle WilliamsRead More

Ron Welch is a very talented architect and a great builder. We have provided the timber frame products for many of Arcon's projects over the years and they are a pleasure to work with. The quality level and attention to details in their homes is always high with no shortcuts taken. Great company to trust your project with.Read More

Arcon designed and built us the house of our dreams on Lake Keowee! Ron Welch and his expertise were vital from the time we purchased the lot all the way to the completion of our house.Read More

Ron is a confident and professional Architect/General Contractor. He designed and built my home in 2003/2004. During the design/construction, we had many discussion on what should be done and every one of the actions was completed on time. Ron's ability to work with subs and owners is outstanding. I would recommend Ron as your builder.Read More

ARCON designed & built our lake house on Lake Keowee. I would highly recommend ARCON for home design &/or construction to anyone without hesitation. There are a number of reasons for confidence in doing so: -We were able to sit down w/ the owner, Ron Welch, with a blank sheet of paper & simply describe what we were looking for. Ron was able to take our desires, design the home, & then build it. There are obvious inherent advantages to the design Architect also constructing your home-no disconnect. -The attention to detail was beyond reproach. Ron made a number of suggestions during construction that added great value to our home. He only hires the highest quality subs. -Ron's communication skills & responsiveness exceeded our high expectations. -Just a delightful experience in every way, & our home came out even better than our original vision!!Read More

ARCON combines the unique features of being an architectectural firm that can design your home as well as a builder who can implement building that designed home into a reality. This avoids the disconnects that can occur when an architect designs something that a builder is unable to practically build. ARCON is flexible, communicates well and most of all is trustworthy and honest as they work with their clients. I have never experienced such a positive experience when working with a firm in the construction business. I highly recommend ARCON for designing and building a home.Read More

The best remodeling experience we ever had, period. Arcon was punctual, professional, and reliable. Very attentive to design and finish details and persistent in making it perfect. If you want quality, honesty and integrity delivered at a reasonable price Arcon is the go to company.Read More

Ron is very client focused. We found his designs and finished projects to be creative, high quality and with very good attention to detail. We are building a house where the view is tantamount and Ron has done a phenomenal job of siting our house, windows and rooms to capture the view from multiple different perspectives....while also meeting all our requests for room functionality, windows, design elements etc., He listens very well and using his extensive skills and experience has been able to very effectively translate our thoughts to design. Ron worked very closely with us to design and build a project that met our budget. Collectively, we spent a month working through alternatives to bring the project to the right price no time did he sugggest cutting quality or allowances to get there nor did he pressure us to "hurrry up" to lock down the design. As a result, we have had very few change orders and only at our request. As far as allowances go, Ron's estimates have been quite accurate - he understood the quality and value we were looking for. His supervisor and his team are respectful and have done an amazing job of keeping the site clean and neat. We are building remotely, and both Ron and his supervisor have communicated frequently with pictures, emails and phone calls. When Ron is with us he is "present" - and we always feel like we are the only client he has which we know isn't the case. But he never makes us feel rushed. Our house is currently under construction but so far ARCON has exceeded our expectations.Read More

This is a great company who builds a great home " that works".Arcon will take you from design to completion and you won't be disappointed.Read More

Arcon Architects & Builders, not only build beautiful homes but build trusting realationships with there customers. They design and build top notch houses throughout the area. We love working with such a great team.Read More

Arcon Architects & Builders designed and built our wonderful house on Lake Keowee in Seneca South Carolina. Their professional expertise coupled with years of practical experience ensured the house not only met our family's needs but was built on time and within budget. By carefully assessing the building site Arcon ensured the house afforded great lake views from every room while minimizing the need to remove mature hardwood trees that I so love. They coupled the site plan with wonderful architectural features like 3 foot overhangs to minimize afternoon sun and allow the windows to stay open even during the rain ! In addition the cantilevered deck affords a sense of "floating over the lake" while maximizing the views from the lower level rooms. Oh .. and did I mention the screen porch and stone fireplace, the barrel vaulted front entry, the beams and massive stone fireplace in the great room .. and and and ! They just did a great job for us !Read More