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Your Peace of Mind Builder

For more than 20 years Brightleaf’s award winning team and finely cultivated trade artisans have delivered the seamless integration of timeless elegance, modern sophistication and classic craftsmanship to offer the peace of mind to which you will want to come home.

What We Do

Highlighted in the Triangle Business Journal as the area’s top custom home builder Brightleaf’s approach has remained constant for over two decades, build with joy, build with excellence but most importantly build loyal and lasting relationships with our clients.

New Construction Luxury Homes

New Construction

We listen to your needs, wants and desires to help you craft the attractive home that you envision.

Fine Home Renovations


Creating a sustainable future through building preservation, green architecture, and smart design.

Luxury Home Additions


Broad vision, careful thought, and hand-crafted design go into every project.

Warranty and Service

Warranty & Service

We are committed to supporting the homes we build, both now, and well into the future.

Brightleaf - Our Coverage Area

Coverage Area

Though we would be happy to entertain the idea of building elsewhere, our primary coverage area is the Triangle region of North Carolina.

Raleigh • Durham • Chapel Hill • Cary

Who We Are

Bernie Malloy

Founding Partner
I'm a "hands on" contractor with over 40 years of experience, during which I have fostered a talent for innovative ideas and a creative eye for design and construction detailing. I've orchestrated and supervised projects as diverse as office buildings, land developments, multi-million dollar homes, and a major reconstruction effort in St. Thomas following hurricane Marilyn.

I spend many hours reviewing and working through the assembly and building of a home - long before a shovel breaks ground. This allows me the ability to thoroughly understand the complexity and intricacy of the building process. Through pre-construction meetings with our trades-people, I'm often able to resolve issues before they become problems.

Each custom home brings its own unique challenges and rewards. Thinking and working through issues, whether they be design, structural or site-driven, and helping people create their dream home is very rewarding. That reward is what drives me.

Judy Malloy

Founding Partner
I use my accounting degree to supervise the company’s financial and administrative matters.

The experience I've gained as a member of the board of directors for several non-profit organizations including The American Red Cross, helps me in my vision of the 'big picture' and in developing long-term goals for the business.

Brightleaf has never been just about the destination. It has also been about the journey to get there. That philosophy has earned us the reputation that we enjoy today.

We are a family of builders running a successful business - not business people trying to be builders. And I’m in charge of keeping the boys in line.

Cory Malloy

Partner/Master Builder
I graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in business management. I soon realized, however, that building was where my heart was. I joined Brightleaf Development in 1998 and am now the Managing Partner for Brightleaf Customer Care, our division for renovations, home repair, and maintenance.

I'm also proud to have earned the prestigious North Carolina Builder Institute’s Master Builder accreditation. Brightleaf’s Unlimited License is one of the very few that is amended to show the “Master Builder” Certification.

Growing up in the construction industry and working with many of the various trades I’ve developed a great respect for the effort and talent each trade delivers to the project every day. I also appreciate what it takes to bring cohesion and leadership to a team of artisans enabling them to perform at their utmost and create truly custom homes of the highest quality.

Shane Malloy

Partner/ Green Construction Expert
After nearly seven years of living in Europe, I realized that “home” was where my heart was, thus I joined the Brightleaf team in 2008. And, as we soon found, my fluency in both Spanish and German became an asset.

I serve our clients by being “boots on the ground” as well as “information in the cloud” therefore everyone is consistently informed regarding the progress of the construction as well as the decisions being made.

I’ve also come to see the partnership a home has with a family’s environmental health. Through this passion, I've earned certification for Advanced Green Building through the National Assoc. of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Green Building Conference. I'm also the force behind Brightleaf’s (Federal) Energy Star and (North Carolina) Healthy Built Home Certifications.

Construction today concentrates on how a house performs as a whole: using efficient heating and cooling technologies along with insulation and building envelope systems. We also employ the use of engineered lumber as much as possible to give greater strength and stability to the structure. That’s why we put so much energy into staying up-to-date with the latest in construction sciences.

Our Work

Certifications & Memberships

Our Customers Say

Recommending you and your organization is only possible because of the “Delivered Results” to us – our beautiful home Master Built by Brightleaf along with your great follow up. Never hesitate to send prospects to us.
Pat Elstro
It’s been a pleasure working with the entire Brightleaf organization. You truly set the standard in homebuilding! Many thanks again.
Alice & Mike Donoghue
We’re still enjoying our beautiful home (10 years later). Thank you.
John & Shirley Wichtrich
Every time we hear ‘Brightleaf is building it’ we smile and add: Excellent Choice! We have lived here 12 years – thanks!
Carolyn & Tom Hunter
Thanks again for being the master planner of the renovation in our home. It looks like a new house and we are delighted!
Clare & David Pulman
The Brightleaf team is easy to work with and highly professional. Their sub-contractors produce first class results. Their staff is pleasant and businesslike. Bernie doesn’t just build a house, he crafts it.
Jack and Carolyn Breaks
We love our new home, it fits us perfectly, and each day we appreciate a different aspect of the house. Your thoughts, ideas, on site modifications; all made a positive impact on the finished product.
Ed Unterberg
We particularly appreciated your approach at open, honest and frequent communication, and your patience in listening to our thoughts and (sometimes crazy) ideas. I am convinced that the final product is much better than it might have been due to the regular discussions we had exploring new ideas, options, and costs.
Tom and Carolyn Hunter
The quality of workmanship was outstanding with special attention given to solid building techniques and unique custom design features. Brightleaf has been just as responsive after we moved in, as they were during construction.
Gene and Donna Ferruzza
Brightleaf …has built us a wonderful home. It was started and completed on time…even though we were living in Connecticut, and building from afar. They kept us sufficiently informed, but did not concern us with the minutiae of day-to-day details. We were sent digital photos and received regular telephone and e-mail updates, so that we knew exactly what to expect on monthly visits.
Caroline Scott
As we grew to learn and deeply appreciate, Bernie is never satisfied with just ‘good enough’.
Allen and Rufina Marold
It goes without saying that Judy, Cory and Mike are important members of your team and a real pleasure to work with.
John Wichtrich
We value your working closely with the architect and continually focusing on how to bring to life the paper concept in a manner that preserved the essence of the design yet working out the myriad of details to ensure it came together in a cohesive and quality manner.
Mary Alexion and Andy Krumwiede
This is absolutely a much needed fantastic service. I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of work and attention to detail. I would highly recommend Brightleaf Customer Care!
Joanna Pagano
Finding your organization has been a godsend…
Jean Barber

Contact Us

(919) 465-0322 - Office
(919) 465-0890 - Fax
Brightleaf Development Co
110 Adams St.
Cary, North Carolina 27513