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Partners and Testimonials

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Explore and learn more about the team of top quality partners
associated in building your dream home from Elite Design Group.


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    • allows you the freedom to have your
    • personality and style shine through. 
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    • of creative and one-of-a-kind home
    • designs and see why we’re a leading
    • builder of custom homes.

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    • integrated indoor and outdoor living
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    • to find the perfect plan that suits your
    • lifestyle and your needs.


JJ designed a beautiful house for my wife and I. He took what was in our head and completely placed in on paper. From the initial meeting until the final design, it was a pleasant, professional, and enjoyable process. EDG is a great firm to design your dream home.

Tajhaynes | 10/29/2013

I have worked with Elite Design Group for over three years and find them to be very talented and professional. They continue to produce unique and interesting designs which vary from client to client and do not take on a cookie cutter, one design fits all approach. I would rank Elite Design Group as one of the best in the Charlotte area and most likely the best value of anyone I the area. Gary Barnes PE G B Engineering

Gbarnes12 | 10/29/2013

JJ and his staff are great to work with. They listen to the client and their needs and take into consideration the building process to develop a custom home plan.

New Tradition Homes Of NC | 10/27/2013

I am a custom home builder in the Charlotte area. I have worked with many architects over my career. Elite Design Group has always offered excellent design work and great creativity in their plans. They have great vision with both renovation and new construction projects. the above comments reflect their dedication to the owner. As a contractor, they also offer great products and services. Their plans are "buildable". Rarely are there field conflicts with the design and actual construction. However, if there are, Elite Design Group does not hesitate to make a site visit to remedy the situation. EXCELENT COMPANY TO WORK WITH!

Waynestover | 10/27/2013

Engaged EDG through our builder to design house plans for the builder to work from. EDG was very professional, attentive to our needs/desires and provided creative solutions to challenging design issues. We would highly recommend them.

Rhunt580 | 10/24/2013

JJ listened to what my Wife and I wanted and took the time to learn about the things that were important to us and sketched it out...and it was exactly what we were looking for. JJ and his staff has been great to work with and I highly recommend Elite Design Group.

Driving101 | 10/22/2013

JJ and Elite Design Group did an excellent job designing our custom waterfront home. He understood what we were asking for and worked with us until everything was perfect. He continued to have a good relationship with the builder during the construction process. We loved the attention to detail and the creativity in his designs. He was very timely, efficient, and easy to work with. We would recommend him highly.

Alheider | 10/21/2013

As a custom builder, I am always dealing with customers that have specific needs and desires. Elite Design Group is one of the best at trying to achieve the complete satisfaction of my clients. They are very good at listening to what my clients want in their custom house along with providing them suggestions to make it even better. Once the final product is complete, my clients always feel comfortable that they have made the right choice on the plan development process.

Joeyjacobs32 | 10/30/2013

JJ and his team provided our clients with a great representation of the final product. We have worked with Elite Design Group quite often over the years and they always prove to be a good value for the dollar. We highly recommend utilizing their services.

Kenneth Bealer Homes, Inc | 10/30/2013

Elite Design Group has designed many beautiful homes that our company has constructed over the past 10 years. They deliver a wonderful plan, in a timely manner, and low cost to our clients. J.J. Barja is really creative with his designs, and can accommodate plans that range from low budget to multimillion dollar homes. Great to work with, and will continue to use in the future. Jimmy Holevas Holevas Holton Custom Homes

Holevas & Holton Custom Homes | 10/20/2013

We have a strong history of working with this firm and highly recommend you consider them for your next design project!

Jean Benham | 10/30/2013

EDG was amazing to work with. We hired JJ with some idea of what we wanted our home to look like and what we wanted our layout to be. JJ really took our idea and made it into our dream home. He listened to all of our wants/needs and was very creative on the room setup as we had a small narrow lot to build on. He was very easy to work with, quick with his work and have recommended him to all of our friends and family.

Suzy1189 | 10/30/2013

JJ and Elite Design were incredibly helpful in building our custom home, we would highly recommend them to anyone. JJ has an amazing skill to get general thoughts from you, and turn your thoughts into a picture like he was reading your mind. He is fully hands on, and willing to work with you diligently to get exactly what you are looking for in the design and function of your home. We often say that there is amazingly few things we would do different with the layout of our home if we started from a blank sheet of paper again.

Mattbrennan | 10/18/2013

We had a sketch drawn up over a year ago of our dreams for an addition on our lake house. The sketch was based on input from my husband and myself while walking around our home. We admired his ability to combine our differences into something we both loved. We have not acted on it yet, but we have been dreaming about it ever since. We plan to contact them shortly to begin the next step in the process.

Grammahoss | 10/30/2013

JJ Barja from EDG was great. He listen to what I wanted to do and carefully noted what I did not want with my house design. He then came back with a design that had everything that I wanted as well as some things that he thought would add value. He was open to my suggestions and all changes that I wanted to make.

Demetria Bennett | 10/18/2013

Elite Design Group knows how to take care of customers. They listen and implement ideas in a wise way. They are knowledgeable about the homebuilding process and design a home that is both functional and beautiful. We would not use anyone else.

Mistyhnc | 10/18/2013

I am a custom builder in Charlotte, North Carolina. When the time came to design our last house we chose Elite Design Group. J.J. Barja and his team are not only great home designers, but without question, the best "listeners" in the area. I would defintely use them again and would highly recommend their firm.

Beacon Builders | 11/22/2013

Besides the enormous talent he possesses, JJ is the kind of design professional that TRULY listens to his clients. As a builder, the most valuable aspect of his work is the consistent, seemingly effortless way in which he produces great design after great design in many different vernaculars, and always with fresh ideas. We have used JJ exclusively for a number of years, and are always confident in his timeliness, design skill and respect for our input. He is always there with a great solution.

Jfbenham | 10/18/2013

Strom Construction Inc. has worked with JJ at EDG numerous times over the years. He is always very professional and exceeds our expectations every time. His plans are very accurate, easy to work with and we highly recommend him.

Stromconstructioninc | 11/22/2013

We hired Elite Design Group to design our 6,500+ sq.ft. waterfront home in the Lake Norman Area and the process could not have gone more smoothly. The owner, JJ Barja is extremely creative and talented. He is the only architect that we have worked with that truly listens to what the customer wants/needs and then delivers that back to you in a very timely manner. His experience is vast and he can design any style of architecture that the customer/client desires. JJ and his company are a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend them!

Haduke | 01/29/2014

Elite Design took our wants and ideas and transformed them into a beautiful dream home. JJ was extremely enthusiastic and was able to not only incorporate our wishes but also provide professional guidance to further enhance the end result. Easy to work with and very skilled.

Millmc66 | 10/18/2013

I was introduced to JJ Barja of Elite Design Group to help design a new mid century modern home. JJ did an amazing job listening to what I had envisioned and put pen to paper to design exactly what we wanted right off the bat. He also worked with me to find a builder who not only met our budget but was a true pleasure to work with. I could not be more pleased with every aspect of the design/build process of our house. It was exactly what we wanted.

Grt2fly | 10/01/2015

Have had a good experience so far, could have been a little clearer in explaining time lines but thus far, we are happy with their services...

Darrington3033 | 03/06/2016

JJ Barja and his team are first class. My clients have used Elite Design Group many times and all are very satisfied with his work.

Plattner Custom Builders, LLC | 03/19/2016

JJ and his team did a phenomenal job at listening to our needs and delivered a truly one of a kind design. The attention to detail and quality is evident. Thank you!

Smita Korr | 10/03/2016

JJ Barga and the Elite Design Group have performed beyond expectations on numerous projects that I have been associated with, would highly recomend them


Working with JJ Barja was truly a great experience. Our home design is spectacular! JJ listened carefully to our requests for our home design and brought all the ideas together beautifully. Elite Design Group provided a very professional design and everyone was very helpful to us.

Jtye18 | 10/03/2016

Have met twice. Does a great job of listening and applying requests/changes. Looking forward to the future renditions and final drawings.

Paul Jaszewski | 10/13/2016

As a leading luxury realtor in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas, my recommendations to clients is extremely important to my reputation and business. I have referred and recommended Elite Design Group and JJ Barja to many clients and continue to do so. They are always on the cutting edge of home design, are always willing to listen to their clients' needs, and have the experience with all the top home builders in Charlotte. If you're looking to build or renovate and want a trusted partner, Elite Design Group is a top choice! Matt Rawlins, Realtor Rawlins & Company.

Mdrawlins | 10/18/2013

Working with Elias of Elite Design Group, we were very pleased! From his concepts to the finish product, he brought valuable knowledge and great insight to create exquisite custom renovation plans for our clients at an affordable price

Green Branch Construction, Inc. | 12/20/2016

E S Johnson Builders has used EDG for several of our clients. I know when we recommend JJ and his team my customer has someone who is a steward of their vision and their budget. A true professional, a creative mind and great team.

E S Johnson Builders, LLC | 06/13/2017

we hired JJ to design a private residence 15k sf + he did an excellent job and I would recommend him to anyone, we are also currently starting a residential remodel with him as well

Jeff Tomascak | 10/18/2013

E S Johnson Builders has used EDG for several of our clients. I know when we recommend JJ and his team my customer has someone who is a steward of their vision and their budget. A true professional, a creative mind and great team.