Thank you for welcoming us into your home, a place where you make your most memorable moments.

Behind Graphic Builders is a husband and wife team whose passion for residential construction has brought us our best memories, from the Upper West Side to Wall Street, from the Hudson to the East River. Graphic Builders is very much our baby – a fourth son we often say – and we’re proud to have grown our reputation for building highly crafted and well managed projects over the past 22 years.

Martin brought his European carpentry training and Irish apprenticeship in custom cabinetry to the States where he built a career in residential construction, first as a carpenter then construction superintendent for Taconic Builders, before founding Graphic Builders. Mary joined in soon after, lending her background and expertise in project management in the finance and technology industries.

Together, we specialize in luxury residential renovations and only take on a handful of projects a year to ensure our care and attention to every detail. Our relationships with top designers, architects, and general subcontractors allow us to be confident in the level of service and quality we produce. Each project is a completely custom experience for us. We revel in the process with you, from concept to creation.

We’re often asked, with each project being independent of and as thoughtful as the next, where we continue to get our inspiration. And we often think of the poem The Summer Day by Mary Oliver:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your
one wild and precious life?”

Our answer is two-fold: Raise our family of three sons and build our business, Graphic Builders. Nothing is more dear to us.

We invite you to speak with some of our past clients in Manhattan from over the years about their experience working with Graphic Builders, from our management skills and attention to budget, to scheduling and coordinating with their building management. Then compare us to the competition. While we might be a smaller operation, few can compare to the focus, skill and expertise that we bring to each project. We look forward to working with you. 

Mary & Martin McElroy