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Classic Design Builders have been constructing custom design residential homes in the Tidewater area since 1986. The partners, Dave Slawson and Joe Hanley have been best friends since age 14 and have turned their dynamic into a lasting business partnership. They are known for their hands on approach, innovation in architectural design and creative floor plans. Their dedication and hard work is immediately recognizable in their houses, from usable living spaces to the high quality materials used in construction. Their eye for design and ability to work hand in hand with the homeowner, architect and interior designer allow them to take your dream and create a stunning, unique and affordable home using state of the art products and materials .

Classic Design Builders quality and craftsmanship has been recognized by their peers. They are a proud recipient of multiple Stanley Awards for Best Design and Craftsmanship, Best Outdoor living, and Best Kitchen Design. With their continued success and financial stability they have been able to use the same group of trades people for over 15 years, fostering quality and consistency in their homes. Their passion to grow and ability to adapt to ever changing codes, technologies and energy resource innovations, combined with their unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction is why they have and will continue to serve so many families in Hampton Roads.

Meet the Builders


David Slawson

David Slawson graduated from Flagler College with a B.A. in Business Administration. Growing up his family owned Polynesian pools, entrepreneurship was in the blood. After graduating from Flagler, he founded Wood Concepts of Virginia. Then in 1986 he founded Classic Design Builders. He holds a Class A contractors license in the State of Virginia. David is a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach and enjoys surfing, golf and fishing. He has two sons Tyler and Carter.


Joe Hanley

Joe Hanley is an Old Dominion University Alumni, holding a degree in Management Information Systems as well as Production and Operations. Joe has a vast knowledge of coordination and extensive management experience in the construction industry. In 2000, he became a partner of Classic Design Builders. His expertise in construction, land development, real estate appraisal and banking made him the perfect fit. He is a licensed Class A contractor in the State of Virginia and continues to further his education in his area of expertise. He has three children Tripp, Mia and Brock.