Birmingham, Ala. – Homebuilder Alan Looney, founder and president of Castle Homes, located in Brentwood, TN, has been named Custom Builder of the Year by the Southern Living Custom Builder Program after the 2011 launch of the Southern Living Showcase Home in Nashville.

“Alan Looney represents the best our program has to offer,” says Kristen Payne, Executive Marketing Director, Southern Living. “His sincerity as a person and vested interest in providing a customer a great experience are what really make him stand apart.”

The Southern Living Custom Builder Program is an invitation-only network of nearly 100 builders across the country.  Each member is hand-selected for their outstanding reputation, quality of design and construction, integrity, and stability in the locations they represent.

A member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program since 2010, Castle Homes, a design-build firm with guaranteed pricing, earned the 2012 Builder of the Year award for its successful presentation of the 2011 Southern Living Showcase Home.  The Southern Living Showcase Home in Nashville welcomed almost 7,000 visitors with Ronald McDonald House Nashville as the benefiting charity as well as receiving hundreds of donated Books From Birth for families served.

“The home reflects a story you might see in the pages of Southern Living,” adds Payne.  “It is clear that a lot of care went into every detail of the home and that’s what earned him the recognition as the top member in the Custom Builder Program. Castle Homes will be featured in our September 2012 issue.”

Castle & SL Team - Award Pic

Pictured left to right:  Kristen Bryan, Associate Marketing Director, Southern Living, Heather & Alan Looney, Castle Homes & Kristen Payne, Executive Marketing Director, Southern Living

The award was presented during the Southern Living Builder Conference held in February at the Wild Dunes Resort near Charleston.

To learn more about the Southern Living Custom Builder Program please visit www.southernlivingcustombuilder.com.  Highlights of the 2011 Nashville Southern Living Showcase Home and information about Castle Homes building program can be found at www.castlehomes.com.

About Southern Living

Southern Living (www.southernliving.com), the premier lifestyle and entertaining magazine of the South and the seventh largest monthly consumer magazine in the U.S. (based on readership), reaches nearly 16 million readers each month and enjoys a circulation of about 2.8 million. Published 13 times a year, Southern Living celebrates the heart of Southern life.

A leader in lifestyle information, Birmingham, Ala.-based Southern Progress Corporation (www.southernprogress.com) publishes Southern LivingCooking LightHealthCoastal LivingSouthern AccentsCottage Living, and Sunsetmagazines, and books through Oxmoor House. It also operates a direct-selling division, Southern Living At HOME, and has a strong Web presence through branded portals, including MyRecipes.com and MyHomeIdeas.com, as well as 10 individual Web sites. Southern Progress is a subsidiary of Time Inc.