GREER, SC – Tom Dillard and his team have opened The Cottage Group, LLC, a new residential construction company serving the buyer than desires a quality custom home with a smaller footprint.

A sister company of Dillard-Jones Builders, The Cottage Group offers a growing collection of house plans that includes the company’s own Cottage Group portfolio along with some of the most popular Southern Living house plans ranging from 2,000 square feet to 3,500 square feet. Many of the company’s plans will be for sale from the Southern Living House Plans website.

A member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, The Cottage Group will present an All American Southern Living Showcase Cottage in Spring 2013 in Greenville, with a goal that 95% of the products used in construction of the home be made in the U.S.A.

The 2,400-square-foot home will feature ample outdoor living space including a wrap around sitting porch on the front, with a screened porch and second sitting porch on the rear of the home. The three-bedroom home features a master suite on the main level, with two upper level bedrooms separated by a loft overlooking the lower level living room. The exterior will be Hardie siding on a brick foundation.

“We believe homebuyers can have a quality custom home the hassles of the typical custom home build process,” said Tom Dillard, president of The Cottage Group, LLC. “The Cottage Group was formed to serve sophisticated buyers who want a high quality home, but do not need or want the extra square footage.”

The Cottage Group is dedicated to building smaller footprint homes that are defined by thoughtful design and attention to detail. Homes will feature quality craftsmanship and materials primarily found in larger homes such as brick, stone and Hardie exteriors, and inside features such as granite countertops and stainless appliances. Floor plans are flexible, giving buyers the opportunity to have a unique home that reflects where they live and the way they live.

For more information, call (864) 640-0111 or visit

The Cottage Group, LLC is a sister company of Dillard-Jones Builders, which specializes in custom residential construction ranging from the $500,000’s to more than $2 million. The Cottage Group LLC is a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, an invitation-only network of approximately100 custom homebuilders throughout the South. A member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program since 2007, Dillard-Jones Builders was named Southern Living’s Builder Member of the Year in 2009 and 2011, the only two-time winner of the prestigious national award.

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