Through owners and operators Steve and Sean Swain- Coastal Cypress is known for being fair, honest, hardworking and dedicated. Coastal Cypress delivers the true southern feel and approach to building a new home and is the model of doing things the right way in a tough industry. Let the family team at Coastal Cypress build your next home and you will quickly realize that the words. “yes ma’am” as well as “please and thank you,” are still a part of the business world in the South.



Active in the Wilmington community constantly building new relationships with vendors, partners, clients, and other small businesses. The Swain brothers of Coastal Cypress are continuing the family’s development efforts along the Coast of North Carolina as NC general contractors and Carolina home builders

– The Coastal Cypress Team


Steve Swain

Steve has been an entrepreneur his entire professional career. Having had the honor to work along-side his Uncle, David Swain at Swain & Associates, he has learned a method of doing business that maintains integrity and carries on the family’s development efforts on the Coast of North Carolina. With an Applied Mathematics’ degree from Davidson College, Steve has an insight into the economics and value of building houses while preserving a desire to serve his client’s first.

Steve is an active board member of The Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association. He also has the pleasure of serving on The Board of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.


Kelli Dengate

Kelli has been a design consultant with Coastal Cypress since 2016. She attended the Ohio State University in 2008 to study architecture after graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Kelli provides all of our clients a customized and dedicated design consulting experience. Her goal is to give our clients the personal support and assistance they need to make the home building process as easy as possible. 

If she is not working, you can catch her attending her kids sporting events.  


Sean Swain

Sean has spent his last 15 years in the construction industry and excels at site work, foundation construction, masonry and concrete design, along with a strong style of management. His no nonsense approach to getting a job done timely, properly, and efficiently allows Coastal Cypress to not only deliver some of the highest quality houses in town but also the cleanest job sites you will find.

Sean and his wife Katie are raising three young boys ready to follow in their Uncle’s and Father’s footsteps. You will always be able to count on Sean for an honest direct answer in a respectful manner. 

Caylor Arnold

Caylor joined Coastal Cypress, in 2018, as their Director of Marketing. She played Division I softball at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. With BIG TEN All-Academic Honors, in 2016, she graduated with a degree in Communications Studies focused in Digital Media along with a Northwestern Medill IMC Marketing Certificate. Caylor’s renowned education allows her to bring a visionary viewpoint to the real estate industry. 

The windy city will always have a place in her heart, but Wilmington is now and forever “home”. Caylor and her fiancé Jacob reside in Carolina Beach, with their two shepherds Bronx (mini Aussie) and Kai (GSD). Catch them at Freeman Beach taking in all this coast has to offer!


Brandon Yourkiewicz

Every great Custom Home Builder needs a Master Carpenter and Brandon fills this role at Coastal Cypress. Brandon joined our team in 2014 and is responsible for leading the interior trim work amongst many other tasks. His attention to detail, craftsmanship and skill speaks for itself. Many of the custom trim designs found in our homes were created by Brandon himself.

Brandon, his wife, Erika and children, Harrison and Miller, love calling Wilmington home. If he is not on the job catch Brandon at a paintball course.

Custom Home Building

As an Unlimited General Contractor, we hold all trade contracts and assume ownership and accountability to minimize risk to the owner. Our team of experienced owners and on-site Project Coordinators ensure that your project will be planned and executed seamlessly. Our long-standing relationships with some of the best subcontractors in Southeastern North Carolina allows us to provide competitive bids without sacrificing quality. With a variety of resources and contacts, we can deliver budget conscious projects on an aggressive schedule.


By combining the design development, permitting and construction schedules into a single entity, Coastal Cypress can streamline a project and avoid potential increases while completing and delivering the project as a turnkey product. Benefits of a design-build include:

Enhanced communication
Increased accountability by the contractor
More flexibility and input from the owner

Remodeling & Renovations

When it comes to home remodeling and renovations, Coastal Cypress is second to none. By using all the same skills and techniques to design and construct custom homes, we will make your current home feel like new again. Our team will make your remodeling project as quick and as unobtrusive as possible, while working around your schedule to bring your vision to life.

Construction Management

Coastal Cypress works hand in hand with the owner, architect, engineers and property managers to ensure that potential problems are avoided, and value is maximized. Some benefits of a construction management contract include:

Identifying and implementing cost saving strategies
Recognizing potential issues and resolving them prior to the construction phase
Minimizing the owner’s risks
Assuring quality and proficiency of the trades’ performance

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