Lane Builders is the custom home choice in The Vines. Lane Builders has been designing and building custom homes in Sussex County for over 35 years. If you want a home that is unique and exciting in The Vines, Lane Builders should be your choice!


Jeff Burton

Jeff started with Gary McCrea, (the founder) of Lane Builders in the fall of 1994. Jeff was hired to replace Gary upon Gary’s retirement and complete the Lane Builders Team. Gary knew that Keith and Rick did a great job of building any home. If Jeff was ready at the end of the 5 years, Gary would sell Lane Builders to Jeff, Rick and Keith.
Jeff held true to his commitment over the years and Gary knew in time that his baby would be in good hands. Four years, Eleven Months and Zero Days, Jeff, Keith and Rick purchased Lane Builders from Gary McCrea. One month ahead of schedule. Since that day in 1999, Jeff, Rick and Keith have been building the areas greatest homes. Homes built with hard work, science and an extra heaping of Love.

Rick Blades

Rick grew up outside of Bridgeville on the western side of our great county. Rick has had a long career of building homes. Rick started as a 27 year old young man in the field of carpentry with Lane Builders. Rick was a quick study and a skilled craftsman. He quickly became a crew leader of his own crew. Gary, the founder of Lane Builders, immediately saw Rick’s potential shining through. Over the years Rick’s leadership and commitment to the highest quality homes continued. Year after year, he developed until Gary had the opportunity to make Rick a Superintendent. This new challenge was met with the same determination and care that Rick had exemplified throughout his career. Rick was now managing the construction of multiple homes at once. In 1999 along with Jeff Burton and Keith Hastings, all of Rick’s hard work paid off when together, they purchased Lane Builders.

Keith Hastings

Keith is a native of Georgetown, Delaware. Keith knew from the time he was a boy that he wanted to be a carpenter, actually… the best carpenter. During high school Keith took 3 years of technical studies in the field of carpentry at Sussex Vocational High School – Keith also worked as a carpenter since he was 15 years old. Since 1973 each summer he would practice his craft while keeping up with his chores around home. The summers were spent doing what he loved. Keith’s reputation for doing everything right the first time became well known locally. Gary McCrea (Founder of Lane Builders) saw his opportunity to hire the young craftsman in October of 1983 and did just that on Nov 1st 1983. When Keith started with Lane Builders his skill set was already quite evident. Keith spent the next years helping Gary to grow Lane Builders reputation by ensuring every customer could plainly see his love for his craft shining through. From the beginning of Keith’s tenure at Lane in 1983, the beach homes Lane was building became more complex and exquisitely detailed. Keith was always seeking to get better on each and every home. He loved the challenge. Keith became a crew leader as Gary knew Keith was a big part of building the Lane brand. Later, as Keith became a more and more integral piece of Lane Builders, Gary wisely promoted him to Superintendent as well. In 1999 along with Rick Blades and Jeff Burton, Keith purchased his dream. He was now part of the best home building team on the Delaware Beaches.

The owners of Lane Builders were born here, we were raised here and we chose to raise our families here. Sussex County is our home, from the beautiful Mispillion River to the solitude of the great Cypress Swamp, from the bountiful farm lands of our western side, to our gorgeous beaches. We love being a part of this beautiful thriving area.


Open House Hours
Mondays 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.