Build Now

Build Now is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping residents rebuild New Orleans greener, smarter and now.  We have constructed over 50 homes in the greater New Orleans area and are committed to building elevated, energy-efficient homes in the New Orleans' architectural style, that combine green-building technologies with modern amenities.  As a nonprofit, we provide extensive case management to our clients and walk them through the entire construction process, from obtaining financing and designing their floor plan to building their home with our licensed construction team.  Build Now's staff has over 40 years of experience in the mortgage and real estate industry which allows us to provide comprehensive counseling services in-house.  Build Now is truly your one-stop shop for building in New Orleans.

Our Community: Build Now works throughout the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.  To date, we have built over 50 houses and have 17 more under construction in neighborhoods such as Gentilly, Lakeview, New Orleans East, Uptown and the Lower Ninth Ward and Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes.


Nikki Najiola, Director of Sales and Case Management

(504) 373-6962


Number of Homes Available: Build Now custom builds its homes to the specifications requested by its clients. Therefore, we don't start construction until we've signed a contract with you.

Number of Homes Under Construction: 17

Sizes Available:  


2 bedroom / 1 bathroom (900 SF) to

4 bedroom / 2.5 bathroom (1800 SF)

Prices: Homes are priced from $110,000 to $195,000.


Build Now works with our clients to secure as many subsidies as possible.  This includes the City of New Orleans Soft Second Mortgage ProgramRoad Home funds, and HMGP and ICC money.  We also work with the Whitney Community Development Corporation to provide lines of credit to construct homes for clients who would otherwise not be able to qualify for a construction loan.

Income Restrictions:  

Build Now works with all residents regardless of their income.

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Home features: Our founder and designer, New Orleans native William Monaghan, custom designed our homes to fit a wide variety of family needs and lot sizes.  All of our models reflect traditional New Orleans architectural styles and feature open floor plans, 9-foot ceilings and large windows.  Our elevated, energy efficient homes come with tasteful finishes and plenty of additional options.  We provide landscaping, sidewalks and driveways at no additional cost and our guaranteed pricing means the cost of your construction will never go above the contracted price.