Meet SW Associates

A Professional Home Builder You Can Trust

One of the first things people notice about SW Associates is how easy it is to communicate with our professional home builders. Everyone associated with SW Associates understands that you have a unique vision for your new home. Our passion is to help you achieve that vision.

Expert craftsmanship and more than four decades of custom home building experience make SWA homes synonymous with premier quality. Whether you are considering a custom home, remodel or renovation, we welcome your call or email to discuss your new project.

Proudly Building Certified Green Custom Homes in Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton and Surrounding Areas.

Stanford Whittington at SW Associates of Hickory

Stanford Whittington


  • Married to Connie
  • Founded SW Associates in 1992
  • One daughter Tiffany and one grandson Nico
  • Lives in Hickory, NC
  • Licensed General Contractor
  • Certified Green Builder designation
  • Certified Aging In Place designation
  • Over 31 years in the building industry
  • President, Board of Directors Caldwell House
  • Vice Chairman Board of Directors Hope Valley
  • Volunteer with Hospice

Jimmy Houston Jr.

Jimmy Houston Jr.

Owner/Vice President

  • Married to Annette since 1991
  • Two children Kali and Cole and one grandson Isaiah
  • Associates degree in Architecture
  • Licensed General Contractor
  • Over 25 years in the building industry (Designing floor and truss systems, designing homes, and building)
  • Active member of his church
  • Certified Green Builder designation
  • Member of Tri-County Bluegrass Band

Annette Houston

Annette Houston

Office Manager/Secretary/Treasurer

  • Married to Jimmy since 1991
  • Two children Kali and Cole and one grandson Isaiah
  • Worked as Office Assistant at SW Associates for 8 years
  • Worked as a hairstylist at College Pines Nursing and Rehab for 19 years
  • Active member of her church as well as Church Secretary and Assistant Treasurer for church
  • Current hairstylist for the Assisted Living side at the Shaire Center Inc. in Lenoir