About Us

Amelia, Jackye, Chris, Andrew & Eli. Photography by ©Jason Cohen.

Our History

Crane Builders, LLC has been building and renovating homes along the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1986. Over 78% of our business comes from referrals and repeat clients. Crane Builders delivers exceptional quality and value in every project – custom new homes, additions, renovations, and historical restorations.

We’re a comprehensive, full service homebuilding firm. From repairing your back door lock to building a gazebo to helping create your dream home – you can rely on us to do it all!


  • Founded Crane Builders, Inc. by Jimmy Crane in New Orleans in 1980
  • Expanded to MS coast in 1986
  • Founded Crane Builders, LLC on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2008
  • Jackye started working at Crane Builders in the 90’s
  • Jackye became partner in Crane Builders, LLC in 2016 and purchased the balance of the company in 2019

The Crew

Jackye Crane Hansen, President
Chris Hansen, Project Manager & Sales

Angela Toney, Office & Project Manager
Taylor Santiago, Accounts Manager
Lucky, Ella, Eli & LuLu, Emotional Support Staff

Crane Builders, LLC Waveland, MS

Ella Says…

Our logo prominently features Ella, our official company mascot. We’re dog people and it shows! At Crane, we strive to be like Ella…keenly attentive to details, dependable and loyal to a fault.

Why “Best in Show”? Our tagline is a play on words as an ode to our mascot. Since branching out to the MS Gulf Coast in 1986, Crane Builders, LLC has built many “best in show” gems.

Strategic Alliance

Hansen Custom Painting, LLC is owned by Chris Hansen. He has been working hand in hand with Crane Builders, LLC for about twenty years. The attention to detail their services provide help to highlight the quality of our work.


Partnering with Crane

Carpentry and painting is completed in house with direct employees or with employees of our strategic alliance with Hansen Custom Painting. We hire highly skilled, insured specialized sub-contractors with whom we have long standing relationships to complete the rest of the specialized tasks at hand. We pride ourselves on working with the highest quality professionals in the area to ensure each home gets the attention to detail that it deserves. Contact one of our Project Managers if you are interested in bidding for jobs with us.