Jim Earle originally founded Carmel Valley Home Improvement in 2004 in San Diego, CA following a successful career in financial services.  After twelve years as a stockbroker,  Jim wanted to do something more meaningful.  He says, “As a broker, you make money when you make trades, whether it’s in the client’s best interest or not.” As  Carmel Valley Home Improvement grew their mastery in kitchen and bathroom remodeling became obvious and the decision was made to rebrand into Carmel Valley Contracting.  In early 2023 after numerous visits to the Lake Country Jim decided it was time to relocate the business and rebrand to JRE Custom Homes. 


    Jim chose to become a contractor because, “When you improve a person’s home, you improve the quality of their life.   When your house is nice, it makes everything in your life run better.”


     A former US  Army Ranger, who went into the military as an enlisted man after high school, Jim went on to graduate from San Diego State with a degree in business.


    Jim currently resides in Eatonton GA and has 2 grown sons, his  youngest now entering his senior year in Chico State as a finance major, and his eldest after earning a degree in aeronautical engineering is now in training to be a Marine Corp fighter pilot.


    Over the year Jim has volunteered with the YMCA Adventure Guides program helping to develop strong bonds between parents and children that support self esteem and communication skills that are the foundation for positive life-long relationships.  He spent a year as Indian Guide Nation Chief  running monthly camp outs for over 200 fathers and sons.  Rumor has it that Jim used his construction skills to craft a giant wooden mallet and smashed watermelons Gallagher style for a cheering crowd of seven to ten-year-old boys.


    Watermelons and giant mallets aside, Jim is a true construction professional. He and his team of professional tradesmen are dedicated to getting your job done on time and within budget.


    JRE Custom Homes provides a wide variety of services including fabulous kitchen and bath remodels as well as custom cabinetry, striking tile design, HVAC, deck and patio renovation, electrical and plumbing.


    Jim can provide creative and unique ideas to get you started, or, work from your existing plans, and also handle routine repairs.   We are insured, licensed and bonded. We provide free written estimates, and accept credit cards.


JRE Custom Home owner, Jim Earle, takes pride in interacting directly with each and every client. Contact today!


JRE Custom Homes 
184 Whitney St

Eatonton, GA 31024
Phone: 858.617-9994 
email: jearle@carmelvalleycontracting.com  (Soon to be changed)

Jim Earle, President

California Contractor’s License #880100 - In process of transferring to GA 



Contact Us

JRE Custom Homes 

184 Whitney St

Eatonton, GA 31024 

Phone: 858-617-9994


jearle@carmelvalleycontracting.com  (new email coming soon)

Office Hours

Normal hours of operation are Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  We are available for after hours emergencies such as floods, leaks or broken water heaters.


Over the years, our hard work in the remodeling business has been recognized in San Diego with the follwing awards: 


  • SBDC Business Builder Award
  • Best of Houzz 2015 Service Award

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