Meet John & Dan

John Shaffer has been building custom homes for over 30 years. John’s son-in-law Dan Branley joined John Shaffer Custom Homes in 2019. Together, they serve the Southern New Jersey counties with integrity, genuine care and professionalism.

The Team

The team at John Shaffer Custom Homes is John and Dan, along with the many skilled trade partners they work with every day.

We are dedicated to providing a great home building experience for our customers. With a personal attention to design and detail, we build homes like we’re building for friends and family. We want your home to not only look great, but we want it to fit your life and grow with you for many years to come.

John Shaffer, Principle

John has been building and remodeling homes for over 30 years. Before starting John Shaffer Custom Homes in 2014, John worked as a production manager for Ryan Homes and Director of Construction and VP of Operations at Thompson, completing 30 to 40 homes a year. John brings expert knowledge of the home building industry, from zoning regulations, state policy, real estate development and budget management to construction documentation, interior design and finish selection.


John believes that the custom home building process should be a collaborative effort where he educates the customer every step of the way. He puts his clients at ease with constant communication. 


His personal attention to detail and commitment to quality is what makes a custom home yours.

“I love the creative side of custom home building.”

Dan Branley, Partner

Dan grew up in Newcastle, England, before moving to the states to attend college in Tennessee. He received his master’s degree in business administration and has been working in collegiate sports for the past five years. Dan most recently worked as the recruiting coordinator and game day analyst for the soccer team at Campbell University in North Carolina. 


From these roles, Dan brings great attention to detail to his role as junior partner, something we value highly at John Shaffer Custom Homes. He is able to manage complex projects with his experience in scheduling and budget management. He has negotiated contracts for and recruited players from all over the world, and provides person-centered communication to every client and trade partner.

“My favorite part of the building process is when the customers come to the site and I can see how happy they are, [especially] with finish selections. I enjoy seeing John guide them through the process.”



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