atc_8405-bw-gary-headshotGARY GILMER
 began his career in 1987 by renovating homes in the elegant Buckhead neighborhoods off Northside Drive. A few years later, Gary began buying and developing lots for residential homes in the Brookhaven area, an older, established neighborhood with wonderful mature trees and sidewalks. While no less convenient than Buckhead to all of the ambiance for which Atlanta is famous, the Dekalb County section of Brookhaven remained largely undeveloped in the late 80’s. In 1992 Gary was featured in Georgia Trend Magazine for the impact he was having in the Brookhaven area. As you drive the streets off of N. Druid Hills Road, Gilmer’s signature style is readily identifiable.

Distinct Features of Gary Gilmer’s Modern Manors:

  • Old World Style Brick Work
  • Hard-coat stucco accented with decorative keystones
  • Exterior Stone Work
  • Copper bay window tops
  • Ten to twelve-foot ceilings and exotic hardwood floors on the main level
  • Wood burning fireplaces with gas starters, finished with custom mantles with marble or stone surrounds
  • Barrel arches, triple crown molding, including turrets

In 2016, custom high-end single family homes, town homes and now state of the art Mixed-use development and Lofts are projects in which you will find Gary Gilmer working. Gilmer never shys away from a construction challenge. He welcomes the inspiration he gains through melding old-world details in to his modern manors of today.


Erin_1 Interior Designer, ERIN GILMER has more than 22 years professional interior design experience and a degree in Furnishings and Interiors from the University of Georgia.  Erin began her career in Athens, GA in 2000. Since beginning her design career 22 years ago, Erin’s projects have spanned the Southeast in both residential and commercial applications.  Erin devotes great care to creating a plan for each client, which provides individual design solutions for that warm lived-in ambiance. Erin Gilmer creates livable spaces that exude comfort and function as a result of collaboration between designer and client.

Erin’s projects include residential and commercial applications, renovations and new construction. Erin Gilmer’s design aesthetic is a functional blend of old world elegance with the fresh livability of a modern home.

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atc_8405-bw-cropPrior to establishing Heritage Design & Build Southeast, Gary Gilmer and Erin Shafer Gilmer met while working on a mutual client’s project in Athens, GA. Gary, a General Contractor and  friend of the homeowners, and Erin, a designer for the client wife for many years, were introduced in the beginning stages of a three phase project. The design/build project consisted of new construction, renovation and interior design work throughout the client’s property. Together the pair realized the extensive connection they had with each other as well as designing, creating and building with passion. The working relationship between builder and designer grew to be an encompassing partnership in all aspects of work and life. Jointly, Gary and Erin began their second design/build project of a custom manor cottage in the Augusta, GA area.

What began as the joint collaboration of Gilmer Development, Inc. and Erin Shafer Interiors, LLC has resulted in the development and creation of their full-service design/build firm Heritage Design & Build Southeast, LLC.