About - Bruce Mears Designer/Builder

Celebrating Thirty Years of Excellence


Bruce Mears is no stranger to the Eastern Shore. Born in Salisbury, Maryland, Bruce and his family moved to the Bethany Beach area in 1965.

After graduating from Indian River High School, he went on to study mechanical and residential architecture. Bruce created his own apprenticeship by working in every trade of the home building industry while attending college at night. This hands on experience enabled him to learn design and home building from the ground up. The result? He knows what works and his experience, his creativity, and his leadership provides an end product that is innovative and enduring.

In 1985, Bruce founded the Bruce Mears Designer-Builder. Within five years, he was a leader in the housing and major renovations market in and around Sussex County, Delaware. Whether building an oceanfront home from the ground up, or renovating an existing home, he is known for imaginative designs, quality construction, and service that continues long after construction is complete.

"People come to me with a dream. My job is to make that dream become a reality. Anyone can build a house; I want to build a home."

To make a dream become a reality, Bruce has furthered his education and added expertise utilizing state of the art computer drafting and design. He uses his creative ability to take advantage of lot geography and provide a design which has beautiful exterior elevations and a great floor plan that provides the owner with the desired interior layout as well as views of outdoor surroundings which enhance the beauty of living in your home.

In addition to his construction experience, Bruce has his finger on the pulse of the community. He served two terms as a political chairman of the 38th District in which he lives.

Bruce has been an appointed official on the Sussex County Building Code Board of Appeals since 1996 and became Chairman of the Board in 2003. Bruce was reappointed to a fifth four year term as chairman in January 2013. He is also a member of the Lower Delaware - Maryland Building Officials Association. As Chairman of the Building Code Board Bruce was able to lobby the Sussex County Council to consider adopting the 2003 International Building Code which includes FEMA’s coastal wind zone building requirements. Bruce earned a DNREC/FEMA residential coastal construction certificate in 2003.

Bruce is a member and served three years on the Board of Directors of the Fenwick/Bethany Chamber of Commerce. During this time he donated an expansion/renovation design to the Bethany Fenwick Chamber of Commerce building and helped manage the construction process. Bruce is also a member of the Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce.