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Luxury on its grandest scale has for decades defined home designs in Texas. This is a big state, where oil-rich families live in Dallas-sized mansions. And when it comes to remodeling a bathroom, Houstonians are splurging. They know the bathroom design trends sweeping through New York and Los Angeles, and they want a zen-like atmosphere and a sanctuary to wash away the pressures of work and life.
The Houston contractors on this list have no problem meeting that demand, and quite heartily. Each one is an industry leader in delivering bathroom remodel projects with the most sought-after elements: decorative shower niches, wood tile, custom cabinetry with intricate designs, floating shelves to hold tealight candles, textured wallpaper, glass and metals, and shades of white for timeless elegance. The firms are ranked according to experience, scope of services, awards, and artistic flair. The No. 1 spot is reserved for a contractor who has joined one of the homebuilding industry’s most prestigious groups.
15) Post and Lintel Remodeling
5100 Westheimer Road, Ste 279, Houston, TX 77056
This bathroom remodeling contractor was founded by a former NASA engineer. President Wayne Lingerfelt, who received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, is a former space shuttle main engine assessment engineer with NASA.
Lingerfelt founded Post and Lintel Remodeling in 2012. He took its name from an ancient Greek principle of architecture that uses vertical posts to support a horizontal beam. The firm is affiliated with the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). It is also Lead-Safe Certified with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Though relatively new to the remodeling industry, Lingerfelt and his small team already enjoy a devoted following. Their clients praise them for luxurious renovations at bathroom remodeling costs that don’t strain budgets. Typical bathroom projects cost between $25,000 and $50,000. Lingerfelt specializes in traditional and contemporary styles. His bathroom designs feature classic white and clean lines, freestanding tubs, marble walls and countertops, warm wood paneled floors, patterned tiles, vintage chandeliers, wide mirrors to reflect light, elaborate shower stalls, and deep and luxurious built-in tubs.
14) 329 Design
Houston, TX 77532
Formally trained as an interior designer, the owner of this boutique start-up also offers full-service bathroom remodeling. Andrea Kralj Lagow holds a contractor’s license. She is also affiliated with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is certified as a Registered Interior Designer (RID), graduate remodeler and aging-in-place specialist.
Lagow studied interior design, art, and technology at Texas State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, then landed positions as an interior designer with a high-end design firm and a design/build remodeling firm. In 2009, she founded 329 Design. Several years later, she had the Texas Association of Builder’s (TAB) Award for Project Manager of the Year in 2016 under her belt. She has also been a finalist in several TAB competitions for remodeling projects.
Lagow’s work reveals a preference for timeless design. Her bathroom renovations show an expert mix of traditional and contemporary styles. She is fond of blending neutral palettes with pops of bold color. The goal, she says, is for a bathroom to provide true comfort. Lagow’s team serves Houston, Bellaire, West University, River Oaks, The Heights, Rice Military, Meyerland, and Memorial.
13) Incredible Renovations
5814 Winsome Lane, Houston, TX 77057
Incredible Renovations is a full service custom home builder and remodeler that specializes in large projects such as custom built homes, full home remodels, 2nd story additions and attic conversions. They provide service to all of Southwest Houston.
Incredible Renovations prides itself on having a reputation for stellar customer service, ethical business practices which fosters customer loyalty. This is a measure of success that few businesses achieve in a lifetime. The award-winning company has received numerous accolades for its remodeling projects, including the Better Business Bureau Pinnacle award in 2018, 2017, and 2011. The BBB Pinnacle award is the Better Business Bureaus most prestigious award-giving each year. Incredible Renovations has also received the Award of Excellence and Winner of Distinction from the BBB for the last 10 consecutive years.
Incredible Renovations was founded and is still operated by licensed structural engineer, Adam Bakir. P.E., GMB, GMR, CGP. Their team of professional engineers, architects, interior designers, and support staff listens, articulates conceptual ideas and deliver a completed project “On Time and On Budget”. To find out more about Incredible Renovations, visit www.incrediblerenovations.com.
12) Premier Remodeling
901 Harvard Street, Houston, TX 77008
Premier Remodeling founder Rob Hellyer was working as a project controls engineer with Parsons Energy & Chemicals when he changed career paths. He opened this remodeling firm in 2002 and never looked back. Today, his firm is regarded as a leading contractor in Houston, and Hellyer himself is sought after for his construction expertise.
Hellyer now serves as secretary of the GHBA. He was honored by the GHBA’s Remodelers Council in 2011, when he received the Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADRE). Hellyer’s team was named Remodeler of the Year by the GHBA in 2011. In particular, they have received much industry recognition for quality bathroom remodeling ideas, winning a STAR Award for Best Bathroom Remodel over $50,000 in 2011. In 2015, the firm took home a PRISM Award for Best Bathroom $25,000 to $50,000. Premier Remodeling’s clients appreciate not only the firm’s quality craftsmanship, but also its comparatively lower bathroom remodeling costs. Hellyer’s team accepts remodeling projects in any Houston neighborhood.
11) The LaRocque Group
700 Rockmead Street, Kingwood, TX 77429
To Kyle LaRocque and Brian Alba, remodeling a bathroom means more than just replacing a few fixtures and laying new tile. It means making structural changes to create space and improve the room’s function. It also means installing luxurious lighting and high-end fixtures that will make the room sparkle.
A Houston native, LaRocque had spent years managing large-scale construction projects for a well-known Houston design build firm when he decided to branch out on his own. He opened The LaRocque Group in 2009, and he began winning over affluent homeowners who could easily afford the six-figure price tags on many of the team’s bath remodels. Typical features of those projects are marble floors and countertops, mosaic marble tile rugs, Bain Ultra soaking tubs, and frameless glass walk-in shower boxes. Finishing touches come from Mirabelle chrome fixtures, floating cabinets, tilted mirrors, custom cabinets and custom shelves, and delicately painted millwork.
LaRocque is a NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler. His firm has been honored with numerous awards, including PRISM awards for remodeling. The LaRocque Group serves The Woodlands, Tomball, Kingwood, Conroe, Magnolia, Spring, and Houston.
10) DWR Construction
445 Spring Hill Drive, Spring, TX 77386
This firm’s name stands for “Doing What’s Right.” To founder and President Mike Arnett, that’s more than just a catchy phrase. Arnett wants clients to know that he adheres to high standards in running his firm and serving their interests. He’s been a remodeler in Houston since 1971. He is a former vice president of NARI. DWR Construction specializes in bathroom remodeling throughout The Woodlands. Its clients get to choose materials for their projects from DWR’s 4,500-square-foot design showroom.
A typical bath remodel by Arnett’s team features granite slabs or flat stone pebbles lining the shower walls. There is generally much storage from double vanities and adjoining closets. Garden tubs are freestanding under frosted glass block windows. DWR likes to install tray ceilings and Shaker-style cabinets with marble countertops. Vanities often have vessel sinks and slim, rectangular shapes. Cool colors and pastel shades are used to open the space and maximize a relaxing vibe. Among its awards, DWR has been named to the Top 550 by Remodeling Magazine.
9) Remodelers of Houston
4206 Law Street, Houston, TX 77005
What started as a one-man handyman service in 1984 has blossomed into one of Houston’s industry-leading bathroom remodeling contractors. Bill Shaw served in the military for 10 years, and then “retired” to civilian life by offering his handyman expertise to his Houston neighbors under the name “William Shaw & Associates.” Three years later, he was bidding on large-scale remodeling projects — even whole-home remodeling and additions.
Today, Shaw heads a team of project managers, production managers, designers, and skilled carpenters. The team has become known throughout Houston for breathtaking bathroom remodels. They have also received much industry recognition, such as the 2007 Master Design Gold Award from Qualified Remodeler, 10 STAR Awards, the NAHB Remodeler of the Month Award in July 2010, Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550, and several PRISM Awards.
One of the group’s award-winning bathroom remodels features a copper standing tub and tile flooring with inset designs. Also receiving an award was a master bathroom suite in West University, fitted with elegant marble countertops, pebble stone tile floors, a frameless glass shower, tilting mirrors, and a drop-in whirlpool.
8) Craftsmanship By John
1418 Cedar Post Lane, Houston, TX 77055
Since its founding in 1992, Craftsmanship By John has provided Houston homeowners with the kind of small-town service that is waning in today’s up-and-coming cities. John Gillette, founder and owner, intends to keep it that way, no matter how large his company becomes.
Gillette is active in the Houston remodeling industry, serving as past president of the GHBA Remodelers Council. He holds National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS), Graduate Master Builder (GMB) and Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) certifications. His firm’s accolades include PRISM, STAR, and National Chrysalis Awards. Craftsmanship By John was named to The Remodeler’s Big 50 for Fine Design, and to Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500.
Bathroom projects by the team typically feature cabinets designed, built, and installed by Gillette himself. They also feature antique chairs; frameless, double glass showers; freestanding tubs beneath elaborate windows; marble floors; and chandeliers. The team can also pull off a timeless yet state-of-the-art design with digitally controlled steam units, hidden shower drains, wireless LED lighting, vintage clawfoot soaking tubs, and intricately designed dual vanities.
7) Greymark Construction
2211 Norfolk #626, Houston, TX 77098
It’s been an endless stream of top honors for this bathroom remodeler in Houston, who opened her firm 22 years ago. Leslie King’s Greymark Construction Company won the GHBA’s 2015 Texas Remodeler of the Year. It’s also won Grand Remodeler awards every year between 2010 and 2015. In 2016, Greymark Construction Company was honored by the BBB’s Pinnacle Award for its superior commitment to ethics and workplace ethics.
King remains active in Houston’s homebuilding industry, serving in 2014 as president of the GHBA. Before that, she served as a TAB director, an NAHB director, and the Remodelers Council of the GHBA’s president. The team’s design awards have come from Chrysalis for Best Universal Design, and also from Remodeling Magazine and TAB. Last but not least are PRISM Awards for Best Bathroom remodels in two categories: over and under $50,000.
Greymark Construction’s bathroom designs do not hold back on luxurious details. The goal is to create an elegant, spa-like atmosphere. Greymark serves the upscale Houston neighborhoods of Bellaire, Bunker Hill Village, West University, Oak Forest, River Oaks, and West University Place.
6) Builders West
8905 Friendship Road, Houston, TX 77080
Not many design-build contractors get noticed by a professional architecture association, but Kurt Lobpries does. The Houston-based remodeling contractor was featured in an architectural guide by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Houston. Architecture is in Lobpries’ background; he studied at Texas A&M University’s College of Architecture, but he always had his mind set on a career in construction. His passion for building started when he was still in high school, and he found jobs on construction sites.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, Lobpries opened this firm in 1982. Since then, he has enjoyed stunning success, partly because of his reputation for painstaking attention to detail. Builders West serves all of Houston, but with more focus on the Memorial Villages, West University, River Oaks, and Tanglewood. Its work has been written up in Houston Lifestyle, Houston House & Home, Interior Design, The Smart House, LUXE Interiors & Design, and House Beautiful.
5) Ashwood Designs & Custom Homes
2434 Robinhood Street, Houston, TX 77005
Many successful contractors hail from generations of builders. Ross Huthmacher, founder of Ashwood Designs & Custom Homes, is one of them. Within a few years of his firm’s launching in 2011, it won STAR awards for remodeling excellence. Six years later, it is still winning them. For someone who grew up wanting to follow in the footsteps of his contractor father, it’s been a dream come true.
Huthmacher’s team is known for large-scale renovations in Southside Place, Spring Valley, Hilshire Village, Houston, Hunters Creek Village, and Bellaire. A bathroom remodeling project in Oak Forest fetched a STAR Award for Best Custom Bathroom in 2016. In Meyerland, a master bath was renovated to provide enough open space and natural lighting to create a zen atmosphere. For clients in Briar Park, Huthmacher’s team built a stone wall with staggered ledges to hold candles. The firm’s clients get to see how their design plans will play out even before construction begins, as Huthmacher uses CGI 3D design animation software to generate computer images.
4) Matt Powers
2450 Fondren, Suite 111, Houston, TX 77063
Matt Powers has won more than 20 industry awards for his remodeling expertise. Luxury bathrooms have been a special focus for this Houston-based contractor. Born and raised in Houston, Powers received a master’s degree in business and finance from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of business. He gained construction experience as a superintendent for Houston builder David Weekley Homes. He later worked for one of the nation’s largest builders, Pulte Homes, in Phoenix, Arizona, for whom he built over 250 homes. The first company he co-founded in 1997 was named as one of the fastest growing firms in Houston by the Houston Business Journal.
Three years later, Powers opened Matt Powers Custom Homes & Renovations. He builds luxury homes but also devotes considerable energy to home improvement, particularly elegant bathroom remodels. Among the firm’s numerous accolades are TAB STAR awards, nine PRISM awards, a Silver Award in 2012 from Professional Remodeler Magazine, a National Chrysalis Award in 2012, and six NARI Awards. Powers is a green building specialist and is also LEED Certified.
3) Sneller Custom Homes
17018 Seven Pines Drive, Spring, TX 77379
Having won at least 12 awards from the GHBA for bathroom projects, this Spring-based bathroom remodeling contractors have had no trouble expanding their client base. The firm was started in 2011 by Austin native Matt Sneller, who earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Texas A&M University. After graduation, Sneller learned residential construction from his job with a leading Houston homebuilder. Once on his own, Sneller did not limit his work to custom builds. He also handles renovation in the Houston area including Spring, Cypress, Tomball, and The Woodlands, as well as Memorial, West University, and Lake Conroe.
Picture courtesy of Kolanowski Studio
One master bathroom suite renovation in 2015 received a PRISM Award. It boasted his-and-her closets with mirrored doors and a custom-built glass armoire. The team also built a special cabinet designed to accommodate the client’s busy travel schedule. It features plenty of space to hang ties and work shirts, and it has special accommodations for luggage and hampers. The floors are laid with heated marble. A finishing touch was mother-of-pearl tile in the shower.
2) Hann Builders
5210 Spruce Street, Bellaire, TX 77401
This Bellaire-based contractor is just as committed to superb bathroom remodeling projects as he is to the spectacular new homes he builds. Stephen Hann founded Hann Builders in 1993 and still serves as its president. He studied at Trinity University in San Antonio where he received degrees in construction management and business administration. After graduation, he joined a large custom builder in Houston, Carmichael & Dame, and was later promoted to director of operations.
When he first opened Hann Builders, the company focused on high-end new builds in Montgomery and Fort Bend counties. It has since expanded its business and now performs remodeling projects in more than a dozen communities in the Houston metro area. Bathroom remodels have been a special focus, and the firm has received numerous awards in the Best Bathroom Remodel category from the GHBA. Hann is an active and founding member of the Custom Builders Council and the NAHB Builder 20 Clubs. He is a frequent speaker at NAHB conventions in Houston and Dallas. He is a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Graduate Master Builder (GMB), and Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR).
1) Morning Star Builders
12777 Jones Road #285, Houston, TX 77070
The husband and wife who own this bathroom remodeling contracting company in the Houston metro area are part of an exclusive group of 90 builders. Ted and Yvonne Cummins belong to the prestigious Southern Living Custom Builder Program. Morning Star Builders got its start in 2000 as a general residential contractor in greater Houston. The firm is full-service design build and serves homeowners in Tomball, Spring, Magnolia, and Cypress. Ted serves as chief creative officer. He holds Graduate Master Builder and Certified Green Professional certifications and belongs to the Greater Houston Builders Association. Ted is also a member and past president of the Custom Builders Council. Yvonne holds an Aging in Place Specialist certificate and serves on the GHBA Board of Directors. The firm has received countless industry accolades, including Texas Association of Builders Star Awards for remodeling and the Greater Houston Builders Association Grand Award for Design. In 2011 Morning Star was named the Custom Builder of the Year by the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Cummins have authored a book, Your Guide to Building a Custom Home, that maps out the design/build process.
While Morning Star Builders handles new construction and whole-house remodeling, it is their bathroom designs that dazzle with luxurious details, such as exotic tiles, heated floors, a mix of marble and natural stones, floating vanities, deep soaker tubs, and vintage chandeliers. Its projects have been featured in Houston House and Home, Houston Design Resources, HOUZZ, Houston Business Journal, Southern Living Magazine and Custom Home Magazine.
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