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Swanky and spa-like, today’s bathrooms might not have the cult following of kitchens, but they have moved up the list of preferred rooms to renovate. And the bathroom design trend that is crushing all others is the soothing sanctuary. Busier-than-ever Americans everywhere want bathrooms where they can unwind in pure luxury. This is strikingly true in Vegas, the 24-hour town.
For Sin City’s on-the-go crowd, bathroom designs must brim with calming fixtures: deep soaking tubs, soothing color palettes, and soft textures everywhere. That tall order is no problem for many Vegas bathroom remodeling contractors, and the following list singles out the most skilled and most in-demand firms among them.
Some were self-taught, others formally trained. Each one has attracted a local following for spectacular custom designs and first-rate customer service. And because these professionals work in Vegas, glam and glitz must also count. Thus, the contractors are ranked according to creativity, level of experience, scope of project, and craftsmanship. Topping the list is a big-league Vegas remodeler whose work consistently makes the ultimate statements on design.
15) JDS Surfaces
5080 Judson Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89115
All three principals of this firm had substantial experiencing managing large-scale construction projects for big names in the industry before pooling their talent into JDS Services. Operations Manager Scot Osborne hails from the East Coast, where he had built more than 250 custom homes and 500 condominiums and developed about 2 million square feet of commercial properties.
Jesus Maldonado is production manager. Before joining with Osborne, he spent 20 years working sales, fabrication, and installation for a stone fabricating company in California and Nevada. Co-founder Scott Ainsworth spent 27 years in custom homebuilding and custom cabinet fabrication. The men opened JDS Surfaces in 2006 and have attracted a sizeable customer base with their luxurious bathroom remodels. They are licensed and serve all Vegas metro communities.
Because they work in Vegas, JDS Surfaces naturally steers toward modern designs with stand-alone tubs and freestanding sinks matched with gray-and-cream color palettes. Rooms are bright and airy with spacious floor plans. Clutter does not exist. Glass showers and floating vanities create a swanky and soothing spa atmosphere.
14. Tajo-One, Inc.
8133 Desert Jewel Circle, Las Vegas, NV 89128
After working as a professor of music in Boston and before he became a thriving contractor in Vegas, Andy Steinborn opened a small home renovation shop in Massachusetts. With his wife, Nikki, Steinborn built a significant business out of remodeling 19th-century colonial homes. That one shop grew into one of the biggest independent tile and design firms in Massachusetts.
From the start, the Steinborns have specialized in bathroom and kitchen remodels. In 2003, the couple moved to Vegas and immediately began assembling a team of top talent for a new general contracting business. The following year, Tajo-One opened. The firm is licensed, bonded, and insured. It works throughout the Vegas metro areas of North Las Vegas, Paradise, Spring Valley, Summerlin, Summerlin South, and Winchester.
Bathroom remodeling costs by this firm run between $5,000 and $250k. When remodeling a bathroom, Tajo-One designs follow a modern bent with sharp lines, geometric mirrors, and minimalist cabinets. Pendant lights hang near tubs and glass-enclosed showers are extra wide. For one project, cream-colored tiles contrast with bright blue mirror lights.
13) Chermac Builders
2634 Westwood Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109
This contractor’s business spans over five decades. Mark McGhie is the current owner. His parents, Mac and Chere McGhie, founded the company in 1967. Interior residential renovations were always its specialty. Remodeling services include lighting upgrades, custom cabinetry, and bathtub remodeling. Chermac serves the Henderson, Paradise, Spring Valley, Summerlin, Seven Hills, and Blue Diamond areas. It’s devoted a considerable amount of business to accessible design.
For one client, Chermac designed and built a bathroom and shower box to accommodate a gurney and the extra assistance the client needs for bathing. Chermac is also fond of rustic-style bathroom remodeling ideas. One bathroom features slate porcelain tile, a decorative band of real stone/glass tile floors in different patterns, and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures throughout. Traditional designs rely on hickory-panelled cabinets with glaze and granite countertops and backsplashes made of glass and stone with marble trim. Dark-stained wood vanities with dark trim around mirrors and on cabinet doors are offset by recessed lighting and sparkling vessel sinks.
12) Renovations of Las Vegas
9811 W. Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Remodeling projects by Renovations of Las Vegas start at $150k and go up to $5M. For the past 34 years, the firm has been run by founder John Compagno. It specializes in high-end interior remodels. Compagno was born and raised in Monterey, California. His father and older brother were both residential contractors.
While still in high school, Compagno worked for the family businesses and even started his own repair shop, “Mr. Fix It.” By the early 1990s, he had earned his processional contractor’s license. In 1984, he opened Renovations of Las Vegas. Today, he heads a team of about 35 full-time workers. Compagno’s team serves Canyon Fairways, Tournament, Eagle Hills, Lake Estates, The Ridges, and Red Rock Country Club.
A typical bathroom remodel will feature a spacious floor plan with an oversized glass-enclosed shower, and gray and white marble tiled floors extending to a marble tub beneath windows with a panoramic view. Another favorite consists of furniture-style cabinets with cream-colored mosaic tile backsplash running from the vanities to a tub tucked into a corner.
11) GI Construction
2960 S. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89117
Isaac Reuven, founder and president of GI Construction, has been known in Sin City’s construction industry for more than 16 years. His firm is bonded, licensed, and insured. GI Construction holds a B-2 category license approved by Nevada State Contractors Board for residential construction and remodeling services.
Reuven’s team consists of skilled carpenters, designers, painters, electricians, plumbers, realtors, and general contractors. They work throughout North Las Vegas, Henderson, Paradise, Spring Valley, Summerlin, and Sunrise Manor. The firm has also earned an A rating with the BBB.
Remodeling constitutes a considerable part of the firm’s business. Its bathroom ideas reveal a modernist slant with soft gray marble walls accented by sharp lines. A faux brick backsplash creates an interesting focal point. The room comes together with a neutral palette of white, gray, and cream and almost no pops of color. GI Construction also favors contrasting modern marble floors and cabinets with black wire lighting fixtures. Contrast can come from wooden countertops. Focal pieces might be either slanted skylight-style windows or a sleek soaking tub.
10) Widespread Construction
3125 West Ali Baba Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89118
The founder and principal of this firm, Ian Cutler, served as a senior project manager with Oakview Construction in Red Oak, Iowa. It was one of his first construction jobs after receiving a bachelor’s degree at Montana State University. By the early 1990s, Cutler had relocated to Vegas. He opened Widespread Construction in 1995. Business grew steadily over the years, and Cutler’s firm is now regarded as a leading, high-end construction company in Vegas.
Bathroom renovations are a specialty. Cutler’s team is known to mix marble with natural stone elements and to add freestanding tubs for a contemporary feel. Focal points come from sleek and shiny vessel sinks with matching wallpaper for a cohesive look. The goal for many designs is neutral but ritzy. Contrast comes from mixing textures while maintaining a cool look with a monochromatic palette. The firm is licensed and has an A+ rating with the BBB. It handles remodeling projects in Spring Valley, Paradise, Henderson, Summerlin, Summerlin South, and Enterprise.
9) Ranieri Construction
8237 Arch Bay Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89128
This award-winning general contractor in Las Vegas is owned and run by Stacey Ranieri, a licensed realtor who had a passion for home design. Ranieri received degrees from the Sheffield School of Interior Design in New York City and the Real Estate School of Nevada. After several years selling homes in Clark County, she opened Ranieri Construction in 1974. Interior renovations occupy most of Ranieri’s time. The firm’s bathroom remodels start at $25,000 but go up to around $75,000. It takes on projects in the Las Vegas Valley, Spring Valley, Henderson, Summerlin, and Summerlin South.
Ranieri Construction was selected by HGTV to perform a remodel on the TV show Vacation House for Free. Ranieri has become a fixture in the Vegas contracting industry, often appearing on television and radio shows to discuss home improvement projects. She has also been profiled by Las Vegas Woman Magazine. A special bathroom remodel had Ranieri’s team installing linear fireplaces and a two-person Jacuzzi tub. Special touches came from a Wenge wood countertop, dark Emperor marble tiles, and mosaic accented tile behind vintage sconces.
8) New Freedom Properties
7350 Dean Martin Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89139
This contractor has a unique business model: it combines the services of a general contractor and realtor. General Manager Todd Volf opened New Freedom Properties in 2009. In less than nine years, he’s built a loyal customer base. Volf received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Montana State University. First-hand contracting experience came from working for one of the largest construction companies in the country: PulteGroup. Volf served as superintendent at PulteGroup before venturing out on his own. He built his current team of construction superintendents and project managers who had worked for Nevada’s most prestigious builders.
New Freedom Properties specializes in remodeling of all kinds, especially bathroom renovations. The team serves Sloan, Enterprise, Summerlin South, Winchester, North Las Vegas, and Paradise. The designs blend contemporary with modern elements, favoring freestanding tubs, steam shower rooms, and suspended bathroom cabinets. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors and spa-inspired floors made from exotic woods are also common. Volf and his team have received numerous awards for outstanding customer service.
7) JKL Development
12065 Cielo Amber Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89138
Jeff Lewis had studied the construction business in school and on the job for years before starting his own company in 2008. He went to Arizona State University to study industrial and product design and received his Bachelor of Science. After graduation, he served as a project manager for national homebuilder PulteGroup. He went on to serve as assistant vice president with Toll Brothers, another nationwide contractor.
Lewis has lived in Vegas for the past 25 years. His firm is fully licensed and bonded. It specializes in remodeling — of whole homes, kitchens and bathrooms — throughout Summerlin, Summerlin South, Henderson, and Green Valley. It’s won numerous custom service awards and was even featured on HGTV’s Kitchen Crashers.
Bathroom designs by JKL Development are cool and chic, typically featuring porcelain tile and marble floors. Floor plans create a high-end, spacious look. Cabinets and other fixtures blend seamlessly with meticulous cuts of marble and sleek chrome fixtures. Steam showers, natural stone walls, and custom Carrara marble create a rich, spa-inspired retreat.
6) One Eleven, Ltd.
7575 Vegas Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128
The multifaceted team at One Eleven is the brainchild of Eddie Leverett, a custom home improvement contractor with licenses in both California and Nevada. Leverett ran a successful contracting firm in San Diego for 19 years before he relocated to Vegas in 2016. He received degrees in design and architecture from The Denver Institute of Technology and the New School of Art & Architecture in San Diego, California.
One Eleven does architectural design and general contracting, with special focus on bathroom remodeling. All of Leverett’s designs reveal his unique creativity. Many bathroom remodel projects by Leverett show his expertise for universal design, which he developed after a motocross accident in 2005 left him almost paralyzed. The experience motivated him to explore new building techniques to help those who are physically challenged or wheelchair-bound. Some of his remodeling projects have cost up to $500k. One Eleven handles projects throughout Henderson, Paradise, Summerlin, The Lakes, North Las Vegas, and Summerlin South. Its rating with the BBB is A+.
5) Copper Creek Construction
5980 Topaz Street, Las Vegas, NV 89120
Copper Creek Construction is one of the few Vegas remodelers with national certification. Owner Blake Burr is certified by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). He holds certifications as a Certified Restorer (CR), Certified Remodeling Certified Remodeling Project Manager (CRPM), and Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP). His other certification is with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICR). Burr is also a member of GuildQuality and received that organization’s GuildMaster Award in 2014 and 2017.
Burr’s full-service general contracting firm has been open since 1998. He is fully licensed with the Nevada State General Contractor and holds licenses in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Boulder City. Burr’s operations manager, Mark Jamison, has three decades’ experience in residential construction. The team’s bathroom remodels show a blend of mid-century and traditional tastes. Vanities are often dark wood and furniture-like. Tubs become focal points, often sitting atop elaborate marble bases, or inhabiting their own corner. Special touches are floor-to-ceiling tiles, cool color palettes, and natural light flowing in through large windows.
4) Level Builders, LLC
4070 N. Tee Pee Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89129
Among bathroom remodeling contractors, Level Builders is relatively new to the Vegas scene. The firm is owned and run by the Kohl family, who were already known in Clark County for their affiliate company, Kohl Painting & Drywall. Dan Kohl and his son, James, opened Level Builders in 2007 to showcase the family’s decades of experience with fine building. The Kohls are licensed general and bathroom remodel contractors who take on projects of all sizes. They work throughout the Vegas metro area, focusing mainly in Spanish Trails and Henderson.
In 2017, the father-and-son team completed a new custom home in the affluent new development Ascaya — the scale of which is a sign that Level Builders has caught the attention of high-end developers in the Las Vegas Valley. Among this firm’s work are bathroom design and remodeling projects that show a minimalist style with a nod to mid-century design. There are geometric shapes, natural colors, and sharp lines. Bathrooms by Level Builders also show a preference for lots of space, shiny elements, and natural stone floors.
3) Gramly Construction
4265 Butler Street, Las Vegas, NV 89129
Gramly Construction is another big Vegas name that does as much remodeling as new home construction. In fact, remodeling is how Mike Gramly got his start when he opened the firm in 1998. Though he branched out into putting up multimillion-dollar estates, he also welcomed substantial renovation projects.
Born in Las Vegas, Gramly was lucky to join a select group of craftsmen who were learning the trade from master builder Doug Cornwall. Today, Gramly Construction works in Sin City’s most exclusive neighborhoods. It practices sustainable building and was first among Nevada builders to receive the Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in the state of Nevada.
For one of this group’s bathroom designs, marble is the stone of choice for countertops and shower walls. Strips of multicolored tiles lace through the shower to create interest. Deep ledges and seats built into the shower walls provide a sleek and refined look.
2) Christopher Homes
| 10161 West Park Run Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89145
One of the biggest names in the Vegas construction industry, Christopher Homes has for three decades proven that it can perform remodeling projects as eye-catching as its new home builds. The firm was founded by Chris Stuhmer, who still oversees all of its projects today. Stuhmer learned the plumbing and house-framing trade before moving on to engineering and architecture, which he studied at the University of Arizona. He spent years building speculation houses before assembling the team that is now Christopher Homes.
The firm has received more than 150 industry awards, including several NAHB awards. Builder Magazine honored Christopher Homes as one of the best builders in the country and inducted Stuhmer into its Builder Hall of Fame. Press coverage has been extensive, with write-ups in High Rise Life Magazine, Luxury Las Vegas, Vegas Magazine, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Bathroom remodeling projects by the firm favor dark wood stained tray ceilings, extra square footage, marble walls and countertops, sunken tubs beneath elaborately designed arched windows, and freestanding tubs made of copper.
1) Merlin Contracting
6408 Arville Street, Las Vegas, NV 89118
This firm brings its reputation for impeccable new home construction to elegant bathroom remodels. Steve Jones founded the firm in 1989, and he runs it today with brother, Bart Jones. The company holds a Full B Category General Contractors License. Its work has been the subject of more than 300 newspaper articles and profiled in over 70 magazines, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Chicago Sun Times, and Luxury Las Vegas.
A penthouse bathroom remodel by Merlin Contracting features a bird bath freestanding tub, and intricate hand-laid mosaic tiles wrapping around marble columns. Vanities are custom crafted out of dark stained wood with natural stone countertops. All bathroom functions can be managed with the touch of a button. A more traditional bathroom design featured antique cream furniture-style vanities, a Queen Anne’s chair, gold accents throughout the elaborate tray ceiling, and a freestanding soaker tub with a wraparound towel rack. Merlin Contracting’s numerous awards include the NAHB’s Excellence in Home Design Award for Outstanding Systems and a #9 ranking on the Vegas Inc. List of General Contractors in 2015.
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