Best known for its waterways and coastlines, Maryland is also known for its blue crabs, impressive universities, the birthplace of the national anthem, and numerous cultural sites. This list showcases eight of the state’s best and leading general contractors behind some of its most recognizable structures and impressive homes. These companies were chosen based on their wide range of services and excellent portfolios.
4701 Sangamore Rd., North Plaza, Suite 40, Bethesda, MD 20816
As its name suggests, Case Design/Remodeling specializes in both design and remodeling projects, working out of its office in Bethesda. The firm, which services the surrounding areas, is composed of a talented and experienced team of architects and remodelers, in addition to project managers and designers. The firm is affiliated with FRED, a trailblazer in the local home improvement industry. Featured below is one of the firm’s best kitchen projects.
For this project, the firm’s team opted for a clean white motif. Our editorial team loved its granite backsplashes and custom kitchen island. Some other great details include its wood-paneled flooring and floating shelves.
Anthony Wilder Design/Build
7913 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, MD, 20818
Anthony Wilder offers its prospective clients a complete and comprehensive range of architecture, interior design, and construction services. It makes use of an excellent design-build process, which allows it to keep the entire process in-house. The firm draws inspiration from over two decades of industry experience and is the product of the vision of its founders, husband-and-wife duo Anthony and Elizabeth Wilder. Under their leadership, the firm maintains affiliations with vital organizations like The American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers, LEED, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Showcased above is one of the firm’s best projects. Located in the heart of Bethesda, this project features a timeless Cape Cod theme and contains three stories. Inside, it features a great open floorplan that highlights the project’s elegant arched openings, casings, paneling, wainscoting, and crown molding.
4938 Hampden Lane, #330, Bethesda, MD 20814
Meridian Homes specializes in both custom home construction and remodeling projects. The firm works out of its office in Bethesda and has had the opportunity to work in some of its most sought-after communities and neighborhoods. At the firm’s helm are its co-founders, brothers Jonathan and Michael Lerner, who personally each of the firm’s projects to this day. Under their leadership, the firm offers its clients unique “after care” services, which cover repairing storm-related damages, in addition to a slew of handyman work.
The chosen project is an excellent example of the firm’s talent and expertise. For this home, the Meridian team made use of a bright color palette for its modern farmhouse theme. Some of its best details include its shuttered windows, shingled roofs, and open floorplan inside.
2243 Rock Spring Rd., Forest Hill, MD 21050
T.W. Ellis provides its clients with a complete range of general contracting services. This includes remodeling, custom homes, and decks. It achieves its excellent projects through the use of a comprehensive design-build process, which lessens the challenge for clients in terms of having to look for additional subcontractors and artisans. At the firm’s helm is its founder and owner, Tim Ellis. He maintains a highly hands-on approach throughout the entire process. He served as the Green Remodeling Committee Chairman in 2013 and as Chairman of the Board for the NAHBR in 2019.
Featured above is one of the firm’s most impressive residential projects. For this project, the firm’s team opted for an open kitchen with plenty of light, storage, and a large sit-at-island. Some other excellent and impressive details include the firm’s addition, which houses a home theater and an indoor basketball court.
3100 Sunset Ln, Phoenix, MD 21131
Charleene’s Homes utilizes an excellent design-build process and has secured a solid reputation for itself throughout its decades-long run in the industry. The firm is proud to be a small, woman-led business and is noted for its excellent attention to detail. The firm is the product of the vision of its founder and owner, Charleene Doverspike, who specializes in the design of kitchens, bathrooms, basements, additions, and interiors. She cut her teeth working on row homes in Capitol Hill back in 1987 before moving to work on larger homes in Arlington and Fairfax. Under her leadership, the firm has been recognized multiple times, with features in publications like The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Business Journal.
Showcased above is one of the firm’s best kitchen projects. For this space, the firm’s team opted for clean finishes and minimalist themes. Our editorial team especially loved its seamless storage systems, wood-paneled flooring, and twin islands.
Delbert Adams Construction Group
6305 Falls Rd. Suite 400, Baltimore, MD 21209
With over four decades of industry experience, Delbert Adams provides a full range of general contracting services for both the residential and commercial markets. The firm is composed of a talented team of award-winning project managers, site supervisors, carpenters, and kitchen and bath designers. Leading the firm is its CEO, Brandon Jones. He first got his glimpse into the industry working on luxury homes in Manhattan and is experienced in every facet of the construction industry. Showcased below is one of the firm’s best homes.
For this luxurious cottage, this project features beautiful vaulted ceilings and trellised windows. Other great details include its open-concept floorplan, which unites some of the most active parts of the house. Our editorial team also loved its unique fixtures and color palette.
Allen Built, Inc.
4701 Sangamore Rd., Suite S-125, Bethesda, MD 20816
Allen Built specializes in both commercial and residential projects. It serves the entirety of the Washington DC area and is a leading expert in the design-build process. The company offers boutique services, meaning it personalizes all of its packages to better serve each project’s needs. The firm is also known for its green building efforts, meaning its projects are highly sustainable and efficient. It is also noted for its great home additions.
Featured above is one of the firm’s best projects in Bethesda. This project showcases excellent modern themes. Our editorial team especially loved its recurring theme of straight lines and the use of glass details.
ARDO Contracting Inc.
9693 Gerwig Lane Suite G, Columbia, MD 21046
Founded in 1983, ARDO is a small, family-owned business that specializes in both interior and exterior remodels. It is especially known for its kitchens, bathrooms, and home additions. The firm has its very own in-house coordination team, which assures the excellent quality of its work. Since its inception, the firm has won over 80 remodeling awards. These include countless Remodeler of the Year Awards for its projects rendered in a variety of home styles. Showcased below is one of the firm’s best works.
For this space, the firm’s team installed several impressive overhead lights and a custom walk-in closet. Our editorial team also loved its excellent vanity. Other great details include its custom cabinetry and hardwood flooring.