Wichita’s eclectic, historic architecture just might surprise you. Founded 150 years ago, some of the original buildings are still standing strong. One beautiful example is the Allen-Lambe residence, one of the last of the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Houses. Such a home still sets the tone in this solid midwestern town: traditional homes that have contemporary linear fireplaces also have updated farmhouse kitchens, pairing modern convenience with the classic style of the 20th-century American heartland.
The economy of Wichita has strong roots in the cattle drives that came up out of Texas, and the city still retains those Western-style cowboy roots and values. In the 1920s and 30s, the town boomed with a new kind of adventure: known as the “Air Capital of the World,” Wichita was home to the pioneers of a new kind of business. Aviation pioneers Beechcraft, Cessna, and Stearman all got their start right here, in Wichita.
Wichita’s traditional values mean that the community sees the inherent value in historic buildings, and the most prominent firms often emphasize remodeling. You’re about to see striking interior renovations–including bath, kitchen, and living room–in the list below.
15) NetCo Remodeling
Website|316.942.0446|1650 S. Meridian, Suite 7, Wichita, KS 67213
Vice-president Gaylan Nett takes pride in the homes built by NetCo. The company’s craftsmen have years of hands-on experience, and the ability to handle all aspects of the building process. Established in 1962, the company is a long-standing member of the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA). The firm does interior and whole home remodeling–bathrooms, basement finish, kitchens, and home additions–as well as exterior outdoor living remodeling, and commercial remodeling.
Most of NetCo’s clients are repeat customers, clients who appreciate the company’s reliable and steady approach to building and remodeling.
14) Lies Bugner Homes
Website|316.945.3555|1339 S. Bebe St., Wichita, KS 67209
Lies Bugner Homes stands firm in doing things right. And that means not flitting back and forth between too many projects. To avoid even the most elementary mistakes, they limit the houses they build each year to focus on each individual project.
These projects can be either kitchen or bathroom remodels, basement finishing, outdoor living renovations, room additions, or whole home renovations. The company has been doing this since 1996, but founder Ed Bugner has been building since the mid-1980’s.
As a result of this long experience, Ed’s knowledge of the building business is encyclopedic. Working one-on-one with homeowners, getting to know their lifestyles, their needs, and their aspirations, Ed builds perfect home after perfect home.
13) Wichita Homeworks
Website|316.303.4485|PO Box 17178, Wichita, KS
New employees are required to complete a rigorous process of background screening, skills testing, and reference verification before they officially start working for Wichita Homeworks. This thorough approach is not limited to their hiring practices; it informs every single aspect of their day-to-day operation.
Established in 2012, the firm is a licensed general contractor with a Kansas Real Estate License and is lead-safe certified by the EPA. They have years of experience in all aspects of residential and light-remodeling projects, and the company offers their clients free advice and designs before the start of the building process so that you make informed decisions. When the process is done, the firm guarantees a one year warranty to back up their projects. Their thorough attention to detail has earned them a strong reputation with the community’s homeowners.
12) Pinnacle Homes Inc.
Website|316.260.4502|4761 N. Krueger Road, Bel Aire, KS 67220
Teamed up with clean-cut professionals since 2012, Pinnacle Homes Inc. offers a variety of remodeling services–kitchen, bathroom, basements, outdoor living–and whole house renovations as well. As a firm that prides itself on having a team of courteous, trustworthy, and hardworking craftsmen, they strive to keep their clients comfortable and satisfied with every aspect of their projects.
One of these projects was a kitchen remodeling in Wichita that extended through the house’s first floor and a good portion of the second floor. Boasting a farmhouse style, the home exhibited new Knotty Alder Barn Doors that opened into the remodeled kitchen, new stair railings to the second level that was stained to match the floor, as well as a living room fireplace accented with classy, open shelves.
That look represents the Wichita approach, emphasizing its western roots with modern updates.
11) Heartland Home Improvements
Website|316.264.7744|2423 W Maple, Wichita, KS 67213
Heartland Home Improvements is thoroughly invested and involved in its local building community; it is a member of the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Association of Home Builders – Remodelers (NAHBR), the Wichita Area Builders Association – Remodelers (WABAR), the National Care Planning Council, and the Wichita Care Planning Council.
Since their establishment in 2000, the firm has built an outstanding reputation in the Wichita and surrounding areas thanks to their professional relationships, which they maintain with honesty and integrity. At various remodeling projects, the firm provides their clients with lead carpenters and designers who guide customers through their remodeling project step by step, from the customized interview to the actual building process.
10) Farha HomeTrends
Website|316.680.7514|1004 E. 2nd Ave., Wichita, KS 67214
While a carpentry project is in the process, homeowners are often troubled by the mess and debris falling and floating about the house. But for over 20 years, Farha HomeTrends has built a reputation for maintaining a clean, safe work environment. Established in 2005, the firm has been a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers (NAHB) since 2009. NAHB Green Building Certified and a Lead-Safe Certified Contractor, the firm does renovations for bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
One of their most prominent projects was an attic remodel for the El Dorado home. Instead of turning it into another storage area, it was transformed into a warm, snug family room: the customized space boasts an entertainment center, a bar area, and a three-quarter bath. To better display the family’s history, special track lights were installed, and they show off the room’s rustic charm through an emphasis on the magnificent ceiling beams.
The company considers this a signature project: it represents their ideals of providing gorgeous remodeling results.
9) Hentzen Contractors
Website|316.267.3321|3711 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219
Back in 1963, Hentzen Contractors started out as an insurance repair contractor serving Wichita and South Central Kansas; eventually, they began to branch out and offer remodeling services as well. Today the firm still does insurance restoration along with residential remodeling and custom home building, commercial remodeling, and outdoor living spaces. Their projects are done within Wichita, throughout Kansas, as well as Western Missouri. The firm has built a steady reputation, and their repeat customers and frequent referrals are due to their quality workmanship and their consistent integrity.
One of their featured builds is a kitchen remodel where they removed an unused desk, added built-in appliances, a storage wall. To finish it off they installed a larger window that illuminated the kitchen.
Founder Bernard A. Hentzen is a member of the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA) and the Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA). In 1985 he handed down the company to Bernard Hentzen- a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)–and the National Remodelers Council. He is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a Certified Graduate Remodeler.
8) Tony Giesel Construction
Website|620.220.2974|10507 N Hoover Rd., Hesston, KS 67062
As a custom home builder and remodeler, Tony Giesel’s firm is skilled at producing an upper-class feel on an affordable budget through diligent attention to details.
Featured in Modern Design + Build Magazine, the firm focuses on quality rather than quantity. Annually, they build and give their full attention to four or five custom homes in a specific price range that starts at $350,000. In addition to the custom home building, the firm also does kitchen renovations, including custom cabinetry, bathroom renovations, and additions, all starting at around $30,000. With over 30 years of experience designing floor plans and building dream homes in Wichita, the firm’s experience includes a hard-won knowledge of how the local weather impacts a home.
Ton Giesel’s team doesn’t just build a home, they build a Kansas home.
7) Persona Kitchen Bath and Solutions
Website|316.943.5551|2930 W Pawnee St., Wichita, KS 67213
The company had its genesis when founder Mark Anderson realized the importance of paying close attention to the smallest, personal details. He wants his work to be a personal reflection of his client, and thus the name: Persona. Mark listens to his clients first, ensures that he fully understands their individual needs, then uses his talent to build a one-of-a-kind home that reflects those unique concerns.
Persona is a member of the National Association of home builders (NAHB), the NAHB Remodelers, and the Wichita Area Builders Association. The company’s projects can be found throughout the Wichita area. These projects range from small tasks like redone closets, basement bars, and laundry rooms to bigger projects, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Mark’s renovations flawlessly combine traditional and contemporary styles.
6) Lee Construction
Website|316.519.6190|11385 SW 50th, Towanda, KS 67144
Doug Lee and his sons weave creativity and attention to detail into every project, guaranteeing results that are second to none. Established in 1975 by Doug Lee, Lee Construction is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders Association (HBA). In addition to being renovators, they are also custom home builders for Wichita and the surrounding areas.
The firm involves itself in all aspects of the building and renovation process, from job site cleanliness to the smallest, unseen details. To ensure that every home has structural integrity, Doug Lee personally frames every project; he does that so he can foresee and react to potential issues prior to sub-contractor involvement. The firm’s seamless, economical projects are a natural result. Doug and his sons bring practical beauty–tangible in every aspect of their process–to the homes they build.
5) Spexarth Design
Website|316.200.6612|401 W Wichita Ave., Colwich, Kansas 67030
From 2014 to 2018, Spexarth Design was repeatedly recognized by the Wichita Eagle with The Reader’s Choice Awards. Their team of extremely meticulous, detail-oriented, and flexible craftsmen keeps winning distinction after distinction. These excellent, experienced builders are committed to bringing the best in customer service, outstanding design, and quality craftsmanship throughout the entire building process. The firm specializes in design, contracting and construction of new residences, renovations, and makes time for custom furniture projects.
Roger Spexarth founded the company in 2009. As a child and teenager, Roger was an avid wood smith, and he cultivated his love for custom furniture and design. He soon became a superintendent over remodeling, residential construction, and commercial construction; his professional management experience informs everything that his company does.
4) Guthridge and Nighswonger Corp.
Website|316.264.7900|1702 S Laura St., Wichita, KS 67211
Recently Guthridge and Nighswonger Corp found themselves featured in The Front Porch Wichita. The reason? A chic loft that they remodeled to exhibit pop art: it has bright colors and a combination of edgy cosmopolitanism with soothing accents. The loft is not necessarily what you think of when it comes to Kansas: the room unapologetically demands attention.
As general contractors, the company does big and small projects like residential, commercial, and basement remodels, historical renovations, room additions, and handyman services. They also do custom cabinet and design services, kitchens, living rooms, and baths, theater rooms, windows and doors, and outdoor living. These projects have prices ranging from $1,000 to $1 million. Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NAHB Remodelers, Guthridge and Nighswonger Corp. is a certified Green builder and a certified graduate remodeler. With all these projects and a wide range of expertise, the firm prides themselves on being a step ahead of the rest.
3) Kitchen Concepts Design Studio
Website|316.744.1555|136 Oliver, Kechi, KS 67067
Kitchen Concepts Design Studio is a family owned establishment founded by Chris Volkman in 2002. Offering exclusive creative interior design services in the Wichita area, the firm has been featured as Designer of the Year by Wichita Magazine and has won many awards for Pick of the Parade, in the kitchen category. Their award-winning projects are kitchen and bath remodels, as well as additions like a new wine-cellar, or a new man-cave. A member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA), the WABA Remodelers Group, and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the company has integrated itself into the Wichita business community.
These projects convey a high-class warmth. They have also completed home libraries, home entertainment centers, home offices, wardrobes, laundry rooms, and even mudrooms.
2) Stovall Construction LLC
Website|316.744.6411|11110 E. 26th St. North Ste. #200, Wichita, KS 67226
As builders who do many home additions, remodeling services, custom home building, interior trim, and custom woodworking, Stovall Construction has won countless awards from the Parade of Homes. IStovall Construction LLC was established in 1972 by Randy Stovall.
From 2000 to 2007, their Parade of Home awards was given for their work on home additions. One home addition–the Kechi Prairie Creek Addition–won several awards from 2000 to 2003. The awards included “Pick of the Parade,” Effective Design, Lighting and Finished Basement (Fall 2000), “Pick of the Parade”, Lighting and Kitchen Design (Spring 2000), “Pick of the Parade”, Effective Design, two Unique Features, and Kitchen Design (spring 2001), “Pick of the Parade”, Effective Design, Master Suite and Bath, and Kitchen Design (Spring 2002), and, “Pick of the Parade”, Kitchen Design and Master Suite/Bath Design (Spring 2003).
Another home addition–Wichita Equestrian Estates Addition–also bagged numerous awards from 2003 to 2007: Kitchen Design and Master Suite/Bath “Design (Spring 2003), Effective Design and Basement Design (Fall 2004), Pick of the Parade” and Kitchen Design (Spring 2004), “Pick of the Parade”, Effective Design and Kitchen Design (Spring 2005), Kitchen Design (Spring 2006), and Decorating/Merchandising/Color (Spring 2007).
The company’s experience is key: they have been in the industry for more than 40 years, growing from a small carpentry business into a complete custom home builder. Found across the Wichita metro area, their distinctive, beautifully crafted homes have been pleasing critics and homeowners alike.
1) SouthWestern Remodeling
Website|316.263.1239|134 N. Elizabeth, Wichita, KS 67203
Back in 1970, SouthWestern Remodeling was just a one-man roofing and siding operation firm founded by Art Bryan. But according to Qualified Remodeler Magazine the company has since become one of the best in the nation, and the largest remodeling firm in Kansas. The 2005 issue of Wichita Business Journal, meanwhile, honored them as one of the best local employers. The firm is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA), the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
The company has always had a team of 40 highly skilled professionals, trained and re-trained in OSHA safe work practice standards as well as KDHE Lead Safe Work Practices. These employees are able to do virtually any kind of remodeling project. With these skilled professionals on the company payroll, the firm is able to retain full control over the quality of construction by keeping their project “in-house” from start to finish. The firm makes it a point not to employ a single sub-contractor.
The firm is also quite involved with the local community. Every year, they give thousands of dollars, as well as practical assistance, to local Wichita organizations such as The Boy Scouts of America, Cattleman’s Ball and American Cancer Society, Kansas Junior Livestock Show, Stage in a Day, and Wichita Children’s Home.