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The 9 Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractors in Portland, Maine

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Portland is situated along the coastlines of Casco Bay, Maine. It is known for its fishing culture, variety of geographic landscapes, and the vibrant nature of its neighborhoods. Known as the vacation land, it is home to Victorian-era homes as well as modern ones. In here, home owners will find the best contractors that currently work within the city. These firms were evaluated based on their completed projects, awards, accreditations, and client reviews.

Knickerbocker Group

3 Builder’s Square Boothbay, Maine 04537

Stephen Malcom is the founder and CEO of Knickerbocker Group and has extensive knowledge in carpentry. In 1978 he was inspired to open Boothbay Home Builders. Then Knickerbocker Group was established based on Stephen Malcom’s experience in woodworking property management and architecture.

The firm offers full-scale architecture, construction management service, interior design, and woodworking. Having been in the industry for over forty years, it has created various designs for its diverse clients. Knickerbocker Group focuses on the quality of its work and frequent communication with its clients, involving them from start to completion of a project. The company has received awards such as the 2019 AIA Maine Design Awards Recipient Residential Adaptive Reuse and the 2019 AIA People’s Choice Award.

It has been recognized by the following groups: Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer (CMKBD), National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

Maine Coast Homes

17 Little Wing Lane, Gorham, Maine 04038

Maine Coast Homes is headed by Tina and Erik Richardson, who share a love for producing exceptional work. The company has been in the business for eleven years. It offers custom-fabricated countertops and sinks, kitchens designed around party hosts, chefs, and families, and baths built for indulgence, primping, and storage. Its team is composed of creative, certified, and contemporary design teams who are committed to delivering high quality projects and doing so on time. 

With its experience and expertise, Maine Coast Homes has been awarded with the following: 2021 Best of Houzz Design, 2021 Best of Houzz Service, 2019 Best of Houzz Service, 2018 Best of Houzz Design, 2018 Best of Houzz Service, 2017 Best of Houzz Design, 2017 Best of Houzz Service, 2016 Best of Houzz Service, 2015 Best of Houzz Service, and 2014 Best of Houzz Service. In addition, Maine Coast received recognition from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

Wright-Ryan Homes

10 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101

Wright-Ryan Homes is headed by Greg Lanou, VP and General Manager, who has been in the industry of restoring and constructing for over thirty years. The company’s founding partners are Tom Wright and John Ryan, who grew up as childhood friends. They were bounded by one common passion: their joy of achieving excellence in their work, and with this, Wright-Ryan was founded. 

Through the years, the firm has developed into one of the most trusted, largest, and most well-respected construction companies in Northern England. It focuses on projects that challenge the creativity of its team. It specializes in whole home remodeling, maintenance, management, and preconstruction. 

Being one of Maine’s biggest contractors, Wright-Ryan has provided its clients with peacefulness during the construction of their project. The company has received different awards for remodeling and related work. It received the 2021 Best of Houzz Design, 2018 Maine Homes Design Award and the 2016 Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) Recognition Award.

O’Shea Builders

Windham, Maine 04062

O’Shea Builders is headed by its owner, Warren O’Shea, who has more than thirty years of remodeling experience and is a certified Home Inspector. He earned his Associates’s Degree in Business Administration from Middlesex Community College and is also a Certified Home Inspector, Kohler product certified installer, and an EPA RRP Certified Renovator. Likewise, he received EMT Training and has attended flight school.

O’Shea Builderes LLC. specializes in remodeling and renovating spaces for its clients. Its line of work includes kitchen, whole home, and bathroom remodeling. For over twenty years, it has provided quality contracting and building work in southern Maine.

Among the firm’s numerous awards are the following: Winner of Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 “Big 50” Award recognizing the top 50 remodelers in the nation, recipient of the Citizen Awards, Portland Maine Police Department, 2016 GPCOG Recognition Award, contributing editor for Journal of Light Construction magazine, 2022 Best of Houze Service 2021 Best of Houzz Service, 2020 Best of Houzz Service, 2019 Best of Houzz Service, 2018 Best of Houzz Service, 2017 Best of Houzz Service, 2016 Best of Houzz Service, 2015 Best of Houzz Service, 2015 Houzz “Recommended Contractor, and 2014 Best of Houzz Service.

The company has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead Certified, Kohler Bath Installer, and the Advisory Panel Member for Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS). Mr. O’Shea and O’Shea Builders LLC has been featured on HGTV, “Vacation House For Free”, FoodNetwoork’s “Restaraunt Impossible”, DIY’S “Maine Cabin Masters, and CBS T.V. 13’s “On Your Side” and “HomeWork”

MGM Builders

8 Turning Leaf Dr, Windham, Maine 04062

The founder of MGM Builders is Mike Manning, who at a young age learned from his grandfather in the construction trade. While serving in the U.S. Coast Guard at eighteen, he studied construction, diving, and electrical science. Having worked as an electrician as well, he established MGM Builders with his wife. Now, he has been in the business for thirty-four years, and he is still passionate about his work. 

The firm has designed and built quality homes in Maine since its inception. Its services include whole home remodeling—which includes kitchen and bath remodeling—and CHB. It has completed over 200 homes since it started in the business. It is known to use fine materials, as well as the extraordinary level of craftsmanship provided for each home. It is committed to providing homes for its clients that they will love and value.

Arcadia Kitchen and Bath

360 US – 1, Suite 102, Scarborough, ME 04074

Mike Connell is the Co-owner and Head of Construction of the company. Prior to his work in Arcadia Kitchen and Bath, he managed all the structural improvements on the Cliff house resort and has been the general contractor for a sixteen-million-dollar condo development. The company was established in 1987 and has provided various bath and kitchen renovations. It consistently delivers projects on time and caters to the client’s budget.

Arcadia Kitchen and Bath is a family-owned business which was established by Mike and Kim, his wife. The couple has conceived a distinctive process that is unparalleled to its competitors. Mike and Kim have introduced in Portland, Maine, a showroom and design-build company, and since then, it has created exceptional bathroom and kitchen layouts that meet the needs of styles of its clients.

The firm’s principles are based on integrity, professionalism, and customer service. Its team enjoys obtaining knowledge and keeping up with times. With thirty-four years in the business, the company continues to strive for excellence and is dedicated to its various projects, and it always delivers world-class designs.

Nautilus Construction

Kennebunk, Maine 04043

Chris Legare, LEED AP is the owner of the company, and for fifteen years, he has been into the construction business. He completed his degree in Business Administration – Small Business in the University of Vermont. Likewise, he has a Certificate in Construction Management in Northeastern University. 

Nautilus Construction’s services include: office fit ups, custom new construction homes, design-build remodeling, light commercial renovations, kitchen and bathrooms, and custom cabinetry. 

The company’s specialties include bathroom remodeling, exterior remodeling, light commercial renovations, whole home remodel, and custom millwork. It has also been recognized by different groups like the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Portland Business Builders – Business Network International (BNI), and the Chamber of Commerce – Kennebunk.

M.R. Brewer

91 Bell St., Portland, ME 04103

Matt Brewer is the co-owner and construction manager of M.R. Brewer, and he completed his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. 

The firm is a full service commercial and residential construction company that was founded by Malcolm and Patricia Brewer. It operates in Portland, Maine and employs twenty-five people. It has invested in the best technology and equipment. Whether it is millwork, building a new home, making custom cabinetry or renovating, the firms’ clients can be assured of quality work. 

M.R. Brewers’ goal is to come up with unequaled artistry by blending conventional woodworking and construction techniques with technology to produce extraordinary cabinetry spaces and millwork. The company has been awarded with the 2020 Best of Houzz Service Award. It has also been recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

O’Brien Wood & Iron, LLC

142 Presumpscot St., Portland, ME 04103

Mat O’Brien is the owner of O’Brien Wood & Iron LLC and has sixteen years of experience in building trades. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from MassArt.

O’Brien Wood & Iron is well known for its creative designs and focuses closely on every detail to ensure customer satisfaction. He started the company in 2008 and his goal was to come up with innovative builds.  The firm is a full-service company that creates spaces that are artistically inclined and provide excellent customer service. It offers new construction remodels, renovations of existing space, restoration of old ones, and additions. The company has quality materials, outstanding craftsmanship, distinguishing details, and high-geared buildings. O’Brien Wood & Iron takes care of its team, creating a positive environment in the shop and on-site.

With its expertise and experience, it has been recognized with the 2021 Best of Houzz of Service Award. It has also been accredited by the following: National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and Lead-Safe.


  • Shahe Demirdjian

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