When Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt took their first tour of the White House, the kitchen was in poor shape. Their housekeeper, Henrietta Nesbitt, reported that there were cockroaches, old wood, and hinges so creaky that the staff expected them to fall off. So began one of the first major renovations of the White House kitchen. Harry Truman embarked on another massive remodel, and Barack Obama spent around $1.5M redecorating the entire residence.
No matter who you are, having a comfortable kitchen can make a big difference in day-to-day life. Over the years, even the most historic or well-known kitchens are due for a remodel. However rewarding, remodeling a kitchen can feel like a big task, with many factors to consider: your many kitchen remodeling ideas, what kitchen remodeling costs are like, and figuring out who is the best kitchen remodeler to hire in D.C. Below is a list of general contractors in the greater Washington D.C. area—chosen for their awards, credentials, and presence in the media—that specialize in kitchen remodeling in and around our nation’s capital.
15) Karma Home Designs
Website | 202.642.4663 | 1990 M Street NW #250, Washington D.C. 20036
Karma Home Designs is a boutique “dream and build” contractor offering services in high-end building and remodeling in the District, as well as throughout the greater Washington D.C. area. The company has been recognized by the Washington City Paper as Best Kitchen Remodeler and Best Residential Builder. In 2015, the company earned the Best of Washington D.C. Award through the Best Businesses in D.C. Area. Karma Home Designs has also won multiple awards for kitchen and bath remodels, such as a 2015 National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year Award for a Residential Kitchen $30,000 to $65,000.
The company is operated by Kris Christopherson and Jordan Wanamaker Javier, friends as well as colleagues. Christopherson’s background is in construction, and Javier’s background is in real estate, business, and economics. They have a combined 50 years of experience in the building industry in Washington D.C., and in parts of Virginia and Maryland. The company’s Washington D.C. kitchens make good use of often small spaces. Many are decorated with trendy subway tile, steel appliances, and modern kitchen lighting fixtures.
14) Superior Home Services
Website | 202.340.7484 | 2164 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20007
Superior Home Services has 25 years of experience in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland’s building industries. The company offers new home design and bathroom and kitchen remodels, with an emphasis on energy-efficient homes and historic renovations. Their goal is to make your home more comfortable while simultaneously minimizing environmental impact and adding environmentally friendly materials.
Their work has appeared in Arlington Magazine and in Home & Design, and Remodeling Magazine selected them as a Remodeling Big 50 contractor. This company’s awards are many, for whole-house projects and baths and kitchen remodels. In 2010, they earned a NARI Contractor of the Year Award for a Residential Kitchen Over $150k.
Their new kitchen styles range from traditional to contemporary and feature a great deal of natural light as well as cutting-edge appliances. Daniel Steinkoler, founder and president, established the company in 1989. He is a member of NARI and a contributing editor to the Georgetowner and Downtowner newspapers.
13) Anthony Wilder
Website | 301.907.0100 | 7913 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John, MD 20818
You might remember this company from Washingtonian Magazine’s 2017 piece on “4 DC Kitchens We’d Kill For.” Led by Principals Anthony Wilder and Elizabeth Wilder, this company has 20 years of experience in the building industry in Washington D.C. and in upscale parts of Maryland, such as McLean, Potomac, and Bethesda.
Alongside custom home building, they offer whole house renovations, additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels, historic renovations, and interior design. The company is affiliated with NARI, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the American Society of Designers, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Although its primary services are custom homes, additions, and renovations, the company also offers architecture and interior home design.
Its work has earned several awards from Chrysalis, NARI, and NKBA. On multiple occasions, Anthony Wilder was named Best Kitchen Design Firm through Bethesda Magazine. In 2017, the company received a 2nd Place Kitchen & Bath Design Award for Best Medium Kitchen through NKBA. Its work has appeared in several publications, such as Forbes, Kitchen & Bath Magazine, D.C. Modern Luxury, and The Washington Post.
Website | 703.734.9050 | 7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A180, McLean, VA 22102
Larry Weinberg and Josh Baker, friends from the University of Virginia, founded BOWA in 1988. After a few years of experience in the corporate world and in chemistry, the two teamed up to work as carpenters in Northern Virginia. Eventually, they created BOWA, a customer-oriented company that could provide upscale building and remodeling services.
Today, 90 percent of BOWA’s projects are from repeat or referral clients, and the company has received over 200 awards for its designs, craftsmanship, and customer service. Northern Virginia Magazine dubbed it the Best Home Improvement Contractor in 2017, and Remodeling Magazine selected it as one of the top 10 best full-service remodelers. Qualified Remodeler Magazine named it a Top 500 Industry Leader, and it was chosen as the 2017 Design Build Firm of the Year by Home & Design Magazine.
The company has received multiple NARI Contractor of the Year Awards for Residential Kitchens over $120k and $150k. Many BOWA kitchens feature tall windows letting in natural light, sleek marble kitchen countertops, and elegant chandeliers.
11) The Levine Group
Website | 301.585.4848 | 2323 B Stewart Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Levine Group is a team of kitchen and bath remodel experts, architects, builders, and interior designers. The company specializes in design-build projects, eco-friendly building, energy-efficient appliances, and the technology for modern-day smart homes. Founded in 1987, The Levine Group focuses on architectural styles typical of Washington D.C., such as row houses, Tudors, Victorian homes, and colonial residences.
The company has been recognized multiple times by organizations like Chrysalis and NARI, and some of its many honors include a 2009 NARI Contractor of the Year Award for a Residential Kitchen over $150k and for a Residential Kitchen over $120k. In 2007, the company received a Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in a Kitchen Remodel over $100k.
The Levine Group’s work has appeared in several magazines, such as Kitchen & Baths, Home & Design, Bethesda Magazine, and Washingtonian Magazine. Many of the company’s kitchen remodels feature floor-to-ceiling windows, steel appliances, new cabinets, and creative kitchen storage areas. One traditional-style kitchen remodel on its website features polished absolute black countertops, contemporary appliances, and a galley-style layout. The company has appeared on HGTV’s Generation Renovation for a Washington D.C. row house remodel.
10) The Alexander Group
Website | 301-230.3040 | 5020 Nicholson Court, #200A, Kensington, MD 20895
The Alexander Group’s work has been featured in Bethesda Magazine, The Washington Post, and District Home Magazine. Founded by Alex Dean in 1986, the company has three decades of experience working on home improvement projects within the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. In that time, they have received over 50 awards for remodeling and home building projects, as well as Chrysalis awards for historic renovations.
Alex Dean attended the Punahou School in Honolulu while working as a stone mason and builder. He went on to study management, business and environmental law, architecture, and energy at Boston University. He became a NARI Green Certified Professional and a Certified Graduate Remodeler through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He has served as president of the D.C. Metropolitan Chapter of NARI and on the board of directors between 1990 and 1994. Kitchens are one of The Alexander Group’s strengths, and the company has received NARI Contractor of the Year awards for a 2007 Residential Kitchen $50,000 to $100k and a 2002 Residential Kitchen over $60,000. A Bethesda, Maryland, kitchen started as a small space with low ceilings and poor lighting, but The Alexander Group transformed it into a modern kitchen with intricate storage space, traditional white cabinets with matching white marble tile, and large windows overlooking lush scenery.
9) Case Architects & Remodelers
Website | 202.556.2273 | 1327 14th Street, NW Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20005
This company has 50 years of experience providing building industry services to the greater Washington D.C. area. Case specializes in kitchen and bath remodels, with more than 100 awards for innovation, craftsmanship, and customer service. President and CEO Bruce Case studied psychology and economics at Vanderbilt University and earned an MBA from George Mason University. A Certified Lead Carpenter, he was named one of the Top 40 Industry Leaders reshaping today’s remodeling industry by Professional Remodeler. He has also received an Image Award though NARI.
The company seeks to support smaller local firms in the building industry through its Fred Case Awards, which celebrate small but successful design companies in the area. Since 2007, Case has generated $220k to award to smaller building industry companies.
The company excels in kitchen projects, with awards through NARI, Professional Remodeler, and Chrysalis for kitchen remodels around $100k. When remodeling a kitchen, Case focuses on four principles: utility, harmony, balance, and beauty. For one project, Case transformed a dark and outdated space into a classic and modern kitchen with espresso-stained hardwood flooring, custom-made maple grade cabinets, and a white porcelain farmhouse sink. They removed a wall to produce natural light and installed chrome pendants to the coffered ceiling.
Website | 202.726.3777 | 7059 Blair Road NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20012
Serving Washington D.C. for the past 27 years, Landis is a design-build company specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels. The company is operated by brothers and Principals Ethan Landis and Chris Landis.
Ethan studied at Swarthmore College and at George Washington University. He is a Certified Professional through LEED, and he is a member of the Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Board that oversees D.C.’s Green Building Act. He also currently serves on the District’s Construction Code Coordinating Board. Chris Landis studied at Vassar College and Columbia Architecture School. He serves on the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, and he was formerly the president of NARI’s D.C. Metro-area chapter.
Landis has earned more than 83 press mentions and 128 awards, including multiple Chrysalis, Qualified Remodeler Master Design, and NARI Contractor of the Year Awards for residential kitchens around $100k. The company is known for creating modern kitchens that honor the original design of your home, whether it’s a Craftsman or a D.C. row house. One kitchen remodel, in a worn-down 1940s home in D.C.’s historic Tenleytown, involved turning three separate and cramped rooms into one large and stylish kitchen. Landis kept the original historic flooring and added quartzite countertops, glass-front cabinets, and a central kitchen island. They also built in a farmhouse sink, an additional prep sink, and a practical beverage center and mudroom.
7) Bowers Design Build
Website | 703.506.0845 | 6715 Whittier Avenue, Suite 200, McLean, VA 22101
Founded in 1990, Bowers Design Build offers new homes, renovations, and remodeling services. Since its origin, the company has worked on hundreds of design-build projects in and around Virginia’s upscale McLean. The company values sustainability and emphasizes recycled materials, high-efficiency windows and doors, and low-water plumbing fixtures in its projects.
The company has received over 50 honors, including multiple NARI Contractor of the Year Awards through the Metro D.C. Chapter for whole houses, additions, and for kitchens and bathrooms. Its work has been featured on HGTV and in Remodeling Magazine, Home & Design Magazine, and Washington Spaces Magazine. Bowers is operated by Bruce Bowers, who is the president, CEO, and lead designer. Bruce grew up in construction and home improvement, and he attended the University of Maryland, where he studied Architecture. Chief Administrative Officer Wilma Bowers entered the company in 1990, with experience in brand management and corporate advertising.
Between 2011 and 2016, the company received NARI Contractor of the Year Awards for kitchen renovations. Bowers’ kitchens feature sophisticated and modern lighting; kitchen islands decorated with marble, tile, or stone; and new cabinets for a great deal of storage.
6) Commonwealth Home Design
Website | 703.255.9861 | 208-A Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA 22180
Founded in 1986, Commonwealth Home Design offers home remodeling services in whole-house design, major additions, and kitchen and bath remodeling. Its founder and principal architect, Susan Pierce, studied at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. A LEED-Certified Professional, Susan has several years of experience in home improvement in Washington D.C., and Vienna, VA. The company’s current president,Kelvin Pierce, is also president of the Vienna Rotary Foundation. Prior to entering the construction industry, Kelvin worked as an aerospace engineer for the Navy.
Commonwealth Home Design has earned more than 40 awards for its custom homes and additions, and for its luxurious kitchen remodels: NARI Contractor of the Year awards for kitchens over $150k, and a Chrysalis Award for a kitchen $40,000 to $75,000. In a gourmet kitchen featured on their website, Commonwealth added a beverage center and entertainment stations, a wet bar, and a walk-in butler’s pantry. They also installed frameless cabinets, stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and bright white tiles. New wide windows with panoramic views let in natural sunlight. Kelvin and Susan founded the Divine Child Foundation, a charity that supports orphan children in the Republic of Georgia.
Website | 301.657.5000 | 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 120, Bethesda, MD 20814
Carnemark was founded in 1987 by Jonas Carnemark, born in Sweden but raised in the state of Virginia. Growing up, Jonas recalls spending time in his grandfather’s modernist art gallery in Sweden, a place that inspired his interest in art and design. Jonas studied physics and engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and he gained his certifications in Remodeling and in Kitchen Design. Today, he is the leader of Carnemark, a full-service design-build company providing whole-house remodels, kitchen remodels, and bath remodels.
The company specializes in historic residences in Washington D.C. and focuses on green solutions to building. The company is Lead-Safe Certified and affiliated with the US Green Building Council as well as the Green Building Institute. The company is also a member of NARI and the National Kitchen and NKBA. They have earned a number of NKBA, NARI, Qualified Remodeler, and Sub-Zero/WOLF Contest Awards, as well as Chrysalis Awards, all for outstanding kitchen remodels. Carnemark’s kitchens are sleek and modern, with features like glossy gray lacquer and smoky glass cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, walnut-topped bars, and playful uses of color. Their kitchens have been featured on the Food Network and on Good Morning America. Remodeling Magazine selected the company as a Big 50 contractor.
Website | 703.243.3171 | PO Box 101148, Arlington, VA 22210-4148
TriVistaUSA was chosen for its many awards for high-end and creative projects. Founded in 2005, the company has earned over 30 awards and recognitions for its building and design services throughout the greater Washington D.C. region and Virginia. It is a family-run business centered on teamwork and operated by Michael Sauri and Deborah Sauri, husband and wife. Deborah’s background was in graphic design, and Michael entered the building industry with experience as a professional musician.
Arlington Magazine readers voted TriVistaUSA among the Best of Arlington in 2015 and 2017. The company also gained a place on Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 in 2011. The company received a NARI Contractor of the Year Award in 2014 for a Residential Kitchen $80,000 to $120k, and a 2012 Contractor of the Year Award for a Residential Kitchen $50,000 to $100k.
In one of several kitchen projects featured on TriVistaUSA’s website, the company transformed a cramped kitchen closed off from the rest of the house into a modern masterpiece. They changed the entire flow of the first floor to include a kitchen, an eating nook, and a pantry. In place of a bulky oven hood acting as the kitchen’s centerpiece, they installed a slim-lined hood with ventilation cleverly concealed by kitchen cabinets.
3) Grossmueller’s Design Consultants, Inc.
Website | 202.537.0060 | 5236 44th Street NW #3, Washington, D.C. 20015
Grossmueller’s Design Consultants, Inc. has received almost 60 NKBA Awards, Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards, and awards from The Ashley Group. With 20 years of experience providing building services in Washington D.C., the company has affiliations with NARI, NKBA, and the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications. Grossmueller’s is also active in serving its community through affiliations with Community Forklift and the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation.
Grossmueller’s is owned by Cindy McClure, who studied at the University of Maryland and whose work has been featured in The Washington Post and on HGTV. Another leader is Jenna Randolph, who studied interior design at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has a passion for photography. Mark Adams, the third leader of Grossmueller’s, studied architecture at the University of Michigan and has worked with residential homes, religious and educational buildings, and historic buildings.
Of its many award-winning projects, the company has earned around 15 for kitchens between $60,000 to $100k from Chrysalis, NARI, NKBA, and Qualified Remodeler. Grossmueller’s kitchens are classic and contemporary, with floor-to-ceiling windows, gray and white marble tile and backsplash, and tasteful lighting fixtures.
2) Sun Design Architectural Design-Build Firm
Website | 703.239.2373 | 6862 Elm Street, Suite 330, McLean, VA 22011
Founded in 1988, Sun Design provides design-build services for single-family residences in upscale areas like Potomac, Maryland, as well as in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia. The company’s founder, Craig Durosko, is a Certified Remodeler and Certified Aging in Place Specialist through NARI, as well as a Certified Green Professional through the NAHB. In 1993, Bob Gallagher, the company’s president, joined the team. Gallagher served on NARI’s board of directors for 10 years and was president of the local metropolitan D.C. NARI chapter from 2000 to 2002. Sun Design has received over 100 awards and honors for building projects, including Professional Remodeler awards, Chrysalis awards, NKBA’s Design Awards, and NARI’s Contractor of the Year awards.
Sun Design specializes in kitchens of a variety of styles, including Asian-inspired, colonial, French country, and modern. Between 2013 and 2017, Sun Design received five Contractor of the Year awards for residential kitchens. In 2014, they received three Contractor of the Year Awards: two for Residential Kitchens Over $120k, and one for a Residential Kitchen $80,000 to $120k. In 2013, the company earned a Contractor of the Year Award for a Residential Kitchen Over $120k.
1) Michael Nash Design Build & Homes
Website | 703.641.9800 | 8630A Lee Highway Fairfax, VA 22031
Michael Nash Design Build & Homes earned first place on this list for its impressive list of recognitions — more than 300 awards over 30 years of service. The company has been recognized by Chrysalis, NAHB, NKBA, and Qualified Remodeler. Michael Nash has also received more NARI Contractor of the Year awards than any other Washington D.C. contractor on this list. And
For 30 years, the company has offered high-performance building services in custom homes, kitchen and bathroom remodels, basement remodels, and home additions. Michael Nash’s work has been featured in several publications, including Professional Remodeler magazine, and the company has earned Talk of the Town Sapphire awards and Pulse of the City News awards. In 2016 and 2017, Michael Nash earned one Chrysalis Award and seven NARI Contractor of the Year Awards for kitchens over $100k. At the same time, Chrysalis has recognized the firm as the second highest award-winning firm in the nation in 2016, with 22 awards by that year.
Michael Nash creates gourmet kitchens with elegant features. In one NARI award-winning remodel, the clients wanted more space, more storage, and a better view. Michael Nash transformed closets into pantries with intricate storage and added a prep sink and second dishwasher, along with professional cooking appliances for preparing authentic Italian meals. They added a large and central island with lots of seating and new French doors overlooking the scenic backyard.