Kitchens are the most active parts of a home, making them one of the most challenging spaces to remodel. Such projects entail custom cabinetry, millwork, and elegant kitchen islands. Our editorial team created this list of Washington D.C.’s best and leading general contractors, the names behind some of the area’s most beautiful kitchens. Several of these companies are the recipients of many industry accolades and have had the opportunity to work with some of the area’s leading subcontractors.
7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A180, McLean, VA 22102
Established in 1988, BOWA uses an excellent design-build approach, which allows it to keep the entire process in-house. The firm’s portfolio showcases renovations ranging from kitchens and primary suites to whole-house and condo remodels. The firm has been able to serve clients throughout the DC metro area as well as Virginia Horse Country. It prides itself in the stellar reviews it has received through the years. Some of its best projects can be found spread throughout the most sought-after neighborhoods of Great Falls, Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna, DC, Potomac, and Bethesda. Showcased below is a beautiful project in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC.
This kitchen was designed for a young couple’s rowhome. Originally, the space was small and dark. As a solution, the firm’s team bumped out its back to match the second floor’s existing rear wall. This additional space was used to create a built-in dining nook with plenty of seating. Some of its best details include its black stained window trim with reclaimed wood headers, in-cabinet accessories and its all-new deck.
Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.
7913 Macarthur Boulevard, Cabin John, MD 20818
Anthony Wilder is an award-winning design-build firm with over two decades of experience. The firm offers full-service architecture, construction, and interior design services; it specializes in a wide range of residential architectural themes. The firm’s work is often recognizable by its optimization of space, its use of natural light, and its sustainable materials. The firm is comprised of a team of over 40 Architects, Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Designers, Interior Designers, and craftsmen, all of whom are ready to assist each of the firm’s clients throughout the entire remodeling process, from material selection to construction. The firm has had the honor of receiving numerous accolades, including multiple regional and national CotY awards, Chrysalis Awards, and several features from Home & Design, The Wallstreet Journal, and Qualified Remodeler. Anthony Wilder was also featured on an episode of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal.”
Showcased above is one of the firm’s best kitchens. Located in the heart of DC, this project has an excellent modern and contemporary feel. The firm’s team drew inspiration from timeless New York City lofts. Some other details include its master closet complete with a sliding bookcase and shoe shelves.
Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
1327 14th Street NW, Suite #200, Washington, DC 20005
With over 60 years of industry experience, Case provides its clients a comprehensive range of design and remodeling services. It operates out of its office in the heart of Washington and is composed of a talented and experienced team of designers, project managers, remodelers, and architects. The firm maintains affiliations with FRED, a leading home improvement firm that can handle anything, from small-scale updates to larger renovation and installation projects.
For this project, the Case team opted for an excellent contemporary theme with several transitional touches. Our editorial team loved its teak paneled flooring that mirrors in the ceiling. It also opted for clean white tiled backsplashes and custom cabinetry.
8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite #310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Wentworth offers its clients a complete and comprehensive list of architecture, interior design, and extensive residential remodeling services. It assists its clients throughout the entire process and is noted for completing all of its projects on time and within the agreed-upon budget. The firm uses an excellent design-build approach, which has proven to be cost-effective and highly efficient. The firm’s portfolio showcases several impressive whole home remodels, kitchen, bathroom, and basement work, in addition to garage conversions and aging-in-place projects. Featured below is an outstanding example of the firm’s talent and expertise.
Located in Kalorama, this project features an open concept floorplan that unites the kitchen and dining areas. Its layout includes a custom glass transom, a walnut kitchen island with granite countertops, and white cabinetry. Some other great entails include its French doors and porcelain tiling flooring.
Landis Architects | Builders
7059 Blair Road NW, Suite #300 Washington, DC 20012
With over three decades of industry experience, Landis Architects Builders is the proud recipient of over 145 industry awards and has worked with some of D.C.’s best and leading subcontractors. 241 of its projects—and counting—are kitchen remodels. The firm’s portfolio also includes several excellent additions, whole-house renovations, historic homes, and bathrooms. The firm is well-respected for its interior design services.
One of the firm’s clients wanted to renovate and open up their kitchen. Thanks to Landis, the space now includes a unique dining area that can seat up to six people. The firm also reoriented its island and installed a custom glass table top complete with LED lighting.
Glickman Design Build
15757 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855
Glickman Design Build has committed to excellence in construction since 1975. We are the product of a passionate vision by our founder Russ Glickman. Russ attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where his first glimpse into the industry ignited his passion for building. Since then, Glickman has specialized in projects with ageing-in-place, accessibility, and universal design, along with expertise in additions and whole house remodeling.
Below is a recent kitchen design project that resulted in an impeccable outcome. This project was completed in a condominium, complete with new countertops, backsplashes, and a Kohler stainless steel sink. Every aspect of the home and the client’s specifications were taken into consideration to proudly deliver this remodel.
CARNEMARK design + build
7550 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite #120, Bethesda, MD 20814
CARNEMARK is a talented firm that is experienced in every aspect of the residential design and construction process. From whole-house remodels to kitchen, addition, bathroom projects to condo renovations, CARNEMARK makes use of modern and sustainable solutions. The firm has been in business since 1987 and provides prospective clients complimentary consultation services. Since its establishment, it has had the pleasure to partner with a diverse group of skilled subcontractors and leading suppliers.
Showcased above is the firm’s work on an excellent kitchen condominium remodel. Completed in 2015, this project won the firm the 2016 Contractor of the Year Grand Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The CARNEMARK team also worked on its powder room remodel.
5236 44th St. NW #3, Washington, DC 20015
Grossmueller’s Design has been in business since 1995 and is respected for its award-winning kitchens and baths. It extends its work throughout D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. The firm offers expertise in the design and renovation of kitchen designs and kitchen remodeling along with custom bath designs and bathroom remodeling. Since the firm’s inception, it was appeared in many publications and won innumerable industry awards, including the Pinnacle Award from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) in 2009. Pictured below is one of the firm’s best kitchen projects.
This kitchen is contained in a full-house renovation and home addition. It was completed back in 2020 and showcases an excellent modern theme. The project cost around a million dollars and also features an open concept floorplan.
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
6935 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
As its name suggests, Jennifer Gilmer specializes in kitchen and bathroom projects. The firm has been in business since 1997, it has had its work featured in many publications, and it has won innumerable industry awards—including the Pinnacle Award from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) in 2009. The firm has three showrooms, where clients can easily access the firm’s designs and materials. The Gilmer team typically works with contemporary, traditional, transitional, vintage, and modern kitchen themes.
Located in the heart of D.C., this project was designed and completed in 2017. It features an excellent industrial theme. For this kitchen, the team opted for tiled backsplashes, brick touches, and unique fixtures.
Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes
8630A Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031
With over three decades of industry experience, Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes is composed of a talented team of licensed professionals. The firm is known for its kitchen and bathroom remodels, basement finishes, and home additions. Since its establishment, the firm has received a total of over 402 awards, 39 of which are Chrysalis Awards, while 248 come from NARI. The firm is one of the first design-build companies in Northern Virginia and it has since grown into one of the area’s premier firms. The firm’s work has been featured on the pages of Qualified Remodeler, Professional Remodeler, and The Sun-Gazette.
Showcased above is one of the firm’s most impressive kitchens. For this project, the Gilmer team employed an excellent open concept floorplan, which united the home’s kitchen, dining, and living areas. Some of its best details include its custom cabinetry, the overhead lighting, and a custom kitchen island that also serves as a breakfast bar.
104 Summit Hall Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
FineCraft Contractors specializes in kitchens, bathrooms, custom homes, and extensive home remodels. The firm has had the opportunity to work in some of the best neighborhoods in D.C. and offers its prospective clients free online design tools and online estimates. The firm has been in business since 1985. It is the product of the vision of its founder, George Papaheraklis. Mr. Papaheraklis studied architecture at the University of Maryland, and he ensures that each of the firm’s projects receives the benefit of his experience.
Featured above is one of the firm’s most impressive kitchens. Completed for a home up on Capitol Hill’s historic district, this project showcases two flats for two siblings and their families. The kitchen, in particular, is large and airy and features an impressively designed custom kitchen island. On one side, it leads to its own pantry.
Commonwealth Home Design
208-A Dominion Road, NE Vienna, VA 22180
Commonwealth provides its clients a complete and comprehensive range of residential construction and remodeling services. The firm is particularly noted for its home remodeling, renovation, architectural design, kitchen remodeling, custom new home construction, and design-build services. The firm services the entirety of Northern Virginia and draws inspiration from over three decades of industry experience. The firm generally strives to keep the entire process in-house, emphasizing the importance of a one-point contact approach. Doing so lessens the burden for clients in terms of having to look for additional subcontractors. The firm’s portfolio also includes several impressive sunrooms, family room additions, and media rooms.
The chosen project above is a great example of its talent and expertise. This kitchen renovation and extensive overhaul includes an all-new breakfast nook, fixture upgrades, and new hardwood flooring. Its team also worked on the removal of its existing fireplace and installing new built-in shelves.
Sun Design Remodeling
6862 Elm Street, Suite #330, McLean, VA 22101
Sun Design Remodeling has been in business since 1988 and has had the opportunity to work on homes across Northern Virginia and Montgomery County. It is an award-winning firm that credits its success to its highly detailed process and executed by its talented team of professionals. The firm’s portfolio showcases impressive whole home remodels, exterior renovations, basement finishes, bathrooms, kitchens, and home addition projects. Its team makes use of a collaborative approach, given that it is an architectural design-build remodeler. The team works closely with clients throughout the planning, design, and renovation processes, providing visual aids such as 3D renderings.
The project above is one of the firm’s best kitchens. It cost around $500k and was completed back in 2016. It features an excellent transitional two-tone theme.
Bowers Design Build
6715 Whittier Avenue, Suite #200, McLean, VA 22101
Bowers Design Build is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the DC area since 1990. The firm has completed hundreds of residential projects in McLean, North Arlington, Oakton, Vienna, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Great Falls, Virginia. The firm has secured a solid reputation for itself as one of Northern Virginia’s best and leading design-build firms. Its complete array of services includes architectural design work that comes at highly competitive rates, interior design, detailed budget plans, and onsite project management. All of its spaces also come with full warranties, in addition to product warranties.
We decided to showcase the firm’s work on the HGTV House. For this kitchen, the firm’s team employed a seamless floor plan that fused its kitchen and dining areas. The chandelier, custom cabinetry, and windows work together to bring in and highlight rich ambient light.
12223 Nebel Street, Rockville, MD 20852
Jack Rosen works throughout Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia. The firm offers its clients over three decades of industry experience and is highly regarded for its stellar custom kitchen plans and cabinetry. The firm’s cabinetry includes lines and products from Rutt Kitchens and Elmwood Kitchen Cabinetry. The firm’s portfolio includes a great range of classic, contemporary, and transitional themes. Jack Rosen also has its very own 2,000-square-foot showroom in Rockville. There, clients can browse through its cabinetry displays and kitchen models. The firm also provides countertops, lighting, appliance garages, and built-in speed ovens.
Featured above is one of the firm’s most impressive kitchens. Located on Waterfall Edge Island, this custom remodel showcases a great contemporary remodel. It features sleek cabinetry and wood finishes.