According to the 2020 market data, the U.S. remodeling industry represents $97 billion in market value. That success is not surprising, given the industry helps homeowners and developers curate, design, and build residential spaces that cater to the modern lifestyles of their inhabitants and represent their unique design and functional aspirations—the same characteristics that make these residential buildings feel more like “home.”
The article presents the best luxury home remodelers in the US. The companies included here are construction professionals, general contracting firms, and design-build firms that have produced multiple high-value projects for the residential sector. These firms qualified for the list based on their experience in the remodeling, renovation, addition, and construction of luxury residential properties in their respective states. Our editorial team considered the awards, the publication features, and the industry recognition that these firms earned from these projects as well as from other relevant projects in their high-end home construction portfolio. We also looked at the background of each of the firm’s principals, their years of experience, and their contribution to shaping the American residential landscape. Most importantly, the editorial team also reviewed the testimonials and reviews these firms received from the country’s most sophisticated homeowners.
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201 N Milpas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Allen Construction started out as a small, homegrown firm in Santa Barbara in 1983. Under the leadership of its founder, Dennis Allen, the company has become one of the country’s elite builders in luxury custom home construction and remodeling. Today, the firm operates as an employee-owned business and works from three additional California offices in Ventura, West Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo.
Inspired by the vision of sustainability, the company is an active participant in the region’s green building movement. In recent years it won multiple green building awards from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The firm features two LEED-Platinum projects and introduced the first certified Passive House in Southern California for a multifamily project.
As a remodeler for high-end residential properties, especially in some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in California, many of the firm’s projects have caught the attention of the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI). One example of its luxury remodeling work is for a 4,300-square-foot Spanish-Colonial residence located in Montecito’s upscale community. The scope of the project includes a whole-house remodel and the expansion of an existing accessory dwelling unit (ADU) for a guest house. One of its main goals was to introduce a more updated design aesthetics to the home as well as provide a bigger space for entertaining guests. Some of the most interesting details introduced after the remodel include bold wallpaper accents and vintage-industrial light fixtures. These elements add an old-age charm and timeless elegance to the home’s brand new appeal.
9401 James Ave. S., Suite #170 Bloomington, MN 55431
Known for its multi-awarded design and construction portfolio, AMEK is one of the country’s most established luxury home remodelers. Starting in 1996, the firm is celebrating its 25th anniversary continuing its legacy of integrity and craftsmanship. Today, it features projects recognized by multiple National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards as well as a number of Remodeler of Merit Awards (ROMA) from the Housing First MN. These achievements can be attributed to the firm’s design and build team and its thoughtful take in conceptualizing and constructing residential spaces that meet the client’s aesthetic, functional, and personal needs.
One of the firm’s most notable whole home remodeling projects is for an Edina family residence. The company was tasked with reviving a family home that was destroyed by a fire. The kitchen area suffered most from the destruction while the rest of the house acquired significant smoke and water damage. Another challenging aspect of the build was to find a balance between producing creative, top-notched craftsmanship while keeping the budgetary limitations of the insurance settlement.
Despite all these challenges, the firm delivered a newly remodeled home that was designed to support a modern lifestyle. The company introduced a new, optimized layout for the entire main level as well as the second floor. This change encourages flex space for entertaining and daily living. A new bumped-out roofing was installed to fit a lounge area that will serves as a central area between the home’s master bedroom suite and the kids’ room plus guest bedroom. The project also involved additional construction of a flex room, a butler’s pantry, and a dog washing station. The newly resurrected family home has earned several local awards and most recently won the 2019 Regional Chrysalis Award under the Residential Insurance Restoration category.
10345 E Desert Cove Ave. Suite #2, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
For over 30 years, Apollo Builders has been shaping Virginia and Arizona’s residential landscape through unforgettable new construction and remodeling projects. The company takes on everything from small-scale to highly detailed custom works, especially for the luxury home sector. Its award-winning portfolio includes projects that are consistently recognized by NARI and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Washingtonian Magazine, AZ Lifestyle, and The Washington Times have featured some of the company’s most iconic remodeling projects.
The company operates from two locations, Virginia and expanded to Scottsdale Arizona in 2005. Under the leadership of Tyler and Scott Kestner, the firm specializes in a “hands-on” approach to construction. The result is a personalized and detail-oriented solution drawn from the firm’s profound understanding of the needs of its project owners. As a luxury remodeling company that serves the high-end residential sector, the firm is known for its aesthetically-inspiring masterpieces that exude luxury and modern convenience.
In recent years, for instance, the firm completed a remodeling project inspired by contemporary-farmhouse design. The project involved a whole home remodel and the transformation of primary areas in the house, including a luxury bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. The remodel features several interesting interior accents and finishes. The bath, for instance, is set in an earth tone palette enhanced by warm lighting coming from its faux candlestick chandelier that gracefully hangs below a luxurious contemporary tub. The kitchen, on the other hand, highlights custom craftsman cabinetry: an island with a marble countertop serves its uniquely crafted centerpiece with a pair of clear, flare-shaped glass pendant light fixtures hang above it. The earthy colors of its polished flooring complete an atmosphere of serenity and relaxation.
Atlanta Design & Build (now Alair Homes Marietta)
1631 Canton Rd., Marietta, GA 30066
An overwhelming list of accolades from the industry’s acclaimed institutions and publications such as NARI, Guild Quality, Qualified Remodeler, Remodeling Magazine, Atlanta Business Chronicle, among others, represents Atlanta Design & Build’s reputation as a designer and builder of custom homes and residential remodels. Since the firm’s inception over 25 years ago, Atlanta Design & Build has achieved some of the highest recognition in the industry. The firm is one of the few companies that have achieved NARI’s highest certification as an Accredited Remodeling Company (ARC) and is actually the first ARC in Georgia. Recently the company transitioned to Alair Homes Marietta, becoming the second partner firm in Alair Homes North Georgia, blending the best of local expertise with the resources of a North American brand.
Take note, for example, of this bathroom remodeling project that won the NARI 2020 National CotY award for the Residential Bath $75,001-$100,000 category, as well as the 2020 Regional CotY Award and 2019 NARI Atlanta CotY award in the same category. Among over 500 entries, the project caught the attention of the remodeling organization because of its innovative take on transforming a dated and dysfunctional master bathroom into a practical, modern space, while making sure that the client’s aesthetic and design needs were met.
The result is a spa-like luxury bath that ditched its originally narrow hallway to introduce a seamless entrance from the master bedroom. The firm also fitted in a generously sized closet for two. Some modern amenities inside the bath were also added, including a water closet, a custom, built-in vanity space, and a heated towel rack. The highlights of the new space include its luxurious walk-in shower with heated tile bench and floor plus an infrared sauna for two. For the room’s storage solutions, the company added white custom cabinetry, carefully selected to perfectly blend in with the light and visually-expansive room. Learn more about their work at www.atlantadesignbuild.com.
201 Meridian Ave., Louisville, KY 40207
True to its vision of “transforming houses into homes,” Bailey Remodeling delivers quality and award-winning remodeling projects throughout East Louisville. The company have received numerous state and local awards. To name a few, they’ve brought home HBA’s state and local award as the Remodeler of the Year for the Kitchen category, as well as another State award for the Addition category. The firm also earned the Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Remodeler of the Year recognition. Guild Master, on the other hand, has constantly chosen the company for its annual Highest Distinction recognition, an award that highlights its 100% client referral and satisfaction rate.
Beyond the accolades and recognition, the company focuses on one thing: creating and reviving spaces that enhance the lives of its inhabitants through an innovative, modern, and client-specific approach to design and construction. This practice, a quality that the firm has been known for since its inception over a decade ago, is something that owners Brandon Bailey and Jon Steimel have developed through the years.
Bailey and Steimel head a team of designers, craftspeople, and builders that provides mid-range to high-value residential spaces. Contemporary, transitional, farmhouse, traditional, and classic interiors can be found in its extensive portfolio of renovation, remodeling, and addition projects. These works cater to the functional needs of their owners, and they are safe and comfortable spaces where clients can practice and celebrate their lifestyles.
Barker Kappelle Construction LLC
970 N Kalaheo Ave. Suite A306, Kailua, HI 96734
Barker Kappelle Construction is a local design-build firm that specializes in residential new construction, remodeling, additions, and commercial contracting services. Established in 2006 and led by two principal builders, Phil Barker and Brett Kappelle, the company is one of Hawaii’s top builders, constantly recognized by publications and recommended by the region’s most demanding homeowners.
The firm’s works have been highlighted in various issues of Home+Remodeling Magazine. One of its most recent features is for a project that included a gorgeous transformation and functional upgrade of a 1950s residence. One important detail about the project is its purpose: to serve as a new sanctuary for a returning couple who lived on the mainland for years and decided to finally move to Hawaii for good. The company sought the help of architect Paul Sheffield and together, they conceptualized an architectural plan that would introduce new elements into the home, structurally and aesthetically.
For this build, the firm made sure that even with the addition of several resort-like amenities and structural features, the home still echoes its modest history as a traditional Kahala home. The project involved the restructuring and reframing of the single-story home. The firm also installed new windows and doors, larger to let in natural daylight and allow a visual connection between the indoor and outdoor. Double walls and thick dry walls replaced their old counterparts to provide better insulation and soundproofing. The team also removed the old kitchen wall to create an open, more spacious area that unites the living, kitchen, and dining room. Most importantly, the firm focused on expanding the yard to the pool area for socializing and entertaining guests. The result is a luxury home that exudes the relaxing and vibrant atmosphere that the resort island is famous for.
31 West Broad St. Suite B, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Baxter Construction is composed of some of the most experienced professionals in the construction industry. Baxter teams hold varying expertise in custom home construction, kitchen, bathroom, and whole-house remodeling, historic renovation, as well as building homes that adhere to the industry’s most stringent green building standards. The firm’s works can be found across Princeton and surrounding communities.
For over four decades, principal builder Jim Baxter has been leading the company’s continuous success as a builder and as a professional. Aside from being a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), he has also trained to transform homes that can structurally and functionally adapt to aging residents thanks to his experience as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). And his affiliation as a Certified Green Professional (CGP) allows him to build and remodel homes that are environmentally conscious, sustainable, and energy-efficient.
With the firm’s extensive and high-caliber experience as a remodeler, the firm has taken on some of the most complex and high-value remodeling work in New Jersey. These luxury residential works often involve historically-significant architectures in need of a modern upgrade, restoration, or revitalization. The company’s in-depth understanding of a wide spectrum of construction and design solutions allows it to preserve the existing historical context of every structure while ensuring that every project answers to the functional and stylistic needs of its inhabitants.
4727 S Memorial Dr., Tulsa, OK 74145
As one of the pioneering remodeling contractors that offered a design/build approach to construction and relevant home improvements services, Buckingham Group has transformed the way homeowners and project owners curate, construct, and transform their homes. The company has been with the industry for 40 years providing architectural work, construction management, and home remodeling services for the Metropolitan Tulsa area’s most demanding homeowners.
The company is led by principal designer Edward Kaplan. With a background in commercial construction and design, and as a former chairman of the City of Tulsa’s Historic Preservation Commission, Kaplan has an in-depth understanding of the challenges and innovations that characterize modern homebuilding. His contributions to the residential sector as a principal and individual member of the industry have been repeatedly recognized by the building and design community. NAHB, for instance, chose Kaplan for its National Remodeler of the Month Award a few years ago. Under his leadership, the firm is also an active member of the HBA Tulsa and NKBA, among others.
Kitchen, bathroom, media room, whole house remodeling, and green remodeling projects can be found in the firm’s extensive portfolio. These projects are not just commendable design-wise. Project owners and past clients continue to commend the firm’s ability to design homes thoughtfully—to craft them into livable, enduring, and timeless spaces. A look at the firm’s testimonials shows high client satisfaction ratings, especially in industry-leading online review platforms.
Case Architects and Remodelers
4701 Sangamore Rd., North Plaza, Suite #40, Bethesda, MD 20816
Case Architects and Remodelers is composed of creatives and innovators who have been serving the Washington DC metro area’s residential market for over 50 years. Since the firm’s inception, it has been constantly included in renowned publication listings and rankings, including Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 Remodelers, Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling 550 Top Remodelers, Arlington Magazine’s Readers’ Pick Best Remodeler, A Top Vote Getter, and Bethesda Magazine’s Readers’ Pick Best Kitchen Design Firm.
The company’s decades of practice have helped it develop a design and remodeling approach that helps project owners make the most informed and inspired decisions about their projects. The CaseStudy® is a process developed by the company. The process allows the Case team and its clients to explore and find the designs that best fit the client’s lifestyles, map out budgeting projections, produce a recommended timeline, and review various options for personalizing the project.
The result is a portfolio that features a wide spectrum of home, kitchen, bathroom, interiors, and exterior designs. For one of its projects for remodeling work, the firm transformed a kitchen space inspired by transitional design. The result is an interior that celebrates the balance between the textiles and textures of traditional interiors and the clean and sleek elements of contemporary design, where crafted elements such as custom cabinetry and light fixtures meet minimalist and clean-cut countertops.
1832 River Rd., Johns Island, SC 29455
Over 30 years ago, Classic Remodeling started out with only three employees: founder Bob Fleming and two craftsmen. As a firm that once relied on hand-drawn project plans, its evolution into a modern, client-centered firm helped it grow into a more established and stronger business. Qualified Remodeler, Charleston Living, Professional Remodeler, Builder/Architect Magazine, and Kitchen & Bath, have all featured the firm’s design milestones and industry achievements over the years.
Today the company is supported by nearly 30 employees and its projects are guided by new construction and design technologies for floor plan generation and 3D modeling. The firm also implements a signature process that helps clients realize their unique design ideas. The firm’s “Classic Process” starts with an initial consultation with its in-house designers, a first step that will help clients express their vision and, at the same time, guide the designer when it comes to the functional and aesthetic needs of the project based on the owner’s lifestyle and design ideas. This process also generates the ideal budget.
The Conceptual Design conducts a site-visit and assessment and produces conceptual floor plans and 3D renderings of the future work. Upon approval of the proposed design, the firm takes care of the necessary permits and the proceeds to construction. The firm stands behind the quality of its work and offers warranties for finishes, installed systems, and structural components of the project.
107 G H Stoneman Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345
Custom homes, renovations, and remodeling projects dominate Cornelius Construction’s residential portfolio. As a family-owned and operated company, it has developed lifelong relationships with local communities, residential project owners, and other contracting and subcontracting firms to produce timeless projects that continue to inspire many generations of homeowners.
Founded over 40 years ago, the company is headed by one of the leaders in New Mexico’s building industry, Bill Cornelius. Currently an active member of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln County, Cornelius has also served as a member of the organization’s board for years. Aside from being featured in major publications, such as Spirit Magazine and Ventanas, he is also a multi-awarded professional that has earned several Builder of the Year awards, Best Remodeled Project awards, and Best Custom Home Project awards.
As a remodeling contractor for the luxury residential sector, the firm is licensed to take on a wide variety of interior and exterior works. Whether it is for the installation of a new deck, the transformation of bathrooms, upgrades for kitchen and dining spaces, or even redesigning living areas and master bedroom, the company has the skills, resources, and manpower to deliver traditional, transitional, craftsman, and contemporary spaces that realize the most personal and unique ideas of homeowners.
2931 Berry Hill Dr. Unit #200, Nashville, TN 37204
Crane Builders is a multi-awarded and multi-affiliated company that has earned the trust and respect of the design and building community and importantly, from its past and present clients in the residential sector. Since it was established in 1987, its work has been constantly documented by leading publications, including Qualified Remodeler, Southern Living Magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens. In recent years, the company has also won some of the industry’s most sought-after accolades, including the Chrysalis National Remodeler of the Year recognition.
These achievements have elevated the company’s reputation as a remodeler and builder, especially for the luxury residential market, for which it has completed traditional, transitional, craftsman, and contemporary spaces over the years. The firm’s continuous evolution as a remodeler has earned it its place as a prized member of NARI and NAHB Remodelers. Its drive to create spaces that highlight sustainability, green design, and adaptive residential structures that adhere to the functional needs of its inhabitants is supported by its accreditations from CGP, CAPS, and CGR.
David and Cilla Crane founded the company as an answer to the growing need for thoughtfully-designed residential spaces for families across Middle Tennessee. Today, the company has completed over a thousand projects and has built more than 25 houses. David and his son-in-law, Tyler Leuck, manage the family business together and are committed to continuing the company’s growth and success into the next generation.
78 Harvard Ave., Stamford, CT 06902
Since Davenport Contracting’s founding over three decades ago, principal Brian MacDonald and his team have developed a construction process that prioritizes transparency and open communication. For every step of the process, clients and contractors have a clear understanding of the timeframe and financial requirements of every project. The team partners with the leading architects and designers in the field to produce spaces that are often featured in leading magazines, including Veranda, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, East Coast Home+Design, and Greenwich Home & Estates. The firm also showcases award-winning custom homes that have earned several HOBI Awards, the Home Builders & Remodelers Association (HBA) of Connecticut awards.
The company is supported by two major teams, the Devonport Contracting and Devonport Home divisions. The former takes on luxury custom home construction, remodels, large-scale renovations; the latter focuses on small-scale renovations, maintenance, and repair services. Both teams serve New York and Connecticut’s residential markets. Regardless of the project’s size or complexity, the firm makes sure that every work is carried out with the same quality, transparency, and design excellence. It’s not a surprise that the firm has secured its membership with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) an affiliation that highlights the firm’s ethical practices and stellar customer services.
As a builder and designer of luxury residences and residential spaces, the company has completed high-end remodeling and renovation projects in the past. These works are inspired by a wide spectrum of designs, many of which feature the minimalist elegance of modern interiors while others carry the charm and nostalgia of classic designs. These projects showcase materials and interior finishes, carefully chosen to embody the sophistication and exquisite taste of their owners. The firm’s bathroom remodels, for instance, include marble vanities, luxury tubs, mosaic tile tapestry, crafted cabinetry, custom fixtures, completed by warm or bright color schemes. The firm’s kitchen remodels, for instance, include cabinetry from firms such as Bulthaup, seen in the kitchen above which also features a huge pantry wall, bar area, marble “waterfall” island with warm, wood accents.
128 Commerce St., DeForest, WI 53532
Formerly established by Bob Degnan in 1981 as Degnan Building & Remodeling, the family-owned and operated firm expanded its service scope and transitioned into the 21st century as Degnan Design-Build-Remodel. The firm is now on its second-generation of leadership, led by Abe Degnan, and caters to the design, construction, remodeling, and additions needs of the Madison area’s residential sector.
Due to its highly recommended reputation, a huge percentage of its clients come from referrals and repeat businesses. The firm has also caught the attention of the industry’s biggest award-giving bodies, especially for its work in a wide array of luxury home remodeling projects. In recent years, NARI, Madison Area Builders Association, and Remodelers Council, among others, recognized the firm’s excellence with different kinds of awards that cover the categories of Interiors, Bath, Kitchen, and Addition.
One example of its notable project that won the NARI Madison Contractor of the Year (CotY) award, Residential Interior $100,001-$250,000 category, is an interior remodeling work for an outdated Windsor, Wisconsin home. The company worked with the client to transform the Titel Residence into a modern home tailored to the functional and aesthetic preferences of the new owners. Completed in 2018, the whole home remodeling project revitalized the once dark, narrow living spaces into a bright, relaxing, and modern haven. The firm also salvaged some of the original elements that added character to the home: cabinets, trims, and doors were carefully incorporated into the new home layout and design.
4151 38th St., S Suite B, Fargo, ND 58104
Dietrich Homes is a design-build company that specializes in custom home construction and remodeling. A look at its extensive gallery of renovations and remodeling works reveals kitchens, baths, living spaces, and outdoor spaces that are inspired by the aesthetics of modern, traditional, craftsman, and contemporary designs. It’s not surprising that its multi-awarded portfolio has constantly graced many competitions, including HBA’s Parade of Homes where builders and remodelers all over the country showcase their best works.
As a remodeler of luxury and elegant spaces for the high-end residential sector, the company has produced interiors that do not only showcase its seasoned craftsmanship but also represent the sophistication and individuality of their project owners. These spaces combine the minimalism and functionality of modern interiors with the classy appeal of traditional design elements. In much of the firm’s work, natural materials—custom wood furniture and cabinetry, stone walls, flooring tile tapestries—are framed by custom-designed fixtures and bright and warm color palettes. This in-depth understanding of design and construction can be attributed to the firm’s rich history as a leading builder and remodeler in the industry.
The firm’s principal builder, Clay Dietrich, joined the industry at a very young age. At 15, Clay landed his first job in the construction scene. With the help of his brother, Brent Clay—who also worked in the construction industry—he soon became an apprentice carpenter and later on explored other skill sets, including staining, and varnishing cutting. Today, Clay heads his own company, an organization that has been serving the region since it was incorporated in 1992. Brent Clay now serves as the firm’s business manager, chief designer, and lead carpenter. Over the years, he honed his skills and acquired official accreditation, including being named a Certified Graduate Builder by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). Clay was also honored with the Builders Association of Minnesota President’s Award and the North Dakota Builder of the Year.
2345 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70001
DMG Design+Build is an emerging firm that responds to the architectural, interior design, general contracting, and construction needs of the region’s high-value residential and commercial properties. From new construction, exterior building, additions, remodeling, to renovation works, the firm has helped many project owners realize their design ideas by turning them into structurally-sound, enduring buildings.
CEO Ryan McCroskey leads the firm’s everyday operations. McCroskey was once featured by PRO Remodeler Magazine’s 40 under 40 listings for his contribution to shaping and transforming Louisiana’s residential landscape. As a luxury remodeler for the residential sector, many of his firm’s works combine the clean simplicity of modern design with the textures and patterns of traditional, transitional, and farmhouse architectures. Beyond its quality of work and the spaces that it delivered to many sophisticated homeowners, the firm has also been commended for its on-time, within-the-budget performance.
As a multi-affiliated firm that has earned the respect of New Orleans’s HBA, NAHB Remodelers, and Louisiana HBA, the company has developed a process that continues to ensure the success of every development. They also have blueprint and interior designers on staff, offering all necessary services. From an initial consultation where clients and owners explore the possibilities of the project and provide realistic solutions to every challenge that might be encountered, the firm proceeds with developing the project, coming up with a customer-centric construction agreement that guides the planning, construction, and completion stages.
1343 Broadwater Ave., Billings, MT 59102
Founded in 1995, Freyenhagen Construction is one of the first general contracting companies that exclusively took on home renovation projects, especially for kitchen remodeling. To this day, it remains focused on remodeling, allowing it to develop and refine a comprehensive, detail-oriented, and interactive construction practice that lets project owners virtually participate in every aspect of the creation process.
To help clients visualize their project and make early changes, even at the initial stages of planning, the firm’s designers make use of the latest 3-D planning technologies to provide a multi-dimensional image of the project. This process helps clients explore potential design styles, interior finishes, and make necessary changes before breaking ground. The designer also stays with the project owner to walk them through the most detailed steps of the work: light fixtures, countertops, cabinetry, types of tiles, sinks, and modern, energy-efficient appliances. The firm offers a ten-year workmanship guarantee for all its remodeling and construction projects—a service that shows how the company stands behind the quality of its services.
Luxury projects inspired by the transitional, traditional, craftsman, farmhouse, and contemporary designs can be found in its extensive remodeling portfolio. In order to accomplish all these impressive projects, the firm relies on a team of designers, craftsmen, and industry experts, many of whom have been with the company since its inception two decades ago. The firm’s principals, Jeremy and Angie Freyenhagen, have led the company to success over the years. Qualified Remodeler Magazine and Remodeling Magazine are just some of the many publications that have featured the firm’s works and achievements.
3243 Big Horn Ave., Cody, WY 82414
As one of the oldest, most established residential and commercial construction companies in the country, Gail Construction has produced some of the most unforgettable custom home construction, remodeling, additions, and renovation projects in Cody and its surrounding areas. The firm was founded in 1905 and is now on its fourth generation of leadership. Doug Gail and Jim Talich lead the firm’s modern practice by incorporating the legacies of traditional craftsmanship with the latest design and construction technologies of the present.
The firm’s expertise in custom cabinetry and furniture complements its luxury remodeling services to produce residential spaces that not only represent the sophistication of their owners but also exude the old charm of handcrafted pieces, custom fixtures, and warm palettes. The resulting space is not just a structure, but a living, breathing architecture that interacts with its inhabitants—spaces that genuinely represent the owner’s individuality, lifestyle choices, and aesthetic preferences.
One of the firm’s stunning remodeling projects is for a Rustic-inspired kitchen that showcases culture, artistry, and charming, traditional woodwork. The unifying element of the project is its use of natural materials—wood and natural stone. Custom craftsman cabinetry surrounds the space and provides elegant and ample storage. A neutral color palette highlights other interesting details of the design: custom light fixtures, craftsman furniture, and a kitchen island and prep area topped with granite countertops. To answer to the present needs of its homeowners, the kitchen is fully-equipped with all the luxuries of a modern kitchen.
GM Roth Design Remodeling
12 Murphy Dr. Unit G, Nashua, NH 03062
Thousands of custom home and general contracting projects found across New Hampshire and Massachusetts can be found in the GM Roth Design Remodeling’s extensive portfolio. All these are products of the firm’s over three decades of practice, familiarity, and experience that allowed the firm to take on detail-oriented, highly customized, and complex projects. Its service scope includes insurance-loss restoration services, whole-house remodels for exteriors, ADU, and interior spaces, including kitchens, baths, and basements, among others.
The firm’s multi-awarded portfolio and overall performance as a builder have earned it multiple recognition from the construction community. The firm has won several Cornerstone Awards for different categories in residential construction and remodeling, which include mid-range to high-value, luxury projects. It was also chosen many times as the winner of the GuildQuality Master of the Year award for its consistently customer-centric practices. The company’s approach to its design-build services is guided by a five-step process that starts with listening.
In the earliest stage, clients are given the freedom of imagination to conceptualize their designs and then work with the contractor and designer to find ways to bring those ideas to life—all without compromising the structural soundness, timeframe, financial requirement, and quality of the work. During the construction process, clients have access to a designated project manager to answer their questions and concerns during development. Open communication channels allow project owners to monitor their builds as often as possible. They can also be assured that the builders will stay with them, even post-construction, through the three-year written guarantee and workmanship warranty.
Hardwood Interiors & Design
3005 Northpointe Plz., Morgantown, WV 26505
Founded in 2008, Hardwood Interiors & Design has served as a one-stop-shop for high-quality home finishes and remodeling, redesign, and interior work projects. The company is a sister firm of Wood Products, Inc., a hardwood and wood components manufacturer established in 1938. The firm’s rich history in the millwork industry serves as an ideal complement to the firm’s residential design and remodeling services. Over the years, the company has evolved to carry on more complex and high-value projects, especially for the high-end residential sector.
Jeff and Reg Messenger—founders and brothers—head the firm’s everyday work process. Reg, a licensed contractor, takes on installation and general contracting work; Jeff focuses on mill and cabinet shop production and quality control. The firm does not only cover products and materials for residential interiors and finishes: aside from its installation and inventory of natural stone countertops, wood cabinetry, Marvin windows, and other millwork products, the firm also offers design and contracting services as an interior remodeler.
Its reputation as a remodeler and general contractor is well-recognized by the design and construction community. Aside from being a member of the NAHB, the firm is also an active affiliate of the National Kitchen+Bath Association (NKBA), among other organizations. Many of the firm’s remodeling projects, many of which are inspired by the Farmhouse, Craftsman, Traditional, and Transitional designs, have been featured in industry publications, including Morgantown Magazine.
429 S Howes St., Fort Collins, CO 80521
Highcraft Builders is a multi-awarded remodeling company that has caught the attention of industry institutions such as the American Society of Interior Designs (ASID), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). These organizations do not just commend the firm’s rich contribution to the residential sector, they also highlight the firm’s ability to deliver outstanding project designs and custom construction services. Since its founding in 1998, the firm has completed a wide range of custom homes, luxury kitchen and bathroom remodels, master suites, basements, whole-house, and other general contracting services.
One of the firm’s most recent accolades is from the premier industry magazine, Qualified Remodeler. The publication listed the firm among its Top 500 remodeling companies in the US in 2019. The same publication also recognized one of the firm’s remodeling projects with the Master of Design Award for Excellence in Bathroom Remodeling. In 2014, the firm also earned two Master Design Awards from the organization.
The company is led by founding principles Dwight Sailer and Bryan Soth who have worked together for over two decades. Aside from the partners’ milestones in completing projects of different scales of value and complexity, their firm also champions sustainability. As a member of the USGBC and the Built Green organization, the company follows a design and construction approach that answers to the stylistic and functional needs of its project owners while being guided by the principles of environmental responsibility and energy efficiency.
11825 Broadway St. Indianapolis, IN 46236
During the last 45 years Hoss Homes has steadily evolved into one of the region’s most respected custom home builders and remodeling companies. Its years of practice have allowed it to further refine its process and explore products and materials that can answer the different needs of modern lifestyles. Its projects for luxury home construction and remodeling, for instance, do not highlight just high-end finishes and materials. The firm makes sure that every element of the build is designed to answer to the most detailed and intimate needs of its inhabitants. Most importantly, these projects are built to last for generations.
The Hoss family operates the company from its Indianapolis office. As an active member of the industry, the firm has developed lifelong relationships with many organizations, including the NAHB, NKBA, Indiana Builders Association, and the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI). Some of these institutions chose the firm for many of their annual builder of the year awards, as well as best kitchen and bath projects awards. The firm is also certified by the BBB as an A-plus member, an accreditation that highlights the firm’s ideal business practices and focuses on customer satisfaction.
From light renovation works to high-end and large-scale private residences, the firm’s portfolio showcases projects that awe and inspire. Some of its latest residential construction and remodeling projects reflect the company’s experience as craftsmen and its quality taste in terms of design and architecture. The firm’s portfolio features spaces inspired by the classic, traditional, modern, transitional, mid-century, and contemporary design movements.
Jarrod Smart Construction Company
820 E. Amidon St. Sioux Falls, SD 57104
One of the Jarrod Smart Construction Company’s biggest advantages as a builder and remodeler is its active memberships with the industry’s biggest institutions. These networks allow the firm to gain access to the latest trends, training, and construction and design technologies that give them access to experience and in-depth knowledge when it comes to the more advanced and innovative building practices.
Jarrod Smart, the firm’s principal, is one of the first contractors in South Dakota to become a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), a designation that highlights the capabilities of builders to take on projects guided by the latest, most innovative business practices and ever-evolving construction solutions in the industry. Aside from this, Smart is an advocate for sustainable and green construction and is a Certified Green Builder. As a remodeler for the high-end residential sector, he is also a member of NAHB Remodelers, Remodeling Council of the Sioux Empire, and a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), among many other designations.
Much of the firm’s work as a building professional has been featured in industry publications, including Dakota News and Home Ideas Magazine as a Tuscan-Contemporary Parade of Homes Entry, the Lyncrest Trail. The firm’s remodeling projects carry the same sophistication and showcase the firm’s knowledge in finding the balance between the luxury of the old and the functionalities of the new. For the firm’s remodeling works, its extensive portfolio features projects inspired by the modern, classic, Tudor, and traditional architectures, and some are a combination of one to interior design themes.
Kitchen Design Concepts
2741 E Belt Line Rd. Suite #113, Carrollton, TX 75006
True to its name, Kitchen Design Concepts specializes in kitchen design and remodeling. Many of the firm’s projects are inspired by traditional, modern, and transitional designs. Through the company’s streamlined remodel process, these spaces can be custom designed to suit the lifestyle needs of its inhabitants and most importantly, address the functional needs of its users. On its website is a link to a Lifestyle Assessment Form where builders and designers can get an in-depth understanding of the lifestyle, individuality, and everyday needs of the project owners. This information helps the firm conceptualize and map out a project plan developed exclusively for the build.
The results are award-winning projects that have caught the attention of the building and design community, as well as aspiring homeowners who discovered what the firm can offer. One of the firm’s most commended pieces of work was completed for a residential remodeling design. Among the long list of remodelers across the country, the firm was chosen as NARI’s annual Contractor of the Year (CotY) winner in the Entire House Remodel $750,001 to $1,000 category.
The remodeling work was for a 1920s Craftsman-inspired home in Dallas. One of the highlights of this project is the kitchen. The space—given its overall appeal as a part of a historical home—showcases artisan woodwork and custom steel fixtures that add more character to the room. Some of the most interesting elements of the project include the frameless cabinets made of Elmwood and walnut wood, stainless countertops, a custom Iroko wood slab for the island, an impressive tile tapestry incorporated into the backsplash, and antique pewter fixtures.
1291 West Center St. Lindon, UT 84042
Magleby Remodel is one of the most influential remodeling companies in the Mountain West Region. Countless construction and general contracting awards tell you something about its four decades in the industry. Magleby Construction covers full residential Estate Home work, boutique remodeling services, and even occasional high-end commercial builds.
In 1974 Paul Magleby set his eyes on construction— he was passionate about transforming the region’s evolving residential building industry. The company has now transitioned to second generation ownership with Chad Magleby at the helm. Today, Magleby’s work features timeless spaces that not only showcase the firm’s capabilities as professionals dedicated to building excellence, but also represent the company’s profound understanding of quality, building sciences, and craftsmanship transforming spaces and structures into a home— a haven where homeowners can relax, be themselves, and feel at peace. The Remodel Group, run by Leon Schwab, has continued to grow a top tier team that can handle everything from smaller residential projects, to resort overhauls, like their current, multi-phase renovation at Deer Valley’s iconic Stein Eriksen Lodge.
The results of the firm’s extensive portfolio are projects that set the standard in custom home building and remodeling. It began as a small company that focused on framing services; it has grown into a firm that is a highly acclaimed luxury builder whose works have earned multiple National Custom Home Builder of the Year recognitions from NAHB as well as numerous local and regional awards.
Meadowlark Design + Build
3250 W Liberty Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Craftsmanship and customer service have driven Meadowlark Design + Build’s 16 years of practice. Under the leadership of its two founders, Doug Selby and Kirk Brandon, these two factors allowed the company to look at every project beyond its structural design and focus rather on how these buildings interact with its users and how these residential spaces can enhance the lives of its inhabitants. It’s not surprising that many of its projects are not only commended by its clients but are also repeatedly recognized by the industry’s biggest organizations.
Annual Master Design Awards for remodeling and whole house categories highlight the company’s excellence in design, a nod to sustainability, and most importantly, its contribution to transforming homes. The firm’s team celebrates the architecture of timeless, traditional designs that—at the same time—cater to the needs of modern lifestyles through contemporary functional and structural elements. Aside from multiple USGBC LEED-certified projects, the firm has a long list of projects that are Chrysalis Award recipients.
As a remodeling professional for the luxury residential market, the firm understands the detail-oriented and sophisticated demands of designing high-value homes for the region’s most demanding clients. The firm’s projects for kitchens, baths, additions, basements, and other interior design and remodeling works often portray the marriage between traditional and contemporary elements, a combination that introduces a challenge as well as an opportunity for the company to showcase its comprehensive and deep understanding of different home construction solutions and delivery methods. Learn more about their work at www.MeadowlarkBuilders.com.
330 Kennett Pike, Suite #207, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
For Megill Homes, the client plays a big role in the building process. Aside from listening to their ideas and transforming them into physical, tangible structures, it is the builder’s responsibility to guide them through the process of selecting the right materials, choosing the right products, and selecting the construction techniques that will deliver unforgettable results beyond their expectations. And all without compromising the timeframe and the financial requirements of the project.
This client-focused approach to every build—a philosophy that founder Wayne Sr. followed for years—has always guided present-day principals, Scott and Wayne Megill. This approach has also brought the firm’s annual recognition as winners of different awards from industry institutions and leading publications. In 2020, for instance, the firm was awarded the Synergy Award, Single Family Home of the Year in the over 3,500-square-feet category. The previous year, the same organization also named the firm as the recipient of its Home of the Year as well as Best Historic Renovation awards.
A look at the firm’s new homes, renovations, and remodeling portfolio reveals luxurious spaces that exude the elegance of classic and traditional aesthetics, structured according to the innovative and functional ideas of contemporary and modern architecture. While these homes and residential spaces were designed and built according to the specific preferences of different homeowners, one thing remains the same: the firm’s unique ability to transform even the most detailed, demanding, and imaginative ideas into reality.
Merlin Custom Home Builders
6408 S. Arville St., Las Vegas, NV 89118
Merlin Custom Home Builders is one of the most featured construction companies in Nevada, with multiple local, regional, and national publications constantly highlighting its residential masterpieces. Luxury Magazine, Architectural Digest, Las Vegas Life, The Custom Home Network, are just some of the long list of papers that continue to witness many of the firm’s most celebrated works. Since its inception in 1989, the firm has delivered residential projects commended by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), as well as the American Concrete Institute. The company is also a preferred remodeler, especially in the region’s high-end residential sector.
For one of the firm’s luxury custom home remodeling works, it transformed a Mediterranean-inspired production home into a modern house that features the sleek and smooth lines and textures of Modern design, combined with the nostalgic and warm natural tones of craftsman architecture. Dubbed the “Anthem,” the 4,000-square-foot project highlights the natural wood and stone interior. Its terrazzo floors are inlaid with a harmonic collage of sapphire, mother of pearl, and terracotta, which complements the warm palettes of black walnut, and deep, brown wood plank ceilings.
Two of the home’s most special areas, designed with class and elegance in mind, are the main kitchen and the master bathroom. The star of the master bathroom is a freestanding copper tub that basks in warm, relaxing light. For the kitchen, pendant light fixtures illuminate the space made special with its custom central island, constructed from quartzite stone, leathered to bring out a soft, delicate shine.
Metke Remodeling and Luxury Homes
17428 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035
What started as a custom woodworking shop that specialized in interior finish carpentry grew into one of the region’s most recognized luxury remodeling and custom home companies. Metke Remodeling and Luxury Homes was founded by Jeff and Teresa Metke in 1989 as an answer to the growing demand for highly personalized and detail-driven builders. One of the highlights of the firm’s unique services can be found during its Project Development phase. Clients are paired with a team of craftsmen and a designer; that team makes it a point to understand the aesthetic and lifestyle needs of its clients with unwavering attention to the details. They design the clients dream with the budget in mind.
Aside from the company’s lifelong relationships with its clients, the firm has also developed solid partnerships with the industry’s biggest organizations. The firm is an active member of NARI and Oregon Home Builders Association, affiliations that allow it to stay updated with the emerging trends in design, construction, and relevant practices. Additionally, publications such as Qualified Remodeler Magazine, Northwest Home & Garden, Remodeling Magazine, and Pro Remodeler have included the company in their annual home and remodeling ranking issues.
This nationwide attention is not surprising especially if you would look at the firm’s impressive interior and home construction portfolio of bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects and luxury additions. Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary, Modern, and any combination of these styles can all be found in its thick dossier of completed projects. The company’s fluency in the different architectural and interior design movements, coupled with its familiarity with the latest and traditional materials and building solutions, make it an ideal company for custom projects and builds that require a vast understanding of the different and varying needs of every project.
Metropolitan Builders & Supply
1719 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
Metropolitan Builders is one of North Carolina’s most influential and multi-awarded building companies that have dominated the industry for more than 30 years. Its decades of practice not only helped it establish a loyal client following, but it also helped it formulate a streamlined and efficient design/build delivery method that puts emphasis on project quality, client-centered approach, and timeless interior design and architecture. With its comprehensive service offerings, the firm completes full home remodeling as well as custom home construction services catered to both high-end and mid-range residential markets.
The company is a lifelong member of the NAHB, NARI, NKBA, and NARI. These organizations as well as other respected entities in the industry have recognized the firm’s milestones through awards and relevant accolades in recent years, especially for its remodeling and renovation projects. Multiple Qualified Remodeler awards, Chrysalis Awards, and Gold Awards for a range of categories from the National HBA represent the firm’s excellence in residential construction. Better Homes and Gardens, Charlotte Magazine, and Southern Living Magazine, among others, have featured much of the firm’s work.
One of the firm’s most celebrated luxury remodeling projects was for a kitchen remodel of a Governors Island residence. The project won the 2012 National Home Builders Association, Gold Award for the Kitchen category. The kitchen, inspired by traditional interior design, features high ceilings, artisan moldings, high-end light fixtures, and granite countertops.
8630A Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031
For more than three decades, building firm Michael Nash has been remodeling, renovating, and building some of the most unforgettable residential spaces in the region. The company is composed of licensed builders, general contractors, artisans, and building professionals that have completed years of practice in the areas of kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home additions, basement remodeling, and additions remodeling.
The firm was founded as an answer to the need of local and modern users for a high-performing, innovative, and client-focused building company. As a design/build firm, it provides a turn-key approach to construction, providing an in-house team of architecture, interior, and building artisans. Today, it is a multi-awarded and multi-affiliated builder that has garnered over 300 awards from NARI, NKBA, NAHB, and industry publications, such as Professional Remodel Magazine, Sun Gazette, and other local, regional, and national papers.
One of the firm’s most notable projects was for the transformation of an estate home’s luxury master bath. The owners wanted to update the space into a high-end, spa-like sanctuary. For this project, the firm was named NARI’s 2020 Regional CotY Award for Region 2 Southeast winner, under the Residential Bath over $100,000 category. The work also earned the Capital CotY Grand Winner for the same category.
6525 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229
Nicholson Builders is a highly commended firm in the Ohio building community. The company specializes in residential exterior, interior, and additions services. It is also an expert in remodeling for kitchen and baths—not just for the residential sector—but for the commercial market as well. The firm is led by Bill Nicholson, its founder and owner. During the early years of his practice, Nicholson worked with the leading remodelers in the area, an experience that helped him develop his own design/build process that continues to benefit the region’s residential clientele.
With the firm’s over 17 years of services in Columbus and nearby cities, it has gained a loyal client base, thanks to its emphasis on customer satisfaction. Past clients talk about how the firm helped change a typically stressful process into a more fulfilling and life-changing experience due to the workmanship, thoughtfulness, and transparency that the firm provided throughout the construction process. Other homeowners highlight the company’s ability to cater to the varying demands of remodeling and overcome architectural and structural challenges with flying colors.
As an active member of the building sector, the firm has constantly dominated rankings and competitions conducted by the industry’s biggest entities. In 2020, for instance, it won the Contractor of the Year award from (NARI) for different categories, for their work in high-end, luxury kitchen, bath, and residential interiors.
Orren Pickell Building Group
740 W Fulton, Suite #601, Chicago, IL 60661
Orren Pickell Building Group is one of the most multi-awarded full-service design/build firms in Illinois. The firm is a family-owned and operated company and has been in the home building scene since its inception over 40 years ago. CEO Orren Pickell founded the company with a vision of providing an innovative and detail-oriented construction practice.
Today, the company is led by Lisa Pickell. Lisa joined the company in 2004 as a remodeling manager and worked her way up to become the firm’s president in 2017. Like Orren, Lisa is a leading figure in the industry and she’s one of HBA Chicago’s Remodelers of the Year. Professional Remodeler Magazine included her in its 40 under 40 listings in 2011.
The firm’s residential portfolio is dominated by projects that have constantly earned the recognition of the industry, including a lost list of Key Awards, won in recent years. In 2019, for instance, some of its whole house and remodeling projects won Platinum Key awards and Gold Key awards for several categories. Publications such as Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago named the firm its Best Custom Builder for a Traditional Home. Many of these projects can be found across the Chicago Northshore neighborhood in both residential and multi-residential sectors. Learn more about their work at https://www.pickellbuilders.com/services/remodeling/.
27 W 20th St, 7th Fl. Suite #706, New York, NY 10011
As a full-service New York company that specializes in residential design, interior design, architectural design and construction, Paula McDonald delivers a comprehensive design/build process that caters to the city’s most sophisticated homeowners. The company has completed a wide spectrum of residential services for single-family and multi-family projects, many of which have been recognized by the industry’s prominent award-giving bodies.
As a remodeler, the firm has been given the highest honors in the industry. Qualified Remodeler, for instance, has consistently named the company for its Master Design Awards. In recent years, the firm’s timeless and contemporary works won the prestigious Chrysalis Award. New York Cottages & Gardens chose the company for its 2013 Interior Design Awards. As an active member of the New York design and building community, the firm is a lifelong member of the NKBA, ASID, and the American Institute of Architects.
The firm’s overall portfolio represents the design philosophy of principal Paula McDonald: a philosophy that is “based in elegant simplicity”, which is an apt and perfect complement to the New York residential market’s practical, functional, and modern themes. Regardless of budget, style, or complexity, the firm has helped homeowners transform their residences into spaces that represent their vision of a “perfect home.”
Peregrine Design Build
49 Commerce Ave. Unit A1, South Burlington, VT 05403
Peregrine Design Build has been serving the commercial and residential industries for over three decades. The firm specializes in architectural design and construction services and sports a portfolio of light commercial structures, luxury homes, and residential renovations.
Leading everyday operations is owner Tim Frost, one of the most respected figures in the region’s building industry. Frost was the former president of the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont as well as a former Remodelers Council Chair. Having served as the organization’s Green Council Chair, he was also granted the Certified Green Professional designation. Under his leadership, the firm has completed many of the most stunning residential and commercial spaces in the region.
As a remodeler for the fine homebuilding and luxury renovation sector, the firm is a multi-awarded professional that has constantly dominated annual local and regional competitions and rankings. Vermont Builders & Remodelers Association, for instance, chose the firm for its Remodel – Bath category and well as its Single Family Home category winner in recent years. Vermont Business Magazine, on the other hand, put the spotlight on the firm’s ability to deliver timeless and enduring homes, inspired by a wide spectrum of classic, traditional, contemporary, and transitional designs.
621 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545
RemodelWerks is a multi-awarded, multi-affiliated remodeling company. The firm was founded in 2012. Despite its relatively young years as a member of the building community, it is an emerging powerhouse that has quickly caught the attention of the construction industry. The company is one of the most recent recipients of the Best in American Living Award for the Addition (under $250,000) category. It was also in 2019 when the firm won the Chrysalis Award for the same work. In the same year, Qualified Remodeler recognized the firm for a similar category and awarded it its most sought-after Master Design Award.
One of its biggest achievements to date was when it was listed among the Big50 Class of America’s Top Remodelers, organized and published by Remodeling Magazine. The publication considered over 1,600 remodeling firms across the country and the fact that RemodelWerks is ranked and included in the final list says everything about the company’s significant influence and contribution to the residential building sector.
The firm’s extensive portfolio is further proof of its outstanding construction and remodeling practice. Under the leadership of NARI member and certified remodeler Joseph Kupstas, the firm has delivered high-end and luxury home remodeling projects, many of which are inspired by the contemporary, classic, transitional, and modern interior design styles.
Richard Harp Homes
17200 Chenal Parkway, Suite #300, Little Rock, AR 72223
Since its founding in 1994, Richard Harp Homes has built its reputation as one of Arkansas’s leading custom home builders. The company has constantly secured its top spot as a construction professional capable of catering to the needs of the mid-range and luxury home building and remodeling sectors. At Home in Arkansas and Arkansas Life have chosen the firm for its Best Home Builder annual award in 2010 and 2014, respectively.
As a company that offers a comprehensive design/build delivery method, the firm, led by principal builder Richard Harp, stays with its clients from the first stages of the process through completion. Aside from providing architectural design services, the firm’s in-house project management team and construction team collaborate with project owners to complete projects on time and under budget.
Testimonials from the firm’s past and repeat clients emphasize the importance of this one-stop-shop method and how it can transform a typically stressful process into an enjoyable and transforming experience. The result is a stunning portfolio of custom homes, renovation projects, and remodeling projects that highlight transitional designs, contemporary and eclectic styles, and classic and modern architectures.
RIKB Design Build
139 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI 02888
RIKB Design Build is a multi-awarded company that has earned the respect and admiration of Rhode Island’s building community. Remodeling Magazine, Architect Magazine, and Providence Business News have all featured some of the firm’s milestones as a builder and designer. One of its most recent achievements is NARI’s 2019 CotY Gold Kitchen and Silver Kitchen awards.
Led by Tanya Donohue, the firm is supported by an in-house team of designers, construction managers, and installation professionals that provide a single-source, design/build practice capable of catering to the varying needs of modern homeowners. Since its founding over 30 years ago, its quality as a builder and consistent success through the years have helped it establish a solid reputation in the industry. Aside from its active affiliation with the NAHB, the firm is also a member of the NKBA and an A-plus accredited member of the BBB.
The company highlights an extensive home remodeling portfolio. One of the firm’s most recent remodeling projects was for a classic-inspired kitchen in Providence. The space features a kitchen island and complementing color themes of medium brown wood flooring, dark-toned furniture against the softer and lighter themes of white cabinetry, granite countertops, white backsplash, and large glass windows. Those same windows let in a generous amount of daylight and connect the interiors to its green outdoors. Similar work can be found in the firm’s portfolio and celebrate the textures and textiles of classic, transitional, and contemporary interior designs.
31 County Rd., 2015, Oxford, MS 38655
Samuels Construction is a locally-owned and operated residential and commercial builder that is slowly establishing itself as a strong player in the region’s thriving industry. The firm’s principal, Josh Samuels, is an Oxford native. Aside from his degree in Civil Engineering, he has a solid background as a builder, having served and worked in the general contracting scene for years in the Southeast. As a local builder, Samuels has the familiarity and understanding of the needs of the city and its nearby communities’ residential market. While he only established his company in 2015, his firm’s caliber as a builder and remodeling contractor should not be underestimated.
The firm sports a multi-awarded portfolio that has won the admiration of the building and design community. Aside from winning the 2019 Best in Mississippi Awards for the categories of Best Single New Family Construction, Mid-Size Custom Home, and Best Commercial Development, the firm also secured first place for the Single Family Remodel/Renovation category. The same organization also awarded the company with significant accolades during the previous year.
The firm is also one of the most preferred companies in the residential sector. Its five years of practice has already produced a long list of renovations, remodeling projects, and custom home builds. In 2019, for instance, the firm completed a whole house renovation work in Oxford. The home was originally built in 1976 and the company was tasked with the design update and structural upgrade of the home’s interiors and exteriors. The complete home remodels included the extension of the originally one-level ranch into a two-story residence. Some highlights of the resulting renovation included charming oak floors, solid surface countertops, and custom cabinets.
8035 Ward Parkway Plz., Kansas City, MO 64114
Included among Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 firms, Scovell Remodeling is one of the most renowned powerhouse firms in the region. The firm has constantly won the annual REMY awards, bagging accolades from different award categories, including luxury kitchen remodels, additions, residential exteriors, and residential baths. The firm’s success and project milestones are well-documented in leading industry publications. Spaces Magazine, Kansas City Business Journal, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, Kansas City Home & Garden Magazine, have all featured many of its most iconic works.
The firm’s over 30 years of design and construction practice has helped it develop a time-tested and industry-approved approach that puts the needs of its clients first. The company was established by founders Jim Scovell and John Wolfe and focused on speculative remodeling until it grew and expanded to finally take on custom home and remodeling projects.
Today, the firm is a household name in Kansas City’s building community. As a company that offers a design/build delivery method, the firm stays with the client from the first phase of the design process to the final stages of construction and post-construction phases. As a remodeler, the firm has completed more than 400 home remodeling projects since its founding. Many of these homes were completed for the luxury residential sector.
9205 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325
Silent Rivers employs a highly collaborative approach to homebuilding and remodeling through its full-scale, design/build services. Aside from its work as a custom home builder, the firm is also experienced in historical restoration. A nationally-renowned artist, Chaden Halfhill, founded the company in 1993 and since then, his creativity and innovation have helped shape Iowa’s residential landscapes.
Halfhill also serves as the firm’s CEO. As a LEED-Accredited Professional and a Verified Green Associate, he is an advocate of green construction. Regardless of the project’s size or complexity, the company readily incorporates sustainable building methods into every aspect of its work. The result is a portfolio of contemporary and classic homes that are not just enduring but designed to respond to the functional and stylistic needs of its modern inhabitants. Remodeler Magazine, Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Magazine, Iowa Living Magazine, and Des Moines Home & Garden, are just some of the many publications that have highlighted the firm’s outstanding projects in recent years.
With the support of the firm’s in-house teams of designers, builders, and artisans, the company has delivered classic, farmhouse, ranch-style, transitional, and contemporary residences and remodeling works across the region. One of its pieces of notable luxury work was the interior of a high-end home. The firm was commissioned to remodel a master suite and reintroduce it as a luxurious retreat that features high-end amenities and artisan-quality finishes.
14638 SE 229th Pl., Kent, WA 98042
Sockeye Homes is a multi-awarded Washington company that dominates the region’s custom home and remodeling industry. Since its establishment in 2007, the firm has served and satisfied more than 1,000 residential clients. Its extensive portfolio is made of projects that have been awarded the most prestigious accolades in the industry. In 2020, for instance, the company earned the National 2020 Chrysalis Decade of Excellence Award for its impressive milestones as a builder. The same award-giving body also named the company winner in several categories: bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, additions, whole house and custom home remodeling, and green remodeling.
Behind this success is the firm’s owner and president, Tod Sakai. Sakai is an active and respected member of the building and remodeling community. In recent years, he was a recipient of the Washington State Remodeler of the Year awards. He is also a member of the NAHB and a Certified Graduate Builder and Remodeler. Under his leadership, the firm has completed some of the most beautiful remodeling projects in the region, especially for the luxury residential sector. One of the firm’s notable luxury projects, for instance, is for a kitchen remodeling work that was completed in 2019. This project earned awards from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and the BIA Washington.
The kitchen space drew inspiration from the home’s picturesque location on the Lake. The lake setting combined with the client’s custom style aspiration, beautifully guided the space’s chosen color palette of white, cool grey, and blue. The same factors also inspired the kitchen’s overall choice of materials. For one, the cabinetry was customized to accommodate the homeowner’s collection of wine, dinnerware, and other decorative glassware. For its backsplashes, the firm installed a tapestry of Akira-patterned colored tiles. The use of Bora blue tile was meant to imitate the natural lake hues. The patterns and colors of its Arezzo countertop mimic the ebb and flow of water. The firm also enhanced the lake views from the kitchen by removing obstructions and expanding the windows, letting the indoors connect with the outdoors.
Strite Design + Remodel
2650 Grover Ct., Boise, ID 83705
Strite-Design + Remodel is a full-service remodeling and design expert that has been serving the industry since 1975. Since its inception, the firm has established a loyal client following. The firm’s customer-centric business model and delivery methods are just two of many factors that make it a deserving affiliate of BBB. For years, the firm has maintained its A-plus accreditation, a testament to its consistent quality work. The firm is also a GuildQuality Member, a connection that further highlights its thoughtful building and design practice. In fact, in 2019, the company earned the Guildmaster Great Customer Experience Award due to the firm’s exceptional service reviews.
As one of the most established design and construction companies that serve the residential sector, the firm has been ranked among the Top 500 Remodelers in the US. It has also consistently won the praise and recognition of NARI through its multiple Remodeler of the Year recognitions. The company’s decades of construction practice have also helped it win a list of luxury remodeling projects that comes from repeat clients and referrals.
Luxury and mid-range remodeling and renovations for bathroom, kitchen, living room can be found in the firm’s beautiful portfolio. The company also takes on additions and whole-house construction. These projects represent the firm’s ability to design and construct modern, classic, contemporary, and transitional residential spaces.
Strobel Design Build
2716 6th Ave. South St., Petersburg, FL 33712
Strobel Design Build was established in 1984 and since then, has become one of Florida’s most distinguished builders. Under the leadership of founder Don Strobel and president Mark Zdrojewski, the firm has earned several national and local awards. These accolades represent the firm’s trailblazing milestones as one of the most recognized design/build companies in the region. NARI and Qualified Remodeler have awarded many of the company’s remodeling and construction projects.
In 2019, for instance, the former ranked the company first place for its CotY Awards Residential Bath (over $100,000) category. During the previous years, the company also secured the organization’s awards for historic renovation, universal design – whole house, residential addition, and interior remodel categories, just to name a few. One of the firm’s most notable projects is for a traditional bungalow home’s master bathroom transformation. The work won the NARI CotY 2019 awards for the Residential Bath $50,001-$75,000 category.
The work involved the transformation of a small, partitioned bathroom into a wider, brighter space. The new bath features eyebrow windows that let in a generous amount of daylight. The use of traditional subway tiles all throughout the room was inspired by the homeowner’s Boston Home. To respond to the functional needs of its homeowners— who will use the residence as their retirement home—the walk-in shower was designed to be large, functional, and aesthetically striking.
T. Hurt Construction
4978 F St., Omaha, NE 68117
T. Hurt Construction is an award-winning custom home builder, remodeler, and restoration professional that has propelled its reputation in the industry by delivering consistent, quality, and client-focused construction practice. For over 10 years, T. Hurt Construction has been included in Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha rankings, especially for its works in the home remodeling scene.
The firm has also won multiple NARI CotY Awards over the past 10 years for its projects in mid-range and luxury residential additions, interiors, exteriors, historic restoration, kitchen, and media room remodelings, among others. Its efforts in preservation also caught the attention of the industry when it was awarded the 2014 Chrysalis recognition. Aside from being a lifelong member of the regional and national NARI Chapters, the firm is an accredited member of the BBB, an affiliation that represents its client-focused approach to construction and its ideal business practices.
Terry Hurt, the firm’s owner and founder, has over two decades of experience in the construction sector. Under his leadership, the firm does not only take on luxury and mid-range home construction and home improvement projects but also serves the commercial construction market. This comprehensive scope can be attributed to his foundation as a builder. Aside from having a degree in Engineering Technology and Construction Management, Hurt is a certified remodeler and has a Class B Residential License that allows him to serve the entire state of Iowa.
The Blackwood Group/ Melissa Blackwood Homes & Interiors
843 Washington Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106
From its headquarters in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, Melissa Blackwood Homes & Interiors delivers luxury, style, and functionality through its comprehensive design/build services that cater to the needs of the country’s most sophisticated homeowners. The firm is one of the oldest and most established residential building and remodeling companies in the US. Melissa Blackwood’s extensive experience in design and her reputation as a second-generation designer helped the firm complete some of the most challenging and aesthetically-unique interiors and interiors, commended by the industry’s biggest entities.
Since its inception almost six decades ago, the firm has produced award-winning residences that have been featured multiple times in the industry’s premier publications. Architectural Digest, Pittsburgh Magazine, Luxury Home Marketplace Magazine, among others, highlighted many of the firm’s most stunning projects. In recent years, the firm earned Home of the Year awards from Pittsburgh Magazine and the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh.
Classic, contemporary, transitional, and luxury residences are the major highlights of the firm’s rich portfolio. These projects are praised for their uniqueness, design sophistication, and accurate representation of their homeowner’s ideas and design aspirations. Testimonials from these clients also point out the firm’s ability to deliver complex, highly-demanding projects on-time and within the set financial requirements.
Total Home Remodeling
8035 Nieman Rd., Lenexa, KS 66207
True to its name, Total Home Remodeling covers a wide range of home improvement services that help homeowners not only transform their residential spaces into modern, classic, transitional, and contemporary interior masterpieces. The company also upgrades and updates its structural and functional features in order to enhance the lives of its users. Aside from its remodeling services, the firm is known for its Marvin Windows installations. Its scope also covers interior design, painting, roofing, siding, gutters, and door installations, among many others.
Since the company’s founding over 20 years ago, it has served the residential sector and delivered award-winning projects. Its works are recognized by industry organizations, including NARI, ASID, as well as Remodeling Magazine. In recent years, the company earned several NARI REMY awards for the categories of Entire House Remodel, Kitchen Remodel, Bath Remodel, Residential Exterior, and Landscape Design/Outdoor Living, to name a few. It also won the same organization’s CotY regional and national awards for two of its kitchen remodeling projects.
Transitional, traditional, contemporary, and modern interior and exterior construction projects dominate the firm’s portfolio. These works represent and celebrate the firm’s ability to combine the different elements and forms of design and translate the project owners’ unique ideas into luxury custom spaces that stun and inspire.
2810 Crescent Ave., Homewood, AL 35209
Willow Homes is an emerging custom home, remodeling, and renovations expert that has introduced modern, contemporary, and traditional architecture and construction practices to Alabama’s high-end residential sector. The firm was established in 2012 and since then it has garnered local and state-wide recognition for its works for the market. Jason Hale, the firm’s president and principal, comes from a long general of builders. He founded the firm and took on his first renovation work in Homewood. Since then the company has gained a loyal client following that continues to support and commend the firm’s work as a builder and a home improvement professional.
A long list of Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards since 2014 highlights its contribution to shaping the region’s residential landscape. The firm is also a constant participant and winner of the yearly Greater Birmingham Parade of Homes competitions, another testament to its capability to build and transform spaces into something stunning and functional.
The firm’s completed projects can be found across the luxury communities of Avondale, Homewood, Vestavia, and Mountain Brook. Much of this work celebrates the balance of classic craftsmanship and artisan-made custom fixtures, with the sleek, minimalist, and functional designs of modern and contemporary interiors and architectures. Its use of natural elements, such as wood and natural stones, adds character to every build.
10 Danforth St., Portland, ME 04101
For over 35 years, Wright-Ryan has been enhancing people’s lives by building homes and transforming spaces that not only provide an enduring and high-quality residence for the homeowners but also represent their most ambitious and personalized home design ideas. Maine Homes, Boston Home Magazine, Design New England Magazine, and ZEST Magazine have featured many of its multi-awarded projects.
As one of Maine’s leading custom home builders, the company presents a comprehensive process that covers pre-construction and planning, construction, post-construction, and maintenance services that include annual, periodic, and on-call services for new and old clients. While the company is known for its unforgettable custom homes, it is capable of producing some of the most stunning, high-end remodeling and renovation projects for the region’s most discriminating homeowners.
For one of its projects, the firm partnered with e4 Interior Design, LLC to turn a dated bathroom into a bright and modern sanctuary that highlights a unique view and spa-style interior. The room’s open features and large, glass walls let in abundant natural light and let the interior blend with its outdoor surroundings. Aside from its floating mirrors for its custom vanity area, the room highlights a soaking tub, a wall-mount toilet, and a large, walk-in shower, marble countertops, white cabinetry, and flat-panel cabinets.
360 Construction & Design (formerly Trailboss Solutions)
3330 C St. Suite #100, Anchorage, AK 99503
360 Construction & Design is an innovative and client-focused company that highlights a full-scale and hands-on approach to luxury home remodeling and custom home construction. Scott Allen, the general manager and one of the firm’s founders, leads the firm’s everyday operations. The company is celebrated for its excellence in construction, design, and remodeling, but it’s more recognized for its focus on customer satisfaction.
The firm’s customer reviews highlight its ability to deliver stunning residential spaces to a highly-demanding market. Aside from helping project owners make informed decisions about the materials, layout, and design elements of the build, the firm offers an extensive design-build delivery method. Its staff is composed of in-house carpenters, craftspeople, and kitchen and bathroom designers. Many of the firm’s remodeling and construction projects come from repeat business and client referrals.
The company’s two decades of design and construction practice has produced quite a bit of award-winning work. During its early years, the firm caught the attention of the industry’s biggest entities: it was among Qualified Remodelers’ Top 500 Contractors and it also won state-wide best kitchen design awards in recent years. NAHB, NKBA, and HBA Alaska have included the firm among the industry’s most commended companies that serve the residential as well as the commercial sectors.
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