With all the licensed general contractors and residential construction companies in the Valley of the Sun, how do you know which one to work with to design and build your dream home in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Arcadia, or Phoenix? To start, you need a design and construction company with vision, professionalism, and uncommon skill.
The Phoenix metro-area general contractors on this list all fit the bill, whether you’re dreaming of a modernist masterpiece made of glass, stone, and steel, perched in the desert hills; a sprawling villa on a sun-soaked golf course, or a hidden-away resort home overlooking the twinkling city. The 14 licensed residential contractors and home improvement contractors on this list are the best in the Phoenix metro area and throughout Arizona.
These are the firms that are working with the best local and national architects; the companies with the most innovative ideas about how to live well and sustainably in the arid Southwest; and the design-build contractors who are setting the standard for luxury and style in some of the most upscale and exclusive neighborhoods in the nation.
If you are thinking about building a custom home, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.
14) The Boos Group
PO Box 28592, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
The Boos Group is a Scottsdale-based boutique licensed general contractor that creates beautiful and lasting custom luxury homes across the Phoenix metro area. The company is focused on pairing up-to-the-minute building and remodeling technologies and techniques with tried and true “old world” craftsmanship. Led By Thomas Boos, the contracting company uses a creative mix of natural stone, custom millwork, metal, glass, and concrete, among other materials. The Boos Group has created some distinctive and awe-inspiring homes, including contemporary works of art overlooking the desert valley with gorgeous indoor-outdoor spaces.
One of the general contractor’s more jaw-dropping projects is a 5,892-square-foot hillside home in North Scottsdale. The curved design by top local architecture firm PHX Architects (a frequent Boos Group collaborator), was inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The interesting sloped roof protects the home from the southern sun while allowing the interiors to be flooded with natural light. This gorgeous and distinctive home is tucked into the hillside lot, so that it appears to be an integral part of the desert landscape, also includes a dramatic infinity pool and beautiful wood floors and ceilings around a wide-open, curved floor plan. The company received a Golden Nugget Merit Award for Best Luxury Home from the Pacific Coast Builders Council (PCBC).
13) Brimley Development
4901 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
A licensed general contractor based in Phoenix since 1999, Brimley Development is a leading luxury custom home and remodeling firm with experience working on projects ranging from $50,000 to more than $10M. Concentrating on the Phoenix metro area and the upscale developments in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, Brimley Development builds one-of-a-kind dream homes, standing by clients from conception to completion. The general contracting company’s president is Brett Brimley, a construction industry veteran who is also involved in building PhoenixNap, a large commercial data center in the Valley of the Sun. The firm’s style is eclectic but always memorable and elegant. One of the more amazing new luxury homes built by Brimley Development is the “Richardson Residence. This gorgeous home is a sprawling high-end mansion with an indoor basketball court and a wonderful indoor-outdoor style that opens the main living room and game room to a palm tree-shaded outdoor space with a lagoon-style pool. Another of Brimley Development’s high-end stunners is the “Rockridge” home. This sprawling mansion overlooks the city and features an open style that blurs the line between the elegant and sumptuous indoor spaces and the beautiful green grounds.
12) Luster Custom Homes + Remodeling
18801 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Suite 240, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Luster Custom Homes + Remodeling is an eclectic general contractor based in Scottsdale, focused on building and remodeling luxury custom homes across the Phoenix metro area, including in upscale neighborhoods of Scottsdale. The company works in various styles, from sleek contemporary dream homes with an emphasis on breathtaking indoor-outdoor spaces to bright and open Mediterranean-style stunners nestled in the desert foothills. The firm is also dedicated to green building and using cutting-edge materials and building techniques. LEED Certified homebuilding industry veteran Tanner Luster started the company in 2007 after heading the custom homes division of California’s Summerwood Homes for nearly a decade. Since then, the company has completed more then 250 jobs in the Valley of the Sun. Among many accolades, Luster Custom Homes + Remodeling has won Home of the Year and platinum awards from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). The home improvement, remodeling, and new-home contractor is a member of NAHB, the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, and the Better Business Bureau and is an Energy Star Partner.
11) Mandalay Homes
3230 E. Broadway Rd. #B115, Phoenix, AZ 85040
Mandalay Homes is a national leader in building energy efficient, sustainable, and healthy homes throughout Central Arizona. The company is a front-runner in residential contracting in a state whose continued growth and economic vitality depend on innovations in sustainable and energy efficient building practices. Mandalay Homes concentrates on building near-net-zero homes while incorporating unique architectural designs, making their homes comfortable and luxurious living spaces for home owners. Homes typically range from the low $300k to the mid-$500k and are transforming middle-class neighborhoods and developments in the Phoenix Metro area as well as Wickenburg, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Cottonwood. The company was founded in 1999 by CEO Dave Everson, a third-generation home builder who attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. Mandalay Homes got its start in sustainable and energy-efficient home building in 2012. It worked with the City of Phoenix and the US government on a project to create energy efficient, sustainable and affordable homes in some the valley’s subdivisions hit hard by the housing crash of 2008. Since then, the US Department of Energy has awarded the Phoenix-based licensed contractor with its Housing Innovation Award a total of eight times. The construction company was also given the ENERGY STAR® program’s Partner of the Year Award for 2017 and 2018 and has received two Brilliance Awards from TechHome Builder Magazine. The construction company’s work has been featured in Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, Builder, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications.
10) 180 Degrees
4955 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013
One of the Phoenix metro area’s most innovative and distinctive home builders and general contractors, 180 Degrees is a creative design-build firm that has constructed homes designed by some of the Phoenix metro area’s top architectural talent. Such homes include Will Bruder’s “Pond House” and the “Xeros residence” designed by Blank Studio. The Phoenix-based licensed contracting firm, which prides itself on its “restraint, rigor, craftsmanship, and patience,” opened its construction arm in 2001 with an emphasis on helping creative architects realize their ideas. The firm added a design studio in 2007. The firm’s principal, architect James Trahan, received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Louisiana State University. He has worked on a diverse range of design and construction projects for residential and commercial clients in 18 states. Among many honors, 180 Degrees has won a Home of the Year award from The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a Contractor of the Year award from AIA Western Mountain Region. The firm’s work has been featured in Desert Living, Southwest Contractor, Dwell, Sources + Design, and many other publications.
9) Argue Custom Homes
8912 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite 660, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
For more than 20 years Argue Custom Homes, a Scottsdale-based licensed contractor and custom home builder, has built more than 100 one-of-a-kind luxury homes across the Valley of the Sun, including in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Cave Creek. The company is a preferred builder in top, high-end neighborhood and communities, such as Silverleaf, Estancia, Troon, and Fulton Ranch. Tom Argue, a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson, founded the the company in 1995. Priding itself on its reputation for superior craftsmanship and customer service, the company has won many awards and honors for its luxury new homes. Among them was being named Arizona’s top custom home builder and luxury home builder several years in a row in Ranking Arizona’s Best of Our Valley feature. Adept and experienced in many styles, from Mediterranean and Spanish- and French-inspired homes to sprawling 100ksquare-foot contemporary mansions, the firm’s work has been featured in Luxe Interiors + Design, Epic Places, Phoenix Home & Garden, Arizona Foothills Magazine, Luxury Home Quarterly, and other publications.
8) Salcito Custom Homes
20909 N. 90th Place Suite 202, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
A leading designer and builder of luxury custom homes in the Phoenix Metro area Salcito Custom Homes has worked on some 300 custom homes, renovations, additions, and commercial projects in the Phoenix metro area, including 120 within the last 10 years. The licensed general contractor, based in Scottsdale, works with some of the metro area’s leading architectural firms, including partnering with PHX Architecture on several high-end projects, and being a top builder in the exclusive Silverleaf development, among others. Anthony Salcito, a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing, has been the general contractor’s president and CEO since 1993. Rebecca Salcito, a graduate of the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, is the company’s lead designer. Salcito Custom Homes’ work has been featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine, North Scottsdale Pulse, Luxe Magazine, Phoenix Home and Garden, and Modern Luxury Scottsdale. They have also been featured in books such as Dream Homes, Great Escapes, and The Custom Home and have been named on the Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List.
7) Gray Properties Incorporated
14269 N. 87th Street, Suite 205, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
A luxury home builder working in wide variety styles, licensed general contractor Gray Properties Incorporated builds beautiful and memorable homes in Phoenix, Tempe, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale. The company often works in high-end and exclusive neighborhoods such as Estancia, Whisper Rock, and Troon North. This talented firm is comfortable building in the Tuscan, Mediterranean, Santa Barbara, and Craftsman styles, as well as modern and contemporary styles. Clients include professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, and MLB. The residential and commercial contracting firm was founded in 2003 by Benjamin Gray, a highly experienced and accomplished builder with more than 20 years of experience in development and construction. Before concentrating his talents on the Phoenix metro area’s luxury home market, Gray worked on numerous multimillion-dollar projects, building dozens of McDonald’s restaurants and Walgreens drug stores throughout the Southwest. This Scottsdale-based custom luxury home contractor and builder have several times been a finalist for the Custom Home of the Year award from the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA) and has been featured on ABC, CBS, Arizona Republic, and Arizona Business Journal. Gray earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
6) Fisher Custom Homes
7410 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 116, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
A leader in the Valley of the Sun’s luxury custom home building scene, Fisher Custom Homes has built more than 1,000 homes across the Phoenix Metro area, with price tags ranging from $1M to $15M. Founded in 1978 by Tom Fisher, the licensed residential contracting and design-build firm is a preferred builder in many of the area’s most exclusive and desirable communities and neighborhoods, including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Desert Mountain, Desert Highlands, Troon, DC Ranch, Silverleaf, Whisper Rock, and Estancia, specializing in complicated builds such as hillsides. The new-home construction company is a Certified Green Home Builder in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley and is a partner with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Star program, which is meant to promote energy efficiency in home building. Fisher Custom Homes has been a member of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA) since 1987 and an accredited member of Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2000. The company has won numerous awards for its luxury home-building projects, including several Gold Nugget Awards from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for Best Custom Home over 10,000, 7,500, and 6,500 square feet. The Scottsdale-based general contractor’s work has been featured in many publications such as Luxury Homes Magazine, the New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and most recently in Luxe Magazine.
5) Carmel Homes Design Group
7702 Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 300, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
A general contractor based in Scottsdale and working throughout the Phoenix metro area, Carmel Homes Design Group has more than 25 years of experience designing and building high-end luxury dream homes in some of metro area’s most exclusive and beloved neighborhoods and communities, including Paradise Valley, Gainey Ranch, DC Ranch, Clearwater, McCormick Ranch, and Arcadia. The licensed residential contracting and remodeling firm was founded in 1986 by Jamie Vaughn and concentrates on designing and building luxury homes and additions, as well as on elegant, high-style interior design, luxury home renovations, and other remodeling projects in Phoenix metro area. The Phoenix general contractor works in a variety of styles, building sprawling modern and classic castles in the desert hills for the area’s CEOs, NBA stars, bestselling authors, and artists. Over the years, Carmel Homes Design Group has been honored with the Builder of The Year Award from Custom Builder Magazine, among others. The firm’s work has been featured in Phoenix Home & Garden, Luxury Home Magazine, Exceptional Properties, and other publications.
4) Boxwell Homes
1540 E Maryland Ave #102 Phoenix AZ 85014
A rising star in the valley’s custom home and remodelling market, Phoenix general contractor Boxwell Homes is doing its part to transform and update the older ranch-style and mid-century modern homes and bungalows in some of the valley’s favorite historic districts. They are also joining in the ongoing renewal of Phoenix’s urban core and city lifestyle by building stylish and luxurious single-family attached row houses downtown. The design and build firm’s style is distinctive, clean, and bright. It uses lots of stone, glass, metal, and custom mill-work, with a concentration on wonderful indoor-outdoor spaces. Boxwell Homes has also worked with some of the valley’s top rising young architects, including The Ranch Mine, a company that is also helping to change perception and look of the sprawling desert city’s central and historic neighborhoods. The licensed home-building and remodeling company was founded in 2009 by Evan Boxwell, a second-generation home builder with a degree in construction management from Arizona State University’s Ira Fulton School of Engineering. The Arizona Republic has named Boxwell one of the valley’s top 35 entrepreneurs under 35. The residential and home improvement contractor is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA).
3) CalvisWyant Luxury Homes
8755 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Since it was founded by Tony Calvis and Gary Wyant in 1986, CalvisWyant Luxury Homes has designed and built high-end luxury homes in some of the Phoenix Metro area’s most exclusive and sought-after neighborhoods and communities, including Arcadia, Silverleaf, Biltmore Estates, and Paradise Valley. The Scottsdale-based general contractor works in a variety of styles, from sleek modern and rural European to “Bali inspired,” with elegance, luxury, and beauty as the only common thread. The licensed construction and design company has won national awards for its architectural design and one-of-a-kind custom homes from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a Custom Home of The Year Award from the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. The residential contractor and home design firm has been honored with several Professional Builder Magazine Design Awards, Best In American Living Awards from the NAHB, and Design Excellence Awards from Residential Design and Build Magazine. Its work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Home Book, and other publications.
2) Cullum Homes
8408 E. Shea Blvd., Suite D-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Cullum Homes, a family-owned Phoenix residential contractor for more than 30 years, builds distinctive luxury homes in the Phoenix Metro area ’s most exclusive and high-end communities, including The Silverleaf Club, The Village at Mountain Shadows, and Paradise Reserve. The Phoenix general contractor designs and builds dramatic and high-style new homes and also works on remodeling projects throughout the valley. The licensed contracting company’s work has appear in numerous publications, including AZ Foothills Magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, and Haute Living, as well as on HGTV and ABC’s Home Hunters. The construction and home design firm has has been honored with a Sources for Design Magazine Icon Award and with Best of Scottsdale Awards from Scottsdale Living Magazine. The firm has also been named in the Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List, received Custom Home Magazine’s Pacesetter Award, and garnered Custom Home Builder of the Year honors from AZ Business Magazine and the Phoenix Business Journal. Cullum Homes was is led by Rod Cullum, a Certified Green Professional with a degree in business management from Arizona State University. The company is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the Arizona Small Business Association.
1) The Construction Zone
1729 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Experts in working with rammed earth, cast-in-place concrete, custom window-walls, metal, and architectural millwork, The Construction Zone has designed and built some of the most innovative, distinctive, and draw-dropping luxury homes around the valley. These include sprawling, sleek, and modern works of art hanging from the desert hillsides, all concrete-and-glass and distressed metal, with huge windows that blur the line between inside and outside and dramatic designs that erase the line between style and function. The Construction Zone works on new builds and remodeling projects all over the Phoenix Metro valley, as well as around Arizona in places such as Sedona, Tucson, and Flagstaff — places where the drama of the landscape inspires and fits the firm’s typically awe-inspiring designs. Andy Byrnes founded The Construction Zone in 1992. A graduate of Tulane University with a master’s degree in Architecture, Byrnes is a world-class designer and builder. The firm also works with many of the region’s best Modernist architects, including Phoenix’s Debartolo Architects, Jones Studio, and Wendell Burnette Architects. They also work with Texas firm Lake Flato, Los Angeles firm Marwan Alsayed Inc., and many others. Among other honors, the firm has been named Custom Builder of The Year by Custom Home Magazine, and its work has appeared on the cover of Luxe Interiors + Design.
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