In 2018, Cary ranked 5th in Money Magazine’s Top Best-50 Places to live in the U.S. There are plenty of reasons why the city attracts so many visitors and potential residents. From festivals and restaurants to its natural environment dotted with beautiful houses, Cary offers a diverse and lively community. With its low crime rate, Cary is regarded as one of the safest places making it an attractive community for young couples who want to start a family.  

As one of the most desirable housing markets in the U.S., Cary is home to various types of contractors, particularly those specializing in residential remodeling. Apart from Cary, you’ll also discover contractors in nearby areas such as Raleigh, Apex, and Holly Springs. We picked 10 of the best general contractors based on their achievements, industry experience, recognitions, and scope of services. Many of the firms on this list are family-owned and operated. Additionally, most of them have been in business for decades.  

CORE Remodeling Group Inc.

1111 Classic Road, Apex, NC 27539

Family-owned CORE Remodeling Group, Inc. is a general contracting firm based in Apex. For over a decade, the firm has been providing construction services across Apex, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Holly Springs, and Wake Forest. CORE Remodeling Group, Inc. has developed a reputation for delivering turnkey projects on schedule. As a leading firm in remodeling and maintenance, the firm guarantees high-quality materials and efficient building methods.

The founder, Adrian Harkey, has deep roots in carpentry helping him hone his skills in construction and project management. Growing up in the construction industry, Adrian understands the importance of paying attention to details. He is highly experienced in overseeing all aspects of the project from start to finish. Behind each project is a team of expert craftsmen who are proven to produce quality build-outs.

The company employs professionals with comprehensive experience in the construction industry who share the goal of providing exceptional service to clients.  The licensed general contractor specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, renovations, home additions, and outdoor living space designs, maintenance, and repairs. Over the years, the firm has developed strong relationships with manufacturers to maintain quality work in a cost-efficient way. Hence, CORE Remodeling Group, Inc. is able to provide services at an affordable rate.

Branch Home Improvement

213 Steeple Road, Holly Springs, NC 27540

Branch Home Improvement specializes in home remodeling services providing homeowners across Holly Springs, Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Garner, Durham, and Fuquay with high-quality workmanship. The family-owned and operated firm caters to residential and commercial construction projects. Over the years, the firm has worked on numerous projects ranging from small repairs and maintenance to whole-house renovations. Additionally, the firm offers kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home additions, bonus rooms, and unfinished spaces.

As a licensed general contractor by the North Carolina Licensing Board, the firm continues to maintain high-standard build-outs adhering to the local codes and requirements. Branch Home Improvement is an expert in all types of home remodeling including large estates and complex structures. Some of its past works include rehabilitating rental properties, rebuilding damaged homes, and making finishing touches to homes before they become available to the market.

The firm strongly values reputation and customer satisfaction. Therefore, Branch Home Improvement guarantees customers superior construction and impeccable service using only the finest materials. The team at Branch Home Improvement can transform any space into livable environments clients can enjoy. With a small crew of highly skilled professionals, the firm assures clients that each project, regardless of size and scope, will receive the same dedication and passion.

 Wake Remodeling

121 N. Salem St., Apex, NC 27502

Apex-based Wake Remodeling is a full-service general contracting company catering to residents across Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Fuquay, and Morrisville. As a family-owned firm, Wake Remodeling aims to provide clients with unique spaces that reflect the client’s personality and lifestyle and creates a memorable experience for each client.

Wake Remodeling was founded in 2008 by Luke Dobbins who has over 20 years of industry experience and is a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR). As a tenured contractor, Luke has been highly recognized by various organizations for his impressive work. He gained attention from the media and was listed as one of the Forty Under 40 by Pro Remodeler Magazine. Luke is also an active member of the community and has helped build facilities for people in need.

His philosophy is anchored on building long-lasting relationships with clients, designers, and everyone he works with. Under his leadership, he instilled the same principles in the talented team at Wake Remodeling. The firm believes in designing the client’s vision and building it as if it was their own, thus creating spaces with high standards and exceptional craftsmanship. Wake Remodeling is accredited with the Remodelers Council and is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS).

Asbury Remodeling and Construction

1002 Towhee Drive, Apex, NC 27502

For 13 years, Asbury Remodeling and Construction has been a trusted general contractor in Apex serving the areas of Apex, Cary, Raleigh, and Durham. Its services include renovations, remodels, home additions, outdoor living areas, and floor plans for every type of home. Having been in business for over a decade, the company has developed a reputation for providing first-class service at an affordable price. By constantly providing detailed summaries and status updates, the firm establishes transparency with the client resulting in an effective communication process.

Asbury Remodeling and Construction is known for delivering projects on schedule and within budget with a one-year warranty of service. Many of the firm’s clients are repeat customers and referrals. With a strong passion for construction and remodeling, Daymon Asbury established the firm as a full-service general contracting company. As a third-generation contractor, Daymon has mastered the skills in remodeling homes and making new spaces appear part of the original structure.

To exceed industry standards, Asbury Remodeling and Construction continues to raise the bar in construction. Over the years, the firm has earned accreditations from the Nation Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), Home Builders Association (HBA), National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCALA), and Remodelers Council. 

TrendMark Inc.

P.O. Box 5712, Cary, NC 27518

TrendMark Inc. is a general contractor specializing in home remodeling and building services. With more than 25 years of experience, the firm continues to provide quality craftsmanship serving areas including Cary, Apex, Raleigh, and other cities in the North Carolina metro. The firm’s past projects range from custom homes to bathroom remodels and kitchen renovations. Having multiple licenses and certifications, TrendMark can perform all kinds of construction works whether it requires small repairs or major overhauls.

Wallace Baker formed the company with the goal of exceeding customer expectations. As a veteran contractor, Wallace has extensive experience in developing residential and commercial buildings. With over three decades of practice in construction, he earned the highest certification level in building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire code. As a family-owned and operated business, Wallace oversees all aspects of the project from the initial design to construction.

During the initial stages of the consultation, the highly trained staff discusses all details of the project while understanding the client’s goals. This helps the builders create a space that is specifically tailored for the client’s needs and aspirations. The firm was featured in a couple of programs including the “Today Show” and HGTV. TrendMark is also affiliated with the HBA and Remodelers Council.

Noble Renovation

109 Pebble Ridge Farms Ct., Cary, NC 27513

At Noble Renovation, trust has always been the core value of the firm. Its guiding principles are based on quality, professionalism, and exceeding customer expectations. As a general contractor, the firm offers a wide range of construction services ranging from custom home remodeling, renovations, additions, maintenance, and other repair works. The licensed and insured firm provides home improvement solutions for homeowners in Cary, Apex, Raleigh, and Holly Springs.

As the principal and president of the firm, Steve Minor has built a stellar career in the construction industry. Since 1989, he has been working on various types of residential projects managing over 350 homes. With his experience, he leads a dedicated and talented team of project managers and contractors. The firm’s professional staff are trained to guide clients every step of the process ensuring proper communication and implementation.

Its projects were recognized numerous times at the Star Awards from 2015 to 2016 and 2018 to 2019. In 2019, the Noble Renovation won as the Best Screened Porch and in 2018, was awarded the Best Kitchen, Best Room Renovation, and Best Attic among many others. The firm is accredited with the HBA, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Freys Building and Remodeling

311 Ashville Ave. Ste. E, Cary, NC 27518

Freys Building and Remodeling is one of the most well-respected general contractors in Cary. The firm caters to homeowners across Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Garner, and Holly Springs. Since its inception, the firm has completed over a hundred projects ranging from various types of build-outs. The firm’s history began a decade ago when Scott Frey started the company with his brother and father.

Established as a building and remodeling company, the firm’s goal is to provide the best customized experience for customers so they can enjoy the process of remodelling their new home. Starting as a small family-owned business, the company gradually grew into becoming one of the top general contracting firms in Cary. Freys Building and Remodeling has received numerous recognitions including the 2019 Best Whole House Remodel, Best Screened Porch, and Best Bathroom at the HBA Remodeling Awards.

The firm is a member of the HBA, Remodelers Council, and Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce. One of the company’s notable projects is a whole-house renovation including the kitchen and laundry room. Freys Building and Remodeling built an open-concept kitchen with new doors, windows, cabinets, and fixtures. With a fresh coat of paint, the new kitchen reflects a modern look while maintaining the original charm of the home.

Blue Ribbon Residential Construction

5605-100 Chapel Hill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607

Raleigh-based Blue Ribbon Residential Construction has over 25 years of experience in the construction business specializing in kitchen renovations, bathroom remodels, and sunroom construction. As a fully-licensed contracting firm, Blue Ribbon offers general contracting services focusing on residential construction including interior and exterior remodels. Its services cater to homeowners across Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Southern Wake Forest, Holly Springs, and nearby cities within 12 miles of North Carolina Fairgrounds.

Blue Ribbon is made up of master builders and exceptional craftsmen who are highly experienced in constructing homes for decades. Its projects are specifically designed and built to fit the client’s vision and budget. With its strong commitment to the municipality of Cary, Blue Ribbon continues to engage in community service and fundraisers as a way of giving back to the residents.

Since its inception in 1996, Blue Ribbon has earned multiple recognitions and was named the top Top 3 Residential Remodeler in 2019 by Triangle Business Journal and earned the Star Award in 2018. In 2009, John Sperath, Blue Ribbon’s owner and president, was named Remodeler of the Year by the HBA Wake County Remodelers Council. The company has earned accreditations from various organizations including the HBA, NAHB, Remodelers Council, Remodelers Advantage, and CAPS with a BBB A+ Rating.

Distinctive Remodeling

1228 United Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

As a recognized leader in Raleigh’s remodeling industry, Distinctive Remodeling maintains to provide quality construction and excellent customer service. Its services cater to residents of Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

Every project begins with a consultation with the firm’s in-house designers. These talented designers help clients make informed decisions based on their requirements and aspirations to ensure the space reflects their lifestyle.  

The firm’s core principles are anchored on vision, imagination, and excellence believing that these values are the driving forces behind the success of the company. Its mission is to design and build projects that are creative, innovative, and practical while providing the most effective solutions to all kinds of construction issues. Following project completion, the firm offers a 24-month warranty unlike other local contractors in the area who only offer a 12-month service warranty.

For 25 years, Distinctive Remodeling has amassed over 70 awards. Since the company was formed in 1995, its projects have earned the company multiple recognitions including the 2017 to 2019 Best in American Living Awards. In 2019, the firm also won the Best Whole House Remodel and in 2014, received the National Green Building Project of the Year.

Paradise Found Construction

7151 O’Kelly Chapel Rd. #245, Cary, NC 27519

As an award-winning firm, Paradise Found Construction continues to provide a full scope of general contracting services in Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Holly Springs, Chapel Hill, and nearby communities. Regarded as one of the most trusted general contractors in Cary, the firm is dedicated to providing custom home and remodeling solutions at an affordable cost. Transparency and communication also play a huge role in the firm’s build process.

The firm values actively listening to its clients, understanding their goals, and paying close attention to the smallest detail. Collaborating with clients allows the firm to create tailored solutions, feasible schedules, and cost-effective budgets. From the initial design, material selection, and finishing touches to project completion, clients are in control of every part of the decision making. As experts in the areas of remodeling and custom home building, the firm maintains high standards of construction and service.

Recognized for its outstanding work, Paradise Found has earned multiple honors from Star Awards and was awarded the National Project of the Year consecutively from 2013 to 2014. The firm also received attention from the press and was featured in Fox 50, The Cary News, Homes & Ideas, Triangle Business Journal, Triangle Home Improvement, and The Herald Sun among many others. Its affiliations include HBA, NAHB, and CAPS.