Building or remodeling a home is no small feat. There are many steps to consider: careful siting, permitting, and only then can the building or remodeling begin. Luckily, the process becomes simpler, and can even be enjoyable when homeowners work with the right builder.
We’ve compiled a list of the best general contractors in Kirkland, Washington. These are the builders who can help homeowners with the process of building or remodeling their dream homes. These builders were chosen for their backgrounds, experiences, and their ability to simplify the building and remodeling process while ensuring client satisfaction and enjoyment.
Pathway Design & Construction
PO Box 94731, Seattle, WA 98124
Pathway Design & Construction is a full-service remodeling company that uses smart design and energy-efficient practices and products to achieve highly functional and customized living spaces. The firm specializes in flexible design approaches, including Universal Design, Better Living Design, and even Aging in Place, which accommodates a homeowner’s changing needs through all stages of their lives.
An example of the firm’s work on a remodel is pictured above. This featured project is a modernized small home, originally built as a carriage house. The home includes heated floors, a woodworking nook, and a place for the client’s band to practice. It also has a spiral staircase. The clients made their mark on the space through salvaged and repurposed beams which became the unique, featured flooring of the room.
Neil Kelly Company
5959 Corson Avenue S., Suite B., Seattle, WA 98108
With thousands of happy clients over the span of seven decades, Neil Kelly Company is an award-winning design-build and remodeling company that serves Northwest homes and communities. The firm offers design, planning, and construction services in-house and puts its people and the planet ahead of profits. For their long-standing and various services beyond building in the Northwest, the Kelly family was awarded an “Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Humanitarian Award” in 2019.
Pictured above is an example of the firm’s work on a kitchen remodel. This Kirkland kitchen features a Scandinavian-inspired design that maximizes space and functionality. The owners, Linda and Nikko Strom, dreamed of this kitchen remodel for years. Thanks to the couple’s friend and fellow Swede Anna Lovella—a design consultant with Neil Kelly—the couple was able to achieve a classic Scandinavian design for their kitchen. Clean lines, simple materials, attention to detail, and a natural color palette with lots of light make this Scandinavian kitchen a dream to cook in.
Nip Tuck Remodeling
14422 Old High Bridge Rd., Monroe, WA 98272
Nip Tuck Remodeling was founded by April Bettinger in 2010 through April’s vision and determination to create a construction company with extraordinary craftsmanship and professionalism. The firm has formed a close-knit team of trade partners and employees, a team that ensures the firm is able to deliver on its promises of serving happiness to clients both in the process of building and as a result of it. The firm’s trade partners are vetted and trusted to show up on time, do an exceptional job, and be available to return for the occasional warranty call.
Pictured above is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This kitchen in Kirkland is part of a remodel that opened up the floor plan. By removing the wall that stood between the kitchen and living room, the firm made the kitchen more spacious—perfect for entertaining. The kitchen also features maple shaker cabinets, pendant lights, and Quartz countertops with a unique mosaic backsplash. The addition of Kitchen Aid appliances and a stainless steel undermount sink completes the stylish look and functionality of this inviting kitchen.
1537 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107
Founded in 1999, Dyna Builders is a design, remodeling, and home building company that offers full-scale remodels and new custom construction to residential and commercial clients throughout the greater Seattle area. In addition to its remodeling and home building services, the firm also has a custom fabrication shop, Dyna Metal, that allows it to design, engineer, and build railings, stairs, fireplace surrounds, furniture, and other one-of-a-kind pieces that the firm tailors for architecture, spaces, and personal styles.
Pictured above is an example of the firm’s work on a residential remodel on Mercer Island. Completed in collaboration with Hughes Studio Architects, this open concept kitchen, dining, and living room features warm shades of wood and paneling, as well as unique rugs that line various central areas of the room. The kitchen is clean and simple and includes a breakfast bar and a spacious countertop. The dining room, off to the back of the room, provides seating for six. The living room has comfortable white couches and a generous but unobtrusive television. The room is surrounded by stunning picture windows and a bi-fold door that leads out to the terrace’s gorgeous view.
Lochwood-Lozier Custom Homes
8708 152nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052
Lochwood-Lozier Custom Homes is the builder behind the iconic “Master’s Classic” home in Newcastle, built in 2004 to benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital. The firm’s legacy goes back three generations to current president Todd Lozier’s great-great-uncle, Eugene Drummond, who was site superintendent for famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Eugene’s son, William, also worked for Frank Lloyd Wright as his lead draftsman. Today, the DNA of Frank Lloyd Wright’s style is woven into the very practice of Lochwood-Lozier: transom windows, low-pitched roofs, and big overhangs inevitably find their way into the firm’s custom homes.
As Lochwood-Lozier also offers remodels and landscaping, it takes care to employ painters, framers, landscapers, and laborers who share the same vision for the finished project as the firm does. Pictured above is an example of the firm’s work on a Kirkland kitchen remodel. Perhaps what’s most noticeable about this contemporary kitchen is the dark custom cabinetry that stands out among the steel appliances. The kitchen also features a large island and a breakfast bar where the homeowners and their children often enjoy a quick meal before heading off to work and school.
Rainier Custom Homes, Inc.
306 Wells Ave SE, Renton, WA 98057
Jason CP Jarman, chairman of Rainier Custom Homes, comes from a long line of contractors and craftsmen. Jason co-owns the firm with his father Jason G Jarman and his brother Michael D Jarman, who also contribute their skills in pre-construction and project management to the firm’s operations. Together, the three principals bring their expertise to all phases of general construction and remodeling for discerning clients in Washington.
Pictured above is an award-winning example of the firm’s work on a kitchen remodel. Winning first place in the large kitchens category at the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) 2017 Design Awards, this Kirkland kitchen’s remodeling scope included expanding the central island, relocating appliances, creating floor-to-ceiling pantry storage, and adding a built-in baker’s space with retractable upper doors located across from the central end of the island. This baker’s space can be hidden when not in use. Other notable features include quartz waterfall countertop treatments, rich wood tone cabinetry, white cabinetry, and an elevated island eating bar.
751 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033
With offices in Seattle and Kirkland, Eakman Construction is a premier custom home building company serving Kirkland, Bellevue, and the greater Seattle area. The firm is led by Stacy Eakman, who guides the firm’s operations and oversees the projects from initial consultation to turning the key over to homeowners. Going above and beyond is integrated into the firm’s practice, making its services exceptional and always exceeding industry standards.
Pictured above is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This farmhouse-style home in Kirkland features a charming front porch, complete with two rocking chairs from which the homeowners can enjoy the view. Inside, visitors will find a spacious foyer, an office, and a classic, open-concept kitchen and dining room. Through folding glass doors, the dining and living rooms both open up to a back porch with wicker seats. When the folding doors are open, the owners can entertain a large number of guests. When the doors are closed, they can enjoy an intimate meal from the comfort of their own cozy kitchen and dining room.
8709 Forest Hill Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Based in Seattle, Sunshine Construction is a nationally recognized firm, well-known for its specialized work in green building and remodeling. The firm was founded by Jon Alexander on the principle of building homes that are healthy to live in and have a minimal effect on the larger environment. For his contributions to green building in the community, Jon has received the Innovations in Conservation Award from the Resource Venture, as well as accolades from the Seattle Built Green Design Competition.
Two of the firm’s projects, The Sensible House and The Luk Residence, were the 1st to receive Built Green’s coveted 5-Star rating. The firm has recently built both Passive Houses and Net Energy Zero Homes. Another example of the firm’s work is this Lake Sammamish remodel in Issaquah. The project scope involved a whole-house remodel which was designed to make the home more livable and practical for the family. The owner is an expert in energy-efficient lighting, which led him to use a combination of warm-toned LED, compact fluorescent, and halogen IR bulbs. Throughout the project, a great deal of attention was given to creating good indoor air quality, with the materials and finishes being low in toxicity. No added urea formaldehyde was employed. Learn more about them at www.SunshineConstruction.biz
Armada Design & Build
12727 Northup Way #6, Bellevue, WA 98005
Since 2011, Armada Design & Build has been specializing in residential construction, particularly in kitchen and bathroom renovations, new construction, and additions. The firm aims to be a leader in the Bellevue and Greater Seattle region, and it is proud to offer its guidance to homeowners throughout all phases of a custom home remodel project—from concept and design consultation to final build and finishing.
This kitchen remodels in Kirkland is an example of the firm’s work. Light, both natural and artificial, was integral to the design of this kitchen as access points to the outdoors as well as unique light fixtures were installed in the room. The kitchen also features a very unique backsplash that is both shiny and metallic and muted enough not to outshine the entire kitchen. The island’s blue chairs add just the right touch of color to the otherwise neutral-toned room.
Hamish Anderson Custom Homes, Inc.
11250 Kirkland Way Ste 104, Kirkland, WA 98033
Hamish Anderson Custom Homes is a custom home builder with experience building homes in Kirkland, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond. Led by Hamish Anderson himself, the firm is committed to working with clients in every phase of construction to ensure that clients receive a truly customized experience. Each home is custom tailored to each client’s individual needs, creating unique homes of lasting value.
Pictured above is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. Located on a private parcel in Woodinville, this contemporary lodge-style home was completed in collaboration with Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architects. With expansive overhangs, detailed woodwork and a covered patio with a built-in fire pit, the home perfectly captures the beauty of the surrounding land with intimate privacy. Some of the home’s special features include fourteen-foot-tall main floor ceilings, a vaulted great room with exposed timber trusses, metal trim details throughout, and a detached ADU with a four-car garage. The home also features elegant custom cabinetry, and a two-story fireplace with a custom metal facade.
14250 NE 21st St, Bellevue, WA 98007
Urban Restoration, founded by Reg Willing in 2011, is a residential home building and remodeling company that serves the Greater Eastside of Washington. In his own practice, Reg has over two decades of experience building one-of-a-kind residential and commercial projects. In 2015, Reg formed a partnership with Victor Ruzhin, and together, the principal duo ensures that—whether clients are building a new home, doing a total home remodel, or a small project—the firm has the experienced team to walk clients through every building or remodel process and produce the results they need and expect0
Pictured above is an example of the firm’s work on a Mid-Century remodel. The first thing that draws the viewer’s attention is the home’s one-of-a-kind fireplace. Housed in a black enclosure, much like a furnace, the fireplace has a sleek, polished appearance. The rest of the furnishings of the living room are sharp and modern, including the white couches that sit on the rich-toned wooden floor. The room doesn’t shy away from framing views of the outdoors as well, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling picture windows that surround the room.
Eastside Kitchen & Bath
406 Market St, Suite B, Kirkland, WA 98033
What started out as just a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company soon grew into a whole home remodeling business. Today, Eastside Kitchen & Bath proudly offers these services to the Eastside, from Bellevue to Kirkland, Mercer Island to Woodinville. The firm provides everything from a small slab and kitchen backsplash installation to a major knock-the-walls-down rebuild.
An example of the firm’s work is pictured above. Painted in a relaxing shade of mint, this renovated bathroom is cool and soft on the eyes. The use of plants in the room also evokes a sense of immediate calm. The room is laid out functionally, from the bathtub to the shower, sink to door, and features matching sinks for the occupants to use at the same time. The tiled floor is unique as well, with the grey-veined detailing on the marble floor. This bathroom is the picture of comfort, enabling its owners to enjoy the use and decoration of the room instead of just using it for functional purposes.
DME Construction, Inc.
410 Bellevue Way SE, Suite 205, Bellevue, WA 98004
DME Construction is a full-service home construction and remodeling company that serves the Pacific Northwest. Aside from being a leading provider of custom-built homes in premier neighborhoods, DME also builds everything from new homes and large-scale renovations to small remodels and commercial projects. The firm was founded in 1994 by David Michael Elwell, who still leads the firm as president.
Because of the company’s ethos of quality over quantity, the firm only builds a handful of homes each year. Much of its work then falls into remodeling, and a good example of this is the firm’s work on this home in Hunts Point. With fresh and eclectic colors and patterns, this home is a paradise for anyone with a bold taste in fixtures. Less loud, but no less trendy is the home’s kitchen, which has more muted shades of white, grey, and blue adorning the cabinets and walls. The room also features marble countertops and stainless steel appliances. The light fixtures are perhaps the most attractive aspect of the room, granting this kitchen illumination and a striking sense of modern style.