This past year, as we’ve spent more time than ever in our homes, we have noticed the updates our homes need. From simple interior changes to major renovations, general contractors play a role in keeping our homes fresh. South Barrington is surrounded by firms with plenty of expertise when it comes to remodeling.

This list compiles the best general contractors operating in the area. Each contractor has been carefully chosen based on their years of experience, the services they offer, and the recognition in the press they have received. For a home renovation that combines design and quality, take a look at our list below. 

Grand Tradition Homes

317 W Maine Street, Barrington, IL 60010

The passion and pursuit of a better and stronger construction service have fueled Grand Tradition Homes since 2005. Mark Cornwell leads a team of design and goal-oriented professionals. Each member of the team contributes to the success of the firm building its reputation in Barrington and nearby cities.

Grand Tradition Homes’ portfolio lives up to its name of giving clients grand homes. Its projects range from transitional homes to French Provincial estates. A perfect illustration of this is the Modern Farm House in South Grove Avenue. It features a clean, chic interior and a transitional kitchen that looks fresh to the eyes. The light tones and hues make the space appear big and spacious. 

Hardin Builders, Inc.

328 Shoreline Rd., Lake Barrington, IL 60010 

Neil Hardin is a design professional who has spent over 25 years practicing architecture and construction. His experience in Chicago and Colorado has contributed to his expertise in general construction. In 2003, Hardin established Hardin Builders, Inc. to provide Barrington, Chicago, and the surrounding suburbs with reliable construction support. The firm’s unique character has distinguished the firm’s work from the competition. 

Its work is dominated by classic and traditional home remodels. One of its eye-catching custom home remodels is located in Inverness which features a sleek, minimalist Farmhouse design. Its soft features are paired with the plain finished wood and white interior to bring out its cool, relaxing tones. 

MG Bros Construction, Inc.

1295 Jarvis Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 

Greater Chicago has trusted MG Bros Construction, Inc. to provide top-notch home remodeling services for quite some time. The firm—led by Greg Kawula—specializes in additions, whole home remodeling, and carpentry work. In addition to Kawula being a recipient of the 2018 Pro Builder’s 40 under 40 Award, Professional Builder’s Magazine has featured the firm’s excellence in design and construction. 

The team’s skill in construction is further highlighted by its collection of completed work. One of MG Bros Construction’s notable projects is the 210 S Lincoln interior renovation. The team completed the renovation of the whole interior as well as the addition of a new bathroom in only two and a half months.  

Dior Builders

116 W Northwest Hwy., Clock Tower Plaza, Palatine, IL 60067  

Dior Builders is one of Barrington’s longest-serving general contractors. At the age of 16, Peter Dilorio moved to the US to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. He started Dior Builders in 1979 and has since served many residents with award-winning homes. Many of the firm’s homes have been published in prominent magazines. A few of these publications include the LUXE Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and Traditional Home Magazine

The firm’s portfolio is filled with captivating homes featuring a variety of styles from traditional to modern. Aside from its eye-pleasing homes, the firm is also enthusiastic about building healthier homes. The firm partners with the American Lung Association in promoting green and healthful living. This initiative has also brought the firm the Healthy Home 2018 Excellence in Housing Design Award. 


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management