Amid the hustle of New York lies a hidden gem on the eastern banks of the Hudson River. Irvington City has seemingly escaped the heavily urbanized lifestyle most people associate with its neighbors. Despite being viewed as a commuter town, its teeming natural wonders and historical landmarks make it the perfect reprieve from city life. It has been recognized as the “Best Place to live in Westchester” by Westchester Magazine in 2010.

Recently, the local government has started initiatives to provide affordable housing and preserve the old-fashioned feel of the buildings on Main Street. Local eateries have also been recently opening up around the city, quickly establishing it as an up-and-coming foodie scene. This has made general contractors around the area a pivotal part of improving the lives of those within the community. Listed below are five firms that stood out to us for their quality services, accreditations, and achievements.

Sunrise Building & Remodeling Inc.

510 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

From sunrise to sundown, Sunrise Building & Remodeling offers 24-hour contracting services that have impressed Westchester and Fairfield. Since 1986, the firm has been sprucing up homes around the area through its room renovations and addition services. Whether an amenity needs more space or a new room has to be built altogether, the company works with local architects to provide its clients’ expansion needs. Sunrise’s plumbers and electricians work around the clock on their kitchen and bathroom remodels, creating functional amenities that connect seamlessly with the rest of the house. The company also provides in-house carpentry, creating personalized fixtures tailor-made for the firm’s project.

Sunrise’s leader Eric Messer has established himself as a respected member of the industry with nearly three decades worth of experience under his belt. Eric is an executive member of the Westchester’s Building Institute and is a strong advocate for green buildings. The firm is certified Lead-Safe by the EPA and is affiliated with Sunrise Solar Solutions to create energy-efficient homes. The company’s dedication to the environment and quality has landed it numerous features in esteemed publications.

Dawkins Development Group Inc.

206 Ferris Ave White Plains, NY 10603

Building smarter and greener properties, Dawkins Development Group Inc. has dedicated itself to making a more eco-friendly New York. This multi-function general contractor offers construction, restoration, remodeling, and handyman services that embody the firm’s principles. DDG incorporates the latest solar and energy-efficient technology in its commercial and residential projects. Employing a design-build model, the company handles the whole process from conceptualization to construction. Doing so ensures that every step of the project is built right and done so in a cost-efficient manner.

Owner Daniel Salem Dawinks II has been in the business for over two decades. Before creating the firm, Daniel led Unique Impressions Construction Inc. in Metro Atlanta and had also completed projects in North Carolina. Wanting to serve his hometown of Queens, Daniel would later relocate and rebrand his firm to DDG. Making a name for itself, the contractor has been accepted into prestigious guilds like NAHB, NARI, NKBA, the Queen & Bronx Building Association, and the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about their work at

Chris Craftsman

404 Central Park Avenue Scarsdale, NY 10583

Adding a touch of class to residences around Westchester and Fairfield, Chris Craftsman knows how to turn houses from “homely” to “opulent.” This design-build residential contractor has been creating stunning bathrooms, kitchens, and major home remodels since 1991. Owner Christopher Iannuzzi is known for his expert use of color and materials that help accentuate the aesthetics of his projects.

With luxury bath suites being all the rage in recent years, the firm has a lot of experience installing spa-like features such as heated floors, walk-in steam showers, jetted tubs, and fireplaces. The company can also upgrade kitchens to equip a cooking space with the latest in custom furniture. Beyond room renovation services, the contractor also specializes in additions and large-scale remodels that bring new life to every corner of a house. With its very own showroom, the firm’s clients can personally choose what materials and fixtures they would like to see in their newly furnished homes.

Highland Builders Corp.

92 Ralph Ave in White Plains, NY 10606

Bringing homes to new heights, Highland Builders Corp. has elevated many residential properties around Westchester and Fairfield. Since 1998, the firm has been delivering quality construction, remodeling, and addition services with an emphasis on energy efficiency. The houses it works on use the least amount of electricity possible while maximizing the electrical support for the property’s appliances. Not only does the firm iron out cold spots and drafts, it also significantly reduces the energy bill. Knowing that a client’s living space extends outside of the home, Highland Builders also provides landscaping and exterior projects. 

Under the leadership of owner Steve Bliss, the company has earned an A+ rating and accreditation from the BBB. Steve is also an EPA Certified Renovator. Prior clients have given Steve and his company high praise for expertise and adaptability. Steven is adept at navigating through local building codes and follows Building Performance guidelines for whole-house evaluation. 

JP Moore Home Improvements

60 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

JP Moore Home Improvements shows there is more to home improvement than construction and renovation. For over 25 years, the firm has remodeled countless kitchens, bathrooms, and basements in the greater Tri-state area. The quality of their renovations is unquestionable: the company’s strength lies in its projects’ ability to withstand time and the elements. Owner James Moore has emphasized the quality of his builds, earning his firm an A+ rating from the BBB.

The company ensures that its projects are resistant to mold, fires, and water damage. JP Moore also assures the abatement of lead, asbestos, and sewage to create homes that aren’t only functional but also safe. This attention to structural integrity has been recognized by the IICRC and SHA.Aside from its home maintenance and interior renovation services, JP Moore also provides additions and outdoor renovations. Its exterior projects include deck and patio construction and custom masonry and pavers.