A suburb of New York City, Franklin Lakes is home to many structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our editorial team would like to present some of the best general contractors in Franklin Lakes—contractors with the skill set to continue the tradition while also adapting your home for changing times.
Many of these firms are headquartered right in Bergen County and have a wide portfolio of projects around the area and beyond.
46 Newark Pompton Tpke. Pequannock, NJ 07440
The white walls and cabinetry brighten up this U-shaped kitchen. Windows are strategically placed behind the two sinks and beside the range. A gray tile backsplash appears behind the range, matching the walls of the rest of the great room. In addition to the countertops between the equipment, a marble-topped white center island provides copious prep space, and room to dine in as well. The room is set off by trimmed openings from the dining area. Drop and recessed lights further illuminate the space.
OnCenter Construction is the company behind this remodel. Established by Goko Naumoski and Bruno Walczak in 2000, the firm builds and remodels homes across Northern New Jersey. The firm also takes on commercial projects including apartment buildings, convenience stores, bars, and laundromats.
10 Spear St. Oakland, NJ 07436
Brother Built remodeled this kitchen in Franklin Lakes in an L-shape, with a gray countertop-center island and some dining space. The light wood cabinets are mounted below the dropped ceiling and recessed lights above the white countertop. Stone backsplash appears around the range and sink and includes multiple outlets for various appliances. Windows behind the undermount sink give a peek at the woodsy outdoors and bring more light into the space. Drop lights hang above the center island.
Brother Built was established in 2016 by third-generation builders Tom, James, and Matthew Sowa. The firm builds and remodels homes in Franklin Lakes and beyond, taking on a wide range of projects from deck installations to room additions.
Top of the Line Contracting
1 Hollywood Ave. Suite 15D, Ho Ho Kus, NJ 07423
This kitchen in Ho-Ho-Kus features white cabinetry and marble countertops that contrast beautifully with the dark wood floor. Checkered marble tile backsplash appears behind the range and flanks the windows behind the white farmhouse sink. A wooden dining set matches the flooring sits in a sunlit corner of the room, with custom bench-seating along the wall. Bubble and recessed lights augment the natural light streaming in. A nearby mudroom was also maximized with coat hooks, more white cabinets, and overhead and floor-level shelves for more space to store personal items.
Top of the Line Contracting is the company behind this remodel. Robert Mattessich established the family-run firm in 1994. The service-oriented company builds and remodels homes all over Northern New Jersey, handling everything from custom built-ins to furniture refinishing.
K&B Home Solutions
529 Lafayette Ave. Hawthorne, NJ 07506
To expand this home within its existing lot, K&B Home Solutions completely rebuilt the structure, raising the ceilings to nine feet. The first floor was reoriented in an open layout around the stairs to the new upper level. The galley kitchen greets you upon entry: white marble countertop wood-base prep spaces, a stainless steel farmhouse sink matching the appliances, and space to dine on the center island. Behind the staircase is the six-seater glass dining set, with white upholstered chairs matching the couches in the living room area beside it. The bathroom continues the neutral theme with black cabinetry beneath the double-vessel sink vanity and gray and black tiles in the shower. The powder room features a glass vessel sink atop the same black finish storage.
Established in 2007, K&B is led by Bill Briguglio, whose love for construction began when he would build entire LEGO cities in his room. He started in the industry as a cabinet maker. Today, the LEGO layering concept continues to inspire K&B’s hallmark trim and ceiling designs. The firm builds and renovates homes throughout Bergen County.
46 Indian Trail, North Haledon, NJ 07508
The white coffered ceilings and varied wood finishes of this kitchen in Franklin Lakes blend well with the rest of the house. Scudieri Construction lined the countertops with beige marble, complementing the light brown walls. There’s space to dine on the center island, in addition to the round four-seater table in the room. The larger dining room area can be found on one end of the kitchen through a trimmed opening. A wide arched window behind the farmhouse sink lights up the space, along with a lamp chandelier and recessed lights.
Tim Scudieri established the firm in 1997 and his team brings years of experience to building and remodeling homes across Bergen County. Scudieri has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for the high-quality professional service it gives to every project, whether it’s a kitchen remodel, a home theater addition, or a whole home renovation.
Cornerstone Builders Group
851 Franklin Lake Rd. Suite 206, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Cornerstone Builders Group remodeled this eat-in kitchen on Tanglewood Court with white coffered ceilings above the large wood-topped center island. The white finish of the cabinetry matches the fireplace and wainscoting of the adjacent living room, connected by a wide brick archway. The ornate range hood continues the wood motif of the furniture. Deep brown bar stools surround the custom island that is long enough to seat eight. Glass drop and recessed lights illuminate the room, along with a window above the farmhouse sink.
The foundations of Cornerstone go back over two decades before it was started by Leo Feola in 2014. Feola began in the industry as a carpenter’s apprentice, rising through the ranks as superintendent, and soon building a reputation as a sought-after project manager for multi-million dollar projects. And thus, Cornerstone was born. Joining Feola is Frank Cardone, who brings a solid track record of operations management. Together with their team, they build both residential and commercial projects throughout Northern New Jersey and beyond.
MS Warraich Associates
700 Kinderkamack Rd. Suite 311, Oradell, NJ 07649
The semi-open layout of this home in Bergenfield brings in a lot of room to move between the living room, the dining room, and the kitchen. Bright red lounge chairs and multi-colored stools and mats breathe life into the gray walls. On the other side of the stone-clad half-wall dresser is the kitchen that features black cabinets and white countertops. Gray hexagonal tiles serve as a backsplash behind the range; narrow white tiles meet the rest of the prep spaces. Behind the eat-in bar is the dining area. A narrow condiments area circles back to the living room space, side-by-side a narrow bookshelf. The master’s bedroom features deep brown wood finishes in the bed frame, dresser, and side table. A beautiful glass-bordered tub-shower sits in the master bath. The kids’ room is in muted shades of blue, with a study nook and a double-vanity glass-doored alcove shower bath.
The home was remodeled by MS Warraich Associates, established in 2013 in New Jersey. The firm, led by Hasnain Nasar, was named 2020 Remodeler of the Year by the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of New Jersey; the firm received no less than five other Awards of Excellence that same year for its remodeling work.