Homes have to evolve to stay relevant in terms of function and style. The role of builders that serve the residential sector is to guide homeowners in taking this necessary step, without worrying them about the stress that can come with it.

Transforming residential spaces to suit the practical and style needs of homeowners are the best general contractors in Davis. These professionals have been commended for helping their clients choose the right layout, materials, palette, and design that will respond to the specific demands of their lifestyle. These firms have been recognized by industry leaders and are consistently commended by the region’s building and design community. 

MAK Design+Build Inc.

430 F St. Suite B, Davis, CA 95616

“Imaginative design solutions” is more than just a slogan for MAK Design+Build. The over 15-year-old company’s portfolio of projects highlights some of the most eye-catching interiors and exteriors in Davis. The firm’s contemporary, modern, traditional, and mid-century residential spaces put a lot of emphasis on the thoughtful use of colors, light, space, and materials. It’s not surprising that the firm has won several Contractor of the Year Awards from the respected industry institution, the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Principals Ken and Ellen Kirsch lead the company’s multi-awarded practice. Together, they have taken on quite a bit of complex and challenging work for the luxury residential sector. For a couple in California,  for instance, the firm completed an addition project that serves as a multi-use space at the rear area of the client’s home. The firm’s goal centered on producing a space that is functional and stylish. The answer is to explore the warm palette and natural materials of the farmhouse style and the textiles and textures of rustic and transitional interiors. Modern elements such as full glass doors and dividers connect the indoors to the outdoor and enhance the home’s expansive and airy atmosphere.

Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling

2860 W Covell Blvd, Suite #3, Davis, CA 95616

Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling is a multi-awarded company that has won more than 24 NARI Contractor of the Year awards since it was founded in 1992. The firm’s design-build nature has allowed it to complete hundreds of residential construction works, renovations, and remodeling projects over the years. One of the highlights of its practice is its preliminary estimation and value engineering services. These help clients get a full picture of the design and budgeting process of the project before breaking ground. The firm’s efficient performance has made the firm one of the highest-rated firms in the region, according to leading digital reviews platforms. This client-focused approach also helped it secure its Better Business Bureau (BBB) A-plus certification.

One project that exemplifies its client-first approach can be found in Sacramento. In 2018, the firm was commissioned to lead the restoration of a 1953 mid-century custom home. One of the most exciting parts of this renovation was when the company introduced new products and finishes that reemphasized the original interior design and architecture inspiration of the home. The firm also made sure that the work focused on bringing back the original charm of the residence to the style’s signature smooth planes and geometries. Several old finishes and features, most of which are custom-designed, were kept and restored. The layout was also maintained, with minimal wall removals.

J. Roy Construction

6 Parkside Drive, Davis, CA 95616

Roy Construction started out as a single-family builder in 1992. The firm’s experience taking on residential construction work of varying sizes and values gave it the opportunity to expand. In 2002, principal Jeff Roy started designing custom homes. Six years later, the firm opened its doors to the residential remodeling market. Today, the firm makes use of the latest in design and construction technology to deliver a razor-sharp design-build service to the region’s high-end sectors. 

Luxury residential spaces and high-end custom homes dominate the firm’s portfolio. Aside from producing living spaces that answer to the functional and stylistic demands of their users, the firm also helps its clients to make informed decisions about the palette, materials, and layout of the build. This process is often seen in its kitchen remodeling process. One example of its work is for a kitchen transformation featured here. The warm palette complements the welcoming appeal of wood and natural stone materials. The kitchen features cherry shaker-style cabinetry, a leathered finish center island in granite, and carefully selected appliances from a leading industry manufacturer. 

Hopkins Construction

1017 Sycamore Lane, Davis, CA 95616

As a locally-owned and operated firm, Hopkins Construction has been serving the area for over three decades. Principal builder Anthony Hopkins takes on small home improvement projects as well as large-scale additions and full home construction. One of the highlights of its practice is its advocacy for building methods that have less impact on the environment. Aside from guiding clients to choose eco-friendly materials, the firm also ensures that its delivery method is aligned with the industry’s green construction standards. Most importantly, the firm’s spaces are curated and built according to the design aspirations of their homeowners. 

One of the firm’s most unforgettable remodeling projects was for a 1930s home located in downtown Davis. The owners wanted to open up the floor plan and maximize the home’s usable space. The firm responded by reconstructing the roof, rebuilding the walls across the interiors, and vaulting the ceilings to make it more expansive. Elements of wood dominate the new space: exposed beams, light wood flooring, cabinetry, and window framing welcome you in. Its white, warm palette radiates the daylight that passes through the clerestory windows and skylights. 

AJ Construction & Remodeling Inc.

2137 Stewart Circle,  Woodland, CA 95776

AJ Construction & Remodeling’s full-service approach to general contracting has helped it establish its presence in the region’s homebuilding scene. The firm offers a wide range of services, including remodeling for kitchen and baths, home additions, home repairs, and custom home construction. This range of experience can be attributed to the extensive background of the firm’s principals, Andy Malpass and Joshua Cassady. Malpass and Cassady apply a hands-on approach to every build. 

A great example of the firm’s remodeling work is for a kitchen transformation project. Aside from upgrading the finishes and changing the entire kitchen layout for more functionality, the team’s use of Turquoise blue pops out of the neutral white-dominant interiors. The room’s illumination from the pendant lamp and ambient lights at night has been replaced by the softened natural light that comes through the kitchen’s skylight during the day. Full-glass walls and sliding doors connect the main kitchen to the lush greenery that surrounds the home.

Ransdell Remodel & Home Repair

2213 Shasta Dr. Davis, CA 95616

Established over 20 years ago, Ransdell Remodel & Home Repair provides a full list of residential general contracting services. That includes remodeling, additions, renovations, custom home builder, to door installation work. The firm’s delivery method has been developed for years by Fred Ransdell whole leads the locally-owned and operated firm. Prior to founding the firm, he worked with leading building firms in the region. Under his leadership, the firm has acquired referrals and repeat businesses.  

An example of the firm’s general contracting work was a second-floor office addition. The new space was built on top of the existing home’s garage and attached to a single-story house. In order to accommodate the new space, the work involved the demolition of the garage roof. Working with the client’s architect, the firm was able to construct a space that adheres to the existing architectural context of the home. The palettes, choice of materials, as well as forms, remained faithful to the home’s Mediterranean-contemporary inspiration. 

MOS Construction, Inc. 

817 Arnold St. Davis, CA 95618

MOS Construction’s design-build nature allows it to answer the region’s need for a one-stop professional that can take on remodeling, renovations, additions, and custom projects from concept to completion. Licensed, bonded, and insured, the firm takes on commercial and residential projects across Greater Sacramento and the Bay Area. For these services, the firm is known for its straightforward, on-time, and within-budget delivery, as highlighted by its past clients’ testimonials from major review platforms. 

Monico Alvarado established the firm over 20 years ago. As a modern company, the firm relies on the latest technology in design, construction, and development. The results are interior and exterior spaces that are tailor-made to the most specific needs of its clients. A great example of the firm’s work is a home office project that was built to blend in with the home’s original interior design while creating a boundary between the workplace and the living area. The use of similar warm palettes and custom woodwork added a touch of familiarity to space. A large-full glass double window provided ample daylight. The resulting room is a well-lit and expansive space with the right balance of formality and warmth. 

Dutton Kitchen & Bath 

131 Woodridge Circle, Vacaville, CA 95687

Dutton Kitchen & Bath specializes in residential remodeling. The firm takes on the full-scale process of design, construction, and installation from start to finish. Aside from offering free evaluation to repeat and first-time clients, the firm also provides post-construction services and product warranties to ensure the consistency and quality of its services. This practice has won repeat customers and referrals since it was established a few years ago. 

Bathroom, kitchen, interior, and exterior home improvement projects dominate the firm’s portfolio. These living spaces derive their inspiration from a wide array of styles, including modern, contemporary, transitional, and mid-century designs. Responsible for the range of services and style variation is principal Scott Dutton, a Davis native. As a result of his local knowledge, the firm has an understanding and familiarity with the specific functional and style needs of Davis homeowners. 


  • 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