A major city with a small-town ambiance—this is what comes to mind when people mention Orange City. Adjacent to Anaheim and Santa Ana, this quaint residential-heavy area offers a dense suburban feel and laidback lifestyle. Orange is also notable for old homes in its Old Town District, many of which were built before 1920. These well-preserved old fashioned homes with roomy front porches are constantly renovated and updated to accommodate old and new residents.
This list presents the best general contractors that are responsible for many of Orange’s residential renovation and remodeling work. These contractors were chosen based on the number of projects, certifications, and the value and quality of their projects. The list also considered the firms’ years of services, industry awards and achievements, and client testimonials, as well as the backgrounds of their leaders.
All Pro Builders
1400 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833
When Paul Paniagua learned to use a hammer at 14 years old, he knew he found his calling in life. He trained under his father, Joseph, who at the time was a master craftsman in the remodeling field. Paul opened All Pro Builders in 1989, and the company continues to be family-owned and operated to this day. Many of his family members, from his father to his nephews and sons, have contributed to the success of the company as a general contractor.
Its sense of family among its members translates into its relationship with clients. All Pro Builders always roots all communication in respect and openness—a fact for which many of its repeat and new clients offer praise to the firm. Aside from this, the company is equally recognized for its excellence in its craft by magazines such as Qualified Remodeler, Remodeling, and Pro Remodeler.
The Fullerton-based company addresses the home improvement, remodeling, and design-build needs of residents across Orange County and Los Angeles County. From whole-house renovations and kitchen and bathroom remodels to patio covers and firepits, All Pro Builders can do it all. Featured is one of its recent remodeling projects—an outdated 1996 ranch home transformed into a fresh California Coastal dream home. All of its 4,500 square feet were stripped down to the studs inside and out and were painstakingly designed with a relaxing beach vibe in mind.
Cutler Construction Services, Inc.
8502 E Chapman Ave. Suite 348, Orange, CA 92869
Since its establishment in 1996, Cutler Construction Services has dedicated itself to expert remodeling services rooted in customer satisfaction. For this reason, it has become one of the most reputable remodeling companies in Orange County. The firm’s team of experts takes pride in building quality and professional homes and renovations. By understanding that each client has different needs and wants with their home renovation, the company presents its pool of experts who are ready to serve and guide each client throughout each phase of a project.
Clients of Cutler Construction Services have nothing but high approval of the company, its team, and its founder, Josh Cutler. They appreciate Josh’s honesty and open communication. He provides useful feedback on design requests and ensures clients get exactly what they want and expect. With excellent craftsmanship and friendly workers, the company is deemed one of the most reliable in the area.
The featured project represents the firm’s ability to take an outdated kitchen and transform it into a modern, functional, open space. The floor-to-ceiling cabinets provide ample storage, while the island provides additional prep space and storage as well.
Horizon Construction & Remodeling
614 South Euclid St., Fullerton, CA 92832
Fullerton-based Horizon Construction & Remodeling touts itself as a one-stop full-service construction and remodeling contractor to homeowners of Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Bernardino. Led by owner Mark Besnos, all of the company’s team members have more than a decade of experience in the construction industry, providing the best in workmanship and technique. The company also stays current with the newest innovations of the industry with active memberships in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
The company’s seamless construction process is thanks to its integrated model where all work is done in-house. This assures that every project is done in the most efficient and hassle-free way possible. Past customers have applauded the company for this, as well as the firm’s timely delivery and solid work ethic. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has also given Horizon an A+ Rating for its professionalism and trustworthiness.
Horizon has completed a variety of renovation and remodeling projects ranging from luxury baths and kitchens to extensive multi-room build outs. Featured is an old-world European style bathroom with exquisite tilework, chandelier, and a classic clawfoot tub.
John Padgett Design & Construction
1527 Virginia Road, Fullerton, CA 92831
When John Padgett started his design-build company in Fullerton in 2005, he aimed to establish a reputable name in the construction industry of Orange County. Over the years, he has succeeded in fulfilling his vision, serving a long list of satisfied customers with high-quality finished products delivered on time and within budget. The firm handles all aspects of construction and remodeling, from design and permits to construction and completion. It specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels, but also works on full-home remodels, property rehab, and new construction.
The company takes custom projects to heart and doesn’t shy away from projects with immense detail. Padgett is fully involved in the design process and selection of materials, and he collaborates closely with clients to get a perfect aesthetic. An example of a project that required meticulous attention to detail is this Orange County bathroom. The old-world and eclectic-styled bathroom features multicolored tile and slate flooring. A vessel sink, dark wood cabinets, and beautiful arched windows make this a one-of-a-kind project.
620 Newport Center Dr. Suite 1100, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Premium design and construction defines the work of Luxe Remodel, a full-service design-build company. Within a decade of its establishment, the company has become one of the largest design-build companies in Southern California. It is led by Los Angeles-native Oren Levy, whose experience includes numerous renovations and custom homes across the region.
With offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, the firm can accommodate projects across Southern California. It has an in-house team consisting of an engineer, master carpenter, mason, painter, and landscape expert capable of addressing all phases of construction from design to completion.
One of its recent Orange projects includes this kitchen remodel. It features blue double islands for food preparation and dine-in space, all set against white shaker-style cabinets and tile.
639 Maple Ave., Brea, CA 92821
Brea-based McGee Construction comes highly recommended by Orange County residents for its quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. Owner Larry McGee runs the company with more than 20 years of construction experience under his belt. He is actively involved in every stage of the firm’s construction projects and personally oversees every step of construction. He is joined by David Burch, who serves as the firm’s project manager. David has been building since he was 14 years old and comes from a family of builders. The company specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels, as well as multi-room and whole-home remodeling projects.
McGee Construction has done excellent remodeling work for this Orange home. Aside from the open interior layout that gives way to a chef’s kitchen and spacious living/entertainment room, the home features a spa and exercise room by the pool. Other notable features of the home include hardwood floors throughout, a large kitchen island, a wine cooler and bar in the living room, and a granite fireplace.
Project Build Construction and Interiors
23046 Avenida de la Carlota Suite 600, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Project Build Construction and Interiors is a woman-owned company with a great team of professionals providing services in interior remodeling, damage restoration work, and other specialty trades. The company is run and operated by Filipina-American Maria Nicholson. In 1991, she and her husband started a flooring business serving Maryland, Virginia, and Washington. In 2009, the couple and their family moved to California, and Maria expanded the business into general construction and remodeling. As head of the company, her hands-on management style directs team members and guides clients through each successful project.
The company prides itself on valuing customers’ input, suggestions, and ideas and incorporating them in the team’s professional design and construction process. The firm specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels, roofing, flooring, restoration, and additions. Additionally, it is also capable of performing aging-in-place design and modifications under the guidance of Maria, who is a certified aging-in-place specialist.
The featured kitchen remodel offers an abundance of natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows, which accentuates several of the kitchen’s unique characteristics, such as the brick fire and oversized island.
16560 Harbor Blvd., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
While Rellion Inc. is well known in Southern California for its prime custom homes, it also has a solid reputation for excellence in renovation and remodeling. As a design-build contractor, it provides clients with personal design and custom construction—all within an affordable budget and on-time delivery schedule. Rellion’s work has been featured in magazines such as Think Realty, Attom, CALmatters, CNN Money, and The Orange County Register.
Rellion has done renovations in communities surrounding Orange, such as this Santa Ana home. The company rose to the challenge of preserving the charm of the Tudor-style home and overcame construction issues while still under budget. The result is a home with the classic Tudor details infused with modern interior elements.