Featuring numerous classic establishments, Princeton is a place full of diverse neighborhoods, mostly with traditional and Victorian-style houses. Whether you are in need of an update, moving into the town, or in need of something new, a reliable general contractor is a major help in fulfilling your vision.

The best general contractors offer an array of services, executing numerous designs. This list looks into the firm’s experience, portfolio, and recognitions.  

AW Martin Construction

614 US-130 Ste 5., East Windsor, NJ 08520

Since 1991, AW Martin Construction has offered residential and commercial services. As a one-stop-shop for any project, the firm is able to provide an array of services from structural engineering and environmentally-friendly interior design services. Additionally, 24/7 emergency services are available for its clients to ensure client satisfaction and insurance.

The photo below features a classic Victorian living room with furniture like leather and white couches, vintage artwork, and wooden seats and tables. The firm worked with the limited space and bright aesthetic, offering a traditional home environment. 

Baxter Construction

31 West Broad St., Suite B., Hopewell, NJ 08525

An established firm, Baxter Construction provides a detailed project plan for its clients. Its scope of work includes refined designing, product selections, transparent pricing, and a clear timeline. Personal attention is dedicated to each client, with the firm providing a project manager that will guide them in each phase of the project. The firm has served the New Jersey area for nearly 40 years and has worked with over 500 clients. 

The featured project is a contemporary kitchen and dining area with a modern layout and furniture. Using the combination of wooden and white furniture is a classic combination that creates a bright contemporary aesthetic. Other details include ceiling lamps and mahogany, adding some contrast to the space’s bright design. 

Dickson Development

666 Plainsboro Rd. Suite 2000F, Plainsboro, NJ 08536

One of Dickson Development’s finest remodels is the featured Princeton residence renovation. With a revamped great room and contemporary designs,  the remodel provides a comfortable, new classic aesthetic. The great room includes a vintage combination of furniture from white couches, leather seats, and mahogany furniture. With the numerous windows, the home gets a lot of natural light, creating a more vibrant place in the house.

Led by president Richard Dickson, the firm has completed over 400 homes and more than 100 renovations as beautiful as this. Established in 1972, the firm continues to create long-lasting relationships with its clients and maintain the level of quality it produces for its projects. Its principles are the same as it was decades ago: to create living spaces that fulfill visions and complement the client’s lifestyles. 

Hintz General Contracting

PO Box 213, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

Owner Eric Hintz established Hintz General Contracting with a focus on efficient communication between clients, subcontractors, and architects. With numerous services, some challenges may occur throughout the building phases. The firm implements a unique personalized approach for each client, making management easier and more efficient. 

Its projects range from new home construction to historic renovations and to remodeling. This feature project is a basement transformation that includes a custom bar, tin ceiling, and antique lighting. The entire setting of the basement takes after a classic bar using wooden furniture and brick walls. The traditional layout provides a vintage aesthetic that can provide an intimate or social setting. 

Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction

860 State Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540

In 2020, Build Magazine recognized Lasley Brahaney as the Best Residential Design-Build Firm 2020. The firm’s attention to open communication has led to a transparent process, giving the client full access to project costs, schedules and everyone on the project team. As a design-build firm, Lasley Brahaney’s team includes both architects and a construction team under the same roof. This team is client-centered from initial consultations to schematic designs and budget discussions. The firm also offers a one-year warranty for each renovation, addition, or new construction and a detailed summary of the project.

The Lasley Brahaney team designed and renovated a farmhouse, incorporating a mix of traditional and contemporary, in the Princeton, New Jersey area. As pictured above, they adapted the farmhouse to modern life for a young family while maintaining the original charm of the residence. The entire project is a two-part renovation that tackled the breezeway/mudroom, bedroom, kitchen, and living room.

Material Design Build

89 Cuyler Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540

Situated in Beaver Brook, the firm worked alongside its subcontractors to create a building that would serve as a “bunkhouse.” Materials the firm used in building the home include a mix of rustic and refined. These materials are regionally sourced, and furniture coming from numerous places like Pennsylvania and Singer Sewing Machine Factory. Including energy-efficient technologies, the house has a unique heating system and currently hosts up to 25 people. Collaborators include Baukraft, American Joinery, and Recycling the Past.

Material Design Build was established in 2009 by George Akers and Armin Zomorodi. Prior to the firm’s formation, George and Armin completed numerous historical projects. Today, the firm’s designs are guided by an emphasis on material quality and an in-depth understanding of fabrication and construction. The firm adapts to the needs of the clients and sees each project through from start to finish. 

Meisenbacher Homes

Skillman, NJ 08558

Meisenbacher Homes is a licensed builder in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with plans to be building in South Carolina soon. Energy-efficient features are prominent in many of its projects, aiming to offer more environmentally friendly houses. Featured is a conventional home that includes classic wooden furniture that provides a vintage aesthetic.

It offers a simply designed place, focusing on creating a comfortable environment. Traditional artwork decorate the home and modern designed couches in the middle of the room. The design extends to the kitchen, located in front of the dining area with white cabinetry and marble countertops.

Pinneo Construction

372 Wall St., Princeton, NJ 08540

Since 1996, Pinneo Construction has partnered with numerous architects working on remodeling, additions, and new home projects. The firm believes its success is a combination of quality materials and a meticulous process. Led by owners Tom Pinneo and Chris Myers, the firm has established itself as a leading firm in New Jersey, offering an array of styles. 

Below is the Maple Street residence featuring contemporary furniture and designs. Its interior includes colorful aesthetics, including orange seats, green ceiling-to-floor beams, gray walls, and marble countertops. The firm furnished the home with a unique design, offering a bright-colored home with natural lighting.


  • 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