While building a home is a challenge in itself, maintaining one comes with its own set of challenges too. Often, the wear and tear of a home through the years can cause homeowners to think of building a new house altogether, but the best general contractors in Fair Haven, New Jersey can help homeowners realize that their home can still be worth saving through a major or minor renovation.

These builders below were chosen based on their background, experience, and ability to step in and remodel a house based on a client’s project needs and desires. 

Merrick Construction

524 Prospect Ave, Little Silver, NJ 07739

Merrick Construction was founded in 1989 by Timothy Merrick Cross, whose vision and hard work have set the firm apart as a top custom home builder in New Jersey. In addition to these qualities, the firm also maintains relationships with an expert team of craftsmen and local subcontractors who help keep projects on course, on time, and on budget.

Featured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This kitchen and dining area is laid out in an open concept plan. As a result, the room looks more spacious and bright. The room doesn’t shy away from color and texture, which is evident through the choice of chair colors, the use of a painting above the fireplace, and the exposed wooden beams, all of which come together to give the room a rustic feel. 

Two River Builders

16 W River Road, Suite 3 Rumson, NJ 07760

Two River Builders is a full-service residential and commercial renovation and remodeling company with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. The firm is a subsidiary of Two River Group, which is the parent company of Two River Restoration & Mold Remediation and Healthy Home Solutions. In addition to the firm’s employees’ extensive training and specialized experience, the firm can work alongside architects and engineers to ensure that clients get the finished product they need and envision.

Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This bathroom is bright and spacious, thanks to the strategic placement of the bathtub, shower, and sink. The space is functional while also having a classic look. This bathroom, in all its simplicity and functionality, is perfect for a no-frills owner who still likes that extra bit of luxury afforded by the available amenities in the bathroom. 

Lead Dog Builders LLC

219 East Bergen Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Lead Dog Builders LLC is the product of one man and his mission: he wanted to deliver custom homes, construction management, and renovations to Monmouth County during the 2009 housing crisis. Almost 15 years later, the firm continues to offer custom properties and renovations to countless home and business owners. Its principal, Michael Villane has over 25 years of experience in the building industry. He works together with clients from pre-construction and design to completion, seeing to it that the clients’ interests are protected at all times. 

Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This home in Sea Bright, New Jersey is the perfect example of beach living. The featured bedroom provides marvelous views of the water and leads to an outdoor deck where the owners can lounge about and soak in the sun. The sill seating also offers this option for when the sun is too harsh. The room is tranquil, relaxing, bright, and open. 

Schaefer Home Remodeling LLC

PO Box 6844, Freehold, NJ 07728

Schaefer Home Remodeling LLC is a New Jersey-based full-service company that specializes in exterior home remodeling and renovations. Other services offered include additions, deck and patio building, vinyl and fiber cement siding installation, and window and door replacements. The firm is run by owner Russ Schaefer, who guarantees top quality and personalized services to clients while ensuring a hassle-free renovation process.

Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. The focal point of this New Jersey home’s exterior is its front porch and terrace. The white columns evoke images of a classic front porch from the pioneer days, yet the design successfully resists feeling dated. Instead, it serves as a gentle reminder of the past that is fully adjusted for modern function. Learn more about them at www.schaeferhomeremodeling.com

Goias Home Improvement

6 Thousand Oaks Drive, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Goias Home Improvement is an Atlantic Highlands-based family-owned business that has been in operation for more than two decades. The firm is led by Gil Ricardo and is a contractor specializing in bathroom and kitchen remodeling, carpentry, painting & drywall, general flooring, and basement restoration and finishing.

Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This kitchen is laid out in an open concept plan, with the living room being situated adjacent to the island. The room is bright and well-lit and is also set up in a functionally logical manner, allowing for an ease of movement from fridge to stove to sink. The wood and metal seats by the island offer a pleasant accent to the room, looking chic and comfortable.

National Home Improvements

3 Twin Lakes Drive, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

National Home Improvements is a general contractor specializing in custom renovation and remodeling in New Jersey. The firm offers services for windows, roofing, siding, additions, bathroom, and kitchens. The firm, led by Ralph Favilla, has a reputation for personalized service and suitable designs that fit the lifestyles of its clients.

Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This kitchen is pleasantly symmetrical, and its chic cabinetry houses goblets, jars, and vases. On the island, the same cabinet design is visible, this time housing various pots and pans. The kitchen’s overall classic and traditional look makes it look bright, clean, and inviting.

Big Dog Construction

3536 NJ-66, Neptune City, NJ 07753

Big Dog Construction is a locally-owned and operated firm that specializes in remodeling. The firm has completed hundreds of remodeling projects, the go-to firm for renovation in New Jersey since 2007. The firm also provides additions to residential projects.

Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This featured kitchen includes a trendy tile backsplash and steel appliances to match. The kitchen is cozy, but the addition of a wide window to the space makes it seem brighter and more spacious. The gray tones lend an air of sophistication.

HR Design & Build

87A White St, Eatontown, NJ 07724

HR Design & Build is a construction company that is proud of doing what it takes to create a dream home, whether it’s building or renovating one. The firm is led by business partners Hector Bonora and Nicholas Ruroede, who ensure that the firm delivers top-notch residential service to New Jersey. 

Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This beautiful bathroom in Fair Haven features a symmetrical set-up: his and hers sinks and mirrors are strategically placed on either side of the shower area. The shower itself is modern and functional, with its solid black linings adding a touch of structure. The bathroom lights also contribute to beautifying the space, making it warm and inviting to the eyes.

Design by Alison Nifoussi of Tweak Interiors

Petcon Homes

P.O.B. 735 Rumson, NJ 07760

Petcon Homes has over forty years of experience building homes of distinction. Since 2004, the firm has built over thirty homes in Fair Haven and over fifty homes on the peninsula. They offer a multitude of real estate and residential services, including custom homes, renovations, design services, and construction management. Owned by the Tsakiris Family and now led by John Tsakiris in the management and George Tsakiris as Head of Construction, the firm is proud of its longstanding relationships with customers and municipalities.

Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This kitchen sports a clean, classic look, thanks to its bright color palette. The white cabinetry is perfectly complemented by the steel appliances, while the neutral shade of the island sets the warm tone. The tile backsplash adds texture, supporting the classic feel of the kitchen.