Located on Long Island, east of New York, Garden City is home to numerous vintage and traditional establishments. Many of its neighborhood homes are known to have a mix of influences of Irish, Tudor, Meditteranean, Ranch, and Victorian-style architecture. These classic designs are often updated for contemporary living but owners almost always choose to retain key original features.

The best general contractors in the area provide these necessary updates on vintage-style houses and are also capable of working with modern residences. Our editorial team has curated the top ten best general contractors in the area after a careful consideration of each firm’s portfolio, experience, and history. 

Center Island Contracting

95 Florida Street Farmingdale, NY 11735

An established contractor, Center Island Contracting is a leading firm in Long Island providing design and renovation services. Its approach revolves around establishing a balance of form, function, and longevity. The firm’s portfolio features a number of homes in the contemporary, traditional, coastal, and farmhouse styles. Owner Caleb Haniquet has over 25 years of hands-on experience that informs every aspect of the firm’s process today. 

Featured below you’ll find the Lloyd Harbor modern farm custom kitchen featuring brick accent walls, shiplap ceiling, rustic wood beams, skylights, and tile wood plank flooring. The kitchen offers a bright finish with white inset shaker cabinets and Thermador appliances. The firm ensured that ample open space in the middle would give residents and guests plenty of room while offering a refined ambiance.

Double D Contractors, Inc.

45 Woodbury Rd Hicksville, NY 11801

For 35 years, Double D Contractors, Inc. has continued to provide residential and commercial remodeling, design, and construction services to Long Island, led by president Doug Dervin. A former chairman of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and Regional Vice President of NARI National, Doug has established various connections with licensed professionals, assisting the firm in providing quality service. The firm’s portfolio includes a bevy of traditional projects in both commercial and residential projects. 

Featuring a classic Victorian bedroom, the firm includes vintage furnishings: a wooden bed, cream-colored seats, wooden beams, and a chandelier. The firm surrounded the room with cream-colored walls. 

Sound Harbor Development

199 Brower Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570

The project below is a traditional farmhouse featuring classic materials such as wood and stone masonry. The straightforward approach of its structural design provides a warm ambiance, accentuated by a classic interior design. A notable feature is the numerous windows surrounding the home that provide a vibrant finish with natural lighting.. Owner Gerard Lavelle personally consults, assists, and designs for each client. The firm has an in-house design service and on-site building and installation. Personal involvement in its client’s projects ensures the firm finishes its projects with the proper detailing and a finish that is built to last. 

Strom Home Remodeling

163 Weyford Ter, Garden City, NY 11530

Strom Home Remodeling completed this office using both traditional and modern furnishings. The furnishings include wooden and leather seats, a wooden desk, a coffee table, and some plants for an improved appeal. The office’s structural design is striking: green-colored walls and mahogany vinyl flooring—a new take on a classic office space. 

Located in Garden City owner John E. Strom is a local who has learned the art of carpentry, home remodeling, and general contracting, and he has served the community for over a decade. As a licensed firm, John aims to provide a revamped look to outdated houses and complete remodels for new spaces. The firm’s portfolio features an array of projects that includes office spaces, living rooms, kitchen and baths, new construction—a great showcase of its vast and complex service offerings. 

Tarr’s Home Improvement Inc

118 New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Square, NY 11010

A family-owned firm located in Nassau County, Tarr’s Home Improvements, Inc. is led by founder Howard Tarr, Sr’s son Howard. Currently in its second generation of builders, the firm continues offering its services, specializing in residential remodels. The firm’s portfolio includes contemporary, traditional, and ranch-style houses while offering outdoor renovations and remodeling that includes numerous patio and porch projects.

The project below is a contemporary great room featuring modern furnishings that provide a vibrant finish. The contrast of the dark furnishing and bright walls offer a distinctly modern design, but furniture such as artworks and ceiling lamps enhance the room’s look. Other details include a kitchen island that leaves ample space for the dining and living room.

Anderson Contracting Co. of L.I., Inc.

1225 Franklin Ave Suite 325 Garden City, NY 11530

The featured project is a modern kitchen and dining area with contemporary furnishings and classic designs. Anderson Contracting used wood in the majority of its furniture with the bar stools, dining seats, dining table, and kitchen cabinetry. The classic designs come from the blend of sky-blue walls, white ceilings, and wooden flooring. The area’s finished look offers a bright, comfortable, and unique ambiance.

Since 1982, Anderson Contracting Co. has provided remodeling and new home construction services, including home restorations from fire damage, water damage, and puff back damage. Besides residential services, the firm has worked for commercial establishments, museums, churches, school districts, and transportation institutions. Over three decades of experience have equipped the firm with extensive knowledge of providing up-to-date designs and finishes for both residential and commercial projects 

Universal Services of LI Inc.

1013 Merrick Rd, Unit B, Baldwin, NY 11510

Universal Services simplifies home remodeling projects with stylish designs, quality materials, and reliable construction. The firm also has a user-friendly showroom where clients can generate ideas and explore materials. Owners Russ Marsala and Dave Howe work exclusively on residential projects with a strong focus on craftsmanship, creativity, efficiency, and commitment to deadlines. You’ll see that commitment to quality in the firm’s extensive portfolio. The firm focuses on creating modern projects with a refined finish.

Our editorial team was taken with this modern kitchen. The firm incorporated traditional designs into the contemporary kitchen set-up. White cabinetry, marble countertops, and steel appliances comprise most of the kitchen, with the addition of the ceiling pan rack. The ceiling rack hints at the efficiency of a professional kitchen; the rest of the kitchen is welcoming to residents and guests alike.  

TWENTY4 Home Services

17 Cathedral Ave. Garden City, NY 11530

TWENTY4 Home Services completed this modern kitchen featuring double islands, wooden cabinetry, and a minibar. The kitchen has a large floor plan providing ample space for moving around and accommodating a dining area that fits eight guests. A highlight of the kitchen is the double island offering more countertop space and appliances. The combination of a gray counter and white countertop provides a sophisticated finish that complements the area’s design. 

A licensed general contractor in Nassau County, TWENTY4 Home Services tackles its projects with comprehensive home improvement solutions and thorough detailing. Aside from kitchen remodeling services, the firm offers interior designing, basement remodeling, bathroom remodeling, flooring, roofing, and window services. Many of the firm’s projects take on a modern design with large floor plans, allowing the firm to take advantage of the space and update the area’s look. 

Bar Construction Corp

2215 43rd Ave, Suite 330, Long Island City, NY 11101

Since 1992, Bar Construction Corp has completed numerous high-end residential and commercial renovations while providing construction management services. Throughout its projects, the firm has developed close working relationships with New York’s leading architects, designers, and building management companies. The firm has its own mill workshop offering its clients the benefits of customized cabinetry. The firm has produced numerous solid wood kitchens and various types of shelving to improve any home’s appeal. 

The South Hamptons residence below features a complete renovation with revamped designs of its exterior, living area, dining area, and bedrooms. The photo is of a renovated living area featuring a modern design and contemporary furnishing. Apart from the white couches and wooden seats, the firm provided a glass coffee table, a large artwork, and a rug to offer a unique finish to a contemporary living space.


  • 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