Much like single-family residential homes, apartment and condominium interiors need an upgrade and remodel from time to time. However, remodeling can be challenging, with ever-changing construction trends and the difficulty of coordinating with multi-unit dwellings.
Our team gathered remodelers and contractors that have thorough experience in the apartment and condominium interior market and assessed these firms based on a set of criteria. The team considered awards, accolades, media presence, familiarity in the industry, and overall work quality. All of the remodelers and contractors on this list will be able to complete apartment and condo interior remodels to the satisfaction of even the most demanding clients.
Website | 617-445-4323 | 173 Norfolk Ave., Boston, MA 02119
Payne Bouchier has been providing Boston with fine residential contracting services and artisanship since 1981. Owners Stephen Payne and Oliver Bouchier established the firm by forming a collaboration featuring Payne’s vast knowledge of woodworking and Bouchier’s adherence to traditional British craftsmanship.
The firm’s multifaceted construction background has led to a rich portfolio that includes projects such as this Hart Associates-designed apartment. Payne Bouchier redefined the empty-nest living principle in this project. The firm used modern elements and specialized details. Venetian plaster soffits and coves that match clean and detailed lines dictate a high-end appeal.
Website | 617-530-0300 | 292 Newbury St., Suite #541, Boston, MA 02115
Husband and wife team Mark and Dawn-Michelle Smith’s Hammersmith Associates is the product of the couple’s more than 20 years of construction industry experience. Mark Smith started his career as a carpenter. Today, he works in greater and west Boston, while his wife handles the administrative aspects of the business.
Hammersmith Associates was also featured in Smart Home in 2015 for one of its impressive residential unit projects. The firm overhauled this unit in a brownstone building in Beacon Hill, one of Boston’s historical neighborhoods. The luxurious unit now features custom made design, a commercial-grade elevator, radial staircases, and home automation technology.
Website | 781-393-4800 | 125 E Albion St., Medford, MA 02155-6601
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumnus David Dankens is a 30-year industry veteran rendering services to American and French companies. He now leads MF Reynolds, which was founded in 1890. MF Reynolds has maintained its excellence for over a century by employing skilled carpenters and subcontractors that mobilize in maximum efficiency regardless of project size.
The firm’s projects have been featured in Boston Magazine and Architectural Digest. One of the most impressive projects in its portfolio is this historic townhouse. MF renovated the ground floor of the home to have an open floor plan and gave the master bath and kitchen a contemporary uplift.
Adams + Beasley Associates
Website | 978-254-5641| 250 Acton St., Room 1301, Carlisle, MA 01741
Childhood friends Eric Adams and Angus Beasley partnered as Boston-area carpenters and cabinet makers after receiving their degrees from Colby College and Yale University, respectively. In 2016, the firm won Best Custom Home Builder in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Home.
The company has completed amazing projects such as the remodel of this 4,000 square-foot penthouse. This penthouse, done in collaboration with Lewis Interiors, is defined with clean details in the glass, steel and walnut balustrades of the building. The penthouse also demonstrates the company’s strong expertise with rare and luxurious materials such as calacatta and onyx textiles and a walnut bar. To complete the exquisite project, this penthouse also has an interesting color palette that matches designer furniture pieces and ornamentations.
Website | 978-371-1828 | 168 Bingham Rd., Carlisle, MA 01741
2015 PRISM Award and BSA Design Awardee Merz Construction has been serving Greater Boston neighborhoods with new custom homes, renovations, and restoration services for over three decades. The company was established by Jonathan Merz in 1986, after he had acquired well-rounded experience in boatbuilding, architectural millwork, and carpentry. Recently, the firm has won the 2019 Best of Boston Award.
The firm has a well-known portfolio, with features from Boston Globe Magazine, New England Home, and Boston Design. One project that stands out in Merz’s stunning portfolio is a 2,150 square-foot condominium unit showcasing an open floor plan, custom wine storage, and metal fabric partition. This Beauty of the Bottle and Boston Globe Magazine-featured project was completed in collaboration with ACTWO architects.
New England Design & Construction
Website | 617-855-6537 | 103 Terrace St., Boston, MA 02120
New England Design & Construction is an award-winning and highly-featured firm that has been serving the namesake region for over 15 years. The firm has won prestigious awards including National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year Awards from 2012 to 2017, a PRISM Gold Award in 2014, and Best Contemporary Design Qualified at the Shine Awards. It has also achieved coveted rankings in Remodeler Magazine’s Big 50 list, Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 and 40 Under 40 lists, Professional Remodeler’s Top 500, Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 and Top 550.
These achievements have been made possible by Tufts University Architecture alumnus David Supple’s leadership. Previous clients testify to the firm’s capacity to deliver on-time and on-budget while retaining a nuanced understanding of the design.
Website | 508-255-1770 | 345 Massasoit Rd., Eastham, MA 02642
Cape Associates is a full-service custom home builder offering custom home building, home renovations, maintenance, property management, and painting services. Since 1971, Cape Associates has served Cape Cod, Plymouth, and the Islands as one of the region’s largest custom builders. Focusing on commitment, quality, and integrity, Cape Associates strives to build life-long relationships with customers as well as employees. Dedicated to employing its tradespeople, Cape Associates maintains that effective communication between staff and clients is integral for successful custom construction. The company has three offices in Eastham, Chatham, and Yarmouthport, MA.
The firm produces interesting projects, such as the condo project depicted in the photo. The project, completed with the services of Architecture Studios, includes space-maximizing features such as a Murphy Bed on the entry room and a sliding glass door that acts as a separating feature from the living area. The project also takes advantage of natural lighting through a clever layout.
F.H. Perry Builder
Website | 508-435-3062| 90 Elm St., Hopkinton, MA 01748
When Stanford alumnus Finley Perry decided to hire his daughter for six months to work at his project management firm, he had no idea that his daughter would flourish and eventually lead his firm. The company garnered Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Home in 2016, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeler of the Year in 2015, 40 under 40 in 2014, and Cambridge Historical Commission’s Preservation Award. Local publications including Boston Globe and Boston Voyager Magazine have featured the firm and its achievements.
President Allison Iantosca currently captains the firm. Through her leadership, F.H. Perry Builder acquired a spot in the Commonwealth Institute’s Top 100 Women-Led Businesses for three years in a row. She ensures the company continues to render Boston neighborhoods with standards of integrity established by its founder, Finley Perry.
Looking closer at F.H. Perry Builder’s intensive portfolio, one can see that the firm’s work can capture anyone’s attention. Take this top floor condominium residence as an example. Through the help of LDA Architects, the firm channeled a contemporary finish that is accomplished through design features that include a glass counter, mosaic backsplash and crown molding – all on top of a neutral and sophisticated atmosphere. These design choices make the residence a spectacular home and a testament to the firm’s workmanship.
Website | 781-838-6100 | 606 Main St. Suite #3003, Reading, MA 01867
Since 1940, Lee Kimball has been providing award-winning remodeling services around the Greater Boston area. The firm is a Clarke Sub-Zero/Wolf Design Contest Winner and won a Professional Remodeler’s Best of the Best Platinum Award as well as a NARI CotY.
Bruce Johnson and his team create exceptional projects, such as the one depicted in the photo. This condominium unit sports cool pops of colors against neutral tones and a straightforward layout. Using relaxed print, unusual ornamentations, and light colors, the design channels an inviting atmosphere that fits the high-rise lifestyle of the client.
Website | 617-333-6800 | 17 Wolcott Court, Boston, MA 02136
FBN Construction has been building award-winning projects for over 41 years. FBN has collected the PRISM Awards and Best of Boston award in 2018. Company principal Bob Ernst also has awards on his own; he acquired the 2018 Design Mentor of the Year award by Design New England.
Ernst’s 20-year industry experience and proficiency in the local market has enabled FBN to achieve prominence as a trusted local builder. FBN has various residential and condominium projects, including this condominium unit at Union Wharf. The project is defined by the dominant use of bricks and unusual geometric shapes. It is then accentuated with a spiraling and light-toned set of furniture.
Website | 617-876-8286 | 26 New St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Doug Hanna and Alex Silve started S+H Construction in 1979. Together they built a company of more than 60 people strong, and have built or renovated some of the greater Boston area’s most notable residences. Several years ago they sold the company to Sarah Lawson, who was a project manager with the firm for nine years. The leadership of any of the three yields the same favorable results, as shown through S+H’s awards throughout the years. The company has won seven Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Home and Best Contractor, New Construction distinction by Boston Home Magazine, along with numerous other awards in recent years.
S+H’s portfolio is also the darling of the local media, thanks to features from the Boston Magazine, Northshore Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Design Guide, and Boston Common in 2018, as well as in several other local publications. This feat is much deserved by the firm, whose excellent work is exemplified in projects such as this modern condo interior renovation. This renovation is done in close collaboration with the owner, who requested specific hardware and material choices. Noticeably, the owner used often-overlooked concrete as one of the primary elements that dictated the modern style of the condo.
Website | 781-860-9800 | 27 Muzzey St., Lexington, MA 02421
Feinmann, Inc. – Designers|Builders is an award-winning firm serving the Greater Boston area. Feinmann has mastered the services of remodeling, renovations, and additions for over three decades. The firm boasts a handful of awards in its trophy cabinet, including NARI CotYs, Chrysalis awards, PRISM award, and Remodeler Magazine’s Remodeler of the Year. In addition, Feinmann has also been featured in local circulations from Boston Home, Boston Globe Home Design, Boston Globe, and New England Magazine.
Feinmann and their team of architects, designers, and master carpenters have emerged on top of this list thanks to their award-winning portfolio. Their kitchen condo renovation — as shown below — in Boston was honored with three awards for the best kitchen; a Gold PRISM Award, a Gold EM NARI Award, and a National NARI Award. This kitchen plays to the existing geometry making the long, narrow space an asset to create a glossy galley. Using the same footprint, they created a modern, streamlined look with white upper composite cabinets and contrasting lower cabinets in Tobacco glaze oak veneer to anchor the space. Finishing this space is a full-height backsplash and countertop in Caesarstone Organic White that provides a sense of continuity and calming visual palette.