Jacksonville is not short on options for housing. While planned communities and single family homes are popular for families and retirees, the city also offers high-rise and multifamily living options for young professionals who want to experience the great weather and laidback lifestyle of the First Coast. Condominiums and apartments can be found by the river in Downtown Jacksonville or the seaside in The Beaches: Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach.
There are a number of talented local contractors remodeling and renovating these units. This list features nine of the best interior contractors for apartments and condos in Jacksonville. Design-build and general contractors populate this list and each one has a specialty: historic renovation, architecture-based design, and green remodeling are all represented. Our team has carefully chosen each contractor based on their portfolio, their history, the expertise of its team and principals, the awards they’ve earned, the amount of press coverage they’ve received, web presence, and overall standing in the community.
9) Elite Construction of Jax
254 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32022
David Furukawa launched Elite Construction of Jax in 1993 in pursuit of his passion for impeccable finish carpentry. He has a longstanding career in the industry, having worked in several positions, including journeyman painter, garage door installer, insulator, and a drywall finisher. His extensive experience also includes serving as superintendent for a successful home building firm. Since acquiring his license in 1991, he has built over 500 homes. Furukawa’s commitment to the craft is reflected in how he treats each project. He values his relationships with his superintendents as well as his clients.
The family-owned firm specializes in both residential and commercial construction. The firm has been lauded for its detail-oriented home renovations such as stair work, beams, coffered ceilings, and custom built-ins. From wrought iron baluster installations to a full kitchen overhaul, its craftsmanship is often why clients hire the firm. It offers whole home renovations, condo remodels, kitchen and bathroom updates, and additions to residents in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Mandarin, Ponte Vedra, and Amelia Island.
8) Tom Trout Inc
5569 Bowden Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32216
Tom Trout Inc. is a premier home building firm that has been in operation since 1962. Its flexibility and versatility through the changing times have built its reputation as one of North Florida’s top general contractors. From its bread and butter business in remodeling, the firm has expanded to custom homes and commercial properties. That transformation came through a change in leadership, from founder Tom Trout, Jr. to his son, Tom Trout III. Today, the firm’s diversified services and its homegrown name keep customers pouring in, with referrals making up most of its client base.
The firm is knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with unique construction challenges in luxury and mid-priced homes and condos in Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville. It provides an easy and seamless process from start to finish, including acquiring the proper permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tom Trout Inc.’s efforts and services have been acknowledged by the Northeast Florida Builders Association, which awarded the firm’s principal’s with the Remodeler of the Year Award.
7) Pillar Construction
3167 St Johns Bluff Rd. Suite #205, Jacksonville, Fl 32246
Pillar Construction is a Jacksonville-based firm that has been serving Northeast Florida for over a decade. The firm is owned and managed by Shawn Griffith, whose 25 years of experience in the housing market and residential construction industry has led to Pillar Construction’s continued success. Clients of the firm have expressed their satisfaction in its flawless work, its courtesy to clients, and its innovative ideas. Pillar keeps itself up-to-date with the latest building trends by maintaining professional affiliations with home building organizations such as the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) and the Florida Home Builders Association.
The firm is well-versed in remodeling and repairing many types of condominiums in the city. It has done a full gut-out renovation of a three-story condo, modernized a Pelican Point unit, and remodeled kitchens and bathrooms in condos at Jacksonville Beach. Additionally, the firm does whole home renovations and additions to single-family houses.
6) EB Morris General Contractors
238 Canal Blvd, Suite #1 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
For 25 years, E.B. Morris General Contractors has handled projects of all shapes and sizes, from residential renovations under $100,000 to large scale million-dollar hotels and multifamily projects. The firm has continuously strived for the best while keeping up with the latest in technology and building trends. The firm has completed numerous projects across Florida. It has worked on hotel properties in Miami, multifamily units in Tampa, and retail and office projects in Jacksonville. It provides complete overhauls, interior redesigns, and reconfigurations, including this remodeled unit in the Palms at Marsh Landing.
EB Morris’s successful track record can be traced back to its founder’s early days, where Eric Morris’s enthusiasm for the craft led him to pursue a career in construction. Eric learned the tricks of the trade from his father, and after acquiring his degree in civil engineering, he went on to acquire more experience by working through numerous industry positions. From there, he strengthened his reputation until he founded EB Morris General Contractors.
The firm has worked on several multi-family properties, some of which have had complete overhauls and minor interior reconfiguration. The firm is also capable of mold remediation and disaster repair.
5) Cornelius Construction Company
P.O. Box 330718, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Cornelius Construction Company was established in 1985 with a focus on providing residential construction services including whole home construction and general remodeling. The firm is led by founder Peggy Cornelius, who started in the industry over 30 years ago. Peggy’s artistic background led her to pursue a career in the industry through interior design and architecture. Inspired and motivated, this dedication would lead her to use her talents to create beautiful living spaces for her clients. Peggy’s capabilities have earned her the honor of being named Best Home Improvement Contractor in a 2019 issue of Folio Weekly. She and her firm have also been featured in other publications such as Metropolitan Home, Veranda, House & Garden, and Progressive Architecture.
The firm’s architecture-centered custom homes and condo renovations can be seen in Riverside in Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach. It even had the privilege of renovating the former residence of the late influential Jacksonville architect William ‘Bill’ Morgan and his wife, Bunny. Aside from custom homes, the firm does beautiful interior work for riverside and oceanfront condominiums. This featured project displays a chic modern style that uses a palette of colors inspired by the view. Intricate details like the unique coffee table and marble finish in the fireplace bring elegance to the space.
4) Sandifer Design Build
4788 Hodges Blvd. Unit 102, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Sandifer Design Build is an award-winning custom home builder and residential remodeler serving the Northeast Florida Area. Established in 2005, the business has earned awards from the Parade of Homes and was named runner-up by the NEFBA Remodeling Awards. The firm is led by its founder Nick Sandifer and his wife Chelsea. Nick’s experience working for national and local home builders give the company an edge when it comes to schedules and budgets. Nick and the firm are members of Remodelers Advantage.
The design-build firm is adept in all facets of remodeling. It specializes in interior updates like kitchen and bathroom remodeling, as well as exterior amenities like pools, cabanas, gazebos, and fire pits. Its coastal style suits the beachy vibe of the city, as seen it this condo remodel in Ponte Vedra. The firm remodeled the living area and kitchen of the unit and created an all-season sunroom facing the water.
3) Sport Nobles Construction
1585 Blanding Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32210
Sport Noble’s passion for building started when he was a young boy, honing his experience with small home-based structures. He learned as much as he could by working for various contractors as a teenager and young adult. Working on a good foundation for his life-long career enabled Noble to start his own firm in 1998. Today, Sport Nobles Construction has come a long way, with an award-winning portfolio of residential renovations in Jacksonville and the rest of North Florida. Since 2004, the firm has won numerous First Coast Remodelers Awards in multiple categories of home remodeling and interior design.
Aside from single-family home renovations and additions, the firm has experience in refurbishing and interior remodels of multifamily units and condominiums. Its has a number of projects in its portfolio that display exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design. This condo facelift in Five Points used black and dark grey tones that were offset by the light blue walls and white cabinets. A large expanse of windows lets in natural light and opens up the space to unobstructed views of the river.
2) Centerbeam Construction Co.
577 College St., Jacksonville, FL 32204
Centerbeam Construction is a full-service building contracting company, serving residential, multi-residential and commercial clients in the greater Jacksonville area. It brings excellence and dedication through its award-winning handiwork and commitment to providing quality services for the best price. Centerbeam has participated in the annual Historic Riverside/Avondale Tour Of Homes for over eight years and has been recognized with the Best of Service award in multiple years. Recently, it won a Riverside/Avondale Preservation Award in 2018 for a historic home renovation.
The firm focuses on remodeling older homes throughout the city. Its founder, Christina Starmer, is a self-professed historic home advocate and has a reputation for incorporating historic design principles for modern-day clients. Her team of craftsmen is equally experienced in refurbishing old homes, with one of her estimators, Mattie Wissing (who coincidentally shares the same birth date as Christina) holding a degree in Historic Preservation and Community Planning while another has more than two decades of hands-on experience.
Centerbeam bought a decrepit duplex ready for demolition and transformed it into a beautiful multi-family home. From lantern wall sconces added to a refurbished exterior to a brick fireplace with a warm yellow interior, the firm displayed its expertise in historic renovation and preservation in this project.
1) BeeTree Homes
11190 St. John’s Industrial Pkwy., North Jacksonville, FL 32246
An award-winning specialist in its craft, BeeTree Homes has proven itself as an industry leader when it comes to residential construction projects. Its excellence can be attributed to its team of dedicated workers, who have worked under the guiding hand of Katrina Hosea. Katrina is an interior designer who became a general contractor in 2003 and started the company as a design-build firm that aims to facilitate all facets of the building process under one roof. Her husband joined her in 2007 and now runs the firm along with her and three of their four children. An active member of several related organizations, Katrina’s expertise has led the firm to greater heights as one of Northeast Florida’s best Design/Build firms. Some of the honors the firm has received include Gold Awards from the Northeast Florida Builders Association.
The firm’s condo projects are often works of art that are striking and unique. Its beachside condos reflect the laid back, cozy vibe of seaside living. This beautiful condo remodel is full of charming traditional details. Stained glass and custom beveled glass give a European flair to the bathroom suite. Distressed cabinets and ceiling beams add a rustic look while the custom backsplash in the dining area gives it a look that is simultaneously modern and classic.
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