Denver is known for being one of the best places to live in America, it was ranked one of the top two cities in US News & World Report. High livability scores, robust job growth, great walkability, high quality of living, and numerous health and fitness opportunities make the city attractive to a wide range of people. Both locals and visitors have a long list of activities available to try, including visiting schools, the professional sports stadium, and several art and history museums. Nature lovers will also find something for themselves in the city, as the Rocky Mountains are just a short drive away. 

For those interested in building a new home or remodeling an existing structure in Denver, we have created a list of the city’s best custom home builders. These firms are known for their creativity and collaborative energy, working closely with clients to make sure each home is unique and personalized.


Cadre General Contractors

3448 S. Irving St. Englewood, CO 80110

Cadre General Contractors (Cadre GC) focuses on providing remodeling and new home construction services to clients in the greater Denver area. Most of its builds are high-end homes with stylish designs and precise craftsmanship. The team behind each structure is made up of veteran professionals—they provide specialized and in-house work. As a Colorado-based contractor, Cadre GC is experienced with prototypical construction projects and the local permitting process. It has spent almost 30 years shaping communities and understands the best way to approach projects. Publications like Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Uncrate, 5280, and One Kind Design have featured the firm over the years.

The Belcaro Beauty project is one of Cadre GC’s new home projects, located in an established, classic Denver neighborhood. It is a single-story ranch with large atrium spaces that house the master suite and children’s sleeping zones. Cadre GC recycled Wyoming snow fences to use as exterior façades and incorporated stacked limestone and metal roofing into the details. There is also a sunken exterior courtyard, which brings natural light into the basement.


Bonsai Design Build

2931 W 25th Avenue, #202, Denver, CO 80211

Bonsai Design Build is an architect-led design-build firm that produces designs based on high-performance and passive design principles. The firm creates collaborative, client-centric, and sustainable designs that utilize natural and local building materials. Combining its thoughtful material choices with efficient construction techniques allows Bonsai Design Build to consistently give clients unique and environmentally sensitive homes. The firm’s dedication to its craft has been acknowledged by several publications, including the LoHi Lifestyle Magazine, Shoutout Colorado, and Voyage Denver.

This Lohi High-Performance House project challenged Bonsai Design Build’s creative solution-making skills. Part of the client’s request was to maximize and combine the indoor and outdoor gardening space with functional and efficient living areas. While the firm worked on blending indoor and outdoor areas, it also worked on three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large and open kitchen-living area. The upper level provides homeowners with a western-facing roof deck, which can be used for light gardening and afternoon activities. An exterior staircase connects the second floor with the ground floor to create space for more efficient gardening.


Caliber Construction

1925 East Kentucky Avenue, Denver, CO 80209

Guided by its mission to create enduring relationships through building homes, Caliber Construction has become one of Denver’s leading home builders. Its designs follow the principle of “living your lifestyle,” and that approach has produced homes tailored to the people who live in them. The firm’s dedication to delivering quality work allows it to explore creative solutions while working to achieve a shared vision with clients. Some of the firm’s best work has been featured in Denver Life Magazine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, and Luxe Magazine.

Owner Brad Liber used his passion for homebuilding to found Caliber Construction in 2006. He wanted to realize his childhood dream and create good homes. He had been thinking of designs and floor plans since he was young and envisioned creating a firm when he was nine years old. Liber took the inspiration and energy from his youth to devise a way to connect creatively with clients and help them achieve their dreams. Having achieved success in the industry, Liber makes sure to maintain project quality and client dedication regardless of project size or scale.


AAA Home Improvements

10701 Morrison Road, Lakewood, CO 80227

AAA Home Improvements is staffed by specialized industry professionals with over 75 years of combined experience. These professionals have committed themselves to quality work and a high level of customer service, tailoring their approach to the unique needs of each client. The team carefully bases its work on the firm’s core values: commitment to quality and excellence, integrity, honesty, authenticity, and accountability. By following these principles, AAA Home Improvements has produced numerous unique homes that are functional, stylish, and customized.

Before founding AAA Home Improvements, Toby Hertel spent six years working in residential, commercial, and heavy industrial construction. His diverse background gave him experience with the management and inspection aspects of projects, which he used to transition into the remodeling industry. Once Hertel found his bearings, he was able to help Colorado-based residents with their construction and remodeling needs.


Nicholas Custom Homes

4050 Pleasant View Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80107

Nicholas Custom Homes specializes in luxury custom home construction and remodeling. Many of the firm’s projects can be seen around Denver, Cherry Creek, Cherry Hills Village, Castle Rock, and Douglas County. Having worked for clients in different areas, the firm has learned about different styles. It originally focused on traditional regional architecture before veering toward individualized designs that better fit each homeowner. Nicholas Custom Homes’ designs now feature new materials and updated techniques that maximize the potential of the firm’s personality-focused designs.

Having been in the industry for over 30 years, Nicholas Custom Homes is among Colorado’s most trusted custom home builders. It collaborates with nationally recognized architects and interior designers to achieve tasteful practicality and deep comfort. This modern family home in Cherry Creek is just one of the firm’s custom homes. It features a barrel ceiling at the entry, which is meant to create a cozy and modern atmosphere from the moment you enter the doorway. The dramatic features and clean lines also emphasize the openness of the floor plan to make the space seem wider.

Author

  • 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