Alabama, the “Heart of Dixie,” is a gorgeous place to live, full of history, conflict, and some really great music. Homeowners – and prospective home builders – might be interested to know that it’s the only American state that possesses all the major natural resources required to manufacture iron and steel. When you make southern baking powder biscuits in a cast-iron skillet, you’re likely making them with iron made in Alabama. And construction workers across the country are regularly reaching for steel pipe that originated in Sweet Home Alabama.
Most Alabama builders make their home in Birmingham. Birmingham is the metropolitan core of Alabama, and its service-oriented economy is the center of a lot of commerce across the Deep South. In the great tradition of southern hospitality, Alabama builders have a reputation for their customer service. The national trade publications have yet to discover Birmingham, but the awards these 15 builders have won suggest that may soon change.
If you are looking for a general contractor for a project, we recommend checking each contractor’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.
15) Reyner Construction
2763 N. Barksdale Dr., Mobile, AL 36606
Reyner Construction is owned by Wayne Reyner, a contractor with more than 15 years of experience. He has worked as a project manager and as an assistant vice president for his previous company, Friday Construction Company Inc.
The firm usually constructs new homes and performs remodels for Mobile County, but they do sometimes range as far as Baldwin. They won the 2018 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards (AREA Awards – a statewide competition with over 100 entries) as the 2nd runner-up for their work on the Schulte residence. The Meek residence is also gorgeous—a remodel which included a top to bottom kitchen, laundry room, and a half-bath renovation. The Meek home is anything but meek: it showcases beautiful white Carrara marble and built-ins that match the charming detail of the heart pine flooring and cedar siding. Though Reyner construction was recently established in 2012, the company is a member of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Mobile (HBAMM), the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
14) Drake Homes
2700 19th Place, Suite 200, Homewood, AL 35209
Meeting expectations is the heart of this company’s success. Founder Andrew Lange has a process of digesting client information for two weeks before construction starts; doing so enables his team to predict and avoid challenges. Though relatively new – the company was established in 2011 – Drake Homes has a team of building professionals who have a rich history in construction.
As a testament to these workers’ skills, Guildmaster named the firm as both winner and runner-up for the 2018 service award. The firm has been recognized by Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 list of the “Big 50” remodelers. The following year the firm won the GBAHB’s 2017 Remodeling Excellence award.
13) Day Star Construction Inc.
4005 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222
Founded in 1983 by Stephen Dorsky, this firm specializes in architecturally specified custom home renovations and new home construction in Birmingham. They also do commercial construction, and that ability to switch hit might explain why they have such a great reputation as a home builder: the company brings a wide range of experience and tools to every project. The firm was featured in the 2018 issue of the Portico Mountain Spring Brook, and they were also a finalist in the Birmingham Home & Gardens Magazines Fresh Kitchen Project. The company has its Master Builder and Remodeler certification, and it is also a member of the NAHB and the GBAHB.
Take a look at their amazing historical remodel in the Mountain Brook English village neighborhood. This was the project that made the cover of Portica Mountain Spring Brook Magazine. Originally an homage to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the remodel was completed in collaboration with architect Hank Long of Sprott Long and Associates.
12) BMR Homes
225 Oxmoor Circle, Suite 811 Homewood, AL 35209
Specializing in single home construction, BMR Homes was established in 2005 by Chris Youngs, who grew up working on job sites with his dad. Perhaps because of that history, Chris wants his company to be family-focused, so he makes sure that his team follows a courtesy system that generates a pleasant atmosphere. This emphasis on courtesy has played a key role in earning Chris’s company respect.
The firm is well-qualified: it is a certified Green builder and insurance restorations specialist, they even handle insurance claims as well as additions and remodels. It has a membership within the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders (GBAHB) , the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) , and the Home Builders Association of Alabama. And in 2013, the firm won first place for the AREA Award for their work on a Whole House Remodel Under $250,000. BMR does a wide range of services: from kitchen and bath remodels, to fire and storm repair.
11) Southern Construction and Design
P.O Box 770, Madison, AL 35758
“Do More, Not Less” is Southern’s motto. Ever since their establishment in 1997, Southern Construction and Design has built a reputation for having a unique approach to residential construction services in North Alabama. In 2013, the company gained two wins in the AREA Awards. One was a 3rd place win for their Whole House Remodel with a price range of $250,000 to $500,000, and another was a 2nd place win for a Whole House Remodel Over $500,000.
Founder John Allen uses his engineering skills to find solutions for his clients’ needs. Thanks to this work ethic, BBB awarded them the 2014 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics in the Small Business Category. This award was given for the firm’s commitment to fairness and honesty in dealing with their customers. John Allen has many certifications: he is licensed by the State of Alabama as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) while the NAHB has named him as a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Green Professional (CGP). He is also an NAHB University of Housing Designation Course Instructor.
10) ELM Construction
4100 Autumn Lane #104, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
As a firm only recently established in 2008, ELM construction is the type of firm that constantly seeks out ways to learn, they are committed to constantly improving their techniques. Their founder Elliot Pike is impressive. In January 2016, he was named Remodeler of The Month. Soon after that accolade, he was profiled in Qualified Remodeler Magazine.
Elliot’s firm has the awards and the certifications that come with that kind of commitment. In 2014, they were named Remodeler of the Year. That same year they won the AREA award before taking the win for 2015. Then they did it again in 2018 when they bagged five of the AREA awards. They’re very active in their local, state, and national home building associations: the HBAA, the GBAHB, and the NAHB. They’re a certified aging-in-place specialist and a graduate remodeler.
9) Slate Barganier
3121 Blue Lake Drive, Vestavia, AL 35243
Slate Barganier was established in 2011 by Tison Barganier and Cameron Eaton. Tison had started his construction career in 2002 and had worked on renovation and new construction projects. Since then, he has been involved in 700 residences. Cameron, meanwhile, had served as Operations Manager for a remote sensing firm and had worked as the Quarry Production Manager for the largest limestone producers in North America. Still, later Cameron worked as a renovation Project Manager for a billion dollar, multi-family housing company.
Their experience and knowledge came together, and the firm was able to work closely with architects, designers, and homeowners. Highlighting their great work, Slate Barganier was featured in Birmingham’s Best Builders and Birmingham Home and Garden. The firm is a member of the GBAHB, the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the Homewood Chamber of Commerce.
8) Kurtts Construction Inc.
7 Huddle Dr. D, Birmingham, AL 35242
Featured in Remodel Birmingham, Kurtts Construction has enjoyed nearly four decades of being the premier Birmingham area home builder specializing in custom-built homes and remodeling. Since 1975, the firm has been building everything from modern custom homes to traditional, outdoor living spaces, to swimming pools. They perform kitchen and bathroom remodels as well.
Founder George Kurtts’ possess the experience, the talent, and the expertise to win awards and get attention from the media. He has been in the business for 40 years, and he has served the industry as the president of the Remodelers Council, and he’s a charter member of the Master Builder/Master Remodeler committee. His company’s homes have also been featured in Birmingham Magazine, Luxury Homes Magazine, and Birmingham Our House Magazine. Kurtts Construction Inc. is a member of the NAHB, HBAA, AND GBAHB.
7) Toulmin Cabinetry and Design
7 Huddle Dr. D, Birmingham, AL 35242
Try as he might, Jay Young couldn’t find the perfect kitchen. After a while, Jay realizes that other homeowners were having the same problem. Toulmin Cabinetry and Design was born, as founded the company in 2004. He is a member of the Alabama Home Builders Association (AHBA), and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). His work has been featured in national magazines like Signature Kitchens and Baths Magazine, as well as Alabama Homebuilders Magazine.
For some time now Toulmin Cabinetry and Design has been the only certified kitchen and bath designer in the West Alabama area. The firm is also a full-service provider that has designed and built foyers, laundry rooms, home offices, wine cellars, built-in bookcases, and more.
6) Willow Homes
111 Broadway Street Suite 3, Homewood, AL 35209
Willow Homes is fresh to the construction scene; they were established in 2012. In a very short time frame the firm has worked diligently enough to become an A+ accredited, award-winning firm. In 2017, they were dubbed one of Birmingham’s Best Builders. The firm won numerous awards during the Greater Birmingham Parade of Homes too. This 2018, they took home four of the AREA awards. Their most notable win is the Forrest Drive Fixer-Upper project that won Best in Show. Located in Homewood, the residence was a quaint cottage owned by a creative, arts-minded person; Willow used bold colors and beautiful design features to reflect the owners’ personality. The exterior got a dramatic makeover: Willow painted the brick and added cozy, welcoming front porch.
Willow Homes also does new construction in modern rustic and farmhouse styles. These homes can be found in upscale neighborhoods like Homewood, Vestavia, Mountain Brook, and Avondale.
5) Lovette Construction
2030 Columbiana Road, Birmingham, AL 35216
Lovette Construction’s focus on customer service is the reason many of their customers come as referrals. And if that doesn’t convince you, check out their numerous award wins between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, they won the Kitchen Remodel over $80,000 category for the Greystone Crest Kitchen. But their most memorable project could be their Redmont Historic Preservation project. The Best in Show for the 2016 AREA Awards, this farmhouse project exhibited the company’s craftsmanship and attention to detail. Its kitchen, in particular, holds a light color palette that enhances natural light.
In addition to the firm’s many awards, it’s also a solid professional citizen: it’s a member of the NKBA, the NAHB, the HBAA, GBAHB. They’re also an Aging-in-Place specialist. Founder Clint Lovette graduated with a degree in Business Management, and he is very active in the GBAHB and serves on the Executive Board as the Treasurer. He is on the Board of Directors for the Remodelers Council, and he serves as the Treasurer for the Home Builders Association of Alabama’s Remodelers Council.
4) CASE Design/Remodeling
4220 Cahaba Heights Court, Suite 116, Birmingham, AL 35243
CASE Design/Remodeling’s founder Tom Coan keeps building homes for the connections he forms with clients. He has filled his firm with people who have empathy and the ability to listen in addition to the technical competence required by their field. He himself was recognized as the 2012 Remodeler of the Year by the GBAHB and served as the Chairman of the Remodelers Council.
CASE Design/Remodeling has won 25 awards for design and construction quality in the Chrysalis and AREA Awards. These winning projects cover a broad range of categories: additions, kitchens, baths, basements, and even specialty projects like fireplaces and libraries.
3) Oak Alley, Inc.
PO Box 157, Chelsea, Alabama 35043
This firm’s excellence is highlighted by their high number of repeat clients. Oak Alley’s well-earned reputation also led to several feature articles in Remodel Birmingham Magazine, Birmingham Home & Garden, The Birmingham News and interviews on local television news programs. Along with recognition within the press, the firm has also won numerous local and regional awards. The most recent one is the 2018 AREA Runner-up award for their work on a whole house remodel and they also won a First Place Alabama Remodeling Excellence Award in Additions $100,000 – $250,000.
Oak Alley is a member of the NAHB, HBAA, and the GBAHB. Mick McKay has an eye for detail, and he recognizes the need for smart, cutting-edge renovations that still reflect the owner’s personal taste.
2) WSC Distinctive Builders LLC
365 Winding Wood Drive, Wetumpka, AL 36093
WSC Distinctive Builders LLC creates beautifully designed homes that blend unique elements, rich textures, and natural materials. The firm has won the Chrysalis National Award and the Chrysalis National Patron Award. To top it off, it was also named Builder and Remodeler of the Year, and it was twice listed on Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s list of the Top 500 remodelers of the nation.
WSC Distinctive was established in 2011, but founder Kevin Shubird has been building since 1975 and had an impressive career before starting his own company. He has built over 240 and six commercial buildings, he has remodeled over 300 homes, and he has completed more than 200 fire and water restoration projects.
1) Shelton Construction Inc.
247 East Moulton Street, Decatur, AL 35601
Established in 1993, Shelton Construction Inc. has experience in new residential, addition, and renovation projects along with commercial structures and hardscapes. Ever since their establishment, the firm was a member of the Huntsville Madison County Builders Association, the Greater Morgan County Builders Association, the NAHB, the Home Builders Institute, and the Alabama Home Builders Association.
Shelton Construction Inc. is also a certified Green professional and an EnergyKey Builder. They also have the awards to show for their professionalism. Their most recent is the 2017 Don Nolan builder of the Year. This award recognizes a builder member from a local association with fewer than 500 members who have shown outstanding service to their local and state associations, their community, and the building industry as a whole.
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