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Albuquerque, a picturesque metropolitan area, is a city in which local builders construct custom-made homes that reveal the city’s Spanish and Native American history. It is the largest city, and one of the most scenic places, in New Mexico, with a total population of over 900,000. Each year, the city goes through a shift of weather; from monsoon rains to snowstorms to extremely sunny days, making it important for homeowners to find the best local custom home builders who can construct homes for multiple climates. Though durability may be a priority for clients in Albuquerque, they also value artistry and creativity in design, wanting home designs based on their culture and lifestyle.
Albuquerque’s neighborhoods are filled with homes built with combinations of traditional and modern designs. Adobe homes, or those with pueblo styles, are popular in New Mexico and are examples of the Southwestern architecture popular in these areas. Adobe is usually the material of choice in locations with a desert climate, as the material is known to preserve coolness or heat. During the morning, residents close doors to let the walls keep their coolness; during the evening, doors are opened to let the walls absorb the coolness. Many of the neighborhoods in Albuquerque are filled with modern versions of these adobe homes, characterized by flat roofs with projecting beams, stepped levels, and round-edged walls.
The following is a list of the top general contractors in Albuquerque, taking into consideration the awards and press that each has received, the associations of which they are a member, the number of projects completed over the years, and the design and quality of the homes which they built.
15) ECOterra Design-Build
8100 Wyoming Ste. M4-347, Albuquerque, NM 87113
ECOterra Design-Build prioritizes environmental mindfulness when building custom homes for their clients. It is one of the services offered by ECOterra Companies, which also provides commercial and industrial energy consulting services. The firm’s projects are built with technologies backed by science to help builders minimize waste throughout the whole process. Since ECOterra is very supportive of protecting the environment, the materials they use are renewable and the water they use is conserved. As much as they value the environment, they give equal importance to understanding their clients’ needs, focusing on high quality and efficient service.
Kaye Marshall, General Contractor/Designer/Project Manager, Michael Cecchini, Certified Energy Manager, Bill Marshall, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, and Don Swick, PE, CEM, CEA, LEED AP, form the ECOterra team. These key persons combine their expertise in operating a design-build firm that is greatly dependent on science and technology to develop energy and water efficient systems in ECOterra homes.
ECOterra, a Certified Green Builder, is accredited by multiple organizations, including the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, the National Association of Home Builders, and the Green Build Council of New Mexico. ECOterra is a Certified Energy Star Partner and Energy Manager, and its work has received the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico’s Premiere, Best Home, Best Green Home, Best Bath, and Best Kitchen Awards.
14) Altair Homes
6204 Wild Onion Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Since 1977, Altair Homes have been providing Albuquerque with custom homes, with eco-friendly, energy and water efficient, and cost-effective construction. Altair custom home builders familiarize themselves with the topography of the land on which they will be working and acquaint themselves with the people who will be living in these homes. Altair knows the importance of constructing a home that has a balance between art and function and is well-suited to client’s needs and lifestyle. Being in this industry longer than other local homebuilders in New Mexico, Altair Homes has mastered the skill of craftsmanship and developed an eye for detail. The firm has experience building on different types of land, in varying price ranges and ever-changing design styles.
Altair Homes has been the recipient of several awards, including the Home of Enchantment Parade Award, and earned a Platinum Home rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Altair has been featured in such publications as New Mexico Business Weekly, Albuquerque Journal, and Su Casa Magazine.
13) Home Construction and Consulting, LLC
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Home Construction and Consulting, LLC is a general contractor specializing in new home construction in Albuquerque. The firm’s work has appeared in numerous Homes of Enchantment parade events as organized by the Homebuilders Association of New Mexico. Their work has been featured in multiple issues of Su Casa Magazine, Rio Rancho Journal, and Builder/Architect Magazine. In 2011, Albuquerque Journal featured the firm prominently in its Builder Article column.
Founder David K. Langham worked extensively in Sante Fe – building luxury homes before moving to Albuquerque and setting up shop. His focus has always been to deliver high-performance and energy-efficient homes. Langham says, “we firmly believe that each and every project should receive the same attention to detail and quality, regardless if it is a porch addition or construction of a new two-million dollar home.” Langham has completed many of the courses offered by the National Association of Home Builders, including the Certified Graduate Builder course, the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist course, and a number of green-building certification courses.
Home Construction and Consulting offers custom residential construction, additions, remodels, design services, site visits, and consultation services. The firm is best known for introducing Universal Design, a feature based on the usability of a home by people of all ages, sizes, and abilities – enabling the family to use the home for as long as possible. The firm is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), NAHB 20 Clubs, International Code Council, Build Green New Mexico, and the Home Builders Association-New Mexico.
12) Stillbrooke Construction
8801 Jefferson NE Bldg. A Albuquerque, NM 87113
One of the most established contractors in Albuquerque, Stillbrooke Construction has worked on at least 1966 projects in just the last four years alone. Founded in 1997 by Scott Henry, Stillbrooke believes in balancing volume building and custom “home roots.” What distinguishes Stillbrooke from other firms is that it believes in building a “home” and not just units or buildings, a vision that gives customers a “sanctuary” where they can live happily with their families and with their futures in mind. With this goal, Stillbrooke is one of the most capable creators of custom homes and home additions in Albuquerque.
Stillbrooke Construction recently received the Spring 2018 Parade of Homes Award for their Northeast Heights Model Home. They also received the Best Bath award in the same competition for their residence at 7301 Dana Point. Stillbrooke has been the recipient of numerous other awards, including the 2001 Homes of Enchantment Parade Bronze Award, the 2002 Builder Magazine Fast Track 65th Place (Hall of Fame), and the 2003 Homes of Enchantment Parade Gold Award, Homes $79,000 – $89,000 (not including lot cost), among many others. Stillbrooke is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).
11) Casa Bella Construction
PO BOX 30425, Albuquerque, NM
Casa Bella Construction crafts elegant, functional, and practical homes in Albuquerque. Co-founders Dan and Cindy Fulcher began the firm in 1996 and were personally involved in the construction of more than 125 homes. The firm prides itself on its dedication to clients’ needs and has produced many high-quality homes. Dan and Cindy offer clients a systematic approach in custom home building, in which clients have control of construction finishes and furnishings. Casa Bella’s mission is to, “build homes for our clients that are beautiful, unique, of outstanding quality, excellent in value, yet functional in everyday life.”
Casa Bella Construction is skilled in the styles of Spanish colonial, old-world opulence, Tuscany, Southwest Contemporary, and elegant contemporary. The firm is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico. Casa Bella participated in the Parade of Homes events organized by the Homebuilders Association of New Mexico and took home five awards, including the Gold Award Winning Builder, Buyer’s Choice Award, Silver Award, Best Bath Award, and Best Kitchen Award.
10) John Mark Custom Homes
9000 Alamode Blvd. Albuquerque, NM 87122
John Mark Custom Homes is a design-focused firm that aims to build custom homes that are unique, personalized and affordable for their clients. One of the core principles of this firm is to construct homes that are functional and adaptable to the lifestyle of their clients. John Mark Custom Homes are planned and designed from scratch because they believe that “when it comes to creating a dream home, there is no one-size-fits-all.” This is precisely the reason why their builders ask so many questions about the likes and dislikes of their clients. What makes this firm even more client-centric is that they strictly work within the client’s budget, and are confident in the services they provide because they find ways to save both time and money.
The first ground-up custom home built by founder John Mark Jones, won Best Kitchen, Best Outdoor Living Space, Best Bath, Best Interior Design/Decorating, Premier Award, and Most Innovative Award in the Spring 2016 Homes of Enchantment Parade. This success paved a new and successful career path for him, allowing him to become an accredited member of Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico and of the Better Business Bureau.
9) J.C. Andersen Construction
3435 Girard NE, Suite B, Albuquerque NM 87107
Jack Anderson specialized in luxury homes construction for three decades prior to him establishing his own firm, JC Anderson Construction, in 2004. In 2016, Jeff Parks purchased the company and now specializes in all styles construction as well as all styes of homes from Pueblo to Ultra Modern. The firm has built over 60 custom luxury homes in New Mexico in different terrains. In addition to Albuquerque, they provide services to surrounding areas in Santa Fe, Corrales, Rio Rancho, and East Mountain.
JC Andersen Construction has received multiple awards for its work, including several Parades of Homes awards, and has been featured in publications including Su Casa Magazine. The firm is a member of Build Green New Mexico and offers solar options, multiple wall construction options, and green remodeling. JC Anderson specializes in Southwestern-style homes, but also build contemporary styles.
As much as Anderson and Parks deliver utmost luxury and aesthetics to their customers, they also maximize their budget and adjust accordingly. JC Anderson gives reasonably-priced budgets to their clients, with no hidden fees. With 60 years of combined experience, Anderson and Parks keep the terrain in mind when constructing, advising the best strategies to minimize the impact on land, while building with the best views in mind.
8) Rutherford Design and Construction
3408 Vista Alameda NE Suite C Albuquerque, NM 87113
Rutherford Design and Construction is an award-winning builder and designated Certified Green Professional ™ (CGP) with a strong team of craftsmen and tradesmen aiming to give clients their very best. True to their commitment to being environmentally-friendly, they are members of Build Green New Mexico. Established in 1993, the 25-year-old firm is also a member of the National Home Builders Association, the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, and the Better Business Bureau. In addition to being experts in aesthetic and structure, Rutherford Design and Construction prioritizes integrity and believes in keeping customers informed with open and honest communication during the duration of the project.
Founded by Ric Rutherford, the firm received the Buyer’s Choice Award in the 2018 Homes of Enchantment Parade from the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico. They are also the winner of seven awards in the Spring 2018 Homes of Enchantment Parade. Rutherford provides custom home builds, remodels, home additions, commercial spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, garages and carports, window and door replacement, and design services. With the design-build approach, Rutherford Design & Construction is involved in every aspect of the project’s design and construction. Specializing in lifestyle design, they create solutions, functionality, efficiency, and convenience for their client’s needs and lifestyle.
7) Panorama Homes
9700 Sand Verbena NE, Albuquerque, NM
Panorama Homes has been building custom, high-end homes in the Albuquerque area since 1994. Their work earned them multiple Parade of Homes recognitions from the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, an Energy Star award, and a Su Casa Magazine award for green building. Engineer John Lowe, a commercial construction veteran of 15 years, founded the firm, and has since built more than 200 custom homes.
By taking clients’ ideas and combining them with masterful craftsmanship, Panorama Homes is able to offer clients a personal level of involvement in the project. The company states, “each Panorama home is custom-tailored and personalized to fulfill the individual needs and requests of our customers.”
Panorama Homes offers custom design, construction documentation, interior design, and green-building options such as water conservation testing and energy efficient systems, for clients in Albuquerque and the surrounding neighborhoods. Notably, the firm does not take design fees nor construction down payments. Panorama Homes excels in constructing homes in the Southwestern, Old World Tuscan, and modern-contemporary styles. The firm is a member of the House Builders Association of New Mexico, Build Green Council, and the Custom Builders Council, and is Certified Aging in Place.
6) Sun Mountain Construction, Inc.
4940 Corrales Rd Suite 550, Corrales, NM 87048
Founded by Norm Schreifels in 1987, Sun Mountain Construction, Inc. constructs top quality custom homes and commercial projects in Corrales and Albuquerque, NM. Sun Mountain believes in using a hands-on approach when taking on projects, as well as guaranteeing customer satisfaction. The firm has built its reputation on its creativity, attention to detail, and ability to balance design with function. A steward of the environment, Sun Mountain is dedicated to creating attractive custom homes that are also energy efficient, water efficient, healthy, and sustainable at the same time.
Sun Mountain Construction has received over 90 awards and recognitions over the years, including the Builder Hall of Fame Award, the Builder Member Of the Year Award, and the President’s Award, and is a 10-time recipient of the Buyer’s Choice Award. Sun Mountain Construction is a proud member of Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, Green Builder Council, National Home Builders Association, New Mexico Home Builders Association, the Custom Builder Council and the Santa Fe Home Builders Association. Sun Mountain is also a founding member of the Green Building Program of Central New Mexico.
5) Joseph Custom Homes
P.O. Box 66297, Albuquerque, NM 87193
Joseph Custom Homes is an Albuquerque-based contractor that provides quality building services with hands-on treatment. Valuing communication and accountability, Joseph Custom Homes assure clients that they will be kept informed throughout every phase of the project.
Founded by couple Greg and Miriam Joseph in 1995, the company offers complete home design and consulting services. Greg is an experienced luxury custom home builder, while Miriam is an interior designer with an architecture background. Together, they provide custom home building, remodeling, building site location, project feasibility study, construction project management, partial or complete interior design services, home repair, and home maintenance services. In addition, they install green building initiatives in every home they build.
Joseph Custom Homes has received the Homes of Enchantment Buyer’s Choice Award for the “The Siena Model” at the 2008 Parade of Homes, as well and the Homes of Enchantment Buyer’s Choice Award in 2013.
Joseph Custom Homes prides itself in eliminating the need for several contractors and consultants in one project, by providing all services needed themselves; from design and material selection to bidding and final inspections. The firm takes pride in having relationships with clients that have lasted a lifetime–truly a testament to the quality of service that they offer.
4) Lee Michael Homes
7910 Rancho de Roberto Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Lee Michael Homes has been building homes that merge well with the Southwest’s unique high-desert landscape for over 30 years, offering a one-stop, no-cost custom design services. The firm won multiple Parade of Homes awards since it joined in 1996, and has swept eight awards during the previous 2017 Parade of Homes – including the Premier Award, Best Kitchen, Best Bath, Best Outdoor Living Space, Most Innovative, Best Interior Decorating, Beam Award, and the Buyers Choice Award. The firm also won two Las Casitas awards from the Home Builders Association New Mexico. The firm joined the Parade of Homes 2018 and has appeared in Su Casa Magazine.
Mike Knight co-founded the firm with his wife, Alexa Knight, and still leads today. Lee Michael Homes takes pride in its team of project managers – whom together have a collective construction experience of more than 110 years. Michael Lee Homes take pride in its combination of client trust, top service, and use of cutting-edge technology.
Lee Michael Homes also offers green-building and age-in-place home designs in addition to its more conventional offerings, such as custom home construction, home remodel projects, renovation, and insurance repair service. The firm builds in Albuquerque and other New Mexico local communities, including Foothills, North Valley, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Northwest Heights, La Cuentista, and the Westside. The firm is a member of the Home Builders Association, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Build Green NM, and the American Solar Energy Society.
3) TC Building & Realty, Inc.
8100 Wyoming Blvd NE #159, Albuquerque, NM 87113
For more than three decades, TC Building & Realty, Inc. has been offering residents their expertise in creating old world homes and Spanish haciendas in Albuquerque and Santa Fe neighborhoods. Over the years, their high-end, beautifully-crafted homes have earned them a bevy of prestigious awards, including multiple Homes of Enchantment recognitions from the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico. In the 2017 Homes of Enchantment Parade Spring alone, the firm took home the Best Kitchen Award, Most Innovative Award, and the Premier Award. In 2009, 2004, and 2000, TC Building was awarded the Gold Award. Their work appeared in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2016 issues of Su Casa Magazine.
Thomas Cardenas founded the firm in 1989 and steadily built a reputation for building luxury estates. A second-generation home builder with 30 years of industry experience, Cardenas specializes in new home construction, renovation, and commercial construction. He closely works with clients and sub-contractors in selecting antique elements, designs, and green-building systems. TC Building also offers landscape design and real estate development.
TC Building is a member of the Build Green New Mexico, National Association of Home Builders, Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.
2) PWKI Design-Build
07 Bosque Rd, Algodones, NM 87001
PWKI Design-Build has constructed distinctive and uniquely-designed residences and commercial buildings across the Southwest USA, focusing on Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. PWKI offers design, construction and remodeling services to residential and light commercial buildings, and specialize in constructing luxury homes that balance aesthetics and durability. To successfully build a personalized luxury home, it is their objective to understand their client’s needs and characteristics. In this way, the client’s vision of a dream home can be transformed into reality. Their technique in accurately constructing a dream home is for builders to work closely with the client, consulting them on all functions, materials, and finishes.
Paul W. Kenderdine, founder, and owner of the firm came from a well-known architectural design firm, bringing with him the core values of building strong partnerships with architects and lasting relationships with their clients.
PWKI’s work has garnered numerous recognitions and awards, including the 2013 Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade “Buyers Choice Award”, the 2013 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture and the 2003 AIA New Mexico Design Merit Award. Their custom homes were also featured in Homes of Enchantment Parade of 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
1) Diego Handcrafted Homes
8100 Wyoming Blvd NE Suite M4-511, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Diego Handcrafted Homes is a design-build firm that focuses on combining form and function in building projects. They make sure that their custom homes are suitable to the home owner’s lifestyle and personality, which is accomplished by being highly detail-oriented and innovative with designs. As a Certified Green Professional Design-Build firm, they are conscious of water and energy efficiency in their building process. They aim to provide high-quality performance as Green Builders and create unique home designs as artists.
Owner Diego M. Ruiz completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the University of New Mexico, and afterward, pursued graphic design and illustration at the Colorado Institute of Art. After working in Denver as a graphic artist, he decided to come back to Albuquerque to work with local builders. His experience as a graphic artist is complementary to his field as a builder, making his design-build firm locally and nationally award-winning.
Just a year after the establishment of the firm in 2002, Diego Handcrafted Homes received a Gold Medal and a Buyer’s Choice Award from Parade of Homes 2003. They have also been featured in multiple publications, including Su Casa, Professional Remodeler and Home Remodeling Guide. Diego’s most recent awards include the Premier Award, the Premier Green Home Award, Best Kitchen, Best Bath, Best Outdoor Living Space and Most Innovative Award from the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico- Parade of Homes 2017.
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