Known for its deserts, scorching hot summers, and of course the Grand Canyon, Arizona also serves as home to the largest federally recognized Native American tribe, the Navajos. The first European contact the natives experienced came in the sixteenth century, with a Spanish expedition in search of gold. Ever since that dramatic, symbolic moment the region has witnessed migrants coming from every point on the compass.
The collision and melding of these cultures—and their languages, traditions, and aesthetics—has not always been easy. But these varied influences have shaped Arizona’s architectural styles and interior designs, and the fusion is breathtaking. Spanish style roofs, animal skins hung on walls as decorations, and small glass windows reflect the state’s rich, complex history. Today, contractors integrate this distinct southwestern style into their work, building beautiful luxury homes in popular styles such as Mediterranean, Spanish, and Pueblo Revival, but always with the kind of aesthetic twits only found in this intriguing corner of the globe.
We have identified the top general contractors across Arizona for home construction and large remodels. We paid close attention to the quality of the homes they renovate, the strength of their reputations, and the recognition they have received from industry organizations and publications. These firms are southwest builders, and they build the kind of distinct homes that only Arizona can produce
12251 N 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85032
Specializing in luxury home remodels and custom home builds, 4Gen Homes built a construction empire through strong relationships built on trust and integrity. 4Gen Homes has been operating in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and the surrounding areas for 22 years. 4Gen Homes is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has developed a reputation as hardworking and family-friendly.
Firm principal David Mikes knows the importance of providing quality homes for a growing family. He has a family on his own, and he brings that perspective to every build. He founded 4Gen to build homes that can be used and enjoyed as the homeowner’s family grows. And that perspective extends to other kinds of growth and change: most of 4Gen Homes’ projects are suitable for aging families. And these kid-friendly and senior-friendly home features do not come at the cost of aesthetics. 4Gen Homes projects emphasize pleasure and beauty for all ages.
A Finer Touch Construction
15270 N 83rd Pl. #200, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
A Finer Touch Construction (AFT Construction) has only been around since 2013 but has already developed a reputation as one of the best contractors in the area. ABC’s Home Hunter, Luxe Magazine, Arizona Foothills Magazine, Protractor Podcast, and The Interior Collective have all taken notice of this intriguing newcomer to the Arizona scene.
AFT Construction was also awarded “Best of the Valley” for the past three consecutive years (2017, 2018 and 2019), and they pulled down the Design Excellence Award 2017 from the American Society of Interior Designers. AFT was also recognized as a Building Icon by Sources for Design Magazine
The firm works in Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Chandler, and its surrounding areas. Services include remodeling, home additions, home extensions, green building, and new home construction. AFT Construction specializes in modern houses with ranch accents, such as wooden chairs and modern cabinetry. The homes are grand and luxurious, but never at the cost of being cozy and inviting.
1260 N Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225
Since its establishment in 1992, Alexander Enterprises has been featured in Sources & Design Magazine, AZ Lifestyles Magazine, AZCentral, American Builder, and Valley Living Magazine as well as in news programs such as SanTan Sun News and the Channel 12 News segment ‘Cool Homes.’
The firm has also won numerous awards. They received the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Design Award, Designer Kitchen & Baths Design Award, Best of Chandler Awards, the 2014 and the 2015 Chandler Business Hall of Fame Home Renovation category and multiple Houzz awards for Customer Service Satisfaction.
As a husband and wife team, Kevin and Kimberley bring over 60 years of combined experience to their clients’ projects. Their pristine track record since 1992 is a testament to their professionalism and dedication to their craft. Kevin grew up working on residential construction projects, large municipal projects, and fire restoration works in Southern California with his father and grandfather. Kimberley is a third-generation home builder and handles the firm’s business development, contracts, marketing, and construction-related insurance issues. For the past 27 years, the firm has been providing custom homes, additions, remodeling, and commercial buildings to the Metropolitan Phoenix area.
Beacon Rock Custom Builders
7047 East Greenway Pkwy. Suite #250, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Beacon Rock Custom Builders provides home remodeling and additions and new home construction to the areas of Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Paradise Valley. It also works on the kind of multiple-story homes and multi-million dollar projects where custom, luxury rooms—such as a movie theater or a home gym—are often requested.
Since Ryan Bates founded Beacon Rock Custom Builders in 2007, it has become one of the most prominent firms in the area. One of the firm’s most celebrated projects raised money for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. It was John’s goal to give back to the community through his craft, and this luxury home project was featured on CBS 5 times, won the Phoenix’s Home of Distinction – Tour Home Award, and was also featured on the Better Arizona Show.
5203 E Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Servicing Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, Bedbrock Developers has made a name for itself in the construction industry. The firm’s outstanding new homes were featured on TV programs “Show House” and “Your Life A to Z.” And the press hasn’t been shy about mentioning them either: Arizona Foothills Magazine, Luxe, Paradise Valley Magazine, Real Estate, Robb Report Home, Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, Phoenix Business Journal, and So Scottsdale Magazine, have all featured the firm’s work. As if that weren’t enough, the firm won the Scottsdale Green Builder Award, Best of Our Valley 2015 & 2016, NAHB The Nationals Silver Awardee 2017 and won HOME OF THE YEAR 2019 from The National Association Home Builders. All of this impressive success came under Rich Brock’s management.
Bedbrock Developers’ projects usually feature classic architecture inspired by Victorian designs and accents. Elaborate ceilings and intricate bedrooms are common in the Bedbrock portfolio.
Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes
8755 E Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Tony Calvis and Gary Wyant were united by the same vision—provide clients with a personal touch to every custom home building. The duo started Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes in 1986 and has been gracing Scottsdale with exemplary bespoke residences since then. These homes are intricately designed and expertly built by its in-house architects and craftspeople.
This accomplished home builder has earned many awards in the local and national level with the recent one being 2019 MAME Custom Home of the Year Award from the HBA of Central Arizona. Aside from award-winning homes, the firm values the positive feedback from its clients. Clients praise its service reliability down to its stunning and functional designs.
Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes bring staycation to a whole new perspective on one of its projects featured on the Wall Street Journal. This resort-like home takes inspiration from Bali’s heavenly retreat. The sleek and relaxing modern home won Best Architectural Design of a One of a Kind Custom Home Award from NAHB, a Professional Builder Design Award, and a MAME Custom Home of the Year Award.
6607 N Scottsdale Rd., Suite H-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Over the past 45 years, Camelot Homes has consistently earned the right to be considered one of the top remodelers in Arizona. And that’s not just history: the firm just had a fantastic 2018. The firm received the Gold Nugget Awards 2018 for three categories, pulled down Awards of Merit 2018 for two projects, was named MAME three-time Grand Winner Builder of the Year, hooked a 5-time Small Volume Builder of the Year Award, and brought home numerous MAME awards for Product Design and Interior Merchandising, Best Arizona Builder, and NAHB Product of the Year.
The company is run by husband and wife Mark and Julie Hancock, who each bring their respective experiences and strengths to the firm. Mark was the former director of the Central Arizona Homebuilders Association, and Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from Arizona State University.
Camelot Home’s award-winning White Horse project fuses traditional and modern architectural styles. The exposed ceiling beams and simple chandeliers create rustic ambiance, while the clean layout and large windows make the home an airy, fresh, distinctively twenty-first-century residence.
Castle Rock Homes
501 E Plaza Cir. Suite A, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
Brothers Rod & Gary Fetters served in the military for more than 20 years before founding Castle Rock Homes in 2004. They bring the integrity, discipline, and attention to detail they practiced in the military to home building.
Castle Rock Homes employs an innovative new technique known as Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), which uses Lego-like concrete blocks to build homes and additions. In addition to being incredibly fast to assemble, ICF offers excellent insulation that can reduce heating and cooling costs by 70%. The firm has won the ICF Builder Award over many years and was featured on the CBS 5 News show “ICF Construction” for their innovative work.
Look to ICF for perfect home additions and multi-purpose spaces if you’re in the market for a workout studio, home office, guest house, or a new garage.
14746 N 78th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Rod Cullum has a BS Management degree from Arizona State University. He has experience on the board of directors of Rebuilding Together. He used to be the planning commissioner for the town of Paradise Valley, and he has served as a council board member in HBACA. He has, in other words, the knowledge and experience to lead his company.
In 2015 Cullum Homes received recognition from the Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards as one of the fastest growing companies, and one of the largest privately held companies, in the state of Arizona. The firm was also named one of Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2014 and 2015. It also received the ICF Builder Awards Best Development Award for the Village at Mountain Shadows, the Home Builder’s Association of Central Arizona Best Custom Home Builder Award, and Wolf SubZero’s Southwest Regional Award for Kitchen Design in 2017.
Publications such as Arizona Business, Residential Build + Design, Scottsdale Living, Sources for Design Magazine, AZ Central, and Ranking Arizona also recognized Cullum Homes for its exceptional home remodeling, custom home building, and new home construction services. They cater to the areas of Paradise Valley, Phoenix, and Scottsdale.
Holtzman Home Improvement
1625 W. University Dr Tempe AZ 85281
Holtzman Home Improvement specializes in full home kitchens, bathrooms, and renovations in Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Tempe, and Chandler. Since its founding in 2006, the firm has been recognized for its work in numerous publications, and they have brought home quite a few awards as well.
The firm received the Business Hall of Fame Best of Tempe Remodeling award for three consecutive years (2016-2018). They were also featured as “The Pulse of the City” in 2016 and 2017, the “Talk of the Town” for five years, and were included in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500. And in March and May of 2017, Holtzman Home Improvement was featured on ABC 15’s Arizona Home Improvements.
JKC Inc. General Contractor
1820 N Center St., Flagstaff, AZ 86004
JKC Inc. is led by Jeff Knorr, who has been a leader in the building industry in Arizona for years. He has served both as the vice president and president of the Northern Arizona Building Association.
The firm has received numerous awards from the Cococino County Sustainable Building Program Awards in multiple categories over the past five years. The firm was included in Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling 550 in 2017, and ‘Best of Flagstaff’ Home Builder & General Contractor Awards for nine consecutive years from 2009 to 2017. The firm’s expertise is backed by its accreditations from NAHB, Northern Arizona Building Association (NABA), Energy Star, and GuildQuality.
JKC Inc. services Flagstaff, Kachina Village, Mountainaire, and Northern Arizona providing home remodeling, bathroom & kitchen remodeling, custom homes, and new home construction. The firm often works on luxury ranch houses, and the excellent woodwork and glass windows of these homes are minimalist, luxurious, and distinctively southwestern.
Legacy Design Build Remodeling
7750 E Gelding Dr. Suite #4, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Since its establishment in 1988, Legacy Design Build Remodeling has become one of the most experienced home remodelers in the state. With various awards such as NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Contractor of the Year from 2010 to 2013, the firm has earned its place on Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling 550. And it was justly rated as Scottsdale’s Top Remodeling Company for six years in a row by Ranking Arizona magazine.
Their services include updating luxury home interiors, home remodeling, home additions, and building custom homes in Fountain Hills, Paradise Valley, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. They also offer outdoor living space remodeling and interior design services.
Luster Custom Homes
18801 N Thompson Peak Pkwy. Suite #240, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Tanner Luster, the founder of Luster Custom Homes, used to lead the custom home division of Summerwood Homes in California’s Newport Beach. He decided to bring his expertise to Arizona and established Luster Custom Homes 12 years ago.
Since then Luster Custom Homes has received recognition from numerous institutions. The firm was included in Luxe Magazine Gold List in 2016 for its outstanding home building and remodeling projects. It also received several Custom Home of the Year awards from National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA), and Seven Sterling Custom Estates. It also has certification as a Certified Green Professional as well as certification from NARI, NAHB, and HBACA.
The firm provides home addition and remodeling services, custom homes, and kitchen remodeling services to Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Phoenix, and Scottsdale.
Peak One Builders
7900 East Greenway Rd., Suite #200, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Michael Christensen, the founder of Peak One Builders, has been working in the construction industry since 1993 when he began working as a residential framer in Chicago. After running his own remodeling business for five years— while simultaneously earning his engineering degree from Northern Illinois University—he decided to pursue his calling and established Peak One Builders in 2004.
The company has offered quality custom home builds, home remodeling, green building, and home restoration services in the Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Verde, Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek, and Arcadia neighborhoods for over a decade. Peak One Builders is also able to restore classic homes and carries a certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICR).
Peak One Builders emphasizes attention to detail, and that relentlessly meticulous approach produces luxurious designs with intricate details. In one of their recent projects, the firm remodeled an outdated property into a one-of-a-kind modern southwestern style home. The new interior layout liberated space, inviting far more natural light into the home. The bathroom alone is breathtaking.
7890 E McClain Dr. Suite #1, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Since its founding 25 years ago, Schultz Development has created a lasting relationship with its clients, and many of their projects come from repeat customers and referrals. They offer home remodeling and custom home building services in the Greater Phoenix area.
John Schultz first thought that he wanted to pursue a career in design but later realized he preferred building homes. So he completed a business degree from Arizona State University and started Schultz Development. With John’s guidance and management, Schultz Development grew and its works received attention from publications such as Essential Southwest Architecture, Southwest Style The Resource, Phoenix Home & Garden, Southwest Style Creation, Sources & Design, Desert Paradise, AZ Society, and Luxe.
Schultz Development builds grand mansions and multiple-story homes that mix contemporary and colonial styles. Symmetric windows and center doors are common features of their projects.