Last updated on July 18th, 2024 at 03:07 am

Baltimore is known as “Charm City” for a reason: it is both historic and beautiful. Baltimore’s architectural scene is diverse, with various historic districts and magnificent brownstone residences. Rustic craftsman homes, gorgeous townhouses, and beautiful Mediterranean- and Tuscan-themed buildings can all be found here. Living near Baltimore’s glorious waterfronts, just a few miles from its harbors and historic area, can lead to the downtown and to some of the city’s luxury high-rise buildings.

This list includes the top general contractors in Baltimore responsible for remodeling some of the most lovely homes in the city. These contractors were chosen for their media presence, the number of accolades they have received, the services they have offered, and their craftsmanship.

Owings Brothers Contracting

5340 Enterprise Street, Sykesville, MD 21784

Owings Brothers Contracting has over 35 years of industry experience and provides entire house remodeling and custom home building services. The firm specializes in kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, outdoor living areas, and home additions. It serves Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Carroll County. It takes satisfaction in having an in-house design studio, which makes the entire process easier and faster for its team and clients through consistent communication.

A group of brothers leads the company, and each one of them has plenty of construction industry experience. The firm has received various honors and press attention under their supervision and leadership. The firm was most recently awarded several MBIA Awards of Excellence for its outdoor living, custom home building, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and specialty works.

T.W. Ellis

2243 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050

T.W. Ellis is best known for creating award-winning home expansions, decks, and kitchen remodels. The firm provides innovative ideas, unique designs, and a thorough green building process that meets National Green Building Standards. The company ensures that each kitchen it remodels and renovates contains renewable and energy-efficient materials. Given its accomplishments, it is not surprising that the firm’s work has been featured in Mid Atlantic Magazine and Homes Magazine in addition to winning numerous local accolades.

Tim Ellis, the current CEO, has an Associate of Science in Business Administration and an Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management. Mr. Ellis is in charge of many of the company’s day-to-day operations, including planning, estimating, and design. He has 20 years of remodeling experience as well as several industry qualifications. Since its inception, the company has developed and built over 700 unique remodeling and restoration projects, repeatedly demonstrating its industry relevance and sustainability.

Delbert Adams Construction Group

6305 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

Delbert Adams Construction Group, well-known for its superb craftsmanship and award-winning designs, offers commercial and residential services while contributing to the green construction movement with its sustainable designs. The firm’s in-house designers and staff build custom cabinetry and provide exceptional home maintenance services. These maintenance services, often known as the firm’s “Gold Seal Services,” include seasonal inspections, home repair, and home renovation work.

In terms of design, the firm has constructed residences with intricate themes. The Delbert portfolio includes colonial and welcoming craftsman homes and outstanding contemporary and art deco-themed rooms.

Remodeling Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and Baltimore Style have all covered the firm’s work. It has also received numerous industry honors, including three Awards of Excellence from the Remodelers Council of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA).

ADR Builders

1850 York Road, Suite H Rear, Timonium, MD 21093

With over four decades of experience, ADR Builders takes a design-build approach and provides its clients with complete home renovation and house addition services. The company specializes in kitchens and historical restorations. Its work has appeared in well-known industry publications such as Qualified Remodelers and Baltimore Architects. ADR updates kitchens by combining cutting-edge appliances and designs with classic styles. The portfolio also shows how the firm has worked to redesign entire floor layouts to fit a client’s needs.

ADR holds affiliations with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), NAHB Remodelers, and the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA). The firm is under the supervision of Bret Stokes. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008, and he is the company’s second-generation owner. He is responsible for sales, estimates, and project management.

VKB Kitchen & Bath

71 West Timonium Road, Timonium-Lutherville, MD 21093

VKB Kitchen and Bath has specialized in remodeling since 2007. It is a reliable one-stop-shop for all its clients’ needs, taking the stress out of every remodel by guiding them through every stage of the process.

VKB Kitchen and Bath is a full-service remodeling company. It is a strong and influential one-stop resource for granite, marble, tile, and cabinetry, and it can assist with little tasks up to a complete kitchen and bath remodel.

VKB holds affiliations with the National Association of Remodeling Industry and the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Some of its work has also piqued the interest of the press, including The DC Post and PR Web.

John Heagy Remodeling

10921 York Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030

With over 40 years of background in the industry, John Heagy Remodeling, Restoration, and Construction is an award-winning home improvement company best lauded for its residential kitchen work and commercial remodeling. The firm provides its services throughout Baltimore, Washington, Central Maryland, and Southern Pennsylvania and is led by its founder and namesake, John Heagy. 

Heagy hails from a family of builders and has made a name for himself for his superb craftsmanship with over three decades of experience. He has led his team to several industry awards, including the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association’s (MICA) 2015 Remodeler of the Year Award for its exceptional insurance restoration work, the 2014 Remodeler of the Year Award for its interior designs, and the Award of Merit for its commercial remodeling initiatives.

Charleene’s Houses

3100 Sunset Lane, Phoenix, MD 21131

Charleene’s Houses, LLC is a full-service house design renovation and remodeling firm run by a woman. Charleene Doverspike, the company’s founder, has been a kitchen, bathroom, basement, addition, interior, multi-generational space developer, remodeler, and contractor since the mid-1980s. She now heads an accomplished team of professionals in building additions, full-service home design renovation, and kitchen, bathroom, and basement remodeling. She has decades of solving all design-construct remodeling issues. Charleene began restoring row homes on Capitol Hill in Washington in 1987, then went on to larger properties in Arlington and Fairfax before relocating her firm to Baltimore in 1995.

Charleene’s Houses has piqued the interest of several renowned publications, including Patch, Kitchen & Bath Design News, Baltimore Sun, and Baltimore Fishbowl.

Kenwood Kitchens

1500 Riderwood Drive, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

Kenwood Kitchens, founded in 1974, is a leading kitchen and bathroom remodeling company with showrooms in Columbia, Lutherville, Annapolis, and Bel Air. It takes pride in its showrooms and design studios, which many local contractors use. The Waldhauser family founded and currently leads Kenwood. The Waldhausers have collaborated on various contemporary, colonial, French, and Mediterranean settings with their team of professional architects, constructors, and interior designers. As you’ll see in the firm’s portfolio, the team specializes in superb handcrafted cabinetry, elegant woodwork, and exposed beams.

Leading the team is seasoned industry expert Scott Waldhauser. He has 38 years of experience and maintains membership in the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Kenwood Kitchens’ projects have also been featured by Time Magazine, I95 Business, Annapolis Home Magazine, Baltimore Style, and Baltimore Magazine.

Thomson Remodeling Company

505 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210

Since its founding in 1982, Thomson Remodeling Company has aspired to deliver the highest level of craftsmanship to residential and commercial remodeling projects. It prides itself on its familiarity with the people in its community, its historical and structural knowledge of the homes in its area, and the team’s continuing effort to improve its professional skill through participation in industry workshops, conventions, round table panels, and continuing education.

Under the leadership of Clyde Thomson, Thomson Remodeling has provided Baltimore metro area customers with custom kitchen remodeling since 1982. It is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and The Bath and Kitchen Buying Group. As a BKBG member, the firm offers customers more choices and buying power.

Legacy Restorations

57 W Timonium Road, #103, Lutherville, MD 21093

Legacy Restorations is the premier provider of high-end residential renovations in Baltimore and the surrounding counties. It is equipped to take on home renovation projects of any size and scope, from traditional to contemporary. The firm maintains relationships with some of the area’s best architects, subcontractors, and vendors. Its professionalism, transparency, and attention to detail make it the best in the business.

Michael “Mike” Lopez founded Legacy Restorations in 2005. Mr. Lopez opened his first small business, called MJL Woodworks, while simultaneously running large projects for another custom builder who eventually brought him on as a business partner. He worked with this successful venture until 2005, doing upwards of ten million dollars in business during their peak period.

Michael now leads Legacy Restorations, whose works have been featured by renowned publications like Valley Living and Baltimore Business Journal.

Bearded Builders, Baltimore

8741 Mylander Lane, Suite F, Towson, MD 21286

Bearded Builders serves the counties of Baltimore and Harford. It is a family-owned firm operated by Dave Price, who has led his team in reconstructing some of the most stunning kitchens, bathrooms, and basements in the area. The company has over 30 years of industry experience and offers a variety of remodeling products such as tiles and flooring materials.

Price and his colleagues specialize in various architectural styles. The firm’s portfolio offers a close look at various homes in both modern and traditional styles. The portfolio also features some of Bearded Builders’ stucco work in its lavish basement finishes, including man caves, entertainment bars, and game rooms.

Bearded Builders holds memberships with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and Fieldstone Cabinetry.

Robbins Custom Builders

2223 Pelham Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213

Although Robbins Custom Builders is a small family-run company, it consistently delivers the highest quality finished products. The firm has gained respect for being professional, prompt, clean, and friendly. These qualities make RCB stand out in a competitive industry where too many customers are left feeling disappointed.

Robbins Custom Builders specializes in developing kitchens, bathrooms, decks, patios, additions, new builds, and custom remodeling. Roger Robbins founded the firm in 2011; it now serves clients in Baltimore and the surrounding area. Roger had the good fortune to apprentice under a master builder from the Berkshires, who instilled in him the love of finish carpentry. Under his leadership and supervision, the practice is lead removal certified. You can see the firm’s work on

Dream Design Build & Remodeling

726 S Beechfield Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

Dream Design Build & Remodeling specializes in everything from large house extensions to custom kitchens, baths, windows, siding, roofing, concrete, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing. Since 1972, it has used its skills to help clients realize their dreams.

Dream Design Build & Remodeling has been in the home renovation business for more than five decades and is one of the few remaining companies that provide this craft in an old-fashioned, time-tested manner. All initial consultations, estimates, designs, architectural plans, 3D renders, building, and final work are completed in-house, with great attention to detail and a deep care for what clients want and need.

Dream Design Build & Remodeling is led by Richard King, who learned how to build a house from start to finish. At the age of 17, Richard began his own construction company. His reputation as a craftsman continues to spread throughout Maryland.

Cox Kitchens and Baths

6322 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

Cox Kitchens & Baths is the Greater Baltimore area’s oldest family-owned and operated kitchen and bath remodeler. Robert Cox founded this company in 1950 in his home on York Road in Govans, just a few blocks from Loyola College. With his wife Ellen, he swiftly established the firm as a remodeling pioneer in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Years later, their daughter Susie and her husband Bob Gibbs joined Robert and Ellen Cox. Bob and Susie continue to run the firm in the same outstanding heritage that Bob Cox established long ago.

Three talented kitchen designers on the firm’s design team have over 75 years of professional industry experience. Cox Kitchens has completed over 10,500 residential installs during the last five decades, thanks to its unrivaled expertise and unwavering drive to be a customer advocate.


  • Blaine Comeione

    Blaine has served as Editor at General Contractors Magazine for six years, drawing from over ten years of experience in construction and real estate. His comprehensive understanding spans commercial construction, architecture, and home builds, cultivated through diverse roles in the industry. With four years at BuildZoom and a background as a licensed real estate agent, Blaine possesses a unique perspective that enriches his editorial work. His dedication to delivering informative content is underscored by his extensive tenure in the field, ensuring that readers receive valuable insights into the dynamic world of construction and home design. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Over 6 years of experience writing and editing in the construction space, Editor at General Contractors Magazine, Previous experience at BuildZoom and Keller Williams Realty Education: Ohio University, Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Science - Minor in Business, 120+ Hours of New Jersey Real Estate Education, 120+ Hours of Arizona Real Estate Education