Historic and attractive, Baltimore isn’t known as the “Charm City” for nothing. With numerous historic neighborhoods and elegant brownstone homes lining its streets, the architectural scene in Baltimore is an extensive array of rustic craftsman homes, picturesque townhouses, and beautiful Mediterranean- and Tuscan-themed homes.
Here, one will never run out of buildings containing rich history. From the Baltimore Fire Museum to its historic churches, this city’s exquisite architecture does not end with its residential buildings. In addition, Baltimore’s landscape is very diverse. One can go from living around Baltimore’s beautiful waterfronts, just a few miles off its harbors and historic district, to moving into its cityscape and through some of Baltimore’s luxurious high-rise buildings. These often prove to be the more viable option for young professionals hoping for a shorter commute into the city, all while still having a wonderful view of the area’s waters.
This list is a compilation of the top 15 general contractors around Baltimore who are responsible for remodeling some of the best homes in the area. These contractors were compiled based on media presence, the number of awards won, services provided, and of course, craftsmanship.
14. BlackStone Kitchen & Bath
Website | 410-449-1020 | 2480 Rt 97 Glenwood, MD 21738
A full-service remodeling contractor and specialty interior remodeling firm, BlackStone Kitchen and Bath extends its services throughout the Howard, Montgomery, Carroll, and Frederick County areas. It utilizes a design-build approach and handles each remodeling project from beginning through to the very end. As its name implies, it specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels but has also worked on several other types of home renovation projects. The firm’s process highly emphasizes the importance of a client’s involvement throughout the entire remodeling job through its “discovery meeting,” which aims to ensure that the firm’s assigned team thoroughly gets to know the client. This is to make sure that their lifestyles are incorporated into the team’s design.
With nearly a decade of experience in the industry, the firm’s team also incorporates budget planning and material selection in their process. Furthermore, the company has remodeled rooms in a vast array of designs, from colonial and traditional themes to modern and transitional motifs.
13. Kenwood Kitchens
Website | 410-828-9560 | 1500 Riderwood Drive Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Established in 1974, Kenwood Kitchens is a premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling firm with showrooms located all across Columbia, Lutherville, Annapolis, and Bel Air. It prides itself for these leading showrooms and design studios, which are trusted by many area contractors. Kenwood was founded and is currently led by the Waldhauser family. Together with their team of experienced architects, contractors, and interior designers, the Waldhausers have worked on several contemporary, colonial, French, and Mediterranean spaces. As showcased in their portfolio, the team is particularly skilled with fine custom cabinetry, elegant woodwork, and exposed beams.
The photo above is an example of the team’s excellent colonial work on a full-scale kitchen remodel. In this project, the firm added a more modern touch to this classic design through some of its metal accents, more contemporary lights, and small stucco touches.
12. Noble Kitchen & Bath
Website | 410-544-3434 | 1825 George Ave., Suite 4 Annapolis, MD 21401
With nearly two decades of experience, Noble Kitchen and Bath provides home additions, new home construction, HVAC, and flooring services in addition to its specialized kitchen and bathroom remodeling work. Established in 2000, the firm takes pride in its skilled in-house craftsmen who are in charge of every aspect of a particular assignment; from initial design consultations to installations and finishing touches. Its portfolio boasts a gallery filled with contemporary and modern spaces that often utilize neutral tones to better highlight the natural and ambient light within the room. It has also worked on numerous modern farmhouses and ranch homes.
The photo above is a fine example of the firm’s signature metallic finishes, sleek yet beautiful custom cabinetry, and flooring. Here you will see the firm’s aforementioned generous use of neutral tones.
11. Kitchen and Bath Creations LLC
Website | 410-772-3240 | 9005 C Red Branch Road Columbia, MD 21045
Primarily known for its extensive range of kitchen designs, Kitchen and Bath Creations services the Baltimore-Washington Corridor and has proudly worked on over 30,000 projects throughout its years in the industry. It maintains affiliations with numerous prestigious organizations, such as the Better Business Bureau, with which they have had a consistent A+ rating since 2006, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and the US Green Building Council. Its portfolio is a gallery of richly-designed modern, contemporary, and traditional kitchens, all of which are credited to the firm’s award-winning designers.
The photo above displays the firm’s beautiful transitional work. With this project, the firm’s signature white custom cabinets are highlighted through the ambient and natural light streaming into the room. The more modern and contemporary highlights come in the form of the unique overhead lights by the kitchen island and the elegant bar stools.
10. Bearded Builders
Website | 402-999-3228 | 7913 Westmoreland Avenue Parkville, MD 21234
Bearded Builders focuses on servicing the counties of Baltimore and Harford. A family-owned business, it is run by Dave Price, who has led his team into remodeling some of the area’s most beautiful kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. With over 30 years of industry experience, the firm also offers several remodeling products such as tiles and flooring materials.
In addition, Price and his team specialize in building in an extensive array of styles. The firm’s portfolio provides a close look into several homes with modern and traditional styles. It also showcases some of Bearded Builders’ stucco work through its luxurious basement finishes gallery, which features several man caves, entertainment bars, and game rooms.
9. Hunt’s End Remodeling
Website | 410-970-0084 | 2600 Longstone Lane Suite 204 Marriottsville, MD 21104
A premier design-build firm located in Central Maryland, Hunt’s End Remodeling is led by its founder Michael Birner, an award-winning architect with over two decades of experience. He is the son of one of Maryland’s best kitchen designers and is proud to be one of the only 20 Certified Graduate Remodelers throughout Maryland. Furthermore, he is a Certified Green Builder and together with his team, specializes in kitchen, bathroom, and basement remodeling, and home additions. As seen in their portfolio, Birner and his team show excellent command of various contemporary and colonial styles. They take pride in their ability to take on projects of all scales and sizes, in addition to their excellent skills in reclaiming underutilized spaces. This can be seen in the firm’s basement work, wherein you will see how the firm has managed to transform unused basements into spas, recreational areas, and entertainment bars.
The photo above exhibits the team’s custom cabinetry and flooring work. With this bathroom, traditional themes were infused with modern touches through the use of the contemporary bathtub and see-through shower area. There is also a rich use of neutral tones which are better emphasized through the team’s choice of utilizing large windows to better accommodate the natural light streaming in.
8. Lazzell Design Works Remodeling
Website | 410-357-9456 | 2705 Garrett Rd. White Hall, MD 21161
Led by John Uttenreither, Lazzell Design Works Remodeling offers whole house remodeling, luxurious built-ins, signature custom trims, cabinetry, basement finishes, and specialized rooms. Together with his son Ben, John and his team utilize a design-build approach that has earned them several awards, including a Chrysalis Award for Best Home Theater over $50k, a Remodeler of the Year Award for a finished basement, and a National Master Design Award. The firm’s work has also been featured on Qualified Remodeler and Chesapeake Home Magazine.
The firm has worked on an extensive array of designs, as seen in the photo above. From colonial themes and Mediterranean finishes to traditional and craftsman styled rooms, the firm extends its services throughout Baltimore, Baldwin, Belair, and the surrounding areas.
7. Apter Remodeling/Craftsman
Website | 410-295-9410 | 2109 Forest Drive Annapolis, MD 21401
Established in 1981, Apter Remodeling specializes in new home construction, historic renovations, and whole house remodeling. It works exclusively with only the area’s best architects and engineers and is known for its excellent kitchen remodeling, home addition, luxury bathroom, master bedroom suite, and in-law suite work. Often, its designs feature elegant craftsman and Tuscan designs as seen in the photo below, which showcases the firm’s skills when it comes to stucco finishes and exposed beam work. For this home, a Mediterranean color palette was utilized in addition to a rich use of natural light through their team’s generous use of full-length windows.
Led by Andy Apter, the incumbent president of the NARI Chesapeake Chapter, the firm is a proud recipient of Remodeling Magazine’s prestigious Big50 Award. It has also had the honor of being featured on various publications such as The Washington Post and What’s Up Annapolis Magazine.
6. John Heagy Remodeling, Restoration & Construction
Website | 410-329-1002 | 10921 York Rd. Hunt Valley, MD 21030
With over 40 years of experience, John Heagy Remodeling, Restoration, and Construction is an award-winning home improvement firm best known for its residential kitchen work and commercial remodeling. It extends its services throughout Baltimore, Washington, Central Maryland, and Southern Pennsylvania and is led by its founder and namesake, John Heagy. With over three decades of experience, Heagy comes from a family of builders and has established a name for himself for his excellent craftsmanship. He has led his team into earning several industry awards, including the 2015 Remodeler of the Year Award from the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association (MICA) for their outstanding insurance restoration work, the 2014 Remodeler of the Year Award for their interior designs, and the Award of Merit for their commercial remodeling efforts.
The firm is best known for its classic and timeless designs, which often draw inspiration from sleek modern themes and classic colonial designs with European-style undertones, as seen in the photo above. In this project, the team utilized neutral tones and provided modern touches through sculptures, art, and the slight emphasis of linearity through the room’s long windows and chambered ceiling.
5. Delbert Adams Construction Group
Website | 410-583-7575 | 1417 Clarkview Road Baltimore, MD 21209
Known for its fine craftsmanship and award-winning designs, Delbert Adams Construction Group provides both commercial and residential services, all while exerting efforts in the green building movement through its sustainable designs. Furthermore, it works on fine custom cabinetry with the help of its skilled in-house designers and exceptional home maintenance services. Better known as the firm’s “Gold Seal Services,” these maintenance services include seasonal inspections, home repair, and home improvement work. In terms of design, the firm has built homes under an extensive array of beautiful and intricate themes. Its portfolio proudly showcases colonial and inviting craftsman homes in addition to impressive contemporary and art deco-themed rooms.
The firm’s work has had the honor of being featured on Remodeling Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and Baltimore Style. It has also has had the honor of receiving numerous industry accolades, such as three Awards of Excellence from the Remodelers Council of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA). It is also the proud recipient of the American Association of Architects (AIA) Baltimore’s prestigious President’s Award for Excellence.
4. Smiley Renovations, LLC
Website | 301-674-7879 | 5110 Ridgefield Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816
With over two decades of industry experience, Smiley Renovations was founded and is led by Daren Smith, who ensures that each project that the firm takes on receives the benefit of his experience. He works closely with each of his clients to better identify solutions to problems that he and his team may encounter during the remodeling process, and makes sure that the clients’ lifestyles are properly incorporated into their new spaces. The firm primarily specializes in both residential and commercial remodeling and boasts an excellent command of numerous styles, which include craftsman, colonial, traditional, contemporary, and French themes. The featured project below showcases the firm’s contemporary take on the classic French style. Here, traditional latticed windows were given a more modern look through its floor-to-ceiling length. A more contemporary look was also achieved through the sleek furnishings, which were paired with items with small pops of color to achieve that classic French look.
For its excellent work and craftsmanship, the firm has been recognized numerous times in the industry. It has had the honor of receiving several CoTY and Chrysalis awards in addition to being featured on prestigious publications like Professional Remodeler and Remodeling Today.
3. Brothers Services Company
Website | 410-276-8437 | 111 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, MD 21074
Brothers Services Company is one of Maryland’s leading and premier full service remodelers. They have been in the industry for over three decades and take pride in their expansive list of services. From large full-scale home renovations and custom homes down to small repairs, the company was recognized by an independent research company as Maryland’s most recommended and most trusted remodeling company in 2018. In addition, it has also been honored with the 2017 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics for its superior business ethics, and has been listed on Remodeling Magazine’s prestigious annual Top550 list.
Founded by a group of friends who saw one another as brothers, the company is manned by teams of experts who specialize in all aspects of home remodeling.
From master plumbers and roofing experts to an in-house design team, clients need not worry about seeking any extra or outside help. The firm’s designs often feature a rich use of natural light and a nod to classic French themes through its color palette choices, art details, furnishing, and intricate custom finishes.
2. Owings Brothers Contracting
Website | 410-781-7022 | 1912 Liberty Road Eldersburg, MD 21784
With over 35 years of industry experience, Owings Brothers Contracting offers both whole house remodeling and custom home building services. It prides itself for having an in-house design studio, which eases and fastens the entire process for both its team and its clients through consistent communication. Servicing Baltimore Country, Baltimore City, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Carroll County, the firm specializes in kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, outdoor living spaces, and home additions. The company is run by a group of brothers, each with an extensive background in the building industry. Under their watchful eye and leadership, the firm has had the honor of being decorated with numerous awards and press attention. The firm was most recently accoladed with numerous MBIA Awards of Excellence for its outdoor living, custom home building, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and specialty work.
The firm’s portfolio is a diverse gallery of designs which encompass design from modern and contemporary themes, to unique art deco styles, Mediterranean styles, and Tuscan themes.
1. Pyramid Builders
Website | 410-571-7707 | 2 Womack Drive Annapolis, MD 21401
Established in 1985, Pyramid Builders was founded by Bret Anderson with the goal of building the most beautiful homes along the waterfront and in the urban areas throughout Maryland. Manned by a team of over 70 artisans and skilled professionals, the firm collaborates with the region’s best interior designers and architects and is responsible for some of the area’s most luxurious homes. Known for its rich array of designs, Pyramid has worked on numerous unique homes. Its portfolio showcases a vast and extensive gallery of homes with designs ranging from contemporary and modern homes to sprawling Tuscan villas, Mediterranean-style homes, and luxurious Tudor mansions.
For its team’s excellent craft, the firm has been featured in numerous magazines, including Home & Design Magazine, Chesapeake Views, and Remodeling Magazine, which named the firm as the 16th largest full-service remodeler in the nation, out of 550 firms. It has also been featured on HGTV’s Dream Builders. In addition, the firm has been the recipient of several awards recognizing its kitchen and outdoor living work.