Charlotte has the architectural history of a prosperous and historical city. Nicknamed the “Queen City” of North Carolina, Charlotte is a region of small neighborhoods with a distinctive feel and energy. The homes and buildings in this city reflect its historical background, and so display the popular Victorian and Italianate home styles of the early settlers.  

Today, these charming homes are seen in old neighborhoods such as  Dilworth, Myers Park, Fourth Ward, and Eastover. The Queen Anne style was popular towards the end of the 19th century, but before long, it was replaced with less ornate designs. Along with Victorian homes, Colonial Revival and Dutch Colonial-styled houses can be seen through the city. Charlotte homes have a median home value of $218,900; varying based on the location, with the most expensive residences deep in Charlotte.

The majority of the firms on this list have earned prestigious awards and have claimed places on the Big 50 list or the Top 500 list. The top companies also have exposure in local and national industry publications such as Charlotte Magazine or Qualified Remodelers Magazine.

15) Goldstar Kitchen and Bath, Inc.

15127 Kellington Ct., Charlotte, North Carolina 28273

With over 35 years of experience building kitchen and bath remodels, Goldstar Kitchen and Bath, Inc. is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the Home Builders Association of Charlotte (HBAC), and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). It also holds an A+ accreditation with the BBB. Offering the best value and personalized service, Goldstar may be a small firm, but it has the professional approach and remodeling and design experience of larger showroom firms.

Founded in 1989, its single family homes are usually in the farmhouse, traditional, contemporary, or beach designs. Founder Robert Lannucci has first hand experience in the complete home remodeling process, including structural framing, plumbing, electrical, hardwood flooring and tile, windows, doors, and much more.   

14) Dream Home Builders and Remodelers

8508 Park Road, Suite 124, Charlotte, NC 28210

Dream Home Builders and Remodelers has 25 years of construction experience in Charlotte. It is a member of the HBAC, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and NARI. It also holds an A+ accreditation with the BBB, is EPA Lead safe, and is a certified Green Builder. The firm specializes in all remodeling services, specifically beautiful kitchen and bath remodels.

Dream Home founder Otto W. Anderson is a Clemson University graduate, and has spent more than two decades in real estate, construction and development in Charlotte. Unlike most building professionals,  Anderson was a homeowner who learned the business from a friend who built his first custom home. Through that process, Anderson gained the knowledge and experience to build his first home in 2002 along the shores of Lake Norman.

13) Haston Construction

5301 77 Center Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217

Established in 2012, Haston was founded by Don Haston and his three sons: Brandon, Brent, and Jonathan. Named after Glen Haston who bought the still nameless construction company in 1976, the firm still carries the tradition, quality, and fairness Glen established over 60 years ago.

What’s most notable about Haston Construction is its lack of subcontractors. For over 40 years, Haston has relied only on its own employees to build its homes, and has avoided using subcontractors. The firm holds licenses in both building and electrical work within North and South Carolina. Over the years, Haston has renovated many of Charlotte’s most historic homes and landmarks. The firm is a member of many prestigious organizations such as NARI, the NKBA, and the NKBA Eastern Carolinas, and also holds an A+ accreditation with the BBB.

12) Carolina Classic Builders

10612-D Providence Rd, Ste 203 Charlotte, NC 28277

Founded by Evan Weiss, Carolina Classic Builders is an A+ BBB accredited firm that has over 60 years of combined experience in the construction industry. Since its establishment in 2007, the firm has fostered many relationships with its team of reliable contractors and vendors. The team is also up-to-date with the latest in the industry, including green and energy efficient options that help reduce utility requirements. As a result, Carolina was recognized in 2016 as a Gator 100; an award that recognizes 100 of the fastest growing companies that are owned or managed by the University of Florida alumni.

Founder Evan Weiss is a member of the National Association of home builders (NAHB), the Rotary, and the JCC board of directors. Since starting his career, Weiss was included in the Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, Distinguished Builder, Quality Recognition, Construction Volume, Rookie of the Year, Gator 100, Professional Builder Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Nationally, Professional Remodeler Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Nationally, and Gator 100.

11) Distinctive Design/Build/Remodel

338 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 122, Charlotte, NC 28211

Founded in 1997, Distinctive Design/Build/Remodel is a full-service home remodeling and custom home building firm that specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, whole house remodeling, and custom home builds. It is a member of the NAHB, the NARI, the NKBA, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA).

The firm won a Contractor of the Year award in 2013, then again from 2015 to 2018. In 2014, it won the Chrysalis award for a stunning kitchen remodel in Lake Davidson, Morrisville. While the kitchen exhibits fine craftsmanship and artistry, it is still a chef’s kitchen and has multiple work spaces. One of its most striking features is the corbel ceiling which extends over a curved seating bar. The corbel is mixed with several layers of Venetian plaster which is a mixture of aged lime, marble dust, and pigment. Polished by hand, it is incredibly durable and possesses a luxurious, antique look.

For more than 30 years, Distinctive Design/Build/Remodel’s founder Vince Busby has been working the construction business. He started off building apartment complexes with his father in New Mexico and Florida. There, Busby got hands-on experience in all areas of residential construction and construction management. After becoming a NARI certified remodeler, Busby also became one of the few certified remodelers in the Charlotte-Metro area, and the only certified remodeler working on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island.

10) Craftsmen Construction

4745 Silabert Ave., Charlotte, NC  28205

Opening 67 years ago in 1951, Craftsmen Construction is a remodeling firm that helped Charlotte evolve into the city it is now. During its years of building quality homes, the firm has became a member of the HBAC, was certified Lead safe, and has been the recipient of several awards from prestigious organizations.

Most notably, Qualified Remodelers Magazine included the firm on its Top 500 remodelers list from 2001 to 2008. In 2001 (the firm’s 50th year), it was included in Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50. The firm also won the Home Builders Association of Charlotte’s Remodelers Council’s Excellence in Remodeling contest in 2008, bagging the Gold award for Best in Show. Even with its lengthy experience, Craftsmen Construction’s team still continues to educate itself with the latest trends and best building practices to keep the firm’s premier renovator status in Charlotte. Established by Boyce Brown Jr., the firm is now headed by David Brown, who personally oversees the growth of his team.

9) Paul Kowalski Builders

416 Crompton Street, Charlotte, NC 28273

Paul Kowalski Builders practices sound and often innovative construction techniques that consistently result in high-quality homes. This firm has a solid reputation, with its clients calling founder Paul Kowalski and his team “high quality” with “impressive attention to details”. These high quality products may be the result of Kowalski’s experience of working for a large, regional builder for seven years as a signature builder of semi-custom homes.

In 2018, the firm was included in the Remodeling Big 50, and has an A+ accreditation with the BBB. One of its most notable projects is a kitchen remodel that takes advantage of a wide space that is highlighted by the natural light warming the room.

8) DiFabion Remodeling

3421-M St. Vardell Lane, Charlotte, NC 28217

The goal was to become the best local mid-sized firm in Charlotte. Founder Mike DiFabion kept this in mind since the company’s establishment in 2000. Soon, the DiFabion team was able to build over 1,500 remodeling projects that varied from transforming kitchens and baths, to many other home areas.

Following the founder’s goal, the firm has collected numerous awards. From 2003 straight through 2018, the firm received NARI’s Contractor of the Year awards. In addition to these prestigious awards, the firm also won the People’s Choice Award, the Guild Quality Master Award, the Southern Ideal Home Show, and an Excellence Award. DiFabion remodeling is a member of Remodeler’s Advantage, NARI, and the NAHB. It is also a Green builder and has an A+ accreditation with the BBB.

7) Case Design/Remodeling

3421-M St. Vardell Lane, Charlotte, NC 28217

Case Design/Remodeling is a member of the NKBA, the NAHB, the HBAC, and NARI. Case Design/Remodeling also has a team of award-winning professional designers, project developers, and careful craftsmen who helped the firm win numerous awards.

The firm’s most recent award is from 2017 when it won Contractor of the Year for the Best Kitchen Over $150k and Best Exterior $100k to $200k categories. In the same year, it also won the Chrysalis Award for Residential Exterior. This project involved the addition of a large front porch that transformed an old 1970s split-level home into a more classic transitional home. Another Case Design/Remodeling project is a remodel that involved an open concept living room redesign in an eclectic style. 75% of the home’s ground floor was redesigned to shift the kitchen and mudrooms to opposite ends of the house for better flow. Several windows were also repositioned to optimize daylight.

6) Guthmann Construction

10720 Carmel Commons Boulevard #300, Charlotte, NC 28226

Widely respected for excellence in the architecture and construction industries, this design-build firm has over 25 years of experience. The firm has produced projects that vary in size and extend from small bathroom fixes to award-winning whole house renovations. One of these projects is a kitchen renovation that was featured in the 2016 issue of Before and After Kitchens and Baths, a special publication of Better Homes and Gardens.

Guthmann Construction has won multiple Contractor of the Year Awards and Excellence in Remodeling Awards from the National Association of Home Builders each year since 2001. In addition to this, it won seven People’s Choice Awards in the Southern Living Home Shows. In 2003, the Charlotte Business Journal selected the firm for the Top 25 Remodelers list. The firm was founded in 1992 by Rich Guthmann and in 2006 partnered with GrayDesign Architecture’s Tony L. Gray to offer their clients the seamless teamwork that produces quality homes. Guthmann Construction is a member of the NAHB, the HBAC, the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA), and the NKBA.

5) DeRhodes Construction

1125 East Morehead St. Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28204

A company that focuses on customer relationships, attention to detail, and quality, DeRhodes Construction offers custom residential and light commercial services along with new construction and remodeling in both North and South Carolina. Founder Eddie DeRhodes, who established the firm in 2004, has an architecture degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Combining his education and the firm’s highly-skilled workforce possessing years of construction experience, the firm has earned multiple awards and recognitions. Some of its most notable awards include Contractor of the Year awards from NARI. These prestigious awards date from 2008, and 2011 through 2016. Along with these CoTY awards, the firm also gained three Parade of Playhomes awards from NARI. The most recent playhome was recognized for the best architectural design.

In addition to these awards, the firm was also featured in the Charlotte Urban Home Magazine and Remodeling Magazine for an elegant marble bath remodel that also won a Merit Award from the magazine’s 2013 Design Awards. The firm is also a member of NARI and has an A+ accreditation with the BBB.

4) Alair

3926 Miriam Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205

For more than 15 years, Alair has worked with Charlotte’s best suppliers and subcontractors. The firm has been recognized with numerous awards, including twelve Contractor of the Year awards from the NARI of Greater Charlotte, four Best of The Lake Awards from the Lake Norman Home Builders Association, and a spot in Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50. The firm is also a member of the NAH, NARI, the NKBA, the HBAC, and the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA). As a firm that has won many awards and is affiliated with many prestigious organizations, it has many beautiful projects. One of its most notable projects is a full remodel in Colville that features a unique mix of the traditional and modern design with large, welcoming windows that pull in natural light.

The firm’s founder, Duane Johns, previously served on the board of directors for the NARI of Greater Charlotte. Currently, he is on the Lake Norman Home Builders Association board of directors and the LKN Remodelers Council.

3) Simonini Homes

501 East Morehead Suite 4, Charlotte, NC 28202

Simonini Homes is a third generation family-owned home building and renovation company, founded by John Tammaro in 2010.  Simonini’s 40+ years in the industry and their reputation as the Southeast’s premier custom home builder is the result of a skilled team of employees that provide exceptional customer service and superior craftsmanship to each of their clients, as the cornerstone of their business.

The firm’s legacy includes the “triple crown” of homebuilding awards, being named the National Builder of the Year, America’s Best Builder, and the recipient of the Professional Builder Magazine’s National Housing Quality Gold Award.  In addition,

Simonini was inducted into the William Marvin Hall of Fame for Residential Design. This award celebrates architects and builders with a history of delivering remarkable residential design. The team has also been included in the list of America’s Top Remodelers for a number of years. 

2) Metropolitan Builders

2103 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28203

Founded in 1986, Metropolitan Builders began as a small remodeling firm that wanted to build, renovate, and remodel custom homes in Charlotte. But since founder Dominick Ristiano commits to superior workmanship and unparalleled customer service, the firm did more than general contracting. Knowing no boundaries, the firm encompases Metropolitan Electric, Metropolitan Kitchen & Bath, and the Metropolitan Design on South showroom. This firm is also a member of the NKBA, the NAHB, NARI, and has an A+ accreditation with the BBB.

The firm has a long list of awards, with the most recent ones from 2012 when NARI awarded it the National Contractor of the Year Award, Best Project in the USA. In the same year, one of its kitchen projects won the Chrysalis National Gold Award for the Best Kitchen Renovation over $100k. The NAHB also gave it the Gold Award for the Best Kitchen over $100k. The have even been awarded a Janus Award, one of only three given in the United States, for sweeping the National Chrysalis Award, the National Master Design Builder Award, and the National Qualified Remodeler Award. 

Metropolitan Builders has been featured in magazines such as Better Home and Gardens, Charlotte Magazine, Kitchen and Home Architectural Trends, Southpark Magazine, Southern Living, and QC Exclusive.

QC Exclusive featured its renovation on a Myers Park colonial style home that started out as a small project to fix the first-floor kitchen, the porch, and the master bedroom and bath. The renovations progressed into every room and soon converted the whole house into one that catered to the homeowner’s growing family while keeping its traditional style. The most notable room is the library that presents a snug and welcoming feel enhanced by the fireplace.

1)Andrew Roby

2000 W Morehead St., Charlotte, NC

Before its establishment in 1950, Andrew Roby was nothing more than a one-man remodeling firm. But by providing exceptional quality, craftsmanship and excellent customer service, Andrew Roby became the premier custom residential contractor of the Carolinas. Two years after Andrew Robicsek founded the company, he hired Glenn Haston as Superintendent. For 25 years, they worked together to establish the growing organization’s reputation. In 1976, Haston bought the firm. Today, the second and third generation of Haston’s extended family work for the company.

During Andrew Roby’s 68 years of building luxury homes, the firm was featured in countless publications such as the Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte Home Design and Decor, Charlotte Home and Garden Magazine, and SouthPark Magazine. Recently, Southpark Magazine discussed the firm’s work on a pool house designed alongside local landscape architect J’Nell Bryson. The firm has done countless beautiful projects, including custom homes, remodels, renovations, and handyman services, but its most striking project is a full home remodel in the transitional style. This project won the 2013 Lake Norman HBA Best of the Lake Awards – Best Existing Home Renovation $276k – $500k and the 2014 HBA Charlotte Excellence in Remodeling Awards – Gold in Interior Renovation.

Recently, the Charlotte Business Journal recognized the firm as one of the fastest growing private companies, and included it in the 2014 and 2013 Fast 50. Charlotte Magazine also praised it, awarding the firm with the Best of the Best awards from 2013 to 2016. The firm is a member of NARI, the Home Builders Association of Greater Charlotte (HBAGC), and the Lake Norman Home Builders Association (LNHBA).

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  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management