Home to the Rocky Mountains, the Eastern Plains, and the booming city of Denver, the state of Colorado boasts one the most diverse landscapes in the country. Initially thriving due to its rich natural resources, the Centennial State is currently one of the most advanced urban areas in the nation. Colorado’s capital, Denver, is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., while the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area holds most of the state’s population.
In addition to its vivid landscape, Colorado is rich in history and architecture. Native Americans occupied the area that is now Colorado for over 13,000 years before the Spanish Empire claimed it as part of New Mexico. Due to this colorful history, Colorado’s buildings vary widely in style—from Adobe mission houses and charming Craftsman homes to colonial, Victorian, and Tudor revivals. Modern mountain homes and estates inspired by the state’s natural terrain are also popular.
Accommodating and preserving these architectural gems are talented general contractors. Here, we rank the top general contractors in Colorado based on awards, press recognition, glowing reviews, high-end designs, and excellent customer ratings.
15) Camerata Homes
7091 S Sedalia St, Foxfield, CO 80016
Serving the Denver metro area, Camerata Homes builds custom and semi-custom homes and completes large-scale renovations, such as ‘scrape-offs’ (replacing an old home with a new, usually larger, home) and ‘pop-ups’ (which often involve second-story additions). The firm also provides basement finishing, kitchen and bathroom remodels, and other additions.
A member of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metro Denver, Camerata Homes has won various awards, including the HBA Bar Awards for its custom homes and Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence (CAREs) for its renovations. Its most recent award is a 2016 Whole House Remodel Award from the CAREs.
14) Division One Construction
2352 Dayton St, Aurora, CO 80010
Division One Construction provides residential and commercial building in Aurora and its surrounding areas. It specializes in building new custom homes and completing large-scale renovations, including kitchen and bathroom, remodel, pop-up additions, and historical remodels.
The company is notable for remodeling the Jeffrey Beall Brinker Collegiate Institute—a four-story, brick Victorian building built in 1880 that served as the permanent edifice of the Brinker Collegiate Institute until 1889. In addition, the firm won the Gold Award in the 2017 CAREs for its whole-house renovation of a 1980 Dahlia Street home. Its functionality, classic details, great design, and subtle elegance impressed the judges.
13) True North Builders
PO Box 889, Franktown, CO 80116
Providing the Frankton and Denver areas with new custom homes and residential remodels, True North Builders boasts a legacy that spans five generations. Current president Craig Pickrel continued his great-grandfather’s passion for building homes and passed down that passion to his daughters and son-in-law, who now play pivotal roles in the company.
The firm specializes in whole-house renovations, kitchen remodeling, and specialty rooms and additions. Due to its excellent work, the company has won many awards in the remodeling industry, including three CAREs in 2014.
This photo features the firm’s makeover of an outdated ranch home into a mountain haven fit for the Colorado landscape. The exterior finishes were changed to cedar, stone, and stucco, and a covered patio was added to open the main living area. Vaulted timber ceilings with new skylights give the home a warm glow. The project placed second in the CAREs’ Whole House Remodel category in 2014.
12) Consolidated Construction Management
12860 West Cedar Drive, Suite 203, Lakewood, CO 80228
Consolidated Construction Management (CCM) is composed of an award-winning new home and remodel construction management team that works throughout the Denver metropolitan and Front Range areas.
Missouri native Fred Ahlert established the company in 1990. Its project manager, Melissa Lambrecht, is active in the Custom Builder and Remodeler Council of Denver and was awarded Remodeler of the Year in 2015. The team’s leadership and expertise helped the company provide high-quality projects that have received multiple awards in the CAREs as well as a Chrysalis Award.
The firm’s projects range from kitchen remodels to larger home remodels, such as pop-ups and additions. One of the firm’s most notable projects is the 1985 mountain-style home featured in the photo above. This once dated ‘mine shaft’ house was transformed into a mountain contemporary-style home by adding gabled roofs and timber trusses. CCM updated the home with low-maintenance, energy-efficient materials to make the house more sustainable.
11) H&H Builders LLC
12295 Pennsylvania St, Suite 10 B, Denver, CO 80241
H&H Builders offers clients the benefit of over 50 years of combined experience in residential construction and design-build construction, including engineering and design/build remodeling. The firm provides a variety of work—from structural and aesthetic remodeling to historic renovations.
The firm has earned many awards, including multiple CAREs throughout the years. H&H Builders was also included in Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Big 50 list. The photo above features a 2015 winner in the CAREs’ Historic Remodel & Addition category. The home boasts an impressive second-story addition that retains the vintage look of the historic home. The second-floor ‘pop up’ includes a new master bedroom, bathroom, and guest bedroom.
10) Ellis Construction
2975 Valmont Road, Suite 110, Boulder, CO 80301
Ellis Construction is a general contractor based in Boulder that specializes in ground-up construction and renovation of custom homes. Founded in 2002, the firm has built and renovated over 100 homes throughout the city and county. Ellis Construction’s work varies from new custom homes and whole-house renovations to light remodeling and home care.
The firm’s founder, David Ellis, has more than 16 years of experience in custom home building. His expertise and his team’s talent result in excellent, award-winning homes. In 2016, the firm won two CAREs for Whole House Remodel.
The photo above features the firm’s refined remodel of a rustic home in Boulder, which features large timbers contrasted by steel structures. The stained wood of the kitchen island and the floor-to-ceiling glass cabinets complement the stark white paint, creating a simultaneously open and warm ambiance.
9) Associates in Building and Design
4803 Innovation Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525
For over 25 years, family-owned Associates in Building and Design has provided exceptional custom homes and renovations to Fort Collins and the northern Colorado area. The firm has served thousands of clients and has completed a wide range of projects—from complex new homes and whole-house renovations to simple remodels and updates.
Firm founder Bob Peterson has over 35 years of experience in the construction field and was the 2015 North Colorado National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Individual Member of the Year. His daughters, Heather Schreiner, and Alison Johnson are both general managers of the firm. They are integral to the firm’s provision of excellent client service and high-quality projects.
The company has won four regional and one national Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The most recent awardee was a 2015 historic home addition and basement remodel of a Fort Collins ranch house that featured an upgraded two-room bathroom with intricate tiles and a basement transformed into a laundry room and living room.
8) BOA Construction
1385 S Inca St, Denver, CO 80223
BOA Construction is an award-winning custom home builder and remodeler founded by brothers-in-law Tim Pleune and Tim Davis in 1972. Pleune has served as president of the National Association of Remodeling Industry’s Denver chapter and the Associated Builders and Contractors. More than 45 years later, the company is now owned by five partners who all embody Pleune and Davis’ dedication and work ethic.
The firm is a leader in not only Denver’s but also Colorado’s residential home industry, with multiple award-winning projects recognized in the CAREs and the NAHB Awards. The company and its work have also been featured in Luxe Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. The firm’s projects can be found in several affluent neighborhoods, including Cherry Hills Village, Castle Pines, Summit County, and the Denver Country Club.
The project featured in the photo above is a 6,000 square-foot whole-house remodel. The new home features stone, steel, and walnut interior finishes, which create a warm and inviting environment. Its creative architectural elements include a custom wine storage structure, a floating stairway, and folding wall assemblies.
7) Denver Design Build LLC
100 Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223
Denver Design Build LLC began as a home construction company in 2010. It has since expanded to include commercial construction but has not lost its goal to become premier home builders in the Denver metro area. The firm’s residential projects include exterior and interior remodels, additions, and custom home building.
Denver Design Build’s work has been featured by several national and state magazines and journals, such as the US Builders Review and Modern Builder Magazine. The firm is a five-time winner of the Best Homebuilder Award in Denver Business Magazine’s Best of Colorado Awards. The firm has also won three awards in the 2016 Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence, including the Silver award for detached structure.
The award-winning detached structure in the photo above is an industrial-style garage that was part of an exterior remodel of a Craftsman home. The pop of orange of the garage door and back entrance contrasts with the stained metal walls. The addition complements the eclectic update of the house, which features a teal door and lime green ceiling accent against a gray structure.
6) Finished Basement Company
1205 S. Platte River Drive, GL 100, Denver, CO 80223
Finished Basement Company has found its own niche in the remodeling industry by specializing in basement remodeling for both new and historic projects. From Star Trek-inspired game rooms to sophisticated wine cellars, the firm’s projects take on a wide array of designs and styles and can accommodate everything clients want and need. The company recently added a new department called ReThink ReModel, which handles kitchen and bathroom remodeling (or upstairs remodeling).
Established by Patrick Condon, this award-winning company initially gained recognition in 1997 when it was featured in the Rocky Mountain News’ Spotlight Section. Two decades later, the company has designed, built, and renovated over thousands of basements and has remodeled kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces in the Denver metro area. These projects earned multiple CAREs, Chrysalis Awards, Contractor of the Year Awards, and a Master of Design Award from Qualified Remodeler.
The award-winning basement featured in the photo above features exposed wood beam ceilings, recessed wall features, and arched doorways, which add drama and style to space, as well as traditional dark-stained furniture, which adds warmth. The basement also includes a family room with a TV wall and fireplace, a pool table, a wet bar, and a gym. This remodels won a 2013 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence, a 2013 CARE in the Luxury Basement Category, and a 2013 Professional Remodeler Design Award.
5) Melton Design Build
3082 Sterling Circle, Boulder, CO 80301
Melton Design Build has completed hundreds of home renovation and home remodeling projects, including additions, bathrooms, pop-ups, and basements in the Boulder area. It is the first remodeling firm to earn the Building Analyst Professional Certification by the Building Performance Institute and one of a handful of Energy Star-certified general contractors in the state.
In 1993, the firm was founded by Colorado native Ty Melton, who has worked with the city and county of Boulder to develop green building practices and is an active member of Remodeler’s Advantage. Melton uses his experience in and insights into the building industry to improve the company’s performance and provide award-winning projects to homeowners.
The company has received a Chrysalis Award, several Master Design Awards, the NARI Contractor of the Year Awards, and several CAREs. The firm also won GuildMaster Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction in 2012 and 2013.
4) Classic Homeworks
3430 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Classic Homeworks is a design-build remodeler in Denver that provides elegant and luxurious remodels and renovations. Led by Kelli Cost, the company utilizes and promotes green building techniques in its projects, such as kitchen and bath remodels and historic home renovations.
Its progressive techniques and high customer satisfaction have earned the firm awards from several different organizations and recognition in various magazines. For instance, the firm has been named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies by the ColoradoBiz in four different years (most recently in 2018). It has also won multiple NARI Contractor of the Year Awards, multiple CAREs, and a Historic Living Award. The Better Business Bureau has also awarded Classic Homeworks’ 13 Gold Star Awards for its exceptional customer service.
One of the company’s most notable projects is the award-winning historic renovation of an 1890 Victorian home shown in the photo above. The house was restored and renovated to preserve its charm, and modern amenities were added to the kitchen. Moreover, a designated space for the owners’ board game collection was provided. An office was made by dividing the living room with doors salvaged from the original Union Station. This renovation won a Colorado Award for Remodeling Excellence in 2016.
3) HighCraft Builders
429 South Howes Street Fort Collins, CO 80521
This Boulder-based general contractor is a premier remodeler and custom home builder. The firm’s extensive experience and large portfolio include restoring homes of historic importance dating from the early 1900s, remodeling homes for inclusive housing and universal design, and green remodeling.
Dwight Sailer and Bryan Soth founded the company in 1998. Bryan is a Minneapolis native who studied in France and Italy before going into remodeling, while Dwight grew up in California and started his building career right after high school as a custom building apprentice. Their combined experiences make HighCraft Builders flexible in terms of different styles and adept in bringing high-quality craftsmanship to any project. Their projects have won various awards statewide and nationwide.
One the firm’s recent projects, the Spanish Bay renovation featured in the photo above, won two 2016 Chrysalis Awards: the Regional Historic Renovation Award and a National Specialty Item Award. The renovation features dramatic artisan metalwork and cutting-edge smart home technology. This same HighCraft whole-house remodel also won Best Kitchen and Best Master Suite Awards during the 2015 Parade of Homes sponsored by the HBA of Northern Colorado.
2) Old Greenwich Builders
110 Cook St, Denver, CO 80206
Old Greenwich Builders has made a name for itself as one of the top contractors in Colorado with its long list of awards and extensive portfolio, which includes grand custom homes and large-scale remodels. Its projects encompass modern, contemporary, classical, and vintage styles created using green and eco-friendly techniques. Its partnerships with top architecture firms and a vast network of subcontractors make Old Greenwich Builders fit for any type and size of construction.
The company has won various prestigious awards, including CAREs from the HBA Metro Denver Chapter, Architects’ Choice Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Robert and Judi Newman awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
The project featured in the photo above won an AIA Architects’ Choice Award in 2014 and a Certificate of Merit from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The firm renovated this beautiful colonial home by updating its kitchen and living room with modern amenities and furniture while maintaining its vintage charm.
1) Beck Building Company
PO Box 4030 Vail, CO 81658
Based in the town of Vail, which is famous for its ski resort and luxurious homes, the Beck Building Company builds custom mountain homes, luxury remodels, and upscale additions. Its residential projects range from huge legacy homes built for accommodating generations of growing families to modern vacation homes with foreign influences.
Since 1972, Beck Building Company and its projects have been featured in various local and nationwide luxury home magazines, such as Colorado Homes, Luxe, and Western Art & Architecture. Along with press recognition, the firm has earned several prestigious awards, such as Chrysalis Awards and the NARI Contractor of the Year Award. The firm is also recognized as the remodeler of the Bell Tower, which is one of the most iconic buildings in Vail.
One of the firm’s most notable projects is a mountain home addition called the Spirit Center. This 1,200 square-foot, two-story octagonal addition is built adjacent to the main home. The main level features a cupola at the center of the room, while a health and fitness center is located downstairs. In 2013, the firm received a national Chrysalis Award for excellence in remodeling in the Green Category for this project.
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