Though a small and unassuming state, Connecticut features beautiful natural scenery, including coastal marshes, beaches, and mountains. The state also has impressive buildings of various styles, ranging from European Colonial to American Farmhouse. Connecticut is home to Yale University, which, apart from being one of the most respected universities in the United States, has also been hailed by the New York Times as “an outdoor museum of architecture.” The buildings that make up Yale’s campus feature American architectural styles of the last 100 years.
Although Hartford is Connecticut’s capital city, the state’s most populated area is in southwestern Connecticut, which is known as the Gold Coast. The high incomes of the Gold Coast’s residents are reflected by the area’s high property costs. Dotting the Gold Coast in towns such as Darien, Greenwich, and New Canaan are luxurious waterfront homes. Building and renovating these homes are talented general contractors, of which the top 15 in Connecticut are listed here.
15) Acadia Design-Build
| 48 Pinto Ln, Monroe, CT
Acadia Design-Build is a full-service design-build firm that provides custom home building, home additions, and home remodeling services in Fairfield County and other nearby areas. The company has built several luxury homes in Cheshire, Milford, Weston, and the Fairfield Beach Club. Under the supervision of owners and business partners, Brian Burdo and Glenn Blanchette, the firm’s licensed builders personally manage all projects to ensure a high-quality construction process.
Driven by three core concepts—vision, communication, and trust—the firm has successfully built and remodeled several modern and classic homes. One of the firm’s most notable projects is the kitchen remodel of a 3,800-square foot craftsman-style beach house. The kitchen was reorganized so that the homeowners could cook while enjoying the ocean view.
14) Kitchen and Bath Design + Construction
| 13 Sedgwick Road, West Hartford, CT, 06107
One of the firms listed in Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 Remodeling Companies in 2015 is Kitchen and Bath Design + Construction (KBDC). For more than 25 years, the company has been providing kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, interior renovations, and home additions services in all areas of the city of Hartford. KBDC’s team of skilled professionals are focused on and committed to delivering excellent customer service by guiding their clients through all decisions of the construction process.
The firm is owned and led by Lorey Cavanaugh—a certified kitchen and bath designer and a member of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association. One of KBDC’s most recent projects was a kitchen, powder room, and master bath remodeling project for a home in West Hartford County. Notably, the firm carefully blended country and industrial designs.
13) VAS Construction
| 20 Old Kings Hwy South, Darien, CT, 06820
Since 1983, VAS construction has been providing general contracting, home additions, and custom home building services in communities across southwest and northeast Connecticut. The company is owned and operated by Vincent Sciarretta—a hands-on builder who works closely with his clients to perfectly craft every detail of their home. His in-depth knowledge of stone masonry contributes to the uniqueness of each residence he has built.
Though most of the awards the firm has received have been for custom homes, the firm has also earned awards for its remodeling projects, including the Home Builders and Remodelers Association’s (HBRA) 2012 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Award for Best Fairfield County Residential Remodel within $500,000–$750,000. The red brick walls and steel staircase railings give the house an industrial look, which is balanced by the wooden furniture and stone fireplace, which create a rustic, warm, and cozy feel. The house is located in a small town called Darien in the heart of Fairfield County.
12) Ricci Construction Group, Inc.
| 986 South Main Street Cheshire, CT, 06410
Ricci Construction Group, Inc. is an exceptional builder and remodeler in Cheshire who has been serving New Haven and Hartford Counties for more than 30 years. The firm offers a range of construction services, including custom home building, home addition building, and basement, bathroom, and kitchen remodeling. The firm prides itself on its ability to redesign and remodel any kind of home. The company is a one-stop, full-service builder and remodeler that provides all the engineering and design facets necessary to complete construction projects.
With John Ricci’s leadership, the company continues to deliver award-winning results, including the 2011 HOBI Award for Outstanding Residential Remodel for a project in North Haven County. The exterior of the 4,000-square foot home is made of stucco walls with stone accents inspired by European Colonial homes. Though the cabinets, countertops, and other elements are newly installed, the entire house retains the elegant ambiance of a Victorian home.
11) Brom Builders, Inc.
| 163 Boston Post Road, Waterford, CT, 06385
While Brom Builders, Inc. is primarily recognized for its design-build, custom home projects, the company is also experienced in remodeling and rebuilding residential projects. For more than 40 years, Brom Builders has been serving coastal and waterfront communities, historic districts, and both big and small neighborhoods throughout southeastern and south-central Connecticut. The firm lives up to its reputation as a professional builder, as it carefully considers all the details of a project to ensure that clients are happy with their new or improved home.
Brom Builders is a family-owned business operated by Joe, Mike, and Rico Mastronunzio. With its managerial experience and passion for construction, the firm continues to produce award-winning works. These awards include the 2017 and 2016 HOBI Awards for Outstanding New London County Home Under 3,000 SF.
10) Sapia Builders Corp.
| 62 Neck Road, Old Lyme, CT, 06371
Sapia Builders Corp. has been serving prestigious communities in New England for almost 60 years. The company offers custom home building, home remodeling, and general contracting services for residential and commercial projects. One of the firm’s unique features is that it builds and remodels luxurious homes along the Connecticut shoreline. These projects often involve careful planning and innovative designs to create homes that can withstand beachfront conditions.
With more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Nick Sapia, a third-generation builder of the Sapia family, personally manages every project and maintains a strong relationship with his subcontractors to successfully build high-quality homes. An example of the firm’s major remodeling work is a modern, mid-century home located in south-central Connecticut. The house received two 2015 HOBI Awards for Best Residential Remodel $500k–$750k and Best Kitchen Remodel Under $200k.
9) Blansfield Builders
| 2 High Fields Drive, Danbury, CT, 06811
Blansfield Builders is a custom home building, remodeling, and general contracting company in Fairfield County. The firm aims to provide the best knowledge, craftsmanship, commitment, professionalism, customer service, and financial stability in all its projects. Established in 1985, Blansfield Builders has been receiving awards from multiple organizations since 1987.
Under the leadership of owner Jim Blansfield, the company’s team of talented professionals has been offering their services to clients across southwestern Connecticut and Westchester, New York. One of the firm’s most notable projects is a home remodel in Larch Drive, Danbury City. The house is a single-family shingle with contemporary interior designs and unique cabinetry woodwork in its bathrooms and kitchen area. The project won a HOBI Award this year for the Best Residential Remodel within a price range of $750,000–$1 million.
8) By Carrier
| Hartford, CT, 06001
Although By Carrier is primarily a custom home builder, the company also offers home additions and home remodeling services in several towns within northwestern, south-central, and southwestern Connecticut. As a certified Energy Star partner, the firm promotes energy-efficient construction practices and the use of green building materials. The company is known for combining different parts of a house to make the home appear more spacious. Guided by old-fashioned values, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to quality craftsmanship, By Carrier’s team of superb project managers and craftsmen consistently produce unique, high-quality homes.
Owned and operated by the Carrier family, the company has built several homes that have received multiple HOBI Awards, including this year’s Best Single-Family Home in the category of houses worth $600,000–750,000. The firm’s most recent award-winning remodeling project was a 2,400-square foot house in Milford. It was honored with a HOBI Award for Best New Haven County Residential Remodel in 2017 in the category of homes worth $250,000–500,000.
7) Design Builders and Remodeling, Inc.
904 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield, CT, 06877
For more than 30 years, Design Builders and Remodeling, Inc. has been providing design-build, professional design, custom home building, room additions, and residential remodeling services to several neighborhoods within Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. The company is owned and operated by David H. Adams—a Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Green Professional.
Many of his clients repeatedly request his services because of his professionalism and ability to deliver successful results. Design Builders and Remodeling has also been recognized by multiple magazines, including The News-Times and Ridgefield Magazine. The firm was also listed as one of the top 50 remodelers in the entire country by Remodeling Magazine.
6) Advantage Contracting
| 44 Waterside Lane, Clinton, CT, 06413
Advantage Contracting is a custom home builder and remodeler that has built and improved several luxurious homes in the metro areas and coastline regions of Connecticut. The firm specializes in new home construction, home additions, renovations, and outdoor living spaces. Advantage’s vast experience in handling all kinds of projects—from elegant urban renovations to private seaside retreats and mountain hideaways—is one reason the company was named the 2017 HOBI Builder of the Year.
With an impressive portfolio of high-end homes, owner Jarett Kravitz is a respected member of the local chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the HBRA. Among his multitude of awards is a HOBI Award for Outstanding Hartford County Custom Home in 2015 and Best Bathroom Remodel in Connecticut in 2012. His expertise in producing large and extravagant structures using hand-crafted woodwork is his trademark as a builder and remodeler. Advantage Contracting is frequently awarded for best custom homes, best kitchen remodels, and best bathroom remodels in Connecticut.
5) Significant Homes LLC
| 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT, 06840
Customers who are in need of whole-house renovation or dream of building 7,000 to 12,000-square foot mansions can turn to Significant Homes. This firm has provided custom home building, home remodeling, renovations, and additions to several towns in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Westchester, New York. With 45 years in the industry, Significant Homes has developed the ability to construct and upgrade the most intricate and luxurious homes. The types of homes the firm works on vary in architectural style—from French Country and American Colonial to Greek Revival and Contemporary Farmhouse.
One of the firm’s most notable projects is a 1940s stone cottage in Fairfield County. The project was a major renovation designed by Charles Hilton Architects. The architects and builders decided to retain some of the home’s fieldstone but add classic windows and doors to create a Georgian Revival feel. Meanwhile, inside the cottage, the builders installed a farmhouse-style kitchen to create a warm and comfortable ambiance. The project was included in the 2017 A-List Awards by At Home Magazine.
| 5 Elm St., New Canaan, CT, 06840
Although RRBuilders has only been operating for 15 years, it has already received several awards from the local chapter of the Home Builders Association (HBA), such as the 2016 Best Residential Remodel Award, and recognition in several publications, including At Home Magazine, HGTV Magazine, and Design + Decor. The firm offers custom home building, home renovations, and special projects in neighborhoods within Fairland County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. Among the firm’s specialty projects are wine cellars, bars and billiard rooms, home theaters, gyms, spas, and pools. Guided by three core concepts—good architecture, solid construction, and livable design—the company successfully creates and upgrades elegant, high-end homes.
Founder and owner, Rich Rosano, has developed a reputation for honesty, integrity, and transparency, as well as for creating excellent custom homes, pool houses, media rooms, and more. One of his award-winning residential remodeling projects was a complete waterfront home renovation in Port Chester, New York.
3) Fore Group
| 4 Jefferson Crossing, Farmington, CT, 06032
With glowing testimonials and recommendations from its clients, Fore Group has developed a reputation for being a top-of-the-line custom home builder and remodeler in Connecticut. Many of the firm’s clients compliment Fore’s high-class services and attention to detail. The firm specializes in custom home building, energy-efficient homes, home additions, home remodeling, and restoration. Fore Group has built several homes and conducted many home makeovers in areas within New Canaan, Westport, Fairfield, Greenwich, and other nearby neighborhoods.
The company is owned and operated by Fotis Dulos—one of the premier builders of Hartford’s Farmington Valley. His background in applied mathematics and finance has helped him efficiently communicate with his clients the analytics behind each project, such as costing, sequencing, and management. With his first-rate customer service, Dulos is an esteemed member of several homebuilding organizations, including the NAHB and the local chapter of the HBRA. An example of his best work is a lower-level remodel of a 10,000–15,000-square foot custom home in Marlborough, Hartford County. The project cost about $6–7 million. Fore Group recreated and divided the space into areas with different functions, including an expansive home theater, a comfortable sauna, a room with eight bunk beds, a huge playroom, a cool bar, and a billiard room. This masterpiece received 2018 HOBI Awards for Best Lower Level Remodel and Best Custom Home 10,000–15,000 square feet.
2) BPC Green Builders
| 523 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT, 06897
BPC Green Builders is a pioneer builder in Connecticut that specializes in designing and constructing sustainable homes. The firm leverages its extensive knowledge of new green building technologies to create energy-efficient homes. The firm is a licensed new home contractor, home improvement contractor, and professional engineer in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties in Connecticut as well as Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties in New York’s Hudson Valley.
BPC Green Builders was established in 1998 by brothers Mike and Chris Trolle. Mike Trolle is a member of the Green Homes Committee of the Connecticut Green Building Council, which he established and then chaired for many years, while Chris Trolle is a licensed professional engineer in Connecticut and New York with over 25 years of experience in construction management. The Trolle brothers lead a team of certified, licensed, and trained architects, designers, green builders, and engineers. Their educational background and professional training are major factors in their ability to create aesthetic, functional, and energy-efficient homes. Among their award-winning remodeling projects was a fully renovated colonial-style house in Ridgefield. The renovation included a kitchen and family room expansion and an insulation upgrade. The house won a Silver Award in 2015 from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- U.S. Green Building Council for Homes.
1) Davenport Contracting
78 Harvard Avenue, Stamford, CT, 06902
Known for building and renovating some of the most spectacular homes in Connecticut and New York, Davenport Contracting is one of the most preferred builders of top architecture and design firms in both states. Among the designers they have worked with are Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz of Marks & Frantz, who were the set designers of the 2008 film Sex and the City. In collaboration with the New York-based design firm, Davenport renovated a 6,355-square foot, colonial home on the Connecticut shoreline. The company offers custom home building, home renovations, room additions, and property management.
The firm is owned by Brian MacDonald, who understands that choosing a builder or a remodeler for your home turns into a long-term relationship, which is why he is determined to complete every project successfully. An example of one of his award-winning projects is a top to bottom restoration of an antique, rural home in Connecticut. The home’s interior space was transformed into a modern living area that still emphasizes the space’s beautiful wooden floor, walls, and ceiling. This project earned a HOBI Award for Best Antique Restoration in 2017 and a feature in Design + Decor.