Washington, D.C. is home to the seat of the United States federal government, and is recognized as a significant world political capital. Years of history have been made in this city, and most of its structures are monumental and historical, namely, the Capitol Building, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the National Museum. These structures commonly feature Neoclassical, Victorian, Georgian Colonial and Greek Revival architectural styles, which also heavily influenced the designs of residences in the area. A refined version of the Georgian Colonial architecture- known as the Federal style- currently dominates neighborhoods in D.C.
Today, buying a new home in Washington, D.C. would cost an average of $590,000, based on statistics published on Zillow.com. Remodeling an existing home may be a smarter choice for those who want to spend less but wish to give their home a fresh and modern look. Whole-house renovations are also perfect for homeowners who enjoy their location but are in need of a entire home upgrade. Whatever remodeling service needed, we have compiled a list of the best general contractors that can provide exceptional service. We looked into the number of awards, recognitions received, years of experience, and the type of work of every firm listed below.
Website | 202-215-2468 | 4358 Argyle Terrace NW, Washington, DC, 20011
DE-design is a licensed architect and builder in DC and Maryland that offers architecture design, home remodeling, and new construction services. For 14 years, the firm has built and updated homes with modern, contemporary and traditional designs that can cost up to four million dollars. The company provides these services guided by their understanding of what customers are really looking for- “a clean and practical design with a touch of individuality”. DE-design provides a design-build approach in every project to deliver the best results that will meet or even exceed its client’s expectations.
The company is owned and operated by Damian Parsons, a fourth generation architect in the family. He began his career as a partner in a small firm in Argentina which built such significant structures as Aguas Argentinas and Edificio Institucional. Today, his own company has earned its name in DC by winning multiple awards, including the 2017 Regional Award for Entire House Remodel worth $750,000 to $1,000,000 from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), as well as several design awards from Qualified Remodeler and the Chrysalis Awards.
14) The Levine Group
Website | 301-585-4848 | 2323 B Stewart Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Since 1987, The Levine Group has been improving homes for clients based in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The company specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, but also offer room additions, whole house renovations, and design-build services as well. In each project, its team of professional designers and craftsman prioritize the improvement of the functionality of every home. Whether homeowners request for a $100,000 kitchen makeover or a whole house remodel over $500,000, The Levine Group has the years of experience to create impressive home transformations.
The firm is owned and operated by Jerry Levine, a former elementary school teacher who found his passion for designing kitchen and baths. For over 30 years, he has been dedicated to creating unique designs made to fit his customer’s lifestyle. Today, his company is a member of NARI, which gave The Levine Group several awards- including Residential Kitchen over $150,000 Finalist Award, and a Residential Bath worth $30,000 – $60,000 Grand Award in the year 2009. In 2007, Jerry Levine was the featured kitchen designer in September/October 2007 issue of Bethesda Magazine.
13) Four Brothers LLC
Website | 202-423-8703 | 4009 Georgia Ave NW, Washington DC 20011
Four Brothers LLC is a full service design-build firm that offers full house/condominium renovations, home additions and home remodeling services. Since 2006, the company has been serving all areas of the DC metro area. The company works on major home improvement projects that cost up to two million dollars. It is owned by the four Johnson brothers — Alfred, Ben, Kent and Leroy — who are skilled and trained wood craftsmen since high school.
The homes improved by the firm usually feature traditional, contemporary, craftsman and modern styles. Several publications have articles about the stunning upgrades made by the firm which can be found in magazines such as Bethesda, Remodeling Magazine and USA Today. Among its notable projects is a full renovation of townhouse in 2016. The home showcases the unique wooden floors, beams and furniture combined perfectly with white painted walls. The hint of red and grey brick walls and some minimalist home decors give the house an industrial look. Today, the company is one of the respected members of NARI and a Certified Green Builder by the USGBC.
12) KohlMark Group
Website | 703-764-1200 | 5206-B Rolling Road, Burke, VA, 22015
With more than 50 years of experience as a general contractor, KohlMark Group has been serving neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. and Virginia. A design-build firm that offers home remodeling, additions, renovations and custom homes, the company works on small and major projects that reach up to ten million dollars. The type of homes the firm renovates vary in designs from Contemporary to Colonial styles.
The firm is spearheaded by two top architects and builders in the area; Mark Kohler and Thomas Flach. Both are distinguished members of the American Institute of Architects. Many of their clients describe them as skillful and honest professionals. An example of their outstanding project is a historic renovation of Colonial farmhouse in Virginia. Its homeowners requested to expand the living and entertainment areas to create a space where their family can gather together more often. KohlMark’s projects that involve major additions and renovations have earned numerous awards, including a Chrysalis Award for the regional residential addition category in 2018 and a bronze award from Qualified Remodeler for residential addition over $250,000.
11) Superior Home Services, Inc.
Website | 202-340-7484 | 2164 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20007
Another full-service design-build firm based in D.C. is Superior Homes Services, serving clients from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. for the past 25 years. The company specializes in new home construction, high-end remodeling, custom homes and historical restoration. Over the years, the company has developed a reputation for unique design, quality construction, expert knowledge, and exceptional service, which makes it one of the most trusted builders and remodelers in the city. The company has improved and built homes worth up to five million dollars. Whether homeowners want a traditional townhouse or a modern estate, the company’s team of expert designers and builders have the knowledge and the many years of experience needed to create a comfortable and beautiful living space.
Superior Home Services is owned and operated by Daniel Steinkoler, an active member of the NARI DC chapter and the Georgetown Business Association. The company’s work has been featured in Arlington Magazine and received CoTY awards from NARI. One such project in Bethesda, Maryland won a 2014 CoTY for the residential addition over $500K category. The existing home was transformed into a contemporary house that features full-glass doors and plain white walls to allow natural light to brighten up the whole house.
10) Glass Construction
Website | 202-362-6012 | 3307 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Glass Construction provides home remodeling, room additions and historic restorations- worth up to $5m- in Washington, D.C. For nearly 30 years, Glass Construction has specialized in the 18th century through modernist designs, completing projects that are award-winning and nationally recognized by respected organizations such as NARI, AIA and NAHB.
The company is spearheaded by its owner, Tom Glass, an expert in historic renovations who has 40 years years of experience in the construction industry. Many of his best works were featured in publications such as Architecture DC, Home Design and New American Luxury magazines. One of the company’s notable renovation projects in Washington, D.C. was a 4,000 square-feet apartment overlooking the Potomac River. The apartment was modernized by adding minimalist furnishing to match the simple and elegant wood flooring, glass windows and white walls. The house received the 2016 Washingtonian Award and was featured in Architecture DC City Living’s Winter 2016 edition.
9) Karma Home Designs
Website | 202-642-4663 | 1990 M Street NW #250, Washington, DC 20036
Karma Home Designs is a Washington D.C. general contractor listed in the Top 500 largest remodelers by Qualified Remodeler in 2017. It is a residential and commercial construction company that serves clients from DC, Virginia and Maryland. In addition to home remodeling, renovations and additions, the company provides specialty projects such as windows, flooring and smart home installations.
Karma Home Designs is owned and operated by Kris Christopherson and Jordan Javier. Christopherson has been in this field of work for over 20 years and has developed a unique design process that has helped him create the home his clients really want. Meanwhile, Javier has years of experience in the real-estate industry that make him an excellent managing partner of the company. Together, Christopherson and Javier worked hard to grow their construction business into the award winning firm it is DC today. The company has earned several NARI CoTy awards, including Grand Winner for Residential Interior in 2016, a Finalist Award for Residential Kitchen in 2017 and a National Award for Residential Kitchen in 2018.
8) Commonwealth Home Design
Website | 703-255-9861 | 208-A Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna, VA, 22180
For over 25 years, Commonwealth Home Design has been remodeling homes for customers in Northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area. The company provides home remodeling, addition, design-build, and other general contracting services. Commonwealth Home Design is led by a registered architect with 30 years of experience in the remodeling industry, and has an in-house team of designers and architectural staff that allow the company to seamlessly incorporate their designs into any project. A project manager is on site to keep everyone on schedule and is also the point of contact of the customer. Having one point of contact for a project makes it easier for their clients to stay updated with the progress of their home renovation. This approach is perhaps one of the reasons why many clients compliment the company’s high quality of customer service and speedy remodeling process.
Commonwealth Home Designs is owned and managed by Susan and Kelvin Pierce. Susan’s stellar background in architecture combined with Kelvin’s technical and organizational skills have largely contributed to the success of the company. The firm has been listed by Qualified Remodeler as one of the Top 500 remodelers in the country eleven times since its establishment.
7) Wentworth, Inc.
Website | 240-383-1226 | 8401 Connecticut Avenue Suite 310, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Established in 2004, Wentworth is a design-build residential remodeling company that has developed a reputation for improving homes with exceptional design and craftsmanship. The company is experienced in remodeling homes that vary in architectural styles, such as American Bungalow, Greek Revival, Shingle and other unique or complex designs. For 14 years, Wentworth has been providing home remodeling, additions, remodeling, facade enhancements and other home-improvement services all across Washington D.C. and Maryland.
The company is owned and operated by Bruce J. Wentworth, a prominent member of AIA who has built and remodeled hundreds of homes in the D.C. metro area for over 20 years. His stellar background in architecture and his numerous awards make him a respected member of remodeling organizations such as NKBA and NARI. Over the years, his company earned several awards, including for best kitchen remodels and best residential interiors. In 2016, Wentworth received CoTY Finalist Award for Residential Interior and the CoTY Merit Award for Landscape Design/Outdoor Living. An example of the firm’s outstanding work is the contemporary kitchen addition of a modern/minimalist home in Garrett Park, MD. The kitchen featured a center island, breakfast space, and expansive windows that overlook the outdoor kitchen, deck, and backyard.
6) Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes
Website | 703-940-9682 | 8630A Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031
Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes is one of Virginia’s first licensed general contractors who also served clients in the D.C. metro area. For more than 25 years the company has been providing home remodeling, room additions, outdoor living, new custom home construction and other general contracting services. It has updated homes of various styles including colonial, contemporary, modern and traditional styles. Whether the customer’s request is for a bathroom remodel or a new custom home, Michael Nash makes sure that the designs are completely original and personalized.
Over the years, the firm has earned several awards from NARI, NAHB, Qualified Remodeler Magazine, Professional Remodeler Magazine, Chrysalis and other community awards. The company is mostly honored for it’s kitchen remodeling projects including it’s most recent win- the 2018 Chrysalis Award for Regional Best Kitchen Remodel over $150,000. Michael Nash works are frequently featured in local publications such as Fairfax County Times Homes.
5) Landis Architects/Builders
Website | 202-726-3777 | 7059 Blair Rd., NW Suite 300, Washington, DC 20012
With glowing testimonials and more than one hundred awards, Landis Architects/Builders is one of the most preferred builders and general contractors in Washington, D.C. From its establishment in 1990, the company has been offering residential design-build remodeling and new custom home services in DC, Maryland and other nearby neighborhoods. The company renovates homes worth up to one million dollars with different styles such as traditional, contemporary, and romanesque revival. With a team of in-house project managers and lead carpenters, plumbing, and electrical departments, the construction and remodeling process for every project is seamless and speedy.
The company is co-owned by two Landis brothers — one who is an expert in design and the other an expert builder. Chris Landis is a registered architect in New York, Virginia, Maryland and D.C. who earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Columbia Architecture School. He is a current member of the AIA and the past president of NARI DC metro area chapter. Ethan Landis is an LEED-AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- Accredited Professional). Under their leadership, they developed an award-winning company that is predominantly recognized for its kitchen remodels. Recently, the company received a Platinum award for Outdoor Living over $100,000 and Silver award for Bathroom over $60,000 from the Professional Remodeler Design Awards.
4) Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
Website | 202-556-2273 | 1327 14th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005
Case Design/Remodeling is a design-build firm that has been serving clients in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. for more than 50 years. It offers home remodeling, additions, renovations, design-ideas and other general contracting services. The company is one of the most reliable and frequently hired remodelers in the area because of their high quality service and impressive track record. In addition to the 100 plus awards the company received since 1961, it has also earned a place in the Top 500 Qualified Remodeler’s list for ten consecutive years, since 2008. The company is also a member of the NARI DC metro area and NKBA.
Bruce Case, president and CEO of the firm, has a superb educational background from George Mason University in Virginia. He was named by Professional Remodeler Magazine as one of 40 industry leaders reshaping the Remodeling Industry. With an excellent leader and a team of skillful and experienced professionals, Case Design/Remodeling continues to transform homes into beautiful, functional, and award-winning living spaces. Just this year, the company was once again listed in Remodeling Top 550 remodelers by Remodeling Magazine and was a Crystal Design Award Winner for the Current Kitchen Category.
3) Anthony Wilder Design-Build, Inc.
Website | 301-907-0100 | 7913 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John, MD 20818
Anthony Wilder Design-Build is a one-stop-shop full-service design-build firm that serves neighborhoods within Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The compan specializes in architecture, residential remodeling, interior/exterior design, landscaping, construction and custom homes. Homes improved and built by the firm commonly feature mid-century modern, contemporary, and American farmhouse architectural styles. With over 20 years of experience in the remodeling industry, the firm has developed a reputation for providing exceptional quality, both in the product and process.
Over the years, Anthony Wilder and his company earned multiple awards from various local and national organizations and publications. Back in 2009, the firm was listed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Top Small Workplaces in America and was also listed by Washingtonian Magazine for the 50 Best Places to Work in 2011. Today, the company is a frequent receiver of NARI CoTY and Chrysalis Awards, including this year’s Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence, Whole Home Remodel. An example of its notable work is Georgian colonial style home in Bethesda, MD that features captivating traditional details such as a Juliet balcony.
2) TriVistaUSA Design+Build
Website | 703-243-3171 | PO Box 101148, Arlington, Virginia 22210-4148
Highly recommended and trusted by its clients, TriVistaUSA Design+Build is a 13 year old design-build remodeling firm that has made name for itself across Virginia and Washington, DC. The firm offers home remodeling, renovations, additions and custom home construction with a price range of $50,000 to two million dollars. Since 2005, the company has been dedicated to its goal — to provide high quality and creative designs that have the perfect combination of aesthetics and practicality.
The company was established by Michael and Deborah Sauri — two talented artists who run the company equipped with their broad knowledge in design and excellent teamwork. Michael is a well-known business leader in the remodeling industry who recently received the Fred Case Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2018. This award honors remodeling companies that exhibit excellent business acumen, company financial strength, community and industry involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit. TriVista USA Design+Build is also a recipient of numerous awards from NARI including 2017 CoTY Award for Residential Interior Element Under $30,000 and Residential Addition Between $101k-$250k. The company’s work has also been featured in Arlington Magazine and Home & Design Magazine.
1) Carnemark Design+Build
Website | 301-657-5000 | 7550 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 120, Bethesda, MD 20814
Carnemark Design+Build is a multi-awarded firm that specializes in architectural design, whole house remodeling, home additions and other general contracting services. The company has been serving clients in the D.C. and Maryland areas for over 30 years. In addition to renovating houses, the company has the knowledge and expertise for remodeling condominiums as well. Homes that were improved by the firm commonly feature contemporary and modern designs which are perfect for starting families and young professionals who live a contemporary lifestyle.
A master of modern designs, Jonas Carnemark — owner and operator of the company — always prioritizes beauty and function equally. He established Carnemark Design+Build in 1987 that has developed a reputation for doing exceptional work that goes above and beyond expectations. Today, the firm is affiliated with several well-known organizations, including NARI, NKBA and USGBC. It has a collection of local, regional and national awards and recognitions, including a Chrysalis Award for Universal Design and an Universal Bath Grand Award from NARI CoTY in 2017. In the same year, Carnemark Design+Build was listed in Remodeling Magazine’s 550 top remodelers and was number six in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 Remodelers. An example of the company’s award-winning work is a luxurious master suite update of a modern home which won a Platinum Award for Bath over $60,000 from Professional Remodeler, a Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award for Bath over $75,000 and a Platinum Award from Remodeling Magazine.