Known as “The First State”, Delaware is the second-smallest state and one of the most densely- populated states in the country. Like its industry, Delaware’s population is concentrated in the north, around Wilmington — the largest city in the state. Wilmington is also where the major coastal highways and railways pass through, from Pennsylvania and New Jersey on the north and east, into Maryland on the south and west.
Though Wilmington (like Newark and Newcastle) have the largest share in the state’s population, most of the firms that complete this list can be found in Lewes, Newark, and Rehoboth Beach. As many of these firms are based in locations near the bay, they are known to build beautiful beach houses, often exhibiting elaborate and decorative Queen Anne Revival styles. One of the state’s many historic homes is the Nemours Estate in Wilmington. A 300-acre country estate of late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. DuPont, the Nemours estate is a breathtaking mansion designed in the late 18th-century French style. This is a style that many designers and contractors of today still imitate.
10) Plaisance Home Improvements
Website | 302-469-6095 | 6 Alton Court, Newark, DE 19711
Founded in 2012 by Eric Plaisance, Plaisance Home Improvements does kitchen and bath remodels in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. These projects usually exhibit the modern style. One of these projects was featured in the November issue of Delaware Today as a finalist in its 2017 Home Design contest. A bathroom remodel, this project consisted of installing rectified, porcelain tiles on the bathroom floor, printmaker’s styles vanities with marble countertops, Hansgrohe faucets, and glittering pendant lights.
This firm is run by a husband and wife duo with extensive experience in whole house interior design, universal design, custom doors, cabinets and furniture, basement remodeling, sunroom, and four season room installations. They are also experienced in a variety of commercial projects like total restaurant and bar designs or even panel installations.
9) Ferris Home Improvements
Website | 302-998-4500 | 1908 Kirkwood Highway, Newark, DE 19711
With over 40 years of experience, Ferris Home Improvement’s tagline- “Quality craftsmanship from a neighbor you can trust”- is a fitting motto for a locally owned and family operated firm. Ferris has completed hundreds of commercial and residential indoor and outdoor improvement projects, earning the company a solid reputation in its hometown of Newark, DE. Wilmington News Journal readers have voted the firm as the Top Home Improvement Company in Delaware from 2012 to 2018.
8) Excel Builders
Website | 302-251-9225 | 1100 Coastal Hwy #5, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Officially established in 2004, Excel Builders has been servicing the Maryland and Delaware areas for more than two decades. Specializing in custom homes, remodels, and deck installations, the firm carries an A+ accreditation from the BBB and was featured in Forbes Magazine, Professional Builder, and Inc. Magazine.
Excel is well-known for its Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), which are not only resilient against natural disasters such as hurricanes but are also energy efficient. The firm offers custom builds, home renovations and remodeling, decks, roofing, and kitchen and bath renovations, very often in the colonial and farmhouse styles.
7) Resort Custom Homes
Website | 302-268-6773 | 18355 Coastal Highway, Suite 1, Lewes, DE 19958
A sister company of Atlantic Kitchen and Bath, Resort Custom Homes has provided the Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Ocean View areas expert remodeling and full home renovations since 1991. With more than three decades of experience building homes in Sussex County, Resort has been the recipient of multiple awards. From 2003 to 2011, the Home Builders Association of Delaware has continuously awarded the firm Regal Awards for both remodeling and custom home projects. Resort is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBAD) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
The firm was founded by Mark and Jodi Grahne. The duo established strong ties in the local area, helping to strengthen the community by supporting local businesses and creating environmentally-conscious homes that are built to last.
6) Miken Builders
Website | 302-537-4444 | 32782 Cedar Drive, Unit 1, Millville, DE 19967-6919
Established in 1986, Miken Builders designs, builds, and remodels custom coastal homes in Bethany Beach, Ocean Views, Fenwick Island, and Dewey Beach. These homes range from classic single-family homes and townhouses to penthouses and condominiums that exhibit modern and contemporary styles.
Miken Builders has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2017 Best Luxury Custom Home Award and the Sussex County Custom Builder of the Year Award, presented by HBAD.
5) Atlantic Kitchen and Bath
Website | 302-645-8500 | 18355 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958
Atlantic Kitchen and Bath was founded in 1999 by Mark Gahne, a board member of the NAHB. After building a reputation of fine craftsmanship and quality custom homes in the Sussex County area, Atlantic Kitchen and Bath expanded its service area to Lewes, where it continues to thrive. The firm offers whole home remodels, closet systems, kitchen and bath renovations, sunrooms, and additions.
In 2011, the company was named Delaware’s Builder of the Year, and in 2016, it built three NAHB Gold-certified homes. By 2018, the firm had earned five Awards for Excellence from the Regal Awards. In addition to these honors, Atlantic Kitchen and Bath is a member of the Home Builders Association of Delaware, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and the NAHB. It is also a certified Green Professional.
4) Middletown Kitchen and Bath
Website | 302-464-1236 | 111 Patriot Drive, Suite C., Middletown, DE 19709
The only exclusive kitchen and bath remodeler with a showroom in Middletown. DE, Middletown Kitchen and Bath has been in service since 2015. The NAHB named Middletown Remodeler of the Month, while the HBAD gave it the title of Associate of the Year. The company also won four Regal Awards for the best kitchen and bathroom remodels. In addition to these prestigious awards, the firm is also a member of the NAHB, the Home Builders Association (HBA), the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and the NARI.
Founder Mark Gandy is an industry veteran, with 23 years of experience in the building industry. His career began in 1988 when he spent time working for the Smick Lumber company in New Jersey. There, he learned the business of building materials, from shipping and receiving, to material and hardware sales. Gandy was named Remodeler of the Month in Remodeling Magazine’s February 2011 edition.
3) One Call Services
Website | 302-645-9008 | 32477 Lewes Georgetown Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958
A full-service home remodeling firm serving Essex County, One Call Services is a one-stop source for all home remodeling, home improvement, and home repair needs. One Call Services is a member of the Home Builders Association of Delaware, is LEAD safe certified, and a certified aging-in-place specialist. The company has been the recipient of multiple building industry awards, including being ranked #223 on the Nations Top 550 list in 2007. In 2017, the company was named Remodeler of The Year for Delaware and Sussex County.
Established in 1999, President James Stevenson purchased the company from his father in 2012. A graduate from the University of Delaware, Stevenson is a Certified Graduate Remodeler and an aging-in-place specialist with board membership in the HBAD.
2) Boardwalk Builders
Website | 302-227-5754 | 37395 Martin St., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
A construction firm that has been included on the Remodeling 550 list since 2009, Boardwalk Builders has an established reputation as one of the premier remodelers and custom home builders along the Delaware Shore. Founded in 1986, Boardwalk has a wide collection of awards, including the NRS Homeowner Satisfaction Award for acclaimed residential craftsmanship, and the NHQ Silver Award for commitment to quality remodeling.
In 2007, the firm built an industrial space for their growing business. The building won several awards, including the Qualified Remodeler’s master design Gold Award and Best in Show, Remodeling Magazine’s Merit Award, and Professional Remodeler’s Best of the Best Gold Award. Boardwalk is a member of the NARI, the NAHB, and the HBAD. Founder Patty McDaniel is a Certified Graduate Remodeler, a Certified Green Professional, and a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning.
1) Dewson Construction
Website | 302-427-2250 | 7 S. Lincoln Street, Wilmington, DE 19805
In 1993, Tim Dewson and John McMahon saw the need for a hands-on, relationship-driven approach when building homes. Their company, Dewson Construction, soon built a reputation of superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and exemplary customer service. Based in Wilmington, DE, Dewson also offers services as far as Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company is a member of the Home Builders Association (HBA) and the Delaware Contractors Association (DCA).
Fueled by the firm’s focus on its client’s dreams and desires, Dewson has been the recipient of a myriad of awards. In 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2015, the DCA gave Dewson the Excellence Award. In 2007 and 2008, the company earned the Regal Award, and in 2011 and 2012, it was included in Remodeling Magazine’s Big 550. Dewson Construction has been featured in many publications, including Delaware Business Times, Delaware Today, and Delaware Beach Life. In Delaware Beach Life’s April 2018 issue, the company was featured for its work on a house designed by Washington D.C. architect Robert M. Gurney. The house plans took three and a half years to finish because homeowner Cliff Diver, wanting exactitude for his postmodern home, and meticulously took note of every detail, down to the alignment of the nails.