Home to some of the country’s best tourist attractions, Florida is the perfect tropical getaway for homeowners looking for a relaxed neighborhood. Many structures in the Sunshine State are inspired by its local beaches and exotic climate. This is reflected in the Mediterranean and Tuscan homes that pepper beautiful neighborhoods like Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Camp Biscayne.
There is a demand for general contracting services in the area, as restorations and remodels of old vacation homes are common in the state. These homes typically feature classic and traditional styles. Some are outfitted with modern interiors, as well as technological advances.
This article lists the 15 best general contractors in Florida, all of which offer valuable home improvement and construction services. Many of the firms have won awards for their stunning remodels and custom homes. These firms’ experiences and featured projects were taken into consideration in the evaluation and ranking of this list.
If you are thinking doing a construction project, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.
15) Nelson Construction and Renovation
1174 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756
Greg Nelson has specialized in the construction management of multi-million dollar commercial and residential projects for 15 years. In 2006, he focused his career on custom home building and renovation when he established Nelson Construction and Renovation. The award-winning builder is known for creating luxury homes and historic restorations. Some of its latest accolades include a 2019 Contractor of the Year (CotY) award for Best Entire Home Remodel, a 2018 CotY award for Best Residential Historic Renovation, and a 2017 CotY award for Best Residential Interior.
Before its renovation, the Centerbrook Drive home had an outdated 1970s look. Nelson Construction transformed it into a modern home with classic elements using reclaimed wood beams from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel and black metal awning windows. Its interior has beige elements that pair well with the wooden elements of the home.
14) TWENTY TWO GROUP
3841 NE 2nd Ave. Suite #300, Miami, FL 33137
TWENTY TWO GROUP is a versatile design-build firm that designs, develops, and constructs cutting-edge commercial and retail projects as well as luxury residences. The company is acclaimed for custom builds that integrate complex details, forward-thinking construction, and design for intent for use with extraordinary aesthetic finishes. The operating and founding principle is to achieve a balanced build on each project by working within budget, building on time and without compromise to quality. This goal at TTG sets the highest standard of superior experience to clients, vendors and the community as a whole.
Although well known for its architecturally-ambitious retail projects including iconic fashion brands such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Louboutin, its residential portfolio duly reflects the firm’s versatility with design as featured in Architectural Digest, Cultured Magazine, and Vanity Fair France. As founder Cole D. Haynes states, “ “Some people think outside the box. Some people think inside the box. We build the box!”
13) Morales Construction Company
6950 Philips Hwy. Suite #15, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Morales Construction Company is one of Jacksonville’s leading construction firms, having served the city since 1978. The renowned builder was named one of the 25 largest contractors and the best custom home builder in the First Coast area by The Jacksonville Business Journal. Throughout its 40 years of experience, Morales Construction Company has won numerous awards, including Jacksonville Historic Preservation Awards in both 2013 and 2015.
The firm’s homes can be found in some of the most prestigious areas in the city, from the seaside community of Ponte Vedra Beach to the Eastern district of St. Johns River. Past clients are impressed with the firm’s mastery of timeless home styles, praising Morales for its luxurious take on the Colonial and Farmhouse architecture and for giving interiors and exteriors a highly sophisticated look.
12) Hidalgo Construction
2719 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134
Hidalgo Construction provides design-oriented general contracting services to luxury homes across South Florida. Founder Oscar Hidalgo’s background in architecture shines in every project because all of the firm’s creations are tailor-made for its customers. The company even has its own architecture and engineering team that works closely with clients. This hands-on procedure gives each homeowner an opportunity to relay specific design specifications before the actual construction. The results of the firm’s intensive design procedure are stunning architecturally-driven homes with cohesive interiors.
Luxe Interiors and Design magazine featured the Coral Gables Residence for its unique contemporary Mediterranean theme. Hidalgo Construction worked with Architect Jorge Hernandez to create a contemporary floor plan for a cozier space designed to keep the family closer. For example, the dining area was given a low barrel ceiling for a more intimate setting, whereas the entry area was doubled in height to provide a brighter and more welcoming space.
11) MV Group
1200 Brickell Ave. Suite #600, Miami, FL 33131
Established in 2003, MV Group is South Florida’s contractor for the most discerning homeowners. The firm was founded by Manny Angelo Varas, a renowned business leader who was personally appointed by former President George W. Bush to be part of the Presidential Business Commission. Today, Varas leads his own construction firm that is trusted by celebrities, athletes, and Fortune 500 investors. Varas’s success has made waves in the Hispanic business community, and he is the only sole owner to be part of Hispanic Magazine’s Business 500.
Besides its success in the business, the firm is also known for its luxurious single-family home and condominium renovations. Miami Home and Decor magazine featured the Jade at Brickell Bay, a multi-million dollar penthouse renovation project. The home brings together modern themes with a luxurious flair. White marble accents and contemporary furnishing make the remodel stand out.
10) Bart Reines Luxury Homebuilder
1800 Sunset Harbour Dr. Marina Suite, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Based in Miami Beach, Bart Reines Luxury Homebuilder is known for creating some of the most expensive homes in the state, such as its North Bay Road waterfront home that sold for $20 million. Many affluent homeowners turn to Bart Reines for its upscale new home construction and home remodeling services, as well as the modern features the team consistently delivers. Prior to construction, the firm conducts a site visit to determine the best sustainable approach based on the home’s placement. In addition, the company installs smart-home features to provide extra convenience for homeowners.
South Florida’s leading real estate news website The Real DeaI described the North Bay Road Project as an “ultra-modern” home. The contemporary building has a mix of traditional and modern furnishings. The living room pictured features simple couches and tables but its geometric chandelier gives it a modern sophisticated edge. The firm separated the living room with partitions rather than solid walls to make the space appear bigger and highlight the open facade of the home.
9) PSG Construction
2516 Lake Sue Dr., Orlando, FL 32803
Brothers Paul and Stephen Gidus established PSG Construction in 1987 to bring quality home construction services to Central Florida. Throughout the years, the firm has become a formidable name in the industry and is an active member of several local and national trade organizations. Founder Paul Gidui was a former member of the Parade of Homes Committee and a former volunteer judge for the Naples Parade of Homes. PSG has also received a handful of awards; its most recent was the 2018 Florida Homebuilders Association Remodeler of the Year award.
The firm’s home remodeling portfolio showcases a wide variety of styles, from classic Tuscan designs to sophisticated modern themes. Its approach to design is very simple because it stays true to a classic interior familiar to any homeowner.
8) Aurora Builders
2902 Isabella Blvd. Suite #20, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Certified Green Professional Michael Lenahen established Aurora Builders in 1997 to provide custom home and remodeling services to Northeast Florida. Its creations are primarily energy-efficient homes designed to lower the net operating cost of a home. Whether it’s a new home or a remodel, Aurora Builders’ green building and universal design methods are guaranteed to decrease a home’s energy consumption. Besides its sustainable methods, the firm’s custom home building services have received national and local awards like a 2016 Aurora Award for Best Custom Home and a 2016 First Coast Remodelers Award for Best Exterior Facelift and Addition.
The firm’s remodeling services transform old-fashioned homes into picturesque projects. This 1970s oceanfront home was restored into a Mediterranean-themed villa perfect for its location. Beachy colors like aquamarine, seafoam green, and sand create the perfect color palette for the home. This color scheme paired perfectly with the exposed dark stained oak flooring.
7) Hardwick General Contracting
253 N Orlando Ave. Suite #301, Maitland, FL 32751
Greg Hardwick is an up-and-coming name in the construction industry. He was recently honored by the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) as the 2018 Remodeler of the Year and Master Custom Builder Council’s Builder of the Year. For 27 years, his skills and expertise have been showcased through his firm, Hardwick General Contractor. The firm specializes in custom home building across the Greater Orlando neighborhood.
Hardwick General Contractor is popular in its area because of its annual participation in the Parade of Homes. Its 2017 Lakefront Farmhouse entry won first place in the renovations category. Hardwick transformed the outdated home into a timeless structure by installing authentic materials that make it durable and sophisticated. The home is furnished with reclaimed wood floors while the kitchen boasts creative granite counters.
6) Farina and Sons Inc.
3432 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804
Family owned since 1950, it was established by Mario Farina. Community leader, Victor Farina took over in 1980, he is an influential figure in the Florida construction community. He was the former president of the Master Custom Builder Council and was voted Builder of the Year twice by the same organization. Perhaps his most memorable accomplishment has been gracing the cover of Remodeling Magazine and being named as one of the Big 50 Remodelers of the Year. The firm was also selected to build The New American Remodel for the 2018 International Builders Show. The project received multiple Aurora Awards as well as Parade of Homes first place and Grand Award, it was showcased in national publications.
Farina & Sons builds luxury custom homes and renovations in Central Florida’s most established neighborhoods and has won multiple awards for decades. As one of the oldest firms in the state, Farina and Sons has mastered remodeling homes from every era. It is also adept in reversing damages caused by botched remodels. The team makes it a point to integrate current technological amenities into homes, considering this a priority in each home remodel. An example of this is the Isleworth Renovations featured in the television show Ready, Set, Renovate! The old world home was given a contemporary look that perfectly fits the family’s lifestyle and taste.
5) TriplePoint Design Build
6400 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
For continued excellence in building for over 30 years, we have earned the reputation as the Premier Design/Build Residential Remodeling and New Home Construction professionals in the Tampa Bay area. President Neal Fiske, a state certified contractor with dual degrees in both engineering and architecture, implements a hands-on approach providing leadership and insuring great attention to detail. TriplePoint projects are aesthetically stunning, creatively functional and built with exceptional craftsmanship. Each of our custom projects are tailored to meet the specific needs and desires of our clients, while implementing cost effective value engineering principles. TriplePoint specializes in FEMA Compliance waterfront projects.
TriplePoint has garnered over 140 industry awards at the national, regional and local levels. These include numerous Contractor of the Year Awards and Chrysalis Awards. TriplePoint is involved in many charity organizations, supporting the SPCA, Equality Florida and Wounded Warrior projects.
4) E2 Homes
301 Circle Dr., Maitland, FL 32751
E2 Homes is Central Florida’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional with a LEED-AP for Homes designation. This designation guarantees that E2 Homes creates durable homes with fewer resources which produce less waste. The firm also accommodates clients looking for independent green certification.
Besides being the leading green builder in the state, the firm is often featured in various design and home magazines. Whether it’s someone from the team or a finished project, E2 Homes’s design aesthetic is sought after by the best national and local publications. For this reason, the firm has become a household name in its service area.
One of the firm’s best renovations is the Summerland Avenue remodel. Initially, the firm was only hired to repair layout and design issues, but E2 Homes decided to make bigger changes for better results. The bathroom was relocated so it won’t block the view of the backyard and several rooms were expanded to make more room for furnishing.
3) Charles Clayton Construction
2250 Lee Rd. Suite #120, Winter Park, FL 32789
Charlie Clayton was born into a family of home builders and property developers, so pursuing a career in the industry was inevitable for him. Clayton ventured into the industry in 1984, but began to make a mark in Greater Orlando when he established Charles Clayton Construction. Today, the firm has been active for 25 years and has received local and national awards from the Aurora Awards and the Best in American Living Awards.
The firm’s construction services catered to large project sizes. Its remodeling projects start at $300K and custom homes start at $850K. These upscale projects are found in some of the most prestigious communities, such as Winter Park, Daytona Beach, and Windermere.
The Via Gavannetto project is one of the firm’s most luxurious projects. Everything about the home is sophisticated and elegant. The classic Colonial home was designed with a pastel blue interior designed with Victorian accents.
2) Woolems Luxury Builders
2301 Centrepark West Dr. Suite #150, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Woolems Luxury Builders has dominated the luxury building scene in Palm Springs for the past 40 years. Established by James Woolems, the Master Builder and Carpenter made sure his firm works only with the best architects and designers in the state to deliver outstanding services for each client. The firm’s elegant projects have caught the attention of distinguished publications like Luxe Magazine, Art and Culture magazine, and New American Luxury magazine.
The firm has remodeled some of Palm Beach’s historic homes, designed by renowned architects Addison Mizner and Maurice Fatio. Many of the firm’s clients seek the firm’s services to restore old vacation homes forgotten by time. Woolems also pairs its remodels with the style best suited for the area. For example, most of its projects in South Beach are contemporary, while its Palm Beach remodels are mostly Mediterranean.
1) Strobel Design Build
2716 S 6th Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Strobel Design Build has been leading the Tampa Bay construction industry with bespoke homes and custom remodels since 1983. It has received over 60 local and national awards. Some of its latest accolades include a 2018 regional CotY award for Best Addition and being part of Qualified Remodeler magazine’s 2016 Top 500 Remodelers.
The firm’s founder, Don Strobel, is an established name in the industry. For 32 years, he has dedicated his career to community-based construction services, leading him to become a household name in the county. He is also the founding board member of Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, and he still oversees the daily operations of his firm.
Strobel can execute homes in any style for its clients. Its 2018 CotY-winning project is a 400-square-foot living room addition that was transformed from a Mid-Century facade into an elegant Mission Revival space.