Fresno was originally a small stop along the Central Pacific Railroad. Today, it has grown into a city known for its organic produce, including peaches, tomatoes, and pistachios. Fresno also attracts home buyers due to the low prices of its residences. According to Real Estate US News, “affordability is one of Fresno’s most attractive assets.” Cost of living and median home sale price are below the average in the state. Admittedly however, housing costs are higher than the national average.
The generally lower cost of living is attractive to a younger market; the average age of city residents is 31. While a majority of the city’s population of 960,000 is low to middle income, there is a growing affluent class due to a diverse job market. Below is a list of the best remodelers in the city. Many are veterans, while the rest are relatively young but still qualified. These firms have all been evaluated on their years of experience, craftsmanship, customer service, awards, and publications.
15) Champ Construction
Website| 559-351-1142 | 255 W Bullard Ave #104, Clovis, CA 93612
Champ Construction prides itself on 40 years of combined professional experience. It provides home and kitchen remodeling, home additions, general contracting, custom homes, and new home construction in the Fresno, Clovis, Madera, Sanger, and Sunnyside areas.
Many of Champ Construction’s remodels are done in white, with minimalist aesthetics. Bathrooms and kitchens are also generally finished with white or neutral tiles. The steel equipment, such as ovens, used in the firm’s remodels match the modern finishings. In the featured work, white lights are installed to complement the aesthetic and for good visibility. The kitchen also has a blue island in the middle, and black and white tiles, for a touch of whimsy.
14) Fowler’s Construction Company
Website | 559-779-4315 | 2945 Holly Ave., Clovis, CA 93611
A general contractor since 1983, Jay Fowler, head of Fowler’s Construction Company, has completed a varied set of projects, including entertainment center, kitchens, and homes. Jay also taught Home Building to students. After retiring as a high School Principal six years ago, he re-opened his construction business. His business partner is an intertior designer that provides drafting services for home remodeling or new build projects.
The firm aims to provide an exceptional experience to each client. Past customers note that the firm does not start building until every aspect of the project is planned out, which minimizes construction time. Fowler’s Construction Company works in construction and remodeling, but also provides custom woodwork and consults on DIY projects.
13) Pietra Design Builders
Website | 646-573-5030 | 7364 N Babigian Ave., Fresno, CA 93722
Pietra Design Builders was founded in 2016 by Harry Babujyan and Talin Zerdelian-Babujyan. Harry was born and raised in Armenia, and holds a degree in Architecture and Construction. He had always had the goal of building his own design firm. Talin, on the other hand, born and raised in New York, holds a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She previously worked in textiles at Brunschwig & Fils, and was the Director of Textile Design at the Greystone Home Collection.
Pietra Design Builders, even at its young age, has already completed many projects involving interior design, permit expediting, and construction. This experience, combined with the firm’s modern project management system and network of engineers, subcontractors, and vendors, is key to its successful undertaking of each project.
12) Skills Construction
Website | 559-801-1408 | 3188 N Marks Ave. Suite #102, Fresno, California
Established in 2012 by Arshak Sargsyan, Skills Construction promises exceptional customer service to its clients. The firm uses a wide variety of materials when doing its remodels, from tile, carpet, hardwood, laminate, quartz, and granite. It also uses many quality brands such as Shaw, Mohawk, Bedrosians, Kane Carpet, Emser, Anderson, and Marazzi, among others.
Skills Construction remodeling projects are usually minimalist and basic, with quality tiles walls and marble sinks. Clients are then able to accessorize their rooms to their liking. The firm completes flooring, countertop, cabinet, kitchen, and shower bathroom remodels, aiming to provide special touches and to create elegant, tranquil spaces.
11) J & J Quality Construction, Inc
Website | 559-940-7907 | 2750 N Clovis Suite #139 Fresno, CA 93727
Twin brothers Robert and Michael Jackson head the seven-year-old J&J Quality Construction, Inc. The Jacksons, who have extensive experience in the field, have promised to provide hands-on experience to customers. The firm is part of the National Remodelers’ Association or the NRA.
An example of a remarkable kitchen remodel that J & J Quality Construction created is from two years ago. Completed with a minimalist aesthetic, this kitchen remodel was painted white, with French Grey Quartz countertops. Stainless steel equipment was also added, such as a backsplash and a double basin. This remodel also has aqua chairs, which serve as accents against the neutral background. The result is a minimalist kitchen with tastefully curated accessories.
10) Dodson Builders
Website | 559-317-1909 | 7940 N Maple Ave. Suite 109, Fresno, CA 93720
Established 7 years ago by Peter Dodson, Dodson Builders is an EPA and CSLB-certified building firm. Apart from its expertise in various remodeling services, Dodson Builders believes in giving back, and has several collaborations with some non-profit organizations. These include offering free construction services for homes that badly need repair, and owners who can’t afford it. The firm also equips youth by training and placing students into the construction industry.
The featured project is a kitchen remodel completed in 2015. The firm refaced the original box cabinets, and built a custom island that serves as wine storage. Laminate flooring was installed throughout the home. The bright, open space and light-colored countertops serve to open the space up to the rest of the home.
9) Apple Ridge Construction
Website | 559-277-7464 | 4460 W Shaw Ave. Suite #214, Fresno, CA 93722
Apple Ridge Construction, a design/build contractor, has operations out of Fresno, but serves the entire state of California. This firm’s focus is in building designs that are collaborative and assist with smart product selections. The firm also aims to ensure that the new designs blend in with the existing structure.
Another award-winning contractor in the area, Apple Ridge has gathered its fair share of impressive awards for remodeling, especially for its kitchen remodels. These include the NARI National Coty Award for Regional Winner for Kitchen Addition, NARI Local Coty Award for Consumer’s Choice-Kitchen Remodel, the Homes & Lifestyles Reader’s Choice Award, the Guide Award of Excellence: Residential Entertainment Patio, and the Mirror Image Award for Project Playhouse.
8) Azevedo Construction
Website | 559-826-5216 | 13228 E Falcon Meadow Lane, Clovis, CA 93619
Azevedo Construction is owned and operated by couple Lou and Lori Azevedo. A native of Fresno, Lou graduated with a degree in Construction Management from Fresno City College. After receiving his contractors license in 1981, he founded Azevedo Construction, which specializes in custom home framing construction in central San Joaquin Valley. In 2000, the firm expanded to include general construction of new custom homes, as well as home remodels and renovations.
Lori Azevedo has been a licensed real estate agent since 1984. She works with clients to design their new home or remodel. The Azevedos are proud of their deep roots in the area, which supports their passion for constructing and remodeling homes. Clients include close friends and family. The firm is also a member of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.
7) Artisan Construction
Website | 209-725-2000 | 2949 Sunnyfield Dr., Merced, CA 95340
Artisan Construction & Design has won over 20 industry awards. It is a complete design and build firm specializing in diverse residential and commercial projects. The firm has won many awards for its remodels, including the BIG50 Award in the Business Savvy Category, the 2010 CoTY Award in the Southwest Region, the 2010 CoTY Award for the Residential Kitchen Remodel $40-$80K in NARI Central California, as well as in other categories such as Residential Specialty and Residential Kitchen Remodel. Artisan Construction has also been featured in Remodeling Magazine, and is a member of the NARI and the NKBA.
CEO John Price has been immersed in the remodeling industry for over 25 years. His many qualifications include being a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional), a Certified Remodeler (CR), and Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP). Price is also the current chair of the board of the Central California Chapter of NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) and has held positions on the National Board of Directors for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
6) Fugman Construction, Inc
Website | 559-323-9700 | 11306 N via Milano Way, Fresno, CA 93730
The Fugman family construction company, currently managed by its fourth generation, has offered services to Fresno and neighboring areas for over 80 years. Principal Ron Fugman has been running the firm for the past 20 years. He holds a degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration on Construction from California State University, and also has experience as a carpenter.
The firm oversees each aspect of construction, from beginning to end, ensuring that every detail is executed correctly. The firm also aims to keep its prices affordable so that each of its clients is able to achieve a dream home. The firm is also able to assist clients in locating a lot for their new home.
5) Generation Homes
Website | 559-323-9700 | 75 Park Creek Dr. Suite #101, Clovis, CA 93611
For 23 years, Generation Homes has offered custom home-building services, as well as renovation and remodeling services, in central California. The firm prides itself on offering beautifully-designed homes that are equally functional and efficient. Generation Homes President Robert Wood graduated with a degree in Business from the California State University in Fresno. His firm is also a member of the NAHB, BIA, NARI, and NKBA, Generation Home, establishing itself as one of the most renowned and trusted firms in the area. The firm also completes select commercial projects.
In the featured remodel, the firm replaced outdated countertops, and renovated all cabinetry to create both a more updated look and more storage space. The firm also installed new light fixtures, giving the space an updated, elegant.
4) Raven Custom Homes
Website | 559-433-3340 | 3140 Ave. Suite #393, Kingsburg, CA 93631
Raven Custom Homes is upfront with its company’s goals, with its witty tagline, “Family Homes Worth Raven About.” Given its extensive experience and expertise, his firm plans on delivering the best family homes for its customers. The Raven family has been constructing homes in the top communities of the Central Valley and the coast in California for over three decades. Principal Corbyn Raven has a considerable experience in construction, having learned different aspects of the industry beginning at a young age. He learned aspects of internal homebuilding such as bids, vendor negotiation, and land development.
Raven Custom Homes is known in particular for its beautiful and sprawling Mediterranean and Spanish-themed luxury homes, providing the best in comfort and luxury to clients. The firm aims to take clients’ ideas and realize them into their dream homes.
3) Elite Custom Homes
Website | 559-434-0100 | 1831 E Clubhouse Dr., Fresno, CA 93730
Elite Custom Homes has created over 300 custom homes since 1984. All designs are created in-house. Principals Gary Gomes, Jr. and LeRoy Goossen, Jr. own and operate the firm. Gomes holds a degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, and Goosen graduated from California State University at Fresno. Gomes oversees design and customer contact for the firm, while Goossen does construction coordination, inspections, and follow-up.
The firm designs an individual program for each client, including design and exact budgeting, full construction drawings, full interior design services, and personalized assistance in all stages of construction, so that each client understands the full process and retains transparency with the builders.
2) Diversified Builders
Website | 559-999-2161 | 1283 W San Jose Ave., Fresno, CA 93711
Diversified Builders principal Jason Peters has a degree in Construction Management from the California State University-Long Beach. He also has a degree in Architecture from the College of San Mateo. Peters has diverse experience in the field, having been the Project Manager of two firms before establishing Diversified Builders, in 2009. For 10 years, Diversified Builders has proven to be a leader in remodeling in the area, offering basic home repairs, remodeling, and custom home building to various clients.
Peters is the current NKBA VP of Professional Development (San Joaquin Valley) and the current VP for NARI San Joaquin Valley. Diversified Builders is truly an expert in remodeling. The firm has received many accolades for its remodeling, and was awarded the META Award for Kitchen (for over $100k, and for $60k–$100k) and META Award for Bathroom ($30,000-$60,000). Diversified Builders is also a member of the NKBA and the NRA.
1) RFMC Construction, Inc.
Website | 559-512-4699 | 5935 E Clinton Ave., Fresno, CA 93727
RFMC Construction, Inc. tops this list thanks to its experience and number of accolades, standing out among other firms in the Fresno area. The firm was founded by Rick Musto, who has emphasized honest negotiations under his leadership. RFMC has established itself as a leading provider of interior and exterior remodeling and renovation in all of Central Valley in California.
Since 2003, RFMC as been named one of the top 500 contractors in the United States by Qualified Remodelers 15 times. It has also been recognized as one of the top 200 exterior contractors in the country for four consecutive years in a row. The QR Top 500 is one of the most reliable benchmarks for remodelers in the United States.