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Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of just over 2.3 million people. Modern technology and old world architecture co-exist in this busy metropolis. It is the home of the Houston Space Center, the coastal visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex, as well as Houston’s Grand Opera, and the Historic District with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants.
Houston is also home to some of the richest residents in the state. They reside in neighborhoods in the Inner Loop, wherein are some of the most coveted home— The Heights, Bellaire, River Oaks, and Meyerland. The Houston Business Journal named Bellaire the richest suburb in Texas with its median household income of $187,805. Here, older homes are combined with new construction. Victorian-era and Colonial Revival houses, charming Craftsman and bungalows, and modern contemporary homes abound in these upscale streets.
The city has suffered intense flooding during the past three years. The 2015 Memorial Day Flood, the 2016 Tax Day Flood, and the floods brought by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 inundated neighborhoods. While many homes were devastated, others were renovated and rebuilt by some of the top contractors in the city.
These talented contractors are building and renovating excellent homes throughout the Space City, of which the top 15 are listed here. These contractors were selected and ranked based on their prestigious awards, extensive recognition, and glowing client reviews.
15) Superior Renovations & Construction
Website | 281-961-5860 | 8000 Research Forest Dr. STE 115-241 , The Woodlands, TX 77382
Superior Renovations & Construction is a full-service general contractor that renovates and builds superior custom homes in the Greater Houston area. For more than 10 years, the Woodlands-based business has helped families by restoring and renovating their homes, from updating rooms to saving it from water damage. After Hurricane Harvey, the firm is one of the many companies who moved to help homeowners all over the city recover their homes.
The firm’s specialties are kitchen and bathroom remodeling, as well as outdoor additions, decks, patios, and outdoor kitchens. Its projects range from contemporary spaces in soft palettes, to grand Southern-inspired designs with rustic elements. Its homes can be seen in various neighborhoods in the inner loop, from The Woodlands to Tomball.
14) Morning Star Builders
12777 Jones Road #285, Houston, TX 77070
Morning Star Builders is a custom home builder and full-service renovator serving the Northwest Houston area. This design-build company is known for its energy efficient and luxurious homes. It is part of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program—an invitation-only network of approximately 100 of the South’s top custom home builders brought together by Southern Living Magazine. In addition to this, it has also won four GHBA Prism Awards in 2016 for its remodels.
The firm is led by COO Ted Cummins. A Graduate Master Builder and a Certified Green Professional, Cummins brings creative passion through his award-winning designs. Along with ensuring the company runs smoothly, he is also passionate about community and charity work. He and the firm participate in Habitat for Humanity and HomeAid Houston.
13) The LaRocque Group
700 Rockmead St., 150 Kingwood, TX 7733
The LaRocque Group is a boutique design-build company known for remodeling exquisite bathrooms, kitchens, and specialty rooms, as well as crafting custom homes from the ground up. Its work is defined by rustic elements and materials married with modern house plans and layouts for a more efficient and contemporary home. The exquisite craftsmanship of its remodels have earned the firm two Prism Awards from the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) for Best Outdoor Living and Best Bathroom Remodel in 2014.
The photo above is an example of the firm’s work on specialty rooms. The home’s original family room has been transformed into a sumptuous lounge that blends light-tone traditional elements and a rustic, masculine vibe.
5328 Prudence Drive, Houston, TX 77045
A handyman provider and a full-service renovator, Tell-Projects has been serving the Houston area for 15 years with high-quality builds and excellent customer service. The firm offers kitchen and bathroom remodeling, flood restorations, and whole-house renovations of single family homes.
The firm’s team of remodeling specialists is headed by principal Ellie Miesel. She sees to it that each employee participates in an intense 4-month training with their lead contractor to ensure consistent quality and service to customers. In addition, each employee establishes at least one area of expertise that goes beyond the basic handyman and home renovation skills required.
The firm’s portfolio holds a variety of remodeling projects in traditional and modern styles. Homes range from quaint rustic ranches to two-story Southern houses, while its kitchen and bathrooms boast eclectic and contemporary styles.
11) Black and White Construction
P.O. BOX 8225, The Woodlands, TX 77387
Black and White Construction is a full-service contractor specializing in high-end renovations and custom homes. The firm is notable for their exquisite bathroom and kitchen remodels using a mix of materials such as intricate mosaic tiles, marble, and copper hardware. The firm once used reclaimed wood beams from the old home of the Waters family in Sienna Plantation. The wood was 130 years old at the time it was cut, making it nearly 300 years old when it was installed by the firm in a remodeled home-turned-art gallery.
Initially founded in 2006 with the goal of buying land on which to build, the firm grew under the care of Greg Simmons into a design-build firm with a more customer-centric approach. Simmons has completed over 500 structures ranging from low cost, first-time ownership homes to multi-million dollar dream homes, as well as renovations and additions. In addition to Texas, he has built in the states of California and New Mexico.
10) Charanza Contracting, Inc.
10801 Hammerly Suite 216, Houston, Texas 77043
Charanza Contracting, Inc. prides itself on its successful and established history as one of the premier remodeling contractors in the Greater Houston area. With specialties in remodeling, renovations, and new construction, this firm has built and renovated numerous homes since its founding in 1987. Whether its a condo in the metro area or a classic Texas ranch on a sprawling hillside, the firm does everything to tailor fit homes to its clients wants and needs.
Kenneth Charanza founded the firm after a successful stint in a Houston custom estate home company in the 1980’s. A Certified Graduate Remodeler and Graduate Master Builder, Charanza served on the Board of Directors for the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) and chaired the Special Event Charity Project Committee. Under his leadership, the firm won a 2018 TAB Star Award for Best Bathroom Renovation Under $55K.
The firm achieves its projects’ varied looks by using materials both found in the area and imported from other states. Texas limestone and Ohio pine timbers are seen in its barn and ranch projects, while unique backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and granite and marble countertops abound in its kitchen and bathroom remodels.
9) Greymark Construction Company
1207 Bingham St., Houston, TX 77007
Serving Houston’s Inner Loop and the I-10 West Corridor, Greymark Construction Company is an award-winning residential contractor that offers extensive renovations and remodels. Its bathroom and kitchen remodels and historic renovations have earned local and national awards, including multiple TBA Star Awards and GHBA Prism Awards, as well as a Chrysalis Award for Universal Design. For its excellent customer service, the BBB awarded them its highest award, the Pinnacle, in 2016.
President Leslie King heads the firm, with her list of achievements including serving the GHBA as President in 2014 and being named Texas Remodeler of the Year in 2015 by the same organization.
One of Greymark’s most notable projects is a multi-awarded whole house renovation. Professional Remodeler gave it a Best of the Best Award for Best Whole House Remodel, while the TBA awarded it two 2011 Star Awards. The home in upscale River Oaks exudes Southern Charm in its kitchen with dark-stained wood floors and a large kitchen island for entertaining. The rest of the home is light and airy accentuated by old world details.
8) Vick Construction and Remodeling
104 Industrial Blvd, Suite X, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Among the remodelers in Houston who are following the latest trends in kitchens and bathrooms is Vick Construction and Remodeling. This design-build company is a full-service remodeler that specializes in bespoke bathrooms and upscale kitchens. It works with traditional materials such as stainless steel and hardwood floors while still incorporating modern ones like quartz for countertops and recessed LED lighting. Its modern spaces are often clad in monochrome tones such as white and gray.
This family-owned and -operated firm was founded by Kevin Vick. A second generation builder, Kevin has managed projects in Texas, Florida, and California, and served as the 2017 President of the GHBA Remodelers Council. His father, David, is a consultant for the firm. He draws from his five decades of experience in the engineering and construction fields.
The company has earned awards for its superb projects as well as its excellent customer service. In 2017, it won a GHBA Prism Award in the category of Remodeled Kitchen under $50,000. In the same year, Kevin was named Houston Remodeler of the Year. Additionally, the firm earned a Winner of Distinction award in the 2017 BBB Awards for Excellence for their superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence, and quality in the workplace.
7) Remodelers of Houston
Website | 713- 666-1931 | 4206 Law Street, Houston, TX 77005
With a history spanning three generations and more than a quarter of a century of experience, Remodelers of Houston has served the city as a top remodeling and renovation company. It traces its origins to Bill Shaw who founded Hire-My-Handyman in 1984 after retiring from the military. Years later, the name changed into William Shaw & Associates and by 1987, the company was bidding on larger scope projects, including custom remodeling, additions, and multiple-area remodeling. Today, the firm continues to be a leader in the remodeling industry, with recognition gained from Remodeling Magazine as part of their Remodeling 500 list.
Shawn Vacek serves as president of the firm while his wife, Vanessa, takes on the role of Vice President. Shawn has been in the construction business since 1996 and oversees the firm’s construction projects, while Vanessa leads the sales and design team of the company. The husband-and-wife team runs the family business and is behind the success of the firm in gaining awards from the remodeling industry. In 2017, the firm won two GHBA Prism Awards in the categories of Whole House Renovation $250k-$500k and Home Addition over $150k. The firm also has Star Awards from the Texas Association of Builders and a Master Design Gold Award from Qualified Remodeler.
6) Brooks Construction Group
1419 Vander Wilt Lane, Katy, TX 77450
Following Hurricane Harvey, one of the most involved firms in taking care of homes in the Houston area was Brooks Construction Group. Specializing in remodeling, restoration from water damage and fire, and new construction, this company successfully renovated and brought back homes to their full glory.
This family-owned and operated company was founded by David Brooks, who has worked in the construction industry since 1978 and now runs the company with his son Trey as Vice President. Their work with their team of expert estimators have been recognized by the Katy Times, awarding them Best Contractor & Remodeling in their Best of Katy list for 2017 and 2018.
The firm’s kitchen and bathroom remodels are among the most popular among their clients, as well as whole house renovations. This home was gutted and remodeled completely after being flooded by Hurricane Harvey. The stark white contrasts perfectly against the dark hardwood floors while the chandeliers give an elegant touch.
5) Legal Eagle Contractors
5008 Locust St., Bellaire, Texas 77401
With a track record of 40 years in the business and awards for excellent building and customer service, Legal Eagle Contractors has proven Houston that it is one of its top remodeling contractors. The firm is a Chrysalis Awardee for Texas State Remodeler of the Year, as well as a Better Business Bureau Awardee for Excellence for nine years in a row.
The firm is led by Dan Bowden, a four-time recipient of the Houston Remodeler of the Year award by the GHBA, and has served as past Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers division. He is also a practicing attorney having earned his Bachelor’s degree and Law degree from Baylor University.
Legal Eagle Contractors offers professional design and construction services ranging from small improvements, maintenance and repair, to complete additions. Dan is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, a certification he himself helped to create along with the training program that comes with it. Many of the firm’s renovations are geared towards comfortable aging-in-place living.
4) Zander Homes
411 N. Sam Houston Pkwy E., Ste 210, Houston, TX 77060
Zander Homes is an award-winning custom home builder and full-service renovator that has been recognized for its exceptional projects and excellent customer service. Its stellar portfolio has everything from luxurious custom homes, bespoke kitchen and bathroom remodels, and gorgeous additions. These have been recognized by the TBA and GHBA through their Star Awards and Prism Awards that the firm has earned almost yearly. It also earned two Pulse of the City News Awards in 2018 and 2015 for Excellence in Customer Service.
The firm was founded in 2010 by Justin Henry, a second generation home builder who learned the ropes of the industry from his father when he was twelve years old. Justin focused on having an open and transparent communication with his clients, an aspect on which he believed needed improvement in the building industry.
The firm usually builds 10-12 homes a year, ranging from country inspired acreage homes to million dollar estates. Its renovations boast lovely designer finishes in the best locations around Houston. The firm also builds green and sustainable homes.
3) Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling
17018 Seven Pines Drive, Spring, TX 77379
Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling is a multi-awarded general contractor with specialties in million-dollar homes and renovations. Winner of the Grand Remodeler Award at the 2018 GHBA Prism Awards, its list of accolades has continued to grow every year since 2015, with awards from the TBA and GHBA.
Austin native Matt Sneller established the company in 2011 after graduating from Texas A&M University and working for years in the commercial then the residential building scene. He is a member of the GHBA and the Remodeler’s Council, and currently sits as President of the GHBA Custom Builder’s Council.
The firm’s portfolio is a mix of luxurious homes in traditional and modern designs ranging from classic Victorian to rustic ranches. It utilizes an eclectic mix of materials such as reclaimed wood, marble, and even 24 carat gold hardware. This opulent remodeled bathroom in Cedar Woods features elegant marble floors and mother-of-pearl shower tile. A custom-designed glass armoire and chandelier makes it a grand room. This bathroom won a Prism Award in 2015.
2) Craftsmanship By John
Website | 713-984-8834 | 1418 Cedar Post Lane, Houston, TX 77055
Craftsmanship By John is an award-winning residential contractor that specializes in remodeling and renovations throughout Houston. This design-build company offers home additions, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and outdoor living spaces.
The firm’s founder, John Gillette, began in the construction industry when he was 14 years old, sweeping out houses under renovation. After years of observing and learning from craftsmen and builders, he started his own company in 1992 as an one-man operation. The company has grown over the years in size as well as in its scope of projects. It has proven to be a success story, earning multiple TBA Star Awards and GHBA Prism Awards for its remodeling projects, as well as a Chrysalis Award. Gillette has also been featured as the NAHB Remodeler of the Month for February 2017.
This whole house renovation of a 1930s Georgian home won a 2018 GHBA Prism Award in the category of Home Addition, and TBA 2017 Star Award in the category of Remodeler- Best Addition over $500k. The firm fulfilled the homeowners’ wish for a spacious master suite retreat. It also opened up the home’s first floor space by enlarging the family room for dining and entertaining.
1) On Point Custom Homes
3939 Essex Lane, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77027
Known as one of the best builders throughout Houston, multi-awarded On Point Custom Homes is a general contractor that builds and renovates luxury homes. It specializes in contemporary designs and completes between 14 and 18 million-dollar houses in an average year. The firm’s focus area is Houston’s metro area, particularly the affluent inner-loop neighborhoods of River Oaks, Tanglewood, and West University.
John Leggett founded the firm in 2004 at the young age of 26. Dubbed by the press as the ‘Boy Wonder of Houston real estate’’, Leggett has achieved much with his company by embracing progressive building techniques and technology. He was awarded The Texas Builder Association’s Excellence Under 45 award, as well as named a Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner in 2017. He currently serves as the Chairman for the Master Builders Group, a national council comprised of various builders from across the nation.
The firm’s homes have been recognized locally and internationally through industry awards and magazines features. The Texas Association of Builders named the firm Custom Builder of the Year for 2017. Additionally, it won Best Custom Home Design and Best Whole Home Remodel at the 2018 GHBA Prism Awards. Publications such as The Houston Chronicle, Builder Magazine, Dwell, and PaperCity have featured the firm’s gorgeous homes, and this rebuild of the Meyerland home of Cory and Carley Giovanella was featured in the Houston Chronicle. Built five feet off the ground, the sleek modern home replaced the homeowners’ ranch that flooded in 2015.
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