Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State, thanks to the abundance of bluegrass brought by the state’s fertile soil. The state is renowned for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, and natural resources, whose influence can be seen in most houses and architectures. Kentucky’s home architecture is diverse,  with styles ranging from Federal and Greek Revival to Italianate and Victorian. While some historical homes have been left to deteriorate, others have been painstakingly restored to wide acclaim.

The best contractors in this state are able to incorporate intricate wood and ranch accents into luxury homes while making these homes perfect for the Kentuckian climate and seasons. These contractors have also stood the test of time and successfully continued to build their legacies today.

15) jC Construction LLC

30 Sabre Dr, Highland Heights, KY

Established by Calvin Covey in 1989, jC Construction LLC services Highland Heights and its surrounding areas, providing home remodeling and home building.

jC Construction has strived to provide sustainable and green homes for 29 years. With its accreditation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  the firm ensures that every home built is environmentally friendly. The A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is the proof of the firm’s good business and work ethic, which clients continue to love and trust.

jC Construction LLC is also one of the only few National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) certified remodeling firms in the entire state of Kentucky. Its projects feature ranch house accents, wooden ceiling beams, and large glass windows for ample flow of natural light.

14) Doug Martens Construction

351 Pascoe Blvd Bowling Green, KY 42104

Since 1998, Doug Marten has become known as one of the most respected home builder and remodeler in Bowling Green. This reputation gave him the honor of receiving the Builder of the Year award, as well as a certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as a Certified Green Professional (CGP). The firm is also certified in Insulated Concrete Form Construction and is a member of NAHB and Builders Association of South Central Kentucky.

Doug Martens Construction offers new home construction, home remodeling, and new home design services to Bowling Green, Warren County, Barren River Lake, and surrounding counties. The firm continues to improve its services through modern research and implementation of new trends in the construction industry.

Multi-functional cabinets and a bright color scheme are common in the firm’s projects. Doug Martens’s signature consists of classic, stone, and wooden accents with modern and rustic touches of steel.

13) Ashley Builders Group

3005 Dixie Highway Edgewood, KY 41017

Ashley Builders Group is known to be one of the oldest and most experienced home builders and remodelers in the state of Kentucky. Since its establishment in 1972, the firm has completed countless projects in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

The Ashley Builders Group is helmed by five partners—each with his own respectable background—who decided to come together to find to one of Kentucky’s best home builders and remodelers. Paul Bogenschutz, John Yeager, and Jason Yeager were all ex-presidents of the Building Industry Association of NKY (BIA NKY), while William Kreutzjans, Sr. and Bill Kreutzjans, Jr. had been presidents of Land Development Council in BIA NKY. With their collective experience and expertise, Ashley Builders Group has succeeded in establishing its name and reputation.

The firm is also part of the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and Building Commission of the Diocese of Covington. Touches of Victorian and French home details can be seen in most of Ashley Builders Group’s projects, providing an elegant ambiance throughout the home.

12) Gustin Construction

2527 Dixie Hwy, Ft. Mitchell, Ky 41017

Gus McKinley fulfilled his calling when he established Gustin Construction in 2003 doing home remodeling, design/build construction, green building, and commercial establishments in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

The company’s affiliation with Home Builders Association in KY, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and National Association of Home Builders paved the way to numerous projects of remodeling and building luxury homes as well as getting EPA-certified and becoming an Aging in Place specialist.

One of Gustin Construction’s one-of-a-kind projects was the Norris Lake House, which has a very welcoming ambiance and homey vibe. Most of the home’s interiors and foundations were made with first-grade wood, while its interiors were also customized to complement the overall aura of the lake house.

11) Kerwin Homes

1795 Alysheba Way, Suite 3205 Lexington, KY 40509

Mike Kerwin has dedicated the past 30 years of his life to building and remodeling homes in the neighborhoods of Lexington, Lexington-Fayette, and Nicholasville. He was also involved in developing communities such as Cherry Blossom, Andover, Belle Meade, and Gardens of Heartland. His devotion to this mission has pushed Kerwin Homes to great heights.


Awarded Builder of the Year, Kerwin Homes continues to provide exceptional services of home remodeling, as well as new home construction. The firm is now a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) certified builder. The firm is associated with the Home Builders Association of Lexington, Better Business Bureau (BBB), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK).

Spacious living areas with Victorian-inspired interiors are common with Kerwin Homes’s projects, as the firm works primarily on luxury and high ceiling homes. Grand arches are also common to Kerwin Homes’s remodels.

10) M2 Construction Inc.

| Lexington, KY 40509

For 10 years (2007 to 2017), M2 Construction was named Home and Remodeling Pros in Kentucky and won more than 40 awards, including the Best Design award. These fruits were thanks to the efforts of Michael & Amy Newton, both licensed Kentucky Real Estate Agents, who established the firm 20 years ago.

M2 generally works on luxury homes but gives priority to the budgets of clients without compromising quality. The firm offers home remodeling and custom build home services to Lexington, Nicholasville, Richmond, and surrounding areas.

Neutral tones, intricate masonry, and ornamental wood-carved ceilings are common features on M2 Construction’s projects. Brass sinks and stained cabinets are also one of the highlights in the firm’s kitchen and bathroom remodeling works.

9) Bluegrass Fine Homes

2208 Terranova Court Lexington, KY 40513

Marion Jones, the founder of Bluegrass Fine Homes, started working in the construction industry while he was still in high school. His passion for building homes continued after he received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky; he founded Bluegrass Fine Homes in 1996. During the company’s 22 years, it has received various awards from Homebuilders Association of Lexington (HBAL) as well as a three-time first place award in the Grand Tour of Homes from the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Central Kentucky. These recognitions became Jones’ driving force to improve his firm’s work and reputation.

Bluegrass Fine Homes services Central Kentucky, Lexington, Fayette, and its surrounding counties, providing home remodeling, custom home building, and home addition. Victorian interiors and home layouts can be seen in most of the firm’s projects, which exude sophistication and luxury. Huge draperies and Victorian chandeliers are also common.

8) Signature Crafted Homes

4898 Brownsboro Center, Louisville, Kentucky 40207

Tom Waller began building and remodeling homes 19 years ago, by establishing Signature Crafted Homes, which services Louisville and its surrounding areas. With his experience as a board member of Building Industry Association Of Greater Louisville and Registered Builder in Louisville, Waller has led his firm to be one of the top contractors in Kentucky.

The firm’s efforts to be known and trusted in its community has resulted in many accolades, such as Homearama’s People’s Choice Best Home, Best Home Design in Masonry, Interior Trim, Kitchen Cabinetry, Landscaping, and Best Interior Design in Interior Lighting.

Signature Crafted Homes feature detailed ceilings and floor-length glass windows for natural light flow. In addition, neutral tones and classic black are commonly seen in the projects’ walls and furniture.

7) P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders

 11503 Main St. Middletown, KY 40243

For over 40 years, P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders has provided excellent home remodeling and custom home building services to Anchorage, Louisville, Prospect, and nearby areas. P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders has received various awards in the last four decades of dedicated service. The firm was recognized and given The President’s Grand Award by the Sales and Marketing Council of the Home Builder’s Association of Louisville, as well as Remodeler of the Year award.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified firm, which was featured yearly in Homearama from 2014 up to present, was established by Perry Lyons, a registered builder from Louisville. In his career as a home builder and remodeler, Lyons has worked on the neighborhoods of Douglas Hills and Lake Forest to Fox Run and Poplar Woods. He is an active ex-president of the BIA of Greater Louisville and the Homebuilders Association of Louisville. Currently, he leads the HBAK’s code committees.

6) Crawford Builders

110 Ferndale Pass, Lexington, KY 40511

Crawford Builders rose from the ashes after Mac Crawford and his ex-employer company, Coe and Crawford Builders, were bought out. This event has turned for the better because Mac was able to establish Crawford Builders in 1978 after the loss of his first company.

Throughout the years, Crawford Builders has earned many accolades as proof of its brilliant projects in Georgetown, Lexington, Lexington-Fayette, and Nicholasville. Awards range from Builder of The Year for multiple years to a Historic Preservation Award, Remodeler of the Year, as well as  Additional of the Year and Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 award in 2010.

Furthermore, the firm’s affiliations with the Homebuilders Association of Kentucky, BIA Central Kentucky, NAHB, and its EPA Lead-Safe certification have put the company on the map. Its home remodeling and home building services are sought after by repeat customers and new clients.

5) Padgett Construction

1501 Nicholasville Road Lexington, KY 40503

After receiving his degree from the University of Kentucky, Tom Padgett established his own construction company, Padgett Construction, in 1984, offering home remodel and home construction services.

Since its conception, the company has built and remodeled over 400 homes in central and eastern Kentucky, resulting in numerous awards from different home builder associations and publications.  Padgett Construction was featured in Builder | Architect, Kentucky Homes & Garden, Frontgate, Tops Lexington, and in 2016 third edition of the Luxe Interior + Design book, The Luxury of Home. The firm was also recognized by Residential Design/Build Magazine as part of Top 50 Home Builders.

For the past seven years, several of the company’s projects have been recognized as Outstanding Project of the Year for remodeling and historic restoration works. Padgett Construction also renovated the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Kentucky—a 1910 Prairie-style home for Rev. Jesse R. Zeigler.

4) Gemini Homes

1685 Pleasant Hill Road Bowling Green, KY 42103

Kelly Arnold, the founder of Gemini Homes, began his career in the construction industry in the 1970s. Starting out as a full-time carpenter, Arnold continued his career as a certified welder and ironworker, then established the firm in 1995, servicing Bowling Green, Plano, Alvaton, and Woodburn.

Since its establishment, Gemini Homes has received multiple Parade of Homes Best in Show awards, a President’s Award for first place in New Home Design, and a 2nd place Judges’ Award in the Kitchen Remodel category. Kelly Arnold himself received the Leadership Bowling Green award from Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce (BGCoC) and the Bart Hagerman Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Aside from these many accolades, Gemini Homes has also repeatedly been featured in Bowling Green Home & Lifestyle Magazine. The firm is affiliated with Builders Association of South Central Kentucky, BGCoC, National Builders Association, Builder 20 Program, Quality Contractor Network, Licensed Realtor, and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Also, the firm is certified as an Energy Star Partner, a Green Professional, Energy Right, and is a Registered Builder.

3) Atchison Heller Construction

3399 Tates Creek Road Suite 210 Lexington, KY 40502

John Atchison and Steve Heller combined their experiences and education to finding Atchison Heller Construction in 1978. Heller hails from Chicago, and moved to Kentucky in 1969, where he put himself through college to earn his degree from University of Kentucky; Atchison received his BA in Economics and Business Management from Centre College Kentucky.

In Atchison Heller Construction’s 40 years, the firm has received multiple awards from the Lexington HBA, Builders & Marketing Awards, Grand Tour of Homes, Kohler Quality Home Builder Award, Best Whole House Renovation, HBA Remodeler’s Council Chair, and the Tour of Remodeled Homes People’s Choice Award. In addition, the firm has been featured multiple times in Modern Home Builder Magazine.

Atchison Heller Construction has also been affiliated with BBB and BIA throughout the company’s career servicing Lexington, Lexington-Fayette, and Nicholasville, providing home remodeling, home building, and energy-efficient homes.

2) Bailey Remodeling Design & Build

137 Breckenridge Lane Louisville, KY 40207

Since 2005, Bailey Remodeling Design & Build has accomplished a great feat in the remodeling industry. In 2017, the firm was named BIA’s Remodeler of the Year, HBAK’s Addition of the year, and Kitchen Remodeler of the Year by both BIA and HBAK.

The firm received Guild-Master of Highest Distinction from 2013–2018, and the Louisville BUsiness Top 20 Remodeler award from 2011–2017. In addition, the firm was named Best Whole House Remodeler in 2014 and 2016 from the SMC Award of Excellence.

The BIA-affiliated Bailey Remodeling Design & Build services Hurstbourne, Louisville, Anchorage, Prospect, and the surrounding areas, providing home remodeling, home construction, and design/build services.

1) Wolford Built Homes

7804 Springfarm Glen Drive PO Box 767 Prospect, KY 40059

There’s no denying that Wolford Built Homes has earned the respect of its fellow builders in Kentucky. With its multiple features on MTV Cribs, Wave 3 News, Fix It & Finish It, and Your Kentuckiana Homes, as well as Sophisticated Living, Homes & Garden, Art Avenue, Luxury Homes Quarterly, and Professional Remodeler’s Magazine, Wolford Built Homes has become one of the most famous home builders and remodelers in Kentucky.

Aside from press features, the firm has won the President’s Grand Award Remodeling Design Whole House Remodel, President’s Grand Award New Construction Award Best Builder Home Design, and President’s Grand Award Best Bath Remodel all in 2016. Furthermore, Wolford Built Homes was named Home Builders Association of Louisville’s Tour of Remodeled Homes “Best of, ” Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) Best Overall Marketing Campaign, and SMC Best Remodeling Project, Best Home Design Over $1.2M.

The LEED-certified firm has been affiliated with HBAL and SMC since its establishment in 1978 by Ron Wolford, who earned a business degree from Western Kentucky University.

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