Louisiana, known as the Pelican State, is located in the Deep South region of the Southeastern part of the United States. Popular cities include New Orleans, which is its largest, and Baton Rouge, its capital. Louisiana has an estimated population of 4,600,000 and is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the United States.
Veteran contractors are common in Louisiana, with many trusted firms having been around for 20 to 30 years, or even longer. These contractors cater to the historical homes that the state is known for, such as the buildings and architecture of New Orleans. In this city, there are historic mansions and Creole cottages, balconies of the French Quarter, the Egyptian revival US Customs building, and a Moorish revival church.
Below is a curated list of the top general contracting firms in Louisiana that are well-known for remodeling and custom homes services. These firms have been selected based on the awards they have received, their affiliations, their accomplishments, and their reputations in the state.
10) Blair Construction
16119 Highland Bluff Court Baton Rouge, LA 70810
A multi-awarded builder in Baton Rouge led by a husband and wife team, Blair Construction has been serving the area for more than three decades and has built more than 320 homes. The firm specializes in creating energy-efficient and automated homes, as well as home extensions, framing, site preparation, and sustainable design.
Blair Construction’s luxury homes feature home theaters, home automation electronics, outdoor entertainment areas, swimming pools, and solar power. This firm features Acadian style in their homes- a style common in Louisiana that highlights country French architecture. In this style, rooms are often arranged on both sides of a central hallway, with a kitchen at the back.
9) Creative Builders
141 Robert E Lee Blvd, # 138 New Orleans, LA
A 16-year-old firm, Creative Builders was established by Adam Bertuglia, who had a passion for building homes ever since his youth. Coming from a line of skilled craftsmen, he spent his summers in construction, ultimately building hundreds of projects over the years. Today, Creative Builders is known for its particularly beautiful wood flooring, ornate stairways, chic bathrooms, and trendy kitchens, using high-quality materials include brick, wood, tile, and stone.
Five of Creative Builders’ unique homes were featured on the 2018 Greater New Orleans Parade of Homes, sponsored by the HBAGNO. The firm is also a member of NARI and Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans.
8) Pentek Homes
1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113
Though only seven years old, Pentek Homes has grown a reputation for offering quality home remodeling, restoration, additions, and construction to the New Orleans area.
Pentek’s work has been featured in New Orleans Living and Louisiana Life magazines. One such notable project was the 1899 Hammond house, which had been passed on through four generations of family. The current occupant, Hayley Taff, renovated the house her parents and grandparents lived in, by retaining its features and yet modernizing it. With the help of Pentek, they improved the foundation, added support beams to a sagging second floor, exchanged closet space for a new office, and re-designed the kitchen and bathrooms. Inherited furnishings and heirlooms combined with contemporary designs resulted in a functional and modern design.
7) Renovate, Inc.
824 24th Street Kenner, Louisiana 70062
Renovate, Inc. has been serving the area for nearly 40 years, offering remodeling, custom homes, energy efficient homes, and general contracting, specializing in historical remodeling. Founders Karen and Frank Castjohn, known as the “mom and pop” of the LA building industry, have now passed the reins of the business down to their son, Nick, to continue the company’s legacy.
Renovate, Inc. was included in the National Professional Remodeler’s “Forty Under 40” list in 2012, Remodeling Magazine’s “Remodeling 550” in 2012 and 2013, and Qualified Remodeler’s “Top 500” in 2013. In 2014, the firm was named St. Tammany HBA Builder of the Year, Louisiana HBA Remodeler of the Year, and NAHB Certified Graduate Builder of the Year. Renovate, Inc. is a Certified NARI Professional, a New Orleans Graduate Master Builder, a New Orleans Certified Graduate Builder, and a New Orleans Certified Graduate Remodeler.
6) Centanni Homes
2156 3rd st. Unit D Covington, LA, US 70471
With its work regularly highlighted in the Northshore Parade of Homes, Centanni Homes has been offering quality remodeling and restoration services to the Covington and Louisiana areas for over 58 years. Centanni Homes was recently presented with the awards for 2018 Best Curb Appeal & Best Overall from Northshore Parade of Homes.
The firm is managed by Vincent, Jr., and Marcela Centanni. Son Vincent, III, is also part of the management, after graduating from Louisiana State University in Construction Management. He is also a Licensed Landscape Contractor and Licensed Realtor. Centanni Homes is a member of the Northshore Home Builders Association and Capital Region Builders Association.
5) MLM Incorporated
3500 N Causeway Blvd. Ste. 160 Metairie, LA 70002
One of the most renowned building companies in Louisiana, with its multitude of awards and affiliations, MLM Incorporated was founded by Machi Medrzycki in 2005. The company offers a variety of renovation services, including historic, residential, and commercial renovations. Other services available include new construction, kitchen remodeling, and bathroom remodeling. MLM became well-known in LA following Hurricane Katrina, when the firm rebuilt many homes and businesses in Slidell, Chalmette, Meraux, Arabi, and New Orleans.
MLM’s bathroom and kitchen remodeling designs have appeared in Our Louisiana magazine and New Orleans Homes. In addition, the company won the Sonata Award in 2012 for the best kitchen design. MLM Incorporated is a member of the Home Builders Association of Metro New Orleans.
4) Troyer Builders
3900 N. Causeway Blvd. One Lakeway Suite 105 Metairie, LA 70002
Troyer Builders is responsible for some of the most exquisite designs, new home builds, and remodeling projects in the Metairie, New Orleans, and surrounding areas. The firm has perfected its own style, which, according to founder Greg Troyer, is a “fusion of classic old world craftsmanship, modern design techniques and traditional New Orleans symbolism.”
Troyer Builders has built over 300 homes in its more than 14 years. The firm doesn’t just focus on aesthetics but also makes sure to create and remodel homes using environmentally-friendly materials and techniques. The firm’s energy efficient, green buildings have a lasting, sustainable design.
Having been featured in Parade of Homes magazine, Troyer Builders is also a member of the Northshore HBA, the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, and NAHB. It is also a participant and winner of the Parade of Homes. The firm’s notable entries include a beautiful 4,000-square-foot home in the English Turn Golf and Country Club, a 4,737-square-foot home in The Oaks, and a 3,761-square-foot home at The Parks of Plaquemines.
3) Holyfield Homes
2371 Tower Drive – Monroe, LA 71201
A multi-awarded veteran builder in Monroe, LA, Holyfield Homes is a family-run business. The firm was included in the Top Three for Best Custom Home Builders in Louisiana and has built many estates and luxury homes in the areas of Monroe, West Monroe, Texarkana, and Jackson. More than 39 years in the business, Holyfield Homes has grown from a small family business into a leader in the LA building industry, having been featured in such publications as News-Star and the US Builders Review.
One of Holyfield’s notable projects includes a 7,572-square foot, $1.5M home near Louisiana Tech University. This spectacular home was constructed with corrugated metal siding, concrete, and corten steel. It also features a beautiful, private back lawn, as well as an outdoor kitchen with direct access to the main indoor kitchen. The interior features motorized drapes, a window wall that opens onto a private courtyard, two custom steel staircases, and Brazilian Koa wood floors.
2) Colmex Construction
4334 Earhart Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70125
Recently established in 2008, Colmex Construction has been making waves not only in the construction industry but also in the startup world. The company has been featured in startup publications such as Inc and Fortune, as well as in Biz New Orleans, The Advocate, and Viva Nola Mag. Colmex Construction received the Entergy Power of the People Award and the 2016 Excelencia Gala Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Award and is a part of NAHB Remodelers, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Louisiana Home Builders Association, and the New Orleans Chamber. Colmex’s goals include remodeling homes while preserving the history of the city.
Led by founder and CEO Angelica Rivera, Colmex Construction has shown 188 percent growth in the last three years and earned $7.2M in 2017. Rivera believes in advancing her community through building by “empowering our employees to express themselves and care for each other; serving other small businesses by sharing our experiences that have enabled us towards a successful path.”
1) Reve, Inc.
325 Belle Terre Boulevard, Laplace, LA 70068
Veteran builder Reve, Inc. has been serving the Laplace, New Orleans, and surrounding areas for 33 years. An expert in remodeling and new construction, the company has won the 1997 & 2001 Builder of the Year Awards from the Home Builders Association Greater New Orleans (HBAGNO), the 2000 Parade of Homes Winner in Most High Tech from HBAGNO, and was named a Top 10 Builder in the metropolitan area for the last 10 years. It is also a member of the National Home Builders Association Remodelers and the Louisiana Home Builders Association. Principal Karl (Randy) Noel, who is also the firm’s president, graduated with a BS in Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
Reve, Inc. prides itself on building quickly without compromising quality, having built more than 1000 homes in its three decades. This firm is known for a minimal aesthetic with well-thought-out furnishings. Its master bathrooms, for example, usually have an all-white look with antique countertops, faucets, and sinks. There are also chandeliers and ornate mirrors for a vintage, luxurious feel.