Maryland, with its complex history and political significance, has proven itself as worthy of being hailed as an all-American icon; its importance as a cornerstone of American history and independence cannot be undermined. Located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country, Maryland shares borders with Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Over the years, because of its accessibility to waterways and harbors, Maryland’s population has grown immensely. Moreover, world-renowned establishments such as Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Inner Harbor have brought a contemporary rhythm and lifestyle to the Free State. While the eastern part of the state is dominated by the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland is also home to both the Piedmont Plateau and some of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it a suitable home state for city-dwellers and nature-lovers alike.
Marylanders who are trying to realize their dream homes won’t have to go too far to find great general contractors in Maryland. Contracting companies in the state have exceptional expertise and resolute community standing.
In this list, homeowners from Maryland will find 15 of the state’s best general contractors. These firms have garnered multiple awards and media citations, solidifying their reputation within their respective communities.
15) Merrick Design and Build
3923 Plyers Mill Road Kensington, MD 20895
David Merrick, a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Master Certified Remodeler and the president of the Merrick Design and Build, Inc., found himself campaigning for his dream of being a design and build contractor. Despite being told no by the Boston Society of Architects, Merrick has pursued his passion to great success.
After decades of operations, Merrick Design and Build is equally as driven as it was when the firm was founded. Despite being featured in popular publications such as the Washington Post and Remodeler’s Magazine, the firm remains product-oriented. The company specializes in design-build work and general remodeling, but its portfolio features more tailor-made works such as a Pirate Ship Playhouse and a personalized basement and garage.
14) ALC Contractors
19632 Gunpowder Road Manchester, MD 21102
For 25 years, ALC Contractors has provided quality remodeling services for Maryland homes. Andrew Lohmeyer, the company’s principal, and founder has been in the construction field for three decades; his experience shows in the straightforward yet elegant character of his work. The company specializes in traditional and modern styles of remodeling and general contracting.
With numerous accolades, such as Best Remodeling of 2012 from Chesapeake Home + Living Magazine, and a dozen Awards of Excellence from the Homeowners Association of Maryland (HAMD) and Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), the firm’s trustworthiness to the Free State residents has been solidified.
ALC Contractors features works with French, Bungalow, and Traditional styles. Homes on which the company has worked are characterized by pragmatic elements, such as additional storage spaces and close-to-ground foundations.
13) Daniel Krienbuehl Contractors
508 Finsbury Road Silver Spring, MD 20904
Marylanders from Montgomery County might be familiar with the services of Daniel Krienbuehl Contractors. Krienbuehl and his company have provided remodeling and general contracting operations for 17 years. However, Krienbuehl has been in the construction industry since the late 1980s, before the emergence of his own company. In 1983, he trained in Switzerland, where he honed his skills in carpentry and woodwork.
Krienbuehl’s will and determination paid off, as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) have named the company as the Contractor of the Year (CotY) for years 2014, 2015, and 2017 in categories of Green Remodeling of the Entire House, Residential Exterior, and Entire House Renovation, respectively.
12) Laurence Cafritz Builders
Website7520 Hampden Lane Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Before founding a thriving construction company, Laurence Cafritz graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College. Seven years later, while working as a Project Engineer, he decided to start his own construction company with the heart of Marylanders in mind. Cafritz is also the president of the Custom Builders Council of MBIA and a member of the MBIA Board of Directors.
In over 26 years, Laurence Cafritz Builders has completed 85 projects for 74 clients. The firm has amassed 12 awards including the MBIA Custom Builder Award of Excellence in three consecutive years, and NARI CotY for the Best Custom Home Over $1M. The company works with modern, traditional, and ranch styles that are proudly Free State.
11) Creative Spaces Remodeling
1229 Linton Lane Shady Side, MD 20764
For three decades, Creative Spaces Remodeling has been a serious competitor in the general contractors market in Maryland, especially in Frederick County. With a unique and enticing five-year warranty policy, homeowners cannot simply overlook the services that the company offers. Furthermore, distinctions from the Frederick Country Builders Association, such as the Builder of the Year award, Award of Excellence for the Best Interior Remodel, and the National Renaissance Design Competition Award, make the firm reputable in the remodeling industry in the Free State. The company has also been featured in the Annapolis Home Magazine several times and has maintained a favorable reputation for decades.
Creative Spaces Remodeling’s portfolio includes remodeling works in various magnitude, with common works ranging from $100K to $2M.
10) Rasevic Construction Company
5200 River Road Bldg #6 Bethesda, MD 20816
Brothers Paul and Mark Rasevic, the sons of Serbian immigrants, jump-started their company to success that they never could have imagined. Paul Rasevic became a carpenter in college to pay for his bills, and Mark Rasevic left his college teaching profession to take care of the landscaping division of the company.
Now in the neighborhoods of Maryland and greater Washington D.C., the Rasevics’ business grew organically through referrals and recommendations. Their company’s success is substantial, with a gross profit of around $15M a year, and 32 workers on the payroll. The Rasevic Construction Company does projects ranging from $5K to over $1M. Their firm has been duly recognized by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission and has been furnished with a full-length article in the Washington Post about the company’s humble beginnings and present status.
9) Greenleaf Construction
The Mill Centre 3000 Chestnut Ave. Suite 111 Baltimore, MD 21211
Owner, George Brown, has been around construction and carpentry from an early age. He developed his woodworking skills and attention to detail through working with a pipe organ builder in the Pacific Northwest. After gathering all the necessary skills, he founded his construction company in 2007. Over the years he has assembled a team of highly skilled full-time craftsmen.
Greenleaf Construction has only been around for a little over a decade, but it has already produced dozens of projects and has been accredited by multiple agencies such as HAMD and MBIA. The firm has also been featured on regional circulations such as the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, and Canadian Home Trends. The company commonly does work in Colonial, Contemporary, and Modern styles. Clients can expect work to range from $75K to $1.5M.
8) Smithouse Construction
232 Cockeysville Rd Suite B-200 Cockeysville, MD 21030
Despite being the most recently established firm on this list, Smithouse Construction has been widely accoladed by many regional magazines and relevant organizations. From earning Baltimore Sun’s Best of Baltimore 2018, to Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore 2015, to Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 and Crystal Design Awards Grand Prize Winning Design for 2017, Smithouse Construction has established itself as a highly regarded and high-quality construction firm.
Interesting projects that the budding business has completed include a family farmhouse from the 1870s in Sparks, MD. Smithouse Construction has been entrusted to preserve the authenticity and impressions that surround the estate while remodeling its deteriorating and decaying parts. This significant project will strengthen the confidence of the homeowners to the company. Smithouse Construction specializes in single family homes and their style ranges from Colonial to Traditional, from French to Farmhouse and Modern.
7) Tabor Design Build
15740 Crabbs Branch Way Rockville, MD 20855
Scotland-born John Tabor has been in the general contracting industry for 40 years. After working his way up from job to job, he finally established a company of his own in 1994. Tabor’s hard work and work ethic have been commended by relevant institutions such as NARI’s CotY 2017 Grand Award Winner for Entire House and 2017 Merit Award Winner Residential Kitchen, along with Chrysalis Award Best Green Remodeling Project and Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence. Remodeling Magazine has also recognized Tabor as one of the top 50 remodelers in the country.
Tabor Design Build does its work in Traditional and French styles, showing a bonafide Maryland home style choice and adherence to the community in which the principal has lived since he was five years old. The company adheres to the implementation of large, French-type windows, and to the utilization of spaces through either storage use or ornamentations.
6) Brothers Services Company
111 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, MD 21074
When a group of friends who consider themselves like brothers started a construction and general contracting company 30 years ago, they were simply aiming for a contracting service different from the rest in terms of the working relationship with homeowners. They rejected the idea of high-pressure sales and manipulative schemes that contracting had been known for. Little did they know that their company would be hailed as one of the state’s best, and become the beloved firm that it is today.
While Brothers Services Company is highly regarded for their roofing services, having been awarded as the Best Roofer by Baltimore Magazine, the firm still does many general contracting services. Brothers Services Company is also accredited by National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), MBIA, and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
5) Gilday Renovations
9162 Brookville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cousins Tom and Kevin Gilday partnered in 1979 to establish Gilday Renovations. With expertise in green remodeling and a strong portfolio with a vast style range, from French to the Mediterranean to Modern, the firm has proven its worthiness of esteem for the past 35 years. The company employs in-house architects, as well as other certified experts, to assure that the projects with which they are entrusted exceed standards.
Gilday Renovations is based in Maryland; the firm also operates in Virginia and Washington D.C. The company has been featured in Bethesda Magazine, Home & Design Magazine, and other regional publications. They are also proud awardees of the NARI CotY in 2016 and the Mid-Atlantic regional winner of Chrysalis Awards.
The company’s use of contemporary style is evident in the usage of ventilation spaces and spaciousness, as well as utilitarian work of columns and walls, tied together with trademark sharp shapes and figures.
4) Fine Craft Contractors
104 Summit Hall Road Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Two-time NARI CotY winner Fine Craft Contractors traces its roots to the mind of founder George Papaheraklis. Two years after he acquired his degree in Architecture at the University of Maryland, he decided to establish his own contracting firm to follow a dream and a love of building establishments, rather than simply drawing them.
In just over three decades, Papaheraklis has accomplished more than 600 projects, established a robust construction consultation service, and published a book about construction. The company is certified by the NAHB, AIA (American Institute of Architects), NARI, MBIA, and the NKBA.
Fine Craft Contractors utilize a combination of the Contemporary and French styles. The use of sharp geometric lines accompanies the well-ornamented aspects to achieve a classically French look.
3) Case Design
4701 Sangamore Road North Plaza, Suite 40 Bethesda, MD 20816
As one of the largest contractors in Maryland and Washington D.C. region, Case Design has been able to complete 100,000 renovation projects for over 60,000 clients. The well-decorated firm has also accumulated over one hundred design, remodeling, and business awards, despite having been founded only eleven years ago.
Bruce Case, founder, president, and CEO of the firm holds an MBA from George Mason University. His fluency in the contracting business advanced the company’s reputation in the market through features in circulations such as the Washington Post and Arlington Magazine. The well-staffed team of Case Design have expertise in architecture and are also able to provide high-quality general contractor work. The firm is well-known for contemporary and colonial styles of building.
2) Glickman Design Build
15757 Crabbs Branch Way Rockville, MD 20855
For over 40 years, Russ Glickman has been one of the top considerations when it comes to general contracting and overall handyman work in Maryland. His authority in the industry is so well-established that NARI accredited Glickman with the Master Certified Remodeler Designation. Glickman Design-build undertakes much more than common remodeling and construction projects; the firm also specializes in home configurations for people with disabilities. This specialty in making homes more accessible and welcoming to wheelchair users and people with cerebral palsy is so highly regarded that law firms often consult Glickman in matters concerning wheelchair accessible home assessments, modifications, alterations, and home redesigns.
Glickman’s expertise and work enabled him to win Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Home Improvement Expert of 2017, as well as the Chrysalis Award in 2015 for both the National Award and Universal Design Award.
1) Anthony Wilder Design/Build
7913 Macarthur Blvd Cabin John, MD 20818
Anthony Wilder Design/Build stands out, thanks to its well-rounded service of outstanding design and construction. Husband and wife Anthony and Elizabeth Wilder envisioned a firm that unites architecture, interior, design, landscape design, and construction. Serving a wide range of homes with diverse needs for improvement work, it comes as no surprise that the firm has the highest number of accolades on this list, as well as the highest number of media features: Anthony Wilder Design/Build was hailed as the NARI CotY in 2018, and has been featured on national publications such as USA Today, The Washington Post, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.
The 40-member company provides the necessary expert planning and craftsmanship to realize the dream homes of Marylanders. Equipped with an ultra-qualified staff, possessing multiple architectural accreditations and construction commendations, the team has completed hundreds of projects in the relatively short time frame of twenty years.