Noted for being one of the safest cities in Illinois, Naperville is a city in DuPage and Will counties that is also regarded for its excellent livability and wealth. These are reflected in the local residential architecture — a mix of traditional and craftsman themes, coupled with the occasional contemporary and modern homes.
That said, this list is a compilation of ten of the best general contractors in the area who are behind some of Naperville’s most beautiful new homes and remodels. They were chosen based on not only merit, but also experience and their range of services. Several of these firms have had their work featured in numerous noteworthy publications and are no stranger to some of the industry’s most influential organizations. Some also offer their own services unique to this list and even have their very own showrooms.
Barts Remodeling & Construction
1580 N Northwest Hwy. Suite 221B, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Based in Park Ridge, Barts Remodeling and Construction uses a design-build approach. It offers high-quality services in home additions, attic conversions, kitchen remodels, custom home remodels, rooftop decks, basement renovations, and bathroom remodels. It comprises a team of more than 20 talented and dedicated professionals, who together emphasize the importance of using a highly hands-on approach during the building and design process. The firm’s founder and owner, Bart Dziewiecki, personally leads and oversees this team. He comes from a family of builders and craftsmen and first gained experience working as a tradesman for various contractors before establishing the company. It has grown and evolved into today’s firm, best noted for its comprehensive processes and excellent team.
All of Barts’ projects come with a one-year warranty. Still, clients can rest easy knowing that regardless of any issues, even after this period has expired, its team will always be available to work or correct any problems that arise. The firm is also proud of its outstanding and accurate estimates, especially in terms of target competitions. It finishes all of its projects on-time and within the agreed-upon budget and even provides free initial estimates.
Bradford & Kent
807 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, Il 60515
Regarded as one of Chicagoland’s premier home remodeling firms for the past three decades, Bradford & Kent specializes in the enhancing and renovation of residential interiors and exteriors. Its portfolio showcases an excellent gallery of new home additions, kitchens, bathrooms, and basements all designed, constructed, and curated by its talented team of designers, architects, product selection specialists, and artisans. The firm takes on curb appeal improvements and work on new entrances, replacement windows, siding updates, and entire exterior makeovers. Joe Pavone founded the firm over 30 years ago after deciding to delve into the world of luxury custom home remodeling. Pavone oversees the firm’s architectural planning and building. He is joined by Rob Quigley, who is directly involved in each design and sale of a particular project.
Bradford & Kent has its own 6,000-square-foot design center, which houses a wide variety of room displays and products, offering clients an expert team of remodeling professionals who can take projects from start to finish. In addition to this, the firm also provides five-year warranties for all of its spaces.
Charleston Building and Development
933 E Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563
Established in 1998, Charleston Building and Development is a family-owned and operated business that operates out of its main office in Naperville. It draws experience from over eight decades of combined industry experience and is more than well-versed in every aspect of the development, home design, building, and renovation industry. Now on its third generation of professionals, Charleston extends its services throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area. It has taken on small rooms and single-home renovations and alongside 10,000-square foot houses and multifamily projects. The firm uses its size to its advantage—although relatively small, all of its projects come with a personal touch and are executed seamlessly. Its organized approach allows it to oversee a project from consultation to design, through selections and construction. Its project design managers come up with practical solutions and always have a client’s best interests at heart. Once ideas and budgets are finalized, these managers prepare a design retainer to continue working towards the final design details and layout.
Located in the East Highlands, the Naperville project above combines rustic wood and metal detailing with an overall modern aesthetic. Charleston was challenged with various specialty spaces like an oversized mudroom with built-in lockers, a dedicated homework center, and even a basketball court.
Crimson Design and Construction
528 W 5th Ave., Naperville, IL 60563
From a complimentary initial consultation all the way through completion, Crimson Design and Construction offers its clients a cohesive and straightforward process via the use of a design-build approach. It specializes in all interior design and construction stages and works alongside Certified Luxury Builders, ensuring the quality and meticulousness that comes with its spaces. Onsite construction managers oversee all of the firm’s work and regularly keep clients updated throughout a project’s duration. Unlike most firms on this list, Crimson further bolsters this hands-on approach by leveraging an online project management system that includes scheduling, selections, and correspondence. Once a project is done, it also has the home’s entire space professionally cleaned. Crimson is also noted for building and crafting according to the agreed-upon budget. In other words, clients may expect accurate estimates and for their new spaces to be completed within the projected time frame.
The firm is no stranger to distinctions. Its work has graced the pages of publications such as Naperville magazine and Qualified Remodeler. On the other hand, its portfolio is an excellent gallery of contemporary, transitional, and modern rooms. It does not limit itself to one particular theme and dynamically takes on various challenging designs.
1154 E Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563
HomeWerks specializes in designing, building, and remodeling residential projects. It is best known for its premier bathrooms, kitchens, and basement finishes and offers its clients a full and comprehensive renovation service range. Its process is elegant and seamless and is coupled with the use of only the best and most refined products and materials. The firm’s projects are completed only in collaboration with expert designers to capture every aspect of a client’s needs and goals. Interested clients may avail of the firm’s free estimates that include an open design meeting to provide a price and expert advice. It is also known to complete all of its projects on time and within schedule. The firm is a family-owned and operated home renovation company that is fully insured and bonded. Its designs are unique and often draw inspiration from classic and transitional themes.
Its craftsmanship may be best observed in the chosen project above. This kitchen uses wooden accents coupled with rustic elements, as seen in the firm’s choice of fixtures. It also installed patterned backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and paneled wooden flooring.
1807 S Washington St. Suite #110, Naperville, IL
Kure Construction has been extending its services in the greater Chicagoland area since 2007 and provides an extensive range of services. It specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, whole house renovations, and new home projects. It has also worked on a variety of car condos and commercial spaces. Kure has taken on more than 200 projects since its inception and draws inspiration from nearly eight decades of combined industry experience. It has worked in some of Chicago’s best suburbs. Its creative professionals, skilled artisans, and interior designers meticulously work and manage each project that the firm takes on and guides its clients throughout the entire process. Additionally, Kure is capable of taking on spaces and homes regardless of scale and complexity.
The project featured here is one of the firm’s best works. It showcases one of its luxury bathroom remodels, for which its services are regarded as one of the top choices in Naperville and Elmhurst. It updates bathroom features, installs new fixtures, and revamps original designs.
109 W Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540
Redstart Construction offers a full range of custom home renovation, home addition, and custom home construction services. Composed of a team of award-winning professionals, it uses a personal approach tailor-fit to a client’s lifestyles and needs. It anchors its vision on innovative and creative techniques that have resulted in multiple accolades. Some of its most recent distinctions include the 2018 Platinum Professional Remodeler Design Award from Professional Remodeler. It was also named one of three finalists for the Best of Naperville Remodeler Award from Naperville magazine in 2018. Redstart Construction builds no two homes alike and is a member of organizations like the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association (NIHBA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and NARI of Greater Chicagoland.
At the firm’s helm is Chad Mease, a Naperville native who first gained experience working on multi-million dollar construction projects for many years before heading back home and establishing Redstart. Under his leadership, the firm has been regarded as one of the area’s best and has built a solid clientele list for itself.
Reliable Home Improvement and Supply
1300 W Ferry Rd., Naperville, IL 60563
Reliable Home Improvement services the entire greater Chicago metropolitan area. It specializes in everything from bathroom and kitchen remodeling to designing and building custom home additions through a seamless design-build approach. Its full and comprehensive range of services enables it to assist its clients from concept to completion, eliminating the extra challenge of contacting and looking for various subcontractors for one project. Its staff comprises talented and experienced designers, builders, and architects capable of taking on any specific requests a client may have in mind. Together, this team has secured a solid reputation for the firm and has been regarded for its innovative techniques. Additionally, they consistently keep up with the latest trends and designs, keeping their process flexible. Reliable Home maintains affiliations with various important industry organizations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
It also takes great pride in having been considered as one of the “Best of Naperville” in Naperville magazine’s annual list. Interested clients can get a better glimpse of the firm’s work through its very own showroom, which is noted to be one of the largest and most comprehensive home design showrooms in the western suburbs of Chicago. Here, it brings its clients’ visions to life as its team personally walks them through their countless choices from mini-suites to tile displays.
Sebring Design Build
424 Fort Hill Dr. Suite #105, Naperville, IL 60540
Since 1999, Sebring Design Build has delivered high-quality, cost-effective projects on time by using a design-build approach. It not only specializes in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and additions, but also provides its clients with a full range of home services. Its process emphasizes the importance of a collaborative relationship with clients and assures that their vision is reflected in its final output. The firm’s owner and namesake, Bryan Sebring, is especially involved throughout a project’s duration and goes beyond by ensuring that its homes and spaces benefit from his experience. The firm also has an in-house designer to guide clients during selections, from picking tiles to choosing cabinet styles at its very own showroom. That said, its portfolio is a gallery of curated home styles ranging from the most classic to the latest contemporary themes.
The project featured here is an excellent example of its craftsmanship. This basement remodel primarily serves as a gaming and entertainment den. It has its own pool table, along with a bar and gaming area. Other revamped basement spaces that the firm has worked on include out-of-town guest rooms, workout rooms, and wet bars. Typically these come with specialty items such as fireplaces, custom wine cellars, and the like.