No doubt when you think of Nevada, you think of Las Vegas: all of the glamour in the world available to you on one magnificent street at 3 am, then that warm, dry desert heat by the pool when you finally get out of bed at 3 pm. Oddly enough, the state actually takes its name from the Spanish for ‘snow clad,’ a reference to the high mountain scenery of the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the western border of the state. It’s a reminder that – as glorious as Las Vegas may be – Nevada has much more to offer than glitz and glamour.
It’s a ruggedly beautiful state, framed by sublime mountain peaks, and floored with stark desert plains. With half the population of the state living in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, people forget how picturesque and rural much of the state is. The mountain cabin, the lakeside lodge, and the skiing retreat are as much a part of Nevada as the thrilling Vegas floor shows.
And all that space means that Nevada has room to grow, and growing it is: the population is on the rise, and there are plenty of contractors who will help you build a new dream home, or renovate your historic property. We’ve listed contractors with years of experiencCe, as well as awards, media features, and most importantly of all: innovative and beautiful design.
15) Gramly Construction
4265 Butler St, Las Vegas, NV 89129
Gramly Construction is a full-service custom builder and remodeler known for its work on extravagant luxury homes and estates in Vegas Valley; the firm is also a Nevada pioneer of green and sustainable homes. A member of the US Green Building Council, the firm is noted for building Nevada’s first Silver LEED Certified Home.
Mike Gramly started the company in 1998 performing small remodeling projects. In the span of two short years he was able to move forward into bigger projects, including remodeling multi-million dollar estates and building commercial tenant improvements. He soon started building custom homes, going bigger every time until he was developing private custom home communities, including a five-acre parcel with five custom homes totaling to $12 million.
14) Las Vegas Custom Building Concepts
141 Pettswood Dr, Henderson, NV 89002
Sharon Gonzales established Las Vegas Custom Building Concepts in 2006 with the goal of providing high-quality construction services with unbeatable customer service. It started as a humble pool construction business. Today it’s a design-build corporation headed by Sharon and her husband Dino, building custom homes, renovating houses, and erecting commercial tenant buildings all over Henderson and the surrounding communities.
The firm’s renovation work encompasses transforming foreclosed, abandoned, and neglected properties into beautiful and desirable homes. This can be seen in the A&E show ‘Flipping Vegas’ where Sharon and her team of builders are featured doing what they do best when it comes to remodeling and renovations. Their last episode featured the mind-blowing Dream House: a 12,000 square foot estate which contained a gym, movie theater, casita, maid’s quarters, bar, basement, and an underground garage.
13) Martin Homes
1000 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 440-486 Henderson, NV 89074
Martin Homes is a custom home builder and renovator in Southern Nevada. It does custom remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms, as well as whole house renovations. They also build, buy, and sell luxury homes in the area.
The firm was established by Jim Martin in 1996. He has crafted over a hundred homes in the valley area, and heads the firm along with his wife Maria, who has over 25 years of experience in the luxury home market. Their experience and expertise gave them the chance to participate in several Street of Dreams projects.
Their work combines beautiful contemporary architecture with sophisticated living spaces, making them the choice for homeowners all over Henderson. Their homes can be found in Spanish Trail, Lake Las Vegas, Southern Highlands, Anthem, Green Valley, and MacDonald Highlands area. The photo below shows an example of their high-end whole house remodeling. The homeowners wanted to create a new theater room and entertainment space, which included upgrading three custom bathrooms and bedrooms.
12) Las Vegas Remodel & Construction
205 N Stephanie St, Suite A, Henderson, NV 89074
Las Vegas Remodel & Construction is one of the well-known names in the state when it comes to kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Since 2000, the firm has built and renovated both residential and commercial properties in areas such as MacDonald Ranch and Green Valley.
Brett Primack founded the firm after following in the footsteps of his father, longtime Southern Nevada real estate developer and homebuilder Jordie Primack. His firm is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association as well as the Better Business Bureau.
This industrial kitchen renovation is a chef’s dream with its dark stained cabinets and steel drawers for maximum storage. It also features heavy-duty state-of-the-art appliances and an expanded island which serves both as a preparation area and an entertainment area.
11) JKL Development
60 Tarragona Breeze Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89138
Founded by Jeff Lewis, JKL Development is a local Las Vegas builder that has remodeled and renovated some of the biggest and most affluent estates in the area. Its projects span from small updates to whole house renovations and large additions. Their specializations in kitchen and bathroom remodeling led them to star in the HGTV program “Kitchen Crashers.”
The photo below features one of the firm’s largest home renovations. This Red Rock whole house remodel involved revamping a 5,687 square-foot home by modifying interior and exterior structural components. The result is modern contemporary luxury home with several multi-slide exterior doors and windows, new patio cover structure with master deck, climate controlled wine room, and a cantilever structural steel staircase with custom wood handrail and treads.
10) GuiDenBy Inc.
855 South Center Street, Suite 100, Reno, NV 89501
Family-owned and operated design-build firm GuiDenBy Inc. has been building and renovating residential and commercial spaces using sustainable methods from start to finish. It specializes in energy-efficient homes, bathroom remodeling, and whole house renovations that are both beautiful and functional. The firm’s work has been recognized in the BANN-ER Awards with the 2012 BANN Builder of the Year Award.
The firm’s principal, Robb Wong, is a Montana native who has been fascinated with the building since his early childhood. He enrolled in a carpentry program in high school and earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Products (Wood Construction and Design) from the University of Idaho. His wife Allyson is a licensed architect in the states of Nevada and Montana and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Together they lead the company with their skills and expertise in crafting and remodeling homes in Nevada.
The photo above shows the firm’s contemporary transformation of a 1960’s ranch home. The builders opened up space by removing a wall in the living room and raising the flat ceiling with wooden rafters. The front entry and the kitchen were relocated to improve the overall flow of the house addition. They installed a concrete porch, steel screen walls, and street-facing front door to create a front entrance for the home.
9) Giberti Construction
12211 S. Eastern Ave, Suite 120, Henderson NV 89052
Founded by Mark Giberti who has over 30 years of experience in the building industry, Giberti Construction is known for its luxury remodeling and high-end renovations in the Henderson area. Commercial renovations are also part of the company’s portfolio along with the whole house remodels of large homes. The firm has participated in the Las Vegas Parade of Homes.
The photo below shows the firm’s renovation of a 10,000 square-foot one-story Hillside custom home. The MacDonald residence is situated on a 2.5-acre estate that provides stunning views of the valley. The renovation retained the home’s grandeur while simultaneously maintaining a warm, friendly atmosphere.
8) One Eleven
7575 Vegas Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89128
One Eleven has made a name for itself in Nevada; the team is known for its expertise in universal design in the state of Nevada. The firm prides itself on building and renovating residential and small commercial projects to accommodate all individuals by constructing accessible living spaces. It specializes in making houses safe and accessible for everyone, regardless of age, physical ability, or stature.
The firm’s passion springs from their principal, Eddie Leverett. He had been a design-contractor for more than ten years when he badly damaged his legs in an accident. His experience and the ensuing challenges inspired him to design-build-renovate for others who are physically challenged and/or wheelchair bound. He and his team’s innovative and aesthetically pleasing designs have been featured in various magazines such as the Kitchen & Bath Design News and Vegas Seven.
This sleek and modern kitchen featured in the photo above was requested by the homeowners who wanted a better space for entertaining. The firm started with a clean slate by removing everything from the kitchen. They installed a full height seamless cabinets for storage and installed and extended the island counter space for additional seating.
7) Curtis Mclachlan Construction
1142 Lakeshore Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89450
Since 1979, general contractor Curtis McLachlan has successfully taken on the challenges of a variety of construction projects such as custom homes and renovated houses. The company specializes in lakeside lodges and estates, along with custom home remodeling. It is a four-time winner of the prestigious Washoe County Architectural Committee Award for excellence in design.
Curtis McLachlan, founder, and principal of the company has over 40 years of building experience. It all began with playing Lincoln Lodges at the age of 8. After his time in the service, he moved to Lake Tahoe in 1978 and pursued his childhood passion. He is responsible for building and renovating many of the lakeside lodges Lake Tahoe is famous for. In addition to his signature lodge design, he is experienced with remodeling projects from contemporary to traditional. Custom home remodeling, home additions, kitchen remodeling, and bathroom remodeling remain a vital part of the business. His goal is to build a home for the client and make it look like it grew right out of the ground and had been there for 100 years with all the new & modern amenities.
6) Ranieri Construction
8237 Arch Bay Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Ranieri Construction is a Las Vegas-based general contractor specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Since 1974 it has provided consultation, design, and construction services of custom homes and renovations in the Greater Las Vegas area. The firm has a B2 license, making it qualified for residential and small commercial jobs.
The firm’s principal, Stacey Ranieri, picked up the trade from her father who was a superintendent for a construction firm. From 1974 to 2008, her company primarily provided custom homes along with remodels and renovations. She handles the firm along with her daughter, Tasha. Stacey was featured in a Fearless Female article in the Spring 2016 issue of Las Vegas Woman Magazine, where she talked about how she is taking the company’s success further and the challenges she overcame as a female CEO.
The HGTV network selected the company to complete a home remodel for its show “Vacation House for Free.” Ranieri built a completely restructured gas fireplace insert and chimney and sourced custom cabinetry with a unique finish. Dark finishes and contrasting color palettes modernized the once outdated home.
10591 Double R Blvd. Reno, NV 89521
With four generations of builders and architects at the helm, HomeCrafters has built and renovated over 300 distinct homes in some of the finest communities in Nevada. Brothers Troy and Travis Means continued the family passion for the construction and building industry and led the company into bigger projects such as further developing communities in their father’s project, Caughlin Ranch. Both have served as president of the Builders Association of Northern Nevada and the company has won numerous BANN-ER Awards.
While the firm is a big name in the custom home building scene, it is also known for doing large scale renovations such as whole house renovations, additions, and kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Its style and form in building vary from Tuscan traditional homes to luxurious ranch homes.
4) Christopher Homes
10161 Park Run Drive, Suite 150, Las Vegas, NV 89145
With over 37 years in the design-build industry, Christopher Homes has designed, built, and renovated more than 1,800 luxury residences, commercial properties, and multi-million-dollar custom estates. They have received over 150 local, regional and national awards honoring their unsurpassed design acumen, superior quality and attention to detail. This year, NAHB recognized Vu, their newest development in MacDonald Highlands, with the Gold Award for Best Architectural Design of an Attached Community. It also won the Gold Award for Best Townhome Community by the Best in American Living Awards and Home of the Year from the Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association.
J. Christopher Stuhmer grew up in the building business alongside his father, helping him build homes in Las Vegas. Chris established the firm in 1981, starting big with custom homes in a neighborhood west of the Strip. He went on to develop some of the most luxurious neighborhoods in Las Vegas. Christopher Homes specializes in designing luxury communities currently focusing on projects in MacDonald Highlands however, they also have a remodeling division helping owners transform their existing homes.
3) Merlin Contracting
6408 S. Arville St, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Merlin Contracting is an award-winning custom home builder and custom remodeler famous for building in the most exclusive neighborhoods of Las Vegas. Its renovation portfolio includes over 140 custom homes and luxurious penthouse renovations in the Sin City. The firm is also a leader in green building practices and an expert in energy-efficient construction methods.
The firm is pioneered by brothers Stephen and Bart Jones who are second generation home builders in Nevada. Stephen started his career in custom building under his mentor, Audie Coker, and eventually took over his business after Audie retired. Along with a team of expert designers and builders, the two led the firm to win awards from the NAHB that includes an Excellence in Home Design Award and the 2017 National Award for Custom Home Builder of the Year.
Their most notable work are the only two homes sanctioned in 365-acre Shadow Creek Golf Course, an ultra-exclusive neighborhood built by Steve Wynn 1989; they built one, and they renovated the other. The homes exude luxury in every aspect, from intricate chandeliers to high vaulted ceilings with custom molding, as seen in the photo below.
2) Ruepp Construction
1760 Ornellaia Way, Reno, NV 89521
Ruepp Construction is an award-winning design-build remodeling company in the Northern Nevada region specializing in kitchen, bathroom, and full-home remodels. A member of the Builders Association of Northern Nevada (BANN), the firm won several BANN-ER Awards including Best Whole House Remodel in 2016 and Remodel of the Year Awards in 2012.
The firm’s principal, Michael Ruepp, came from a construction family. He combined his experience of assisting in development projects with an undergraduate degree in business to establish a company focused on building custom projects throughout the community. His innovative building methods have been featured in Proremodeler Magazine.
1) Kirby Construction
124 Ridge St, Suite D, Reno, NV 89501
With multiple BANN-ER awards in different categories and winning third Best Construction Company in the 2017 Best of Reno Awards, Kirby Construction has proved that it is the premier renovation and remodeling company in the state of Nevada. Its services involve custom home building and high-end custom home renovation, with specialties in kitchen, bathroom, and full-home remodels.
Northern Nevada native Lance Kirby founded the company during the recession. He started his career as a laborer on a framing crew in Las Vegas in 1993. Working his way up, he learned all aspects of custom home building and used this to start a company. He and his team have almost 40 years of building experience that they use to provide beautiful custom homes and expert home renovations.
The photo below features the Best Remodel winner in the 2016 BANN-ER Awards. This custom renovation of a 6000 square-foot home in Franktown features new additions such as a lanai, a garage, and a guest room as well as an expanded kitchen. The modern and the traditional come together in the new cold rolled steel and the stucco finished siding, which leads to a port-cochère and an indoor large rock water feature. Those features, in turn, lead to the temperature controlled wine room, which is framed by a one-third offset stringer steel staircase with repurposed vertical grain fir treads.