One of the 13 original states, New Jersey is bordered by New York to the north and northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, and Delaware and Pennsylvania to the west. Named for the island of Jersey in the English Channel, it is one of the smallest states in the U.S., but is highly urbanized and has one of the country’s highest population densities. Known as the Garden State, New Jersey was famous in the 18th century for its fertile land. Now an important industrial center, its northwest is still dotted with rugged hills, and its southeast covered with large stretches of pine forests.
This list includes many firms that possess more than 50 years of experience, while others have been in business for less than a decade; however all are known for their expertise in the field, their high-quality projects, and their professional ability to build homes that mix traditional building harmoniously with new styles. Just like the state itself, New Jersey has a wide variety of communities and homes with architectural styles that either exhibit the traditions of the older days, or flaunt the modernity of the new.
14) Houghton Contracting
295 Whitehead Road, Hamilton NJ, 08619
Many companies start off with the ambition of immediately becoming the largest in the industry. Houghton Contracting, however, wasn’t born from those ideals. Started in 1998 in Central New Jersey, Houghton Contracting was created by Gary Houghton’s desire for the firm to have the best customer service and building quality.
To date, the company has successfully completed more than 200 remodeling projects – kitchen, bath, whole home remodels, and additions. The company’s focus on quality has resulted in 6 Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), for innovation and excellence in remodeling in New Jersey. Two of these awards were given in 2015; one for a ‘residential bath priced between $50,001 and $75,000’, and the other for a ‘residential kitchen priced between $60,001 and $100,000’. The kitchen remodels in particular was undertaken to make the old kitchen more functional and spacious. Houghton Contracting is a member of NARI and The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). They were also featured in the House and home magazine.
13) SEI Construction
110 Myrtle Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090
For more than 30 years, SEI Construction has offered kitchen and bathroom remodels, interior and exterior renovations, home additions, and historic home renovations in Westfield, NJ, and the surrounding communities. Established in 1987 by Mike Rizzo, SEI Construction is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) member, and has been acknowledged by Remodeling Magazine as one of the Top 50 America’s Top Remodelers. A testament to this recognition are the company’s historical remodels, which are featured in A Tour of Notable Homes – an event that reflects Westerfield’s rich architectural history by showcasing some of the best new homes and historic home restorations.
The firm uses the BuildClean Dust Control system and is EPA-certified to ensure lead-safe construction. A step up from the usual dust barriers, fans, and vacuums, this dust control system keeps 90% of the airborne dust from spreading through the house.
12) Showcase Kitchen & Bath
438 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Originally named Construction Service Company, Showcase Kitchen & Bath grew into today’s firm in 1994, led by founder Donald Distasio Sr. and three generations of builders. Showcase is a full-service, premier remodeling firm filled with quality designs, brand name products, and skilled craftsmen.
The firm has received many local and national awards, including being ranked as one of the top 500 remodeling companies in Qualified Remodeler Magazine for the past 17 years, and receiving the Suburban Essex Magazine’s Best of Essex Award for seven years. During its 80 years of experience, the firm has built a parade of beautiful remodels, and one of its most striking was a project in Essex Fells. This project included a kitchen remodel highlighted by all-white paint and decor- a sleek and sophisticated example of Showcase Kitchen and Bath’s work.
11) Bruen Design Build, Inc.
Morristown, NJ, 07960
For 17 years, Bruen Design Build, Inc. has been building beautiful and functional remodels and additions. Affiliated with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Bruen is a trustworthy firm with a reputation for quality work and the recipient of several awards. In 2011 and 2015, NARI named Bruen Contractor of the Year. In 2014, the company won the NKBA Design Contest for a large kitchen remodel and in 2015, it won the Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence. The firm has a steady stream of repeat clients – a strong testament to its reputation of remodeling basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and exteriors. In addition to home remodeling, Bruen also refinishes and builds patios and decks.
An example of the company’s work is a kitchen remodel in Morristown, NJ. Exhibiting clean lines, the project included simple cabinets and drawer faces and contrasting granite tops with simple edge treatments. Though the design is straightforward, it boasts an elegant farmhouse style which turned this remodel into a sophisticated room that would accommodate aging-in-place. The room has tones of creamy yellow and peppercorn gray.
10) A&E Construction
Website | 609.737.4425 | 2479 Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
A&E Construction is a firm that endeavors for timeliness and efficiency, focusing solely on work within a concentrated 30-mile radius of their primary office in Pennington, NJ. A&E Construction is affiliated with National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Pennington Business & Professional Association. As a NARI member, the firm offers home additions, kitchen, bath, and basement remodels, decks and patios, window and door replacements, siding installations, and interior remodels. They also do emergency home installations and generator installations.
A&E’s 25 years of experience and strong work ethic has let to multiple awards, including Contractor of the Year for residential interior, basement renovation, and for residential bath. An example of the company’s work is a Pennington kitchen remodel. Combining elegance and functionality, this remodel blended quartz countertop and finished hardwood flooring with stainless steel appliances and a large at-in island with seating. As a functional room, the counter design was designed with hidden outlets for easy laptop charging or appliance usage.
In addition to its award-winning work, the firm also supports local organizations such as Friends of the Pennington Library and the Hopewell Valley Baseball Softball Association.
9) Belvedere Building & Contracting
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
For 50 years and over three generations, Belvedere has been building beautiful custom homes, additions and commercial home remodels, along with all facets of construction. The firm is a member of the National Association of home Builders (NAHB), and combines old-world craftsmanship with new building techniques, products, and technology. In 2018, the firm received three awards from the New Jersey Builders’ Association (NJBA); including ‘best extreme makeover residential project’ and ‘best kitchen renovation’.
In addition to being an award-winning firm, Belvedere also takes a step in supporting organizations like the Center for Food Action-an organization that provides emergency services to northern New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents- while their president, Mary Anne Belvedere, was given the 2016 YWCA Woman of Influence Award.
8) Jack Finn and Company
Suite 2, Brassworks on Grove, 105 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Since 1980, Jack Finn and Company has been locally known as a residential renovator and custom home builder that makes homes that exhibit elegant results. In addition to being beautiful, these projects are also certified by the EPA as lead safe.
Though the company is known as a residential renovator, it began expanding its services to commercial renovation projects in 2006. These commercial projects include LEED gold commercial buildings in Montclair, Greenworks, and Academy Square – the former Kimberley School/Gibbs Secretarial College- and were mentioned in The New York Times.
7) Monmouth Custom Builders
259 Monmouth Road, Deal, NJ 07723
Monmouth Custom Builder has a high standard when it comes to constructing, as well as scheduling and project management expertise. Founded by Ike Levy in 1996, the company has grown to become one of the country’s leading remodelers. Working at a pace that continues to rise, the firm has been repeatedly recognized by industry publications for its examples of the finest design, construction, and craftsmanship.
In addition to being featured in luxury Living Quarterly, Livin In Magazine, and Design NJ, Monmouth was also recognized by Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 issue as the #1 firm in the Business Savvy category. Monmouth has also received several awards as a testament to their work quality, including a ranking in Qualified Remodeler Top 500 from 2007 to 2013. In 2010 and 2012, the company gained a Chrysalis Award for its remodeling project in Allenhurst. A whole house remodel priced over $1 million, the home was judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree of the structure’s enhancement.
6) JMC Home Improvement Specialists
12 Ludlow Road, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
Founded in 1977, JMC Home Improvement Specialists has completed thousands of projects, including bathrooms, kitchens, basements, alterations, additions, design/build projects, exteriors, and home repairs. For 40 years, the company has recruited only the best who share its vision for quality work.
In addition to the company’s service, it is also a member of the NKBA and NARI. JMC is Energy Star Certified and was given a Building Analyst Professional Certification by the Building Performance Institute. The firm was also awarded two National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year awards, Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling Design award, and is one of the firms in Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling 550. The firm is also known for its family and pet-friendly projects- its homes are built for families, always putting safety first.
5) Ulrich, Inc.
100 Chestnut St. Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Serving the Northern New Jersey and New York metro areas for over 65 years, Ulrich, Inc. offers kitchen, bath, and custom home remodeling. During this time, Ulrich has been recognized by a total of 27 publications, including 201 Homes and Design NJ. In addition to its magazine exposure, Ulrich has received several awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
In 2018, it won the Best Bathroom Award in Wood-Mode’s National Design Contest, and in 2011 it received the top award in NKBA’s Design Competition. The firm is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the Builders Association of Northern New Jersey (BANNJ), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The firm is also certified by the EPA as lead safe.
4) Amiano & Son
1633 Rt. 206 Tabernacle, NJ, US 08088
Amiano & Son’s founder Lou Amiano, Sr. had the simple dream of helping homeowners realize their remodeling dreams. 41 years later, Amiano, Sr. passed the company to his son Lou Jr., who’s lifetime of industry knowledge has kept one of the country’s largest home remodeling companies afloat.
Nationally recognized as an award-winning firm, Amiano & Son thinks of every day as a chance to showcase its artisan talents in both design and construction. Doing so has helped them complete several award-winning projects. In 2017, the company won the Regional Contractor of The Year award.
3) Baxter Construction
31 West Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Baxter Construction was founded by Jim Baxter in 1981. A large team with a collective 800 years of experience in residential remodeling, historic renovation, aging-in-place, green building, and building custom homes, Baxter has been the recipient of multiple awards.
A member of NARI, the NAHB, and the US Green Building Council, in 2018, the firm won the Chrysalis Award for a residential interior remodel and an outdoor living project. In 2017, the firm became one of the firms in Remodeling 550, and in 2012, Remodeling Magazine gave the company a Big 50 award. The firm also received the 2009 Princeton Historic Preservation award. Baxter Construction is also active in its community, contributing to Morven in May- a juried exhibition and sale featuring the work of thirty-six contemporary craft artists from all over the country- and the Historical Society of Princeton’s Concert Under the Stars.
2) Main Street Custom Homes
109 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 07876
Main Street Custom Homes was first developed as father and son team Daniel and Donald Dryness, and focused on real estate development, transforming tracks of vacant land into residential neighborhoods and multi-family communities throughout New Jersey’s northwestern region.
Since then, Main Street Custom Homes has been the recipient of numerous industry awards. Recently, the company received the Award of Excellence from the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association of NJ for its Keller Residence remodeling project. In 2015, the company’s kitchen remodeling project for The Neal Residence was also given the Award of Excellence.
Established in 1990, but combining 70 years of experience, Main Street Custom Homes has cultivated strong relationships with selected trade contractors, industry professionals and product suppliers – some of which have lasted for two and three generations. Thanks to the combination of their experience and connections, this firm is known as one of the most respected builders in the area with a proven track record of designing and building beautiful homes within the Morris, Somerset, Warren, and Sussex counties.
1) Kraftmaster Renovations
76 Main Street, Chatham, NJ, 07928
Founded by Bob Gockeler in 2009, Kraftmaster Renovations is known for its unique designs- the result of over 20 years of experience that gave Gockeler insight into how spaces can be transformed. Kraftmaster has been recognized by Qualified Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 Awards and Big 550 Awards, while Qualified Remodeler Magazine named it as one of the Top 500 firms.
In addition, Kraftmaster won the 2015 Contractor of The Year award for a residential bath. In addition to this recognition, Krafmaster Renovations is also a member of NARI and NKBA, and specialize in home improvement and remodeling projects that include room additions, kitchen, and bath remodels, and basement finishing.