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Along the Mississippi River, in the southeastern region of Louisiana, lies the vibrant city of New Orleans, fondly known by many as NOLA, or “The Big Easy.” NOLA is most known for its distinct culture and unique flavor, a quality that permeates almost all aspects of life here. In NOLA, breathtaking mansions and architectural feats spring out of every nook and cranny of the city. Many homes stand in their original forms, and historical restoration is understandably a popular choice for residents of the area. And as these restoration jobs require an intricate knowledge of NOLA’s local and architectural scene, who better to address these residential concerns than the best general contractors in New Orleans?
The top general contractors in this list have been ranked according to their company profile, experience, services offered, customer satisfaction, awards received, and media features and coverage. With these firms’ unique designs and services, as well as their high levels of quality, clients are sure that their discerning tastes and preferences will be satisfied, whichever firm on the list they choose to work with.
6434 Louisville Street, New Orleans, LA 70124
Decro Development was founded in 2006 to provide the New Orleans area with a quality, cost-efficient, and timely builder to help people achieve their dreams of homeownership. From small renovations to ground-up constructions, Decro Development takes pride in assisting people with their project needs. Over the last few years, Decro has successfully completed hundreds of projects ranging in size from a kitchen remodel to a 6000-square-foot new construction. The company has grown in size to where it is today as a result of its “On Time-On Budget” philosophy, and its growth is largely a result of customer referrals rather than advertising.
Decro’s experience has allowed the firm to take the necessary strides to bring “Green Building” to all of its projects. Conscious of new building techniques, the firm incorporates all the “Green” expectations of today’s savvy homeowner while still maintaining an affordable market price. This commitment to building a sustainable future is evidenced by Decro’s certifications as an NAHB Certified Green Professional and its Louisiana State Licensing Board certification for photovoltaic (solar) system installations.
P.O. Box 770525, New Orleans, LA 70177
Elyod Construction is a family-owned and operated general contracting company that specializes in renovating historic homes. Owned by husband and wife team Jason and Nichole Doyle, the firm is a member of organizations such as the Home Builders Association (HBA) of New Orleans, the Louisiana Home Builders Association (LHBA), the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation (LWCC), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Jason has been in the construction industry for over 15 years and began renovating historic homes as vacation rentals in 2018. He works closely with the firm’s clients to develop and execute their real estate investment strategies. Nichole has been in the construction and vacation rental business since 2016. She is driven, intense, and leads the team to accomplish its goals. Nichole understands the clients’ objectives and manages her team to exceed expectations. Together, the two form a tag team that continually generates top-notch work that leaves clients supremely satisfied.
8438 Oak Street, Suite C, New Orleans, LA 70118
Entablature is an award-winning general contractor holding both residential and commercial licenses. The firm’s work includes new construction, additions, and renovations, and it prides itself on its knowledge of New Orleans’s architecture and its ability to blend its work into the historic character of the city and the neighborhoods in which it works.
Entablature is led by principals Chris Kornman, PhD, and Scott Logan, JD, MBA. Born and raised in New Orleans, Chris uses his knowledge as a third-generation builder to run the firm’s day-to-day construction operations. Scott, meanwhile, manages the company’s finance and accounting operations. He had his start in construction and real estate development working under the highly respected New Orleans developer Joe Canizaro. Together, the two principals and their team at Entablature understand both the complexities inherent in working with historic structures and the sensitivities required to construct new buildings in historic neighborhoods. The firm is no stranger to awards, as it has been on the receiving end of several accolades such as the 2020 Renovation of The Year by New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles for a large renovation/addition project. Additionally, because of the firm’s outstanding work on a residential exterior, Entablature was awarded the 2020 National Contractor of the Year Award by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, in the category of “Residential Exterior Under $50,000.”
Gibson Design + Build LLC
301 30th St, New Orleans, LA 70124
Gibson Design + Build LLC is a firm guided by the concept of uniting the architect and builder into one entity. This goal comes from Conor Gibson, the firm’s founder and principal, who has observed that architects have steadily separated themselves from involvement with projects. It was in order to rectify this rift between the architect and the project that Gibson Design + Build LLC was born.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art, and Design at Mississippi State University, Conor moved to New Orleans in 2008 and started working for a large Design Build commercial firm. After 10 years of commercial architecture and designing and building his personal home, he decided to transition into residential architecture and where he sees through the firm’s goal of reconnecting building and architecture in every project.
Green Terra Construction
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
Green Terra Construction believes that sustainable & resilient construction can create lasting, comfortable, healthy, and happy homes. The Green Terra team has over 25 years of experience in new home construction, home remodeling, renovations and commercial projects. The firm offers construction services to clients seeking architectural, engineering, and interior design assistance—all while taking a collaborative approach to value-engineering.
As a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni, Green Terra Construction continues to grow its brand, as well as its reputation for offering reliable building, design, and remodeling services. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Home Builders Association (HBA) New Orleans, and the Louisiana Association of Home Builders, Green Terra Construction is cementing its place in the building scene as a fast-growing business with a passion for sustainable building.
3827 Cadillac St. New Orleans, LA 70122
iBuild is dedicated to providing its clients with a wide range of contracting services for all residential needs. Whether clients are looking to renovate their existing spaces or have a new build project get off the ground, iBuild is a licensed contracting professional in the state of Louisiana that can work to bring clients’ dreams to life.
The firm is a member of the Northshore Home Builders Association (HBA) and led by founder Kaio Noronha, who has more than 10 years of overall experience in the industry. Today, iBuild continues to cultivate a growing clientele, as well as a reputation for quality building for custom homes focused on quality, superior craftsmanship, and innovation. Learn more about their work on www.ibuildnola.com.
Jensen Builders, a New Orleans and Louisiana general contractor, brings a unique twist and innovative designs to the homes it builds and remodels. Whether the project calls for a traditional, contemporary, or modern look, clients can immediately distinguish a house built by Jensen Builders.
Owned and operated by Lars Jensen, who has almost 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Jensen Builders is a fast-growing business that promises its projects will stand the test of time. Whether there is a certain style clients are attempting to achieve, or there are functional elements they feel they would like or can’t live without, Jensen Builders works to be on the same page as the customers, so it can come back with a design that is both functional and beautiful, while remaining as cost-effective as the client’s budget dictates.
1400 Distributors Row., Elmwood, LA 70123
MLM Incorporated is a custom construction & design company specializing in bathroom & kitchen, residential & commercial new construction, retail build-out, office fit-ups, renovations and restorations, design-build, project management, and other construction services. Locally owned and operated since 2006, MLM Incorporated is proud that its designs have been featured in the Marquis Who’s Who, Our Louisiana Magazine and New Orleans Lifestyle Magazine.
Whether constructing a new building from the ground up or completing a small renovation project, MLM Incorporated carefully chooses all its subcontractors to uphold its standards, and the firm ensures that they are experienced, fully licensed, and have a careful eye for detail. The firm is proud to have been recognized for the quality of its work. In 2012, it was awarded the Sonata Award for Best Bath Design and Remodeling. In both 2019 and 2020, it won Angie’s List Super Service Award. They have participated in the 2021 COTY Design Awards as well. The firm has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and has been recognized as a 40 under 40 firm by Professional Remodeler Magazine.
5301 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124
Schneider Construction is a locally-owned and operated General Contractor specializing in custom home building, major residential renovations, additions, and light commercial projects. For clients seeking architectural and engineering assistance, the firm also offers Design/Build services, with the majority of the firm’s work taking place in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.
Schneider Construction has completed nearly 150 successful projects since 2002. The firm self-performs the majority of its carpentry and painting work and only hires closely-knit, highly-skilled subcontractors for the rest. The firm’s processes are designed to put its customer’s experience first, and because it works to make the experience pleasant, the firm’s clients enjoy the process. Additionally, Schneider Construction has been recognized for its performance by the media on several occasions. It was featured on six different episodes of “This Old House” in 2008 and has been written up in several publications including the Times-Picayune, Preservation in Print, Gambit, Southern Living, Inside New Orleans, and Professional Remodeler.
4333 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125
Sweeney Restoration LLC was established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to provide affordable, quality renovations to New Orleans area homeowners. Today, the firm is a full-service, licensed residential building contractor specializing in historic home renovations and new construction.
In the midst of so many expensive, out-of-town, and scam contractors attracted to the region by the amount of work, Devon Sweeney was determined to offer a high-quality renovation service to his friends and referred clients. The quality of the firm’s work persists today, with its performance on projects being recognized by award-giving bodies such as the Louisiana Home Builders Association (LHBA). In 2018, Sweeney Restoration was awarded 1st Place for a “Whole House Remodel Over $250,000,” only one of its many recent awards that stand as a testament to the firm’s capabilities.
320 Rio Vista Ave., Jefferson, LA 70121
The history of Tyson Construction began over 28 years ago when Patricia Tyson and a partner started a residential construction company. The firm had its start building spec and custom homes in the Greater New Orleans area, primarily in St. Charles and St. John Parishes.
As the company grew, it emphasized strict attention to detail in every aspect of the process. Soon custom homes became its primary focus. After fifteen years in the building business, Tyson Construction has built over 100 homes throughout the Greater New Orleans region. When Larry Tyson, Patricia’s husband, took over her role, he brought with him a unique perspective to the homebuilding company, managing the construction of many new homes throughout the New Orleans area. Today, Patricia and Larry’s son, Zachary, also play a role in the firm, overseeing new construction projects and remodels. Patricia, Larry, and Zachary all hold independent residential construction licenses in the State of Louisiana and Zachary is also a licensed real estate agent with Remax.