Historically Native American territory, Oklahoma’s name derives from the Choctaw words “okla” and “humma,” meaning “red people.” Oklahoma’s initial residents and those who arrived after the Land Rush of 1889 were likely in awe of the state’s natural scenery, which features mountain ranges, prairies, forests, and mesas. Today, most of Oklahoma’s population lives in the state’s two largest cities: Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
With a wide variety of historic styles and modern designs, Oklahoma’s homes have withstood the test of time. Sprawling mansions of Oklahoma’s former oil barons, Spanish mission houses, and Art Deco architecture are some of the state’s most popular sights.
Oklahoma homeowners can find talented contractors who specialize in remodeling and renovating existing historical homes as well as custom building new residences. This list ranks the best contractors in Oklahoma based on awards, press recognition, reviews, and customer ratings.
12) Day Build and Design
1255 S. Sheridan Rd., Tulsa, OK, 74112
A design-build firm based in Tulsa, Day Build and Design provides luxury custom building and renovation. The firm is especially popular among homeowners because of its attention to detail and use of practical techniques to create luxurious designs.
The firm’s founder, Dana Day, has over 13 years of experience as a builder, designer, and remodeler. She personally oversees every step in the building process, from planning budgets and developing designs to conducting builds and producing final finishes. She was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tulsa Home Builders Association (HBA).
One of Day Build and Design’s most notable projects is a ranch-style midtown addition that was featured in the 2017 Tulsa Home Remodeling Showcase. The addition features a master suite, laundry room, pet room, and indoor-outdoor entertaining room.
11) Urban Kitchens
4410 North Western, Oklahoma City, OK, 73118
Urban Kitchens is a remodeling contractor that specializes in unique and creative kitchen and bathroom renovations. It serves Oklahoma City and its nearby areas, providing practical solutions to homeowners’ construction issues, as well as innovative kitchen and bathroom designs. While the firm focuses on kitchen and baths, it also provides basement and whole-house remodeling services.
In 1999, Jo Meacham founded the firm after designing and building kitchens in Oklahoma’s historic districts, including Heritage Hills, Mesta Park, Edgemere Park, Crown Heights, Edmond, and Norman. Meacham holds a master’s degree in architecture and historic preservation from the University of Oklahoma and began her career in planning and preservation with the City of Oklahoma City.
One of the firm’s most impressive projects is a whole-house renovation of a Heritage Hills Tudor home. The extensive renovation of the historic house included the kitchen and the master suite. The project included removing walls to link the kitchen with the dining room and breakfast room.
10) All American Remodel
7627 S. Quebec Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74136
All American Remodel is a full-service remodeling contractor that has been serving the Tulsa area for over 30 years, providing everything from kitchen and bathroom remodels to home additions and whole-house renovations. The firm’s projects have been featured in TulsaPeople Magazine’s “Best of Tour” and “Best of Kitchen.” The firm is also known for renovating the Lindsey House, which is a transitional home for homeless mothers and their children.
Ken Saltink established the company in 1982. He currently serves as the 2018 Remodelers Council President in Tulsa. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named him Remodeler of the Month in May 2018 for “his leadership, quality craftsmanship, customer service, and community involvement, as his company exemplifies the best in the remodeling industry.”
Featured in the photo below is one of the firm’s projects, which was part of the 2014 Home Remodeling Showcase. The project was a master suite created by combining the formal living room and formal dining space. The bathroom features a freestanding slipper soaker tub and his-and-hers vanities.
9) Emmons Construction
6541 E 40th St, Tulsa, OK, 74135
Tulsa-based Emmons Construction is a design-build general contractor that provides new home construction and residential remodeling as well as commercial renovations. The firm also provides home finishes and home care and repair. It serves various suburban areas within and around Tulsa, including Broken Arrow, Fair Oaks, and Oakhurst.
The firm was established by Matt Emmons and Josh Richards—former musicians who supplemented their income with carpentry and construction. The two leverage their more than 25 years of experience to provide excellent designs, planning, and production and achieve client satisfaction.
Two homes that the firm has remodeled have recently been featured in the 2018 Home Remodeling Showcase. One of the homes is featured in the photo below. Because of their long-standing relationship with the firm, the homeowners chose Emmons Construction to renovate their fixer-upper. The firm updated the floors using a bleaching technique and repainted the entire house. New built-ins were constructed on site for the playroom and upstairs office, while the kitchen and bathroom received new granite countertops and tiles.
8) ReBath of Tulsa
4508 NW 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK, 73122
ReBath of Tulsa is a family and locally-owned remodeling company that specializes in bathroom remodeling and aging-in-place accessibility. Notably, it is part of the largest bathroom remodeling company in the U.S., which has branches all across the country.
Brothers Glenn and Curtis Simms started ReBath of Tulsa in 1993. The brothers then expanded the company to offer full kitchen remodels in 2013. Glenn is a licensed plumber and residential building contractor. The firm is also a member of the Tulsa HBA.
Last year, one of the firm’s kitchen projects was featured in the annual Home Remodeling Showcase. The firm remodeled this colorful kitchen so that it seamlessly blended into the French-provincial style home and simultaneously integrated modern elements. The stark white cabinets complemented by pastel colors in the window treatments are reminiscent of a classic French look.
7) Southwest Builders
4508 NW 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK, 73122
Since 1973, Southwest Builders has built a reputation in the local and national home remodeling scene as an expert in home additions, particularly outdoor spaces, room additions, and garages. Although its portfolio includes various commercial projects, it specializes in home projects and builds.
The firm holds a Certified Remodeler designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). It is the only contractor to hold this designation in central and western Oklahoma. It is also a 16-time NARI Contractor of the Year Awardee and was featured in Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 and Remodeling Hall of Fame as well as in Remodeling Magazine’s Top 50 Remodelers.
6) Powers Design Build LLC
8810 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK, 74137
Powers Design Build LLC is a Tulsa-based general contractor that specializes in remodels and renovations as well as custom home building. From large mansions and estates to charming bungalows and downtown condos, the company has served more than 1,000 clients.
Company founder Bill Powers has been in the design-build business for 34 years. He and his team of experts handle four to six projects in production at any given time, allowing ample time to guide each client through the entire design process. The firm’s work has been featured in magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Luxe, Southern Living, and TulsaPeople. Readers of OK Magazine voted Powers Design as one of Oklahoma’s Best Remodelers in the magazine’s “Best of the Best” for three years in a row.
This midtown makeover of a two-story ranch home was a top-to-bottom job. Upstairs, a bathroom was improved and the master suite was reconfigured, while an open-concept, full-sized kitchen, and an outdoor living space were completed downstairs. The home was featured in the 2014 Home Remodeling Showcase of the Tulsa HBA.
5) Sonrise Construction
PO Box 141007, Broken Arrow, OK, 74014
Founded in 2000, Sonrise Construction provides full design-build-remodel services. To complete its projects, the firm uses a vast network of over 250 associates, most of who have several decades of experience. The firm serves thousands of clients in Tulsa and the surrounding areas by remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, building or adding additions, and building custom homes. It has also ventured into other building projects, such as pools and hardscaping.
Due to high customer ratings, the firm has won multiple awards in excellence for customer service, including the 2012 “Best of Broken Arrow” Award. The firm is a four-time five-star winner of the Talk of the Town News Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Award and the first-place Reader’s Choice “Gold” Award for Excellence in Quality and Service.
The founder of the firm, Mike Fournier, was the NAHB Remodeler of the Month in May 2017. Mike has earned the CAPS designation (Certified Aging in Place Specialist), and is also a CPB (Certified Professional Builder). As a member of the Tulsa HBA, the firm has participated in the organization’s annual Parade of Homes for new houses and the Home Remodeling Showcase for renovations. The design-build outdoor remodel and addition (shown in the photo below) is featured in the 2018 Home Remodeling Showcase. The extended entertainment space includes a concrete patio with a drainage system, a custom-mortared outdoor fireplace with hand-chopped stone, and custom-stained cedar woodwork.
4) Grant Homes Remodel & Restoration
2845 S Florence Ave, Tulsa, OK, 74114
Grant Homes is a full-service remodeling and restoration company that specializes in the renovation and restoration of older turn-of-the-century homes as well as custom renovations. Its historic and modern homes have been widely recognized in the city of Tulsa as well as in various publications.
Heading the firm is Peter Grant, a life-long Tulsan who founded the company in 2005. He relies on old-school methods and new-school technologies in many of the company’s projects. His designations and accreditations include mayoral appointee to the Tulsa Preservation Commission, 2017 President of the Greater Tulsa HBA, and Certified Graduate Remodeler. He was named Remodeler of the Year by the HBA in 2013 and 2014.
One of the firm’s most notable projects is a 31-year-old modern-style home in historic Reservoir Hill, which was upgraded to a true contemporary masterpiece. The entire top level, including the kitchen, dining, and living rooms, as well as the home’s exterior, were renovated, while the ambiance of the original build was maintained. This home has been featured in Tulsa People Magazine and the Remodeling Home Showcase of Tulsa.
3) McMillan Remodels
PO Box 2374, Edmond, OK, 78083
McMillan Remodels is one of the top general contractors in Oklahoma that focuses on remodeling and renovation. The firm conducts kitchen and bathroom remodeling as well as whole-house renovations. This award-winning firm specializes in historical renovation and decorative painting. The firm is the only Chrysalis Awardee in the state, having won the prestigious award three times. McMillan Remodels is also notable for having worked on several historic homes and buildings, such as the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Caldwell House in Heritage Hills.
The company’s principal, Michael McMillan, began his career in 1977 by working on the restoration of homes in the historical neighborhood of Mesta Park. He used his experience in every facet of restoration and renovation to build McMillan Remodels in 1989. Since then, the firm’s works have been featured in various publications, such as The Oklahoman, Edmond Sun, and Historic Living Magazine.
The firm is known for renovating this Italianate estate in Heritage Hills. Built-in 1918 by oil magnate Walter Caldwell, it housed former governor John “Jack” Walton. McMillan Remodels conducted structural work on the 4,700 square-foot, 17-room palazzo by installing new support beams and combining rooms to create a master bedroom suite.
2) Buckingham Group
4727 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK, 74145
For 37 years, Buckingham Group has served Tulsa as a premier remodeling contractor. This full-service design-build firm is a pioneer in embracing the concept of one-source responsibility in the Tulsa metropolitan area and provides its clients with creative architectural designs and project management services. Buckingham Group specializes in kitchen remodels and historic renovation and conducts whole-house renovations, green remodeling, and additions.
A large part of the firm’s success is its principal, Edward Kaplan, who was exposed to building projects and techniques from an early age. Applying his wealth of industry knowledge, Kaplan founded Buckingham Group in 1981. Kaplan and his team of designers and builders have earned Buckingham Group prestigious awards and extensive recognition.
The firm was recognized as the National Remodeler of the Month in November 2015 by the NAHB for its expertise and civic involvement. The HBA named Buckingham Group the Tulsa Remodeler of the Year in 2011 and 2017 and regularly features the firm in its Remodeled Home Showcase. The firm is also a member of the Tulsa Historic Preservation Commission and the Tulsa Historical Society.
1) Renovations by Helms
17 East Dawes Avenue, Bixby, OK, 74008
Renovations by Helms is a full-service remodeling contractor known for its dedicated staff and high-quality craftsmanship. It conducts whole-house renovations, room additions, and kitchen and bath remodeling. The firm also provides historical renovations and commercial renovations, as well as custom home building.
The firm prides itself on having earned many awards for excellence in customer service and building most of its client base on repeat and referral clients for over 30 years. The firm has also earned a place in the A-List Awards of Tulsa People Magazine every year since 2014 by virtue of the readers’ votes.
Founder Barry Helms is at the forefront of the company’s high customer ratings and systematic approach to the building and remodeling process. The Tulsa HBA recognized Helms as Remodeler of the Year three times and granted him the Spirit Award two times. The NAHB also named Helms Remodeler of the Month in April 2016. The company’s work and projects have also been featured on the HGTV show Restore America and in various issues of Tulsa People.