When it comes to home renovations, it can be challenging to plan modern updates that will retain the charm of your house. Working with older homes, especially, requires specialized knowledge. You need a professional to determine what needs to be replaced and what can be kept and refinished—a seasoned contractor that can seamlessly blend additions to the remainder of the house, be it from the ground up or by modifying existing rooms.

To help you choose the right contractor to translate your vision into great spaces, our team has listed the best general contractors in Rockville, Maryland. These companies were selected for their accreditations, certifications, and professional affiliations. We also considered the recognition each firm has received in the form of industry awards, client reviews, and press features. For your convenience, we have included the range of services the firms offer, their specializations, and the length of time they have been in the industry. 


Case Design

4701 Sangamore Road, North Plaza, Suite 40, Bethesda, MD 20816

With awards from the Montgomery County Builders Association and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Case Design/Remodeling is a home builder and remodeler that has been serving homeowners in the Washington DC metro area since 1961. The firm works with an in-house team of skilled craftsmen, designers, project developers, and managers to create homes that suit the lifestyles of their owners. Thanks to its multi-talented staff and multiple locations, the company works with minimal outsourcing, making the process easier and more efficient for its clients. The firm is headed by Bruce Case, a Certified Lead Carpenter. He was granted the “Prominent Patriot” Award from George Mason University and has been named by Professional Remodeler as one of 40 industry leaders reshaping the remodeling industry.

Bruce has cultivated Case Design’s expertise in executing structural changes for home renovations, as demonstrated by this kitchen and powder room remodel in Rockville. The neutral color palette of the kitchen is translated through the glossy, off-white backsplash tiles and light grey cabinets, making the space appear bigger than it really is. The monochromatic walls allow the warm hues of the counter seating, light fixtures, and wooden flooring to stand out. The powder room was decorated with a vibrant and colorful mural.


Glickman Design Build

15757 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855

Glickman Design Build was founded by Russ Glickman in 1975 with the goal of offering home remodeling, home additions, custom-crafted aging-in-place- accessible design, and universal design solutions to the DC Metro area. Russ himself is more than qualified to offer these services, with certifications such as Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), Certified Remodeler (CR), Certified Green Professional (CGP), and Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), among other related certifications.

 For in-law suite ADUs in particular, the firm provides open floor plans with private bathrooms, kitchenettes, sitting areas, and limited mobility considerations such as lever-type door handles. 

This Bethesda kitchen is an excellent example of Glickman’s renovation work. The kitchen’s sleek backsplash and stainless steel appliances assert an undeniably glam aesthetic, while the wood and brass tones ground the space and give it classic warmth. The tableware anchors the entire space, displayed in open cubbies and adding splashes of blue for a vibrant, yet straightforward color palette.


FineCraft Contractors

104 Summit Hall Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

FineCraft Contractors has been building and remodeling houses, additions, kitchens, and baths since 1985. The firm was founded by George and Dagmar Papaheraklis, who shared a vision of reimagining spaces. Seven hundred completed projects later, the firm continues to operate on that philosophy, working with clients to create and build spaces collaboratively. The company has repeatedly proven its excellence in design and construction, and it has an impressive list of awards to show for it. Those accolades include the Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award and Metro DC Capital Achievement Award from NARI, as well as the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) Award of Excellence.

Completed in collaboration with Axis Architects, FineCraft Contractors remodeled this house to bring it up-to-date. The blue island and its bright yellow counter seating are the focal point of the space and add pops of color to the room. The kitchen opens up to the living room, where a wall-mounted television is installed above a glass-fronted fireplace. The blue theme is echoed by the accent wall in the living room and many other rooms in the house, including the home gym, which is painted blue throughout.


Meridian Homes

4938 Hampden Lane, #330, Bethesda, MD 20814

Since 1996, Meridian Homes has been building polished custom homes and completing beautiful renovations for the residents of Maryland. The firm’s modern homes in the traditional, farmhouse, and modern styles are loved by clients for their form, function, and affordability. Founders Michael Lerner and Jonathan Lerner both have the business and building know-how and they’ve used that knowledge to bring the company to the forefront of Maryland’s home building industry. Meridian Homes produces well-crafted home construction projects that adhere to the ideals of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Association of Professional Builders, and the MBIA.

One of the firm’s most notable works is this farmhouse-style home, a perfect example of the firm’s innovative take on country architecture and modern design. The team renovated the entire house to give it a more updated look. The kitchen is equipped with white cabinets, a blue island, and marble countertops. In the dining room, the original stone fireplace and stone floor were retained and enhanced. Custom built-in shelving in the master bedroom has concealed storage behind them, and the sliding barn doors solidify the ranch character of the home. 


Tabor Design Build

15740 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855

For over 28 years, Tabor Design Build has used remodeling as a tool to improve people’s lives. Through active listening and participatory planning, the company addresses clients’ needs and personalizes the process of design and construction for them. Tabor Design Build sets a “trading day” for each project since unexpected costs cause a lot of stress during renovations. It brings all of its trade contractors to the job site so that they can offer an accurate price for their work on the project. John Tabor, the president of the firm, is certified by the Green Building Council as a Green Advantage Professional. He’s also certified by the EPA to safely remodel homes containing lead-based paint. He pioneered Tabor Design Build’s green remodeling methodology, which has resulted in efficient and healthy transitional homes such as this Rockville home.

The 2017 Metro DC NARI COTY awardee has a white and gray kitchen with a large farmhouse sink and a second stainless sink at the beverage and coffee center. Both the husband and wife love to cook: this kitchen offers plenty of room for both to work without bumping into each other. The seating island allows the family to watch the television that is placed above the refrigerator while the family chef prepares dinner. Elegant seeded glass globe pendants illuminate the islands for dining as well as kneading dough.


Optimum Construction

17620-A Redland Road, Rockville, MD 20855

Optimum Construction is well-known for its client-responsive approach to handling commercial and residential projects. The firm has earned the mutual trust and respect of clients thanks to its accuracy, speed, moderated costs, and smooth construction process. Optimum Construction is capable of completing commissions within the agreed-upon time frame while maneuvering around the firm’s working hours. The company operates all over the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, with localized considerations and preferred techniques pioneered by Omar Elrahimy. He leads the firm backed by his extensive experience in the industry, having started learning about architecture and engineering from his father at the age of 12.

The Frank Salvas home is an outstanding representative of Optimum Construction’s portfolio of contemporary homes. Delicate pendant lighting fixtures illuminate the marble-topped kitchen island. Natural light bounces off of the white cabinets and backsplash, making the space even more vibrant. The dark wood flooring and furniture balance out the brightness of the walls.


Chadsworth Homes

1010 Rockville Pike, Suite 601, Rockville, MD 20852

Headed by Tom Byrne, Chadsworth Homes has executed hundreds of projects and gained a strong reputation while doing it. Chadsworth Homes builds homes that meet the standards of the NAHB, Custom Builders Council, and the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. As an Energy Star-certified company, its work and client service are motivated by a shared attitude of responsible stewardship. On every project, the firm’s team wants to integrate design and construction to produce a sustainable, livable environment. The firm fully comprehends each client’s identity and goals for their future home. It also infuses its mission and values into every property it constructs. As a result, the firm creates fully efficient and inspirational spaces such as the Saraff Residence.

The French provincial-style home is distinguished by its arched French windows and doors. The stone siding gives it a cottage-like character. The curved openings are juxtaposed with the geometric massing of the house. The gabled roof provides excellent drainage for rain and snow, is more weather-resistant, and allows for better ventilation inside the house. 


Wexford Homes

2600 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 620, Rockville, MD 20852

Wexford Homes set the bar high for quality home building, general contracting, design-build, and custom residential home services. It delivers the same level of craftsmanship in custom-designed enhancements to existing homes. The firm champions honesty, effective communication, consistency, personalized service, punctuality, and cost-efficient project management so that each commission is completed on time and on budget. Under the direction of Doug Stein, Wexford’s in-house staff collaborates closely with clients and sub-contractors to come up with innovative solutions.

The featured bathroom remodel exudes warmth and relaxation, made possible by the pale yellow walls, subtle bronze marble, and the glow from the bell-shaped downlighting. A large mirror is positioned across the windows, which makes the room appear bigger and brighter. The recessed detailing on the sink cabinets adds a classic elegance that matches the marble flooring, shower area, and counter.


Ambition Custom Homes

24331 Stringtown Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871

Jason founded Ambition Custom Homes (ACH) in 2017 after spending more than 20 years in the residential construction industry, working his way up from hands-on laborer to project manager. He was employed as a framing and trim carpenter before stepping up to manage the high-end construction of over 100 custom homes and large-scale renovation projects. Jason brings his knowledge of building methodologies to ACH’s practice. Jason and his team collaborate to build award-winning homes that are aligned with their owners’ needs and lifestyles. Ambition Custom Homes has received consistent praise for its use of environmentally friendly materials and cutting-edge construction processes to improve energy efficiency and air quality. 

This colonial-style home is an excellent example of how ACH harmoniously melds the built and natural environments. The volume of the home is broken up by pockets of open space and connected through elevated bridges. These semi-outdoor spaces create seamless transitions between the indoors and outdoors. Expansive windows provide visual access to nature and bring ample light into the home. Stone is paired with clapboard siding, bringing a play of texture to the exterior façade.


Monarch Prime

407 N Stonestreet Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850

Monarch Prime is a prolific practice founded in 2018. The firm focuses on bathroom, kitchen, and basement remodeling projects. It also has capabilities in flooring services and the construction of home additions, including media rooms and other specialized work. The company is run by Amy Hetz, who pioneered Monarch Prime’s hands-on approach— the firm works closely with clients from the initial design process all the way through the completion of the project, then after delivery. The firm has many relationships with fantastic trade partners and suppliers that provide great service and efficiency to its team and its clients.

Featured is one of Monarch Prime’s Rockville kitchens. The gray walls and tiled backsplash allow the white cabinets, windows, and seating to stand out. The island subtly separates the bar top from the rest of the counter space by slightly elevating the surface, providing leg space for the bar seating. The stainless steel appliances go with the neutral color palette of the kitchen area; the pendant light detailing mirrors that of the island and cabinetry.

Author

  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management