Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. Residents of Tampa can enjoy both the beach and city lifestyles, as the scenic coast comes face to face with towering skyscrapers; post-modern high rises; beautiful museums, such as the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Glazer Children’s Museum; and a lively entertainment scene of restaurants, attractions, and theme parks, such as Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island.
Tampa’s variety is also reflected in its home styles, which include Mediterranean, Contemporary, and Ranch. The coast is dotted with quaint, inviting beach homes, while Tampa’s urban areas are filled with modern lofts and small townhouses. Tampa’s most popular home style is the mid-century modern Eichler style, which rose to popularity in the 1950s and 60s. Inspired by small seaside homes, Eichler houses are modern, urban, economical, and stylish takes on beachfront residences.
Constructing and remodeling Tampa’s most beautiful homes—whether beachside or Eichler-style—are talented general contractors, of which the top 15 are listed here. These contractors were chosen based on merit, client reviews, press recognition, and, of course, skill.
14. Silver Palm Custom Homes & Remodeling
Website | 727-420-6693 | 4801 Gulf Blvd., Suite 347 St Pete Beach, FL 33706
With more than 15 years of experience, Silver Palm Custom Homes & Remodeling prides itself on its interior remodeling services and specializes in kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, home additions, and entire-house remodeling for both residential, single-family homes and condominiums. Initially a custom home building firm, Silver Palm is led by its founder Chuck Dawson, a Certified Remodeler and currently the Chairman of the Board of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2019. His wife, Susan, co-owns and runs the firm alongside him. She primarily focuses on the interior decorating side of Silver Palm and calls her distinct style “Simple Elegance.”
Together with their team, Chuck and Susan have worked on numerous children’s spaces, wheelchair-accessible homes, elegant kitchens, and “his-hers-and-theirs” spaces for large families in need of their own rooms. Under Chuck and Susan’s leadership, the firm has won several Contractor of the Year (CoTY) Awards—mostly for interior residential work.
13. Distinctive Design Homes
Website | 813-838-6567 | Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
Distinctive Design Homes provides both entire-house remodeling and custom home building services and specializes in kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, outdoor living, home additions, and recreation area renovations. The firm is led by David Zink, a builder with more than three state contractor licenses who has worked on numerous large-scale residential homes and commercial projects, including Disney’s Town of Celebration. With more than 300 homes built, the firm is known for its beautiful and energy-efficient designs. As a Certified Green Professional, Zink infuses sustainability techniques into the firm’s projects to advance the green building movement.
Distinctive Design Homes builds in a wide range of designs. In particular, the firm demonstrates excellent skill in its work on Contemporary-, Mediterranean-, and Tuscan-style homes. The firm’s portfolio showcases a gallery of elegant Spanish villas and classic stucco exteriors.
12. Bright Bay Builders
Website | 727-822-7463 | 109 43rd Avenue N Saint Petersburg, FL 33703
Founded in 1991, Bright Bay Builders is a luxury custom home builder and remodeler led by Paul Haggar, a second-generation builder and member of the National Association of Home Builders. The firm prides itself on its skilled team of certified contractors and in-house interior designers, as well as its carefully curated list of partner architects. A nationally Certified Green Building Professional, the firm also commits itself to environment-friendly construction practices and provides long-lasting energy-efficient systems. It specializes in exquisite and elegant French and Tuscan designs, with an emphasis on woodwork and classic European themes and color palettes.
In the photo here, the firm generously used neutral tones with accents of shades of blue reminiscent of traditional French motifs. The firm’s wood and cabinetry work is also highlighted by the custom cabinetry, exposed beams, and flooring. The arched doorways, rustic lights, and intricate chandelier gave the space a Mediterranean and Gothic feel.
11. Van Selow Design Build LLC
Website | 727-391-2959 | 11125 Park Blvd. Ste #104-165 Seminole, FL 33772
As its name implies, the firm utilizes a design-build approach and provides a wide array of services. From new home construction and entire-house remodeling to commercial build outs and home additions, the firm is best known for its kitchen and bathroom remodeling and design services. Led by Susanne Van Selow, the firm specializes in Colonial- and Contemporary-style spaces often distinguished by their warm, inviting tones and rustic vibes. The firm’s work has been featured in Housetrends Magazine, which praised Van Selow Design Build’s entire-house remodel of a Mediterranean-themed beachfront home.
The photo here demonstrates the firm’s expertise in Colonial-style spaces. In this project, the firm incorporated modern elements into a traditional design through small, eye-catching paintings; contemporary furniture; and a few unique lights.
10. Jamco Unlimited, Inc.
Website | 727-412-8524 | 1183 Cedar St Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Serving the Greater Tampa Bay Area since 1995, Jamco Unlimited provides multi-room remodeling services but is best known for its kitchen and bathroom projects. The firm also has a showroom where clients can get a better glimpse of Jamco Unlimited’s previous work as well as purchase some of its cabinetry and custom items. Its designs often utilize modern and contemporary themes and feature metallic accents and sleek cabinetry. However, the firm has also worked on several rustic, Colonial-style spaces and traditional, farmhouse-style kitchens.
The firm also takes on unique spaces, such as laundry rooms and home spas. For instance, Jamco Unlimited was once featured in an issue of Architecture Builder for its work on a home spa.
9. Jeffery M. Wolf General Contractor, Inc.
Website | 727-895-4858 | 2724 22nd Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Jeffrey M. Wolf General Contractor is a luxury home builder and remodeler with more than two decades of experience that specializes in Mediterranean, Tuscan, Modern, and Contemporary designs. It utilizes a cost-plus approach to ensure that each project does not exceed the agreed-upon budget and to provide full transparency and disclosure to each client. Further, the firm extends its services throughout the Tampa Bay area and incorporates green building methods in each of its projects. The firm aims to provide not only elegant homes but also energy-efficient houses capable of lasting for generations to come.
In the photo here, the firm’s signature European style is modernized through a more contemporary approach. Large windows are utilized to give the room a more spacious feel. Stucco finishes and exposed beams are used to maintain a classic Tuscan vibe alongside neutral tones and straight lines. Through this harmonious blend of styles, a stylish, avant-garde, Mediterranean-style room is achieved.
8. Artisan Design Tampa
Website | 813-933-9245 | 2304 W. Linebaugh Avenue Tampa, FL 33612
With nearly three decades of industry experience, Artisan Design Tampa is the award-winning product of the combination of two well-known firms in the area: All Interior Furnishings and Artisan Cabinetry. Artisan Design Tampa is best known for its interior design, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and entire-house remodeling projects. The firm has also made a name for itself through its distinctive cabinetry, unique furnishings, and diverse range in terms of design. The firm’s portfolio includes designs in various styles, including French, Contemporary, Mediterranean, Tuscan, and Modern, and showcases several unique takes on intricate designs, from Old World-inspired beach homes to stylish Art Deco bathrooms.
The firm is the recipient of an Aurora and Gold Nugget Award and partners with several brands that offer an extensive range of unique services, such as custom finishing, mural painting, and custom furniture. These brands include Paul Roberts Furniture, Mexports, and Bernhardt Furniture.
7. Ramos Design Build Corporation
Website | 813-259-1111 | 1001 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
Ramos Design Build is a premier construction company that handles both commercial and residential projects, including ground-up construction work, entire-house renovations, home additions, and restoration projects. In 2007, the firm was founded by James Ramos—an entrepreneur whose family has deep roots in the Tampa construction industry. After managing several multi-million dollar brands for more than 20 years, Ramos decided to return to the family’s real estate and construction business, which had been around for more than five decades. This led to Ramos’ establishment of Ramos Design Build Corporation.
The firm is responsible for some of South Tampa’s most beautiful luxury homes and takes pride in its skilled and hands-on team. The firm’s work is often distinguished by its unique custom cabinetry and finishes, which are achieved through a strategic partnership with Bremtown and Medallion—two leading firms known throughout the U.S. for their top-of-the-line cabinetry.
6. J. S. Perry & CO., Inc.
Website | 727-245-0772 | 1055 Charles St. Clearwater, FL 33755
With a specialty in entire-house remodeling and commercial remodeling, J.S. Perry & Co. was established by J. Stephen Perry—a general contractor who has built and remodeled homes worth over $30 million. Growing up in a family that owned a real estate firm, Perry pursued a degree in both construction and design. This would be the precursor to his establishment of the firm in 1988 and his primary use of the design-build approach in each of the firm’s projects. Now, Perry and his team are known for their carpentry and millwork as well as their wide array of designs. Though the photo here demonstrates the firm’s Modern and Contemporary work, the firm has also built and remodeled several homes in Colonial, Craftsman, and French styles.
Throughout its years in the industry, the firm has received numerous accolades. These include several CoTY Awards for its historical restorations, residential additions, and commercial remodeling work.
5. Greaves Construction, Inc.
Website | 813-985-2739 | 109 N. Burlingame Ave, Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Greaves Construction serves the Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Hillsborough County areas and specializes in whole-house renovations, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, historic restorations, and second-storey home additions. It also provides universal design services and uses a design-build approach. Each of the firm’s specializations includes an extensive list of sub-services. For example, the firm’s whole-house remodeling work includes upgrading all of a home’s systems, appliances, and ventilation, as well as installing an HVAC addition and higher-efficiency windows and doors. Given its expertise in universal design, the firm often builds and remodels in Contemporary and Modern styles. However, the firm has also worked on several Colonial-, Craftsman-, and Mediterranean-style spaces.
With more than 33 years of remodeling experience, the firm has received several awards. Greaves Construction is a two-time recipient of the Tampa Bay Builders Association’s (TBBA) Remodeler of the Year distinction and the winner of numerous TBBA Parade of Homes distinctions.
4. King Contracting
Website | 727-410-9829 | 943 Tyrone Blvd. St. Petersburg, FL 33710
King Contracting, a Design-Build firm, works on residential, single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums and primarily specializes in room additions, whole house remodels, kitchen and bathroom remodels along with exterior renovations. It is led by its founder Doug King—a general contractor and NARI Certified Remodeler, whose work has been featured in various local publications, such as Remodeling Today, Tampa Bay Business Journal, House Trends and Remodel Tampa Bay. King is a former president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of NARI and currently serves as a NARI National Officer. He is an advocate for affordable housing and attracting young people into the industry. His background in product development and manufacturing are skillsets he brings to his clients for the design process and managing high-end remodeling projects. Under his leadership, the firm has developed a reputation for its superior workmanship in Contemporary, Modern and Colonial-style spaces.
The firm has won numerous CoTY remodeling awards, including three First Place finishes in the S.E. region of the U.S. King himself has been distinguished with a Remodeler of the Year Award twice and was inducted into the NARI Tampa Bay Hall of Fame in 2018.
3. Nelson Construction and Renovations Inc.
Website | 727-596-9006 | 1174 Court Street Clearwater, FL 33756
Established in 2006, Nelson Construction and Renovations uses a design-build approach and specializes in high-end remodels, custom home building, and home additions. It takes pride in the numerous awards it has won since its inception and is headquartered in Clearwater, but extends its services throughout Dunedin, St. Petersburg, and, of course, Tampa. In addition to its luxury residential work, the firm also takes on commercial projects in the form of office and warehouse remodeling work. The firm is led by Greg Nelson—a general contractor with extensive experience in running multi-million dollar projects. Nelson also has a background in critical path management and historical restorations.
The firm has been featured in Remodel Tampa Bay Magazine and has been awarded several CoTY awards for its historical renovations, kitchen remodels, and residential interiors. As seen in its portfolio, the firm shows an excellent command of elegant and modern French designs along with eye-catching Art Deco themes and Contemporary-style spaces.
2. TriplePoint Design Build
Website | 727-302-9116 | 6400 1st Ave North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
TriplePoint Design Build is a premier award-winning construction company that specializes in high-end residential remodeling and new home construction projects. At the helm is Neal Fiske—a NARI Certified Remodeler with more than three decades of experience. Fiske, an industry leader, specializes in FEMA Compliance water-front remodeling projects, was the first candidate to earn the distinguished Green Certified Professional (GCP) certification and one of the first Lead-Safe Professional ERP-RRP certified individuals in the Southeast Region.
Fiske has what industry experts call the Triple Threat of Experience – that is the dual degree in both engineering and architecture, while being a State Certified Building Contractor. He brings this background and experience to all of his projects insuring that they are aesthetically stunning, creatively functional and built with exceptional craftsmanship. With his hands-on leadership and attention to detail, the firm has garnered over 125 industry awards at the national, regional and local levels. These include numerous CoTY and Chrysalis Awards as well as editorial spreads in several prestigious publications, such as Professional Remodeler and Qualified Remodeler.
1. Strobel Design Build
Website | 727-213-8378 | 2716 6th Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Established in 1983, Strobel Design Build is comprised of a skilled, hands-on team with more than 120 years of combined experience. Over 80% of the team members have at least one national-level certification. The firm boasts of a concierge service to ensure that each project runs as smoothly as possible, and hundreds of local and national awards. The firm is decorated with numerous CoTY and Chrysalis accolades, in addition to features in Qualified Remodeler and Remodeling Magazine. Strobel Design Build is led by Don Strobel—an active Board Member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the NARI, of which he has served in almost all of its positions, including that of “President.” Strobel has been honored with the prestigious Harold Hammerman Education Award and has led his team to building and remodeling some of the most beautiful and luxurious Mediterranean villas, Contemporary-style homes, and Art Deco-inspired spaces.
The photo here is a fine example of the firm’s Contemporary-style work. In this home, the firm complemented the neutral color palette with several pieces of art and the generous use of straight lines and sleek marble tiles.