Wonderful Victorian mansions, as well as sprawling colonial estates, are a regular sight in Tennessee, making it a challenge for homeowners to find the perfect remodeler to meet their home’s needs. Below is a list of 15 of the best general contractors in the state of Tennessee, who have remodeled some of the most beautiful homes in the area.
Some of these firms offer several additional services such as custom home building, in addition to specialty services such as custom millwork and finishing. This is often the case for the firms with their very own in-house design teams and showrooms. Others also showcase a craft for particularly challenging spaces, such as personal sanctuaries and home theaters. These firms were chosen based on merit, media presence, background, and prior noteworthy projects.
15) Collins Construction Co.
985 Reddoch Cove, Memphis, TN 38119
Collins Construction specializes in ranch- and farmhouse-inspired homes and offers a full range of remodeling services. Considered to be one of Memphis’s premier custom home builders, it has established a reputation for itself thanks to its fine craftsmanship and excellent designs. The firm also has good relationships with some of the area’s best architects and interior designers, including Charles Shipp, Fleming Associates, Biggs Powell, and Ashley York. It has also completed work for numerous communities in the area, and has wonderful reviews and stellar recommendations from Club Walk Towers, Chickasaw Garden, and The Cloisters.
The firm is led by Rick Collins, who began his career selling building products before joining the Boyle Development Company. Through this experience, he learned the ins and outs of commercial properties and residential communities, which would prove vital to the founding of the firm. He is also a founding member of Southern Living’s Custom Home Builder Program, which is comprised of a group of selected firms chosen for their excellent craft, background, and distinctions.
14) Carriage House Custom Homes & Interiors
354 Downs Boulevard, Suite 105, Franklin, TN 37064
Carriage House is a full-service general contractor offering an extensive list of services but is perhaps best known for its custom kitchens and bathrooms. Its team offers more than 40 years of experience and additional services exclusive to kitchen and bathroom work, such as custom cabinetry and countertops. They have won national and local awards for their designs. The firm also has several partnerships with some of the area’s leading suppliers, including Cambria, Kohler, Sole Cabinetry, Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Waypoint Cabinetry, and Medallion Cabinetry. Carriage House also offers a one-of-a-kind concierge construction service wherein its team handles every aspect of a remodel—from site selection to design and building. In recognition of its work, the firm was featured in the “Greater Nashville House & Home Readers Favorites.”
In terms of design, the firm displays a knack for a range of styles—from Modern to Traditional. The work featured here is an example of the firm’s more traditional designs. For this kitchen, it made use of classic paneled cabinetry. It also installed a simple yet inviting off-white brick backsplash. They also have a complete home design showroom that is unique, where you can work with their in-house designers from design to completion.
13) Johnny Williams Construction Co.
Germantown, TN 38139
Johnny Williams Construction specializes in custom home building, home additions, and entire house remodeling services, utilizing a design-build approach. With over three decades of industry experience, the firm’s namesake and founder has led the firm to be a part of five Vesta Home Shows. Most notably, it was distinguished in 2008 with a Special Feature Award after showcasing the only Certified Green Home during the entire show. In 2010, the firm won the People’s Choice Awards after receiving rave reviews from audiences.
The firm is affiliated with Memphis’ local Home Builders Association (HBA) and has had its work featured in Midsouth Renovations. The following project displays the firm’s kitchen work. For this transitional themed space, it made use of unique backsplashes and fixtures to give it a modern appeal. To maintain its traditional elements, however, its design team opted for classic shaker-style cabinetry. Looking closely at the countertops, one can also see several custom finishes.
2221 Bransford Ave., Nashville, TN 37204
Established in 1997, Hartert-Russell specializes in high-end remodeling projects and offers a full range of services. The firm prides itself on its state-of-the-art woodworking facility, through which Hartert-Russell has crafted custom millwork, cabinetry, molding, and several other finishes that make the firm’s projects unique. To ensure that high-quality materials are used in each of its kitchens, the firm uses equipment that is worth more than $1.5 million, and has established relationships with some of the best architectural and decorative suppliers from all over the world. For its excellent work, Hartert-Russell was honored with an Architectural Historic Preservation Award of Nashville in 2016.
The firm mostly uses traditional and modern themes, such as in the living room featured here. For this project, it used a rustic palette and made reference to classic European designs through the exposed beams and subtle stucco finishes.
11) Joe M. Staub Building Group, Inc.
152 Fairways Dr., Hendersonville, TN 37075
Established in 2005, Joe M. Staub Building is a general contracting firm that specializes in ground-up construction, entire house remodeling, and commercial building. It extends its services throughout Nashville and the surrounding areas and is an expert in the design-build approach. The firm continuously works with only the best architects and interior designers around to ensure the quality of its projects; it even offers several complimentary consultation services. These include free initial design, planning, and estimations, as well as comparative market analyses. In terms of designs, the firm has worked on a variety of contemporary and traditional themes. Its portfolio displays several Mediterranean and even Tuscan inspired spaces, as well as craftsman and colonial style rooms.
Focusing solely on its remodeling, the firm has since come to gain a craft and excellence for several interior and specialty spaces, including outdoor entertainment living spaces, home drive-in theaters, and wet bars. The firm has even taken on disaster remodeling projects.
10) Salvaggio Group
7734 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
The Salvaggio Group traces its origins to a family whose heritage is rooted in the construction industry. Currently led by father-and-son duo Charles and Tony, the firm was established by Charles, who ran a door and hardware service prior to founding the firm. The two are professional and licensed builders and have an extensive background in construction. Together, they have led the firm to construct and renovate homes with elaborate designs. The firm’s portfolio exhibits an array of traditional and Victorian-inspired homes, as well as several craftsman- and European-themed spaces. Some of these projects have garnered press attention, including a recent feature in FIX magazine.
The firm is affiliated with several noteworthy organizations, including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and its local HBA.
9) Botsko Builders Inc.
237 Molly Walton Dr., Hendersonville, TN 37075
With more than two decades of experience, Botsko Builders is an award-winning firm led by Mark Botsko—a former director of the Home Builders Association Tennessee (HBAMT), who has managed more than 200 projects throughout his career. Botsko first got his start in the building industry after college when he landed a sales position in a building materials manufacturing company. He moved to Nashville in 1985 after being promoted to National Accounts Sales Manager. Eventually, Botsko decided to start a general contracting firm of his own with a few of his business associates. This firm became what is now Botsko Builders—the recipient of several Parade of Homes accolades for its interior and outdoor living work.
The firm specializes in European building styles, including Mediterranean, Tuscan, and Tudor. The work featured here showcases one of its outdoor home additions. With this project, the firm displayed its excellent woodwork through the Tudor-inspired beams and finishes. It also infused a modern touch through the chalet-like high ceilings and large glass windows.
8) Building Company No. 7 Contractors
625 Main St. Suite #117, Nashville, TN 37206
Headquartered in Middle Tennessee, Building Company No. 7 is manned by a team of industry veterans and highly skilled craftsmen. Its experience includes historic home remodels and entire-house renovations. The firm specializes in kitchens, bathrooms, and home additions. Its process includes not only design and construction, but also funding and dust control. Prior to drafting a kitchen’s floor plan, the firm’s team establishes a budget and even introduces clients to its trusted financial advisors to set up a loan. As for dust control, the firm emphasizes the need for livable remodeling experiences and makes use of the BuildClean Dust Control System, which controls the airflow of a particular space. Building Company No. 7 has been featured in Qualified Remodeler and Professional Remodeling Magazine, which both named the firm to their lists of leading companies in the country.
The firm’s design portfolio displays modern and transitional spaces. The firm’s work is often distinguished through its excellent finishes and knack for custom millwork. It also displays the firm’s skill for woodwork and cabinetry.
7) David Clark Construction
3169 Professional Plaza Suite #1, Germantown, TN 38138
David Clark Construction has been extending its services throughout the Mid-South since 1942. A trailblazer in the Memphis home building market, the firm is now on its third generation of builders and is considered one of the area’s premier builders. It is the proud recipient of several Vesta Home Show Awards and was even named Builder of the Year by the Memphis HBA in 2011. Its current principal and namesake once served as president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association (HBA) and was named among Professional Remodeler Magazine’s annual “40 Under 40.”
The firm mostly specializes in modern Mediterranean-inspired spaces. For this contemporary bathroom, it infused several European influences, as can be seen in the chosen color palette and the Moroccan-themed mirrors. Although minimalistic, the team made sure to include dashes of gold and to install several lighting fixtures so as to give the space a more inviting appeal.
6) Tim Disalvo & Company
2640 Faxon Ave., Memphis, TN 38112
Tim Disalvo and Company specializes in new home construction and entire-house renovation, and boasts of a successful track record spanning more than three decades. It is led by its namesake Tim Disalvo—a builder with 20 years of experience as a general contractor, with a particular specialization in custom homes and renovations. He has worked as a framer and is skilled in master trim carpentry, which manifests itself in the firm’s kitchen remodeling work. The firm has been featured several times in Fix Magazine and is known for its elegant craftsman-inspired designs.
The firm has also worked on several stately colonial and traditionally-inspired homes, as seen in the following outdoor project. For this space, the firm mostly made use of rustic and wooden elements. It also opted for a clean white backsplash by the sinks to give it a more sophisticated feel.
5) Archer Custom Builders
431 S Main Suite #301, Memphis, TN 38103
Headquartered in Memphis, Archer Custom Builders specializes in custom residential and commercial buildouts and renovations, and has worked on an expansive range of projects. From challenging ground-up constructions to large-scale historic renovations, the firm commits itself to high-quality services and working closely with each of its clients, architects, engineers, and interior designers. It has an in-house team of master carpenters and painters and has been presented with several awards for its excellent work. Most notably, it is a recipient of an Award of Excellence from the American Insitute of Architects. It has also had some of its work featured in At Home Magazine and Inside Memphis Business.
The firm is led by Tom Archer, a builder who has been in the industry for over four decades and whose love for preservation and renovation projects has shaped the company into the firm that it is today. Under his guidance, the firm has established itself as an expert in terms of modern, Cape Cod, and Victorian architecture.
4) The Kingston Group
4705 Alabama Ave., Nashville, TN 37209
Based in Nashville, the Kingston Group is a residential construction and remodeling firm best known for its custom homes, additions, and interior remodels. Its unique, eight-step process includes software that allows clients to log in and receive updates from the firm’s project manager throughout the entire construction phase. Afterward, the firm provides a proactive warranty that will last up to eleven months from the completion of the project. The firm is affiliated with several organizations, such as the NAHB and its local HBA, and is a proud Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist. The Kingston Group has also been featured multiple times in several prestigious publications, including Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeler, which named the firm among their annual 550 leading remodeling firms in the country for seven consecutive years.
The firm specializes in a variety of designs, including traditional, colonial, and farmhouse. For the following project, it made use of a classic craftsman design. Here, it showcased its fine woodwork through the excellent cabinetry and personalized overhead hood. It also opted for classic French fixtures and finishes.
3) Castle Homes
5214 Maryland Way Suite #102, Brentwood, TN 37027
With more than 26 years of experience, Castle Homes builds in an extensive range of styles. It has worked on numerous luxurious contemporary and modern homes, in addition to several French estates, English cottages, Contemporary farmhouses, and Craftsman-inspired homes. The firm serves Nashville, Williamson County, and Middle Tennessee, and is the recipient of several awards from the area’s annual Parade of Homes Competition. Further, Castle Homes has been featured in publications like Southern Living and the Nashville Business Journal, with the former hailing the firm as Custom Home Builder of the Year in 2012. As a green builder, the firm is affiliated with EnergyStar and Leadership in Energy Environmental Design and complies with the standards set out by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The photo here is an example of one of the firm’s Tuscan work. For this bedroom, it made use of high ceilings, exposed beams, and even installed a simple yet elegant chandelier. Stucco finishes were installed through the fireplace and an emphasis on the wooden elements was achieved through the polished hardwood flooring.
2) The Dave Moore Companies
1016 W Poplar Ave. Suite #106-204 Collierville, TN 38017
Founded in 1986, the David Moore Companies specializes in high-end custom home build outs and entire house renovations. It has established a solid reputation for itself throughout its years in business and displays a large repeat client rate. It has won multiple awards since its inception, some of which include several accolades from the annual Vesta Home Show and features in publications like The Commercial Appeal. The firm is led by its namesake, Dave Moore, who has been proven to be an accomplished builder. Moore has been honored with numerous awards, including First Place for Quality Craftsmanship for Projects over $250k and $450k from Memphis’ local HBA. Further, under Moore’s leadership, the firm has been able to establish strong relationships with several of the area’s best designers and planners.
A quick look into the firm’s portfolio reveals a gallery of transitional, Victorian, and modern designs. The Victorian kitchen featured here features a simple and modern chandelier, elegant countertops, and beautiful custom cabinetry.
1) Crane Builders
2931 Berry Hill Dr. #200, Berry Hill, TN 37204
Established in 1987, Crane Builders is led by David Crane—a Certified Graduate Remodeler, two-time National Remodeler of the Year, and seven-time State Remodeler of the Year. The firm is best known for its remodeling work and has secured a reputation for itself as the best company for renovations with prices ranging from $50K to $1.5M. The firm serves the Middle Tennessee area, primarily Franklin, northern Williamson County, and southern Davidson County, and has been featured in publications such as Southern Living Magazine, Remodeling Magazine, Qualified Remodeler, and Better Homes and Gardens. The firm is known for its European designs, such as its Mediterranean, French, and Tuscan homes, and for its specialty construction work, such as its sunrooms, foyers, space utilization, and pet-proofing services.
The following project best embodies the firm’s work. For this cozy cabin, it heavily relied on rustic elements through its rich use of wood and brick. It also opted for large windows to allow a generous amount of ambient light into the space.