Famous for its desert landscapes, ranch-style homes, and cowboy culture, there’s clearly a stereotypical style to Texas. Yet only about 10% of the entire state fits that stereotype. From coastal swamps to woods and low hills to plains, there’s a complexity to the topography and the climate of the Lone Star State. While the landscape inspires, the environment requires that structures in Texas structures be designed to meet whatever extreme might hit them, from heat to wind to water.
Most of the homes and commercial buildings commonly feature a Spanish and Mexican style combined with modern interior designs. Many homeowners living in Texas are searching for the general contractors who are efficient, award-winning and creative enough to transform their homes into a comfortable living space without losing its unique Southwestern atmosphere. Using that as a framework, we’ve identified the best general contractors in Texas below.
15) Laurel Haven Homes
2101 Lakeway Blvd Ste 120, Austin, TX 78734
Laurel Haven Homes has been serving Texas Hill Country and Austin areas for more than two decades. With a degree in construction management, CEO Curt Sexton leads his team to build and transform homes with superb craftsmanship and high-quality customer service. He provides custom home building and remodeling services with integrity—the core foundation of his company.
One of his custom home projects with a price range of more than $1 million received a People’s Choice Award in 2015 from the Luxury Home Magazine Tour of Homes. Located in The Reserve at Lake Travis, a luxury resort-style community, the single-family home features a blend of modern-rustic designs that flaunts its elegant wood furnishings and serene outdoor living space.
14) Vogel Builders
3550 Lakeline Blvd Ste 170-1304, Leander, Texas
Vogel Builders is owned and operated by Eric Vogel, a licensed general contractor with over 15 years of experience in constructing single-family homes and townhomes. The firm is an active and award-winning participant of Austin’s Parade of Homes. Vogel provides custom home building, remodeling, and commercial construction services to clients within Austin and nearby areas such as Burnet and Travis Counties.
Vogel’s most recent project earned the People’s Choice Award at the third annual Austin Parade of Homes. The 6,911 square-foot custom home features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. Its multi-level outdoor space, hidden media room, private patios, and floating staircase captured the attention of most Parade of Homes attendees. The firm also builds and remodels outstanding outdoor living spaces, some of which are awarded by local and regional organizations including the MAX awards of Home Builders Association of Greater Austin (HBA-GA) and the Star awards of Texas Association of Builders.
13) USI Design & Remodeling
2100 N Highway 360 #1603, Grand Prairie, TX 75050-1037
USI Design & Remodeling is a design-build company that has its reputation and accolades for its projects big and small. Owned and operated by Gordon Zoellner and Chris Chumbley, the two certified graduate remodelers and certified aging-in-place specialists have led the Dallas area based firm since 1996. Chris Chumbley’s leadership and successful projects earned him his place as President of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Dallas in 2014.
Over the years, USI has received numerous awards for big whole-house transformation projects to smaller bathroom and kitchen remodels. In the past two years alone, the firm has been awarded a 2018 Star Award for Best Whole House Renovation and Remodeler of the Year 2018 from Texas Association of Builders and a 2017 Contractor of the Year Award for Best Residential Kitchen under $150,000.
12) Keechi Creek Builders
21175 State Hwy 249 #328, Houston, TX 77070
Since 2007, Keechi Creek Builders has provided clients with structural/interior design, custom home building, and remodeling services. The company primarily works in the northwest Houston metropolitan area, in towns like Cypress, Magnolia, and Tomball. It is frequently awarded for creating excellent specialty spaces and bathroom and kitchen remodels. More notably, the firm remodeled the Krause Children Residential Center in Katy, Texas. The home serves up to 65 girls aged 12-17 recovering from the effects of child abuse.
In 2014, Keechi Creek earned two Star Awards for Best Custom Home Kitchen and was named Custom Home Builder of the year by Greater Houston Builders Association in 2015. The company is a certified EPA Lead-Safe firm and is a member of several organizations including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), and the Texas Association of Builders.
11) Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling
17018 Seven Pines Dr. Ste 100, Spring, TX 77379
Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling has built and improved homes in different areas of Houston, Harris, and Montgomery counties. They use state-of-the-art tools to make sure that their clients can view the construction progress of their home from any location. The company provides award-winning construction services such as bathroom and kitchen remodels, whole-house renovations, and home additions. Among all of its honors, Sneller Custom Homes is distinguished for its bathroom remodels because it has been winning best bath awards every year since 2014.
One of its notable home-improvement projects is a combined closet and bathroom remodel in a Cedarwood residence. In collaboration with designer Pamela Smallwood, the homeowner, Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling successfully created a classy-modern master bath that features “his and hers” closets featuring wood for him and a more metallic and mirrored style for her. This project was highly acclaimed and was featured in full-page by the official publication of GHBA called Houston Remodeling Magazine. The Cedarwood project was given a Best Prism Award for Best Baths over $50k in 2015. Recently, the company was once again the Prism winner for Best Bathroom Renovation worth $85K-$105K.
10) Boyd Custom Homes
7005 Winthrop Dr, Arlington, TX 76001
For over 19 years, Boyd Custom Homes has been building and remodeling residential and commercial buildings in the DFW metro area. Its design-build process prioritizes quality craftsmanship and sterling customer service. Boyd Custom Home projects usually range in price from $400,000 to $2.6 million.
Many of the houses built by the firm have a unique feature from a new trend called the “flex room.” A flex room is a vast space within the first floor of a house that can be changed and used by homeowners for more than one purpose. The set up is a combination of a den/tv room that can be rearranged into an in-law suite for visitors. Boyd Custom Home designs became topics of articles in several publications including Mansfield Magazine and Building Savvy Magazine.
9) Greymark Construction Company
1207 Bingham, Houston, Texas 77007
A remodeler with a reputation for creating exceptional whole house remodels, Greymark Construction has been serving clients within areas of Houston, Harris County, Tarrant County, and other nearby areas for more than 25 years. The company specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels, room additions, historic home renovations, and whole-home remodel. One of Greymark’s notable projects is a whole-house remodel located in River Oak in Tarrant County.
The single family home features a mixture of traditional and contemporary designs that highlight its high ceiling and winding staircase. This project won a Best Whole House Remodel Award from Professional Remodeler Magazine which is a nationwide popular publication.
8) Zach Savage Homes
11516 Spicewood Pkwy Austin, TX 78750
Zach Savage Homes is a custom home builder and remodeler based in Austin serving different communities in Austin and Travis County. Beyond building custom homes, the company also provides home remodeling and home addition services as well. Zach Savage Homes has worked on projects with prominent Austin architects like Nick Mehl. One of the projects in collaboration with Mehl was featured in a local publication known as Home Design & Decor Austin/San Antonio.
The featured home is a 2,300 square-foot house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms in a serene community called Dripping Springs. This residence received a MAX award in 2017 for Best Custom Home under $750,000 and Best Master Bath under $50,000 from the HBA Greater Austin. Zach Savage Homes also won Best Custom Home under $750,000 again in 2018. Zach Savage Homes is known for its mid-century modern and contemporary designs.
7) Coats Homes
| 3100 Monticello Suite 335, Dallas, TX 75205
Coats Homes, a custom home builder and remodeler serves sophisticated neighborhoods in Dallas such as Highland Park, Lakewood, and Wander Wood. Primarily a luxury custom home builder, the company also offers other construction services such as home additions, home remodeling, and new home construction. The builder’s outstanding Dutch Colonial home in Dallas’s Windsor Parkway was featured in an eight-page showcase in Elegant Home, a popular architecture magazine. Combined with the expertise of Architect Jonathan Torode of Pfeffer Torode Architecture, Coats Homes designed and built the exteriors of the colonial home which features a terracotta tile roof, a curvy parapet, and brick walls.
Coats Homes values quality craftsmanship as much as they value the partnership with all the professionals they work with on their projects. With over 10 years of construction experience in Dallas, owner Ben Coats and his entire company have continued to receive many accolades including The Dallas 100 Entrepreneur Award from SMU’s Caruth Institute in 2015 and a listing as one of the Best Builders in Dallas by D Magazine.
6) David Wilkes Builders
| 5450 Bee Caves Suite 4B, Austin, Texas 78746
Among all the builders in this list, only David Wilkes Builders is recognized for remodeling residences in high-rises. Austin-San Antonio Urban Home, a well-known magazine in the city, featured one of the company’s proudest home-improvement projects—the pied-á-terre in the Four Season Residences. In partnership with Mark Cravotta, one of Austin’s renowned interior designers, this 4,208 square-foot home showcases a mixture of modern and traditional styles. This home won a National Winner in the Entire House award category and a Regional Contractor of the Year award in the category of Houses of over $1 million from NARI in 2014.
Although the company made it name with its high-rise projects, they make sure that the same standard is followed for the rest of their services such as home addition, historic home renovation, light commercial construction, and new home construction. With 20 years of experience in producing elegant homes, owner David Wilkes continues to build homes that are not just aesthetically pleasing but are also environmentally friendly. Wilkes is a certified green builder and a member of Austin chapter of NARI.
5) Hatfield Builders & Remodelers
701 East Plano Pkwy Ste 400, Plano, TX 75074
Established in 2005, Hatfield Builders & Remodelers, is a design-build remodeling firm that specializes in projects on various scales—whether single room projects like kitchens or bathrooms or large-scale endeavors like a whole house remodel. The company uses advanced technologies such as three-dimensional rendering software to help families visualize the plan for their home before construction even begins. Homeowners who wish to transform their living spaces are carefully guided by owner Chad Hatfield and his team throughout the entire process. Constantly communicating with their clients is a part of their service.
This ensures that every look and design their customers have imagined is accurately envisioned by Hatfield Builders. From traditional to contemporary to modern styles, Hatfield Builders and Remodelers builds residences of various designs in areas such as Plano, Dallas, Collin County, and other nearby neighborhoods. Their projects earned multiple awards this year from the ARC Awards of the Dallas Builders Association and were named Contractor of the Year by NARI.
4) McVaugh Custom Homes
11241 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77082
For nearly three decades, McVaugh Custom Homes has built townhomes, apartments, office buildings, and single-family residences throughout the Houston metropolitan area. The firm’s more than 300 completed projects range from bathroom makeovers in homes valued over $1 million to custom homes with a selling price of $450,000-$750,000. It’s not unusual for projects handled by owner Jim McVaugh and his team to receive local, regional, and even national awards.
In 2015, McVaugh earned a local Star award for his development project in Royal Oaks Courtyard Villas, which also won a regional award from Prism in Best Kitchen category in the following year. The Royal Oaks Courtyard Villas project received a national Prism award in Best Exterior Space category. Today, McVaugh’s most recent masterpiece has been featured in multiple publications including Houston Style Magazine and Houston Business Journal.
3) Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes
2220 Lakeway Blvd Suite #100, Austin, TX 78734
For over 38 years, Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes has been providing custom home and remodeling services to different areas in Austin and Travis County. They also specialize in waterfront homes on Lake LBJ in Horseshoe Bay Texas. Apart from building customized residences, the company is capable of doing major home renovations, large remodeling projects, and light commercial construction. Most of the homes the company has built feature high ceilings, formal dining spaces, and unique staircase railings.
A lot of Zbranek & Holts work is in the Modern, Farmhouse and European Styles. Reputable publications including Austin Business Journal named Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes Builder of the Year in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Steve Zbranek is an Austin Builder Hall of Famer and was awarded National Master Builders of the Year in 2010 and 2011 by NAHB.
2) RisherMartin Fine Homes
4524 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78756
RisherMartin Fine Homes is an Austin-based custom home builder and remodeler. It is owned and operated by Chris Risher and Jeremy Martin, both alumni of the University of Texas. Chris Risher was a former Real Estate Council of Austin member and a former President of NARI Austin. While Jeremy Martin is a multi-term board member at the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin and a past Chairman of both the Remodelers Council and Custom Builders Council.
Being active members of multiple organizations is a key factor for the fast growth of their business. Though RisherMartin is relatively new in the industry, it has successfully remodeled homes of over $1 million which have received a number of awards from Texas Association of Builders including Best Kitchen of homes valued between $2 million and $3 million. They were also named Contractor of the Year by NARI in 2017.
1) Sims Luxury Builders
4665 Sweetwater Blvd Suite 106, Sugar Land, TX 77479
At the top of the list of general contractors is Sims Luxury Builders—one of Houston’s most renowned builders and remodelers. The firm offers a wide array of designs as well as a variety of services such as custom home building, home additions, and home remodeling. Most of the firm’s residential projects showcase French Chateau, Spanish Colonial, and English Manor exterior styles with contrasting interiors of modern and contemporary embellishments. Many local magazines including Houston Lifestyle and Homes, Houston Business Journal and LUXE: The Houston Home Redefined, frequently feature the company’s works.
Since 1988, the company has built many award-winning homes in Houston and the surrounding area. The company is a recipient of multiple Prism Awards from the Greater Houston Builders Association including Best Custom Home Bathroom for Homes Over $1 Million and Custom Home of the Year for Over $2 Million in 2015. In 2017, the firm also won another Prism award for Best Custom Home Outdoor Living Space. Sims Luxury Builders was founded by Christopher Sims, who is also a founding member and a former president of the National Custom Builders Council—a nationwide organization for luxury home builders. His years of experience and effective leadership are just two of the reasons why many clients choose Sims Luxury Builders to build or remodel their homes.