A lot of people are building homes in Vermont right now, and it’s completely understandable why. The scenery, alone, is gorgeous: the Green Mountains and Mount Mansfield are stunning to look at from the back of a beautifully designed deck. And it’s not just the scenery, of course, Stowe Mountain Resort offers its ski trails in Vermont’s beautiful winters, and cool refreshing lakes in the verdant summers.
Vermont lives in classic, historic New England homes. Victorian, Italianate, and Greek Revival homes are common. Charming cottages, farmhouses, and renovated barns blend into the flora and fauna of the state. Mountain estates and ski houses are, of course, popular at the higher altitudes. According to Insider, the most popular style of home in Vermont in 2017 is the Cape Cod. Visitors from outside New England, unfamiliar with Cape Cods, can recognize the style by their low, broad, single-story frames combined with moderately steep pitched gabled roofs, large central chimneys, and minimal ornamentation.
Vermont contractors accommodate old and new homeowners alike, they want to build – or renovate – your dream home. This list features award-winning contractors with press recognition, glowing reviews, high-end design, and excellent customer ratings.
14) Haven Design + Building
374 Snipe Ireland Road, Richmond, VT 05477
Haven Design + Building is a contractor that successfully brings together bespoke designs and functional construction. They specialize in renovation and restoration. Erica Ell and Ned Gaston head the firm: Erica’s training in residential design, with an emphasis in kitchen and baths, combine with Ned’s lifelong construction expertise and studies. The combined result is Haven’s beautiful homes.
The firm advocates for green homes. Ned’s lifelong ecological awareness and respect for nature drives him to provide environmental-friendly choices to homeowners. And that approach has not gone unnoticed, Vermont Trend Watch and Vermont Magazine, among others, lauded the company’s green projects. Specializing in quality-of-space principles to maximize functionality in Modern or Classic styles, the HAVEN team creates lifestyle-enhancing home transformations. They work closely with each client to create unique, personalized design solutions.
13) Clar Construction
1 Granite St., Montpelier, VT 05602
A member of Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Remodeling Big50, Clar Construction has proven itself to be adept in various remodeling and renovation projects whether its a simple remodel or an intricate deep energy retrofit. This general contractor views building as a science, and it constantly updates itself through experience and training in new building techniques.
Founder Dan Clar started his career in the building industry in 1996, when a part-time job in college introduced him to carpentry. He started the firm in 2004 and forged relationships with subcontractors and clients alike. He likes the people aspect of the business, and attributes the success of his company to good relationships with clients: “I like the relationships that emerge with clients and co-workers, and playing my part in the creation of quality work.”
12) Conner And Buck Builders
P.O. Box 248, 16 Main St., Bristol, VT 05443
With the goal of building distinctive homes in the Green Mountain state, Chris Conner and Larry Buck came together to establish Conner and Buck Builders. This general contractor has designed, built, and renovated all kinds of homes in the past 30 years, from brick homes originally built in the 1800s to contemporary ‘little houses.’ Its kitchens and bathrooms are popular to homeowners doing remodels, and they have gained recognition from several publications such as Taunton Press’s Idea Books and Renovations Style.
With a diverse portfolio of homes, the firm has earned awards for their outstanding renovations. Fine Homebuilding awarded them a Best Remodel Award in 2016 for their renovation of a traditional New England home with hints of West Coast style. The team opened up the floor plan, added space in the kitchen and dining area, added a master bedroom/bath, created better entry access, and updated the thermal values of the structure.
11) Crowley Construction
154 Brentwood Drive, Colchester, VT 05446
Boasting multiple awards and a thick portfolio of extraordinary homes, Crowley Construction has made a name for itself in the remodeling industry of Vermont. Founded in 1985, the business has grown its size and its range of specialties, providing remodels of kitchens, baths, and additions in Chittenden County.
Led by Gary P. Crowley, the firm has earned various Better Homes Awards from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont for their kitchen renovations. Crowley is also a prominent figure in the industry, being instrumental in the creation of the Remodelers Council. He later went on to serve as the president of the HBRA.
10) HJ LeBoeuf and Son
149 Pine Cone Lane, New Haven, VT 05472
Officially established in 1965, HJ LeBoeuf and Son is a family affair that traces its roots back to 1888, when C.L. LeBoeuf set up his general contracting business in Vergennes. Five generations later, Norman LeBoeuf now leads the company and has managed to continue his family’s impressive 130-year legacy.
Servicing Vermont and other states in the New England region, the firm specializes in renovations, additions, and historic preservations as well as new homes. Its projects range from design-build 10,000 square foot dream homes to additions and simple outbuildings. The company has also been involved in restoring prominent buildings in Vermont’s historic districts. These include the Ethan Allen Homestead, the Hotel Putnam/Pennysaver complex in Bennington, and the Vergennes Opera House/City Hall.
As a member of the Vermont Green Building Network, the company uses innovative techniques to build energy-efficient green homes. With its combination of old school expertise and new school progressive methods, the firm earned multiple awards including Vermont’s Going Green Award in 2017 and multiple Better Homes Awards from the HBRA. Norman also earned the 2018 Builder of the Year Award.
9) Patterson and Smith
P.O. Box 1209, 515 Moscow Road, Stowe, VT 05672
In 1991, Shapleigh Smith and Cleveland Patterson set out to service their hometown of Stowe by building exceptional homes. The two formed Patterson and Smith, a full service residential contractor specializing in renovations and custom homes.
With a team of more than two dozen carpenters, painters, and fine woodworking craftsmen – as well as a large pool of subcontractors and architects – the firm is ready to take on any project from new construction to renovations and additions. You can often recognize their homes by the large custom-built kitchens. They also like to work with rustic elements, including timber framing, exposed wood beams, fireplaces, stone, and tiling.
Their expertise and superb craftsmanship earned the firm Excellence in Architecture Awards from AIA Vermont in 2009 and 2015. The firm’s renovations and additions are also popular among homeowners, from pool houses to whole house transformations.
8) Sisler Builders
PO Box 605, 56 Park St, Stowe, VT 05672
Steve Sisler founded Sisler Builders in 1983, and attributes the company’s success to their extensive experience and knowledge, their ability to devise creative solutions for challenging scenarios, their commitment to positive collaboration with design professionals, and their willingness to suggest to architects and clients quality, value-conscious choices that result in cost savings during construction. Sisler Builders’ breadth of work includes new home construction, major renovations, and remodeling projects, all within a 25-mile radius of Stowe. Steve believes that all building projects, whether a multi-million-dollar home or a kitchen renovation, run most smoothly and cost-effectively when there is a good team, open communication, and mutual trust.
The company, now 30 employees strong, is a leader in energy efficiency. Their staff is committed to building with respect for the planet, and they recognize that sustainability includes not just energy use and consumption, but emissions and an overall footprint.
This house embraces a European chalet-style aesthetic and incorporates an open and functional layout. Other goals were to maintain a timeless look, utilize local materials, and be nearly net zero. The house takes full advantage of the fantastic sloping site, situated so that it makes the most of the jaw-dropping views of Stowe’s ski trails, achieved with floor-to-ceiling windows across the main living area.
7) Donald P Blake Jr. Inc.
59 Old Creamery Road, Unit 1, Morrisville, VT 05661
Donald P. Blake Jr. Inc. is a full-service general contractor that offers a variety of services for new construction, renovations and property management. From renovated mountain retreats to eco-friendly passive houses, the firm has provided topnotch building to Lamoille County.
Donald P. Blake Jr. established the company in 1985 after marrying his wife, Julie. Travis Cutler joined the company in 1991 and over time, he worked his way up to becoming partner. With their combined years of experience in the building industry, Donald and Travis have led the firm in building remarkable homes throughout Vermont
One of the firm’s notable projects is a makeover of a two-acre hillside residence featured in New England Home. The firm transformed the mountain home by gutting a second story above the living room to give the space twenty-foot-high ceilings and expansive windows. The most impressive addition: a personal observatory that offers panoramic views of the Vermont skies.
6) Great Northern Construction
199 Church Street, Suite 1 Burlington, VT 05401
Founded in 1977, Great Northern Construction serves Chittenden county as a design-build general contractor. It specializes in whole house remodeling, as well as kitchen and bathroom renovations. Their custom, finely crafted new homes have proven popular with Vermont home builders.
A member of the NAHB, the firm has earned many industry awards including Remodeler of the Year in 2015 and multiple Better Homes Awards. The firm is also included in Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling Big50. Its founder, Bob Schwartz, has been a leader in the construction scene, earning three Remodeler of the Year awards in his more than four-decade career.
5) Red House Building
Suite 5 & 6, 382 Hercules Drive, Burlington, VT 05446
Red House Building is a building and restoration company based in Burlington that builds new homes, additions, renovations, light commercial fit-ups, and historic restorations.
Founders Chris Quinn and Dunbar Oehmig have translated their passion for history and art into the building industry. Along with the rest of the company, they have built mountain retreats and meticulously renovated historical homes. The company is a member of Preservation Burlington and the US Green Building Society.
In 2010, the firm won two Better Homes Awards for Residential Renovation and Environmental Excellence from the HBRA of Northern Vermont. Its homes have also been featured in Fine Homebuilding, At Home in Vermont, and Vermont House and Home. This extensive renovation of a lakeside two-story Cape with a wrap-around porch involved constructing a third story, lifting the three-bay garage off its slab and moving that garage from one side of the house to the other. Then, for good measure, they added a tower.
4) Newschool Builders
PO Box 494, Waitsfield, VT 05673
Newschool Builders is a custom residential company that provides an effective blend of old school fundamentals and Newschool vision in their building projects. It specializes in custom built homes, renovations, and additions for single family homes and condominiums alike.
Principal Blake Hackerson passed the challenging Construction Supervisor’s Exam for Massachussets at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest to ever hold the unrestricted building license. Even with a relatively young company, Blake used his decade-long experience to prove that Newschool Builders can provide superior craftsmanship and unparalleled project management.
The firm won a 2013 Better Homes Award for Best Residential Renovation from the HBRA of Northern Vermont. The Fayston residence needed a complete gut renovation and an addition. The interior and exterior were renovated and the insulation and electrical system updated.
3) McKernon Group
381 New Road, Brandon, VT 05733
The McKernon Group is a full-service general contractor that services west central Vermont and focuses on custom residential and light commercial projects throughout the state and upstate New York. Most of the firm’s projects are for out-of-state homeowners who seek the crisp mountain air and scenery of Vermont for their second homes. McKernon also has GEE (Green Earth Energy) solar, UFO (Urethane Foam Operations) and (Vermont Woodland Cabinets) custom mill shop listed as their subsidiaries.
Founded by Jack McKernon and Kevin Birchmore in 1987, the firm builds and renovates first-class estates and condominiums, after his retirement in 2010 and Justus Cameron came on as owner /vice president.. The firm is known for using progressive techniques in sustainable building as well as historic preservation. It won the Chapman Historic Preservation Award and multiple Excellence in Housing Awards from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont.
New England Home, Vermont Magazine, and North Country Living have all written about the firm’s projects. This makeover of a ski home in Ludlow was featured in New England Home’s January 2018 issue. The firm transformed the outdated 2,700-square-foot 1980’s mountain home into a contemporary ski chalet.
2) Roundtree Construction
5450 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven, VT 05472
For four decades, Roundtree Construction has been responsible for many of Vermont’s finest homes. From custom built houses to renovations, additions, and historic restorations, this firm has done everything. It also has a full service cabinet and millwork shop.
Princeton architecture graduate Dan Morris founded the company to integrate architecture and construction services. Through the years, he focused more on the building side of the business but retained architecture as an important part of the process. Dan is also committed to the green building movement. The firm belongs to the U.S. Green Building Council, and works closely with Efficiency Vermont for greener and more sustainable homes.
The firm’s works have been recognized with awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, and Better Homes Awards from the HBRA of Northern Vermont.
1) Peregrine Design/Build
49 Commerce Ave, Unit A1, South Burlington, VT 05403
Peregrine Design-Build is an award-winning custom home builder and luxury remodeler that serves the greater Burlington area as well as the Champlain Islands, Stowe, and central Vermont. It has won multiple Better Homes Awards from the HBRA of Northern Vermont, and Fine Homebuilding, Old House Journal, and CustomHome have praised their projects. Even HGTV has taken notice.
Tim Frost initially founded the company as a summer business with his classmate Thad Fiasco. What started as a window washing service for homeowners in Burlington’s Hill Section in 1988 is now the premier general contractor in the state of Vermont. The firm does custom built homes, residential renovations of all sizes, and commercial fit ups. Its single family homes and estates vary in 0styles from traditional mountain log homes to modern contemporary houses.
This renovated 1980’s Cape home recently joined the firm’s award-winning portfolio. The craftsmen opened up the house by changing the layout and updating the functions of each room to suit the family-centred residents.