Last updated on May 22nd, 2024 at 06:19 am

Best known for its sandy shores and colonial seaside towns, Rhode Island’s homes are distinct for their timeless New England architecture and Gilded Age-inspired mansions. This list curates eight of its best home remodelers. These firms were chosen based on their impressive backgrounds, countless industry accolades, and outstanding portfolios.

DiStefano Brothers Construction

433 Main St, Wakefield, RI 02879

DiStefano Brothers utilizes an excellent design-build approach, which ensures that it can keep the entire construction process in-house. It works out of its office in Wakefield and provides its clients with a complete range of services. These include whole home remodels, kitchens, and bathrooms, in addition to commercial construction management. The firm is composed of a talented team of craftsmen, project developers, and site supervisors. 

The company only makes use of the best and latest industry technology to achieve the best and most accurate results. This includes 3D computer renderings. In terms of design, the company’s portfolio showcases an affinity for traditional, transitional, and modern themes.

JPS Construction and Design

88 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

As its name suggests, JPS Construction and Design offers its clients a full range of residential services and has worked in some of Rhode Island’s most sought-after neighborhoods and communities. The firm credits its success to its highly skilled and talented team of project managers, designers, and carpenters, who closely monitor and oversee every aspect of the construction process. In addition to its residential projects, the firm is also known to take on light commercial projects and can handle any space regardless of size or scale. 

Showcased below is one of the firm’s best projects. For this, the firm had to work on its extensive home addition. It entailed having to install a second-story addition, as well as reworking its kitchen, bathroom, and deck.

Hebert Design Build

351 Liberty Ln, Suite R18, West Kingston, RI, 02892

With four decades of industry experience, Hebert offers its clients a complete and comprehensive range of design and construction services. It works out of its office in West Kingston but has had the opportunity to work in some of Rhode Island’s best and most attractive neighborhoods. The firm has also worked across Connecticut and is especially known for its custom homes, additions, kitchen remodeling and bath renovations. 

At the firm’s helm is its owner and leader, Tim Hebert. He draws inspiration from 30 years of working in and around the industry. In 1993, he was among the first 50 contractors in the country to earn the title of Graduate Master Builder.

B.R. Arnold Construction Company

18 Tews Ct, Newport, RI 02840

B.R. Arnold has been in business since 1973. It operates out of its office in Newport and has since secured itself as a leader in the custom home building, restoration, and renovation industry. The firm is the product of the vision of its founder, Brian Arnold. He is a lifelong resident of Newport who has received countless accolades for his work. Under his leadership, the company has established a solid relationship for itself. 

The B.R. team can take on projects regardless of scale or complexity. Uniquely, it offers custom molding services and has worked on over 300 types of moldings. In terms of designs, its portfolio depicts a stellar range of Mediterranean, Tuscan, and modern-inspired themes.

Sixteen on Center

41 Eagleville Rd, Tiverton, RI 02878

Sixteen on Center is a small boutique firm specializing in the design-build process. This allows it to keep the entire process in-house and maintain a highly hands-on approach. It begins its process with gathering information before measuring existing conditions and procuring construction documents. It then comes up with an accurate budget and estimate of costs and assists clients with further prepping and scheduling. 

Showcased below is one of the firm’s best projects. For this historic home located on the East Side, the firm was challenged with having to work on its update. The firm’s team had to replace its formerly dark and secluded kitchen and master bathroom. Some other new additions include its cozy interiors and soffit trims and finishes.

Design Contractors

114 Taber Ave, Providence, RI, 02906

Design Contractors provides its clients with 40 years of industry experience and has secured a solid reputation as among Providence’s best and leading firms. The firm specializes in boutique restorations and renovations. Its portfolio showcases an excellent range of kitchens, bathrooms, custom cabinetry, as well as commercial spaces. Featured below is one of the firm’s best projects.

For this kitchen, the firm’s team showcased its talent for custom cabinetry. Some of its best details include its countertops that extend into a mini breakfast bar and its wood-paneled flooring.

Remodeling Right

1650 W Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Remodeling Right works throughout the Newport County area and is a family-owned practice. The firm is composed of a talented and experienced team of contractors and professionals, who maintain a highly hands-on approach throughout the entire process. It is known for its kitchens, bathrooms, and exceptional customer service. Additionally, it assists all of its clients from inception, all the way to completion via an in-depth walk through. 

Showcased below is one of our editorial team’s favorites from its portfolio. For this lively kitchen project, the firm’s team opted for wood paneled flooring matched with a color palette of blue and white. Some other great details include its twin kitchen islands and open floor plan.

Putnam Design Build

159 Pound Hill Rd, North Smithfield, RI 02896

Putnam is a leading expert in the design-build process and works on both small and large projects alike. It maintains open lines of communication throughout the entire process and is known for both its commercial and residential projects. The firm’s portfolio particularly showcases a great range of decks, restorations, and interior spaces. Featured below is one of our favorite’s from the firm’s portfolio. 

For this kitchen, the Putnam team chose to install several overhead lights coupled with custom cabinetry. Some other great details include its custom breakfast bar, kitchen island, and cool-toned color palette.


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