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One of the most commonly-renovated rooms in the home is the kitchen, and Alabama renovations are no exception. From modern gourmet kitchens to rustic kitchens in Craftsman homes (the most famous homestyle in Alabama), a remodeled kitchen can embody good Southern cooking and hospitality. Many homes in Alabama are fairly new, but renovations are becoming progressively more common, to create more updated living conditions as well as a higher home market value.
Featured here are the top 15 kitchen remodelers that can help you achieve the perfect kitchen. These firms have been evaluated on their accolades, press features, craftsmanship, customer service, and membership in industry organizations. They are all capable of skillfully renovating a kitchen, and providing you with a well-constructed and beautiful space.
If you are thinking about building a kitchen, we recommend checking each contractor’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.
15) Willow Homes
111 Broadway St. Suite #3, Homewood, AL 35209
Willow Homes is a custom home builder and residential remodeler established by Jason Hale, a third-generation builder and previous litigation attorney. Today, Hale works with seasoned construction veterans in building tailored remodels and personalized homes. The company’s projects have received acclaim through industry awards, including the Greater Birmingham Parade of Homes. It is also consistently recognized statewide by the Alabama Remodelers Excellence Awards. Aside from these, it has also been featured in StyleGuide Alabama.
The firm loves playing with light and dark elements in its materials, finishes, and palettes. This aesthetic can be seen in this award-winning home remodel. The kitchen features a dark island with matching vent hood, shiplap backsplash, and beautiful open shelving. The whole-house remodel won Best in Show and Whole House Remodel Under $250k in the 2018 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards.
14) Cantley and Company
2821 2nd Ave., South Birmingham, AL 35233
Cantley and Company is a design-build firm known for its high-quality custom cabinetry and sophisticated timeless designs, particularly its kitchens and bathrooms. The firm is headed by Certified Kitchen Designer Cindy Cantley. She has extensive experience in design, influenced by her time studying art history at the University of Nice. Cantley and her designs have been featured in Southern Living, Bon Appétit, Southern Accents, Birmingham Home and Garden.
A Cantley kitchen is practical and never goes out of style. Large islands often double up as dining tables. Organic and rustic elements are also often preferred. Examples of these elements are wrought iron pendant lighting, exposed beams, and natural marble. Lastly, cabinets are sourced locally, so everything is authentically custom-made.
13) Bunn Remodeling
1106 Mcclung Ave., Huntsville, AL 35801
Bunn Remodeling is a full-service residential remodeling company serving North Alabama. The firm specializes in whole house renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, historical restorations, and accessory dwelling units. Headed by Herbert Neal Bunn, the company’s projects are frequently showcased in the Madison County Parade of Homes and have placed in the Alabama Excellence in Remodeling Awards since 2016.
Featured here is a great example of the firm’s work on kitchen remodeling. Built in 1942, the kitchen was updated to increase functionality. The firm removed a wall to join the kitchen and dining area, and an 11-foot island provides a preparation area as well as an eating area for the family. Dark-stained wood ceiling beams and ornate pendant lights add interest to the white space. The dining room was also updated with a brick wall.
12) The Letlow Company
327 N Ross St. Suite #102, Auburn, AL 36830
The Letlow Company has provided residential construction, remodeling, and commercial building services to Lee County since 1979. The firm boasts excellence and proficiency through its experienced team of builders and contractors. This team of craftsmen and project managers has dedicated decades to perfecting the company’s craft.
Heading the team is Les Letlow, founder, and principal of the company. A graduate of Auburn University, he established the company with a focus on residential remodeling. He also has served three terms as President of the Lee County Homebuilders Association and is currently the Chairman of the Homebuilders Association of Alabama Remodelers.
Traditional kitchens abound in this firm’s portfolio; craftsman and cottage styles are often seen as well. The firm is accomplished in building outdoor kitchens, perfect for outdoor entertainment. The Letlow Company generally favors earth and copper tones.
11) Drake Homes
2700 19th Place Suite #200, Homewood, AL 35209
Award-winning general contractor Drake Homes was founded by Andrew Lange in 2011. Lange has more than 16 years of experience in the residential construction industry, building in several locations around the Birmingham metro area. The firm specializes in heavy remodeling: whole house renovations, gut-outs, and tear-downs.
What separates the firm from the others is its free pre-project feasibility study. It estimates everything from planning to construction; this is also the firm’s way of proving its investment in every project. The firm employs this in every project, whether it is a custom home or renovation.
The firm has received local and national recognition for its expert remodeling. In 2016, Remodeling Magazine named it one of its top national remodelers in its annual Remodeling 50 list. The firm has also won in the Alabama Home Remodeling Awards. The featured all-white kitchen was a runner up in the Kitchen Remodel $40k-$80k category.
10) Daystar Construction
4005 2nd Ave., South Birmingham, AL 35222
Stephen Dorsky’s construction career began in his work as a laborer on a framing crew and then as a plasterer. He subsequently pursued a business in construction degree and established Daystar Construction in 1983. The firm has since served residents of Birmingham and surrounding communities with architecturally-specified custom homes, renovations, and remodels.
The firm has completed numerous successful collaborations with architects and designers alike. The firm collaborated with Krumdieck A+I Design on the Mountain Brook renovation that won a Merit Award for Detail from the 2015 AIA Design Awards. Along with a focus on architecture, the firm also incorporates woodwork into its projects, which can be found in its dark-stained cabinets, reclaimed beams for outdoor kitchens, and wood planks in the ceiling.
9) ELM Construction
4100 Autumn Ln. Suite #104, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
ELM Construction is a Vestavia Hills-based design-build company that provides new home construction and home remodeling services throughout the Birmingham Metro Area. Its quality work and active participation in remodeling industry organizations have earned it awards from the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards since 2014.
Today, the firm is run by managing member Elliott Pike. Pike has an impressive list of achievements that make him more than qualified to drive the firm to success. He was named 2018 Remodeler of the Year by the GBAHB, January 2016’s Builder of the Month by the NAHB, and 2014 Remodeler of the Year by the HBA of Alabama. He also holds NAHB designations like Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. Pike has served as president and part of the board of directors in these industry organizations.
For its kitchen projects, the firm prefers white tones to illuminate the space as well as bring in an open, airy feel. Clean lines and traditional cabinetry bring in an understated charm to its remodels.
8) Shelton Construction
247 East Moulton St., Decatur, AL 35601
Shelton Construction is a general construction that offers a wide range of residential construction service, from new home construction and additions to renovations and specialty construction. The firm is also knowledgeable about the latest technologies and techniques that result in better, healthier, and more energy-efficient homes for its clients.
The company is known for its warm, inviting spaces, defined by rough and homespun details. Southern charm is evident in the firm’s kitchen’s custom cabinetry and wood elements. Although Shelton Construction generally works in traditional styles, it can also create exceptional modern kitchens with clean lines and luxurious finishes.
Philip Shelton began his construction career in 1993. Over the course of two decades, he has developed his leadership and expertise through new homes and renovations. In 2015, he was named Graduate Master Builder of the Year by the NAHB, Builder of the Year in 2016 by the Greater Morgan County Builders Association, and Don Nolan Builder of the Year by the HBA of Alabama.
7) Toulmin Cabinetry & Design
5227 Whigham Circle, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
For 15 years, Toulmin Cabinetry & Design has served the West Alabama area with tailor-fit cabinetry and remodels. The firm employs an in-house design-build process wherein every facet is accomplished by the firm itself. This enables the firm to provide the benefits of a seamless process, such as fast completion time and an utmost focus on polishing each project to be its best.
Toulmin is the result of Jay Young’s 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry. He is a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKD)—the only one in the West Alabama area. Young and the firm’s work have been featured in national publications like Signature Kitchens and Baths Magazine and the Alabama Homebuilders Magazine.
The firm’s kitchens exceed expectations in both design and construction. These kitchens range from rustic and country-inspired to modern and elegant oversized kitchens clad in marble. They have also won top prizes from the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards.
6) Case Design/Remodeling
4220 Cahaba Heights Ct., Suite #116 Birmingham, AL 35243
Case Design/Remodeling brings to the table 12 years of remodeling experience and award-winning excellence to the Birmingham area. It specializes in additions, kitchen remodels, bathroom renovations, and open layout conversions. The firm is headed by president Tim Coan, a Certified Graduate Remodeler and 2015 GBAHB Master Remodeler. Aside from remodeling designations, he also holds a Ph.D. in Human Communication from Ohio State University. He uses his expertise in communication and construction to provide education seminars in remodeling.
The design-remodel firm’s kitchens are a mix of warm intimate spaces and open modern layouts. Earth-toned cabinets, durable quartz and marble, and abundant use of light are often seen. The firm’s kitchen projects have won awards in design and construction form the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards in 2015 and 2016. The firm has also been featured in Remodel Birmingham, Hoover Sun, Birmingham Home & Garden, and Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling 550.
5) Lovette Construction
2030 Columbiana Road, Birmingham, AL 35216
Remodeling was originally a side project for Clint Lovette, who held a corporate business development position while remodeling three of his existing homes. After 10 years in the corporate scene, he decided to pursue his passion for remodeling, and established Lovette Construction in 2005. The design-build firm specializes in home remodeling including additions, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and whole house renovations.
Lovette’s dedication to the craft and natural leadership earned him many awards from various organizations in the industry. He was named 2015 Builder of the Year and 2016 Remodeler of the Year by the GBAHB. He also earned the title 2017 Young Professional of the Year from the NAHB and 2018 State Remodeler of the Year from the HBA of Alabama. He holds Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist designations.
With Lovette him at the helm, the firm has perfected its style of remodeling, particularly in its kitchens. One such example is the Greystone Crest kitchen remodel. This renovation took home the top prize for Kitchens over $80,000 at the 2017 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards. The firm’s signature blend of style and function can be seen through the reconfiguration of the space. The hood and stove were relocated to the middle to serve as statement pieces of the kitchen, and countertops were redone in quartzite. Special stone pieces such as a decorative marble mosaic backsplash.
4) Counter Dimensions
2726 Chandalar Place Dr., Pelham, AL 35124
With over 50 awards from kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects since 2010, Counter Dimensions, run by husband and wife team Mike & Sandra Kelley, has proven its expertise in innovative design and craftsmanship throughout the state of Alabama. Over the decades, the firm has completed more than 9,000 projects successfully, pleasing peers and clients alike. More than 70% of the firm’s projects are from repeat and referred clients.
Kitchen remodels from Counter Dimensions feature the company’s cabinet and countertop specialties. Natural wood and stone are used in various focal pieces in both traditional and modern architecture. Featured here is a split-level kitchen that exudes a farmhouse feel through its custom ornate hood and antique white cabinets. The black glazed maple island and the refurbished hardwood floors provide a nice contrast to the overall airy and fresh look.
3) RiverWorks Design Studio
298 River Road, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
RiverWorks Design Studio is owned and operated by Rusty and Lisa Alexander, who also runs a custom home building company, Alexander Custom Homes. Alexander’s design-build approach paired with his love for mid-century and modern designs has become the firm’s signature when it comes to custom homes, interior and exterior remodeling, and renovations. Alexander’s leadership has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally. He was named 2018 Builder of the Year by Shoals Home Builders Association.
Minimalist kitchens are a specialty of this design-build firm. Sleek lines in the cabinetry and countertops are paired with stainless steel hoods, faucets, and ranges. Monochromatic schemes are also balanced out by natural details like wood and marble. Home magazines such has No’Ala and Kitchen & Bath Design News have featured the firm’s unique spaces.
2) L&M Design Build Furnish
246 E Glenn Ave., Auburn, AL 36830
Crystal Lashley and Meagan Murphree started their partnership in college at Auburn University’s Interior Design program. Although they parted ways after graduating, the two reunited years later to establish L&M Design Build Furnish. While the firm originated from interior design, it has grown substantially in size and nature. Its now seven-member team is composed of interior designers and contractors alike. Both Crystal and Meagan hold general contractor licenses pushing the transition of the firm into design-build.
When it comes to kitchen remodels, the firm prefers beiges, creams, and pastels to color its spaces. To complement this, exposed wooden beams, rustic faucets, and organic backsplashes are used. The firm’s renovation projects have been featured in East Alabama Living Magazine, Society South, and Southern Home.
1) WSC Distinctive Builders
365 Winding Wood Dr., Wetumpka, AL 36093
WSC Distinctive Builders is a full-service residential company that specializes in custom fine crafted, architecturally designed homes in Central Alabama and Lake Martin. For decades, the company has proven itself adept in any custom home and renovation project, as shown through its impressive list of accolades and extensive portfolio. This multi-awarded firm has won national awards for remodeling, such as the Chrysalis National Award and the Chrysalis National Patron Award. It was also named Builder and Remodeler of the Year and was twice listed on Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s list of the Top 500 remodelers of the nation.
The firm’s founder and principal, Kevin Shubird, started his professional career early in life when he was hired as an apprentice in high school with a well-known Texas home builder in 1975. He holds designations such as Certified Graduate Builder and Certified Graduate Remodeler through the NAHB. His extensive career includes building over 240 homes, 6 commercial building, remodeling over 300 homes and completing more than 200 fire and water restoration projects.
Recently, one of WSC Distinctive Builders’ kitchen projects won Best in Show in the 2015 Alabama Remodeling Excellence Award. The oversized kitchen features double islands that also serve as dining spaces for the family. Classic chandelier-like lighting provides illumination, and large windows keep the room open and airy.
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