Albuquerque kitchens often reflect the Spanish and Mexican influences found in the city’s history and tradition. We have rounded up the top 15 kitchen remodeling contractors in Albuquerque; contractors who can make that signature Southwestern look and bring in modern and innovative touches for a highly-functional cooking space.
These firms were ranked based on their skills, backgrounds, experiences, and portfolios. Here, you will find award-winning contractors, press favorites, and firms specializing in green remodels and aging-in-place updates.
15) Carlisle Builders
3600 Osuna Rd. Suite #313, Albuquerque, NM 87109
For a fairly young company, Carlisle Builders has achieved great success in the remodeling industry. Headed by owner Michael Carlisle, the firm has been serving Albuquerque and the rest of northern New Mexico for nearly a decade. It can handle all facets of remodeling, from kitchen and bathroom remodels to additions and window installation. It also has added specialties in aging-in-place and energy efficiency upgrades.
Carlisle Builders favors warm inviting kitchens inspired by the high desert. It offers a wide variety of wood choices for cabinets including hickory, oak, and cherry. The kitchen featured here shows the use of color to define a space. The coppery tone of the whole kitchen sets it apart from the dining area without compromising the transition of the open layout.
14) Crescent Custom Homes
608 Rio Vista Drive., Rio Rancho, NM 87144
General contractor and custom home builder Crescent Custom Homes effectively combines distinctive architecture and quality construction to residents in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Torres, and Rio Rancho. The firm pays homage to New Mexico’s landscape and natural beauty through eco-conscious home designs. It is also known for its pueblo rehabilitation efforts. It has completed projects throughout several New Mexico pueblos, keeping the region’s native traditions renewed and up to code.
Like many of its homes, the firm’s kitchen remodels are geared towards the Southwestern style. Earth tones, warm wood, and natural materials take center stage in its kitchens. This wide kitchen displays walls of cabinets for maximum storage, granite countertops, and quirky design elements.
13) Kitchen Studio Albuquerque
5200 Eubank Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87111
Kitchen Studio Albuquerque is the product of the combined expertise of husband and wife team Diane Wandmaker and Joe McDermott. Diane is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer while Joe is a general contractor. Together, they have transformed numerous kitchens, bathrooms, and homes in Albuquerque for over 23 years.
A member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the firm offers a complete design and build program for residential spaces. Whether it’s a space-savvy kitchen in a loft or a chef’s kitchen that transitions seamlessly into an open space, the firm is adept at creating every client’s dream space. It also does other specialty rooms such as home theaters, libraries, closets, and home offices.
An example of the firm’s custom kitchen remodels is this white kitchen. The geometry of the intricate tiles in the backsplash paired with the elegant curlicues of the chairs is a welcome contrast against the white shaker cabinets.
12) Davis Kitchens
2200 Eubank Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87112
From modern to traditional, Davis Kitchens has designed and created kitchens of every shape and size for Albuquerque residents. It makes every small detail contribute greatly to the overall appeal of a kitchen. Started by Steve King in 1994, it has collaborated with other firms to create award-winning kitchens. These kitchens have been featured in the Parade of Homes of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico (HBACNM), and Haciendas, a Parade of Homes, presented by the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association (SFAHBA).
Steve King started his cabinetry career in Phoenix in the mid-1970s. He progressed to general contracting and now holds licenses in both in the state of New Mexico. He is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and Certified Green Professional. He is also a Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Along with construction expertise, he is an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and a mediator for Construction Dispute Resolution Services.
This black and white kitchen exhibits the firm’s capability of mixing the old with the new. Mahogany chairs set against a backdrop of white cupboards makes for a clean well-organized space.
11) Triumph Remodel
9126 Night Sky Ln. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122
Albuquerque-based Triumph Remodel was established in 1989 by Keith and Janet Brooks. Keith has been practicing as a general contractor since 1978, while Janet has worked in real estate development and business management since 1976. The husband-and-wife team’s dedication is continued by their son, Isaac, and son-in-law AJ McColloch. Isaac serves as COO and is in charge of business and team management while AJ was named CEO and is skilled at technical, design, and construction management.
With its leaders being a tight-knit family, the firm also exhibits a family-centric approach in the construction process. Clients benefit from being treated as family members who receive quality craftsmanship with integrity and honesty.
The firm’s kitchens often have traditional silhouettes. Classic wood cabinets, inset lighting, and kitchen islands are often seen. This kitchen exhibits form and functionality in its endless storage options and open layout.
10) Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork
3600 Osuna Rd. Suite #409, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Marc Sowers Bespoke Woodwork is known throughout Santa Fe and Albuquerque for its luxe custom cabinetry and high-end tailored kitchens and bathrooms. Owner and founder Marc Sowers has more than 20 years of experience in woodwork, remodels, and renovations. He learned how to create impeccable kitchens from his father, Craig, who was a master craftsman in his time.
The firm’s kitchen portfolio is wide-ranging and encompasses traditional and modern styles. Farmhouse and Southwestern kitchens are popular, as are mid-century modern spaces. These kitchens have been featured by local industry magazine Su Casa. The firm has also collaborated with other general contractors on this list.
This ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Best Kitchen’ Parade of Homes winner boasts sleek contemporary lines in a warm aesthetic. The focal point is the cantilevered floating island that serves as the main workhorse of the space. It is fitted with custom cabinets, trough sink, and range.
9) Annex General Contracting
6000 Cortaderia St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Annex General Contracting started in the construction industry in 1992, as a subcontractor in the metal stud framing, drywall, finish carpentry, and tile trades. As it flourished in commercial projects during its first six years, it eventually found a niche in the residential market. Owner and founder Kevin Evans decided to switch gears to design-build in 1998. Since then, the firm has succeeded in remodeling, renovations, and new builds.
Evans studied architectural drafting and design at the Phoenix Institute of Technology before earning an architecture degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Green Builder. His firm’s ability to maximize spaces and effectively address client needs led it to be featured in “Renovation Nation” on the Planet Green Channel.
The firm is not afraid to play with color, texture, and materials. From bright orange walls to retro tile backsplashes, its kitchens are fun yet functional. The eye-catching ribbed wooden ceiling of this signature 1960 La Luz home designed by famed architect Antoine Predock has been updated with a skylight. A colorful backsplash and sleek cabinets complete the kitchen’s look.
8) Arch Design and Remodeling
542 Vineyard Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Established in 2010, Arch Design and Remodeling specializes in all aspects of residential remodeling, from aesthetic remodels of individual rooms to whole house renovations and structural upgrades. Its team has a Certified Green Professional and a NAHB Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist to address additional specifications for green remodeling and senior living.
Lora Vassar heads this award-winning firm, and holds an architecture degree and more than 30 years of experience. Since 1993, she has been designing exclusively for renovation and remodeling projects. Lora has also served as Treasurer and Associate Vice President of the Home Builders Association of New Mexico.
Southwest and Santa Fe styles are prominent in the firm’s kitchen projects. This featured kitchen has a colorful backsplash made from recycled green content while natural finished cherry cabinets surround the space. The bright blue wrap-around upper shelf gives a pop of color that breaks the monotony of the beige and browns. This kitchen won a Green Built Award from the Home Builders Association of New Mexico.
7) K.M. Skelly, Inc.
10 Calle Cantando, Santa Fe, NM 87508
With over 35 years of experience and several remodeling designations, Kevin Skelly is already a remodeling industry veteran of New Mexico. He is a Certified Green Professional and a Graduate Master Builder who has perfected a strategy of prioritizing customer service and quality construction. Having lived in Santa Fe for 19 years, he has mastered the area’s distinct style that mirrors the landscape and its heritage.
Kevin established K.M. Skelly, Inc. eighteen years ago, with the motto “Old World homes renovated with New World amenities”. The firm has made a solid reputation in successfully merging traditional Sante Fe architecture with modern upgrades to fit the fluid lifestyles of Sante Fe and Albuquerque residents. Its specialties in kitchen, bathrooms, and historic renovations have won Excellence Awards from the Home Builders Association of Santa Fe.
The firm favors Spanish, Victorian, and Mediterranean elements paired with modern accents. This Mediterranean kitchen features the traditional vigas in the ceiling and kiva-style hood, while white shaker-style cabinets and sleek countertops add a contemporary touch.
6) More Brothers Construction
| 1000 Diamond Back Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
More Brother Construction is a general contractor known for its classic redesigns of kitchens and bathrooms all over Albuquerque and Santa Fe. At the helm of the firm is Kyle Tidmore. He has served Albuquerque residents since 1977 with custom homes and renovations. He has also led the firm to become an award-winning remodeler. The firm’s kitchens have won Best Remodel from the Home Builders Association of New Mexico for three years in a row, since 2016. Su Casa has also featured the firm in its issues.
The firm renovated this 1970 original home in Albuquerque that had an outdated retro vibe. The contemporary upgrade involved enlarging the kitchen. The all-white palette was trimmed with dark wood cabinets and taupe backsplash. The large kitchen island also serves as a dining area. The project won Best Remodel from the Home Builders Association of New Mexico Parade of Homes.
5) Rutherford Design & Construction
PO Box 10051, Albuquerque, NM 87184
Rutherford Design & Construction is a full-service design-build general contractor and luxury home builder serving Albuquerque, New Mexico and Scottsdale, Arizona. The award-winning firm specializes in custom homes, remodeling, additions, and commercial projects. In 2018, it won seven category awards from the Homes of Enchantment Parade, as well as the Buyers’ Choice Award.
The company’s owner and founder, Ric Rutherford, spent most of his formative years abroad and incorporated them into his remodels and custom home designs, which he has been doing since 1993. Ric is also a designated Certified Green Professional.
The company’s kitchen portfolio is filled with French Country, Tuscan, Adobe, and Contemporary spaces. This modern kitchen update was drawn around the concept of light. The light neutral tones highlighted by a skylight opens up the space, and the butcher block island and cream-speckled granite add contrast to the simple white cabinets. The project has been featured in the Albuquerque Journal Home Edition and Su Casa.
4) PWKI Design-Build
7 Bosque Rd., Algodones, NM 87001
PWKI Design Build boasts a portfolio of award-winning ultra modern and contemporary homes throughout New Mexico. Clients get the benefit of partnerships with nationally-recognized architects and 30 years of experience in custom building, design, and renovation work. The firm’s progressive projects have earned awards from the Homes of Enchantment Parade, the Spring Homes of Enchantment Parade, and the American Institute of Architects.
PWKI and its team of highly experienced architects and builders are led by founder Paul W. Kenderdine. He trained under famed architect George Pearl, who instilled in him a sense of purpose that should be present in every detail and aspect of building a home. This is evident in Kenderdine’s whole home renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodels, and custom homes. These luxe projects have graced the pages of SuCasa, High Desert Magazine, American Builders Quarterly, and Residential Design.
This elegant modern kitchen is part of a whole house remodel of an adobe home. The white granite countertop creates movement and drama against the crisp white kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light for an airy feel. This home has been featured in the Homes of Enchantment Parade and in Su Casa.
3) Altair Homes
13505 Quaking Aspen Pl. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
With over 40 years of design and construction expertise, Altair Homes has served Albuquerque with excellent custom homes and renovations. The multi-awarded firm prioritizes building environmentally-friendly homes through sustainable building techniques and cost-effective materials. Its team includes LEED Green Builders certified by the United States Green Building Council. The firm is credited as the builder of the first LEED-certified home in New Mexico.
The firm’s custom homes and renovations have been awarded many times. These awards include Best Kitchen, Best Master Bath, and Best Green Builder, and Silver awards from the Homes of Enchantment Parade. It has also been featured in local publications like New Mexico Business Weekly, Albuquerque Journal, and Su Casa.
For kitchens, the firm’s specialties are Southwestern styles. Santa Fe, Mission, and Spanish Revival styles are prominent in its portfolio. These and its homes are often built to blend in with the area’s topography. This classic kitchen opens up to sprawling views of the desert. The granite countertops and tile backsplash mimic the stone and sand of the locale. Recessed ceilings and the uniquely-shaped island add interest.
2) Euro Fe Remodeling
7601 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Derived from its founder’s unique style of high-end European details mixed with Santa Fe aesthetics, Euro Fe Remodeling has captured clients throughout Albuquerque and Phoenix with its distinct residential remodels. Euro Fe has a wide range of remodeling expertise in bathrooms, great rooms, designing and building casitas and entire homes. The firm has earned awards for its unique style, including dozens of Excellence in Remodeling Awards from the New Mexico Home Builders Association. Its kitchens have won in HGTV’s Design Challenge, as well as have earned Editor’s Choice in HGTV’s Top20. Additionally, magazines like Better Homes & Gardens, New Mexico’s House and Home, and the New York Times have featured the firm.
The firm’s founder is Steve Appolloni, a Wisconsin-native and former musician. He got his start in the construction industry through his friend Jack McAdams, Jr. and his father. He moved to Albuquerque in 1986 and worked for a local remodeling company. With his experience there and continued mentoring from McAdams, Sr., he decided to start his own company focused on design-remodel.
The firm has remodeled numerous kitchens in various styles encompassing Asian, Art Deco, Farmhouse, Ranch, and Mid Century Modern. Its exceptional use of woodwork and natural stone is a signature that can be found in its spaces. This Old World-inspired kitchen plays with various textures as seen in the intricate stone hood and dark cabinets.
1) Dreamstyle Remodeling
1460 Renaissance Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Dreamstyle Remodeling is a nationally-recognized and awarded home remodeling company based in Albuquerque. From a humble franchisee, it developed its own identity as a top remodeler in the Western United States. With over 600 employees and more than 67,000 customers in six states, it was named the number one full-service remodeling company in the country by Remodeling Magazine in 2018. The firm has also ranked among Remodeling Magazine’s 550, Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500, and Albuquerque Business First’s General Contractors List. Dreamstyle Remodeling has also earned numerous Design Awards from Professional Remodeler.
The homegrown company was founded in 1989 by Larry Chavez. Along with making Dreamstyle one of the largest remodeling companies in the country, Chavez has earned a seat among distinguished peers in Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Remodeling Futures Program Steering Committee. He is also a 2017 Spirit of New Mexico Awardee.
A Dreamstyle kitchen can range from a rustic Southwestern kitchen to a colorful Mediterranean kitchen. The firm favors symmetry of lines, colorful tile selection, and luxurious finishes. This Glenwood Hills kitchen remodel is a perfect mix of old and new. The waterfall marble island and white tile backsplash serve as a backdrop for eclectic chairs and lighting.
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