From hundreds of construction firms in Ohio’s capital, we have compiled a list of the top 15 kitchen remodeling contractors. On this list, you will find National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) award recipients, client referral favorites, and firms with strong reputations for restoring beloved old homes in Columbus.
Whether it’s a complete kitchen overhaul in historic German Village or an aesthetic kitchen update in affluent Upper Arlington, these contractors produce quality kitchen remodels that earn praise from clients every time.
15) Hope Restoration & General Contracting
3492 Millikin Ct., Columbus, OH 43228
Hope Restoration is a Columbus general contractor that has the ability to perform all types of residential construction. Its services encompass everything from historic restorations and remodels to additions and custom homes. Its team of highly-trained craftsmen allows the firm to perform most duties in-house, providing a smooth and efficient building process. These craftsmen have done a variety of notable projects that include some of the finest historical structures in Ohio, such as the Governor’s Mansion and the State House. The firm’s ability to handle challenging and historically-sensitive projects comes from its leader’s background. Todd Renger earned a history degree from Yale University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio State University. Pairing his academic achievements with 16 years of hands-on experience makes him a competent leader of the firm.
Kitchens from this firm are often modern translations of historic spaces. The firm has remodeled traditional Tudor, Victorian, and Cape Cod homes and given them updated kitchens that blend the old and new. This large kitchen in Old Worthington retains a rustic vibe through its stained and distressed wood. A vaulted ceiling with skylights adds a modern touch.
14) Kuhns Contracting, Inc.
7931 Amity Pike, Plain City, Ohio 43064
Tony and Jane Kuhns’ expertise in home remodeling can be traced back to their family history in the Amish and Mennonite communities. Their heritage involves four generations of expert carpentry, home remodeling, and new home construction. The couple established Kuhns Contracting in 1995. Since then, the firm has served Central Ohio as a full-service residential contracting company. In addition to its projects, the firm is admirable for its top-notch customer service. Clients rave about the firm’s meticulous attention to detail, polished work, and overall honesty and reliability. This has earned it a 2017 Achievement in Consumer Excellence (ACE) Award from NARI.
The firm can create custom kitchens according to any client’s preference. This tropical kitchen brings an ocean vibe to a Powell home. With classic elements, such as granite countertops and a farmhouse sink, the beachy look is completed with the glass tile backsplash in shades of blue and white.
13) Ketron Custom Builders
3611 Deeds Rd., Granville, OH 43023
Ketron Custom Builders is a Granville-based general contractor that focuses on creating custom homes and high-end renovations, primarily services Central Ohio. It began as a framing subcontractor under the name Ketron Construction, Inc. As the firm grew to accommodate the developing trends of the remodeling industry, so did its scope of services. Today, it does full home renovations and aesthetic remodeling of kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and basements. The firm’s founder, Travis Ketron, is a second-generation home builder who founded the firm in 1999. He paired his learning from his carpenter father and his hands-on experience as a framer with his college education in finance. The BIA of Central Ohio named him Remodeler of the Year in 2015.
The firm has renovated homes and living spaces in various styles, from Victorian attics to Cottage kitchens. For these projects, the firm won a Chrysalis Award for Historic Renovation, Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards from NARI, and a Caretaker of a Legacy Award from the German Village Society. For its superb customer service, it has won several NARI ACE Awards.
12) Kresge Contracting, Inc.
5841 Emporium Sq., Columbus, OH 43231
Kresge Contracting, Inc. is an award-winning full-service remodeling firm at the heart of Central Ohio. With specialties in additions and kitchen remodeling, the firm has earned various awards, including multiple local and regional COTY Awards from NARI. For its excellence in customer service and for upholding the highest standards in business ethics, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) awarded it a BBB Integrity Award. The firm’s founder, Mark Kresge, is a veteran in the Columbus remodeling scene. He has more than 30 years of remodeling experience, starting in 1973. Kresge is a leader in the remodeling industry, having various NARI designations, including Master Certified Remodeler, of which he is one of only three in Central Ohio.
The firm took cues from this home’s wooded surroundings and the owners’ background in the arts in remodeling this kitchen. The space is predominantly made in earth tones to give an organic feel. The unique backsplash is a piece of granite personally chosen by the homeowners. Streamlined contemporary cabinets in light maple surround the kitchen. This project earned a 2013 NARI Regional COTY Award.
11) Dave Osmond Builders
9382 Highbury Court, Powell, OH 43065
Dave Osmond Builders is a Powell-based remodeling company that specializes in luxe high-end remodels. From a lavish laundry room to a deluxe treehouse addition, it can turn the simplest rooms into unique spaces to fit every client’s needs. Its award-winning projects are seen all around Columbus, Powell, Upper Arlington, and Central Ohio. The company has earned acclaim through its various NARI COTY Awards and ACE Awards. It has also been featured in local magazines such as CityScene and Columbus Business First, where it was ranked among the Top 20 Residential Remodelers.
The firm merged three separate rooms into one single living space in this kitchen and living room remodel. A peninsula serves as a serving bar and a transition between the kitchen and living room. Matching beams and timber dowels give accent to the all-white palette. This project earned two awards: a 2017 NARI Regional COTY Award and a 2016 NARI Central Ohio COTY Award.
10) Pat Scales Remodeling
5880 Linworth Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
Pat Scales entered the remodeling industry in 2006 with his part-time handyman business, Honest and Trustworthy Handyman. As it steadily grew, he saw an opportunity to fully immerse himself in a construction career. In 2012, he renamed it Pat Scales Remodeling and began working alongside his wife, Katie. The 13-year-old firm has renovated residences and light commercial buildings throughout Columbus and neighboring areas. It specializes in additions, full kitchen remodels, and full bath remodels. For these projects, it has earned three ACE Awards from NARI and has been included in Columbus Business First’s Top Residential Remodelers since 2014.
Featured here is an all-white kitchen remodel the firm created in Bexley. The herringbone backsplash encompasses a third of the space for a unified design. The simple understated cabinetry and island give this kitchen a classic silhouette.
9) Renovations Unlimited
1933 Harrisburg Pike, Grove City, OH 43123
Renovations Unlimited is a design-build-remodel firm that offers home improvement services to Columbus and Central Ohio. The Grove-based company has been remodeling whole houses, kitchens, baths, and basements since 1993. The firm is headed by Todd Schmidt, whose wealth of remodeling experience started in 1981. He leads an experienced team of NARI-certified professionals. The company has won national and local awards for remodeling excellence. These include prestigious Chrysalis Awards, NARI COTY Awards, and awards from the BIA Showcase of Remodeled Homes. It has also earned NARI ACE Awards for maintaining ethical and professional standards and providing top-notch customer service.
The firm’s kitchen remodels vary from the traditional to the modern. Often, it mixes styles to achieve one-of-a-kind spaces for its clients. This remodeled kitchen puts an emphasis on color and texture. Prussian blue and slate gray cabinets bring a sophisticated touch to the transitional kitchen. Distressed wood planks make an interesting dining table and unique flooring. These give contrast against the sleek countertops and neatly upholstered dining chairs.
8) Griffey Remodeling
5730 Westbourne Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43213
From the oldest home in Westerville, built in 1820, to modern bungalows of the recent decade, Griffey Remodeling has been remodeling Central Ohio residences since 1991. In addition to whole house renovations, it also remodels kitchens, baths, and basements. The firm is run by husband and wife team Charlie and Vicky Griffey, who personally attend to the needs of each client. The award-winning firm has earned recognition through annual NARI COTY Awards since 2006. Its projects have also been featured in local publications such as Tri-Village Magazine, Westerville Magazine, and CityScene.
This kitchen remodel in Delaware involved doubling the size of the kitchen. It now spans a whole side of the house with large windows letting in abundant natural light. Coffered ceilings add height, further enlarging the kitchen. Marble countertops, a custom hood, and a brick-style backsplash are also interesting features.
7) Scott Hall Remodeling
1201 Dublin Rd., Suite #112, Columbus, OH 43215
Scott Hall started his award-winning design-build-remodel firm in 1999. This third-generation builder found mentors in his father and grandfather. Scott’s father was a carpenter, electrician, and engineer, while his grandfather owned and operated Dana Construction in Port Clinton. In addition to basic and innovative building techniques, Scott also learned to value client relations. The firm’s outstanding customer service has been recognized by several awards, including annual NARI ACE Awards since 2012, and a Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction.
While the firm offers multiple remodeling services, it specializes in remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Its kitchens range from expansive and bold rooms to traditional cooking spaces. This transitional kitchen in Bexley was given a bold color treatment. With an open layout that seamlessly transitions to the rest of the first floor, it is perfect for entertaining guests and family.
6) Kitchen Kraft, Inc.
871 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43206
Kitchen Kraft is known for its luxurious award-winning kitchen designs. The design-build firm has specialized in kitchen and bathroom remodeling since its establishment in 1995. Recently, it has added mudrooms, laundry rooms, and entertainment centers to its list of renovation services. The firm has ranked among Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500, as well as the Top 20 Greater Columbus Residential Remodelers, since 2003. The firm’s principal designer and co-owner, Jim Deen, is a business graduate from Ohio State University. He leads a team of five superintendents and five designers, each of whom takes on only three to four projects at a time. He is also known to only choose a handful of cabinet companies and other contractors for a more streamlined and custom experience for clients.
The firm specializes in open layouts for kitchens. It has remodeled many 80s and 90s kitchens that were often closed off. To modernize these, the company has learned innovative building methods to take down walls and create modern, open floor plans. This kitchen is a NARI Central Ohio COTY award winner. It encompasses most of the first floor and features a large island capped off with granite.
5) The Cleary Company
4766 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43220
The Cleary Company was founded in 1994 by George Cleary in a collaboration between himself and his friends. From its humble beginnings from the back of a truck, it grew to become one of Ohio’s premier remodeling companies. It boasts an expert team of NARI-certified project managers, lead carpenters, universal design professionals, and living-in-place professionals. Also included on its roster are NKBA, ASID, and IIDA (International Interior Design Association) professionals. Cleary himself has 37 years of experience in the remodeling industry. The company isn’t short of awards to back-up its excellent reputation. It has been recognized with a NARI ACE Award for 13 years in a row, as well as multiple NARI COTY awards. It has ranked on national lists such as Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 and Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500. Additionally, it has earned the GuildMaster Award for Service Excellence twice.
This two-time award-winning kitchen remodel is a fresh and bright transitional space that combines the styles of its owners. It features new quartz countertops, rustic beams in the dining area, and wide planks with antique staining for the flooring. It won a 2018 NARI Region 4 CotY Award for Residential Kitchen $60 to $100k and a 2017 NARI – Central Ohio CotY Award for Residential Kitchen $40k to $80k.
4) J.S. Brown & Co.
1522 Hess St., Columbus, Ohio 43212
Jeffrey S. Brown is a recognized leader in the home remodeling industry. He picked up construction at a young age while watching his father build the family home. For the next 40 years, he developed his skills and channeled his passion into his own firm. He has been recognized as Remodeler of the Year and as one of the top 50 remodelers in the nation by Remodeling Magazine. Established in 1978, J.S. Brown & Co. is as accomplished as its namesake. The firm has won multiple local, regional, and national NARI COTY Awards for kitchen and bathroom remodeling and full home renovations. It has also earned a BBB Integrity Award for Excellence in Business Ethics. It is headed today by president Bryce Jacob, who also hosts a podcast entitled “Above Grade.”
The firm successfully updated this kitchen in an 1870 home in the historical German Village area. It expertly performed mechanical and structural improvements to bring out a bright and open kitchen. Some of the special features of the space include the contrasting stain finish around the island, a closet converted to a small bar area, and the gorgeous red Viking range.
3) Collamore Built
2015 W. Fifth Ave., Suite 210, Columbus, OH 43212
Family-owned and -operated Collamore Built is a design-build remodeling company established in 2002. The firm specializes in historic and mid-century homes in the Arlington, Dublin, and Clintonville areas. The firm works on a limited number of projects at a time so that its team can focus on each project’s details and each client’s needs and expectations. As the firm’s principal, Justin Collamore takes personal charge of every project, helping clients understand the process, overseeing site activities, and maintaining communication among the involved parties. Under his guidance, the firm won Best in Show in the 2016 NARI Home Tour and earned a 2019 NARI National COTY Award for Whole Home Renovation.
This award-winning kitchen is part of a whole home renovation of a historic 1895 brick cottage. Part of an original brick wall was salvaged to anchor the dining space. For the focal point of the kitchen, a large double-thick granite waterfall island was personally chosen by the client. The special mix of the old and the new in this project was recognized by NARI Central Ohio with a 2016 NARI COTY Award for Residential Kitchen $80k-$120k.
2) Nicholson Builders
6525 Busch Blvd., Kingsmill Ct., Columbus, OH 43229
Nicholson Builders is a full-service remodeling and design-build firm with an eye for precision and carefully planned projects in Central Ohio. It was founded in 2003 by Bill Nicholson. Nicholson discovered his passion for renovation in the early ’90s when he worked for his brother John at his company Nicholson/Evans Construction. Bill went on to work for a master finishing carpenter before working with Dave Fox Remodeling, and finally J.S. Brown & Company, prior to starting Nicholson. The firm has earned multiple building awards, from historical renovations to kitchen remodeling. These include several local and regional NARI Contractor of the Year Awards, NARI ACE Awards, and awards from the BIA Showcase of Remodeled Homes. In 2014, the firm was named the Number One Residential Remodeler by Columbus Business First.
This earthy and organic kitchen won a Contractor of the Year Award from NARI Central Ohio in 2017. The use of walnut wood is prevalent in the space, as seen in the floor-to-ceiling cabinets and kitchen island. Elegant marble countertops complement the dark wood while a faux recessed ceiling was made through the creative use of wood beams.
1) Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers
3505 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43235
Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers is a leading residential remodeling company in Columbus and Central Ohio. Established as a custom home builder in 1968, it steadily transitioned towards offering residential remodeling services. Its award-winning projects span kitchen and bathroom remodels, full home renovations, additions, and specialty rooms. The firm has an impressive list of accolades that grows every year. It has won a NARI Contractor of the Year Award annually since 1986. Its design studio and showroom were recognized with national awards for design in 2015. The firm also ranked among the nation’s leading remodelers in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500. Led by its president Gary Demos, it attributes much of its success to being 100% employee-owned.
This expanded kitchen is a dream space for entertaining. The cooler-toned palette is mixed with a variety of materials for a well-balanced design. It features two islands, a double-tiered marble countertop, a wood countertop, and smart storage surrounding the space. The kitchen also features multiple zones for cooks as well as entertaining spaces for guests. This project earned a 2016 NARI Central Ohio COTY Award for Residential Kitchen over $120k.