This article highlights the best 15 kitchen remodelers in Maryland. They were chosen based on the number of awards they have received, media features, history, and portfolio. A common trend between the firms is the popularity of contemporary, transitional, and traditional styles among the firm’s designs; there is a high demand for these styles across the state.
Many of these firms also offer in-house design services along with custom cabinetry and millwork. The firms also assist clients in selecting materials that will go into their new kitchens.
Website | 410-581-9822 | 110 Painters Mill Rd. Suite #205, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Raphael Homes was founded in 1994 by Rick Raphael, a second-generation builder with a background in engineering, architecture, and construction management. He learned the trade of the craft from his father, with whom he apprenticed during his younger years, and pursued higher education in line with the craft, and eventually pursuing a career in the industry. He began constructing luxury homes in Florida before returning to Maryland to establish his firm. Raphael Homes is known for its custom home building, home additions, and entire home renovations. It extends these services throughout Maryland and specializes in a vast array of designs, including contemporary, farmhouse, country, traditional, and French styles.
The firm’s projects typically cost around $400k but can increase into the millions. The depicted project showcases one of the firm’s more subtle and traditional works. Here, the Raphael Homes team opted for classic granite countertops, paired with simple birch cabinetry.
Website | 410-280-0303 | 1912 A Lincoln Dr., Annapolis, MD 21401
Bayview Builders is a premier custom home building firm, best known for its new home construction and remodeling and renovations. As a Certified Green Professional, the firm offers its clients green building services and adheres to sustainable practices with each of its projects. Bayview Builders began as a carpentry service firm with a specialization for high-end projects. Its services primarily focused on framing, exterior siding, millwork, and interior trimming, which paved the way for its path in general contracting. Headquartered in Annapolis, the firm has been featured in Home & Design, Chesapeake Views Magazine, and the prestigious Professional Builder magazine, which even named Bayview’s principal as a part of its annual “40 Under 40” list.
Bayview’s designs are often distinguished by its rustic touches, as seen in the chosen project. In this kitchen, there was a generous use of wood paneling in both the walls and flooring. The kitchen island was also transformed and made multi-functional through the addition of several storage spaces.
Website | 410-828-9560 | 1500 Riderwood Dr., Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Established in 1974, Kenwood Kitchens is a premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling firm with showrooms located throughout Columbia, Lutherville, Annapolis, and Bel Air. It prides itself on these showrooms and design studios, which are trusted by many area contractors. Kenwood was founded and is currently led by the Waldhauser family. Together with their team of experienced architects, contractors, and interior designers, the Waldhausers have worked on numerous contemporary, colonial, French, and Mediterranean spaces. As showcased in its portfolio, the team is particularly skilled with fine custom cabinetry, elegant woodwork, and exposed beams.
The chosen photo is an example of the team’s excellent work on a full-scale colonial kitchen remodel. The firm added a more modern touch to this classic design through metal accents, contemporary lighting, and small stucco touches.
Kitchens by Request
Website | 410-557-6957 | 1115 Baldwin Mill Rd., Jarrettsville, MD 21084
As its name implies, this firm specializes in kitchen remodeling and has made a name for itself through its sleek contemporary designs. Its work is often characterized by its infusion of traditional and colonial designs with modern elements, creating transitional kitchens fit for a client looking for a chic yet classic space. The firm is led by Blue Arnold, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer with over 25 years of creative experience. His background includes digital kitchen design, and he has had the privilege of being published in numerous publications on both a national and international scale. Under his leadership, the firm was given the task of creating Whirlpool’s digital kitchen design, which was covered on CNN. Kitchens by Request has also been the proud recipient of the Cambria Lifestyle Award, in addition to several other noteworthy accolades from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
The chosen photo is an excellent example of the firm’s aforementioned style. With this kitchen, there was a generous use of both ambient and artificial light to keep the space open. There is also a rich use of straight lines and a rich combination of earth tones and metallic hues.
Website | 410-561-0221 | 1850 York Rd. Suite H Rear, Timonium, MD 21093
With over four decades of experience, ADR Builders utilizes a design-build approach and offers its clients entire home renovation and home addition services. The firm exhibits particular skill towards kitchens and historical renovations. The firm has had its work featured in notable publications, such as Qualified Remodelers and Baltimore Architects. ADR takes pride in having updated numerous kitchens, having merged state-of-the-art appliances and designs with classic designs. The firm’s portfolio also provides insight into how it has worked to revamp entire floorplans to better accommodate a client’s desires.
ADR’s work often features elegant cabinetry and sophisticated marble countertops. In the featured project, the firm’s custom woodwork is proudly showcased through the paneled flooring, along with the exquisite chambered ceiling. The firm’s skill in incorporating modernity with classic architecture can also be seen in this project.
Website | 410-449-7816 | 2243 Rock Spring Rd., Forest Hill, MD 21050
T.W. Ellis is best known for its award-winning home additions, decks, and kitchen remodeling. It offers creative solutions, distinctive designs, and a comprehensive green building process that adheres to the National Green Building standards. Through this process, the firm ensures that each kitchen it remodels and renovates is complete with renewable and energy-efficient elements. Given its accomplishments, it comes as no surprise that the firm has had its work featured in Mid Atlantic Magazine and Homes Magazine, and has won numerous local awards.
The firm’s designs often emphasize simplicity and space, as exhibited by the chosen photo. For this kitchen, the firm was tasked with remodeling a space fit for both cooking and entertaining for a client who often has guests. T.W. Ellis’s team removed two walls to increase the size of the area and constructed two kitchen islands—one for food preparation, another for seating and socializing. Duality is a recurring theme in this kitchen, which is designed to allow two cooks to work together at the same time.
Website | 410-694-7481 | 111 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, MD 21074
Brothers Services Company, in operation for over three decades, is one of Maryland’s premier home contractors. Founded by a group of friends who saw one another as brothers, the firm is manned by a team of expert craftsmen who specialize in all aspects of home remodeling. Brothers Services Company can complete a diverse set of projects, from large full-scale home renovations down to small repairs and light fixture installations. The firm was hailed in 2017 as Baltimore’s Most Recommended Remodeling Company by WBAL’s independent market research firm. It has also been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s 2017 Torch Award for Business Ethics for its excellent services, and was listed on Remodeling Magazine’s prestigious annual Top 550 list.
From master plumbers and roofing experts to an in-house design team, clients need not worry about seeking any extra or outside help. The firm’s designs often feature a rich use of natural light and a nod to classic French themes through color palette choices, art details, furnishing, and intricate custom finishes. In the featured work, the firm utilized a neutral palette to emphasize the chic and contemporary French styles.
Website | 301-320-0125 | 7520 Hampden Ln., Bethesda, MD 20814
Cafritz Builders offers its clients over 27 years in kitchen work. Its portfolio showcases a vast range of both contemporary themes and elegant European designs and distinguishes itself through its signature mirroring kitchen islands. The firm is led by its namesake Laurence Cafritz, a Certified Remodeler who also serves as president of the Custom Builders Council and a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA). Under his leadership, the firm has received numerous accolades and has been featured in publications such as Washington Life Magazine.
The featured project shows the firm’s mirroring kitchen islands. Here, the firm used a neutral color palette and showcased its cabinetry skills. In addition, its team also made sure to add a bit of a modern touch through the lighting choices and the seamless blending of the appliances against the woodwork.
Website | 410-549-4444 | 7520 Main St., Sykesville, MD 21784
Mueller Homes, established in 1992, is a family business with over four decades of experience. The firm is a luxury custom home builder that has been recognized with several awards from the MBIA. It is led by Paul Mueller, Sr., who pursued a career as a carpenter and project superintendent before becoming a VP for Construction for a regional production builder. Under his watchful eye, the firm has been recognized with several awards and has had the honor of being a part of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) prestigious Builder 20 Club, a program composed of 20 firms throughout the country dedicated to the improvement of the industry.
The firm usually employs ranch and colonial styles in its kitchen designs. In the featured project, the firm showcased its elegant cabinetry skills. In addition, the rustic feel of the room was brought out through the hardwood floors and matching kitchen island complete with a marble finish.
Bel Air Construction
Website | 888-557-1222 | 1655 Robin Circle, Forest Hill, MD 21050
Bel Air specializes in home remodeling and major home renovations and is best known for its timeless and chic kitchen designs. It offers its clients over three decades of experience and superior craftsmanship, and has been featured in Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeler. The firm has also received numerous accolades from the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association.
Bel Air Construction’s designs often draw inspiration from both traditional and contemporary designs, with its work usually distinguished by the team’s rich cabinetry choices, which range from cherry to maple. Bel Air offers its clients highly personalized kitchens and has worked on spaces with double ovens, extra dishwashers, and special built-in racks and shelves. With the depicted project, the firm emphasized the openness of the room by utilizing the entire space. Varnished wooden cabinetry was custom made to match both the dining area and the large kitchen island, which also holds several compartments.
Glickman Design Build
Website | 301-444-4663 | 15757 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville, MD
Established in 1975, Glickman Design Build is a premier custom home building and remodeling firm that specializes in kitchen and bathroom designs and accessibility solutions. Clients may also rest easier knowing that each project the firm takes on receives the benefit of the experience of the firm’s principal, Russ Glickman, a master builder. Together with his team, Glickman has led the firm to reach great heights. From receiving numerous NARI and NAHB awards to several features on prestigious publications such as Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeler, the firm takes pride in its award-winning services and boasts features in over 80 magazines and papers both local and nationwide.
The firm transforms homes to fulfill the unique needs of every family, whether they want to undertake a standard interior or exterior remodel project, or to address highly specific needs such as multi-generational spaces, aging-in-place features, and other mobility challenges.
Owings Brothers Contracting
Website | 410-781-7022 | 1912 Liberty Rd., Eldersburg, MD 21784
With over 35 years of industry experience, Owings Brothers Contracting offers both whole house remodeling and custom home building services in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Carroll County. The firm prides itself on having an in-house design studio and specializes in kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, outdoor living spaces, and home additions. The company is run by a group of brothers, each with an extensive background in the building industry. Under their watchful eye and leadership, the firm has won numerous awards—most recently, the firm was given Awards of Excellence from the MBIA for its outdoor living, custom home building, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and specialty work.
The firm’s portfolio is a diverse gallery of designs, encompassing styles from modern and contemporary to art deco, Mediterranean, and Tuscan. In the featured photo, the firm made use of cool colors and infused more modern elements such as the choice of lights with the more traditional aspects of the room such as the traditional cabinetry.
FineCraft Contractors, Inc.
Website | 301-330-9191 | 104 Summit Hall Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Since its establishment in 1985, Finecraft Contractors has provided some of its service area’s best kitchen and bathroom improvement work. It offers remodeling services and is proud to have been decorated with several Contractor of the Year (CoTY) and MBIA awards throughout its years in service. Its work has graced the pages of the Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, and Qualified Remodeler, which named the firm as one of the leading remodelers in the nation. Finecraft Contractors is led by founder George Papaheraklis, a builder with decades worth of experience, who leads his team with a guiding philosophy: “ART” or “Aesthetically Reimaging Together.” This philosophy embodies Papaheraklis and his team’s close collaboration with each client to ensure that their new space will meet their needs.
The firm has worked on several eclectic, contemporary, and farmhouse-inspired spaces and provides each client with a portfolio consisting of a variety of designs. The chosen photo gives insight into some of the firm’s eclectic work. Here, Finecraft utilized neutral tones with hints of gold and blue to give the space a unique touch. The kitchen’s marble countertops mirror one another to make the room look larger than it is.
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Website | 301-657-2500 | 6935 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath has provided award-winning services throughout Maryland since its establishment in 1997. It is led by its founder and namesake Jennifer Gilmer, a Certified Kitchen Designer who has worked on thousands of kitchens throughout her three-decade career. She is the proud author of “The Kitchen Bible,” a manual complete with photographs for homeowners seeking to renovate their kitchens. Under her leadership, the firm has won numerous awards for its excellent work. Jennifer herself has been honored with several prestigious accolades, such as NKBA’s top Pinnacle of Design Award, and is often quoted in print and online.
The firm’s portfolio is a diverse showcase of unique and exquisite designs. From contemporary art deco spaces to inviting transitional kitchens and beach-inspired designs, Gilmer and her team take pride in being able to handle any specific requests a client may have.
Website | 301-907-0100 | 7913 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, MD 20818
Anthony Wilder is an award-winning design-build firm with over two decades of experience. It offers full-service architecture, construction, and interior design services, and specializes in a wide range of residential architectural themes. The firm’s work is often distinguished its maximization of space, use of natural light, and utilization of sustainable materials. The firm is comprised of a team of over 40 Architects, Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Designers, Interior Designers and Craftsman, all of whom are ready to assist each of the firm’s clients throughout the entire remodeling process from material selection to construction. The firm has had the honor of receiving numerous accolades, including multiple regional and national CotY awards, Chrysalis Awards, and several features from Home & Design, The Wallstreet Journal, and Qualified Remodeler. Anthony Wilder was also featured on an episode of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal.”
Kitchen by Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Photograph by Stacy Zarin Golberg
The firm’s extensive portfolio provides an in-depth look into a gallery of modern and traditional kitchens, often noted for its sleek finishes. Its portfolio also brandishes several transitional and contemporary spaces, often accentuated with hardwood floors and exquisite cabinets and counters.