This list highlights the top 15 kitchen remodelers in Milwaukee. This time our team considered general contractors and kitchen remodeling specialists that do exceptional work in the $40k–150k budget range. That range still covers a wide variety of builders, from those that use more economic materials to those that offer custom millwork and cabinetry to firms that install high-end kitchen appliances.
Each of the listed contractors was ranked after considering their experience, press attention, awards, and demonstrated versatility in kitchen design. Whether you need a simple cabinet update or a complete kitchen overhaul, there’s a contractor on this list for you.
15) RJ Builders
4316 N Oakland Ave., Shorewood, WI 53211
In 1995, RJ Builders opened its doors as a full-service remodeling company serving Shorewood and Milwaukee. As a home improvement specialist, the firm offers renovations from whole homes to smaller rooms like kitchens and baths. These remodels are made possible by a design/build team adept in providing creative solutions to common residential problems.
The homeowners of the kitchen below decided on custom details like seating for four on their island and an open-concept space that leads to their great room. RJ Builders used beveled subway tiles to add an interesting touch to the backsplash. These kinds of projects have earned the firm several awards, including the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Wisconsin Remodelers Awards for Residential Kitchens and the Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Regional Chrysalis Awards.
3636 S 108th St., Greenfield, WI 53228
AB&K’s seasoned professionals offer traditional kitchen, bath, and basement services from structural updates, like plumbing, to exterior finishes. When looking to remodel a kitchen or update its amenities, AB&K’s design staff provide clients an array of choices from granite countertops to stained cabinets. These creative concepts in construction helped the firm earn the 2018 Remodeler of the Year Award from Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine and recognition from the Wisconsin Remodelers Awards.
Contemporary is the perfect way to describe this kitchen remodel in Milwaukee. The expansive space and wide, multifunctional island provide the homeowners ample room to cook and gather. Sleek suspended lights accent the island keep the room bright and welcoming.
13) JM Remodeling & Construction
7701 N Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209
JM Remodeling & Construction is a design/build firm that has been providing Southeastern Wisconsin custom home renovation services since 1990. The firm offers clients a range of services, including custom carpentry, kitchen and bath remodeling, room additions, and commercial restoration. Thanks to the team’s excellent and reliable services, it has gained recognition from prominent trade organizations such as NARI and the National Roofing Contractors Association.
The firm’s portfolio highlights its excellence in design and construction. In 2016, JM Remodeling & Construction won the NARI Wisconsin Remodeler Award for a Residential Kitchen. From a traditional U-shaped kitchen with limited space, the firm modified the room into something more bright and spacious. The firm removed an interior wall to maximize the length of the room and put up wall cabinets. JM Remodeling & Construction also added large bay windows to bring more natural light into the room. Lastly, the whole kitchen was upgraded with a beautiful wooden countertop and Sub-Zero Wolf appliances.
12) Pekel Construction & Remodeling
2132 N 70th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Pekel Construction & Remodeling is an award-winning builder that has been serving Wauwatosa and Milwaukee with stunning home improvements since 1994. The firm has been in the industry for four generations, which honed its skill when it comes to delivering clients the home of their dreams. Behind the firm’s success is Mona Pekel. Her extensive experience in the industry enabled her to gather a team of creative design staff and certified Lead and Field carpenters.
Pekel Construction & Remodeling’s excellence in construction has helped the firm garner awards from NARI, including the National Regional Contractor of the Year Award, the Wisconsin Remodeler Award, and the National Peter H. Johnson Image Award for the enhancement of the Professional Remodeling Industry. This excellence is exemplified in the remodeling of this farmhouse-style kitchen. Pekel transformed the once cramped and messy space into an inviting, cozy area with the upgrades performed by Pekel Construction & Remodeling.
11) Story Hill Renovations
12040 W Feerick St., Unit F, Wauwatosa, WI 53222
Story Hill Renovations’ founder Jack Golatke has always admired the charm of historic homes. He continuously challenges himself to elevate the function of these areas while maintaining their original period style. Story Hill Renovations aims to make the inevitably tedious transitions of remodeling seamless.
Take a look at this beautifully transformed Tudor-style kitchen. Story Hill carefully removed a hall closet to make room for an island. The firm also incorporated modern amenities, including an eat-in area with bench seating, which provides a good contrast to the original Tudor leaded glass casement windows.
10) Cream City Construction
3112 W Highland Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53208
Cream City Construction’s approach to home remodeling is based on the understanding that homes reflect their owners. This emphasis on the personal allows the firm to work with homeowners to customize home updates to their preferences. The firm’s owners, Todd Badovski and Jim Grote, employ a standard of quality that has earned Cream City Construction the “Cream of the Cream City Awards” by the Historic Milwaukee Inc.
Cream City Construction received the 2016 NARI Wisconsin Remodeler Silver Award for this historic kitchen renovation of a Colonial Revival residence. Its kitchen received the most transformation. Formerly a bland, cramped kitchen, Cream City Construction upgraded the cabinetry and added crystal chandeliers that reflected light from the new windows.
635 S 70th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214
Don Sazama has built a reputation for rebuilding homes with impeccable artistry. Sazama has completed over 700 homes since it was established in 1987. Employing a close-knitted team allows the firm to work on each home remodel with a detail-oriented attitude. Although based in Milwaukee, Sazama extends its service to neighboring cities, including Brookfield, Wauwatosa, Mequon, El Grove, Lake Country, and Shorewood.
Sazama expertly freshened up a kitchen in Wisconsin by eliminating parts of the kitchen that were obstructing the traffic and light from the room. To create room and a brighter appearance, Sazama extended custom cabinets to the ceiling with a detailed crown molding. Next, traffic was resolved by changing the island’s placement. This created an easier flow within the kitchen towards other areas of the house. Other notable components include the wet bar, glassware storage, and a marble backsplash that ties the whole sophisticated look together.
8) Klassen Remodeling & Design
12424 W Lancaster Ave., Butler, WI 53007
Klassen Remodeling & Design is a respected design/build firm that has been serving Butler since it was founded in 1975. The firm’s collaborative work process emphasizes ongoing interaction between staff and clients. This ensures that homes and remodels are done in a personal and proficient way. Klassen Remodeling & Design is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and a Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler. These certifications allow the firm to build award-winning homes and room remodels.
Klassen Remodeling & Design helps clients visualize their dream kitchen by consulting in-house designers. A great way to get an idea is by looking through its collection of projects. This Milwaukee kitchen remodeled by the firm boasts a classic traditional style; note the hardwood floor that matches the warm cabinetry and the way it is all enhanced by warm light fixtures.
7) Dimension, Inc.
3315 N 124th St. Suite A, Brookfield, WI 53005
Dimension, Inc. is a small company in Wisconsin offering a level of service often found only in larger firms. When working with the team, clients can expect hands-on support from the initial stage of construction down to the finishing touches. David Kallie, Dimension, Inc.’s founder, is a Certified Remodeler and Certified Aging-in-Place-Specialist. Being a NARI Certified Remodeler means that clients can expect a professional approach to their homes. As an active member of trade associations, including NARI, MBA. and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the firm upholds a high standard of quality in each remodel.
Dimension, Inc.’s portfolio exhibits a collection of kitchen remodels that range from traditional to modern designs. These kitchens can cost from $65k up to $100k. An example of the firm’s recent work is a kitchen remodel which was featured in the 2018 MBA Parade of Homes. The posh kitchen takes inspiration from the traditional style. Gray-blue tones make the kitchen appear modern, and the combination of cool tones with stainless makes a clean cut.
6) MKE Design Build
3775A S Packard Ave., St. Francis, WI 53235
Tom Gies and Michelle Swier’s professional and educational backgrounds in construction have been the foundation of MKE Design Build. Swier and Gies are both seasoned professionals who have comprehensive expertise in design and construction. The firm has only been in the scene from 2015 and they’ve already won awards and made strong connections in the industry. The firm has been recognized with NARI’s Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Award, received the 2019 National Contractor of the Year and Gold Awards. The firm is also a member of NARI and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
This MKE modern kitchen has a calm, light atmosphere. The choice of color palette and the open floor layout give the kitchen an airy, bright appearance. MKE Design Build created this fully-functional kitchen with modern aesthetics to be the highlight of the home.
5) Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling
2000 S 4th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
Specializing in both home remodeling and damage repairs, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling has proven to be one of Southeast Wisconsin’s fastest-growing companies since it was established in 1966. Paul Davis focuses on kitchen designs that are aesthetically pleasing and fully functional. The firm understands that kitchens are key social spaces, where homeowners often entertain guests, which is why the firm remodels kitchens beyond their exterior appearance. You can see this approach exemplified by the Menomonee Falls kitchen remodel in the featured photo. The open concept kitchen allows an easy flow from the kitchen to the dining to the living room. Every part of this kitchen is functional, making optimal use of the space.
Paul Davis’ team has received a number of distinctions, including the America’s Top Remodeler, the Better Business Bureau Torch Award, the NARI Contractor of the Year Award, and the Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Award. The firm has also been featured in a New York Times article and has been featured on FOX 6.
4) Design Group Three
5050 N Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
Design Group Three is a design/build firm that has been serving Southeastern Wisconsin since 1989. With the help of its skilled architects and craftspeople, Design Group Three is able to bring clients top-notch home remodels. These range from simple kitchen remodels to major home upgrades.
This lakefront home in Milwaukee received a stunning transformation from Design Group Three. A home sitting positioned by a lake wasn’t taking full advantage of the surrounding beauty; much of the home was enclosed. The firm removed many of the interior walls, revealing previously concealed stunning views. Design Group Three also updated its cabinetry, added a Walker Zanger backsplash, and Sub Zero-Wolf appliances, all while maintaining the integrity of the home’s barn-inspired theme. The beautiful kitchen is now the perfect place to prepare a meal, enjoy a glass of wine, and take in a panoramic view of Wisconsin’s gorgeous landscape.
3) Brillo Home Improvements
5315 N Lovers Lane Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53225
Mike Bovee, Bob Quigley, and Guy Lipovsek are more than just business partners; they’re childhood friends who gravitated towards the same passion of home building. Brillo Home Improvements is composed of certified remodelers and certified kitchen and bath remodelers ready to improve Milwaukee one home at a time. When Brillo was established in 1977, it started as a small roofing company. Today, the firm has expanded its specialization to all aspects of home remodeling, including kitchens, baths, and attic conversions.
Looking through the firm’s portfolio will inspire homeowners to upgrade their homes. The variety of styles that Brillo offers ensure that there is one that fits every lifestyle. Taken from its gallery is this beautiful traditional-styled kitchen. The design is simple yet features complete amenities like ovens and a fully-functional sink. A large island acts as additional working space and bar. Distinctions, including the Milwaukee NARI Wisconsin Remodelers Award and M Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award, have come in recognition of the team’s excellence in home remodeling and customer satisfaction.
2) SJ Janis Company
11501 W North Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
SJ Janis Company is an award-winning builder that has been serving the greater Wisconsin area with residential improvements since 1951. The firm is an active member of premier trade associations, including the NAHB, NARI, NKBA, MBA, and ASID. Completing numerous projects with a diverse selection of designs enables the team to make each project one-of-a-kind. Because of this stellar service, the firm was awarded a number of NARI Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards as well as Guild Quality GuildMaster Distinctions.
Before the renovation, this kitchen lacked working space and flow that the client desired. SJ Janis removed a large wall to create an open concept kitchen that smoothly transitions from the kitchen to the dining area. A remarkable feature of this kitchen is an oddly shaped island where the wall previously stood. Other elements like maple wood flooring, recessed, pendant, and under cabinet lighting tie together this Russell Barr Williamson architectural charm.
1) Design Tech Remodeling
10535 N Port Washington Rd. Suite #204, Mequon, WI 53092
Working with Design Tech Remodeling means working with a reliable team of professionals committed to excellent craftsmanship and design quality. Masha Wagner has been in the construction industry for over 30 years. Three decades sharpened Wagner’s skills and knowledge about the industry, enabling her to deliver stunning home remodels to clients in Milwaukee and surrounding areas.
Design Tech Remodeling’s projects have won several notable awards, including the NARI Contractor of the Year Awards, NARI Wisconsin Remodelers Awards, and M Magazine’s Remodeler of the Year. This recent kitchen remodel won the 2019 NARI Residential Kitchen Silver Award. The finished kitchen looked unrecognizable after extensive design and structural updates. Design Tech Remodeling opened up the kitchen and brought in an abundance of natural light through a bay window above the sink. The team also got rid of the original plain white cabinets and replaced them with walnut-toned cabinetry. And the stylish marble-top island provides a sturdy social anchor to the entire project.