This article is a showcase of the best 15 kitchen remodelers in New Jersey, and each one was chosen for their excellent craftsmanship. Nearly all of these firms have been recognized by several award-granting organizations and have had their work published in national magazines.
Many demonstrate particular excellence when it comes to transitional, modern, and farmhouse revival themed architecture, the popular kitchen styles of this region. We also gave some consideration to the number of services the firms provide.
15) Nuss Construction Company, Inc.
119 Church Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053
For over five decades Nuss Construction has been a leading home improvement contractor in Southern New Jersey. It provides top-of-the-line service and handles every aspect of a new kitchen from material selection to design and construction. It is led by Robert Carp, a former president of the area’s local National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and a hands-on principal who has been in the industry as long as the company. Under his leadership, the firm has had the honor of being published in Remodeling magazine and Qualified Remodeler. Both named the firm one of the leading remodelers in the country.
Its designs often feature cherrywood cabinets, granite countertops, and LED lighting. The firm favors Kohler products such as stainless sinks and sprayer faucets. Nuss makes the most out of each space that it is given the opportunity to work on.
14) Kitchens Direct, Inc.
739 US 206, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Kitchens Direct is a family-owned business with over 40 years of industry experience. It provides entire house renovation services and offers its clients a complete line of cabinetry. That capacity comes in handy when remodeling kitchens as it allows the team to respond to the specific storage designs a client may require. In addition to providing a vast cabinet selection, it also specializes in installation, making for a streamlined remodeling process. Its highly-skilled design team also makes use of a 3D drawing program for clients, which allows them to envision their new kitchen and makes for faster revisions. The firm also understands how to handle a budget, and takes care that the ending bill reflects the original estimate.
In terms of design, the firm favors farmhouse revivals and traditional themes. Its work is distinguished by symmetry, custom finishing, and inviting gathering spaces. The firm often draws inspiration from autumnal themes and classic colonial styles.
13) Conniff Construction Co.
1800 Chilvers Ave Whiting, NJ
Now led by its second generation of builders, Conniff Construction has been serving Central New Jersey for the past 40 years. It is a NARI-certified, full-service remodeling contractor, specializing in both residential and commercial projects. Focusing particularly on its kitchens, the firm’s portfolio displays traditional and colonial-themed kitchens. Its projects often emphasize rustic elements and focus on the firm’s cabinetry and woodwork. Note the project highlighted here, which shows off some of the firm’s custom millwork and finishing. Here, the team blended the appliances into the cabinetry, and the result is visual harmony.
The firm was most recently honored with a Contractor of the Year (CoTY) award for its excellent home addition work. Aside from kitchens, it is also known for its outdoor living structures, is basement finishing abilities, and its bathroom renovations. Conniff has also completed several new home construction projects.
12) KCH Contracting
2470 Plainfield Ave. Unit A, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
KCH Contracting specializes in many aspects of home remodeling. It offers 15 years of experience and takes pride in the awards it has won since its inception. Most recently, it was recognized for its Residential Historical Renovation and was awarded a CoTY accolade from NARI. In 2015, it was published in Remodeling magazine as a part of its annual list of the leading 550 firms in the country, with the firm placing in 104th. Focusing on its kitchens, the firm’s portfolio provides a look into a splendid gallery of French-inspired kitchens and inviting farmhouse revivals. The project we’ve chosen to highlight here is an example of the former. In this kitchen, the firm made use of neutral tones and showcased its woodwork through a chambered ceiling. And take note of the perfectly manicured granite countertops, which match the gorgeous kitchen island.
The firm has an in-house millwork shop, wherein its team works on the very specific custom designs a client may want: the shop has provided custom-built entertainment systems, bookshelves, and bed frames, and has completed numerous custom finishes for kitchens.
11) A&E Construction
2479 Pennington Rd., Pennington, NJ 08534
A&E Construction works on both small-scale home improvement projects such as window replacements and exterior sidings, all the way to large-scale home additions and entire house remodeling projects. Its team assists in both design and construction and employs its own in-house design center. The firm maintains a hands-on approach and keeps an open line of communication throughout the entire process with the aid of skilled project managers. Throughout its 25 years in the industry, it has been recognized with several awards from NARI. It also won a Chrysalis Award in 2012 for its kitchen remodeling. In terms of design, it has worked on an array of styles which include contemporary and traditional aesthetics. The firm’s work almost always includes beautiful, custom-built cabinetry.
Above is an example of the firm’s more modern work. Here, the team made use of large windows to invite in the light. That light complements the striking black and white aesthetic.
10) New Outlooks Construction Group, Inc.
1171 N Route 130, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
New Outlooks offers full-service remodeling and has worked on everything from minor countertop and cabinetry replacement projects to entire kitchen remodels. The firm has earned a reputation for being one of the area’s premier design-build companies and has been providing top-of-the-line services since 1984. Manned by a team of highly-skill Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Remodelers, the firm’s work has graced the pages of Qualified Remodeler and Remodeling magazine; both honored the firm on their annual lists of the nation’s leading remodelers. Its designs emphasize functionality and include modern furnishings such as quartz and granite countertops. It often incorporates great storage solutions into its work and showcases a rich range of cabinetry styles.
One project we particularly like is featured above. The New Outlooks team gave this kitchen a sophisticated touch through the use of small chandeliers. It also made inventive use of purple and beige to complete the space’s regal feel.
9) Bruen Design Build, Inc.
2 Dogwood Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960
Bruen is a nationally award-winning firm that specializes in high-end home additions, bathroom remodeling, and kitchen remodeling. It also works on smaller updates and other aspects of home renovation. The firm is led by Carl Bruen, a Certified Graduate Remodeler whose background encompasses almost every aspect of construction from project management and development to design and construction. Under his leadership, the firm has been recognized several times. It was most recently awarded a Chrysalis Award for its kitchen work in the $75k to $100k category. It is also a recipient of the Clay Lyon Honorary Award from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) under the Large Kitchen division during one of the NKBA’s design competitions in 2014.
The firm primarily works in the farmhouse and traditional styles, as you’ll see above. The firm made use of the ambient light to make the room more inviting. It also combined a neutral, warm color palette with the custom woodwork.
8) Showcase Kitchen & Bath
438 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Originally known as the Construction Service Company, Showcase Kitchen and Bath is a premier, full-service remodeler that has been serving central and northern New Jersey for over 80 years. Now on its third generation of home builders, the firm is known for its exquisite, European-style interiors. The firm has been ranked in the top 300 of Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s annual Top 500 list for 17 consecutive years. Decorated with numerous national and local awards, the firm has also won Suburban Essex Magazine‘s Best of Essex Award seven years in a row.
Showcase attributes its success to its design-build process. In addition to having an in-house design team, the firm also provides expansive product selections. From fine handcrafted cabinetry to porcelain tiles and stone mosaics, the firm offers its clients the finest materials available. Its kitchens, in particular, range from magnificent French and Mediterranean designs to colonial and contemporary farmhouse themes. As seen in the depicted project, the firm specializes in custom cabinetry and often infuses custom finishes and millwork into its designs.
7) JMC Home Improvement Specialists
12 Ludlow Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054
Founded in 1977 by John MacDougall, JMC Home Remodeling is an award-winning firm that has been named Contractor of the Year (CoTY) twice by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The firm has also been named one of the leading building companies in the nation by Professional Magazine. JMC is proud to say that over 75% of its clients are repeat customers or come from referrals. MacDougall, who was a former apprentice for several firms prior to the establishment of JMC, personally oversees each project, no matter what size. This hands-on approach extends to the most minor home repairs, ensuring that each client has a worry-free experience.
Its kitchens are often characterized by the firm’s use of neutral tones and custom woodwork. In the Cape Cod project above the firm constructed a chambered ceiling and made use of several mirroring counters.
6) Aurora Kitchens and Interiors of NJ
10 East Cliff St., Somerville, NJ 08876
Aurora Kitchens and Interiors is an award-winning, woman-led firm best known for its superb designs and unique approach. Prior to construction and initial design drafts, its team provides its clients with a detailed questionnaire. The questions are wide-ranging, covering everything from a client’s hobbies to their specific kitchen habits in order to better understand how the team will construct their client’s new kitchen. The firm is proud to have received over 14 awards from NARI since its inception over a decade ago. These awards recognize the firm’s craft, its aesthetics, and its ability to produce functional kitchens. The firm is led by Kolbe Clark, a member of the Interior Design Society who personally oversees each project.
The firm’s portfolio provides us a look into its team’s design range. It often constructs in the transitional, traditional, and contemporary design styles. The firm’s emphasis on simple elegance can be seen in the project we decided to highlight above. For this kitchen, the firm’s team employed neutral tones with delicate hints of blue and beige. And note the seamless fusion of the appliances with the woodwork
5) Ulrich, Inc.
100 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Ulrich is a full-service home renovation firm led by its namesake and founder David Ulrich, an influential figure in the kitchen and bathroom industry, one of the first builders to receive the designation of Certified Kitchen Designer from the NKBA. He has also been decorated with numerous awards from that same organization. Under his supervision, the firm has earned a reputation as one of the area’s most skilled contractors, known for its cabinetry, fixtures, and designs. The firm provides all of its clients lifetime services for each project it completes. Whether it be some minor damage on a cabinet door or a grout replacement, clients can rest easy knowing that they may contact the firm any time for any problems that may arise even after their new kitchen’s construction.
Ulrich’s portfolio showcases a gallery of contemporary and transitional kitchens. It also provides a look into some of the excellent Tudor and traditional design work it has completed. A project that particularly caught our eye displays the firm’s woodwork. This kitchen was a remodeling project for a chalet in the Colorado Rockies, so the firm made use of a rustic, earthy palette. The firm displayed its woodworking skills in the elegantly exposed beams, alongside the meticulously designed cabinetry.
4) Kitchen Magic New Jersey
4243 Lonat Dr., Nazareth, PA 18064
Kitchen Magic extends its services throughout New Jersey, making it the firm with the largest service area on this list. Established in 1979, it is the brainchild of Jost Fleck, who first came up with the idea of starting a cabinet refacing after realizing that it could be a way to avoid expensive kitchen renovation. Later he realized his clients might perceive the method as a temporary solution, so he added extra services like custom cabinetry and stone countertops to the firm’s remodeling options. Now on its fortieth year in business, the firm has established itself as a go-to for clients looking for a rich array of materials, quality installations and kitchen designs to choose from. The firm is known for its extensive selection of maintenance-free laminate, wood cabinetry, countertops, storage solutions, and kitchen accessories.
Here you’ll see the firm drew inspiration from the classic shaker style kitchen and made use of elegant Cambria countertops. Although the room is predominantly in satin white, it has thrown in splashes of color in the brick pattern lining the area above the countertops, and the small mosaic backsplash just over the stove. To provide contrast, the firm went with a pleasing Parys blue for the kitchen island.
3) Amiano & Son Construction Co.
1633 Route 206, Tabernacle, NJ 08088
Amiano & Son is a multi-awarded remodeling firm that has been consistently ranked on numerous national lists. It has managed to secure spots on both Remodeling magazine and Qualified Remodeler’s annual lists of the nation’s best 50 firms and they are also a Big 50 Remodeler. Most recently, it managed to land on the pages of Inc. magazine, which included the firm on its list of the leading entrepreneurs in the nation for 2018, the only remodeling company from New Jersey to have been included. The firm has 50 years of industry experience and takes pride in being one of the largest remodeling firms in the area. It offers a full range of services and uses only the latest technology available for a highly streamlined process. It uses a design-build approach for most of its work and has experience working within a wide range of themes.
The project featured above is an example of the firm’s eclectic work. The design team emphasized the space’s metallic elements but also deployed earthy tones to add some intriguing contrast. The project brilliantly fuses modern themes with traditional style in the cabinetry and the appliances.
2) Baxter Construction
31 West Broad St., Hopewell, NJ 08525
Over the past three decades, Baxter Construction has exhibited a taste for intricate renovation work. From a complete remodel of a colonial home over 200 years old to updating kitchens and bathrooms which date back to the 1960s, the firm’s extensive experience has equipped it for almost any specific problem a project may pose. Its team is manned by a group comprised of Certified Graduate Remodelers, Graduate Master Builders, aging-in-place specialists, and even green building experts, thus further assuring its clients of the expert skill and craft that comes with its work. It was most recently honored with a regional CoTY award for one of its kitchen projects and has several regional Chrysalis award for its interiors to its name as well.
Focusing more on its designs, the firm exhibits excellence for traditional and European inspired kitchens. The firm is skilled when it comes to classic woodwork, as you can see in this kitchen’s exposed beams. It has completed several special millwork and custom finishing projects, and each kitchen it completes is unique.
1) KraftMaster Renovations
76 Main St., Chatham, NJ 07928
KraftMaster services the Northern New Jersey area and takes pride in having its own showroom. A “one-stop-shop” for anything kitchen or bathroom related, the firm offers its clients full design services in its very own design studio, equipped with rooms featuring a multitude of designs and a rich spectrum of materials for clients to draw inspiration from. It also offers its clients custom cabinetry and provides a variety of remodeling plans. It meticulously handles every aspect of a kitchen from flooring and fixtures, from countertops to plumbing. Led by Bob Gockeler, a Fred Case awardee, the firm has had its work featured in prestigious publications such as Remodeling magazine and Qualified Remodeler. It has also been recognized with numerous awards, with its most recent one being a regional CoTY distinction for its residential kitchen work.
The firm’s portfolio showcases several modern revivals and farmhouse inspired kitchens. We’re especially impressed with this intriguing project. The firm used a distinctive pattern for its wood-paneled flooring and stayed true to its barn inspiration through the choice of doors. The striking rough-finish ceiling beam unites these motifs with one bold stroke.
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