Kitchens are one of the busiest and most “technical” parts of a home. Families live out their collective lives in these spaces loaded with some of the most expensive equipment in the house. So it’s no surprise that kitchens often need an update or a remodel.
This article is a compilation of some of the best craftsmen behind the most elegant kitchen remodels in the state of Pennsylvania. They were chosen based on merit, skill, past projects, and experience. Many of the more experienced firms on the list also have their own showrooms. As you go through this list, you may notice quite a few eclectic, transitional, and European inspired spaces; these are some of the most popular designs in the area.
15) Pinemar, Inc.
7 W Athens Ave., Ardmore, PA 19003
Pinemar is best known for its exquisite architecture and high-end custom home builds. As a matter of fact, one of its most recent projects was named by The Maine Line as one of the most expensive homes in a three-county area. Manned by a team of highly-skilled architects, engineers, and designers, the firm has established partnerships with several of the area’s best firms to ensure the quality of its work. It is also affiliated with prestigious organizations which give a high priority to design and style, such as the American Institute of Architects, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Its work is often characterized by its adherence to exquisite Tudor and Brownstone styles. The firm has won several Contractor of the Year (CoTY) awards from NARI, mostly for its entire house remodeling projects in the under the $1M category and the $750k to $1M category.
The featured kitchen displays the firm’s skills in a modernized version of Tudor architecture. The team incorporated several industrial elements to add a contemporary touch and made use of a metallic color palette.
14) Total Home Solution
117 S Schuylkill Ave., Eagleville, PA 19403
Total Home Solution uses a highly streamlined and extensive end-to-end planning approach coupled with a design-build process, which enables its team to handle every aspect of the entire process. This approach is often employed by the largest residential contractors, and, more often than not, full-time homebuilders. Total Home, however, applies this to its remodeling work regardless of size to ensure the quality of its work. It offers its clients precise and accurate budget predictions and a wide range of design skills. The firm is led by Tom Hawks, a builder with over three decades of industry experience. Prior to his establishment of the firm, he first worked as a senior project manager in both the residential and commercial industries. He also oversaw the production of over 500 firms while working under the instruction of a nationally recognized builder. He gained a firm grasp of every aspect of the construction process, from design to engineering. That experience has led the firm to numerous regional CoTY awards.
The firm’s kitchens often feature French and Craftsman motifs, with subtle touches of modern elements. These projects make use of elegant quartz and granite countertops, in addition to spacious kitchen islands and beautiful cabinetry.
13) Myers Constructs
1400 N American St., #208, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Myers Constructs is an award-winning general contracting and design-build firm that extends its services throughout the greater Philadelphia area. It specializes in custom residential remodeling and restoration and handles every aspect of a particular remodel or new construction from conceptualization all the way to completion. The firm also incorporates several green building practices into all of its projects by using sustainable products and using an extremely eco-friendly construction process.
The firm is led by founder and namesake Tamara Myers, an Atlanta native with an expansive construction and design background. In 1999, she was featured on 50 episodes of the Discovery Channel’s “Gimme Shelter” as the show’s construction expert. She has since gone on to make numerous guest appearances on other national and local shows. She continues to pursue an education in industry-related fields, continually growing the range of architectural themes and new green building methods the firm is able to offer.
Focusing more on its craft and style, the firm’s kitchens mostly emphasize straight lines and warm tones through its use of a wide variety of woods. The firm’s excellent work has been recognized with several regional CoTY awards for both its restoration and its entire house remodels.
12) Carosella Design Build
17 Colonial Rd., Havertown, PA 19083
Carosella Design Build is a full-service remodeling and construction firm that specializes in renovating existing structures. The work across a wide range, from small projects, such as kitchen and bathroom remodeling, to more extensive work, such as whole-home renovations and basement finishing. The firm is led by Lino Carosella, a proud Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, and a green builder. The company is an active member of NARI’s DelChester Chapter, and Carosella has served terms as the association’s Chairman of the Board and President.
The firm’s work often features colonial themes and showcases the company’s cabinetry and woodwork, on display in the project we’ve highlighted here. The firm’s team used a neutral palette and opted for sleek granite countertops. To give the room a pop of color, it installed a lovely mosaic above the stove and below the elegant overhead cover. Carosella Design Build is the proud recipient of various industry accolades from the DelChester CoTY Awards, including multiple Best Residential Kitchen and Best Residential Bathroom Awards.
4229 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19129
dRemodeling has successfully renovated over a hundred homes and is able to handle the most complicated projects. The firm has worked on the complete restoration and renovation of a 100-year-old historical home, in addition to remodeling numerous high-end luxury homes. It offers its clients its very own in-house team of certified professionals from architects and designers to master electricians and craftsmen. The firm even has its own showroom and design center wherein clients may choose from a wide variety of some of the best top industry brands for their kitchen needs. On top of all these, the firm also ensures clients that each kitchen they take on comes with a five-year warrant for its labor and materials whenever it is hired for any design, procurement, or construction work. The firm is led by Dan Dragomir, who prior to his founding of the firm, worked with some of Philadelphia’s best engineering firms. Under his leadership, the firm has had the honor of being featured on Qualified Remodeler and Remodeling Magazine, which also named the firm as among the country’s best 50 firms.
The firm’s portfolio showcases modern iterations of classic and traditional styles: they favor updated French Country styles and farmhouse inspired revivals. It’s a gallery of eclecticism; these spaces are often infused with several striking transitional elements.
10) Brett King Builder
7843 Richlandtown Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951
Founded by Brett King in 1982, Brett King Builder is an award-winning design-build firm that specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, deck and patio building, historic and farmhouse restoration, home addition construction, and whole-house renovation. Brett King Builder’s designs are often characterized by creative masonry and woodwork. The firm’s homes often feature traditional, colonial, modern, eclectic styles, and Cape Cod styles. The firm has been a proud and consistent winner of numerous CoTY Awards since 1996, including the Best Residential Addition, the Best Residential Historical Remodel, and the Best Entire House Remodel. The firm even had a spot on “Good Morning America,” where it was named one of the premier remodeling firms in the country.
The firm once worked on the entire renovation and restoration of a 300-year-old farmhouse. Its kitchen required a complete overhaul from leveling to a complete change in design. The end result was a beautiful, open concept kitchen with a fireplace and a modern flair.
9) Gehman Design Remodeling
355 Main St., Harleysville, PA 19438
Established in 1990 by Dennis and Glenda Gehman, Gehman Design Remodeling is an award-winning, full-service design-build firm that provides its services throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. The firm specializes in both contemporary and colonial designs and has worked on a vast array of home remodeling projects. From kitchen and bathroom remodeling to sunroom construction, the firm has been honored with numerous CoTY (Contractor of the Year) Awards and has been featured in Professional Remodeler magazine. Dennis Gehman is also one of the few select individuals in the country that can call themselves a NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) Master Certified Remodeler.
The firm often makes use of sleek granite countertops and contemporary cabinetry, as you can see above. This kitchen incorporates several modern elements, from its fixtures and lights to its choice of seating. Large windows were also used to complement the room’s high ceilings, giving it the feel of a chalet.
8) Bellweather Construction
4613 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143
Bellweather Construction specializes in historic renovations, restorations, and energy efficiency improvements. The firm adheres to a proven design-build process, using only the latest technology available, especially when it comes to design. Its services include 3D rendering, state-of-the-art preservation technologies, and structural engineering. The firm extends its services throughout the Philadelphia metro area and it has earned a solid reputation for itself for its period-appropriate renovations. It is led by William Giesey, who has over two decades of experience designing, constructing, and renovating some of the most beautiful homes around Philadelphia and its suburbs. It is his deep interest in historical preservations and classic themes that allowed the firm to find its specialty. For his excellent leadership, he was listed by Professional Remodeler as among its annual “40 Under 40” list. And the firm is the proud recipient of numerous GuildMaster awards for its excellent services.
The firm often infuses several modern elements to some of its renovated kitchens, making it skilled in transitional themes as well. The kitchen above is a gorgeous example.
7) Spring Creek Design
94 Village Square, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Spring Creek Design is a nationally award-winning design-build firm with an extensive background in green and sustainable building. Its process is highly design-centric and streamlined, with its team using web-based project management software for clients to get quick and easy updates regarding their new space. In terms of style, the firm displays excellent skills when it comes to modern, transitional, and craftsman inspired kitchens. It takes pride in its ability to capture a client’s specific vision and is able to mirror that vision through a carefully curated list of materials. The firm is also proud to say that it builds and remodels no two kitchens alike. Since its inception in 2001, the firm has had its work published on Remodeling magazine and Qualified Remodeler.
It has also been recognized with several noteworthy awards like its numerous regional and national CoTY distinctions. The following example is from one of its transitional projects. This rustic cottage that dates back to the 1930s was given a modern twist that brought the firm several awards. Most of the first floor was opened up to give way for more space, and the kitchen received a custom banquet eating area. A large kitchen island made of reclaimed barn wood was installed along with elegant euro cabinets.
6) Luxury Bath & Kitchens
469 Easton Rd., Horsham, PA 19044
As its name suggests, the firm specializes in high-end kitchen and bathroom renovations. With humble beginnings as a small bathroom remodeling company, the firm has been extending its services throughout the greater Philadelphia area since 2006 and has grown into a leading design-build firm manned by an award-winning team of designers and contractors. It is family-owned and operated and distributes its own brand of cabinets, LBK, as well as several other top-of-the-line brands such as Wellborn and Craft-Made. Clients hoping to get a better idea of the firm’s skill and craftsmanship may visit the firm’s showroom, wherein they will see firsthand the firm’s elegant custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, tiles, and designs. The firm is a proud recipient of a Guildmaster Service award as well as a Big50 award from Remodeling magazine.
The firm’s work is often characterized by its use of eclectic lighting, detailed cabinetry, and beautiful matching countertops. It also puts an emphasis on woodwork, along with simple and chic backsplashes, as seen in the featured project.
5) Sullivan Building & Design Group
2320 Trumbauersville Rd., Quakertown, PA 18951
Now on its second generation of builders, Sullivan Building and Design has been extending its services throughout Quakertown and its surrounding counties for over four decades. It uses a design-build process and takes charge of every facet of a particular remodel from design all the way to construction. Its process also encompasses assisting its clients with land development and zoning, as well as budgeting, scheduling, and of course, planning. Manned by an award-winning team, the firm boasts its very own in-house designers and specialists, in addition to its very own woodworking facility: Cider Press Woodworks. Here, the firm manages all of its very own millwork and custom cabinetry, which it also happens to ship from all over the world. The firm is led by a father and son duo, Neil and Bradley Sullivan, who personally oversee each project the firm takes on. Under their leadership, the firm has had the honor of winning numerous Chrysalis awards for its kitchen remodels, along with being published in several prestigious magazines such as Qualified Remodeler and ProRemodeler.
The firm’s portfolio presents a wide variety of designs from cottages to inviting farmhouse revivals. The following kitchen showcases its more traditional and classic themes. For this project, the firm highlighted its woodwork through exposed beams, custom cabinetry, and paneled flooring.
4) Custom Craft Contractors, Inc.
1111 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446
Established in 1982, Custom Craft Design Build Remodel is an award-winning firm that provides a wide array of services, including interior design work, home additions, kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling, and basement finishing. The firm also works on renovations to improve accessibility, also known as “aging-in-place” work. With a penchant for simple yet sleek and modern designs, the firm has received numerous CoTY Awards, some of which have recognized the firm’s efforts in aging-in-place work. A consistent winner of the regional CoTY Award for the Entire House Under $250k category, the firm makes the most of the design-build approach. Focusing on its kitchens, the firm’s work is often distinguished by its creative built-ins perfect for chefs, open space designs, and large granite islands.
This firm is showcased in the featured work. Here, the firm’s design team opted for cool blue tones and made use of its aforementioned skill for open concept designs. A beautiful mosaic backsplash can be seen just above the stove against a sleek background of white tiles.
3) J. Schwartz, LLC Remodeling & Fine Homebuilding
7 E King St., Malvern, PA 19355
Schwartz is an award-winning, full-service remodeling firm led by Joe Schwartz, an architectural civil engineer whose experience extends from small-scale to multimillion-dollar residential projects. Known for colonial styles and rustic themes, the firm has been recognized on a national level in various publications, including Qualified Remodeler. The firm prides itself on its innovative approach to the building process. Using the latest building science, J. Schwartz employs a unique procedure to determine the parameters of a particular home. This procedure helps the firm’s team determine a house’s safety, efficiency, and even health. J. Schwartz’s clients receive their very own web-based management system to keep them posted about their home’s progress. Available 24 hours a day and accessible from any location, the system provides clients with progress photos, document files, and schedules.
In terms of design, the firm’s portfolio displays an expansive gallery with a wide range of styles. The example above is one of its European inspired kitchens. The firm drew inspiration from traditional French styles, which can be seen in its choice of fixtures, lighting, and cabinetry.
2) Pine Street Carpenters
901 S Bolmar Street, Suite N, W Chester, PA 19382
With nearly three decades of experience, Pine Street Carpenters is an award-winning remodeling firm that specializes in residential, commercial, and institutional projects. It extends its services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the northeastern regions of the country and offers its clients a full range of services. The firm also has its own in-house team of skilled craftsmen, designers, and project managers, all more than capable of handling every aspect of a particular remodel. The team personally guides each of its clients personally throughout the entire project. Due to its highly streamlined process, clients may expect smooth, regular communication with the firm’s team. Pine Street also prides itself on its showroom where clients may get a firsthand glimpse of its expansive cabinetry selection, as well as its designs. Given this rich background, it comes as no surprise that the firm is the proud recipient of multiple industry awards. Some notable accolades include CoTY awards and a few features on Remodeling magazine, which named the firm as one of the nations best 550 remodelers on the several occasions Pine Street graced its pages.
The firm’s kitchens often feature rich, inviting color palettes and showcase a fondness for either wood or masonry work. Its work also often features several custom trimmings and finishes, as well as few perfectly placed modern touches.
1) Harth Builders
1021 N Bethlehem Pike, Spring House, PA 19477
An award-winning and full-service remodeling contractor, Harth Builders is a two-time recipient of the Chrysalis Award and has been a consistent winner at the annual CoTY Awards since 2004. It was most recently recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies both locally and in the Greater Philadelphia region. With an extensive portfolio consisting of contemporary and colonial designs, the firm takes pride in its design-build process and provides a vast range of services, from custom home building to whole-house remodeling. Focusing on its kitchens, the firm’s designs often heavily rely on transitional themes or a combination of the classic and contemporary. The firm also exhibits a particular skill for modern and artsy spaces.
The pictured project showcases the firm’s facility with the transitional style. The design team used a unique pattern for its hardwood floors and kept the design plan open and accessible. The firm also incorporates the appliances seamlessly within the beautiful cabinetry to further emphasize its transitional look.
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