This list ranks the top 12 kitchen remodelers in South Carolina. Design-build firms, general contractors, and specialized kitchen designers populate this list. We’ve ranked them according to their awards, the recognition they’ve received from the press, their level of adaptability to various styles, and the overall range of their portfolios. Collectively, these contractors serve all of South Carolina, from the state capital of Columbia to the historic port city of Charleston, so no matter where you are in the state, you’ll find a great contractor on this list who’s just down the road.
12) Wise Guys Home Improvement
722 Heyward St., Columbia, SC 29201
Robert Lindsey is a South Carolina native and residential remodeler praised for his custom remodels and renovations. He opened Wise Guys Home Improvement in 2008 with his partner Ryan Parsons. Since then Wise Guys has evolved into a high-quality home building company with a reputation for being honest, efficient, and clean. The firm serves the Downtown Columbia region.
The company specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, whole house renovations, and historic restorations. In fact, the firm has won Columbia Remodeling Awards (CRA) for its bathroom remodeling projects and a 2018 CRA for a kitchen remodel.
The homeowners of a 1920’s home turned to Wise Guys for a much-needed update of their kitchen. To create space, the firm put in a vaulted ceiling with skylights. White Shaker-style cabinets and soapstone countertops with a monochromatic palette modernized the kitchen.
11) Gallup & Lafitte
113 Columbia Ave., Chapin, SC 29036
With over 250 projects and 25 years in the business, design-build firm Gallup & Lafitte has become a key part of the home building industry of the Midlands. The firm was established by Elaine and Dick Gallup and further enhanced by the efforts of RB Gallup and Robert Lafitte. R.B. is the youngest homebuilder to ever receive the designation of Certified Master Builder in the state of South Carolina, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the BIA of Central South Carolina. Robert brings a keen eye for detail to the business, an eye developed through his experience in luxury home building.
Along with a decorated and accomplished team, the firm also boasts awards for its whole house renovations and custom homes. The firm has won five Columbia Remodeler’s Awards for its additions and whole house renovations as well as a 2014 Regal Award for Best Energy Efficient Home. Another esteemed project from the firm is a renovation of a century-old home. Its kitchen was totally transformed into a contemporary space defined by polished white cabinets, cutting-edge appliances, and a spacious layout.
10) Gamble Home Services
3730 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy. Suite #6, Johns Island, SC 29455
Gamble Home Services is a multi-awarded home-maintenance and home-improvement company serving the Kiawah, Seabrook, and Lower Johns Islands of the Palmetto State. The 25-year-old company specializes in home and property management, maintenance services, residential renovations, and remodeling. Over the past decade, it was hailed as Remodeler of the Year in Charleston County twice and has earned Prism Awards for remodeling from the Charleston Home Builders Association (CHBA), and Pinnacle Awards from the Home Builders Association (HBA) of South Carolina.
This transitional kitchen earned both a Pinnacle Award and a Prism Award in 2014. The polished island countertop adds a sophisticated touch to the kitchen. Modern shaker cabinets in soft grays paired with sleek kitchen appliances finish the look.
The firm is dedicated to helping a number of charities and causes in and around the state. It invests in many community and charitable partners ranging from cancer charities to environmental conservation groups. Such organizations include the Leukaemia Foundation, Cleaning For A Reason, Kiawah Conservancy, and the Charleston Fisher House for Veteran Families.
9) Daniel Builders
220 Terrace Dr., Anderson, SC 29621
Daniel Jachens and Bob Cord formed Daniel Builders by combining a track record of construction excellence with over 35 years of engineering project management. Daniel found his passion for building at 14 and pursued it through an apprenticeship program. He further pushed his abilities by starting Dan’s Handyman Service in 2001. Bob, on the other hand, worked for top multinational and global engineering companies for 32 years before teaming up with his son-in-law to start this local company specializing in renovations.
The firm is passionate about “building trust” with clientele in Upstate South Carolina. They build trust and long term client relationships on the basis of service, craftsmanship and integrity. Their experienced renovation experts utilize a design-build approach to ensure expectations are met.
The firm’s aptitude and mastery of remodeling techniques have earned it a spot on the national Remodeling 550 list of Remodeling Magazine. That expertise is also evident in the firm’s portfolio of kitchen and bathroom remodels, whole house renovations, additions, and outdoor living spaces. Featured is a unique kitchen remodel. Note the mix of farmhouse and industrial styles. Handmade floating shelves, real brick pavers for the kitchen floor, and a beam constructed from reclaimed barn wood give the space its rich, organic texture.
8) Palmetto Construction & Renovations
818 Heyward St. Columbia, SC 29201
Palmetto Construction & Renovations is one of the top remodeling firms serving the Midlands. Since the firm’s inception in 2001, the firm has completed over 121 kitchen remodels and numerous other renovation projects. These projects have earned the firm Columbia Remodeler Awards from the BIA of Central South Carolina.
Principal Jim Evatt has extensive accounting and materials management experience in addition to his building and construction expertise. These combined skills have allowed him to develop the company’s revenue, which provides a solid foundation for the firm’s quality renovation services and excellent customer service.
The firm has exceptional vision. They can see the potential in a small kitchen, will take on space restrictions head-on, getting the most utility from any space. The firm turned this outdated cramped kitchen into an award-winning project by employing an open concept. Elegant marble countertops and a matching marble backsplash were used to complement the all-white aesthetic.
7) Stein Renovation & Design Group
1780 Dartmoor Circle, Charleston, SC 29407
Tori Stein is one of Charleston’s most accomplished remodelers. Her 30 years in the industry includes a term as president of the CHBA, four Remodeler of the Year Awards, and numerous remodeled homes in Lowcountry. She used this experience to establish Stein Renovation & Design Group, then led her company to be one of South Carolina’s top design-remodel firms.
The firm has earned many awards over the years. Since 2014, it has been consistently recognized by the local Charleston Remodeling Awards and the state Pinnacle Awards, taking home over 15 combined awards. In addition to award-winning designs, an additional strength comes in the form of its commitment to a deep collaboration with its clients. The firm aims to ‘co-construct’ through open lines of communication, as well as innovative tech that ensures that clients are updated in real time about their project with just a click of a button.
The firm is capable of building and renovation in any style: Mediterranean, traditional, modern, or Craftsman. This transitional kitchen mixes clean contemporary lines with rustic elements. The weather-beaten look of the cabinets and the island paired with a speckled marble countertop invokes a natural country charm; the matte black faucet and lantern-like lights add a modern twist.
6) Renaissance South Construction Co.
220 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Renaissance South is a design-build firm known for its high-end custom homes and thoughtful remodels and renovations in downtown Charleston as well as upscale neighborhoods East of the Cooper. Clients turn to the company for its ability to cater to Charleston’s local taste. It’s a fairly young firm, but it has already been recognized for its excellence in remodeling as a three-time Remodeler of the Year winner, as well as a PRISM award winner. It was also named on Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Remodeling Big50. Furthermore, the firm’s custom remodels have been featured in Charleston Style & Design and Daniel Island Life.
Rob Crawford founded Renaissance South in 2008. In addition to his years of building experience, Crawford has served on the Board of Directors of the CHBA since 2009. He is joined by a veteran builder and the company COO, Todd Fairfax. He built a career restoring historically significant homes in Boston, as well as having managed the construction of hundreds of new homes. Rob and Todd lead a seasoned project management team that boasts over 100 years of combined experience in the construction industry.
The firm’s kitchen remodels are often part of renovations of historical homes. Thus, these are often combinations of traditional architecture and layouts updated to fit a modern lifestyle. This kitchen renovation generates a coastal vibe via distressed light gray wood used in the ceiling and the kitchen island. A breakfast nook with rattan stools and a dining area surrounded by huge windows all allow the light to soak into the space, bringing memories of soft days on South Carolina’s stunning beaches.
5) Capital Kitchen & Bath
1801 B Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201
Husband and wife Kristen and Gerald Meetze teamed up to form Capital Kitchen & Bath in 2004. Kristen studied Interior Decorating; Gerald is a Civil Engineering graduate and the previous owner of G Meetze Construction. With her designing prowess and his construction expertise, Capital KB rose above its South Carolina contemporaries to become one of Columbia’s leading design-build firms.
The firm’s proficiency for kitchen and bathroom remodeling and whole house renovations have earned attention and hardware from the annual Columbia Remodelers Awards. This contemporary kitchen is part of a whole house remodel, and it was hailed as Best Full Renovation in the 2018 competition. It features an easy-on-the-eyes white and taupe palette and an enlarged bar that acts as an extended dining area.
4) Delicious Kitchens and Interiors
Following its motto of “Savory solutions for kitchens and other spaces,” Delicious Kitchens and Interiors aims to bring together bespoke designs and sustainable building techniques to produce topnotch kitchens, bathrooms, and other living spaces to its discerning clientele. The firm carefully considers the client’s ideas and blends them with its team’s expertise to create functional yet aesthetically-pleasing projects. These have become a staple feature of local and national design magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appetit, Charleston Home + Design Magazine, Kitchen and Bath Ideas, and Kitchen and Bath Design News.
The firm is founded and headed by kitchen expert Heidi Huddleston. She is an award-winning Certified Kitchen Designer of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). In her 25 years in the designing industry, she has served two terms as President of the NKBA in addition to other officer positions. Aside from pushing the firm to stay on point with all designing and building trends, Huddleston also uses her expertise to give back to the community. She previously organized a fund-raising renovation of a historic home in the state to benefit the American Cancer Societies’ Road to Recovery program.
The firm is known to infuse traditional and modern designs with unique, luxurious details that range from a kitchen island that can seat eight people to the stunning brilliance of Labradorite countertops. With roots stemming from New England to its new home in Charleston, the firm has renovated various kitchens in both coastal towns. The coastal kitchen featured here exudes comfort through calming blues and fresh whites. Pendant lights and lavish dining chairs complete the look.
3) Remodeling Services Unlimited
3127 A Forest Dr., Columbia, SC 29204
Remodeling Services Unlimited is a residential and commercial remodeling company serving the Greater Columbia area. The firm is headed by South Carolina Certified Master Builder Tony Thompson. He brings 30 years of remodeling experience and important remodeling designations from the NAHB. He is one of the few members who has been named a Life Director after 10 years of service on the NAHB board of directors. Under his leadership, Remodeling Services Unlimited ensures every renovation is done with outstanding workmanship and reliable service.
The firm has gained national acclaim through its annual ranking on Remodeling 550. Locally, it was hailed the Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeler in 2014 by Columbia Living Magazine readers. Additionally, its kitchens have won awards from the Remodeler’s Council of the HBA of Greater Columbia and the HBA of South Carolina.
The firm favors woodwork in its kitchen remodels. From cabinetry to trimming, the firm likes wood for its ability to produce warm, inviting kitchen atmospheres. This Southern country kitchen maximizes that wood effect. The flooring is creatively reflected in its ceiling. The pop of blue in the upper cabinets and the hood adds a distinctively South Carolina touch to this space.
2) Strock Enterprises
4736 Colie Morse Lane, Charleston, SC 29405
Strock Enterprises is one of Charleston’s premier remodelers boasting 30 years of whole home renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodels, and historic renovations. Founded by Trey Strock, the family-owned business creates alliances with trade partners and gets the best people in each field to deliver exceptional projects to Charleston residents.
As one of South Carolina’s most reputable firms, it has gained recognition as part of the Remodeling Big50 and a NARI COTY winner. Charleston residents have also voted the firm 2016’s Best Home Remodeling Company in the Post & Courier Reader’s Choice Awards. Furthermore, Strock is an active member of the Remodeler’s Advantage.
The firm favors neutral honey and cream tones for its kitchens accompanied by modern amenities and finishes. This transitional kitchen features soft contemporary tones and large windows and generates generous amounts of soft light. Storage is maximized through a whole wall of cabinets while the pine wood floors ground the overall look.
1) Classic Remodeling and Construction
1832 River Road, Johns Island, SC 29455
Classic Remodeling and Construction is the only design-build firm in Charleston that is focused exclusively on residential remodeling. The firm has built a reputation locally and nationally as one of South Carolina’s top firms in home improvement, a position credentialed by numerous awards. It is one of the few firms in the state that has won multiple Chrysalis Awards, and it has ranked in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 and the Remodeling Big50. It has also received Excellence in Remodeling Awards from the local home-builders association and GuildMaster Awards for Excellence in Service.
Bob Fleming opened the remodeling firm in 1989. He began with two other carpenters and drew designs and plans by hand. Today, the firm’s 30-member team—and growing—is made up of NAHB Certified Green Professionals, Certified Aging in Place Specialists, and NARI Certified Graduate Remodelers. The firm currently offers everything from complete overhauls and extensive renovations to kitchen and bathroom transformations and redesigns.
Aside from awards, the firm’s press exposure is a testament to its project quality. These projects have been featured in numerous magazines such as Builder/Architect, Professional Remodeler, Qualified Remodeler, Kitchen & Bath Design News, Charleston Style & Design, and Charleston Living Magazine. This contemporary kitchen addition was featured in Charleston Home + Design. The kitchen matches the rest of this 1950’s resident perfectly. Skylights illuminate the space while white cabinets, Cambria countertops, and a white tile backsplash pull together the contemporary look.
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