Surrounded by the immense beauty of the Sonoran Desert, Tucson is widely known for its great weather, world-class food scene, diverse culture, and its numerous outdoor activities. The city is the second largest in the state with half a million people calling it home, trailing only behind Phoenix. Its laid-back lifestyle complements the desert region on which it stands. It is brimming with leisure activities and home to a hobbyist culture that brings people together for astronomy and vintage cars.
Living in Tucson means experiencing spectacular landscapes and sunset views, and what better way to do so than from a great vantage point? Our editors have found 10 of the best remodeling contractors working in Tucson, Arizona. These firms were chosen for their expertise, professionalism, and customer service. These companies have a long history in the area, with some being part of a family of builders. They have received plenty of positive feedback from previous clients, as well as recognition from industry publications and award-giving bodies. Several of these companies are also members of prominent local and national organizations and associations.
Eren Design & Remodel
55 North Avenida De La Vista, Tucson, AZ 85710
Eren Design & Remodel is a premier general contractor that has been providing remodeling services in Tucson and surrounding areas since 1986. As a family-owned and operated business, trust is among the most important parts of its process. Composed of professionals that have been in the industry for decades, it brings an expert service that recognizes how important a home is to its clients. This process opens a way for clients and the firm to work together to find solutions that meet their needs and budgets. Its commitment to building alone provides clients with excellent projects. Add to that commitment the firm’s ongoing process improvement and development and you’ll understand how clients are consistently provided with such a high level of craftsmanship and durability.
Janice Donald brings to each project her accounting background and a keen eye for detail. She took over the firm in 2001 and has since developed a positive and professional attitude toward work. Her connection with clients, as well as her abilities to balance scheduling, budget, and creativity, enable the firm to complete projects with outstanding results. Janice has been very active in the industry since becoming a CEO. She served as the President of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Southern Arizona Chapter (NARI). She also holds the designation of Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).
Interior Trends Remodel & Design
3227 N Palo Verde Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85716
Interior Trends Remodel & Design works on projects of various sizes and complexities with a talented team of builders and interior designers. Apart from remodeling, the firm also provides interior design services, cabinets, millwork, and appliance installation. Thanks to its turnkey solutions, the firm provides clients with an efficient full-service process that guides them from conception to completion. This process also includes educating and informing them to help with their decision-making. Clients have left glowing reviews for the firm where they lauded the firm’s professionalism, attentiveness, flexibility, and diligence.
Kathy Nieto, a Tucson native with a career spanning over 40 years, founded the firm in 1990. Her experience provides clients with expert project management and work assessment. She also has a large network of working relationships with leading architects, engineers, and subcontractors, which assists her and her team in providing exceptional projects to clients. The firm has been featured in Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden magazine, where it is also a regular contributor. The firm is also a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
EmV Design Build
510 N 7th Avenue, Suite #120, Tucson, AZ 85705
EmV Design Build was founded by CEO Edith Villalobos-Zamora to combine unique design elements and the technical side of construction. The result is art projects that resemble art pieces. With over a decade of experience in interior design and construction, Villalobos-Zamora discovered that clients are easily overwhelmed by a lack of planning and the overall process. To avoid these feelings, she has developed a process that sequentially follows each construction phase. She firmly guides clients through the process of creating unique designs that are tailored to their needs, from meetings to planning to selecting the right finishes. Everything is organized to ensure that clients also know the day-to-day progress of the project. With years of experience and utilization of this process, the firm has amassed an impressive portfolio of great projects and plenty of satisfied clients.
The firm specializes in remodeling, new home construction, and additions. Since its inception in 2015, the firm has worked on numerous projects in Tucson, Dove Mountain, Oro Valley, and Sierra Valley. It is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and a member of the National Home Builders Association (NAHB). Villalobos-Zamora is an active ambassador and board member of the Board of Directors for the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
2102 N Country Club Road, Building 9, Tucson, AZ 85716
McCaleb Construction is a full-service design-build firm that specializes in interior design and home remodeling in Tucson. The firm received the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) Remodeler of the Year in 2015, the NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) for Best Residential Kitchen over $120,000 in 2012, and multiple Chrysalis Awards over the years. The firm has achieved these results by adhering to its mission of cultivating positive client relationships and bringing a strong work ethic to each project. The firm’s team is dedicated to providing clients with creative design solutions, accurate estimates, and efficient work.
Since 1980, the firm has completed numerous remodels, additions, and custom construction projects in the city. It provides a courteous, detailed process that ensures each project is completed with only the highest craftsmanship and service, regardless of size. The remodeled kitchen shown above includes a curved island that adds a unique look to the space. It also provides more space and efficiency for meal preparation while entertaining guests.
150 S Camino Seco, Suite #103, Tucson, AZ 85710
As its name suggests, Assurance Builders is committed to providing clients with quality projects and services. Established in 1998, the firm specializes in remodeling and new home construction. It provides a personalized service that aims to build projects that reflect the client’s character and style. Throughout the process, the firm maintains a great working relationship with its clients. Its respect and understanding allow the firm to create projects that employ the creativity and passion of both clients and team members. The firm views each project as a privilege: it takes its responsibilities seriously and is committed to providing the highest quality for clients.
With great communication, workmanship, and skilled professionals, the firm has maintained its reputation for quality service. John Reuter III and Debra Reuter lead the firm backed by decades of industry experience. John is a third-generation carpenter and oversees the construction in all of its phases. He also maintains working relationships with contractors and partners. Debra, on the other hand, has extensive experience in administration and management. Her abilities in these areas have kept each process running smoothly and efficiently. Their firm is a member of the SAHBA, the NKBA, BBB, and Arizona Registrars of Contractors.
Living Space Designs
5635 E River Road, Suite 111, Tucson, AZ 85750
Living Space Designs got its name from the process of working with and learning about clients’ habits, personalities, and styles. By understanding each of their unique characteristics, the firm translates great living into a space that is specifically designed for them. Along with the design, it assists clients in selecting the appropriate finishes and details from floor to ceiling. It places a high value on transparency and will work with clients down to the tiniest details of projects’ costs. This part of the process was mentioned by clients who left positive reviews for the firm. The firm’s former clients are extremely satisfied and grateful for their project outcomes, crediting the firm’s creativity and professionalism.
The kitchen shown above was renovated to reflect the contemporary art and furniture that the owners have brought into their house. The gray cabinets, white painted walls, and white countertops give the space a clean, open appearance. These also go perfectly with the dark brown of the floor and the cabinet on the island.
Jacobson Custom Homes
426 E 9th Street, Tucson, AZ 85705
Lorin Jacobson, who comes from a family of custom home builders, founded Jacobson Custom Homes in 2008. With decades of experience before the founding of her firm, Jacobson has refined her firm’s process and brought exquisite area projects to life. She has completed over a hundred custom homes and remodels in Tucson. Her firm’s process combines sustainability with the architectural style of Arizona, utilizing a variety of green technologies, including photovoltaic electrical generation, radiant floors, recycled blown-in insulation, solar water heaters, and more. With Jacobson at the helm, the firm has built a reputation for impeccable quality and service.
The kitchen shown here is part of a full-house renovation in Green Valley. The white floor-to-ceiling cabinets provide plenty of storage while also contributing to the refined design that complements the white countertop and brick-tiled backsplash. The large dark island provides a contrast to the space. The silver of the appliances, finishes, pendant lighting, and farmhouse sink are stylish and modern.
14878 E Circle W Ranch Place, Tucson, AZ 85641
For many years, Mellgren Homes has provided high-quality services and projects in Tucson. The company specializes in home remodeling—everything from whole-house renovations to kitchen and bathroom remodels. With a team that has worked in the area for over 25 years, the firm has established a process that enhances the clients’ spaces, while also designing them to be functional and comfortable. The firm understands its role when it comes to remodeling projects. It is courteous and goes to great lengths to keep existing areas free of dust and debris during the construction process. This procedure ensures that each member of the family can go about their daily activities with minimal disruption.
Dave Mellgren brings his decades of experience and expertise to the firm. He started as a carpenter and later worked as a project manager for a custom home-building company before starting his own in 2006. On each project, he has developed an eye for detail as well as quality craftsmanship. He enjoys the experience and challenges that come with building a home, and he is ecstatic about each completion and turnover that results in satisfied clients. The company is a member of the NARI and has also received an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification.
Desert Earth & Wood
245 S Plumer Avenue, Suite 15, Tucson, AZ 85719
By combining extensive research, experience, planning, and craftsmanship, Desert Earth & Wood has maintained its great reputation for building quality projects for over 38 years. The firm provides residential construction services such as remodeling, additions, and new home construction. Its design process acknowledges the uniqueness of each project and collaborates with clients to find designs that are perfectly suited to their lifestyles. Once the design is approved, the firm starts the construction of the project. This part provides a seamless process that aims to deliver projects with minimal distraction and do so on time and within budget. The firm also maintains a woodworking facility for the efficient production of prefabricated materials. Although it specializes in adobe construction, it also has experience with traditional building techniques. It is currently researching and pursuing green building to become a more environmentally conscious construction company.
Tim Barrett, the firm’s president, has spent time traveling the world and experiencing various cultures and architecture. His exposure to these environments has allowed him to easily navigate the range of styles and preferences each client needs. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of the NARI’s Southern Arizona Chapter and is still an active member. His firm is also EPA Lead Safe-certified.
AZ Construction and Renovation
1000 E. Fort Lowell, Tucson, AZ
AZ Construction and Renovation is a remodeling firm that has been providing Pima County with exceptional service and craftsmanship since 2017. The firm values its clients and strives to provide a project that combines quality and durability with the skill of its professionals. The firm continuously exceeds client expectations. The firm specializes in a wide range of services including kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home additions, and home expansions, as well as installation of flooring, cabinetry, structural beams and walls, lighting, windows, doors, and much more. In addition to its residential work, the firm also provides services for commercial projects.
The open-concept kitchen project shown above included modern pendant lights, a vaulted ceiling, and a large island. The space is made charming by the quartzite countertop, white backsplash, and light wood L-shaped flooring.