Both city slickers looking for a getaway and year-round residents rely on residential contractors to build dream homes in Gloucester, on Cape Cod, and on Cape Ann. The residential contractors listed here have mastered creating homes in any and all styles for Boston’s myriad clients. Some of the top construction companies on our list are design-build firms who work with clients through home design, planning, and completion of ground-up estate builds and historic renovations. The residential firms listed below are ranked based on the awards they’ve received, the press they’ve earned, and the number of homes they’ve added to the Boston landscape.
Top General Contractors
120 Braintree Street, Boston, MA 02134
About Kenwood Builders
Founded in 2007, Kenwood Builders is a design and build general contractor in Boston. Under the guidance of Principals Boris Kutikov and Gerry Korchmar, Kenwood Builders has built Boston-area homes worthy of being featured in Boston Design Guide and Builder + Architect Magazine. Besides designing and building new homes, the firm also takes on high-end remodeling projects, home additions, and historic restorations.
With their 30-plus years of combined experience, Kutikov and Korchmar have assembled a team of project managers, site superintendents, and estimators who work together to carefully determine the scope of every project. Careful planning helps ensure that each Kenwood Builders build is completed on time and on budget. While Kenwood Builders is happy to have clients take the lead on design, their team is a valuable resource for remodeling ideas. From fine details, such as unique tile choices and wall treatments, to major floor plan decisions for show-stopping foyers, this firm is a home improvement contractor that answers to every client’s individual taste.
87 Beaver Street, Suite B, Waltham, MA 02453
About Atlas Contracting
Atlas Contracting is a design, build, and remodel general contractor in Waltham, Massachusetts, less than 30 minutes from downtown Boston. Owner Ohan Ozcan, a second-generation home builder, leads the family owned and operated company. Atlas Contracting projects, which typically run between $100k and $5M, stand throughout Eastern Massachusetts, including in Boston and Cape Cod.
Founded in 1995, the company has appeared in several editions of the Boston Design Guide and has worked on homes in upscale communities such as Brookline and Newton. As a residential contractor Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and Environmental Protection Agency Lead-Safe certified, Atlas Contracting is an environmentally responsible construction company. The firm also holds membership with the National Association of Remodelers Industry and the Builders Association of Greater Boston.
An Atlas Contracting luxury home in Weston was named a Boston Design Guide pick of the week. Originally listed for $2.8M, the home features a two-story foyer flooded with natural light. The gourmet kitchen sprawls with double islands, custom cabinetry, and top-of-the-line appliances.
96 Swampscott Road, Salem, MA 01970
About Groom Construction
Brothers Tom and Dave Groom founded their custom home building firm in 1979. Groom Construction offers general contracting and construction management services for luxury homes, commercial tenant fit-outs, retail locations, and institutional buildings. The company is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Best of North Shore Home award from North Shore Magazine in the Best Custom Home Builder category.
More than 100 employees are headquartered at the Groom Construction office in Salem, under the leadership of Tom as company president and principal, as well as his fellow principals, David Groom, Scott Faulkner, and Dwight Groom. Their team builds and renovates energy-efficient homes throughout Boston and the surrounding areas, including Greater Boston, Belmont, Wellesley, Weston, South Boston, Back Bay, Hingham, Cohasset and many seaside homes on the North Shore including Marblehead, Swampscott, Gloucester, Nahant, Hamilton, Ipswich, etc..
A highly complex project in Marblehead, MA seamlessly unites extraordinary interior finishes with classic exterior elements, with no detail left neglected. Groom incorporated an English conservatory and natatorium to the side of an existing antique home, creating a truly unique oceanfront structure. The additions accommodate a new family room, negative edge swimming pool, three-car garage, state-of-the art home theater and an entertainment complex. Both the existing home and new construction were fitted with a home automation system to control nearly every apparatus in the house – this includes everything from its geothermal HVAC system right down to the lights on the pier.
Brookes + Hill Custom Builders
NARI Contractor of the Year Gold Award
5 Militia Drive, Lexington, MA 02421
About Brookes + Hill Custom Builders
Owners and Principals David Brookes and Eric Hill established their firm in 2009. Though Brookes + Hill Custom Builders has been constructing homes and performing renovations throughout New England for just under a decade, the team has already developed a reputation for their meticulous remodels and complete build-outs of enviable estates.
Brookes, a Lexington resident from Nantucket Island, has worked in custom home building and renovations for 25 years. Hill, who also serves as project manager, is a highly involved liaison who ensures that an architect’s designs and the client’s vision are translated into quality craftsmanship.
Brookes + Hill Custom Builders’ projects have appeared in the pages of New England Home magazine and Boston Home magazine and have made for eye-catching cover stories in Design New England. Among the awards the Lexington general contractor has earned are a Boston Magazine Best Builder title in the kitchen category and a National Association of the Remodeling Industry Contractor of the Year Gold award.
Sanford Custom Builders
Boston Magazine Best of Boston Builder West Award
310 Washington Street, Suite 202, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
About Sanford Custom Builders
Sanford Custom Builders specializes in new home construction, home additions, and high-end renovations. The Wellesley Hills general contractor works in collaboration with prominent, Boston architecture firms, such as Patrick Ahearn Architecture, Meyer & Meyer, and LDa Architecture and Interiors to deliver unique, fine-crafted homes.
Under the leadership of Owner and President Marc Kaplan, Sanford Custom Builders has earned plenty of recognition for their impeccable custom home projects. Besides garnering cover and feature stories in New Old House, Boston Design Guide, Builder + Architect, and Design New England, the firm has also received the Boston Magazine Best of Boston Builder West award.
Kaplan began his career in 1981 when, after earning a degree in civil engineering, he began working with his father at the Sanford Construction Company. He eventually struck out on his own to bring his extensive construction knowledge to fine homebuilding and remodeling in Boston MetroWest, Weston, and Wellesley. Their residential project values can reach between $250k and $8M.
Cape Associates, Inc.
NAHB National Safety Awards
345 Massasoit Road, Eastham, MA 02651
About Cape Associates, Inc.
Founded in 1971 by Lester F. Langhans Jr., Cape Associates was a Massachusetts Small Business Administration Family Owned Business of the Year. The licensed general contractor in Barnstable County employs more than 100 full-time employees, including project managers and craftspeople, who are responsible for the construction of some of the most beautiful estates in Cape Cod.
The firm’s expert craftsmanship has garnered attention from Cape Cod Home, Design New England, Home Remodeling, and Custom Home, among other top design magazines. Cape Associates has also been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders with three National Safety Awards. The company also received 7 Prism Awards in 2017,and 4 Prism Awards in 2016. In 2017 we were ranked #15 in Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 list.
Cape Associates is a five-time PRISM Award winner from the Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. The Eastham general contractor has ranked among the Remodeling Magazine annual, national list of the top 50 contractors and the Inc. magazine list of the fastest-growing private companies in the entire United States. They were also a Boston Magazine pick for the Best of Boston Home Best Sustainable Contractor title. The firm connects with South Shore, Islands, and Cape homeowners from company offices in Eastham, Chatham, and Yarmouthport.
Gold and Silver PRISM Awards
26 New Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
About S+H Construction
Founded in 1978, S+H Construction is a licensed, Cambridge contractor serving Eastern Massachusetts and the greater Boston area. Company President Sarah Lawson was once a project manager with S+H Construction. Since taking over ownership from founders Alex Slive and Doug Hanna in 2017, Lawson has built upon the company’s reputation for excellent customer service and exquisitely executed designs. The firm takes their work one step further by innovating new construction techniques, such as their unique basement waterproofing method, that make for more beautiful and resilient homes.
Over the years, S+H Construction has earned numerous Boston Home Magazine Best of Boston awards for Best New Construction Contractor, Best General Contractor, Best Builder, and Best Contractor in the Transitional and Classic categories. Gold and Silver PRISM awards from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston also line the firm’s mantle, alongside many Contractor of the Year accolades from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Eastern MA chapter. Their work is also consistently featured in both regional and national design publications.
Gold PRISM Awards,
Gold and Silver Cornerstone Awards
259 Turnpike Road, Suite 110, Southborough, MA 01772
About Brendon Homes
A division of Brendon Properties, Brendon Homes is a Better Business Bureau-accredited general contractor building homes, communities, and commercial properties throughout the Boston MetroWest market, including in Shrewsbury and Norfolk. Their work in New England has garnered two gold PRISM awards, plus Gold and Silver Cornerstone awards. The firm also offers design and construction of home additions, pool houses, barns, and any other structure a homeowner may need to complete their estate.
Kevin Giblin established Brendon Homes after a poor experience with a local general contractor. That was in 1978, around the time of his son Brendon’s birth. Today, Brendon Giblin is also part of the leadership team. Brendon learned the ropes working in the office and on the site with his father. Forty years later, Brendon Homes has appeared in Boston Magazine and the Boston Design Guide for high-end renovations and build-outs of custom homes.
One of their standout properties is a New Colonial home in Wellesley, MA. From the master bedroom with an elegant en suite bath to the oversized playroom and home gym on the lower level, it is luxury top to bottom.
Sterling Homes Development Corp.
Russell D. Busa
NAHB Excellence in Home Design,
Excellence in Home Design Award,
Houzz Best of Service Awards
400 Trade Center, Suite 5900, Woburn, MA 01801
About Sterling Homes Development Corp.
Sterling Homes Development Corp., a design-build firm, specializes in traditional construction and modular homes. Besides custom, ground-up builds, the firm also builds home additions, as well as remodeling kitchens and baths. The Sterling team can also revive a home by building a new deck or installing custom cabinetry.
Founder and President Russell D. Busa established Sterling Homes Development Corp. in 1994. Busa grew up in his father’s design-build business in Massachusetts before founding his licensed home improvement business in Woburn. His early education and hands-on approach to leadership have led Busa and Sterling to win two Excellence in Home Design awards from the National Association of Home Builders Building Systems Councils and to have features in Custom Home magazine, Builder Magazine, and the WellesleyWeston blog. Just most recently, they were featured in an article in NECN entitled “Best Five Things To Do In a Home renovation For Best Return on Investment.”
The company has helped clients build and renovate high-end residences, with typical budgets ranging from $50,000 to $1M. A Certified Green Building Professional and Energy Star Approved Builder, Sterling Homes Development Corp. is as interested in sustainability as they are in luxury.
Gilman Guidelli & Bellow Custom Builders
US Green Building Council LEED Silver Award
26 Farwell Street, Newton, MA 02460
About Gilman Guidelli & Bellow Custom Builders
A high-end residential contractor, Gilman Guidelli & Bellow is a recipient of the Cambridge Historical Commission Anthony C. Platt Award, as well as the Small Firms Award from the Boston Society of Architects. Both their custom homes and their smaller projects have been featured in North Shore Home, Fine Homebuilding, Coastal Living, The Boston Globe, and New England Home.
An eco-conscious general contractor, Gilman Guidelli & Bellow is an expert in energy conservation materials and building strategies. Their dedication to environmentally friendly construction practices and cost-effective, sustainable design has been recognized with a US Green Building Council LEED Silver Award.
Established by Rick Guidelli and Gary Gilman in 1989, Partner Doug Bellow has also joined the team. The principals appoint a site supervisor and a project manager to each job. The team members in these roles coordinate the dozens of people involved in building a custom home so no detail is overlooked. The firm’s precision and skill level have led to collaborations with prominent Boston design firms, such as Ruhl Walker Architects.
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects & Builders
John R. DaSilva
Gold BRICC Award
157 Brewster-Chatham Road, Route 137, E. Harwich, MA 02645
About Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects & Builders
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects & Builders was founded in 1996 by Peter Polhemus, member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), when he left his position as lead architect with a local firm to partner with their chief of construction. John R. DaSilva, AIA, a New England Design Hall of Fame inductee, later joined the firm as design principal. Today, Polhemus and DaSilva lead alongside President and CEO Aaron Polhemus. The firm has earned the National Custom Home Builder of the Year Award, and Cape Cod Magazine listed them among their top contracting firms.
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects & Builders earned a Bulfinch Award and a Gold BRICC award for their Champlain’s Bluff project. The 6,900-square-foot house combines the aesthetic of an English cottage with contemporary comforts and a seaside setting. The property opens on a winding driveway and through a generous garden leading up to the front of the house. The spacious floor plan includes a library and a formal dining space inside, while, outside, homeowners can entertain guests at the pool and terraces.
New England Design and Construction
PRISM Gold and Silver Contractor of the Year Awards
103 Terrace Street, Boston, MA 02120
About New England Design and Construction
CEO David Supple founded New England Design and Construction in 2005 after graduating from the architecture program at Tufts University and then honing his skills as an architect and project manager in California. Under Supple’s leadership, the firm and their work have drawn coverage from New England Home, Boston Home, Design New England, The Boston Globe, and Remodeling Magazine.
One of the top 50 general contractors in the country according to the Remodeler Magazine annual list, New England Design and Construction rebuilds custom residences throughout the greater Boston area. Their work in upscale communities such as Brookline and Newton Highlands have earned them a spot among the Qualified Remodeler Top 500 firms. They have also earned and Gold and Silver Contractor of the Year awards from the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the NARI. The firm has taken home PRISM Gold and Silver Contractor of the Year Awards for their residential projects.
168 Bingham Road, Carlisle, MA 01741
About Merz Construction
Since Jonathan Merz founded Merz Construction in 1986, the Carlisle general contractor has amassed a portfolio of custom home projects that typically range between $250k and $5M in value. They have built dream homes throughout the greater Boston area and the surrounding communities, including Cambridge, Lincoln, and Concord.
Merz Construction counts among their collaborators notable Boston-area design firms, like Andrew Cohen Architects, Flavin Architects, and Diana Bailey Architects. The team’s impeccable execution of high-end designs has drawn attention from Boston Design, New England Home, and Boston Magazine. The firm even landed the covers of the Boston Globe’s Globe Magazine and the Boston Design Guide.
Merz Construction performed two full-home renovations for the same client, 30 years apart. Decades after the firm had reworked and restored a historical property for the family, they stepped in to personalize the clients’ new condominium in Cambridge. Working with LDa Architecture & Interiors, the firm installed custom storage and millwork throughout the Harvard Square residence. The kitchen received a custom, subway tile backsplash and granite countertops. Grass wall coverings and an integrated media system add a touch of refinement.
Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations
171 Reservoir Street, Needham, MA 02494
About Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations
PRISM award-winning general contractor Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations is a Needham firm with a 35-year history. The team executes new home construction, construction management, home remodeling, and continuing maintenance projects from their office just steps away from the Charles River. The company also boasts their own custom woodworking shop, staffed with artisan designers and builders.
Founder and President Peter Fallon works with project managers and homeowners to leverage their strong network of Boston resources for a successful buildout. A diverse team of tradespeople ensure efficient materials acquisition and meticulous finishing, no matter what each fully custom residence demands. Their dedication and workmanship have led Fallon Custom Homes to partner with premier architecture firms, such as Patrick Ahearn Architect and Dana Schock & Associates.
Builder/Architect Builder featured Fallon Custom Homes as a Builder of the Month, while The Boston Globe, Wellesley Weston Magazine, and Trends magazine have featured the firm’s custom homes. Remodeled Homes magazine and New England Cable News have also showcased the gorgeous results of Fallon Custom Homes’ builds.
Gold and Silver PRISM Awards
580 Harrison Ave, Suite 4W, Boston, MA 02118
About Sea-Dar Construction
Founded in 1991, Sea-Dar Construction is a Boston general contractor with offices in the South End, Osterville, and New York City. The firm builds fine, custom homes, as well as commercial and institutional projects. President and Founder Jean Abouhamad holds degrees in structural engineering and civil engineering from Cornell University and Columbia University, respectively.
Sea-Dar Construction has earned Boston magazine Best of Boston awards for Best Builder and Best High-End Remodeler South, as well as multiple accolades from the Boston Preservation Alliance. The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston has awarded the South End firm with several Gold and Silver PRISM awards for Best Remodeling/Restoration Project valued over $1M, Best Detached Home over 5,000 square feet, and Best Detached Home over 8,000 square feet. Other organizations that have recognized the firm’s work include the National Association of Home Builders, the New England chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the International Interior Design Association, and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod.