Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Atlanta emerged from a tumultuous history to become one of the most bustling and progressive cities in the American South. Its architecture reflects this history, boasting renowned historical homes interspersed with strikingly modern and technologically advanced new homes. Known for its Craftsman-style, Tudor, and contemporary houses, all reflecting a little bit of Atlanta’s culture — both past and present.This is a list of Atlanta-based general contractors who provide quality remodeling, renovation, and new homebuilding services for single-family residences in metropolitan Atlanta. In particular, these construction companies were chosen because they have created or added to high-end residences in the most upscale parts of town. Their home remodel projects have been recognized in well-known publications and have earned awards for excellence in design and craftsmanship. Their teams possess impressive credentials, a commitment to customer service and environmentally-driven building solutions.
Many of the residential contractors on this list are bringing Atlanta homes into the high-tech future while working to preserve the historical integrity of Atlanta’s architectural past. Whether you’re just coming up with an idea for a new home design or know exactly what you’re looking for in a home improvement contractor, checking out these Atlanta general contractors is a great place to start.
Top General Contractors
1827 Powers Ferry Road SE, Building 6, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30339
About Loudermilk Homes
The design-build firm is run by President Sherwin Loudermilk who has 12 years of experience in real estate and studied business at Georgia State University and J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Loudermilk Homes integrates sustainable building practices and energy-efficient products with the technological conveniences of modern living. For example, Loudermilk smart homes are powered by Amazon’s Alexa and are pre-wired for controlling things like music, video, security, HVAC, lighting, intercoms, and irrigation through touch panels, or remotely via any smart device. In practice, homeowners can watch home security camera footage or activate sprinklers from their smartphones. They can program their lights, locks, and thermostat to change when people enter and exit the home.
Loudermilk Homes was chosen as one of six Atlanta-based custom home builders and design-build firms to be a part of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program, a prestigious entity that puts together a network of some of the finest home builders in the South. The program promotes customer-focused companies with extensive experience and a strong reputation in the marketplace.
John Willis Custom Homes
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association Gold Professionalism Awards,
Builder of the Year Award
281 W. Wieuca Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
About John Willis Custom Homes
John Willis Custom Homes was chosen for its high-quality custom home building and renovations. In particular, this general contractor preserves the historical and cultural integrity of the areas in which it works, seeking to maintain the “heart and personality” of a home and neighborhood by protecting and honoring the historical and cultural perspective of each design. At the same time, the company builds homes that are luxurious and that add full market value to cherished Atlanta neighborhoods, like Midtown, Sandy Springs, and historic Brookhaven.
Founder John Willis credits his success to his team of licensed professionals, always striving to go beyond what is expected of home builders. John Willis Custom Homes has received multiple Gold Professionalism Awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association for excellence in home building, and Willis received the 2004 Presidential Award and the 2005 Builder of the Year Award.
One of the company’s deep renovation projects, 3710 Narmore Drive is located in wealthy and historic Brookhaven. The residence is 3,420 square feet with 9-foot ceilings. It has a grand entrance, an elevator, hardwood floors, walk-in closets, a covered front porch, and two fireplaces. It features three full baths and a master bath with a garden tub, three bedrooms (including an oversized master) and a two-car garage, all with an estimated value of $1.3M.
Weidmann Remodeling & Renovation
National Association of the Remodeling Industry Contractor of the Year Awards
1875 Old Alabama Road, Suite 1310, Roswell, GA 30076-2269
About Weidmann Remodeling & Renovation
Weidmann Remodeling & Renovation is an Atlanta general contractor selected for its recognition in quality, custom design-build homes. A family business, Weidmann was founded in 1989 by Bill Weidmann, who holds a degree in structural engineering and more than 25 years of experience in construction management. It wasn’t long before it was one of the 15th largest companies in metropolitan Atlanta. To keep up with the growth, Weidmann’s brother, Dan, joined the company with degrees in law and engineering.
In 1997, the company was placed on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 10 Remodeler list, and it has remained there since. It was also recognized for excellence in Remodeling Magazine’s prestigious “Big 50” list. The company received multiple Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry in categories like residential bath over $100k, residential kitchen between $100k and $150k, residential exterior under $100k, and residential home additions between $100k and $250k. In 2014, with almost 90 percent of new clients coming from repeat or referral clients, the company opened a new branch office at Lake Oconee.
Legacy Custom Homes
605 River Valley Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
About Legacy Custom Homes
Legacy Custom Homes is a design-build Atlanta general contractor highlighted for its environmentally conscious, luxury custom homes in upscale areas like Sandy Springs and Buckhead. The company is a Certified Earthcraft and EnergySTAR Builder and member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.
Founder Randy Arndt has a master’s degree in engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Before residential home building, he spent 14 years in the corporate world as a senior-level manager for several successful startup companies and managed multi-million dollar commercial development projects. Arndt is also the co-author of the book “Building a Quality Custom Home – What You Need To Know.”
Legacy Custom Homes’ single-family residential property at 805 Glenairy Drive Aberdeen Drive in upscale Sandy Springs has five full bedrooms and baths, one half-bath, a large mudroom, and a walk-in pantry. It also has spacious three-car garages, a covered porch and outdoor fireplace, energy efficient features, and a pool-ready floor plan. The property is listed at $1.59M. Legacy Custom Homes has received a Gold recognition at the 2011 OBIE Awards (named after the obelisk shape of the actual awards) and a Silver in 2017 through the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association for a single-family detached custom home between $1M and $2.4M.
Handcrafted Homes, Inc
National Association of the Remodeling Industry Contractor of the Year Awards,
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association Remodeler of the Year,
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association OBIE Awards,
EarthCraft Renovation Award
505 Boulder Way, Roswell, GA 30075
About Handcrafted Homes, Inc
Selected for its excellent record in constructing and remodeling design-build, single-family residences, Atlanta general contractor Handcrafted Homes was founded in 1976. They are experienced in historically sensitive home remodeling projects, and they do work on custom homes throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area, as well as in the north Georgia mountains.
Founder and current President Judy Mozen is a Master Certified Remodeler through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and a Green Certified Professional, and she has served as National President and National Chair of the Board of NARI. Randy Urquhart, Vice President, is a NARI Universal Design Certified Professional, and he and Mozen are both EarthCraft Builders and Renovators. The company has received multiple awards from NARI, the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, EarthCraft, and Chrysalis. Handcrafted Homes is affiliated with NARI, NAHB and EarthCraft.
One of its large-scale restoration projects was on the historic estate that belonged to Asa Candler, founder of Coca-Cola. The renovation involved replacing the roof, curved portico, porch tiles, iconic columns, and entablature — the decorative horizontal pattern along the exterior walls. Handcrafted Homes honored the historic residence by using similar materials to those in the original design. It received the 2013 Remodeling Design Award for a Historically Sensitive Renovation Over $300k.
Heirloom Design Build
David F. Radlmann
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association OBIE Awards,
EarthCraft of the Year Award
245 North Highland Avenue, Suite 230-367, Atlanta, GA 30307
Recognized for environmentally conscious and multi-award-winning projects, Heirloom Design Build is led by Principal David F. Radlmann, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Advanced Professional in Building Design and Construction. Radlmann has more than 18 years of experience building high-end residences in metropolitan Atlanta. He is a founding member of the Atlanta Green Council and an acting member of its board of directors. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and he’s on Southface Energy’s Earthcraft Council.
The company has affiliations with the United States Green Building Council, the Atlanta Green Building Council, Builder America, EarthCraft and Energy Star. Heirloom also has an EPA Lead-Free certification, and staff members are LEED Advancement Professional (AP) certified. Its team of licensed contractors has earned numerous awards, including nine OBIE awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and the Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence twice – in 2015 for 1013 Euclid Ave. and in 2018, for 990 Carmel Ave.
Heirloom’s new construction on 1013 Euclid Avenue in Inman Park, which earned the EarthCraft of the Year Award and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Award in 2015, is EPA Energy Certified, a GA Power Earthcents home, and an EPA WaterSense Certified Home. The residence contains a polished aggregate pool that was created to emit the noise of running water throughout the living room — a link between home and nature — and local wood fixtures obtained through a sustainable woods program.
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association OBIE Awards
3221 Hill Street #112, Duluth, GA 30096
About Cardinal Construction
Highlighted for its upscale remodeling and renovation projects in luxurious homes, Cardinal Construction also creates design-build custom houses. The company was founded in 1999 by President Charley Hipple, who has a background in architecture and business. Cardinal Construction has earned several awards over the years for its work in metropolitan Atlanta, including numerous OBIE awards for home remodeling projects and renovations. Four of its OBIE awards were for a bathroom remodel over $25,000, a kitchen over $75,000, an exterior over $100k, and a whole-house renovation over $500k.
The company has worked in Georgia areas like Falling Brook, John’s Creek, Suwanee, Chateau Elan, Flowery Branch, and the Atlanta Country Club. Some of its upscale work includes a custom home in the Duluth area valued at around $2M. It features a pool with a water slide, gazebo, fire pit, and double-decker patio with full kitchen amenities. The basement is estimated to be worth $500k and includes a home movie theater, multiple guest rooms, and a full kitchen.
Small Carpenters at Large
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association OBIE Award
884 Lake Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
About Small Carpenters at Large
Atlanta design-build firm Small Carpenters at Large was chosen for its award-winning creations — more than 50 awards since 2000 — in upscale areas like Buckhead and Virginia Highlands. The Atlanta Chapter of the NARI has selected Small Carpenters at Large about 25 times for Contractor of the Year since 2000, based on bath, kitchen, and entire house projects in prestigious areas like Lenox Park, Morningside, and Medlock Park.
Atlanta Home Improvement named the company the Best Remodeler of 2015 for Intown Atlanta, and the company has received several Chrysalis Awards for kitchen and basement projects, plus a 2008 OBIE Award for a whole house renovation $500k and above in Buckhead. The firm was also awarded the Best of Houzz Badge for Design from 2015 to 2017, and was named one of America’s Top Remodelers by Qualified Remodeler Magazine in 2014. They are also Eathcraft Certified.
Owner Danny Feig-Sandoval graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies, and although he spent most of his life in Atlanta, he gained a great deal of inspiration by traveling through Europe and the Middle East on a bicycle and motor scooter. Amanda Johnson, lead architectural designer, graduated from the College of Architecture at Clemson University and has been working for Small Carpenters at Large since 2001.
NARI Contractor of the Year,
NARI Outstanding Member of the Year,
Home Builders Association of Georgia Silver Awards,
Cherokee Sanford Brick Distributor Award of Excellence
245 W. Wieuca Road, Suite 240, Atlanta, GA 30342
About RLS Construction
Home improvement contractor RLS Construction earned its spot on this list for its numerous awards for custom home projects. Owned by Rich Sokolowski, this Atlanta contractor has contributed substantial home building and remodeling services to residences in Buckhead. The company teams up with Atlanta’s best architects and designers to create upscale residential spaces, like its high-end library and swimming pool cabana additions to a home on Argonne Drive, new wine cellars to homes on elite Brighton Road and Club Drive, and a home theater for a Dudley Lane residence.
RLS Construction received Chrysalis awards for the 2004 Best Design-Build Project Addition Under $100k, was named the 2003 Georgia Remodeler of the Year, was the 2002 Finished Basement Category Winner, received the 2002 Kitchen Remodel award for kitchen remodels between $40,000 and $75,000, and won a 2001 Remodeling Excellence award for a Detached Outbuilding over $100k. From NARI, the company received several awards for Contractor of the Year, as well as being named the 2002 Outstanding Member of the Year and the 2001 Georgia Contractor of the Year. It was chosen by the Home Builders Association of Georgia as Silver Award Winner for a bath between $30,001 and $59,999 and won the Cherokee Sanford Brick for a Distributor Award of Excellence for the best use of brick in landscaping.
Southeast Regional Contractor of the Year Award,
National Contractor of the Year Award
2120 Plaster Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324
About Home ReBuilders
This design-build construction company is highlighted for its numerous award-winning residential projects and sustainable building efforts, and for the amount of work it does in metropolitan Atlanta. One of Atlanta’s largest renovation firms, Home ReBuilders was founded in 1981 by Bill Bartlett, owner and president. The company boasts a high number of repeat clients from its thousands of projects completed in Atlanta.
Bartlett’s experience stems from a family tradition of high-quality construction and an educational background in engineering and construction software. Home ReBuilders is an EarthCraft-certified company, and Bartlett served on the 2010 Board of Directors for the Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Green Council for 2010 and is currently a member of NARI and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).
Home ReBuilders received more than 100 awards and recognitions between 1993 and 2015 through Chrysalis, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
One of the company’s renovations, at 1629 Monroe Drive in historic Morningside Park, led to the creation of a chic Craftsman-style residence with five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a terrace, a multi-car garage, and a walk-in pantry.
Sheehan Built Homes
4825 High Point Road, Atlanta, GA 30342
About Sheehan Built Homes
This company was created in 2003 by native Atlantan and founder and owner Patrick Sheehan, who got his start creating mountain homes in northern Georgia. This Atlanta general contractor was chosen for its custom new homes in prestigious neighborhoods like Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Buckhead.
Its property on 1800 Garraux Road was a 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles showhouse, featuring the work of 20 different esteemed designers. The property was designed by Harrison Design, a highly respected Atlanta architecture firm. The 8,800-square-foot house is an English-style country estate made from custom-made brick and locally sourced and aged granite. It has 12-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows and features a two-acre lot, five bedrooms, and a classical style with modern flair. Another project, The Ten at Lake Forest, is positioned within prestigious and popular Sandy Springs and is made up of four-sided brick luxury townhomes starting at 3,492 feet. They include Wolf and SubZero appliances, cabinetry, tile, secure yards, elevators, traditional screen porches, and three-car tandem garages. The property is priced from $859k.
Renewal Design + Build
Peter and David Michelson
NARI Contractor of the Year Awards,
Silver and Gold OBIE Awards
124 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur, GA 30030
About Renewal Design + Build
Selected for its speciality in historic preservation, Renewal Design + Build, started by brothers Peter and David Michelson in 2001, was ranked the #3 Residential Remodeler in 2017 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Since its origin, Renewal Design + Build has received over 70 recognitions for remodeling projects on kitchens, baths, interiors, exteriors, and ranch renovations. It earned 1st place in the Whole House category in the Best of the Best Projects Awards from Atlanta Home Improvement, and 2nd place in the Whole House category for a 1950s ranch renovation. It received several NARI Contractor of the Year awards for kitchens, additions, and bathrooms, on top of several Silver and Gold OBIE awards. This construction company received 10 Chrysalis awards and seven awards from the city of Decatur’s Historic Preservation Commission. It was also ranked a top builder in Remodeling Magazine and Professional Remodeler, singled out for excellence by GuildQuality and won EarthCraft’s Renovator of the Year award in 2005.
Many of Renewal’s home projects are historic renovations, and the company works on projects in upscale areas like Sandy Springs, Druid Hills, Intown Atlanta, Ansley Park, Avondale Estates, Inman Park, Buckhead, Brookhaven, and Chastain. Some of its most recent projects were in trendy and prestigious neighborhoods like Poncey-Highland, Virginia-Highland, Ansley Park, and Morningside.
Professional Remodeler Magazine Best of the Best National Award’,
Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence,
home Remodeling Consumers’ Choice Awards
690 Miami Circle NE, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30324
Sawhorse is an Atlanta-based residential contractor highlighted for its years of experience and for its many awards and media recognitions. It focuses on high-end and energy-efficient residential home remodeling and renovation projects in metropolitan Atlanta. With more than 30 years of history serving Atlanta, Sawhorse’s design-build remodeling projects have earned over 100 national and regional awards in categories like the Best of the Best National Award from Professional Remodeler Magazine, Best Residential Universal Design from the Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence, and Consumers’ Choice Awards for Home Remodeling. The company has also received NARI’s Contractor of the Year Award in categories like Best Bath and Best Kitchen.
Sawhorse has received honorable mentions for sustainability from Environmental Design Construction Magazine, was awarded the Green Project of the Year Award in Remodeling from the NAHB, and won The Best Sustainable Practice Award from the Sustainable Buildings Industry Circle. This construction company’s work has been featured in countless articles in publications like The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, and Atlanta Building News. Sawhorse has worked on properties in prestigious areas, such as Buckhead, Sandy Springs, and Midtown. One of the company’s design-build projects, a 5,000-square-foot modern basement renovation, was for a local NBA star in Sandy Springs.
Stokesman Luxury Homes
118 Terrace Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
About Stokesman Luxury Homes
Boutique custom home builder Stokesman Luxury Homes was chosen for its high-end custom creations in elite Buckhead neighborhoods, including Tuxedo Park. The firm carefully selects a handful of projects per year to ensure that each estate is truly unique and executed with expert craftsmanship and high attention to detail. Although not quite as high in the awards category as compared to some other companies on this list, it is #2 for its community service and for its remarkable and valuable work in upscale neighborhoods across Buckhead.
Its latest project is a stunning estate at 3540 Knollwood Dr NW that is the only new construction available in prestigious Tuxedo Park with an estimated completion date of July 2018. The home offers unmatched luxury and privacy featuring two breathtaking master suites with covered verandas and resort style bathrooms. Some of the other highlights are custom cabinetry by local artisans, elegant marble, level walkout lawns with a sleek saltwater pool/hot tub/tanning ledge, an outdoor kitchen/cabana, and beautiful European style iron doors. The 1.84 acre estate is listed at $4,999,500.
The company was co-founded by Stokely Weinberg, who has an extensive background in Atlanta real estate development and serves as Inner Atlanta President for the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and by Bryan Eastman, whose expertise is in home construction and design.
Eastman spends his spare time supporting the nonprofit organization Angel Flight, made up of pilots providing free air transportation to people suffering from severe medical needs. He also volunteers with Veterans Airlift Command supporting families of wounded veterans and has delivered supplies to earthquake victims in Haiti. Weinberg is passionate about helping underserved communities and devotes hundreds of hours per year to coaching and mentoring at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.
Berndsen Custom Homes
Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association OBIE Awards,
Institute of Classical Architecture Philip T. Shutze Award
3525 Piedmont Road, Bldg 6-130, Atlanta, GA 30305
About Berndsen Custom Homes
Berndsen Custom Homes was selected for its significant experience in remodeling Georgia homes and for the value and size of the homes on which they work. The company offers high-end new home construction, renovation, exteriors, and condo interiors. With a history spanning back three decades, Berndsen has earned recognition as a top builder in upscale neighborhoods in the metropolitan Atlanta area, like Buckhead
The company, known for its number of repeat clients and prestigious clientele, focuses on luxury residences, some larger than 20,000 square feet and valued at more than $15M. The OBIE award-winning residence at 439 Blackland Road is one of the most expensive homes in Tuxedo Park, a wealthy and historical area in Buckhead that is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The U-shaped structure sits around an elegant swimming pool, and at 15,200 square feet, it contains six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
Founder and CEO Jon Berndsen attended the Auburn University School of Architecture, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Building Science. He is one of the 7 founders and current President of the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, a nationwide non-profit member-based organization dedicated to promotion and education of the principles of Classical Architecture. The company earned seven OBIE awards between 1998 and 2012 in categories including Single Family Home $2.5 Million and Up, Whole House Renovation $1 Million and Up, and Residential Remodeling Kitchen, as well as a 2008 Philip T. Shutze award from the Institute of Classical Architecture for Best New Home in the S.E. Region.