Frameless showers, sunken tubs, wood-like tile, glass mosaics, and exotic marbles aren’t the only choices a homeowner has to make when splurging on a bathroom remodel. In Charlotte, as elsewhere, most of the cost for remodeling a bathroom comes from labor. That’s why hiring a qualified professional is a make-or-break step.
Bathroom remodeling contractors worth their salt know things like how to prevent water seeping through the structure, even in tiny amounts, because someday you’ll have extensive damage that doesn’t repair easily. They also need to have design savvy, so that the big bucks you spend get you the feel you’re after, such as a spa-like atmosphere or layers of understated elegance.
This list names 15 of the best Charlotte contractors who can deliver on all of those things. They know, for example, that atmosphere is wonderful, but that a successful bathroom design must manage bathroom remodeling costs and have functionality at its heart. The ranking reflects the contractors’ high-end clients, budgets without limits, and craftsmanship that’s hard to match.
Top Remodeling Contractors
15. Stuart Brown Custom Construction
Featured Professionals: Stu Brown
Address: 9831 Thornridge Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079
Stuart Brown Custom Construction’s website says that owner Stu “was raised doing business on a handshake.” It’s an intimate style that has endeared clients to Brown, who was raised on a farm with old school values, much like the majority of Charlotte’s residents. He has kept the company small on purpose, so he doesn’t have to hire project managers. Stu will show up to personally supervise your project. Stuart Brown Custom Construction does not hire project managers.
The company handles remodeling projects throughout Charlotte’s suburbs, including Indian Trail, Marvin, Davidson, Myers Park, Fort Mill, and Ballantyne. Brown holds unlimited contractors’ licenses in both North and South Carolina, which allows him to work on projects up to $100M. A project by Brown received the 2017 Contractor of the Year (CotY) National Award for bathroom remodeling under $25,000. The awards committee pointed out that Brown’s superior craftsmanship stood out among the almost 400 entries received in that category.
14. Carolina Classic Builders
Featured Professionals: Evan Weiss
Address: 10612-D Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
Founding Principal Evan Weiss was studying accounting at the University of Florida when he considered switching his career path to building management. He landed an internship in residential construction and found it was a perfect fit. Weiss earned his bachelor’s degree in building construction, then took a job with a national builder. He quickly moved up the ladder, from estimator to purchaser to supervisor. He finally ended up in project management, having soaked up as much building knowledge as he could along the way. In 1999, he moved to Charlotte. Within seven years, he had founded Carolina Classic Builders, which just celebrated its 10th birthday.
The company handles home improvement projects throughout Charlotte, as well as areas like Fort Mill, Matthews, Pineville, Waxhaw, and Wesley Chapel. Bathroom remodeling forms a large chunk of the business. Weiss’s bathroom remodeling ideas range from geometric patterns, angular fixtures, and modern natural and synthetic countertops to traditional marble tiles, freestanding tubs, and warm color hues. The company has been honored with awards from Professional Remodeler Magazine, the Gator 100 Award in 2016 (for University of Florida alumni), the Top 40 Under 40 Award from Professional Builder Magazine, and recognition by Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals.
13. J. Barwick Construction
Featured Professionals: Jason Barwick
Address: 12725 Overlook Mountain Drive, Charlotte, NC 28216
This Charlotte-based home remodeler has completed high-end remodeling projects for more than 25 years. It was founded by Jason Barwick, who continues as president, still overseeing every aspect of a remodel project. Barwick serves customers in Belmont, Charlotte, Cramerton, Mount Holly, Davidson, and Newell, among other areas.
When it comes to bathrooms, the company is known for traditional tile and porcelain floors, neutral palettes, mounted sinks with engineered quartz countertops, and hinged glass shower doors. The colors are often calm and welcoming. Vanities often feature rollout shelves, and drama can come from custom lighting and trim.
Barwick Construction makes this list not only for its design prowess but also for its professional credentials: member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Home Builders Association of Charlotte (HBAC), a Certified Green Professional Designation, a North Carolina Unlimited General Contractors License for Residential Construction, and a degree in construction technology. In 2016, the company was honored with a Chrysalis Award for a remodeling project in Charlotte.
12. Haston General Contractors
Featured Professionals: Brandon, Brent, and Jonathan Haston
Address: 5301 77 Center Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
This residential contractor’s business stretches back to 1950, when Charlotte native Glen Haston joined a construction work group. He started building relationships with clients who shared his traditional values and work ethic. By 1976, Haston purchased that company. When he died in 2005, sons Brandon, Brent, and Jonathan took over the business and formed Haston General Contractors, a major player in the Charlotte residential construction market.
The Haston brothers are quick to note that the company’s success was largely driven by the children of clients who first contracted with their father. The remodeling arm of Haston’s is busy enough that the company employs six superintendents and seven project managers. Brent, who took an early interest in electrical work, was even called upon to build the Haston Electrical Division, which holds unlimited licenses in the Carolinas.
Haston General Contractors makes this list for its extensive bathroom remodeling work in Charlotte and the surrounding communities. The company’s bathroom designs have been written up in magazines such as Charlotte Urban Home. In 2016, a Haston bathroom remodel won a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) award.
11. Andrew Roby
Featured Professionals: Travis Haston
Address: 2000 West Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28208
Bathroom remodeling is just one of the many services that leading Charlotte contractor Andrew Roby provides, but its undoubtedly a significant part of the enterprise. In fact, remodeling was a foundation of the business when it was started by Hungarian-born Andrew “Roby” Robicsek, as a sole practitioner handyman service in 1950. Now under the leadership of Robicsek’s partner, Glenn Haston, Andrew Roby performs groundbreaking bathroom remodels throughout Charlotte, Lake Wylie, Fort Mill, Myers Park, Belmont, and Matthews, etc.
A signature master bathroom project had the Roby team creating a spa-like room by converting a broom closet from a nearby room into a steam unit. The room was then fitted with a wall-mounted natural bamboo vanity, glass washing vessels, and polished cement countertops. Faucets were built into plated glass mirrors. Floodlights and spotlights were added to create more light. Last but not least, the team installed ebony fascia tiles on the floor and walls, and they crafted a shower floor out of ebony river rock.
10. Distinctive Design / Build / Remodel
Featured Professionals: Erin Dougherty & Vince Busby
Address: 338 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 122, Charlotte, NC 28211
Before starting this award-winning remodeling and general contracting firm, Principal Vince Busby had more than 30 years’ experience under his belt. He grew up in a construction family, learning from his father, a builder in Florida and New Mexico. When Busby relocated to Charlotte, he opened a painting company but later focused exclusively on residential building and remodeling.
When he met Erin Dougherty, a design professional, the pair formed Distinctive Design Build, which opened its doors in 2013. Although Distinctive handles custom home builds, cabinetry, outdoor living spaces, and additions, Dougherty is a Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler and focuses most of her attention on signature bathroom designs.
Distinctive Design and Build was a CotY Regional Winner in 2016 for a master bathroom. The competition challenged the team to build an oversized shower by reconfiguring a layout that had an entryway through a hall with closets on either side. In 2017, Distinctive won Best of Design and Best of Customer Service awards and was featured in Myers Park Life Magazine.
9) DPS Construction
Featured Professionals: Steve Sebrell
Address: 4412-A Monroe Rd, Charlotte 28205
This family-run remodeling company was founded in 2007 by Steve Sebrell, a skilled carpenter. Since 1995, Sebrell had travelled through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, completing residential builds. When he finally settled in Charlotte, he combined his love of construction and architecture to form this boutique firm, which allows him to be a hands-on owner.
DPS Construction works on everything from kitchen & bathroom renovations to whole house renovations and new custom builds, and serves the Charlotte, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Myers Park communities. And there’s nothing small about Sebrell’s construction expertise. In fact, a master bath renovation in Commonwealth Park earned DPS a NARI award in 2016. And in 2015, DPS snatched a CotY award for Residential Bath Remodel under $25,000.
Other awards include the HBAC’s Excellence in Remodeling, regional and national CotY awards, and the NARI 2017 Hope Award for Professionalism and Commitment to the Remodeling Industry. DPS Construction is also committed to improving communities by building locally and supporting Sustain Charlotte, Habitat for Humanity, and the local nonprofit RAIN, Inc.
8. Alair Homes
Featured Professionals: Duane Johns & Roger Ketchum
Address: 3926 Miriam Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205
A 2013 whole home project by Alair Homes, formerly Advanced Renovations, involved a bathroom remodel so special that it became the subject of an article in Urban Home Magazine. As it demolished the dated master bathroom, the firm found a way to build out the room with unused space, which saved the client thousands of dollars. The shower was then fitted with travertine tile. Other amenities were frameless glass shower doors, floating vanities with Carbono Silestone countertops, and a freestanding tub made by Signature Hardware.
This was just a sample of the standout remodels Alair Homes has become known for — the kind that has garnered the company more than a dozen remodeling awards over the past 15 years. That reputation also made possible Advanced Renovations’ recent merger with the prestigious Alair Homes. Advanced Principals Duane Johns and Roger Ketchum were invited by Alair to form its “Charlotte Custom Home Builder Team.” Advanced Renovations handles bathroom remodels in such areas as Charlotte, Hemby Bridge, Lake Park, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Waxhaw. It is a NARI Certified Remodeler and NARI Certified Green Professional.
7. DiFabion Remodeling
Featured Professionals: Mike DiFabion & Alison Roosenberg
Address: 1070 Van Buren Avenue D, Indian Trail, NC 28079
In less than two decades, DiFabion Remodeling has completed more than 1,500 remodeling projects, and each reveals a commitment to homebuilding expertise that has earned the company an enviable reputation. DiFabion was started in May 2000 by Mike DiFabion, who envisioned building a mid-sized firm of impeccable credentials that served high-end clientele in a down-to-earth style. Today, the company is so committed to its remodeling division that it uses architectural technology to generate bathroom plans and designs. Under the direction of Mike’s son, Michael Jr., the company has become a Certified Green Professional, a Lead Paint Safety Renovation and Repair Professional, a Universal Design Certified Professional, and a NARI Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler. A typical DiFabion bathroom will feature arched entryways, vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers, custom lighting and trim, seamless glass shower doors, and mosaic tiles. DiFabion Remodeling’s numerous bathroom remodel projects have won the 2013 NARI CotY Award for Residential Bath over $60,000, as well as NARI CotY Awards for Residential Bath up to $60,000 in 2012 and up to $100k in 2009.
6. Case Remodeling of Charlotte
Featured Professionals: Brad Little
Address: 3421-M St. Vardell Lane, Charlotte, NC 28217
If it were up to Case Remodeling of Charlotte, every home would have a “true en suite” master bathroom. And who better to design and install it than this award-winning remodeling company started by President Brad Little in 2005? Little earned an MBA from Appalachian State University. He is also a licensed general contractor in North and South Carolina. In just 12 years, his team of 14 professionals has earned the company regional and national remodeling awards.
For the bathroom remodel dubbed “Minimalist Spa,” Case Remodeling of Charlotte used chrome and bright whites to create an airy feel, and porcelain tiles for elegance. The free standing tub is rectangular and the shower features steam, four body sprays, and a rain can. Another design, known as “Petite Elegance,” solves the problems created by small bathrooms. Easy-to-clean countertops are designed to serve dual purposes. The inset cabinets feature crystal knobs, the molding is furniture-like, and the glass shelves in a built-in niche provide extra storage space.
5. Guthmann Construction
Featured Professionals: Rich Guthmann
Address: 10720 Carmel Commons Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28226
Sunken tubs, seamless shower doors, arched entryways, and vaulted ceilings are some of the features this Charlotte contractor employs in a bathroom remodel. Guthmann Construction has been renovating homes in the most prestigious neighborhoods in and around Charlotte for over 25 years.
The company was founded in 1992 by licensed general contractor Rich Guthmann, who turned it into one of the most successful design-build remodeling firms in the state. Guthmann was helped by licensed general contractor Rick Haase, who holds a Certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Carpenter Accreditation. In 2015, Guthmann transferred ownership to Haase and architect Tony Gray, member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The business grew so exponentially that Guthmann had to create a design team, a development team, an office team, and a production team made up of four project managers.
Guthmann Construction has won multiple CotY awards from NARI, multiple Excellence in Remodeling awards from NAHB, and seven People’s Choice awards from Southern Living Home Shows. In 2016, a Guthmann remodel was featured in the Spring issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The company is especially proud of being selected by the Charlotte Business Journal as a Top 25 Remodeler each year since 2003.
4. DeRhodes Construction
Featured Professionals: Eddie DeRhodes
Address: 1125 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
“Marble in a Modern Bath” is the name Eddie DeRhodes, owner of DeRhodes Construction, gave to the bath remodeling masterpiece that earned him a CotY Award in 2013. The project features a neutral color palette, shades of gray throughout the marble countertops and mosaic tiles, a powder room-styled desk and chair, and an adjacent closet.
That wasn’t the company’s first CotY Award for stunning bathroom design. In 2011, the gold-tinged “Historic Bath,” which captured a CotY Award in the over $60,000 category, featured a dual flush wall-hung toilet, walk-in closets, and crystal chandeliers. Their 2012 CotY award for residential bath under $60,000 had tempered glass vessel sinks and a vanity with an antique chair.
DeRhodes’ business is large, but he chooses to work only in Charlotte. That, he says, is the only way he can maintain control and provide the superior construction that brings him customers through word of mouth. DeRhodes started the company in 2004, about 20 years after earning his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. DeRhodes’s singular approach to business has fetched his company more than 16 awards in its 13-year existence.
3. David Tyson & Associates Inc.
Featured Professionals: David Tyson
Address: 3718 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209
David Tyson has been running his home improvement company in Charlotte since 1982. Though a general contractor, Tyson specializes in bathroom design and bathroom remodeling. And to help potential clients, Tyson’s website offers bathroom remodeling ideas to help them plan a room with timeless designs that also fit their needs.
David Tyson & Associates is a Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler who handles projects throughout Charlotte, Matthews, Myers Park, and Pineville. In Ballantyne, Tyson completed a master bath suite that featured an air jet tub under-mounted with Quartz.
The curbless shower was built with a trough drain and glass mosaics covering the walls. For a Berkley home, Tyson remodeled a master bath with Robern medicine cabinets, Vermont marble countertops, and a steam shower. And in Lake Norman, Tyson crafted a shower room out of an old closet. The shower featured body sprays on each side that were tailored to fit the height of each homeowner. A turquoise strip of mosaic tile ran down the center shower wall and around the tub. Soap niches were recessed, and a handheld shower was kept in place with a marble mount. Cherrywood cabinets with marble countertops were used for a vanity area, and a nearby mirror was fitted with matching cherry trim. Two front elevation windows maximize natural light, while an acrylic glass block ensures privacy when using the soaking tub.
2. Melton Interiors
Featured Professionals: Wayne Melton
Address: P.O. Box 1233, Monroe, NC 28111
Bathroom design and remodeling remains the focus of this Union County-based contractor, which started in 1975 when Wayne Melton used his garage as a showroom. Nine years later, Melton Interiors officially opened, and a few years after that, Melton’s son Stephen — a licensed general contractor — joined him. The company quickly earned a reputation in Charlotte, Monroe, Waxhaw, Marvin, and Weddington for luxury bathroom design.
Melton Interiors prides itself on understanding the latest shower waterproofing technology, which relies on a waterproof barrier installed via a pre-sloped shower pan specially coated with state-of-the-art material. The company also stays ahead of trends, offering clients amenities such as self-cleaning, heated toilets and floors; subway tiles; creative metal fixtures such as cast iron, hammered copper, and oil-rubbed bronze; and Bluetooth streaming social media and audio with wireless speaker shower heads.
A typical Melton bathroom remodeling project might include a garden tub, gold and crystal accents, custom-designed wood fixtures, and vaulted arches. There are often gray and white color schemes, metallic wallpaper, guest suite furniture vanities and sinks, marble floors, and tiled walls. Showers are lined with Carrara marble tile, and there are even lounge rooms with oversized sofas.
1. Tile Collection
Featured Professionals: Elaine Creasser & Matt Creasser
Address: 11200 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville, NC 28134
Tile Collection’s reputation as Charlotte’s premier bathroom remodeling company has been going strong since the company’s start in 1992. Soon after its founding, owner Elaine Creasser opened a 7,000-square-foot showroom that had some local professionals questioning its necessity. But Creasser’s gamble paid off. She told a local Charlotte Business Journal that by 2007, annual revenue in the showroom had climbed to $13M.
The company remains in the Creasser family. Elaine’s son, Matt, is even the one to show up at a client’s house to give free estimates and answer questions. And when the Creassers design your new bathroom, you get to select from more than 80 different porcelain, natural stone, and glass mosaic displays in the showroom.
Their bathroom remodels have won People’s Choice awards in Homearama shows. Tile Collection has been voted Best Tile Company in Charlotte Best Magazine and was recognized as an Outstanding Trade Member of the Year by the Interior Design Society. The Creassers also operate a 10,000-square-foot natural stone fabrication facility, which specializes in custom-built vanities, countertops, and marble, Quartz, Caesarstone, Silestone, and Zodiaq materials. The facility uses the latest stone equipment technology, bridge saws, stone processing machines, and double polishing systems to create a product like no other.