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Moving to New Jersey, recognized as the “Garden State,” has several benefits. The excellent standard of living is without a doubt one of the nicest aspects of living here. What’s not to love about a place with low crime, low stress, and a flourishing employment market? Even more recently, New Jersey was recognized as the fifth happiest state in the nation. You’ll find a lot to appreciate about New Jersey, whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or switching to a bigger house.

It is no surprise to be stressed by all the smaller, individual chores that need to be completed when working on a new construction project, extension, or remodeling. Every project requires a lot of work, and several little aspects must come together to create the final product. For this reason, it is advantageous to hire a general contractor who can manage all aspects of the project from beginning to end. Featured in this article are the best general contractors in New Jersey. Many of these firms received five-star ratings from their clients on different platforms, including Facebook and Google.

SEI Construction, Inc

110 Myrtle Ave. Westfield, NJ 07090

Since 1987, SEI Construction, Inc. has remodeled a huge number of homes throughout Union County, New Jersey, and beyond. It uses a one-stop-shop remodeling strategy. Customers receive superior craftsmanship, creative design-build services, and a knowledgeable team of interior designers, carpenters, and specialist trades professionals. Every one of its services is tailored to and built around the client’s concepts and requirements. SEI Construction, Inc.’s simplified method considers every aspect of a project. In addition, it prioritizes teamwork, cohesiveness, cutting-edge concepts, high-quality construction, and a remarkable customer experience.

For 30 years, SEI Construction, Inc. has provided bathroom and kitchen remodels, interior and exterior improvements, home additions, and historic renovations. The company assures using lovely and long-lasting materials and solutions when remodeling outdated, damaged, or defective bathroom and kitchen layouts. When it comes to interior and exterior services, each area of a home can benefit. These services cover not just exteriors and interiors but also surrounding additions like garages, decks, and pool houses. For historic renovations, to preserve the worn-in, vintage appearance, the company repurposes or upcycles enough material as feasible. By doing so, it guarantees contemporary components for usability, comfort, and storage.

Conniff Construction

1800 Chilvers Ave. Whiting, NJ 08759

Conniff Construction is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)-accredited general contracting firm that has been in business for 47 years. High-quality construction for both residential and commercial projects is its area of expertise. The firm completed and continues working on projects throughout Mantoloking, Point Pleasant, Colts Neck, Spring Lake, and surrounding New Jersey communities. About 50 years of combined experience support its concepts and expertise. John Conniff founded Conniff Construction in 1976 and was later joined by his son Sean Conniff. Sean is one of the youngest NARI Certified Remodeling Project Managers (CRPM) in the state of New Jersey. As president, Sean is now carrying on the legacy by delivering the 2018 NARI Contractor of The Year award.

Conniff Construction worked on this Holmdel Whole Home renovation. This project was published in Design NJ Magazine and ranked second in the Best Living Rooms of 2022. For this 4,500-square-foot renovation, the firm created an expansive layout with 5″ White Oak floors, gorgeous custom built-ins, and other highlights.

Houghton Contracting, LLC

295 Whitehead Rd. Hamilton, NJ 08619

Design-build firm Houghton Contracting, LLC has been in operation for 25 years. The company was founded by Gary Houghton to provide outstanding client service and superior quality on every job. Because of the firm’s extensive experience, it is aware of and attentive to all the minute nuances that clients rely on. This information and comprehension guarantee that the project’s construction phase will run much more smoothly. In Central, New Jersey, Houghton Contracting, LLC offers services for house remodeling and preservation. It specializes in additions, whole-house renovations, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, and other remodeling and improvement services.

Houghton Contracting is accredited by and a recognized member of NARI, Better Business Bureau (BBB), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Customers praise the company for its high-caliber work and punctual project completion. Also, it earned recognition for selecting materials that are both inexpensive and durable for each remodel and improvement. Houghton Contracting is a recipient of five-star ratings both on Facebook and Google. 

Distinctive Domain

9 Old Forge Dr. Warren, NJ 07059

Distinctive Domain is a general contracting firm established in 2003. It works closely with customers from the very beginning of the design process, in contrast to other Custom House Builders. By getting involved early, it is possible to be on the same page before the designs are finished. The company’s collaborative design-build approach guarantees that clients leave the design process feeling assured and in agreement. Customers can be confident that Distinctive Domain’s projects will be completed on schedule, within budget, and with the anticipated results.

Distinctive Domain is among the Certified Luxury Builders in New Jersey. In addition, it received two NKBA Design Awards in 2013. The firm was also featured in Remodeling Magazine. Distinctive Domain has received positive feedback from its clients, resulting in five-star ratings on Google. Clients commend the firm for its attention to detail, constant updates, and follow-ups even when the job is done.

TimberRidge Construction

194 North Ave. East, Cranford, NJ 07016

Since 2001, Central and Northern New Jersey have been served by the full-service construction and remodeling company TimberRidge Construction. Its area of expertise covers custom homes, expansions, and renovations for both residential and business properties. The company is accredited by both the Cranford Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA). At the same time, the BBB has routinely given it an A+ rating. TimberRidge Construction is fully licensed and insured as a certified New Jersey home improvement contractor, as well as a certified New Jersey new home builder.

Anthony and Lisa Carbone are the local owners and operators of TimberRidge Construction. Since 1986, both Anthony and Lisa have been active in the residential construction sector. TimberRidge Construction adopts a very personal approach. Each job, no matter how big or small, is overseen by the owners. To bring ideas and concepts to fruition, Anthony and Lisa collaborate closely with customers, architects, and designers. TimberRidge Construction works hard to consistently meet and exceed client expectations.

Magnolia Home Remodeling Group

1640 Vauxhall Rd. Union, NJ 07083

Magnolia Home Remodeling Group is a family-run home remodeling and improvement business. Alongside remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, it also installs siding, roofing, and windows. In addition, the company provides masonry, patios, decks, and porch remodeling, among other services. These services come with a range of reasonably priced product options to suit any budget. Magnolia Home Renovation Group has 30 years of experience in the field and covers Northern and Central New Jersey.

Customer satisfaction has always been a top priority for Magnolia Home Remodeling since its inception. Outstanding ratings on BBB, Google, and Facebook demonstrate the company’s commitment to developing enduring relationships with each client. With years of experience in the field, the company is proud of the solid client relationships it has established and is still working hard to maintain as it expands. Given that the team offers a lot of knowledge to every project, clients can feel confident handing their remodeling or renovation venture to this team.

Hudson Home Improvement LLC

50 Harrison St. Suite PH 455, Hoboken, NJ 07030

The residential remodeling company, Hudson Home Improvement (HHI), primarily serves Jersey City and Hoboken, New Jersey. The founder of the business, Joseph Shoback, has ten years of experience remodeling homes and has excellent planning, budgeting, and communication skills. According to him, the aforementioned skills are essential to the renovation process’ success. The procedure used by HHI is intended to give homeowners in the Hudson County Region the best services possible. Hudson Home Improvement is a recipient of five-star ratings on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. Clients are satisfied with how the firm continues open communication throughout the process and that it provides a guaranteed price point before it starts.

Hudson Home Improvement is a firm accredited by and a recognized member of GuildQuality. Its staff, at the same time, are Certified Remodelers (CR) and Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodelers (CKBR). The firm specializes in modern, transitional, and contemporary styles of home improvement and remodeling.

Orchard Hills

160 Broad St. Summit, New Jersey 07901

Established in 2003, Orchard Hills was founded with the intention of creating luxurious residences at an affordable price. Producing custom homes that meet the requirements of each unique family is its main goal. The firm is accredited by and a recognized member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Metropolitan Builders and Contractors Association, and New Jersey Builders Association. It specializes in single-family homes and works with colonial, modern, and traditional styles of home remodeling and improvements. 

One of Orchard Hills’ notable projects is working on this summer residence. This job involved completely renovating and expanding a home in Summit, New Jersey. The interiors of the house were reconfigured with new furnishings, built-in cabinetry, a new kitchen and family room, and a new master bedroom suite. The entire house was also re-clad.

Houseplay Renovations

121 Newark Ave. Suite 5105, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Founded in 2007, Houseplay Renovations is a general contracting business that is registered and completely insured. It provides services to the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Rockland. Both residential and business owners can make use of the company’s comprehensive project management services. It completed a number of projects for customers who wanted to construct, renovate, or otherwise modify their area. Houseplay Renovations works together with its customers to remodel their houses on a wider scale, developing thorough, unique design plans that enable practical, effective construction.

Houseplay Renovations is aware that high-quality improvements are not a luxury but rather a crucial component in preserving a home’s worth over time. The firm considers remodeling to be a responsibility of home ownership. With these considerations, it has developed ties with top-notch suppliers, artisans, plumbers, electricians, and other professionals over the years. By collaborating with these experts, the company is able to regularly finish tasks to the greatest levels of quality and craftsmanship.

Cranford, Union County, February 28, 2023 – TimberRidge Construction of Cranford, NJ, has won a “Best of Houzz” award for Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, including the all-in-one software solution for industry professionals. The Cranford, family-owned, general contracting firm was chosen among more than 3 million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals by the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community.   

Best of Houzz awards are given annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2022. Architecture and interior design photographers with the most popular images are recognized with the Photography award.  

“Best of Houzz 2023” badges appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help the over 65 million homeowners, and home design enthusiasts on Houzz identify popular and top-rated home professionals for their projects.   

As stated by Lisa Carbone, “We are thrilled to once again win this prestigious award amongst some of the best in our area. We love our client base, and to receive this for eight straight years is a testament to our company’s commitment to quality, honesty, and integrity. We are not only dedicated to exceeding our client’s expectations but also those of our business partners. We continue to strive to leave a positive footprint on our community, not only through our craftmanship but through our support of the community in which we operate.”   

“We are thrilled to highlight incredibly talented and customer-driven pros from the Houzz community through the Best of Houzz awards,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “At Houzz, we strive to support professionals from building their brands and attracting clients to managing their business efficiently and profitably and collaborating with clients. The Best of Houzz awards provide a distinctive mark of credibility for homeowners looking for pros on Houzz. We congratulate all the winners for everything they’ve accomplished in 2022 and look forward to seeing their work and positive reviews in the year ahead.”  

You can see more of TimberRidge Construction’s work on Houzz at or on our website at 

Lisa and Anthony Carbone are the owners of TimberRidge Construction, a full service building and remodeling firm that specializes in custom homes, additions, and renovations for residential and commercial properties.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Takeover Makeover wouldn’t have happened without Lisa and Anthony! Caren Demyen said “I remember sitting down with Lisa back in the summer and saying how I had this idea of a Takeover Makeover. Lisa immediately said they would be part of it! Thanks to Anthony, Lisa, and the TimberRidge team, they were able to help us navigate the schedule of contractors and timeline. We really wouldn’t have been able to do this project without them. They were extremely patient, kind and supportive of me in the process and I am forever grateful!  It’s really been a learning experience for me and their dedication and passion to their work is second to none.”

Lisa and Anthony always look for ways to support the community any way they can. “We believe that giving back to our community is a responsibility for all,” said Lisa. “So many businesses have been negatively impacted by this current pandemic, including our own. I don’t think we will ever forget how stressful the first few months of this pandemic were for us, both personally and professionally. We are grateful we are able to give back to our community in this small way.” 

Lisa and Anthony are loyal customers of Periwinkle’s Fine Gifts. “We’ve shopped at Periwinkle’s ever since it opened in Cranford. We love visiting Elaine and her friendly puppy. Periwinkle’s is the source for all our Lampe Berger products. We love that she keeps track of our favorite fragrances just in case we forget what we have already tried!”

“We moved to Cranford specifically to raise our children and to grow roots for our small business,” said Lisa. “It has been the perfect town for both!  Cranford is unique because there is so much pride here. The majority of people here will go out of their way to help others.   We can only hope that Elaine, as well as her customers, are thrilled with the overall updates that have been made.”

For more information on TimberRidge Construction, you can visit their website,, or check them out on social media.

Thank you Lisa and Anthony for all of your help and support!

Anthony and Lisa Carbone moved to Cranford 14 years ago. They knew it would be a great town to raise their family, as well as run their business, TimberRidge Construction. They’re both very involved in the town and feel it’s important to give back to their community and show their children how to be a good citizen.  Whether it’s coaching a sport or being a member of the Board of Education, Anthony and Lisa have always been involved.

Anthony and Lisa started their business from the ground up. Anthony has always been in the industry but in 2005, they officially went off on their own to create TimberRidge. “We’re never not with each other!” said Lisa, laughing. 

They love the Downtown because of the variety of businesses, as well as the walkability and camaraderie with other business owners. Over the past few months, they spoke frequently with business owners and shared tips, successes, and failures. TimberRidge never shut down and Anthony and Lisa were adamant about keeping their employees on. During the quarantine, they ran into road blocks but continued to push through.

TimberRidge does additions, renovations and custom homes – anything that is a capital improvement. They are proud of how they will always go out of their way to support their Cranford community. The best way to stay informed is to go to their website and follow TimberRidge Construction on Instagram and Facebook.

Kyrie Irving decided to surprise his father with a renovation to several living spaces — taking down walls, gutting the kitchen and adding new furnishings to create a more open plan fit for the frequent parties his father throws for friends and family. TimberRidge Construction was more than willing to assist with all renovations for this high profile project.