Overview

The bathroom is having a renaissance. In Denver as elsewhere, homeowners are no longer settling for outdated bathroom décor. Indeed, the bathroom — the most practical room in the home — is becoming as popular a site for a remodeling project as the kitchen. This new tendency can be seen in the home design magazines that cover the Denver metro area’s hippest and ritziest communities.

Denver residents who are remodeling a bathroom are creating chic and spa-like atmospheres, as demonstrated by the remodeling projects showcased in this list of bathroom contractors. Across Denver, homeowners and builders are choosing layouts that flood a bathroom with natural light and provide grand views of the Rockies. On this list you’ll also find master bathrooms that have their own closets or hearths and bathrooms with soaking tubs set in front of exquisitely trimmed windows. These trends appear in the work of every contractor on this list. Each one brings the most creative and freshest ideas to bathroom remodeling projects in Denver.

Top Remodeling Contractors

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Churchill Construction & Consultations

Principals:
David Churchill Matthews

Awards:
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence

Address:
9803 Westbury Court, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

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About Churchill Construction & Consultations

Owner David Churchill Matthews has run his general contracting business in Highlands Ranch for over 30 years. His diversified services range from asphalt shingle roofing to masonry, but his real expertise can be seen in his creative and problem-solving bathroom remodeling ideas. Churchill accepts bathroom projects in the Denver metro neighborhoods of Centennial, Columbine, Columbine Valley, Englewood, Littleton, and Greenwood Village.

One such project in Denver challenged Matthews to create a soothing sanctuary for a client with chronic pain. His first step was to install a six-foot jetted tub that offered hydrotherapy. Next, he installed a sliding shower head on a vertical pole so the client could make adjustments easily. The project was a Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence (CARE) winner.

For another bathroom remodel, Matthews worked closely with the client, who selected all the colors. To save the clients money, Matthews suggested they keep the existing vanities and use extra money on exotic tile and glass block panels. His remodel built out a base platform to raise the cabinets, which had been too low for adults in the home. An undermount sink with a Quartz countertop provided a sleek, modern look, as did recessed can lighting, custom floral wallpaper, and glass block panels that showcased the soaking tub.

Matthews is certified in remodeling by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He is also a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). His remodeling projects have been CARE winners eight times.

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Paper Airplane

Principals:
Morgan Law

Address:
4877 National Western Drive, Denver, CO 80216

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About Paper Airplane

A “museum quality standard” on bathroom remodeling projects is what this talented team of architects and building designers promises to deliver. And that is not its only defining element. It also blends art, building science, technology, and sustainable practices into each job. The list of its services reads long, from drafting to prefab houses, 3D renderings, and universal design.

The visionary who started this company is Morgan Law, a licensed Colorado architect, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Advanced Professional (AP) Certified, and a Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Law received a master’s in architecture from the University of Oregon in 2010 and worked for a firm in Portland, ME. He opened Paper Airplane Design in 2015 and remains its guiding force.

Partner Noah Manos has 10 years’ experience in design-build project management. He is also a visual artist in Denver. His Bachelor of Art in Studio Art came from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.

Though new, the firm is establishing itself as a bathroom remodeling contractor. “Cutting-edge” and “unique” best describe this team’s bathroom design. No two layouts are alike, as each project is intended to complement a home’s environmental setting.

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Rethink ReModel

Awards:
NARI National Contractor of the Year Award

Address:
1205 S. Platte River Drive, Denver, CO 80223

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About Rethink ReModel

This trendy Denver-based home improvement contractor calls itself the “upper level” of Finished Basement Company, an industry leading basement remodeler. The companies have combined their design talents into one full-service remodeling firm.

ReThink ReModel has over 17 years’ renovating experience in Colorado and Minneapolis. Its operations in the Mile High City serve the Greater Denver area. Bathroom remodeling costs by the firm typically go for between $20,000 and $100k.

Its website is loaded with pictures of spectacular bath designs by the group. Consider, for example, a modern bath featuring an adjacent walk-in closet and shower that includes a shower bench with a geometric-patterned vessel sink and a crystal chandelier over the tub. There’s also a relaxing bathroom design for a Covington home. The tub is sunken, the cabinets are white, and the countertop is natural stone. Special features are a mosaic tile backsplash and glass floating shelves. And a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) National Contractor of the Year (CotY) award-winning residential bath featured a dark vanity against white stone countertops, a gas fireplace nearby, and a soaker tub adjoining a private water closet.

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Da Vinci Remodeling

Principals:
Paul Coates

Address:
Centennial, CO 80122

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About Da Vinci Remodeling

A bathroom remodeling project by this Centennial-based firm can cost up to $100k if it’s small-scale, or up to $1M if it’s large. Founding Principal Paul Coates started in new home construction about 30 years ago. By the early 1990s, however, he shifted focus to residential remodeling. Within a few years, he’d built the firm into an award-winning design-build contractor serving clients throughout the Denver metro area. Today, Coates’s team is recognized within the construction industry for superb craftsmanship and customer service.

Though Da Vinci Remodeling will renovate any room, it’s done more bathroom than kitchen remodels. And while higher-cost projects aim for aesthetics, the firm is just as happy to offer designs that will keep bathroom remodeling costs down. That often means replacing a swinging door to a toilet/shower compartment with a pocket door, then adding freshly painted cabinets. It could also mean overhauling a dated master bathroom with 9-foot ceilings, then installing a full wall of elegant cabinets with lots of deep drawers for extra storage space.

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Classic Homeworks

Principals:
Kelli Cost

Awards:
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence Gold Award,
Remodeling Magazine Big 50 Award,
Regional and National NARI Contractor of the Year Awards,
Named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies by ColoradoBiz Magazine,
Better Business Bureau Gold Star Award,
Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics

Address:
3430 E. 12th Avenue, Denver, CO 80206

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About Classic Homeworks

This premier Denver contractor likes to turn ho-hum luxury bathrooms into spa-like retreats. Its president, Kelli Cost, studied design and architecture at the University of Nebraska.
Classic Homeworks has been known for breathtaking bathroom projects for three decades. They serve Washington Park, Country Club, Congress Park, Hilltop, Park Hill, Highland, Belcaro, Bonnie Brae, and Cherry Hills Village.

Cost prefers to keep the team small, which allows her to work closely with clients on all projects. Her laser focus also explains why the firm has maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Clients who tap Classic Homeworks for a bathroom remodel can expect designs that feature relaxing color hues, vintage tiles, heated floors, anti-steam mirrors, cool pallets, and clean, modern lines. A bathroom design in Congress Park featured a clawfoot tub, dark cabinetry, undermount sinks with a double vanity, and hex tiles. Projects such as these showcase the group’s skill at using architectural imagery to create elegance and calm.

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H&H Builders LLC

Principals:
John Happel

Awards:
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence

Address:
12295 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80241

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About H&H Builders LLC

H&H Builders handles award-winning bathroom remodeling projects in 18 communities throughout the Denver metro area. And for every project, there is an H&H lead carpenter on site from start to finish. An example is the 2015 CARE winner, for clients adding a second story to their home on S. Bannock Street that they wanted built around a luxurious master bathroom suite. The H&H team obliged. They installed double sinks with furniture-like vanities and a custom-decorated tile floor. The new shower was curbless and fitted with a bench and handheld showerhead. Lining the walls was vintage tile the clients described as “literally stunning.” A special feature was a niche for a claw-foot soaking tub set apart from the main bathroom. Another showcase luxury master bath suite remodel was done for a couple in Montclair. Highlights of the project were a floor-to-ceiling walk-in shower, block windows, and a two-sink vanity.

H&H Builders is led by CGR John Happel, who has been a home remodeling expert for more than three decades. Happel has chaired the Council of Professional Remodelers of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBAMD).

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nested. design+build

Principals:
Rebecca Musielak

Address:
6555 S. Waco Court, Centennial, CO 80016

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About nested. design+buil

This Centennial-based team has been open for just about a year, but its founding principal has spent 20 years building a reputation as a design-build guru. Rebecca Musielak, a native of Hawaii, is the lead designer. She frequently moved due to being a child of an US Air Force officer. She lived in State College, PA for 12 years, eventually graduating from Penn State University. She then moved to Denver in 1998, where she earned a Class C General Contractor’s License. Musielak honed her remodeling skills with a Denver cabinet company, Kitchens by Wedgewood, where she served as a kitchen and bath designer. Her next role was as vice president of a high-end design-build firm in Colorado, 303 Development.

John Miller, also a licensed general contractor, is the general manager of nested. design+build. Miller headed his own company, a Littleton-based contracting, Mill Holl Custom LLC before joining nested. Rebecca Musielak and her team perform their remodeling work throughout Castle Pines, Denver, Aurora, Englewood, Littleton, Lone Tree, and Parker.

With bathroom ideas, nested. design+build displays a minimalist style, with neutral color palettes contrasting with dark wood cabinets and white-grey marble countertops.

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True North Builders

Principals:
Craig and Jacki Pickrel

Address:
P.O. Box 889, Franktown, CO 80116

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About True North Builders

Founding Principal Craig Pickrel always believed he was destined to build and remodel homes. That’s because he comes from a long line of carpenters and construction specialists, beginning with his grandfather, George Zechariah Pickrel.

At one point, Craig Pickrel operated a construction company with his father, Donald. Ten years after it closed, he opened True North Builders with his wife, Jacki. His dad is also on board, serving as a field manager. The Pickrels quickly assembled a team that began cranking out scrupulously constructed homes and remodeling projects, many of which have won CARE awards.
Its designs stand out from those of other bathroom remodeling contractors. In 2014, True North Builders was honored as the Remodeler of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBAMD). The firm has an A+ rating with the Denver Better Business Bureau. It also practices high performance construction, a movement that emphasizes ergonomic design, durability, safety, air quality, and energy efficiency.

True North Builders principally serves the areas of Castle Pines, The Pinery, Denver, Castle Rock, Elizabeth, Franktown, Larkspur, Ponderosa Park, and other Denver metro communities.

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BRI Colorado

Principals:
Bill Foraker

Address:
901 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO 80110

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About BRI Colorado

This firm takes bathroom remodeling seriously, as anyone reading its blogs can tell. BRI Colorado is headed by Founding Principal Bill Foraker, who’s designed and built unique bathrooms for more than 25 years. Foraker and his team have a loyal base of clients in Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine, Columbine Valley, Aurora, Bow Mar, and Greenwood Village.
The loyal base partly comes from the firm’s use of computer-aided design (CAD) software to help homeowners visualize their renovation plans. Their base is also due to their CARE and Home Builders Association (HBA) awards. But, of course, the biggest reason is that Foraker’s team pulls off an ace job. Just ask the clients who had BRI Colorado redesign every one of their four bathrooms.

The team can deliver on several styles, from traditional to trendy and spa-inspired. As it guides clients through design choices, Foraker’s group suggests open concept showers that enlarge a room, and risky color schemes to keep things interesting. But for clients who want to play it safe, they suggest neutral color palettes with teal or turquoise tiles. Dark cabinets provide just enough oomph.

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Melton Design Build

Principals:
Ty Melton

Awards:
Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards,
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence Gold Award,
GuildQuality Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence,
Remodeling Magazine Big 50 Award

Address:
3082 Sterling Circle, Boulder, CO 80301

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About Melton Design Build

Melton Design Build’s customers say they chose this bathroom remodeling contractor for its design assistance: The firm has an interactive design center with model bathrooms. Clients can match tiles to cabinets, floors, and countertops, and use 3D software to visualize the finished products.

Owner Ty Melton founded the company in 1993. He was one of the first general contractors in Colorado to use the design-build approach to bathroom remodeling. And, if company size is any indication, it’s made him one of the busiest bathroom remodel contractors in the Denver area: Melton employs a general manager, four project developers, six interior designers, two architects, an estimator, five project managers, and 10 carpenters.

A typical Melton bathroom might include rich and cool color palettes, high tech steam showers, soaking tubs, floor-to ceiling-stone tile, bamboo slat wall coverings, wood-like tile floors, wall-mounted faucets, and oversized windows.

The company enjoys high critical acclaim. It has received numerous awards from CARE, NARI, Chrysalis, and Remodeling Magazine. In 2013, Melton received GuildQuality’s Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence. Melton serves the Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, and Longmont areas.

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Vista Remodeling

Principals:
Kestas Gausas

Address:
6300 E. Hampden Avenue, Unit C224, Denver, CO 80222

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About Vista Remodeling

A splashy website or large social media presence often indicate whether a contractor is top-notch; but that’s not always true, and Vista Remodeling is a prime example. The company actually pulled some of its social media plugs, but because of pesky vendors rather than declining popularity.

Since its opening in 1999, Vista Remodeling has been busy doing what owner Kestas Gausas loves to do: making his clients’ homes more beautiful. Gausas started out small, doing general carpentry and repairs. The business kept growing, and he gradually took on more complicated work, like additions and remodels. Bathrooms are a special focus, whether his team is installing a vanity or changing the entire floor plan.

The Vista Remodeling team stays ahead of trends to offer clients the most options. For example, Gausas recommends the newer open concept for bathroom layouts, smoked glass for shower doors, and giving preference to quality over design when choosing tiles.

Vista Remodeling provides bathroom renovations throughout Denver metro and particularly in Aurora, Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, and Castle Rock.

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Coggeshall Construction, Inc.

Principals:
David Coggeshall

Address:
3829 S. Glencoe Street, Denver, CO 80237

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About Coggeshall Construction, Inc.

In the over 35 years that David Coggeshall’s remodeling firm has served the Denver area, its built a singular reputation for construction and design excellence. Coggeshall Construction and Design works throughout Cherry Hills Village, Cherry Creek, Greenwood Village, Lakewood, Denver, and Aurora.

The company’s stature is based on fawning testimonials from its clients, the national remodeling awards it’s received since 1991, and write-ups of its remodeling projects in The Hold House (April 2000), Denver Design Resources (1999), Colorado Home & LIfestyles (Sept. and Oct. 1997), Home Improvements (1993), Better Homes and Gardens (1993), Remodeling Homes (1992), and Homeowner (1991).

Proving the company excels as a bathroom remodeler, Coggeshall is often hand-picked to build the remodel designs of leading Colorado architect Doug Walter. A special bathroom project between Walter and Coggeshall was done on a 1928 Tudor Revival home in Denver. The master bath featured a custom-built, triangular half dormer above a cherry wood vanity. And extra space in the attic provided enough room for a skylight shaft. An elegant touch came from marble slabs, limestone tiles, polished nickel, and painted cabinets.

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Bonsai Design + Build

Principals:
Josh Oqueli

Address:
2931 W. 25th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

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About Bonsai Design + Build

Architects by training run this specialty design build firm, which is less than five years old. But already it is garnering praise from homeowners in the Mile High City’s most affluent communities, such as Cherry Hills Village, Denver, Edgewater, Greenwood Village, and Englewood.

Founding Principal Josh Oqueli used to head Studio Q4, another contractor founded on the idea that excellent design builds must be rooted in traditional architectural practices. In 2013, Oqueli opened Bonsai Design + Build. Since then, with a few passionate but highly skilled professionals on his team, Oqueli’s group is already driving bathroom design trends in Denver metro.
One example is a “Sunnyside ¾ Bath Remodel” on a brick Tudor built in 1936. After gutting the bathroom, Oqueli’s group created a modern edge with wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling white tile bricks, a decorative black-and-white tile backsplash, rustic wood-framed shower doors, and a vessel sink resting on a furniture-styled wood vanity.

Remodeling projects by Oqueli are priced between $500k and $1M. Bonsai Design + Build holds architectural registration in Colorado and a Class-C contractor’s license in the City and County of Denver.

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Factor Design Build

Principals:
Kent Simpson
John Fiester

Address:
3246 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

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About Factor Design Build

Not every remodeling contractor has architects on staff, but Factor Design Build does. In fact, the Denver-based firm has built its reputation on residential renovations based solidly on architectural principles. That design-build philosophy comes from Founding Partners Kent Simpson and John Fiester.

Both men had solid construction experience before pooling their talents and opening this firm in 2016. Simpson had 20 years under his belt, climbing the ladder of national homebuilder Richmond American Homes/MDC, until he was appointed director of construction. CEO Fiester is just as decorated. He spent eight years as manager of business development with Melton Design Build, one of Denver’s most celebrated contracting firms.

The architect on the team is Jane Blumer, who earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Utah and then worked at prestigious Colorado firms, such as Odell Architects, Architectural Workshop, and Hutton Architecture Studio. Since 2008, Blumer has operated her own firm, EJ Blumer Architecture, and has worked on high-end projects in Colorado, Utah, and California. Clients seeking a bathroom remodel by Factor Design Build get to choose between an innovative design or fixed-cost pricing project.

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Ellis Construction

Principals:
David Ellis

Address:
3020 Carbon Place, Boulder, CO 80201

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About Ellis Construction

David Ellis hasn’t spent the past 16 years building only multimillion-dollar mansions. He and his Boulder-based team have also remodeled countless bathrooms for their ritzy clientele throughout Denver metro.

Ellis is based in Boulder but also serves clients in Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Niwot, Longmont. And the portfolio of luxury bath remodels displayed on the firm’s website will justify their high price tags. First, there is the Ellis Construction team, which includes Project Planner Fred Bivrell, who holds a degree in fine arts and design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Next, there is the professional recognition from groups such as GuildQuality and from the licensed architects who work with Ellis.

Bathrooms created by this team qualify as “retreats.” Uniquely shaped tubs appear under elegant window displays with scenic views. There are corners made of glass, and geometric-shaped vessel sinks made of exotic stones. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls are common, as are European custom cabinets and natural wood floors. Also typical, depending on the style, are crystal and Zirconia chandeliers, ergonomic partially sunken tubs, Mexican tiles, and shower closets as large as bedrooms.

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