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The Best Beauty Salon Contractors in the US

The beauty salon industry grows with each hair trend. The demand for hair care services has increased over the past five years. In fact, there are now 86,000 salons across the nation. The beauty salon industry is not limited to hair care services; spa and skincare services have also become a lucrative business for the beauty salon industry. Many are now venturing into the beauty salon business because of this upward trend.

The first thing a client judges is the appearance of the store. A customer looking for premium services will want an elegant salon that stands out. This article highlights 40 of the best commercial contractors that can build elegant and efficient salons. Our team looked into every contractor in key areas in the country before determining the top firms. These contractors specialize in retail projects and have worked on impressive salon projects. This article features every firm’s area of expertise and other relevant accomplishments. Salon projects were also mentioned so readers can have a better idea of these contractors’s work.

Accent Kitchen and Bath

For the past three decades, Accent Kitchen and Bath has provided a wide range of residential construction services. The firm’s five divisions cover remodeling, sales, house cleaning and commercial janitorial, handyman, and specialized cleaning services. CEO Mike Arnold has more than 30 years of experience in various aspects of the construction industry. He has invested in a trustworthy network of contractors, builders, and designers that will deliver the best outcome for its customer’s projects.

Most of the firm’s projects are living spaces like kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Despite being known as a residential contractor, its commercial portfolio consists of different kinds of businesses. The ADAE Salon in Fargo showcases the firm’s grasp of modern aesthetics. Its interiors were kept simple and it served as a nice contrast to the salon’s Victorian furnishing. The industrial lighting fixtures gave the luxurious space a more modern edge.


Affordable Concepts Inc.

Family-owned Affordable Concepts Inc. is a commercial general contractor specializing in healthcare, retail, and industrial sectors. Robert Potter and his father established the firm in 1985, and the firm has been active in various community organizations over the years. Potter has also served on the board of directors of these organizations; he is a past president of the Associated General Contractors Nevada Chapter. Besides having an experienced president, Affordable Concepts is known for specializing in wide-scale healthcare, retail, and office projects. The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) gave the firm a 2017 Merit Award for an Office Building and a 2016 Honor Award for a Tenant Improvement Project.

The Aveda Salon is a gorgeous project that has an inviting casual elegance. A glass tile wall illuminated by LED lighting welcomes customers into the salon and spa. The goal of the project was to make every customer feel relaxed. Plush massage and shampoo chairs and custom made styling stations were specially made for Aveda Salon.


AIC General Contractor

For the past 20 years, AIC General Contractor has been known throughout Albuquerque for its stellar customer service. Founder David Shaffer is an experienced contractor who has worked on various sectors of the commercial industry before establishing his own firm. His years of experience in construction and sales have taught him that consistent customer service will keep customers coming back. As a result, 94% of AIC’s clientele are repeat customers. The firm’s most recent achievement is a 2019 NAIOP Award of Excellence for construction.

The ABQ Salon might be a small project but it showcases the firm’s flexibility. Despite its cramped space, AIC was able to build a salon complete with a shampoo station and styling section. Rental salon spaces are becoming one of AIC’s areas of expertise and the ABQ Salon at the Far North Shopping Center perfectly highlights this.


Andrew General Contractors Inc.

Providing services comparable to large scale firms is the strength of Andrew General Contractors. Established in 1996, Andrew General Contractors aims to provide comprehensive services for leading companies in the Central Florida area. Maintaining healthy communication between the firm and its clients is one of Andrew General Contractor’s strengths. The majority of its clients employ the firm again thanks to its stellar customer service.

The firm provides ground-up construction, interior build-out, and renovations to various commercial industries. One of its repeat customers is the iStudio Salons in Florida. Its Winter Garden branch is one of the biggest salons that spans over 5,700 square feet. It has 31 “mini salons” that serve as styling stations. These stations can offer services like hair care, nail care, skincare, and massage.


Banyan Construction

Indianapolis firm Banyan Construction owes its name to the symbolic figure of the Banyan Tree. Banyan trees are covered by intertwining roots that support each other and are typically found in Buddhist imagery. Inspired by the Banyan’s structure, Banyan Construction attempts to be codependent with its clients to achieve the best project. Many customers rave about the firm’s customer support that continues after construction. The technologically advanced customer service portal will assist clients with any complications post-construction.

Banyan Construction has specialized their focus on being the premier contractor for Sola Salons franchisees. Since 2008, Banyan has built 250 Sola Salons locations across the United States. The company has chosen to become an integral part of the Sola community and partners with them every step of the way, from personalized site evaluations and lease negotiations, to final customizations and an ongoing support relationship that lasts long after the first year of warranty. Banyan takes ownership over the distraction and stress of construction so their clients can focus on the key actions that create value for them.


Barrett Made

Barrett Made is a commercial and residential general contractor that caters to Maine residents and employers. After CEO Rob Barrett received his degree in construction management, he worked with one of the biggest commercial construction companies in the country. Years of building with large-scale companies made Barett realize that he wanted to embrace a more personal approach. Barrett Made encourages its clients to monitor the projects so the firm can customize a process that is efficient and fast.

The firm’s portfolio showcases commercial projects that have a distinctly modern and subtle rustic flair. Salon Lavender in Portland is definitely the firm’s standout project. Customers can peek through the salon’s boxed window storefront and glance at a simple space adorned by house plants. These plants serve as the focal point of the whole salon. Everything is kept very minimal and the firm gave it an industrial finish that makes the space look more contemporary.


Ben Stout Construction

When Ben Stout completed his summer internship for a construction company in Fayetteville, he realized that his true passion lies in the construction industry. This realization prompted him to move to Fayetteville and obtain his real estate license. Soon enough he was recognized for the large volume of his sales, which led to him establishing his own real estate firm and a construction company. Today, Ben Stout Construction provides turnkey solutions for commercial and residential projects in North Carolina.

The J.Co Salon and Blo’Dry Bar in Fayetteville underwent a complete transformation. Ben Stout Construction had to work with a totally empty space, so much so that the firm had to install new plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems. The result is a gorgeous space with dozens of workstations and nail stations with custom made chairs for manicures and pedicures.


BNK Construction

Made of the most experienced builders in Oregon, BNK Construction has a diverse portfolio that includes medical, veterinary, retail, and multi-family projects. The firm’s Principal Rick Shandy has been in the industry for more than 20 years. His specialty is dental and medical projects but his expertise can render for small scale businesses to projects more than 10,000 square feet. Along with his team, the builders at BNK Construction have a total of 75 years of experience.

The Miss Knockout Salon is an elegant lash and brow salon in Portland. Clients are welcomed by a luxurious storefront that has a spacious waiting area and modern light fixtures. The salon’s golden initials are the first thing customers see when they inquire at the front desk. They are led to a cozy waiting area that can seat ten people. There are also individual service rooms allocated for every customer.


CalAsia Construction

CalAsia Construction is the product of John and Myrna Murawski’s long years in the construction industry. John has worked every sort of odd job in construction since he was 14 years old. During the 1990s he became a sought-after restaurant builder, with clients like the Cheesecake Factory, Ben and Jerry’s, and Wolfgang Puck. Prior to managing her own firm, Myrna was buying and selling homes with her family. Myrna fully pursued the construction industry when she became the CFO of CalAsia Construction. After 17 years, CalAsia is known as one of the leading restaurant and retail contractors in Los Angeles.

The Butterfly Loft Salon in Encino is one of the biggest salons the firm has constructed. Guests are welcomed by a modern chandelier leading to the spacious salon. Inside is a sleek modern salon with crisp white interiors and black furnishing. The focal point is a large hanging butterfly situated near the shampoo area. Its interiors are kept simple so it would not clash with the eye-catching accents.


Chandlee and Sons Construction Company

The Chandlee family has been around the construction industry for ages, beginning when President Eisenhower gave Seth Chandlee’s paternal grandfather the contract to pave Interstate 85. His legacy was passed down two generations and, now, Chandlee and Sons Construction Company is one of the leading commercial construction companies in Georgia. Third-generation builder Seth Chandlee, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, put the firm in the spotlight when he appeared on Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings”. His appearance caught the attention of host and designer Lauren Makk. He was so impressed that he hired Chandlee and Sons for a kitchen remodel. Many of the firm’s restaurant projects have also been featured in design publications like Eater, Thrillist, and Fast Casual.

An unnamed Atlanta celebrity hired the firm to construct two beauty care stores at the Deerfield Place shopping center. Out of the two projects, Alter Ego Salon took the most time and effort. The firm had to demolish the former tenant’s space and completely redesign the space for the clients. The second phase involved an elaborate interior design that had mostly gold detailing. Gold leaf accents are found on the ceiling and most of its furnishings, like the toilets and cabinetry, were gold plated.


Constructors Hawaii Inc.

Established in 1972 by Albert Yoshiyama, Constructors Hawaii is one of the oldest local contractors in its area. The company has been in business long enough that most of its team is now the second generation of former employees. Many of the firm’s projects are recognizable establishments like the Central Pacific Bank in Kailua and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Sanctuary. Just last year, the firm was awarded the Kukulu Hale Award from NAIOP and the Historic Hawaii Foundation Preservation Award.

Many local businesses trust Constructors Hawaii to construct their first branch in the island. One of these businesses is the 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon. The salon has branches in California, but this is its first store in Hawaii. It’s a simple 1,592 square foot project, with three service areas and a sophisticated reception area.


Davila General Contractors

Davila General Contractors is a family-owned and operated commercial builder specializing in retail projects. Founder Johnathan Davila has years of experience as construction project manager for complex commercial projects. He has worked with many well-known brands in the retail industry, such as Gap and Williams Sonoma. Despite only being in business for four years, the firm already has different clients from the retail industry like Lush Cosmetics, Ideal Image, Casper, and MedSpring.

One of its biggest clients is Sola Salons. It’s unlike any other salon because it is a community of 10,000 salon professionals. These professionals all have work stations inside the huge salon. Davila made work stations resembling office spaces for each salon professional. Every station has its own shampoo area and salon chair.


D.J. Kranz Co., Inc.

Minnesota-based D.J. Kranz Co. has been serving St. Paul residents since 1928. The firm is a household name in the city and some of its customers have stayed with the firm for 40 years. Current President Bruce Quam has also been with the firm for years. He started as an estimator and he worked his way up the ladder as he became the Vice President. Quam has been the president for the past ten years.

The firm uses technological advancements to smoothen out its construction process. iPads and construction software increase efficiency and also improve communication between the firm and its clients. It works on different types of commercial projects that include beauty salons, car dealerships, fitness centers, and restaurants. The Salon Intrigue underwent an expansive remodeling that highlights the firm’s grasp of complicated commercial construction. The firm completely remodeled its interiors to make room for more upgrades. Now, the salon has two esthetician rooms and a coffee bar.


Elaine Construction

Initially established as Wexler Construction, Elaine Wexler Koopans took over the company after Founder Leo Wexler’s death. She led the firm for over 25 years and, as a tribute to her, the firm was renamed Elaine Construction. In its more than 20 years of service, the firm remained family-owned, and was even named one of The Boston Globe’s Top Women-Led Businesses from 2014 to 2019.

The firm offers a selection of projects that are catered towards retail, wellness, institutional, and corporate commercial sectors. Besides general construction, it also offers construction management and design consulting. One of Elaine Construction’s long-time clients is Salon Capri. The firm has made three branches for the salon. This Newbury Street branch is a 2,000 square foot beauty salon with ten cutting stations and five hair washing stations. The original space was not a salon and it required new HVAC and plumbing systems compatible with the new space. Because of the building’s state, the firm dealt with unforeseen conditions but still finished the project on-time.


GC Commercial

Veteran-Owned GC Commercial is a residential and commercial contractor that services Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Virginia Beach. The firm uses a technology advanced AutoCAD scaled design when sketching its plans. AutoCAD is a software that can create 3D renderings of designs. It gives clients a better idea of their project even before construction. With the help of its innovative resources, the design and planning team can draft a schedule with the appropriate budget.

When GC Commercial undertook the renovations of My Salon Suites, it had to start from scratch. The firm had to install everything from the plumbing to the furnishing. This project tested the firm’s capabilities as a technical and creative builder. The result was a salon that is inspired by many design elements but still has a cohesive look. It had simple white interiors so stylists can accessorize their stations to their liking. This workstation used a head to toe mirror paired with a glass countertop and chic paintings.


Graycon Building Group

Established in 2008, Graycon Building Group is a full-service construction company providing design-build and tenant improvement services across the United States. Over the past 12 years, Graycon Building Group has worked with household brands like the Wyndham Hotel Group, AT&T, and Bank of America.

The firm usually works on large-scale projects but it also services small retail and restaurant businesses. Tousled is unlike any other salon in Wichita because it specializes in blow-dry services. Owner Kalene Smith hired the creative services of Graycon to build her dream salon. The firm used sleek white interiors to give a sophisticated yet fun look to the salon. Comfortable sofa chairs were used instead of traditional salon chairs so clients can sit back and relax while they have their haircut.


Horne Construction

What started as a humble small business in the 1950s is now one of the most sought after firms in Utah. Horne Construction is a commercial contractor that offers a diverse range of services to 35 states. It specializes in retail, restaurant and office projects. The firm has built hundreds of ground-up retail projects alone. As a matter of fact, Horne Construction has built 50 stores for leading children’s clothing retailer, Naartjie. In addition, the firm built some of the most recognizable retail establishments in Utah like Layton Hills Mall, Hillside Plaza Shopping Center, and Redwood Village Shopping Center.

Hair and nail salons are some of the retail services that often hire Horne Construction for ground-up or renovation services. Some of its clientele include Wild Sage Nails, Tony’s Salon, and Shear Explosion. Orlando’s in Salt Lake City is one of the firm’s latest clients. The full-service salon has a layout similar to that of an office. Curtains were installed to give privacy to each client without compromising the salon’s space.


Hunter Companies

For more than 20 years, Hunter Parks has been at the forefront of construction. When he established Hunter Companies in 1998, he wanted to eliminate the outdated general contracting model. The Hunter Companies is part of a group of companies that have real estate and property management services. Hunter Construction provides general construction and design-build services for commercial projects in the medical, retail, and multi-family sectors.

The firm has a diverse portfolio that includes large establishments and small businesses. Many local businesses hire Hunter Construction because it is familiar with the expansive services that the firm provides for retail centers in Iowa. The firm exercises its creativity with its tenant build-out projects. Its salon projects reflect how Hunter can design edgy interiors while still being functional.


INS Contractors

Brooklyn-based INS Contractors is known for creating some of the best residential and commercial infrastructures all over New York. The firm’s projects are some of the finest residences like The Park Avenue Residence and the Upper West Side Residence. Founder Ivan Khymych is an Environmental Protection Agency Lead-Safe Builder who is familiar with various construction methods. INS Contractors offers a long list of services that include construction management, custom interiors, special projects, and renovations.

The majority of the firm’s projects are high-rises but it still has a handful of commercial projects in its portfolio. The Magnifique Hair Salon is a colorful salon with a spacious work area that has its own hair and nail stations. It has a tasteful red and black color palette complimented by checkered tile flooring. The firm gave ample space between the hair and nail stations. The hair area has its own corner with mirrors that have studio lighting, and the nail area has individual stations for manicure and pedicure services.


KasCon, Inc.

Taking on a more technical approach, KasCon Inc. is a commercial construction firm consisting of builders and managers. Founder Jeff Kassman encourages proactive leadership with every member of the team. Applying proactive leadership means integrating creative problem-solving strategies with traditional building techniques. Every member of the team will have oversight over every project to ensure that everything goes according to plan. KasCon boasts that in its more than 20 years in the industry it is only accountable for less than two percent of change orders.

One of its standout projects is the Victoria and Albert Salon in Clarksville. Despite the tight schedule, KasCon was able to construct a high-end salon. The firm had to do a lot of work to the space before construction. This includes extensive plumbing and HVAC work. The result is a modern salon with an open ceiling that has exposed spiral ductwork and pendant lighting fixtures.


Ko Construction Management

Led by the Keet brothers and Lucas O’Gary, Ko Construction Management provides design-build, general construction, and consultation services to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Seasoned builder O’Gary has worked in the industry for over 20 years, and decided to work with the Keet Family because they’ve developed more than 100 restaurants. Together, they formed a commercial construction company that focuses on being hands-on with every project. The founders have years of construction experience, which is why they are able to successfully oversee every aspect of the process.

Haven Salon Studios in Little Rock hired Ko Construction for a simple custom tenant finish out. The result is a gorgeous salon with elegant interiors that still have an inviting atmosphere. It has a very inviting storefront that will surely catch the attention of anyone. Inside is a modern salon suite with a sophisticated look.


Krupp General Contractors

Paul Lenhart established Krupp General Contractors more than 40 years ago making it one of the oldest commercial builders in Wisconsin. The firm has been around long enough to witness how the city’s architecture changed throughout the years. Historic preservation is one of the firm’s specialties. The Williamson Geiger Blacksmith Shop is a memorable project because Krupp General Contractors managed to restore its original 1872 exterior. With the help of Architect John Freiburger, the firm also remodeled the interior and converted the second floor into a residence.

Another one of its stunning projects is the Cameo Spa and Salon in Madison. The interiors are inspired by European aesthetics, particularly Roman bathhouses. Lofty details like marble mosaic and honed metal tiles surround the Kohler spa. The European design elements are also found in the Victorian accents in the lobby.


Lawton Company

Author and builder Donald Lawton established his eponymous firm, Lawton Company, to provide residential and commercial construction services to New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont, and Maine. Donald is no stranger to commercial construction because he has extensively written about construction management and was awarded the Instructor of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Now, Shad Lawton has taken over the firm and continues to improve the firm through stellar customer service.

The Lawton Company designed Fresh Salon and Day Spa to stand out among other salons in its area. It has a rustic look perfect for the small town. The interior is lined with exposed wood and complemented by pops of mint green on the ceiling.


McLin Construction

In 2002, Steve McLin established a humble one-man company that provides small remodeling and spec home services to the Louisiana neighborhood. Many homeowners revered McLin’s services and word started to spread about the small construction company. Eventually, the company’s clientele started to increase and many repeat customers sought commercial services. McLin Construction started to venture into commercial construction in 2010. Today, the firm is more known for its complex commercial services and residential developments.

Besides being skilled in technical projects, the firm can also design modern projects. The Soho Boutique Salon is a gorgeous bohemian space perfect for its Baton Rouge neighborhood. Rustic Victorian furnishing paired with exposed bricks truly brings out the salon’s character. Exposed wood and brick themes are found all throughout the interior, and the firm paired it perfectly with sophisticated marble flooring.


Montgomery Martin Contractors

Client-focused construction services are the strength of Montgomery Martin Contractors. President and CEO Montgomery Martin is a trusted builder in the Memphis construction scene because he’s part of many respectable organizations like Urban Land Institute Memphis, The Memphis Chamber’s Circle, and the Lambda Alpha International Land Economic Society. There are also seven Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited members of the firm and it has received many accolades including three awards from the Memphis Business Journal.

Gould’s Day Spa used to be an outdated salon with dull beige interiors. In cooperation with Denton Architecture, the firm remodeled Gould’s into a modern salon and spa. Green and black patterns line the walls of the salon. The color palette has a fun yet sophisticated look. Black leather salon chairs and black styling stations are a nice contrast to the modern interiors.


New World Design Builders

Award-winning architect Chris Koftsas established one of the most prominent restaurant and retail construction firms, New World Design Builders. The firm’s portfolio features some of the best restaurant and hospitality spaces found all over New York, New Jersey, Miami, and California. Kofitsas’s work consists of luxurious retail spaces that have graced the pages of Architectural Digest, The New York Times, and Business Insider.

New World Design Builders is known for creating some of the best restaurants in New York, but it has also made some of the best wellness businesses in the Tri-State area. Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa was named by Elle Magazine as one of the Top 100 Spas in the United States. The firm repurposed an 1889 historic building into an elegant day spa. The main salon is found in the former courtyard and the original loft is now the bridal suite.


Pancoast & Clifford

For more than 20 years, Pancoast and Clifford is a Pennsylvania-based firm that specializes in complex commercial projects. Founders Frank Pancoast and Chris Clifford are both engineering majors who have been in the industry for decades. Pancoast, who serves as the president, does everything himself from taking care of the estimates to overseeing most of the projects. Before establishing Pancoast and Clifford, Pancoast was an experienced commercial contractor, and worked on healthcare, hospitality, education, and multi-family projects.

Currie Hair, Skin and Nails is an 8,000 square foot cosmetology center that has high-end modern facilities. These facilities include lockers and a shower area for clients who want to leave their things so they can have the whole day of pampering. Clients can also choose from the hundreds of hair care products displayed in the lobby.


Quality Construction

Quality Construction is one of the oldest commercial construction firms in Montana. The firm has been around for five decades, and its team has 200 years of experience combined. Its expertise extends to residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Expect the seasoned firm to work on every kind of project no matter the size. Its biggest projects can be found in the hospitality, retail, and medical sectors.

The firm’s body of work includes familiar establishments like the Holiday Inn Express, Big Sky Surgery Center, Gold’s Gym, and Verizon Wireless. One of its recent projects is the Sorella’s Day Spa in Missoula. It has a simple classy storefront reminiscent of a New York boutique. But inside is a modern space with rustic and bohemian themes. The store’s name is draped on an exposed brick wall and lighted by contemporary lighting fixtures.


Scott General Construction

Scott General Construction sets itself apart from the Illinois construction industry by providing personalized customer care. Clients will work side-by-side with the firm’s construction managers who will guide them through every step of the project. The commercial contractor is also well aware that it can be difficult for businesses to close during construction, which is why the firm works around the schedule of its clients. The firm’s efforts have been recognized by Retail Construction magazine and included it in the Top 100 Retail Contractors in the Country annual list.

The Sola Salon is an intimate space that Scott General Construction constructed. It’s a small studio that can only service one client at a time. Clients will have a private session with the hairstylist while relaxing in a high-end styling chair. The workstation has oversized mirrors and full-spectrum lighting.


SE Construction Resource

Founders Mike Gasque and Jeff Brits established SE Construction as a testament to their combined 60 years of experience. The founders have worked on several infrastructures in several states in the South and Midwest. The founders have several clients across different states which is why their firm is licensed in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the North and South Carolina. During the construction phase, the firm tries to improve its client’s business needs. The goal of every project is to improve a business through construction.

Salon 97 is a bohemian salon located in Easley. Its baby blue walls are a nice contrast to the rustic interiors of the salon. Barn accents can also be found all over the cabinetry and the reception. The chic rustic look is perfect for a small town salon like Salon 97.


SRKO Commercial Builders

Kansas City-based SRKO Commercial Builders was founded in 2006 as a joint venture between construction companies, SLR Construction and D.L. Kirby. Founder Dean Kirby and CEO Stephen Rupp met decades ago when they worked on a 20,000-square-foot commercial project. The partners are now seasoned builders in the field, in fact, Kirby has more than 50 years of experience. Through SRKO Commercial Builders the founders are able to translate their vast knowledge in the construction industry. Moreover, the firm was named by Kansas City Business Magazine as one of the city’s Fastest Growing Companies.

The firm is not limited to commercial tenant improvements, it can also undertake special projects for retail establishments. The Bambou Salon is a stunning specialty project in Coronado Drive. It’s a lavish salon with modern Victorian furnishing and a chic monochromatic color palette.


Steed Construction

Randy S. Steed is a veteran in the construction industry who has worked in 144 projects in 26 states. His first job was building health establishments in the Northeast. He eventually became the Director of Construction and Engineering and was the Vice President of a Silicon Valley firm. In 1988, he finally established his own firm, which can undertake a variety of commercial projects. Steed Construction is a general commercial contractor highly experienced in building wide-scale projects. It is also a LEED-certified builder that’s been featured in the Idaho Business Review and The Lewison Tribune.

The firm’s projects are mostly technical-commercial establishments like business parks, government buildings, and fueling centers. But it is also capable of constructing gorgeous commercial projects like the Panache Salon and Day Spa. It’s a sleek space with very modern interiors. Most of the furnishing is painted black and, in the reception area, tasteful marbling accents give a contemporary character to the salon.


Symmetry Construction

After more than 20 years in the construction industry, Jason Boysel established Symmetry Construction to provide premier residential and commercial services to the Arizona market. The firm is known for constructing multi-million dollar homes in some of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and North Central Phoenix. Some of the firm’s residential projects have caught the attention of design publications like the Phoenix Home and Garden magazine.

The firm might be known for its residential projects but it also makes impressive commercial establishments. Unlike other firms on the list, its commercial projects are not wide-scale, but it focuses on smaller build-outs with gorgeous interiors. The Drybar is an example of a simple project elevated by the firm’s design aesthetic. The chic space has a separate area for its blow-drying and nail services. The blow-drying area has a large mirror perfectly backlit. On the other side, comfortable white chairs line the stations. A functional shelf wall containing all the products divides the two work areas. Despite all the different work stations, the firm gave it a fresh open layout that made the salon look more spacious.


The Calabretto Building Group

When Jesse Calabretto received his Construction Management degree, he was one of the few young builders employed by prestigious commercial contractor Hawkins Construction Company. He took on many roles in the company including carpenter, superintendent, and project engineer. He left Hawkins Construction Company in 2005 to start his own firm, the Calabretto Building Group. His namesake firm constructs commercial office buildings, educational facilities, and industrial warehousing. The firm has made some notable establishments around Omaha and it has been featured in construction magazines like Rebusiness Online and Omaha World Herald.

The Calabretto Building Group is known for providing construction and design services for complex projects. The firm has unique project managers who have different specializations. The Trio Salon is one of its smaller-scale projects but, like many of its projects, it’s an impressive design feat. Polished metallic furnishings paired with a dark color palette gave a sophisticated finish to the salon.


Thompson Construction Inc.

Thompson Construction is one of the largest firms in Oklahoma. Established in 1997, Rob Thompson founded the firm as a company that solely focuses on complex projects while still being customer-centered. Despite being a large firm, it guarantees every customer that they will only have a single point person from planning to building. For this reason, more than 70% of their clientele are repeat customers. Last 2018, INC magazine took notice of the firm and included it to the annual 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

The firm’s works can be found all over Oklahoma. One of its notable retail projects is the Hobbs Salon and Medical Spa. Upon entering, clients will be greeted by a contemporary white marble reception counter. Industrial lighting fixtures also brighten the reception area. To its right is the spacious hair styling area. Private rooms for spa clients are found in the back so they can have complete silence despite a busy workday.


WD Construction

WD Construction is one of the youngest firms on this list. Bill Tibbit established the firm in 2017 and it has invested in a pool of clients who can potentially hire its services again. Founder Tibbit has had various experiences in the construction industry which makes him more than qualified to oversee every project.

The commercial contractor does not have a specific specialization because it can work on a range of projects. A look at its portfolio features recognizable businesses found across Colorado. Some of these establishments are the Roadhouse Cinema, Stellina Little Market, and the Woodmen Valley Chapel. It also has had its share of salon projects like the Blush Dry Bar Salon and Locals Barbershop and Salon. The Blush Dry Bar Salon is a gorgeous space with modern white and gold accents. Adding a golden touch to the industrial lighting fixtures gave a chic contemporary look to the salon.


Wilcox Construction

Wilcox Construction is one of the earliest commercial builders in Washington. Throughout its years of service, the firm went through many leaderships but remained a trusted commercial contractor in the Western U.S. Regional and local contractors enlist the firm to build private projects like industrial warehouses, wellness centers, and automotive showrooms. One of its impressive establishments was also featured in the weekly Edmonds Beacon paper.

The firm has constructed and designed a number of spas and salons. One of these projects is the Gary Manuel Salon and Spa in Seattle. Large overlooking windows serve as the exterior for the salon but a contemporary wooden sign will catch the attention of any passerby. The wooden elements are still found inside with the workstations made with dark wood. It is also paired with dark brown wooden flooring and industrial light fixtures.

Source: GC Magazine