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When it comes to your home, you want a builder you can trust. Explore the best of the best as voted on by 15,349 lovers of Up North. 

BAY AREA CONTRACTORS // TRAVERSE CITY

Contractor Dean Adams working with his talented wife, Trish, and designer Marty Rhein form a formidable design-and-build team. Meticulous attention to detail, white-glove client care and design that reflects Northern Michigan’s spirit are signatures of this company.

BIGGS CONSTRUCTION // LELAND

Building homes for 30 years that will grace the Leelanau landscape for many times that. Fine craftsmanship and forging a relationship with clients that lasts long after the project is finished are hallmarks.

COOLEY CONTRACTING // TRAVERSE CITY

This company is so busy building high-end luxury homes, they are just too busy to need a website … or even a Facebook page. Say no more.

D&M DESIGN CO. // INTERLOCHEN

Creative husband and wife team who thrive on projects that demand fine craftsmanship.

DRAPER CONSTRUCTION // TORCH LAKE

A genius woodworker who hand-selects his stone, wood and other materials to create homes that end up with a degree of excellence their clients could hardly imagine.

PATHWAY HOMES // TRAVERSE CITY

One of the first certified green builders in the country, Pathway prides itself in combining fine workmanship, creativity and value engineering.

PAUL MAURER GENERAL CONTRACTING // TRAVERSE CITY

For 40 years Paul has been building some of the finest homes in Northern Michigan—a track record that speaks for him. Happily, his sons, Ben and Brian, are following in his skilled footprints.

SHUGART BUILDERS // TRAVERSE CITY

When you’ve been building, maintaining and repairing homes in Northern Michigan since 1952, you know what you’re doing.

SOCKS CONSTRUCTION // TRAVERSE CITY

The firm’s mantra: integrity, dependability and a desire to create spectacular architectural spaces that connect people to their communities and to nature.

WIDING CUSTOM HOMES // TRAVERSE CITY

Roger Widing is a fourth-generation builder who studied architecture—a résumé that shows up in the truly exceptional homes he builds.

Photo(s) by Annie Gray