From Jupiter to Boca Raton, Palm Beach County caters to millions of tourists each year. In 2015, the county saw a record number of tourists (6.9 million). This year, the opening of more than 1,000 new hotel rooms may bring even more visitors to the Palm Beaches. With a growing number of both tourists and residents, the need for quality contractors continues to rise. A contractor plays an important role in successfully managing the details and subcontractors on a construction project, and makes sure the job is completed on time and under budget.
In every industry, there are those that stand out from the crowd. Listed below, in no particular order, are Palm Beach County’s 15 best contractors. We chose these contractors for their excellent reputations, as well as their industry recognition and involvement, certifications and specialties, length of professional experience, and online customer testimonials. Take a look, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below! If you know of a contractor who should be included here, let us know in the comments section.
Ray Puzzitiello Ray comes from a family of builders that extends back three generations. As a teenager, he spent his summers working hand-in-hand with artisans, carpenters and masons. In 1985, Ray brought the highly regarded Puzzitiello family name of builders to South Florida. He has been an active member of the Gold Coast Builders Association, the Florida Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Home Builders. Ray graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in construction supervision and management.
Daniel Morrow Dan studied architectural design at Louisiana Tech University and construction management at Palm Beach Junior College. Since college, after working in the field and learning from his experiences, he knew he wanted to become a custom builder. An owner of Danmark Development since 2006, Dan has completed luxury homes in many prestigious communities of Palm Beach and beyond. The firm has been honored with the 2015 Grand Aurora Award and 2011 Professional Remodeler Award.
John Peters John is the owner and president of United Reconstruction Group, Inc., a full-service contractor firm that specializes in returning both residential and commercial properties to pre-loss conditions. He is also a managing member of ICON Construction FL, LLC. John is active in the industry, as an appointee to the Broward County Affordable Housing Counsel and 2016 president of the Gold Coast Builder’s Association. John has also been a member of the Florida Atlantic Builder’s Association, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Sebastian Smallegange A third generation builder from Holland, Sebastian continues to put his family’s European signature on every custom home. Sebastian graduated from Eastern Carolina University with a construction management degree, and soon after joined the family business. Starting as a superintendent at Turtle Beach Construction, Sebastian worked within the company for 10 years until 2008, when his father retired and he took over as company president. Turtle Beach Construction has produced more than 300 custom residences in some of the area’s most prestigious communities.
Daniel Getson Daniel brings over 23 years of professional experience in commercial and residential construction to his role as president of Trav-Daniels Construction Services, Inc. Daniel understands what is needed to do the job right, and holds himself 100% responsible for the quality, execution and completion of a project. He has extensive estimating and project management experience working on commercial projects of varying size and complexity, ranging from a few thousand dollars to $40 million. He is a LEED Associated Professional and holds a Bachelor of Science in building construction from the University of Florida.
Donald Malasky Donald knew from an early age that he wanted to go to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earn a degree in real estate and finance. He started in the real estate business as a builder in 1958, and is the founder of Malasky Homes, Inc. The firm is part of a family tradition of real estate; Donald’s grandfather owned investment property, and his sons have joined the business. Donald’s expertise spans from building small tract homes to constructing and managing more than 1.5 million square feet of commercial space and building multi-million dollar luxury estate homes.
T.L. Wingate Tim is the founder and president of Wingate Corporation, LLC, a one-stop shop for completing any construction job from high-end residential construction to municipal city projects. He obtained a general contractors license at the age of 18, and founded Wingate Corporation in 1984. Tim prides himself in bringing his clients’ ideas to fruition, and his uncompromising approach means that he never sacrifices the quality of his work to increase profits. He is is a graduate of the Turner School of Construction.
Miguel Soto As the president of Prestige General Contractors, Inc., Miguel has a proven track record in both residential and commercial construction services. The firm’s clients have praised Miguel and his team as having integrity, craftsmanship, and reliability. He works in collaboration with construction tradesmen, architects, engineers and designers to complete projects of any size. Miguel and his staff walk clients through the entire process–from planning and design to completion–to deliver their vision with the utmost respect.
Rene Alonso Rene has been the president of Alonso & Associates, Inc. for over 35 years. He prides himself on knowing his clients, understanding their needs, and solving even the toughest of challenges. A true architect’s builder, Rene has teamed with some of South Florida’s top architectural and design firms to execute exceptional homes in places like Indian Creek, Las Olas, Palm Beach and Jupiter. His projects have over 1,000 saves to Houzz ideabooks, and he has received consecutive year Best of Houzz Design awards since 2014.
Rob Scialla Rob is the founder and president of RJS Builders, established in 1994. His longstanding presence in the community, project management skills, and outstanding reputation as a builder who never sacrifices quality have made him a highly recommended building contractor. His firm’s signature service continues to attract new clients who look to be guided through the building process from site location to project completion. Rob is recognized as a Houzz Influencer, and his project photos have been added more than 50,000 times to idea books on Houzz.
Scott Worley Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting, and he originally worked as a CPA. He began his career in real estate development working in high-rise construction, and after relocating to Florida, he founded Worley & Worley, an investment advisory firm. Soon, Scott was developing his own real estate projects as Northstar Homes. He has been named Builder of the Year three times by the Gold Coast Builders Association, and he has served as president of both the Gold Coast Builders Association and the Florida Atlantic Building Association.
Hugh Davis After graduating from Florida State University, Hugh started out as a concrete form carpenter and then a framing and trim carpenter. In 1983, he formed Davis General Contracting Corporation and continued to build the company into the premier residential builder it is today. The firm has worked with world-renowned architects and interior designers such as Tom Kirchhoff, Bunny Williams, and Robert Couturier, among others. Their projects have been published in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, and House and Garden.
Len Tylka Len is a second-generation custom home builder and developer with over four decades of professional experience. He is the founding principal of LTL Builders, a general contracting firm, and LTL Associates, Inc., a professional engineering firm. Len is both a Florida Certified General Contractor and certified professional engineer. He has served as president of both the FHBA and GCBA, and was recently appointed by Governor Scott to the board of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.
Scott Sloane Scott founded Sloane Construction Company in 1981, and continues to serve as the firm’s president. The company has since grown to become one of the leading high-end residential construction companies in South Florida. A commercial construction division was established in 2000 to address South Florida’s growing need for superior commercial builders as well and two years later, a construction management division was added. Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Ron Ellish A third generation homebuilder and president of Ellish Builders, Ron continues the family tradition by guiding the company to become one of the premier custom homebuilders and major home remodelers in South Florida. Ron is a past president of the Florida Home Builders Association, and he has served as a board member and area representative for the National Association of Home Builders. He has been inducted into the Gold Coast Builders Association Hall of Fame, and recognized as Builder of the Year. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of Rhode Island.