-Find top-rated Service Providers

Find Top-Rated Madison Home Builders

Angie's List helps you hire the best - and avoid the rest!

Home Builders to Avoid


Top Rated Home Builders


Prevent buyer's remorse with us

  • Over 3 million people trust Angie's List to help make the right choice
  • Be informed to avoid costly mistakes
  • Shop with us to ensure a fair price
  • Our complaint resolution team will help if a project goes bad
+See Verified Local Reviews

Over 910 reviews for
Madison Home Builders from people just like you.

"Excellent! E&W had installed this door about 18 months ago, and did a fine job then. They made the adjustments to restore the door to a smooth operation, and" since they had done the installation, there was no charge for this service. They said they stand behind their work. I have used this contractor for several jobs, large & small, around my home, and I have never been disappointed with their work. In particular, I had a seriously sagging floor in my home that was a result of an oversight in its original construction. I got estimates & ideas from several foundation specialist, all of which were costly and aesthetically unappealing. E&W quickly came up with an attractive, affordable design to correct the flaw. I love this company's friendly, neighborly demeanor. I will always contact them first for any home improvements!


"Our experience with
was great. Once they started our project they were here every day (~4 weeks) until completion. The crew was always very" pleasant and friendly. They did a great job of minimizing mess and cleaned up well every night. The quality of work was excellent. I highly recommend them.

-Todd S.

+Shop, Schedule, and Save on Services

Shop, Search and Save from anywhere!

  • Offers are exclusively provided by highly rated companies
  • Angie’s List members have access to exclusive discounts on local services
  • Shop, schedule, and stay on top of progress from any device
  • Our 30 Day Refund Guarantee means you can buy with confidence!
+Join 2 Million People on Angie's List

Over 2 million people trust Angie's List.

  • Your Membership Includes:
  • Instant access to top rated businesses covering 700+ services
  • Our Complaint Resolution Team to help when a project goes bad
  • On-the-go access to our iPhone, Android, & iPad apps
Find top-rated Service Providers
See Verified Local Reviews
Shop, Schedule, and Save on Services
Join 2 Million People on Angie's List

Local Articles in Madison


Customized homebuilding is a huge market, with companies offering a host of choices to personalize your new home or improve your current living space. Here are the most popular options offered by homebuilders.

While it can seem like an unnecessary expense, an egress window with dimensions that meet local building codes should be added. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dale R. of Detroit)
Remodeling - General, Builders - Homes, Windows - Egress, Lead Testing & Removal

Before you start your home improvement project, learn common mistakes to avoid a disaster.

contractors, construction, blueprints
Carpentry - Unfinished, Remodeling - General, Builders - Homes

Do you know the importance of a construction lien waiver form?

Millennials are changing how homebuilders design and construct new houses. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Builders - Homes, Home Automation

Emphasis is on ease, comfort as formal rooms lose favor

log cabin home
Builders - Homes

Land plays a factor in both cost and construction, especially in the mountains.

Inspiration & Ideas

quartz countertops
granite countertop and backsplash
bathroom remodel with granite countertop and backsplash
kitchen remodel
bathroom mosaic tiles
kitchen remodel

Angie's Answers

Yes, but you won't like what will probably happen (this is a worst case scenario, hopefully you will avoid most):

The purpose for a building permit is to ensure meeting the minimum standards for construction practices and minimum safety standards.  A contractor who works without a permit, does so because they know they are not in compliance (and to save money at your expense).  They knew they should have had inspections and permits for their work.  Who ever built the addition should be reported to both the building official as well as the Better Business Bureau.  It is ultimately the homeowner who is responsible for ensuring the proper permits have been applied for, though.

So when you apply for your permit, you will be pretending as if the work is not completed (you do not hide this fact, you just have to follow the correct process as if it hadn't been built).  Your first stop will be with zoning; can you even add an addition, do you have the proper clearances from the side, front and rear property lines.  If it is a bedroom, does the septic system (perk test) support an additional bedroom.  If your building already meets or exceeds the amount of building allowed on the site or if you do not have the clearances required from the property line, your addition may be required to be removed.  There are appeal processes and variance requests you can try before tearing down the addition (Get an architect).

If your zoning review is fine, next you go to permitting.  Here you will submit plans (drawings) of what was built.  If you do not have these plans, consider hiring an Architect to generate As-Built drawings for this use.  Hopefully the plan review comes back with no changes, or you will alread know your addition is not in compliance and may face rebuilding.  Depending on the type of construction, your zoning and your local building requirements, you will be required to have inspections of your foundation / footings, the framing, the electrical, mechancial and HVAC systems, etc. affected by the work. 

This may require digging the ground back up so the inspector can confirm foundation depth, size and draingage requirements.  The interior wall finishes (gypsum board, panelling, etc) may have to be removed in some or all areas so the framing and electrical can be inspected (If one area fails, be prepared to pull all areas down).  At each inspection, if the work is found to be lacking, then you will have to correct the work before getting permission to use the room.  If there is an electrical or safety violation found, it is possible the Building Official could declare the entire property inhabitable until the offenses are corrected (IE you are homeless until it is fixed).

As you can see, you have to hope beyond belief that the builder constructed everything correctly and that the building officials will work with you to minimize the amount of deconstruction necessary to inspect the work.

Also, you will be charged all the fees associated with plan review and permitting, and you will be charged for each inspection visit (as your builder would have been charged initially had they followed the law).

As for value, here is the real concern:  If your home burns down or faces some similar disaster, your home owners insurance will balk at paying; they will blame the illegal construction as the cause.  As for the value of your building, not having a permit will make any buyer have a difficult time getting their own insurance, thus harder to sell.  The room itself will add value to your property, if it isn't a hazard (IE permitted). 

Also, taxes are based upon assessments, which use the land records.  Building without a permit, can be seen by local officials as an attempt to avoid paying property taxes, since the land records do not show the addition.  Until the official tax records reflect an accurate statement of your building, you may face fines, tax fees and other costs associated with the improvement depending upon how long it has been there unreported.

You may wish to contact a local, licensed Architect who works with the local building department.  They will know the personel, know which forms you need to fill out first and how to protect you from an overzealous Building Official (there are exceptions and options within the Code that the Building Official may forget or ignore that an Architect can request be used to prevent tear down or damage).  Next time you go to build get the Architect first to protect yourself from what this construction firm did to you.

Good luck!
Unfortunately this is not something you will easily resolve; and even if you were to win, the amount of time and funds spent will probably exceed the cost of the actual repair.

Each state has different rules on what "as-is" means, but almost all use the term when it comes to realestate sales.  At two years, you are facing a hurdle that any issue could be the result of new conditions, acceptable wear / settlement, etc.  Has there been any changes in the area? (New house built next door, new addition, earthquake, flooding, etc?)

While you may have been given a home warranty with the purchase (do check your sales paperwork to see if there is any warranty and what it covers for how long) the house is sold to you as-is; it is your responsibility to raise concerns prior to taking over the house, so going back two years later is a huge up hill batle.

The home inspector is also going to be found faultless, as their reports almost always have words like "consult with an expert. . ." after each report section and they have disclaimers for missed items, etc. I got certified as a home inspector and was surprised at just how little they actually require you to know to become an inspector. They are really just an extra pair of eyes to help inexpereinced home owners look where most people don't look or go.  You even mention that the repair work was well masked, so you didn't notice it until you began looking for it.  A good inspector might have caught it, but you won't win any court cases proving yours wasn't good enough.

The Seller will claim that any foundation issues were fixed and resolved, which is why they marked "No" on the foundation issue section.  They fixed it; so it was no longer an issue.  If it came back, that is a new issue.  You and I know this is bogus, but to win in court you have to prove intent; and the builder can easily show they thought it was fixed.  Or, they might even be able to claim they were unaware - the repairs were from the previous owner, and were hidden so well HE and YOU didn't notice them.

So the next step is to meet with your home insurance agent.  As I mentioned above, if there have been any enviromental changes (a new house next door could have changed the underground water table flow or pressures, for example) you may be covered.  Even if there are no issues, you still may have a policy that allows for major repairs to be covered after a certian cost threshold, etc.  You'd be surprised at what your home owners insurance covers - find out first; they might have in house or low cost engineers who will do the initial inspection, etc.  They also will provide advice on your home sale; if they think you have a case against the Seller.

Best of luck on this issue.  Make sure any solution you pay for solves the cause (Stress on the wall), and doesn't just fix the results (cracks).

For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.
"Like a sunroom" indicating the addition has yet to be built?  If it's just a remodel there are several remodeling contractors to choose from.  If you also need the addition built pick a general contractor with experience building new construction as well as additions.  If s/he provides a price before the plans and specifications are on paper drop them like a hot potato.  They don't know what they're doing.  Whether they have the ability to provide the plans and specifications first or they refer you to an architect you must have plans to properly bid a major remodel or addition.  It is also good practice anyway just to make sure both parties are on the same page and understand exactly what will be done.

Just a note about the "type" of contractors described in another answer.  The one's who do most or all of the work themselves are not very profitable without doing something illegal or cutting corners somewhere, if they finish the job.  The time a contractor spends on a job takes away from the office time needed to run a proper business and chase new leads to keep working after your job is finished.  There are honest people out there who do everything themselves and don't need to make much money in a year but they are few and far between, typically retired and so the work as a means to keep active and make a little side money.  Others try to do a couple of jobs at once and rob from the funds of one to help pay for the other.  They just aren't experienced enough and were probably sub-contractors who suddenly thought they could run the show.  I've seen it repeatedly.  They hit up the customer for more money due to their own budget planning or abandon the job because they aren't making any more money.  be leary of a contractor who does not either use an employed or sub-contracted crew, meaning they manage the project's quality, time, and money distribution.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Home Building reviews in Madison


We started working with
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
in May. We had plans drawn by an architect already. He promised that he would have a computer plan of our project to show us by a certain day and kept changing the day because he was too busy to finish it. He kept cancelling meetings with us. He told us that he really wanted to do our project and would be able to work with us shortly. He told us that he just finished a big job and can now work on ours. We had a scheduled meeting with him at 7:30 today. He called and stated he had to help move all his equipment to a new project. We tried to set up another time to meet today. He stated he did not get my message.This is very frustrating and quite dishonest to treat a client this way. I read a previous review and now know he does this often. This is a project we hoped would have been completed this summer. I hope this review protects others from losing valuable time on their building projects.
- Jana H.

Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
was hired to be the contractor to add a 20-30 addition onto our existing home. This addition would turn our 3-bedroom ranch into a 5-bedroom ranch. The work to the addition was done with equal quality to the existing home.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
did a fine job in keeping within budget and respected our wish for that as we had twins on the way.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
managed the job fine and his crews for the most part did well. The only one that did not in my opinion was the crew who dug out the hole for the basement. They could have put some wood down or something in order to not destroy my yard and my neighbors yard. While I expect some damage to be done I
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
’t expect them to drive over the neighbors downspout and then not say anything.
The biggest issue I had with
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
was dealing with a double hung window that was melting the siding of the new addition.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
had the window manufacture replace the top portion of the windows but had me pay labor to install them! His defense was he installed the original ones correctly so therefore I must pay again to have the replacements installed. NOT FAIR! To me he should have paid this because while he installed the windows correctly they were just simply the wrong windows for this particular application. Nobody could have foreseen this, but
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
should have done the right thing and replaced the window tops at no cost to me.
While the above issue really bothered me
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
was still willing to ask questions after that. I will say the work Quality did was good work and they performed things in a timely manner.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
and his crews were very conscious of my wife’s pregnancy and did what they could to make things easy on her and to get the job done before they were born.
If this review seems mixed to you that is because it is. While I overall enjoyed the experience with
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
the one issue really bothers me.

- David W.

Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
was the general contractor for our recent kitchen remodel.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
is fabulous to work with. He and his team have meticulous attention to detail and do beautiful work. Our kitchen is the envy of friends and family! We had budget constraints and
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
was great about helping us figure out what we could do within the budget. Once the work began, they went above and beyond to minimize the disruption to our household during the remodeling process. They did a thorough cleaning every day and put up a plastic partition to keep dust out of the rest of the house. They were upfront in communicating about project delays. I highly recommend their services to anyone undertaking a kitchen remodel in the
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
- Michael P.

This was the second job
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
organized for us.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
is well connected to several independent subcontractors.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
and his team is an absolute pleasure to work with. He and his son personally do or watch over much of the carpentry. Everything was done on time and very cleanly installed. We love the results. If you want a low drama remodelling experience consider calling
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
- Forrest W.

Everything went fine until the finish coat. I have never succeeded in scheduling it. Phone calls and emails from me have all failed to get a rise out of
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
. He refuses to finish the job he contracted to do. I will never recommend
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
to anyone. In my experience, 15 months after signing the contract,
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
is nowhere to be found. He doesn't complete his work (though his cell phone answering mode promises to call right backk).
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
is totally undependable.
- Martin N.

They arrived when they promised. Installed the same day. They did a great job and cleaned up afterwards. The insert looks and works great as well as the air-tight door. Further, they were significantly less expensive than any other company for the exact same make/model/installation.
- John S.

Price was fair for a full-service contract work, but you can save at least 20% on individual jobs. Part of this was to cover interior design-related overhead, which we understand and accept, given this is full-service. We did take back some of the work simply because they were nowhere competitive on pricing (hardwood floor install/refinishing and painting). To be fair though, when we asked
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
to help with insulation, they did find the highest quality sub-contractors and the work showed. The team was very professional, courteous, and with high integrity - important traits for our family. The project looks great and functions well.
2 things that bothered us (hence the "B" Overall Experience and a "B" Quality), and
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
was fully aware of them:
1. A random person walked into our house unannounced one day, walked around inside the house, and then disappeared. He had no identification as to whether he was with
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
or a hired subcontractor.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
also had no clue who this person was, because the crew left the house earlier, with doors unlocked. This startled our babysitter and our 2 young boys, and we were very concerned with their safety, particularly when it is obvious that renovation work was being done with
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
construction sign parked in front of our house. However,
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
apologized immediately and made sure they tell us who were onsite going forward, and thank goodness nothing bad happened.
2. There were nails that punctured the pipes in the 2nd floor bathroom as
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
was renovating (they did not
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
the locations of the pipes to remind their floor guys). Anyhow, our 1st floor ceiling & the walls were soaked, and water seeped into our basement.
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
promptly remedied it, as they tore out the drywall, the ceiling, air-dried the damage, and replaced them all. While
Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
absorbed all the costs, this delayed the project for a week, and hampered our living space.
- Mike H.

Madison Home Builders Provider Name Locked
crew did an excellent job remodeling my kitchen. They were responsive to issues that developed during the job and made everything right. The quality of products and workmanship justify the higher cost.
- Sharon M.

Home Builders in Madison

Companies below are listed in alphabetical order. To view top rated service providers along with reviews and ratings, Join Angie's List Now!



Wilson Woodcraft Inc

2861 Henshue Rd




PO Box 258017

Wisconsin Building Supply

6368 Lake Rd



Woodland Construction

311 fairview circle




Sauk City

Ziegler Builders

1102 Woodbridge Trail




PO BOX 250
Sun Prairie

Shop Local Home Building Services in Madison

Join Angie's List to get the best local reviews in Madison.

What Does My Membership Include?
  • Instant access to reviews for 700+ services
  • Exclusive service discounts - up to 70 percent off!
  • Top-notch support from our live call center
How does Angie's List work?
1. Say you need a Home Builder
2. Angie's List has tons of detailed, local reviews.
3. Find a winner, and book them.
4. Angie's List is there to resolve any issues.
Good Morning America
Fox News
USA Today
The Wall Street Journal
MSN money