Maybe you want to put on an addition, add a second level or revamp your landscape. Or maybe your pipes burst, your heater died or something funky is happening with your outlets. In any scenario you want the best home improvement expert working on it. We found more than 200 who were reader-recommended and highly vetted by our staff in the hopes that we can put your mind at ease when you call on one of these contractors to come into your home. And to get you started on thinking of ways to fix up your space, we also asked them for the best design ideas, from home to yard, and ways to get the most bang for your buck.

By Jennifer Shapira