First State Home & Garden

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First State Home & Garden

5.0 | 14 Verified Ratings
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812 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19713
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First State Home & Garden

First State Home & Garden, LLC.....

Proudly Serving Delaware and Pennsylvania since 1995, First State Home & Garden is a family owned business started by a father and son, both US military veterans. As such, our culture reflects some of the qualities which we've learned well in service to others. We go the extra mile, so you get more than you pay for. We constantly study, train, and improve, to deliver you the best craftsmanship. And we apply a high attention to detail in our processes, so that your improvement is more beautiful than you imagined and lasts forever. BIG or small, we do it all: stylish kitchens, designer baths, exquisite tile, master masonry, expert drywall, in and out painting / staining, all flooring, fine carpentry, lifetime roofing / siding / windows/ doors, garage renovations, custom additions / alterations, rock solid hard-scaping, luxurious landscaping, all manner of mechanical, and so much more. Company Website : / Our FaceBook Site :


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Service Area

  • Wilmington
  • Newark
  • Dover
  • Chester
  • West Chester
  • Southeastern
  • Media
  • New Castle
  • Valley Forge
  • Elkton
  • Marcus Hook
  • Garnet Valley
  • Fenwick Island
  • Ocean View
  • Houston
  • Harbeson
  • Ellendale
  • Marydel
  • Montchanin
  • Rockland
  • Bethel
  • Kennett Square
  • Delaware City
  • Thorndale
  • Milton
  • Paoli
  • Aston
  • Wallingford
  • Kirkwood
  • Port Penn
  • Viola
  • Landenberg
  • Lincoln
  • Frederica
  • Avondale
  • Glen Mills
  • Chadds Ford
  • Felton
  • Christiana
  • Townsend
  • Winterthur
  • Little Creek
  • Millsboro
  • Hartly
  • Middletown
  • Delmar
  • Frankford
  • Chester Springs
  • Childs
  • Dagsboro
  • Laurel
  • Hockessin
  • Oxford
  • Malvern
  • Saint Georges
  • Camden Wyoming
  • Bethany Beach
  • Parkesburg
  • Lewes
  • Woodside
  • West Grove
  • Georgetown
  • Thornton
  • Gap
  • Penns Grove
  • Newtown Square
  • Swarthmore
  • Exton
  • Kenton
  • Seaford
  • Smyrna
  • Downingtown
  • Brookhaven
  • Elk Mills
  • Clayton
  • Bear
  • Claymont
  • Milford
  • Odessa
  • Dover AFB
  • Yorklyn
  • Cheswold
  • Greenwood
  • Harrington
  • Honey Brook
  • Glenmoore
  • Unionville
  • Bridgeville
  • Nassau
  • Rehoboth Beach
  • Magnolia
  • See All >

Services Offered

Additions & Remodeling
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Garage Remodel
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Cabinet Install
  • Interior Trim & Moldings Install
  • Exterior Shutters Install
  • Interior Door Install
  • Storm Door Install
  • Sliding Door Install
  • Exterior Doors Install
Flooring & Carpet
Glass & Mirrors
  • Mirrors Install or Replace
  • Glass Shower Door or Enclosure Install
Handyman Services
  • Handyman for Multiple Small Projects
  • Paint or Stain Small Projects
  • Exterior Trim Install

Areas of Expertise

  • Interior Design: Kitchens & Baths, Painting, Faux Finishes, Plaster, Drywall
  • Fine Carpentry: Decks, Pergolas, Fencing, Doors, Windows, Siding
  • Tile Setting and Masonry: Porcelain, Ceramic, Natural Stone, Pointing, Walls
  • Custom Building & Design: Basement Finishing, Roofing, Additions, Drafting
  • Expert Flooring: Hardwood, Laminate, Vinyl or Linoleum, Tile, Stairs, Mill work

Product Brands Used

  • Alside
  • Andersen Windows
  • Pella Corporation
  • Bosch
  • Biotekt Homes

Quick Facts

Business Hours
(Please call to confirm)
  • Small Jobs Welcome
  • Warranty Offered
  • Materials
  • Warranty Description: Lifetime Craftsmanship Guarantee
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Bilingual


In Business Since: 1995
Memberships & Affiliations
  • Authorize Vendor for the City of Newark - Neighborhood Improvement Programs
  • Sherwin Williams Co. Factory Direct Applicator
  • Arcane Industries Inc. Factory Direct Installer - Carefree Gutter Protection Systems
State Licensing
Trade: Home Improvement Contractor
License #: PA139273
Expiration: 04-10-2020
Green Certifications
  • - Home Performance with energy Star
  • EPA-RRP Lead Safe Firm Certification and WaterSense Partnership
Type: General Liability
Expiration: 12-07-2019
  • Energy Star Challenge Certificate 2010
  • Lead Safe Certified Firm, US EPA, since Aug. 2010
  • Home Advisor Certified Professional, 5-star service rating
  • Best of Newark / General Contractor / 2014
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Business Overview

Community Involvement

ReGreen Initiative for Local Home & Business Owners

In Partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve the energy efficiency of America's buildings by 10% or more

Energy Star Challenge Participant

Proud Delaware Mud Runner for cancer research

Official Delaware sponsor of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

How We Got Started

I chose to work in this industry because I love people, and I enjoy the challenges of design and the opportunity to express myself artistically in every detail of a remodel..

We started in this industry in 1987.

We describe our business as Rooted in the community

Why do we do it?

Beautiful Homes = Happy Families = Stronger America!


First State Home & Garden

My Work
6 Projects
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Review by in Hockessin, DE
Brian did an excellent job on our master bath remodel. The overall quality of his work was excellent and I highly recommend him.
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Review by in Port Charlotte, FL
Brian and his crew (especially Tim) were conscientious throughout the entire process of finishing our basement. A full bath, bedroom with walk-in closet and family room were constructed. The materals and workmanship were all excellent and Brian is a hands on contractor, he was at our home almost every day to check on the progress of the job. The parts of the project that required subcontractors (electrical, plumbing, flooring, hvac) were all completed by professionals who did an excellent job. Again Brian would be there to check on the work done by his Subs and have them correct any issues that he was not satisfied with during the entire project. We felt that the price quoted for the project was very reasonable and the project was completed in a timely manner. We would highly recommend Brian and First State Home & Garden for any of your construction needs, he is an excellent and meticulous builder.
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Review by in Newark, DE
Project: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
Professional and courteous. Cleaned up after themselves.
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Review by in Bear, DE
Project: Hire a Handyman
Brian was very professional and a gentleman. Very pleased and would use him again.
Response by First State Home & Garden: Thank you 'Neighbor' was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to stay in touch.

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Review by in Wilmington, DE
We contracted First State Home and Garden to remodel our main bathroom. This renovation required replacing the existing fixtures, walls, tub, vanity, lighting, and toilet. Brian and his crew worked around the clock for a little under four weeks to get this work done on time and under budget. We were thoroughly impressed with Brian's craftsmanship and keen attention to detail. The work is flawless and every aspect of the job was well thought-out. We were also very impressed with the cleanliness of the entire renovation. Brian and his crew worked hard to minimize clutter and dust around our house. I highly recommend 1st State Home & Garden!

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Review by in Newark, DE
First Stae Home and Garden rates my higest praise. Brian (owner) and his associates provided the highest quality of workmanship at a very reasonable price. They were prompt, friendly, considerate and courteous for the entire duration of the project (bathroom remodel). I will certainly recommend them to others and plan to use them in future projects of my own. It is rare these days to find such a combination of value, skill, and courtesy. Thanks guys.

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Review by in Newark, DE
Project: Hire a Handyman
very professional,the price was very reasonable,the job is very nice and neat.

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Review by in New Castle, DE
Project: Hire a Handyman
Brian is very professional and a pleasure to work with. He does a wonderful job and is price very fair. He will be the first person I contact when I need work done.

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Review by in Wilmington, DE
Project: Hire a Handyman
repaired my drywall, patched my roof and exterior trim repair work. Brian was very helpfull and easy to get in touch with.

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Review by in Bear, DE
Project: Hire a Handyman
Brian was very good. He got the work done and on time

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