Warren A. Hitt, 74, founder and president of a construction firm that specializes in remodeling houses, died of cancer Saturday at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital in Arlington.

Mr. Hitt was born in Amissville, Va. He worked on the restoration of Colonial Williamsbury, Va., a project undertaken by the Rockefeller Foundation, in the 1930s. In 1935, he moved to the Washington area and founded the W.A. Hitt Decorating Co., now called the Hitt Decorating Contracting Co. The firm has done work for the White and Blair House as well as many other projects. Mr. Hitt remained its president until his death.

In 1969, Mr. Hitt received the "Boss of the Year" award from the Arlington Jaycees. He was a past president of the Fort Myers Heights Citizen Association in Arlington and a member of the board of directors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He also was a member of the board of the Central United Methodist Church in Arlington.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He was a member of the Arlington Centennial Lodge, the Columbia Lodge, and the Kena Temple.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Lee Hitt, of the home in Arlington; a son, Russell A., also of Arlington; a sister, Edwina Harding, of Roundtree, Va., and four grandchildren.