Located in San Mateo County, Hillsborough takes great pride in being recognized as one of the best places to live in California. It provides its residents with a rural feel, in addition to numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. It is also regarded for its excellent arts and cultural activities and great educational district.

Its population is primarily composed of retirees, with most of its residents owning their own homes. This list is a showcase behind 14 of the area’s best general contractors behind some of the area’s most beautiful homes and spaces. They were chosen based on their respective accolades, experiences, and skills. 

Peninsula Custom Homes Inc.

1401 Old County Road, San Carlos, CA 94070

Peninsula Custom Homes (PCH) has been in business since 1978, and specializes in every facet of the residential custom home building and remodeling process. The firm utilizes a highly hands-on approach and takes extra steps in ensuring that it understands a client’s lifestyle and needs. The firm is composed of a team of handpicked professionals who have helped in securing an excellent reputation for the firm, as well as long-standing relationships with leading architects, designers, engineers, artisans, and artisans in the area. It has worked with numerous uniquely trained professionals, making it equipped for any challenging or complex project that a client may have in mind. Its portfolio is a showcase of wonderful homes and spaces, ranging from modern estates to glamorous renovations of historical chateaus. 

The project above was featured in Architectural Digest. It was completed in collaboration with the talented professionals at Butler Armsden Architects and challenged the firm with its large-scale update. Originally, the home featured grand interior spaces, high ceilings, and statuesque Doric columns. The firm took it all down and started from scratch. The firm now showcases custom details like wire-brushed European white oak floors, a foyer adorned with Spanish Cenia Bluestone, and a new infinity pool. It also has an all-new private pool house and floating steps.

Green Bay Remodeling

1170 Burnett Ave # S, Concord, CA 94520

Green Bay Remodeling extends its services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked on over a thousand spaces. Through the use of the latest and cutting-edge technologies, Green Bay Remodeling has earned awards for its outstanding large-scale remodeling and renovation work. It is particularly noted for its excellent kitchens, bathrooms, and home additions. Further, Green Bay provides interested clients with  free consultations and assures them that whenever it takes on a new project, it tailors and customizes its processes to better fit their needs. These client-centered solutions have resulted in numerous excellent spaces.

In the project above, its team opted for a crisp, modern design. They utilized an open concept floorplan coupled with a clean palette of white and neutral tones further emphasized by its use of various wooden accents. Several large windows can also be observed, allowing in a rich amount of ambient light. 

Harrell Remodeling Inc.

944 Industrial Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94303

Named by Sunset Magazine as the “Best the West has to offer,” Harrell Remodeling was founded in 1985 and prides itself on being one of the first companies to form a team of design-build professionals sharing one vision. The firm is led by Ciro Giammona, who started as an estimator for the firm in 1996. His rich experience and successful understanding of its design and construction process led him to be promoted to General Manager in 2006, company president in 2011, and finally to CEO in 2014. A proud Certified Remodeler and Certified Green Building Professional, Giammona has driven his team to build many whimsical contemporary homes and lavish Mediterranean houses. The firm’s work has been published in Qualified Remodeler after earning a Gold Master Design Award for a kitchen project. 

In the extensive home remodel above, the firm’s team used various art deco elements combined with various transitional elements. It also made use of vibrant colors to perfectly contrast its neutral walls and flooring and installed various unique fixtures. 

BMF Construction

723 Camino Plaza, #3401 San Bruno, CA 94066

BMF Construction has been extending its services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly three decades and has since been noted for its excellent ability to transform outdated rooms and homes into stunning new spaces. It is an award-winning remodeler and is regarded for its excellent methods and close communication with its clients throughout the entire process. The company started as a commercial contractor in the 1980s and still works on commercial spaces such as offices, hospital facilities, schools, and historic structures. Some of its most noteworthy commercial projects include work on the War Memorial Opera House and the Maritime Museum. The firm maintains various affiliations with several important industry organizations such as the American Insitute of Architects (AIA), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and Build It Green.


The firm is led by Derald Norton, a professional who has been with the company since 1987. He is experienced in every facet of the industry and to this day, is very active in both construction and management. His experience includes formal training in design, engineering, methods, materials, and sustainable construction and assures clients that all of the firm’s projects receive the benefit of these experiences. 

SEA Construction, Inc.

1009 S. Railroad Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402

SEA Construction utilizes a design-build approach, allowing it to keep the entire process in-house and supervise every facet of a project. It specializes in home additions, kitchens, bathrooms, full home renovations, and room additions. It draws inspiration from over three decades of experience and has worked on over 3,500 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm is also well-regarded for its rapid delivery and smooth processes. Its portfolio depicts an excellent variety of designs, ranging from modern to traditional spaces. SEA Construction has also been the recipient of several Chrysalis Awards for its excellent remodels. It is also affiliated with NARI and the US Green Building Council, assuring clients of the sustainability of its spaces. The firm has also been featured in Qualified Remodeler as among its Top 500 builders and remodelers. 

In the project above, the firm opted for an open concept floorplan coupled with modern architecture. It features a large kitchen island made of wood to match the custom paneled cabinetry. Several unique overhead fixtures can also be observed, along with unique granite backsplashes. 

Lifetime Remodeling Inc.

3723 Haven Ave Ste 103, Menlo Park, CA 94025-1011

Lifetime Remodeling offers its clients a full and comprehensive range of residential renovation and remodeling services. It has secured a reputation for its excellent new homes, home additions, kitchens, bathrooms, patios, and landscaping. The firm is also regarded for its excellent flooring, roofing, painting, and masonry services. Additionally, it is noted for completing all of its projects on-time and within the agreed-upon budget. It has its very own in-house design team and has long-standing professional relationships with numerous experienced professionals in the area. All of the firm’s spaces also come with their own project managers, further bolstering the firm’s strong communication and thorough documentation. Lifetime has worked on projects throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

The project above best showcases one of the firm’s bathrooms, featuring a separate walk-in shower encased in glass, unique patterned flooring, and great lighting. Clean white brick finishes can also be observed by one wall, as well as several custom touches. 

Done Right Home Remodeling

1825 De La Cruz Blvd #206 Santa Clara, CA 95050

Done Right Home Remodeling is a full-service firm that operates out of its office in Santa Clara. It is licensed to operate throughout California and with its expert designers and in-house insured contractors, provides its clients with sophisticated and classic renovations. It draws inspiration from over 15 years of experience and is particularly regarded for its room additions, roof remodeling, exterior, and interior painting, backyard remodeling, and hardscaping services. In addition to this, it has curated an excellent portfolio filled with outstanding kitchens and bathrooms. The firm provides interested clients with free quotes. It also gives back to its community by way of working with various charities that it is affiliated with. 

Showcased above is one of the firm’s best living areas. For this space, it opted for clean paneled floors coupled with an open concept floorplan. The space itself opens directly to an outdoor grill and uses a neutral palette of white with hints of beige and wood. 

JPM Construction

151 W. 3rd Ave #1 San Mateo, CA 94402

JPM Construction provides its clients with designing, building, and renovating services and extends its services throughout Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, and surrounding mid-peninsula areas. It is regarded for its exceptional attention to detail and comprehensive end-to-end services. Further, it is noted for its excellent landscaping and outdoor design, enabling it to tailor its homes to their respective environments. The firm’s team assists its clients throughout the entire process, from start to finish, emphasizing the importance of communication. That said, its premium services allow for its clients to contact its team off-site for any queries or concerns that they may have regarding their new homes or spaces. Shown below is one of the company’s best works.

In the project above, the firm’s team opted for a timeless design as seen in its choice of wood-paneled flooring and clean palette. It also worked on various custom cabinetry and other finishes. 

Genesis Home Remodeling

533 Airport Blvd #400Burlingame Burlingame, CA 94010

Genesis Home Remodeling provides its clients with a comprehensive range of services and assists its clients throughout the entire process. The firm begins its process with an initial meeting with homeowners where they can discuss needs and ideas. The firm then proceeds to a planning and design phase, in which it works closely with its architects, designers, and project managers together with clients. They provide accurate and excellent plans, materials, and product selections. By the end of its process, it then gives homeowners a walk-through of the project complete with a final punch list of any items. It also takes time to thoroughly clean the project area and dispose of any debris. The firm can take on projects regardless of scale as well as complexity, with its best work showcased below.

For this kitchen, the firm opted for sleek custom cabinetry and finishes. A kitchen island complete with granite counters can also be observed, in addition to several compartments. The space opens to an outdoor living space, which also allows in a rich amount of natural light. 

RC Wehmeyer Design Build

1204 Burlingame Ave, Suite 7, Burlingame, CA, 94010

Headquartered in Burlingame, RC Wehmeyer specializes in architectural design and general construction. It offers a comprehensive range of services and is known to develop reliable, affordable, and time-conscious plans customized to meet a client’s particular lifestyles and needs. Additionally, it utilizes a collaborative approach that emphasizes the importance of working closely with its clients throughout the entire process. The firm has been in business since 2011 and draws ideas from over two decades of industry experience. The product of Rob Wehmeyer’s skills, the firm extends its services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Wehmeyer personally oversees each project and hand-draws designs and translates them into custom blueprints.

The project above best depicts the firm’s expertise. For this space, the firm made use of large trellised windows coupled with a palette of blue and white. It also worked on sleek wood-paneled flooring and several other custom finishes. 

Nueva Builders Inc.

343 DOLPHIN ISLE. Foster City, CA 94404

Nueva Builders specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels and room additions. It extends its services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and is regarded for its innovative approaches and clear communication methods. The firm emphasizes the importance of healthy building practices as well as energy-efficient methods. It maintains affiliations with organizations like Build It Green, ensuring the sustainability of its projects and spaces. The firm has been in business since 2003 and is led by its principal Jeff Cretcher, who is regarded for his excellent project management skills. Additionally, he directly works with customers on projects and takes great pride in his certification in green building techniques. Although the firm often works with architects and designers, it can create complete plans to help customers conceptualize their projects and to obtain necessary permits.

For the project above, the firm primarily used a transitional design. It features a custom hood, cabinetry, and a large kitchen island. Paneled flooring can also be observed along with unique printed backsplashes. 

Such Home Enhancements Inc.

170 Glenn Way #12, San Carlos, CA 94070

Such Home extends its services throughout the San Francisco Peninsula and is a full-service design-build construction firm specializing in every facet of the building process. It has become known for its excellent building and remodeling work and has been servicing the area since 1985. Such Home is particularly regarded for its kitchens, bathrooms, and home theaters. The firm maintains various affiliations with organizations like Build It Green, ensuring the quality and sustainability of its work. Interested clients may avail of its virtual consultation services. 

The firm’s portfolio depicts an excellent curated gallery of homes and spaces. These vary in theme, ranging from modern and transitional architecture to the most timeless and traditional designs. The firm often works on various custom finishes and highly personalized floorplans. 

Aguilar Building Company

326 Monte Diablo Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Aguilar Building Company specializes in both residential and commercial construction and remodeling services. It offers its clients free consultations and quotations and is regarded for its excellent smart building solutions. It has its own in-house budgeting team, which can provide homeowners with accurate and comprehensive budget plans assuring them that the firm’s team will not exceed their agreed-upon budget once a project begins. It can take on projects regardless of scale or complexity and commits itself to the highest standards. Aguilar takes great pride in the awards it has won throughout its years in business, as well as the portfolio it has curated for itself. The project below depicts its skill best.

For this kitchen, the firm’s team was challenged with a timeless Tuscan theme. It features a rustic color palette, various intricate and personalized details, as well as unique fixtures. A unique tiled backsplash can also be observed, further complemented by the wonderful range hood the firm had installed.

Om’s Remodeling

1670 S Amphlett Blvd Ste 214-04 San Mateo, CA 94402

Founded in San Mateo, Om’s Remodeling takes is regarded as one of the area’s best and premier renovation firms. It is known for its extensive home remodels, kitchens, bathrooms, home additions, and decks. From time to time, the firm also takes on commercial work. Om’s works with only the area’s best professionals and craftsmen. It has collaborated with numerous experienced plumbers, electricians, architects, designers, and builders, which have resulted in excellent and timeless work. The firm’s process incorporates close communication with its clients throughout the process and strictly adheres to budgets and deadlines. Its portfolio depicts expertise for modern work, with its skill best shown in the photo below.

In this project, the firm’s team primarily opted for a clean minimalist aesthetic. It utilized rustic wood flooring coupled with large barred windows to give the room’s light more dynamics.