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Located south of San Francisco, Millbrae offers a good mix of urban and suburban living and many options for transportation, schooling, and recreation. It’s a good place to settle down right in the heart of the Bay Area. But like the rest of this region, it also has its own challenges when it comes to building, with some wetland areas making the topography challenging.
If you are looking to build a home in a diverse city, or are already a resident needing to update your home, here is a list of the best general contractors in Millbrae, California. The contractors on this list have a proven track record of serving the Bay Area, a good number are Diamond Certified by the local community for their skilled homegrown teams or highly-rated by the Better Business Bureau for their outstanding customer service.
Prosper Construction Development
180 Steuart St. San Francisco, CA 94119
Prosper Construction Development remodeled this home in Palo Alto from the foundations in a modern, minimalist design that fits well into its surroundings. Seamless from the outdoors to inside, the home is coated in white, with the marble island taking center stage in the new eat-in kitchen. Behind the kitchen you’ll find the living room, which flows out through glass sliding doors to another lounge in the backyard by the pool. The dining area is in its own nook near to the door, lit up by a broad window and drop lights. Further in is a spacious master’s bed and bath, with a long double vanity and a glass-bordered shower area and a freestanding tub also enclosed on the opposite end. The room also has its own passage to the outdoor areas and features a large walk-in closet. There’s also a bright home office with its own bathroom.
Licensed general contractor Prosper Malka established Prosper Construction Development in 2012 to focus purely on residential projects. The firm has since gained the trust of many Bay Area residents through word-of-mouth referrals highlighting their efficient solutions to complex jobs.
500 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Lavan Construction remodeled this historic home in Burlingame with a new look that retains the original character of the structure. The beige and gray palette is lit up by recessed lights, with an additional lamp chandelier further brightening the kitchen and dining area. To the right of the white living room fireplace, additional storage space can be found beneath the staircase. The double vanity bath also has its own custom cabinetry beneath the under-mount sinks, and a glass sliding door encloses the shower/tub beside the toilet. A smaller powder room beside the kitchen also doubles as a laundry room.
The Bay Area family business was established in 1982, with CEO and President Moein Cyrus Poudat now serving as the second generation of leadership. Alongside its construction services runs the Lavan Design Store, with a 6,000-square-foot showroom at the heart of Silicon Valley. Lavan Construction works with a lot of returning customers and referrals, exceeding clients’ expectations with their professional service.
881 Hurlingame Ave. Redwood City, CA 94063
The third-generation home builder at Springs Construction, Jim Adkins first learned construction from his grandfather. He then became a journey carpenter, and he has since built over 400,000 square feet of custom homes during his 30-year career. Now as president of the firm, he remains hands-on in the different projects the firm is entrusted with, from modern homes to historical restorations. The Diamond Certified firm has been building homes on the Peninsula since 1959.
Springs remodeled the common spaces of this home in Belmont in a semi-open layout. Deep blue accents run through the living and dining rooms, which are separated by a trimmed opening. They’re complemented by grays in the marble fireplace and dining chairs, coating the countertops of the more enclosed kitchen as well. A white wood-beamed shiplap ceiling gives the master’s bedroom more height, and two lounge chairs provide alternative places to relax.
Home Pride Construction
580 Crespi Dr. Suite S Pacifica, CA 94044
The father-and-son team of Rick and Richard Lee leads Home Pride Construction as they continue a 40-year track record of quality craftsmanship. Founder and President Rick and Vice President Richard both bring decades of experience as carpenters and project managers. The 25-man strong team provides everything from flooring to plumbing for new-builds and remodels across the Peninsula.
The firm remodeled this 1950’s style rancher to have an open kitchen, living, and dining room. The center kitchen island and other countertops are made from white marble, lit up by drop lights to add to the great room’s recessed lighting. Vinyl tiling was customized to complement the light color palette. The room opens up further through glass sliding doors to more dining space on the open patio. Home Pride also expanded the master suite and the front courtyard of this home on Helen Drive.
AYA Homes, LLC
257 Oak Park Dr. San Francisco, CA 94131
A large pointed arched window lights up the living room of this home in San Francisco. Fun accents bring a playful touch to the cool, neutral interior, from the wooden sliding door to one of the baths, to the varied rug and tile patterns and textures across the different spaces. A second sitting room extends to an outdoor deck through black glass double doors, which also funnel light inside. The same doors lead to a balcony from the master bedroom, while low-level clerestory windows brighten up a secondary bedroom.
The home was remodeled by AYA Homes, LLC. With roots in the Atlanta metro area and Cheyenne, Wyoming, principal Shawn Adjari has brought his skill in building dream homes to the Bay Area, providing the same consistent level of excellent service for over two decades. Adjari’s passion for building is coupled with a degree in engineering, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) that helps him manage projects efficiently alongside architects and suppliers from start to finish.
Ryan & Ryan Construction
423 Littlefield Ave. South San Francisco, CA 94080
Ryan & Ryan Construction completely renovated this 1946 three-bedroom house in Millbrae in a Craftsman style. Walls between the dining and front room were removed to open up the layout, and 75 square feet were also added to the dining area. Ceilings were elevated from the entry to the common spaces. A new custom walnut fireplace was added to the living room, along with a surround sound system. Custom cabinetry, granite countertops, and a full tile backsplash were also installed in the kitchen.
What started as a painting business by Gary Ryan in 1985 has grown into a full-service general contracting firm alongside brother Chad Ryan. Ryan & Ryan Construction has been building homes across Northern California ever since, earning a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating and Diamond A Certification. The firm also provides commercial work, and was entrusted with the complete renovation of a Kate Spade retail space in New York.
Future Vision Remodeling Inc.
495 East Brokaw Rd. San Jose, CA 95112
Over a span of two months, Future Vision Remodeling (FVR) recreated this home in Los Altos with splashes of midnight green from the door to the kitchen. The surprising color choice blends well with the rustic touches in the nearby dining and living room areas. New vinyl flooring also complements the historic aesthetic, as do the wood beams added to the vaulted ceilings. The large custom kitchen island offers additional bar seating, as well as storage space.
CEO Roy Bendor leads FVR’s team of skilled journeymen craftsmen; he has ten years of experience as project manager for a major construction company. The team has been building new homes, remodeling kitchens, installing luxury baths, and providing all other kinds of construction since 2013. Clients appreciate each team member’s high level of communication, commending the different project managers for their responsiveness and attention to detail.
W & W Builders Group
2010 El Camino Real Ste 1098, Santa Clara, CA 95050
This kitchen was given a lot of room to move around its center island when the open layout connected it to the living room. White shaker cabinets and quartz countertops further open up the space and provide a clean finish alongside the new laminated flooring. W & W Builders Group also remodeled the master bathroom with a marble tile backsplash, an elegant backdrop for the free-standing tub, a glass-bordered shower, and a gray double vanity.
President Rudolph Quintanar carries on the family business’ legacy of hands-on project management. Since 2002, W & W Builders has completed 896 projects in the Bay Area and Los Angeles County including kitchen and bath remodels to room additions, garage conversions, and new home constructions. The firm has 172 trained professionals working out of three international offices in addition to its stateside Santa Clara headquarters.
SOD Home Group
17337 Ventura Blvd. Suite 105, Encino, CA 91316
Hidden beneath the trees of Redwood City, this suburban home’s use of varied wood finishes, deep dark browns, and rustic grays, pops out against the white interior. The narrow entry beside the staircase leads to the great room, further illuminated by bubble lights. The two steps down to the living room lead further out to the back patio. Another door beside the kitchen banquette seating leads to the lush backyard. The color tones soften a bit in the second-floor rooms, where wooden sliding doors lead to a walk-in closet and a computer room. A separate home office provides a quiet place to work.
SOD Home Group remodeled the home in 2019. Established in 2011, the firm has offices in Irvine, San Jose and San Francisco, serving more than 20 counties across California. CEO and licensed general contractor Oren Dagan has led the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead Safe-certified firm since its founding.
BMF Construction Inc.
723 Camino Plaza, #3401 San Bruno, CA 94066
Starting in the 1980s as a commercial contractor, remodeling Bay Area landmarks such as the War Memorial Opera House and the Maritime Museum, BMF Construction Inc. brings a sophisticated skill set to residential building. President and General Manager Derald Norton has been with the company since 1987, learning about all the phases of building from veteran commercial contractor Hugh “Tony” Bowen, as well as through formal training at the University of California (UC) Berkeley. He has also honed his knowledge of design and engineering training with the Building Industry Association (BIA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
BMF remodeled this home in Millbrae in a midcentury modern style, upgrading and expanding the kitchen to a wide L-shape with a center island and custom cabinetry. Just off the kitchen in an open layout is the dining area, bordered by a panoramic window. The living room is set-up for a full entertainment experience: speakers are mounted alongside the flat screen and a bar waits for guests right behind it.
344 Connecticut St. San Francisco, CA 94107
Podesta Construction remodeled this 1918 bungalow and 1985 master suite/garage addition on Edgehill Drive to provide one unified exterior complementing the original architecture. The firm reoriented the kitchen and dining room with an open layout; dark wood finishes unify the cupboards, bar, and dining set. This deep brown tone continues throughout the house, appearing in the doors, stair railings, bathroom cabinetry, and living room furniture. Gray and white hues complement the overall theme of the house in the master bed and bath, where a recessed tub is shielded from view upon entry by a half-cement, half-glass wall separating it from the vanity. The home remains connected to the outdoors by large windows and broad doors, and the detached office’s windowside desk doubles as a bar on the other side fronting the trellised patio. The project earned Podesta the 1st place NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Entire House $500K-$750 K award.
President Matt Podesta learned construction first-hand spending summers working alongside his father and firm founder Jerry Podesta, who started Podesta Construction in 1986. The firm has grown since he took the reins as president in 2008, earning numerous NARI and Chrysalis awards. Matt also served terms as a co-president, the treasurer and a board member of the NARI Bay Area chapter.
SEA Construction, Inc.
1009 S. Railroad Ave. San Mateo, CA 94402
Third-generation builder Steve Albert established SEA Construction, Inc in 1989. Loyal clients have come to trust the firm’s commitment to quality economical and environment-friendly building, earning them a spot on Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 in 2019. The firm has since worked on over 3,500 homes in the Bay Area. Albert also founded Peninsula Siding Company in 2012.
SEA remodeled this bathroom in San Francisco, installing a frosted glass sliding door for additional privacy in the toilet and shower. Another clear glass sliding door lines the black and white alcove shower area, keeping the toilet from getting splashed. Towel shelves hang at the back and front of the toilet for easy access. Outside, the double vanity offers additional storage space in double drawers beneath the undermount sinks. Tube lights provide additional illumination on either side of the lighted mirrors. Additional matching custom recessed cabinetry can be found beside the light switch at the entryway.
Wm. H. Fry Construction Company
10351 San Fernando Ave. Cupertino, CA 95014
Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and California Building Industry Association (CBIA) member Bill Fry learned the ins and outs of construction from his contractor father. As a young man, he took the four-year Journeyman Carpenter training program fresh out of college. He soon became a foreman, building over 100 hillside homes in Portola Valley. In 1987, he started The Wm. H. Fry Construction Company with a world-class team, and has since been building homes in the Bay Area, including homes for the architects, designers, and structural engineers who have been impressed by the firm’s workmanship.
Wm. H. Fry completely rebuilt and expanded this home in Los Altos with a 500-square-foot addition. The new ranch-style home features 9-foot ceilings, vaulted in the living room atop the central fireplace and flanked by white custom built-in display cabinets. The cabinetry finds its counterpart in natural brown cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry ante-room. Intricate stone-cladding lines the doorway and the rest of the façade.
904 Industrial Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94303
The gray center island cabinets match the fireplace stone cladding in the great room of this home on Murchison Drive. Greenberg Construction remodeled the common spaces of this home in neutral tones, but the other rooms are made distinct by pastel shades on the walls. These color choices further open up the wide spaces across the structure, complemented by broad white cabinets offering a lot of storage. White and gray are also used extensively in the bathroom, making it look as roomy as the rest of the house.
CEO Maor Greenberg, NARI, NAHB, draws on over 15 years of construction experience that started in Tel Aviv. He leads a team of proactive and efficient project managers in building for the Bay Area. The firm’s brand of high-touch customer service earned Greenberg a spot in 2019 among US Building News’ Best of the Best California Contractors.
Home Quality Remodeling
2672-2680 Bayshore Parkway Bldg. 5, Suite 527, Mountain View, CA 94043
Home Quality Remodeling (HQR) paid great attention to detail in this full home contemporary remodel in Concord. From the white stone-cladding around the living room fireplace, to the brickwork that widens the alcove shower, to the hexagonal tiles that appear both in the kitchen backsplash and the bathroom flooring, these little touches give the home its character. The accompanying gray tones of the kitchen also make it look wider as it forms an open layout with the living room, where a rustic wooden coffee and side table bring a homey feel to the neutral tones. Encased small spotlights above the vanities accentuate the black and white bathrooms. The project took HQR 20 weeks to complete.
HQR has completed over 500 projects since 2004. The team is currently led by Ron Poliker, who has worked as project manager for the largest construction companies in California. Under his leadership, HQR’s refusal to sacrifice quality and customer service for quantity of projects is appreciated by clients across the Bay Area. Local residents have come to trust the firm for their residential remodeling needs.