A vital part of San Gabriel’s history is the city’s adobe homes. These homes were traditionally built on solid foundations, making them more efficient and allowing them to survive for thousands of years. Still widely used today, adobe is one of the most sustainable building materials and is widespread because of its style and efficiency.

Looking for The Best General Contractors in San Gabriel, California, our editorial team searched for firms who have built houses with the same amount of durability and sustainability. We considered how each firm strengthened its portfolio and its reputation by showing knowledge in a variety of different building techniques. We also studied how each of the principals led their firms to become award-winning contractors in the area.

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

300 S Raymond Ave #18, Pasadena, CA 91105

After more than three decades in the architecture and construction industry, Bill Baldwin has developed a team of talented and award-winning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited architects, interior designers, project managers, and artisans. Guided by his appreciation for art and people, Baldwin leads HartmanBaldwin in being a full-service company specializing in renovations and additions, restorations, and luxury custom sustainable and energy-efficient homes. In 2018, his firm was listed as one of the top three firms in California and 15th out of 550 remodeling companies in the US by Remodeling Magazine’s Big 550.

When HartmanBaldwin talks about design, the firm speaks both to the style and the engaging process of identifying and understanding the problem. The firm thinks this is the path to collaboratively discovering a solution and then executing it wisely. This strategy has enabled the firm to build an impressive list of notable clients and significant projects. One of these is the rebuild of a 1958 hilltop home that clients lost in a wildfire. HartmanBaldwin installed skylights, expansive glass walls, and corner windows to take advantage of the home’s natural lighting and encircling hill views. The clients also wanted to hear tranquil sounds of water inside their house. To make that effect possible, the firm framed the Koi pond with large windows and glass sliding doors.

Addition Building & Design, Inc

4335 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 354, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Addition Building and Design (ABD) brings inspiration, innovation, and award-winning designs to every project it undertakes. Thanks to a talented team headed by Mike Ross, the firm has a proven record of providing customized service and attention to detail to every home. That record includes satisfying more than 1,200 clients and becoming an eight-time recipient of the Qualified Remodeler Award. Within its 30 years in the industry, ABD aims to minimize risk, reduce cost, and save time. An example of their work is this Cape Cod in Studio City, which features sleek industrial interiors and a serene backyard with a pool to relax in outside.

To complete such successful projects, ABD performs with a high level of quality construction services. It maintains professionalism, integrity, and honesty in its relationships, both with its clients and with the suppliers, subcontractors, professional associates it works with. As a result, this performance also ensures the company’s high repeat customer and referral rate. 

South Land Remodeling Inc

15021 Ventura Blvd #488,  Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

South Land Remodeling has been in the industry for over 20 years. During that time, the firm has built its reputation as one of the only five-star general contractors in Los Angeles. As one of the industry’s leaders, South Land Remodeling provides clients with various general contracting services including whole home remodeling, room additions, ADUs, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, and landscaping. Because of its work and reputation, South Land Remodeling has been featured on HGTV, Daily Light, Gannett, Heavy and more. It even made an appearance in Martha Stewart. With the recognition it has gained over the years, the firm has gathered enough clients to build thousands of large and small home-improving projects. One great example of these numerous projects is this featured transitional living room remodel in Studio City. The firm is supported by a team of craftsmen known for their professionalism and exceptional customer service.

Cynthia Bennett & Associates, Inc.

501 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

An award-winning firm, Cynthia Bennett and Associates (CBA), has been listed as one of the Top 500 contractors in the U.S. by Qualified Remodeler Magazine for multiple years. It has also been part of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 100 Woman-Owned Businesses in Los Angeles for the past ten years. Houses completed by the firm have been showcased in numerous publications. You’ll find this sophisticated living room, for instance, featured in Luxe Interior Design. Cynthia Bennett, president and the owner of CBA, continues to lead the firm in living up to its well-established reputation as a nationally recognized design firm. 

After more than 35 years, CBA has remodeled and rebuilt more than 900 homes and additions throughout the San Gabriel Valley. What started as a kitchen and bathroom design specialty firm has now brought industry-leading residential designs to hundreds of residents. CBA has and continues to evolve into all areas of construction and architecture, including custom homes, energy-efficient remodeling projects, and interior design.

American Home Improvement Inc.

20335 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

American Home Improvement’s (AHI) vision of successful projects is guided by its expertise, knowledge, and professionalism. The firm matches these principles with outstanding customer service to help clients throughout their remodeling and construction journey. As one of the leading construction and renovation companies, AHI offers plenty of indoor and outdoor services. It provides the best design and craftsmanship for kitchen expansions, bathroom remodeling, and new builds for residents of Southern California. 

A full-service construction company, AHI provides upgrades and adds functionality for backyard renovation and garage conversions. It also saves thousands on electrical bills by incorporating solar energy to power a home or an office. AHI is thorough in its services, aiming to be receptive to any issues and handle them promptly and professionally. It takes the necessary steps to ensure that clients are satisfied with everything that it provides.

MY Home Builders, Inc.

20720 Ventura Blvd. Unit #280, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

A service-oriented team is key to My Home Builders (MHB) making a noticeable, appreciable difference in its clients’ everyday lives. It invests a lot of resources to educate, continuously, its team to adhere to Los Angeles building and safety rules and regulations and implements the latest technologies for smart and green-conscious home designs. This new methodology has earned the firm solid industry respect and client referrals and enabled them to complete hundreds of home development and improvement projects.

To deliver successful projects, MHB combines a vast design experience with a profound understanding that each project and client are unique. The firm makes a point of listening to clients’ needs and desires. The firm then generates a workable plan that meets building standards to make the dream an achievable target. Investing more time in planning than any other stage, MHB has learned to use only high-end quality materials and superior craftsmanship.

Nott & Associates

1508 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Tom Nott is a graduate of the USC School of Architecture, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and he has been a licensed architect since 1970. Designing over 500 projects, Tom has earned numerous design awards, including restoration awards for historical homes. Meanwhile, Jeff Nott started at age 14, taking summer jobs with builders in Pasadena. Jeff then attended UC Santa Barbara and then returned to Los Angeles and began working with noted builders throughout the city. During this time, he gained vast experience in design and construction. He learned about retaining the detail and character of historical homes. 

This father and son tandem has led Nott and Associates to complete 400 projects in San Gabriel Valley. From craftsman to colonial, Spanish, California bungalow, post beam, and modern contemporary, the firm has been part of the design community and has extensive design expertise in these classic styles. Nott and Associates listens, discovers, and works with clients closely to guide them through all phases of design and construction. It designs a plan and budget, creating the lifestyle environment of a client’s dreams.

Zen Homes Construction and Remodeling

3912 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Since 1999, Zen Homes Construction and Remodeling (ZHCR) has stayed true to its commitment to serving homeowners of California with excellence and modernization. The firm combines that commitment with its extensive experience and vision to provide unique solutions for the clients’ home needs. From room additions, remodeling, and new construction needs, ZHCR only uses superior materials installed with a high level of craft.

To preserve the Zen within the core elements of nature, ZHCR uses energy-efficient and green-based materials. As a mindfully balanced company, the firm synchronizes a natural sense of design with a modern twist to deliver calmness to customers’ vision of their future homes. That vision is where the firm draws inspiration. ZHCR completed the remodeling for this mid-sized minimalist home. Some of the installations it made are laminate flooring, a fresh entryway and front door, recessed lighting, bright interior paint,  and triple-pane windows in the new sunroom.

King Home Remodeling

1012 W Beverly Blvd #131 Montebello, CA 90640

King Home Remodeling (KHR) consists of professional home remodelers who have worked in various parts of California and the US. Bringing passion to one team, these people work together to provide kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs, room additions, garage conversions, and solar panels. That high level of specialization helps the firm deliver top-notch service and functional modern custom-built homes. Using advanced tools and techniques and comprehensive planning for every detail, KHR finished the remodeling for this beautiful kitchen in Cudahy.

In its eleven years in the industry, KHR has won a number of awards for its remodeling projects. It has also earned something more valuable than these awards, which is the trust and respect of locals. Seeing endless possibilities in this world, KHR listens closely and encourages clients to speak truthfully about their residential desires. The firm has thus become a leading contractor, providing a perfect blend of professionalism, creativity, and efficient services. 

Daniel’s Development Group Inc.

6952 Sylvia Ave, Reseda, CA 91335

Through fully understanding the customers’ needs, Daniel’s Development Group (DDG) delivers successful construction projects and provides the most value to its clients. It personally manages each project from the first meeting, the estimation, the completion of contracts, and lastly, through the construction proper of the project. This personalized process is how the firm keeps track and shows the importance of executing projects according to the original schedule.

A family-owned and operated construction firm, DDG serves as general contractors for room additions, home remodeling, deck construction, and window replacement projects. It also offers a design-build approach for selected projects where it acts as the architectural designer, structural engineer, and building contractor at the same time. Always maintaining high standards and committing to delivering an unparalleled product, DDG continuously finds new ways to insist on excellence. The firm completed this contemporary revamp of a home in Westwood.

R Remodeling

6745 Washington Ave #175 Whittier, CA 90601

Now a decade into the industry, R Remodeling started with the goal of helping residents of Whittier achieve their dream home. Before the firm’s establishment, residents had to hire someone outside the city as few local companies offered professional construction services. To address that lack, this creative, friendly team founded R Remodeling. Since then the firm has constantly innovated and refined its services to give clients the quality service they deserve and need.

More than ten years later, R Remodeling has become a name synonymous with quality, efficiency, and professionalism. Its dedication to satisfaction and its eagerness for modernization has helped the firm execute projects that have won numerous awards. Most importantly, the firm has earned the trust of clients as one of the few home contractors in Whittier that offers a wide range of services, including kitchen remodeling, roofing, and solar panel installation. 

Roger Perron, Inc.

3171 Los Feliz Blvd, Suite. 306, Los Angeles, CA 90039

This kitchen features custom-made dark brown wood cabinets, a medium hardwood floor, and stainless-steel appliances. Roger Perron, Inc. gave the kitchen an open floor plan to create a spacious feeling as it opens to the dining and living areas. As a design and construction firm, Roger Perron, Inc. specializes in elegant home designs like this one. It’s a full-service construction company for all types of remodeling, additions, and new homes. The firm helps homeowners build a visually pleasing and functional home completed to their exact specifications and within their planned budget.

Leading the firm is Roger Perron, who completed almost every construction project: new construction, home remodeling, and the correction of earthquake damage. Perron was educated by his father, a productive home builder. His apprenticeship consisted of working with painters, ceramic tile workers, and floor covering contractors. As a result, Mr. Perron became knowledgeable about bathrooms and started practicing bathroom design and remodeling. His fondness for the home remodeling business expanded to the point where he decided to emphasize more design in his methods. Since then, Perron has always prioritized design, quality materials, and meticulous workmanship—that has been the key to the success he is savoring now. 

Bade Construction Co Inc

77 W. Las Tunas Drive, Suite 202, Arcadia, CA 91007

Serving the industry for more than five decades, Bade Construction is the most established firm on this list. The firm proudly stands behind the hundreds of successful homes it has built in San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, and nearby areas. Kitchen remodels, custom homes, and subdivision development: Bade Construction renders excellent service to every project it takes on. The firm ensures consistent excellence by awarding the supervision of all the work performed to a knowledgeable superintendent, hiring licensed and insured professionals, using quality materials, and paying attention to all the little details and all of the client’s concerns.

One of its projects is this 1,800-square-foot home located near the border of San Marino. Perfect for a young family or older couple, this single-story home has two bedrooms, a master suite, and two and a half bathrooms. Bade Construction completed this abode by working with professionals in different industries to ensure that the project possessed optimally functional and spatial attributes. Aside from giving the property the look and function needed, this partnership is how the firm builds rapport with designers, real estate experts, and financial organizations.

PCI Builders

181 May Ave, Unit A Monrovia, CA 91016

This charming living room is a collaboration of ideas between the designer and the client. Inspired by the sophisticated and vibrant taste of the homeowner, PCI Builders and the team used a combination of their existing furnishings and new ones. To make this room a show stopper, the team created an art wall using the current art collection from the client and made it more interesting by incorporating vintage art and mirrors. The result — visual evidence of how collaborative and tenacious PCI Builders can be. 

Photo by Marilynn Taylor

Since 2008, PCI Builders has been a full-service construction, remodeling, and general contracting company, providing design and remodeling contracting services for residential and commercial properties. It gives clients a personalized experience by being thorough, detail-oriented, and communicative throughout the entire process. The firm is founded by Allison Allain, a pioneer in construction as a set builder and handyman. She has honed her skills in every facet of building over the last two decades. With an extensive background in construction and project management, Allison has earned multiple awards,  including Best General Contractor in San Gabriel Valley and the 2015 Reader’s Choice Award. 

Foresight Design-Remodel Inc

1000 Mission St, Unit D, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Foresight Design-Remodel understands that sustaining, developing, and adapting homes for this generation is essential to decreasing negative environmental impacts. Sustainability is a challenge that the firm takes seriously. The firm helps homeowners find the balance between artistry, efficiency, and green solutions. Joel Forsythe’s 25 years as a tradesman, craftsman, homeowner, and designer provide the firm a steadfast guide in its continued efforts.

The firm provides whole-home remodels, home additions, kitchen and bath remodels, major shell and mechanical improvements, full interior renovations, outdoor living, and custom fencing. Believing in accountability,  the firm strives to understand clients’ home status and the context of their envisioned improvements. The firm evaluates the existing home conditions then finds the right ways to refine the space, in terms of both aesthetics and the space’s overall impact on the environment.