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Whether remodeling a home or building a new one, homeowners enter into a great commitment. The process can be either frustrating or enjoyable, depending on the kind of contractor clients work with. If you’re looking to build or remodel a home in Sebastopol, California, this list of best general contractors in the area can help you find the best contractors for your unique needs.
These contractors were chosen based on their experience, background, and understanding of how to respond to the different needs of their clients and projects.
6932 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol, CA 95472
When Andy Bannister founded Earthtone Construction in 1998, it was with the goal of applying his mastery in all aspects of building, from fine carpentry to historic renovations, cabinet-making to rammed earth, and straw bale to structural SIPS panels to help out clients with projects of all types. In addition to Andy’s extensive training, he is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Pictured here is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This home, nicknamed “Happy Ranch,” after its owner, retired general Hap Arnold, was completed in less than a year’s time. The owners wanted modern upgrades and amenities to match and update their old home in the same location. The challenge for the firm was how to work with the poor soil conditions and a constrained jobsite, but Earthtone managed to successfully complete the home with a guest studio, pool, and terraces.
Jim Murphy & Associates
464 Kenwood Ct. Ste. B, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Jim Murphy & Associates began out of its principal Jim Murphy’s love of solving challenges and making things with his hands. For most of his life, Jim has been involved in construction, taking on roles such as carpenter, foreman, superintendent, subcontractor, and general contractor since 1987. Today, Jim runs a forty-member team who all share in the commitment to serve clients beyond professional or moral obligation to achieve what the firm calls “stewardship.”
Pictured here is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. After new owners purchased the Mediterranean-style home, they decided to do more remodeling and expansion on the 8,500-square-foot home, which resulted in the addition of a pool and studio barn. Now, the home features recycled old beams and beautiful cabinetry. The grounds also feature a vanishing edge pool, while a separate barn with a copper roof doubles as an office space.
625 Ware Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
York Saccomanno, founder of North Bay-based Kirby Construction, has over thirty years of experience in all aspects of construction, from carpentry, job supervision, project management to operating a growing construction company. York has had hands-on involvement in diverse and varied types of projects such as biomedical labs, clean rooms, ground up commercial buildings, tenant improvement, facility upgrades, historical restorations, municipal projects, wineries and custom homes. Today, he and his team at Kirby Construction continue to enjoy a reputation for quality work and craftsmanship in the North Bay.
Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project in Sonoma County. This estate, which is currently still in completion, had a previous kitchen remodel completed in summer of 2014. Kirby Construction was invited to take on the next phase consisting of remodeling the entire interior of the guest home and bath, the master bedroom, media room, two additional bedrooms, majority of the doors and windows, a massive deck, and more. The project is currently being completed in collaboration with the architect, landscape contractor, and the firm’s talented team.
Harkey Construction, Inc.
810 DenBeste Ct. #101, Windsor, CA 95492
Jeff Harkey, founder of Harkey Construction, believes that a home is a starting point to begin a future. The firm applies this belief to its practice by taking on a human-centered approach in all of its projects. Believing that every structure has a purpose, the firm builds so that clients can experience and give meaning to the spaces the firm creates.
Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This mountain style, rustic home involved a whole house remodel. The home now includes all new custom medium tone shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, an undermount sink, granite countertops, medium tone hardwood floor, wood beams and track lighting in the kitchen. The family room and all bathrooms were also updated to have hardwood flooring and wood beams throughout the home. The bathrooms, including a powder room, were also completely remodeled to include undermount sinks, all new shaker cabinetry, granite tops, and ceramic tile.
3533 Hillcrest Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Ken Sawyer founded Sawyer Construction in 1990 with the goal of building custom homes in Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties. The firm is owned and led by Ken Sawyer and his son, Micah Sawyer. Micah joined the company in 1992 after growing up around construction. Sawyer Construction specializes in a variety of styles including Victorian remodel, Japanese, and California contemporary. While the firm does all of its own framing and finish carpentry, as well as some millwork, it has long-standing relationships with reliable and skilled subcontractors in every specialty needed to build the homes of every clients’ dreams.
Pictured is an example of the firm’s work on a residential addition and remodeling project. The Sebastopol remodel was completed in collaboration with the architectural firm 450 Architects. The firm stayed with the original board and batten siding on the home. The only addition to the original structure was the sunroom, which has an earthen mud floor that collects and radiates heat throughout the house. The interior was completely reworked with plaster walls, concrete countertops, radiant floors, and furniture style cabinetry.
Holly & Associates
73 Saint James Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Holly & Associates is a general contracting company that has been serving the areas of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County and the North Bay for over thirty years. The firm, led by its namesake Janver Holly, specializes in both residential and specialty commercial services. The firm also offers design-build solutions for ground-up construction, remodeling and additions. Because of the firm’s belief in harmonious communities, a portion of the firm’s profits always goes to Santa Rosa and Sonoma County homeless and youth charities.
Pictured below is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. Completed in 2017, this two-story modern craftsman home features light-filled interior living spaces that flow into outdoor entertainment areas so that the outside is celebrated as much as the inside. Overall, these modern additions to a classic architectural style resulted in an elegant informal design for this home located in California’s wine country.
Sonoma Hill Builders, LLC
500 Bicentennial Way #310, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
With deep roots in Sonoma and Napa counties, Sonoma Hill Builders, LLC is a custom luxury residential builder with generations of construction experience. Whether building or remodeling, the firm takes charge of every aspect from master planning, design, pre-construction and general contracting. In addition to new construction and extensive remodeling projects, the firm specializes in fire rebuild projects. It offers expert support on insurance settlement negotiations, site clean up, design and build services and everything in between.
Featured here is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. For this custom Chef’s Kitchen in Sebastopol, the firm utilized the existing terracotta tiles to help transform the space. The room features horizontal grain walnut beam cabinets, distressed heart B redwood shelving and baseboards and a curved kitchen island/bar top out of petrified wood with a custom steel edging. The counters and backsplash are made of Taj Mahal Quartzite, and the panoramic doors provide the space and the homeowners the perfect indoor/outdoor experience for entertaining.
Annadel Builders Inc.
4010 Montecito Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404
When Richard Kirby founded Annadel Builders Inc., it was with the goal of pursuing his passion for high-end residential building. Prior to the establishment of his firm, RIchard grew his experience by establishing a construction company called Kirby Construction in 2003. In this company, he provided quality commercial and residential construction for clients in the North Bay, which he did for over thirteen years. Today, Richard leads Annadel Builders with the growth and experience he has gained over the years.
The team at Annadel Builders specializes in the construction of finely built homes in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Marin counties. The firm is dedicated to using smart technology and green practices to ensure that its designs are finely crafted and sustainable. As a whole, the firm is committed to improving the environment of its employees, its clients, and its community through the firm’s work as builders.
Highline Builders, Inc.
PO Box 2417, Sebastopol, CA 95473
Based in Sebastopol, but serving all around the North San Francisco Bay, Highline Builders operates all aspects of its business as a family. Founded by Steve Winkler, the firm soon came to include his daughters and son-in-law, who today provide the building blocks of the firm’s practice.
From small projects such as remodels and add-ons, the firm eventually grew to build homes from the ground up. Featured is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. This 6,500-square-foot home took 16 months to build, with Highline involved in every phase of building, from breaking ground with a raw lot to final move-in and landscaping. The home features a second prep kitchen and five car garage.
2989 Wiljan Court Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Carreiro Builders, led by Tom Carreiro, is a North Bay general contractor with over 30 years of construction and project management experience. Whether working on a remodel, addition, or building clients’ dream custom homes, the firm has the resources to achieve exceptional results. In addition to its in-house services, the firm has built long-time relationships with reliable subcontractors who take the same pride in the quality and timely delivery of their work.
Pictured is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. As part of a whole house remodel, this expansive kitchen has no shortage of space for cooking gourmet meals for family and friends. The kitchen is also fitted with high-end appliances and is positioned for views of the backyard pool. Certainly, a kitchen like this was built for entertaining.
Clyde Construction, Inc.
7234 Calder Ave., Sebastopol, CA 95472
Clyde Construction is an artisan builder of custom residential homes in the San Francisco North Bay Area. The firm is focused primarily on new construction and major renovations in Napa and Sonoma Counties and its experience spans a wide range of projects, from kitchen and bath remodels to custom home building, major renovations and historic restoration. Andrew Clyde, the firm’s founder, has a particular eye and love for authentic restoration and old world craftsmanship, a fascination which finds its way into the finely-built homes the firm creates.
Pictured is an example of the firm’s work on a whole home remodel. The firm updated this ‘80s Sonoma home through an interior remodel that extended into the backyard outdoor space. Some major changes included opening up the floor plan for better flow, opening up the interior living space to a private back yard green area with new custom-sized energy efficient windows and French doors, gutting the kitchen and master bathroom, updating the master bedroom and bathroom, and raising the sunken living room floor to level with the rest of the living space.
Kelly Cowan Designs
401 Mendocino Ave. Suite 100b, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Kelly Cowan Designs, led by its namesake and founder Kelly Cowan, is a creative team of professionals that delivers custom home builds, designs for homes, additions, landscape, retail, and more, for Sonoma County. Kelly finds her influence in the beauty of living and working in Sonoma County, a place which shapes her love for openness, connection, and creativity. These traits are observable in Kelly and her team’s work, which honors Sonoma County through design.
Featured in this article is an example of the firm’s work on a residential project. The property was purchased by the clients after the fires of 2017, and the firm was hired to design and build a home that takes full advantage of a unique view of the Valley of the Moon. The center section of the house was designed to allow the afternoon breeze to flow in the front, through the living room and kitchen, and out the back to the pool and bocce court.