If the city’s tagline of “pearls are for oysters and diamonds are for clams” is anything to go by, then Pismo Beach is the gem of the Central Coast. Making a steady comeback to becoming the “Clam Capital of the World,” this city has more to offer than just shellfish. From its sprawling white sand beaches to architecture teeming with history, the city has turned the heads of people around the globe since the early 1900s.

Since becoming an incorporated city, local officials saw the city’s potential for becoming a leisurely getaway that feels truly Californian. Aside from the scenic coastlines and surfing spots, they saw the untapped potential in their bustling downtown and antique landmarks. As such, the city set out to find the best general contractors in the local area to bring life to the town’s architecture.

Listed below are five of these firms that have helped turn the city into what it is today. These businesses have been handpicked by our editorial team for their impressive set of services, accolades, and craftsmen.

Robertson Builders

210 Traffic Way, Suite A Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

With attention to detail ingrained into its DNA, family-owned Robertson Builders has delivered breathtaking builds and remodels for multiple generations. Founded in 1980 by Bruce Robertson, his sons Chad and Dusty now carry a family legacy with them, always incorporating the latest in architectural technology.

Since the company’s inception, it has been offering custom home builds that are tailor-fit for clients on the Central Coast. Accommodating to the changing needs of his patrons, the firm started providing residential remodels at the request of its clientele. The business further diversified its services, adding commercial tenant improvements into its roster.

This attention to what the residents of the area want stems from its team of local craftsmen. They are familiar with the area’s architecture scene and they have built up a sense of camaraderie during their years with the firm.

Seelos Design & Construction

257 Hillcrest Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

A marriage of both art and love, Seelos Design & Construction’s residential remodels are completed through artistry and team synergy. Founded by husband and wife Scott and Nina Seelos,  the firm is built upon their four decades’ worth of experience and deep understanding of each other’s work process.

The firm specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels that ensure that all wirework and pipework are completed with both function and aesthetics in mind. For those looking to expand their homes, the firm also provides a variety of additional services. With Scott and Nina having degrees in landscape architecture, the firm also provides outdoor renovations that create an inviting atmosphere for the clients.

The company’s services have garnered Beautification Awards from San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach. Big on empowering her fellow businesswomen, Nina is a part of the National Association of Professional Women.

Holland & Knapp Construction

4110 Horizon Lane, Unit B, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

When two brilliant minds in the industry join forces, firms such as Holland & Knapp Construction are born. The custom building and remodeling firm was the brainchild of Zachary Knapp and Carty Holland. In 2011, Zachary’s Sevens Construction and Carty’s Holland Construction Company merged to form the firm. With over 48 years of experience, the two set out to remodel and build homes around the Central Coast. 

The firm offers single-room renovations ranging from kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces. It also provides services for whole-house remodels and construction, employing a plethora of architectural styles tailor-fit for the client and the surrounding area. The team’s awe-inspiring homes have landed multiple features in esteemed area publications. 

In 2017, Carty Holland retired to start the Andrew Holland Foundation for mental health awareness. Zachary continues to carry forward their vision as president of the firm. 

J.M. Construction

8400 Capstan Circle Lake Nacimiento Oak Shores Bradley, CA 93426

Building to the stars and beyond, J.M. Construction has taken properties across the Central Coast to astronomical heights. With over 40 years of experience in general contracting, founder Jim Marshall has gained the title of “The Builder to the Stars.” Under Jim’s leadership, the family-owned firm brings four generations worth of know-how to every residential and commercial project they work on.

J.M. Construction is Lead EPA, CalEPA, HUD, and BBB certified, ensuring that they do their jobs with quality, safety, and the environment in mind. While the firm also offers project management and design-build services, it has been praised for its renovations.  

From small to multi-family houses, the company creates “smart homes” that use the latest architectural innovations. This also extends to its commercial services being responsible for many of the bustling businesses around the area. With the coastline being a big part of local life, the contractor also offers services for docks, marinas, and other waterfront properties.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management