El Cajon is a suburban city in San Diego county, known for its agricultural industry, specifically its grapes, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. The city’s business district and neighborhoods are also known for its large diversity of architectural design. Its neighborhoods include homes in a range of styles from Prairie, Colonial, Mid-century, farmhouse, Mediterranean, and Palladian.

The best general contractors in this area offer all of these styles and are also capable of providing clients with custom-made designs that fit their preferences. In addition, their experience in the industry assures clients that these companies can deliver quality finishes reliably. If you are looking to build or develop a space in the area, this list is for you. Below are the top ten general contractors in El Cajon, ranked by the firm’s experience, history, complexity, and portfolio.

Peterson Remodeling Inc.

2568 Dryden Rd., El Cajon, CA 92020

Peterson Remodeling Inc. is a family-owned business established in 1981. The firm has over four decades of experience in the industry and has since continued improving its methods. Its focus is primarily on production rather than marketing. This has led the firm to garnered a positive reputation amongst the clients and other professionals in the community for its quality results. One example of the firm’s work is this fully renovated bathroom which was part of a ranch-style whole house remodel. The bathroom features refined furnishing with a glass chandelier above the bathtub, wooden cabinetry, and yellow lighting. These aspects create a refined atmosphere in the bathroom that gives off a sophisticated appeal. Projects such as these have led the firm to receive accolades such as the 2019 Build Home & Garden Awards and features from the San Diego Home & Gardens.

Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

2851 Camino Del Rio South Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92108

Pictured below is an East County contemporary kitchen remodel in a mid-century home by the designers and build team at Murray Lampert. This finely crafted, custom-designed kitchen, features white European cabinets, quartz countertops, white tile backsplash installed soldier style and floating shelves.   

Murray Lampert has been offering architectural design-build services for more than 46 years in San Diego County. Under the leadership of Gregg Cantor, President/CEO, Murray Lampert has developed into one of California’s top general contractors with its extensive team of professional designers, project managers and high-quality trades.  As a result, the firm has received recognition multiple times, winning the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award and as a Guild Quality “Master” with Distinction.


DM Hultenius Corporation

4695 Palm Ave., La Mesa, CA 91941

Pictured below is a 2018 kitchen remodeling project in El Cajon. The kitchen features a refined modern appeal with white cabinetry, marble countertops, and modern appliances. In addition, the dining room is directly located beside the kitchen, giving easy back and forth access. A notable characteristic of the kitchen is the inclusion of various windows that illuminate the interior with natural light, keeping costs down. 

The mind behind this project is the DM Hultenius Corporation, a firm in the industry for over four decades. For years, its process of design-build and remodeling projects has maintained this high level of quality the firm strives for. Additionally, constantly improving its methodologies has kept the firm as a top company in the industry. This is evident in its vast portfolio which currently displays numerous beautifully completed projects. Derek Hultenius and Dave Hultenius lead the company today. Together, they lead the firm to serve El Cajon and the surrounding areas including La Jolla, Carlsbad, Mission Hills, Chula Vista and more.

Cibrian Construction

270 E. Douglas Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020

Cibrian Construction, Inc. is a family-owned contracting company established in 2002. Its success derives from its numerous partnerships and relationships with subcontractors, designers, craftsmen, and engineers. In addition, the team has consistently offered the best value within any budget. As a result of this process, the firm has accumulated a portfolio of various remodeling and addition projects. 

Pictured below is one of its remodeling projects, featuring this modern living room. The floor plan consists primarily of neutral-colored furniture with gray couches, wooden tables, and a white fireplace. A detail that contributes to the overall appeal is the gray flooring and wooden ceiling. These two components complement each other in offering the homeowner a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. In addition, other furniture such as the vases and paintings accentuate the room’s look.

Lovering Remodeling & Construction

1991 Friendship Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020

Mark Lovering established his firm in 2002. He leads the firm today through a straightforward methodology leading to quality finishes, proper scheduling, and maximized budgets. Lovering’s approach for each project solely revolves around the client. From small-scale to large-scale projects, Lovering applies the same process to ensure client satisfaction. As a result of this approach, the firm has completed various remodeling projects, such as the modern kitchen and dining area below. The use of mahogany cabinetry, modern appliances, and black leather seats comprise a refined space. A notable characteristic of this project is the inclusion of green-colored furniture. It adds a vibrant touch to the dominantly dark theme space and complements the furnishings well with the green color contrasting the black and brown palettes. This component adds more life and brings a natural atmosphere to the room.

Build It Consulting & Construction

205 Highline Trail, El Cajon, CA 92021

Build It Consulting & Construction offers its clients decades of experience and a broad range of services. It embraces technology as a modern tool to aid them throughout the construction process. One of these technological tools is the firm’s use of 3D computer design. As a result, it assists the firm in producing designs that lead to consistent finishes.  Under the leadership of Gary Heidman, the firm has accumulated an extensive portfolio of various remodeling and renovation projects. One of these projects is pictured below, featuring a remodeled kitchen. The project includes an open-concept kitchen that blends modern and traditional features. It includes marble countertops, white cabinetry, and brick walls. In addition, modern equipment is present within the kitchen with a wine rack, wine refrigerator, and three glass ceiling lamps. 

Hanisko Home Building and Remodeling

314 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020

Hanisko Home Building and Remodeling has 13 years of experience in the industry. Founder Edward Hanisko has an extensive background in the business that dates back to his youth. He started working for various other companies, gaining experience that led him to establish his firm. As a result of his extensive background, the firm has completed different remodeling and renovation projects. One of them is the picture below, showcasing a contemporary remodel kitchen. The project includes the addition of white hexagonal tile backsplash and light brown leather door handles. In addition, details such as the floor rug, marbled table, and modern kitchen tools comprise the kitchen’s finish. Today, Hanisko Home Building and Remodeling has become one of El Cajon’s reliable contractors. With the numerous projects it has completed, the firm’s portfolio continues to grow along with its clientele list.

LZ Construction Design Build

10051 Quail Canyon Rd., El Cajon, CA 92021

LZ Construction Design Build is a local family-owned firm. Since 1987, the firm has offered clients a bevy of services. Room additions, new construction, ADUs, and remodeling projects are the primary services the firm focuses on. Its process revolves around a tailor-made construction plan for each client. The firm has applied this approach in the last three decades and has proven to be a stable process that ensures quality outputs. As a result of this process, the firm completed the project below, featuring a cabin-style bedroom. Prominent details include the wooden ceiling and beams, stone fireplace, pink rugs, and beige couches. The pairing of wooden and stone provides a classic look to the room, but the addition of pink furnishing adds a unique touch for the client. LZ Construction Design Build serves the whole of San Diego County. 

Stemar Inc.

365 Broadway Suite 204, El Cajon, CA 92021

Pictured below is a kitchen remodeling project Stemar Inc. completed. The firm applied classic contemporary designs and furnishing to the kitchen. This is evident from the white cabinetry, countertops, and ceiling lamps above the island. Because of its small space, the firm focused on efficiency and functionality, providing a lot of cabinetry to allow the homeowners to store many items and tools.

Apart from the firm’s remodeling projects, the team offers a bevy of services. These range from repair services, carpet cleaning, mold remediation, and fire & smoke damage restoration. In addition to these services, Stemar Inc. offers a 24-hour emergency response that involves the services mentioned above. Its team of well-experienced craftsmen has the capability to provide flexible services for the client, resulting in custom-made spaces that are secure and safe.

TJS Construction Co.

1950 Siesta Calle, El Cajon, CA 92019

Tom Stufflebean established the firm in 2001. Stufflebean’s background spans three decades in the business. Today, he leads TJS Construction through a communication-based approach. This involves thorough collaboration with all parties involved. Its plethora of services ranges from remodels, additions, and new build construction and they apply the same communication-based approach. As a result of this process, the firm completed the remodeling project pictured below, featuring a contemporary great room. The large floor space had the potential to incorporate different areas into one place. This allowed the firm to place the kitchen, dining area, and living room in the same location. A mix of furniture from the brown couch, wooden dining table, dining seats, and white cabinetry all complement each other to provide a cohesive floor plan.