Located east of San Francisco, Oakland is a lively metropolis with an active local economy. This large city—the biggest in the East Bay of the Bay Area—serves as a notable trading hub for various sectors. The economic bustle has led to increased infrastructure and availability of homes, attracting different people to either work or live in the city. Oakland also has places that focus on recreation; some well-known things to do include visiting Lake Merrit and Morcom Rose Garden, taking Art Murmur Walks, and participating in Brooklyn Basin events.

For anyone interested in living in Oakland, we have created a list of the area’s best custom home builders. These firms are known for their professionalism and client-centric approach. They have worked on various projects under the guidance of veteran industry professionals while respecting the style and taste of clients.

Jetton Construction 

1117-A Virginia St. Berkeley, CA 94702

Jetton Construction is an award-winning custom home builder serving clients in the Bay Area. With sustainable building practices, refined craftsmanship, and client-centric services, the firm has completed over 500 projects since its inception in 1980. Its extensive knowledge and understanding of construction gives the firm the ability to work on a variety of requests like restoring historically significant homes or buildings and building contemporary spaces. Jetton Construction’s team of subcontractors and artisans ensures each project meets industry standards and benefits from creative thinking.

Working alongside clients, Jetton Construction guides them through difficult decisions and timeline changes. The firm’s attentiveness allows it to build homes like this Ross Custom Home project, which has a blend of contemporary and classical details. Jetton Construction built the home from the ground up; the design features a two-story structure with a one-story extension. The main area houses the private quarters, while the expansion contains the kitchen, dining, and living areas in a great room. The expansion’s vaulted ceilings and lighting were combined with large sliding doors to create a large and seamless indoor-outdoor space that leads to a south-facing patio and lawn.

Integrity Remodeling

PO BOX 3508, Oakland, CA 94609

Integrity Remodeling primarily works around the San Francisco Bay Area, working on projects with varying sizes and complexities. Each of the firm’s works features high levels of value and craftsmanship; the consistent quality of its work has given the firm a reputation for meeting client expectations. By strictly adhering to proposed schedules and budget specifications, the firm ensures projects can embody a client’s vision while observing professional requirements. 

A majority of Integrity Remodeling’s success can be attributed to the skills and background of its owner, Eli Israel. Knowledgeable in building, design, and architecture, Israel has involved himself in all facets of the construction industry. His experience with the global process of building and designing in particular has inspired him to create stylish and comfortable homes. His process centers around creating an amiable atmosphere with clients to make it easier for them to communicate their ideas. Israel felt the relationship aspect of a project was particularly important after noticing the need for better basic construction services and client care. 

Oliver Builders Inc

1031 Pardee St. Berkeley, CA 94710

Servin Oliver founded Oliver Builders Inc. using the experience of working in the construction industry for four decades. He has worked as a builder, project manager, and businessman in Berkeley and the greater East Bay area. The foundations he set for the firm allow it to specialize in residential construction and custom remodeling for projects in an earthquake-prone area. Oliver Builders Inc.’s portfolio includes new homes, second-story additions, kitchens, and bathrooms; a majority of its projects feature fine woodwork, custom staircases, and high-end finishes.

By focusing on adding value and ensuring efficiency, Oliver Builders Inc. builds homes that provide clients with comfort, meet their needs, and can withstand various challenges. This New Berkley Home, for example, is a custom build in the Berkeley Hills neighborhood. Originally a dilapidated space, the home now features a new pier and grade beam foundation that ensure the client will be able to live without worry for a long time. Oliver Builders Inc. used an open floor plan and installed wide windows to give the home a fresh and spacious feeling.

Berkeley Design Build

5427 Telegraph Ave, Suite A, Oakland CA 94609

Berkeley Design Build provides clients with customized services to meet their unique architectural and construction needs. By using an architect-led design-build approach, the firm can work on projects with different complexities and delivery needs. The firm’s strategy allows it to deliver projects built on an architect’s perspective and a builder’s skillset.

Over the years, many of Berkeley Design Build’s clients have given positive reviews on both the project result and experience. Several clients have commended the firm’s ability to produce stunning yet pragmatic craftsmanship, ensuring the beauty and practicality of the space. These clients also mentioned how Berkeley Design Build was timely and disciplined; any updates about the schedule and budget were always reported, and feedback was always welcomed. Clients also took note of the guidance they received from the team, citing how it explained each option’s trade-off and benefit to help them make informed decisions.


  • 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