Known as the heart of Silicon Valley, Cupertino offers a vibrant life not only for professionals but for families as well. Various journals recognized the city as one of the best places to live in the country, ranking highly in terms of income, safety, family, and education. Aside from its outstanding job market, it has a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops, parks, and other areas that offer recreational activities that continuously attract individuals to this exciting and welcoming place. For those who are leaning toward relocating to Cupertino or for locals who are interested in revamping their place, listed below are the best design build firms in the city. These firms are known to preserve, update, or build new homes designed according to the client’s wishes. They are chosen not only for their reputation, expertise, and skills but also for their dedication and care for the clients and their soon-to-be dream homes.

Next Stage Design + Build

2157 O’Toole Ave. #70, San Jose, CA 95131

Next Stage Design + Build provides services for design-build, home addition, and various space remodelings, such as kitchen and bathroom, interior and exterior, and whole house. It was founded by Jim Kabel in 2004 and generally serves Santa Clara County and portions of San Mateo County. The firm was formerly known as Case Design/Remodeling of San Jose. Its team is composed of highly skilled trade specialists who have broad capabilities and are client-focused. They are also passionate about giving back to the community. They have participated in the Rebuild Together program in Silicon Valley — a home repairing venture that helps neighbors without a cost.

The firm has produced impeccable projects that have brought home numerous awards. The most recent ones included two platinum and two gold from the 2021 National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) META awards. The whole house remodel in San Jose is also one of Next Stage’s notable projects wherein the team restored a 40-year-old home. Majority of the home is no longer safe to use, along with severe water damage that created molds in the bathrooms. The family was forced to move out. The team was able to reverse its deteriorating state and created a safe, beautiful, and functional home for the family, with modern European influences inspired by their overseas travels.

Harrell Design + Build

944 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94303

Harrell Design + Build is a full-service, Employee Owned, design-build residential remodeling company based in Palo Alto, California. For 38 years, the firm has been focused on providing Bay Area homeowners with innovative design, meticulous craftsmanship, and high-quality, personalized service. Iris Harrell founded the company in 1985; it all began with a single employee. Today, Harrell Design + Build employs nearly 50, including award-winning designers and accomplished craftspeople. 

Currently leading the firm is Lisa Sten, who has guided private, commercial, and public-sector clients with architectural designs and construction objectives. She holds an interior design degree from Paier College of Art in Hamden, and a B.A. from Boston College. She is recognized as a Certified Interior Designer (CID), a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), and a Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP), and a Certified Remodeler (CR).

Bill Fry Construction

10351 San Fernando Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014

Bill Fry Construction has over 35 years of experience in the industry. Supervised by Bill Fry, the firm employs sustainable practices to remodel, expand, custom build, and design homes across the San Francisco Peninsula. It is driven to create spaces that are not only energy-efficient but resource-efficient as well. The team’s techniques are certified by Build It Green, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The media—Los Angeles Times, Green Building and Design, and SheKnows—has commended the firm’s environmental-friendly approach. Additionally, several of its passive and net-zero energy homes were recognized, gaining four consecutive Quality Award Winner in Residential Kitchen and Bath from the PureBond Quality Awards (PQA). The Bay Area Luxury Custom Home Build is also one of the firm’s most striking works. The 6,000-square-foot home was designed with a farmhouse architectural style. It features Honduran Mahogany furniture-style custom cabinets, a stunning pergola between the main house and guest house, and an outdoor fireplace built by a master stonemason. The home is also equipped with solar panels, radiant floor heating, and a heat recovery ventilator system, making it ecological.

May Construction

115 Phelan Ave. Ste. 3, San Jose, CA 95112

May Construction has served Santa Clara Valley with its building and design needs since 1977. The firm offers whole house remodels, kitchen and bath remodels, home additions, and design-build services. It is led by Greg and Debbie May. Together, they supervise a team dedicated to guiding clients and helping them transform their homes. They uphold the firm’s philosophies—vision, integrity, dedication, and commitment. Aside from the personalized design, they also carefully plan the strategies by creating contingencies for potential challenges and seizing opportunities.

The firm’s portfolio includes rustic contemporary, transitional, mid-century modern, and contemporary chic-designed spaces. The Saratoga Whole Home Remodel is one of their works that highlights a contemporary design. The May team revamped a once cramped and gloomy living and kitchen space. To create a spacious room, they reconfigured the home’s floor plan creating an open floor layout. For a bright and airy feel, they used neutral, comforting colors. They installed a center island that doubles as a family dining space and an inviting space for entertaining.

Visionary Home Remodeling

1580 Oakland Rd. Ste. C103, San Jose, CA 95131

Established in 2004, Visionary Home Remodeling has a strong reputation as an expert and reliable design-build firm. It specializes in kitchen and bathroom renovation, outdoor living remodeling, new construction, complete renovation, architecture and design, and flooring. The firm is known to effectively revolutionize a space according to the homeowner’s personal needs. Its dynamic team collaborates and works closely with clients to fully understand their demands. They use state-of-the-art 3D modeling to help clients fully visualize their soon-to-be homes. Their exceptional service and detailed work have been honored and featured in Architect Magazine.

Visionary Home Remodeling is owned by Tom Muller. Through his in-depth knowledge of building and design, he guides the team in controlling project costs by anticipating, uncovering, and solving potential issues before they occur. This allowed them to complete projects efficiently and skillfully. Together, they have produced a myriad of modern, contemporary, and traditional-style homes across Silicon Valley.

Golden View Renovation

5201 Great America Pkwy. Ste. 320, Santa Clara, CA 95054  

Golden View Renovation has served the Bay Area with its building and design needs since 2015. The firm mainly works on room additions, kitchen and bath remodeling, new construction, accessory dwelling units (ADU), 3D-rendering, design, and architecture. The team consists of project renovators, designers, and developers with more than 20 years of combined experience. Their design process is simple: learn about the client’s lifestyle, desires, and demands and interpret those qualities into an artistic design. These customized strategies produce the most fitting atmosphere that is timeless and long-lasting.

President Tal Shoshan leads the highly skilled Golden View team. He came from a long line of family builders and has been in the field since he was 17. Exposed at a young age, Shoshan quickly became a leader in modern construction, design, and development. He is also proficient in using multiple tools to create a foolproof building experience. This helped him and the firm in pursuing 100% long-term customer satisfaction.

Craftsmen’s Guild

10566 S Deanza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014

Craftsmen’s Guild is a family-run boutique design-build firm formed in 1988. Its portfolio includes new homes, room additions, extensive remodelings, kitchens, bathrooms, and facades. Aside from designing and building, the firm also offers general contracting services. It is led by the Amini brothers, who each have at least 30 years of experience. Mike Amini leads the design management, while Matt Amini and Mo Amini lead the engineering management and business management, respectively. Their expertise in different fields proves the firm’s versatility and capability. They have also formulated a 10-step blueprint strategy that makes the often frustrating processes clear and enjoyable.

The four-bedroom home in Los Altos Hills is among the firm’s finest work. The team designed and built a contemporary house that effortlessly blends with the surroundings. The house’s interior features sun-drenched areas, double patio doors, picture windows, and a skylight to highlight the panoramic views. Then, to contrast the bright room, they laid planked oak wood-tile flooring. They added custom-built espresso cabinets, white and gray quartz countertops, and planked maple wood flooring to make the home look warm and welcoming. To contrast, a glass subway-tile backsplash and a custom skylight were installed.

Progress Builders

508 Quail Bush Ct., San Jose, CA 95117

As a firm that can turn houses into havens, Progress Builders has made a name for itself as a reputable designer and builder in the San Francisco Bay Area. It specializes in luxury custom home builds, extensions, and remodeling, along with general contracting and design-build services. Its team of professionals has outstanding precision and workmanship that delivers exceptional results. Ilya Fedulan, the head of the company, supports the team and is hands-on in every project. His 22 years of experience—8 years of Interior Designing in Europe and 14 years of architecture, project management, and field supervision in the Bay Area— in the residential sector have supported the firm as it achieves numerous successful projects.

One of the firm’s notable works is the modern home in Los Altos. The Progress team constructed a new single-level luxury home emphasizing functionality, opulence, and stylish convenience. The great room has a 16-foot ceiling, transom windows, and La Cantina doors. These retractable doors open to the backyard, creating a blended indoor-outdoor living space perfect for entertaining. The home’s kitchen is equipped with Thermador appliances, a spacious waterfall quartzite island, and bar seating for six. The East-wing is where the four bedrooms are located. Each room has a skylit walk-in closet that lets in the natural morning sunshine.

Sami and Sons Remodeling

800 Charcot Ave. #102, San Jose, CA 95131

Sami and Sons Remodeling has improved numerous homes in Silicon Valley. The family-owned firm helps clients conceptualize their vision and breathe new life into projects. Along with its dedication to its craft, the team’s passion for innovative designs and green building efforts significantly contributed to efficiently building quality homes. Additionally, the team expertly handles all projects and gives clients peace of mind, making the experience pleasurable and stress-free.

The firm was founded three decades ago by Sami Dadon, who have 30 years of combined experience. It is affiliated with NARI and the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber. Aside from design-build services, the firm also works on kitchens, bathrooms, home additions, and garage conversions. After 30 years, the firm continues to be a prominent firm backed up by its tradition of excellence.


  • 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