Manhattan Beach is a charming city known for its lovely beaches, amazing weather, beachfront homes, and vibrant leisure activities. With fun activities on The Strand and extensive shopping and dining options downtown, the city provides a distinct lifestyle that continues to entice prospective homeowners from all over. The city also hosts annual international surfing events, fairs, and festivals that significantly benefit businesses. Thanks to its robust economy and close proximity to Los Angeles, the city remains among the most desirable places to live in the state. 

The city is a great place to call home, and if you need to build that home, choosing the right firm for the job is critical. In this article, we have listed 10 of the best design-build firms working in Manhattan Beach, California. These firms offer a wide range of services under one roof, rendering them efficient and cost-effective. These firms were chosen for their professionalism, craftsmanship, and excellent customer service. As you’ll see with their glowing testimonials and awards, clients can rely on the knowledge and expertise of these firms to provide the high-quality results they need and want.

C & C Partners

508 N Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Since its inception in 1987, C & C Partners has provided outstanding custom home-building services to clients throughout greater Los Angeles. The firm has built homes in a variety of upscale neighborhoods and communities, including Palos Verdes, Pacific Palisades, and Beverly Hills. The firm takes an approach that combines its strong work ethic and its design-build service to deliver projects that are tailored to the client’s styles and needs. That approach allows clients to experience a seamless process: projects are completed on time, within the budget, and with a high level of craftsmanship. 

Founded by brothers Patrick and Michael Cunningham, the firm draws on their extensive industry experience. Both have worked on a variety of projects, including a number of celebrity homes. Patrick is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and focuses on the design phase of the process. Michael is a general contractor who is heavily involved in the construction process. With both of them at the helm, the firm’s work has been featured in Southbay Home Magazine on numerous occasions. The firm also recently received an Architectural Digest Regional Design Award for its Thermador 2022 Kitchen Design Challenge entry.

Addition Building & Design

4335 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suite 354, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Mike Ross founded Addition Building & Design in 1985 with a strong understanding of the construction process, as well as the decisions and planning that go into it. Ross has been involved with industry-leading organizations such as the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC), AIA, and others for over three decades. He leads his firm to provide clients with a comprehensive process that brings inspiration, innovation, and creativity to each design. He also seeks to bring an environment that aims to lessen the stress that comes with each project. Mike does so by devoting his time and energy to working with clients and his team to create exceptional projects that always exceed expectations. This approach helps the company determine the feasibility of a project while remaining true to the client’s vision. 

With Ross and his team, clients can be assured of a project that has received meticulous care—and one that comes with a three-year warranty. The firm’s work has been featured in Better Home Garden Magazine and Voyage LA. It has also provided its services to actress Mila Kunis for the renovation of her parents’ condo in Los Angeles.

Progressive Builders

7445 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, #220, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Progressive Builders is an LA-based firm that has been providing full-service home building and remodeling for over 25 years. Known for its great service and project delivery, each member of the team has completed extensive training and received a number of certifications on top of their previous experiences. This practice allows the firm to employ talented professionals and draw on their expertise and increase the quality of their projects.  The firm has completed various projects that are thoughtfully designed to suit clients with a distinct style. Previous Clients have praised the firm’s diligence, creativity, and professionalism. Others were also impressed with the firm’s commitment to the design and development of the project. 

Thanks to decades of industry experience, the firm has developed a process to produce projects cost-effectively and efficiently. The firm accomplishes these goals while also employing cutting-edge equipment that improves project delivery.

Titan & Co.

1601 N Sepulveda Boulevard, #622, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Titan & Co. consistently delivers excellent projects for their clients by using sustainable methods and resources. The firm stays on top of different design trends and leading practices in order to deliver projects with high standards. The firm specializes in design-build and offers residential and commercial design, development, and construction services to Manhattan Beach and the surrounding area. The firm provides a comprehensive process built on a trusting relationship with all project participants. The firm’s goal is to provide a design that embodies the client’s styles and preferences, while simultaneously maximizing functionality and livability. This process results in projects that consistently surpass clients’ expectations. 

Jeremy Henson and Matt Armato, the firm’s founders, bring years of experience to the table. In 2001, Henson began working as a construction apprentice for a company. He gained skills from overseeing all aspects of the construction process as a result of his experience. He now oversees projects for his firm—everything from minor updates to multi-million dollar custom homes and development projects. Armato, on the other hand, uses his decades of extensive travel to create projects with unique designs in a variety of styles. His talent in design analysis and design-build management contributes to the successful completion and delivery of each project. Together, these two bring vast expertise in both the design and construction aspects of their firm.

Concept Renovations

15928 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 225, Encino, CA 91436

With over four decades of industry experience, Concept Renovations has established itself as one of the leading design-build firms in the area and a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). The firm specializes in remodeling, complete home renovations, and new home construction. As a family-owned business, the firm understands the importance of each project for its respective owner. Its professional team builds a relationship with clients to collaborate on the design that best matches their interests. The firm stands with its team, clients, partners, and brand.

Over the years, clients have affirmed the firm’s excellent work. They have praised the firm for its communicative responses to their queries and the team’s transparency throughout the process.  The results of the firm’s dedication are on display in the project featured here. The Scandinavian-inspired kitchen has an inviting atmosphere thanks to the perfect blend of soft-toned hues from the wood and furniture. The kitchen design has a clean, minimalist, modern look.

Design + Build by Lazar

Manhattan Beach, CA

The form and function of each project are among the most important aspects of the design process at Design + Build by Lazar. The firm finds the best design that allows the two elements to coexist while also reflecting the client’s lifestyle and preferences. That practice yields projects that are on par with masterpieces. The firm’s quality work is maintained by building working relationships with clients, designers, subcontractors, and city officials. Owner Steve Lazar has demonstrated this in his practice during his 30 years of service in Southern California. His portfolio includes projects in a range of styles, everything from Modern to Traditional. He is personally involved in every project, providing expert design solutions and a meticulous attention to detail.

The project we’ve chosen to highlight demonstrates the firm’s excellent design skills. Dark wood floors complement the black quartz countertops and white shaker cabinets. The island’s brilliant inverted colors open up the kitchen with its white top, and the brick backsplash adds a playful pop of color to the space.

Luxe Development

329 N Wetherly Drive, Suite 205, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Communication is among the most important parts of Luxe Development’s approach. So the firm provides clients with in-depth consultations to understand their goals and objectives for each project. Then the firm works on and meticulously oversees each project with efficiency. The result is excellent craftsmanship. The firm is a design-build company that specializes in residential construction, remodeling, and addition. The firm is known for its thorough preparation, scheduling, budgeting, and management skills. The firm also has a wide network of leading and trusted vendors, designers, and architects to ensure that each project is completed and finished with quality design and materials.  

The firm’s strong work ethic and standards were shaped by owner Oren Levy. Being a fan of basketball has brought out his competitive nature as well as his passion for bringing excellence to each project. Founded in 2014, the firm has continued to grow and become known for its professionalism and integrity. The firm has been recently featured in Vogue for a project it completed in Beverly Hills with internationally acclaimed Iranian-American Interior Designer Ryan Saghian.

Chelsea Design + Construction

4529 Angeles Crest Highway, Suite 103, La Canada, CA 91011

Chelsea Design + Construction is a full-service design-build firm that specializes in custom home construction, remodeling, and historic renovation projects. With more than 26 years of experience, the firm has provided clients with exceptional service that creatively combines craftsmanship and innovative designs. The firm has experience in providing projects to various premier neighborhoods and hillside properties. Staffed by a team of professionals, the firm delivers ideas into projects that are sustainable and livable. Some of these team members have worked with the firm for more than a decade. They have a solid grasp of the firm’s process and the industry as well.

Clients have expressed their satisfaction with the firm’s constant communication and coordination throughout each project. They also consistently mention the team members’ positive and engaging attitudes. Thanks to these practices, the firm has been able to deliver projects with glowing results while also adhering to budget and scheduling requirements.

American Home Improvement

155 N Lake Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Family-owned and operated, American Home Improvement is a full-service construction firm that has been providing its services throughout Southern California since 2004. The firm has a wide range of services including new construction, additions, remodeling, interior and exterior renovation, solar installation, and more. Thanks to its extensive experience, clients can rely on the firm for all of their projects’ needs. The firm makes sure to address clients’ suggestions and concerns promptly and professionally. Its team of skilled professionals strives to make each process a pleasant experience for clients, aiming to take away the stress and concerns and provide a memorable experience. 

With over 400 glowing reviews on one industry-leading website alone and many more on others, the firm has clearly established itself as one of the top-rated firms in the area. It maintains its excellent reputation by ensuring that each client is completely satisfied with their project. The firm upholds the highest quality standards in its work and character. 

These principles are reflected in the featured project. The bathroom is part of a whole-house renovation. It has black marbled flooring that matches the white walls perfectly, as well as marbled countertops with light wood cabinets and a double sink. The project also features a tub, hinged shower doors, and built-in vanity.

Roger Perron Design and Construction

3171 Los Feliz Boulevard, Suite 306, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Roger Perron Design and Construction was established in 1980 by namesake and second-generation builder Roger Perron. With industry experience that precedes the founding of his firm, clients benefit from his expertise and knowledge. Having served as an apprentice under leading architects, he has expanded his range and emphasized the design of each project. Perron leads a team of tight-knit professionals that works with a high level of coordination and communication. The result is efficient project completion and delivery. With its established reputation of first-rate service in new home construction, remodelings, and additions, repeat clients account for 20% of the firm’s business. 

In the project shown above, the firm was tasked with remodeling a kitchen. The new galley-style kitchen has plenty of storage and counter space. It also featured a mosaic backsplash style that goes with the medium-toned wood of the cabinetries and the granite countertops. With a direct connection to the family room, the kitchen adds a spacious atmosphere to an otherwise small space where owners can easily prepare their meals.


  • 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