Berkeley has a diverse culture, it is the location of the University of California’s flagship campus,  and it has an abundance of green space framed by a gorgeous view of the San Francisco Bay. People also appreciate the splendor of Berkeley’s historic district, rich in Mediterranean and English-Traditional architecture.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, we’ve created a list of the best general contractors working in Berkeley, highlighting their expertise, accomplishments, and styles. Whether a simple new construction or a complex custom remodel, you’ll find a contractor to meet your needs.


HDR Remodeling

2952 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA 94702

HDR Remodeling is a full-service residential design-build remodeling contractor providing service to Berkeley, Alameda, Oakland, Piedmont, and the greater East Bay Area. The firm’s design philosophy: re-imagine homes for how people live today. Its team has provided homeowners with quality design, construction, and residential remodeling services for over 30 years.

Leading the firm is Chris Fellows, who completed his degree in Building Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection from Diablo Valley College. Chris is a NARI-certified Certified Remodeling Project Manager who has previously served as the CEO of Careful Construction. The firm has won several honors under his supervision, including the 2019 NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award, the 2019 Qualified Remodeler Top 500, and the 2019 Chrysalis Award.

Some of HDR’s works have also piqued the interest of the press; U.S. News & World Report, Remodeling Magazine, and Oakland Magazine have all featured the firm’s work.


Jetton Construction

1117-A Virginia Street, Berkeley, CA 94702

Jetton Construction is an award-winning Bay Area construction firm specializing in custom and energy-efficient homes, general contracting, green building, home remodeling, new home construction, and sustainable design. The firm wants to provide sustainable building practices, excellent craftsmanship, and caring service to a diverse client base. With more than 400 significant projects completed, the company has a profound knowledge of all facets of construction and a reputation for consistently producing outstanding work.

Jetton Construction operates under the supervision of founder and president Bill Jetton. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Houston. After finishing in Texas, he moved to California to begin apprenticing with a master builder in Mendocino shortly after graduation. Jetton Construction was honored with several awards and decades of industry experience: the 2018 AIA East Bay Home Tours for Lafayette New Home, the 2018 AIA East Bay Home Tours for Mid Century Modern, the 2018 Children’s Support League Heart of the Home Tour for Upper Rockridge, and the 2017 AIA East Bay Home Tours for Summit House.


Levitch Associates, Inc

1029 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

Levitch Associates has grown. Today it can point to more than 1,000 projects built and a body of work that includes residential remodels, complex additions, new homes, commercial, and industrial projects. Whether it’s designing or building a project, Levitch Associates realizes the importance of the relationship it fosters with clients. Its personal touch, cultivated since 1960, lends itself to the warmth and good nature its clients prefer.

Maurice Levitch is taking the lead as the firm’s president, an architecture graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. Maurice is a NARI Certified Remodeler who grew up in a family of builders. Levitch Associates maintains multiple affiliations and certifications, including the Green Business Certification, AIA East Bay, and the WaterSmart Certification.


Alward Construction Co., Inc.

1035 Carleton Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Alward Construction is a nationally recognized high-end residential full-service remodeling company with 35 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm is known for its artistry, cost control, attention to detail, and client service, where its motto “clients for life” is a description, not an aspiration: at any time, about 50% of its active jobs are for past clients. No home remodeling or home repair aspect is outside the firm’s experience. 

Among the many awards Alward Construction has received over its years in the business is the Contractor of the Year (CotY) National Award for Residential Exterior, San Francisco Bay Area NARI Merit Award for Complete Remodel and Addition, and the Chrysalis Best Project for Addition over $250K. Some of its projects have also appeared on the pages of Remodeling, HGTV, and The New York Times.


Cerami Builders Inc

557 Santa Clara Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707

Cerami Builders was founded in 1985, and with over 30 years of building background in the San Francisco Bay Area, the firm has a solid stature for high-quality residential fabrication. It takes pride in working with its clients to ensure their projects are what they envisioned, within budget, completed in a timely fashion, and well crafted. It is crucial for Cerami Builders to communicate with its clients at every step of the process to make sure they are happy.

Founder Paul Cerami hails from a long line of tradespeople and has been a licensed California general contractor since 1986. Before forming Cerami Builders, he served as a carpenter. He learned all aspects of home building and soon realized that he had found his nitch in construction. Paul deeply enjoys the challenge of a project and working with homeowners, architects and subcontractors. He is a collaborator by nature and flourishes best when he’s making connections with others.


Proyecto

2705 Webster Street, #5755, Berkeley, CA 94705

Proyecto provides full-service construction and remodeling with active project management. The firm has a full in-house staff of skilled technicians and project managers, ensuring every project goes smoothly. Its network of trusted design professionals ensures that a client’s home design vision is realized efficiently and brilliantly. Proyecto’s team will make that vision a reality so that clients can love the home they live in. 

Abe Wortman and Manuel Navarro began their extensive expertise in all parts of remodeling about 20 years ago as business partners in real estate development. Along with learning the crafts and living and breathing the business, they understood the most critical details in the client experience and identified several projects that were not client-focused enough. They co-founded Proyecto in 2015 in this spirit.


Integrity Remodeling Inc.

PO Box 3508, Oakland, CA 94609

Integrity Remodeling is a full-service general contracting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area that offers outstanding building services. It accepts projects of all sizes and is dedicated to providing the best level of value and quality while providing an unparalleled client experience.

Since 2001, Integrity Remodeling has established a reputation for regularly completing projects on time and within budget. As a result, all of its new projects come from referrals from design professionals or existing clients. When decisions or obstacles arise, IRC is skilled at collaborating with customers to assess options or promote changes consistent with their vision.


MacLeod Design & Construction

1701 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA 94709

MacLeod Design & Construction, established in 1995, is an award-winning full-service residential design-build firm located in Berkeley. It is owned and operated by Ian MacLeod, AIA, a licensed architect and general contractor.

MacLeod Design & Construction specializes in green building. The firm produces inventive, unique, and high-quality residential projects with a focus on customer service and environmental sustainability. The firm enjoys complex and unusual projects that require a high degree of care and finesse from the initial design stages to final materials and finishes. 

MacLeod Design & Construction holds memberships with the Passive House Institute U.S., the American Institute of Architects, Build it Green, and Energy Star. Its work has also appeared on the pages of Huffington Post, Bay Citizen, and Chronicle Books.


Oliver Builders

1031 Pardee Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Oliver Builders Inc. is an established local contractor, a consultant, and liaison for clients during the challenging times of project development and remodeling projects. The firm specializes in whole house remodels, ADUs, additions, kitchen, and bath remodels. The firm provides these services to clients in Alameda, Albany, Belvedere, Berkeley, Lafayette, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and the surrounding area. Its collaborative approach and ability to listen and communicate are only part of what clients can expect from working with Oliver Builders.

Principal Severin Oliver is a certified green building professional with Build It Green. He is also EPA Lead safe certified and serves as production manager at Lawrence Construction Inc. Severin uses his vast experience as a builder, project manager, and businessman to give the community of Berkeley and the greater East Bay a business that integrates both efficiency and value while providing high-quality artistry and personal service.


Alderson Construction

710 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94710

Alderson Construction is a custom residential builder in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1979, the firm has worked with many nationally recognized architects and designers, including Barbara Barry, Bohlin Cywinski, Jackson, Tucker and Marks, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design, and a host of fine local architects.

Alderson Constructions’ involvement in rehabilitating the Nationally Registered Landmark Saint Augustine’s Church was recognized with an Orchid award by the City of Oakland. For more than three decades, the firm has had the pleasure of working on unique homes designed by many of California’s most renowned architects of the past, including John Hudson Thomas, Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, Clarence Tantau, William Wooster, Gardner Dailey, and Walter Radcliff. It has additionally worked on homes of celebrated Californians, including Ansel Adams.


Tinka Construction

60 Arden Road, Berkeley, CA 94704

Fast and exceeding expectations, Tinka Constructions is a general contractor known for delivering excellent work in the best time possible, with full attention to details and customer needs. Its team goes beyond its general duties by providing design input, flexible options, and transparency. 

Tinka Construction provides reliable general contracting services in San Francisco and the surrounding area under the leadership of owner George Cãtãlin. The firm feels that it is its job to provide relief from the headache that stems from trying to plan out all project phases. The firm has delivered superior results for residential and commercial customers for years. Whether clients are adding a new master bath to their home or upgrading retail space to suit their business needs, the firm gets the job done right the first time.


Feraru & Associates Building And Design Inc.

1569 Solano Avenue, #249 Berkeley, CA 94707

Remodeling contractor and custom home builder, Feraru & Associates Building and Design is a team of true European craftsmen recognized for quality artistry and green building in the San Francisco Bay Area. It works with clients to ensure that their home reflects their unique lifestyle. 

The company’s team of professionals takes great pride in its work and always looks forward to meeting and exceeding its clients’ expectations. Owner Sorin Feraru is involved in all the projects and ensures that he is always working directly with the client. With Feraru’s background and the firm’s skillful and committed employees, its top priority is to care for its clients’ home possessions during the course of remodeling.


Berkeley Design Build, Inc.

5427 Telegraph Avenue, Suite A, Oakland CA 94609

Berkeley Design Build (BDB), together with Linvill & Pond Architects, specializes in designing and constructing period-sensitive residential homes, additions, remodels, and ADUs. Although the two companies officially operate separately, together they offer a streamlined approach to architectural design and full-service general contracting.

On every project, clients work with one managing architect or general contractor who supervises the entire process, from conceptual design to completion. BDB operates under Mike Pond and combines an extensive knowledge of the locale, expertise in historically-sensitive designs, solid working affinities with local municipalities, and a pragmatic sense for space planning. The result is beautiful and enduring structures in and around the Bay Area.


Holland & Harley Construction, Inc.

702 F Harrison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710  

Holland & Harley Construction has been building and remodeling in Berkeley and the East Bay since 1986. Since then, Holland & Harley has built a reputation as one of the premier general contractors in the East Bay. The firm’s services include kitchen remodels, craftsman homes, commercial building renovation, and second-story additions. The firm’s work has been featured in Renovation 5th Edition.

Leading the firm is Chip Harley, who migrated to California in 1974 and began working as an apprentice carpenter in San Diego. He attended the University of California, where he studied at the School of Environmental Design. The firm has appeared on the pages of Renovation 5th Edition under Mr. Harley’s leadership.

Author

  • 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