Claremont, La Verne, and Pomona. Individually, these cities each have their own history and reputation. Claremont is home to the “West Coast Ivies:” five prominent undergraduate institutions and two celebrated graduate schools. That educational powerhouse is found next to the city of La Verne, deemed one of the best places to raise a family. While Pomona, named as the “Queen of the Citrus Belt” is best known as the home of the L.A. County Fair. The tri-city area as a whole offers residents and tourists the stunning sights of a wide range of home styles. 

Claremont, La Verne, and Pomona’s residential construction business is thriving, and there are a variety of architectural styles from which to choose. Remodeling is also a great choice. Finding the right contractor can be time-consuming. To make it easier, our editorial team put together this list of the best general contractors in the area. Below we note their specialties, their achievements, and the styles they offer. Whether it’s a straightforward new build or a complicated custom remodel, you’ll find a contractor to serve your needs—and your neighborhood—here.

Advanced Building Services 

1205 Buena Vista Ave., Pomona, CA 91766

1993 marked the beginning of Advanced Building Services’ lifelong commitment to beautifying homes in the greater Los Angeles area. The firm is managed by Christopher Jordan Chacon. Mr. Chacon is responsible for keeping the company aligned with its values and goals. The firm specializes in general home construction and remodeling work. Advanced Building Services is licensed by the state of California ensuring its capability and safety practices.

From residential spaces to commercial outlets, there is little to nothing that Advanced Building Services hasn’t accomplished. The firm’s portfolio is a reflection of its flexibility and experience in construction. Take a look at this kitchen remodeling project by the Advanced team in Anaheim: it features a modern transitional design with neutral tones and a combination of wood and steel materials. 

Handyman Unlimited, Inc.

1025 Sentinel Dr. Suite #104, La Verne, CA 91750 

For over 19 years, Handyman Unlimited has been the inland Empire’s partner in transforming homes. Owner and president Thomas Joseph Cardona leads this team of goal-oriented professionals. That team ensures that each project is treated with the highest regard and completed in accordance with the highest standards. Aside from delivering projects effectively and efficiently, the firm also cares for the safety of its clients. The team has upgraded its customer service by redesigning and augmenting safety protocols in response to the recent pandemic. 

Quality, integrity, and great customer service have built the firm’s blue-ribbon reputation. Its remodeling services are fueled by the desire to turn visions into homes. Visit the firm’s portfolio and you’ll see a pleasing diversity in its designs.

Hartman Baldwin

100 W Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711

Hartman Baldwin is an award-winning firm focused on providing residential custom home and general construction services. Bill Baldwin’s natural love for art and people came together when establishing Hartman Baldwin in 1984. Through his passion and perseverance, the firm was quickly recognized among the leading design/build firms in California. The firm is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and houses LEED Accredited Professionals.

In addition to being the cover story of Architectural Digest, the firm has also been featured on Remodeling Magazine, Builder Magazine, Qualified Remodeler, Luxe magazine, and HGTV’s Restore America. Baldwin has developed a team of skilled and certified Interior Designers, project managers, craftsmen, and artisans. The firm creates designs that are built with cutting-edge materials to achieve better and efficient results. A perfect illustration of this is the Via Padova residence: here, you can see the brilliant kitchen and dining room. 

Lotus Construction Group

405 St. Augustine Ave., Claremont, CA 91711 

Mark Ashworth started as an apprentice then eventually developed into a master tile-setter. Eventually, he founded Lotus Construction Group, specializing in renewing and renovating homes. Craftsmanship, attention to detail, high-quality materials, and great working relationships have characterized the firm’s work over the years. Although Lotus Construction Group only started its business in 2011, Ashworth poured his 20 years of construction expertise into the team and the firm’s growth. 

Lotus Construction Group’s portfolio is the culmination of its A+ service in California. Have a glimpse at this renovated kitchen. The firm transformed this outdated, cramped, 90s-era kitchen into a modern space. Walls connecting the kitchen and dining room were removed and a folding door added to provide an easy transition for indoor and outdoor parties.

Merkcon Builders

602 Laurel Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 

Merkcon Builders is a Pomona-based luxury design/build company specializing in custom homes and renovations. The firm is owned and operated by Julian Reddix. Reddix’s leadership and management have brought the firm several projects and loads of great feedback. A majority of its client feedback points out the firm’s excellent workmanship as well as its ability to transform homes. 

Merkcon Builders has over 12 years of industry experience and it’s a reliable and trusted builder in Pomona. The company aims to deliver its clients a world-class home built with durable and aesthetically-pleasing materials. The firm’s works are not limited to construction. Merkcon Builders also offers clients deck installation, electrical, tiling, flooring, and CAD services.