A calm location with a very inclusive, connected, and friendly community, El Monte is known primarily as a residential city and has maintained a reputation for its outstanding quality of life. As the hub of the San Gabriel Valley, the city has been growing through a competitive housing market that consists mainly of single-family homes. Homes in El Monte receive multiple offers and sell in around 53.5 days. 

If you are planning to undertake a home renovation, remodel, or new construction in El Monte, hiring a general contractor will guarantee it is completed on schedule, at the best cost value, and to your satisfaction. We’ve curated a list of the best general contractors in El Monte and the surrounding area, selected based on their accreditations, certifications, professional affiliations, and the recognition each firm has received in the form of industry awards, client reviews, and features in the press. We have also laid out the range of services the firms offer, their specializations, and the length of time they have been in the industry. For a custom home or remodel that will save you time, money, and hassle, contact the best general contractors in El Monte, California.


Cavalier Builders, Inc. 

20121 Ventura Blvd., Suite 208, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Since 1999, Cavalier Builders, Inc. has been delivering construction services, specializing in room additions, kitchens, bathroom remodeling, interior and exterior painting, roofing, deck and patio work, complete plastering, construction, and more, that comply with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) requirements. The company is a fully licensed and bonded family-owned business, accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. With 21 years of experience, Cavalier Builders, Inc. is highly recommended by clients across Los Angeles for home remodels and renovations. 

The firm offers free estimates, quotes, and assessments for customers looking to have home improvements and remodeling done for less. Enhancing the beauty and value of customers’ properties while providing quality services at a minimized cost is the firm’s primary goal.  Cavalier Builders, Inc. also adheres to recognized COVID-19 safety protocols, including avoiding handshakes, maintaining social distance, and frequently washing and sanitizing hands.

The Rancho Palos Verdes House is an excellent representation of the meticulous workmanship of the company’s projects. Old architectural components of the house were replaced with upgraded modules to craft a custom finished look, from the restoring of the baseboards, refinishing of the ceilings, re-grouting of the baths and kitchen tile, to painting the old kitchen cabinets a fresh white.

Chelsea Design & Construction

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

Chelsea Design & Construction’s expertise in custom residences, extensive home remodels and historic renovations has held the attention of the finest neighborhoods of Los Angeles since 1996. By offering both architectural design and construction services, the firm delivers a comprehensive experience to all of its clients. The firm’s design team has over 24 years of experience designing and building contemporary estates for hillside and view lots as well as in neighborhoods with strict zoning and historic or homeowner review requirements.

Chelsea serves as a one-stop-shop for a wide range of design and build services, including contracting, budget monitoring, and project management, for clients looking for cost-efficient solutions. Due to its exceptional homebuilding, the firm has been featured in major media publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Arroyo Monthly, and Beautiful Kitchens Magazine.

Chelsea is also highly recognized for its experience in complex renovations of older, historic homes. One of its most challenging projects, the Lombardy II, is a 1928 Italian Revival estate that required the addition of a basement, and construction of a new cabana, a dining patio, and an interior sitting room. Chelsea successfully integrated the new elements with the 1928 character of the historic home.

Cielo Construction 

6350 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Suite 404, Los Angeles, CA 91606

For Cielo Construction, close collaboration between its clients and its small team of architects, engineers, and sub-contractors is of utmost importance. With thousands of square footage of commercial and residential properties built and 90% of Cielo’s projects coming from past clients, the firm has built solid trust with customers across Los Angeles in its 25 years of providing design and build services. It specializes in home remodeling, exterior renovations, new construction, flooring, insulation, HVAC, and window installation. The firm has also branched out to site construction, management, and site development for both private and public agency projects, delivering quality construction while fulfilling its commitment to customer integrity and satisfaction.

The company is known for its green building practices in constructing residential and commercial properties, affording it a Lead-Safe certification by the Environmental Protection Agency and a Better Business Bureau accreditation. True to its environmental and sustainability principles, the firm offers consultations for energy efficiency and solar panel installation services to give clients cost-efficient options.

Cielo’s portfolio consists of high-profile projects, including the Palmero Project. Cielo elegantly executed the new construction of the contemporary home, which involved working with a sloped terrain to take advantage of an elevated view. 

Parrague Construction, Inc.

400 Prospect Ave., Monrovia, California 91016

Apart from specializing in design and build, Parrague Construction, Inc. is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in providing development management, construction management, and general construction services that meet clients’ needs and EPA’s standards for protecting the environment. Carlos Parrague, the owner of the company, is a registered architect, licensed real estate developer, and a certified development strategist by the California Chapter American Institute of Architects. With his expertise in residential and retail commercial design as well as construction and real estate development, Carlos has led his team of licensed general contractors and architects in successfully building almost 200 projects throughout the United States and over ten projects in Mexico, Canada, England, France, Singapore, Japan, and China.

In the last 20 years, Parrague Construction, Inc. has constructed 100 of Best Buy’s store locations, and 42 of Disneyland’s 30,000 square-foot Rainforest Cafes in less than five years. The company also directed the code compliance of Sho-Ka-Wah Casino’s 20,000 square-foot gaming facility and development of a 10,000 square-foot expansion, in addition to the development of a new $80 million casino with a convention center and a 500-room hotel.

The firm’s smaller projects such as the Melrose House uses light wooden flooring and a nuanced color palette that exudes a warm and welcoming, but still sophisticated vibe. Other features that it shares with Parrague’s custom homes are kitchens that run tile up to the ceiling instead of merely doing a backsplash, and stone accent walls that draw focus in living spaces.

Tipping Custom Homes 

911 S. Primrose Ave., Suite P., Monrovia, CA 91016

Since 2012, Tipping Custom Homes has been building five-star custom luxury homes and home remodels that match clients’ lifestyles. The firm’s design team works in collaboration with nationally recognized architects and interior designers to apply a collaborative system that the company created, which allows clients to describe what they want and approve the design team’s drawings before Tipping Custom Homes builds it, paying close attention to the requirements of time, budget, design, and craftsmanship. As the premier general contractor in the San Gabriel Valley, its distinct advantage is long-standing relationships with the key people in San Gabriel Valley, enabling the firm to complete projects and process approvals faster than other custom home builders. 

Having been in the home-building industry since 1988, along with 23 years of experience as a Project Manager for Bowden Development, Richard Tipping has led the company in establishing a stellar reputation, not only among its clients but also among real estate developers and investors who return to work with them, again and again. The firm has earned the loyalty of prominent real estate investors, including Steve Seidner of Seidner’s Collision, Tom Lee, Tony Chang, and Charles Huang of Dexter Corporation, for whom Tipping Custom Homes has built over six projects.

Similar to its other luxury home remodels, the firm lends a stately Mediterranean flair to the Arcadia-Lemon custom home which features coffered ceilings, intricate bathroom tile inlays, and a stunning wood-paneled library.


  • 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