Located in the North County region of San Diego, Escondido is about 25 miles from the ocean and about 40 miles from the Mexican border. It is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County with a population of around 150,000 people. The area has around 48,000 household units that experience warm summers and cool wet winters. Homes in the area include contemporary, traditional, and even historical architecture. Some have a beautiful ocean view; others are embraced by trees and nature. 

Residents in need of remodels, renovations, additions, and new construction, require a firm that is reliable, trustworthy, and experienced. This list compiles the best general contractors in the Escondido area based on experience, accreditations, customer testimonials, awards, and projects completed.   


Alessi Builders

154 Sierra St, Escondido, CA 92025

Founded by Joe Alessi in 1995, Alessi Builders has strengthened its business and reputation by evolving its concepts and ideas from the 1990s and applying those best practices to its current projects, which go well with modern designs. In 2007, the Better Business Bureau gave the firm an accreditation. It has also received numerous accolades from past clients for exceptional designs, craftsmanship, and finished projects. The firm builds traditional- and contemporary-style homes—all with a lovely ambiance regardless of the scope of the project or the style of the home.  

Consider this contemporary home our editorial team fell in love with. It has a relaxed, cozy atmosphere created by a solid cream and brown color palette. The careful landscaping and inviting furniture adds to the charm of the home. The second-story balcony is perfect for relaxing in the sun or entertaining. 

Classic Home Improvements

600 S. Andreasen Drive Suite A, Escondido, CA 92029

Founded by Jack Crocker in 2011, Classic Home Improvements has accumulated accreditations from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Temecula Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Escondido Regional Chamber of Commerce. The firm was also a Big 50 Award Winner 2016 and was named on Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 from 2014 to 2018. Crocker has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, and during the last 13 years, he has been responsible for many business-related operations for construction projects in Southern California. 

Among his completed projects is the featured contemporary remodeled home. The living open-design space has sharp, clean lines, completed by lavish paintings and a uniquely structured chandelier over the dining room table. The modern, elegant space provides a great view of its surroundings with tall structured windows. The color palette is beautifully complemented by dark furniture, as well as the black and gold lamp and chandelier. 

First Choice Home Improvements

125 S Grape St., Escondido, CA 92025

First Choice Home Improvements provides a CAD 3D design that allows clients to conceptualize the project’s outcome before it’s started. Over time, the firm has adapted and innovated with modern technology to improve its customer service and make the building process easier throughout the project. Allowing clients to conceptualize the project beforehand helps ensure they get the desired finished project. The firm also employs software that provides a communication interface with clients, so they can stay up to date in real-time. For all these reasons and more, the firm has an accreditation from the BBB.

The firm recently completed the featured luxurious kitchen. It’s an upscale kitchen with modern cabinetry, countertops, and chairs. The island is also used as the dining table, saving space and creating a special ambiance. The kitchen provides a great space for entertaining family and friends.

Harvest Home Improvements & Construction Inc.

1563 Tibidabo Dr., Escondido, CA 92027

Harvest Home Improvements & Construction Inc. was founded in 1999 and is currently led by Pete Taylor, the third-generation owner of the firm. Following in his father’s and his three uncles’ footsteps, Taylor has more than 23 years of experience and relies on the business skills his father taught him. His wife, Shelly Taylor, is an expert interior designer who focuses on color selection, as well as all interior design elements. Her father was in the building industry as well, and she brings the same deep construction roots to the firm that her husband does. The firm is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

The featured kitchen is a prime example of the firm’s work. The old-school design combines colorful furniture with unique patterns, as well as a stunning stove hood and backsplash with a fruit vine pattern. The classic red and

LBL Constructors

2180 Summit Drive Escondido, CA 92025

Founded in 2000, LBL Constructors is led by President Ken Lord, a second-generation contractor who has provided residential and commercial projects to the San Diego area for twelve years. Lord developed skills and gained experience working for his father. Eventually, he established his own firm, LBL Constructors. He earned a plumbing license in 1999, which allows the firm to provide emergency plumbing services and maintenance. The firm also maintains a number of other licenses, including the  B-General Contractor, (C10) Electrical, and (C6) Millworks, allowing it to perform a range of specialized projects and maintenance.

The featured contemporary home is an example of the firm’s great work. Its lush natural aura is created, in part, by the green and brown color palette. The comfortable and relaxed environment is anchored by the fireplace. The centrally located fireplace creates a beautiful, calm, and natural environment.

Plum-Up Remodeling Experts

2645 Old Spanish Trail, Escondido, CA 92025

Plum-Up Remodeling Experts was founded in 1998 by Steve Weichers, who has more than 30 years of industry experience. The firm built a large clientele due to numerous referrals over the years. It also has accreditation from the BBB. From master suites, bathrooms, kitchens, and even tiny houses, the firm is more than qualified to meet its clients’ needs as it provides multiple services in a variety of styles.

One of the projects the firm has completed is a beautiful, contemporary kitchen that primarily uses a black and white color palette. The firm did an excellent job of using every inch of space to maximize the amount of furniture the room can accommodate without overcrowding the area. The combination of natural and recessed lighting give the kitchen a bright, open feel.

Preferred Remodelers

1145-C Industrial Avenue, Escondido, CA 92029

Preferred Remodelers Founder and President Jim Ward is a certified remodeler, as well as a certified kitchen and bath remodeler. He established Preferred Remodelers in 1985 and has been deeply involved with community organizations, including Young Life and the Palomar Pomerado Hospital Foundation. The firm has received numerous awards such as the NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Residential Exterior over $100,000 and the NARI Local Contractor of the Year Bathroom under $30,000. The firm has accreditations from the League of California Homeowners (LCAH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NARI, and the BBB. 

This inviting traditional living room is among the firm’s best works. The fireplace and built-ins anchor the room and blend well with the existing architecture. 

Specialty Home Improvement

243 S Escondido Blvd. #308, Escondido CA, 92025

Sheen Fischer founded Specialty Home Improvement in 1993. Fischer has held prestigious positions with NARI, including P.R. chairman, vice president, and president. He is a licensed general contractor, as well as a painting and decorating contractor, licensed by the Contractors State License Board, and an EPA certified renovator. The firm offers an array of services from ADU’s, whole home renovations, kitchen and bath renovations. Based on its quality of work and customer satisfaction, Specialty Home Improvement has been featured in The San Diego Union-Tribune and Fine HomeBuilding Magazine, and it has appeared on CBS Channel 8. 

Featured below is a recent ADU project the firm completed. Simple detailing with the right balance of indoor-outdoor space provides a  maximized and organized space. As an ADU, the living space it has is smaller than primary houses. The firm offered sufficient living spaces that are comfortable and enjoyable. 

ZMK Construction

1835 A S. Centre City Pkwy #109 Escondido, CA 92025

Michel Khozam established ZMK Construction in 2004. He studied Physiology at California State University-Long Beach and made a career in IT for five years. He has been the firm’s president for almost 20 years and has accreditation from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Aside from providing remodeling services, the firm also offers historical restorations, partnering with Legacy 101 for these special projects. 

The restoration of the featured 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival home in Point Loma, San Diego, is among the firm’s many historical restoration projects. The scope of the project involved converting the entire home from its 1960s design back to its original 1920s historic fabric. The project took a year to complete, and the owners have given rave reviews about the entire experience, from the initial meetings and planning to completion.


  • 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