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Our home isn’t a place like any other, which is why we want to avoid mistakes and miscommunications as we go through the building process. A solution for this is to hire a general contractor at the beginning of the project to keep things on schedule and ensure that everything will go smoothly.

The last question one might ask of himself is – which firm should I trust? We answered this question by listing the top ten general contractors that serve Fairfield. Through taking a closer look at the firms’ portfolio, integrity, recognitions, reviews, and the principals’ credentials, we have found the best that can accommodate you as you build your home.


Peninsula Custom Homes

340 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

Perfecting the art of flexibility, Peninsula Custom Homes (PCH) applies its technical expertise to each project. From building modern estates to renovating historic chateaus, the firm always finds a way to execute the project as planned. They foster open communication from the cost estimation to the design stage, they practice principles of green building, and welcome innovation in design. For four decades, it has been in their practice to ask, to listen, to understand, and to deliver the client’s needs and the architect’s intent.

Featured in Architectural Digest, designer Atelier Ugo Sap’s vision and the client’s specific request to build something different were successfully brought to life by PCH. Combining modernism with 21st-century technology, PCH added distinctive features throughout the three-story Pacific Heights Victorian, from hand-painted hardwood flooring to exquisite custom-plastered ceilings. The updated classic style is visible at every corner, particularly in the custom metal and glass elevator. This elevator ascends to the glass-floored balcony and to the new roof deck that captures panoramic views of the City and the bay.  


Jetton Construction

1117-A Virginia St, Berkeley, CA 94702

Bill Jetton apprenticed with a master builder in Mendocino, where all of his pursuits were off-grid. His projects include traditional water towers, barn restorations, a 250-feet pedestrian suspension bridge, and other alternative energy systems, such as small-scale hydroelectric. Thanks to these experiences, he is now leading an award-winning construction firm, Jetton Construction. His firm offers sustainable building practices, shows love for the craft, and exhibits caring service. Since 1980, the firm has completed over 500 significant projects in the Bay Area. One of these is this renovated modern home, tucked into the Claremont Canyon, optimizing beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding wildlife. AIA East Bay Home Tour was captivated by the unique details of this home and had it featured in 2015.

Photography: Matthew Millman.

Possessing knowledge and a deep understanding of all facets of construction, Jetton Construction has restored historically significant homes and built new contemporary spaces. The staff, subcontractors, and artisans guide the clients with the selection of environmentally sound building practices. Together with the guidance provided to clients, they also extend their support to various Bay Area and national organizations. 


Alward Construction Co.

1035 Carleton St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Keith Alward, president of the firm, grew up on a ranch where the process of building was part of his daily life. He designed and built his Newport Beach Studio, completing it in 1963.  It became the ultimate bachelor pad for him as a recent high school graduate at that time. He then instilled these principles and the wisdom in his own firm, founding Alward Construction Co. in 1979  in Berkeley City. 

Photography: Ken Gutmaker

Alward Construction understands that building is a collaborative activity.  Listening, helping, teaching allows the team to recognize the possibilities inherent in each point of view and is essential to every decision they make. This cooperative belief has created the quality company they have become—a company that builds outstanding residential and commercial projects. Included on the long list of award-winning projects by Alward Construction Co. is the delightfully remodeled home below. It was given a Merit Award by San Francisco Bay Area NARI and two recognitions from The Chrysalis.


DAWSON + CLINTON

1635 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA 94124

Inspired by traditional architectural forms, this 11,750-square-foot mansion uses columns and large courtyards to accentuate its setting grandeur. Extensive casework throughout the home was integrated with the latest automation technology, creating a synergy between commonly conflicting luxurious forms. Acknowledging both aesthetic and functionality is what Dawson & Clinton does when creating such ideal spaces. Doing so also ensures client satisfaction through using technology and setting new standards for energy efficiency.

Working hand in hand with its clients, Dawson & Clinton serves both the residential and commercial sectors, providing architectural support, construction, remodels, renovations, additions, and new developments. The firm has the ability to perform these services thanks to the 30 years of construction experience of Paul Dawson and Tim Clinton. As different as Paul and Tim are, their work styles, skill sets, and talents complement each other. Their love of modern architectural design drives them and their company to create homes with intriguing yet innovative aesthetics.


Black Creek Builders

4096 Piedmont Ave #240, Oakland, CA 94611

A Bay Area native and a third-generation contractor, Travis Wirt induced bold ideas in his firm, Black Creek Builders (BCB). BCB continues to expand and make a name for itself: it now specializes in restaurant build-outs, tenant improvements, mixed-use construction, residential additions and remodels, and historical renovations. The firm brings talent, passion, and good humor to every job site and emphasizes transparent communication so that clients know what to expect. BCB understands that clients may have distinct preferences for their projects, but they all desire quality work within their budget and timeline. 

Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the 1800-square-foot Bullock Residence was stripped down to its bones and rebuilt inside and out. BCB poured a new foundation and driveway, installed new windows, re-stuccoed and repainted the exterior, and deconstructed walls to open up the layout and leverage stunning Bay views along the entire west side of the home. The team also ran new plumbing and electrical, installed new insulation, sheetrock, appliances, hardwood maple floors, high-end finishes, and more. 


Mark Scott Construction, Inc.

2250 Boynton Ave, Fairfield, CA 94533

Mark Scott Construction has grown over the years from a small contracting firm into a sophisticated organization. Focusing on various industry areas, this contractor has established offices in Fairfield, Stockton, Rohnert Park, and Pleasant Hill. Mark Scott Construction is certified Lead-Safe by the EPA, a certified green builder, and also a member of NAHB.

Its main divisions include residential and commercial construction, insurance reconstruction, flooring, restoration, and mitigation. Mark Scott Construction includes friendly and knowledgeable staff that can take on any project, large or small. Providing custom homes, commercial properties, developments, and home renovations, the firm has established its reputation in the community. Serving the Bay Area for over three decades, Mark Scott Construction has carved a niche in the construction industry by focusing on reliable communication, historical integrity, and exceptional service, and all at a great value. 


CRC Builders

4171 Suisun Valley Rd Ste L, Fairfield, CA 94534

Since 1994, CRC Builders has been providing creative building practices in the California Bay Area. Throughout the years, they have polished the craftsmanship for historic buildings and cutting-edge modern spaces. They have partnered with top architects and designers in the Bay Area to help customers build their homes. Their success has generated them an extensive list of satisfied clients and an award for Construction Excellence. As manifested in their portfolio, CRC Builders is an enthusiastic team of experts who provide vibrant, innovative results.

Included in their portfolio is a large farmhouse in San Francisco. Its kitchen has a brown floor eat-in kitchen design with a drop-in sink, green flat-panel cabinets, marble countertops, a white ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and white countertops. No detail is too small for the firm, whether it is about clearing quotes, seeking out sustainable materials, or practicing green building techniques. If it’s important enough for the customers, it’s important enough for them. These disciplines enabled them to create a client-centered process, building dream homes while demonstrating healthy respect.


Aspire Builders

50 Oak Court Ste 230, Danville, CA 94526

Ted Heathorn graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Construction Engineering and Management, then worked for one of the top national construction firms. After these accomplishments, he returned to the family business and became the head of corporate operations. Aspire Builders has been successfully operated by the Heathorn family for three generations. 

Ted uses the abilities and exposure he obtained in constructing sophisticated commercial, public projects, and high-end homes. He believes that the proper attention, quality materials, and skilled craftsmanship must be applied to every project. Ted employs his talents in innovation, creativity, knowledge, respect, and management to produce premium results with fair costs. He leads the Aspire Builders in specializing in luxury custom homes, additions, and remodels. Aspire Builders builds homes and ensures every detail is well thought out and built to last. One of the homes they constructed is this modern mountain home, a perfect place to unwind after a long day on the slopes. 


Green Group Remodeling

1070 Concord Ave #102, Concord, CA 94520

Green Group Remodeling services the Bay Area, working in the home building, renovation, and remodeling sectors. Known for its outstanding work ethic, hard-working crew, eye for design and quality, its mission is to provide high-quality services to satisfy its clients. To ensure that it is living up to its purpose, every company member goes through training and certifications, and the materials it uses are always new and up-to-date.

A home is the most valuable asset most people own. That’s why Green Group remodeling offers design-inspired solutions to create spaces that suit the style and daily living needs of a homeowner.  To guarantee quality for the final product, it pays close attention to details and listens to what a client needs. The firm knows what works best and how to get it done on time and on budget. As it believes that communication is the key to building an effective working relationship, the Green Group team will keep clients informed and involved every step of the way.