Atop the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, you will find the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, or simply, RPV. With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, clients will find that this secluded coastal gem is a great place to settle down. Though small in size, RPV is in fact an affluent suburb, with Zillow listing the typical home value of homes in Rancho Palos Verdes at more than $1 million. Here, the homes range from beach houses to contemporary mansions, with historic sites thrown into the mix. For clients looking to build or remodel a home in RPV, they need not look further than this list, which compiles the best general contractors in RPV.   

The top general contractors in this list have been ranked according to their company profile, experience, services offered, customer satisfaction, awards received, and media features and coverage. With these firms’ unique designs and services, and their high levels of quality, clients are sure that their discerning tastes and preferences will be satisfied, whichever firm on this list they choose.


Custom Design & Construction

2001 E. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245

Custom Design & Construction’s design-build philosophy encompasses every aspect of a home remodeling project. The firm combines architecture, engineering, interior design, project management, and financing into a coherent whole. Because it designs what it builds and builds what it designs, Custom Design & Construction delivers unsurpassed value, job after job, and time after time.

Headed by Manhattan Beach resident Bill Simone, the firm quickly built a reputation of integrity and exceeding client expectations. Over the last decades, Bill has proven that the design-build model in residential remodeling is the best approach. His beliefs have made him an industry icon, as he helped pioneer the design-build concept, now widely accepted as delivering a superior experience for sophisticated homeowners seeking high-end residential remodels. Simone and his firm’s projects have been featured in magazines like Time, Los Angeles Times, Women’s Day, Smart Money, and many industry publications. Several projects have also won national awards including the prestigious Chrysalis Project of the Year, Kitchen of the Year, Bathroom of the Year, as well as numerous others.

Gaelic Construction & Design

30339 Rhone Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Gaelic Construction & Design, Inc. is a full service local contractor serving the South Bay, Greater Los Angeles, and Orange County areas since 1990. The firm specializes in new residential and commercial construction, additions, remodels, pools and hardscape. 

Gaelic Construction & Design works with homeowners as well as architect firms and interior designers. Under owner Charles Clarke’s leadership, the firm sets its priority as having a happy and satisfied client at the end of each project. The firm believes in treating all projects, small or large, with the same level of excellent customer service, professionalism, attention to detail, and executes projects in a timely manner. That is why many of its projects come from repeating clients and their referrals.

Hawkes Custom Homes

539 Loma Dr., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Hawkes Custom Homes has been building custom homes and home renovations in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Palos Verdes Estates for more than 30 years. Led by Tom Hawkes, the firm operates on a vision of trust, integrity, respect, and commitment. Its specialty lies in combining its values with world-class architects, designers, engineers and artisans to build outstanding custom homes and home renovations.

Tom himself has quite the background and experience in the industry. He started his career more than 30 years ago under the guidance of LA’s top architects and designers, creating fine homes and renovations for clients in the entertainment and sports industries. It was in 2005 when he grew closer to the South Bay as a superintendent for Moloney Development. During this time, he created several award-winning homes on The Strand and Hill Section of Manhattan Beach. The homes he and his team build today continue to garner the attention, not only of award-giving bodies and publications like the Los Angeles Times and Architectural Digest, but of stars and celebrities, such as NBA star Blake Griffin, who purchased a custom Manhattan Beach home made by Hawkes Custom Homes. 

LuAnn Development

PO Box 1911, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Family owned and operated since 2007, LuAnn Development is managed by owner/general contractor LuAnn Fabian and her son, Dominic. Along with a team of highly skilled subcontractors, LuAnn and Dominic offer services that range from a simple bathroom remodel to brand new, single family home construction. The firm provides a completely transparent process for its clients from start to finish.

Dominic thoroughly understands and enjoys the beginning phase of construction and the rough trades, while LuAnn excels at the final stages, which are the finishing details. To round out the team, the firm uses only the best and most skilled subcontractors while maintaining any project’s established budget. For more than 10 years, the firm has been operating with honesty and integrity as the hallmarks of its business, and this practice has resulted in splendid homes that are brimming with LuAnn and Dominic’s passion for what they do. Because of LuAnn and the firm’s love for what they do, the firm’s work has been featured in South Bay magazine an impressive 11 times. 

Lux Builders & Remodeling

1140 Highland Ave. Suite #211, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Lux Builders & Remodeling, Inc is an established general contracting firm in the South Bay, servicing all of Los Angeles County. The firm specializes in residential construction and remodeling and is run by director and president Sagi Paul, who himself has successfully completed hundreds of residential projects.

Because Lux Builders has more than a decade of experience serving Los Angeles County, the firm knows what is required from each city and county in order to make sure clients’ projects move along in a timely manner. Lux Builders’ expertise at residential remodeling has earned it memberships with organizations such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and GuildQuality. Lux Builders’ work has also been featured in South Bay magazine. 

October 5

932 Palo Verde Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815

Launched in 1986, October 5 is a California-based design-build firm known for its exceptional attention to detail. Whether clients are planning a custom project or a historical restoration, the firm works with them to realize the full potential of the place clients call home. To accomplish this, the firm combines the craftsmanship that went into the beautiful homes of the past with the modern design and building techniques of today.

October 5 operates on the motto “build it once, build it right, make it last a lifetime.” This philosophy has been driving the firm’s practice forward, and has resulted in a thriving business for the firm. With its passion for building coming straight from its principals Jim Brophy and Ryan Heiman, October 5 is committed to achieving sublime perfection with each project it designs and builds. 

ras-a studio

2507 W. 190th St., Redondo Beach, CA 90278

ras-a studio is a boutique design and build studio serving Greater Los Angeles and beyond. The firm’s objective is to create built environments for its clients that enhance their quality of living, while leaving a positive impact on the community and nature. That is why every project is provided a unique solution based on site, program, context, and budget.

An example of ras-a studio’s work is this award-winning Beach House, which was a complete renovation and rebuild in the Portuguese Beach Club neighborhood. The clients needed to fully gut the original house and rebuild it from the ground up due to a previous haphazard DIY addition and the sinking structure’s proximity to a sliding hillside, the foundation of which has since been retrofitted to withstand. The new design was contained within the original footprint and building height, but provided a reworked floor plan for greater efficiency of the modest size home with a stronger connection to outdoor spaces. Because of the stellar work done on the home, the firm garnered an AIA Citation Award from the Long Bay/South Beach Design Awards in 2017.

SAI Construction

2512 Artesia Blvd. Suite #305 G, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Since 2009, SAI Construction (SAIC) has been providing its clients with quality residential construction, remodeling, and project management services. The firm specializes in “build-to-suit” residential projects and provides commercial and civil work. 

SAIC provides full project and construction management services from project conception and design, through construction, final close-out, and turning over the house keys. At the center of its entire process is the client, whose design and style preferences the firm integrates into the build or remodel. As a result of its client-oriented approach and its quality workmanship, the firm has earned a reputation as a premier contractor and builder, with most of its work coming from word-of-mouth referrals.

Trig Builders

6442 Coldwater Canyon Ave. Suite #111, North Hollywood, CA 91606

Trig Builders is comprised of professionals with an eye for design who are armed with the latest in construction and contracting tools, both physical and conceptual. Everyone at Trig Builders is committed to excellent customer care, professional craftsmanship, and the highest transparency to its loyal customers. The firm specializes in delivering construction solutions across Southern California, and is a member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Build It Green, Energy Star, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), among many other organizations.

With a background in general contracting and a business-oriented mindset, CEO Yossi Malul runs Trig Builders with an eye for detail and consistency across the board. Under Yossi’s leadership, Trig Builders operates on the trust and relationship it has with its clientele. The firm’s work is always clean, professional, and by the books. Trig Builders is committed to providing excellence from planning, permitting, preparation, to construction, all of which are key to the firm’s unity as a general contracting company.

Zieba Builders

1390 E. Burnett St. Suite A, Signal Hill, CA 90755

Zieba Builders is a residential design-build general contractor that has been creating beautiful living spaces throughout Southern California since 1988. Its award-winning services include residential design-build, whole-home remodeling, master suite additions, with a focus on custom kitchens and baths. The firm’s collaborative home design-build process is designed to give clients confidence that their home will be well-designed, well-crafted, and well-loved from conception through the many years beyond completion.

Zieba Builders’ award-winning design-build process guarantees that clients’ projects with the firm will be of the highest quality craftsmanship, built with the most premium materials, and exceeding clients’ expectations with stunning results. It comes as no surprise that the firm has won awards for its expertise in luxury kitchens and baths. In 2018, the firm garnered 1st Place awards for the “Large Bath” and “Medium Kitchen” categories at the NKBA SoCal Design Awards. 


  • 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