Named the United States’ “Most Diverse City” by TIME magazine in 2002, Sacramento is known for its multicultural landscape. Composed of various neighborhoods and communities, Sacramento has something to offer to everyone.
Young professionals who want to live smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle head to Midtown, Sacramento’s historic district and cultural hub. Its residential area is a mixture of both old Victorian homes and upscale lofts. The area is also home to Sacramento’s historic Sutter’s Fort and Lavender Heights, its LGBT district. First-time home buyers hoping to start a family may find the city’s affordable southeast area more appealing. Some of Sacramento’s best residential homes, however, can be found in the city’s southwest area in neighborhoods like Land Park, where large homes ranging from Tudor- to Mediterranean-style sit next to one another. This list is a showcase of the best general contractors behind these magnificent homes.
15) C. Scott Whitten, Inc.
1622 Arden Bluff Lane, Suite 101 Carmichael, CA 95608
With over 35 years of experience and 6,000 homes built, C. Scott Whitten, Inc. provides quality service within an ideal budget. Their founder, Scott Whitten, ensures that each project benefits from his experiences.
A man with a sharp attention to detail, Whitten also provides inspection services. Being a Court Certified Expert Witness and Insurance Code Appraiser, Whitten has inspected nearly 20k buildings throughout the country.
14) Monster Contractor
4763 Ravenstone Way Sacramento, CA 95842
Monster Contractor is a licensed general contractor serving areas all across California. They accept both commercial and residential projects but attribute their success in constructing luxury custom homes to the former. In other words, they utilize the speed and quality they have developed from their commercial projects into their residential work.
They also pride themselves on their high-quality customer service, which they maintain through their very own mobile app. In addition to custom homes, Monster Contractor also works on remodeling, restoration, and home maintenance projects.
13) Grenz Homes, Inc.
9282 Madison Ave, Orangevale, CA 95662
Now managed by its third generation of builders, Grenz Homes builds luxurious, custom homes throughout the Sacramento, El Dorado, and South Placer areas. Christopher M. Grenz has been managing the firm since 1996. A construction management graduate, Chris learned the ropes of the business at a young age by handling odd assignments around homes his other family members refused to work on
Prior to getting back in the family business, Grenz worked for a leading firm based out of New York City before moving back to Sacramento in 1990. The firm’s excellent work and fine craftsmanship recently earned them the title of Best Home Builder from Sacramento Magazine. A typical job with Grenz Homes costs around $600k to $2M.
12) Barudoni Construction, Inc.
Website 2260 E. Bidwell Street # 1233 Folsom, CA 95630
Burdoni Construction has been in the industry since 1988. They are managed by Jim and Mark Barudoni, who have a combined experience of over four decades. From million-dollar homes to decks and patio covers, the Barudoni team has seen it all. Aside from custom homes, they specialize in remodeling, outdoor kitchens, and custom decks, as well as commercial construction.
Some of the firm’s best work has been featured both in print and in broadcast media, such as the Sacramento Bee’s “Cal Life” magazine, wherein Barudoni Construction, Inc. has been featured thrice; KCRA Channel 3; and on the cover of the 2007 Sunset Books “Patio Roofs + Gazebos.” The firm also has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and has done work for the cities of Folsom and Auburn.
11) Creative Eye Design + Build, LEED AP, CGBP
Roseville, CA 95678
Creative Eye Design + Build prides itself on mainly operating on a referral basis and for carefully curating the best group of professionals to work on each project. Their stellar work has been featured in magazines like Building Savvy, Sacramento, Sactown, and The Sacramento Bee.
With styles ranging from Tudor revivals and Italian villas to woodland craftsman and mid-century modern, the firm is also a proud Certified Green Professional. A typical job with Creative Eye costs around $100k to $5M.
10) Jensen Custom Homes
Auburn, CA 95604
Established in 2001, Jensen Custom Homes is a luxury custom home builder that provides services to cities within a 100-mile radius. Known for their fine craftsmanship and impeccable designs, some of their work includes Tuscan estates, Italian villas, and an award-winning French-style estate comprised of 18 rooms.
This grand home earned the firm the Best of Show and Best Architectural Design awards from the 2006 Street of Dreams tour. Led by Jon Lienert, Jensen Custom Homes practices the quality over quantity principle and avoids simultaneously building dozens of homes in order to allot each project with just the right amount of time and effort.
9) Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling
2860 W. Covell Blvd., Suite #3 Davis CA 95616
Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling is an award-winning design-build firm founded and led by Marty Morse. Their extensive list of accolades includes over 24 Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, three Chrysalis Design-Build Awards, and two Western Regional awards.The firm was established in 1992 straight after Morse finished his university degree. His attention to detail and fine craftsmanship quickly generated the firm a list of clients. A hands-on owner, Morse has played several roles throughout the years, from carpenter to interior designer. Now, he assumes a leadership role and guides his team in constructing award-winning houses.
The firm’s upscale and sustainable projects come with price tags that usually range from $25k to $2M. Unique designs are provided to clients who hope to make the most out of their new home and maximize its value.
8) Spectrum One
4212 N Freeway Blvd, Ste 5 Sacramento, CA 95834
With nearly three decades of service, Spectrum One prides itself for its budget-conscious excellence and the custom, high-quality, energy-efficient homes it has built around the Greater Sacramento area. Their team is composed of some of the most experienced architects and engineers in the area and has had the honor of being presented a Certificate of Appreciation at the 22nd Annual Hammy Awards.
The firm’s portfolio showcases homes with contemporary styles, classic villas, and cozy chalets. A project with Spectrum One typically costs from $10k to as much as $5M.
7) ESI Builders and Remodelers
4993 Golden Foothill Pkwy, Ste 9 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
A subsidiary of EnergyWise Solutions, Inc., ESI Builders and Remodelers was founded by David Sipes, Allan Priest, and Bob Wellman with the goal of providing the Sacramento area with high-quality and energy-efficient homes. All their projects are provided with enhanced insulation and sealing, advanced cooling and heating systems, and energy-efficient appliances. Their team is led by Sipes, who believes in either meeting or exceeding Energy Star Ratings.
He has been in the industry for over three decades and combines his experiences as a licensed General Contractor and knowledge as a Building Performance Institute Certified Building Analyst and Envelope professional in his work. A project with the firm usually costs around $750k to $5M, with a price of $225 per square ft. This estimate excludes lot and building permit costs.
6) Turn-Key Construction Group, Inc.
4354 Town Center Blvd. Suite 114 #10 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Turn-Key Construction Group was founded by Kent Sciutto, a general contractor who first glimpsed into the building industry at the age of 7 when he helped his father build an addition to their home. He would later spend ten years working for a renowned custom home builder in East Bay and eventually pursue his love for construction by handling multi-million dollar projects in the millwork industry.
The firm has built homes that display French Country, Santa Barbara, California Craftsman, and contemporary styles, but is always willing to infuse styles together to better fit a client’s needs.
5) Snell Construction
Carmichael, CA, 95608
Snell Construction has been serving the Greater Sacramento area as a premier, luxury, custom home builder for over 30 years now. They have worked on over 130 projects and have built homes in some of the city’s most prestigious communities, such as The Granite Bay Golf Club and Serrano Country Club.
Their founder, Bob Snell, has over 45 years of experience. He first started building homes at the age of 14 in Warsaw, Indiana. He later moved to California and made a name for himself through his work. Aside from custom home building, Snell Construction also provides renovation services and handle industrial and commercial projects.
4) Lee Construction
PO Box 4674 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Owned and operated by husband and wife duo Ray and Sherine Lee, Lee Construction has been in the industry since 1998. Their portfolio is composed of stellar homes, all of which were built with the benefit of both Ray and Sherine’s experience. The two approach and handle each house they build as a team, with Ray handling the craftsmanship and Sherine working on interior design. They work closely with each of their clients to assess prospective lots to ensure that their homes will get only the best views. In addition, they build various luxurious rooms like home theaters, game rooms, home libraries, wine cellars, and saunas. They also extended their services to outdoor structures through their themed landscaping work, beautiful infinity edge pools, cabanas, and fountains.
Born into a construction family, Ray built his first house at the age of 20. He went on to work as a structures manager for CC Myers, a nationally-revered general contractor. Sherine once built a Sacramento college from the ground up. She was responsible for site selection to construction and everything else in between.
3) Nar Fine Carpentry, Inc.
5600 Elvas Ave. Sacramento, CA 95819
Nar Fine Carpentry is a multi-award winning design/build firm founded and owned by Nar Bustamante. Their exceptional work has earned them multiple awards from the National Kitchen and Bath Association and NARI throughout the years and, most recently, accolades from the Best in American Living Awards. Their projects have also graced the pages of various publications, including Sacramento, Lavish Living, and the Sacramento Business Journal.
In addition to their custom design and building services, the firm also provides art and furniture upon request, along with cabinetry and solid surfaces for commercial projects.
2) CRC Builders
1652 West Texas St, Suite 103 Fairfield CA 94533
Established in 1994, CRC Builders is a leading luxury, custom home builder with the honor of being one of the very few homebuilders to win six Contractor of the Year Awards, a Big 50 award from Remodeling Magazine, and be a part of the Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500. Their years in the industry has honed their craftsmanship and rendered them capable to work on anything under the sun– their portfolio showcases a wide array of projects, including historical buildings to contemporary spaces.
The CRC team prides itself on their client-centered process and promise to deliver only the best within the agreed upon budget. A typical job with CRC costs around $60k to $10M.
1) Vogue Homes
1761 35th Street Sacramento, CA 95816
Manned by a team of passionate craftsmen who have been building homes for more than 30 years, Vogue Homes is known for their contemporary and unique styles, exceptional woodwork, and the ability to create harmony between the home and property through site layout and landscaping. Their portfolio proudly showcases an old-world wine cellar complete with a customized, wood- and iron-detailed door; classic, American river-style homes; and a Moroccan-themed house. They also work on unique projects, such as building custom furniture and exterior pieces. Some one-of-a-kind items they have worked on include a fire fountain made from an antique bolder crusher, mirrored-doors with carved detailing; and a large, rotating Marquetry chess table.
Led by Robert Tellesen, the firm hires master craftsmen and only uses the finest material, which is often sold exclusively to the company. Their work has earned them several accolades over the years, such as the Kohler Home 2004 Quality Home Building Award, Best of Show for Serrano and Granite Bay Street of Dreams, and several more including awards for interior design. They have also been featured in publications such as Sacramento Magazine, This Old House, and Builder/Architect. Robert is dedicated to his clients and the community. He has even partnered with Stanford Youth Solutions working towards the creation of a facility for foster children who have aged out of the system.
“We are privileged to have been a part of the lives of every client, and honored by their trust in our vision, with our ultimate goal of creating a space reflective of those who make it their home“.
– Robert Tellesen