With overflowing attractions like the Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts, Historic Downtown Santa Ana, the Discovery Science Center, the Artists Village, and Santa Ana Zoo, there’s much more to this county seat than it openly offers its tourists. Santa Ana is one of the most populous cities in Orange County with more than 300,000 citizens and it is continuously growing and expanding. Because of this, the need for home renovations and additional spaces comes as no surprise.
Numerous firms and professionals in the field were thoroughly considered in the process of making this list. Awards, press, firm reputation, and work quality played a significant role in ranking these firms. Additionally, we have also considered the specialities that these firms offer, their presence in upscale neighborhoods, and the years they’ve been in the field of home remodeling and contracting. With Santa Ana’s unique styles and taste in architecture and design, homeowners will surely find what fits them.
Whether you are looking to renew the beauty of your older homes or looking to start fresh with a new property or an addition, there is a contractor in Orange County and Santa Ana listed to fit your personal taste!
15) DAD’s Construction
25422 Trabuco Road Suite 105-220, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Dan Derkum, along with his family and team of experts, has been helping families remodel and renovate their homes to better fit and enhance their lifestyles since 1983. With their remodeling and construction expertise, they have been a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). DAD’s commitment to making homes beautiful and last a long time through their green remodeling has been acknowledged and certified by Green Building, EPA, American Institute of Architects, Build It Green, US Green Building Council, and more.
Turning spare rooms and dated kitchen or bathrooms into cozy and workable spaces is one of DAD’s specialties. DAD’s aim is to make simple houses into homes one would be looking forward to seeing every day.
14) Chris Riggins Construction
692 N. Cypress St., Orange, CA 92867
“When it comes to your home, never settle for anything less than the very best” – Chris Riggins
True to his statement, Chris Riggins Construction Inc. has been providing clients with time-tested building while integrating the latest technology to keep everything running smoothly and avoid any future problems. With his family history firmly rooted in Orange County, Chris started his construction company in 2006 following his passion for construction that developed in him as a child.
A National Association of the Remodeling Industry member and Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce member, Chris Riggins Construction Inc. specializes in whole home renovations, living room, kitchen & bath remodeling, and bedroom additions. Their sharp attention to detail and passionate, goal-driven team were lauded by clients who also made sure to note how reassured they were by Chris’s presence on-site as projects moved forward.
13) Cutler Construction Services Inc.
8502 E Chapman Ave., Orange County, CA 92869
In 1996, Josh Cutler founded Cutler Construction Services Inc. and since then it has become one of the most reputable remodeling companies in Orange County. They take pride in building quality and professionalism through their homes and renovations.
Cutler Construction Services Inc. understands that each client has different needs and wants with their home renovations and presents their pool of experts who are ready to serve and guide each client step by step until the completion of their work.
Below is a kitchen remodeled to fit an open concept kitchen and dining area, utilizing the space and making more room for people. Josh Cutler and his team know that honesty should come first and with projects worth $10k to $1M, they make sure that clients get what they paid for and that they are not getting anything less. The number of repeat clients that have used CCSI stood out as did their resolve to be transparent with clients with their itemized pricing.
12) Built By Newkirk
417 E. Wilshire Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832
Ageless artistry and innovative ideas are what Built By Newkirk is all about. By mixing the styles of old-world craftsmanship with innovation in the 21st century home, they turn dream homes into reality. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the California Building Industry Association, and Build It Green, they provide a wide array of services including design services, historic renovations, and general contracting to commercial and residential construction clients across Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
Built By Newkirk promises to provide homeowners with only the finest materials to bring out the best in each client’s home and keep every project as personal as possible by serving clients with their “concierge” style.
This family owned and operated firm was founded by Brian Newkirk who has over 22 years of joint experience in construction and mechanical engineering. With a unique touch of design and elegant taste for their projects, the firm typically handles projects worth $200k to $10M. At times, their work is nothing short of transformational as seen by the featured remodeled project below.
11) Horizon Remodeling Inc.
614 South Euclid St., Fullerton, CA 92832
Going above and beyond the expected for more than 10 years is what makes Mark Besnos and his team at Horizon Remodeling Inc. remarkable throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Bernardino. Not only are they working to build top quality homes, but they also have a heart for the environment. For every project that Horizon completes with their clients, they plant a tree and send their clients a digital certificate of the tree planting contribution they have made.
The firm is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+, is certified by the EPA as a Lead-Safe Firm, and has maintained memberships with the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Featured is an outdoor pool renovation that created a large spacious area for people to hang out and enjoy the view. Horizon Remodeling Inc. understands the needs of each client and makes sure that the whole remodeling process will be hassle-free and cost-efficient to achieve a greater experience for both ends.
10) Builderwell Construction
1622 Edinger Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
With more than 20 years of field experience, Builderwell Construction serves Santa Ana,Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles Counties. As a general contractor the firm tackles projects big and small, from drywall work to new additions or even new builds. Across projects though, their focus is the relationships that they create with their customers because they maintain the belief that word of mouth is their best advertising tool. It looks like that tactic is working as former clients raved about their consistent communication, beautiful craftsmanship, and lack of pushiness when it came to sales.
One of the most stunning projects they’ve completed was a total home remodel in 12 weeks. Located in nearby Mission Viejo, the three bedroom, two and a half baths house was built almost 50 years ago. The home’s foyer opens up to an expansive living area with high ceilings. The unobstructed space creates a flow between each of the distinctly decorated areas for the living room, kitchen, breakfast nook, and dining area. The light colors of the kitchen marble and cabinetry combined with the soft brown hardwood floors make for a warm, inviting space that also maximizes the sunlight to feel fresh and airy.
9) Mr. Build Construction
18100 Von Karman, Ste 850 Irvine, CA 92612
Mr. Build Construction knows the struggle of finding a contractor that is both efficient and trustworthy. Since 1979, this family owned and operated firm strives to offer nothing but excellent work, trustworthy contractors, and outstanding service to deliver the needs of their clients. “We promise to build your trust first.”
The firm handles projects varying from $30k to $5M, but no matter the size it’s their attention to detail and approach with clients that remains the same. A member of the National Association of Home Builders, their team of experts are all qualified to do renovations and home additions – and you may have seen them featured on the Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.”
Mr. Build’s standards and expectations became evident from feedback from their former clients. Clients mentioned that the firm’s expectation for the quality of work was often higher than the clients and several mentioned that the firm went above and beyond to ensure that their homes remained more than livable if work was being done while the family was still in the home.
8) Kitchen Cabinets Express Inc.
6282 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621
Established in 1998, Kitchen Cabinets Express Inc. specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Since the beginning, they have continuously discovered ways to enhance their style and custom tailoring of kitchens and bathrooms to serve the needs of their clients. As a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, NKBA Southern California, and NARI, they serve Orange County with home remodeling of their dreams.
Their unique design process involves a visit by the designers to a client’s home and then prospective clients are invited to the showroom to finalize designs and select products. Every product the firm uses is American made, something they take pride in. In 2017, Kitchen Cabinets Express made the Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 list and have been noted for their customer satisfaction. Additionally, they’ve been featured in the past on HGTV! Featured below is a remodeled kitchen in Orange County.
7) Battres Construction
3202 W. Warner Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704
“We are committed to leaving a good name.” After a decade in the industry, family-owned Battres Construction knows how to maximize their time in producing great homes that are both classic and modern in style. Along the way, they’ve garnered attention and accolades making nationally ranked lists including the Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 Remodelers list in 2015 and Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 list for 2017-2018. They are also a member of NAHB, AIA, NAHB Remodelers, Building Industry Association of Southern California, and NKBA. Battres Construction has been featured on Flip or Flop, since season 1 and is currently in production on season 8.
Battres Construction also takes pride in delivering top quality craftsmanship on every job they take and incorporating innovation and improvements through collaboration with their clients. Built during the 21st-century recession, Battres knows the value of each dollar and assures their clients that they will only get the best out of their budget.
6) D’Ambra Construction
7752 Warner Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92647
With more than 50 years in the industry, thousands of satisfied clients, and multiple projects annually, D’Ambra Construction is setting the standards when it comes to custom home builds, residential remodeling, and room additions across Orange County. Founder, Dennis D’Ambra, got his start in construction while serving in the Army National Guard. That foundation led him to start his own company with a desire to meet Huntington Beach’s growing demand for houses and renovations. Equipped with a dedicated and hands-on team, Dennis still guides the whole process as the head of the family-owned business. D’Ambra was named one of Remodeler Magazine’s “Best of 50” remodelers in the US, made Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 list in 2013, and the 2016-2017 Remodeling Magazine Top 550 list.
With projects varying from $50k to $2M, Dennis and his pool of experts makes sure that they deliver top of the line quality service that will suit each client’s needs. A member of NARI, a lifetime member of the Orange County Builders Association, and the previous president of the American Building Contractors Association, Dennis has come a long way from his humble beginnings to serving Orange County with premier homes and remodeling. “Designing an addition, custom home, or remodel for a client is a process of walking a thin line between what a client needs and what they want. I’m there to help guide them through that process.”
The kitchen below proves that achieving a spacious and elegant looking working kitchen doesn’t have to mean moving out, it can simply be a well-thought-out remodeling project. D’Ambra construction added approximately 10’ to enlarge the kitchen area. This kitchen is a favorite space to hang out and have a relaxing view of their backyard.
5) Burgin Construction Inc.
1701 E Edinger Suite B1 Santa Ana, CA 92705
When Brad Burgin started his construction company the work was rather simple – custom woodwork. Over the years, the company grew in scale and size of projects until today when they serve Orange County as a premier design-build firm. Since the beginning, Burgin Construction Inc. has been building a strong and dedicated team to bring out the best in every project they handle. They’ve grown tremendously in terms of experience and client relationships. Burgin Construction Inc. specializes in additions, kitchen, bath, and full-service home remodeling. They promise that with their management skills and goal-driven team, they will not only meet your expectations but exceed them.
Given this growth and expertise, it is not surprising that Burgin Construction Inc. has made reputable industry lists over the past several years including Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 in 2013 and again in 2018, Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 in 2013, and Professional Remodeler’s list of 2014 Market Leaders. As a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and National Kitchen & Bath Association, Brad ensures that they remain on the cutting edge of the latest trends and innovations.
In the feature below, a family decided to upgrade their plain master bathroom after having their patio and hall renovated by Burgin Construction. Calm and refreshing, Burgin Construction designed the renovation with more space and warm colors in mind.
4) APlus Interior Design and Remodeling
401 E. La Palma Anaheim, CA 92801
In 1988, Abraham Tabrizi started APlus building cabinets in his garage. In those early days his young son, Alex, would hand him tools. Today, Alex runs APlus Interior Design and Remodeling and the family-owned business has grown to be one of the largest kitchen, bathroom, window, and complete house design-build firm in the state of California.
APlus Interior Design and Remodeling specializes in being a one-stop shop from the design phase to making that design a living space or a remodeled kitchen/bath. They strive to create memorable spaces that can promote gathering, inspiration, improve family time for homeowners. Over the course of almost three decades, the firm has crafted cabinets, homes, and perhaps most notably a reputation of excellence with over 50 percent of their work coming as a result of referrals.
3) Sea Pointe Construction
576 Wald Irvine, CA 92618
With expertise dating back to 1986, principal Andrew Shore offers the firm’s clients with cost efficient and yet a design & build remodeling services that will still suit their needs and be aesthetically pleasing. Sea Pointe Construction believes in promoting respect and integrity in their work and with their clients. Their passion along with dedication and excellence in construction has given them the honor of being awarded as Orange County Home Remodeling’s 2016 Best of Irvine and placing a spot in Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 from 2017 to 2018.
Sea Pointe Construction is also a proud member of National Kitchen and Bath Association and National Association of Home Builders with more than 170 projects completed. Their work varies from small kitchen remodels to a whole home remodel ranging from $5k to $1M.
A mixture of elegance and style is what describes this whole home remodel. From making the whole floor spacious to filling it with pieces that complement each other well in terms of their texture and style, Sea Pointe ensured that this home’s quality will go from standard to incredible.
17901 Von Karman Ave. Ste 600, Irvine, CA 92614
For the past 27 years, change is something that has been constant with Moty Ginsburg since he built Treeium. As insinuated in the company’s name, Treeium is devoted to the environment and attempts to integrate as many sustainable materials as possible. Additionally, Treeium will plantone tree for each project they complete to help offset environmental impacts. In recent years, Treeium has received several accolades for the work that they do, making the Top 500 list by Qualified Remodeler’s Magazine from 2013 to 2016 and landing a spot among the Top 550 on Remodeling Magazine’s list from 2016 to 2018. They also made it on the Inc. 5000 list from 2015 to 2017 with their excellent performance and quality work.
Treeium is also a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and is certified by Build It Green and EPA. With projects worth $2.5k to $4M, Treeium makes it a point to produce only the best from their team of experts on the field. Featured below is a remodeled modern-styled bathroom project in Orange County which utilized the space and made use of neutral cool tones.
1) All Pro Builders Inc.
1400 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92833
“You dream it. We build it!” Paul Paniagua established All Pro Builders Inc. to serve the Orange County and Los Angeles County, including Santa Ana, with exceptional renovations and home improvements in 1989. In the nearly three decades that have followed, All Pro was proclaimed as California District #72’s 2010 Small Business of the Year and Fullerton Chamber’s 2012 Small Business of the Year awardee. All Pro Builders Inc. is determined to deliver top-notch service, high-quality workmanship, and a great working relationship with their clients.
A member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, they take pride in bringing each client’s dream to life with the help of their in-house designer/draftsman and construction services. Their outstanding commitment earned them a spot in Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 list in 2015 and Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 list from 2009 to 2018. They also support several charitable organizations both locally and globally.
This 150 square feet master bathroom was an addition to an attic build-out done in Santa Ana. A frameless glass shower with double doors lined with sleek wall tiles and flat stone tiles on the shower floor make for a relaxing spa-like experience.
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