The charming beachside city of Santa Monica is a marvelous blend of culture, nature, and activities that make residing in the city a dream. What was originally developed as a seaside retreat at the turn of the 20th century, is today a thriving community, 93,000 strong. Time magazine included Santa Monica in its “Best Places To Live” list, and National Geographic recognized Santa Monica as one of the Top “10 Beach Cities in the World.” These reputations are built on the image of splendor that the homes in the city provide. From traditional and modern mansions, to luxurious beachfront properties, Santa Monica has got it all. And when it comes to the building scene on this side of the country, the best general contractors in Santa Monica have got it all too, offering comprehensive construction and remodeling services that are sure to meet the discerning client’s standards. 

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 the list they choose to work with.

Ciccone Builders

3826 Grand View Blvd. Suite #66011, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Ciccone Builders Inc. is a general contracting company based in Los Angeles, California, specializing in quality detail-oriented residential and commercial new construction and remodeling. The firm is run by Lorenzo and Marcelo Ciccone, who have a combined experience of nearly 60 years in the fields of architecture and engineering.

Lorenzo earned his first construction degree as a Master Builder from one of the top technology schools in Argentina. He later earned his diploma as a Civil Engineer from the University of Buenos Aires. Marcelo graduated as an Architect with a postgraduate degree in Urban Design and Planning from ‘Universidad de Belgrano, School of Architecture’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has also worked with leading architectural firms in Argentina and Los Angeles. Together, the two principals lead a team of skilled construction professionals who bring into play the latest building techniques and specialized software, ensuring delivery of high-quality projects on schedule and within budget.

DMS Contractors

12304 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 320, Los Angeles, CA 90025

After previously growing companies like CH Construction, Dan Spiegel and Christopher Hollenbeck founded DMS Contractors, carrying over with them their combined experience of more than 60 years in the industry.

Dan’s construction knowledge and experience is diverse — he is highly skilled in finish carpentry, rough carpentry, cabinets, and drywall. He began his professional career as a platinum smith, working in his family’s business, and later on taking on jobs as a jeweler, a finish carpenter and a foreman. Eventually, Dan obtained a general contractor’s license so he could venture out on his own. Christopher, on the other hand, grew up in and around the construction business, as his father was a prominent building contractor in Central New York. In 1983, Christopher gained his own general contractor’s license and established the company C.H. Construction in Los Angeles. Over the many years since creating C.H. Construction, Christopher has developed a network of highly qualified sub contractors, craftsmen, vendors, architects, and other professionals—connections and experience he carried to DMS Contractors, with many of DMS Contractors’ current employees having worked for Dan and Christopher for more than 20 years. With every project DMS takes on, it brings with it a skilled team of professionals who are versed with all types of architectural styles, from Gothic to contemporary, and who can take on projects of any scale. 

Gleicher Associates

415 South Topanga Canyon Blvd., 2nd Floor, Topanga, CA 90290-3155

Gleicher Associates was founded on the defining qualities of encouraging cooperation and collaboration among its team players. On client owned projects, the firm’s aim is to get the architects and designers, the contractor and the owners on the same construction team to work together to build the project as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Headed by Bert Gleicher, the firm has been engaged in the art of building exceptional homes since 1983. Gleicher Associates has built a strong and diverse network of collaborators who bring skill, imagination, and commitment to every step and detail of the process. The firm’s collective eye is on building fine, livable homes that are beautiful and functional, and, as a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), Gleicher Associates is mindful of the ecological footprint it leaves behind, so it strives to build homes that, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing, are sustainable, and good for the environment too. 

Houck Inc.

1531 Pontius Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Houck Inc. is a full-service contracting and construction management firm that specializes in luxury home building and remodeling in the most prestigious neighborhoods in California. The firm is proud to have completed thousands of projects ranging in residential, commercial, and multi-family projects. 

Headed by principal David Houck, the Houck Inc. team consists of designers, project managers, engineers, carpenters, and builders. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the firm truly believes in using the best products, techniques, and green building sciences available and works with the most qualified tradesmen, craftsmen, and artisans. Whether clients are looking to build a home from scratch or looking to freshen up their lifestyle or add space, Houck Inc. is sure to be here for any of their needs.

JP Builders & Development

PO Box 5366, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

JP Builders & Development is a second generation builder, serving as a general contractor in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas. With more than 5,000 completed jobs of both small and large scales, the firm is proud to have built its business from the ground up with the help of a steady stream of referrals from satisfied and repeating customers.

At the head of JP Builders is principal Joe Pitusso. Joe got his start apprenticing with both a concrete and framing specialist and an electrician and plumbing contractor. He became a foreman for both specialties, learning the management skills needed to build a successful client-focused company while gaining the hands-on experience and knowledge of all the various trades involved. It was his goal to grow his company by establishing relationships with satisfied customers and letting the work speak for itself. The firm’s focus is on providing excellent service and quality workmanship for all clients. From the start of estimating, through the rough construction phase JP Builders maintains full control ensuring that every stage of the way is done with detail. In the end the firm delivers a space that is warm, clean, stylish, and contemporary.

Kook & Associates

12444 Ventura Blvd. Suite 105, Studio City, CA 91604

Kook & Associates is a general contracting firm that provides a variety of services including, but not limited to, construction, design-build, and development. The firm’s mission is to offer professional construction services using innovative, realistic solutions and building practices to meet its clients’ budget and schedule goals.

Since its inception in 1990, Kook & Associates has completed more than 300 residential and commercial projects. In each one, the firm has striven to be punctual and to deliver the best quality possible. It emphasizes timeliness, perfection, and most importantly, customer and client satisfaction. With the firm’s experience of more than 30 years, it gets all this done with ease and can commit to giving clients what they deserve. Kook and Associates can provide clients with the ability of true customization for their projects, leveraging the most current custom home building technology relevant to the project while providing its clients with accessible information and communications throughout the entire process. 

Martins Construction Corp.

610 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2009

Martins Construction Corp believes that client satisfaction should be the priority of every project. The firm truly listens and communicates with clients, keeping them up to date and involved throughout the entire construction process. What this synergy achieves is the completion of any remodeling or construction project to the best of its potential. 

The firm’s greatest assets are the level of craftsmanship, dedication, and experience its employees bring to each project. The firm’s attention to detail and transparency to the customers at each step of the way has earned it many trusted clients and the best working environment for its staff. And though a project may reach its end as a finished product, Martins Construction’s work does not end until the customer is satisfied. Because of this practice, customers aren’t the only ones who see the merits of Martins Construction’s work—national award-giving bodies have recognized its excellence as well. In 2017, Martins Construction received the National Fine Builders Association Award, marking that year as the third time the firm received that same award. This consistency in terms of quality is what helps set Martins Construction Corp apart from other general contractors and home builders. 

Mega Builders Construction & Remodeling

21021 Devonshire St. Suite 102, Chatsworth CA 91311

With thousands of major remodeling projects comprising its portfolio, Mega Builders Construction and Remodeling is proud to say it specializes in whole house remodeling and home improvement. In any remodeling project, the firm understands how to work with constraints such as claustrophobic or fragmented spaces, low ceilings, and dated façades—only a few of the issues that pop up when it comes to existing structures. What the firm offers as a solution to these problems is an integrated design-build service that guarantees the feel of an incredible new home, with open spaces, light and air, and a contemporary feel, regardless of style.

The firm is headed by principal Alon Toker, who has been in the construction industry since 1985. Under his leadership, the firm has garnered features in publications such as the Remodeling magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Journal of Light Construction, and Home & Architectural Trends magazine. In addition to specializing in whole house remodeling and home improvement, the firm is also the exclusive distributor in North America of the state-of-the-art, ultra-modern Mal Corboy Cabinets. Mega Builders’ comprehensive offerings, coupled with its extensive experience, proves an excellent combination and designates the firm as one of the premier general contractors in the Southern California area.

Rimon Construction

554 San Vicente Blvd. Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Rimon Construction Inc is a full service design-build company that specializes in custom home renovations tailored to each client’s distinctive taste and style. Adam Rimon, the firm’s principal, received his Bachelor of Design in interior architecture in 2004. By 2009 he had started this custom home-building company that combined his unique talents as a general contractor, project manager, and designer.

Rimon Construction strives to maintain a cooperative partnership with its clients throughout the entire home building process. The firm has structured its services so that it can assist in all aspects of decision-making related to the development, design, and construction process. Rimon Construction builds and renovates homes with an artistic eye and an exceptional sense of contemporary design. It works to know its clients on a personal level to produce a final product that is loved and cherished for years to come. For its outstanding workmanship and approach to the building process, Rimon Construction has been featured on the pages of Architectural Digest.

SoCal Contractor

1838 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

For Roy Yerushalmi, SoCal Contractor’s founder, working with the best artisans, manufacturers, vendors, and architects in the world yields only the best results. Partnered with famed interior designer Lori Dennis, the two have taken the construction and design world by storm through their collaborations as a full service, design-build firm offering a seamless process all throughout new construction, renovations, historical preservation, and landscape and hardscape design and construction. 

Roy’s experience is rooted in his background as a second-generation builder and a graduate of the Construction Management Program at the University of Houston. Lori, meanwhile, is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and a top-caliber interior designer who, along with Roy, is regularly featured on HGTV’s “Real Designing Women.” Together, the two have a combined experience of 30 years, strengthening SoCal Contractor’s prowess as a firm that began in 2007. In addition to its values, SoCal Contractors believes construction must be sustainable: the firm is proud to be able to offer green materials and construction services to the discerning client.

Taslimi Construction

1805 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Taslimi Construction Company is a full-service general contracting firm founded on integrity, dedication to its clientele, and an unconditional commitment to the highest quality in the implementation of projects. The firm has built a reputation for delivering the highest quality of service and product on time and within budget.

Headed by Mehran and Shidan Taslimi, the firm believes in forging relationships based on teamwork and smooth project execution. The firm contributes a unique hands-on approach resulting in the success of its projects. In addition to its deft execution of projects, Taslimi strives to be a forerunner in the interest of sustainability, backing up its dedication with memberships in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and having Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals. Today, Taslimi Construction continues to fulfill the home building objectives it set out to achieve since the firm had its start in 1985. 

Waconah Construction

2431 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Waconah Construction is a distinctive luxury home builder and remodeling contractor in Los Angeles, California whose focus is high end contemporary homes. The firm provides innovative architectural solutions with unsurpassed craftsmanship by planning, engineering, and constructing stunning homes from start to finish.

Waconah is headed by Chris Mulhern, a Mechanical Engineer who designed jet engine systems for GE Aircraft and Pratt & Whitney before returning to school to earn his MBA. After starting a few small and successful businesses, he decided to take his knowledge of building and technology to the construction world. Additionally, Chris has an interest in how to economically integrate technology into homes, and has, In the past three years, focused on “green building,” specializing in energy and water efficiency.