Santa Barbara, often dubbed the “playground for the affluent” and recognized as the “American Riviera,” boasts a Mediterranean climate, stunning beaches, abundant outdoor activities, world-class wine, and eco-friendly initiatives. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, this popular destination offers a unique West Coast experience with its vibrant nightlife, diverse dining and shopping options, and charming small-town atmosphere.

For many homeowners, remodeling is a necessity for maintaining a home. In Santa Barbara, California, your best choice is to enlist a skilled home renovating contractor. Featured here are the top licensed and insured general contractors, all of which boast teams of experts that have extensive experience in home remodeling.

Dovetail Projects

103 N. Nopal St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Formerly known as Schmidt Construction, Dovetail Projects recently underwent rebranding to become what it is today—a firm that views building as a cooperative effort involving the contractor, designer, and client. The construction and project management team at the company has the know-how and commitment to complete luxury projects of any size, while providing the highest caliber of work and customer care. It takes great pride in its work and enjoys tackling the difficulties of transforming architectural visions into stunning realities.

The team at Dovetail Projects provides a full-service design and build solution, taking care of everything from ground-up construction to hourly advice on possible real estate transactions. It also offers complete design sketches, along with preliminary budgets and cost-saving design advice. This hands-on approach has resulted in the creation of countless projects, such as this project featured below. For this project, the firm was tasked with converting a gloomy, closed-off kitchen and two small bathrooms into a large primary bathroom, a modern guest bathroom, and a bright, contemporary kitchen. The new kitchen features KitchenAid appliances, personalized shaker cabinets, a Brizo faucet, Cambria Quartz countertops, and a backsplash made of marble hexagons.  Slate and Carrera marble are featured in the master bath in order to create a fresh, spa-like atmosphere.

Projects General Contractor

21 E. Carrillo St. Suite #190, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Since its establishment in 2006, Projects General Construction has stood out in the construction sector as a woman-owned and operated business. The primary focus of its projects are additions, new construction projects, and comprehensive interior remodels. The firm stands as a well-established choice in the Santa Barbara area, often considered among the first options for homeowners seeking a combination of knowledge, skill, and affordable solutions.

Over the years, Projects General Construction has amassed a team of highly skilled professionals who are knowledgeable in all areas of construction, particularly client collaboration and communication. This approach guarantees that clients will remain informed and advised throughout the entirety of the construction process, from the first meet-and-greet to the final walk-through. Clients are also provided with a detailed scope of work to identify any gray areas or possible concerns before the project begins, allowing the firm to carefully plot the budget. Also, as the project nears completion, the firm makes sure that its clients are happy with the outcome, and remains prepared to make necessary adjustments or changes if not.

Allen Construction

201 N. Milpas St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Founded in 1983, Allen Construction is committed to crafting award-winning residential projects that mirror its devotion to client satisfaction, workforce respect, quality craftsmanship, and advocacy for sustainability. In line with its commitment to sustainability, Allen Construction achieved Innovator-level accreditation with Green Business Santa Barbara County (GBSBC) in 2020, and maintains status as a green-certified firm. The company has also garnered multiple green building accolades, securing two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certifications from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for one of its projects.

At the helm of Allen Construction is President and CEO Aaron Pick, who received a corporate social responsibility Gap Scholar grant at UC Berkeley, where he earned an MBA. Throughout his career, Pick has concentrated on assisting businesses in creating strong, mission-driven cultures and achieving strategic alignment. Since he joined Allen in 2015, the company has earned extensive recognition including National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Regional Contractor of the Year Awards from 2014 to 2016. It has also consistently been ranked as one of the top 10 remodelers in the nation.

RD Homes

590 E Gutierrez St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103

RD Homes has been servicing the Santa Barbara area for over 13 years, completing more than 5,500 projects and boasting a product line that has been at the forefront of design and innovation. What began as Reed Floors by Romain and Myriam Doussineau in 2010 has developed into Reed Interiors and eventually RD Homes, with the help of their gifted son Theo Doussineau. Today, with years of experience, a commitment to classic family values, and innovative ideas, RD Homes has begun to establish itself as Santa Barbara County’s go-to source for home renovations.

Featured here is a stand out project completed by the firm. In this extensive renovation, pale gray wood-grain resin cabinets have been seamlessly incorporated above and below the new patchy gray resin countertop, which spans three sides of the kitchen. The new island now features fresh white lacquer cabinets, an expanded size, and a sleek black granite worktop. The addition of long, slotted brushed steel pulls, vertically on cabinets and horizontally on drawers, adds a modern touch to the space. The dual oven and stainless steel refrigerator are now flush with the cabinets. Meanwhile, to illuminate the countertop, RD Homes introduced touch-activated LEDs beneath the cabinets and touch-recessed LED lights.

Elite Kitchen & Bath

2267 Las Positas Rd. 225, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Since 1994, Elite Kitchen & Bath has consistently delighted homeowners with its proven design and build process, as well as its innovative building solutions. Clients can trust the firm to be attentive and to execute tasks in an organized and efficient manner. The cornerstone of Elite Kitchen & Bath’s approach is the design-build method, providing homeowners with a comprehensive solution that encompasses design, material selection, project management, and construction, all under one roof. The dedicated team at Elite Kitchen & Bath is deeply committed to infusing their work with enthusiasm, creativity, and pride.

Specializing in kitchen and bath remodels, the firm has expertise in endless variations of style, material, and color scheme. Every renovated kitchen and bathroom at Elite Kitchen & Bath is intended to be the ideal fusion of stylish design and practical functionality. Each element of its renovation projects are handled by the staff—-even expert cleaning services when projects are completed.

Vernon Construction, Inc.

706 E. Haley St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Founded in 1957, Vernon Construction, Inc. is a family-run business rooted in three generations of building experience in Santa Barbara County. It has completed projects as far away as Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and its experience in California spans from Malibu to Paso Robles. In the last 66 years, the company has constructed nearly 200 acres of master-planned communities, 500 multi-family units, 90 unique homes, and various commercial and mixed-use projects. Infill hotels, mixed-use projects, and master-planned communities are also among its recent projects.

Vernon Construction Inc. is currently led by President Bradley G. Vernon, who pursued his business studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo after graduating from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. He grew up working in several professions as a contractor for the family firm, having constructed an extensive number of homes, office buildings, mixed-use developments, and master-planned communities around the Central Coast. The Snake River Junction Project, a 198-unit multi-use development located west of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is his best-known creation to date.