Santa Clara, California’s fastest-growing community, is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and is one of the best places to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Santa Clara is a secure, clean city that is also great for raising a family or for retirement. Given the great atmosphere and the range of opportunities, it’s no wonder that everyone wants to live here.

Below you’ll find a list of the top remodeling contractors, the builders who can make your dream home a reality. Our staff chose each one for their portfolio, accolades, press coverage, and industry affiliations.

LEFF Construction Design/Build

6791 Sebastopol Avenue, Suite #140, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Established in 1978, LEFF Construction Design Build has a long-established national reputation for its award-winning, whole-home remodeling, and new home projects. LEFF continues to incorporate sustainable principles with new technologies, from historic restorations that conserve existing materials to new home designs that achieve zero net energy. The resulting design-build process produces beautiful, functional homes that perfectly reflect their owner’s lifestyle, and does so with minimal environmental impact and maximum value.

LEFF is at the forefront of design-build as a rapidly growing practice. Its process takes the “one-stop-shop” approach, with its in-house architects, designers, estimators, project managers, and craftsmen working as a team from its LEFF Design Center location. That process ensures that every client’s project team is focused on creating a superior client experience for them.

LEFF was named the 2022 Regional CotY Award Winner for Basement Over $250,000 from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. It was also named one of Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500.

Harkey Construction

810 DenBeste Court, Suite #101, Windsor, CA 95492

Licensed since 1990, Harkey Construction has been an active builder in Sonoma County for 31 years and has operated a Class B license without infractions or suspension. It is an award-winning general building contractor and is acknowledged as a company that builds trust, advertises honestly, promotes transparency, honors promises, has high responsiveness, and safeguards privacy. The firm simply embodies integrity. The firm has been one of Sonoma County’s premier general building and remodeling contractors for residential and commercial work for over 30 years. It has built its reputation within the community upon high-quality craftsmanship and exemplary customer service, working on custom home building, remodels, additions, commercial tenant improvements, and new light commercial buildings.

Harkey Construction runs under the leadership of Jeff Harkey as president. The firm also holds affiliations with industry organizations, including the North Bay National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the North Coast Builders Exchange, and the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber.

Jim Murphy & Associates

464 Kenwood Court, Suite B, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

In 1987, Jim Murphy and Jay True built the partnership that clients now know as Jim Murphy & Associates. They wanted to show people and themselves that a construction business could run with integrity, honesty, and fairness while still being healthy and profitable. This goal was the reason the company’s culture was built in stewardship, listening to clients, and wholeheartedly putting their best interests above their own. They soon realized that this principal virtue would be the cornerstone of the studio, the source of their strength, and the core behind the idea of being a unique builder.

Today, the practice continues under the leadership of Jesse Malone and Steve Ronchelli. While their formal partnership commenced in 2016, they have served JMA’s clients for 40 years. JMA now specializes in home construction, remodeling, and pre-construction services and includes 40 employees, all of whom share a sincere dedication to the firm’s culture of stewardship.

Precision Builders

3510 Unocal Place, Suite #110, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

True to its name, Precision Builders Corporation is a full-scale general contractor that aims to set the standard for excellence by leveraging its years of experience, knowledge and personal relationships within the construction industry. In 2013, Sean McFarland and his former business partner, Dustin, co-founded Precision Builders Corporation. Sean was raised in Sonoma County and quickly found his passion in the construction industry. He started as a carpenter, then quickly moved up through the ranks to foreman, superintendent, and project manager with well-known, reputable general contractors throughout the Bay Area.

Precision Builders’ primary focus is on general contracting. The firm takes a lot of pride in taking someone’s vision and turning it into a quality finished product. The firm’s clients can count on the company because it is responsive, provides outstanding service, delivers an exceptional product, and cares about the long-term relationship it is building. From procurement to punch list, ensuring quality is what it always does, and it always keeps the client’s best interest in mind.

DRF Builders

3200 Dutton Avenue, Suite #216, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Launched in 2009, DRF Builders is a full spectrum construction company handling new construction, remodeling, and all related projects. It specializes in a variety of different services, including fire damage, home remodels, renovations, new home additions, new construction, kitchens, and bathrooms for its clients in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties.

Leading the team is owner Dana R. Faustine. He has been working in construction and building homes for over 17 years and specializes in custom work. His goal is to keep the firm’s customers informed throughout the construction process and alert them to any challenges that may arise. Dana enjoys providing creative ideas for clients to obtain the results they have in mind.

Total Concepts

211 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Total Concepts is a family-owned and operated company that develops architecturally designed homes. It works with its clients to bring their visions and dreams to life. Founder Hank Rechin and the rest of the team have purposely designed Total Concepts to be customized and responsive in embracing the relational side of the business. The firm realizes the value of having the professional, systemic, and communication tools that create the quality expected in creating superior architecturally designed homes.

Total Concepts prefers to take projects from an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model. IPD is a construction project delivery method that blends the owner, architect, general contractor, designers, engineers, and primary subcontractors into a team from the beginning of a project. Doing so strengthens a team’s ability to bring a client’s dream to reality in a more efficient and cost-effective model by using every member’s strength and area of expertise. 

Aside from its approach, Total Concepts is also proud to have been recognized as a Gold List Home Builder Honoree by Luxe Interiors + Design and to have been featured by publications like SPACES Magazine.

Holly Construction, Inc.

73 Saint James Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Holly Construction, Inc. is a licensed general contractor that has been serving Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, and the North Bay for over three decades. The firm specializes in residential and specialty commercial services, offering design-build solutions for ground-up construction, remodeling, and additions. Whether the client’s project is an upscale home build, a remodel, an addition, a ground-up, or a new construction, the firm is equipped to collaborate with them to design the right solution for their budget. 

Janver Holly started Holly Construction in 1984. After graduate school, Janver’s lifelong love of construction was fully rekindled, and construction became his chosen career. Holly Construction was incorporated in 1999 and became Holly & Associates, Inc., General Building Contractors.

The firm was recognized in 2020 as Best of Sonoma County by the Press Democrat. The firm’s passion for excellence, communication, and timeliness has delivered the highest quality of service and artistry to its residential and commercial clientele.

Carrington Construction Inc.

707 Hahman Drive, Suite #9130, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Carrington Construction, Inc. provides design-build contractor services in Northern California for various projects. From historical restorations to the most modern green building practices, the studio knows how to serve Sonoma County, and it is the contractor they can trust for all projects. Carrington was founded in 2004 with the premise that honesty and integrity lead to happier customers.

The founder, principal, and CEO, Troy Carrington, leads the firm. Troy brings over two decades of experience to the team. Troy has an excellent eye for detail and the mindfulness and precision required for successful project management. 

Over the years, the company has been privileged to work on various homes and buildings throughout Northern California. With such a diverse array of architecture in the area, its team has learned a lot from the experience of working with many different designs, materials, and building techniques.

Masterstouch Construction

182 Farmer’s Lane, Suite 100B, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Masterstouch Construction is a collaborative effort led by Jared Cake and Eric Rose. Jared holds a business administration degree from Azusa Pacific University; Eric earned his construction management degree from California State Polytechnic University and another in business management from Biola University. The company has been constructing in Sonoma County for over 25 years and has completed over 100 commercial and residential jobs.

The Masterstouch team of experts has over 75 years of combined experience in the construction industry. The firm works directly with its dedicated team to produce high-quality results from concept to completion. Masterstouch does so by providing exceptional personal attention throughout the building process. This process allows the team to deliver outstanding value to every project it undertakes.

Character Builders

4200 CA-12, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

With over 20 years of building and remodeling experience in Sonoma County and ten prior in the Bay Area, Character Builders is focused on clearly understanding the client’s goals and budget and delivering beautiful results that exceed their expectations. Since 2017, the company has been honored to rebuild many homes lost to the wildfires. The business continues to grow primarily through referrals and focuses on hiring top-quality employees and working with the best subcontractors and vendors in Sonoma County.

Owner Keith Borall leads Character Builders with over 30 years of experience. Keith holds a construction management degree from California State University, Chico. Under his watch, the studio has a Green Building Certification, and its specializations include new homes, home renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces.

Walker & Associates Construction

52 Mission Circle, Suite #203, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Stan Walker opened Stan Walker & Associates General Construction in 1986 and successfully ran his business for over 30 years in Sonoma County. As a design-build general contractor in Sonoma County, the firm works as the designer and builder from the beginning and does so as a team. Doing so makes it easier to provide unified project recommendations to fit the owner’s schedule and budget. Its services include design-build, new construction, remodels, and kitchen and bath construction. 

Any changes are addressed by the entire team, leading to collaborative problem-solving and innovation. While single-source contracting is the fundamental difference between design-build and the old approach, equally important is the culture of collaboration inherent in design-build.

Kelly Cowan Designs

401 Mendocino Avenue, Suite #100b, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Launched in 2007, Kelly Cowan Designs is a design-build, custom home remodeling construction company working in Santa Rosa, California. Led by Kelly Marshall Cowan, the firm’s team of professionals deliver custom home builds, design, additions, landscape, retail, and more. For clients with a project that needs supervision from start to finish, it also offers project management, client communications, and problem-solving to get the job done.

Whether clients have been dreaming of a new home, a new bedroom, a covered back deck, or a beautiful patio, Kelly Cowan Designs is equipped to plan accordingly and make that a reality. With work all over Sonoma County—including Healdsburg, Petaluma, and Sebastopol—it provides the quality custom home building and remodeling that Santa Rosa homeowners expect and deserve.


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