Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, is the American home of fame and fortune. The city’s vibrant economy, star-studded culture, and sunny weather attract hopeful transplants with dreams. Now, more than ever before, homes are being built, rebuilt, and remodeled to suit the individual necessities and desires of each Angeleno.
The following companies are considered the top residential general contractors in Los Angeles. The selection is divided into two parts. The first half categorizes contractors by the value of their clientele’s properties. Three subcategories are formed here: More than $6 Million; $2 to $6 Million; and Less than $2 Million. The second half consists of a list of top contractors in each of the top 10 neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
To build the lists we looked into government building permit data, customer reviews, awards and accolades, accreditations and memberships, media features and coverage, company profiles and work history, and the project aesthetics of hundreds of residential general contractors in Los Angeles. For each of the criteria, we have assigned at least one metric on which general contractors could be compared and ranked. For example, a contractor can be considered a bit better, if despite being relatively young, it has already earned a number of awards. All seven major factors were scrutinized to determine which contractors should be included in the lists.
Now let’s look into the best general contractors in Los Angeles!
Top Contractors by Property Value
For Homes of More than $6 Million
3) Modaa Construction
520 Broadway 2nd Flr, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Modaa Construction is a general contractor headquartered in Santa Monica with an office in Studio City. The firm specializes in both residential and commercial construction, particularly in residential remodeling and additions, custom home construction, and commercial tenant improvements. Each project is led by a LEED AP Project Manager to ensure the firm’s commitment to sustainability in construction. Despite being young in the industry, with only a decade of experience, Modaa’s skill, diligence, and dedication to each project has earned them features in publications such as The Architect’s Newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, the Observer, and Los Angeles Magazine.
Modaa led a complete renovation of a three-story home in the heart of Topanga Canyon. The project is a blissful union between rustic and modern styles, inspired by the canyon on which the property stands. The kitchen has white subway tile, a pro-style range, and subtle wood accents throughout, as well as a striking glass wall that opens onto the balcony. The bathroom and master bedroom have expansive views of the nature surrounding the house.
2) Addition Building and Design Inc.
Website | 310-617-2722 | 4335 Van Nuys Blvd Ste 354, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Addition Building and Design is a general contractor and design-build firm established in 1986 by CEO Mike Ross. The company offers one-stop-shop services to new construction and remodeling projects including three-dimensional architectural/structural renderings, interior design, landscape architecture, and expedition of plans and permits. The firm is also an environmentally-conscious company, offering installations of water purification systems, garage electric car chargers, and solar panel lines free of charge. Addition building and Design has earned a regular spot on Qualified Remodeling Magazine‘s Top 500 Companies.
Addition Building and Design built a modern hillside home in Hollywood Hills. The three-bedroom, two-bath home totals 4,200 square feet in floor area. The home also features a three-car garage, an infinity pool, an ipe wood deck, Caesarstone countertops and laminate cabinetry for the kitchen and baths, and hardwood floors throughout the residence.
5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Ste 200, Valley Village, CA 91607
Treeium is a full-service general contracting firm serving Southern California, which specializes in a wide range of home improvement projects, including interior remodel and home energy performance upgrades. The firm is headquartered in Valley Village and has four additional offices in Irvine, Pleasant Hill, Riverside, and San Diego. CEO Moty Ginsburg, a native of Argentina, co-founded the company in 1991 and leads a residential general contracting firm that is well known for its innovative eco-friendly work. The firm is a member of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and a certified BUILD it GREEN Professional. Treeium is also recognized in a number of prominent rankings, including Inc Magazine’s Inc 500, Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500, and the Remodeling 550.
Treeium gave a two-story home in West Hollywood a thoroughly modern remodel. Beige tiles and light-colored hardwood are the choice materials for the floors. The first floor is dominated by the open concept living, dining, and kitchen areas with direct access to the dark hardwood deck and pool. The second floor houses exquisitely-done modern bedroom suites, complete with updated full baths. Great views of the sky above and the surrounding neighborhood can be found from the rooftop deck.
For Homes Between $2 Million – 6 Million
3) Advanced Builders and Contractors
19528 Ventura Blvd, Ste 120, Tarzana, CA 91356-2917
Advanced Builders and Contractors is a general contractor and design-build firm based in Tarzana. The company specializes in a range of construction projects from basic home improvements to additions, major remodels, and new construction. The firm offers these services extensively in Malibu and in the greater Los Angeles area. Local publications Malibu Times and VoyageLA, as well as national outlets such as NBC and Elle Decor, have featured Advanced Builders and Contractors and its work.
Advanced Builder and Contractors did the complete remodel of a hillside home in Los Angeles. Inside the beige stucco modern residence is an almost entirely white interior. For contrast, a number of details were installed, including hardwood floors for the stair, bedrooms and living area, off-white streaked marble tiles in the bathroom, and hardwood cabinetry throughout the residence. Outside is a dark wooden deck over the slopes, with glass railings designed to minimize its obstruction to the great view.
2) Kavin Construction, Inc.
3814 Willat Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90232
Kavin Construction, Inc. is a Los Angeles-based general contracting firm established by Michael Kavin in 1975. Kavin started his construction career as a part-time carpenter for a lumber company in Los Angeles before venturing out on his own full-time. His skills and experience not only earned him a contractor’s license, but also a successful stint as an expert witness in construction dispute cases in California. Architectural Digest and The Telegraph have featured Kavin Construction and its work.
Kavin Construction built an exquisite custom two-story home by the sea in Los Angeles. The home features a Spanish Revival structure with a blue-tiled pool in the backyard. Interior highlights include a spacious kitchen, a formal dining room, a double staircase entry, and a custom-built gym.
1) Martins Construction Corporation
1666 Courtney Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Established in 2008, Martins Construction Corporation is a Los Angeles-based general contractor specializing in residential and small commercial new construction, additions, and remodels. Founder and President Robert Martins leads the firm with a strong belief in open and effective communication in the construction process. The company’s values include exceptional craftsmanship, assured use of advanced materials and technologies, and a philosophy of socially responsible building practices. Executing on these values earned the company a number of awards and accolades, including the National Fine Builders Association Award, the Master Design Award, and a spot on the Qualified Remodeler Magazine Top 500 list.
Martins Construction recently finished a complete remodel of a luxury home in Hollywood Hills. The grand entrance features a set of double glass doors that opens immediately to an modern great room with a contemporary fireplace and starburst chandelier. A modern dining area, kitchen, gym, bathrooms, and bedrooms follow. The master bedroom is notable for featuring another contemporary fireplace and set of double glass doors that provide direct access to the pool area.
For Homes of Less than $2 Million
3) MY Home Builders Inc.
20720 Ventura Blvd Ste 280, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Based in Woodland Hills, MY Home Builders Inc. is a general contractor that specializes in remodeling, room additions, and new construction for residential clients. Yaron Yashar, principal and co-owner, is in charge of operations for the firm and makes it a point to be present at every project the firm takes on. The company invests heavily in learning and implementing the latest trends in construction technology while complying with safety rules, regulations, and building codes in Los Angeles.
MY Home Builders Inc. led the construction of a new Cape Cod-style home in Pacific Palisades. The residence features a foyer and entry with small columns, stylized garage, large windows, and well-manicured lawn. Additionally, the home has exquisite interiors complete with lovely finishes and furnishings.
2) SPS Builders
2005 19th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404
SPS Builders, based in Santa Monica, is a general contracting and design-build firm founded in 2012. Co-owners Chris Pilgard and Michael Scott strive to meet the company’s goal of filling “the need for a flexible method of project delivery that emphasizes the importance of design intent, quality of construction, and client needs.” The experiences and flexibility of SPS Builders has enables the firm to accomplish everything from simple remodels to LEED Platinum buildings.
SPS Builders led the construction of a new residence in Sherman Oaks. The kitchen opens to the living area, giving an open feeling to both spaces. The exterior has both paneling and stucco and the two-car garage was constructed below the living spaces in consideration of the home’s topography.
1) Pacific West Construction Services
1601 Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 290, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Pacific West Construction Services (PWCS) is a Hermosa Beach-based general contracting firm that has been serving Southern California since 2000. Principal Robert Martins leads the company and its services focusing on repairs and remodels for residential, commercial, and multifamily clients. PWCS is a recipient of a number of awards including the National Fine Builders Association Award, the Master Design Award, and the Qualified Remodeler Magazine Top 500.
PWCS completely remodeled a residence in Los Angeles. The project included both the interior and exterior, as well as landscaping for the front lawn. New stucco, siding, windows, and a garage door were installed. The original brick columns and chimney were restored. An unruly front lawn was given a fresh manicured start. Meanwhile, the interior is now updated and ready for happier use by the family.
A full interior and exterior renovation project completed by PWCS brought a drab residence with awkwardly placed walls and way too much carpet into the modern era. The pictured dining area is just beyond the foyer and opens to a spacious living room with nearly a full wall of glass. The green backyard and natural light brighten the modern space that has new hardwood floors and white accent pieces.
Top Contractors by Top Neighborhoods
Bel Air: Houck Construction Inc.
1531 Pontius Ave Ste 300, Los Angeles, CA 90025
The projects that Houck Construction completes are nothing short of stunning. This luxury general contracting firm does custom design-build work and was started over 25 years ago by CEO David Houck. Despite being in the LA area for decades, David stays true to his native Midwestern values of community involvement, through his support of local nonprofit organizations, and strong work ethic, through his leadership of the the company.
Houck’s phenomenal skill with high-end projects isn’t limited to residential, as the firm has done commercial projects for the likes of Armani and the Long Beach Aquarium. That out-of-the-box experience comes in handy for residential work as the firm’s projects can include bold creative features inspired by their clients from fun neon lighting fixtures to an indoor hammock hanging below a skylight. Houck’s work has been featured in premier publications such as Town and Country, Luxury Home, and Architectural Digest.
Pacific Palisades: Waconah Construction
2431 ½ Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When looking for a contractor, it can be challenging to find one that really stands out. Waconah Construction caught our eye because of the firm’s use of trademarked process which creates the highest quality standards for clients. The process, known as The 5 Simple Steps™, ensures that the firm clearly understands what the client needs, wants, and dreams about for the project so that upon completion the client is happy with the work.
As a former mechanical engineer who designed jet engine systems, it’s no surprise that founder and CEO Chris Mulhern has such a thorough and process-driven company. With nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Chris leans on his knowledge of the top subcontractors and suppliers in the area so that each custom-built team is the perfect fit for the custom-build project. Waconah Construction’s homes maximize the use of natural light so that when combined with modern design a warm, grounded space is created.
Brentwood: CMF Homebuilders
9903 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 626, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
With more than 40 years of experience, CMF Homebuilders is one of the most versatile firm in the area. No matter the style, this firm can meet the desires of any client’s idealized design. Whether it’s a sitting room with dark exposed wooden beams contrasting white built-in shelving or it’s a living area in a modern home that can be opened up with a wall of sliding glass panes onto a luxurious outdoor space, CMF Homebuilders can do it. CEO Barry Chase is a Los Angeles native and understands that in this town reputation matters.
Since each home is a reflection of CMF, Chase leads the firm to complete projects so that clients want to recommend CMF to others. The secret to guaranteeing the highest quality of work is Chase’s “obsessive perfectionist” nature than demands the best out of all of the vendors and tradesmen who work on his projects.
Porter Ranch: Hi-Tech Builders, Inc.
5435 Balboa Blvd Ste 200, Encino, CA 91316
Hi-Tech Builders, Inc. is an Encino-based general contractor that offers multiple construction services, including interior renovation, home remodeling, and new construction. General Manager David Lachyani started at the firm over 12 years ago as a demolition specialist and worked his way up the ladder gaining more expertise and taking on more leadership roles. Today he leads the firm to serve as a one-stop shop for general contracting needs.
Hi-Tech is qualified for any construction job, from simple room upgrades to the construction of an entire home, including landscaping. The firm emphasizes practical and fully functional design because it sees how important it is to maximize a client’s budget to achieve the desired outcomes. Hi-Tech Builders stands out in their commitment to giving back—one percent of every project cost is donated to the Larger Than Life Foundation that works to improve the quality of life for kids who have cancer.
West Los Angeles: Elias Construction
1715 Via El Prado #482, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
In 1988, Louie Tangalakis founded Elias Construction. It was the natural next step in a career that started with a job as an apprentice carpenter on job sites in exclusive neighborhoods and moved to working directly under a renowned Beverly Hills architect as job superintendent servicing elite clientele. Elias Construction has been serving exclusive neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area since its establishment and Louie still has the attention to detail befitting of someone who started as an apprentice.
The firm focuses on residential remodeling, additions, and new construction. The firm goes to great lengths to build out high-quality projects—even if the topography is tricky. From grading off a hilltop or building up from steep down slopes to cutting into and retaining an 80 foot hillside, Elias Construction has the crews, the creativity, and the expertise to eliminate any obstacle that stands in the way of building a client’s dream home.
Glendale: Paul G. Lindsey, General Contractor
7352 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042
Paul G. Lindsey got his start as a carpenter’s apprentice right after he finished high school. Over the course of the following four decades, Lindsey gained expertise in the construction industry and eventually started his own general contracting firm. Today his firm specializes in commercial and residential remodel, additions, and construction. While the company does offer design build services, clients are able to bring drawings from outside architects.
Lindsey recognizes that for most people a home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetimes. As such, he works hard to lead the company to prioritize the highest of quality work for the fairest price. The company, based in Tujunga, serves the greater Los Angeles area. The firm is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. Additionally, the firm has won Best of Tujunga for the past 10 years.
Hollywood Hills: Lyons Development
8560 W Sunset Blvd Ste 414, West Hollywood, CA 90069
When it comes to Hollywood Hills, the only firm to select is Lyons Development. The firm’s work was splashed across the pages of The Hollywood Reporter and The Los Angeles Times: Hot Property and across the internet on Forbes, Mansion Global, Elle Décor Italia, and Decor last year for the $38 million Stanley House that had an interesting interior design partner. Grammy Award-winning rocker and interior design partner—Lenny Kravitz.
Led by founder and CEO Matt Lyons, the firm built the 10,000+ square-foot mansion with features like a 70-foot wide circular swimming pool, a downstairs club complete with a full bar set-up, and walls and walls of glass to showcase the 280-degree view. For 15 years, Lyons Development has run as boutique style firm serving high-end clients. The company integrates green building practices and conservation tactics into its work from the start and aims to deliver clients’ vision with acuity and artistry.
Beverly Glen: Forte Build and Design
3646 Long Beach Blvd Ste 103, Long Beach, CA 90807
Forte Build and Design is a Long Beach-based general contracting and design-build firm serving Los Angeles County. Whether a small kitchen remodel or the construction of a new home, the premier company focuses on consistent, superior results. Forte Build and Design is passionate about helping homeowners create their dream home. Led by CEO Louis Steven Parada Jr, the firm is driven by a process that emphasizes professionalism and reliability.
On a recent project, a double front door opens up to an expansive living room and foyer area. Windows in the dining and living room bring natural light into the space. The highlight of this home isn’t the home itself, it’s the oasis created out back. Complete with a pool, palm trees, an outdoor seating area, and fire pit, this backyard is built to entertain and encourage relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Studio City: Joel & Co. Construction
11693 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Residential construction work runs in Joel Patillo’s family and growing up he spent his summers as foreman for his father’s concrete and framing company and his uncle’s electrical and plumbing company. This experience proved invaluable years later when Joel started his eponymous firm, Joel & Co. Construction and took the lessons he learned about “the unfortunate experiences homeowners were having with builders” and decided to do it differently.
Today, the general contracting firms specializes in new construction, custom home building, and commercial and residential renovations, including room additions, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and sustainable eco-friendly construction. He and his team are guided by the same principles Portillo lives by—hard work, transparency, an easy-going attitude, and an attention to detail that puts the clients and their visions front and center. Patillo’s prior experience as a foreman himself helps him to make sure that that the people involved are the right fit to deliver the highest of quality work.
Playa del Rey: Greenworks Construction & Design
5042 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Greenworks Construction & Design is a Los Angeles-based, family owned general contracting and design-build firm established in 2009. The firm specializes in kitchen, bathroom, and interior and exterior remodeling, as well as room additions and new construction throughout southern California. One of the ways this company stands out from other LA construction companies is that from design and blueprints to the last clean-up it handles everything in-house.
The firm is a reputable contractor with a portfolio characterized by high-quality craftsmanship, budget-conscious execution, and sustainable construction. Greenworks’ residential sustainability work ranges from smaller projects, like kitchen and bath remodels, to bigger development, like new homes. The benefits to clients to take the sustainability route isn’t limited to eco-friendly metrics, rather materials used in sustainable development are often recycled—which means they don’t end up in a landfill and are cheaper too! Over the years, Greenworks Construction & Design’s work has been featured in the media, including on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation, People.com, and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing L.A.
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