Located in San Mateo County, San Carlos is highly regarded for its stunningly beautiful and culturally rich areas and offers its residents various attractions and commercial districts.

It is also noted for its excellent schools and its diverse community. Homes here are often heavily influenced by the classic Spanish Colonial theme and the latest in contemporary designs. Our editorial team has put together this list of the best custom home builders in the area. They were chosen based on their backgrounds, expertise, and the various awards they have won throughout the years. 

Bay Area Custom Homes

611 Industrial Rd, Suite 1, San Carlos, CA 94070

Bay Area Custom Homes offers its clients a complete and comprehensive range of custom home building services. It is a generational builder, which has helped in securing numerous important repeat clientele. At the firm’s helm is Jason Skinner who first gained experience early on in his life as he grew up with several builders in his family. Mr. Skinner draws inspiration from nearly three decades of working in the industry and personally supervises each project that the firm takes on. He and his team favor innovative, creative approaches, the kind of methods that have enabled them to work on numerous unique and beautiful projects. The Bay Area portfolio depicts an excellent variety of homes, ranging across the most traditional and timeless themes. 

The project above primarily features a reimagined classic Cape Cod theme. The firm’s team opted for a palette of blue and white, as well as several dormer windows. Further, numerous intricate finishes in its woodwork can also be observed.

Paravati Construction

945 Durlston Rd, Redwood City, CA 94062

With over four decades of experience in the industry, Paravati Construction offers its clients a complete and comprehensive range of preconstruction, construction, and post-construction services. These include excellent project feasibility analyses, a design-build approach, and construction management. The firm is particularly noted for its superb new homes, remodels, and home additions. On occasion, the firm also takes on several commercial projects and showcases expertise for mixed-use spaces. Its work has graced the pages of Luxe Interiors + Design. The firm works within a number of design styles, everything from Tuscan villas to the most beautiful Spanish revivals. 

The firm’s work is distinguished through its exteriors, intricate entails, and penchant for classic architecture. Its portfolio depicts various villas, often noted for their wonderful yet quaint terraces. Its team also often opts for warm color palettes.

Lencioni Construction

1600 El Camino Real San Carlos, CA 94070

Lencioni Construction is known for its seamless processes and luxurious projects. The firm achieves this seemingly effortless process through cooperating closely with its best-in-class project teams and adhering closely to the highest of standards. The firm has secured a solid reputation for itself working on some of the most beautiful homes in Northern California and has been in business for over four decades. Its portfolio depicts an excellent gallery of modern homes, often distinguished by its team’s use of straight lines and a seamless blend of wood and glass. Their interiors are often marked by striking contemporary elements, minimalist finishes, and various custom touches. Since its establishment, the firm has secured relationships with some of the area’s best and leading architects, engineers, and subcontractors.

Our editorial team was particularly taken with this piece of work. Located in Portola Valley, this home was completed in 2013. For this project, the firm worked in collaboration with the talented architects of Swatt Miers. It spans roughly 7,000-square-feet and features large glass walls that let in a rich amount of ambient light, flat angular roofs, as well as various additional unique fixtures.

Allwood Construction

925 Tanklage Road, Suite C San Carlos, CA 94070 

Regarded as the expert behind some of the Bay Area’s most beautiful custom homes, Allwood Construction has been a trailblazer since its inception in 1979. The firm dedicates itself to the highest of standards in addition to the highest quality craftsmanship and construction management. The firm started as a small company led by Matt Gomez Sr. and Jr. The father-and-son duo has put together a team of talented project managers, carpenters, and specialty craftsmen who have built some of the most beautiful and intricate residences throughout the Peninsula. The firm takes great pride in its numerous repeat clients and its known expertise not only for new homes but also its excellent basements, remodels, and historic renovations. Allwood provides its clients with a comprehensive pre-construction package that encompasses feasibility, cost assessment, and exploratory demolition services. It further bolsters this with excellent scheduling, RFI tracking, and close coordination. 

Showcased above is the Willow residence, a particularly vivid embodiment of the firm’s skills. Its design features modern industrial lines coupled with natural finishes. Several exposed steel and spline-plated beams can also be observed, and the home is finished with concrete floors, cedar, cement siding. Large glass windows and doors complete the effect.

Springs Construction

881 Hurlingame Ave. Redwood City, CA 94063

Established in 1959, Springs Construction is composed of a team of experienced, dedicated home construction and design professionals. The firm operates out of its office in Redwood City and extends its services throughout the Peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco. The firm has been praised for its excellent new homes and renovations and is also noted for its infusion of various sustainability practices into its work. The firm is led by Jim Adkins, a third-generation builder who worked his way up from the bottom of the company. He draws inspiration from over three decades of experience and has since built and designed over 40,000-square-feet of space. He specializes in modern and historic homes, which typically reflect in the firm’s excellent projects. 

The firm maintains affiliations with organizations like the National Association of the Home Builders,  National Kitchen and Bath Association, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The firm has received a multitude of awards from these organizations, including the Diamond Certified Award. The firm also holds various certifications, showcasing its dedication to high-quality designs and environmentally friendly practices.

Grove Construction

865 Sweeney Ave., Redwood City CA, 9406

Regarded as one of the best custom home builders in Redwood City, Grove Construction extends its services throughout the San Francisco Peninsula. Since its inception, the firm has worked on nearly 200 homes and is known as one of the area’s largest general contractors. The firm specializes in building luxury custom residences and has also worked on multiple multifamily residences and build-to-suit homes. In 2005, the firm expanded to include commercial real estate and light industrial warehouse services. Ron Grove, a California native, leads the firm and is experienced in every facet of the industry. That includes construction, foundation forming, roofing, and carpet installation. Under his leadership, the firm showcases its excellent expertise in modern, contemporary, and farmhouse architecture. 

The firm’s projects are typically distinguished by its team’s use of large windows,  natural color palettes, and the blending of wood and glass. The project above, however, depicts one of its Spanish revivals. For this home, its team opted for stucco exteriors, a warm color palette, and classic terracotta roofs. 

JPM Construction

151 W. 3rd Ave. Suite #1 San Mateo, CA 94402

JPM Construction provides its clients with designing, building, and renovating services and extends its services throughout Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, and surrounding mid-peninsula areas. It is regarded for its exceptional attention to detail and comprehensive end-to-end services. The firm has also been noticed because of its excellent landscaping and outdoor design, enabling it to tailor its homes to their respective environments. The firm’s team assists its clients throughout the entire process, from start to finish, emphasizing the importance of communication. JPM’s premium services allow its clients to contact its team off-site for any queries or concerns that they may have regarding their new homes or spaces.

Below you can see a great example of the company’s quality of work. The firm’s team opted to put a modern touch on a timeless farmhouse design. The inside features an open concept floor plan, clean finishes, and a neutral color palette. The result is a contemporary feel but with the farmhouse design’s generous expansion of space.

Webb Builders

1494 Oddstad Dr, Redwood City, CA 94063

Webb Builders uses a design-build approach, which allows it to assist clients throughout the entire process from start to finish. The firm is a family-owned and operated business that offers a full range of services. Steve Webb leads the firm—he got his first glimpse into the industry during the 80s when he wanted to build a new home for his wife. That labor of love kickstarted a love for the business and the establishment of the firm. Drawing from three decades of experience, Webb and his team of talented professionals oversee each of the firm’s projects with meticulous care and attention to detail. Together, they have worked on numerous homes ranging in various designs, with one of its best projects depicted below.

Costing roughly $2M, this home was completed in 2018. It features classic farmhouse elements, paneled exteriors, and a neutral color palette.  Several large windows can also be observed, as well as unique finishes and fixtures.

All Phase Builders

955A American Street San Carlos, CA 94070

All Phase Builders specializes in both custom home building and remodeling services. It has been in business since 1985 and assists its clients with transforming residences into stunning homes as well as designing and crafting the most inviting ground-up construction work. As its name suggests, it works with its clients throughout the entire process and offers a highly hands-on and personalized approach to its clients. From major rebuilds to smaller-scale remodels, this company can do it all. The firm also offers project management and a comprehensive range of design and construction services. It has built long-lasting relationships with some of the area’s best architects, designers, and engineers, who have collaborated with its team, which in turn have produced excellent results. 

Operating out of its office in San Carlos, the firm extends its services throughout the area, Redwood City, Belmont, Menlo Park, Atherton, San Mateo, Woodside, Palo Alto, Hillsborough, and Foster City. William Buckleman, its founder, leads the firm to this day. Under his leadership, the firm has also built a reputation for its excellent accessory dwelling units, kitchens, bathrooms, and home additions.

Innovative Custom Builders

633 Quarry Road Unit A San Carlos, CA

Formerly known as Fitzpatrick & Sons, General Contractors, Innovative Custom Builders draws inspiration from nearly three decades of industry experience. The firm offers a complete range of custom home building services and specializes in home remodeling and additions. The firm employs a design-build approach that allows it to keep its entire process in-house, lessening the challenge for homeowners looking for additional subcontractors. The company specializes in mid to high-end luxury custom homes and has curated an excellent portfolio for itself over the years. It primarily showcases expertise for modern and contemporary work, as well as classic Spanish revivals. The firm extends its services throughout San Mateo County, including the Bay Area Peninsula, San Jose, Belmont, and Redwood City.

Pictured above is one of the firm’s best custom home remodels. Inside, it features an open-concept kitchen and large maximized living spaces. The home was completed in 2018 in collaboration with M Designs. It also features detailed landscaping, as well as luxurious lighting and various custom touches.