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The 4 Best Custom Home Builders in Foster City, California

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Selecting the right custom home builder—one with effective processes and systems in place—is the most important decision you will make on the road to your dream home. Bringing the right builder on board will ensure that your new home’s design reflects your style and vision and keeps you respect your budget.  To help you choose the right builder for your project, our team has curated a list of the best custom home builders in Foster City, California.

These companies were selected based on their accreditations, certifications, and professional affiliations. We also considered the recognition each firm has received in the form of industry awards, client reviews, and features in the press. We have also laid out the range of services these firms offer, their specializations, and the length of time they have been in the industry.

Starburst Construction

1207 Redcliff Drive, San Jose, CA 95118

Starburst Construction is a team of award-winning master craftsmen specializing in building and renovating custom homes and estates. From Craftsman, Victorian, to Eichler, and contemporary, the company builds modern and energy-efficient homes that last. The firm has been recognized by GuildQuality and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) with Gold Awards and a META Award.

An outstanding representative of its long portfolio of custom homes is this Mackey home. The owners needed more space to live in. The Starburst team opened up the interior by removing a center wall and fireplace. Full windows and glass doors at the front and the back of the house extended, visually, the living room creating a bright, open area. The kitchen was shifted to one side and islands on wheels offered a number of different layout possibilities. The bathroom was given an updated modern look; new wood floors and paint completed this makeover.

A modest tract house in Mountain View had the same issue of having little space, but Starburst Construction turned it into an expansive, open house by vaulting the ceiling and opening up the walls. A large sliding door, skylights, streamlined cabinets, and the relocation of the furnace and water heater contributed to the illusion of having more space. Updating all the bedrooms and bathrooms, with some slight reconfiguration, allowed for the addition of a half bath convenient for guests. 

Greenberg Construction

904 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94303

Greenberg Construction is a full-service design and build general construction company—an extension of the Greenberg Group. Based in Palo Alto, it has over 25 years of specialized experience in construction operating in Palo Alto and surrounding areas. As a member of Build It Green and a Green Building Professional, it offers the latest energy-efficient products and services for environmentally friendly living spaces

Maor Greenberg manages the development and construction company within the Greenberg Group company. He has led the company in designing and building contemporary, modern ranch, and transitional style homes such as this new construction project. Done in contemporary modern architecture design, the facade of the home is complemented by beautiful front landscaping for a unique look and feel. All of the company’s work meets the standards of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the NARI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and Silicon Valley, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area (BIA).

Innovative Custom Builders

633 Quarry Road Unit A San Carlos, CA 94070

Innovative Custom Builders (formerly Fitzpatrick & Sons, General Contractors) has been mastering the craft of building modern custom homes for over 25 years. Bill Fitzpatrick, the founder, spent more than 10 years with Hans Armbrust, a master carpenter in Germany who immigrated to the US in 1964. He obtained his own contractor’s license in 1988 and started Fitzpatrick & Sons General Contracting shortly after. Dan Fitzpatrick, the president, tripled the size of the company and established its status as a go-to custom home builder.

Together, they have guided this BBB-certified company into producing mid to high-end luxury custom homes. Take notice of the Alta Residence. The modern design and the fabulous views define this custom 5,000-square-foot new custom home build in California. The project team incorporated landscaping and massive windows that capitalize on the home’s hillside location. This contemporary home has transformed the homeowner’s property into an indoor and outdoor oasis with a custom-built pool, exterior stone elements, and high-class indoor amenities.

The Claremont Residence is another one of the company’s stand-out custom home construction projects. This Craftsman-style custom home construction has a traditional style vibe and layout. Rooms are encompassed by crown molding that creates elegance throughout the house. A custom open shower in the bathroom, skylights, hardwood floors, and granite countertops are some of its other features.

Bay West Builders

For the past 27 years, Bay West Builders has been known for its skills in the art of fine homebuilding, especially in the modern, farmhouse, and Spanish styles. The company’s objectives for its select clients are twofold. First, construct some of the finest homes on the Peninsula utilizing craftsmanship and materials of the highest quality. Second, build lasting relationships between the clients and their design team by using honesty, integrity, skill, and competency as the main building materials.

One of the company’s most prominent works is the Sanctuary, a home constructed to allow the landscape to speak first. The structure floats on stilts of piers, allowing the building to engage with the trees and protect their root systems. The floor plate projects beyond the building envelopes and dissolves into balconies to blur the sense of indoor/outdoor and lift the building up from the ground. Board-formed concrete walls serve as organizing elements in the main residence which separate the private quarters from public areas.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as a brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at HomeBuilderDigest, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University - Degree in Construction Engineering Management