Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego county and boasts over 52 square miles of beautiful landscape, rolling mountains, and vast scenery. It is a leader in sustainable energy and has been hailed as one of the safest cities in the country. Literally meaning, “beautiful view,” Chula Vista provides an extensive and diverse array of housing to choose from. Here, sustainable communities are a regular trend, in addition to the classic Spanish colonial homes often seen around California. Its historic city center also makes way for a convergence of numerous homestyles, in the form of modern and contemporary houses, eclectic new age homes, and numerous Mediterranean-style estates. Given the expansive and green landscape of Chula Vista, homes here often come with large yards and tree-lined streets.

Here, we provide a list featuring some of the best custom home builders in Chula Vista. They were chosen based on merit, media presence, client reviews, and their respective portfolios. It highlights some of the most talented builders behind some of the area’s most beautiful homes.

8) Armstrong Builders, Inc.

Website | 858-488-2825 | 755 Turquoise St., San Diego, CA 92109

Established in 1980, Armstrong Builders utilizes a design-build approach and provides both custom home building and entire house remodeling services. It is led by its founder Tom Armstrong, who began his career in the construction industry as a teenager. 

He became a journeyman carpenter at 18 years old and while in college, received one of his first big projects after a major developer hired him to supervise the construction of several multi-story condominiums. Together with his team, the firm has built several homes in an extensive array of designs. Its portfolio is a gallery of craftsman homes, Spanish villas, and large modern houses.


7) Beacham Construction, Inc.

Website | 858-454-2999 | 405 Via del Norte, La Jolla, CA 92037

With over three decades of experience, Beacham Construction specializes in high-end custom home projects and builds in several styles. Its portfolio shows Spanish colonial estates, contemporary mansions, modern spaces, beach cottages and as seen in the chosen photo, French country estates. Its owner, Louis Beacham, personally oversees and handles each project to ensure that each home the firm constructs receives the benefit of his experience. It also utilizes an online-based project management system to guarantee clients a constant and open flow of communication. Through this, clients receive regular updates regarding progress, cash flow, and scheduling.

Being a LEED-certified professional, the firm also takes extra steps in using sustainable methods in each of its homes to further the green building movement. It also plays an active role in the community through supporting several local projects by extending a helping hand when it comes to constructing stairways, fire stations, and school renovations.


6) Pacific Edge Builders

Website | 619-933-6663 | 3639 Midway Dr. Suite B #211, San Diego, CA 92110

Established in 2015, Pacific Edge Builders provides its custom home building services through Southern California. It specializes in constructing beach homes, cottages, craftsman homes, and traditionally-themed houses, with its work often being distinguishable for the firm’s use of neutral tones and nautical themes. In addition, it is also known for making the most out of the space it is given. As can be seen in its portfolio, its team manages to make each space look bigger with the help of its design team. In addition to its custom home construction services, the firm also provides entire house remodeling services. In particular, it is known for its kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and home additions.

The firm is led by Cody Johnson, a California native with a degree in construction management. Together with his team, Johnson approaches each project with the goal of adaptivity and affordability.


5) Grunow Construction

Website | 858-459-8742 | 1121 Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037

Established in 1975, Grunow Construction began as a whole house remodeler and spec home builder before realigning its focus on custom home building. Furthermore, it now also provides interior design and home maintenance services. With its principal Tom Grunow being President of the La Jolla Historical Society, the firm also works on full-scale historical remodels and renovations. The firm is known for its craftsman and Mediterranean designs. Its work has been featured in San Diego Home/Garden, which recently recognized it for its excellent bathroom work. In addition, the firm has also graced the pages of La Jolla Village News, which hailed the firm as the best general contractor in the area.

The chosen project showcases the firm’s Mediterranean work. This house is an example of one of its grand Spanish villas. With this home, the firm utilized classic neutral and earth tones, clay Terracotta roof tiles, and emphasized arches in its architecture.


4) Charco Design & Build

Website | 888-600-4339 | 11585 Sorrento Valley Rd. Suite #104, San Diego, CA 92121

Charco Design & Build takes pride in its fully-integrated architecture, interior design, and construction team. Its inception began after its founder, Armando Flores, decided to take a chance and start a firm of his own after being in the industry for over two decades. Prior to his establishment of the firm, Flores worked as a Vice President and COO of an esteemed and well-respected remodeling firm, before branching out. His work has since been featured in numerous magazines and publications, with one of its kitchens seen weekly on local television’s, “Sam the Cooking Guy”. Furthermore, the firm’s work has also been published in Luxe Magazine and Ranch & Coast Magazine.

The firm primarily specializes in high-end residential projects, and shows particular skill in crafting vast modern and contemporary homes. The chosen project is a fine example of this. Here, the firm utilized straight lines to emphasize the contemporary vibe of the home, along with several floor-to-ceiling windows and a highlighting of geometric shapes.  


3) Dream Design Builders

Website | 858-799-0291 | 11411 W Bernardo Ct., San Diego, CA 92127

Since its inception in 1987, Dream Design Builders has established itself as a leading firm when it comes to whole house remodeling and custom home building. It has been decorated with numerous industry awards throughout its years in service and primarily utilizes a design-build approach to its projects. It extends its services throughout the San Diego area and was even named in 2016 as one of the top 15 fastest growing companies in the area by the San Diego Business Journal. Its portfolio shows several modern and Mediterranean projects, often distinguished by their high ceilings and enormous spaces. The firm has worked on French-inspired estates, warm and inviting Spanish villas, and even eclectic transitional houses.

The firm has an in-house interior design team available to guide each client through every detail including product selection and is particularly known for its kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor work. This can be seen in the chosen project which presents both the firm’s skill for combining designs, in this case a more modern approach to the Spanish villa, and utilizing outdoor space to accommodate more functionality and design.


2) Hill Construction Company

Website | 858-272-2975 | 4626 Albuquerque St. 2nd Flr, San Diego, CA 92109

With over four decades of experience, Hill Construction is a multi-award-winning firm that has had its work featured in numerous publications. These include Luxe Magazine, Professional Builder, Architectural Digest, and Dwell. It has also been honored with several Best in American Living awards, Gold Nugget awards, and Icon awards. Manned by a team of highly-skilled and award-winning builders, the firm has established itself as a luxury and premier custom home builder known for its extensive range of services. Throughout its years in the industry, it has worked on historic preservations and state-of-the-art contemporary designs. It has worked with esteemed architects and extends its services throughout Southern California.

The firm was established by the Hill family, who are proud to have lived in San Diego County since 1909. It was founded by Peter Hill in 1975, who would, later on, pass the family legacy to his son Ryan after he earned his degree in management construction.


1) Wardell Builders, Inc.

Website | 858-793-4190 | 649 Valley Ave. Suite A, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Established in 1979, Wardell Builders is composed of a team of highly-skilled builders. Headed by Terry Wardell, a craftsman with over two decades of experience, the team has constructed some of Southern California’s most detailed and challenging homes. Under his leadership, the firm has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including several Icon awards for its custom home building. Its work has also been featured in San Diego Home/Garden, Luxe Magazine, and Ranch & Coast Magazine. Being a LEED-certified firm, Wardell Builders also incorporates green building practices in an effort to further the movement, in addition to ensuring that each project it takes on becomes more energy-efficient. It is proudly affiliated with the US Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Society of Interior Designers.

The firm builds in a wide array of designs, as can be seen in its portfolio, which showcases a range of modern, contemporary, French, and craftsman-style homes.


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