Concord is an urban paradise where living is as affordable as it can get. The city has convenient access to cities like Napa Valley, Silicon Valley, and Sacramento, but still manages to maintain its laidback suburban feel. Craftsman homes are popular in the area, with modern contemporary forms also evident. 

This article presents the best custom home builders working in the Concord area. We found these firms after thorough research: the final list was selected based on a number of criteria, including building proficiency, company history, portfolio strength, awards received, press appearances, accreditations, certifications, and principal backgrounds.


Alward Construction

1035 Carleton Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Firm founder Keith Alward cites a love for building as the cornerstone of Alward Construction’s operations and the root of all the decisions the firm makes. Established in 1963, the company offers its remodeling and renovation services to the San Francisco Bay Area. Todd Stauber runs the company alongside a qualified team of specialists that strives to deliver quality work not only in terms of the building but in the planning, business, and post-construction aspects of the job.

Alward Construction

As a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the company is among the elite builders in the field. The firm has earned awards for its exemplary construction work, such as the Chrysalis Award, Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award, and the Remodeling Big 50 Award.

The beautiful home featured above was built by master builders Rick Toschi and Larry Nielsen. Stunning projects like these have been highlighted in the pages of Professional Remodeler, Qualified Remodeler Magazine, and Remodeling Magazine.


Aspire Builders

50 Oak Ct Suite 230, Danville, CA 94526

Aspire Builders’s expertise lies in building luxury custom homes. The full-service construction company does ground-up construction, additions, and remodels. Dedicated to construction, Aspire co-founder and industry veteran Ted Heathorn runs the firm with steady hands capable of building residential and commercial projects. The firm serves Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area. 

Reviews from former clients praise the professionalism of Aspire’s team as well as the quality of its work. Former clients have been impressed with the firm’s ability to deliver stunning effects, but also with its ability to take care of the details. Featured below is a contemporary residence completed by Aspire Builders. The gorgeous earth tones and sharp corners of the home’s exterior make the cozy interior stand out against the gorgeous natural backdrop.


Bay Vista Development

1850 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Suite 401, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

“We start with exceptional quality and build from there:” words that Bay Vista Development implements in its day-to-day operations. Randall Harris facilitates the company’s growth and makes sure that it runs smoothly from the beginning of a project until its completion. Solid collaboration and seamless management give the firm a strong foundation, a foundation completed with sterling work quality that meets—and exceeds—client expectations.

Bay Vista is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) partner firm that practices eco-friendly construction and is a proponent of sustainable energy and environmentally efficient building. Its efforts have earned it accolades from third party client community sites.

The following California craftsman home was constructed by Mark Bohon. The Charles Hill property combines suburban charm with does of modernism via high ceilings and a neutral design. The property’s expansive windows and wide patio give it a spacious interior.


Branagh Development

3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200, Lafayette, CA 94549

100-years of fieldwork has fortified Branagh Development into a building powerhouse within the construction industry. The company, led by owner Matt Branagh, carefully maps out every detail of construction to build a client’s dream home with extreme accuracy and minimal roadblocks. Its specialty includes a range of construction services: building custom homes, urban development, and commercial properties. Full transparency and a hassle-free experience are guaranteed to homeowners who hire Branagh Development.

The featured estate is the “Gary” custom home in Alamo, California. The 6,500-square-foot property is made out of 12,000 linear feet of custom millwork. It has four bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms, as well as custom-designed offices. The home’s private deck has an outdoor shower-off master suite.


DF Harr Construction

19 Ardendale Court, Alamo, CA 94507

D.F. Harr Construction is an Alamo-based firm with almost three decades of experience. Established in 1991, the company carries a strong commitment to quality not only in the structures worked on but also client collaboration. David Harr oversees the firm’s operations, he has with him a wide array of skills over the years. He has since been leading a talented group of craftspeople to help elevate the firm’s profile within the industry. Quality craftsmanship and design, along with excellent professionalism and project management, have cemented the firm’s status as one of the most trusted partners for clients looking to get their dream homes built.

Most of their projects include residential estates and single-family homes. Featured is an estate lightly influenced by mediterranean design elements but teeming with craftsmanship. The company’s portfolio showcases a variety of styles ranging from contemporary villa estates to traditional Craftsman homes.


Fautt Homes

3201 Danville Blvd, Alamo, CA 94507

Quaint elegance and sound construction encapsulate Fautt Homes’ body of work. The company takes pride in its exceptional construction quality, from the gorgeous design of its projects to the minute details of its completed estates. Additionally, Fautt sees to it that every construction fits a homeowner’s budget and lifestyle, delivering custom homes that make sense for each client. Restorations are also a major part of its everyday business; the firm knows how to give a new shine to older structures and interiors. Other services include doors and trims, casitas and cabanas, and interior designs.

President Jefferey Fautt has an impressive resume with nearly 40 years of home building experience.  Shelby Fautt acts as the vice president of the firm and interior designer and boasts marketing and sales expertise.

Fautt Homes has earned a Best Architecture accolade from the National Home Builders MAME (Major Achievement in Market Excellence) Award. The firm has also received several client-based service-oriented awards from third-party domains.


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3201 Danville Blvd, Alamo, CA 94507

For Oakland homeowners and potential settlers, formfunction_PLUS is a reliable partner when it comes to constructing custom homes. The enterprise has won several design-based awards from third-party domains specializing in constructing energy-efficient buildings and contemporary architecture. The firm values close collaboration with clients, architects, and subcontractors. The firm works collaboratively in every building process, to ensure seamless construction with minimal errors. Other services include installations, additions, remodeling, and demolition.

For more than three decades, Scott Beattie’s company has exceeded client expectations in California custom home building with its exceptional planning and construction. Client testimonials attest to the firm’s beautiful design and sturdy workmanship, praising its construction as well as the professionalism of its crew. The pictured “21greenHOME,” dubbed a “21st Century Green Home”, is built with sleek wood and sustainable materials, evoking a green atmosphere that’s as environmentally-friendly as it is aesthetically gorgeous.


Jetton Construction

1117-A Virginia Street, Berkeley, CA 94702

Sustainable building practices, excellent craft, and caring service at a good value⁠—these are the foundations of Jetton Construction’s business structure. Founded by Bill Jetton more than four decades ago, the company began by working on various projects from suspension bridges to vintage barn restorations. In 1983, the firm began focusing on new construction and remodeling. To date, Jetton Construction has completed more than 400 projects in the Bay area. It remains one of the most sought after builders in the field due to its consistent business model and trustworthy reputation. 

Jetton has received awards like the Preservation Award from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for Historical Restoration for its work on The Marion Beadles House. The firm is a Certified Green Building Professional and a member of NARI and the Architects Institute of America’s National and East Bay Chapters. Publications that have featured Jetton include Elle Decor, Remodeling Magazine, and Gentry Home Magazine.


Lindal Cedar Homes

6840 3340 Mt Diablo Blvd # E, Lafayette, CA 94549

A proponent for green building and elite-level construction, Lindal Cedar Homes not only constructs homes but remains vigilant in promoting sustainable living. Evident in its name, the company uses high grade Western red cedar in its projects, ensuring clients that quality is a top priority in its work. The NAHB-accredited firm strives to deliver efficient and flexible ways to create architecture that stands the test of time. Strong posts and beams are constructed by Lindal to provide a firm foundation for its homes. The company’s clientele base has remained solid through the years, evidence of the firm’s consistent, quality work.

The Cascade 2494 home pictured below is a sterling beauty that evokes a mod minimalist concept and sharp, contemporary exteriors complemented by its dark-colored palette and asymmetrical framework. This 2,493 sq. ft. property has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, finished off with high walls and a butterfly roof. The ceiling-to-floor windows on both floors bring in copious sunlight during the daytime, permitting homeowners to enjoy the scenery from a number of different vantage points.  


Mueller Nicholls Builders

2400 Union St., Oakland, CA 94607

Originating as a cabinet shop in 1981, Mueller Nicholls Builders grew into a fully-formed construction powerhouse successfully operating on its California turf. The firm is employee-owned, and its roster is stacked with a talented group of experts that specialize in design, installation, and construction. The West Coast shop provides top-grade construction and millwork to its clientele. Mueller Nicholls Builders is a known pioneer, being among the first shops to be Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) and the first to switch to solar power in 2008. Mueller Nicholls’s services include residential and commercial work.

Founder Steve Nicholls has been active in the industry for almost 40 years. His Oakland-based company has appeared in a number of publications including California Home + Design, Better Homes and Gardens, and Luxe Interiors + Design. The Craftsman estate featured below exhibits faded blue colors that radiate a cool, breezy vibe amidst sunny Cali’s climate, its traditional style evoking a quaint, classic charm in its suburban setting.


Pacific Crest Builders Inc.

2109 East Street, Concord, CA 94520

A proven commodity when it comes to designing, building, and development, Pacific Crest Builders is one of the best available in the Concord construction circle. As a certified Green Building Professional, a conscious decision to infuse every project with sustainable and environmentally efficient aspects are commonplace in the firm’s operations. Jeff Randolph is the company principal and a major factor in the enterprise’s growth. The firm is certified by the US Green Building Council and a Build It Green Member.

The project featured is a 2,294 sq. ft. farmhouse that combines the classic with the contemporary, adding sustainable and stable structural facets to its construct. Residences like this indicate why testimonials by former clients are so positive. Most cite Mueller’s impressive implementation of innovative building methods as well as complete business transparency and ease of communication as its strongest suits. Reviews praise the finished product, but also the collaborative highly communicative processes.


TradeMark Homes

11 Orchard Court, Suite A, Alamo, CA 94507

Diverse home styles and exceptional construction are the signatures of TradeMark Homes. The enterprise has been on the custom home building scene since 1979. Principal Joe Pucci Jr. steers the firm’s operations, establishing its identity as a master of custom home building and architectural wonder.

TradeMark claims that it is a “client-oriented company,” one focused on pleasing every customer not only by building homes that meet the gold standard but also in fortifying long-term relationships. From the major facets of a structure up to the minute details of a home, the firm excels in delivering only the best structure to every homeowner. The firm guarantees an outstanding finished project.

Its portfolio showcases a surprising range of styles, from modern Craftsman homes to grand Neoclassical mansions. The company serves the San Francisco Bay Area.


Total Concepts

211 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404

Constructing architecturally sound homes and providing quality customer service are the cornerstones of Total Concepts’ business model. Hank Rechin, owner and founder of the company, built Total Concepts on the foundation of integrity and excellence. The passionate team behind Total Concepts sees to it every member is committed to the firm’s cause so that every client comes out satisfied with each completed structure. Aiding clients from the permit planning stages up until the post-building maintenance is a regular occurrence, guiding homeowners hand-in-hand from the beginning until the end. Restorations, remodels, and additions make up the firm’s other services.

Total Concepts is an esteemed member of the AIA and AIA San Francisco. Several client community sites from third-party domains have recognized the firm’s design expertise, earning it several awards. This design prowess is seen in the Calistoga Farmhouse featured, a modern take on the farmhouse style with a predominantly white color palette as seen in the patio beams, the roof, and the exterior paint. The home’s forest-like backdrop allows the property to stand out amidst the green, adding a layer of magnificence to the contemporary beauty.


Wehrli Construction Inc.

696 San Ramon Valley Blvd #241, Danville, CA 94526

Solid dedication to quality and efficiency makes every custom home built by Wehrli Construction an outstanding structure with impeccable design. With humble roots as a wood crafting shop working for local clients, Walt Wehrli’s business has expanded into an international operation. After working in the big leagues, a return to custom home building regrounded the company. 

Rustic Traditional, Mid-Century Modern, Tuscan Villa—these are some of the stunning home styles seen in Wehrli’s project portfolio. Two decades of building in Central California and the Bay Area have honed the mastery of Wehrli and the firm’s roster of skilled craftspeople. The company utilizes specialists for each specific domain to give clients the best service for every job detail. 

The custom home contractor offers services as a builder and designer, guaranteed to build quality new home construction from base to completion. Kitchens and bathrooms are also a specialty of the company, bringing blueprints to life with skill and accuracy. The company also serves Alamo, Danville, Diablo, Lafayette, and Orinda.


Young and Burton, Inc.

1947 San Ramon Valley Blvd # 200, San Ramon, CA 94583

“Delivering the best consistently since 1985.” This statement is made by Young and Burton, and if customer testimonials are the basis for its legitimacy, its excellent reviews solidify the claim. Young and Burton’s has a number of construction veterans that make up its team, consisting of the best specialists, artisans, and builders in the Bay Area.

Michael and Samantha Burton act as the president and vice president of the firm. Under the leadership of these experts, the firm was named “The Leading Custom Home Builder of Northern California” in The Perfect Home Book Series. To date, the firm has completed more than 150 projects in California.

The property pictured is a project by Young and Burton dubbed the “Diablo.” Its offbeat name stems from its location in Diablo, California. The green-built house is constructed using a combination of lumber and brownstone materials that reflect its 1900’s vintage design.


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