Escondido is home to numerous major attractions like wineries, craft breweries, and a charming historic downtown. A city where walking can be a fun pastime, Escondido also serves as the site for several beautiful custom homes. Some of these residences were crafted by the home builders presented in this list. Many of these firms are affiliated with industry organizations including the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Some of these firms have also been featured in publications such as Dream Home, International Architectural Digest, San Diego Home and Garden, and Modern Luxury. Though most of these firms are not based in Escondido, their skilled and experienced teams have built numerous homes in cities across San Diego County, including Escondido.
Bothof Brothers Construction
1604 Summit Ln., Escondido, CA 92025
Bothof Brothers Construction thrives on referral clients. Founded in 1995, it quickly grew to become one of the leaders in high-end construction. Over the years, the firm has built not only high-end homes and remodels for clients in the San Diego County, but also government housing in Coronado and complex commercial builds. One great example of the firm’s work is a two-story Spanish revival style home. Possessing a classic palette that mixes between light and earthy colors, this home is dominated with classic Spanish features and still exudes contemporary features that are most evident in its interiors. Aside from this mix of styles, the home also has a snug atmosphere that is balanced by a mix of contemporary and traditional furniture emphasized by the natural light drawn in by the home’s glass doors.
In projects such as this, the firm is known for being hands-on in all aspects from conception, design, demolition, to build. Currently, the firm is handled by founder Henk Bothof who has known the family business ever since his childhood. After graduating high school, Bothof gained experience in various disciplines which include plumbing, electrical work, framing, plumbing, and cabinetry. After acquiring these skills from the previous companies he had worked for, Bothof started the company currently known for high-quality workmanship.
P.O. Box 3027, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Custom home building and remodeling have been CHPT Construction’s niche over the ten years since company principal Javier Zavala Alarcón established it. During those years, CHPT Construction has built custom homes in some of San Diego county’s most prestigious communities.
One of these beautiful custom homes is Sendero Angelica—a residence in Santaluz. Exuding a Spanish Mediterranean style, this single-story home has a wide, open floor plan that is perfect for big families or owners who enjoy a big party. Like many other homes built in this style, the residence has a timeless cream and red brick palette. Aside from building such eye-catching homes, CHPT Construction also handles all aspects of land and hardscaping.
Custom Builders of California
1835A S. Centre City Parkway #436 Escondido, CA 92025
Custom Builders of California has been in the industry for 28 years. But alongside a company with deep roots, the firm also has a team of contractors that have more than 33 years of combined experience. One result of this gathered experience is the Chen residence. Designed by Friehauf Architects, this unique contemporary home makes use of various types of wood and vertical grain clear douglas fir for its design. The guest bedrooms have bamboo floors, luxurious walk-in closets, and a private bath.
Throughout the home, hallways have Patagonian rosewood floors inlaid with maple. Aside from these features and a grand Brazilian cherry and stainless steel staircase that leads to the master suite with beautiful ocean views, the home has countless eye-catching designs. One of its more notable features is a special room that can become both an indoor and outdoor spa by opening the custom made, one-of-a-kind 12-foot long pocket door that disappears into the wall; this opens the room to the garden.
Eco Minded Solutions
9466 Black Mountain Rd., STE. 210 San Diego, CA 92126
As per its name, Eco Minded Solutions is recognized not only for its innovative designs, skilled craftsmanship, and exceptional customer service, but also for its eco-friendly approach. So far, the firm has been featured in numerous publications including Home and Garden, Coastal Living Lifestyle, and Del Mar Magazine. Alongside such recognition, Eco Minded Solutions was also voted Best of San Diego from 2013 to 2017.
A firm that thrives on customer referrals and word of mouth marketing, Eco Minded Solutions is known for doing landscaping and home remodeling services alongside custom home building work for clients throughout San Diego. One great example of the firm’s projects is a Mediterranean home in Rancho Santa Fe. Completed in 2017, this residence has a landscape that complements the natural environment and provides a seamless indoor-outdoor living space for family and friends.
727 7th St., Ramona, CA 92065
Freeman’s Construction Inc. is one of the most trusted builders in San Diego County, CA. They specialize in luxury design-build custom homes and whole-house remodeling projects. They are leaders in fire-resistant home construction methods and build with ICF Construction in high wildland fire areas.
Freeman’s Construction, Inc. began in 1981 when Bill Freeman, president of the company, obtained his general contractor’s license in order to start his own concrete & framing business. From 1981 to 1986 Freeman’s Construction, Inc. specialized in concrete and framing, subcontracting for several general contractors that were building and remodeling high-end custom homes.
In 1986 the company was incorporated as Freeman’s Construction, Inc. The business has expanded its services since that time to include luxury design-build custom homes, whole-house remodels, fire rebuilds, additions, steel buildings & ICF construction (insulated concrete forms) in all areas of San Diego County. For 38 years, Freeman’s Construction Inc. has been a local family-owned company. They have been committed to delivering the highest quality construction projects to all of the families they work for, that are both on time and on budget. They take great pride in providing every one of their customers with a smooth and trouble-free building experience. Their team will guide you through each step of the building process. Honesty, integrity & customer service are core values that make up the heart of the company.
Marrokal Design and Remodeling
9474 Kearny Villa Rd., #205, San Diego, CA 92126
Marrokal Design and Remodeling has been remodeling and building custom homes for more than 35 years. The award-winning design-build firm creates dream homes in Escondido, Encinitas, Del Mar, and Greater San Diego. The company has a passion for building and remodeling homes that are highly functional, stylish, and beautiful. This classic Spanish-style custom home in the neighborhood of Ocean Beach, San Diego was designed and built for Geoff and Mary “Mares” Northrop. They lived in Ocean Beach for 30 years and in 2017 purchased a spacious lot with stunning ocean views for their custom home. The end result: a beautiful dream home that they love.
Marrokal Design and Remodeling has won numerous awards, including the BBB 2018 Torch awards—an award given to businesses that show the best practices in leadership character and organizational ethics. In the same year, it also won the NARI CotY awards for the Residential Bath, Residential Landscape Design/Outdoor Living, and Residential Interior Element categories. In 2015, the firm was awarded the Chrysalis Award and was included in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 Remodelers list. All this recognition could not have been gained if not for the entire team’s work ethic. Marrokal Design and Remodeling also has a design team of key members who are certified aging-in-place specialists.
2780 La Mirada Dr. Suite A, Vista, CA 92081
Founded in 2006 by husband and wife duo, Milan and Mirjana Djokich, MMD Construction is recognized as one of the quality home building firms servicing North San Diego county. With a team possessing over 100 years of combined experience, MMD Construction is most recognized for its Mission Revival style homes.
One great example of this is a custom home in Rancho Santa Fe. A project with a $1.5 million budget, this Spanish colonial style home’s entire area incorporates custom work and intricate detailing. The residence has countless beautiful features, but its most notable features are the radius arch at the entrance, the library’s flawlessly notched ceiling, and the master bathroom’s hand-cut tiles. Aside from building new custom houses such as this, MMD construction is also known for remodeling and renovation services for residential and commercial projects.
2120 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Mulvey Builders has been building in Rancho Santa Fe and the surrounding areas for more than 35 years, since Douglas Mulvey established the firm. During these years, the firm has built homes in the Mediterranean, Contemporary, Modern, and Ranch styles.
Its most notable work is the Fairbanks Ranch estate. A Spanish Mediterranean ranch style home, this two-story residence has a wide floor plan and interiors dominated by classical designs, which add to the home’s atmosphere of timeless style and sophistication. Aside from building custom homes such as this one, Mulvey Builders is also known for its skill in residential remodels.
Rancho Santa Fe Craftsman
2507 Vista Lago Terrace, Escondido, CA 92029
Since 1982, Rancho Santa Fe Craftsman has been building homes in some of the finest neighborhoods in San Diego’s North County areas. The firm is known for building beautiful homes in the Spanish Mediterranean style. One of these Spanish Mediterranean homes flaunts a stone facade with an earthy palette that harmonizes well with its green surroundings. Though Rancho Santa Fe Craftsman is known for these beautiful homes, the firm limits the number of houses it builds per year to ensure that each home is able to of equal quality to each other.
The firm was founded by principals Greg Rossignol and Jim Bradford, who have decades of experience in all phases of home construction. With this expertise, the firm is able to build homes with fine craftsmanship while providing clients with impeccable service.
1107 South Coast Hwy., Oceanside, CA 92054
A firm carrying affiliations with the NKBA, NAHB, ASID, and the AIA, spaces Renewed is known for creating eye-catching renovations, additions, outdoor living, and lot and land acquisition. Aside from these services, the firm also does beautiful custom homes for clients in the San Diego county. One of the most notable custom homes the firm has built is a two-story coastal residence in Encinitas that combines. modernist and contemporary elements. Another great example of its work is a remodeled home in Carlsbad. A modern Spanish style home that also exudes rustic and transitional elements, this home is perfect for entertaining guests with the open floor plan that connects the main house to the outdoor living space with bi-folding glass doors.
Homes like these are the products of the husband and wife team of Marshal and Beth Booth. Marshall started his career at a very young age with landscape construction. At the age of 18, Marshall became the superintendent of a large reinforcing company. Here, he cultivated an understanding and ability to combine great management with acute attention to detail. Beth, meanwhile, has an eye for aesthetic beauty and precision and serves as the company’s designer. With her certifications from the NKBA and ASID, Beth has designed homes in the modern, transitional, and Spanish styles. Aside from an arsenal of quality designing materials, she also has connections with vendors and suppliers who have known her for decades.
Together, their experience and abilities result in homes like the Encinitas residence. Aside from building beautiful custom homes such as this, Spaces Renewed also does renovations, additions, outdoor living, and lot and land acquisition.