Located in Orange County, Irvine, California is considered to be one of the wealthiest and safest cities in the United States. Los Angeles architect William Pereira designed the city into townships, or individual villages, each with a distinct architectural style. With over 40 villages, residents can find a plethora of architectural masterpieces in the different areas of the city.
With the mesmerizing views and rich architectural details found in many Irvine homes, it’s no surprise that the home builders in the area possess a talent for innovative design and superior quality custom home building skills. In this list are the best custom home builders in Irvine, all of which excel in designing and building various home styles that exude luxury and magnificence. Some of these builders are recipients of various awards and have been featured in numerous publications for their award-winning work of art. They have also been evaluated on customer service and craftsmanship.
If you are thinking about building a custom home, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work. On the other hand, if you want to learn more about the cost of building a custom home in Irvine, check out our cost guide article.
13) Building Worx Construction Development
180 N Glendora Ave. Suite #202, Glendora, CA 91741
For many years, Building Worx Construction Development has provided residents throughout Orange County, The Inland Empire, and Los Angeles with high-quality custom homes. Founders Robert Artura and Ryan Zivelonghi founded the company after realizing that there was a need for a cost-efficient residential and commercial firm in the area. Throughout the years, the company has been recognized as one of the prominent builders in Southern California.
Aside from custom home building, the company specializes in home remodeling, as well as home additions and extensions. One of the firm’s recent projects is a transitional custom home featuring a double staircase, an open concept layout with beautiful hardwood floors, a huge kitchen island, a spacious en suite, a media room, and a wine cellar. The firm’s projects range from $250k to $15 million.
12) Christiano Homes
1670 Santa Ana Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Costa Mesa-based Christiano Homes is a boutique home builder specializing in high-end custom home building and remodeling services throughout the Orange County area. Steve Christiano, founder of the firm, has over 15 years of building experience, enabling the firm to provide clients with superior quality homes that reflect their style while staying on budget and timeline.
One of the firm’s recent projects is a modern custom home featuring concrete flooring on the upper level and light hardwood flooring in the basement, marble countertops, and a huge walk-in pantry. The six-bedroom property also has expansive windows and sliding door systems, which allow the homeowners to enjoy the magnificent ocean and city views. Additionally, this luxurious custom home features a wine cellar, movie room, and an infinity pool with a jacuzzi.
11) Lee B. Marston Construction, Inc.
712 Poppy Ave., Corona del Mar, CA 92625
With over 50 years of experience in the construction business, Lee B. Marston Construction has earned the trust of Orange County clients by providing them with reliable home building and remodeling workmanship. Lee B. Marston obtained his general contractor’s license in 1970 after graduating from Long Beach State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. In 2005, Matt Marston joined the company and became the Chief Operating Officer of the firm.
One notable project of the firm is a Cameo Shores estate featuring two outdoor entertaining areas with a stone fireplace, patina copper roofs, exquisite reclaimed wood floors shipped from a sheep mill in New Zealand, and breathtaking views. The firm services the Irvine, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach areas, and the firm’s projects typically cost around $200k to $4 million.
10) HartmanBaldwin Design/Build
100 W Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
HatmanBaldwin Design/Build has provided residents of Orange County, the San Gabriel Valley, and the Greater Los Angeles areas with outstanding design work and high-quality home building services for over 35 years. As one of the leading design/build firms in the area, HartmanBaldwin was listed as one of the Top three firms in California and 15th out of 550 remodeling companies in the United States by Remodeling Magazine’s Big 550. Bill Baldwin, owner of the company, has formed an impressive team of award-winning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited architects, certified interior designers, project managers, craftsmen, and artisans, enabling the firm to construct homes of great quality.
In addition, this full-service architecture, construction, and interiors company also performs large-scale renovations and additions, historic restorations, and constructs luxury energy-efficient custom homes.
9) Devco Homes
1000 Quail St. Suite #260, Newport Beach, CA 92660
For over 25 years, Devco Homes has specialized in custom home building services throughout the Orange County area. Jon Deverian founded the firm in 1999 after six years of tract building, where he developed several residential housing subdivisions throughout Salt Lake City and Utah County. In over 25 years of being in the business, Devco Homes have developed over 350 homes in the area and have provided residents with beautiful, innovative living spaces.
One of the firm’s recent projects is a modern home with an open-concept floor plan, light brown hardwood flooring, an indoor-outdoor area, a huge eat-in kitchen island, and a spacious master bathroom with a soaking tub and walk-in shower.
8) Reuter Homes
887 Production Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663
Newport Beach native Mark Reuter founded Reuter Homes over 40 years ago. With the goal of building inspired homes, Mark built a team of professionals who seek to build the most luxurious custom homes in Orange County. The firm aims to take clients’ hopes and desires for their home and transform them into unique luxury dream homes. Over the years, the firm has built over 200 custom homes in the area, all of which are rich in architectural detail and covered in beautiful finishes.
The firm recently received the Gold Nugget Award at the Pacific Coast Builders. This award is given to firms who improve communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning, and development.
7) Mr. Build Construction
18100 Von Karman Suite #850, Irvine, CA 92612
Mr. Build Construction has designed and built luxury custom homes in Orange County and Los Angeles since 1979. From Malibu to Newport Beach, Mr. Build Construction has built a solid reputation for delivering exceptional custom homes and outstanding home building and remodeling services. Over the years, Mr. Build has provided construction, renovation, and maintenance services for both residential and commercial properties, with properties of varying sizes.
Additionally, the firm is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Certified Remodeler. The firm serves the Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana areas.
6) James David Custom Homes
15375 Barranca Pkwy. Suite G-102, Irvine, CA 92618
In 1998, James David Lepak founded James David Custom Homes, a custom home building firm serving residents throughout Orange County. James found his passion for a home building at the age of 14, and for over two decades, the firm has been known for its high standards for custom homebuilding excellence and impressive customer service. With Lepak’s extensive knowledge and experience in the industry, the firm has built many impressive homes in the area and has developed long-term relationships with many of its clients.
The firm’s recent Modern Farmhouse project features a classic single-story Cape Cod with the latest amenities and energy-efficient technologies. This four-bedroom home has wide wood plank floors, Calcutta countertops, and custom tile backsplash, as well as state-of-the-art, LED lighting, security, and home theater systems.
5) Cornell Custom Construction
5670 Schaefer Ave. Suite H, Chino, CA 91710
Cornell Custom Construction specializes in high-end custom homes and serves the Southern California area. Toby Cornell, a third generation builder, took over the business over two decades ago, and has since been building luxury custom homes. Over the years, the firm has worked on projects ranging from 4,300 square feet to over 13,000 square feet. The company works with reputable architects, subcontractors, and engineers to help make the construction process a smooth experience for the clients.
The firm often builds in Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles County. One of the firm’s luxury custom home projects is a Mediterranean home featuring a grand staircase with custom iron railing, as well as Corinthian columns, an elegant family room with a custom-made fireplace, and a pool room with a retractable barreled glass skylight.
4) Gallo Builders
1105 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Full-service custom home builder Gallo Builders has more than 30 years of experience in building high-end custom homes. Viewing each project as a work of art, the Gallo team takes pride in meticulous attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and innovative home building techniques. The company’s excellent home building workmanship and service has led to many referrals and to various features in View, Dream Homes International, Riviera, and Western Art & Architecture, as well as a place on 2014, 2016, and 2017 Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List.
Most of the firm’s projects are luxurious modern homes, featuring floor to ceiling windows, open concept layout, sleek and high-end finishes, and breathtaking outdoor relaxation areas.
3) Western Pacific Construction
450 Newport Center Dr. Suite #490, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Western Pacific Construction, specializing in building luxury custom homes, has provided Southern California with a full range of construction services since 2003. The company also provides luxury renovations, pool and landscape design-build, and interior design services, as well as home additions, home remodeling, general contracting, and construction management services for commercial spaces.
The company values spending time with its clients, and ensuring that each material used is of the highest quality. Thanks to its high-quality workmanship and personalized approach to home building, Pacific has become a leader in construction innovation, technology, and efficiency in the custom home building throughout the area. The firm serves the areas of Irvine, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Newport Coast.
2) Corbin Reeves Construction
3199-A2 Airport Loop, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Corbin Reeves Construction has constructed some of the finest estates and custom homes throughout Orange County. Founder Michael Reeves has become one of the top names in the area’s custom home building business. From Shady Canyon in Irvine to the oceanfront of Laguna Beach, the Corbin Reeves team has proven its expertise in building both traditional and contemporary homes, regardless of the challenges posed by various locations. Many of the firm’s works have been featured in publications such as Veranda Magazine and California Homes Magazine.
The firm specializes in custom home building, general contracting, custom design-build, and remodels, with projects ranging from $1.5 million to $45 million.
1) John Steed Homes
16252 Construction Circle, Irvine, CA 92606
John Steed Homes have been serving the Orange County, Corona del Mar, and Newport Beach areas since 1999. Owner John Steed ensures that his company successfully integrates high-end finishes and green building techniques in every project. The company is a member of various organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council Chapter, the NAHB, California Build It Green (BIG), California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC), California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services (CHEERS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The firm’s most recent project is a Certified LEED® Platinum Home, featuring a two-car garage, hardwood flooring, a walk-in closet, and a luxurious bathroom with double sinks and granite countertop. This $3.3 million “ultragreen home” was featured in The Orange County Register.
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If you are thinking about building a custom home, we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.