Formerly known as Livermore Ranch, Livermore is a city in Alameda County, the most populous city in the Tri-Valley. Its south side is home to local vineyards and a typical residential area. That said, homes here vary from the latest modern themes to classic and timeless Californian Spanish colonials.
We’ve carefully curated a list of the seven best general contractors in the area—contractors behind some of Livermore’s most beautiful homes. They were chosen based not only on merit, but also their respective histories, experiences, and projects.
Mark Scott Construction
2835 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Mark Scott Construction is a full-service general contractor that specializes in commercial and residential projects. Headquartered in Pleasant Hill with offices located in Fairfield, Stockton, and Rohnert Park, the firm takes pride in its wide service area and has secured a solid reputation for itself. The firm has been in business since 1989 and has since grown from a small contracting firm into the firm that it is today. It is fully licensed and bonded and is also certified ‘Lead-Safe’ by the EPA. That said, it often incorporates various sustainability and green building practices into its methods, ensuring that its homes are highly efficient and environmentally-friendly. The firm consists of an experienced staff using a hands-on approach on each of the projects it takes on.
Mark Scott Construction maintains affiliations with important organizations like the National Association of Home Builders and takes pride in the stellar reviews it has received throughout the years. The firm also provides unique specialty services like Drone Services. Aside from California, it has also worked in states such as Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii.
1928 Via Di Salerno, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Since its inception in 1989, V.A. Tragni has been providing the San Francisco Bay Area with luxury custom home building services. It has worked in some of the area’s most exclusive neighborhoods and specializes in an array of intricate architectural styles. Its portfolio is a gallery of Tuscan, Mediterranean, and Spanish colonial estates, as well as mansions characterized by the V.A’s team’s striking stucco exteriors and roofing. The firm is led by its principal and namesake Vito Tragni, who lives in one of the communities he built. Under his leadership, the firm employs the latest green building methods and state-of-the-art industry techniques. His leadership has also enabled the firm to become an expert in ground-up construction projects, additions, fire damage rebuilds, and multi-residential work.
The featured project above best showcases the firm’s experience with Mediterranean themed homes. For this luxury home, the firm’s team made use of stucco exteriors coupled with a warm earthy color palette. Several wrought iron details may also be observed, as well as the classic terracotta roofs, so often visible in California homes.
P.O. Box 2224, Livermore, CA 94551
Serving Northern California since 1993, Bosch Development offers an extensive range of custom home building services. Those services include interior and exterior renovations, home additions, large-scale remodels, and in-law units. Bosch is a family-owned business led by its founder Steve Bosch, a licensed contractor with over four decades of experience in the residential building industry. He is known for his in-depth knowledge of the finest construction techniques and he ensures that each of the firm’s projects receives the benefit of his experience. Bosch works with an outstanding group of established subcontractors who are licensed and insured and are known for their commitment to excellence.
The firm’s portfolio provides insight into its craftsmanship. It is a gallery of a variety of homes ranging from classic Spanish Colonials to quaint and wonderful craftsman homes. The project above is an example of the latter. For this project, the firm’s team designed an inviting porch complete with fine wooden railings.
157 W Angela St. #1, Pleasanton, CA 94566
With nearly three decades of experience, Morgenroth Development is a full-service design and construction company that works throughout the San Francisco East Bay area. The firm specializes in both residential and commercial projects and is also known for its excellent outdoor living work. The firm is affiliated with organizations like Build It Green and Energy Star, so it’s more than qualified to handle any specific sustainability requirements a project may require. The firm is manned by a team of excellent craftsmen who have earned and retained clients by providing superior customer service and quality design since its inception in 1995. Given its years in the industry, Morgenroth has become an expert in both structure and code issues, particularly in the local landscape. It is known for finishing all of its projects on-time and within budget and is personally led by its namesake, Jim Morgenroth. Mr. Morgenroth is a builder with over 30 years of experience and personally manages all daily operations of Morgenroth Development.
The Queen Anne style home above is often mistaken for a historic remodel and best embodies the Morgenroth team’s expertise. It features four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and has its very own 500-square foot wine cellar and detached 1200-square-foot 5-car garage. Its quaint kitchen had the honor of being chosen for the 2015 calendar of cupboard manufacturer, Decore-ative Specialties.
6111 Southfront Rd. Suite K Livermore, CA 94551
Hawk Development is a privately owned company founded by Jeff Helberg and Mike Sanderson. It is a premier general contractor that has been serving the Northern California Greater Bay Area since 1999. It has established an excellent and solid reputation for itself and takes pride in both its work and services. Unique to this list, Hawk also works on various multi-family complexes as well as other high-density projects and podiums. The firm does not limit itself to a particular set of designs and has provided work on a variety of themes and challenging architecture.
The project above is situated on a rising slope and features an inviting pathway leading to the front door. It has a secluded outdoor living area, a small terrace by its front, and English-cottage-inspired shutters.
Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton, CA 94566
Offering a full range of residential design services, Ridgecrest Designs focuses on high-quality ground-up construction and large-scale remodels. The firm provides its clients with comprehensive design packages that take them from conception to completion in one seamless process. They work closely with homeowners throughout the entire process so as to ensure that the finished product perfectly fits the lifestyle it will serve. Ridgecrest has since earned the trust of numerous homeowners throughout the area and has built a strong clientele list for itself. Furthermore, the firm strives to work on one-of-a-kind projects and designs and builds no two homes alike. Its team is made up of master craftsmen and designers, who together are best known for their clean, classic, unique designs that use and infuse organic materials like concrete, steel, and reclaimed wood into their work.
The featured project above is an ideal example of the firm’s expertise. In 2017, a couple with three young children came to Ridgecrest Designs with a dream of a 5,000-square-foot modern farmhouse home. The team began designing their home, nestled between heritage oak trees on a 1.4-acre plot of land in Pleasanton’s Happy Valley. The open floor plan creates an inviting home for a close-knit family and their love for vintage finds was celebrated through the reclaimed and new finishes harmoniously mixed in the space.
Frederick Custom Homes
4847 Hopyard Rd. #4106, Pleasanton, CA 94588
Established in 1995, Frederick Custom Homes specializes in designing and building custom homes, remodels, and additions. Its portfolio includes a variety of excellent Custom Homes, ADUs, indoor & outdoor kitchens, bathrooms, and master suites, as well as several other specialty spaces. The firm is a family-owned and operated business that provides its clients with innovative design and building solutions. The firm is also known for its extensive array of specialty services which include, cabinet design, flooring and storage. The firm packages its services with a unique touch: it begins the process by crafting multiple plans with multiple styles and finishes and providing full renderings of the finished design.
We really liked this project, which is a fine example of the firm’s craftsmanship and expertise. For this home, the firm’s team made use of clean finishes coupled with industrial and transitional themes. You can see it all in the seamless blend of iron and wood accents.