Located 30 minutes south of Los Angeles, Long Beach offers a balance of coastal living with city perks. Named as one of Time Magazine’s “Best Beaches in the World”, this California city shares bragging rights with Bali, Spain, and Greece when it comes to beautiful shorelines. It is its proximity to an important metropolitan center coupled with the area’s natural beauty that makes Long Beach such an appealing place to live.
The high demand for living in Long Beach is reflected in its high property prices. In 2016, Long Beach was named as among the top 50 most expensive places to buy a house in the US. While its median home value is around $600k according to Zillow, home prices can vary widely depending on its location. In the interior, homes are more affordable, while homes along the shorefront can easily exceed $1M.
Simple, single-story homes in the Craftsman and Bungalow styles are common across the city. Some of the higher-end homes are often influenced by Spanish and Mediterranean styles with warm stucco exteriors and red roof tiles. Contemporary homes with expansive windows and airy interiors are also increasingly popular in the more expensive end of the spectrum. Whatever your dream home style or budget may be, there are many experienced and reputable custom home builders to choose from. We’ve highlighted the top 11 professionals based on the quality of the homes they produce, their customers’ reviews, and the recognition they have received in the form of awards and features.
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 Long Beach, check out our cost guide article.
12) Fidelity Builders
9561 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite #3 Panorama City, CA, 91402
At over 18 years, Fidelity Builders offers remodeling services of kitchen and bath, additions, extensions, custom homes, etc. in California, including the Long Beach area. They also serve other areas like Beverly Hills, Brentwood Los Angeles, Burbank, Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Pacific Palisades, among others.
One of the notable projects of Fidelity Builders is their galley kitchen. This is a narrow corridor that has a lot of cabinets. This firm can make use of this narrow space by converting it into something exquisite and useful. Fidelity Builders uses mostly a southern kitchen design in their galley kitchen.
11) Silva Construction
| 2500 Via Cabrillo Marina, Suite 112 San Pedro, CA 90731
With over 40 years of experience, Silva Construction is one of the long-serving contractors in Southern California, serving areas like Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Palos Verdes Estates, among others. It was started by Dave Silva who has made a good record in the industry as the founder of Silva Construction.
Silva promises to deliver and give back to the community. It supports programs like “Set a Good Example,” a campaign that helped millions of kids get off and stay off drugs. Apart from custom homes, the firm also provides remodeling and additions services.
Silva Construction has been known to create contemporary remodeling and custom home projects that fit the theme of their clients’ coastal locations. Typical jobs range from $5,000 to $1.5M.
10) Hartford Gandia
91200 Hamlin St #2 Reseda, CA, 91335
For more than a decade, Hartford Gandia has been providing luxury custom home services in California, particularly areas including Long Beach and Los Angeles. Founder Carmine Gandia’s idea was to bring back authentic old-world craftsmanship back into the residential and commercial builder industry in this part of California.
They began with residential projects and then started doing commercial work, after eventually evolving into a design-build company. Hartford Gandia specializes in home, kitchen, and bathroom remodels. Their kitchen remodels usually sport their signature design: spacious, light, airy, and full of contemporary elements.
9) Hollander Homes
2415 Florida St Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
With 30 years of experience, consulting designer, and building specialist Mark Hollander and his team deliver creative expert planning and design services. From concept to completion, Hollander Homes focuses on the client’s lifestyle, desires, and renovation goals. This company is able to build a wide variety of homes styles and specializes in renovations and additions with DIY material package sales.
With over 3,800 home builds and designs, attention to detail, and high client satisfaction rate, Hollander Homes is on our list of top builders and general contractors serving the Long Beach area. While based in Huntington Beach, Hollander Homes offers services in areas like Long Beach, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, among others. Since Hollander Homes is located near the coast and they take clients’ lifestyles into consideration, coastal homes have become their specialty. Apart from luxury homes, Hollander also offers a good number of other services, including design and building services, home renovations, and additions.
8) Wright Way Builders
2699 E. 28th St. Suite 414 Signal Hill, California, 90755
Wright Way Builders has only been around 11 years but has quickly established themselves as one of the best contractors for building contemporary homes. Operated by president and CEO Mason Wright, the firm is popular for creating airy, modern looks that highlight the beautiful ocean views of Long Beach. In a short period, this company has come a long way to become one of the most sought-after general contractors and remodelers in Southern California.
Wright Way Builders are hands-on with all aspects of a project from conceptualization to completion. They also balance functionality with design, considering the needs of the differently abled or the elderly.
Wright Way Builders has services like kitchen and bath remodeling, general contracting and custom homes. Clients will be pleased to know that this firm offers a variety of services, including single room renovations, additions and second stories, and kitchens and baths. However, interested clients must reserve in advance; Wright Way Builders can get booked up months ahead. They are fully booked for the rest of 2018 but are accepting projects starting 2019.
7) 7 Point Construction
201 Covina Avenue STE #4 Long Beach, CA, 90803
7 Point Construction, founded by CEO Josh Espinoza, is an 11-year old firm that tackles all kinds of projects, from the minuscule to the mega-sized. Their luxury custom homes are some of the best-looking in the area offering a variety of modern homes created especially for their Southern Californian clients.
Their custom homes can range from coastal to desert-like in theme and appearance while remaining stylish and functional. In addition to building luxurious custom homes, 7 Point also offers remodeling for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, driveways, foundations, house exteriors, plumbing, electrical, and numerous other home improvement services.
6) Gulian Design
5855 E Naples Plaza # 212 Long Beach, CA, 90803
A full service architectural and engineering design firm specializing in custom homes, commercial buildings, restaurants, and tenant improvements, Gulian Design is known for bringing luxury to the forefront of all their projects.
Even with only five years in the business, Gulian Design has already won several awards and developed a reputation as one of the best builders in the area. Their past projects include many gorgeous waterfront homes that range from the warm Mediterranean and Spanish styles to the avant-garde Contemporary styles. Many of the homes feature a terrace or second-floor balcony area to take in the beach views. Whether you’re looking to build a 10,000 square foot Mediterranean Villa or 2,000 square foot Bahama-style beach house, Gulian Design can help optimize the existing lot space and incorporate that luxurious feeling many look for in their Long Beach custom home.
5) Builder Boy
1819 Redondo Ave. Signal Hill, CA, 90755
At almost 25 years, Builder Boy has become known as a reliable service general contractor that performs renovations and new constructions. The company was founded by Jereme James in 1994. Builder Boy’s services include new additions, kitchen and bath remodel, stucco, custom cabinet builds and installation, concrete, and hardscaping, drywall and house painting, and historical renovations. for residential and commercial
One of the unique features of this contractors webpage is the inclusion of a blog that gives customers renovation ideas and expert advice for their projects before they get started. If more inspiration is needed, Builder Boy has an impressive portfolio of completed projects for viewing.
What separates Builder Boy from the rest is that they don’t use handymen to perform specialized tasks; instead, Builder Boy only uses skilled technicians who specialize in their trade with a minimum of five years of experience. The company has current licenses in general contracting, painting and decorating, and hardscapes.
Builder Boy is committed to offering viable remodeling solutions to homeowners and business owners alike, bringing beauty, form, and function back into every home, office, and building we rebuild retouch and restore. The team of experts are dedicated to their craft and will work relentlessly to turn your dream or vision into a reality. Diligent planning, expert opinions, clear-cut organization, honest communication, quality materials, and quality craftsmanship are keys to the business’ success and assure the swift and solid construction of any project.
4) Kaplan Construction
1400 E 28th St Signal Hill, CA, 90755
Founded by President Robert Kaplan in 1991, the 27-year-old firm offers general contracting services for both residential and commercial constructing. The firm believes in taking care of personal relationships with clients which is why they’ve been a trusted brand since the ’90s. No projects are taken for granted because Kaplan believes that one is only as good as their last project. They also believe that the best endorsements come from clients, and so word of mouth is essential to this firm. Kaplan is proud of the fact that 80 percent of their business comes from repeat clients–clients that have kept their trust for more almost two decades.
Aside from general construction, Kaplan also offers historical restoration, kitchen remodels, bathroom remodeling, general remodel, room additions, deck and patio renovation, and commercial and residential renovation. The range of their aesthetics ranges from contemporary glass houses to charming Spanish structures.
Kaplan Construction’s work has been featured by publications including This Old House, Old House Journal, the Long Beach Historical Society, Orange County Home, and more. Aside from servicing Long Beach, Kaplan also does work in Belmont Shore, Signal Hill, Naples, San Pedro and other surrounding areas.
3) Tellus Build
15145 Califa Street, Unit B Van Nuys, CA, 91411
Started in 2005, Tellus Design + Build does residential and commercial design projects in Southern California. A full-service general contractor, Tellus offers construction consultation, design services, remodels, as well as new construction projects. Tellus is also Orange County’s first “Green” Design and Build firm.
Tellus does its best to take care of relationships with clients by making sure that the clients’ collaboration with the designer and builder is a productive and harmonious one. Tellus makes sure that transparency, honesty, and accountability are ingredients of their collaborations with clients.
Tellus also offers remodeling, custom homes, construction, environmentally-friendly solutions, home remodeling. Their aesthetic can range from clean and modern, to warm and homey or classical.
Tellus and their beautiful projects have also been featured on HGTV and the Discovery Channel, among other media outfits including OC Metro, Los Angeles Times, and Architect Magazine. Currently, Jesse Fowler serves as President while Brett Riordan is Vice President.
2) Plaskoff Construction
15145 Califa Street, Unit B Van Nuys, CA, 91411
With an impressive clientele including the brightest stars in Hollywood and projects featured on shows like Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Plaskoff Construction is one of the most notable contractors for luxury projects in Southern California.
The firm was founded in 1988 by Matt Plaskoff, who saw the need for a firm that was easy to work with and valued integrity. Matt’s almost three decades of building A-list celebrity homes has given fruit to awards like Fred Case’s Remodeling Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Matt also continues to appear in publications like Residential Contractor, Remodeling Magazine, Builder/Architect, and Home Builder Executive where he was chosen for the second consecutive year as one of the USA’s Top 100 Custom Home Builder Residents.
Part of Plaskoff’s success is because of their dedication to customers’ satisfaction with every aspect of the project, from beginning to end. Offering services in remodeling, new construction, architectural and interior design, clients get the star treatment star treatment. Some of the ways they do this is making sure that their staff consisting of subcontractors, architects, and designers are always available to clients. Some of Plaskoff’s notable clients include Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Affleck, Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, and Goldie Hawn.
Plaskoff Construction’s projects have been featured in Architectural Digest, In Style, W Magazine, Qualified Remodeler Magazine, Remodeling Magazine, Custom Builder, HGTV and on ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Plaskoff was featured several times probably due to his expertise in Hollywood’s most luxurious homes and properties. The firm has also been honored as Builder/Architect Magazine‘s “Builder of the Month” in addition to being featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of LA’s up and coming businesses.
1) Harding Design and Construction
4040 E Vermont St Long Beach, CA, 90814
Harding Design and Construction aims to give customers luxury, comfort, functionality, and safety in all one. The firm was founded in 2006 by Wes Harding. An expert in the field, Harding is an advocate of quality construction practices and has spoken at several conferences and events such as the Alt Build and the Municipal Green Building Conference. At these events, Harding has explained the importance of good building practices to over 1,000 homeowners, building officials, contractors, and underemployed workers.
Harding Design and Construction is one of the leading “green” firms in the area, having received recognition for environmentally-friendly practices. Among these are recognized green business by the City of Long Beach, Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional and GreenPoint Home Performance Rater for new and existing homes. The firm also has a Home Performance certification with Energy Star Contractors.
Harding has been featured in numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, Press-Telegram, the Long Beach Register, Everything Long Beach, Long Beach Magazine, and Belmont Shore-Naples Patch, among others. With their impressive credentials and record of delivering, Harding Design and Construction promises to complete your project the right way the first time.
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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.