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The Best Custom Home Builders in Marin County

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Homeowners in Marin County enjoy its diverse scenery and complex landscape of hills, forests, and beaches. Cities in the north, such as Novato, are fast-growing; homes in this area generally cost more than the median home price in the county, which stands at around $1.2M. Cities more in the west, such as Woodacre and Nicasio, are more serene. Residences in southern and central Marin County, on the other hand, have lively architectural styles, thanks to the Mediterranean influence and historical buildings.

It can be challenging to find a custom home builder with exceptional talent in creating unique designs reflecting both the client’s personality and the breathtaking views of Marin County. Below, we have put together the 13 best custom home builders in Marin, based on the number of projects, the size, and the style of homes each firm has produced in the past. We have also considered the recognition the company has received, as well as any publications it may have been featured in. All of these companies are well-equipped to work with clients to create dream homes and exceed expectations.

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.

13) Marin Master Builders

133 Gregory Dr., Fairfax, CA 94930

Founded in 1987, Marin Master Builders is a full service design-build firm specializing in custom home construction and remodeling. The company serves Marin County and nearby neighborhoods within the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a family-run business, owned and operated by Harlan Honda—a licensed builder and master carpenter. As a member of the Bay Area Green Business organization, the company is committed to producing energy-efficient homes by using sustainable materials and green building practices.

The firm uses clean lines and neutral colors to create a calming, modern feel. Large windows and white walls and surfaces are often used to bring a great amount of natural light into the interior; the firm also utilizes tiled or darker wood floors to lend rustic accents.

12) True North Construction

102 Acacia Ave., Larkspur, CA 94939

True North Construction is a custom home builder and remodeler based in Larkspur City. For over 23 years, the company has been constructing stunning sustainable homes in different areas of Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the company’s founding partners is Steve Crutchfield, who is involved in every stage of the construction process, and oversees all projects and cost estimates. After years of working for a custom home builder while studying Architecture at the College of Marin, he decided to establish his own firm in 1993. Today, True North Construction is one of the most favored and respected custom home builders and general contractors in the city.

The team takes pleasure in adding details that other firms might overlook, and works with every client personally to ensure that their needs and desires are being met. The modern craftsman home features above features lighter wood on the interior, allowing natural sunlight to permeate the home. Large windows extending directly into the trees gives the sense of extension directly into nature.

11) Timberline Builders Inc.

26 Hamilton Dr. Suite E, Novato, CA 94949

Serving Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties for more than 25 years, Timberline Builders offers custom home building, home remodeling, and home addition services. The firm was founded by Eric Hughes, who holds a license for a general building contractor, concrete, and elevator installation. With superb workmanship, management and design solutions, Hughes and his team have completed hundreds of home building and remodeling projects, impressing many clients. A member of the Marin Builders Association and the North Coast Builders Exchange, Timberline Builders is one of the most preferred custom home builders and remodelers in SF Bay Area.

10) Bayside Builders

394 Bel Marin Kys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949

Bayside Builders provides custom home building, home remodeling, and light commercial construction services throughout communities in the San Francisco North Bay Area. The homes built by the firm range in size from 5,000 to 8,000 square feet.

The firm was founded by two licensed builders, Joey Tembrock and Chris Ingrassia. These business leaders began as carpenters serving Marin and Sonoma counties and worked their ways to be managing partners of a successful Marin County builder. Eventually, the pair realized that they had the expertise and resources to start their own home building and remodeling company, and founded Bayside Builders. Tembrock and Ingrassia are committed to delivering high-quality customer service by maintaining open communication with clients throughout the building process. Bayside Builders are excellent in constructing extensive single-family homes with English Tudor, Traditional, and Modern elements.

9) Schalich Brothers Construction

85 J. Galli Dr., Novato, CA 94949

For over 35 years, Schalich Brothers Construction has been providing high-end home construction and remodels of residential and commercial buildings to Novato, as well as the Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and San Francisco Counties. As a Certified Green Building professional, the firm is dedicated to building EPA lead-safe sustainable homes that may potentially help homeowners reduce costs. The firm is a family-owned business, with numerous long-term employees.

Schalich Brothers Construction completes custom homes, general contracting, green building, new home construction, and remodeling. The firm generally uses farmhouse influences, but also adds contemporary elements, and is capable of working in a variety of different styles. The interior of the farmhouse below features light colors and minimalist shapes, opening it up to plenty of natural light and air.

8) FP Builders

401 Bel Marin Kys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949

Founded in 2006, FP Builders is a premier custom home builder serving neighborhoods in Marin, Sonoma, and San Bernardino Counties. The firm offers design-build and remodeling services, normally priced within the range of $250K to $500K. The firm is owned by Frank Puliafico, a Green Point Rated builder and a licensed general contractor for over 40 years. As a member of the Build It Green organization, he uses energy-efficient technologies and green building practices that help in reducing waste and preserving the environment. Puliafico’s years of experience in constructing luxury homes in the North Bay Area mean he is skilled at the nuances of designing and building the best beach houses for his clients in the area.

FP Builders produces homes in varying styles—from Modern to the Mediterranean— with the highest attention to detail and superb craftsmanship. The beachside home featured here makes use of the unique coastal light with floor-to-ceiling windows.

7) McCauley Construction

119 Del Oro Lagoon, Novato, CA 94949

McCauley Construction provides custom home building and remodeling services in areas across Marin County. The family-owned firm has been operating for more than 35 years and is now managed by third-generation builder Scott McCauley. Under his leadership, the team of craftsmen, designers, and project managers dedicate themselves to providing high-quality customer service and a seamless construction process.

The firm is capable of working on small projects, such as bathroom remodels, as well as larger projects like custom home reconstructions. Among notable projects is a Hillside Custom Home in Ross, CA. It features mid-century modern interior designs and a beautiful spa-inspired poolside.


475 Gate 5 Rd. Suite #200, Sausalito, CA 94965

GGD is a design-build custom home builder and remodeler, serving neighborhoods within the San Francisco Bay Area and the rest of Northern California. The company believes that open communication and strong relationships with tradesmen and design professionals are the key factors in a successful construction process.

Founder and owner Glenn Goodman have more than 42 years of experience in constructing unique custom homes, historic homes restoration, home renovation, rebuilding, and remodeling. Apart from working on projects in Marin County, he has also had the opportunity to provide his services in seven other states. To date, GGD has completed over 72 outstanding custom homes in the Bay Area and has been featured in several publications including California Homes Design Winter, Luxe Interiors & Designs, and Gentry Home San Francisco Magazine.

5) SinglePoint Design Build, Inc.

114 Jamaica St., Mill Valley, CA 94942

SinglePoint Design Build is a well-known builder and general contractor in the Mill Valley area. Since 2010, the company has been providing ground-up custom home construction and full-home remodeling services in Marin and San Bernardino Counties. The firm has designed and built a number of luxury custom homes with varying styles such as a farmhouse, waterfront, and mid-century modern.

Every home built by the company is made under the supervision of Brant Hill, owner, and founder of SinglePoint Design Build. Hill graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Construction Management and established the firm after six years of working for a commercial general contractor, where he developed skills in handling complex, expensive, and time-pressured projects. SinglePoint Design Build is currently a member of the Marin Builders Association and is an accredited business by the Better Business Bureau.

4) Spire Architecture

433 Wellesley Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941

A licensed architect and general contractor, Spire Architecture offers custom home building, architectural planning, and design-build services in Marin and San Bernardino Counties. The company has built luxury homes in the area that usually cost up to five million dollars. With a team of highly skilled, innovative and efficient people, every home the firm builds is creative and functional, exceeding the client’s expectations.

Spire Architecture is managed by its founder and president, Doron Dreksler, who has almost 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Dreksler and his team have worked with several excellent suppliers and subcontractors who have helped them complete a variety of small, medium and large design-build projects. The firm generally works with modern and minimalist styles.

3) Floyd Construction

714 C St. Suite #207, San Rafael, CA 94901

Established in 1978, Floyd Construction has developed a reputation for being honest, fair, reliable, and professional. The company consistently receives positive reviews and glowing testimonials about the custom home and general contracting services it provides, and many clients are repeat customers. Although a large number of its clients are from areas in Marin and San Bernardino Counties, the firm extends its services to the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the years, the firm has built and improved hundreds of homes, from small bathroom, remodels to 4,500 square-feet custom luxury homes. Apart from residential projects, it also offers commercial construction and landscaping services.

Floyd Construction’s team of 25 skillful, intelligent, and efficient professionals pushes work hard and aim for the highest standard of customer service and construction management. The firm is capable of working in a widely varied set of styles, including but not limited to a farmhouse, mid-century modern, and modern rustic.

2) Stroub Construction

300 Main St., Sausalito, CA 94965

Stroub Construction—an acclaimed custom home builder and remodeler in Sausalito—has been serving communities all across Marin County for over 30 years. The firm specializes in new custom homes, large residential remodeling, historical renovation, and specialty commercial services. Since 1983, Stroub Construction completes each project with exceptional workmanship, design, and details to successfully produce unique and high-end custom homes.

Stroub Construction president, Stephen Stroub, graduated in 1976 with a degree in Bachelor of Science and Environmental Science. His passion for residential construction inspired him to start his own company in 1983. Today, the company has earned multiple titles from different magazines including “most outstanding luxury home builders” in the West Coast by Professional Builder Magazine and “builder of the month” by Custom Builder Magazine. In addition, Stroub Construction was listed by Qualified Remodeler as one of the country Top 125 remodelers.

1) Rasmussen Construction

1118 Grant Ave., Novato, CA 94945

A Novato-based custom home builder and remodeler, Rasmussen Construction has been serving affluent neighborhoods around the San Francisco Bay Area, such as Pacific Heights, Walnut Hill, and Seacliff Ave, for 35 years. The company constructs high-end original custom homes and works with some of the most respected and well-known architects in the Bay Area. For smaller projects such as bathroom and kitchen remodels, the company offers an in-house design-build option. Over the years, Rasmussen Construction has consistently proven its reputation for providing a seamless construction process and creating outstanding results.

As a third generation builder, Dave Rasmussen continues to manage the family-owned business. Dave learned from his father that honesty and integrity are the main attributes of a successful construction company. Staying true to those two core principles, Rasmussen Construction is one of the Bay Area’s most reliable and recognized builders. The company’s works have been featured in several popular magazines including Sunset, Remodeling, Architectural Digest and eight other publications. The firm can work in a variety of styles but often remodels historical buildings.

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This list takes a range of ranking criteria into consideration, including but not limited to: work history, customer satisfaction, awards and recognition, geographic area of work, cost, building permits, and clientele. We spent over 40 hours researching local contractors before calculating the final ranking for this post. If there is additional information about your business that could affect these rankings, please fill out this form and we will take it into consideration

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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.