Walking through California’s neighborhoods, you’ll notice that the Eichler and Mediterranean home designs are, without a doubt, the most popular. From the shores of Mountain View to Santa Monica, these home styles are a common sight. But newcomers—and even some change-hungry locals—are looking to build new homes and they have a lot of options to choose from.
If you live in Mountain View or are about to move there, we’ve handpicked the top eight custom home builders in the metro and surrounding areas who can help you successfully build a custom home. We considered firms that have worked on notable projects and those that have won numerous awards, and we also factored in the experience these firms could bring to your project. If you are looking to build the home of your dreams in Mountain View, you will find a contractor on this list that will suit your needs.
Nilsene Builder Inc. (NBI)
Website | 408-499-6595 | 21060 Homestead Rd. Suite #216, Cupertino, CA 95014
Nilsene Builder Inc.’s (NBI) outstanding reputation for custom home building is reflected in the top-notch homes it has produced around the metro. The firm specializes in custom homes, home remodeling, and home additions throughout the South Bay and lower Peninsula of San Francisco.
Behind the firm’s success is its highly skilled team. They enjoy the challenge of bringing diversity to homes found in Mountain View. The firm believes that creating beautiful homes doesn’t have to be costly. NBI’s team keeps projects first-class while still maintaining competitive pricing.
The builder has completed over a dozen projects ranging from simple remodels to new home construction. Because of this experience, the team has a strong understanding of the complexities of home building and develops efficient solutions to address such challenges. Visit its portfolio and witness the quality of homes built by the firm.
Silicon Valley Custom Homes LLC
Website | 408-204-0345 | 682 Villa St. Suite C1, Mountain View, CA 94041
Building exceptional homes at a fair price: that has been Silicon Valley Custom Homes’s commitment since the beginning. The firm specializes in both home remodeling and custom homes around the Bay Area. From consultation to the actual building process, the team at Silicon Valley guides clients throughout the whole process.
The firm has quite an exceptional collection of works. One prominent custom home project is located in Mountain View. Silicon Valley Custom Homes pays extra attention to the structural work of a home that most homeowners tend to overlook. Through this extra measure of care, the firm ensures the durability of and long-lasting beauty of these homes. Take a look at the featured photo to confirm Silicon Valley Custom Homes’ careful eye in design and construction.
Kramer Construction, Inc.
Website | 650-948-7829 | 987 N San Antonio Rd., Los Altos, CA 94022
Jim Kramer’s decades of construction experience earned him a distinguished reputation in the industry and among clients. Together with seasoned professionals like Fred Goessel and David Sykora, Kramer Construction, Inc. has enhanced homes and neighborhoods from Los Altos Hills to Mountain View. The firm has built over 200 custom homes in the Peninsula and continues to construct more.
Since it is also a spec home builder the firm understands the different issues and concerns brought about by custom home building. Past clients have expressed their recognition of the firm’s hands-on approach when it comes to project construction and post-completion. The professionalism repeatedly demonstrated by the firm encompasses its work as well as its client service.
The Kramer team believes that the key to success bringing years of experience and commitment into each project it undertakes. The firm stays updated with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building guidelines to meet guidelines and pass certifications.
Website | 855-713-1088 | 201 Ada Ave. Suite #31, Mountain View, CA 94043
Distinct Builders opened its doors in 2008 to offer the Peninsula area with exceptional custom homes and modular homes. Under Bobby Gilson and Laura Stevens’ leadership, Distinct Builders became a successful Licensed General Contractor serving Mountain View and nearby cities in the Greater Bay Area.
Gilson’s experiences in building—from specialized renovation to ground-up custom homes—have helped him hone his skills in construction. One of the things that makes the firm distinct the Value Engineering feature. This method allows the firm to find better alternatives to improve the design and building process of a home. This saves time and cost without sacrificing the style and durability of homes. Take a look at the firm’s online portfolio to see the variety of work the firm has tackled. From ranch to modern-inspired homes, the firm is capable of delivering stunning results.
Website | 650-940-1982 | 2249 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043
At the age of 23, Clarke Schiller founded Schiller Construction. The firm has been serving Mountain View and nearby cities since 1988. Schiller’s interest in construction started as early as 11 years old. This was when he cultivated his building skills by constructing a picnic bench from a magazine blueprint. Today, the picnic bench he built is still in use, making it a representation of how it was meticulously built.
That picnic bench served as the real beginning and pillar of the firm’s success. Durability, strength, and timelessness have been the team’s influences, as reflected by its works. Schiller Construction offers a wide range of services from home additions to fully-customized homes. Take a look at the featured photo from its gallery. This home situated in Atherton features large solar panels for a full capacity 24/7 solar energy that will work regardless of the weather. The firm expertly integrates green construction into its home designs without making projects look awkward or bulky.
Website | 650-930-0366 | P.O. Box 248, Mountain View, CA 94042
Walker Homes is a Mountain View-based builder that has been remodeling and building custom homes around Silicon Valley since 1988. Under the attentive leadership of Kim Walker, the firm experienced unstoppable growth as it expanded its service throughout Silicon Valley. Walker’s work ethic of insisting on excellent craftsmanship in each project has guided the firm from the beginning.
Walker Homes offer clients an option to design and build their homes with the team or to hire a personal architect. Open communication with clients allows the firm to provide design, materials, and cost guides that further improve a home project.
The firm enjoys the variety and freedom of different home styles offer. That taste for variety gives Walker a varied experience in construction as well as a unique home for clients. From modern to craftsman, the firm delivers great homes that will be enjoyed today and for generations to come.
James Crist Builders
Website | 650-965-4737 | 2284 Old Middlefield Way, Suite #9, Mountain View, CA 94043
James Crist Builders has built dozens of premium custom homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The team has become experts in building processes, permit regulations, appropriate design, and material selection. James Crist’s 30 years of industry experience has enabled him to lead a company whose homes are synonymous with success. The firm is a proud member of respected associations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
The firm builds beautiful homes but puts just as much importance on green building. This is mirrored through its green building efforts as well as being an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead-Safe Certified Firm and a Build It Green Professional.
Located in Palo Alto, this charming home is a reflection of the work James Crist Builders is capable of doing. The home features an elegant finish in both its interior and exterior.
WM. H. Fry Construction Company
Website | 408-605-8200 | 10351 San Fernando Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014
WM. H. Fry Construction Company is an award-winning firm owned and led by construction veteran Bill Fry. He has devoted years building and improving San Francisco one home at a time. His training in construction started early as he grew in the tutelage of his father who was a contractor. As he walked down his own path, this natural skill developed and in 1987, he brought together a team of professionals to grace San Francisco Bay Area with world-class homes.
Aside from building beautiful homes, the firm offers clients an option to build eco-friendly homes. The firm is a Certified Green Building Professional and an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm with experiences in building passive houses and net-zero energy homes. Publications like Green Building & Design and Palo Alto Weekly Home + Design have featured the firm and its works.
Ranch and traditional home styles are a common sight in its portfolio, but the firm is not limited to these designs. Nestled in Los Altos, near Mountain View, is a newly constructed craftsman home.