Sacramento stands out among The Golden State’s cities for the multi-cultural diversity it possesses. The abundance of culture and history, plus the relatively lower cost of living and slower pace of life compared to its counterparts in California make Sacramento an appealing place in which to build a new home. In fact, in 2017, the city reached a population of over 500,000 for the first time, due to the influx of people from the Bay Area.
While it is undoubtedly more affordable to live in Sacramento than its more glamorous neighbors, it is still important to find a custom home builder who will take your personal needs and tastes into consideration. A good contractor will readily collaborate with you in order to build the best possible custom home that is specifically done to your liking.
In this article, we listed the top 15 custom home builders who are behind the beautiful award-winning homes of Sacramento. The contractors on this list were evaluated based on their portfolio, their customer service, awards, and memberships to builder’s associations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Northstate Building Industry Association (BIA), among others.
15) Turn Key Construction Group
Website | 916-599-2176 | 4354 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Kent Sciutto was exposed early to building through his father’s do-it-yourself projects in their own home. Later in his life, he pursued his interests in building homes by joining one of the renowned custom home builders in the East Bay, Harold Smith Co. He quickly learned the ins and outs of the trade and built his reputation as a master craftsman.
After over a decade of working for other companies, he decided to open his own business and co-founded Turn-Key Construction Group. Established in 1991, Sciutto’s business has grown into one of the best construction firms in the area. The company is behind some of the most beautiful California craftsman, Mediterranean, and French Country homes in the Sacramento Valley.
14) C. Scott Whitten
Website | 916-922-3499 | 1622 Arden Bluff Ln., Suite #101, Carmichael, CA 95608
For over four decades, C. Scott Whitten has been providing quality construction services that match its clients’ budgets and expectations. The firm was founded nine years after Scott Whitten’s graduation from Whittier College, where he took up Business Administration. Combining his passion for crafting homes with his business degree has allowed him to grow the company into one of the best custom home builders in the area.
Scott Whitten benefits from its principal’s great eye for detail. Whitten, along with his team, has constructed or remodeled over 6,000 homes and residential and commercial buildings in the area. The firm specializes in building California craftsman and ranch style homes.
13) Mission West Builder
Website | 530-676-1409 | 4060 Flying C Rd #31, Cameron Park, CA 95682
Mission West Builder is a firm that uses the design-build approach in crafting custom homes for their clients. It was established in 1993 by Barbie Lussier-Davis, who has been building and remodeling homes for over 20 years in Northern California. She is recognized in the industry as one of the best builders, having served as Chairperson and Trustee of the Northstate Building Industry Association.
The company specializes in building California craftsman and contemporary homes. It has worked on several notable projects in Sacramento, including the SMUD Home of the Future, which promotes the development of energy efficient and environmentally-friendly homes in the Sacramento community.
12) ESI Builders and Remodelers
Website | 916-939-9501 | 4993 Golden Foothill Pkwy., Suite #9, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
ESI Builders and Remodelers’ clients benefit from Founder David Sipes’ 30 years of experience in home building in Northern California. His top-notch team combines a passion for building and helping clients understand (and embrace) the complexities of the building process with extensive knowledge of energy efficient construction, quality, and luxury. Their mission is simple – “The Ultimate Building Experience”.
As a custom home builder, the firm prioritizes a positive experience, beauty, functionality and energy efficiency — undoubtedly 4 characteristics that clients want as they build their new homes. The company is now building one of the largest homes ever constructed in the City of Folsom and at 10,300 square feet, this luxury mission style home will meet their clients every need and desire. More importantly, the project is being executed with a true partnership and effective communication – thus minimizing stress and maximizing quality on all levels. The firm builds custom homes of all designs and sizes throughout the Great Sacramento Area.
11) Jensen Custom Homes
Website | 916-871-5974 | 3308 El Camino Ave. Suite #300-409, Sacramento, CA 95821
Jensen Custom Homes has been building and remodeling homes in Northern California for over 18 years. The firm, founded by Jon Lienert, specializes in building elegantly designed single-family homes and estates that are built and inspired by French Country, Contemporary, Mediterranean, and Italian styles.
The company was honored with two awards from the Street of Dreams Tour — Best of Show and Best Architectural Design. The award was for Chateau du Bois, French country home that the firm built in Auburn. The home features multiple fireplaces, a study, a theater room, and a mini-golf course. The property also stands out for the unique wooden details throughout the house.
10) CRC Builders
Website | 707-421-8924 | 1652 W Texas St. Suite #103, Fairfield, CA, 94533
Jim Pitcher founded CRC Builders based on his love for the environment and passion for building. The award-winning design-build firm serves multiple residential and commercial areas of California. It accepts custom home building and remodeling work, which are marked by its expertise in building classic wine cellars, gourmet kitchens, and vineyards among others.
Under Pitcher’s leadership, the company emphasizes green building techniques, which allow it to build environmentally-friendly homes that are cost-efficient and have lower ecological footprints. An example is a featured project, which showcases CRC Builder’s ability to maximize spaces without sacrificing the homeowner’s comfort. The house has an open layout, with a combination of blue and white hues throughout.
9) Spectrum Home Builders
Website | 916-571-2830 | 4212 N Freeway Blvd. Suite #5, Sacramento, CA 95834
Spectrum Home Builders is the youngest firm on this list, but its portfolio shows an impressive collection of work in Sacramento. Established just six years ago, the company was founded by Paul Borodenko, who also owns the Scavolini Store; a cabinetry store in Roseville. Through his knowledge of cabinetry, he is able to integrate unique furnishings in Spectrum Home Builders’ projects.
Led by Borodenko, the firm offers remodeling and custom home building. They specialize in building modern, contemporary, and craftsman style homes in the area. One of their projects is a modern home that utilizes sleek lines and overlooking windows that afford the homeowners a wonderful view of their surroundings.
8) Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling
Website | 530-758-5321 | 2860 W Covell Blvd. Suite #3, Davis, CA 95616
Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling benefits from Marty Morse’s Environmental Design degree and Residential Architecture education from the University of California. His mastery of the two building-centered industries has allowed him to offer various construction services in the city. While his company is better known and awarded for remodeling, it also constructs custom homes in Sacramento and its nearby areas.
An example of a custom home that the firm built is a two-story home in the Sacramento Valley. The Early American Farmhouse design was built to survive the hot and dry summers in the area. Morse Custom Homes and Remodeling used custom manufactured shutters, metal roofs, and four covered porches.
7) Kamico Homes
Website | 916-780-5400 | 4671 Golden Foothill Pkwy. Suite #105, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Kamico Homes has been building luxury homes in the upscale neighborhoods of El Dorado and Sacramento for over three decades. The company was founded by Kam Mansourian in 1984, right after he graduated from California State University. Since then, he managed to grow his business into one of the best building companies that offer custom home building in the city.
In 2017, the company was honored with the Best Custom Home by the Northstate BIA. The home is a single story estate in the premier neighborhood of Serrano Country Club. It features modern fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen, and multiple common spaces that make it perfect for entertaining guests.
6) Landmark Builders
Website | 916-783-0356 | 4120 Douglas Blvd. Suite #306-215, Granite Bay, CA 95746
John Caulfield founded Landmark Builders with the goal of turning every home into a beautiful landmark. It specializes in building premium custom homes and renovations and has received awards for its excellent work on both services. The firm accepts any project, ranging between small efficient homes and estate homes.
One of the firm’s award-winning projects is a contemporary house, which features an infinity pool that reflects the beautiful sunrise in California; a master bathroom, which has a freestanding bath that offers a view of the estate’s landscape; and an uncovered porch that leads to the pool.
5) Grenz Homes Inc.
Website | 916-799-2434 | 9282 Madison Ave., Orangevale, CA 95662, US
Grenz Homes Inc. is a family-run home building company that services the greater Sacramento area. The firm was founded by Ray Grenz, who managed the company from 1968 to 1996. In 1996, his Ray retired and his son Chris took over the reigns.
With several decades of experience, the company has received multiple accolades over the years including the Best Value, and Best Home under $1.6 million from the Northstate BIA. Most recently named Best Home Builder of 2018 from Sacramento Magazine.
4) Creative Eye Design + Build
Website | 916-783-0356 | 224 Vernon St. Suite #202, Roseville, CA 95678
Creative Eye Design + Build is a design-build firm that focuses on innovative design and creative remodeling. Since 1997, it has been collaborating with clients to build unique spaces that reflect the homeowner’s lifestyles, while also considering the environment in which the homes are built. The firm is a proud member of Build it Green, and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The firm was founded by Susan Vannatter Prang, who is widely recognized in the industry as a leader in green design-building. She has worked in various areas in the SF Bay Area, New York City, and Boston, and had her work featured in Living Life Magazine, Building Savvy Magazine, on HGTV’s “House Crashers”, and in NKBA’s Profiles Magazine.
3) Vogue Homes
Website | 916-476-3636 | 1761 35th St., Sacramento, CA 95816
Vogue Homes has an extensive design portfolio that highlights the firm’s use of the finest materials for every project. With decades of combined experience, the company is known for its outstanding use of wood, exterior detailing, and unique execution of the contemporary style. The company thrives on being challenged by its clients to deliver unique design solutions to craft beautiful homes.
Vogue Homes was established in 1978 by Robert Tellesen, who believes in utilizing only the best materials and hiring the most competent people for the job. Because of this, Tellesen’s firm is trusted by clients to do more beyond building their homes — Vogue Homes also creates custom furniture and exterior details.
The firm has earned several awards over the years, including the Kohler Home 2004 Quality Home Building Award and several awards from Street of Dreams. The firm has also graced the pages of Sacramento Magazine, This Old House and Builder/Architect.
2) Baumhofer Homes, Inc.
Website | 916-215-1915 | 1415 W St., Sacramento, CA 95818
Established in 1985, Baumhofer Homes has been building and remodeling homes in Sacramento for over three decades. It is run and operated by Richard Baumhofer, who began building custom homes in the ’70s in La Quinta and Lake Tahoe. In addition to being a homebuilder, he is also one of the premier Arts and Crafts contractors in Sacramento and currently serves on the board of directors for the Verge Center for the Arts. Under his direction, the company accepts custom home projects, remodels, and historical restorations.
Today, Baumhofer Homes is among the most recognized names in the building industry for having worked on important restorations in Sacramento, like the city’s only Greene and Greene designed home in McKinley Park. The home was refurbished with classic Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene aesthetics, such as the extremely detailed wood trims in the living room. Baumhofer’s mastery of the craftsman style is apparent in his work as a custom home builder, but he also builds houses in other styles, such as classic Spanish, California Ranch, and New England home styles.
The firm’s excellent work has been featured on local and national media, such as Old House Online, Hewn and Hammered, and on an episode of HGTV’s “reZONED”.
1) The Hills Group
Website | 916-791-0559 | 6085 Douglas Blvd. Suite #100, Granite Bay, CA 95746
The Hills Group’s design-build approach and expertise in building French, Victorian, and Tuscan-styled homes have caught the attention of many people seeking to build new homes in Northern California. Through the company’s expertise and streamlined approach to customer service, it has managed to create a network of clients who trust the company with multiple projects and referrals.
The firm was established in 1993 by Paul Hills, who had nearly a decade of experience in the construction industry before opening his own company. He is well-versed in multiple aspects of construction, which is complemented well by his wife Rachel’s skills in interior design. Over the years, the husband and wife duo has grown the business enough to start developing a luxury community called Colinas Estates.
As a custom home builder, The Hills Group has received multiple prestigious awards from various organizations. It won the Northstate BIA’s Best Custom Home Over $2 million for two consecutive years and the Best Custom Home Design from the American Institute of Building Design. The company’s work has also been featured in Luxury Home Magazine, Sacramento Business Journal, The Press Tribune, and on Fox40.