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Located on the southern coast of San Francisco Bay, Santa Clara is the heart of Silicon Valley and is called home by numerous tech giants’ headquarters and Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California. It is flanked by San Jose on three sides, with Sunnyvale and Cupertino on the west.
Given all of these factors, the housing scene in Santa Clara is varied, ranging from some of the most cutting-edge and modern homes to timeless Spanish-Californian architecture. This list compiles five of the best home builders behind some of Santa Clara’s most beautiful homes. They were chosen based on their experiences, former projects, and various industry awards.
Timeline Design + Build
14401 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
The Timeline team offers its clients more than a century of collective industry experience. Because of this, its team’s creative abilities are highly diverse, and the firm has secured partnerships with some of the area’s leading craftsmen and professionals. The firm is manned by a group of talented architects, designers, and craftsmen who, as its name suggests, makes use of a design-build approach. Together, they have curated an excellent portfolio for Timeline, which consists of a variety of Spanish colonial, modern, and contemporary homes and spaces. For its efforts, it has been recognized by various associations such as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Its work has also been featured in publications like South Bay Accent and Home & Garden Magazine.
The contemporary craftsman home above was a custom project completed for a couple of empty nesters. It is located in a predominantly prairie ranch-style neighborhood, which makes it stand out. The architects behind its design utilized transitional elements such as a hip roof similar to that of the other homes in the area, metal materials, and clean lines. Its interiors feature high vaulted ceilings, transom windows, an open concept living space, and smart home technology.
De Mattei Construction
1794 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Having been in the industry for over three decades, De Mattei Construction is led by its namesake Mark De Mattei, who founded the firm over three decades ago. Under his leadership, the firm has gone on to construct over 2,000 homes and has secured a reputation for itself as one of the Bay Area’s premier custom home building and remodeling companies. Comprised of an award-winning team of 75 skilled professionals, the firm uses a design-build approach and provides its clients with a “Project Binder,” containing product manuals, maintenance requirements, warranties, and operational instructions, and several construction photos for any issues that may arise once a project is complete. It maintains affiliations with prestigious industry organizations like the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the firm has had its work featured in publications such as Sunset Magazine Homes and Qualified Remodeler.
Completed in 2018, the modern farmhouse above is an excellent embodiment of the firm’s expertise. It cost roughly around $1.5M to $2M and features elegant shingles, a clean palette, and an inviting, quaint deck. The firm completed the project in collaboration with JAS Interior Designs.
1300 Memorex Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95050
Sigura Construction is a family-owned business with over two decades of experience. At its helm is Ilan Sigura, who began working in the industry as a teenager and, after obtaining degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Computer Software, eventually moved to California to establish his eponymous firm. Now a trailblazer in the commercial, residential, and multi-housing building industry, the firm works with interior and exterior remodels and repairs, renovating properties with fire or water damage, and ground-up custom constructions. Sigura Construction has been awarded the prestigious Diamond Certified Award. As seen in its portfolio, the firm specializes in contemporary, colonial, and shingle-style designs.
The 3,000 square foot project above is a new home construction complete with a basement. Another contractor started the project but ended up mismanaging the build. Sigura Construction was tapped to rework and revamp the early phases and see it through completion. The result was this warm and cozy home with various features such as custom cabinetry, a large basement with a completely renovated habitable room, and a large master bathroom with high-quality fixtures.
Silicon Valley Builders
12169 Dawn Ln., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Headquartered in Los Altos Hills, Silicon Valley Builders specializes in custom home rebuilding services, remodeling, and home additions. Its team assists throughout the entire process and utilizes a highly hands-on approach. It closely attends to a client’s needs to ensure that their vision is reflected in the final output and emphasizes the importance of collaboration among its team members. Further, clients may rest easier knowing that their team members also handle the nitty-gritty details such as pulling permits and finding the best consultants and professionals to work on their new home. Aside from the luxury and excellent customization that comes with its projects, the firm is also known for its sustainable practices. It uses only ethical sourcing and top-quality materials on every project and assures homeowners that each project it handles provides enhanced comfort and lower costs.
The firm has been in business since 2007 and has since amassed an excellent portfolio of traditional and classic homes to the most contemporary and elegant spaces. The Mediterranean home above is an example of the firm’s best work. It is an 8,400 square foot two-story single-family residence that features an attached secondary dwelling and garage. Inside, it has its own home theater and Crestron Home Automation system.
1249 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95112
Although relatively small as compared to the other firms on this list, F. Alcaraz Construction assists throughout the entire duration of a project and maintains a highly hands-on and personalized approach that can only be found in small companies. It specializes in both commercial and residential projects and keeps the entire construction in-house. In other words, clients need not worry about outsourcing and having to talk to multiple contractors at once: the F. Alcaraz team has it all covered. It provides free consultation services for clients looking for a no-obligation and free quote option, which will give them a rough estimate of their dream home before committing to anything.
Aside from its new homes, the firm has also worked on several small offices with a few rooms to multi-level business complexes. It is also experienced in terms of working on minor upgrades and large scale renovations. The firm holds itself up to a higher standard and guarantees that all of its homes come with a 10-year structural warranty.