According to Zillow, Torrance currently has a median home value of $819,500. Since Torrance is a place where the weather is often pleasant—dry warm summers and mild winters—most homes in this area carry Mediterranean style homes or stylish residences that have enough windows and doors to let in a warm breeze and allow natural light to pool into living rooms. The real estate numbers, the weather, and the style all point to one thing: Torrance is a wonderful place to call home.

We’ve found a few firms that are capable of providing the kind of custom homes that will fit into this vibrant community. Aside from their ability to build homes that use premium materials, these companies were also included for their long years of experience, the industry awards they have won, and the publications they have been featured in. Most importantly, these firms were recognized for having principals who are highly experienced and have the skill to make beautiful homes.

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.

Pitzer Construction

16719 Gramercy Place, Gardena, CA 90247

A firm that has been working in the industry since 1980, Pitzer Construction has built numerous custom homes alongside second-story additions, kitchens, and bathroom remodels. Over the decades, the firm has weathered ups and downs in the market thanks to its strong relationships with different architects, designers, and clients. Since Pitzer construction is well-known for doing high-quality work, several of its clients come from referrals. 

So far, the firm is also known as one of the best builders of modern and contemporary custom homes in California’s South Bay region. Usually, its homes exhibit clean lines, steel elements, concrete floors, and wood accents that create unique and enticing homes that elevate the residence’s respective neighborhood. One great example of these beautiful homes is a contemporary residence with a wide, open floor plan. Large sliding glass doors open into the front yard where homeowners can entertain guests. Another notable feature of this home is the tall large oak front door that extends up to the home’s second floor. 

Currently, these projects are guided by company principal John M. Pitzer, a graduate of El Camino College where he earned an Associate Degree in Construction Technology, Pitzer worked part-time as a rough framer, finish carpenter, cabinetmaker, and electrician while completing his apprenticeship program. Throughout the years, John built a reputation: clients saw the firm as a trustworthy builder able to make helpful suggestions when original design elements are either too costly or impractical. 

Epic Construction

2808 Oregon Ct. Suite L5, Torrance, CA 90503

Epic Construction is a family-owned business. Established in 1989, it is skilled in providing commissioned private homes, custom remodeling and renovation, and commercial build-outs. Over time, the firm has built and managed hundreds of projects with a combined value of over $30 million. Some of these projects carry the modern, ranch, and traditional styles. One of the firm’s most notable projects in Torrance is the Mills Residence, a ranch styled colonial home in a blue and white palette. Another great example is a modern, two-story residence in Hermosa Beach. This home’s most notable features are the installed concrete floors, the radiant heating, and the sustainably harvested tropical hardwood details. Along with these features, the home also has a stainless steel pool on the second-floor deck. A four-story elevator provides a clear way down to the subterranean parking area. 

Projects like these are a credit to the firm’s principals, Dean and Michael Stotesbury. Dean Stotesbury has 27 years of construction experience, and his knowledge of computer technology helps the firm implement the latest software and hardware. Michael worked for a large commercial development company, and in over 29 years of contracting, Michael gained enough knowledge to handle on-site project management, business development, fabrication, and quality control. Michael’s extensive construction knowledge paired with his can-do attitude and Dean’s thorough attention to billing and organization make this firm easy and pleasant to deal with.

Trisam Development

20710 Earl St., Torrance, CA 90503

For 30 years, Trisam Development has given its clients throughout Southern California quality results. Some of the firm’s notable projects carry modern, Mediterranean, Spanish Eclectic, and new traditional styles. One of these notable projects is a two-story type Mediterranean style home with a cream-colored facade.

Though it has a simple, almost minimalist design, the home exudes a quality of relaxation and simple elegance highlighted by the stone staircase leading up to the spacious foyer and entryway. To create projects like this, the firm’s team emphasizes integrity and its project managers make a point of seeing the vision behind every project. Everyone who works for Trisam is in a position to offer solutions that will keep a project on schedule and within budget.

Deco Construction

23316 Mariposa Ave., Torrance, CA 90502

Previously known in the South Bay as FE Designer Construction, Deco Construction has 25 years of extensive experience in general contracting. During these years, the firm grew by combining the values of hard work, dedication, and creativity to produce gorgeous custom homes in the pueblo and Craftsman styles. 

Currently, the firm has Fred and Ali Eftekhari as its leaders. Both are skilled craftsmen. Fred Eftekhari started off as an interior designer before he moved to Frankfurt, Germany where he expanded his skills in professional construction and design. He also worked in a high-end residential construction firm for four years and managed the construction of the firm’s custom homes. Ali Eftekhari meanwhile started working for the firm as its foreman in 1999. Six years later, he gained his contractor’s license and proceeded to become the firm’s project manager. With those years of experience, Ali is able to add striking modern and minimalist design elements to the firm’s projects.

Michael J. Cleland 

557 2nd St., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 

For over 40 years, Michael J. Cleland has been providing Southern California’s south bay with some of the highest level homes. Ever since the firm’s founding in 1995, it has built a myriad of residences that exhibit designs ranging from the contemporary, cape cod, Mediterranean, Craftsman, Italian Tuscany, and Island styles. These diverse homes built with premium building materials offer both functionality and aesthetics. The firm’s range and style were recognized by the City of Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce with the Award of Merit for Remodeling and the Outstanding Building Award. Along with these awards, the firm has also been featured in Dwell Magazine and on the E-channel. One example of the firm’s notable works is a two-story modern Mediterranean home in a cream and red palette that highlights the structure’s beach vibe. 

In addition to building beautiful custom homes, Michael J. Cleland also designs and builds historic restorations and theme-based renovations, tenant improvements, apartment complexes, small boutiques, and office buildings. 

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