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The Best Design Build Firms in San Jose, California

September 9, 2019 17 Min Read

Remodeling apartment and condominium interiors is not an easy task. Various challenges always seem to come up in the process of updating the interior of multi-unit dwellings, including the hassle of coordinating with the building management, keeping up with the latest design trends, and other fundamental difficulties in putting together a well-developed interior.

The firms on this list have the core competencies to complete these often frustrating, confusing tasks. To construct this list, our team compiled a number of firms within the Bay Area. We then considered each firm’s overall work quality, the awards each firm has accumulated, any press features about the firm, and the work history of each firm; the result is this ranked list of five fantastic

Logic Build

17500 Monterey St. Suite B, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Logic Build has been serving Santa Clara County with high-end design-build services since 2003. The firm specializes in the design and construction of new homes as well as executive-style kitchen remodels. Founder and principal Walter Allen is a Bay Area native with over 32 years of construction expertise. His expertise in designing and building high-end homes has set the tone for his firm since the beginning.

Project by Logic Build

Clients never feel pressured or overwhelmed with a project because of the hands-on service Allen offers. Lines of communication are kept open and plans are clear to everyone; thus the best results are achieved. The success of this transparent approach can be seen throughout the firms’ portfolio: projects from remodels to custom homes all have one thing in common, Logic Build’s touch of elegance. A perfect example of this is this home remodel in Willow Glen, a charming neighborhood in San Jose. Here you’ll find a fusion of traditional interiors and a coastal backyard.

RadCon Builders

21498 Almaden Rd., San Jose, CA 95120

RadCon Builders opened its doors in 1992 to provide San Jose with one of a kind design/build services. Its exceptional craftsmanship in both design and construction is something that the firm brings to all of its projects. RadCon’s involvement in green construction has earned it its status as an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm as well as an affiliation with Build It Green and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Project by RadCon Builders

RadCon Builders opened its doors in 1992 to provide San Jose with one of a kind design/build services. Its exceptional craftsmanship in both design and construction is something that the firm brings to all of its projects. RadCon’s involvement in green construction has earned it its status as an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm as well as an affiliation with Build It Green and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

SOD Builders

1631 N. 1st St. Suite #109, San Jose, CA 95112

Working in California’s biggest cities means offering prime construction and excellent service. This is a reputation SOD Builders builds with each project it commits to. SOD Builders is a full-service design-build firm that gives clients the liberty to customize their needs. Its in-house architects, general contractors, and interior designers are equipped with industry experience.

Project by SOD Builders

The diverse set of projects in its portfolio speak to the versatility in design the firm is capable of completing. A project in San Jose perfectly captures the sophistication of simple tones and minimalist design. The kitchen is brightened by a number of recessed lights as well as natural light from the bay window. SOD Builders is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm: most of its projects, if not all, are eco-friendly or are made with sustainable materials.

Top Shelf Construction

1777 Hamilton Ave. Suite #2250, San Jose, CA 95125

Bret Gedryn’s dream of becoming a high-end residential builder became true when he established Top Shelf Construction in 2002. Gedryn is a hands-on leader, ensuring that designs are clearly translated into construction. This approach allows the team to deliver home remodels that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also on time and within the proposed budget.

Top Shelf Construction has been named the Contractor of the Year by NARI for entire house remodels. The firm has also been distinguished with a Chrysalis Award for a Residential Restoration and a META Gold Award for an Entire House Remodel. Because it is a design/build firm, everything from conceptualization down to construction is taken care of. This lifts the burden on homeowners as they only need one firm to cater to their needs.

Project by Top Shelf Construction

The project from a repeat client in Willow Glen is an example of the firm’s stellar work. The homeowners reached out to Top Shelf as they wanted to expand the home’s floor plan to accommodate their growing family. The firm immediately answered this dilemma by maximizing space. This was achieved by creating a higher ceiling and removing walls to create an open floor plan. The use of neutral tones helped make the home appear more elegant and modern.

CAGE Design Build

P.O. Box 6030, San Jose, CA 95150

David Wampler and Kelly Funk are both industry professionals who started CAGE Design Build in 2009. The founders work closely with their team and clients to deliver the finest home remodels in the county. As a Design/Build firm, it lifts the complicated steps of construction away from clients by providing a team of seasoned professionals. The designs are kept personal while construction is professionally executed.

Project by CAGE Design Build

Browsing through the firm’s wide collection of remodeled homes, a project in South San Jose stands out with a clean, striking design. The kitchen remodel required the removal of the dining area to make room for a bigger kitchen. The new kitchen houses a sleek concrete countertop that complements the white-toned cabinets and gray stone mosaic backsplash. New windows and an exterior door were installed to bring in more sunlight.

May Construction

115 Phelan Ave. Suite #3, San Jose, CA 95112

Greg May’s family tradition of quality home design and remodeling has remained steady since 1977. May Construction is a homegrown firm in San Jose specializing in the design and construction of whole house remodels, additions, kitchen and bath remodels. May is a Universal Design Certified Remodeler, and he guides a skilled team of designers and builders in creating astonishing projects.

Project by May Construction

Greg May’s family tradition of quality home design and remodeling has remained steady since 1977. May Construction is a homegrown firm in San Jose specializing in the design and construction of whole house remodels, additions, kitchen and bath remodels. May is a Universal Design Certified Remodeler, and he guides a skilled team of designers and builders in creating astonishing projects.

Gridley Company

122 Orchard City Dr., Campbell, CA 95008

A company led by a woman is still sadly uncommon nowadays, but in 1976 it was practically unthinkable. Nevertheless, Linda Gridley stepped out and founded Gridley Company to provide a better and more efficient way of building and remodeling homes. Gridley was a pioneer in the design/build movement in residential remodeling in the 90s. The years she spent in practicing and implementing these methods have rendered her an expert in this field. Gridley’s accomplishments as a remodeler and leader, proven by recognitions she’s received, make her an outstanding builder in the Santa Clara County.

Project by Gridley Company

Gridley Company has been listed as one of the Top 500 Remodelers in the U.S. The firm has continuously impressed its clients and is affiliated with NARI, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and Remodelers Advantage Roundtables. In addition, the firm is also a NARI Certified Remodeler, an EPS Lead-Safe Certified Firm, and deeply dedicated to environmental responsibility. Modern, contemporary, and traditional are the design styles that the firm employs most frequently. A perfect project to illustrate this is a clean and airy great room. The team used modern and simple design to incorporate together the three main parts of the area: the living room, the kitchen, and the dining area.

Heartwood Residential

520 E McGlincy Ln. Suite #9, Campbell, CA 95008

Heartwood Residential’s fascinating builds have helped to define Silicon Valley’s distinctive look. The firm has taken home a number of awards from the NARI META Awards, the NKBA 30 under 30, and Professional Remodeler magazine. It is also an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm, which means that the builder integrates green building practices in design and construction.

Nick Yegge founded Heartwood Residential in 2009. His interest in providing Silicon Valley with fresh, polished homes gave birth to this now-famous firm. Yegge is a fourth-generation builder who gained multiple construction experiences by working for different firms.

Project by Heartwood Residential

This Willow Glen home was rendered unrecognizable after Heartwood gave it a transformation. From a boring and plain interior, the team brought out the real beauty of the home. Heartwood took advantage of the window space the home provided and made it more spacious and bright by applying a pure white palette on the walls and generating a pleasing contrast through the tile flooring.

Valley Home Builders

3466 Edward Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95054

Valley Home Builders’ founder Mehdi Vatani started in the industry as a carpenter. Through that experience, he obtained the insights and experiences which helped him start the company. Valley Home Builders specializes in complete rebuilds, new constructions, room additions, as well as kitchen and bath remodeling. The design of the spaces has been thoroughly planned to achieve a smooth transition from paper to construction.

Project by Valley Home Builders

Valley Home Builders’ nitty-gritty process of building assures clients that their homes are not only pretty but built to last. The design/build firm has been praised for its works, one of them being the 2013 NARI Gold Award for interior design. The firm’s website visuals showcase its prowess in design and construction. A great example is this San Jose home remodel featuring a clean and spacious family-friendly, aging-in-place-friendly home.

EBCON Corporation/Hughes Construction, Inc.

506 Second Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063

EBCON Corporation/Hughes Construction, Inc. is an all-around firm well-versed in all aspects of construction from design to the construction phase. The demand for quality homes in the Peninsula area has been repeatedly answered by the firm with deftly designed and crafted homes. Its design and build team are composed of professionals who are active members of NARI, NKBA, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Project by Ebcon

The firm’s southern taste in design has caught the attention of LUXE magazine and Modern Vintage Home and Living which featured the southern roots and exposure the firm exhibits in its projects. Although located in Redwood, approximately 42 miles away from San Jose, this interior remodel is reflective of the work EBCON employs in each of its projects. The remodeled project features an airy and spacious home that flows seamlessly out of the dining and kitchen areas. Projects like this one have brought the firm distinctions like the 2019 Regional Contractor of the Year Award from NARI.


1264 S Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128

Behind H2H’s success is a skilled team led by Angela Rasmussen. Her keen eye for detail and exemplary leadership has guided H2H into becoming San Jose’s leading design-build firm. The firm believes in bringing the best construction and design solutions to every project. The team has over 30 years of combined experience in the industry and consistently delivers quality homes, and has built a great reputation as a result. H2H is an award-winning design-build firm, bagging recognitions from the NKBA, NARI, and HGTV. These awards are focused on the design capabilities of the firm with new build and remodeling of residential spaces.

Project by H2H

H2H works on a diverse set of designs which makes the firm one of the best in this area. To further visualize all of this, take a glance through some of its award-winning projects. This artsy home remodel is a great example. Originally cramped and dull, the home has been given a natural flow by creating a more spacious floor plan. The firm also gave the home depth and character by incorporating unique bits of style,  including a chalkboard wall, funky frames, a basketball mural, mosaic tiles, and antique pottery.

One Sky Homes

2188 Glenkirk Dr., San Jose, CA 95124

One Sky Homes is a California-based design/build firm offering a wide range of residential services from structural to cosmetic services. The firm is led by Allen Gilliland, a certified Passive House Designer and a licensed contractor whose appetite for details and quality projects is evident in every home he builds. Allen works in partnership with Bronwyn Barry – the ‘design’ half of the One Sky Homes delivery team. Bronwyn is a licensed architect and Certified Passive House Designer. She shares the same passion for delivering great comfort and performance outcomes while supplementing Allen’s practical builder viewpoint with a designer’s flair for detail.

One Sky Homes was honored to build the first Net Zero Energy home in California. The home was recognized by the California Energy Commission. Eco-friendly projects like these have earned the firm a U.S. Department of Energy Grand Prize Award in the Custom Build category.

Project by One Sky Homes

Aside from affiliations with prestigious associations, One Sky Homes’ team are certified Kitchen Designers, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals, and Green Building Professionals. Have a peek at One Sky Homes’ first Zero Energy Home in California. This luxury custom home features a bunch of modern and stylish elements, design-wise. When it comes to performance, the green home boasts a ground-breaking standard in indoor quality, energy efficiency, water efficiency, and comfort.

Timeline Design + Build

14401 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

Timeline Design + Build was established with the aim of providing a better construction process in the South Bay Area. The firm provides comprehensive services encompassing architecture, construction, and renovation. Timeline’s expert team of craftsmen and builders has completed over 700 exceptional residential projects, ranging from custom homes to remodels. Timeline has been fortunate enough to design and build homes for many of Silicon Valley’s tech elite. High tech executives trust Timeline because it understands that remodeling and building are complex processes requiring thoughtful planning and thorough communication, just like their businesses. Timeline’s 30 years’ experience and meticulous process provide a less stressful experience for their clients.

Project by Timeline Design Build

Publications like Design/Build Business, Kitchen & Bath Business, Remodeling Magazine, Eichler News Network, and San Jose Magazine have featured the firm and its projects. Its in-house designers and builders make each project more remarkable than the last one. A perfect example is the Prairie custom home which won the 2018 NKBA Northern California Chapter Design competition. The design took inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robbi house. The design team added natural elements to the home to augment the owner’s natural photography practice. All elements are beautifully fused into one home.


2157 O’Toole Ave. Suite #70, San Jose, CA 95131

Case is an award-winning design-build firm that has been transforming Santa Clara County one project at a time. The firm’s in-house team of certified remodelers, lead carpenters, and universal design professionals make each project remarkable. For over 15 years, the firm has been able to touch up many houses along the Bay Area. Case remodeled this charming Craftsman home in Willow Glen later featured in Curb Appeal. The exterior remodel poses a strong sense of architecture featuring the classic traits of a Craftsman home: a covered front porch, tapered columns, and deep overhanging roof eaves.

Project by Case

Both Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeler Magazine have recognized the firm by listing it as one of the Top Remodelers in the U.S. The firm has received a NARI Contractor of the Year National Award, as well NARI META Platinum Awards for home remodeling design and construction. The firm also maintains professional associations with NARI, NKBA, and the National Association of Home Builders.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at San Francisco Architects and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at San Francisco Architects, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University - Degree in Construction Engineering Management

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