San Diego has become one of the nation’s most desirable places to live. It offers year-round sunshine, a relaxed but economically and socially progressive atmosphere, great scenery, beautiful neighborhoods, and an abundance of professional opportunities. It follows that the city should have some of the world’s best design-build firms working to meet the high demand of luxury home building. From the city of San Diego to La Jolla, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe, this list includes designer/builders who have worked on some of San Diego’s most beautiful and expensive homes in both the coastal and inland communities. Included are design-build firms and custom home builders that have won numerous awards from some of the most prestigious associations in the practice.

Top Home Builders & Design-Build Firms

Charco Design & Build, Inc.

Armando Flores

2136 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

About Charco Design & Build, Inc.

Charco Design & Build is an award-winning design-build firm founded by Armando Flores, after his 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry. A San Diego native, following his studies in architectural drafting and interior design, Flores began his career at a prestigious Los Angeles design firm. He then moved back to San Diego to start his own company. He quickly became recognized for his talents, and his work has since been featured in numerous magazines and a television show. One of his kitchens is featured weekly on the local cooking show Sam the Cooking Guy. Flores’s philosophy is to capture and create the home of his client’s dreams, “despite the challenges of space, architecture, and budget.” Among his awards and accolades, he was featured in San Diego’s Home and Garden Magazine. The Modern Luxury December 2016 issue named Armando Flores one of the influential insiders of San Diego, and he was an HGTV Faces of Design 2016 finalist.

Featured Projects

Accented by a live, succulent wall and a generous use of glass, Charco Design and Build’s work on a multilevel La Jolla home was featured in the February 2017 issue of Ranch & Coast Magazine. The palatial, six-bedroom residence includes a beautiful state of the art design, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to the stunning outdoor space, a freestanding soaking tub in the shower, a gorgeous fireplace, an LED enhanced firepit, sauna, full outdoor kitchen, a cascading infinity pool and a spa surrounded by a vast, green manicured lawn. Another of the Charco Design and Build’s masterpieces includes a La Jolla Modern construction that was completed in 2010 with a project cost of approximately $2M. The stunning three-story home offers a minimalist design and breathtaking ocean views.

K-CO Construction Inc.

Dave K Konstantin

3670 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117

About K-CO Construction Inc.

K-CO Construction Inc. is an award-winning, family owned and operated, licensed general contractor, specializing in design-build services for custom homes and residential remodeling projects. They have been building homeowner’s dreams in the greater San Diego community since 1995, but they understand that in construction, sometimes things do not go as planned. They resolve problems by ensuring constant and open communication between all parties involved in the process. With this practice in mind, K-Co Construction has completed thousands of complicated projects successfully. Ethical business practices being a top priority, the firm is proud to be chosen by the Better Business Bureau as a finalist for the Torch Award for excellence in marketplace ethics.

Featured Projects

K-Co Construction was presented with a logistical challenge when they came across a family that wanted to demolish a cottage one-and-a-half blocks from the ocean and build their dream home of a two-story villa with a guest apartment atop a detached garage. But, challenge accepted, K-Co successfully followed Coastal Commission requirements of leaving 50 percent of the existing walls in place and built the entire second floor and guest quarters exactly as their client had imagined. The firm also completed a whole house rebuild of a shabby 1950s-era cottage near the beach in La Jolla. The project involved converting the cottage into a two-story home designed for a family who loves to entertain and keeps a very active lifestyle. The existing space was expanded and reconfigured on the ground floor, while the entirely new second story includes the new master suite, additional bedrooms, and bathrooms.

Chaun Miller Design and Construction

Chaun Miller

13716 Ruette Le Parc, Unit C, Del Mar, CA 92014

About Chaun Miller Design and Construction

Chaun Miller Design and Construction is a full-service design and build firm led by Chaun Miller, a third-generation general contractor who stands behind the quality of his work. The firm takes projects from concept to completion and prides themselves on the seamless system they have created over the years, that makes the designing and building process as enjoyable as possible for their clients. They are dedicated not only to excellence in their work, but also to the impact that their work has on the environment. With an emphasis on sustainability, and environmentally friendly construction methods and materials, they have joined the important movement of incorporating green building principles and practices into their design work for the past decade — an effort that has made their work more valuable over time.

Featured Projects

Among their portfolio is a Mid-century modern minimalist design with a large kitchen island that is a focal point in the open floor plan. The home features wooden cabinetry and walls in the kitchen and along the stairwell, which add warmth to the space. A beautiful winding stairwell with a simple black rail spirals up to the second floor, and the many clean lines and natural tones offer elegance with ease. Chaun Miller Design’s “Amon” residence is another stunner, with a gourmet kitchen complete with a dark subway tile backsplash, french doors, high-end fixtures, a custom range hood, recessed lighting, and crown molding that runs throughout the space. The outdoors feature a beautiful deck surrounding the immaculate pool, and a gazebo that is an entertainer’s dream come true.

Eco Minded Solutions

Josh Rosenthal
Barry Thau
and David Milton

9466 Black Mountain Road #210, San Diego, CA 92126

About Eco Minded Solutions

Eco Minded Solutions, led by the creative genius of Josh Rosenthal, Barry Thau, and David Milton, is an award-winning design-build firm known for environmental sustainability, innovation, and creative vision, balanced by practicality in their designs. They strive to create spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye and functional, but also environmentally safe. The firm is keenly aware and conscious of the impact their work will make on future generations, and they have been praised for the high quality of their design and build services that are changing the profession’s landscape. They have been featured in media outlets ranging from broadcast news KUSI to print publications such as San Diego Home & Garden Magazine, Del Mar Magazine, and Coastal Living Lifestyle Magazine.

Featured Projects

Eco Minded Solutions is responsible for the design and construction of a stunning home in La Jolla with an abundance of comfort and luxury. The home features impressive views of its beautiful locale and showcases the usable space with a vast open floor plan, a neutral color palette, a unique transitional design, and a spacious view deck that adds the wow factor to this beautiful home. The company also performed a whole-home remodel with a modern twist inspired by the sandy beaches of San Diego. The kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and living room were updated to a very relaxed, Southern California style. The interior includes a clean white palette and an ultra-modern stairwell that leads to the second floor. There is a large open kitchen with pristine white cabinetry, modern wood floors, and a balcony on the second floor for taking in the jaw dropping views.

Jackson Design & Remodeling

Todd Jackson

ASID Awards,
Master Design Awards,
Better Business Bureau Torch Award For Marketplace Ethics

4797 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111

About Jackson Design & Remodeling

Jackson Design & Remodeling has been designing and building their clients’ dream homes in the San Diego area for almost 30 years. Led by Todd Jackson, president and CEO, the firm’s creative attention to detail and ability to make even the wildest of their client’s dreams come true has garnered them numerous awards. They have received 20 awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and 19 Master Design Awards — among many others. The firm has also been featured in numerous leading industry magazines. The firm also offers the Jackson Design & Remodeling showroom for their clients to visit for endless amounts of inspiration and a behind-the-scenes look at how they perform their magic.

Featured Projects

The Jackson Design & Remodeling team was faced with the exciting challenge of creating a ultra-modern loft to fulfill their client’s love of city living coupled with a fun urban design. The answer was a chic, award-winning, two-story stunner with a flawless open floor plan, high ceilings, and countless windows flooding the home with natural light. The modern, minimalist design paired with high-end fixtures and perfect attention to detail strikes just the right balance between understated sophistication and unexpected pizzazz. The team is also responsible for a La Jolla shores home that perfectly marries modern and contemporary elements in a single-story, vaulted-ceiling, grey stone fireplace home with oversized floor-to-ceiling windows that fold away to create an indoor-outdoor haven in the greatroom. The kitchen offers a large center island with bright white countertops and rich wood cabinetry, juxtaposed against a beautiful, soft green, glass geometric backsplash.

GDC Construction, Inc.

Pancho Dewhurst

La Jolla Village News Best Contractor

1031 Silverado St., La Jolla, CA 92037

About GDC Construction, Inc.

GDC Construction has been building homes in San Diego for four generations. Led by Pancho Dewhurst, who joined the firm in 2001, they are a full-service design and build firm handling the building process from pre-construction, design, and construction to post construction, which includes appliance and technological tutorials and annual maintenance including gutter and roof cleaning. Their four foundations are openness and transparency, financial clarity, working with the best, and offering a creative edge. Among other awards and accolades, they have been voted Best Contractor by La Jolla Village News two years in a row. They have also been featured in San Diego Home and Garden Magazine.

Featured Projects

GDC Construction took on the challenge of building a modern luxury home to replace an aging, ranch-style structure in great need of revitalization. To rebuild the home, they began with demolishing 90 percent of the existing property. They maximized every inch of the land by adding a pool and a tennis court and incorporating original, custom woodworking to retain the feel of the old accented by the beauty of the new. The home includes stunning design features like rich wood floors, a gourmet outdoor kitchen, state-of-the-art technology, and much more. GDC also created a very unique minimalist and modern home with exquisite attention to detail. The home features beautiful seamless redwood siding that runs from the interior of the home to the exterior, creating a rich, continuous design. There is an indoor-outdoor living effect that is repeated throughout the ground floor and offers an open, airy, and luxurious atmosphere. A modern kitchen opens to a living area with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the light to flow and accentuate the beautiful earth-toned details.

Daley Custom Homes

Jeff Daley

2683 Via de La Valle, Del Mar, California, CA 92014

About Daley Custom Homes

Daley Custom Homes is led by Jeff Daley, a fifth-generation San Diegan raised in the construction industry, who personally oversees each of their projects to ensure that his clients’ needs are met every step of the way. The award-winning firm is a full-service luxury homebuilder that has been providing development and construction services to the San Diego area since 1928. With the utmost attention to detail, Jeff Daley’s firm has successfully completed projects for happy clients of custom homes and large scale renovations, as well as celebrity estates. They place great value on exceptional craftsmanship with the highest level of design and customization in each home they build.

Featured Projects

Majestic views, a bright and airy living area with oversized windows, and sliding glass doors that fold away creating an indoor-outdoor living area are just two of the many exciting features of a Daley Custom Homes La Jolla creation. The home includes a neutral and crisp color palette, a beautiful master bedroom with a fireplace, and french doors that open into the courtyard. A pool has cascading water fountains, and the outdoor, covered kitchen is an entertainer’s dream. Another of their La Jolla masterpieces leads in with a grand stairwell just past a three-car garage. The home has a pristine white kitchen with crown moldings; rich, dark wood floors throughout; glamorous crystal light fixtures; and a master bath with a luxurious bathtub perfect for unwinding after a busy day.

McCullough Design Development

Lori McCullough

10531 4S Commons Drive, Suite 700, San Diego, CA 92127

About McCullough Design Development

McCullough Design Development was founded by Monty McCullough after he spent two decades in the architectural field. Now the McCullough brand prides themselves on serving the San Diego area with unparalleled customer service, while offering an expertise to “present the elegance and grace of timeless architecture with the relentless pursuit of perfection.” Each project receives the utmost level of care and attention, given the client’s specific requests and requirements, their home site and layout, location, and budget. With the firm’s professionalism and love of design and construction, they have successfully designed and built over 150 custom homes in the greater San Diego area.

Featured Projects

Meadows Del Mar is McCullough Design Development’s most recent creation, with perfect curb appeal that makes the home feel palatial. It is a beautiful 3,715-square-foot design consisting of three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a sports and entertainment room. Located near the Grand Del Mar Golf Club, this home is built to feel grand. It has 10-foot-high ceilings make each room feel spacious, and numerous large windows invite the Southern California year-round sunlight. It offers the appeal of a quiet residence with the class and sophistication of a timeless masterpiece. Another of their splendid designs in San Diego resembles a Medieval castle with a modern twist. Located in a neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo, this home has gorgeous views of the surrounding valley and hills. Located near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, it is a 3,080-square-foot custom estate priced at $1.145M. The timeless design features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a two-car garage, and a sports and entertainment room.

Smith Brothers

Jeff Smith

444 S Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075

About Smith Brothers

Since 1978, Smith Brothers has been providing award-winning design, architecture, and construction throughout San Diego County. They specialize in custom homes, building from the ground up — from inception to completion. Under the leadership of Jeff Smith, over the years they have developed a leading business for the purpose of intermingling exceptional design and construction for the benefit of their customers. Their ultimate goal is to make every project come to life through a collaborative and transparent process that respects all involved. This philosophy allows their loyal clients to make informed and beautiful decisions that will enrich their homes and their lives for many years to come.

Featured Projects

Inspired by a modern allure with a touch of traditional warmth, the Smith Brother’s design of a two-story residence feels like a minimalist’s haven. The home opens with large glass doors into an interior flooded with sunlight, and natural tones that bring the outdoors in. Just outside the large windows on the ground floor is a stunning outdoor living area, complete with a fireplace, a pool, and a large outdoor seating area that’s sure to wow and entertain. Smith Brothers also paid homage to the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright with their zen buddhist-inspired Craftsman Contemporary. It is a true gem in the Del Mar area of San Diego. The features are carefully chosen to beckon to an earlier time, while offering many modern luxuries. The entry features a zen garden feel, complete with a bridge leading to the large front doors. The interior is rich with wood details, and there is a multilevel pool in the entertainer’s backyard.

Flagg Coastal Homes

John O’Brien
Mark Blore

Best of Houzz-Design 6 years straight,
Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Merit Award

1014 Ninth Street, Coronado, CA 92118

About Flagg Coastal Homes

Flagg Coastal Homes is one of the leading custom home builders in the new California-coastal style found in San Diego and the surrounding areas. John O’Brien founded the firm in response to the high demand for upscale, nautically themed homes in the beautiful resort town of Coronado in San Diego county. Growing up in the East, John and architectural designer Dorian Lytle got inspired by the “coastal” homes of New England and the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. With more than 40 beautiful homes designed and built, the firm is known for their unwavering commitment to outstanding quality and meticulous attention to detail during the design process. They have successfully designed and built award-winning homes including a spectacular Bayview home overlooking the San Diego Bay.

Featured Projects

One of their creations, at 927 First Street, is a beautiful five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home with panoramic views of the San Diego Bay. The spectacular design with picturesque perfection is adjacent to the Coronado Ferry Landing, as well as Boney’s Bayside Market. The home includes a guest house and was offered for sale for over $6M. A second design, “The Coastal Living Showhouse” in San Diego, was Flagg’s signature project for 2014. Built on the beautiful Coronado Island at Sunset Park, the house had over 5,000 visitors when it was open during a 10-week summer tour that raised over $100K for its nonprofit beneficiary, the Navy SEAL Foundation. The exquisite home takes every detail into account and includes french doors, crown molding, vaulted ceilings on the second floor, and large windows that blast the light in from the outside. A beautiful wrap-around deck is perfect for enjoying the summer breeze and breathtaking views that are among the finest San Diego living has to offer.

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