Custom Home Builder Services

Your source for custom home design & construction in Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and Beyond

Building your own home in the Bay Area can be more rewarding and more stressful than in most. Your site might be gorgeous, with an ocean view or perfectly nestled in your favorite neighborhood. But then there are costs, budgets, building codes, permits and other worries. Even determining the price per square-foot can be a challenge.

Put your project in our expert hands and get guidance, support, and the high quality results you’ve always dreamed of. Andrew G. Construction can handle 100% of the process of building a custom home, so you won’t have to.

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Why Choose Andrew G. Construction to build your custom home?

With the Andrew G. Construction team, you get an experienced team that truly cares about how smooth your home build project goes. This will make all of the difference both when developing your house plan, going through the process of building a house, and when enjoying it decades from now. We work hard to create the home of your dreams within the budget you have. We pride ourselves on communication, quality work, and customer satisfaction. Unlike other home builders, we minimize the use of subcontractors, thus streamlining the house construction process. This helps us to keep projects on time and on budget for the homeowner. We want you to enjoy your home for years to come.

We care about:

  • Analysis of costs: Dream homes come with a price tag, and it is important for homeowners to know what that price tag is before you start building a home. We give you a full analysis of your cost to build so that you know where you’re spending your money. And, if you want to change priorities and spend more or less in some areas, we can help.
  • Ongoing communication: You deserve to know exactly what is going on with your project and you shouldn’t have to ask. We keep you updated with the relevant details of how your project is going, so that you don’t stress about it or feel like you’re out of the loop about your own custom home build.
  • Honest scheduling: We know that you want your home built as soon as possible, but we don’t mislead you about when we’re available or how long the project will take. You’ll get a precise schedule for every step of your homebuilding process, and we’ll stick to it. Your home will be completed in a reasonable time frame, and you’ll know when that is.
  • Exceptional quality: In the end, you want your home to be enjoyed for many decades and to remain functional and stylish for as long as possible. We care about all of the little details that will make your home more durable and well-built. That can include landscaping, a new driveway, and a floor-plan that can adapt to your changing family and lifestyle.
exceptional quality and attention to details
Modern kitchen and dining room with under bar lighting, waterfall countertop, and smart fridge

A Home Made for Your Family

We think that your home is about your lifestyle. It’s about how you want to feel when you wake up, come home from a long day, or spend time with the people who matter most. A great home design will enhance every moment of your life. Little efficiencies like the layout of the kitchen will save you time. Smart design like proper roof construction will give you peace of mind. It’s all about how our work makes you feel.

We’re dedicated to understanding and enhancing your vision for your home. We have the experience to come up with novel solutions, unique home plans and aesthetic touches for your home and then execute them perfectly during the home construction process. We’re craftsman who care about what your home will look like and how it will function, and we want to do whatever’s necessary to help you build your dream home.

Living Spaces

There are many consideration when building a new home. How many are in your family? Do you entertain a lot? Do you want a relaxing space? With so many considerations, it can become overwhelming. We are here to guide you through the process. We will help you consider:

  • Layout design
  • Functionality
  • Storage
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • And more

You should love your living space. It should be aesthetically pleasing and comforting to you. We work to help you achieve a workable design during your new home construction.

Living room with intricate wainscotting, fireplace tile, and woodwork in Menlo Park, CA
Kitchen with modern lighting and stainless steel appliances built in a new home
Kitchen with subway tile and floating shelves

Kitchens

Kitchens often end up being a gathering place. There are many different options to consider:

  • Galley Kitchens: A galley kitchen, or corridor kitchen, is characterized by two parallel countertops or walls divided by a three-to-five-foot walking area in between. The most common galley kitchen features include twin workstations facing each other, one wall with cooking appliances, and a second equipped with prep and cleaning fixtures.
  • Island Kitchens: A kitchen with an island also has options. Islands can be stationary or moveable. They can provide extra seating, storage, or counterspace. They can have butcherblock counters, tile counters, granite counters, as well as other materials. Some are even utilized for the cooktop.
  • Peninsula Kitchen: Similar to the island kitchen, a peninsula is one that incorporates a counter that juts out from a wall or cabinetry. Many offer seating and extra cabinetry.
  • Open Kitchen: An open kitchen is usually more L-shaped or U-shaped. It has a more open feel to it.

The floorplan for your custom home will involve how you set up your kitchen and what type of functionality you want it to have. As your dedicated home builder, it’s our job to make sure that your kitchen fully fulfills your practical needs and aesthetic tastes.

Our Kitchen Designs Include:

  • Flooring
  • Countertops
  • Appliances
  • Paint
  • Tile
  • Cabinetry
  • Lighting
  • Fixtures
  • Hardware

Our team is here to guide you through all of these decisions. We will help you navigate your needs and the style that will work best for you and your family. After all, it is the heartbeat of your home and it should be comfortable space.

Bathrooms

Aside from the number of bathrooms needed in your home, there are other considerations as well.  It’s important to make decisions about how to maximize function and the layout of the design before worrying about the little details.  You need to think about how the room will function and flow in your design.

Some things to consider:

  • Low flow toilet
  • Shower style
  • Bathtub/claw tub
  • Single or double sink
  • Built in nooks
  • Storage
  • Windows for natural lighting
  • Types of countertops
  • Types of flooring
  • Radiant flooring
  • Tile
  • Paint
  • And more
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Your Andrew G team will help you with all these decisions. They will help you decide if and where windows should go to let in natural lighting. They will also help you make decisions about other types of lighting you might need. They will guide you in deciding if painting, wood, or tiling would be best with your plan. You will need to decide the type of storage options you’d like in your bathroom. Whether you’d like a stand alone tub or a tub and shower combination. Whether a glass surround works or another option. There are many choices and decisions to be made before you even consider the fixtures and hardware that you’d like. In the end, we will guide you and help you create the bathroom with the amenities you dream about.

Additional Considerations

What is your idea of your dream home?  What rooms does it have?  What elements do you want to see?  We want to make your dreams come true.  We know there might be constraints, but let’s see what we can make happen to create a home you will enjoy for years to come.

Do you want a lot of open space or a cozy feel to your home?  We will create the space you are hoping for in your dream home.  We believe it can be functional and beautiful.

You want a home that feels comfortable and where others can gather.  We will help you achieve the look and feel you want.

We can create bedrooms and home office spaces that have built in storage areas beyond a typical closet.  We also install flooring of all types:  wood, tile, carpet.  If you dream it, we will do our best to create it to your satisfaction.

Single story or two story, we want your home to be a seamless masterpiece.  It should showcase your style and be a place where you enjoy being. It helps to have a custom home-builder that can see your vision through to completion.

Start Your Custom Home in the Bay Area

From the moment you talk to us, you’ll know you can trust us with your custom home project. When it comes to new construction, we have the experience you want on your team. From start to finish, the Andrew G team is with you. From the time your architect finishes the first draft of your floor plans to securing permits, framing the structure, to installing the drywall, hanging the cabinets, and all of the little finishes that make your home shine, our team will be there every step of the way to make your project come to life.

We will walk with you throughout your home building process. We will help you create a home with superior craftsmanship that will last for years. Whether you are looking to build something contemporary, vintage, or exotic, our team’s vast experience across styles and trends can help bring that vision to life.

We will help you decide what types of flooring will work for you, from hardwoods to tile to carpet. We will look at roofing materials and decide what will work for your home. Cabinetry and hardware are important decisions and we will work with your style to create the look you want. We will consider all your lighting options as well. We will install ductwork for central air and heating. Or perhaps radiant heating is an option for you. There are many decisions to be made when deciding to custom build a home and we are there to guide you with every step of the process.

We want to help you build an energy efficient and beautiful home that you can be proud of. Your home is your castle, let’s create something beautiful and classic that will last for years. We are your home building experts.

Reach out to start today.

Yes, you can typically build a custom home on a lot that you own or have acquired. Building a custom home on your lot offers several advantages, including the ability to design a home that meets your specific needs, preferences, and lifestyle, as well as the opportunity to choose a location that suits your desires.

Here are some key steps involved in building a custom home on your lot:

1. Lot Selection: Choose a lot that meets your criteria in terms of location, size, zoning regulations, accessibility, and amenities. Conduct thorough research and due diligence to ensure that the lot is suitable for construction and complies with local building codes and regulations.

2. Design and Planning: Work with architects, designers, and builders to create a customized design and floor plan for your home. Consider factors such as the layout, architectural style, size, features, and budget to develop a comprehensive plan that aligns with your vision and objectives.

3. Permitting and Approval: Obtain all necessary permits and approvals from local authorities before beginning construction. This may include permits for zoning, building, excavation, utilities, and environmental impact assessments, depending on the location and regulations governing your lot.

4. Construction: Hire qualified contractors and builders to carry out the construction of your custom home according to the approved plans and specifications. Coordinate closely with the construction team to monitor progress, address any issues, and ensure that the project stays on schedule and within budget.

5. Inspections and Compliance: Schedule and pass all required inspections throughout the construction process to ensure compliance with building codes, safety standards, and quality control measures. Address any deficiencies or issues identified during inspections promptly to avoid delays or complications.

6. Finishing Touches and Move-In: Once construction is complete, finalize any remaining details, such as landscaping, interior finishes, and utility connections. Conduct a final walkthrough to ensure that all work meets your expectations and standards before moving into your newly constructed custom home.

Building a custom home on your lot allows you to create a personalized living space that reflects your style, preferences, and lifestyle while maximizing the potential of your property. With careful planning, coordination, and execution, you can turn your dream home into a reality on your own lot. And with Andrew G. Construction on your side, we can handle most of these steps for you, from lot selection to the finishing touches.

The duration of building a custom home can vary significantly depending on various factors such as the size and complexity of the home, the availability of materials and labor, the season, and any unforeseen circumstances. However, a typical timeline for building a custom home is generally around 6 months to 1 year or more.

Here’s a rough breakdown of the timeline for building a custom home:

1. Pre-construction phase (2-6 months):
– Planning and design: 1-3 months
– Obtaining permits and approvals: 1-3 months

2. Construction phase (4-12 months):
– Site preparation and foundation: 1-3 months
– Framing and structural work: 1-3 months
– Exterior work (roofing, siding, windows): 1-2 months
– Interior work (plumbing, electrical, insulation, drywall): 2-4 months
– Finishing touches (flooring, cabinetry, fixtures): 2-4 months

3. Finalization and move-in (1-2 months):
– Final inspections and approvals: 1-2 weeks
– Punch list items and finishing touches: 2-4 weeks
– Move-in and occupancy: 1-2 weeks

Keep in mind that these timeframes are approximate and can vary based on the specific circumstances of your project. Factors such as weather delays, changes in design or materials, and unexpected issues encountered during construction can impact the timeline. Additionally, larger or more complex custom homes may require more time to complete.

It’s essential to work closely with your builder and project team to establish a realistic timeline and monitor progress throughout the construction process. Effective communication, proactive planning, and flexibility are key to ensuring that your custom home is completed on schedule and to your satisfaction.

The hardest part of building a custom home can vary depending on individual circumstances and preferences, but several common challenges are often cited by homeowners and builders alike:

1. Decision-making: With endless options for design, materials, fixtures, and finishes, one of the most challenging aspects of building a custom home is making decisions. The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming, and each decision can have a significant impact on the final outcome of the home. Balancing personal preferences, budget constraints, and practical considerations while ensuring cohesiveness in the overall design can be a daunting task.

2. Budget Management: Staying within budget can be a significant challenge when building a custom home. Unexpected expenses, changes in design or materials, and fluctuations in labor and material costs can all contribute to budget overruns. It’s essential to carefully plan and budget for each aspect of the project, as well as to have contingency funds set aside for unforeseen expenses.

3. Coordination and Communication: Building a custom home involves coordinating multiple tradespeople, suppliers, and subcontractors, as well as communicating effectively with the homeowner and project team. Ensuring that everyone is on the same page, addressing questions and concerns promptly, and managing expectations can be challenging, especially as the project progresses and timelines evolve.

4. Permitting and Regulations: Navigating the permitting process and complying with building codes and regulations can be complex and time-consuming. Delays in obtaining permits or addressing compliance issues can disrupt the construction schedule and lead to additional costs. It’s essential to work closely with local authorities and ensure that all necessary permits and approvals are obtained before starting construction.

5. Managing Expectations: Building a custom home is a highly personal and emotional process, and managing expectations can be challenging for both homeowners and builders. It’s essential to be realistic about timelines, budgets, and the inevitable challenges that may arise during construction. Open and honest communication, as well as a willingness to adapt and compromise when necessary, can help mitigate frustration and ensure a successful outcome.

Of course, most of these challenges can be minimized by working with an experienced local home builder like Andrew G. Construction. Our team has extensive experience with every step in the home building process, including communication, pulling permits, and budget management, which makes your job that much easier.

Serving the Greater South Bay

Our team is proud to service the greater South Bay and peninsula, including Atherton, Burlingame, Foster City, Menlo Park, Palo AltoRedwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, and more.

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