Top 10 General Contractors in Laguna Beach, CA

Porch Pro Headshot Evergreen Construction Group
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
"Jimmy remodeled our bathrooms and my wife and I could not be happier. The best part about working with Jimmy is that he makes suggestions along the way and if something looks wrong he will let you know. A good example is when the tile shop delivered me the wrong color grout--he called me and said: ...Read more about Evergreen Construction Group
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"Jimmy remodeled our bathrooms and my wife and I could not be happier. The best part about working with Jimmy is that he makes suggestions along the way and if something looks wrong he will let you know. A good example is when the tile shop delivered me the wrong color grout--he called me and said: ...Read more about Evergreen Construction Group
Porch Pro Headshot Inner City Skyline Inc
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(302)
"Inner City Skyline did a great job remodeling our kitchen. These folks really know what they are doing when it comes to redesigning homes. High level of management and guidance throughout the whole project. Everything was very smooth and quick, and the end result is phenomenal!"
"Inner City Skyline did a great job remodeling our kitchen. These folks really know what they are doing when it comes to redesigning homes. High level of management and guidance throughout the whole project. Everything was very smooth and quick, and the end result is phenomenal!"
Porch Pro Headshot Cielo Construction Company
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(220)
"This company gave me the American construction experience I was looking for. The cabinets and interior paint they did for me was superb. In my country we don't see this level of finish everyday. Thanks Cielo for showing me what great Construction looks like."
"This company gave me the American construction experience I was looking for. The cabinets and interior paint they did for me was superb. In my country we don't see this level of finish everyday. Thanks Cielo for showing me what great Construction looks like."
Porch Pro Headshot La Placa Construction, Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(33)
"After getting off to a bad start with a couple of General Contractors, we engaged with Tom La Placa to oversee the construction of our new home in Pasadena. All I can say is WOW - what a difference between the amateurs and a Pro! He oversaw all of the construction and commanded great respect from ...Read more about La Placa Construction, Inc.
"After getting off to a bad start with a couple of General Contractors, we engaged with Tom La Placa to oversee the construction of our new home in Pasadena. All I can say is WOW - what a difference between the amateurs and a Pro! He oversaw all of the construction and commanded great respect from ...Read more about La Placa Construction, Inc.
Porch Pro Headshot Sterling Construction Co.
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(19)
"Andrew, who was our contractor , and his crew did an amazing job remodeling our new house . We recently bought a house and we needed complete renovation. We searched on the internet for general contractors in our area and had a few estimators come to give us a price range . When we met Andrew our ...Read more about Sterling Construction Co.
"Andrew, who was our contractor , and his crew did an amazing job remodeling our new house . We recently bought a house and we needed complete renovation. We searched on the internet for general contractors in our area and had a few estimators come to give us a price range . When we met Andrew our ...Read more about Sterling Construction Co.
Porch Pro Headshot G T C CONSTRUCTION
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
GTC Construction is a family owned and operated home maintenance company. We specialize in a broad scope of both interior and exterior residential maintenance and remoldels. Anything from flood damage, water mitigations, post flood dryouts and reconstruction, to complete kitchen and bath remodels. O...Read more about G T C CONSTRUCTION
GTC Construction is a family owned and operated home maintenance company. We specialize in a broad scope of both interior and exterior residential maintenance and remoldels. Anything from flood damage, water mitigations, post flood dryouts and reconstruction, to complete kitchen and bath remodels. O...Read more about G T C CONSTRUCTION
Porch Pro Headshot Arubbahs of Heaven Inc
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(9)
In the past 42 years as a licensed general contractor, I have built many types of projects for others as well as myself including: residential rental and for sale, dental offices, small strip centers, gas station, restaurants. My expertise covers all aspects of development and construction managemen...Read more about Arubbahs of Heaven Inc
In the past 42 years as a licensed general contractor, I have built many types of projects for others as well as myself including: residential rental and for sale, dental offices, small strip centers, gas station, restaurants. My expertise covers all aspects of development and construction managemen...Read more about Arubbahs of Heaven Inc
Porch Pro Headshot Shell and Hill Construction
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(5)
Founded in 1992, Shell & Hill - a construction company, joined the forces of a longtime contractor and finish carpenter. Between the two of the them, the company grew and prospered. The contractor retired after 5 years, and the company continued to fare well. Today, Shell & Hill, carries a good repu...Read more about Shell and Hill Construction
Founded in 1992, Shell & Hill - a construction company, joined the forces of a longtime contractor and finish carpenter. Between the two of the them, the company grew and prospered. The contractor retired after 5 years, and the company continued to fare well. Today, Shell & Hill, carries a good repu...Read more about Shell and Hill Construction
Porch Pro Headshot TSC Construction
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(2)
"Bobby did a major remodeling job on our residential/ nursing home, and it was amazing. I would say better than any home improvement jobs you see on TV (not kidding). Definitely would recommend him. N"
"Bobby did a major remodeling job on our residential/ nursing home, and it was amazing. I would say better than any home improvement jobs you see on TV (not kidding). Definitely would recommend him. N"
Porch Pro Headshot MFPRP Inc.
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(56)

Frequently asked questions about general contractors

A general contractor oversees building and remodeling projects from start to finish. Their main priority is making sure that a project progresses according to the schedule, is on budget, and that all work is done properly. All other contractors and workers answer to the general contractor and they answer to the client who hired them.

Start by getting bids from different contractors. Bids lay out your expected cost and the extent of the project, including materials, labor, and when the project will be done. If you have a local contractor in mind, feel free to work with them in negotiating the terms of a bid, rather than putting out a competitive bid request. Terms typically outline payment installments, an expected timeline for milestones, and the expected outcome at each phase of the project.

Once you've signed the contract with the general contractor, they bring in the workers and begin on the project. Throughout the course of the project, the general contractor manages all workers and subcontractors. General contractors generally own or work for a company that handles one or two aspects of building and remodeling. Very few do framing, finishing, electrical, concrete, plumbing, and landscaping on their own. So, it's quite common for general contractors to outsource work from other companies. The general contractor handles the hiring of these subcontractors, as well as paying them and their own workers. You only have to worry about paying the general contractor.

Hiring multiple subcontractors for a job might seem more economical, but it would put much of the decision-making on you. What you might save in money may be offset by the amount of time and mental energy you'd have to put into the project. An experienced general contractor knows the ins and outs of the construction business. They understand how to structure a project and work with subcontractors to get projects completed safely, and on schedule. This leaves the day-to-day decisions to someone with more experience.

The licensing rules in some states require hiring a general contractor for certain projects. If the state doesn't require a general contractor in your case, it makes good sense to hire a licensed and insured local contractor.

General contractors live by their reputation. They work hard to build trust with their clients and honor that trust through their management of construction projects. Even if they never lift a hammer during the course of a job, they feel a great sense of ownership of the whole operation.

General contractors usually have a vast knowledge of local building codes. Their understanding of construction and people management helps all subcontractors to work together. They see how each piece fits together to make a completed project. Subcontractors may take a narrow view of their role, which could cause problems for other subcontractors working on the next step. General contractors work closely with their crews, subcontractors, and you to prevent costly miscommunication.

Whether you're hiring a home contractor to build your dream house or searching "general contractors in my area" to oversee a remodel project, you'll be working closely with whomever you choose.

When you get underway with your contractor, you'll begin by sorting out every possible detail. Before work begins, the contractor will work out a project plan with you. The project plan may include determining fixtures, finishes, and furnishings — to avoid any cost gaps in the initial bid. The more specific you are, the more realistic and accurate the bid will be.

Make sure it’s OK to call or text your contractor throughout the day. Even if they aren't always available, they should provide you with contact information for a lead person or someone else you can discuss the project with. When possible, visit the job site. This gives the contractor or lead the opportunity to bring up any issues and ask any questions about specifics that weren't covered in the project plan.

It's also helpful to keep a project journal. Write down product order numbers. Jot down questions and ideas, and note delivery dates. This can make it easier to sort out any disputes that may arise later. Track any changes to the initial project plan in writing. If unforeseen changes occur, make sure to get a bid change in writing.

Other helpful tips:

  • Check on work as it progresses
  • Pay only for completed work
  • Be a fair customer by paying bills on time, responding quickly to questions, and treating your contractor and their workers fairly
  • Know the workers’ names, and make sure they have what they need
  • Establishing a good working relationship with your contractor from the beginning will lead to a more successful project

Some general contractors charge a flat fee. Most charge a markup, which is a percentage of the overall completed project cost. The markup amount covers their overhead, including advertising, insurance, office expenses, and their own salary. The contractor should outline all payments and expenses in the contract at the outset.

Contractors typically ask for a percentage of the total project cost upfront. This initial fee covers the cost of getting the project started, provides workers with their wages for the first phase of the construction, and helps serve as a deposit for the needed materials and supplies. Fifteen percent is a fair and decent initial payment for getting a project started. Most states cap this initial fee at 33%, and a good contractor should have good enough credit to cover remaining up-front costs.

After each phase or "milestone" gets completed, your contract will likely require you to pay more money toward the project. These installments are an expected part of the construction process to cover wages, additional supplies, and materials the contractor may need to continue. Even the most well-off contractor would quickly run out of money to move forward if they didn't include installment payments into their contracts.

A big project is a costly endeavor and a long-term investment. When choosing a general contractor, it makes sense to look beyond just the contractor’s fee. Be sure to hire someone that can provide proof of licensing, insurance, and references. Take the time to look into their track record. A good general contractor will leave a trail of stellar online reviews, and when you talk to former clients, they'll have only good things to say. When you enter a project with a contractor, you need a pro you trust with your home, so it’s wise to do your homework ahead of time to ensure a successful outcome.

Begin with a plan that lays out the scope of the remodeling work you want done. By the time you hire a contractor, you should have decided on materials, fixtures, appliances, and other items. If you've decided on any changes to the floor plan, be sure to add the specifics to your plan. The more details, the better. Add everything you can think of, down to the brass pulls for the kitchen cupboards.

Once you have this plan, start talking to contractors to get estimates and formal bids. Ask around for local contractor recommendations at your local hardware store, or go online and read client reviews. Good contractors tend to be very busy, so expect a waiting period from the time you contact them to the time they can start on the project. Be sure to seek out a contractor with experience in the job you need done. If you need a patio installed, scroll past them if they specialize in kitchens and baths.

When speaking to the contractor, make sure you're clear on which parts of the project the contractor will handle and which will go to a subcontractor. Ask for proof of licensing, insurance, and any relevant subcontractors' licenses. Check contractor credentials with your local Better Business Bureau.

Only sign a detailed contract, and be sure you understand every detail of the contract before signing. Be sure to get the proper permits for your project. A good contractor will be able to talk you through getting permits. In some places, contractors are able to get the permits themselves. Check in with the contractor regularly during the course of the project to avoid errors and miscommunication.

Searching online for "good general contractors near me" or getting referrals from a hardware or home improvement store is a first step to hiring a contractor. Take certain precautions before hiring a contractor to prevent costly headaches later on.

Begin by working with a professional architect or designer who's able to provide all the information a contractor will need. A designer or architect can also create the necessary drawings to submit for obtaining a permit. Include details like finishes, fixtures, plumbing work, electrical installations, and possible millwork.

Come up with a specifications list in advance. Write down the details of every element you want placed into the project, from the front door to the floor tiles that you want. Calculate to make sure all your selections fall within your budget and meet your personal requirements.

Make sure your contractor has the proper licensing and insurance. Check out a potential contractor’s previous work. They should be able to offer examples. When you interview contractors, remember that you'll spend a lot of time working with this person. You need to feel you can trust them because unexpected situations are bound to come up. Perhaps you didn't consider what style of door handle you want for the master bathroom, or the carpet you selected for the living room is no longer available. These types of situations happen with any project, so do your best to remain patient throughout the construction process.

See to it that your contractor provides a timeline that they can stick to and that works with your needs. Get a list of subcontractors they use, and look into their history. Use careful consideration when choosing your contractor for the most successful outcome.

Be sure your general contractor is licensed and insured. They should have both contractor’s liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. An insured contractor will take responsibility for the project and for anything that happens at the worksite. Make sure their insurance covers any subcontractors or that they only work with insured third parties.

Ask for proof of insurance right away. Hiring an uninsured contractor may seem less expensive, but it could cost you down the road. In the event of a job-site injury or property damage, a properly insured contractor will shield you from potentially catastrophic costs. Depending on the state you live in, if a worker is injured on your property and their general contractor didn't carry the proper insurance, you might be liable for the cost of treating their injuries.

Homeowners’ insurance policies cover property damage. Some also cover limited injury liability, but these policies have limitations. Even in the unlikely event that your policy covers 100 percent of liability, your premiums would most certainly go up. Contractors insurance ensures that you don't have to cover any costs unrelated to the project completion itself.

If a contractor is reliable, they'll be licensed and carry insurance, and if they don't have a license, no company will insure them. Proof of proper licensing and insurance is a sure sign of a reliable contractor.

Recent reviews for Laguna Beach General Contractors

152610

Contacted Inner City Skyline to remodel my Kitchen & I am very impressed. He and his team did an excellent and beautiful job. The crew was quick to respond to my inquiries, with the estimate, and with the work itself. Will definitely be calling him first ...

- Frank D
152831

Quick, reliable, and extremely professional. They got the work done within a few days and everything looked clean and well taken care of. If you need a professional at a great value, then look nowhere else. Inner City Skyline is the team to go with. Highl...

- Joe Redd
155421

Amazing company to work with. The owner couldn't have been more helpful, he always returned my phone calls and was very accommodating with my schedule. Really excellent experience and professional craftsmanship. I would definitely use Inner City Skyline a...

- Ben Sons
151940

Inner City Skyline and his team are excellent. They were very professional and their policies are great. He is more like a friend doing what's best for you than a businessman. This team has great customer service and the company does great work. I would h...

- Vivian Francis
156925

Great experience with a professional and courteous company. Quick communication via email, phone and text. We went with his great idea and saved money. The crew showed up on time and were pros. We are very happy with the service and absolutely love th...

- Jack Patrick
159214

Just had a pleasure and very helpful experience with this company. Attentive to listening to my vision for my remodeling project. They fixed the foundation supports and remodeled our master bedroom. I love the customer portal with updates during the const...

- Winston v
151246

I had my kitchen remodel done and the whole experience was positive. They gave me a fair quote which made me hire them. I am glad I did hire Inner City Skyline to do my kitchen because all my friends are complimenting how my kitchen looks beautiful and ev...

- KYLIE SUMMERS
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We just completed a kitchen remodel with Inner City Skyline and they were fantastic. We couldn't be happier with the results! This company is Professional, Respectful, Courteous, Honest, Knowledgeable, & they Communicate very well. They find a way to make...

- Janet Watson
156075

Firmly exceeded my expectations and would recommend Inner City Skyline and his team for any remodeling work. They have gained my loyalty and trust 100%. They made the whole process smooth, easy and successful all at a convenient price. Super honest and ex...

- Savio Elvis
154982

I have been consistently very happy with Inner City Skyline. They come when they say they will and they do excellent work. They took their time doing the work and made sure everything came out perfect. The final work was spectacular. I highly recommend t...

- Alex Collins
159705

Inner City Skyline works extremely fast and does beautiful remodeling. Whatever you ask of them, it is always done. They work fast and have great skills!! Very satisfied with their professional and efficient work. I cannot wait for the next time I get the...

- Valeska Fernandes
157672

I was new to the process of receiving bids for a renovation. Inner City Skyline crew not only had by far the best bid, but they also made me feel so comfortable about the entire process. The Crew was great with communication, top-notch work, and they fini...

- Henry Mathew

Everything You Need to Know About Laguna Beach General Contractors

I’m searching for General Contractors servicing my zip code in Laguna Beach.

Many general contractors provide service to multiple zip codes in and around Laguna Beach. Browse through a sample of the General Contractors in Laguna Beach below to find the right professional in your area for your project. Remember to contact each of these professionals individually to ask about their prices, recent successful general contractor services jobs, how they bill, and what licenses or permits they have or will have to get for your job:

  • Excel Maintenance Solutions:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 92782, 92885 and 92809
  • Green Construction:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 92879
  • Chaplin Construction:
    • Service Area Zip Code: 92128, 90241 and 92197

If you weren't able to find the right general contractor company that services your Laguna Beach zip code, don't worry. Try contacting the company directly to ask them what surrounding areas they also service near Laguna Beach.

Can I browse unscreened General Contractors in Laguna Beach?

We do our best to screen all of our general contractors. However, there are still some general contractor professionals in Laguna Beach that have not been pre-screened. This means that their licenses may not be up to date to operate in Laguna Beach or CA. Always be sure to pre-screen them yourself before hiring. Here are some unscreened professionals offering general contractor services:

  • La Placa Construction, Inc,:
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Construction by De Mill Inc:
    • BBB Rating: A+
    • Active/Verified License: No, current status is inactive
  • Ezra Wyman Construction:
    • Active/Verified License: Yes, Current Status is Active

How many general contractors does Laguna Beach have?

There are around 50 companies throughout Laguna Beach to help you with your next general contractor services job.

  • 20 of them have an A or A+ rating from Better Business Bureau.

All General Contractors in Laguna Beach, CA

Porch Pro Headshot ORANGE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
(16)
Porch Pro Headshot LOCAL BUILDERS
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
Local Builders, based in Laguna Beach, is a home building contractor. They provide home building, restaurant design, custom home construction, and green construction. Typically specializing in difficult hillside foundations, retaining walls, caissons and concrete solutions for architectural design.
Local Builders, based in Laguna Beach, is a home building contractor. They provide home building, restaurant design, custom home construction, and green construction. Typically specializing in difficult hillside foundations, retaining walls, caissons and concrete solutions for architectural design.
Porch Pro Headshot Da Vinci Kitchen Bath & Floor
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
We are general building contractor B- Licensed. Our home remodeling service includes bathroom remodels, kitchen designs, Room additions. Custom made cabinets and more. Custom made cabinets, Cabinet Refacing , All type of Countertops ( Granite, Quatrz, Cambrea , Sileston, Ceaser Stone and Many mor...Read more about Da Vinci Kitchen Bath & Floor
We are general building contractor B- Licensed. Our home remodeling service includes bathroom remodels, kitchen designs, Room additions. Custom made cabinets and more. Custom made cabinets, Cabinet Refacing , All type of Countertops ( Granite, Quatrz, Cambrea , Sileston, Ceaser Stone and Many mor...Read more about Da Vinci Kitchen Bath & Floor
Porch Pro Headshot Dr. Garage Door & Gate Aliso Viejo
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
Garage Door Repair Aliso Viejo (949) 284-0253 | Gate Repair Aliso Viejo (949) 284-0253 GARAGE DOOR REPAIR and GATE REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial Dr. Garage Door & Gate Aliso Viejo 26705 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (949) 284-0253 http://www.drgaragedoorrepair.com G...Read more about Dr. Garage Door & Gate Aliso Viejo
Garage Door Repair Aliso Viejo (949) 284-0253 | Gate Repair Aliso Viejo (949) 284-0253 GARAGE DOOR REPAIR and GATE REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial Dr. Garage Door & Gate Aliso Viejo 26705 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 (949) 284-0253 http://www.drgaragedoorrepair.com G...Read more about Dr. Garage Door & Gate Aliso Viejo
Porch Pro Headshot Local Garage Door Repair Laguna Niguel
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
Garage Door Repair Laguna Niguel 949-391-4708 | Gate Repair Laguna Niguel 949-391-4708 GARAGE DOOR REPAIR GATE REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial Local Garage Door Repair Laguna Niguel 949-391-4708 30011 Ivy Glenn Drive #201 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 http://www.localgaragedoorsrepair.co...Read more about Local Garage Door Repair Laguna Niguel
Garage Door Repair Laguna Niguel 949-391-4708 | Gate Repair Laguna Niguel 949-391-4708 GARAGE DOOR REPAIR GATE REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial Local Garage Door Repair Laguna Niguel 949-391-4708 30011 Ivy Glenn Drive #201 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 http://www.localgaragedoorsrepair.co...Read more about Local Garage Door Repair Laguna Niguel
Porch Pro Headshot Building Inspection Services
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
Every person and property has different wants and needs. We have a passion for and enjoy serving you in identifying what your business or families wants and needs are. We clearly communicate our inspection findings verbally and within our report. We also stand behind our inspections with a "Satisfac...Read more about Building Inspection Services
Every person and property has different wants and needs. We have a passion for and enjoy serving you in identifying what your business or families wants and needs are. We clearly communicate our inspection findings verbally and within our report. We also stand behind our inspections with a "Satisfac...Read more about Building Inspection Services
Porch Pro Headshot My Garage Door Service of Laguna Beach
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach Garage Door Repair (855) 541-2802 | Gate Repair Laguna Beach (855) 541-2802 GARAGE DOOR REPAIR GATE REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial My Garage Door Service of Laguna Beach 231 Forest Avenue Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (855) 541-2802 http://www.garagedoor-ca.com Garage Door ...Read more about My Garage Door Service of Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach Garage Door Repair (855) 541-2802 | Gate Repair Laguna Beach (855) 541-2802 GARAGE DOOR REPAIR GATE REPAIR Commercial * Residential * industrial My Garage Door Service of Laguna Beach 231 Forest Avenue Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (855) 541-2802 http://www.garagedoor-ca.com Garage Door ...Read more about My Garage Door Service of Laguna Beach
Porch Pro Headshot Carley Construction Handyman Services
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
Porch Pro Headshot Classic Woodies by Larry in Laguna Beach
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
Classic Woodies by Larry in Laguna Beach provides professional T-shirt printing, disc cards, art works, coin purses services in Laguna Beach, CA area. We provide our services with high quality and affordable prices. Call us now. Reliable Woodies Collection, Coffee Mugs, Coin Purses, Place Mats, Sung...Read more about Classic Woodies by Larry in Laguna Beach
Classic Woodies by Larry in Laguna Beach provides professional T-shirt printing, disc cards, art works, coin purses services in Laguna Beach, CA area. We provide our services with high quality and affordable prices. Call us now. Reliable Woodies Collection, Coffee Mugs, Coin Purses, Place Mats, Sung...Read more about Classic Woodies by Larry in Laguna Beach
Porch Pro Headshot ProConcrete & Development
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California
ProConcrete & Development is a bonded, insured general contractor in Newport Beach. They offer kitchen remodeling, garage construction, residential construction, and design build services. ProConcrete & Development is licensed by the state of California.
ProConcrete & Development is a bonded, insured general contractor in Newport Beach. They offer kitchen remodeling, garage construction, residential construction, and design build services. ProConcrete & Development is licensed by the state of California.
Porch Pro Headshot Engelke Construction
General Contractors
Serves Laguna Beach, California

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