For years, Element Homes has built spectacular residential properties in Los Gatos and surrounding communities. Our prospective clients can look forward to working with a team that offers the most conducive approach to successfully complete a personalized luxury home. Financial titans and professionals from all walks of life choose Element Homes for our reputation of honest and transparent customer service as well as unparalleled quality.
At Element Homes, we maintain extraordinary and enduring relationships with our clients that stand the test of time — just like the luxury estates we have built over the years. Our team of highly skilled builders and designers craft homes that are more than just aesthetically appealing — we use modern technology and ingenious construction solutions for hillside and high fire risk areas, ensuring that your home is reliable, safe and secure. From the inside out, we use the highest quality materials and finishes to create stunning Los Gatos, CA homes of lasting value.
Los Gatos, CA locals looking to celebrate their new milestone with us are just one click away. Get to know more about our process, principals, and testimonials from our clients by visiting our “How it Works” page. Our Head of Operations, Rahul, is always delighted to answer your questions about project management.
Contact Amanda, Head of Development, for guidance on building in fire risk zones, general contracting, and interior and architectural design. To get more insights about permitting, building codes and local law, feel free to reach out to our Head of Architecture and Planning, Rucha. Element Homes takes pride in aligning its values of precision, reliability, quality, and expertise with your vision.
Element Homes’ collaborative approach to project planning, design development, and construction ensures that everyone’s expectations and focus is on the same outcome. We believe that working side by side with you and developing mutual trust and respect is the key to the best client experience and successful completion of the project.
Our ability to pay attention to every minute detail and keep things running smoothly, as well as timely, on-budget delivery, is the main reason we have so many delighted clients across Southern California. When you hire us, you can have confidence that your project will be completed to the specifications you’ve targeted. Our trusted network of premier partners and tradesmen ensures that we accomplish and deliver the standards of precision you desire.
Our custom home builders handle every plan, purchase, and implementation of the project so we can custom tailor solutions to fit your needs and match your lifestyle. At element Homes, a collaborative relationship matters; and we constantly ask questions, discuss options, help you make important decisions, and keep you informed throughout every phase of your project.
Thanks to our live project tracking tool, our team will keep you updated with intimate knowledge of your home’s progress. To keep the process moving forward in a way that pleases you, you can use this innovative tool to choose finishes, make changes, and view progress photos whenever you want.
Element Homes ensures that knowledgeable and skilled project managers assist you during your home building project. Every contractor and subcontractor involved in our portfolio of outstanding homes is carefully evaluated — and you can be at ease knowing that we only work with the best of the best. Count on our craftsmen to: add tremendous value, provide expertise that never compromise on consistency or quality, and oversee your project in a smooth and timely way.
If you want a home set apart from all others, while you sit back and allow everything to unfold, design build firm Element Homes is the right choice. With many years’ worth of experience in custom luxury home building and addressing construction challenges, we are sure to exceeded each and every expectation you may have.
We offer a complete turn-key design-build service
Our local team of architects, engineers, designers and more provide each client with a customized, turn-key home once the build process is complete.
We are a Licensed Home Building Contractor
All Element Homes team members and subcontractors are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Element’s California Contractors State License Board CSLB License Number is #1058250
We Offer Architectural Services
Element Homes offers premier architectural services to homeowners in California. Our Head of Architecture & Planning is Rucha, who has over nine years’ experience in the industry
We Have Skilled Workmanship
Not only are all our subcontractors licensed and insured, but they also provide incredible workmanship and craftsmanship on each project.
We Are Completely Transparent
Unlike other design-build firms, Element Homes is completely transparent about product sourcing, subcontractor hires, cost estimates and timelines. You can track your project live through our app.
We’re Respected Home Builders in California
As California’s premier design-build firm, our team at Element Homes is well-respected all across the Golden State. You can read reviews from recent clients here.
We send you an all-inclusive, free estimate
We design your architectural plans, and get your permits approved
We build your dream home.
We send you an all-inclusive, free estimate
We design your architectural plans, and get your permits approved
We build your dream home
Here`s why: They listen, they execute, and they deliver...
If you are searching for the premier home builder in California, look no further than Element Homes. Here’s why: They listen, they execute, and they deliver the highest quality home that you can imagine. Amanda is a tremendous talent who transforms your vision into reality. She is an excellent listener who provides thoughtful feedback and always leads you to the right outcome. Rucha executes every idea that is discussed during the planning stages. Nothing is left out. Rahul delivered a complex project within the aggressive timeframe that we expected. He managed an outstanding group of subcontractors like a symphony conductor. Amanda kept the selection process efficient and on track. Rahul leads a team that is cohesive, customer-focused, professional, and always does the right thing for their client. In the case of the large home they constructed on our behalf in San Mateo, their forward-thinking design, first-class quality of material and exceptional workmanship created a monument that has exceeded our expectations. I recommend this company unequivocally to anyone who desires to work with the absolute best designer and builder for their new home.
No surprises, no nickel and diming, just high quality performance.
I am a professional developer with over 40 years of commercial development experience and over $500 million in construction over that period of time. I have built four large high end homes from scratch and substantially remodeled two others in projects exceeding one million in each case. I have experience with five residential builders and just over ten commercial builders. My evaluation of these contractors ranges from frustrating and unacceptable to outstanding. My experience with Element Homes has been outstanding if not exceptional. The majority of the seven month major remodeling project the folks at Element Homes handled the challenges and only involved me to ensure they understood what I wanted. Those few other issues which arose, once Rahul understood what my concerns were, they quickly took charge and insulated me from the discussions with subcontractors. They handled it until I (or rather my wife) was happy. The communications from Element Homes was outstanding. Weekly written reports and photos were provided and they talked to me on the phone or in person whenever it was requested by either party. No surprises, no nickel and diming, just high quality performance. It was a very pleasant experience from the start to the end. I will go back to Element Homes for my next project. I highly recommend Element Homes to anyone considering a high quality luxury residential construction project.
The prices are commensurate with the excellent quality of work.
I will start off by saying that I am always extremely cautious with spending money. I always do my research to find the best provider for the best price. It takes a ton of time and effort and that's how I found Element Homes to build my custom home in San Jose. The work was impeccably done, Rahul and his crew are highly professional, he and his staff complete the project you want but are ready and willing to share other design options to enhance your vision. The prices are commensurate with the excellent quality of work. They stand behind their work and are not satisfied until the job has been completed to your, and their, satisfaction. I have recommended them to others who have also raved about Rahul and the work he does.
Yes, Element Homes is completely licensed and insured. All subcontractors are fully licensed, bonded and insured. All our subcontractors are also local workers from your city, familiar with local rules and regulations.The state government of California requires all businesses who build homes, commercial buildings or other structures on either private or public land to be licensed by the CSLB. The company’s California Contractors State License Board CSLB License Number is #1058250. You can check out our license through the Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board website here.
The cost to build a custom home varies across California because the going rate for labor and materials differs from city to city. Custom homes typically cost more per square foot to construct than model or tract homes. However, upgrades often found in custom homes -- like passive house elements, off-grid capabilities and more -- can actually save the homeowner money in the long run. In our article “Is it Cheaper to Build or Buy a Home?,” we noted that it might still be cheaper to build a custom home than to buy a pre-built house in California.
This is because inventory of available homes on the market is low while demand is high. For example, the current cost per square foot for a single family home in Mountain View, California is $986 according to Realtor.com. A custom home might cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000 per square foot to build. Though the cost of building materials like steel, concrete and lumber hit record highs earlier this year, the cost of building materials has since gone down. As such, it could be less expensive to build a custom home in California than to buy one. Learn more about the cost to build or buy a home in your area by searching the locations Element Homes serves.
Before building your custom home, you must schedule a consultation with the Element Homes team. During this consultation, we will ask a series of questions about your goals for the custom build. We will ask about the lot you plan to build on, what size and layout would work best for your family and what kind of budget you want to work within. After the consultation, our project manager will meet you at your home or build site for a walk through.
Typically, an Element Homes project manager would visit the site in person. During the site visit, the project manager will assess the site’s condition. After the assessment is complete, we will send over a cost estimate for the project. Once this estimate has been approved, we will design plans for the build and submit these so we can apply for permits. As soon as the permits are approved, we can begin building your dream home!
It is typically more difficult to secure a construction loan for a luxury home than to secure a mortgage for a pre-built home. In his article “How to Get a Construction Loan to Build a Home” for NerdWallet, Certified Financial Planner Hal M. Bundrick explains. Bundrick notes that banks are more selective when approving construction loans because they are “taking extra risk during the building phase, since there isn’t an asset to secure the mortgage.” However, notes mortgage loan officer Jerry Thomas, “‘if you can put 20% down and you have a 720 credit score or better, you know you're pretty much going to qualify for everybody's program.’”
Types of Construction Loans in California
According to Kiah Treece and Mike Cetera in their article “Your Guide To Construction Loans” for Forbes, there are four types of construction loans available to California homeowners. These include construction-to-permanent loans, construction-only loans, owner-builder loans and renovation loans. Treece and Cetera write that a construction-to-permanent loan “finances construction of a home and then converts into a fixed-rate mortgage once the home is completed.” With a construction-only loan, the lender “issues a short-term, adjustable-rate loan that is used to complete construction of a home.” Once the home has been built, “the loan must be paid in full or refinanced into a mortgage.”
Owner-builder loans are only issued to owners who plan to act as the general contractor for their build. As such, owner-builder loans are “only available to owners who can demonstrate experience as a homebuilder or have a contractor’s license.” Last on our list is the renovation loan. Cetera and Treece write that renovation loans are “most akin to a traditional mortgage” because they are “based on the anticipated value of the home after renovations.” There are quite a few home improvement loans available to California homeowners. These include cash-out refinancing, FHA 203(k) rehab loans, home equity loans, home equity lines of credit and personal loans
Availability of Necessary Building Materials
Access to the Site
Condition and Availability of Utilities
Slope or Grade of the Build Site
Local Building Codes -- Especially Wildland Building Codes
Local Health and Safety Ordinances
Social Distancing Requirements
Other Restrictions Related to COVID-19
Weather and Other Environmental Conditions
Recent Changes to Local Building Ordinances
The good news is that working with a design-build firm ensures your entire project is completed under a single contract. This means that we at Element Homes can provide you with one timeline and budget estimate that we promise to stick to. If there are any delays or added expenses, we will notify you immediately.
The timeline for building a custom home in any city or neighborhood in California can vary widely. There are a number of elements that can impact a build timeline, from the time it takes to source certain building materials to the availability of utilities at the site. Ease of accessibility to the site can also extend the build timeline. In her article “How Long Does It Take to Build a House?” for Realtor.com, Margaret Heidenry writes that a “ballpark average time for building a new home is four months if you have the pedal to the metal.” She identifies the keys to successfully building a new home as “having approved house building permits, a process that can take a long time in some areas.”
Elements that Might Impact the Build Timeline
Element Homes designs and builds custom homes across Northern and Southern California, often in the San Francisco Bay and Greater Los Angeles Areas. The neighborhoods we serve in Northern California include Oakland, Mountain View, Brentwood, Napa, San Jose, San Mateo, Fremont, Los Altos and Saratoga. In Southern California, we build homes in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Bernardino, Oxnard, Glendale, Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Malibu, Laguna Beach, Calabasas, West Hollywood, Laguna Niguel, Santa Monica and Dana Point.
Element Homes does not rely on traditional payment processes when charging clients because these systems do not make sense for a custom home build. Instead, we utilize a milestone-based payment system. This way, you only pay for the finished job. Rather than placing a large down payment or paying in monthly installments, you pay when work is done, verified and approved by inspectors. Watch this video about what makes Element Homes different to learn more.
Because our team is local to California, Element Homes understands the permitting process. Our team members Rahul -- Head of Operations -- and Rucha -- Head of Architecture & Planning -- can answer any questions you might have about the permitting process. Rahul has a Masters degree in Civil Engineering while Rucha has almost a decade of experience in the industry. Rucha is always up-to-date with local ordinances, government regulations and city requirements.
As for the cost of permitting, this might vary somewhat depending on your area. However, HomeAdvisor’s 2021 Cost Guide for building permits estimates most homeowners will spend between $423 - $2,264. You can find out more about the cost of building permits in the San Francisco Bay Area by visiting the San Francisco Department of Building Department website here. If you plan to build in the Greater Los Angeles Area, you can find out more about the cost of permits from the City of LA Department of Building and Safety website here. According to the LA County Department of Public Works, homeowners must apply for “building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits [in order] to build a new house.” Additional permits like grading permits might also be required depending on the type of build.
The length of warranty for materials used during construction depends on the company, brand or retailer from which we source individual products. As such, length and coverage of these warranties will differ from product to product.
A dedicated project manager and qualified design-build team will be assigned to your project. Through our Live Project Tracking app, you can track your project at any moment. Our Live Project Tracking app allows you to make all your materials selections, review project photos and track your schedule and projects running total from your phone or computer. You can also contact your project manager for updates.