Looking for a pretty good licensed contractor?

The question I get most from readers is: "Can you recommend a contractor?"

I’ve got something better than that: A list of general contractors whose projects have been featured in my "Pardon Our Dust" series in the Los Angeles Times. I can’t really recommend a contractor, but the homeowners who hired these companies were so happy with their finished projects that they wanted to see them in the newspaper.

Bob Sturgeon, Westside Remodeling (Westlake Village)
Allen Associates (Santa Barbara) Project Q&A
Hartman Baldwin Design Build (Claremont)
Built (Los Angeles) Project
Mega Builders (Chatsworth) Project Q&A
Plaskoff Construction (Tarzana)
Warren Kreis Construction (Northridge) Project
Fernando Linares (Culver City)
Richard Grenier, Grenier Construction (West Hills)
Devereaux Construction (Long Beach)
Pat Patton and Associates (Northridge) Project
A Straight Line Construction Co. (Simi Valley)
ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell (Azusa)
Cortney Lofton, Lofton Contracting (Sherman Oaks)
Craig Belmont, Belmont Builders (Costa Mesa)
One Week Bath (Chatsworth)
Bo L. Jennings (Glendale)
Norm Knoff, Knoff General Contractor (Van Nuys)
Arturo Villarreal, Works of Art (Los Angeles)
Brian Koh, A-Team Construction (Los Angeles)
Michael Hinkson, Mike’s Construction (Long Beach)
John Hole Construction, (Eagle Rock)
Semmes & Co. (Atascadero) Project

Also, contractors mentioned in the Pardon Our Dust Blog:

Dream Design Builders (Rancho Bernardo) design/build remodeling
Scott Davis and Daniel Liechty, AKBD, CAPS CALBath (Santa Ana and other locations) bathroom remodeling
Michael Zboralske, IICRC, Janet Zboralske, and Ross Tenant, Zebra Restoration Services (Rancho Cordova) fire, water, and mold remediation and general construction
Robert Reichek, Reicorp Remodeling, Four Seasons Sunrooms (Atascadero) sunrooms and exterior remodeling

Looking for a pretty good architect or designer?

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