Specializing in Custom Residential Remodels, Additions, ADUs, and New Construction.

Architectural Design

We provide a wide range of architectural design services. We place strong emphasis on design planning related to function, aesthetics, efficiency, and spatial flow. Our building experience informs our design process in achieving our clients vision. During the design process we collaborate with and listen to our clients ideas to create a concept that highlights their lifestyle and household needs. We work closely with our structural engineer to establish and confirm the feasibility of each design. Balsam Design Build can take your project from concept to construction to completion.

Project Planning

Together we create relationships with our clients to guide them through the design and build construction process. We value communication and transparency. It is important to us that our clients understand the phases of work and the logistics involved in executing their project. We provide comprehensive construction cost estimates and can offer ideas of how to reach architectural goals within budget. With an established concept and complete architectural and structural plans, we facilitate the building permit process for our clients. Whether our clients come to us with construction plans in hand or engage our design services, we are able to streamline the design build process of your project.


As a licensed General Contractor, we offer 20 years’ of experience in residential construction within the East Bay Area. We have long standing and trusted relationships with our subcontractors, trade specialists, and suppliers that cover all aspects of residential design remodeling and construction. We have experience in updating and implementing plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems to meet current and future usages lowering environmental impact. Balsam Design Build also offers custom cabinetry and millwork that can add unique, creative, and functional spaces within your home.

Words simply cannot express the level of appreciation and gratitude we feel for the passion and dedication the Balsam Design Build team had as they completely transformed an old garage into the dream Mother-in-law unit!

It is a leap of faith to trust one of your closest friends and her husband to work side by side with you to build your vision on budget, on schedule, and with attention to quality. Melissa and Skylar exceeded our expectations, and we consider them one of our trusted partners for our next project!

Erika and Paul Silk

It is my pleasure to highly recommend Balsam Design Build. I worked with Skylar McGee & his team in designing & building an ADU unit on my property & have nothing but praise for their attention to detail, courteous & respectful approach with me and my property, & a finished product that exceeded my dreams. My ADU has been rented consistently since the job closed & I receive many compliments on the efficient use of space & the tranquility of the unit.
Cynthia Ferrari

Working with Balsam Design Build was a dream! Skylar and his subcontractors were friendly, thoughtful, and efficient. The work was meticulously and beautifully executed. Communication with Melissa about ordering details and scheduling was clear and streamlined. They offered expert advice when we needed it, listened to our questions when they arose, and created an absolutely beautiful new home office for us. We could not be happier with our new, and very much improved, space!

Melissa Bell