Projects

Arbor 1

Traditional Cape Cod home in Menlo Park consisting of 7,500 square feet designed by JPH Design. Beautiful woodwork and finishes provide a warm and inviting home. Wrap-around patio with large covered area with heaters and fireplace create a cozy gathering place. Light and bright basement with media room, guest quarters and wine cellar complete the home.

Menlo Builders was contracted to build the home and manage the implementation of the landscape and grounds which were designed by John Aldrich. The home has many nice features including automated lighting, whole-house sound system, solar panels for electrical production, a dumb-waiter, and a pizza-oven/BBQ.

Lilac

Contemporary Mediterranean home designed by Young & Borlik with guest house was built in the lush area of Lindenwood. The exterior is warm and inviting old Mediterranean style but the interior is a surprise with clean modern lines and open spaces. The main home of 6,200 square feet was completed in 2005 and the guest house with 1,500 square feet was completed in 2013.

Some of the features of the home included automated lighting, motorized black-out blinds in the master bedroom, radiant heating, IR patio heaters, outdoor kitchen with fireplace, elevator, water-jet cut staircase railing, and custom European cabinetry.

Johnson

Traditional Hacienda-Style house and guest house in Menlo Park totaling 10,000 square feet by Robinson Architects. Antique roof tiles, rustic beams, hand-hewn floors and other details all contribute to creating an authentic environment but with modern conveniences. Large glass folding doors open up to a terra cotta tiled patio and circular fountain that doubles as a swimming pool. Permeable concrete driveway surfaces lead to a subterranean garage and lower level with exercise room, spa, wine cellar and theatre.

Yellow Osage cut-stone flank the wrought-iron entry gates. Milled rafter tails give a sturdy foundation for the stacked antique roof tiles complete with lichen. Copper details including clad windows with a living-finish continue to patina and provide richness with each passing year.

Forest

Traditional home with a contemporary flair in Palo Alto was designed by The Hayes Group and consists of approximately 2,300 square feet. Exacting details are evident inside and out, from warm vertical-grain cedar wainscot flanked with steel-troweled smooth stucco to a host of exciting interior finishes. Garden gates and entry arbor lead you into the home complete with book matched cabinetry, bamboo floors with radiant heating, expansive glass windows and handsome stone countertops and fireplace accents.

Upper hallway floor-to-ceiling glass gives a feeling of expansiveness as you enter the master bedroom. For privacy, hidden motorized blinds drop down from the ceiling. Opening to the outdoors is the master bedroom balcony with a custom railing fabricated from steel with Ventwood stacked cedar panels.

Old Trace

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Robin Way

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Menlo Builders has been providing home remodeling and new construction services for families in the Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Atherton areas since 2004. Each project is delivered with whole-hearted attention and detail to quality, schedule, and budget. Second-best is not in our vocabulary. We thoroughly enjoy what we do and have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process and help you make well-informed decisions along the way.

Tom

Tom grew up in the Bay Area and attended Long Beach State with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Tom spent 20 years in various corporations developing processes and automation for electronics assembly and bringing new products to market. However, his passion for home building led him to co-found Menlo Builders in 2004. Tom’s expertise in process control, project management, and a knack for ‘figuring things out’ has served him well in the construction business. Tom has 2 daughters and lives in Menlo Park with his wife. In his spare time he enjoys biking, hiking, and home improvement projects.

Sherwood

Sherwood grew up spending summers working for his father’s construction business. After graduating from CAL Berkeley with a Business Degree, he worked for a development company and managed several residential projects on the mid-Peninsula. He spent a few years on his own remodeling and managing single and multi-family housing projects before starting Menlo Builders in 2004. Sherwood lives in Menlo Park with his wife and two daughters. When he’s not on the job-site, he enjoys cycling (both with pedals and motors), skiing and hiking.

Mike

Mike grew up in the California and has been passionate about building since he was a child. By age 4, he was designing and building beautiful homes out of Legos. At 7 years old, he received his first "tool set" as a Christmas present and built the first, of many, multi-story "forts." After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Rhetoric & Communications, he started building furniture as a hobby and remodeled the first house that he and his wife owned. He enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to switch careers. Mike completed a Construction Management program at the University of Washington and was recruited by Menlo Builders in 2005 to come on board as a Project Manager. Since that time, he has managed many amazing projects from mid-size remodels to large new estate homes. Mike is married and has 4 very handsome sons that may someday follow in their father’s footsteps.

Elena

Elena, a long time Menlo Park resident, joined Menlo Builders in April of 2013. A native Texan, she relocated to California after graduating from Southwest Texas State University in 1985. Elena has worked in the field of finance since graduating and now enjoys balancing her work for Menlo Builders and her family life with her husband, two children and two pets.