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Welcome to Private Builders

We are a full service design-build firm that specializes in providing design and construction services for residential construction projects in the entire Los Angeles County. For over 14 years, we have specialized in turning the dreams of our clients into reality. 

 

Our goal as a company is to incorporate sustainable design and construction practices into each project while maintaining an awareness for the needs, desires and available resources of our clients. We strive to work with the other members of the project team to strike that delicate balance of project cost versus environmental impact. Designing, building and occupying a high performance, sustainable structures requires knowledge, experience, passion and a commitment from all members of the team. We bring the skills and experience necessary to achieve our client's goals for sustainable, high performing buildings.

Whether you use one or all of our services, we will tailor a customized project plan based on your design preference, schedule, quality, and budget priorities. Give us a call today and see how we can help you build a stronger future.


Soft Story Seismic Retrofit

Building and Safety Department of City of Los Angeles is in its final stages of passing an ordinance, making it mandatory for the property owners to retrofit their apartment buildings that contain what is called a "soft story". An example of a building containing a soft story would be a wood-frame building with more than one story that typically has extensive ground story windows, garage doors, or open-air spaces such as parking or other similar open floor plan with little or no enclosing solid wall, that lead to a relatively soft or weak lateral load resisting system in the lower story. 

The provisions of the Ordinance shall apply to all existing commercial and residential buildings of wood frame construction, except residential buildings with 3 units or less, having all the following:

  1. Two or more stories,
  2. Determined by the Department to have been built and issued a Certificate of Occupancy before January 1, 1980, and

  3. Ground floor portion of the wood frame structure contains parking or other similar open floor space that causes soft, weak or open wall lines.

So far more than 20,000 buildings in the City of Los Angeles have been identified to contain a soft story. The mayor hopes to get the City Council’s approval within the first half of the year 2015 on the ordinance to retrofit those buildings so they meet current quake-safety standards.

 

Related Links

  1. City Council Looks to Make Buildings More Earthquake-safe
  2. L A Mayor Discusses Plans to Improve City's Infrastructure
  3. LA Mayor's Quake Plan
Engineering

We provide complete civil and structural engineering services for residential projects. Our engineer works closely with our architect and general contractor to ensure the client’s intent, financial and schedule requirements are adequately served without compromise to quality. A good structural design tailors the structure to the scope and scale of the intended use. It also takes poss ...

Construction

We are a full service design-build firm that specializes in providing design and construction services for residential construction projects in the entire Los Angeles County. Our construction services have been fine tuned over many years of building. Therefore, our clients benefit from our extensive knowledge resulting in the best price, quality, and schedule delivery. Our Design-Build ...