Armstrong Builders was originally established in 1983 and has remained one of San Diego's top quality builders since.
We are an award winning Design-Build construction company.
I, Tom Armstrong have been in the construction and remodel business since I was a carpenter's apprentice the age of 15 and a journey man by the age of 18.
I am proud of what I/we do, Love what I/we do and most importantly, I/we are proud of proud of allof our projects and the great freinds we have made over the years.
I/we have design/built and built from other's plan, some of San Diego's finest and most beautiful remodels, Additions, Remodels, Custom Homes and mulit-family projects. Our Architectural Team consisting of Tom Armstrong, Jesse Leon, Ed Siefken and staff have all the experience, expertise and talent to design the project you desire with the ability to cost engineer your enitre project. We are enitlement experts at all municipalities and are confident to design you proect to the maximum.
Our project quality is second to none from average design sepcifications to high end.
We have been voted Top Contractor in the Reader Pole every year since the early 2000s and we strive to continue that record.
We hope you give us the opportunity to Design-Build or build your project from your pllans. Since it's no small issue in life as some people only do this once, you will be glad you did and will prove to be the best decision of your life.
I know, that wether my design or theirs, we can assure our clients that their project will be built as if it were our own home and will result in the best outcome.
Thank you and we look forward to meeting you and discussing your project.
I have a passion to create the best possible design for any project where I am trusted such opportunity. If it is a project designed by others, I am more tham happy to offer suggestions if needed and if asked. I love working with people and creating new friends. I have many and I am not perfect but, I do my very best to stay in contact with every one of them.
I/we are so thankful to have the talents given us, the clients given us and the unique rewards of seeing our finished projects from the most recent to those done long ago.
Above all, the feeling I/we get with our 100% client satisfaction and the letters we receive from them some of which are decades old.
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For a Design-Build:
I meet them at the site or thier home. I take the care and time to listen to their desires and goals. I give them some general feelof the where I think the design may go and if possible, I can give them general cost projectsions. I offer them our draftsamn at discounted costs and explain what they are and what it covers. I explain to them that once I have those drawings in hand, I can begin the accuratised design concepts. I ask them to send me whatever pictures or brochures of products or theme they are looking for and if they have ideas of what they want I ask for those as well. In a case wher ethey wish to do some of the work, I ask them to send a detailed list of the tasks they intend or wish to take on.
For remodels, additions and companion units;
If they decide to proceed, I schedule a draftsman out to their home or site to measure the existing home and site.
For new Construction, I schedule a surveyor out (if theydo not have one) to survey the site, provide a site plan and a topgraphical survey as it is alwasy required for submittal.
Once I have the drawings needed, I proceed with the design and all concepts necessary to satisfy the client. During this process, I do my best to give them reasonable cost estmated based on generall factors.
Once we have arrived at a final design, I send the design to our draftsman and follow-up with the other necessary experts for other required plans for submittal. shortly after final design, I/we are able to complete a detailed costing for the project. The contract method can be fixed or Time & Materials but most clients seem to want a fixed price contract.
I have been in the construction industry now for over 45 years. I have been designing and building remodels, additons, companion units and multi-family projects since 1978. Myhead supervisor Rick Adams had been with me/us for over 40 years.
At the age of 17, I became one of the few Roof Cutters in San Diego and was known as the best.
At the age of 20 I took a position in the central coast of California as an assistant project superintendant for a large construction project, I checked out Cal-Poly San Luis Obisbo as I had acquired a passion for architecture.
I lived in a steel ocean container or the project portable office. No one but the job laborers who would come in to open the project at 6:00 AM. I worked the hours required and traveled to Cal-Poly every day for about 1.5 years.
WHen I came back to San Diego, I continued to work as a project superintendant for such projects as the Old Globe Theatre and other larger projects. I then compelted my schooling for architecture at New School in Downtown San Diego. Having that in my resume, my love for building ootuweighed my desire to be solely an architect so I began my carred designing and building small remodels with an occassional large project. During this time I did build several apartment projects, commercial projects ans custom homes projects as well.
To this date, I have continued in this same field and loved every day of it.
There is no real standard pricign system or method for the construction industry, especially for remodeling and other home improvement. Every project is different in numerous ways and cannot be generalized.
We do have a detailed spread sheet and cost breakdown that we provide to out clients whereby in the formulas we stay updated on all the currents costs and methods.
AT 15 years old, I worked in Tuscon Arizona with my best friend and our neighbor who was a construction project superintendent. just a few short weeks later, I was moved up to apprentice carpenter where I fell in love with the trade. Just before the age of 17 I became a journeyman carpenter. To this day, I have not changed careers and so happy thatg I didn't. It is a good feeling to have the knowledge and talents I have obtained and I am very comfortable in my shoes.
I/we work with all types of customers. Seemingly because of the nature of the Home Improvement industry, most clients are mavericks and have never done anythign like this before. I love working with them and enlightening them. The best part is building their trust and confidence.
Of course I work with Seasoned customers as well and in many cases, I have done every home they and their freinds and family have had built or improved.
High-End clients for lack of a better word for proejcts of the highest calibur are also easy to work with once they realize my expertise, honestry and integrity.
I am happy to work with any client that is truely serious in having their project built, respects quality and experience.