About Us

Photo: Project by Martin Kobus

People first design/build

  • As a client, we focus on you and how your home can be crafted to best serve who you are, your family’s needs, your hobbies and your career plans.
  • The designers and contractors in our group are vetted and proven by previous happy clients. We measure the progress, challenges and successes on previous projects so we can improve efficiencies that save you time and money while delivering the best quality service 

We respect that every neighborhood has local talent and seek to work collaboratively with them.  We operate as an open network, and we share our system, data and insights with any local designer, builder or tradesperson you want to add to your team.  We do this to better serve our clients and our colleagues. Due to our extensive experience, we can spot low and high bids, check a line item or forewarn you of impending permit hassles. The professionals in our network consistently complete projects on time and within 5% of their proposed budget. Most importantly, their clients are happy.

Build your dream team

Choose designers and contractors to submit proposals, collect and compare in one easy to compare tool. You can also get additional proposals from verified New Avenue pros. The choice is yours.

We are a community of design studios and construction crews

A New Avenue team is always a local design professional and local general contractor. Both have the right experience for your project. The designers and contractors are licensed under their own names, and our collective reputation is on the line for every job. The design professional will coordinate the work of the five or more sub-consultants and engineers needed to design and permit a sustainable project. The contractor will manage between 20 and 50 sub-contractors and tradespeople needed to create a high quality, sustainable custom project.

New Avenue was founded to make it possible for us to do more with our homes. The way we live, commute, raise kids, work and retire has changed radically. So many people want to modernize their homes to meet a new set of demands.

Our teams of designers and contractors are always locally based, and we are experts in custom homes, whole house renovations, master bedrooms, master baths, opening up living/dining areas, adding accessory dwellings, sustainability and energy efficient construction.

A bit of History!

We are proven designers and contractors with a revolutionary design/build process.

Let's build your dream together


Board of Directors

Chris Harris

Chris is an Engineering Director within Google's Display Advertising business, leading teams that improve ad scoring, auctions, and bidding. Previously, Chris lived in San Diego where he graduated from UCSD and co-founded five companies in various industries, but all involved applied machine learning. Three of the five companies were sold and represent thriving business units in their parent companies today.

Richard Banks

Richard is the former President of the West Division of Archstone-Smith, one of the largest multifamily housing developers and the former President and COO of Mercy Housing, one of the largest non profit affordable housing developers. Richard also managed a 70,000 unit housing portfolio in Germany for Cerberus/Goldman Sachs.

Scott Kucirek
Partner of OCHO Candy

Scott is a Partner in Five Star Organics, was formerly the Head of MLS Initiative at California Association of Realtors and served as General Manager of Prudential California Realty. He Co Founded ZipRealty Inc. the first full-service web-based real estate firm. Mr. Kucirek served 9 years in the U. S. Navy as a Naval Aviator. Mr. Kucirek has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Larry Castellani

Larry is an active private equity, hedge fund and seed stage investor. He is Managing Director & Co-Head of Institutional Sales at Strategas Research Partners, a macro-economic research firm based in NYC and on the Board of Directors of Surfacide LLC, a manufacturer of UV-C disinfection systems. Larry has a BA from Colgate University in Economics and Political Science and is a Lieutenant, Ladder 43 / Darien Fire Department.