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Forterre, pronounced 'fore-tare', is a contrived word from the French "fort" meaning strong, and "terre" meaning land or ground. It is Forterre's idea that your home, should be your own strong, and defensible land. After all, everyone's home is their castle. That home, should provide security in the form of low maintenance, reliability, and low cost of ownership.
Forterre is a local business and have been providing quality construction and solar power systems since 2011. Our Management Team has collectively over 50 years of construction and power generation experience. We believe in listening to our homeowner’s vision, then achieving their expectations through the use of talented craftsmen, enduring materials, and proven techniques. We believe in tireless attention to details and relentless pursuit of perfection. We strive for collaborative homeowner relationships that ensure we capture our homeowner’s vision. We believe that your unique dreams, desires and tastes give us a chance to showcase our skills as a builder. Attaining your vision for your home and creating a lifelong relationship in the process is the goal of every Forterre project.

What Makes Us Different


The services we offer are not like a commodity whereby the product is the same from all sources and only the price differs. Not all contracting companies are the same either, and while price may be one of the differences, experience, customer service, the end-product and follow-up are among the biggest differences. We are unique because we are experienced.

Our staff has been providing construction and energy efficiency services for over twenty years. By hiring only experienced personnel, continually training them, offering incentives based on customer satisfaction and with feedback from our customers we have become the best-of-breed in what we do.
Our customers and employees come first, and the result is customers who use our services year after year. We take extra steps such as:

  • Removing our shoes or wearing booties when entering a project.
  • Covering and protecting belongings when necessary and/or as requested, i.e. delicate flooring, window surrounds, etc.
  • Our employees are very detail oriented. We go the extra mile as if we were working in our own homes.
  • We use the highest quality professional equipment and materials.
  • We mail surveys to every customer within 30 days of service to get feedback on how we did. Among other questions, we ask if you would use our services again and recommend us to others. We receive back about 50% of the surveys we send out, and of those we average over 99% who answer “yes” to both questions.
  • We don’t send just anybody in your project. Our employees are background checked before they are hired, and work with a senior employee until they demonstrate proficiency in their experience before they work on their own. 
  • We recognize our employees are our greatest assets. Our employees are experts who are thorough and efficient. They treat customers as they would want to be treated. In return, our employees are rewarded with health benefits and bonuses based on customer satisfaction.
  • Our employees are covered by workers’ compensation insurance to protect them in the case of injury. Since this represents a considerable expense due the dangerous nature of what we do, competitors who do not protect their employees can offer services to you for less. However, if you hire someone to come into your property and they are injured, you are responsible by statute for their injuries if they do not have their own workers’ compensation insurance. Read this interesting story:http://www.constructionweblinks.com/Resources/Industry_Reports__Newsletters/20080218/cali.html

We carry a $1,000,000 general liability and automobile insurance policy, and a $10,000 service bond, in addition to the bond required by the Contractors License Board. Click here for copy of our insurance certificate.

We are really licensed! We hold licenses in General Building as well as Electrical Contracting. Many advertise they are licensed, but they only have a municipal business license which provides absolutely no assurance that they operate by any special code of conduct, have liability insurance or, more importantly, have workers’ compensation insurance. Many are licensed, but not in the classification necessary to effect the specialty they are working in. In addition to having several municipal business licenses, we are licensed by the California Contractors State License Board and adhere to the code of conduct, ethics guidelines and insurance requirements set by the Board. This also provides you with an established grievance process if you are unhappy with our work. You can verify our license by clicking here and entering our license number, '963854'.

We love what we do and want to keep doing it! Nothing is more satisfying than calling a client who has just had their project completed and hearing, “Wow! I didn’t realize what a difference good service makes! Great job! Thank you!” This is what keeps us motivated.

These are just a few of the reasons why we are different. Once you try our services, you too will recognize why we are unique!