Since 1988, Zieba Builders has been a trusted home design-build general contractor in Southern California.
We offer upscale residential design-build – including custom cabinetry, whole home remodels, accessory dwelling units (ADU), baths, historic restoration, and master suite additions – with a focus on luxury kitchens. Our award-winning design-build process guarantees that your project with us will be of the highest quality craftsmanship, built with the most high-end materials, and exceeding your expectations with the stunning result. We work tirelessly with you from start to finish to make your dream become reality!
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Our Commitment to exceptional service, total accountability, and craftsmanship has earned us both national and regional awards for excellence, including Best of the Best from Professional Remodelers, Best of Houzz.com 2012 and 2015-2020, several Design + Industry Awards by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and the prestigious Industry Icon Award from the BIASC Remodelers Council.
Whether your project is home remodeling or building a new home, we don’t just meet your expectations—we exceed them.
Zieba Builders is a Design Build company providing exceptional residential remodeling services in the coastal communities of Southern California. We are passionate about our work and providing an outstanding client experience. Our talented employees, skilled trade partners, and ethical business practices deliver value to our customers every step of the way.
Founder and President of Zieba Builders, Joe studied architecture and engineering at the University of Maryland where he received his B.S. Degree with honors in engineering in 1984. Joe worked as a civil engineer, contracted by the Department of Defense, for several years on a small atoll in the South Pacific. In 1988, Joe decided to leave engineering behind and relocate to Southern California to pursue his own company as a general contractor.
Zieba Builders was founded with a commitment to exceptional service, accountability, and craftsmanship. Joe built a network of industry experts, in both design and build, with a shared passion for perfection and precision to meet the demands of his growing general contractor business. Many of these early partners maintain a professional relationship with Joe and the Zieba Builders team today. Joe can still be found working in the field hands-on with skilled carpentry work and an eye for design and detail.
When not working on ZBI’s projects, Joe enjoys the company of his wife and two children. They spend evenings and weekends in the great outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, sailing or wake-boarding. Joe also loves attending the kids’ sporting events and entertaining friends and family with a delicious BBQ feast in their backyard. Occasionally, he even does a little project or two for himself.
With over 20 years of award-winning experience in consultative sales, Karen is an integral part of the Zieba Builders' reputation and growth. Karen credits her success to professional integrity, commitment to discovery, establishing realistic expectations and putting the clients’ needs first.
Karen’s commitment to excellence in the home remodeling industry extends into her active service in the design-build community. She has served 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Remodeler’s Council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, including 2 years as President where she earned the prestigious Industry Icon Award. She has also served several years as Trustee to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Home Builders/Remodelers, earning the Distinguished Service Award for Leadership.
In her free time, Karen loves the outdoors and nature, especially hiking and camping in the mountains. She also enjoys attending her children’s sporting events and being an active member of the Long Beach community. When she has a few minutes of quiet, Karen can be found relaxing in her self-designed backyard retreat reading a good book.
Angelika has always had an admiration for real estate, design and construction. She grew up with parents who loved flipping homes, with her father being a general contractor and doing all of the work himself. They would go to open houses and spend time planning renovations for the new homes. This grew into a long term passion for Angelika and she decided to gain some further experience by attending interior design school where she was able to hone in on her ability to think creatively and outside the box, while remaining detail oriented. After starting a job in the real estate finance industry, Angelika found that her skill set was in office operations. As an avid Long Beach citizen when Angelika heard that Zieba Builders needed a new Office Manager, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Here was a company who had the vision and experience that Angelika grew up loving, with an open position made for her.
In her free time, Angelika enjoys cooking meals with her family, spending time outside and in the water, whether swimming or kayaking, and skiing in the winter. She can also be found attending open houses and garage sales, or working with her mom on their home based craft business.
Rob’s love of woodwork started at the early age of five years old. His parents set out to build a sixty-foot schooner, eventually becoming a place to call home. During this period, his father taught him how to craft all the teak plugs for the ships flooring on a drill press, and from then on Rob and his brother found themselves sanding and varnishing alongside their father. As Rob got older, in high school he joined wood shop continuing his love for wood working and building boat related projects. In his late teens while working in a marine store, a gentleman he was teaching to sail, in turn taught him his profession of installing staircases. From then on he has been perfecting his master carpentry skills for the last 25 years.
Rob has been working with Zieba Builders for over 10 years, and in 2018 he officially joined the crew full-time. He is an expert craftsman carpenter installing all our fine craft wood detailing, from wainscot to stairwells to trim.
When not on the jobsite, you will find Rob on the water. With over a thousand hours spent on a boat, sailing is definitely Rob’s passion; a true Long Beach sailor.
The son of a master stair builder and carpenter, Darren was exposed to his father’s profession early on. Inspired by the artistic projects he saw on jobsites, and knowing the passion, skill and hard work that they require, he caught the bug for carpentry early on.
Thoroughly impressed, Darren started working along, and learning from, his father as a teen, building high-end staircases in West LA. The nature of these projects in luxury homes further taught him extreme attention to detail and the value of hard work, as well as giving him the opportunity to sharpen his skill and hone his fine craftsmanship. What Darren loves most about his trade is the creative aspect: The joy of building beautiful pieces with his hands, being able to stand back and admire the fruit of his work, and to constantly improve and further his skill on every project. When he met Joe and saw his skillful craftsmanship, it clear Darren would be a great fit here at Zieba. Being able to learn and constantly expand his craft is what motivates him every day!
Eventually, Darren’s goal is to be a general contractor himself. Until then, when he is not creating beautiful pieces of art from scratch, he unwinds by playing music, snowboarding and sailing!
Tom grew up in Germany, where he was frequently exposed to construction in his grandfather’s lumber and cabinetry business, and moved to the US at the age of 17 without a real plan, but a lot of motivation. This drive, the need for creativity and his ability to sell naturally put him on a path towards marketing, so when the opportunity arose to join the team at ZBI, he didn’t have to think twice. After starting with Zieba Builders as an intern at first, he eventually got hired as Marketing Assistant and is now responsible for social media management, content creation and general marketing duties.
When he is not posting pictures and writing blogs, you can find him outdoors exploring California’s beautiful parks, playing beach soccer, or going on a run.
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