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About Durst Builders

Ground up and full restoration services

California’s Commercial Framers

The Durst Family has been involved in commercial construction for over 30 years. We have been involved in every type of construction from small tenant improvement projects to large office parks. Our crews can handle the smallest tenant improvement and reinforcement projects or the largest multiple building complexes and custom build. Durst Builders will deliver your building on time, on budget and with a quality you have never experienced.

Preservation of the Classic portions of a building while upgrading the structure to the riggers of current building codes takes a team of dedicated professionals.

Durst Builders teamed with the best in the industry to take the 1940’s World War II era buildings at the old Hughes Aircraft campus that had sat empty and deteriorating for over 25 years and turned them into modern yet retro creative office space.

Recently they teamed with the City of Santa Barbara to take an early 20th-century historical recreation center and bring it up to current seismic code while preserving the classic feel and beauty of the building. In addition, the DBI team worked with Allen Construction on revitalizing a Classic 1920’s Hancock Park home to create a home with all the modern amenities and yet adhered to the strict requirements because of its Historical designation. The end product is a beautiful 21st century home with the feel of its original architectural beauty.

If you need master-carpenters to restore the luster to your early 20th-century building turn to Durst Builders and our team of experts.


Construction and building are in John’s blood. His family history goes all the way back to sawmills in the Black Hills of South Dakota started and run by his grandfather to helping to build the family cabin with his brother while growing up. While at the University of Colorado, John spent his summers working for a local contractor helping to restore a local historical building and other projects. After leaving CU John came back to California and worked his way up from an apprentice carpenter to the superintendent for one of the largest contractors in Southern California. After setting out on his own, John established and grown his company from ground-u quickly earning and the unmatched reputation for innovation, quality, and meeting or beating demanding schedules. John is a personable, enthusiastic, and top producing Business Development, Sales, and Operations Management Professional with 20+ years of success and contributions in the construction industry. John and his wife, Natalie, have been married for over 30 years, and continue to stay active in the local church and community.

Durst Builders
Ground up and full restoration services