I  am a second generation carpenter and have been building in Santa Cruz for nearly 30 years as a General Contractor  working under my own name, Dan Forshner Construction, Inc.  We have done a number of General turn-key projects, we have found our speciality to be that of the wood aspect of the job. We thrive primarly on residential Framing and  all types of finish work.

Dan Forshner Construction

We specialize in…

  • New Construction

  • Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

  • Additions

Our work has mainly been in Santa Cruz county and Monterey and Carmel.  We have done work for some of the most leading contractors in these areas ,yet we strive to give our personal attention to the homeowner client and our very important smaller builders.

It is our intent to bring to each client a high degree of professionalism  ,clean orderly job site and a respectful crew We have found that specializing in these areas of  wood we have honed  a greater ability in getting the job done right and in a timely fashion.

Referred by SCCG member Michael Hartrich

Contact Info:

Dan Forshner Construction

Phone: 831-425-6506

Lic. 596748

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Last year, I wanted to replace the siding on the south side of my house. I wanted someone local and trustworthy who could work with Hardie fiber cement siding to replace the wood siding on a 34 year old house. I was a bit nervous about what would appear when the siding came off as this is the “weather side” of my house. I checked several sources, including the Santa Cruz Construction Guild, and ultimately chose Dan Forshner Construction.

I found Dan and his crew to be honest, straightforward and professional. He was on time, on budget, and performed a few other tasks (negotiated extra) which came up during the work, including replacing window trim on the inside of the house and some drywall work. His painting subcontractor did a quick and beautiful job. The siding looks great, and blends in well with the rest of thehouse. I am very happy with Dan’s work and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others.

Dan Forshner is an excellent framer, GC and finish carpenter. I met Dan in 2008 while interviewing framers
to build a second house on the property on which my husband grew up. My husband and I had decided to
owner-build, or be our own general contractor on the project, and Dan was one of the many framers we
interviewed. Our project was a success mostly due to Dan’s expertise. I believe we would not have been able
to accomplish the project without so qualified a framer. In addition, we ended up hiring most of the
contractors that Dan normally works with (plumber, painter, etc) and they were all excellent.

The project went very smoothly and was completed on time and on budget. Dan was very easy to work with and
managed my inexperience and consequent over-compensation well. Dan’s work is superb. He was able to
match detailed finish work from the original home on the property and always had an eye for what would
look best. We trusted and followed his advice every time. Nowadays we don’t have the time or desire to
manage big projects, but they sometimes do come up. In those instances we call Dan to be our GC. In 2011
Dan completely restored the dining room in the original home on our property. We live in San Francisco now
and it turned out beautifully with very little involvement on our part. I can’t recommend Dan highly enough.
He is kind, reliable, fair and honest. I continue to hire him and the contractors I met through him to this day
and will continue to do so in the future.

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  1. Erik Haston says:

    Dan and his team performed flawlessly. His communication, attention to detail and his willingness to go above and beyond resulted in a perfect job. Dan was able to work around some challenges with ease, resulting in a beautiful center piece for our living room.
    I would not hesitate to use his services again and would recommend him in a heart beat.

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