We bring you effective construction services
Custom Built Homes
We work with you and your Architect from concept to completion to ensure your vision becomes a reality. We can visualize a project through from the architecting to the final decor.
We provide our clients consultation regarding their land, home acquisition or remodel. We are able to provide insight to the entire scope of the project from the plans, to move in.
Our goal is to provide a “white glove” experience starting with the concept which results in amazing places for people to enjoy without the stress of the build.
We work with investors that are looking for a partner to participate in a project, or their own rental properties that need a full face lift.
Meet Our Founder - Dawn Matze
An interview between the homeowner and Dawn will take place at the proposed project site. If there are multiple site considerations Dawn will help you to select which may be best suited for the home you envision. This includes view orientation to maximum the best possible views as well as other spacial concerns. Dawn spends plenty of time getting to know your family’s needs and desires, interpreting what it is that is most important to you the homeowner. Often at this predesign phase we give a very preliminary range for your budget.
In this phase you will begin the initial process that makes your home unique and distinct. Dawn will assist you in selecting a reputable and talented architect that will help you define your individual style. Choosing the right architect is very important. The compatibility between the architect, builder and homeowner is paramount for a smooth and stress free construction project. This assists in substantial cost savings as we work together merging design with budget. Many discussions will occur in this step about what your goals are both from a functional perspective and a design perspective. At this point in time the architect produces a set of preliminary drawings to review. Dawn will sit in on architectural meetings as often as possible to facilitate clear communication, acting as an advocate for you the homeowner.
Once the design phase is over, the architect will work with the owners on the permitting phase, putting together working drawings creating a permit package for the City or County, Homeowners Association, Coastal Commission as well as any other legal entities needed to initiate construction.
The building process can be overwhelming with hundreds of decisions and details to think about. We are here to orchestrate this process from the grading and underground utilities to foundation, framing, mechanical trades to windows and doors, drywall, roofing and finish carpentry just to name a few. We require all subcontractors have General Liability insurance and Workers Comp insurance and hold a current contractors license. We require a lien release from each contractor paid and make sure that your home is built to the highest standards for each trade. With construction draws approximately every 2 weeks we are very careful and take serious the homeowners budget. We track all costs so owners can be in control every step of the way with very few surprises. Dawn’s honesty with budget numbers and integrity in business is of utmost importance.
During this phase Dawn handles all facets of the city’s inspections to ensure that everything is built to or exceeds current CA building codes. Our goal is to make this as stress free as possible. We aim to make you feel at home even before you move in. Together with Dawn the homeowner will make periodic visits to the job site ensuring satisfaction.
Upon receiving Final Certificate of Occupancy by the City, you the homeowner can begin life in your new home. Dawn continues the relationship after move in for final punch list items as well as photo documentation and warranty book issuance. We also enjoy maintaining lifelong friendships with our customers long after their occupancy. Dawn is proud of the homes that she has built with her goal of earning your future referrals from your families and friends.
You often hear that a remodel is an incredibly difficult project to undertake. Not so with Dawn Matze, general contractor and owner of Crossware Development. The amazing thing was her accuracy of costs and prediction of timeline. The project came in right on time and with costs lower than expected. Since Dawn passes thru the actual bills for the subs, we were able to save on various aspects of construction due to her aggressive management style. She was an absolute animal in dealing with the subs, negotiating costs, overseeing their progress, and keeping them on target. We are thrilled with the end result and could not recommend her more highly.Kim and Ray Poliakoff
Having remodeled homes for 20 years I can highly recommend Dawn to head up a project whether large or small. Her personality and expertise allow her to thoroughly listen to your concept and work through the often maddening details to create the space your dreams. She's creative, thoughtful, meticulous, reliable, and delivers on her promises. It was such a pleasure working with her I can't help but want to tackle another project with her soon.Chris Schwan
I chose Crossware Development and Dawn T. Matze for my Home Remodeling project in Santaluz 2016, because of her excellent reputation and the exceedingly high standards she sets for herself and all those involved in her projects... Wanting the best - Getting the best. Crossware Development and Dawn T. Matze. Added bonus - she is a great person to work with!Kathy Kleinfeld
Dawn was a joy to work with, but all of the subs she employs are extraordinary as well. Everyone we dealt with was professional, knowledgeable, and courteous.Man Ling
My wife and I were recently referred to Dawn for the remodel of our home. What immediately struck me about Dawn was the level of care she provided. She asked detailed questions about our remodel goals and addressed our concerns regarding the project. Dawn then presented my wife and I with ideas that complimented our initial thoughts and surpassed what we believed was within our budget. As the remodel progressed Dawn’s experience shone through as we were meeting deadlines, enjoying a clean living environment and realizing the transformation of our home. I’d gladly refer Dawn so that others can realize the same level of service and care that my wife and I received. Thanks Dawn!John Zimmer
We can’t imagine having built our house with anyone but Dawn. Her organizational ability meant that things moved forward more quickly than we could have imagined. All throughout the build process, she gave us all sorts of nice ideas for doing things that added beauty or functionality to rooms in the house that we never would have thought of otherwise. And, she somehow always managed to do it while keeping us within budget.Robert Brewer
Dawn Matze was referred to us. We found her to be very professional, extremely knowledgeable about the building industry, a great listener, and creative with her ideas to make our home function more efficiently by giving us more useable space, especially in the kitchen area. Dawn always met us with a positive attitude and worked within our timelines and budget by providing us with a number of options from which to choose from. This job went very well and we are completely pleased with the outcome.Donna Zimmer
She was on job site everyday overseeing the contractors. At the end of every day, after workers left for the day she swept and cleaned up around the site making it all cleared for the next day of work to begin (typical woman to clean up after the men when they leave). At the start of every day the property was in pristine condition. She held our hand throughout the project when needed and gave advice when requested; also gave suggestions when she felt we needed direction. Most importantly, she stayed within the proposed budget.Lynn Sartore
My father started building houses when I was 2 years old. I have built numerous houses myself, so when searching for a competent general contractor I find it very difficult as my expectations are extremely high and sometimes unrealistic. Dawn and I may not have always agreed on the method but I have to say she always rose to the challenge and at times exceeded my expectations. Contemporary design is extremely difficult to do let alone do well, less is always more, there is NO molding to cover a mistake. Dawn is honest, fair, and reasonable. She has tenacity with a get the job done mentality. I would hire Dawn again, I would recommend her to my friends and family. She is a true professional in her field.Jeff St. Thomas