Upton Construction team drinking and laughig together at a local bar in Santa Barbara

Dan Upton, Matt Metcalfe, and Architect Jeff Shelton at their weekly pub meeting. It’s hard to imagine a more talented, experienced crew of good natured professionals who have successfully designed and executed some of Santa Barbara’s most stunning works of art.


Dan Upton started building unique custom homes and founded Dan Upton Construction in 1990 with a team of employees, many of whom are still the backbone of the crew. Matt Metcalfe joined the team over 20 years ago and has been an integral part of the company ever since. Matt officially took over the reins in 2021.  Most of the Upton Construction team members have been with us since the beginning. Each of these dedicated professionals brings to the table a wealth of experience, raw talent, and work ethic. We would not be the company we are today without them.

Mission & Values

The loyalty of the workforce is a testimony to the company culture of respect, integrity, and care upon which this company was founded and continues to operate. This same respect, integrity, and care are reflected in the workmanship and craftsmanship of our buildings.


In our three decades of experience, we have built more than just an impressive portfolio of unique custom homes. We have built relationships and trust and have earned a respected place we are very proud of among Santa Barbara custom home builders.


Our solid reputation amongst our clients extends across the field of trades in Santa Barbara. We have the equipment, tools, and expertise to build any project from foundation to custom finishes. But the relationships we have built over the years with other respected tradespersons allow for flexibility and a broader scope of possibility in our projects. 


The Upton Construction team holds true to these beliefs and values:

  • We believe that building your unique custom home should be a rewarding experience.

  • We believe that clear communication is paramount to a successful project and client satisfaction. 

  • We work side by side with clients throughout the custom building process to keep them abreast of challenges and successes as they arise. Our long list of satisfied clients and amicable client builder relationships is a testament to the care and respect with which we operate. 

  • We believe that BigFoot is real.