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We did a major construction project with Dan; literally taking down an existing house and putting up a new one. We lived on-site, and knew just enough to be annoying. Throughout the entire project, we were pleased with our choice of construction companies. Dan and his employees are respectful and knowledgeable. The billing was straightforward and timely. Our home is beautiful and we miss having them around every day. When people ask if we would ever do this again we always say, “Of course, as long as Dan is available.”

Shelley and Jeff Nadel

Dan Clause and his team are professional, creative and committed to excellence in every area of home building.  We felt confident in choosing Dan because of his exemplary reputation in the community and we were not disappointed.  Dan and his team were wonderful to work with.  They worked well with the many people involved with the building as well as working together to offer creative solutions to building challenges.  Our home reflects excellent craftsmanship and a strong foundation and he continues to be committed to providing us with the most professional care for the maintenance of our home.  We offer our highest recommendation for Dan Clause Construction knowing that should we build another home, he would be our first choice.

Renee and Bill Curtis

I had the good fortune of working with Dan Clause on the design and construction of a new 2,000 SF high end coffee bar and restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara.  We brought Dan and his construction team to the job early on the process, as cost control and schedule were significant concerns for the client.  Working together we developed a fresh contemporary interior design that was innovative and very cost effective.  Since many of the interior elements we created were original and unique, we relied on Dan to provide constructability input which was invaluable to our project design team.  Dan was attentive to detail, respectful of our input, focused on the bottom line, and most importantly brought his gentle spirit and “can do attitude” to any design challenge we would throw at him.  

We had much fun working together as a team to deliver a challenging project ON TIME and ON BUDGET!  As the project architect, I appreciated Dan’s attention to design concerns which most General Contractor’s overlook and specifically his care for proper execution of the details.   The final product was well received by the client and the community, and even Wolfgang Puck stated upon a recent visit “this place is delightful, I think I’ll linger for a while.”

We look forward to working with Dan and his team again on another project!   


Michael Holliday AIA, LEED AP
Principal Architect

Our recent receipt of the Santa Barbara Beautiful Award once again brought to mind what a wonderful job you/Clause Construction did in building our home.

Having previously built three homes we, without reservation, believe you to be the best builder we have known.  We were especially appreciative of how you handled the aftermath of the fire that destroyed the original structure, from the clean up phase to expeditiously working with our architect on the new design (and related budget) to working with the City of Santa Barbara through the permitting process; we couldn’t have done it without you!

Very early during the construction Marianne and I understood why so many people recommended that we engage you as our contractor.  We could not have been more pleased with the construction process and more importantly the end result.

Please feel free to use this letter with prospective clients.  Should anyone want to speak to us or see our home, just let us know.

Again, thank you.

Steve and Marianne Blick

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for building our new home.  When we started the project, we had such a confidence concerning you, yet we had no idea how great a blessing it would be to work with you.  All along we have realized that not every builder is capable of doing a project like ours.  You proved yourself in two major ways: not only did you give us excellent and artistic craftsmanship, but you also gave us incredible experiences in the process.  Now to the warm memories (and spiritual lessons) of the last two years, we have begun to add memories of times here with family and friends.

We feel fortunate in so many ways to have worked with you.  To build relationships with such skilled craftsmen as Scott and Bill and Dave, as well as with all the other highly qualified subcontractors, was a blessing.  No request seemed too small for them.  We were consistently treated with respect and patience.  Every individual seemed to take such a personal interest in the success of our project.  In these present days, integrity is a character trait in short supply, yet we can truthfully say that we are convinced that you, Dan, operate with integrity in all areas of your life.  It has been such a pleasure to observe your love for your craft and your respect for your co-workers.  It has also been a pleasure for us to become friends with you and your beautiful family.

Since you have earned our highest recommendation in every way, it would please us very much if you would include us with your many satisfied clients.  We hope that you will feel free to have anyone who is considering your company to call upon us for any additional information.  You are always welcome to show our home at any time.  If we should ever be in a position to build again, we would choose you without hesitation.

Fond personal regards to you and your family,

Ray and Linda Kubisch

Since the above project is now complete, with minor exceptions, I wish to express my thanks for a job well done.

You have done an exceptional job!  I have practiced architecture now for approximately 50 years (35 as Chief Architect for Kraft Foods, Inc., with a building volume of 50 million dollars a year world wide.)  During this period, I have done business with many contractors worldwide.  Mr. Clause, you are easily as good as, or better than, any of these.

You and your team kept this job moving, without delays, thereby insuring that it was timely completed.  In addition, work by your subs and your own forces was excellent.  Your cooperation with the owners and subs was all that could be expected.

Finally, and I place this item separately because of its importance…I really appreciate your constant review of construction details.  Too often a contractor proceeds without discussion and a complete understanding of the intent of the Architect, to the detriment of the job.

Thank you,

Howard A. Tonsager

It gives me great pleasure to recommend Clause Construction for your building or remodeling needs.  We have used Dan’s services for several projects; each project was completed in a timely manner, done perfectly and to our liking.  Of course having that handsome hunk come to your door each morning gives you a good reason to get up and put on your make-up.  My only regret was that he finished the project too quickly.  If you would like a reference please feel free to call.


Lois & Jack Duncan

P.S.  Jack agrees with everything except the “handsome hunk” part.


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