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PCH Celebrates 40 Years in Business!

HERE’S TO BUILDING BRILLIANTLY FOR 40 YEARS!

When PCH was founded back in 1978, the average cost of a gallon of gas was $0.63, the Illinois Bell Company introduced the first ever-cellular mobile phone system, and the most popular films were Grease and Saturday Night Fever. Our deals back then were based on handshakes and we were only as good as our word.

Over the past 40 years, we worked long and hard to grow our business and build our reputation, and today, PCH is synonymous with quality, trust, and a commitment to excellence. The over 200 California homes we’ve built say it all. It’s been an amazing, transformative, and awe-inspiring journey, and we thank all our clients for being a part of our success. We can’t wait to see what the next 40 years has in store.

THE PCH LOGO – THEN AND NOW

Dick Breaux, the founder of PCH, embarked on a new business venture of building speculative homes while he was still an English teacher. When he needed design help, he reached out to a student, who crafted the first two logos. Since then, our logo has evolved along with many other things. Peninsula Custom Homes Incorporated is now known to many as PCH, spec homes for PCH are a thing of the past, and our logos are now designed by a professional advertising and creative branding company. While we’ve retained our vision of building the best and most beautiful homes, we’ve changed our look to reflect modern trends and best practices.


PCH Welcomes 45th US President

Foster City, May 2012 — This spring, President Barack Obama and Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney, each held events for their supporters in Northern California. Despite well-publicized differences on matters political and philosophical, they did agree on one important issue: the ideal place to gather supporters in Northern California is in a distinctive Peninsula Custom Home.

Republican Party candidate, Governor Mitt Romney, held his campaign fundraising event on May 30th at the historic Carolands Mansion in Hillsborough. The Carolands Mansion was fully renovated by PCH, with work completed in 2002.

Democratic Party candidate, President Barack Obama held his campaign fundraising event on May 23rd at an Atherton home. This original construction was completed by PCH in 2001.

Peninsula Custom Homes is honored that the country’s most prominent dignitaries have recognized our work. After more than thirty years of dedication to every detail and every client, we are humbled and gratified to receive these sweeping endorsements.

Dreams Happen Playhouses

Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) was founded in 1989 to take on the challenge of helping people receive needed home repairs and enhancements to improve health, safety, and well-being. RTP’s mission is to rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners and neighbors, such as seniors, people with disabilities, and families, so that they can live independently in warmth and safety.

PCH participates in both the Dreams Happen and National Rebuilding Together Day events to help those in need in our community.

Dreams Happen

This biennial fundraising event pairs local architects with builders to create unique, elaborately designed life-sized children’s playhouses. Playhouses are auctioned at the Dreams Happen Gala and all proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Peninsula.

2015 – Backyard Beta Box

This year, the Dreams Happen fundraiser and gala helped raise more than $450,000 for Rebuilding Together Peninsula. We partnered with Arcanum Architecture who designed the Backyard Beta Box, for us to build. It has some really fun features including hanging stairs, a metal slide and even a detachable climbing wall.

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2015 Backyard Beta Box by Arcanum Architecture and PCH

YouTube video showing Backyard Beta Box:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkADnNQnf8E

Bay Area Parent Magazine article on Dreams Happen:

http://bap-sanfrancisco.digitalparenthood.com/Vizion5/viewer.aspx?issueID=77&pageID=14

2013 – Ohana Hale

The island-inspired playhouse, built in 2013, was designed by Cara Kuroda Design and called Ohana Hale. The playhouse featured a tiny porch, a custom interior sea-life mural and a slide.

2013 Ohana Hale by Cara Kuroda Design and PCH

2013 Ohana Hale by Cara Kuroda Design and PCH

Houzz article showing all the 2013 playhouses:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/10894723/list/11-extraordinary-playhouses-that-dream-big

To learn more about Dreams Happen, visit:

http://rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org/programs/dreams-happen

National Rebuilding Day

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Each year in April, National Rebuilding Together Day unites the largest nationwide group of volunteers to rehabilitate homes, community facilities and revitalize Peninsula communities. Every year, some 3,000 volunteers help repair homes for more than 300 individuals throughout the Peninsula. The mission is simple: ensure that everyone has a safe, healthy and comfortable home.

To learn more about Rebuilding Together Peninsula, visit:

http://rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org

PCH Gives Back

We work hard at PCH to leave every client completely satisfied with both the product and the service that we have to offer. We are passionate about what we do and this translates into the best work we can do on every project. With that same dedication, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work. Some of the important organizations that we support include:

Larkin Street Youth Services is a San Francisco organization offering housing, education, employment, and health services to get homeless and at-risk kids off the streets.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so through education, publication and advocacy. It offers a wide array of programs that are designed to promote the appreciation and practice of classical and traditional design, including classes, travel, lectures and conferences.

Hillsborough Beautification Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the Town of Hillsborough. HBF raises funds and provides organization, leadership and education for the purposes of planting, improving, and contributing to the maintenance of parks, school grounds, and other civic projects.

Leap’s mission is to provide top quality arts education programs that help students build skills to achieve their fullest potential. They envision a world where art is a fundamental part of every child’s education and success.

Rebuilding Together takes on the challenge of helping people receive needed home repairs and enhancements to improve health, safety, and well-being. RTP’s mission is to rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners and neighbors, such as seniors, people with disabilities, and families, so that they can live independently in warmth and safety.

The San Francisco Fall Art & Antique Show is the oldest international antiques fair on the West Coast. The show benefits Enterprise for High School Students, an organization which is meant to engage and empower San Francisco Bay Area high school students to discover career opportunities and cultivate their individual interests.

Immaculate Conception Academy is a college-preparatory school that educates young women for a life of faith, integrity and service. They are committed to providing both excellent education and meaningful corporate work study experiences to students of limited financial resources.

Second Harvest Food Bank serving Santa Clara and San Mateo counties provides food to more than one quarter of a million people every month. Despite the wealth in Silicon Valley, and partly due to the high cost of living, hunger and malnutrition are pervasive. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than any other food bank in the country, through a network of more than 320 nonprofit partners at more than 850 sites.

Tipping Point Community is a non-profit organization that fights poverty in the Bay Area. Since 2005, Tipping Point has raised more than $150 million to educate, employ, house and support those in need in the Bay Area.

San Francisco Antique Show

“Chinoiserie: Rococo to Eco”

San Francisco, October 2010 — The 29th Annual Fall Antiques Show at Fort Mason Center will run from October 29–31. It is the oldest international antiques fair on the West Coast. Over 60 dealers will present thousands of fine art objects representing all styles and periods.

This year’s theme, Chinoiserie: Rococo to Eco, will be celebrated by a two- story, gilded pagoda entrance designed by architect Andrew Skurman and built by Peninsula Custom Homes (PCH).The six red lacquer pagodas with gilt eaves and fretwork panels create a dramatic entrance to the show. PCH has donated their time and expertise to this project in an effort to support Enterprise for High School Students.

The show benefits Enterprise for High School Students, an organization which is meant to engage and empower San Francisco Bay Area high school students to discover career opportunities and cultivate their individual interests.

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“Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 30 Years of Surprising Finds”

San Francisco, October 2011 — The 30th Annual Fall Antiques Show at Fort Mason Center will run from October 27–30. It is the oldest international antiques fair on the West Coast. Over 60 dealers will present thousands of fine art objects representing all styles and periods.

Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 30 Years of Surprising Finds is the theme this year and is inspired by the traditional 30th anniversary gift, the pearl, a treasure hidden in an oyster shell. The entryway, six oversized scroll brackets, designed by architect Andrew Skurman and built by Peninsula Custom Homes (PCH) includes faux painting to invite a double take by visitors as they pass into the show. PCH has donated their time and expertise to this project in an effort to support Enterprise for High School Students.

The show benefits Enterprise for High School Students, an organization which is meant to engage and empower San Francisco Bay Area high school students to discover career opportunities and cultivate their individual interests.

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Luxe Panel

PCH President, Bryan Murphy, participated in the intimate panel discussion put on by Luxe Magazine along with Geddes Ulinskas from Geddes Ulinskas Architects and Cynthia Spence from Cynthia Spence Design. Mary Jo Bowling, the Homes Editor of Luxe Interiors + Design, San Francisco was the lively moderator. The topic of the discussion was on Home Design Trends and the Future Outlook for 2019. Top SF Bay Area Designers, Architects and Home Builders were in attendance to network, enjoy lunch, and listen to the great conversation.