From fine artists to culinary geniuses to technology gurus, Northern California is home to creative and inventive individuals. Defined by its vibrant landscape, colorful architecture and rich history, the region is a cultural haven in which the design industry thrives. Read on for a glimpse into the local aesthetic from some of Northern California’s most established professionals, hailing from San Jose to St. Helena.

Tim McDonald, principal of Centric General Contractors, proudly claims the title of fifth-generation Northern Californian. His full-service construction firm, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary, is responsible for some of the most inspiring buildings throughout the Bay Area. “I live and do business here by choice, not because it’s where I landed by accident,” he says. The town of St. Helena, where he lives and runs Centric’s main office, has benefited for years from McDonald’s involvement in the community and his love of building the magnifi cent structures inherent to Napa Valley. The area’s architectural diversity creates a culture of innovation. “With the increase of estate land purchases, Northern California has created its own brand of design and lifestyle,” says McDonald, whose approach to business both inside and outside the region incorporates a strong understanding of the regional style. “We establish common goals early on, allowing for an environment where everyone can perform at their best. Our experience, skills and roll-up-our-sleeves work ethic allow us to deliver exceptional results.” Given its status as one of California’s premier builders, Centric’s process is clearly working.

1. The Atlas residence is a 1,700-square-foot custom home in Napa, California, designed by Jacobsen Architecture. 2. Chappellet Barrel Chai, a winery project in St. Helena, California, is 30,000 square feet and was designed by Lundberg Design. 3. This 1,800-square-foot Napa vineyard barn was a renovation project designed by William Duff Architects.

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