Who we are

Founded and incorporated in 1977 by Carl Meloney.

“people doubt what you say, but believe what you do, ” Lewis Cass


A philosophy Carl embodied.

Carl had high expectations and it not only applied to every detail in a house but also to every employee and subcontractor.  His business model has become ours when he retired.

Carl Meloney, Founder 1977

Carl retired in 2008, spent some time on the sea, restoring boats if you can imagine, but has gone home to Connecticut, where he continues to build with a passion for a few lucky friends, family and neighbors.

Carl you crazy man, we love and miss you!



Kirk Todd

employee since 1987, owner since 2005

Kirk met Carl through a friend and began part time as a laborer while attending Sacramento State.  He stayed on full time after college because he enjoyed the challenges and rewards of building custom homes.  Kirk was a scratch golfer back in the day, and can still play a mean game, but when pressed he would rather be building than golfing.   Kirk brings his years of knowledge as a carpenter to the team.

He will tell you to stand back at the end of a day and say, “Hey, I built that,” has been fulfilling.

Kristy Lingner

employee since 2003, owner since 2005

Kristy was always quick to grasp ideas and mechanically minded.  This lead her to a drafting class as a high school freshman, and ultimately a B.A. in Interior Design from Sacramento State.  In 1999, while working for a local architect, Kristy drew plans for a house Carl built and immediately loved his enthusiasm for construction. 4 years later, while working for the State of California, their paths crossed. Shortly after Carl offered her an opportunity with River City Builders, Inc. and she jumped at the chance.  With her mechanical inclination and can do attitude building is a natural extension of her talents.

Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome. Proverb