Passions

Today, with sorrow, we share news of the passing of Ron Estrin, co-founder of Estrin-Hinds Construction and a pillar of excellence in the California construction industry.

Ron fell in love with building at an early age and dedicated his life to creating cherished homes and communities enjoyed by generations of families, as well as business spaces that helped define modern relevance and the lasting beauty of the region’s architectural expressions. 

Ron left behind an enterprise that felt like family to all who worked for him and his long-standing partner and co-founder, Eric Hinds. 

Through his mentorship, Ron gave so many a chance to grow, test their skills and achieve their own dreams. By fostering a workplace of personal and professional growth, Ron created a company that produced more than amazing buildings — it has established an ongoing legacy of integrity and quality.

Ron Estrin, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, boss and friend. We will miss his nurturing leadership, humor, daily inspiration and passion for his art and life’s work.  And we thank you, our customers, partners and contributors to the Estrin-Hinds enterprise. May we all endeavor to live life as fully and passionately as Ron.

Building Beautiful: West Hills

Our mission is to “build something beautiful,” and this week’s spotlight home is the perfect example of the beauty we create. A two-story addition and remodel project located in West Hills, the most impressive element to this home is the use of cedar and teakwood. Cedar is used on the siding and, although an expensive material, comes with many benefits. This wood is dense yet lightweight, making it ideal for construction and is naturally rot-resistant. Its tight, straight grain with few knots, gives the project a sleek finish and a look that will last a lifetime thanks to cedar’s ability to resist expansion and cracking. Beauty continues inside the home where teakwood was used to create the handrails. With many similar characteristics as cedar, teakwood is known to be resistant to many harmful agents including moisture, light, heat, and pests, contributing to its durability. Moving farther into the house, beauty takes on a different element in the shape of a mosaic floral tile in the Master bath, kissed with gentle light to complete the feeling of luxury. They say beauty doesn’t last forever, but we are confident that this home will defy the odds.

Building Beautiful: Mar Vista

Many times, our clients choose the location of their new house based on the view and this week’s spotlight home is no different. A ground-up project located in Mar Vista, the structural steel and wood framing was completed last December, and we could already see the beauty in what we were building. As the project progressed into February, you can see how the home’s design utilizes windows to flood the spaces with natural light, provide a luxurious entrance to the master suite, and frame the stunning view of Century City. This client clearly chose the perfect location as their new home truly embodies the “vista” in Mar Vista.

BUILDING BEAUTIFUL: SANTA MONICA

Building from the ground-up means building new life. In the case of this week’s spotlight home however, it is a ground-up ADDITION that is giving the home a new look. Still, the process remains the same. It is in this beginning stage of any ground-up construction when the imagination may struggle to see what the final masterpiece will look like. However, as all good structures require, step one is a strong and solid foundation. Within a month’s time, the framing and support structure begins to take shape. At this point, spaces and rooms are defined and the home’s skeleton is formed. Have you heard the saying about a house having “good bones?” This is that process.

BUILDING BEAUTIFUL: CULVER CITY

During a construction project, it can be difficult to envision how each house is going to have its own unique presence on the block. Our clients want to have a home that reflects their personal style and be one-of-a-kind, just like they are. This individuality really starts to come to life as a house begins to receive its exterior finishes such as siding, brick, and paint. A great example of this transformation can be seen in this week’s spotlight home in Culver City. The photos show the difference a month can make in turning this project from cold concrete to the beginnings of a warm and welcoming home.

BUILDING BEAUTIFUL

When you think about construction, visions of big equipment, loud power tools and piles of sawdust may come to mind. But have you ever stopped and wondered what exactly goes on behind that green-covered fence? How does concrete, wood beams, and steel framing become a beautiful home? In our new blog series “Building Beautiful,” we give you an exclusive sneak peek into how that process happens. Follow us at estrinhinds.com and on LinkedIn or Instagram for updates and photos of our current projects, and see exactly how we build something beautiful together.