About us

We are a boutique full service construction company that builds high end custom and spec homes in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.

Our team of builders and project managers are personally committed to your project from start to finish. We pride ourselves on being a team which is intensely focused on the utmost detail of each home we design. Through our deeply personal yet creative approach, we meld the best in design details with the highest in function, bringing our clients a unique and enjoyable building experience.

RJ Smith Construction has built for professional athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs, curtailing each home to their specific needs. It is this synthesis of design and affinity for the custom build that makes each project RJ Smith Construction pursues its own unique home.

  • upscale bathroom
  • east coast style bedroom in Hermosa Beach

RJ Smith


RJ was born and raised in nearby Redondo Beach, California, and knew from a young age he would build and design custom homes.

He was introduced to the world of design and build very early on. His mother balanced home duties while thriving as a designer while his step father built his business as a custom builder.

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Geoff Chait

Project Manager

A lifelong passion for building, creating and functionality has led Geoff to pursuing a dream career as a home builder. Creating functional and practical works of art that stand the test of time from a design and aesthetic standpoint is his ultimate goal.

Geoff is constantly inspired by the thought of future generations

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Hannah Dominick

Project Manager

Hannah’s interest in construction started way back with Legos and sewing her own clothes. Not suspecting that building was a viable option for her, she pursued degrees in International Business from New Zealand and France. She then began her career with a global executive search firm.

Unable to quiet the desire to design and create

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Lauren Bruksch

Project Manager

After years working in tech, Lauren finally took the leap and followed her passion for building.

Lauren treats each home – custom and spec – as her own. Her precision and ability to learn, adapt, and grow has quickly made room for creating incredible outcomes and experiences throughout our homeowners’ journey.

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Mike Capobianco

Project Manager

Growing up, Mike became interested in both the world of architectural and interior design.  Being part of a family that works in the real estate development industry also allowed Mike to learn from the individuals around him.

Mike went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in finance while gaining a graduate degree in business administration.

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Trinh Sapsin

Project Manager

Trinh first dipped her toes in the world of human resources prior to joining the RJ Smith team.

Although she anticipated her career in HR would bring her fulfillment, she slowly realized that she had much more to offer. She was introduced to the world of general contracting by a client. Trinh, curious as always

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Andreas Piaz

Project Manager

Andreas began his love for development build and design while working for a real estate bank. Following his curiosity, Andreas dove into real estate development with the desire to work on more hands on/on-site projects.

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Richard Smith

Support Representative

As a nearly starving college professor, Richard learned to become a finished carpenter to supplement his income. Following the normal progression, his jobs became bigger and bigger and eventually he would end up receiving his general contracting license.

After an early retirement from teaching in 2003

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Luis Topete

On Site Controller

Luis grew up in the city of Hawthorne. After graduating high school he attended El Camino CC where he would begin his study in the world of administrative justice.

He soon realized that he needed to change his major before spending the next few years doing something he did not entirely love.

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Michael Boch

On Site Controller

Michael worked many years for his family-owned business, editing film for weddings and ultimately filming on site for various events.

Although Michael loves working alongside his close knit family, he decided to follow his interest for development.

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Marilyn Velez

Office Administrator

Marilyn started her career in construction thirteen years ago, beginning with administrative office work. Marilyn is in charge of keeping our RJ Smith team organized while efficiently implementing structure as our team continues to grow.

Marilyn thrives on new challenges that working with a blooming company bring. Our team has given Marilyn the

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