About Us

Horacio Rodrigues

Horacio Rodrigues, president and founder of HR Builders, Inc. immigrated to the United States from Portugal in 1968 to study architecture. He began his studies in Berkeley, but when he had to support his entire family, he found a job and attended beauty college. His love of design and color helped him become a very successful stylist.

In 1977 he built a small commercial bulding on Bascom Avenue in Campbell to house his salon. Horacio and his wife expanded the business to include eighteen stylists, but he still remembered his dream--to design and build homes. When the opportunity arose to purchase lots for custom homes, he left the salon under his wife's management, formed Europa Builders, Inc., and began building homes in the Almaden area of San Jose and Los Gatos.

In 1987 Horacio sold everything and moved his family to Portugal. While living there he built several houses and gained additional experience in local construction materials and styles. Six years later the family returned to California. Even though Portugal was the country of his birth, America was now his home, and Horacio returned to start a new life and realize his dreams. He continued to travel back and forth to complete residential projects in Portugal until December 2006, when the last one was complete.

With two partners, he formed Property Upgrade, Inc. in 1993, whose main activity is to buy old houses, remodel and sell them. He recently formed HR Builders, Inc., to build for clients. Having lived in many custom homes over the years gives him a unique vision for detail and functionality.

Rui Gomes, the other partner at HR Builders, Inc., brings a wealth of construction and project management experience as well as creative vision.


General contractor lic. 899250
Office: 408-559-1903
Fax: 408-377-0575
1543 Phantom Ave, San Jose, CA 95125


US Green Building Council Member