An Unexpected Start

For those of you who may not know the Wright Residential story, we had something of an unexpected start. Building a successful residential construction company serving wine country and beyond wasn’t in the plans; at all. While the Wright family has been building in the area for 80 years, Wright Residential started after devastation impacted the communities in which our team members live and work. Read more about our deep roots in wine country and our bright future in residential construction.

Deep Roots

Principals Stephen and Nicholas Wright are fourth-generation leaders in the construction industry in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties. The days following Pearl Harbor’s attack, their 19-year old grandfather Paul V. Wright marched down to sign up for the United States civilian construction group. Post-war, Paul joined his father, J.K. Wright, in Guerneville to build summer homes before teaming up with Ben Oretsky to build educational and medical facilities across the North Bay. Their father, Michael Wright, took the reigns of Wright Contracting at the same time the Napa and Sonoma county wine boom created a new opportunity to bring their building expertise into a new industry. With Michael’s retirement, in 2016 Stephen Wright joined Wright Contracting as Chief Operating Officer. Entering its third generation as a family-owned and operated business, Wright Contracting continues the rich legacy of quality commercial building in the North Bay.

The Foundation of Wright Residential

In October 2017, the Sonoma and Napa county communities were devastated by the Tubbs and Nuns fires. More than 5,000 homes were destroyed in one evening. Following the tradition started by their grandfather, brothers Stephen and Nicolas Wright founded Wright Residential to help our neighbors, friends, and communities through the rebuild and recovery process.

Matt Van Heusen was tapped to build Wright Residential from the ground up as the Director of Construction. With a contractor’s license in hand and a team of empathetic construction industry leaders, the business started taking shape. Word began to spread of the new residential construction company in town that separated itself from competition through care, attention to detail, and the streamlined build process Wright Residential employs. To ensure its success, Matt surrounded the company with talented architects, designers, consultants, and trade partners. This philosophy continues today at Wright Residential, where many of the individuals that help build the company still work with us on our projects today. Our masterful team of more than 50 project professionals and craftspersons has uncompromising attention to detail and focus on quality, aspiring to enrich and enliven the communities in which they live and work. You will see us in meetings, hear our voices on calls, and walk with us on job sites. Our team members take personal pride in our work so that clients take pride in their homes for generations to come. You’ll find that optimism is always on our punch list!

Bright Future

Since we founded Wright Residential, our company has evolved beyond rebuilding homes lost in the 2017 wildfires to specializing in custom homes, renovations and additions, and multi-family developments. To support evolving client needs and expectations and connect with new partners and inspire existing ones, we have given ourselves a bit of a refresh. We’ve defined the values that we see emulated in every team member and uncovered what makes Wright Residential unique, a building experience centered on care, excellence, and partnership.


We take care of each other. We invest in, value, and appreciate our people. Shared responsibility and accountability drive our success. We work as a team and we enjoy the camaraderie. It is this sense of togetherness that transforms a house into a home. The company’s legacy of builders inspires strong personal and professional bonds across generations. Our team members, our trade partners, and our clients are our family.


Principals with 25+ years in real estate acquisition and construction, superintendents with decades of field experience, and project professionals that anticipate the challenges underlying each build are just a few attributes that allow Wright Residential to bridge the gap between idea and execution. We understand the process is as important as the outcome. We are committed to pursuing a better way to build by leveraging our collective experiences and exploring innovative techniques and materials. We continuously challenge ourselves to enhance our knowledge and improve service.


We believe that the partnerships we develop are as meaningful as what we build. Honesty, integrity, and respect are the principles that guide us in all our interactions. We are always accountable to our clients. We listen to them, respond to them, and collaborate with our team members and partners to deliver. We are committed to service – to our clients, to our industry, and the communities where we work and live.

Building a home is the start of a long relationship, and it has to start with the right approach. We place the human experience as the center of our process. We LOVE what we do. We have so much gratitude for this work and building spaces for families to celebrate moments and milestones. In that spirit, we’ve launched this Blog to share our knowledge and project updates, highlight trends and new starts, welcome team members and trade partners, and much more!

We are incredibly grateful for each and every client who has entrusted us to bring their dream home to life over the past three years and for everyone we have worked with along the way.

Here’s to 80 more years of building beautiful homes!

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