Project Groundbreaking: HASLO HQ


The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) has contracted with Abbott Reed to build a new 13,000 SF office to accommodate their expanding workforce. We are excited to work with HASLO on their continued mission of “building and maintaining affordable housing for citizens in our community.”

Demolition of the old facility began in August 2023. Completion of the new facility is expected late 2024 or early 2025.

Project design by RRM Design Group.

Project Groundbreaking: Oak Terrace


Building dreams and community. Abbott Reed is excited to announce Oak Terrace, a residential infill project in Santa Barbara that will include six luxurious contemporary homes. With each uniquely designed home ranging in size from 2,574 SF to 3,986 SF, the project focuses on optimizing usage of the parcel and livability of the neighborhood. Ultimately providing a great homeowner experience and enriching the community.    

Oak Terrace broke ground in August 2023. Completion of grading and site development is scheduled for early 2024. Home construction is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2024 and finish in 2025.  

Project Design by RRM Design Group   


Abbott | Reed Communities: The Lofts At The Creamery


Abbott | Reed is excited to continue our impact on the livability and positive transformation of downtown San Luis Obispo with the ground breaking of a loft-apartment project next to the Creamery Marketplace. Learn more here.

Project Groundbreaking: Cypress & 7th Apartments


We are excited to join with The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara (HASBARCO) in building 15 affordable rental units (including one manager unit) in Lompoc, CA. The Cypress & 7th Apartments will provide housing for qualified special needs/unhoused individuals and families. The project aims to enhance the livability of the community and aligns with the Abbott | Reed ethos of build better. 

The roughly 10,500-square-foot, two- and three-story structure will feature:
  • approximately 700-square-foot one-bedroom units. 
  • a community center with a community room, laundry center, covered patio, BBQ, bike parking, enclosed trash and mailbox area.
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPED) elements including – a gate and perimeter fencing, fob access, surveillance, lighting to the trash enclosure and specialized landscaping.

The project is being developed in accordance with the GreenPoint Rated Program, which will include solar panels and energy efficient windows, awnings and overhangs. 

Cypress & 7th contributors include:

Groundbreaking occurred in April 2023 with completion planned for May 2024.

Abbott | Reed Custom Homes: Fall 2022 Design Trends

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Forgive us if we’re a bit biased, but there’s something about the fall season more than any other time of year that brings out the decorating side in us. Pumpkin-filled harvest scenes, cozy throws draped across the sofa and earthy-toned colors abound making even the most novice decorator a quasi-pro this time of year.

It’s the time for coziness, slowing down, and connecting with friends and family. So, if you’re itching to spruce up your abode for autumn, we’ve come up with a list of fall design trends for your custom home.

Abbott | Reed Communities: New Project Announcement


At Abbott | Reed ensuring we make a positive impact on the communities we serve has been a priority ever since we opened our doors in 2008. With that in mind, we’re particularly excited to announce one of our latest projects—Rockview at Sunset, located on Atascadero Road in Morro Bay.

New Name, Same Commitment to Building Better


It’s official…we’ve changed our name to Abbott | Reed Inc.! A change in name only, Abbott | Reed is still under the same ownership, comprised of the same capable team, all driven by the same commitment to build better.

Effective immediately, multidisciplinary construction and real estate development firm, Robbins | Reed is now known as Abbott | Reed. The name change was certified last month with the California Secretary of State.

A change in name only, Abbott | Reed is still under the same ownership, comprised of the same capable team, all driven by the same commitment to build better.

As the same legal entity, Abbott | Reed continues to proudly uphold its existing commitments to its homeowners and communities.

Following the company’s change in ownership three years ago, the name change was made to reflect longtime employee Aaryn Abbott’s updated role as Principal in addition to his contributions as Vice President.

“After 10 years of indispensable contributions to the company, I’m proud to have Aaryn’s name next to mine,” said Shawn Reed, Principal. “Aaryn’s diverse skill set and unshakeable drive are a big part of our success.”

Abbott first joined Abbott | Reed in 2010. An alumnus of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, he earned his Masters of Real Estate Development at the University of Southern California before becoming a licensed Real Estate Broker. In addition to his ownership role at Abbott | Reed, Aaryn is driven to make housing more accessible and sustainable here on the Central Coast where he serves on the board of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast, sits on the SLO Chamber’s Economic Development Committee, and is a member of the San Luis Obispo Association of Realtors. He enjoys spending time with his family and has a passion for lifetime learning, trail running, and exploring the intersection between cities and nature.

“It’s an honor to lend my name to a company with such a successful past and continuously steadfast commitment to its values,” said Abbott. “As I embark on my second decade with this great company, I look forward to helping to guide its continued success while working to ensure we make a positive community impact with every project we take on.”

About Abbott | Reed Inc.

Abbott | Reed, Inc. is a full service contracting and real estate development firm in San Luis Obispo, California. We are a team of Builders who develop Communities and create Custom Homes. Our vision is simple: build better. Since 2007, our collaborative approach to client services is built on trust and transparency.

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home


When it comes to changing things up in the new year, focusing on your home is a natural place to start. Our homes in San Luis Obispo provide the foundation for our lives – the starting points for work, play, rest, and rejuvenation. So, whether you live in a home, apartment, or your custom dream house, we’ve come up with four New Year’s Resolutions for your home to help you get a jumpstart on a great 2022.

Abbott | Reed Custom Homes: Flex Rooms

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These days, our homes are so much more than four walls and a roof. Home office, gym, gourmet restaurant, movie theater… there’s really no way to label all the things we’re asking from a house in 2021.

That means flex rooms, spaces designed specifically to be multipurpose, just one of the features of our custom homes in San Luis Obispo. And we’ve put together a guide to help inspire you when planning a flex room.

Abbott | Reed Communities: Custom Home Styles that are Perfect for Gran Cielo de Vina Robles


Whether you’re ready to start seriously planning to move into a new home or just in the daydream phase, who doesn’t love imagining unpacking in a space you’ve made your very own. That’s what Gran Cielo de Vina Robles, our premier gated community of custom homes in Paso Robles wine country, offers: the perfect backdrop for this exercise in expression. From modern farmhouse to mission revival, we’ve come up with a list of custom home styles at Gran Cielo de Vina Robles to help guide your journey of creating your dream house.

Abbott | Reed Communities: 2021 Design Trends Shine at Noveno


Our interior spaces have become so much more these days than just a place to hang your hat. Spending most of your time in the home became the go-to for 2020, and that trend doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

So, we’re all paying way more attention to the spaces we call home, and 2021 design trends in San Luis Obispo are certainly following suit as expressions of utility, sanctuary, artistic voice and so much more. Here are some new design trends you can find at Abbott | Reed Communities’ latest project Noveno.

Self-Isolation Friendly Design Ideas for Your Patio or Balcony


Our homes are having to be pretty versatile these days, doubling as the office, classroom and restaurant, to name just a few isolation-related adaptations we’ve all been forced to make. Needless to say, getting outside isn’t exactly as easy as it used to be.

But if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space in your home, there’s no better time than the present to make sure you’re enjoying it. To celebrate the completion of our latest multi-family property, Pacific Courtyards, Abbott | Reed Communities shares are some quarantine friendly ways to make your patio or balcony your own.

Mixed-Use Development Trends


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In the past, we introduced the advantages of mixed-use development, which offers a blend of business, retail, and residential use. We’ve been keeping a close eye on mixed-use development trends for quite some time. Here’s what our team of Central Coast builders is seeing in 2020.

It’s Growing

Mixed-use continues to grow in popularity. Once seen primarily in urban areas, mixed-use development is finding its way into more suburban regions as density increases and residents seek housing options that are less car-centric. Mixed-use is coming in all configurations: vertical, horizontal, and a combination that includes both, usually designed around a central core attraction, such as a park or plaza.

It’s Changing

Demand is driven by a generation that increasingly appreciates urbanization and is willing to pay for the conveniences it provides. This is an era of less mall, more small. Therefore, the commercial aspects of mixed-use projects, such as retail and dining, are being geared toward more boutique and lifestyle offerings.

It’s Vibrant

Single-use zones can feel like they’ve rolled up the streets when businesses close or residents leave for the day. Multi-use areas remain vibrant from early morning through late evening.

Public spaces included in mixed-use developments are being designed to accommodate everything from live music and small festivals to farmers’ markets and even town square style public meetings.

On the business front, many in the workforce enjoy working independently while being socially connected. Spaces that allow for coworking or “working alone together” are popular. Businesses offering essential services to those residing and working in the urban or suburban core are also finding favor.

Those who live or work in mixed-use areas appreciate gathering socially, which makes fitness studios, entertainment venues and cafes desirable.

Residents look for walkability and access to public transportation, with many more living car-free than in the past few decades. They live nimble, flexible lifestyles, so demand is high for smaller, low-maintenance rental units. They look for sustainability and appreciate repurposed buildings that have been reimagined into lively, livable spaces.

Buyers occupying residential units in mixed-use developments are often young retirees with the time and financial resources to take advantage of the cultural offerings found in more urban settings.

It’s Welcoming

Developers are paying close attention to the desires of the service, retail and residential markets they serve. Anticipating their needs, acknowledging their desires, and accommodating their changing lifestyles is imperative to design and development of successful mixed-use properties. Some of our favorite mixed-use projects include ICON Gardens UCSB and The Mix @Monetery.

If you’re interested in mixed-use development as an investment or are seeking a mixed-use development for your next home or business, reach out to us. We’re always happy to hear your ideas and share our insider perspective.

Abbott | Reed Communities: Noveno Observations, Appreciation, and an Invitation!


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Noveno is a collection of 23 single-family Avenue homes and 44 single-family Parkway homes in San Luis Obispo, California. In this contemporary place opportunities for connection are built-in, from colorful community spaces to convenient bike paths, and a play area for all ages.

We’ll be enjoying Noveno with new and future residents at a block party Saturday, March 7th, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Can you join us? Follow this link for more info and let us know you’ll be there!

Abbott | Reed Custom Homes: Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2020

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Interior Design Trends 2020

Biophilic design, still on the rise in architecture, acknowledges the many ways nature interacts with and contributes to physical and emotional wellbeing. Mindful integration of elements from the natural environment within built environments helps people feel connected and grounded. It’s no surprise that many of 2020’s interior design trends are influenced by this architectural trend. Our custom home builders explain in today’s blog.

Creating Comfort in Commercial Space


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Commercial spaces don’t need to glare, echo, intimidate or bore. Our San Luis Obispo commercial contractors share 10 ways their favorite designers make interiors more inviting.

Welcome Nature

Add plants, the gentle burble of water in a fountain or fish tank, views or images of the outdoors, and colors and patterns found in nature. 

Warm Up the Lighting

The Kelvin (K) scale measures color temperature, which affects the look and feel of the light produced by a bulb. Stick with warm whites in the 2,000K-3,000K range to create a cozy, calm and inviting space. For task lighting, swap out blue-toned “daylight” bulbs (4,600K-6500K) for “cool white” (3,100K-4,500K) to get a bright, vibrant feel.

Combine Textures and Patterns

Everything doesn’t need to match, it just needs to go well together. Have fun with textures and patterns. Find something in common, such as a color tone or repeated shape, to keep things interesting without being irritating.

Embrace Color

White on the walls isn’t as safe as some people think. White can feel crisp and clean, or harsh and intimidating. Color is an easy way to set the tone in your space. Here’s a pro tip. When selecting a color, start with a rug, furniture piece or accessory that speaks to you, then find a compatible paint color. It’s much easier to find the right paint color than to find pieces to match a paint color you’ve already committed to.

Mix Materials

If function dictates cold, hard surfaces somewhere, counteract the effects with softer materials. Mix them to make the space feel welcoming. Fabrics, flooring, and plants will improve acoustics and comfort levels.

Vary Heights

Eyes like somewhere to go. A room full of single-height furniture feels awkward. Vary the level of things within a room. Indoor trees, wall decorations, and light from floor or table lamps, pendant lights or wall sconces can give eyes a nice tour of a room.

Increase Interest

Choose interesting accessories, pleasantly and invitingly displayed. It’s not a museum, so have fun tucking unusual things into unexpected places.

Make it Familiar 

People relax more easily around things that feel familiar. Today’s easy-to-clean, stain-resistant materials allow plush lounge chairs, comfortable sofas, fun area rugs, and interesting window treatments to make an appearance without busting the cleaning or furnishing budgets.

Diversify Seating Options

Seating in reception or gathering areas doesn’t need to be limited to chairs lined up against a wall or around a table. Pieces in flexible informal groupings will invite and inspire conversation.

Add Art

 Art doesn’t just add interest to a space, it adds soul. Use artwork to enliven spaces, provoke emotion, and inspire curiosity. Paintings, sculpture, photography, and ceramics can be a launch-pad for conversation. Bonus points for supporting local artists or selecting pieces with regional influence.

 Our experienced San Luis Obispo commercial developers specialize in creating people-friendly buildings and communities. To get your next project started, give us a call at (805) 543-7277.

Commercial Construction Trends 2019


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As 2019 comes to a close, our Central Coast builders are here to break down 5 trends that shaped commercial construction this year. While the use of drones and focus on green practices are fresh in the commercial construction realm, the longstanding skilled labor shortage is nothing new. Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in.

Rising Modular Projects 

Modular buildings are going up and for good reason. This trend is growing every year because of the time and materials it saves San Luis Obispo construction companies. From office buildings, stores, and hotels, more and more companies are opting for modular and prefabricated designs that minimize wasted materials and quickly develop a zone with less environmental impact.

Increased Green Construction

Green spaces aren’t just for hippies. More and more commercial design projects are incorporating environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in all phases. From planning, designing, construction and material maintenance, you can expect green commercial construction to expand into 2020.

Drones and Technological Assistants

The use of drones in commercial construction is a game-changer. From video planning footage to surveying, data collecting, and safety inspections, every year these aerial devices become more and more applicable. Although an investment upfront, drones allow San Luis Obispo construction companies to gather information in more cost-effective ways. The prices of these devices are set to drop as the demand increases.

Improved Safety Equipment

One of the most important improvements in commercial construction this year has been in safety tools and equipment. The construction industry has the highest number of preventable fatalities, so the demand for improved hardware is a direct response. Some of the greatest advancements have come in the form of better-fitting personal protective equipment, such as harnesses and vests.

Decreasing Labor Force

Unfortunately, not all trends are positive. There are nearly 250,000 open construction jobs in the United States, and the availability is crippling for some construction companies. Almost 95% of contractors reported difficulty in finding qualified workers. San Luis Obispo construction companies will have to be resourceful and find ways to retain the next wave of workers.

Our Central Coast builders believe in the importance of reflection. We take stock annually to ensure that our building practices are top-of-the-line and take cues from long-standing trends to prepare for the future. In all facets of our San Luis Obispo construction company, we strive to innovate daily. Our vision is simple: to build better.

When it comes time to launch your next commercial project, let our Central Coast builders make it a reality. Reach out to us today at 805-543-7277.

Twin Creeks Project Update


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Have you heard the news? Twin Creeks is the next big mixed-use community in SLO. Learn all about Abbott | Reeds Builders’ newest project update here.


Modern Industrial Design Principles


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Here at Abbott | Reed, we aren’t into templates or one-size-fits-all solutions. We pride ourselves on crafting modern spaces while also pushing the boundaries of creative execution.

Whether you’re launching a local brewery or revving up a new restaurant and bar, our San Luis Obispo construction company is on top of one of the strongest trends in commercial design: industrial features. Today our Abbott | Reed Builders are sharing 5 principles of industrial design, and the way they’re influencing commercial spaces in 2019.

Rough Brick or Concrete Walls

Getting the perfect industrial warehouse look is all about proudly displaying building materials, especially brick or concrete walls. Our builders are stoked to have brought out the best in our latest industrial design project, SLO Brew, by uncovering the gorgeous brick layouts and accenting them with colorful lights and warm wood flooring.

Exposed Pipes and Ducts

Another key feature of industrial spaces is exposed pipes and ducts. Leaving raw elements eliminates the need for further construction, and creates an edgy look. If your commercial space lacks these exposed features, another way to get this style is through exposed pipe furniture with metal tubes and polished brackets.

Wood and Metal Surfaces

Industrial-style interiors call for extra wood and metal, everywhere. Whatever can be exposed is ideal, but this look can also be accomplished through wood paneling, metal bar tables, and through the use of colors such as weathered grey and dark brown.

Vintage Furniture 

Industrial design enthusiasts are all about raw materials, but these edgy features need to be balanced through softer furniture touches. Velvet vintage pieces give a pop of color to a rough space, and other chairs and couches with fur add a stylish flair.

Statement Lighting

Let’s talk lighting. The lighting in industrial spaces should be warm white (especially if it’s a restaurant or bar) to create a more intimate atmosphere. From iron statement pendants to matte metallic chandeliers, go bold with industrial lighting.

Although industrial features are growing more and more popular, our builders are all about making it your own. Our work with SLO Brew and Central Coast Brewing are great examples of ways our builders have crafted unique spaces that our community loves. When you’re ready to make your commercial design dreams a reality, count on our San Luis Obispo construction company to be there every step of the way. Our friendly team is available at (805) 543-7277.

Design Trends in Student Housing


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Student housing. For those of us that have been there, it involved anything from brutalist style two bedrooms to bare bones amenities. But the evolving needs and expectations of Generation Z (those born in the mid-1990s to the early 2000s) are dramatically changing the design of university housing here in San Luis Obispo, and across the nation. This new generation of students values technology, privacy, sustainability and inclusivity, and expect these values to be reflected in their living situations on and off campus.

Curious to learn more? Our Central Coast builders and housing developers are sharing six ways the progressive needs of Gen Z is influencing student housing design in 2019.

1. Unit Variety

One bedroom bunk beds are a thing of the past. Gen Z expects options. The blueprints for today’s residence halls include diverse unit types to satisfy different living styles. Blending a variety one to four bedroom units within a building lets students live on their own terms, while also fostering a sense of community.

2. Coed Housing

Coed housing is here to stay and Gen Z is all about it. Exclusively male and female halls are becoming more and more scarce as students and universities embrace gender inclusivity. Coed residential floors, units, and sometimes even bathrooms are increasingly incorporated into student housing design plans.

3. Luxury Amenities

Gen Z wants the most bang for their buck, and this means luxury amenities. Outdoor pools, in-suite laundry, TVs, spa-style bathrooms and hip coffee shops, just to name a few. Modern spaces for entertainment and study will soon be musts in all masterplans. Our Central Coast builders recently completed an amenity-filled student residence here in San Luis Obispo. Check out The Academy at Chorro for total luxury living inspiration.

4. Innovative Common Spaces

A generation born with smartphones, Gen Z values connection and closeness more than you’d think. That’s why common spaces at today’s universities not only encourage academic success, but also support social engagement and relationship building. Spaces within residence halls must be desirable, that means comfortable furniture, lightening fast WiFi, and fun additions like ping pong tables, makers spaces, and study cubicles.

5. Green Features

LEED doesn’t cut it with Gen Z. Growing up in an era where climate change makes for small talk, they expect their university experience to have a minimal environmental impact and maximum green features like solar panels, smart lighting, and efficient appliances. This also includes eco-centric design choices like natural woods and open outdoor green spaces. And of course, hanging plants.

6. Community and Residential Assistants

The transition from living at home to living on their own is a tough one for Gen Z. On and off campus residences alike are adopting an old practice: residential assistants. These paraprofessionals are key in fostering healthy student living, as well as academic success.

At Abbott | Reed, pushing the boundaries of creative execution is our passion. Our housing developers thrive when it comes to building better communities that meet the needs and changing values of end-users across generations. For more information about our student and community housing projects, reach out to our housing developers today at (805)-543-7277.

Multi-family Real Estate Trends: All About Amenities


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New multi-family properties are on the rise here in San Luis Obispo, and it’s hard not to notice. In the past, the realtor’s adage was: “location, location, location”. But with bike paths, short commutes, and commercial developments like coffee shops and restaurants spread throughout town, homebuyers and renters alike are setting their standards higher. Our commercial contractors are here to break down the latest it-factor in multi-family properties: amenities.

In the past, tenants would be excited over a swimming pool and high speed WiFi—these factors simply don’t cut it anymore. With more millennials starting families and investing in their own space, demands are high. 

Tech Upgrades

Smart home-features that can be controlled through an app are the latest craze in modern multi-family units. Thermostats, doorbell cameras, door locks and mood lighting are all features that residents want to control through their phone. Furthermore, sonic sound systems, big-screen TVS, and built in apps like Netflix are becoming standard practice for unit media systems. 

Community Focused Spaces

Long gone are the days of cold neighbors and isolated units. Both baby boomers and millennials alike are seeking community where they live. This includes updated common areas for socializing like coffee shops, outdoor kitchens, and open work spaces. Remember when barebones apartment complex gyms where a thing? Now wellness centers are the new normal, with yoga and pilates classes offered daily. 

Convenient Features

A millenial ideal that is here to stay: convenience. Commercial contractors are appealing to this by including bike storage and repair facilities, along with smart lockers for package deliveries. Baby boomers seek concierges that can cater to their whims, from arranging taxis to facilitating in-house repairs. 

Pet-friendly provisions

According to a recent survey from, pet owners can account for anywhere from 20% to 70% of tenants in a multi-family property. While pets used to be a no go for many building owners, modern residences are starting to capitalize on them. Dog wash and hydration stations, pet gardens, and special community events for pet owners are just a few of the many features that attract pet owners. Concierges that schedule inhouse pet grooming and dog walks are an added plus. 

When it comes time to renovating your multi-family property, know that our San Luis Obispo Builders and commercial contractors will be by your side every step, from planning and design to building and beyond. Get in touch with our Abbott | Reed Builders online or by calling 805-543-7277 today.