About Us

Our creative team specializes in both commercial and residential projects. This includes custom finish components, such as carpentry, stone, tile, plaster, stucco, concrete and steel. Additionally, we have extensive experience completing complex designs requiring specific work; grading, building pads, caissons and tie backs. 


We enjoy working with a team of experts to focus on your vision: understanding the goals and addressing any concerns. In order to ensure that our client’s visions can be achieved on time and in budget, we create a blueprint to guide you through the completion, and work with state-of-the-art building software to assist us in managing the project. We can advise in the selection of materials, layout a detailed plan of the work to be accomplished, develop a budget, and create a timeline to complete the work.

Our team values collaboration with our clients, architects, designers, subcontractors, and suppliers to provide a seamless process from start to finish. We maintain regular communication and updates with everyone involved; including regular progress pictures for weekly meetings, to review all needed aspects of the plan. This enables our clients to be involved in every step of the process and allows us to work closely with our specialists to fine tune every detail. 

We are passionate, knowledgeable, reliable, and proud of our craft. This has helped us establish and maintain long-term relationships with our clients, who request our work for new projects, and refer us to others. 


Email: rod@touchstonesb.com

Cell: 805-637-1115

Rod Pearson

Rod is from Minnesota and moved to Santa Barbara over 25 years ago. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Rod went to college and worked in the television industry with expertise in the technical side. This included building studios, TV signal delivery systems, and sports production. Rod stays up to date on modern home technology in this fast-moving part of the construction industry.

Upon moving to Santa Barbara, Rod formed a partnership with Robert Eckert and they created Touchstone Builders.

Over the years Bob and Rod have been involved in several successful, complex, and challenging projects. The bigger the challenge, the more they enjoy using their talents and the team of experts to build or remodel someone’s dream home.

Rod is also involved in the community, he’s currently the acting President of Families ACT!  A local non-profit organization that advocates for families seeking compassionate treatment for the mentally ill.

Rod also serves as a Commissioner for the behavior wellness department for the County of Santa Barbara.

Rod is a single father of 2 children.

In his spare time, Rod likes to bike, hike and enjoy the outdoors.


Email: bobe@touchstonesb.com

Cell: 805-331-3867

Bob Eckert

Bob has led difficult and intricate building and engineering projects in Santa Barbara County for 15 years.  They include both large and small, residential and commercial, projects from Santa Ynez to Montecito.

Bob’s hands-on expertise stretches all aspects of contracting, from complex framing systems to artisan tile work.  This is the backbone of his project management and operational administrative skill required for successful project implementation and completion.  Above all, Bob specializes in maximizing the return on investment on your construction project—on time, on budget, and on your terms.

Bob Eckert is a natural leader and this is an asset in negotiating complex projects, contract reviews, and coordinating diverse planning and building teams.  Bob’s leadership is evidenced in part by his experience as a Marine Corps veteran and his subsequent assignment as a United States Presidential Guard to two presidents (1993-94).