about pelican adu builders

Delivering High Quality ADUs

ADU building company in Orange County

At Pelican ADU Builders, we’re not just constructing buildings; we’re creating futures. Nestled in the heart of Orange County, California, our company specializes in designing and building high-end, custom Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) that redefine the concept of modern, sustainable living. With a passion for innovation and an unwavering commitment to quality and detail, our team of experts works closely with homeowners to transform their properties into havens of luxury and functionality. From navigating the intricacies of permits and regulations to selecting the perfect finish materials, we ensure a seamless, stress-free journey for our clients. At Pelican ADU Builders, we do more than elevate your property’s potential—we bring your vision to life, creating spaces that blend beautifully with your lifestyle while contributing positively to the environment. Join us in reimagining the possibilities of your home.

The Three Pillars of Excellence at Pelican ADU Builders

Our unwavering commitment to delivering superior ADU projects


We maximize your investment with versatile ADUs that enhance your property's worth.


Our ADUs stand the test of time, embodying craftsmanship and modern standards.


We simplify the ADU process, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish.

BRIAN TRAN, Managing Partner

Brian began his career in a family Real Estate Development business, where he cultivated a passion for the building industry and related business and investment opportunities. This passion led him to study architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). He then founded Brici Development Company in 1989, which specialized in building multi-million-dollar homes in prestigious neighborhoods in Southern California. His homes have been featured in the Laguna Magazine and international home magazines for their architectural distinctiveness and uniqueness. Brian’s experience in the development business made him realize that there was a large opportunity in the building supply industry. As a result, he started Traba International Corporation in 2002, where he developed relationships in Asia, which was used as a platform to source the United States with high-end interior doors and building supplies.

Because Brian was born in Vietnam but raised and educated in the USA, he has a unique skill set to bridge the gap of business, human relations, and government affairs between local and international investors. His ability to form a tremendous number of relationships within the building supply industry of Asia and the America’s, opened up many opportunities. Though his business was thriving, he still had a passion for building homes, and he developed and built a 14,000 square-foot home in Shady Canyon in Irvine, CA. This led him to his next venture in 2019, when he founded Guilin Cabinets. While other companies struggled during the pandemic, Guilin grew from 30 employees to 130 by 2023. Guilin supplies cabinets, and kitchen and bath installations for many of the large, well-known home builders, such as the Toll Brothers. Because Brian still has a passion for homebuilding, Guilin also provides kitchen and bathroom remodels for homeowners. From there he formed a partnership with Dr. Jack Huang to create a home building company, Pelican ADU Builders, Inc. Brian and Jack want to help provide a solution to the shortage of homes and lack of affordability that many homebuyers face today.

On a personal note, Brian became intimately involved in a situation, when one of his employee’s children was born with a complicated heart defect in 2012. Though the condition would have been treated in the United States, the employee lived in Vietnam and did not have access to the medical facilities that were needed to treat the ailment. Impoverished children in developing countries die in vain every day due to lack of readily available skilled medical providers and an inability to pay for healthcare and surgeries. Brian became involved with this dire situation and recruited an American Pediatric Cardiologist, who helped save the baby’s life.

After this occurred, Brian saw an opportunity to create a company that could help underprivileged children in developing countries. With this idea, he set out to create MD1World, which is a web-based telemedicine platform that provides an easy way for doctors around the world to collaborate on cases, blog, strategize, research, and consult with colleagues. Features of the website include the means for physicians to connect and provide referrals with faster and more secure communication. By collaborating on cases, doctors from developing countries learn greatly from the well-trained physicians in the developed economy countries. In addition, Brian organizes teams of physicians and other medical personnel to travel to places in the world, where people don’t have access to the medical care that they need. Helping those in need of medical care has become another passion for Brian.

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Discover the potential of your property with Pelican ADU Builders. Schedule your free consultation today and let us guide you through the possibilities of adding a custom ADU to your home. Our team is ready to transform your ideas into reality, offering expert advice and tailored solutions that fit your lifestyle and budget. Don’t wait to elevate your property’s value and functionality—connect with us now and take the first step towards a seamless and stress-free ADU project.