About Us


What we do

Soft Story Seismic Retrofitting -- We handle all the details.

We take your soft story project from our original consultation with you through the engineering and permitting process and the construction and inspection phase.  At the conclusion your new structure will meet all current structural ordinances and the Los Angeles Building and Safety requirements.


Contact us for a free consultation and quote.


Who we are

At Soft Story Retrofitters LA, we have decades of experience in residential and small commercial construction. We have an extensive background in structural construction and working with grade beams and structural steel columns.

The Team

Tom Wagener is the man in charge. Tom has been a professional builder and contractor in LA since 1990. Over the years, Tom has assembled a great team of workers and subcontractors. His team members pride themselves on their work ethic, professional knowledge, and reliability.

Good Value and Straight-forward Customer Service

We are professional, friendly, and affordable. We offer fair pricing and our goal is to be good to work with. We look for that when we hire people, and we think that probably matters to you, too.

General Construction

Once your soft story building has become hardened and earthquake-ready, we can help you with other projects you may have in mind:

  • Additions
  • Renovations
  • Kitchens and baths
  • Decks and outdoor living spaces