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WINTER 2012 REMODELING ISSUE
REJOICE IN SOMETHING NEW
10 DIY KITCHEN & BATH UPDATES
PIQUE YOUR PINTEREST
Before & After. Dreams Transform into Reality for Homeowners in the Kitchen.
Expert Advice when a Full-Blown Remodel isn’t in the Budget.
Grab your Pinboard and get Inspired by the Endless Possibilities.
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08 Editor’s Page
36 The Shop
12 He Said She Said
Ask An Expert. Tips on how to Maneuver through the Permitting Process.
Fantastic Fixer-Upper in Sleepy Hollow.
14 Icons & Innovators Chef Rachelle Boucher. Cooking Up A Master Plan.
38 Green Corner Give Mother Nature a Gift this Holiday Season.
40 Financial wellness 16 Nail Down Embrace the Spirit of your Home with these Fabulous Finds!
Local Financiers offer Best Practices for Small Business and Financing your Home.
The Art of Good Taste. Chef Stacy Scott.
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hat a magical time of year — the hustle and bustle of the holidays is here and our homes are now the focal point as we plan gatherings with our family and friends. Much attention is given to the décor and feel of our home during this Winter Season. Holiday Trimmings for our homes are abundant and each room matters but as we know, the Kitchen is where our guests like to linger and why not, after all this is where all the intoxicating aromas of our holiday dishes resonate the most. Get inspired by what is possible with your own Kitchen and Bath! (pg.25) In our Winter issue, you will find some great tips and suggestions on how to rejuvenate yourself, your entertaining style, your kitchen and baths and your bank accounts! Say goodbye to 2012 and ring in 2013 with fresh new possibilities for you and your home!
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5 Gingerbread House Decorating Party @ Whistlestop, San Rafael
14 Art Walk @ Downtown San Rafael
15 Lighted Boat Parade @ San Rafael
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Practical and prudent, Capricorn, you like things organized and in their place. A kitchen can become unbelievably cluttered, so let’s start there. Install a ceiling pot/pan hanger. Invest in containers with attached lids, so the top can always be found. Buy a decorated chalkboard so that your grocery list is always kept updated. These easy steps will keep your kitchen neat and tidy, and let you cook up some marvelous creations, free of disorder!
Make 2013 a dawning of the Age of Aquarius reboot, get in touch with your loyal and friendly nature, and make your living room a place to gather. Embracing your originality, nix the usual coffee table and couch arrangement, instead using ottomans, statement chairs, and end tables, creating a fun and funky vibe. Comb garage sales and Craigslist to find these unique pieces; nothing store bought and uniform for your hippie spirit!
Your mind is always in daydream mode Pisces, and you often need a special place to think. Create a sanctuary garden that you can escape to. Include a waterfall, some bright flowers, a rock garden and a hammock, so you can lay out and look at the blue sky and fantasize about the shapes you see in the clouds!
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HE SAID SHE SAID
Dear He & She, We’ve scored a fantastic fixer- upper in Sleepy Hollow – our very first home! Because of the great mortgage rates, we’ve got a little left in our budget to start some remodeling, and the bathroom is first in line. Any great ideas? - First Time Lil
HE SAID Dear Lil, Congratulations on buying your first house! There are many things you can do to get that bathroom ship-shape, and, if you want to save some money in the process think about some “DIY” (do it yourself) projects. Bathroom sinks and faucets - even toilets these days - can be purchased at big box stores in a wide array of styles and colors. They can go a long way in refreshing your bathroom space, as does a nice backsplash that you can create yourself. You might not get exactly what you are looking for, but compromise is a part of life, isn’t it? Personally, I am a huge fan of a sleek, modern shower. It’s a bit more of a task, but these too can be self-installed. A warning though - read the instructions very carefully a few times before starting - and enlist the help of a few very strong male friends. (And ix-nay on the cocktails until the job is done – it’s hard work!) I really hope you and your husband will enjoy the time you spend together remodeling your bathroom. I’ve found it can be a very bonding experience to work together on home repair projects. HE
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SHE SAID Dear First, Allow me a moment to respond to HE. Oh, poor misguided HE, thank goodness I let you talk first, so I can correct the woes of your ways. This is not a mere “house” – this is their first and perhaps forever home, especially in this glorious neighborhood! And, the bathroom is NO place to skimp on money, and certainly not a place for first time DIY’ers or let me tell ya, they might never make it to the bedroom together again! HE, I am all about the art of compromise, but, if you think marital bonding and home repairs go together, it’s no wonder you’ve been divorced four times! Lilly girl, check out the resource guide in the back of this magazine and find a few contractors that tickle your fancy. Then get on the phone, the Internet, and start roaming showrooms to create your dream space. Choose designers and contractors that speak “I get your vision.”
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First of all let’s deal with the loo, Lil – have an environmentally friendly low flush toilet installed and then separate it from the rest of the bathroom, which will relegate the rest of the room to glamour status. Add a veryHIgh Tech July 2012.indd chic toilet paper holder and this space is done and budget friendly.
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Next, look up, and then look down. How about a skylight for watching sunlight and moonbeams reflect on a pristine marble floor below? Above the counter sinks combine functionality with affordable allure. And grey is all the rage this season for accent colors and décor - so find fifty shades or so and play, play, play with texture and depth. Great for monogramming towels and his and her bathrobes! I DO agree with HE on one thing - I love contemporary showers too! But let’s get it right – after all, it’s an every day requisite! How about a dual rain shower Bianco Ondualare walk-in with an adjacent Jacuzzi tub? Or I’ll bet you could compromise with a modern, modest clawfoot. First Time Lil, just keep your eye on the prize, and let that old bathroom become your everyday sanctuary – dollar for dollar, in the years to come, it will be far less expensive than weekly visits to a therapist! XOXO, SHE MARIN HOME W I N T E R 2 012 13
ICONS & INNOVATORS
COOKING UP A MASTER PLAN Chef Rachelle Boucher by Christine Scioli photography by Trevor Henley
MAGINE a heavyweight celebrity chef who cooks like the pro she is, tells the BEST stories about food, fame and folks - such as a Christmas Eve paean to jazz great Dexter Gordon by Marin metal rocker Lars Ulrich - and much, much more.
Introducing Rachelle Boucher, our county’s stellar personal chef and chief of all things cuisine related for Standards of Excellence appliances in San Rafael (one of several showrooms around the country). Rachelle knows a great deal about stress-free holiday entertaining from décor to presentation of the feast – and also about kitchen remodeling - two topics of particular note in this issue of Marin Home, so I’m off to harvest her thoughts and share the bounty with you. We bond over our Philadelphia area roots and ratatouille, which she teaches me to prepare in the classic French style, easy to reproduce here in Marin with our abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs. You can make a nice batch of the time honored Herbe de Provence from scratch, if so inclined, that can last right through the holiday season – this prowess is sure to impress the heck out of your family and guests. Rachelle was trained as an artist, and worked in several vibrant downtown “Philly” restaurants to pay for art supplies, food and the proverbial roof over her head. Quickly she found the creativity in cuisine intoxicating. Now she hosts national and local chef events, and creates cooking programs for Standards of Excellence. (Suggestion – sign up for one of these pronto!) Regarding holiday entertaining, Chef Rachelle advises one to first reset expectations, renew the sense of true holiday joy, then delegate, delegate, delegate! This means from start to finish, whether it be a reliable student or two to serve and/or wash dishes, or perhaps a seasoned (pun
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intended!) chef to helm the kitchen. Working yourself to the bone does not a happy hostess make, she warns. Keeping décor simple also avoids stress and maximizes the beauty of our surroundings. The chef suggests scouring the Marin Farmer’s Market, and a visit to Heath Ceramics for a bowl of seasonal citrus from Rose de Santis for an all in one, beautiful solution. She also suggests a firm clean-up plan, to avoid a kitchen pile-up of epic proportions. Think about bussing stations for silverware, dishes, trash and recycling. Plan ahead, way ahead – it pays off in spades. Now for the ultimate kitchen remodel vintage 2013, think steam technology, induction cook tops, intuitive convention ovens and new custom finishes. And Mon Dieu Food Network addicts, stainless steel is waning as the dominant finish trend – you heard it here first! Please say hello to glossy black ovens, reflecting the look of flat screens, and finishes such as slate and enamel metallics, which are also hot. Or, how about ovens that come in 190 colors, or can be custom matched? Rachelle further applauds energy saving washers and dishwashers to save 80-90% on water use, and most important of all, she implores, “Learn all that you can!” To this end, she maintains a robust blog on the Standards of Excellence website, standardsofexcellence.com that can lead you to her many articles - from “Holiday Party, How to Tips,” to “Three Keys to Remodeling.” And, she extends an open invitation to visit her at the showroom for a tour, and a chance to create a kitchen that truly suits your lifestyle.
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Must Haves & Must Do’s for the Winter Season Embrace the spirit of your home with these fabulous finds and ideas! MUST HAVE Details Matter! Add a pop of color and style with a decorative knob in your newly remodeled kitchen or bath. Embark on your own treasure hunt and choose from a variety of sizes, patterns and colors at Anthropologie. Available online at anthropologie.com or at your local Anthropologie store The Village, Corte Madera 415.924.4197 $6 - $14
MUST DO Presentation + Practicality. Cabinets define the look and feel of your kitchen or bath plus provide the necessary space for all your storage needs. Make a statement with custom cabinets built just for you by Crystal Cabinet Works. Available at Hudson Street Design of Marin, San Rafael hlc-inc.com Call for pricing 415.924.8300
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No one can beat the outstanding service and beautiful results delivered by Dan Ross’ 40 years of painting experience, where he always puts passion into every job performed. Ross Painting is an environmentally-friendly “Build It Green” Member and is Marin County’s only Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) certificated business. With a proven track record, you know you can trust Ross Painting for your next decorating job. Regardless of size or complexity, Ross Painting is ready to work with you to beat your expectations and provide you with breathtaking results. Ross Painting measures success based on customer satisfaction, which is why more than 95% of first-time customers come back to Dan Ross for subsequent decorating jobs. The company’s “Customer Bill of Rights” is designed to ensure the needs of the client are always met and employees consistently exceed the high service standards outlined in the National Association of the Remodeling Agency’s customer service training program. Ross Painting’s dedication to Marin County extends beyond its clientele – the company has long been a community partner by providing complimentary services to public schools and food banks in need. For a paint job you can be proud of, know that Ross Painting will be there to apply 40 years of experience in our community to deliver proven results.
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MUST HAVE Make a Statement! The vibrant Mariah Multi Rug with its concentric zigzag pattern in cream, green, blue, red and brown adds a playful splash of color to your kitchen or bath. Available online at crateandbarrel.com or at your local Crate & Barrel store. Town Center, Corte Madera 415.924.5412 Prices vary.
MUST DO Go Urban Chic. Look at ordinary with different eyes – Italian cement inspired surface, Numero Uno 21 in Grey Naturale, has achieved a new aesthetic that with its innovative choice of materials – is oh-so-in-themoment, classic and unique. This is the one our industry is buzzing about! Available in-store at Ceramic Tile Design ceramictiledesign.net 846 Francisco Blvd. W, San Rafael 415.485.5180 24” x 48” tile priced at $10.89 per sq ft.
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Today, Jeff carries on the family tradition and enjoys serving all of Marin County’s floor covering needs. Mertel Carpets offers carpet, hardwood, vinyl, area rugs and laminate flooring. Jeff provides consistent, quality service, fair prices and excellent, experienced advice. Unlike some companies who subcontract the installation, Jeff
has his own crew of reliable, talented and longtime employees who always do great work. Jeff is also personally involved in every job. Make Mertel Carpets your choice for all your floor covering needs! Mertel Carpets is conveniently located on the east side of Highway 101 just north of the Marin Civic Center on Redwood Boulevard.
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MUST HAVE Sparkle & Stir! Create your favorite holiday dish in this stunning copper cookware. Williams Sonoma’s Ruffoni Opus Cupra line is the ultimate hybrid cookware, combining beauty and heat conductivity of hammered copper exteriors with the ease and durability of stainless steel interiors Available online at williams-sonoma.com or at your local Williams Sonoma store The Village, Corte Madera. 415.924.6799 Prices vary $180-$1,299.95
MUST DO Cook It Up With Color! The possibilities are endless with the Blue Star ranges. With over 190 colors to choose from these fully customizable ranges provide you with an infinite combination of burner configurations, colors and sizes. Blue Star ranges can be built to suit your personal style and unique cooking preferences. Available at Standards of Excellence standardsofexcellence.com 530 Francisco Blvd. W, San Rafael 415.453.6070 Prices vary.
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We specialize in: New Residential and Commercial Construction Renovations Additions Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Custom Wine Cellars Simply stated, Nichelini & Sons, Inc. creates living and working spaces that increase the quality of life for our clients. Our company has been building new structures, renovations and additions for residential and commercial clients in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977. Over the years, our experience and dedication in fulfilling clients’ dreams have earned us an extremely favorable reputation and lifelong relationships. Discover more about us at: www.nichsons.com 415.485.6791 16 Tamalpais Avenue San Anselmo, CA 94960 lic.#339365
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The Art of Good Taste Chef Stacy Scott by Christine Scioli photography by Trevor Henley
hat Stacy has mastered, and mastered well, is the art of good taste, that is, the enviable art of simply being oneself. It’s what she respects in her clients, offers in her holiday entertaining tips and trends, and furthers daily with relentless enthusiasm. She is currently celebrating 25 years in business, and she points out passionately that not one day has gone by when she feels she is “working.” What she is doing is translating, creating, staging a show, and becoming the beloved “white knight” - the peoplepleaser. To Stacy, the food is but a part of the tool chest, like paint for Picasso. The art is in the production. On the verge of her 30th birthday it dawned on her that she knew how to do absolutely nothing except be a “party girl” - so she decided to enter the party business. She started at the bottom at minimum wage and learned everything she could. Her mentors were often wealthy dowagers, one in particular, a member of America’s 60 Families (referring to Ferdinand Lundberg’s 1937 expose on the super-rich), who advised Stacy to avoid logos, business cards and listed phone numbers. To this day, her phone numbers remain private and she has no website. She does however, have scores of clients, many who hire her again and again. While Stacy suggests there are no “worst” stories to tell - it’s the wrong
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business for anyone who recalls a “worst” scenario - she does recall a few “odd” ones. On one occasion her staff showed up at a posh home where an event was scheduled, to find the hostess naked. She warmly informed the staff that clothing was optional. The staff elected to stay dressed, but the party went on. And of course there are the occasional “swinger” parties where discretion is always on tap. Team Stacy knows well, C’est la guerre! For this holiday season, Stacy notes again, the most important trend is to be you - to share and connect after a busy year with cultural traditions and old family recipes. She recalls an event where a couple had recently moved here from Iowa, and while they wanted to fit into the Marin lifestyle, the wife would not capitulate in serving her conventional Midwest recipes in her own cherished chaffing dishes. It was a huge hit and a great lesson in being true to oneself. Trend makers include comfort foods with a fun twist – one of Stacy’s favorites a “meatball bar” perhaps with bison and blackberry chipotle sauce, or Thai chicken in a red curry sauce. And, to the delight of the masses, ANYTHING BACON works! She suggests seasonal veggies are always in style, six ingredients or less a
rule of thumb, and passing appetizers that look like works of art but always followed by “real” food on the buffet table. And, a super Stacy caveat – absolutely no Costco or TJ’s hors d’oeuvres – everyone recognizes them no matter how you try to disguise them! If you can’t afford to hire a caterer, go simple and homemade. And, identify what you serve in a cute or pretty way; it is true that food allergies have risen 18% in the past ten years. Trending colors are in three combos – black with burnished gold
food is but a part of the tool chest, like paint for Picasso. The art is in the production
and pink, green and silver, or icy turquoise. Combine rustic with some sparkle for this year’s chic; repurpose or recycle with imagination, and bring a bit of the outdoors inside to create warmth and harmony. Stacy Scott believes that Marin residents appreciate their surroundings, their domiciles, and all that is good about their community. Her popularity attests to the fact that these feelings are enthusiastically reciprocated!
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by Kathryn Pritchett
The hardest working rooms in any home are the kitchen and bath. They’re also the rooms where homeowners spend the most time as well as the places they spend the most money when it comes time to renovate. So it’s important to explore options when you’re thinking about remodeling either of these essential spaces. Here are some winning ideas if you’re contemplating a new kitchen or bath for your home.
AFTER: Kitchen by Nichelini & Sons, Inc Photography by Trevor Henley
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After purchasing their Tiburon home, one of the first things the owners wanted to do was update the kitchen. They were hoping to create a look that was both more traditional and also lighter in appearance. Designer Christopher Tomasi achieved both of their goals by replacing all the doors and drawer faces on the perimeter cabinets and had them faux finished in a softly marbled cream. He also built a lighted glass cabinet that matched the refaced cabinets to display stemware. Replacing the modern tile backsplash with a more traditional tile and installing an elegant glass light fixture over the existing island completed the transformation. “Refacing cabinets has less of an impact on the home and homeowners than a more extensive remodel,” says Tomasi. “There’s both less mess and less cost when you keep the layout and just work on the aesthetics of a project.”
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When refacing cabinets you have lots of aesthetic options that require minimal impact on the home or homeowner. - Christopher Tomasi
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Modernizing a Lucas Valley kitchen to make it feel current yet still work with the mid-century style of an Eichler home was the challenge for this design team. The owners wanted the space to be multi-functional and have more storage. “This is a place where everyone assembles for daily meals and to do their homework as well as entertain guests,” says contractor Steve Rempe. “They wanted to cover all their bases.” Architect Bill Hansell designed a simple, but elegant solution that would meet the needs of the family and also give easy access to the outdoors. A central island and custom kitchen table provide multiple workstations. Gunmetal gray cabinets topped with white CaesarStone create a streamlined, contemporary design where apple green barstools provide a pop of color. Carefully placed skylights and clerestory windows wash the walls with light. Oversize pocket doors allow the owners to close the space off from the rest of the house for privacy and sound control.
As kids grow, their needs demand more space.
- Steve Rempe
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Modernizing and opening up this kitchen last remodeled in the ‘50s were the primary tasks for Michael Beutel and his team at Avalon Builders. The original kitchen and family room were separated by a closet and small bath. Beutel took down walls to create one great room with a dramatic oval island. In the process, he also discovered a minimal concrete foundation poured over brick which necessitated upgrading the perimeter foundation. Hand-hewn ceiling beams from the original 1930s home give the entire room a rustic feeling, as does the trim on the mantel made from large pieces of timber found on Beutel’s property in Sonoma. Limestone floors and countertops add cohesion to the design. The unusual island was fabricated with a ¼” piece of steel running underneath the countertop in order to support the overhang. “People could dance on it if they wanted to,” says Beutel.
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People could dance on this countertop if they wanted to! - Michael Beutel
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After moving from the East Coast to be closer to family, the owner of this Mill Valley cottage-style home wanted to update the blonde wood ‘70s kitchen to give it a more sleek, contemporary look. Designer Jayne Ariyoshi of Lamperti Contracting & Design used a sleek gray and white color palette featuring reflective materials like the large glass backsplash tiles to make the room feel more expansive. Glass front upper cabinets also make the space seem more open. Though the kitchen was relatively small and done on a budget, several items make it feel “top-drawer.” High-end appliances, like the 30” Wolf range and 29” Sub-Zero refrigerator, accommodate a serious cook. The larger scale (6” x 12”) of the tiles feels substantial. And the updated lighting, including the trapeze track, lends a sophisticated ambience to the kitchen. “This is an elegant gem of a kitchen,” says Ariyoshi.
The palette of colors and finishes lend the space a calming and serene effect.
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Why do garages get so filled up with stuff? For many of us, the garage is becoming like another room in the house: a laundry room, a place for craft or workshop activities, even man-caves. Not much space left for cars!
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Kitchen and Bath Updates When a full-blown remodel isn’t in the budget, try these DIY solutions for giving tired, old spaces a fresh, new style by Kelly Berg
Clean It and Fix It It may seem obvious, but an intense deep cleaning can do wonders. Scrub every little corner of your space. Sometimes what’s old looks old just because it has years and years of accumulated grime. And repair everything that’s broken. Fix the loose handle on the refrigerator. Recaulk. Regrout. Tend to all of those little things that can drive you crazy. As you clean and repair you just might notice your kitchen or bath isn’t quite as bad as you first thought. Or maybe it is. In that case, keep reading.
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Get Clutter-Free and Organized There is no substitution for a well organized space. Even a beautifully designed kitchen or bath can be cringeworthy if it isn’t properly organized. Go through each and every cabinet, nook and cranny and get rid of food and toiletries that are just plain old. With everything out, take the opportunity to organize and sort like you’ve never sorted before. Buy new baskets, bins and other organizing containers for all of your loose items. And no, it’s not a big waste of time. Organizing now can help you successfully plan for your future remodel. Tile It Up Some old bathrooms and kitchens come with tile. Some don’t. Sometimes that’s a good thing. If you don’t have tile, consider installing a backsplash behind your sink. Sound complicated? Not necessarily. A few creative options: tile adhesive on a roll, backsplash “kits” and wallpaper. And if you do have tile but are looking for a little more style, try some Mibo Tile Tattoos by 2 Jane or even give them a coat of paint. Yes - you can paint tile! continue >>
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aybe you’ve inherited a less than stylish kitchen or bath with your new home. Or maybe it’s time to bring a breath of fresh air to your long-time home. Perhaps you’re even considering selling your home and need to make a few changes to get top dollar. Whatever the case, you may very well find yourself in that zone of needing an update for your kitchen or bath but not having the necessary funds, or inclination, to tackle a full-blown remodel. Don’t fear. Kitchen and baths can often be updated fairly inexpensively. Here are a few ideas to get you on your way to creating a fresh, new look for your tired spaces.
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Resuscitate Your Cabinetry No need to live with dingy, dirty outdated cabinetry. Even the grungiest of cabinets can benefit from a few updates. Painting is your best option. It might not be the easiest job to tackle, but consider your alternatives. It’ll be worth the effort. White is usually a safe bet, but don’t be afraid of bold colors like cherry red, kelly green or even black. Then change out the knobs, pulls and hinges. Want to take it a step further? Add glass inserts to a couple of cabinets. Or even replace doors entirely if the boxes are in good shape. Finish off with some fun decorative shelf paper and you’ve got yourself a whole new look. (shown: Bunker Hill Green by Benjamin Moore available at Marin Color Service.)
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Treat Your Windows Window treatments don’t have to cost a ton of money. A simple cafe curtain can even be made with few vintage tea towels or leftover fabric. Not fond of fabric? Try a decorative window film for privacy, glare reduction and texture. And if your trim has seen better days, spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint in a bold color. Fix Your Fixtures There’s no reason why you have to settle for outdated faucets and shower and bath fixtures. If they are grimy and broken and ugly, replace them. If you are planning a remodel soon, invest in fixtures you love so that you can reuse them when it comes time for your full-blown update. The Right Light Lighting is a crucial element of any space. Consider replacing outdated fixtures with something you love. Just like with your shower and bath fixtures, good lighting fixtures can be re-used when you finally do tackle that big remodel. If your light fixtures aren’t too bad, consider at least adding dimmers. They can give your kitchen a
candlelit glow, which is ideal if you are trying to hide less desirable design elements. Let Your Walls Talk Painting the walls is probably the easiest way to overhaul a space. This is no exception in the kitchen and bath. But don’t stop there. Consider other wall treatments like chalkboard paint, stencils and wallpaper. And don’t forget the art! It doesn’t need to be fancy. Mirrors, plates, vintage trays - almost anything can turn into art when thoughtfully hung. Under Your Feet Replacing or improving the floor doesn’t have to be part of a huge remodel. Vinyl tiles can be purchased and installed inexpensively and work great for a retro-style kitchen or bath. Wood flooring in disrepair? Consider patching and painting it. Down to the concrete subfloor? Stain it. At the very least, invest in a cool area rug. The point is, don’t ignore it. Live in Style Don’t underestimate the power of decorating. And don’t neglect decorating just because the kitchen and bath are utilitarian spaces. These spaces need just as much attention to detail as the rest of the home. Everything down to the hand towels and soap dispensers should be considered an opportunity to add style and personality. And if you think it’s not necessary because you will eventually remodel, think again. It may be two, three, four years before that happens. You shouldn’t have to settle living with spaces you hate in the meantime. And who knows? After all of your “small” updates, you might decide you don’t need that full-blown remodel afterall. Kelly Berg is an Interior Designer, Color Expert and Writer. She has been featured as a color and design authority in numerous publications including Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle and Woman’s Day. Kelly grew up in Napa Valley where she now frequently visits for family, wine and inspiration.
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KITCHENS & BATHS 1. LANDMARK BUILDERS Multiple sources of light create a pleasant atmosphere in this Sausalito kitchen. Pendant and recessed lights in the main kitchen area bounce light off reflective surfaces like the stainless steel shelf and glass tile backsplash. The decorative glass bubble fixture over the dining area evokes the adjacent water views.
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2. Michael Rex & ASSOCIATES The kitchen in this newly constructed Mill Valley Home is part of a great room that includes the living room and dining room (the family room/den is next door.) Accordingly, the cabinetry needed to feel more furniture-like so designer Michael Rex used wide plank alder and custom details like the wood apron on the limestone-topped rounded peninsula. 3. Ross Painting A good paint job adds subtle substance to any design project. Though the sunny tile is what catches your eye here, the meticulous prep work and finish painting by Ross Painting elevate the entire project. 4. Stroub CONSTRUCTION As part of an entire house remodel, contractor Steve Stroub gutted the existing master bathroom. The new design features a vaulted ceiling and windows that capture views of the lush exterior gardens. New cabinets and a
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matching window frame are made from walnut and the vanity top from a slab of honed “Jura Grey” limestone. The floor is covered with large 18” x 18” tiles cut from the same type of stone. The beautiful “Paris Bath” soaking tub by Water Monopoly provides the room’s focal point. 5. Schalich Bros. Construction In keeping with the Craftsman style of the home, this bathroom features period-appropriate design elements executed in a pleasing color palette of pale neutrals. Wainscoting details on the walls evoke traditional paneling while the vanity with built in dressing table recalls simple Craftsmen cabinets. 6. Caletti Jungsten With an eye to eco-friendly materials and designs, Ken Dunlop was able to re-use about 80% of the framing lumber to reconfigure the walls and space. He used a fibrous cement material by Squak Mountain Stone comprised of recycled paper, recycled glass and low-carbon for the countertop. Low or no-VOC finishes were used on the wall and cabinet surfaces. All the lighting is on occupancy sensors so that it turns off when people exit the room. Find Marin Home on Pinterest at pinterest.com/marinhomemag
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Tips on How to Maneuver Through the Permitting Process by Michael Rex, Architect photography by Trevor Henley
o, it’s time to do something about your small and dated kitchen or worn out bathroom. How do you turn your dream into a reality? How to avoid the nightmares you’ve heard about? The process is often like a roller coaster, where the ride is both terrifying and thrilling, with lots of ups and downs and never knowing what’s around the corner. Here are a few tips to make the ride a bit smoother when navigating the permit process:
Keep it Simple If you want it fast and affordable, stay within the existing building envelope. Going up or out adds significant costs and delays in plan approval. Rearranging interior spaces and upgrading finishes results in an “Advance to Go” card without landing on Boardwalk.
Learn the Rules If you must add on, first talk to a City Planner to see if you can add floor area. Confirm you’re planning in conformance with City codes. Avoid variances if you can.
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Talk to Your Neighbor Before investing in planning, talk to your neighbors about what you have in mind. If you want to go up, climb on your roof and see who’s looking over it. Look out their windows to confirm you won’t block views or sunlight, or create privacy problems. Ignoring your neighbor’s needs is one of best ways to get bogged down in the approval process, plus create bad feelings that are hard to mend.
Get Some Help If you’re new at this, consider retaining the services of an architect or design professional, because it’s painful to learn the hard way. They can help you plan an optimum layout, guide you through the process and prepare the drawings for a building permit and for your builder. Check with a structural engineer if you’re removing walls to be sure they aren’t holding something up or stiffening your building against wind and earthquake forces. If you need help, choose your team well. If you select the right architect and contractor, chances are your project will go well. Get one of these two wrong, and you’re likely to have a problem. Get references, visit their office, speak to their recent clients, and go see their work.
Your decisions along the way determine which experience you have.
Avoid Cutting Corners Remember the five P’s? Proper, Preparation, Prevents, Poor and Performance. The money you spend up front planning your project will give you more control of the larger dollar amounts when building it.
Do Your Homework Be clear on what you want. Clip pictures of things you like, or better, go to websites like www.houzz.com and tag your favorites. Visit showrooms to see what’s out there. Write your goals down. Always communicate in writing, because it’s miscommunication where things usually go haywire. Have your attorney review all contracts before signing. Along with your written goals, include your budget for everything, including fees. Provide 3 numbers; a lower, preferred cost, a higher cost you could live with, and a third, not-toexceed figure. Know it will cost more than you expect or what you’re told – it always does.
8. Friend or Foe City Officials quickly separate the pirates from the good guys who play by the rules. Be the latter. They’ll work with you and be more helpful if you are. It matters who you talk to, because some officials are more knowledgeable and helpful. Ask around whom’s the best to work with and then ask for that person by name. Keep them in the loop as things change. 9.
The Finish Line Besides insuring that the required inspections are accomplished during the course of construction, be sure you get the building permit officially finalized. Otherwise, the unfinished process could come back to haunt you or a future buyer. The best advice is be thorough at each step, be patient but determined, and keep your sense of humor. Listen to your intuition, because if things aren’t right, they’ll only get worse, not better, if you don’t take prompt action. For some, the process is a nightmare, for others, it’s a joy. Your decisions along the way determine which experience you’ll have. When it’s done, you’ll enjoy the new space for many years to come and soon forget the potholes getting there.
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Give Mother Nature a Gift !
rom Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%, an additional 1 million tons a week. Gift-wrap and shopping bags alone add up to 4 million tons of waste per year. More than 50 million Christmas trees are purchased, of those, about 30 million go to the landfill*. UGH! I have decided this year that number one on my holiday gift-giving list is Mother Nature. I hope you will join in me in giving Mother Nature a gift by implementing some of the ideas below.
DECORATIONS • Have a living tree. Potted trees are lovely and you can enjoy them year-round. • Buy an artificial tree that can be reused every year.
Use energy-efficient LED (lightemitting diode) or solar-powered lights. These lights add a sleek look to your holiday decorations.
ENTERTAINING • For holiday meals and parties, hit up your local Farmers Market for some fresh locally grown goodies. • For a large party, consider renting durable dishware rather than using disposables. • Use outdated calendars taped together to make a unique New Year’s tablecloth. GIFTS • Look for gifts that are unpackaged or minimally packaged. • Help someone recycle — give a
can crusher, a set of recycling bins or a recycling cart. Give an experience — like a cooking class! Give a garden! Seeds, gloves, tools, etc. Create a family recipe book.
WRAPPING • Wrap presents in old calendars, maps, posters, sheet music, wallpaper scraps, kids’ drawings or the Sunday color comics section of the newspaper. • Decorate packages with reusable items such as hair bows, ornaments, shoelaces, neckties, toys, scrap fabrics, buttons and dried flowers. • Avoid foil and plastic-coated wrapping papers, since they are not recyclable. *source: recycleworks.org
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Dimensions of Wellness: Financial wellness is an intricate balance of the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of money. This unique combination is an ideal to strive towards in our dealings with money. Financial wellness is having an understanding of your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that you are prepared for financial changes. Maintaining that balance consists of being comfortable with where your money comes from and where it is going.
Q: How do small businesses qualify for a loan? A: Be prepared by adhering to the 6 “Cs” of credit when applying for a loan with any bank. Credit:
Pull your credit rating in advance. If you have a good credit score, you already have a head start. For a poor credit rating, you should take steps to repair it before trying to get a business loan.
Basically, do you have the ability to repay the loan over time? This includes the ongoing strength of your credit and cash flow, debt-to-income ratio, and the amount of the new debt to be serviced. Other non-financial factors that are considered include your time in business and expertise in the industry.
Character: Smaller banks like Bank of Marin look at the integrity and willingness of the business person to repay the loan, not just the financial statements. Mike Kadel First Vice President Bank of Marin
Collateral: Determine in advance what assets you are willing to put up to secure the loan. This might be your home or personal investments. If the loan is not repaid, then the proceeds from the sale of the assets will be used for repayment.
Cash flow: Positive cash flow and stability will show the bank you are capable of paying back the loan.
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Commitment: Are you prepared to make all of the commitments to fulfill the loan request? This includes submitting timely financial statements and paying the fixed payment amount on time until your loan is fully paid. If you experience financial difficulty, communicate with your bank right away so they can work with you through the downturn of your business.
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Q: The stock market has recovered nicely and mortgage rates are quite low. Is now the time to purchase a second home as an investment property? A: Too often we forget to look at the big picture when making financial decisions. Before we can answer this question, we need to carefully consider the following: How are my assets currently invested? What liabilities do I have associated with those assets? When looking at our investments, we sometimes forget to include the current value of our primary residence and the associated mortgage.
Investing in residential real estate can be quite profitable. However, it is generally not a passive or liquid asset class. Also, when using a mortgage to purchase a property, significant financial leverage results. This will magnify gains and losses. For example, investing $100,000 in a $500,000 residence creates 5 to 1 leverage. A 20% move up or down, results in a 100% gain or loss on investment. Also, commissions, taxes, and repairs are based on the value of the property and not the size of the investment.
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Residential real estate can be an attractive and compelling investment. Having a long-term horizon and a diversified strategy that considers all of your investments will reduce risk and increase the probability of successful financial outcomes. By partnering with a seasoned wealth manager who has expertise in a variety of investment areas, you can benefit not only from strategies you may not have considered, but also have an expert at your side to ensure you meet your most important financial goals. Just like plumbing, automotive repair, and dentistry, the do-it-yourself approach can often lead to less than desirable results.
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The Marin Builders Assocition (MBA) launched Marin Home – The Essential Home Resource in early-September at Hudson Street of Marin’s design center. MBA’s newest venture is thriving and our members are utilizing Marin Home to showcase their services to Marin County Homeowners. 1. Michelle Kahn, John Pope, Blain Beckman, Steve Campodonico, Laura Trahan 2. Kelly Mullane, Aixo Santos 3. Erin Martinez, Larissa Perry, Naomi Evon, Megan Pomponio, Karen Beckman, Kendra Chamberlain 4. Raising a celebratory glass 5. Russ Fields, Fields Family Wines 6. Laura Trahan, Michelle Whiteside 7. Aimi Dutra, Erin Stenvers 8. Catering by Stacy Scott
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California Contractors State License Board License Classifications & Descriptions A General Engineering Contractor B General Building Contractor C Specialty Contractor (“C” Categories of C Classifications) C-2 - Insulation and Acoustical Contractor C-4 - Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting Contractor C-5 - Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor C-6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor C-7 - Low Voltage Systems Contractor C-8 - Concrete Contractor C-9 - Drywall Contractor C10 - Electrical Contractor C11 - Elevator Contractor C12 - Earthwork and Paving Contractors C13 - Fencing Contractor C15 - Flooring and Floor Covering Contractors C16 - Fire Protection Contractor C17 - Glazing Contractor C20 - Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor C21 - Building Moving/Demolition Contractor C23 - Ornamental Metal Contractor C27 - Landscaping Contractor C28 - Lock and Security Equipment Contractor C29 - Masonry Contractor C31 - Construction Zone Traffic Control Contractor
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C32 - Parking and Highway Improvement Contractor C33 - Painting and Decorating Contractor C34 - Pipeline Contractor C35 - Lathing and Plastering Contractor C36 - Plumbing Contractor C38 - Refrigeration Contractor C39 - Roofing Contractor C42 - Sanitation System Contractor C43 - Sheet Metal Contractor C45 - Sign Contractor C46 - Solar Contractor C47 - General Manufactured Housing Contractor C50 - Reinforcing Steel Contractor C51 - Structural Steel Contractor C53 - Swimming Pool Contractor C54 - Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor C55 - Water Conditioning Contractor C57 - Water Well Drilling Contractor C60 - Welding Contractor C61 - Limited Specialty ASB - Asbestos Certification HAZ - Hazardous Substance Removal Certification
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Licensed Contractors, Materials Suppliers & Associated Services
Neumann Sloat Blanco Architects, LLP
Martin & Harris
Standards Of Excellence
Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architecture
415.883.7733 X 110
ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS April 1st Design
lic. 694518 C6
California Bank and Trust
Petersen Design Associates, LLC
lic. 885001 C5,C6
presidiobank.com The Last Inch, Inc. Redwood Credit Union
redwoodcu.org Studio Snaidero Bay Area
Gayle Permar, Gilboy Architects & Planner
Janus Design Consulting
AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE
lic. 12267 415.456.1366
Kathleen Ann Ottolini
Brock Wagstaff Architects
Eckhoff Accountancy Corp.
CSM & M, An Accountancy Corporation
lic. 537763 C6
Art Wasserman & Company
Crossland Construction Accounting
Bank Of Marin
martin-harris.com Accounting Specialist, The
BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTUTIONS
Wells Fargo Bank - West Coast Business Banking
kenkaysf.com Kitchens By Ken Ryan
High Definition Home Inc.
Able Concrete Pumping 707.291.4334
lic. 902606 C7
Ken Kay Associates
CONCRETE, ASPHALT, GRAVEL & SAND
lic. 690380 C8,B,A 707.763.6981
Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc. lic. 288206 D12,D24
Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction
lic. 814767 C7
lic. 808915 C8,A
Lofrano Architecture Sculpture Design
SRS Custom Integration
California Space Organizers, Inc.
lic. 815490 C7
lic. 866993 D34
Devincenzi Concrete Construction
lic. 326998 C8
Michael Rex Associates
415.899.0203 X 30485
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Dutra Group 415.258.6876
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING
DESIGN, BRANDING, MARKETING & WEB
Imbimbo Concrete Inc.
Mike Brown Electric lic. 306767 C10
Artistic Lighting & Electric
lic. 380928 C10
lic. 638907 A,C8
Dibble & Company
And Them Design
Marin Landscape Materials
Ross Construction Services
Barbary Coast Consulting
North Bay Lighting & Electrical
appianwaypaverstones. com Shamrock Materials, Inc.
lic. 513657 C10
lic. 445578 C7
Boylan Point Agency
lic. 536863 C10,B
DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING & DEMOLITION
lic. 333463 B,D06 415.924.6763
Ryerson Const. DBA Appian Way Pavers
Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.
barcoast.com VHS Associates, Inc.
Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc.
Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.
Redwood Electric lic. 870103 C10
Colonia Electric Inc.
lic. 406528 C10
Republic ITS lic. 647154 C10,C31,D31
Pacific Expositions Company
lic. 257220 C21
lic. 677633 C10
Shanahan Electric lic. 488137 C10
Hurricane Hauling & Demolition Inc.
The Ad Men 415.472.1756
Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction
Trust Construction Company, Inc.
lic. 746531 C21,C27,D63
lic. 689576 C10
Strom Electric, Inc.
lic. 480976 C10,C36
lic. 514199 A,B
I. Cannan Electric
lic. 705813 C9
lic. 736435 C10
lic. 828101 C10
trushconstruction.com Van Midde & Son Concrete
lic. 676584 C8
North Bay Drywall & Plastering, Inc.
Idex Global Services Inc.
W. Bradley Electric, Inc.
Marin Sanitary Service
lic. 292745 C9,C35,B
lic. 745981 C10
lic. 390741 C10,B,A,C46
Independent Electric Supply, Inc.
vanmiddeconcrete.com Viking Pavers, Inc.
marinsanitary.com Pat Trainor Drywall
lic. 970281 D06 415.568.5314
Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.
lic. 795763 C9 415.456.3550
Whiteside Construction Corporation
lic. 577719 A,B,D06 510.234.6681
RV Stich Construction, Inc.
lic. 530135 A B,C21
Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc.
Maltby Electric Supply Co.
lic. 541472 C9
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Buel Engineering 415.491.0600
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ILS Associates, Inc.
Marin County Sidewall
lic. 831184 D41
marincountywidewall.com John C. Hom & Associates
FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS
Victorian Hardwood Floors
Adventures In Production
lic. 821831 C15
lic. 504918 C15
AJF Builders, Inc.
lic. 943457 B
FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES
L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc.
Eureka Valley Floor Company
GARAGE DOORS & GATES
lic. 397118 C15
Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.
lic. 451856 B
lic. 345502 D28
lic. 534583 B,C15
Oberkamper & Associates, Civil Engineers 415.897.2800
Christopher Joseph Harney
lic. 903191 B 707.643.4580
Alan Taylor General Contractor
lic. 881441 B
Gallery Hardwood Floors
North Bay Overhead Doors Inc.
Project Management Services, LLC
Collins & Company Wealth Managers
lic. 593255 D28
Alten Construction, Inc.
lic. 705713 A,B
Giuliani Flooring, Inc.
Northgate Garage Door, Inc.
collins-co.com R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc.
David White & Associates
lic. 951628 C15
lic. 627224 D28
lic. 970424 B
Mertel Carpets Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer
Grady Consulting, Inc.
lic. 414490 C15
James Arrigoni Pacificontract
38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc.
lic. 682766 C15
FENCING, DECKING & SIDING
Anthony Vitale General Contractor
GENERAL BUILDING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERICAL, NEW & REMODEL
lic. 515092 B 415.455.9927
Antonis Construction lic. 940470 B,C33 707.280.5740
lic. 838178 B
lic. 849856 C15
lic. 367791 B
lic. 516987 B
Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
lic. 178605 C15
A.E. Nelson Construction lic. 364212 B,C36
Abacus Group Builders, Inc.
Gary Marsh Design DBA All Decked Out
Suiter Financial Systems 415.884.0288
lic. 522340 B
lic. 384299 B
lic. 651671 C15
Arntz Builders, Inc.
lic. 727072 B,ASB
Advance Business Services
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Arrington Construction
Bella Cosa Construction Inc.
CDK Builders Inc.
lic. 810317 B
lic. 644649 B
lic. 965295 B
Dennis Webb Construction
lic. 602646 B,C36
lic. 821554 B
Arruda Construction Inc.
bellacosainc.com Better Built Construction
lic. 800744 B
lic. 735345 B
Desmond & Wallace, Inc.
lic. 782179 A,B
Crabtree Construction, Inc.
DiGiorgio Contracting Company
lic. 693280 B
lic. 821729 A,B
lic. 401466 B,C10,A
Asbestos Control Center
lic. 590867 A,B,HAZ,ASB
Chalstrom Builders Inc. lic. 602728 B
BG Construction 415.884.2180
Charles Melin, General Contractor
BMC Contractors Inc.
lic. 311858 B
lic. 824476 B
lic. 757232 B
lic. 676193 B
Avalon Builders, Inc.
Coyle Brothers Construction Company
lic. 468301 B 415.897.1928
Creatively Built, Inc.
Diego Brothers, Inc.
lic. 419030 A,B
B Street Builders
Brian Daigle Construction
lic. 427589 B
lic. 920746 B
lic. 830822 B
Bruce F. Goudie
Christopher Clark Contracting
Cypress Homes, Inc./ H-Y-H Corporation
Diego Quality Construction
Balance Builders, Inc.
lic. 498165 B
lic. 373692 B
lic. 974792 B
lic. 544509 B
lic. 837753 A,B
Bruno Venne Inc.
D & H Construction
lic. 280548 B
lic. 854200 B
lic. 693883 B
lic. 872590 B
Ballard Inc. DBA Inspired Environments lic. 513959 B 415.454.8000
Build It Construction
lic. 720386 B
Community Action Marin
Doug Monti Construction
lic. 641445 B
lic. 533707 B
lic. 387703 B
Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc.
lic. 726300 B
lic. 871010 B
Complete Home Repair & Construction
lic. 760173 B
lic. 661688 B,HAZ
lic. 544185 B
lic. 375536 B,ASB
Bay County Builders, Inc.
camarin.org Dan Young Construction, Inc.
Caletti Jungsten Construction
lic. 867185 B
lic. 786390 B
BB&B Builders Inc.
lic. 549463 B
lic. 866058 B,A
Danny Gallagher Construction
Eco Valley Construction
lic. 491125 B 707.762.3302
lic. 778096 B
lic. 700683 B
bbbbuilders.net Cartwright Construction lic. 626464 B
lic. 826521 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Elmack Cabinetry
Herrero Contractors, Inc.
lic. 390438 B
lic. 152980 B,C8
James G. Lino Construction
lic. 472841 B 415.388.1293
lic. 442777 B
lic. 350718 B
Envision Builders Inc.
Glen Rupiper Construction
lic. 736487 B
lic. 432984 B
Hitchcock Construction Co.
James W. Josephs & Company
Karkabi Construction, Inc.
lic. 396116 B
lic. 359012 B
lic. 593092 B
ESM Enterprise General Contractor
lic. 352891 B
lic. 837357 B
lic. 345479 B
lic. 414423 B
lic. 562356 B
Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc.
lic. 346196 B
Horick Builders, Inc.
lic. 508578 B
lic. 825511 B
lic. 923234 B
Gubbins Building Company, Inc. lic. 788512 B
lic. 810315 A,B
Gordon Walker Builders
Fairway Design & Construction, Inc. 415.455.2468
Hoffmann Construction, Inc.
KCK Builders, Inc. Jeff Hicks Construction
lic. 781646 B 415.381.4922
lic. 714971 B
Kelly Pacific Construction 415.464.0900
Ken Corsiglia Construction
lic. 695961 B
lic. 402434 B
Kerr Construction, Inc.
Hoytt Inspection Services Inc.
lic. 615587 B
lic. 437687 B
Hammond & Company
lic. 493676 B
John A. Young, Builder
lic. 657344 B
lic. 288052 B,C10
Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor
Huts And Castles A Constr Co. Inc.
John C. Hill Construction
lic. 851479 B
lic. 703981 B,C36,A
Floyd Construction, Inc.
Harte Building & Design, Inc. lic. 776625 B
lic. 888773 B
lic. 830273 C33,B,ASB
Fontana Construction Inc. lic. 487928 B
lic. 321693 B
Hayes & Associates
lic. 817836 B
lic. 365653 A,B 415.485.0645
Kor General Contracting John Pope, Inc.
lic. 351692 B
lic. 467171 B,A,ASB
Kunstbau & Kids John Romaidis Construction
lic. 896053 B
lic. 807768 B
Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.
lic. 490355 B
JW McPhail Construction, Inc.
Lamperti Contracting & Design
Hennessey Construction, Inc.
lic. 490550 B 415.332.2857
lic. 727282 B 415.459.6497
James E. Wilson Construction
lic. 449978 B,A
lic. 790903 B
Gazzoli Construction lic. 922738 B 415.847.1811
lic. 600412 B
lic. 679194 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Landmark Builders
Massa Construction Company
lic. 474421 B
lic. 646709 B,A, LEED AP
Portillo & Company DBA Summit Hill Builders
Robert Curry Construction
lic. 344050 A,B
lic. 939456 B
lic. 663287 B
Nelson Construction Landmark Construction lic. 807981 B,A
Max Design & Construction
lic. 720207 B
Larry Smith Construction, Inc.
Mayer and Company
lic. 659359 B
lic. 575809 B
summithillbuilders.com Robert E. Randig
nelsonguitars.com Nichelini & Sons, Inc.
Powerhouse Building, Inc.
lic. 506873 B
lic. 797313 B
lic. 339365 B
Precision General Commercial Contractors
lic. 410338 B 415.663.9223
lic. 790153 B
Norman Charles Construction Inc.
Rogers Remodel, Inc.
lic. 839810 B
lic. 475151 B
lic. 898335 B
lic. 401717 B
lic. 433008 B 415.456.5172
Ron Barney Construction Co.
McGuire & Sons Construction
R.E. West Builders, Inc.
lic. 381719 B
lic. 459037 B
lic. 883183 B,A
lic. 346397 B
Pagan Construction, LLC
Radco & Associates Inc.
lic. 818660 B
lic. 464896 B
lic. 410936 B,A
Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders
lic. 672337 B
lic. 445273 B
PB Realty Investments Inc.
Ravano & Cooney Construction
lic. 901821 B
lic. 689239 B 415.431.3000
Lucas Valley Designs lic. 645290 B 415.225.8230
M W General Contracting lic. 740644 B 415.383.0667
Roy A. Tanner Builder
Meylan Construction, Inc.
lic. 680456 B
lic. 959104 B,A
rpbconstruction.us Rushton-Hawley, Inc. lic. 733347 B 415.898.2938
Pennypacker/Drake Home Building, Inc.
lic. 453554 B
Michael L. King
lic. 754794 B
lic. 544919 B
lic. 905103 B
S & H Construction lic. 786358 B,C-9,C20,A
Richard De Nola
lic. 429280 B
Mill Valley Builders, Inc.
Pete Niederberger & Sons
lic. 957090 B,C17,D24
lic. 524069 B
Mariposa Contractors Inc.
lic. 831986 B
Richard Mazzini & Associates
Plath & Co.
lic. 464153 B 415.987.0298
Mariner Homes, Inc.
RPB Construction, Inc. lic. 504423 A,B,ASB
Maloney Construction, Inc.
Mt. Tam Construction
lic. 395458 B
Marshall White Construction
lic. 584072 B
lic. 604199 B,D06
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S.L.M. Builders lic. 718948 B 707.795.4177
slmbuilders.com S.R. Allied Builders, Inc. lic. 399932 B
Rivas Building Group
lic. 699671 B 415.999.5927
S.S. Caveney Construction lic. 429200 B 707.585.3015
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE San Anselmo Construction Services
Steve Moylan, General Contractor
Tom Redmond Construction Inc.
Wick Brothers Construction
Central Valley Environmental
lic. 381529 B
lic. 380100 B
lic. 434609 B
lic. 481077 B
lic. 913083 A,B
Sandra Bird Designs
lic. 460795 B
lic. 489037 B
Tomrose Construction, Inc.
William G. Taylor Construction Corp.
lic. 605439 B
lic. 853924 B
CSS Environmental Services, Inc.
lic. 780803 A,HAZ
tomroseconstruction.com Schalich Brothers Construction Inc.
lic. 497493 B
Trainor Commercial Construction, Inc.
lic. 453991 B,C9
lic. 578269 B
T.H. Eller Construction 415.488.9865
lic. 832980 B 415.388.1999
lic. 763980 B
lic. 827633 A,B,C33
Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.
lic. 338175 B
Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc.
lic. 493670 B
lic. 579465 B
Schilly Construction Inc.
Wine Country Builders, Inc.
Wm. A. Martin
lic. 957514 B
lic. 392262 B
lic. 467868 B
lic. 723911 B
Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.
lic. 783100 A,B
lic. 570798 B
Thomas Gibbs, Licensed Tradesman
lic. 403951 B,C12
lic. 361724 B
lic. 700251 B
Selkowitz & Company Inc. General Contrs
Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Womack Construction
Tim Ford Construction
Von Der Werth, Inc.
lic. 478379 B
lic. 359182 B
lic. 330299 C13,B
lic. 711127 B
ghilottibros.com Wyatt Construction
Tim Walsh Builders
Weiss Company Inc.
lic. 825045 B
Steere Building & Woodworking
lic. 350371 B
lic. 354958 B
Ghilotti Construction Company
lic. 644515 A, C8, C12,
lic. 744002 B
timwalshbuilders.com West Bay Builders, Inc.
GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND
Tom Ganley Construction
lic. 626859 B,A,C17
Stephen L. Pasquan
lic. 514664 B
lic. 305635 B
ghilotti.com Gudgel Construction, Inc.
lic. 711053 A,B
Tom J. Collins Construction
All Terrain, Inc.
Sterling & Company
lic. 690549 B
lic. 827896 A,B
lic. 353136 B,C2,C17
lic. 499170 B
Harris Environmental lic. 359130 A,B
C. Hammond Const.
Tom Rank Construction
lic. 543166 A,C8,C21,HAZ
lic. 752004 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Hillside Drilling, Inc.
Peter A. Davis, Engineering Contractor
W.K. Mclellan Company lic. 240701
Downing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.
lic. 478991 A 510.234.6532
lic. 549628 A,B,C21
lic. 644720 C20
lic. 607274 C2,D65,D34,B
wkmclellan.com JS Company
Redwood Engineering lic. 456790 A,HAZ
W.R. Forde Construction
Efficiency Mechanical Heating & Cooling
W.A. Adams Co., Inc.
lic. 876587 A,C21,ASB,HAZ
lic. 814744 A,B,C21
lic. 885533 C20
Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning
Bolds Insurance Brokerage
lic. 371959 C20
lic. 521529 C20
Craford Benefit Consultants
Lee Mechanical, Inc.
RG Digs Engineering Contractor
Westward Builders Inc.
lic. 571894 A
lic. 834874 A
lic. 327365 B,A
Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.
lic. 701379 A
lic. 951203 A
lic. 477476 A
Rockport Land Corporation
Lunny Grading & Paving, Inc.
lic. 600250 A,B,HAZ
lic. 860047 A
rwrcal.com Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.
HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & SHEET METAL
craford.com Ongaro & Sons C34, C42, C43, C60, C16,
Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.
Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal
lic. 278370 C20,C43
lic. 215233 C36,C4,C20,
Patriot Mechanical Inc.
Heffernan Insurance Brokers
lic. 774738 C20,C43
lic. 315245 A,C21,C27
Allen Heating & Sheet Metal
lic. 391943 C2,C9
Team Ghilotti, Inc.
Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc.
Michael Paul Company, Inc.
lic. 895384 A,HAZ
lic. 416913 C20,C43
J.B. Shea Insurance Agency
Thornton Paving Inc.
Bay City Mechanical, Inc.
Trahan Bros. Inc.
lic. 382817 A
lic. 774154 C20,C43
Jenkins Insurance Services
Nerviani Paving, Inc. lic. 564392 A 415.454.2662
Verde Metals Inc.
John Reuscher Insurance & Investments
lic. 635429 C43,C20
Ofiaro Building & Engineering
lic. 699547 A,HAZ 866.824.8077
Bayside HVAC Products LLC
lic. 450916 A,B,C57,HAZ
Turbin Design Associates
INSULATION & ACOUSTICAL
Sander, Jacobs Cassayre Insurance
Dickson Company Partners Contracting, Inc.
lic. 352572 C4,C36,C43
George Family Enterprises Norcal
lic. 697729 A,B
lic. 229225 A,B, HAZ
lic. 634157 B,C2
MOC Insurance Services
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Wells Fargo Insurance Services Usa, Inc.
Gardeners’ Guild, Inc.
Ubaldo Salazar Landscape
James D. Rohde
lic. 556967 C27
lic. 820057 C27
Wise Insurance Agency
Redwood Security Systems, Inc. lic. 426887 C7,C10
Jaret & Jaret
LATHING & PLASTERING
Gary Torney Landscaping Company
lic. 440200 C27
Frey Plastering, Inc.
lic. 324866 C9,C35
Kate Warner, Construction Lawyer
Irrigation Repair Service
One Stop Plastering
lic. 328638 C27
lic. 915538 B,C35
Mark J. Rice, Esq.
Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.
La Zucena Landscaping lic. 727012 C27
lic. 373488 B,C27,A
lic. 586377 C35
McLennon Law Corporation
Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
LUMBER, HARDWARE & TOOLS Adobe Lumber, Inc. 707.647.2100
adobelumber.com DHC Supplies Inc. 707.588.9406
mclennonlaw.com Neary Landscape
Weber Plastering, Inc.
Bauman Landscape & Construction
lic. 814207 C27,A
lic. 194445 C35
lic. 372478 A,C27
lic. 779785 B
fairfaxlumber.com Goodman Building Supply
Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc.
Albert E. Cordova, A Prof. Law Corp.
lic. 962905 C27
lic. 765763 C27,A
Cagwin and Dorward
North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.
Cora J. Lancelle, Attorney At Law
lic. 202399 C27,A,D49
lic. 723370 B,C27
Daniel A.Gamer, Law Office Of
resrem.com Jackson’s Hardware Smith Dollar
smithdollar.com Marin Ace The Nelson Defense Firm
Dan Fix Landscape Construction
lic. 553804 C27
Flynn Williams Riley LLP
Theodore W. Bloyd, Attorney At Law
Marin Lumber, Inc.
Ovelle Irrigation And Landscape Constr.
Garber Law Firm, The
lic. 614252 C27
LOCK & SECURITY
Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.
lic. 748791 C27
Frank Bidaurreta Landscape Contractor
The Land Collaborative
lic. 446356 C8,C27
Hanson Bridgett LLP
danfixlandscape.com Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance
Marin Building Supply
lic. 707006 C27
Marin Lock And Safe H. Lee Evans
lic. 550775 D16
Novato Builders Supply
lic. 954204 C27
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Rafael Lumber Company 415.453.3043
The Home Depot
Global Medical And Safety
Aqua Stop Solutions
Giampolini & Company
lic. 866020 C33
lic. 322282 C33,C35,C9
MOVING & STORAGE
Hearing Services Of Marin
Truitt & White Lumber
MASONRY, FIREPLACES & CHIMNEYS
Post Street Occupational Medicine
Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage
Bob Kunst Painting, Inc.
lic. 346191 C33
lic. 650541 C33
Boeck & Associates Painting Company
J & R Thompson, Inc.
lic. 531284 C33
lic. 736414 C33
J.B. Markel Painting lic. 550449 C33
Brescia-Stone Painting, Inc.
Johnson & Daly Moving & Storage
lic. 830454 C33
Ad-Lite Crane Service
Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.
Jim Nichelini Masonry
lic. 898121 D21
lic. 684610 C33,B
lic. 302025 B,C29
lic. 836156 C29
Bay Area Lead Detectors Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc.
lic. 396345 C29
ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL
lic. 430041 C33 415.243.8242
John Seidler Painting lic. 699739 C33
David Freeman Painting
London Chimney Services Inc.
Cap’S Painting Company
De La Montanya Trucking
Castaneda Iron Works
lic. 503987 C33
lic. 964236 C23
KBI Painting, Inc.
lic. 944475 C33
Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.
Decorative Painting By Jozef
lic. 620205 C60
Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc.
lic. 500490 D34 415.380.0330
editorganizing.com Marshall Foster Masonry
lic. 277004 C29
Energy Calc Company
Sun Iron Works, Inc.
DeGregory Painting and Decorating
lic. 416140 C29
Lynch & Sons
lic. 231854 C60,C51
lic. 576764 C33,B
Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.
lic. 256121 C33
energycalcco.com Petty Masonry Inc.
sunironworksinc.com Spoor Masonry and Tile, Inc.
Marin Country Club
lic. 387721 C54
MEDICAL - SAFETY Ferguson Safety Products
PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING
Pacific Gas & Electric 415.264.4005
Ross Valley Maintenance And Supply
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Anello Painting and Construction
lic. 594303 B,C33 707.769.7771
lic. 412417 C33 415.892.9979
lic. 619941 C33,B
Gary Head and Partners Painting Corp.
Marin Color Service, Inc.
lic. 415082 C33
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Michael Anderson Painting
Tim Kerrigan Painting
City Front Plumbing
lic. 715319 C33
lic. 443156 C36
lic. 841039 C36
Todd Morris Fire Protection, Inc.
lic. 465243 C33
lic. 978422 C16
Denny’s House of Plumbing
Pace Supply 707.547.4437
Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.
lic. 504967 C36
Tom Jenkins Painting lic. 406940 B,C33 415.454.8288
Migale Painting Company 415.382.9266
Universal Protective Coatings
lic. 701531 C33
lic. 645552 C33
Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc.
lic. 623217 C36
lic. 570216 C16,C36
North Marin Painting, Inc.
Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.
Gotelli Plumbing Company
Plumbing Repair Specialists
lic. 702759 C33,B
lic. 920570 B
lic. 254603 C36,C16
lic. 460208 C36
Minuteman Press Of Marin
minuteman-marin.com R.H. Hydronics
Pac West Painting Inc.
Naturworks Pest Control
lic. 848109 C33,B
Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.
lic. 951610 C4
lic. 736901 C36
Community Playgrounds, Inc.
Harry Lee Plumbing
lic. 952842 C36
lic. 430685 C36
lic. 362950 A,D34
Pallavicini Painting lic. 722069 C33 415.479.7773
Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc. lic. 659640 C33
PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION
PROPANE & BUTANE
Roto Rooter Sewer Service
lic. 288461 C36,C42
De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor
Marin Mechanical, Inc. Robert Walther Painting
ASAP Plumbing Inc.
Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc.
McPhail Fuel Company
lic. 910245 C33
lic. 676623 C36
lic. 491815 C42
Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.
lic. 526659 C33
lic. 433698 C36
lic. 519618 C36,C16
Rubenstein Supply Company
REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
rosspainting.com Burkell Plumbing, Inc. Sequoia Painting Inc.
North Bay Plumbing
lic. 859331 C33
lic. 667557 C36
lic. 759372 B,C36
Tamalpais Paint & Color
Thomas and Associates
James S. Clapp
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Ares Commercial Properties 415.899.1590
RENTAL, EQUIPMENT & EVENTS
Full Coverage Company
lic. 764657 C39,B
Larry C. Levy, Consultant 415.892.1497
M.J. Buttler Incorporated
lic. 674446 B,D39
Cal Pox, Inc.
Big 4 Party Rentals
Henris Roofing Company
lic. 220964 C39
North Gate Scaffold Inc.
lic. 642386 D39
Herb’S Pool Service & Construction Inc.
lic. 273969 D35
Caro Asset Management, Inc.
Cal-West Rentals Inc.
415.899.1500 x 204
calwestrentals.com CSB Harvest Company
Herb Dorszynski 925.301.5535
SIGNAGE & PARKING AREA STRIPING
DMH Land Use Planning
Marin County Roofing
lic. 256043 C39,B
Bay Area Bluestone
lic. 742358 C32
Forest Way Homes LLC 415.388.6755
T&B Sports 415.453.2433
Hendrickson Development Inc.
yankeegirlantiques.com MacPhail Properties, Inc. 415.482.1604
bruce-enterprises.com McLeran, Inc.
Carrera Marble Company
lic. 474230 C39
Davis Sign Company, Inc.
lic. 831319 D42
Morris Roofing Co.
lic. 259426 C39
TILE & STONE
Celebrity Tile lic. 963547 C54
morris-roofing.com Nancy M. Marion
Allied Building Products
Real Goods Solar
Ceramic Tile Design
Northern Pacific Roofing
lic. 812250 C39,B
RPM Mortgage 415.381.7015
Booth & Little Roofing
lic. 259942 C39
Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.
lic. 497797 B,C10,C46,
lic. 511545 C39,C33
Deason Tile Company
lic. 319863 C54
California Roof Savers Seadrift Realty
lic. 568460 C39,C33,D24
Superior Roofing & Gutter Co.
Sun First, Inc.
lic. 956499 B,C39
lic. 669250 B,C46
Dennett Tile & Stone
Stewart Title of California
lic. 536044 C39
lic. 564787 c54
Wedge Roofing, Inc.
STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES
707.586.5390 lic. 416737 C37,C43,B,C2
Thompson Development Inc.
De Mello Roofing
lic. 290726 C39,D41
CLP Resources, Inc.
Wendy Aronson Property Management 415.730.4455
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dennett-tile.com Galliani Tile Company lic. 651146 B,C54
La Renaissance Builders lic. 817715 C54,B 818.570.9118
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE London Tile lic. 540433 C54
McGovern Skylight Specialist lic. 721229 B
Horizon Glass Tinting
lic. 570209 D52
Marquino Tile Marble Ceramic & Mosaic
Mission Wood Products
lic. 955590 C54 415.542.6107
Shades Of Marin
Miconi Marble & Tile
Mueller Mirror & Glass Inc.
lic. 604588 C54
lic. 462285 C17
lic. 831573 D52
miconi.com MLS Tile
WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS
lic. 602910 C54 707.584.5476
Novato Glass, Inc. lic. 371442 C17 415.897.5117
lic. 225824 C17
Old Town Glass
lic. 736844 C17
lic. 551058 C54
Marin County Arborists, Inc.
Alan Garmeson Flat/Bent Glass Sales
Pacific Door & Hardware
lic. 976277 C17
lic. 509661 D28,C17
lic. 641117 D49
Andersen Windows & Doors
Pacific Door Products, Inc.
lic. 443074 D24 707.795.7777
Glass & Sash Inc.
Marin Tree Service Inc.
lic. 173807 C17
lic. 648230 D49
rdenterprises.biz Glass Concepts
Small World Tree Company
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD
STATE Contractors State Licence Board www.cslb.ca.gov/
COUNTY OF MARIN www.marincounty.org/
lic. 758998 C17
lic. 755039 D49
Golden State Lumber Inc.
CITIES & TOWNS www.cityofbelvedere.org/ www.ci.corte-madera.ca.us/ www.town-of-fairfax.org/ www.ci.larkspur.ca.us/ www.cityofmillvalley.org/ www.ci.novato.ca.us/ www.townofsananselmo.org/ www.cityofsanrafael.org/ www.townofross.org/ www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/ www.ci.tiburon.ca.us/
goldenstatelumber.com Treemasters Tree and Garden Care lic. 660226 D49
Hudson Street Design of Marin
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what you should know
Before Hiring A Contractor
The Quick Facts
Financial Information •
Don’t pay in cash.
Stick to your schedule of payments and don’t let the payments get ahead of the completed work.
Contractors cannot ask for a deposit of more than 10% of the total cost of the job or $1,000, whichever is less.* (This goes for any home improvement project, including swimming pools.)
by CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD Department of Consumer Affairs
A free telephone call to CSLB or a few clicks on its website can help you verify that your contractor’s license is in good standing and that he or she has the skills to complete your project.
Check Out the License By law, anyone in California who contracts for or bids on a construction project valued at $500 or more (total labor and materials) must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). To qualify for a license, a contractor must verify four years of journey-level experience in the trade, pass both a trade and license law examination, and post a license bond. Since 2005, all new contractors are required to pass a background investigation that includes a criminal background check. Contractors are required, by law, to put their CSLB license number in all advertisements. Unlicensed operators are required to say they are not state-licensed in their advertisements.
Ask to see the contractor’s plastic pocket license and photo identification. Verify the license and make sure it is in good standing by visiting the CSLB website: www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling CSLB’s toll-free automated line: 800.321.CSLB (2752). Get at least three bids and ask for references on work the contractor has completed in the local area. View the contractor’s past projects in person.
Get It in Writing •
Make sure you have a written contract and don’t sign it until you fully understand the terms.
All changes to the contract, or “change orders,” need to be in writing and signed by both parties.
Keep a job file of all project papers and payments, and don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.
Homeowners waive their three-day right to cancel if they sign a “service and repair contract,” which is different from a standard “home improvement contract.” (Service and repair contracts are usually for emergency repairs where the consumer initiated the contact and cannot wait.)
License History • •
If you want information about a contractor’s license history and pending or prior disciplinary actions, please call the appropriate CSLB Legal Action Disclosure telephone number: Northern Region: 916.255.4041 Southern Region: 562.345.7656
Complaint Forms If you have a complaint against a contractor, free forms are available at www.cslb.ca.gov or call 800.321.CSLB (2752) and ask for a copy of A Consumer Guide to Filing Construction Complaints and a complaint form.
* There is an exception to this rule for about two dozen contractors who have filed a blanket performance and payment bond with the Registrar. This information is noted on the contractor’s license detail page on CSLB’s website.
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Construction Project Check-List 1.
Check the contractor license number at www.cslb.ca.gov to make sure it is current and in good standing.
Ask to see the contractor’s pocket license and a current photo ID.
Ask for a current list of contact information (telephone number and business address) for the contractor, sub contractors and suppliers.
Find out from your local building department whether your project needs a building permit and confirm that your contractor 5 will obtain all necessary permits. Get at least 3 contractor bids and references, and check out, in person, recent projects by the prospective contractors that had similar specifications.
Ask whether your contractor carries general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
Make sure all project materials and expectations are spelled out and signed in a written contract, including clean- up, debris removal, and site security. Ask your contractor if he or she understands exactly what you want.
Have a timetable for each phase of your project and the corresponding payment schedule spelled out in the contract. Do not let payments get ahead of the work. Pay no more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.*
10. Never pay in cash. 11. Keep all of your project documents, including payments, in a job file. 12. Try researching your contractor’s name online for additional reviews—but consider the source. Protect yourself from
unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors.
Protect yourself from unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors. • •
• • •
Only hire state-licensed contractors. Any contractor performing $500 worth of work or more (including materials and labor) must be licensed by CSLB to work in California. Don’t rush into repairs, no matter how badly they may be needed. Don’t hire the first contractor who comes along or be caught up in high-pressure sales tactics. Ask to see the contractor’s “pocket license” or their representative’s “Home Improvement Salesperson” registra- tion. All contractors are issued pocket licenses that show the type of trade for which they are licensed, and the expiration date of the license. Ask to see a photo identification to confirm their identity.
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