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A Marin Builders Association Publication CONTENTS


Welcome Letter from Our President & CEO


Our Dedication to Education & Community

10 Our Mission & History 12 Community Calendar 14 Year in Review: 2016 15 Looking Ahead: 2017 BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY The Marin Builders Association is proud to present our 2017 Marin Home Resource Guide. We encourage you to support our member businesses as you explore the home improvement inspiration, expertise and professionals that Marin’s building industry has to offer. 415.462.1220 |


16 Building Marin County

02. INSPIRATION 20 Learn How to Kickstart Your Remodel Like a Pro 24 Hiring a Contractor? Do it Once. Do it Right. 26 5 Things to Consider Before You Build


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30 The New Home is a Smart Home — is Yours?

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37 The Marketplace

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32 How's Your Curbside Manor?

04. PROFESSIONALS 40 Marin Builders Member Directory by Name 46 Marin Builders Member Directory by Category 58 Meet a Member: Patty Garbarino of Marin Sanitary Service


MARIN HOME RESOURCE GUIDE a Marin Builders Association publication 660 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael, CA 94903 415.462.1220




SALES & MARKETING BIG CAT ADVERTISING Marty Rubino Gayle Peterson Leonard Sbrocco Lauraine Bacon

PHOTOGRAPHER Trevor Henley LEAD WRITER Rick Vacek COPY EDITOR Deborah Newton

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS Shubber Ali, Kevin Casey, Deanne Clough, Suzanne Daily, Dan Fix, Paige Green, Brad Hubbell, Colleen Mahoney, Casey Mazzoni, Brian McLeran

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Christine Puccini, Paula Krause, Gabriela Shea, Bev Lamberson Want additional copies? Join our mailing list. Email or call 415.462.1220 For advertising information, email Would you like to learn more about the benefits of membership? Email Christine Puccini at

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Marin Home Resource Guide is the premier publication of the Marin Builders Association. The publication is under independent ownership, reflecting an increased focus on local needs and trends in home improvement. The distribution of our resource guide is free and supported solely by our advertising partners. We thank them for making this possible. Marin Home Resource Guide has included information and advertising materials supplied by persons and firms without reviewing, investigating, or evaluating the accuracy or completeness of the information supplied, or the qualifications or competency of those referenced. Therefore, Marin Home Resource Guide cannot and does not recommend or endorse the services of those persons or firms referenced. Readers of this resource guide must make their own evaluation of the persons or firms. Moreover, Marin Home Resource Guide cannot be and is not responsible for the proper use, licensure, or ownership of any of the advertising materials or content herein. While great care has been taken to compose this resource guide, Marin Home Resource Guide is not responsible for errors or omissions. All contents © 2017 Marin Builders Association.


In 2017/2018

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Maintenance & Operation Building

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Measure B will fund capital improvements at the College that will preserve quality education for years to come. Bids are now being accepted for various materials, supplies, and services to be furnished, sold or leased to the College for improvements funded by Measure B.


Marin County voters for supporting Measure B Follow the transformation! Get more information on Measure B and the bidding process at

90 Years of Transforming Lives Through Education and Training 5


Marin Home Resource Guide


Welcome to the 2017 Marin Home Resource Guide the premier publication of the Marin Builders Association.

On behalf of the Marin Builders Association Board of Directors, we want to thank you for browsing through our Marin Home Annual Resource Guide. We are confident you will find a combination of inspiration, ideas, and professionals to help make your next home project a success.

John Busick Marin Builders Association 2017 Board President

Our organization has recently changed in many ways. Since 2015 we’ve added over 100 new members, formed exciting new partnerships, and developed and hosted dozens of successful events. We are in the process of upgrading our operations including creating new publications and online resources to best serve the needs of our members, our industry and our community. We also awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to students over the past three decades. In 2017 we are strengthening our bond with our community. We are creating a new remodeling division that will expand our network and we are introducing a long-term initiative to help simplify the permitting process across Marin County for both contractors and homeowners.

Rick Wells

We are committed to the success of our members and our community. Read on to enjoy the resources, expertise and insights of the Marin Builders Association!

Marin Builders Association Chief Executive Officer

Did You Know? Construction supports over 10,000 jobs in Marin


John Busick 2017 Board President

Rick Wells Chief Executive Officer


Education & Community

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Dedication to Education— A Cornerstone of the Marin Builders Association Supporting education across Marin County is central to the work of the Marin Builders Association and its members. IN LATE 2016, the Marin Builders Association Board of Directors supported community school bond measures that are now helping rebuild our education infrastructure in San Rafael and across several College of Marin campuses. We support dozens of educational programs across Marin to empower youth in leadership roles and prepare them to be contributors to the Marin workforce and community. It is refreshing to witness the brilliance, creativity and can-do attitudes of the students we work with in these valuable programs.


SCHOLARSHIPS Since 1978, the Marin Builders Association Scholarship Program has provided almost $1 million to nearly 1,000 students. Graduating high school seniors have gone on to successful careers in many industries including construction, engineering, architecture, public service and medicine.

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY In partnership with the Marin County Office of Education, we helped create the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Construction Technology Education program in 1999. This program provides educational and career opportunities for youth as well as “realworld,” hands-on learning. Each year, teams construct top quality storage sheds that are sold to the public.

MEMBER SUPPORT OF CAREER TRAINING AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP Many of our members are dedicated to supporting education in our community. For example, long-time member Clough Construction has a strong commitment to local organizations such as Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MSEL) and Global Student Embassy (GSE). Clough Construction and other Association members have found passion and purpose in donating time and advertising dollars to these organizations. MSEL at Terra Linda High School is a four-year program with a cutting-edge pilot program that emphasizes project-based environmental learning. The public speaking experiences and project implementation prepares these students for college and career opportunities. GSE is an organization with participation in 19 Bay Area schools, including 4 in Marin County. GSE offers accredited environmental classes and supports 19 gardens in the Bay Area that grow organic food. GSE encourages students... » 8

Create a legal rental space Increase your income and your home’s value

» to travel abroad and offers environmental leadership opportunities in foreign countries as well as a chance to work with local communities. This trip is often the highlight of a student’s high school years.

LOOKING AHEAD The North Bay Workforce Alliance has recently launched the BrightFutures program, involving local professionals who speak with local youth for one hour per year about their careers. Several members of the Association have already signed up to participate. Research in the United Kingdom has found that youth who attended five or more career talks saw 15% higher wages by their mid-20s. Youth who participated in two or more career talks were up to 20% less likely to disengage from education, employment or training.

THE LOCAL CONNECTION When you hire a member of the Marin Builders Association, your dollars and support flow back into our community.

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• Peace of Mind • Better Books, Better Profits

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Our Mission & History

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Building Our Community For over 55 years, the Marin Builders Association has worked on behalf of our members to help build our community. We provide valuable benefits and services to our members including business building and money saving programs. We help our members grow and our industry succeed along with our community.

2017 Board of Directors President: John Busick, Bob Kunst Painting, Inc. Vice-President: Clayton Fraser, Thompson Builders Corporation Treasurer: Kim Scheibly, Marin Sanitary Service Secretary: Daniel McLennon, Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLC Past President: Tom Barr, Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

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Board Members Our History Mary Birch, Contractors Business Centers Mendy Calegari, Marin Roto-Rooter Oliver Dibble, Dibble & Company Tyler Doherty, Cal-West Rentals, Inc. Joe Enes, Shamrock Materials, Inc. Ben Goldberg, Simply Solar Diane Henderson, DMH Land Use Planning Sean Kelly, Lamperti Contracting & Design Brian McLeran, McLeran Roofing Co. Linda Palermo, Sandler Training John Pope, Old Town Glass Dan Ross, Ross Painting Jim Schalich, Schalich Bros. Construction, Inc. Tom Schmierer, Golden State Lumber, Inc. David Trahan, Patriot Mechanical, Inc. Michelle Whiteside, Whiteside Construction


THE MARIN BUILDERS Association serves the construction industry by promoting high ethical and professional standards, providing quality services to our members, and working responsibly with our community for the enhancement of the building industry. We offer expert guidance to our members and to city, county and state governments on building and development policies. We provide representation of our industry before governmental agencies and for community programs. We recognize our responsibility to the well-being of our community and our environment. Our members consistently respond to the needs of the community by participating in projects with both financial and in-kind support.


Community Calendar

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2017 Events


La Fiesta! Marin Builders Association 41st Annual Golf Classic

Check out our 2017 community calendar for upcoming and ongoing networking opportunities, workshops and events! Visit to stay up to date with our events calendar, and make sure to RSVP for each event online or by calling our office. If you’d like to be on our mailing list and receive event notices, just let us know by emailing our office at

Indian Valley Golf Club Friday, August 25, 2017

Marin Builders Association Holiday Celebration with AIA San Francisco hosted by Glass Concepts Thursday, December 7, 2017

2017 Scholarship Awards, Past Presidents & Honorary Members Reception

Marin Builders Association Annual Crab Feed

Marin Builders Association 660 Las Gallinas, San Rafael Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Benefiting the Marin Builders Association Scholarship Fund San Rafael Community Center February 2, 2018

Marin Home & Garden Expo Marin Civic Center, San Rafael Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21

Marin Home Tours Presented by AIA San Francisco in partnership with Marin Builders Association Summer 2017 - Date TBD

“I can’t say enough about the professional training and events offered by the Marin Builders Association to its members. It has really helped in the development of our small business marketing and advertising campaigns as well as our overall professional exposure." – Eric Rogers, Wagstaff+Rogers Architects

Ongoing Events & Series 12

Marin Builders Adopt-a-Highway Clean-Up Event

Linked Local Marin Brown Bag Lunch Series

Marin Builders Association Quarterly Member Appreciation Event

First Thursday of each month at 3pm @ Lucas Valley Park & Ride


Networking event once a quarter


Year in Review

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Year in Review — 2016 We made significant progress toward improving our connections, outreach and advocacy. WE TACKLED ISSUES of importance to our members, our industry, and our community including local job creating projects, housing solutions, ballot measures, and government responsiveness to the needs of our industry. We invested in education and the future of our industry through increased trainings for our members, the Marin County ROP Construction Technology Program and our annual scholarship awards. We created new partnerships with local agencies, departments and organizations across Marin County that will bring opportunities and solutions to members and our industry. We are excited and honored to continue our work enhancing our industry and building our community. 14

ADVOCACY AND POLITICAL ACTION • Addressed member concerns and formed plan for permit simplicity initiative • Helped get AB 2406 signed into law (Workforce Housing Solutions) • Provided outreach, assistance, and hosted trainings for PG&E’s Call 811 Before You  Dig Program • Built stronger relationships with elected officials • Supported industry receptive candidates • Created a Quarterly Advocacy Update Newsletter


MEMBERSHIP: Welcomed nearly 70 new members INSURANCE: Enhanced our Workers’ Comp and Health Insurance Programs COMMUNICATION: Re-Introduced weekly newsletter, the Marin Builders This Week TRAININGS AND SEMINARS: Hosted industry trainings in the areas of safety, legal, HR, OSHA and marketing PARTNERSHIPS: Expanded Cornerstone Partnership Program to include nearly 30 industry partners. Co-hosted two events with North Bay NARI including a networking event and holiday celebration.

• Increased our support of the ROP Construction Technology Program helped secure financial support that provides meals and supplies for the students. • Provided scholarships to 21 high school seniors to help them pursue a trade school or college education.

» COMMUNITY We continued our long-standing tradition of providing crucial support to multiple community based efforts including the School to Career Partnership, Workforce Investment Board, Workforce Housing Initiatives, Adopt a Highway program, and multiple education infrastructure initiatives across Marin and the North Bay.

L to R: 2016 Marin Builders Association Scholarship Recipients, Marin Builders Association Legislative Analyst Casey Mazzoni, 2016 Marin Builders Annual Golf Classic, 2016 Marin Builders Holiday Open House


SIGNATURE College of Marin Ghilotti Construction Company Marin Sanitary Service Pacifc Gas & Electric

SELECT Bob Kunst Painting Central Valley Environmental Craford Benefit Consultants Forward Push Golden State Lumber Marin Clean Energy Marin County Ford North Bay Business Journal Thompson Builders Corp.


Looking Ahead — 2017 » INDUSTRY


• Expand membership and outreach with industry leaders in Marin • Commission and publish report on impacts of construction industry on local economy • Enhance insurance programs and benefits • Add networking and training options for our members • Expand Toolkit Discount Program to enhance member savings

• Connect members to school infrastructure projects across Marin • Provide ongoing support for ROP Construction Tech Program • Continue to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors • Support Education Committee • Expand trainings and seminars available for members



• Launch Phase 1 and 2 of Permit Simplicity Initiative • Continue to provide Quarterly Updates to membership • Work with PG&E to increase trainings about upcoming energy code changes and reduce dig in accidents via Call 811 Before You Dig

• Build on partnerships with Workforce Alliance of the North Bay and Bright Futures Program • Develop, produce and distribute all new 2017 Marin Home Resource Guide • Continue support of Habitat for Humanity, Adopt a Highway Program, School to Career partnership and San Rafael Clean Campaign

Bank of Marin Cal-West Rentals, Inc. CPi Development George Petersen Insurance Agency Ghilotti Bros., Inc. Insite Networks Marin General Hospital Marin Roto-Rooter McLeran Roofing, Inc. Old Town Glass Ross Painting Schalich Bros. Construction

The Cornerstone Partnership Program is an annual membership program designed to reach the greater community via different tiers of continuous positive public recognition for participating companies. It is the epitome of a win-win proposition. ARE YOU IN? Please contact the Marin Builders Association for details at 415.462.1220 or visit



7% 5.7%

of all Marin County workers are construction workers

of the total economic activity across Marin County is attributed to the local building industry

24.4% of all Marin County construction firms employ Latino workers

80 $


1.21 $ BILLION of Marin County’s business revenue comes from construction and contractors


of our state and local annual revenue is generated by construction businesses

Our local construction industry has a significant positive impact on Marin’s economy.

EACH INDUSTRY HAS three types of impact on a community: direct, indirect, and residual: • Direct impacts of the construction industry in Marin are employment and earned income by builders, tradesmen and contractors.




the median wage is paid to Marin County construction workers

• Indirect impacts include consumption and expenditures by these industry employees. • Residual impacts from both the direct and indirect impacts further amplify the economic effect. Keep in mind that none of the impacts above include increases to property values. The construction industry strengthens and supports dozens of other industries in Marin County. Families that are supported by contractors and builders spend their income on an array of professional and personal services, and pay taxes in Marin County. Trades and construction businesses support a large number of “supply-chain” businesses in Marin County, from wholesale businesses such as Pace Supply in San Rafael to retail establishments such as Goodman Building Supply in Mill Valley, to smaller locally-owned retailers and wholesalers throughout Marin County. Let’s build together at

Construction supports more than

10,000 JOBS in Marin

••Source: Data derived from report by Marin Economic Forum (2017) commissioned by Marin Builders Association and Marin County Building Trades Council


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02. INSPIRATION 20 Learn How to Kickstart Your Remodel Like a Pro 24 Hiring a Contractor? Do it Once. Do it Right. 26 5 Things to Consider Before You Build


Preliminary Estimate

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Learn How to Kickstart Your Remodel Like a Pro Easily plan your next building or renovation project with these simple steps from Hubbell Daily Architecture + Design

Story By Marin Builders Member:

Brad Hubbell & Suzanne Daily

We have a simple solution: the Preliminary Estimate. This estimate involves a meeting with you, the architect and the contractor, and a review of the project’s scope based on the schematic design. As part of your Preliminary Estimate there are a few important steps you need to take. Here’s how to go through the phases:


Hubbell Daily Architecture + Design

PROJECT TIMELINE From Pre-Design to Construction, the Project Planning Process illustrated by Brad Hubbell.

1 THE DREAM PHASE YOU ARE INSPIRED by images you see on Houzz and Pinterest or in magazines and books. Maybe you’d like to emulate some design features of homes in your neighborhood. You are excited, and with that excitement comes a growing wish list: new wood floors, larger windows, a new kitchen, updated bathrooms. Or maybe you decide you want the dream home with the latest technology and trimmings. Three things to keep in mind: 1. Prioritize as you work through the “dreaming” process. 2. Be aware that priorities often change. 3. Establish a realistic budget that defines exactly how much you’re comfortable spending. Okay, you’re ready for action. Now what? First, you need a team, then you need a design, and then you can work on the Preliminary Estimate.

Finding a reputable licensed professional is critical when building or planning any major home improvement project.



THE FIRST STEP is to find an architect or builder with whom you are comfortable and whose work you believe synchronizes well with your personality and taste. Finding a reputable licensed professional is critical when building or planning any major home improvement project. Stay local, check credentials, and confirm their license. Ask questions such as: • How long have they been in business? • Is the company in good standing with the license board? • Do they have references?

ONE OF THE most important steps in the remodeling process is to have honest conversations about budget with your architect or contractor. If they don’t bring up the budget, initiate the conversation yourself. Addressing issues up front helps you avoid unnecessary challenges later. You might think you’re at a disadvantage because you’ve never done this before and contractors and architects do this every day. You may think they know what things cost when you don’t even know if the figure in your head is realistic. Or, you may think they are going to take advantage of your inexperience and be inclined not to divulge how much you can actually spend on the project. In our experience, the most successful projects occur when we have an open dialogue with our clients about their budget. As architects, we work with our clients from the beginning to design or remodel a home that answers their needs, enhances their lives and, perhaps most important, meets their budget. Unless we have that frank discussion about the budget up front, we don’t  have essential information to execute on the design. »

Do your homework. It may feel like you’re searching for a unicorn, but doing so will be critical to the success of your project and will help prevent possible delays or complications. While there may seem to be an endless list of resources online, here are some of the best we recommend to kickstart your search: • Marin Builders Association • Marin Home Resource Guide • Next Door Don’t forget to look around your neighborhood. See who’s building. Find neighbors who are in the middle of construction or who have completed a similar project and discuss their experience.


Preliminary Estimate

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A Model Remodel



PROJECT CREDITS Architect Colleen Mahoney — General Contractor Diego Bros. Inc. — Photography Paige Green


4 THE DESIGN THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT wish list and budget ultimately flow into settling on a design. Be prepared to answer questions, such as: • Are you remodeling the whole house or just a portion of it? • Are some parts getting new finishes while other parts are being gutted? • What areas of the home will be touched? • Are you hoping to live in the house while the work is performed? • Does the plumbing or electrical need updating? • Are you thinking this is a phased project? In other words, will you do part of it now and the rest in a few years? (This can be one way to decrease the immediate costs. However, be sure that the work you do now doesn’t need to be redone later.) The answers to these questions will serve as your architect’s guide to the schematic design, which lays out the basis of your dream project without the necessary code elements required for a building permit.



ONCE YOU AND your team have agreed on a schematic design, but before creating detailed drawings for building permit submittal, comes the Preliminary Estimate. Your architect invites a contractor they recommend, or a contractor you’ve selected, to sit down and systematically review the project. Contractors should be paid for  their time. 22

When we do preliminary estimates, we reference a spreadsheet with more than 100 items specific to a project. This serves as a checklist to cover the project’s scope, from General Conditions (the contractor’s project-support costs, such as temporary utilities and port-a-potty) and the various construction elements (e.g., grading, framing, finishes, electrical, plumbing) to soft costs (e.g., permit costs, other supporting professional fees such as Structural Engineer, Landscape Architect). For each item, the architect and contractor come up with a high value and a low value (“could be as little as… or as much as…”). These value ranges are based on our mutual experiences and current building industry costs. Though it isn’t a crystal ball, this process provides a fairly good window into where the project is headed. After your 1 1/2- to 2-hour meeting, you will have a Preliminary Estimate you can review. If it looks too high, take advantage of having both the architect and contractor present and brainstorm ways to cut costs. This is similar to an online shopping cart: All the thoughts, ideas, and dreams come together with an associated, rough estimate for the project’s cost. Best of all, you still have time to change the design without spending thousands of dollars in fees and hundreds of hours developing documents for permit submittal or construction.

This Novato remodel project was completed in 2015-2016 by members of Marin Builders Association: Bob Kunst Painting, Inc., Charles Window and Door, Diego Bros, Inc., Hearth and Home, Mahoney Architects & Interiors, McLeran, Inc., Old Town Glass, Redwood Electric, 415.892.4900 Sessi Dry Wall, 415.472.6373 Sonoma Marin Plumbing,

Unless we have that frank discussion about the budget up front, we don’t have essential information to execute on the design.

6 AFTER THE PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE AT THIS POINT, most projects continue, the documents are refined and submitted, and the work is completed successfully. We have found that the rough estimate ends up straddling the final cost. How close together they are depends on what you add to the project or how much you decrease costs (called “value-engineering the project”). Value-engineering aims at keeping the spirit of your project alive while re-assessing your priorities, which should have been laid out when you did your initial wish list. If you are over your budget and want to keep your wish list, an option is to place your project on hold while you take a breather and assess your priorities and resource allocation. We’ve had some clients project out as much as two years. Some contractors don’t want to go through an itemized list of costs for fear they are getting “locked into” a price. That is not the intent of this exercise. More than anything, it is a budgetary checkup on the project. When the estimate is completed fluidly and openly, the end result is an excellent tool as you move the project forward.

SUMMA RY REVIEWING THE COSTS with your architect and contractor is educational for everyone involved: You gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the building process; the contractor gains a greater understanding of the project and your concerns; and the architect gains greater knowledge of the construction costs, which then helps guide future projects to remain on budget. The main ingredients to make a Preliminary Estimate successful: • From you: a prioritized wish list and a budget • From the architect: a streamlined spreadsheet of the project – such as an outline specification in Excel format — catered to the needs of the project • From the contractor: knowledge of the costs associated with project completion and the ability to stay flexible Do yourself a favor and take the time to create a Preliminary Estimate with your architect and contractor. It could determine whether or not you reach the finish line within your budget and with your project priorities in place. Don’t sell yourself short and run over budget before you finish or, more likely, overspend and have to pull money from long-term savings. The Preliminary Estimate is essentially your ‘online’ shopping cart view before you formally commit to your purchase. Let’s build together at


Hiring a Contractor Interview By: Rick Vacek

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Hiring A Contractor? Do It Once. Do It Right. Choosing a reputable and professional contractor is important in ensuring the success of your home improvement project. But the process of comparing bids and drawing a favorable contract is not as clear-cut as it might seem — it can’t be rushed if the work is going to get done properly and within your budget. It stands to reason, for example, that the best contractors are the busiest. They can’t be expected to drop everything and hop right on to your project. They usually are worth the wait.

Marin Builders Member:

Brian McLeran McLeran Roofing


BRIAN MCLERAN of McLeran Roofing in San Rafael emphasizes the importance of doing thorough research to determine exactly what you want, how much you’re willing to spend, and when it needs to be done. “The homeowner can check on the status of a contractor’s license, insurance, and bond as well as possible consumer complaints against a license,” McLeran says. “Asking one or two friends and a few neighbors about their experiences is a good source of information as well.” Then there’s social media, which can be very helpful but also very misleading. “Be aware that opinions may be subjective,” McLeran says. “Use social media, but be careful in drawing final conclusions regarding contractors.” The State Contractors License Board (CSLB), through the California Department of Consumer Affairs, provides a wealth of information about choosing a good contractor. It recommends getting at least three bids, and as those bids come in it’s important to make sure the contractor’s state license number is listed. You can check it at or by calling 800-321-CSLB (2752). It’s not enough to verify that the contractor has a license. You also should see if it’s current.

The CSLB advises against automatically picking the lowest bid. Too good to be true might mean the contractor made a mistake in drafting the bid or is not including all of the work you want to get done. If the contractor sends a salesperson to meet with you, ask the representative for proof that they are a Home Improvement Salesperson registered with the CSLB. They should have a registration card and a photo I.D. All contractors must have a valid address and phone number on their card. That information will be on the CSLB site previously listed. If you aren’t happy with the work, someone operating a business out of the back of a truck might be hard to reach. Contractors are required by the state to have insurance, including workers’ compensation insurance if they have employees, and a contractor license bond of $15,000. You want to be protected in case there’s an accident on your property. However, don’t expect the bond to protect you in the case of shoddy work or results that don’t meet local building codes. As the CSLB website clearly states, “Bonds do not assure the financial or professional integrity or competency of a contractor. Institutional lenders such as savings and loans, insurance companies or

10 Tips for Making Sure Your Contractor Measures up Hire only licensed contractors

Confirm that the contractor has workers’ compensation insurance for employees

Check a contractor’s license number at or 800.321.CSLB

Never pay more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less * Don’t pay in cash.

Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person

Don’t let payments get ahead of the work

Get at least three bids

Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project, including all payments

Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you completely understand the terms

Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job

* Source:

commercial banks generally require licensed contractors to secure bonds for large jobs.” Let’s say you want to get a new roof put on your home. Here’s how it should work: “Most roofing contractors will be happy to inspect your roof and give you an opinion on the overall condition and serviceable life of your roof at no charge,” McLeran says. “It is a good idea to plan ahead because many roofing contractors keep busy schedules and need lead time to provide you with the best service. “Roofs are divided into two

...the key word — TIME — for both you and the contractor. Don’t rush the process. basic types: low-sloped roofs and sloped roofs. Common materials for low-sloped roofs include tar and gravel, single-ply system and foam. Materials for sloped roofs include shingles, slate and tile. Your roofing contractor can guide you in choosing the proper material for your home.”

McLeran emphasizes asking questions and being fully educated about the scope of the project. Work of this nature “can be an intimidating experience, but it needn’t be if you take the time to do a little research before you start your project,” he adds. That’s the key word — time — for both you and the contractor. Don’t rush the process. Do your homework, be thorough, and enjoy the outcome. Let’s build together at



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5 Things to Consider Before You Build Many people interested in designing and building a custom project start with the question: “How much will it cost to build?” When people hear the answer, their next question is, “Why? I thought it would be less expensive.” Following are some comments homeowners make about their design/ build projects and our responses to their comments.

Story By Marin Builders Member:

Kevin Casey New Avenue Homes


“My friend told me that projects can be built for $200 per square foot.” For years people have heard a general rule of thumb that houses can be built for $200 per square foot (or $200/sqft). They think that if a 3,000-square-foot house costs $600,000 to build, then a 500-square-foot remodel or guest house should cost $100,000 (500 square feet x $200 per foot = $100,000). But this just isn’t true. The $200/sqft number can be accurate, but the size of the house has to be large enough to take advantage of economies of scale. Generally, the bigger the house, the less expensive per square foot it is to build. The smaller a house is, the more expensive it is to build per square foot. In other words, to hit the $200/sqft number, you need to build a 2,500+ square-foot house.


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When builders say they can build a house for $100/sq ft, they are talking about the cost to build in a subdivision in some place like Atlanta. They are not factoring in design, engineering or permitting costs. These costs alone are often an additional 20% of the building cost. They are also not factoring in quality construction you’d expect in almost any coastal or metropolitan area. In many places, costs of $500–$1,000 per square foot are not only common, but include the cost of the quality and finish-level owners expect. The cost per square foot can change dramatically based on the location of the project. For example, costs to build in a coastal city can be as low as $200/sqft but modern projects in Dwell Magazine are easily in the $500/sqft or even $1,000/sqft range. As home prices continue to increase around the country, the cost of building increases as well.

2 “I just want a simple house.” That’s great. But even a simple house is a complex feat of permitting, engineering and back-breaking labor. These things take time and money. As an owner, it is helpful to know that all projects are built using the same process: a. Figure out what you can build, including permit requirements, in your city or county. b. Work with an architect or designer to draw up the size, look and shape in a “schematic” design. c. Submit the design to the planning department to get planning permits. d. Once you have the planning permit, have the architect draw up construction documents for a building permit. This often requires two or three engineers such as structural, soils and civil. e. Determine all the “finishes,” which include appliances, faucets and fixtures, materials, tile, paint colors, landscaping, and utilities. f. Work with builders to get bids, select one, sign a construction agreement, prepare the land, pour a foundation, frame the house, enclose the house, hook up water/electric/sewer, and install finishes. Whether you build something that is 500 square feet or 5,000 square feet, all of these steps need to be taken.

Whether you build something that is 500 square feet or 5,000 square feet, all of these steps need to be taken.


“I’m thinking of a prefab house because it’s easier.” This is possible, but it really depends on your site, existing home, and personal goals. Blu Homes and Living Homes are the top of the line if you go this route. Buying a home that is built somewhere else can reduce design fees, but it still needs to meet your city and county codes and then be permitted. After that the house needs to be shipped to your location, and if that location is in an urban setting, you’re looking at significant costs to shut down streets and hire a crane to lift the unit into place. Once your house arrives, you will have paid for the same foundation and water/electric/sewer hookups that you need with a stick-built home. By the time all of this adds up, you are looking at a similar price to building a custom house. And while you don’t have to spend time designing prefab, you still have to spend all the time getting permits. Most importantly, a custom home allows you to design something specific to both your needs and the lot on which it will reside.


“My uncle is a handyman or contractor and can build for me cheaply.” The best way to save money is to do the work yourself. It will take you a long time and you will make mistakes, but it can be an amazing and fun experience. One of our favorite projects was a Normandy-style stone house in Upstate NY. The walls on the home are 2-feet thick stone! »Continued on page 36



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03. EXPERTISE 30 The New Home is a Smart Home — is Yours? 32 How's Your Curbside Manor? 37 The Marketplace


Smart Home Interview By: Rick Vacek

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The New Home is a Smart Home —is Yours? From the time “The Jetsons” were part of the Saturday morning routine, many futuristic television shows and movies have had one thing in common: Something always goes wrong with the technology and causes big problems. Unfortunately, for many owners of “smart homes,” problems have been all too real. Too often, expensive gadgets haven’t lived up to the hype.

Marin Builders Member:

Shubber Ali Centriq Technology, Inc.


Here’s a guide to what homeowners with a dash of George Jetson in them should be looking for now:

SMART “PASSIVE” HOME TECH “THE VAST MAJORITY of the tech being hyped out there is still nowhere close to being ready for prime time,” says Shubber Ali, co CEO/Founder of Centriq Technology Inc. in San Rafael. “Much of it is finicky and glitch prone and often is aimed at the techsavvy subset of the market that is happy taking the cover off things and tinkering to get them to work. This defeats the real purpose of ‘smart’ home technology — to avoid hassles.” While there are signs of improvement, Ali advises homeowners to choose carefully to avoid getting stuck with incompatible devices. He divides home tech into three sectors — passive, active and interactive. Then there’s smart homeowner tech, offered by Centriq with an award-winning free app.

Ali says there are three winners in this category: thermostats, door locks and monitoring. The programmable thermostat is nothing new, but it has confused many a homeowner who simply wanted to turn it up or down a tad. The Nest smart home thermostat solved that, quite simply, by being quite simple. It has built-in artificial intelligence that learns what you like and when, and then it adjusts automatically over time. “No more figuring out start/stop times and weekdays/ weekends,” Ali says. “The thermostat learns for you. And, of course, it has a mobile app, so you can adjust your temperature when you aren’t at home, too.” Many companies offer smart door locks in a variety of fits and finishes and with a range

Don’t let your smart home make you feel as if you’re living in a cartoon — get the right technology of features from the very simple (just punch in numbers on a digital keypad) to the more complex (hand scanners that require your unique signature). A number of companies have also found their way into the home-monitoring business. There are two choices: Buy hardware that is installed by you or a technician, or sign up for home service from one of the big cable providers. The downside to the latter, of course, is the monthly subscription fee.

SMART “ACTIVE” HOME TECH Ali takes a dim view of products in this segment of the market, such as smart light switches, water sensors to tell you if your washing machine has sprung a leak and refrigerators that keep track of how much milk is left. “For the most part, these are technologies trying to solve problems that don’t really exist, and many of the products have fizzled in the market — we’re all pretty aware of when the milk is almost empty,” he says.

“Others have received less than favorable feedback in blogs, such as the light switch that took 15 minutes of fiddling with the app to get working, and still others simply aren’t worth the cost/benefit trade-off at this point. In a few years, as the tech becomes more glitch-resistant and the costs come down, it’ll be worth looking at them.”

SMART "INTERACTIVE" HOME TECH Voice activation technology quickly has become part of everyday life. Ali says the clear leader is Amazon’s Alexa, which simply listens for what you want and then does it for you. It can play a song, set an alarm, call Lyft or Uber, check the wait time at the airport, or order a pizza.

SMART HOMEOWNER TECH One of the biggest issues facing a homeowner, Ali says, is simply knowing all of the what, where, when and how of their homes, and this is where the Centriq app comes in. “Simply snap photos of the nameplate on any appliance, and Centriq automatically brings you the user manuals, common spare parts linked to Amazon for easy shopping, and even how-to videos,” he says. “It also lets the homeowner store any other important information and even record personal video notes so you never forget how to do something that you might do infrequently.” That goes back to the main “smart home” challenge: knowing what to do when something goes wrong. Remember the closing line of “The Jetsons” as the credits rolled? “Help! Help! Jane, stop this crazy thing!” Don’t let your smart home make you feel like you’re living in a cartoon — get the right technology. Let’s build together at


Curb Appeal & Landscaping Interview By: Rick Vacek

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How's Your Curbside Manor? The outside of a home can be as important as the inside. Curb appeal can turn into curb catastrophe if proper care hasn’t been given to a good design and a solid maintenance plan. Besides, having a creative and functional outdoor space just makes a home more fun and livable. Marin Builders Member:

DAN FIX of Dan Fix Landscape Construction Company in San Rafael emphasizes several key components to making the best of what surrounds your home: •

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A design that takes into consideration the site’s limitations and the overall aesthetics Attention to water conservation, irrigation and drainage Well-crafted hardscape items such as patios, pathways, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens and fire pits Careful soil preparation Proper planting techniques

The right design, Fix says, is best accomplished by working with qualified landscape architects and contractors. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to find one yourself. Fix’s company, for example, doesn’t do design work, 32

but he has established relationships with knowledgeable, experienced professionals he trusts. The designer also has an important role in creating a garden that conserves water. “These days, water conservation plays a  large role in any landscape design, with drought-tolerant plants taking center stage,” Fix says. “Quite often, however, the less talented designs are just a mish mash of plants that, while achieving low water usage, give the garden a haphazard look. This is where a good architect or designer makes the difference.” Even the most carefully designed garden won’t thrive without an irrigation system that keeps the plant pallet in mind and is site specific and microclimate oriented. Sun areas must be watered separately from shade areas to ensure the correct amount of water is applied to the landscape. 
Fix says drainage is an often overlooked

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aspect of a well-executed landscape installation. “It is critical that planning be done to ensure the heavy rains of winter are anticipated and that runoff from the landscape is collected and directed to the appropriate distribution area, be it a drain to the street or a dispersal area on the property,” he says. “Nobody likes to dodge big puddles when they take the garbage out. And you certainly don’t want water standing under your house from poor drainage or grading.” Hardscape items are a large part of the job for contractors. Their first mission is to make sure these potentially eye-catching features are designed according to local building codes and accepted building practices. “Depending on the materials, these items can be the most expensive aspects of garden installation and quite often the most dramatic,” Fix says. “It’s important to us that we bring the highest level of craftsmanship to these components because they are the

...the less talented designs are just a mish mash of plants that, while achieving low water usage, give the garden a haphazard look. This is where a good architect or designer makes the difference. bones of the garden, both in terms of visual appeal and overall function.” Anyone with a “brown thumb” who has ever watched their garden struggle to blossom is advised to pay attention to soil preparation. The existing site soil should be tested before planting to determine what nutrients are available or lacking in the soil. If the soil has been depleted of the necessary nutrients critical for healthy plant growth, this is the time to correct that. Fix recommends adding compost or other organic amenders and tilling into the top six inches of the planting areas to ensure healthy plants. Chemical compounds, which can be added using either organic or chemical fertilizers, might be needed. Many homeowners, especially those who don’t have much experience with building a garden, don’t know the mechanics of proper planting. Plants often are planted too deep, burying the crown of the plant in the soil and leading to crown rot and plant failure. Think about sun exposure and root growth. Make sure your garden has plenty of room to grow. Avoid the curb catastrophe. Follow these steps and you’ll have a colorful, healthy-looking yard that stands out. Let’s build together at









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»Continued from page 27 The owner spent seven years on the project. It is a $1,000,000 home that will cost less than half that and it is a work of art. We’re not counting this husband/wife team’s 10,000 hours of labor in our costs though. If you want to try a DIY project, just be really careful because construction can be back-breaking labor. The second best way to save money is to manage all the subs (electrician, foundation, framer, plumber, drywaller, etc.) yourself. The most skilled subs prefer not to work for inexperienced clients. They are concerned that your inexperience will require too much of their time as you make decisions, and that you will call them back repeatedly and they will end up making very little money due to the extra time. So owner-builders often get stuck with the second-tier subs, and that can be painful!

Following is an approximate breakdown of the costs involved in building a 1,000-square-foot house in our area. – Initial Assessment and Research: $400 – Design Fees: $5,880 – Construction Documents: $5,400 – Engineering: $4,500 – City Fees: $5,620 – Survey: $2,300 – Construction Administration: $3,400 Total Design and Permit Costs: $27,500 – – – – – – – – – – –

Demolition: $2,100 Site Prep: $7,100 Foundation: $11,975 Framing and Carpentry: $23,700 Insulation & Moisture Protection: $3,500 Windows and Doors: $6,489 Finishes: $14,825 Plumbing: $13,900 Heating and Ventilation: $3,400 Electrical: $5,300 Contractor Overhead and Profit: $15,100

Total Construction: $107,389 Total Project Cost: $134,889


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5 “Can spending a ton of money still give me a good return on investment?” Absolutely, the financial return is often there but the real return is rarely the cash you collect. A creative space, family room, home office, guest room or anything that increases the value you and your family get out of your home can make the investment well worth it. For example, clients may spend $200,000 building a guest house that increases their mortgage payment by $1,200 per month. They can offer that home to a child or parent who would be living somewhere else for many times the cost of the guest house. Other people may use this as a home office and create a new business from home. Some people choose to downsize and move into their accessory dwelling while renting out their main house, bringing in even more rental income. Or by creating a second unit for your child or your parents, you can avoid paying for the expenses of living separately such as rent to live elsewhere, maintenance, the taxes of owning two homes, or the high costs of assisted living. So when considering building a home: 1. Get solid data on pricing and don't rely on old "rules of thumb." 2. Recognize that both "simple" and "prefab" homes often have the same requirements as larger custom homes. 3. Think about building your own home—it may take awhile but it can truly     be a labor of love. 4. Know the real return on your custom project is rarely cash but a beautiful place you can enjoy for years and call “home.”



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0-9 38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc. 47 777 Plumbing Inc. 55

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A Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal 52 Abacus Group Builders, Inc. 47 Abel Maldonado Construction 47 Abigail Gorton Web Strategies 53 Accuchex Corporation 46 Advance Business Services 51 Advanced Stormwater Protection 56 Adventures In Production 47 AFP Build, Inc. 47 Agricultural Institute of Marin 54 Ahmed’s Moving Express, Inc. 54, 38 Alco Iron & Metal Company 50 All Phase Excavating & Demolition, Inc. 51 All Terrain, Inc. 51 Allen Enterprises 47 Alpine Electric 50 Alt Electric 50 Alta Engineering Group, Inc. 47 Alten Construction, Inc. 47 Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. 51 And Them Design 53, 4 Andersen Windows & Doors 57 Andres Martinez Painting, Inc. 54 Anello Painting And Construction 54 Anthony Bertotti Landscaping, Inc. 53 Antonis Construction Building & Painting 47 Anywhere CPR 54 Aquatech Consultancy, Inc. 52 Ares Commercial Properties 55 Arntz Builders, Inc. 47 Arrington Construction 47 Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc. 50 ASAP Plumbing, Inc. 55 Audac 52 Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc. 46 Aussie Roofing, Inc. 56

B B G Construction 47 BakerCorp 50 Bank of Marin 46 Bank of San Francisco 46 Baswell Plumbing 55 Bauman Landscape & Construction 53 Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc. 50



Bay Area Subcontractors Association (BASA) 54 Bay City Mechanical, Inc. 52 Bay County Builders, Inc. 47 Bayside HVAC Products, LLC 52 Bedrock Concrete Construction 46 Benga Construction 47, 37 BHM Construction, Inc. 47 Big Cat Advertising 46, 4 BioMarin Pharmaceutical 54 Bob Kunst Painting, Inc. 54, 11, 23 Boeck & Associates Painting Company 54 Bolds Risk & Insurance Services 52 Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc. 53 Borton Petrini, LLP 53 Bradley Real Estate 55 Brandon Riedel Roofing 56 Bruce Enterprises 56 Buchholz Landscaping Company 53 Buel Engineering 50 Burkell Plumbing, Inc. 55 Burns Builders 47

C C.L.Y., Inc. dba Sonoma-Marin Construction 47 Cal-West Rentals, Inc. 56 Calender Robinson Insurance 52 California Mortgage Advisors 55 California Space Organizers, Inc. 46 Carl J. Augusto Plumbing 55 Carpenters Local #35 54 Cartwright Construction 47 Casey Professional Painting 54 Castaneda Iron Works 54 CDK Builders Inc. 47 Central Valley 53 Central Valley Environmental 50, 45 Centriq Technology, Inc. 52, 30 Ceramic Tile Design 56 CF Contracting 47 Charles Melin, General Contractor 47 Charles Window and Door Company 57, 23 Cherokee Construction 47 City Front Plumbing 55 Clough Construction 51, 9 Coastal City Partners 55 Coastside Concrete & Construction, Inc. 47 College of Marin 50, 5 Comcast Corporation 56 Community Playgrounds, Inc. 55

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Connected Electric 50 Contractors Business Centers 50 Coughlan Napa CPA Company, Inc. 46 CPi Development 56 CPR etc. 54 Craford Benefit Consultants 52 Craig Communications, Inc. 53 Crescent Builders, Inc. 48, 37 CWS Construction Group 48 Cypress Homes, Inc./H-Y-H Corporation 48

D D & H Construction 47 D & R Construction 48 Dan Fix Landscape Construction 53, 32 Dan Young Construction, Inc. 48 David Freeman Painting 54 David White & Associates 52 De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor 55 De La Montanya Trucking 57 De Mello Roofing 56 Deck Supply Warehouse 51 Decks by Woodmasters 51 DeGregory Painting and Decorating 54 Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction 47 Denny’s House Of Plumbing 55 Design/Build Specialists, Inc. 50 Desmond & Wallace, Inc. 48 Devincenzi Concrete Construction 47 DHC Supplies, Inc. 53 Dibble & Company 49 Diego Brothers, Inc. 47, 23 Diego Quality Construction 48 Division Seven 54 DMH Land Use Planning 56 DNL Builders 48 Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc. 52 Door Pros 52 Dotto Glass 57 Doug Monti Construction 48 Downing Heating & Air Conditioning 52 Dry Kings Restoration 56 Dutra 47 DWC 54

E Electrix, Inc. 50 Empire Floors 52 Energy Calc Company 49 Envision Builders, Inc. 48, 34

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Epple Interior Services 52 ESM Enterprise General Contractor 48 Eureka Valley Floor Company 52

Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company 53 Fairway Design & Construction, Inc. 48 Farallon Company 51 Farnsworth Mayflower 54 FDC Design Build 50 Fire Technologies 51 Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning 52 Floortex Design 52, 36 Floyd Construction, Inc. 48 Flynn, Riley, Bailey & Pasek, LLP 53 Fontana Construction, Inc. 48 Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage 54 Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance 53 Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc. 50 Forward Push 53 Frey Incorporated 50

Hardiman Construction 51 Harry Lee Plumbing 55 Hartnett Construction 48 Hayes and Associates Construction, Inc. 48 Hearth & Home of Marin 51, 23 Heffernan Insurance Brokers 52 Henley Photography 53 Hennessey Construction, Inc. 48 Henris Roofing Company 56 Herb Dorszynski/Johns Manville 56 Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc. 56 High Tech Screens & Shades 57 Hillside Drilling, Inc. 51 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin 54 Hitchcock Construction Co. 48 Hoffmann Construction, Inc. 48 Homeward Bound of Marin 54 Horick Builders, Inc. 48 House Cleaning by Gabi 52 Howard Scanlan 48 Hubbell Daily Architecture + Design 46, 28, 20



G Family, Inc. 50 Gaetani Construction 48 Gaidano & Sons Painting & Decorating 54 Gaidmore Furniture 46 Gazzoli Construction 48 George Petersen Insurance Agency 52 Ghilotti Bros., Inc. 47, 57 Ghilotti Construction Company 51, 7 Giampolini & Company 54 Glass Concepts, LLC 57, 12 GLB Architects 46 Golden State Lumber, Inc. 53, 43 Goltermann Real Estate & Construction 48 Goodman Building Supply 53 Gordon Walker Builders 48 Gotelli Plumbing Company 55 Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co. 49 Grant Painting 54 GreenLynx 50 Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc. 55 Gubbins Building Company, Inc. 48 Gusiff Marketing Group 53

I. Cannan Electric 50 ILS Associates, Inc. 51 Imbimbo Concrete, Inc. 47 Independent Electric Supply, Inc. 50 Indian Valley Golf Club 52 Insite Networks, Inc. 52 Integral Design 46 Irrigation Repair Service 53 Italics 56


H Habitat For Humanity 54 Hal-Co, Inc. 46 Hanson Bridgett, LLP 53

J J & R Thompson, Inc. 54 Jackson’s Hardware, Inc. 53 Jakela, Inc, (dba Asbestos Control Center) 48 Jamba Construction, Inc. 48 James D. Rohde 53 James G. Lino Construction 48 James S. Young Construction 48 James W. Josephs & Company 48 Jeff Hicks Construction 48 Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc. 48 Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc. 54 Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc. 53 John C. Hill Construction 48 John C. Hom & Associates 51 John Pope, Inc. 47 John Seidler Painting 54


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Johnson Electric 50 Jones Garage Door Co., Inc. 52 Joseph Farrell Architecture 46, 4 JR Hart 53 JS Company 51 Jungsten Construction 48

Marin Color Service, Inc. 54 Marin Country Club 52 Marin County Ford 46, 35 Marin Economic Forum 54 Marin Employment Connection Business Services 56 Marin General Hospital 54 Marin Independent Journal 46 Marin Landscape Materials 47 Marin Mechanical, Inc. 55 Marin Roto-Rooter 55, 60 Marin Sanitary Service 49, 59 Marin Termite Control Co., Inc. 55

K Kadima-Schoepp, Inc. 48 Karkabi Construction 48 Kasten Builders 48, 37 Kate Warner, Construction Lawyer 53 KBI Painting, Inc. 54 KCK Builders, Inc. 48 Kelly Pacific Construction 48 Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc. 54 Ken Kay Associates 53 Kerr Construction, Inc. 48 Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor 51 Kies Strategies 50 Kitchens by Ken Ryan 50, 37 Kitchens Inside Out 50 KP Promotions 55 KuhelBreez HR Consultant 56 Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc. 54

L L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc. 52 Lamperti Contracting & Design 50, 34 Landmark Builders 48 Larry C. Levy, Consultant 56 Leak Detection Pros, Inc. 52 Leslie Suh Appraisals, LLC 50 Lilypad Homes 54, 9 Linscott Engineering Contractors, Inc. 51 London Chimney Services, Inc. 51 Lucas Valley Designs 48 Lunny Grading & Paving, Inc. 51 Lynch & Sons 46

M MacPhail Properties, Inc. 56 MacQuarrie Electrical Services 50 Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. 51 Maher Accountancy 46 Mahoney Architects & Interiors 46, 22 Maloney Construction, Inc. 52, 28 Marelli Drywall 50 Marin Builders Association 54 Marin Clean Energy 57


Marin Tree Service 56 Marion Landscaping 53 Mariposa Contractors, Inc. 48 Mark J. Rice, Esq. 53 Marshall Foster Masonry 53 Martin & Harris 46 Massa Construction Company 48 MasterDevCo 49 Mato Account Works 46, 9 Max Design & Construction 50 Mazzoni & Associates, Inc. 49 McCoy Lighting Design 53 McDevitt Construction Partners, Inc. 47 McGuire & Sons Construction 49 McLeran Roofing Co. 56, 18, 24 McPhail Fuel Co. 55 Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc. 53 Merrill Lynch - Watts Group 51 Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders 49 Mertel Carpets 52 Meylan Construction, Inc. 47 Michael J. Harlock A.I.A. 46 Michael L. King 49 Michael Paul Company, Inc. 51 Miconi Marble & Tile 56 Mike Brown Electric Company 50 Mike Mariani Electric, Inc. 50 Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc. 55 Mikkelsen Painting 55 Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc. 49 Minto & Wilkie 52 Minuteman Press of Marin 55 Mission Wood Products 57 MLS Tile 56 Mobius Systems 46 Moliver Landscape 53 Monark Premium Appliance Company 46


Morris Roofing Company 56 Murray Building 47

N Nancy M. Marion, Mortgage Advisor 51 Natal Modica Construction, Inc. 49 Naturworks Pest Control 55 Neary Landscape 53 Nerviani Paving, Inc. 51 New Avenue Inc. 49, 26 Nichelini & Sons, Inc. 49 North Bay Business Journal 46 North Bay Landscape Management, Inc. 53 North Bay NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) 54 North Marin Painting, Inc. 55 NorthBay biz 46 Northbay Roofing & Gutters, Inc. 56 Northern Pacific Roofing 56 Northgate Garage Doors, Inc. 52 Northwest General Engineering 51 Novato Chamber Of Commerce 54 Novato Glass, Inc. 57

O Old Town Glass 57, 2, 23 Onspot Welding & Design, Inc. 54 Optimal Design Group 51 Outdoor Environments 53

P Pac West Painting, Inc. 55 Pace Supply Corp. 55 Pacific Door Products, Inc. 57 Pacific Gas and Electric Company 57 Pacific Hardscapes 47 Pacificontract 52 Pagan Construction, LLC 49 Pallavicini Painting 55 Pat Trainor Drywall, Inc. 50 Patriot Mechanical, Inc. 52 Pedersen Associates Landscape Architects 53 Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc. 55 PeopleReady 56 Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc. 55 Pete Niederberger & Sons 49 Petty Masonry, Inc. 53 Plath & Co. 47 Plumbing Repair Specialists 55 Pound Management, Inc. 49




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Sonoma Marin Plumbing 55, 23 Sontag Construction, Inc. 49 Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc. 53 Steere Building & Woodworking 49 Steinbach Cabinets 46 Steve Janney Roofing, Inc. 56 Strom Electric, Inc. 50 Stroub Construction 49 Substrate, Inc. 51 Sun First, Inc. 56, 35 Sunrise Home 50, 34 Sunshine Construction 51 Superior Roofing Solutions 56 Synapse Electric 50

R R.V. Stich Construction, Inc. 49 Radco & Associates, Inc. 47 Rafael Floors 52, 45 Rafael Lumber Company 53 Ravano & Cooney Construction 49 Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer 51 RC Cabinets & Closets 46 Redwood Electric 50, 23 Redwood Engineering 51 Redwood Landfill, Recycling and Composting Center 50 Redwood Security Systems, Inc. 56 Redwood Valley Construction, LLC 49 Rempe Construction 49 Renew Crew Painting 55 Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc. 47 Rising Design & Construction 50 Robert Walther Painting 55 Robison Construction 51 Rockport Land Corp. 56 Roman’s Plumbing 55 Ross Construction Services 49 Ross Painting 55, 18 Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply 52 RPM Mortgage 56

S S.L.M. Builders 49 S.R. Allied Builders, Inc. 49 Salazar Cal Cities 53 San Rafael Chamber of Commerce 54 Sandler Training 49 Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens 50 Schalich Bros. Construction, Inc. 49 Scott Kaplan 49 SDI Insulation 52 Seadrift Realty 56 SERVPRO of Novato/North San Rafael 56 Sessi Drywall 50, 23 Shamrock Materials, Inc. 47 Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 54 Simply Solar 56 Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc. 52 SKS Architects 46 Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP 53, 28 SolarCraft 56, 38


T T & B Sports 55 T.H. Eller Construction 49 Tamalpais Land Construction 49 Tamalpais Paint & Color 55, 43 Team Ghilotti, Inc. 51 Tembrock-Ingrassia Builders dba Bayside Builders 49 The Away Station, Inc. 50 The Clever Home 57, 35 The Garber Law Firm 53 The Land Collaborative 53, 4 Thompson Builders Corporation 47 Thornton Paving, Inc. 51 Tile West 56 Timberline Builders, Inc. 49, 13 Todd Morris Fire Protection 51 Tom Ganley Construction 49 Tom J. Collins Construction 49 Tom Redmond Construction, Inc. 49 Tomrose Construction, Inc. 49 Tony Smith, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors 51 Trahan Bros., Inc. 52 Travis Remodeling 49 Treemasters Tree and Garden Care 57 Truitt and White - Marvin Design Gallery 57 Tuatagaloa Contracting 51


V Van Midde & Son Concrete 47 Van Pelt Construction Services 49 Verde Metals, Inc. 52 Vincent Sheehan Real Estate 56 Vitreo, Inc. 57 Von Der Werth, Inc. 49

W W H General Construction 49 W. Bradley Electric, Inc. 50 W.K. McLellan Company 51 W.R. Forde Associates 51 Wagstaff + Rogers Architects 46 Water Components & Building Supply, Inc. 55 Weber Plastering, Inc. 55 Wedge Roofing, Inc. 56, 37 Wendy Aronson Property Management 56 Wesco Fencing 51 West Coast Electric, Inc. 50 West Coast Professional Door, Inc. 57 Westward Builders Inc. 51 Whiteside Construction Corporation 47, 45 Wildcat Engineering 51 Wilkinson Design & Construction 50 William G. Taylor Construction Corp. 49 Wilson’s Plumbing 55 Window Worx 57 Wise Insurance Agency 52 Womack Construction 49 Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. 52 World Class Shows 54 WSI Smart Marketing 53

Z Zero Waste Marin 50, 43

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ACCOU N T I N G Accuchex Corporation 415.883.7733 x 110 Coughlan Napa CPA Company, Inc. 707.255.0677 Maher Accountancy 415.459.1249

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Mato Account Works 415.472.3946

A DV E R T I S I N G & PUBLISHING Big Cat Advertising 415.884.3501 Marin Independent Journal 415.382.7297 North Bay Business Journal 707.521.5270 NorthBay biz 707.575.8282


Hubbell Daily Architecture + Design 415.383.4311

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Joseph Farrell Architecture 415.884.2860

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Mahoney Architects & Interiors 415.389.1058

Union Bank

Michael J. Harlock A.I.A. 415.924.5714


SKS Architects lic. C-25816 415.382.1656 Wagstaff + Rogers Architects 415.383.2160 x102

AU D IOV I S UA L & L OW VO LTAG E Mobius Systems lic. 814767 C7 415.499.1400

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Martin & Harris 415.454.2021 Monark Premium Appliance Company 415.453.6070





Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc. lic. 288206 D12,D24 415.472.4171 California Space Organizers, Inc. lic. 866993 C61,D34 415.454.7477 Gaidmore Furniture 415.884.2939 Hal-Co, Inc. lic. 714971 B 415.254.6822 Integral Design lic. 537763 C6 415.454.5025

Marin County Ford 415.895.3000

RC Cabinets & Closets lic. 985074 C6 707.664.1900


Steinbach Cabinets lic. 694518 C6 415.453.7322

Bank of Marin 415.485.2265

GLB Architects


Bank of San Francisco 415.489.7133

CO N C R E T E , A S P H A LT, S A N D & G R AV E L Bedrock Concrete Construction lic. 983442 415.858.5975


C.L.Y., Inc. dba Sonoma-Marin Construction lic. 690380 C8,B,A 707.763.6981 Coastside Concrete & Construction, Inc. lic. 995338 707.695.6022 Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction lic. 808915 C8,A 707.568.1200 Devincenzi Concrete Construction lic. 326998 C8 707.546.3113 Dutra

Van Midde & Son Concrete lic. 676584 C8 415.459.2530

Meylan Construction, Inc. lic. 680456 B 415.256.1620

Alta Engineering Group, Inc. lic. 840109 415.349.4687

Whiteside Construction Corporation lic. 577719 A,B,D06 510.234.6681

Murray Building lic. 646709 B,A, LEED AP 707.939.9001

Antonis Construction Building & Painting lic. 940470 B,C33 707.280.5740

CO N S T R UC T IO N CO M M E R C I A L Alten Construction, Inc. lic. 705713 A,B 510.234.4200 Arntz Builders, Inc. lic. 727072 B,ASB 415.382.1188

415.258.6876 Ghilotti Bros., Inc. lic. 132128 A,C8,C12,C21,C42,HAZ 415.454.7011 Imbimbo Concrete, Inc. lic. 638907 A,C8 650.991.3384 Marin Landscape Materials 415.897.1337 Pacific Hardscapes lic. 1016509 415.918.0089 Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc. 415.924.1040 Shamrock Materials, Inc. 415.455.1575

CF Contracting lic. 401466 B,C10,A 415.721.7160 Cherokee Construction lic. 427589 B 510.222.1689 D & H Construction lic. 693883 B 510.237.7883 Diego Brothers, Inc. lic. 419030 A,B 415.472.5967 John Pope, Inc. lic. 467171 B,A,ASB 415.497.5948 McDevitt Construction Partners, Inc. lic. 969483 B 707.763.3000

Plath & Co. lic. 395458 B 415.460.1575 Radco & Associates, Inc. lic. 410936 B,A 415.924.6105 Thompson Builders Corporation lic. 626859 B,A,C17,C-5 415.456.8972

CO N S T R UC T IO N RESIDENTIAL 38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc. lic. 838178 B 415.456.0937 Abacus Group Builders, Inc. lic. 522340 B 415.927.0667 Abel Maldonado Construction lic. 970422 B 415.823.7444 Adventures In Production lic. 943457 B 415.602.4742 AFP Build, Inc. lic. 1017681 415.435.3273

Arrington Construction lic. 810317 B 415.460.1607 B G Construction lic. 676193 B 415.884.2180 Bay County Builders, Inc. lic. 700683 B 415.457.9962 Benga Construction lic. 998496 415.760.3193 BHM Construction, Inc. lic. 903191 B 707.643.4580 Burns Builders lic. 871010 B 415.272.7751 Cartwright Construction lic. 626464 B 415.612.4284 CDK Builders, Inc. lic. 644649 B 415.419.5643 Charles Melin, General Contractor lic. 311858 B 415.461.2416

Allen Enterprises lic. 881441 B 415.671.9767 47

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Crescent Builders, Inc. lic. 822594 B 415.454.1313

Fairway Design & Construction, Inc. lic. 923234 B 415.455.2468

Hitchcock Construction Co. lic. 396116 B 415.602.8464

CWS Construction Group lic. 811153 B 415.599.5585

Floyd Construction, Inc. lic. 365653 A,B 415.485.0645

Hoffmann Construction, Inc. lic. 414423 B 415.897.7263

Cypress Homes, Inc./H-Y-H Corporation lic. 974792 B 415.383.1848 D & R Construction lic. 533707 B 707.792.0818

Fontana Construction, Inc. lic. 487928 B 415.457.1290 Gaetani Construction lic. 490550 B 415.740.8820

Horick Builders, Inc. lic. 825511 B 707.766.9466

Jakela, Inc. (dba Asbestos Control Center) lic. 590867 A,B,HAZ,ASB, C33,C22 415.883.7856

Desmond & Wallace, Inc. lic. 782179 A,B 707.795.7443

Goltermann Real Estate & Construction lic. 304928 707.775.2525

Jamba Construction, Inc. lic. 897278 A,B,C17 415.435.4481

Gordon Walker Builders lic. 562356 B 415.457.1184

James G. Lino Construction lic. 442777 B 415.663.1939

Gubbins Building Company, Inc. lic. 788512 B 415.924.9031

James S. Young Construction lic. 703863 B,C6 415.717.6061

Hartnett Construction lic. 888773 B 415.816.5046

James W. Josephs & Company lic. 359012 B 415.454.8499

707.495.2950 Doug Monti Construction lic. 387703 B 415.453.1380 Envision Builders, Inc. lic. 736487 B 415.453.2370 ESM Enterprise General Contractor lic. 352891 B 415.383.9698


Kadima-Schoepp, Inc. lic. 981220 415.400.4999


Gazzoli Construction lic. 922738 B 415.847.1811

DNL Builders lic. 872590 B

Jungsten Construction lic. 549463 B 415.381.3162

Karkabi Construction lic. 593092 B 415.459.2401

Howard Scanlan lic. 402434 B

Dan Young Construction, Inc. lic. 760173 B 415.457.6797

Diego Quality Construction lic. 544509 B 707.765.6169

John C. Hill Construction lic. 851479 B 415.215.9188

Kasten Builders lic. 362773 B 415.897.4500 KCK Builders, Inc. lic. 810315 A,B 415.459.8698

Hayes and Associates Construction, Inc. lic. 817836 B 415.892.3464

Jeff Hicks Construction lic. 345479 B,C27 415.383.2080

Hennessey Construction, Inc. lic. 727282 B 415.459.6497

Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc. lic. 508578 B 415.892.7713

Kelly Pacific Construction lic. 346196 B 415.464.0900 Kerr Construction, Inc. lic. 615587 B 415.456.5300 Landmark Builders lic. 474421 B 415.883.5410 Lucas Valley Designs lic. 645290 B 415.225.8230 Mariposa Contractors, Inc. lic. 831986 B 415.370.0400 Massa Construction Company lic. 344050 A,B 415.459.0400

McGuire & Sons Construction lic. 346397 B 415.454.2719 Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders lic. 672337 B 707.584.1813 Michael L. King lic. 544919 B 415.924.9746 Natal Modica Construction, Inc. lic. 844317 B 415.382.6554 Nichelini & Sons, Inc. lic. 339365 B 415.485.6791 Pagan Construction, LLC lic. 464896 B 415.457.4170 Pete Niederberger & Sons lic. 524069 B 415.924.4170 Ravano & Cooney Construction lic. 689239 B 415.431.3000 Redwood Valley Construction, LLC lic. 1011975 415.577.3786 Rempe Construction lic. 453554 B 415.897.9126 S.L.M. Builders lic. 718948 B 707.795.4177

S.R. Allied Builders, Inc. lic. 399932 B 707.795.6595 Schalich Bros. Construction, Inc. lic. 497493 B 415.382.7733 Scott Kaplan lic. 467868 B

Tom J. Collins Construction lic. 499170 B 415.717.6351 Tom Redmond Construction, Inc. lic. 434609 B 415.892.9918 Tomrose Construction, Inc. lic. 605439 B 707.763.4001

415.453.8582 Sontag Construction, Inc. lic. 626258 510.665.4500 Steere Building & Woodworking lic. 744002 B 415.388.4616 Stroub Construction lic. 489037 B 415.331.0621 T.H. Eller Construction lic. 579465 B 415.488.9865 Tamalpais Land Construction lic. 972710 B 415.797.2320 Tembrock-Ingrassia Builders dba Bayside Builders lic. 957514 B 415.884.8078 Timberline Builders, Inc. lic. 1001887 415.883.5900 Tom Ganley Construction lic. 514664 B 415.444.5548

Travis Remodeling lic. 493670 B 415.883.8177 Von Der Werth, Inc. lic. 330299 C13,B 415.388.7516 W H General Construction lic. 1010165 415.577.0515 William G. Taylor Construction Corp. lic. 853924 B 415.407.1764 Womack Construction lic. 478379 B 415.898.3151

CO N S T R UC T IO N M A NAG E M E N T, S C H E DU L I N G & E S T I M AT I N G Dibble & Company lic. 392052 415.488.4017 New Avenue Inc. 510.900.9402

Ross Construction Services 415.261.1590 Van Pelt Construction Services lic. 871147 B 707.438.3790

CO N S U LTA N T S Energy Calc Company 415.457.0990 MasterDevCo 415.710.7161 Mazzoni & Associates, Inc. 415.460.6763 Sandler Training 415.606.8991

D E B R I S B OX E S , H AU L I N G & D E MO L I T IO N Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co. lic. 257220 C21 415.456.2712 Marin Sanitary Service 415.456.2601 Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc. 415.457.9760 R.V. Stich Construction, Inc. lic. 530135 A,B,C21 510.412.9070

Pound Management, Inc. 510.653.0800


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D E CO N S T R UC T IO N , R E U S E & R E C YC L I N G Alco Iron & Metal Company lic. 293917 707.562.1107 Central Valley Environmental lic. 913083 A,B 707.584.1900 GreenLynx lic. 680356 415.890.5880 Kies Strategies

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Lamperti Contracting & Design lic. 600412 B 415.454.1623 Max Design & Construction lic. 720207 B 415.883.6291 Rising Design & Construction lic. 864761 415.456.4482 Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens lic. 460795 B 415.927.1171

415.209.0321 Leslie Suh Appraisals, LLC 925.389.1801 Redwood Landfill, Recycling and Composting Center 415.408.9053 The Away Station, Inc. 415.453.4221 Zero Waste Marin 415.473.6647

Wilkinson Design & Construction lic. 564598 B 415.785.7961

D E S IG N E R S Kitchens by Ken Ryan 415.897.3800 Kitchens Inside Out 415.505.8708 Sunrise Home 415.456.3939

D E S IG N - B U I L D Design/Build Specialists, Inc. lic. 490829 B 415.892.3932 FDC Design Build lic. 935195 530.321.0908 G Family, Inc. lic. 893848 B 415.444.0573


D R A I NAG E & P U M P S BakerCorp



Independent Electric Supply, Inc. 707.577.7900

Frey Incorporated lic. 324866 C9,C35 415.897.4510 Marelli Drywall lic. 705813 C9


415.472.0967 Pat Trainor Drywall, Inc. lic. 795763 C9 415.456.3550 Sessi Drywall lic. 541472 C9

Mike Brown Electric Company lic. 306767 C10 707.792.8100 Mike Mariani Electric, Inc. lic. 513657 C10 415.485.0631

E DUC AT IO N College of Marin 415.485.9424 Contractors Business Centers 818.458.7842

E L E C T R IC A L Alpine Electric lic. 955050 C10 707.291.6890 Alt Electric lic. 825279 C10 415.250.5388 Connected Electric lic. 988363 C-10


Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc. lic. 426152 A,B,C27,C55,C57 415.459.4770

MacQuarrie Electrical Services lic. 870994 707.260.4544



Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc. lic. 726300 B 415.884.0500

Johnson Electric lic. 899161 C10

Electrix, Inc. lic. 677633 C10 415.485.0777 I. Cannan Electric lic. 736435 C10 415.596.3676

Redwood Electric lic. 870103 C10 415.892.4900 Strom Electric, Inc. lic. 480976 C10,C36 415.453.1200 Synapse Electric lic. 828101 C10 415.819.0668 W. Bradley Electric, Inc. lic. 390741 C10,B,A,C46 415.898.1400 West Coast Electric, Inc. lic. 985029 707.978.2609

ENGINEERING CO N S U LTA N T S Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc. 415.883.3577 Buel Engineering 415.491.0600

ILS Associates, Inc. 415.883.9200 John C. Hom & Associates 415.258.9027 Optimal Design Group 415.441.0809 Project Management Services, LLC 415.827.1272 Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer 415.892.4874 Substrate, Inc.

Hillside Drilling, Inc. lic. 478991 A 510.234.6532

Team Ghilotti, Inc. lic. 895384 A,HAZ 707.763.8700

Wesco Fencing lic. 934623

JS Company lic. 979111 A,C21,ASB,HAZ 415.460.2100

Thornton Paving, Inc. lic. 382817 A 415.453.2324


Linscott Engineering Contractors, Inc. lic. 477476 A 415.492.1755 Lunny Grading & Paving, Inc. lic. 600250 A,B,HAZ 415.662.9800


ENGINEERING, G R A D I N G , PAV I N G & E XC AVAT I N G All Phase Excavating & Demolition, Inc. lic. 638179 A 707.795.0142 All Terrain, Inc. lic. 827896 A,B 415.459.1488 Farallon Company lic. 827633 A,B,C33 415.892.7760 Ghilotti Construction Company lic. 644515 A,C8,C12,C21,C42,HAZ 707.585.1221 Hardiman Construction lic. 611970 A 415.924.2555

Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. lic. 226767 A,B,C8,C12,C21,42,32,34 415.459.8640 Michael Paul Company, Inc. lic. 386001 A,B,C12,C34,C42 707.769.1006 Nerviani Paving, Inc. lic. 564392 A 415.454.2662 Northwest General Engineering lic. 781913 707.579.1163 Redwood Engineering lic. 456790 A,HAZ 415.435.0768 Robison Construction lic. 701379 A 707.769.4747 Sunshine Construction lic. 315245 A,C21,C27 415.479.5566

Tuatagaloa Contracting lic. 699547 A,HAZ 866.824.8077 W.K. McLellan Company lic. 240701 A,C12,B,C8,C21,C42 707.763.2407 W.R. Forde Associates lic. 814744 A,B,C21 510.215.9338 Westward Builders Inc. lic. 327365 B,A 415.459.2130 Wildcat Engineering lic. 951203 A 707.763.3001

FENCING, DECKING & SIDING Clough Construction lic. 516987 B 415.444.5554 Deck Supply Warehouse 707.824.0386 Decks by Woodmasters lic. 723385 415.516.4169 Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor lic. 620203 B 415.898.9510


Advance Business Services 415.203.4247 Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. greg.c.musick/ 415.743.9849 Merrill Lynch - Watts Group 415.225.5775 Nancy M. Marion, Mortgage Advisor 415.485.3760 Tony Smith, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors tony.l.smith 415.482.2645

F I R E P R O T E C T IO N Fire Technologies lic. 570216 C16,C36 415.457.6805 Todd Morris Fire Protection lic. 978422 C16 415.454.7919

F I R E P L AC E S & CHIMNEYS Hearth & Home of Marin lic. 827357 B,C33,D34 415.479.2876 London Chimney Services, Inc. lic. 500490 415.383.8227


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FLOORING Empire Floors lic. 504918 C15 707.524.2594 Eureka Valley Floor Company lic. 397118 C15 415.479.1676

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Northgate Garage Doors, Inc. lic. 627224 D28 415.472.6004

Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc. lic. 416913 C20,C43 707.576.1500


Trahan Bros., Inc. lic. 774154 C20,C43

Indian Valley Golf Club 415.897.1118 Marin Country Club 415.382.6712

Floortex Design lic. 534583 B,C15 415.785.4614 Mertel Carpets lic. 414490 C15 415.479.2180 Pacificontract lic. 682766 C15 415.258.9966 Rafael Floors lic. 178605 C15 415.456.3656

F OU N DAT IO N S , R E TA I N I N G WA L L S & DRILLING Maloney Construction, Inc. lic. 959104 B,A 415.895.5304

G A R AG E D O O R S Door Pros lic. 958861 D28 415.717.7015 Jones Garage Door Co., Inc. lic. 345502 C61,D28 415.897.2371

H A N DY M A N (U N L IC E N S E D) Epple Interior Services 510.326.4646

H E AT I N G , A I R CO N D I T IO N I N G & S H E E T M E TA L Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal lic. 278370 C20,C43 415.897.4187 Bay City Mechanical, Inc. lic. 645126 C20,C43,C36,C4 510.233.7000 Bayside HVAC Products, LLC 415.333.5099 Downing Heating & Air Conditioning lic. 644720 C20 415.485.1011 Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning lic. 371959 C20 415.457.0607

Calender Robinson Insurance 415.217.7900 Craford Benefit Consultants 415.456.9790

415.457.5541 Verde Metals, Inc. lic. 635429 C43,C20 415.454.9007

I N F O R M AT IO N TECHNOLOGY & COM M U N IC AT IO N S Audac lic. 445578 C7 415.459.3095 Centriq Technology, Inc. 571.225.4863 Insite Networks, Inc. 415.454.6200

I N S P E C T IO N S E R V IC E S Aquatech Consultancy, Inc. lic. 809853 B,C39,C15,C33, D51 415.884.2121 Leak Detection Pros, Inc. 707.769.7373


Patriot Mechanical, Inc. lic. 774738 C20,C43 415.444.0888 52


SDI Insulation lic. 607274 C2,D65,D34,B 650.685.5500

INSUR ANCE Bolds Risk & Insurance Services 415.461.7475

David White & Associates 925.277.2600 Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc. 707.782.9200 George Petersen Insurance Agency 707.360.4117 Heffernan Insurance Brokers 707.789.3072 Minto & Wilkie 415.453.0610 x235 Wise Insurance Agency 415.258.9912 Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. 415.878.2466

JA N I T O R I A L House Cleaning by Gabi 415.686.8318 Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply 415.939.1669

LAND SURVEYING L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc. 415.382.7713

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS Ken Kay Associates lic. 2230-CA 415.956.4472 Pedersen Associates Landscape Architects 415.456.2070

LANDSCAPING Anthony Bertotti Landscaping, Inc. lic. 373488 B,C27,A 707.559.7077 Bauman Landscape & Construction lic. 372478 A,C27 415.447.4800 Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc. lic. 962905 C27 415.453.4675 Buchholz Landscaping Company lic. 1012442 415.453.1860 Dan Fix Landscape Construction lic. 553804 C27 415.453.1604 Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance lic. 748791 C27 415.456.6684 Irrigation Repair Service lic. 328638 C27 415.924.4126 Marion Landscaping lic. 670972 415.382.9404

Moliver Landscape lic. 616772 415.491.1261 Neary Landscape lic. 814207 C27,A 707.588.8677 North Bay Landscape Management, Inc. lic. 723370 B,C27 707.762.3850 Outdoor Environments lic. 707006 C27 707.795.0605 Salazar Cal Cities lic. 820057 C27 415.328.4649


Mark J. Rice, Esq. 415.472.3434 Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP 415.394.6688 The Garber Law Firm 510.588.7550

L IG H T I N G D E S IG N McCoy Lighting Design 415.382.8578

LU M B E R , H A R DWA R E & TOOLS Central Valley 707.225.4240

The Land Collaborative lic. 954204 C27 415.234.6812

DHC Supplies, Inc. 707.588.9406

Abigail Gorton Web Strategies 415.305.6050 And Them Design 415.747.4345 Craig Communications, Inc. 925.759.0356 Forward Push 415.640.8009 Gusiff Marketing Group 415.497.8974 Henley Photography 415.302.2920 JR Hart 415.785.3643

LEGAL Borton Petrini, LLP 415.677.0730 Flynn, Riley, Bailey & Pasek, LLP 415.461.1000 Hanson Bridgett, LLP 415.925.8400 James D. Rohde 415.472.4140 Kate Warner, Construction Lawyer lic. CA BAR 112167 415.457.7977

Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company 415.453.4410 Golden State Lumber, Inc. 415.454.2532 Goodman Building Supply 415.388.6233 Jackson’s Hardware, Inc. 415.454.3740 Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc. 707.576.3333 Rafael Lumber Company 415.453.3043

WSI Smart Marketing 707.843.3714

MASONRY Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc. lic. 396345 C29 415.459.6475 Marshall Foster Masonry lic. 277004 C29 415.519.2510 Petty Masonry, Inc. lic. 416140 C29 415.898.2200 Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc. lic. 387721 C54 415.457.3321


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Bay Area Subcontractors Association (BASA) 628.888.4329

415.952.3030 BioMarin Pharmaceutical 415.506.6358 CPR etc.

Carpenters Local #35 415.453.9236 Habitat For Humanity lic. 728481 B 415.625.1044

415.884.2720 Marin General Hospital 415.925.7424

M E TA LWO R K , O R NA M E N TA L & S T R UC T U R A L S T E E L Castaneda Iron Works lic. 964236 C23 510.234.4734 Onspot Welding & Design, Inc. lic. 620205 C60 415.382.1091

MOV I N G & S T O R AG E Ahmed’s Moving Express, Inc. 415.492.2122 Farnsworth Mayflower lic. CAL-T-139.099

415.459.6683 Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage 415.924.7144

O R G A N I Z AT IO N S Agricultural Institute of Marin 415.472.6100


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin 415.721.9686 Homeward Bound of Marin 415.382.3363 Lilypad Homes 415.250.9317 Marin Builders Association 415.462.1220 Marin Economic Forum 415.483.9332 North Bay NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) 415.246.2335 Novato Chamber of Commerce 415.897.1164 San Rafael Chamber of Commerce 415.454.4163 Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 707.763.6676

World Class Shows 650.593.2465

PA I N T I N G COM M E R C I A L O N LY Giampolini & Company lic. 322282 C33,C35,C9 415.673.1236

PA I N T I N G , D E CO R AT I N G & WAT E R P R O O F I N G Andres Martinez Painting, Inc. lic. 1010817 415.847.8024 Anello Painting and Construction lic. 619941 C33, B 415.892.8989 Bob Kunst Painting, Inc. lic. 346191 C33 415.457.0100 Boeck & Associates Painting Company lic. 531284 C33 415.491.1702 Casey Professional Painting lic. 964463 415.609.2126 David Freeman Painting lic. 503987 C33 707.996.3199 DeGregory Painting and Decorating lic. 576764 C33,B 415.456.9889


Division Seven lic. 594303 B,C33 707.769.7771 DWC lic. 741039 B

415.302.5542 Gaidano & Sons Painting & Decorating lic. 833585 B,C33 415.482.6055 Grant Painting lic. 650541 C33 415.458.2956 J & R Thompson, Inc. lic. 736414 C33 415.892.6030 Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc. lic. 684610 C33,B 415.454.1500 John Seidler Painting lic. 699739 C33 415.328.0069 KBI Painting, Inc. lic. 944475 C33 707.795.4955 Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc. 415.897.5151 Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc. lic. 256121 C33 415.456.4044 Marin Color Service, Inc. 415.897.9411 & 415.453.4066

Mikkelsen Painting lic. 645552 C33 415.382.3300 North Marin Painting, Inc. lic. 702759 C33,B 415.892.0199

P L A S T E R I N G & S T UCCO Weber Plastering, Inc. lic. 194445 C35 415.459.4707


Pac West Painting, Inc. lic. 848109 C33,B 415.457.0724

Community Playgrounds, Inc. lic. 362950 A,D34 415.892.8100

Pallavicini Painting lic. 722069 C33 415.479.7773


Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc. lic. 659640 C33 415.897.8974 Renew Crew Painting lic. 1022281 C-33 415.367.4900 Robert Walther Painting lic. 910245 C33 415.482.6679

777 Plumbing Inc. lic. 979260 415.459.7731 ASAP Plumbing, Inc. lic. 676623 C36 415.492.8769 Baswell Plumbing lic. 433698 C36 415.897.7977 Burkell Plumbing, Inc. lic. 417360 C36,C20 415.332.3091

Ross Painting lic. 526659 C33 415.455.0766 Tamalpais Paint & Color 415.924.7321 Universal Protective Coatings 415.457.9800

P E S T CO N T R O L Marin Termite Control Co., Inc. lic. 920570 B 415.456.9620 Naturworks Pest Control 415.460.6900

Carl J. Augusto Plumbing lic. 298381 C36 415.897.6174 City Front Plumbing lic. 443156 C36 415.454.6737 Denny’s House Of Plumbing lic. 504967 C36 415.479.1655 Gotelli Plumbing Company lic. 254603 C36,C16 415.457.1145

Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc. lic. 736901 C36 415.457.0748

Wilson’s Plumbing lic. 623217 C36 415.457.6941

Harry Lee Plumbing lic. 430685 C36 415.479.1854


Marin Mechanical, Inc. lic. 749299 C36,C4,A,C46,B 415.485.4472 Marin Roto-Rooter lic. 288461 C36,C42 415.898.2700

Minuteman Press of Marin 415.453.4548

P R OMO T IO NA L MERCHANDISE & A P PA R E L KP Promotions 415.892.6512

Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc. lic. 519618 C36,C16 415.479.0110 Pace Supply Corp. 844.398.2897 Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc. lic. 392227 C4,C16,C20,C36 415.383.7473 Plumbing Repair Specialists lic. 460208 C36 415.453.6682 Roman’s Plumbing lic. 952842 C36 707.971.0353 Sonoma Marin Plumbing lic. 993035 C36 707.755.4333 Water Components & Building Supply, Inc. 415.451.1780

T & B Sports 415.453.2433

P R O PA N E & B U TA N E De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor 707.762.4511 McPhail Fuel Co. 707.285.3525

REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT Ares Commercial Properties 415.899.1590 Bradley Real Estate 415.531.3567 California Mortgage Advisors 415.451.4888 Coastal City Partners 310.394.6300


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CPi Development 415.457.8850 DMH Land Use Planning 415.457.0525 MacPhail Properties, Inc. 415.482.1604 Rockport Land Corp. 707.775.4554 RPM Mortgage 415.381.5550 Seadrift Realty 415.868.1791 Vincent Sheehan Real Estate 415.899.9990 Wendy Aronson Property Management 415.730.4455

R E N TA L , E QU I P M E N T & EVENTS Cal-West Rentals, Inc. 707.763.5665

R E S T O R AT IO N Dry Kings Restoration lic. 1013068 415.993.1298 SERVPRO of Novato/North San Rafael lic. 982001 415.763.2080

ROOFING Aussie Roofing, Inc. lic. 823443 C39 415.472.2800 56

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Brandon Riedel Roofing lic. 878480 C39 415.320.0647 De Mello Roofing lic. 290726 C39,D41 415.456.0741 Henris Roofing Company lic. 220964 C39 707.763.1535 Herb Dorszynski/Johns Manville 925.301.5535 McLeran Roofing Co. lic. 474230 C39 415.456.7663 Morris Roofing Company lic. 259426 C39 415.454.6066 Northbay Roofing & Gutters, Inc. lic. 834387 C43,C39 415.497.1714 Northern Pacific Roofing lic. 812250 C39,B 415.456.3482 Steve Janney Roofing, Inc. lic. 511545 C39 415.258.9676 Superior Roofing Solutions lic. 956499 B,C39 415.491.1144 Wedge Roofing, Inc. lic. 416737 C39,C2,C43,B,ASB 888.763.7663




Redwood Security Systems, Inc. lic. 426887 C7,C10 415.388.5355

Advanced Stormwater Protection 707.585.8247



Bruce Enterprises lic. 742358 C32 707.781.9686

Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc. lic. 273969 D35 415.479.4040



Simply Solar lic. 991938 707.285.7037

Comcast Corporation 707.792.5103

SolarCraft lic. 497797 B,C10,C46,C35 415.382.7717

TILE & STONE Ceramic Tile Design 415.485.5180 Italics

Sun First, Inc. lic. 669250 B,C46

415.451.6150 415.458.5870


Miconi Marble & Tile lic. 604588 C54 415.482.8453

KuhelBreez HR Consultant 415.444.6246

MLS Tile lic. 602910 C54

Larry C. Levy, Consultant

Tile West lic. 551058 C54



415.382.7550 Marin Employment Connection Business Services 415.473.3309 PeopleReady 510.883.0669

T R E E S E R V IC E Marin Tree Service lic. 648230 D49 415.472.7105

Treemasters Tree and Garden Care lic. 660226 D49 415.455.9933

T R UC K I N G De La Montanya Trucking 707.765.0725


W I N D OW COV E R I N G S & SCREENS High Tech Screens & Shades lic. 887830 415.328.4613 The Clever Home 415.272.9249

W I N D OW S & D O O R S

Marin Clean Energy 415.464.6033

Andersen Windows & Doors 415.613.5955

Pacific Gas and Electric Company 415.264.4005

Charles Window and Door Company lic. 840757 B,C17 415.459.1600

Dotto Glass lic. 225824 C17 415.479.1274

Pacific Door Products, Inc. lic. 443074 C61,D24 707.795.7777

Glass Concepts, LLC 415.256.9766 x1

Truitt and White – Marvin Design Gallery

Mission Wood Products 415.472.2280

Vitreo Inc.

Novato Glass, Inc. lic. 371442 C17

West Coast Professional Door, Inc. 415.246.2034


415.897.5117 Old Town Glass lic. 736844 C17


Window Worx lic. 758998 C17 415.451.4856 415.897.0088

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Meet a Member: Patty Garbarino of Marin Sanitary Service Patty Garbarino never thought she’d end up talking trash for a living. But when her father needed help running Marin Sanitary Service, she decided to pitch in.


President of Marin Sanitary Service, Patty Garbarino began her career in the waste industry 30 years ago when her father, Joe Garbarino, recycling pioneer, needed help with his paper work due to increased regulations for waste hauling. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think about going into the garbage business, but that's partly because I didn't realize it would be so much fun." Garbarino enjoys working in the waste business because it helps her connect with her local community and she appreciates working with the dedicated men and women of her company. Always the innovator, Ms. Garbarino has been working hard identifying the next steps in waste reduction and resource conservation. This includes transitioning Marin Sanitary Service from a Garbage Company to a Resource Hauler. The company motto, Conservation Our Earth Our Mission Our Job, has guided the company to implement recent innovative programs like Food Scraps 2 Energy (F2E), Commercial Composting, and Residential Curbside Clean-ups. Patty's passion and advocacy does not stop in the office. She works tirelessly to support forward-thinking legislation that protects the environment and helps the waste industry do the right thing. New legislation being implemented now aims to keep organic waste out of the landfills. In fact, many large businesses are now required to divert their organic material under the law, AB1826. Items like yard debris, food scraps, and plant trimmings should never go into your landfill bin. In the landfill, these organic materials slowly break down and release methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. Subscribing to one of the MSS organic programs is an easy way to keep these resources out of the landfill and the best solution to help slow climate change. MSS has implemented programs to help reduce organic waste at home, work, and even on the job site. At home, make sure to always place all of your food scraps, yard debris, and food soiled paper in the green cart. When you’re at work, ask your office manager if your building has compost. If they don’t, have them contact MSS to set up services. And don’t forget to make any construction and demo project as green as possible. Call MSS to get a quote on source separated boxes for green waste, lumber, and dirt.

To learn more about Marin Builders Association member Patty Garbarino and Marin Sanitary Service, visit

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