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FEATURES 30 THE ART OF THE REMODEL Kasten Builders Restores Beauty from the Inside Out By Paige Porter Fischer
38 LET’S PLAY WITH FIRE 6 Hot Ideas for Keeping Warm in the New Year
By PJ Bremier
08 EDITOR’S PAGE
46 MADE OF MARIN
Unique Boutiques. Extraordinary Finds for Every Style & Budget.
Services to Help You Envision Your New and Improved Abode.
12 HE SAID SHE SAID
48 GREEN CORNER
61 HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Kitchen Quips & Bathroom Banter.
Rebates for Remodels.
Licensed Marin Builders Association Members for Your Next Home Improvement Project.
14 ICONS & INNOVATORS
50 HOME WITH HOUZZ
Richard “Dick” Ghilotti. Ghilotti Construction Company.
Wagstaff & Rogers Architects.
18 THE NAIL DOWN
A Modern Church Revival by MBA Member Caletti Jungsten.
Must Haves and Must Dos for the New Year.
26 AT HOME A Closet Affair. Sort, Categorize, and Place.
42 THE SHOP 6 Quick Bath Updates You Can Do This Weekend.
52 HOUSE OF THE HOLY
54 FINANCIAL WELLNESS Put Your Home’s Equity to Work.
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58 MBA BULLETIN A Growing Partnership.
74 MEET A MEMBER Jeff Mertel of Mertel Carpets.
ON THE COVER: The Art of the Remodel- Full story on page 30. A custom home remodel by Kasten Builders, kastenbuilders.com. Architect: Alan Ohashi, ohashidesign.com. Photographer: Paul Dyer, www.dyerphoto.com.
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HOW DID YOU GET HERE? ROADS. Roads allow us to travel to some of the most beautiful views in the world. They connect us to friends and family. They can lead us to new places of discovery and take us back to the places we love to visit again and again. Most importantly, roads bring us home. For over 100 years, Dutra has called Northern California home, providing materials such as asphalt concrete and virgin and recycled aggregates to build roads that get you to where you want to be. Dutra has the capability to handle any sized project in all aspects of land and marine construction, from overall concept design to the slightest detail. With one call, our customers know they can have it allâ€”delivered with reliability, pride and experience. Call Dutraâ€™s Marin office at (415) 258-6876 for your residential or commercial needs.
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reathe! A new year is here, and the opportunity to renew and refresh our bodies and souls, as well as our homes, is before us. Remodeling can be a scary word to many, but it doesn’t need to be. Whether your revival (or renewal) aspirations are a complete home makeover from the studs up or a simple bathroom or closet rehab, you will find your inspiration in the pages that follow. From there you can build your dream team by perusing our home resource directory, which is full of qualified experts to ease your fears and guide you through the transformation. My favorite space in the home to sit back and explore the possibilities, especially this time of year, is before a roaring fire, snuggled up and sifting through the Houzz website and of course Marin Home magazine. But sometimes the endless options and decisions can put even the strongest relationships to the test. So when the tensions start to build and tempers flare, don’t forget to breathe! Remember that you are building your nest together. And when it is all done, you’ll be able to step back and enjoy a new home that is uniquely yours. But don’t worry—if a remodel isn’t on your 2015 home improvement bucket list then consider some great local home boutiques that can help you add just the right amount of color to rejuvenate your home without a full blown remodel. Now go get started!
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JANUARY 17-18 Winter Wineland 11 AM - 4 PM @ Various Wineries, Healdsburg
6 Marin Builders Association Annual Crab Feed to Support Scholarship Program @ Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato
Paint the Town Red Novato’s 55th Birthday Celebration @ Downtown Novato
Swan Lake Russian National Ballet Theatre 8 PM @ Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
FEBRUARY 2&5 Marin Speakers Series President Bill Clinton 8 PM @ Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
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7 19th Annual Marin Valentine’s Ball: Share The Love @ Marin Civic Center Hall, San Rafael
MARCH 2&5 Marin Speakers Series Senator Olympia Snowe 8 PM @ Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael
6-8 & 13-15 37th Annual Barrel Tasting Wine Road - Northern Sonoma County @ 100+ Wineries
19 Marin County Farm Day 9 AM - 12 PM @ Marin Center Exhibition Hall, San Rafael
19 State of the City Awards Dinner aka “Taste of San Rafael” 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Peacock Gap Clubhouse, San Rafael
10 Digital Generation: How Technology is Shaping Our Youth Presented by Speak to Me Events @ Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
Check our calendar for more events, seminars, and updates at marinba.org
2015 has a lot in store for you, Capricorn, or maybe it’s the other way around? It could be Jupiter’s influence, but you’ve never been so driven to improve your financial situation and lead life by your horns this year. Symbolic synchronicity is in your favor, but the onus will be on you to turn your pent-up potential into actual prowess. This is a good year to master a skill you’ve been meddling with as a lucrative pipeline to financial freedom...so making calls from the corner café won’t cut it. Transform any nook, cranny, or closet into a dedicated home office space to retreat to—and defeat procrastination once and for all.
Whatever it is you’ve been up to, Aquarius, your relationships are flourishing like sunflowers in summer. From close friendships to your online dating profile, in 2015 you’ll continue to see a surge of curious suitors from far and wide. It helps that your Aquarian nature is drawn to exotic experiences, spontaneous adventures and spiritual fulfillment. That means more visitors, guests, and passersby than your home may be used to. Nothing says hospitality better than comfy, new couches and uber-inviting sitting spaces. The upgrades will pay for themselves with new alliances in love and life.
The year promises its share of demands on you from all sides, Pisces, so patience will be a mandatory virtue. Learn to set aside your impulsive nature. If you have one mantra in 2015, make it “health and harmony.” The projects you should undertake will give you a sense of purpose and balance. No matter the size, location, or scope, you will greatly benefit with the addition of a greenhouse to your daily routine. Maintaining your own ecosystem will bring you an inexplicable source of determination and proficiency. These traits will translate into superpowers when dealing with difficulties at work and at home.
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HE SAID SHE SAID DEAR HE + SHE, We are looking to renovate our kitchen and are overwhelmed at the possibilities in cabinetry, countertops, and appliances. When we’re looking at a spectrum of costs and quality, where do you suggest we put the bulk of our budget for longevity and value? Justin W., Mill Valley
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I hear you—it’s easy to get carried away with the possibilities and get way beyond budget and timeline, so figure out what can save you dollars and sense. I suggest you start with the engine of your kitchen to inform the course of your project and priorities. Dedicate your dollars to your dream, high-end, state-of-the-art appliances that will last you a lifetime. Ranges are key, and refrigerators and dishwashers with automated controls and smart systems offer energy-saving technology. Do your research and compare with third-party review sites like Consumer Reports. Be warned that some of the more popular models of ranges and fridges trend larger than what some older kitchens are set up to accommodate. Depending on how old your kitchen is, this could result in a layout change you may not be prepared for. Even if you select one major appliance for a dramatic upgrade, it will be worth your energy and budget for impact and investment. Save where you can—for example, a new cabinet system can take up nearly 50 percent of your total budget. If your cabinet set is in good working order, I’d suggest looking into how to repurpose and reface them, even if you are looking into a layout change. With the right contractor, a cabinetry reface project can result in a complete kitchen transformation. - He
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I completely agree that an appliance upgrade should be a top priority. However, understand your budget and any structural limitations before opening up to this research. Your personal lifestyle should be a big factor in your decision making, and try not to succumb too much to trendy tech. Early adoption does have downsides, so read carefully about what is covered under warranties for maintenance and upkeep. One place I’d be sure to invest is quality tile, countertops, and fixtures. When taken together, these elements function like a good haircut—they highlight your kitchen’s best features. Marble, granite, and Caeserstone quartz are my personal favorites for countertops. Pricey, yes, but they have longevity, immediate visual appeal, and are strong selling points for resale. Caeserstone is gaining popularity for its versatility in modern designs and ability for customization, plus you can skip the annual resealing process necessary to maintain granite. For fixtures, satin nickel is still supreme for kitchen designs, but warm-tone metals are trending too. You can even mix and match for lighting, plumbing, and fixtures for a classic/cool vibe. It’s these functional design touches that will make your kitchen stand apart from the rest. -She
DEAR HE + SHE, For our master bathroom remodel, my husband and I are in a feud. He is obsessed with the idea of an extra-large walk-in shower with dual heads and spa benches in place of a bathtub, but I think it’s a big mistake. I know big walk-ins can be really cool, but I’m not ready to call it quits on our home’s only tub (which I still use sometimes)— and we don’t have room for both. I’m worried we’ll end up regretting our decision either way. Any ideas? Help!
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HE SAID Hi MacKenzie, Hate to say it, but I agree with your husband on this one. Tubs are antiquated and obsolete, and even if you have kids, there are a myriad of temporary baths that shouldn’t dictate your entire master bath remodel. Open shower systems are becoming more popular for a variety of reasons, but mainly because of a movement towards universal design. As more people look to stay in their homes for their lifetime, layouts are taking into consideration the needs of the aging for accessibility and function. No one likes to think about themselves in a less than spry condition, but it’s a very real situation facing most anyone who wants to stay in their home as they age. I think you’ll come around when you see all that’s possible with plumbing, staggered bench layouts and premium fixtures. In addition, enclosed shower systems are easy to clean, durable and take an extra step in preventing water damage, which ultimately protects the integrity of your home from mold and rot. Lastly, it gives you one more reason to get that hot tub you always wanted. That’s a compromise I can actually get behind. - He
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SHE SAID Hi MacKenzie, Oh, I don’t envy your situation. No one wants to hear a lifetime of “I told you so.” I’m not totally taking sides here, and I don’t know your full situation, but a too-large shower system can often feel like a vacant locker room. It can also encourage excessive water use. It sounds like you have some attachment to your bathtub which, in my opinion, is enough of a reason to maintain it. If you aren’t able to transform another bathroom into your personal tub haven, there are combination options that give you the best of both worlds. It may sound simplistic, but a very real compromise is hosting a smaller, non-standard size tub encased within the walls of the walk-in. It will cut into the XL size of your shower, but those amenities can still function with ample room. An added benefit is the enjoyment some spa-type functions like steam/sauna controls that are accessible to both the shower and tub. Take the time to research some combination solutions—and look into Japanese soaking tubs. These take up a much smaller footprint, are modern, and super stylish when integrated into an open shower system. -She
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RICHARD “DICK” GHILOTTI Ghilotti Construction Company text by Kathryn Loosli Pritchett/ photography by Trevor Henley
hree generations of Ghilottis have paved the way for construction projects throughout Northern California. Ghilotti Construction Company owner Richard “Dick” Ghilotti shares how an immigrant stonemason and his sons and grandson created a successful engineering and site construction business from the ground up. Ghilotti’s grandfather James worked as a stonemason in Italy near the Swiss Alps. When Ghilotti visited the area where his grandfather originally lived, he understood how he’d developed his trade. “The town was above the tree line so everything was built from stone—streets, houses, fences—no wonder he became a stonemason,” says Ghilotti. Relatives encouraged Ghilotti’s grandfather to come to San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake because there were plenty of jobs rebuilding the city. He eventually settled in San Rafael where he branched out into pouring concrete to build foundations, driveways, and sidewalks. His four sons worked in the construction business until they were drafted to serve in World War II. They returned to work in the business but wanted to expand into grading and paving, and Ghilotti Brothers Construction was formed.
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“YOU KNOW THE OLD ADAGE—THE FIRST GENERATION STARTS A COMPANY, THE SECOND MAKES IT SUCCESSFUL, AND THE THIRD BLOWS IT? WELL I HEARD IT ALL MY LIFE, AND I WAS DETERMINED NOT TO LET THAT HAPPEN.” Dick started working with his dad and uncles at age 13 and quickly developed an interest in operating heavy equipment. He entered a journeyman apprentice program with the Operating Engineers at age 18. At 25 he was the job foreman on smaller projects, and by the time his father died in 1990, Dick was well-versed in all aspects of the business and owned 50 percent of the company. After several years of legal wrangling to sort out the next generation’s direction for the company (two of the four brothers were now gone), Dick decided to break off from his uncle and cousins and founded Ghilotti Construction Company. He based the home office in Santa Rosa, a place he’d enjoyed working in over the years. Exhilarated by the potential of running this new entity, he still felt tremendous pressure to perform. “You know the old adage—the first generation starts a company, the second makes it successful, and the third blows it?” says Ghilotti. “Well, I heard it all my life, and I was determined not to let that happen.” Today GCC has 400 employees and tackles major construction projects—both public and private—around the Bay Area. “The recession really forced us to expand because when the private sector jobs dried up, the public works ended up being in places like Livermore and the Silicon Valley,” says Ghilotti. “We had to chase the work because it wasn’t just coming to us anymore.” >>
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“THE DINO GHILOTTI MOTTA STADIUM AT MARIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL—THE MOST SPECIAL PROJECT WE’VE DONE THIS YEAR”
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Ghilotti likes the challenge of both public and private projects. With public works—like the $70 million reconstruction of Highway 580 near Livermore—there’s the challenge of calculating the bid to both secure the contract and still cover costs. With private projects—like the new 49ers Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park—there’s the satisfaction of getting to know your client and helping them prioritize their budget. “Both types of projects are demanding, and there’s always some risk involved,” says Ghilotti. “But I’ve always enjoyed solving problems.” As the economy has recovered, Ghilotti Construction Company has expanded to new locations and found unexpected allies. After winning a big highway job, competitor John Barella of North Bay Construction and Ghilotti agreed that they’d both be better off if their companies merged. “We’d always had a great relationship, but we’re even better friends now,” says Ghilotti. “We’ve been in the business long enough to understand each other.” Ghilotti’s grandfather and father instilled in Dick the value of giving back to your community—“they taught me that you need to support the communities that you work in.” Since 2010 Ghilotti Construction has donated nearly $2 million to over a hundred local organizations such as Marin Catholic High School, SF-Marin Food Bank, and the Boys and Girls Club. Dick and his wife, Nancy, were compelled to start their own charitable organization after a tragic auto accident in Florida took their son Dino’s life just two days after graduating from the University of Miami. The couple founded “The dg Foundation” as a special memorial to Dino. The foundation provides scholarships to San Domenico School, Marin Catholic High School, and the University of Miami. Scholarships are awarded to students who emulate Dino’s inclusive spirit and his love of learning, athletics, and the arts. One of Dino’s ceramic sculptures commemorating GCC’s hundred years of operation sits in Dick’s office today. Ghilotti Construction dedicated the historic achievement of its 100th anniversary to Dino Richard Ghilotti. “It was a bittersweet experience,” says Ghilotti, of the celebration recently held at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. “I was proud of how far we’d come, but devastated that Dino couldn’t celebrate with us. When my dad died and we started GCC, my motivation was to support Nancy, our sons, Dino and William, and our daughter, Michelle. They each have been a part of it from the beginning.” The Dino Ghilotti Motta Stadium at Marin Catholic High School—“the most special project we’ve done this year”—was also dedicated to Dino. Through this difficult period, the next generation of Ghilotti engineers stayed the course. Ghilotti credits his nephew Brian Ongaro and son Willie Ghilotti (both partners in the firm), along with the senior staff, for keeping the company together while he grieved. “They’re loyal, hardworking men and women who kept the company together as my wife and I put our life back together,” says Ghilotti. “GCC wouldn’t exist without them.” Dick also credits his grandfather James Ghilotti, his father, Dino Ghilotti, and son Dino Ghilotti for giving him the determination to succeed during tough economic times. “They’ve been my inspiration to prosper in the future,” says Ghilotti.
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Founder James Ghilotti had a personal philosophy that has served the company well to this day. “Do good work, be responsible, and take care of the community and the people who work for you.” Owners and managing partners Dick Ghilotti, Brian Ongaro, and Willie Ghilotti continue to live by the words of their grandfather and great grandfather. GCC has been recognized for its engineering expertise, dependability, community involvement and high quality projects that stand the test of time. The Ghilotti family will continue to live by their grandfather’s words as they plan for their second 100 years. GCC’s expertise is seen throughout Northern California, from Sonoma Raceway to George Lucas’ Big Rock Ranch, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, and the new Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa.
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Must Haves & Must Dos for the New Year Embrace the spirit of your home with these fabulous finds and ideas!
MUST DO MOVIE MADNESS Cherish the old and relish the new with a family game room that pays homage to your favorite movies. Hours of fun and plenty of memories are sure to happen in this magical space. Polsky Perlstein Architects Larkspur 415.927.1156 polskyarchitects.com
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SNACK ATTACK Got the munchies? Not to worry. Stock up your very own Emerson Snack Bar & Hutch, and you will be set whenever the desire strikes. Pottery Barn Teen Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 415.380.5038 pbteen.com
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MUST DO DRESS IT UP Why settle for a ho-hum office? Splashes of color and bold lighting are two essentials for transforming your home office from drab to fab! Designer Tineke Triggs can help you dress up your space. Artistic Designs for Living San Francisco 415.567.0606 adlsf.com
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MAKE A STATEMENT Bright ideas are sure to follow when you liven up your workspace with a statement light fixture. From vintage to modern, whatever your flair, don’t forget to get your shine on. Serena & Lily 3457 Sacramento Street 415.580.7078 serenaandlily.com
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MUST DO HIDDEN TREASURE Calling all car collectors – Do you find yourself short on space? Need more room for your vintage finds? Why not splurge on a custom car elevator for you garage! Store your four-wheeled treasures with ease and sophistication. Plath & Company San Rafael 415.460.1575 plathco.com
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WHEELS UP In need of the ultimate space saver? Look no further. Biking enthusiasts will love this eco-friendly bike rack made of sustainable, plantation-grown shesham wood. CB2 cb2.com $49.95
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MUST DO GARAGE NO MORE Rethink the garage in 2015. It can be more than just a utilitarian storage space—convert your garage into the ultimate media room. Create a comfy room where you can retreat for some much needed “me” time. Audio Visual Integration Marin San Rafael 415.526.0070 avimarin.com
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OUTDOOR OASIS With spring on the horizon, it’s time to think about choosing furniture that can stand up to the elements. This low-profile seating, woven by hand with all-weather wicker strands, is the answer! Restoration Hardware The Village, Corte Madera 415.924.8919 restorationhardware.com
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A Closet Affair Shed your dysfunctional closet
text by Ginny Snook Scott, California Closets
s a new year comes around, so begin the resolutions for starting out organized and prepared for success. You can begin by creating your own beautifully organized and dreamy walk-in closet with these simple steps.
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SORT, CATEGORIZE, AND PLACE The first step in creating an organized space is to remove everything and sort through what you’ve got. Your master closet is prime real estate and should be sanctioned to house only the items that you wear regularly. A crowded closet that is full of garments that are simply taking up space can prevent you from optimizing your available storage. Create three piles: one for items to give away or consign, one for items that are sentimental and need to be placed in long-term storage elsewhere, and the last pile for those items that you wear regularly and will return to the closet. Once you have sorted through your clothes, you can address the garments that are staying in the closet. Begin by grouping them into categories. One of the best-kept secrets to maintaining an organized closet is to have a dedicated place in your closet for each category of clothing. Group your casual shirts together, separated by short sleeve and long. Gather your pants and slacks together, separated by casual and dressy. Sort your dresses and suits, again by casual and dressy. Continue through this process for each separate category of clothing. Once you have each category defined, you can put everything back into the closet.>>
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When placing clothing back into the closet, give yourself plenty of space for each section of clothes. Shoes and accessories should be the last items that you place. Ideally, if you have adjustable shelves, you can create a full section dedicated solely to shoes. Alternatively, you can utilize the shelving above your clothes for shoes. Many people dress their closet as they dress themselves, with shoes winding up on the floor, but this makes it very difficult to find the right pair in the shadows of your clothes. Placing shoes on shelves at eye level makes it much easier to see your entire collection and find exactly the pair you are looking for. Once you have defined a system for everything in your closet, it will be much easier to maintain order. With a little diligence, you can keep your closet sorted into categories by taking a moment at the end of the day to put your garments back in the space they vacated earlier.
CHOOSE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS Once your organizational strategy has been set in place, it is now time to make your functional space beautiful. It’s all in the details! Think about installing an eye-catching light fixture for your walk-in closet. This can change a simple storage space into an elegant dressing room. Pick elaborate and decorative handles and knobs for any cabinets or drawers. The additions of these decorative elements can transform a boring, old closet into your own personal boutique. Luxury closets are more than just storage. They offer an experience. You begin and end each day in your closet; make it a place of comfort and delight.
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REMODEL story and interview by Paige Porter Fischer photography by Paul Dyer
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Two words strike fear into nearly every potential homebuyer: Money Pit. The idea of buying a house that isn’t pitch perfect and restoring it from the inside out, exactly to one’s taste, sounds incredibly romantic. In fact, several television series have been created around the very idea—and allure—of the before-and-after story. We all love watching the radical transformation of a so-so abode into a showstopper house. But living through a remodel isn’t always the fun adventure it’s cracked up to be on TV. Some remodeling stories prove more successful (and economical) than others.
The deck provides extra square footage for entertaining, which the homeowners do often. Ample windows and doors open to make the transition from inside to outside seamless.
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O HOW DOES ONE DECIDE whether an old house is worth the blood, sweat, tears, and time that go into an update? We turned to Denny and Pete Kasten, the president and vice president, respectively, of Kasten Builders, for a few answers to the most-often-asked remodeling questions. The father-and-son team has proven to be a great success story in Bay Area building. Denny, who received his degree in architecture from Lawrence Institute of Technology in Michigan, learned the business from the ground up, working with contractors to understand what it means to meet deadlines and budgets while producing structures of beauty and durability. Having spent the last four decades building across the Bay Area—from Napa to the South Bay, Sonoma to the City—he’s considered one of the area’s best. His son, Pete, who was fluent in the language of construction from his early childhood, joined the team sixteen years ago. A licensed general contractor, and a certified green building professional, he serves as project manager on select projects and works on business development for the company that’s been lauded for its successful remodeling stories. Here, they tell us a little bit about their venerable business and answer some of our most pressing questions regarding the careful art of the remodel.
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MHM: Tell us a little bit about your business, when it was founded, and how you two came to work together on building/remodeling. Denny: I started when I moved to California from Michigan 42 years ago. Pete: I started working with Dad back when he’d do projects to homes we lived in growing up. Building has always been our passion, and we are blessed that working together comes naturally. MHM: How do you set yourself apart in terms of attracting clients? Is there something unique about your company, something you specialize in or do differently than others? Denny: Growing up in a midcentury home, I loved contemporary before it was popular. We specialize in that now, and I feel lucky to do what we love. Pete: Our goal is simple: find a great client or clients to work with on an amazing project and provide them the service they deserve. When we do that, everything else falls into place.
(far left) The homeowners loved the 1920s house they purchased on a traditional, family-friendly street in San Mateo. But 1,800 square feet (and just two bedrooms) wasn’t enough space for this family with three young children. A second story was added, giving them a four-bedroom, three-bath abode. (top right) For continuity, the same materials and neutral colors were used throughout the house. In the dining room, another wall of dark wooden built-ins anchors the space. A well-edited collection of white pottery plays to the modern white dining table and chairs. (bottom right) White bedding and wooden furnishings give the wall of windows center stage in the bedroom, which enjoys a direct connection to the deck outside. The deck boasts an outdoor dining area with fireplace and overhead lighting
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MHM: What, in your opinion, makes the best blank canvas for a remodel? What are you looking for—and what should homebuyers be looking for— when it comes to finding a remodeling success story? Denny: I always look for a home with good bones, a level foundation, and in a good area. From an investment standpoint, I always say to buy the worst home in the best neighborhood. Pete: A remodel success story starts with a good team. Do your due diligence early by finding a reputable architect and builder. Trust them to lead you through the process. MHM: What percentage of your projects are remodels, and what percentage is new construction? And what particular challenges do you face when you go to work on a remodel that you don’t have to deal with when you take on a new construction project? Denny: Approximately fifty percent new construction and fifty percent remodel, based on volume. Remodels are always less predictable but also more fun and creative. Pete: Dealing with old structures can be challenging, blending the old with the new, and bringing things up to code. Even when remodeling, often times it is better to start from scratch and only utilize what makes sense. MHM: If you were with a realtor and a client, and you were looking at houses to fix up, what red flags would you tell your client to be aware of, or to run away from? And what are some attributes of a property that usually signal the house is worth the remodel? Denny: I look for straight, level, dry homes. The interior can be old and original, as long as the body of the home is dry and straight. Pete: It really depends on budget, and often people are uncomfortable sharing. If you’re planning a major renovation, most things can be fixed. Once we know budget, we advise on different approaches. I agree with Denny too. A house with good bones says a lot about the builder. MHM: What particular challenges do you face geography-wise, remodeling houses in the Bay Area? Are there more challenges to remodeling in this part of the country? Denny: Permits here are painful and expensive, the fees are out of hand, and the regulations are strict. But in the end, a new home is always safer, quieter, and much more efficient. Pete: There are definitely challenges to building here. Seismic requirements add costs that nobody sees, and there are a lot of constraints on sites to build on. We certainly cannot complain about the weather or the views. MHM: What particular challenges do you face with hillside homes, Pete? Pete: Hillside homes can present challenges, one of them being access to the site. This drives up construction costs quickly. Quite often, there is more pier drilling and retaining walls required to stabilize the structure. From a contractor’s perspective, those are two big issues that come to mind. MHM: There are also so many microclimates in Marin that particular areas face particular issues—for example, termites in the wooded areas are common.
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“A HOUSE WITH GOOD BONES SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE BUILDER.”
Form meets function in the living room, where a wall of warm wooden built-ins provides space for both storage and display. The dark wood balances the contemporary white furniture and white walls. The floors are hydronic radiant heated, and operable windows provide cross-ventilation, since the environmentally conscious homeowners didn’t want ducts or air conditioning.
Pete: Termites can be a problem, but there are a lot of ways to defend your home. Lack of knowledge and upkeep is the real issue. Some people don’t realize they have a problem. Also, areas that don’t get much sun are susceptible to mold and mildew because they stay damp throughout the year. MHM: There’s so much demand for housing in the Bay Area these days, and so little inventory by comparison, that bidding wars are common, and houses are selling for cash with no contingencies. How do you advise a buyer to avoid the money pit scenario when there isn’t even time—or allowance—for an inspection? Pete: There are a lot of old homes in Marin that can present the homebuyer with challenges, so it really depends on what a client wants to do with the property. If the plan is to salvage the structure, and you aren’t knowledgeable in things to look out for, it is good to seek professional advice. Proper planning prevents poor performance.
MHM: What advice do you regularly give to people who buy a house they want to remodel? Is there a common naïve moment when you have to rein people in or expose hard truths about certain aspects of remodeling? Denny: Often times, that naïve moment comes when telling clients they’re better off removing the entire house and starting over; they’re buying a lot with a $35,000 demo fee on top. Pete: Again, it is so important to share the real budget. Find a builder before completing the design of your home. Clients waste a ton of time and money on plan revisions after finding out the budget is too high. Great architects know what their houses cost, but many others do not. With a builder on board early, we can provide real numbers along with suggestions and alternatives to help keep the dream alive.
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MHM: Are you incorporating any green practices into your remodels? Denny: We always have. New technology, coupled with requirements that are part of the permitting process, means that now everyone is building smarter—whether they care to or not. Current incentives in solar make it a great investment for those who have the additional funds available, and we are seeing a lot of that. Pete: We focus most of our efforts on reuse, home performance, and building projects that last a long time. MHM: In your opinion, what are the biggest pitfalls of remodel projects? What have you seen, or do you see, that people should have run away from, things that stand as big stumbling blocks? Denny: Hiring an inexperienced architect is perhaps the worst mistake a homeowner can make. A good architect can help one avoid problems by setting realistic goals and budget. Pete: From our perspective, a trustworthy client is a must to avoid pitfalls. If a client can’t trust the professionals to lead the way, it’s less likely the project will be successful. MHM: What advice do you have for people when working on a budget for a remodel? Do you typically say to expect to pay a good bit more than you intend? Denny: When working with a budget, separate hard cost from soft cost. Hard costs are for contractor-supplied items,
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lumber, labor, and any extras. Soft costs are architectural, engineering, survey, permits, etc. Pete: In our contracts, we suggest clients budget five to fifteen percent contingency, above the contract price, for unknowns and owner changes. It also depends on how well a project has been specified. MHM: In your opinion, when it comes to spending money— what are a few splurges that are worth it—things that truly increase the home’s value or its look that deliver biggest bang for the bucks? Denny: Each project is unique, but I like to see one space created for a great room—for example, a family room-kitchen combo where most time is spent. Pete: Curb appeal for return on investment and comfort for living. MHM: Do you notice any trends in remodeling? Consistent things people want/ask for when they remodel their homes? Denny: Connecting kitchen to the main room, large glass openings, clean lines, indoor/outdoor connections. We’ve really enjoyed watching the modern/ contemporary designs come into focus. MHM: Let’s talk about this San Mateo house. What was the scope of the project? Denny: They needed more space for the kids, so the second story—with two bedrooms and one bathroom—was added.
“THE END RESULT IS WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT.” The second priority was the indoor/ outdoor kitchen. The client cooks for large groups, so integrating the industrial indoor/outdoor kitchen into the home was key. MHM: The floor plan is obviously an open one—the flow speaks to the trend you’re seeing in new home designs. The lines are modern and clean, yet it’s warm and inviting, too. Pete: Alan Ohashi is an amazing designer. His work is really unique in that it’s clean and modern yet still has a warmth to it that few can replicate. MHM: This kitchen is amazing. Can you tell us a few of your favorite design moments in here? Pete: There is a really cool detail at the pass-through window where the countertops (Caesarstone inside, stainless steel outside) flush out at the window frame, which makes sliding large dishes in and out a breeze. The client was also hoping for—get this—a floor drain, so he could hose down the kitchen. Luckily we were able to talk him out of that one. MHM: What are you most proud of, design-wise, in this project? Pete: I’m most proud of our field guys who made it all a reality. I enjoyed working with the project architect on the little details, and making sure everything lined up in the finish stages. The end result is worth the extra effort.
(left) A modest-sized bathroom lives large thanks to windows and mirrors that welcome and reflect natural light. Shades of foggy gray and cloud white keep the space feeling tranquil. (middle) The kitchen was designed to be super-functional for the homeowner, who is a chef. The wooden cabinetry and butcher-block, end-grain island marry well with high-end stainless appliances. A chocolate brown tile backsplash extends all the way to the ceiling, framing the oversize window and adding visual drama to the kitchen. (above) The modern stairwell becomes a serene walkway, thanks to ethereal white walls and abundant natural light provided by well-placed windows.
PROJECT CREDITS: Location: San Mateo, California Builder: Kasten Builders, kastenbuilders.com Architect: Alan Ohashi, ohashidesign.com
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LET’S PLAY WITH
Six hot ideas for keeping warm in the new year text by PJ Bremier
h baby, it’s cold outside! That may be the forecast, but it’s all the more reason to head inside and cozy up to a crackling clean-burning, eco-friendly fireplace.
PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF VALOR
For those who love the look and warmth of traditional fireplaces, or for those who dream about something sleek and modern, these days there is at least one fireplace that offers something for everyone. The most likely go-to fireplace in Marin is gas-fueled, though. “You can save a lot of money on your overall gas bill because these fireplaces are so efficient,” says Steve Cuvin, owner of Hearth and Home of Marin, located in downtown San Rafael. “They’re very easy to use, they operate by a remote or by a wall-switch, and all have thermostats that allow you to control the heat.” Not only are they great for “no-burn” days, but they also warm only the rooms you want and can be set to heat up as soon as daytime temperatures drop, he adds. In addition, they will work during a power outage. Since 2003 Hearth and Home of Marin has helped Marin residents figure out the best solutions for their fireplace needs. We asked Cuvin for his top six picks for staying warm in the coming year.
PHOTOGRAPHY: TOP COURTESY OF MENDOTA, BELOW COURTESY OF TOWN AND COUNTRY FIREPLACES
Want a fireplace that is more heat-efficient, eco-friendly, and easier to light than your existing wood-burning one? Go for a gas insert. Cuvin suggests a Mendota. “Mendota offers one of the largest full-view windows on the market along with a beautiful-looking log set, two sets of flames, and heat values of up to 40,000 Btu. “That’s a very high heat value,” he says. “And, 80 percent of the heat produced by the fireplace stays in your house as opposed to going up the chimney as it does in a wood-burning fire,” he says. The Mendota inserts, which come in a variety of designer styles, also come with a smart thermostat, an accent light to provide a better view of the logs, a very quiet fan, and the ability to turn off the back flame. And, you can choose your firebase medium from a range that runs from twigs to the very desirable river stones.
BIG FIRE, COOL TEMPS If your vision of a great fireplace involves a big look with big wood stacks and flames that generate a comfortable but moderate heat, Cuvin recommends Town and Country Fireplaces. “These are beautiful, big full-view fireplaces that look like a real fire with big log sets, and a look that can range from big castle-style fire to very modern,” he says. Glass-fronted Town and Country fireplaces can fit into almost any architectural space, have a smarthome feature, and come in a variety of models, including a see-through version. As a bonus, no matter how big the flame, even the smallest room will not become too warm.
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“...WHETHER IT’S WOOD, GAS OR ELECTRIC, INSIDE OR OUTSIDE,
GO MODERN, GO LINEAR For those who prefer the sleek, modern aesthetic, the linear fireplace, with its long, lean profile that appears to float lightly within a wall, is hard to beat. “Linear fireplaces are very popular right now,” says Cuvin, who adds that the Valor brand offers a beautiful selection of linear looks. This fireplace looks great under a wide-screen television and comes in a see-through version allowing it to be shared between adjacent rooms, which can be a smart budget saver. Firebase media options include Murano glass or Long Beach driftwood.
A WOOD-BURNER IN MARIN?
PHOTOGRAPHY: TOP COURTESY OF VALOR, BOTTOM COURTESY OF MORSO
Still want wood? Try the Morso contemporary cast-iron stove in either a freestanding or insert version. “They’re simple and elegant,” Cuvin says. “And, they buck the trend of the traditional wood-burning potbelly stove.” Morso, a Danish company, manufactures stoves of 98 percent recycled material that produce a quiet, easy-to-light fire that stays at an even heat. They are EPA Phase II compliant and are a perfect fit for Marin County.
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KEEPING WARM HAS NEVER BEEN SO EASY ...OR SO BEAUTIFUL.”
FIREPLACE-TO-GO Electric fireplaces are great for homes that can’t accommodate gas fireplaces or for renters who want to take their fireplaces with them when they move. According to Cuvin, the Modern Flames brand offers good looks, heat, and flames. They can be either installed or mounted, and many of the models include color-changing LED backlights that can be set according to the ambience you want to create in a room.
PHOTOGRAPHY: TOP COURTESY OF MODERN FLAMES, BOTTOM COURTESY MENDOTA
KEEP WARM, EVEN OUTSIDE
Hearth and Home of Marin, 902 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael. Store hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, hearthandhomemarin.com, 415.479.2876
Who says you have to wait until spring to enjoy being outside? Not us! Nothing draws a crowd faster than a chance to gather around a roaring fire and mingle. Hearth and Home of Marin designs custom firepits for any outdoor spot, but, Cuvin says, once you have them there, you might want to warm things up even more with a top-of-the-line outdoor grill or a pizza oven by RH Peterson’s FireMagic. Both the grill and the pizza oven can be included in an aluminum-framed kitchen island, custom-designed by Hearth and Home of Marin, along with other RH Peterson appliances such as refrigerators, wine bars, and sinks. And, the great news is that everything in this outdoor room can work on any patio or deck. “An outdoor room with a kitchen is a wonderful way to enjoy an early sunset dinner and entertain, and it’s great for a ‘staycation’,” Cuvin says. Whichever option you choose this winter, whether it’s wood, gas, or electric, inside or outside, keeping warm has never been so easy ...or so beautiful.
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Six Quick Bath Updates You Can Do This Weekend text by Kelly Berg
Are you stuck with a huge bathroom mirror with zero personality? You don’t need to remove or replace it. Try framing it. You’ll just need a few hours and a couple of basic tools to get that boring mirror looking amazing in no time. Some molding trim, spray paint, silicone, painter’s tape, and caulking are pretty much all you’ll need. No miter saw? No problem. Have the trim cut right at your local hardware store. For more specific instructions, there are a number of tutorials online.
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Not having enough storage is a common bathroom challenge. But most of us underutilize vertical space—meaning, the walls. You will almost always find extra room for storage if you look up and use those walls. There are a number of stylish and functional ways to maximize wall storage. Try hanging baskets or pegboard to keep your toiletries and linens organized. You can make your own, or if you’re feeling less crafty, pick up one of these wall-mounted options at West Elm, Pottery Barn, Viva Terra, or Restoration Hardware.
It’s true that paint can create miracles in a drab space. But what if you want more texture and character in your bath than paint can provide? Wood can be a beautiful addition to any bath. Building your own wainscoting is one way to bring in the warmth of wood. Again, you can find many DIY tutorials online. You can also install wallpaper. There are some gorgeous papers on the market that look exactly like wood, like these beauties from West Elm and Wallpaper Collective. >>
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A GRANDER CURTAIN Having trouble finding the perfect shower curtain? No problem. Don’t settle for something if you don’t absolutely love it. Instead, make your own. You can start with a plain white curtain and sew or glue on decorative ribbon for a striped effect, add tassels or pom-poms for some playful color, or paint with a decorative stencil and fabric paint. The options are endless, and you can customize the exact look you want. If that’s a little too much DIY for you, you might like one of these options from Viva Terra.
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THE ART OF THE PAPER There is nothing more boring in the bath than a roll of toilet paper. Most of us keep a single necessary roll out for easy access, and hide the extras in a nearby cabinet. But these artistic products from Uncommon Goods will have you seeing your paper products in a whole new light. A cloud of toilet paper? Who would’ve thought?
CLEAR DISPLAY You don’t need to hide all your bathroom toiletries in drawers and cabinets. Go ahead and splurge on some beautiful new storage like Pottery Barn’s Holden Bath Accessories, and you’ll be proud to display your soaps, make-up brushes, and Q-tips right on your countertop. If you want to save a few bucks, you can also create your own clear storage with Ball jars. They can be painted, mounted on the wall, and even turned into soap pumps with an attachment kit.
REMODELING YOUR KITCHEN OR BATHROOM?
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MADE OF MARIN
• MADE — of — MARIN •
The hunt is on!
Looking to add some pizazz to your home? If so, grab your bags and head out for a day of boutiquing in Marin! Whether your style is contemporary, country living, or coastal chic, or you’re simply looking for a unique find—we have you covered. Happy shopping!
GARNISH Lisa Benbow, owner and chief designer for Garnish Designs and Garnish Home Decor, has developed a signature look of “Coastal Chic”—a little whimsy, pops of color, use of texture, and dashes of contemporary. Garnish Home Decor and its treasures exude the beauty and playfulness of beach life. Known for her ability to transform rooms with the use of color, textiles, textures, accessories, and that one-of-a-kind signature piece, Lisa creates distinctive rooms that leave clients with pure satisfaction and others with envy.
COQUELICOT Coquelicot is known for fabulous French oilcloths, Jacquard linens, handmade Provencal pottery, vintage paintings, and chandeliers. The owner, Nuria Sthymmel, travels to France throughout the year to purchase directly from artisans and vendors combing antique markets in both Provence and Paris to fill her shop with many unique treasures for the home. Coquelicot | 503 Magnolia Ave. Larkspur, CA 94939 415.924.0279 910 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard San Anselmo, CA 94960 415.454.0279 coquelicotfromprovence.com
HARVEST HOME Harvest Home = Warmth, Quality, Affordability, and Style. Harvest Home features handmade American furniture, including upholstery and reclaimed wood case goods. Harvest also has a great selection of rugs, bedding, accessories, and antiques to help create a warm and buttery environment you can slip into and completely relax. Open for 22 years, Harvest has continued to grow because of its desire to bring you affordable and stylish American furnishings that can be customized to fit your particular space and colors. Harvest Home | 419 Corte Madera Town Center Corte Madera, CA 94925 | 415.945.9288 | harvesthomestores.com
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PHOTOGRAPHY: TOP COURTESY OF GARNISH HOME DECOR, BELOW COURTESY OF COQUELICOT & HARVEST HOME BY TREVOR HENLEY
Garnish Home Decor | 80 E Main Street | Tiburon, CA 94920 415.302.7453 | garnishhomedecor.com
THE DIG The Dig, created by two moms, is a home consignment haven known for eco-friendly interior design choices that can create a stylish atmosphere in your home without breaking the bank. There has never been such a good time to collect antiques and furnish your home with vintage and rustic pieces. Savvy DIY home stylists will love the large selection of mid-century furnishings, French provincial pieces, custom designer décor, and many others. Re-used, re-purposed and re-loved furniture means simply less waste. Dig in! The Dig | 3060 Kerner Boulevard #5 | San Rafael, CA 94901 415.256.8388 | thedig.us
LUSH BUBBLE LushBubble is all about creating your own personal garden that can live on your desk or dining room table. With a fierce passion for succulents from a young age, owner Jennifer Kahn wanted to share her love for these botanicals with others. Air plants and Japanese moss balls are like organic sculptures. The terrariums and botanicals are the perfect gift for almost anyone. They are delivered wrapped in burlap with a personal note, and you have never sent a more surprising, joyful gift.
PHOTOGRAPHY: STUDIO HOME AND THE DIG BY TREVOR HENLEY AND ADDITIONAL IMAGES COURTESY OF LUSHBUBBLE
LushBubble | 46 Main Street | Tiburon, CA 94920 415.797.6126 | lushbubble.com
STUDIO HOME Studio Home is a full-service interior design firm and specialty home store located in the quaint town of San Anselmo. Robin Barnato, the principal and founder of Studio Home, personally curates the store’s unusual mix of home accents, furniture, and window-covering options. Her style demonstrates how clean and contemporary elements can be combined with color, texture, and artistry to create warm, appealing environments. Whether you are looking for affordable but unusual decorative accents, custom soft furnishings, or access to a broad range of furniture, lighting, and accessory vendors, Studio Home is an inspirational resource for home decor. Studio Home | 14 Ross Avenue | San Anselmo, CA 94960 415.457.0560 | studiohomedesigns.com
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Rebates for Remodels text by Casey Mazzoni
ou found the architect, the contractor, and the money to begin your home remodel. In the midst of picking paint colors that match the granite countertops, your conscience kicks in and you think, “We really should be implementing sustainable practices in this project.” Your next thought is “chaching cha-ching.”
Well, I am here to tell you that you can go green without losing too much green in the ol’ pocketbook. Right here in Marin there are several incentives and financing opportunities just waiting for you!
Energy Upgrade California
Marin Clean Energy (MCE)
Have you heard of Energy Upgrade California? energyupgradeca.org
Our friends at PG&E also provide various rebates for homeowners who install energy-efficient products. pge.com/homemoneysaver
More locally, Marin Clean Energy (MCE) offers financing for those who want to save energy. marincleanenergy.org
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide organization with a goal of motivating and educating Californians to use energy-saving programs that will help you “go green.” They have several incentive and financing programs.
The Home Money Saver tool offers numerous rebates. You can receive money back for installing Energy Star washers and dryers or screwing in LED light bulbs. The website is super easy to use. You can search by system or room and apply for multiple rebates in minutes. The website also offers fun facts and tips on energy efficiency.
Ever heard of a Green Home Loan? MCE offers Marin homeowners loans of up to $30,000 for energy upgrades. With the Green Home Loan, you can conveniently repay the loan on your monthly PG&E bill. How simple is that? The other great benefit of this program is that 30 percent of the loan can be put into projects of your choice!
The Home Upgrade is an a-la-carte rebate program. Homeowners select the energy-saving measures they want for their project, and each measure carries a point value that is added up to calculate the total rebate amount. You can receive up to $3,000 in rebates!
The Advanced Home Upgrade program involves a whole-home energy assessment to establish a baseline performance level. Once the homeowner and the MBA-licensed contractor decide what energy-saving strategies will be performed, Energy Upgrade California will calculate the expected annual energy saved from the project. That number will determine the rebate. There is a total possible rebate of $6,500. The more a homeowner does to save energy, the bigger the rebate will be.
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Also, MCE has created a simple online tool to help you find multiple rebates in your area. Be sure to check out myenergytool.mcecleanenergy.com/ myplan/rebates
Upgrading your home to be more energy-efficient will not only enhance the comfort of your home but it will also save you 20 percent or more on your utility bills. From the costs, to the disruption in your home, to the overwhelming amount of dust, remodeling is nerveracking. But if you can save some money while making your home energy-efficient, it’s worth it.
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home with WAGSTAFF & ROGERS ARCHITECTS MBA member Wagstaff + Rogers Architects (formerly Wagstaff Architects) is a long-term architectural firm in Mill Valley. The range of work includes both high-end new residential and remodels, mixed use, historic rehabilitation, and commercial architecture throughout Marin County and the Bay Area. The relationships we build with our clients, contractors, consultants, and community are key to successful design solutions. Every project is different, each with its own particular challenges and design opportunities. Within the parameters presented by each client’s program, and in response to the constraints of site, climate, local, and regional zoning criteria, we search for the individual aesthetic potential in each project.
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HOUSE OF THE HOLY A modern church revival led by MBA member Caletti Jungsten comes to life in Mill Valley The Caletti Jungsten team created a heavenly transformation when they remodeled a church built in the 1930s into the perfect sanctuary for a Mill Valley family. The family aspired to respect the historic past of the structure while reviving it to meet their vision and style. The design team was lead by Holly Hollenbeck of HSH Interiors. Design was focused on the use of unique fixtures and materials. Interior spaces were creatively situated to tastefully showcase the uniqueness of remodeling an old church into a beautiful, peaceful home for the family. A church-like bell remains in the home, and when rung joyful sounds echo through the home in celebration of this fabulous remodel.
photography by David Duncan Livingston davidduncanlivingston.com
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Location Mill Valley, California General Contractor Caletti Jungsten Construction calettijungsten.com Architect Daniel Castor castorarchitecture.com Interior Designer Holly Hollenbeck hsh-interiors.com
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Richard De Ramon Novato Branch Manager, Redwood Credit Union
Putting Your Home’s Equity to Work
re you dreaming of a special home improvement project? A home equity line of credit (HELOC) or home equity loan can help make your dream a reality. Home equity is the current value of your home minus your mortgage balance. A home equity line of credit and a home equity loan both use that equity as collateral for a loan to fund home upgrades or other large expenses. Sometimes called a “second mortgage,” each of the two loan types offers unique benefits that make them affordable financing options. Understanding the differences between these two loan types is important in selecting which is right for you. Let’s go over the basics.
Receiving the funds: A HELOC works like a credit card, giving you a credit limit for borrowing money as-needed during a draw period (usually 10 to 15 years). HELOCs are a popular choice for varying expenses that
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occur over several years, like longterm home projects. A home equity loan is funded in one lump sum, making it a good option for large, one-time expenses. Paying back the loan: A HELOC has a variable rate and often allows interest-only payments until the end of the draw period; you’ll then be required to pay down any remaining principal, sometimes all at once. A home equity loan has a fixed interest rate and regular monthly payments. Both loan types are typically more affordable than a credit card or an unsecured loan, since your home serves as collateral. Tax benefits: The interest you pay on both a HELOC and a home equity loan can be tax-deductible, which may further increase your savings. Consult your tax professional to learn more. How do you determine which loan is right for you? If you expect to be paying as you go for a lengthy
home improvement project or other expense, such as college costs, a HELOC may be best. If you have a one-time expense or are consolidating a specific amount of debt, consider a home equity loan. Using your home as loan collateral creates risk, so it is always important to consider your decision carefully. But by taking time to work with a lender who understands your needs, your dream remodel may be within reach.
Richard De Ramon is Manager of MBA member Redwood Credit Union’s Novato branch. Visit marinba.org/directory and redwoodcu.org to learn more.
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Artist rendering approaching the Public Plaza—looking West.
A Growing Partnership Marin Builders Association & Agricultural Institute of Marin Celebrate Partnership
he Marin Builders Association (MBA) and Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) finalized a partnership that will seek to ensure the proposed permanent Farmers Market will be locally sourced. The two organizations recently formalized a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide the foundation for the groups working together on the future permanent home for the Marin Farmers Market. Details of the agreement include the MBA leadership working with members to identify in-kind donations and services to assist with the construction of the new
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permanent farmers market. In turn AIM plans to formally recognize the efforts with a permanent inscription on the building recognizing the organization and its members. The permanent farmers market and educational center will make healthy, locally grown food more accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and economic capacities; educate eaters and farmers about sustainable food and farming; and promote healthy eating and local living economies. The new facilities will enhance economic opportunities for local contractors and small local food producers while promoting public health. Through increased farmers market activities and educational programs, AIM will elevate the visibility of sustainable food and farms, and increase community engagement around food, nutrition, and sustainability. Brigitte Moran, CEO of AIM, stated, “The Market Hall and Canopy will be a landmark project celebrating local agriculture, local economies, and local communities. Having MBA’s members help us build community makes perfect sense.” Rick Wells, CEO of MBA, stated, “All of us at the MBA are excited about this partnership. It is such a natural fit for
our organization to partner with AIM on this amazing community benefit. I thank Brigitte and her team for their commitment to help build a locally sourced community asset.” Agricultural Institute of Marin is a 501(c)3 non-profit which runs seven award-winning farmers markets in the Bay Area. AIM’s mission is to educate the public about the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally grown food directly from farmers, and to connect and support communities and agriculture. AIM is in the pre-development stage of building a permanent home for the Marin Farmers Market. The Marin Builders Association serves the construction industry by promoting high ethical and professional standards, providing quality services to its members, and working responsibly with the community for the enhancement of the building industry. The association recognizes its responsibility to the well-being of the community and the environment.
For more information visit www.marinba.org and www.agriculturalinstitute.org
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Do you know where your food comes from? Tyler thayer, of aim farmers markets, does. Imagine setting foot on every farm that feeds you. More specifically, visiting the 230 farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and dairy producers of the Marin Farmers Markets on their home turf. Sounds like quite an endeavor, right? Exciting, educational and . . . time intensive. That’s where Tyler comes in. Since AIM launched its Farm Audit Program in 2010, Tyler and his team have done just that. Check √. Why? Because the foundation of any farmers market community is trust. In 2010, NBC did an undercover investigation of farmers markets in Southern California and revealed that some vendors had been lying to customers, selling produce they had not grown themselves. The proverb “one bad apple spoils the barrel” rang true, and public trust in farmers markets took a hit. In an effort to be proactive in ensuring the integrity of our own farmers markets, AIM created the Farm Audit Program. The goal is to verify that all the goods brought to market by the producer are indeed being grown, raised, fished, and cultured by that same producer. This helps guarantee that AIM’s farmers markets are transparent, fair, and trustworthy, in addition to being fresh, local, and delicious. Starting this fall, you will notice the new green “AIM Checked” signs displayed at AIM’s farmers markets, signifying that the vendor has been verified by our Farm Audit Program. To learn more about the people and programs that support the Marin Farmers Markets, visit agriculturalinstitute.org. Marin Civic Center (Sun & Thurs, 8-1, all year) OAKLAND — Grand Lake (Sat, 9-2, ALL YEAR) Hayward (Sat, 9-1, ALL YEAR)
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The Marin Builders Association is proud of our publication Marin Home magazine — the essential home resource.
For more detailed information and member profiles go to: marinba.org/directory OR scan code.
We thank our members and business associates for advertising in our magazine and making this an informative tool for you and our community. Each issue includes qualified contractors, materials suppliers and service providers who are MBA members. This home resource guide is a useful tool to help with your home and professional needs. Look for it in each edition of Marin Home!
California Contractors State License Board License Classifications & Descriptions A General Engineering Contractor B General Building Contractor C Specialty Contractor (“C” Categories of C Classifications) C-2 - Insulation and Acoustical Contractor C-4 - Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting Contractor C-5 - Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor C-6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor C-7 - Low Voltage Systems Contractor C-8 - Concrete Contractor C-9 - Drywall Contractor C10 - Electrical Contractor C11 - Elevator Contractor C12 - Earthwork and Paving Contractors C13 - Fencing Contractor C15 - Flooring and Floor Covering Contractors C16 - Fire Protection Contractor C17 - Glazing Contractor C20 - Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor C21 - Building Moving/Demolition Contractor C23 - Ornamental Metal Contractor C27 - Landscaping Contractor C28 - Lock and Security Equipment Contractor C29 - Masonry Contractor C31 - Construction Zone Traffic Control Contractor
C32 - Parking and Highway Improvement Contractor C33 - Painting and Decorating Contractor C34 - Pipeline Contractor C35 - Lathing and Plastering Contractor C36 - Plumbing Contractor C38 - Refrigeration Contractor C39 - Roofing Contractor C42 - Sanitation System Contractor C43 - Sheet Metal Contractor C45 - Sign Contractor C46 - Solar Contractor C47 - General Manufactured Housing Contractor C50 - Reinforcing Steel Contractor C51 - Structural Steel Contractor C53 - Swimming Pool Contractor C54 - Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor C55 - Water Conditioning Contractor C57 - Water Well Drilling Contractor C60 - Welding Contractor C61 - Limited Specialty ASB - Asbestos Certification HAZ - Hazardous Substance Removal Certification
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Licensed Contractors, Materials Suppliers & Associated Services ACCOUNTING
Ken Kay Associates lic. 2230-CA
AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE
The Last Inch, Inc.
lic. 980565 C6
Audio Video Integration 415.526.0070
High Definition Home Inc.
lic. 814767 C7
Mahoney Architects & Interiors
avimarin.com Northbay Reprographics
CONCRETE, ASPHALT, GRAVEL & SAND
northbayrepro.com Able Concrete Pumping
lic. 984434 D06 707.291.4334
SRS Custom Integration
Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.
Michael Rex Associates
lic. 815490 C7
lic. 288206 D12,D24
lic. 690380 C8,B,A
Neumann Sloat Blanco Architects, LLP
Martin & Harris
California Space Organizers, Inc.
De La Montanya Trucking
lic. 866993 D34
Standards of Excellence
Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction
Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architects
lic. 808915 C8,A
BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
mahoney-architects.com Maher Accountancy
ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS Bilgart Design
Polsky Perlstein Architects
Bank of Marin
lic. 537763 C6
lic. 326998 C8
Spacial Design 415.457.3195
California Bank and Trust
Kitchens by Ken Ryan
RC Cabinets & Closets
Imbimbo Concrete, Inc.
lic. 985074 C6
lic. 638907 A,C8
bilgartdesign.com Brock Wagstaff Architects 415.383.2160 x102
wagstaffarchitects.com Janus Design Consulting
Devincenzi Concrete Construction 707.546.3113
Studio Snaidero Bay Area
lic. 12267 415.456.1366
deluxeshotcrete.com Integral Design
Redwood Credit Union
Steinbach Cabinet Shop
Marin Landscape Materials
lic. 694518 C6
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc. 415.924.1040
CREATIVE SERVICES, MARKETING & PR
Shamrock Materials, Inc.
And Them Design
Take Away Hauling and Recycling
Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction
Strom Electric, Inc.
lic. 689576 C10
lic. 480976 C10,C36
lic. 828101 C10
I. Cannan Electric
lic. 736435 C10
Van Midde & Son Concrete
lic. 705813 C9
lic. 676584 C8
bizbuzzit.com Pat Trainor Drywall, Inc.
Idex Global Services Inc.
Forward Push Media
lic. 795763 C9
lic. 745981 C10
vanmiddeconcrete.com Viking Pavers, Inc.
W. Bradley Electric, Inc. lic. 390741 C10,B,A,C46
idexglobal.com Sessi Drywall
lic. 970281 D06 510.215.0800
lic. 541472 C9
Independent Electric Supply, Inc. 707.577.7900
Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc.
henleyphotography.com Whiteside Construction Corporation
lic. 577719 A,B,D06
lic. 955050 C10
lic. 899161 C10
Anatoly Lesley Electric lic. 988148 C10
MacQuarrie Electrical Services
lic. 870994 C10
CONSTRUCTIONMANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING
DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING DEMOLITION Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.
ILS Associates, Inc.
Dibble & Company
lic. 257220 C21
Artistic Lighting & Electric
lic. 380928 C10
Pound Management Inc.
macquarrieelectricalservices.com Maltby Electric Supply Co. 415.453.8300
lic. 445578 C7
Ross Construction Services
Marin Sanitary Service
ilscels.com John C. Hom & Associates 415.258.9027
L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc. 415.382.7713
Mike Brown Electric Company
lic. 306767 C10 707.792.8100
Project Management Services, LLC
D E Y Electric lic. 674128 C10
VHS Associates, Inc.
Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.
Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.
R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc.
lic. 513657 C10
lic. 3779 C10
Redwood Electric lic. 870103 C10
Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer
Royal Wholesale Electric
RV Stich Construction, Inc.
Sandler Training 415.606.8991
lic. 530135 A,B,C21
lic. 677633 C10
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE FENCING,DECKING & SIDING
FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS
lic. 516987 B
lic. 504918 C15
cloughconstruction.com Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor lic. 620203 B
Eureka Valley Floor Company lic. 397118 C15 415.479.1676
Northgate Garage Door, Inc.
Alten Construction, Inc. lic. 705713 A,B
Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc.
lic. 627224 D28
lic. 726300 B
GENERAL BUILDINGRESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NEW & REMODEL
Floortex Design Marin County Sidewall
lic. 534583 B,C15
38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc.
lic. 831184 D41
lic. 838178 B
FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES
bayareamoisturecontrol.com Altius Construction lic. 914976 B, C9, C35
Bay County Builders, Inc.
lic. 700683 B
Better Built Construction
lic. 970424 B
lic. 800744 B
Antonis Construction Building & Painting
BHM Construction, Inc.
lic. 940470 B,C33
lic. 903191 B
Giuliani Flooring, Inc.
A.E. Nelson Construction
lic. 951628 C15
lic. 364212 B,C36
Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
Build It Construction
lic. 720386 B
Advance Business Services
lic. 414490 C15
Abacus Group Builders, Inc.
lic. 522340 B
lic. 871010 B
California Mortgage Advisors, Jeff Grady
lic. 682766 C15 415.258.9966
Capital Trust Advisors
Arntz Builders, Inc. Advanced Engineering Sales, Inc. dba AES Construction
lic. 775170 B
lic. 727072 B,ASB
lic. 375536 B,ASB
lic. 178605 C15
David White & Associates
lic. 810317 B
Caletti Jungsten Construction
lic. 549463 B
Adventures In Production
dwassociates.com Insite Networks, Inc.
GARAGE DOORS & GATES
lic. 943457 B
Asbestos Control Center
lic. 590867 A,B,HAZ,ASB
lic. 626464 B
Pacific Equity Partners
Alan Taylor, General Contractor
lic. 451856 B
lic. 676193 B
CDK Builders Inc.
lic. 644649 B
Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.
B Street Builders
lic. 345502 D28
lic. 881441 B
lic. 920746 B
lic. 401466 B,C10,A
lic. 958861 D28
B G Construction
Allied Restoration Co, Inc.
lic. 969355 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Chalstrom Builders Inc.
Dan Young Construction, Inc.
ESM Enterprise General Contractor
Gubbins Building Company, Inc.
lic. 602728 B 415.461.2912
lic. 760173 B
lic. 352891 B
lic. 788512 B
Charles Melin, General Contractor
Habitat For Humanity
Hoytt Inspection Services Inc.
lic. 311858 B
lic. 728481 B
lic. 493676 B
lic. 714971 B
lic. 830273 C33,B,ASB
Fairway Design & Construction, Inc.
lic. 923234 B
lic. 427589 B
Dennis Webb Construction
Floyd Construction, Inc.
Christopher Clark Contracting
lic. 821554 B
lic. 365653 A,B
lic. 373692 B
Fontana Construction Inc.
lic. 402434 B
icppa.com Harte Building & Design, Inc.
lic. 776625 B
lic. 689318 B
Desmond & Wallace Inc.
lic. 487928 B
lic. 867185 B
lic. 782179 A,B
lic. 888773 B
Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.
lic. 490355 B
Diego Brothers, Inc.
lic. 490550 B
Hayes & Associates
lic. 491125 B
lic. 419030 A,B
lic. 817836 B
Jamba Construction, Inc.
lic. 897278 A,B,C17
diegobrosinc.com Crabtree Construction lic. 693280 B 415.640.8617
Diego Quality Construction
lic. 727282 B
James E. Wilson Construction
lic. 544509 B
Crescent Builders, Inc.
lic. 822594 B
Hennessey Construction, Inc.
lic. 922738 B
German Construction lic. 836405 B
lic. 449978 B,A 415.883.2969
lic. 872590 B
Hitchcock Construction Co.
James G. Lino Construction
Glen Rupiper Construction
lic. 396116 B
lic. 442777 B
Cypress Homes Inc./ H-Y-H Corporation
lic. 974792 B
Doug Monti Construction
lic. 432984 B
lic. 387703 B
D & H Construction
James S. Young Construction
lic. 693883 B
lic. 837357 B
Hoffmann Construction, Inc.
lic. 472841 B
lic. 414423 B
James W. Josephs & Company
elmackcabinetry.com D&R Construction
lic. 703863 B,C6 415.717.6061
Gordon Walker Builders
Horick Builders, Inc.
lic. 359012 B
lic. 533707 B
Envision Builders, Inc.
lic. 562356 B
lic. 825511 B
lic. 736487 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Jeff Hicks Construction
Kerr Construction, Inc.
lic. 615587 B
McDevitt Construction Partners Inc.
Nichelini & Sons, Inc.
lic. 345479 B
lic. 339365 B
lic. 410338 B
lic. 969483 B
Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc.
Lamperti Contracting & Design
lic. 508578 B
lic. 600412 B
McGuire & Sons Construction
lic. 346397 B
lampertikitchens.com lic. 288052 B,C10
lic. 790903 B
Rogers Remodel, Inc.
John A. Young, Builder
lic. 839810 B
lic. 459037 B
Pagan Construction, LLC
RPB Construction, Inc.
lic. 464896 B
lic. 504423 A,B,ASB
Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders
lic. 672337 B
Pennypacker/Drake Home Building Inc.
lic. 851479 B 415.215.9188
lic. 474421 B
lic. 754794 B
John C. Hill Construction
John Pope, Inc.
JW Rigney Construction Inc.
lic. 680456 B
Pete Niederberger & Sons
S.R. Allied Builders, Inc.
lic. 524069 B
lic. 399932 B
lic. 656905 B
Michael L. King
Plath & Co.
lic. 544919 B
lic. 395458 B
Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens
lic. 460795 B
lic. 590486 B,C10 415.609.0773
Lucas Valley Designs
lic. 645290 B 415.225.8230
K2GC Maloney Construction, Inc.
lic. 959104 B,A
Mill Valley Builders, Inc. 415.332.6035
lic. 790153 B
Schalich Bros. Construction Inc.
lic. 497493 B
Radco & Associates Inc.
Mondot & Co.
lic. 662970 B
lic. 593092 B
sandrabird.com Precision General Commercial Contractors
lic. 957090 B,C17,D24
lic. 787499 B
Meylan Construction, Inc.
lic. 467171 B,A,ASB 415.497.5948
lic. 718948 B
Mariposa Contractors Inc.
lic. 831986 B
lic. 646709 B,A, LEED AP
lic. 467868 B
lic. 362773 B
lic. 410936 B,A
Massa Construction Company
Natal Modica Construction, Inc.
KCK Builders, Inc.
lic. 344050 A,B
lic. 844317 B
lic. 810315 A,B
Ravano & Cooney Construction lic. 689239 B
Steere Building & Woodworking
lic. 744002 B 415.388.4616
Max Design & Construction
lic. 453554 B
Kelly Pacific Construction
lic. 489037 B
lic. 346196 B
lic. 720207 B
lic. 791439 B
stroubconstruction.com Robert Curry Construction lic. 663287 B 415.898.2243
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Structural Integrity
lic. 493670 B
lic. 478379 B
Ghilotti Construction Company
lic. 578269 B 415.730.8985
travisremodeling.com Wyatt Construction
Team Ghilotti, Inc.
T.H. Eller Construction
Von Der Werth, Inc.
lic. 825045 B
lic. 895384 A,HAZ
lic. 579465 B
lic. 330299 C13,B
lic. 315245 A,C21,C27
Hillside Drilling, Inc.
lic. 478991 A
Tamalpais Land Construction
lic. 972710 B
lic. 570798 B
GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND
Weiss Company, Inc. Tamco Construction, Inc.
lic. 354958 B
Thornton Paving Inc.
lic. 382817 A 415.453.2324
JS Company lic. 979111
lic. 699547 A,HAZ
lic. 638179 A
All Phase Excavating & Demolition, Inc.
West Bay Builders, Inc.
Lee Mechanical, Inc.
W.K. McLellan Company
lic. 626859 B,A,C17
lic. 571894 A
All Terrain, Inc.
Tembrock-Ingrassia Builders dba Bayside Builders
westbaybuilders.com Whitcomb Construction
lic. 827896 A,B
Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.
lic. 957514 B
lic. 690549 B
lic. 477476 A
W.R. Forde Associates
lic. 814744 A,B,C21
Central Valley Environmental
Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.
Westward Builders Inc.
lic. 913083 A,B
lic. 327365 B,A 415.459.2130
Tim Walsh Builders
lic. 350371 B
Wick Brothers Construction
lic. 481077 B
Tom Ganley Construction
lic. 514664 B
Wilkinson Design & Construction
lic. 564598 B
Michael Paul Company, Inc.
Tom J. Collins Construction
lic. 499170 B
William G. Taylor Construction Corp.
lic. 827633 A,B,C33
lic. 951203 A
Nerviani Paving, Inc.
lic. 853924 B
lic. 564392 A
Tom Redmond Construction Inc.
lic. 434609 B
Wine Country Builders, Inc.
lic. 763980 B 707.935.7474
Tomrose Construction, Inc.
HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & SHEET METAL
Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc.
Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal
lic. 278370 C20,C43
Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
lic. 456790 A,HAZ
Allen Heating & Sheet Metal
lic. 701379 A
lic. 605439 B
Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.
lic. 338175 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Bay City Mechanical, Inc. lic. 645126
Bauman Landscape & Construction
Salazar Cal Cities lic. 820057 C27
McLennon Law Corporation
lic. 372478 A,C27
lic. 607274 C2,D65,D34,B
lic. 954204 C27
Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc.
lic. 962905 C27
Bayside HVAC Products LLC
lic. 644720 C20
The Garber Law Firm
baysidehvac.com Downing Heating & Air Conditioning
mclennonlaw.com The Land Collaborative
LATHING & PLASTERING
Bolds Insurance Brokerage
Dan Fix Landscape Construction
lic. 553804 C27
Frey Plastering, Inc.
The Nelson Defense Firm
lic. 324866 C9,C35
Efrain’s Landscape Construction
Weber Plastering, Inc.
LOCK & SECURITY
lic. 785310 C27
Redwood Security Systems, Inc.
lic. 426887 C7,C10
Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance
Borton Petrini, LLP
Craford Benefit Consultants Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning
lic. 371959 C20 415.457.0607
Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.
lic. 521529 C20
Ongaro & Sons
George Petersen Insurance Agency
lic. 215233 C36,C4,C20
lic. 194445 C35
lic. 748791 C27
LUMBER, HARDWARE & TOOLS
Flynn, Riley, Bailey & Pasek, LLP
Gary Torney Landscaping Company
lic. 440200 C27
Patriot Mechanical Inc.
Heffernan Insurance Brokers
H. Lee Evans
lic. 774738 C20,C43
heffins.com Irrigation Repair Service
Hanson Bridgett LLP
lic. 328638 C27
James D. Rohde
Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company
Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc. lic. 416913 C20,C43
J.B. Shea Insurance Agency
simpsonsheetmetal.com Wise Insurance Agency
lic. 814207 C27,A
lic. 774154 C20,C43
fairfaxlumber.com Kate Warner; Construction Lawyer
Golden State Lumber Inc.
Law Offices of Benjamin C. Graves
Goodman Building Supply
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.
Verde Metals Inc.
lic. 723370 B,C27
lic. 635429 C43,C20
Adobe Lumber, Inc.
DHC Supplies Inc.
Trahan Bros. Inc. 415.457.5541
LANDSCAPING Outdoor Environments
Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.
lic. 707006 C27
lic. 373488 B,C27,A
Mark J. Rice, Esq.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Jackson’s Hardware, Inc.
Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage
Marin General Hospital
jacksonshardware.com Marin Building Supply
Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.
Energy Calc Company
Marin Independent Journal
Rafael Lumber Company
Indian Valley Golf Club
MASONRY, FIREPLACES & CHIMNEYS
Lynch & Sons
Bay Heritage Home Improvement, Inc. dba Hearth & Home of Marin
Jim Nichelini Masonry 415.897.7543
Motivation According to Hoyle
Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc.
lic. 396345 C29
Carpenters Local #35
Sun Iron Works, Inc.
lic. 231854 C60,C51 415.453.7562
Duncan Wilson Construction
lic. 741039 B 415.479.6269
PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING
Marshall Foster Masonry
lic. 277004 C29
Petty Masonry Inc.
Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply
lic. 416140 C29
MOVING & STORAGE
watersolutionswaterproofing.com Gaidano & Sons Painting & Decorating
marincountryclub.com North Bay NARI
Anello Painting and Construction
lic. 619941 C33, B
lic. 833585 B,C33
anellopainting.com Novato Chamber of Commerce
Bob Kunst Painting, Inc.
lic. 322282 C33,C35,C9
lic. 346191 C33
Redwood Empire Chapter
Giampolini & Company
bobkunstpainting.com Grant Painting
Pacific Gas & Electric
lic. 302025 B,C29
lic. 576764 C33,B
lic. 594303 B,C33
Mazzoni & Associates, Inc.
Marin Country Club
DeGregory Painting and Decorating
lic. 964236 C23
lic. 620205 C60
Manuel Vasquez Landscaping
Marin Clean Energy
lic. 503987 C33
Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.
lic. 827357 B,C33,D34
David Freeman Painting
Castaneda Iron Works
ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL
Boeck & Associates Painting Company
lic. 650541 C33
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
lic. 531284 C33
J & R Thompson, Inc.
lic. 736414 C33
Bouche Painting Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
lic. 937683 C33
Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.
Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc.
Cap’s Painting Company
lic. 387721 C54
lic. 430041 C33
lic. 684610 C33,B
John Seidler Painting lic. 699739 C33 415.328.0069
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE KBI Painting, Inc.
Sequoia Painting Inc.
B & W Plumbing, LLC
Harry Lee Plumbing
lic. 944475 C33
lic. 859331 C33
lic. 411936 C36
lic. 430685 C36
Todd Morris Fire Protection
lic. 978422 C16
Marin Mechanical, Inc.
lic. 433698 C36
Steve Teijeiro Expert Painting & Decorating
Burkell Plumbing, Inc.
Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.
lic. 874436 C33 415.747.6714
kbipaint.com Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc.
Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.
lic. 288461 C36,C42
lic. 256121 C33
Tamalpais Paint & Color
Carl J Augusto Plumbing
Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.
lic. 298381 C36
lic. 519618 C36,C16
Marin Color Service, Inc.
lic. 623217 C36
lic. 443156 C36
Minuteman Press of Marin
Denny’s House of Plumbing
Pedro Femenia & Sons,Inc.
lic. 504967 C36
Tim Kerrigan Painting
lic. 715319 C33
City Front Plumbing
Mikkelsen Painting lic. 645552 C33 415.382.3300
Universal Protective Coatings 415.457.9800
North Marin Painting, Inc. lic. 702759 C33,B
northmarinpainting.com Pac West Painting Inc.
lic. 848109 C33,B
Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.
lic. 920570 B
Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc.
lic. 910245 C33
415.453.6682 lic. 570216 C16,C36
lic. 951610 C4
McPhail Fuel Co.
Naturworks Pest Control
Gotelli Plumbing Company
lic. 254603 C36,C16
lic. 952842 C36
Community Playgrounds, Inc.
REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
lic. 362950 A,D34
Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.
Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc.
Ares Commercial Properties
lic. 736901 C36
lic. 491815 C42
PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION
Rubenstein Supply Co.
Ashley Bock/Alain Pinel Realtors
lic. 611970 A
De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor
Robert Walther Painting
lic. 460208 C36
lic. 659640 C33 415.897.8974
PROPANE & BUTANE
415.456.9620 lic. 722069 C33 415.479.7773
Plumbing Repair Specialists
lic. 526659 C33 415.455.0766
ASAP Plumbing, Inc.
lic. 676623 C36 415.492.8769
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Bradley Real Estate
Henris Roofing Company
Davis Sign Company, Inc.
lic. 220964 C39
lic. 831319 D42
Herb Dorzynski/Johns Manville
Vincent Sheehan, Re/Max Vision
lic. 976876 C46, B
seadriftrealty.com Caro Asset Management, Inc. 415.899.1500
SWIMMING POOLS Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc. lic. 273969 D35 415.479.4040
TILE & STONE
Carol Munson/Alain Pinel Realtors
lic. 474230 C39
lic. BRE 01046676 415.286.0120
Wendy Aronson Property Management
Morris Roofing Company
lic. 259426 C39
Ceramic Tile Design
lic. 497797 B,C10,C46,C35
Carol Scott/Bradley Real Estate 415.971.5676
RENTAL, EQUIPMENT & EVENTS
morris-roofing.com Northbay Roofing & Gutters, Inc.
Sun First, Inc. lic. 669250 B,C46
Galliani Tile Company
lic. 651146 B,C54
Big 4 Party Rentals
lic. 834387 C43,C39
DMH Land Use Planning
Sun Light & Power
lic. 326203 (C46, B)
Front Porch Realty Group
Cal-West Rentals Inc.
Northern Pacific Roofing
lic. 812250 C39,B
sunlightandpower.com London Tile
STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES
lic. 540433 C54 415.389.0408
Hendrickson Development Inc.
World Class Shows 650.593.2465
Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.
CLP Resources, Inc.
lic. 511545 C39,C33
Miconi Marble & Tile
lic. 604588 C54
Larry C. Levy, Consultant employeerelationsmanagement.com
Jeremy Forcier Guaranteed Rate Mortgage
Allied Building Products
Superior Roofing & Gutter Co.
lic. 956499 B,C39
roofingmarin.com Kearney Group Marin
Aussie Roofing, Inc.
lic. 823443 C39
Wedge Roofing, Inc.
aussieroofing.com MacPhail Properties, Inc. 415.482.1604
Nancy M. Marion
MLS Tile lic. 602910 C54 707.584.5476
Radiant Way Incorporated
lic. 416737 C39,C2,C43,B
Marin Employment Connection - Workforce Investment Board
SIGNAGE & PARKING AREA STRIPING
lic. 551058 C54
Brandon Riedel Roofing lic. 878480 C39
De Mello Roofing Rockport Land Corp.
lic. 290726 C39,D41
lic. 742358 C32
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE TREE SERVICE
Glass & Sash Inc. lic. 173807 C17
West Coast Professional Door, Inc.
Marin Tree Service
lic. 648230 D49
Hudson Street Design of Marin
Swift Tree Care
lic. 596473 D49
Marvin and Integrity Windows and Doors
Treemasters Tree and Garden Care
lic. 660226 D49 415.455.9933
McGovern Skylight Specialist
lic. 758998 C17
Additional Resources FEDERAL U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD
STATE Contractors State Licence Board www.cslb.ca.gov
lic. 721229 B
Mission Wood Products Horizon Glass Tinting
lic. 570209 C61,D52
Mueller Mirror & Glass Inc.
Pat Lepé Custom Interior Sewing
lic. 462285 C17 415.492.0234
COUNTY OF MARIN www.marincounty.org
CITIES & TOWNS www.cityofbelvedere.org www.ci.corte-madera.ca.us www.town-of-fairfax.org
Novato Glass, Inc.
WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS
lic. 371442 C17
Andersen Windows & Doors
Old Town Glass
Bergy Door & Window Company
Pacific Door & Hardware
Charles Window and Door Company
Pacific Door Products, Inc.
lic. 736844 C17
lic. 509661 D28,C17
www.ci.larkspur.ca.us www.cityofmillvalley.org www.ci.novato.ca.us www.townofsananselmo.org www.cityofsanrafael.org www.townofross.org www.ci.sausalito.ca.us www.ci.tiburon.ca.us
lic. 443074 D24
charleswindows.com RD Enterprises Dotto Glass
lic. 225824 C17
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MEET A MEMBER
A Perfect Round Jeff Mertel of Mertel Carpets President of Mertel Carpets and a past president of the Marin Builders Association, Jeff Mertel tells Marin Home what is par for the course around his home. interview by Liz Savage / photography by Trevor Henley
What is on your home improvement bucket list for 2015? The kitchen has been done; the yards are done. Next is the master bath. We plan on bumping it out into one bedroom, making a large bath and closet. Oh, and we need new carpet and hardwood. We’ve pretty much done everything else. You’ll need a break after you finish all that. How do you like to spend your free time? I love to golf. I go early every Sunday morning. Where is your next big golf trip? Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast. You’re a Novato native. Where is your favorite local spot? Las Guitarras. They have the best margaritas in town. It’s a family place—we know everybody there. We’ve been going there for 18, maybe 20 years. My wife even invented a margarita there—they’ve been selling them ever since. If you could trade houses with anyone alive or dead, whose would you choose? I hear Carlos Santana has quite a place on Maui. That would do. What’s your most prized possession? Willie Mays signed a baseball for me when I was a kid. A few years ago I happened to look through a bag my wife had sitting by the front door waiting to go to Goodwill. In it was the ball (and my can of Billy Beer). Near disaster at the Mertel House.
Wow! How’d you get that? When I was a kid—I was probably 10 or 11—our next-door neighbor was friends with a guy who had connections to the Giants. One day we were all at a game, and his name was called out over the loudspeaker. He left and came back with two Willie Mays autographed baseballs for us. That was pretty cool. Are you still a Giants fan? Oh yeah. What is one day you’d like to relive? Golf at Cypress Point. It was fantastic.
To learn more about MBA member Jeff Mertel, visit marinba.org/directory and mertelcarpets.com
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