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FEATURES 29 WALLFLOWERS & CURTAIN CALLS Take a peek at what local expert Robin Barnato is loving about wallpaper and window treatments. By Robin Barnato
32 MATERIAL WORLD
32 DEPARTMENTS 08 Editor’s Page 10 CALENDAR 12 He Said She Said
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SPECIAL SECTION 46 Green Corner
40 TAKE A SEAT
Repurpose Your Home.
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48 FINANCIAL WELLNESS
Creating the Ultimate Gathering Space.
Equity Lines and Marketing. Local Finance & Real Estate Experts Weigh In.
14 Icons & Innovators
52 HOME WITH HOUZZ
Tile It Up: Ceramic Tile Design.
Make Your Mark: Landmark Builders.
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54 MBA BULLETIN
Must Haves and Must Dos for the Fall Season.
The Pick-up Artist. Hear from a Novato Treasure Hunter.
2013 Scholarship Awards, MBA Membership Mixer at Marin City Community Development Corporation, Annual Golf Tournament for the Marin Builders Association Scholarship Fund.
42 The Shop
59 MBA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Color, Mood, and Space.
Raise Your Glass: Johnny Pope of Old Town Glass.
24 At Home
A pair of accomplished architects mine their oeuvre, 30 years in the making, for the best in character-driven designs.
On the cover: Kent Woodlands Residence. Story on page 32. Architecture by MBA member Polsky Perlstein Architects. Photography by Trevor Henley www.henleyphotography.com
RESOURCES 60 HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Find licensed Marin Builders Association (MBA) members for your next home improvement project.
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BRING HOME THE BEACH Childhood beach memories can remain timeless with this Driftwood Orb Chandelier. Each piece is handcrafted, and no two pieces are the same. Garnish Home Decor, Tiburon Garnishhomedecor.com
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have a confession. As much as I love long summer days and the carefree spirit they embody, what I love more is the structure and practicality of fall. No other season draws us back to the hearth and the home. Fall brings new trends, textures, and palettes to soften the blow of retreating summer days. Kids go back to school, and our lives return to the comfort of scheduled predictability. As we watch our treelined streets transform from bold greens to a soft palette of crimson and gold, our gratitude for warm, cozy places is at an all-time high. An inviting couch, big fuzzy throw, and a roaring fire—it’s the perfect way to conclude an autumn day. Start your focus on fall with this issue. Let it guide your smooth return home. As you tackle interior projects, creating an internal identity through colors, textures, and furniture, we hope you’ll find inspiration in these pages.
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Marin County Triathlon @ McNear’s Beach Park
Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland @ Downtown San Rafael
Annual Service of Remembrance @ Hospice by the Bay, Larkspur
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4 Angels by the Bay Marin Center for Independent Living @ Meadow Club, Fairfax
31 Forecasting the Future Economic Conference @ Embassy Suites, San Rafael
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As one of the most resilient signs in the zodiac, Scorpio can handle almost anything—a strength you’ll need in 2013 as you’re confronted with plenty of change. Perhaps you are considering relocation, are in the early process of moving, or are just barely settled in a new home. Don’t fret—take advantage of your resourcefulness, and seek out experts to make this a smooth transition. Accept the help you need, whether from expert movers, deft contractors, or interior designers. You’ll thank yourself for it.
You’re extroverted and optimistic, Sagittarius, and it can be almost impossible to keep you down. But in 2013 your philosophical side dreams of a great, long escape. Take this craving for luxury and pampering inward, and consider an overhaul of your entire home’s creature comforts. Down pillows and duvets, plush bathrobes and blankets—your home is your oyster. Leave no room unturned, and maintain your signature sense of humor during the whole process. Even a gel-cushion mat in your kitchen can transform washing dishes into a welcome chore.
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HE SAID SHE SAID
Dear He & She, My husband and I recently discovered beautiful, thickpaneled mahogany hardwood hiding under the wall-to-wall carpet in our TV/family room! We’re taking the opportunity to redecorate the room into the ultimate gathering space. The only piece of furniture we aren’t tossing is an heirloom leather couch with metal studs. We have light taupe walls and tall windows for good lighting, but between the couch and the floor, the rich brown tones already feel very dark. Any suggestions on how to build around these heavy hues? —The Millers, San Rafael
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Wow, congratulations on unearthing that find! You will be telling that story at every Super Bowl party you host for years to come. I think I understand your concern: a big couch like that is truly remarkable, but it can also make you feel like you’re sitting in the dusty archives of an Ivy League library. From my perspective, you have the statement piece of the century. It’s very common to think of dark leather and wood as beasts that need brightening, but a family room is the perfect place for rich tones to cultivate a cozy space, especially when the clock falls back. Whenever in doubt, don’t think outside the box; instead, take a cue from the couch itself. Mixing metals and leather is a timeless, popular, and stylish statement that you can repeat throughout the room, and is an unpretentious way to brighten the space. A matte, stainlesssteel coffee table is a great centerpiece for pulling off this look. Not to mention it can hold up well when kicking your feet up for movie night. A few other embellishments will draw things together. A metal-trimmed mirror is ultramodern, pulls in more light, and will make the room appear even larger. A couple of unexpected decor items in the metal theme would also be a welcome addition. You’ll be surprised by what you can find once you start looking. I’ve seen some awesome oversized Monopoly pieces cast in pewter, for example. Whatever you do, though, avoid the urge to include an old Persian rug—that will definitely get you sent to the Dean’s office. Awaiting my Super Bowl invite,
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SHE SAID Dear Miller Family, Holy mahogany! I am thrilled for you but secretly seething with envy. As you may have already admired at great length, mahogany is no ordinary hardwood. From your description it sounds like you have the good stuff—a delightfully durable, rich, reddish-brown grain that can stop your guests in their tracks. To echo He’s sentiment, it is sometimes a subconscious reflex to balance out dark hues by splashing white or bright color around. Overdoing this “pop” can make a room feel disjointed, and the effect can be jarring. And while taking inspiration from the metal studs is a great idea, going too heavy-metal can quickly turn a space industrial-chic. My advice is to turn your attention to the strengths of your beautiful new floors. First, you need to keep your walls cool: go with white or eggshell, or try a fun shade like light blue with white crown molding to add elegance. Then, some deep reds scattered around will draw out the natural beauty of your floors. You want to do this in a way that pulls the eye upward, since the room is bottom-heavy right now. Carefully selected artwork can do wonders, but He mentioned something that sparked my interest: a fully stocked library would actually be an incredible and colorful addition to your space. Besides adding another valuable activity to your family room, you benefit from the built-in color wheel of a well-stocked shelf that would include a bounty of warm shades. Play with book size or color grouping, and look for hardback reissues of your most beloved stories, as they often come in interesting and ornate covers. You can also nestle in woven baskets for storage, or keep gaps to showcase artwork or sculptures. Congratulations again and best of luck—this space is destined for greatness. Keep Calm and Decor On, She
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ICONS & INNOVATORS
Tile It Up
Ceramic Tile Design
hirty years ago there wasn’t a tile distributor that could meet the needs of either the public or the contractor,” says Steve Cerami, who started out installing tile before founding Ceramic Tile Design. “The limited options and poor customer service of the local tile suppliers motivated me to start my own tile company.” That and getting booted out of his home office.
“My son Ryan was about to be born, so we turned my home office into a nursery,” says Cerami. “Now Ryan is the vice president and a key employee at Ceramic Tile Design. Looking back, it was definitely the right time to make my move.” Cerami opened his first showroom in San Rafael with a dozen lines. Today his San Rafael and San Francisco showrooms offer close to a hundred. “I’ve seen a complete renaissance in the tile industry,” says Cerami. Cerami imports a significant portion of his inventory from Italy, working regularly with over 30 factories. He also travels to two premier tile shows—Cersaie, the largest international tile show, located in Bologna, Italy, and Coverings, an
international tile exposition held in the US—to see the latest design and production innovations. “At Cersaie, the (largely) Italian tile manufacturers will introduce their latest products to the entire world. At Coverings, these same manufacturers introduce what they deem viable to the US market as a whole. I like to attend Cersaie so that I can decide what I would like to introduce to my clients,” says Cerami. Even with the recession, Italian tile producers have been creating new designs and manufacturing processes that Cerami finds “amazing.” “Manufacturers can now mimic the color and grain of wood exactly or duplicate distressed concrete surfaces, but in an incredibly durable porcelain
body,” says Cerami. “It is fun to see what the Italians will do next, especially when they take poetic license with nature’s natural look and color. And they’re of such high quality that they can be used in commercial applications as well as residential.” Ceramic Tile Design’s commercial division, CTD Commercial, has supplied tile to many high-profile corporate clients, such as Bank of America, Apple, Chevron, Nordstrom, and the Four Seasons to name just a few. Cerami also counts dozens of educational institutions, including Stanford, UCSF, and UCLA, as clients. “We work with a plethora of industries commercially,” says Cerami. “The tile we supply must be unique enough to support branding but also be safe and durable enough to last many years in service. In the end, that’s what
text by Kathryn Loosli Pritchett / photography by Trevor Henley
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Tiles: Listone D Wood Look Porcelain in Canyon Naturale (brown) and CTD Blend (black & grey). Artisan-made, Marin Designworks Glass Tile in Radius Corner (green), Windswept (white) , Ebb Flow (blue), and Arabesque (grey).
“from porcelain to glass and metal... ...to huge modules in squares, rectangles, and planking. This time in this industry is like never before” makes tile the economical as well as sustainable choice.” (Cerami’s distribution division, Cerami, Inc., can supply these same products to tile showrooms and dealers throughout California, as well as several other western states.) To best meet his customers’ needs, Cerami makes sure that his salespeople are well-versed in Ceramic Tile Design’s extensive inventory. Many of the staff members have design backgrounds, but they also participate in regular product seminars for color selection and coordination training as well as other critical product information. He notes that constant staff development is a lot of work, but it’s the only way for them to fully to understand the many usage and design options available from each factory. “Homeowners need help understanding and selecting tile, and interior designers and architects also benefit from our staff’s training,” says Cerami. “When they come to us they know they can get in-depth information on a wide array of tiles—we help them help their clients.”
His business has continued to thrive as he has added green materials such as IceStone, a durable surface made of recycled glass, and other gold-level Cradle to Cradle materials to his product line. He also works to meet the demand for American art tiles by offering hand-crafted, unique tiles created by small-scale, gifted tile makers from across the country. “I’m really proud of our commitment to smaller American tile manufacturers,” says Cerami. He touts the concept of “groupage,” which allows him to order an array of tiles from different manufactures rather than filling a shipping container with only one particular line from a single factory. “We also have a large number of displays, which helps clients realize a design concept and makes it easier to envision what their own home project will look like when it’s done.” Despite all the growth in his business, Cerami notes that it’s the basic nature of tile that makes it so popular. “If installed properly, you can keep tile for the life of your house, it’s fairly
inexpensive, and it’s beautiful,” says Cerami. “There are so many wonderful options from porcelain to glass and metal, and sizes from tiny mosaics to huge modules in squares, rectangles, and planking. This time in this industry is like never before.”
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Must Haves & Must Dos for the Fall Season Embrace the spirit of your home with these fabulous finds and ideas!
MUST DO Great Spaces—Ready, Set, Get Comfy! During fall, we find ourselves retreating to our homes and settling into some of our favorite spaces. MBA member Caletti Jungsten, a local contracting and design firm, created this comfortable and cozy living area. The woodbeam ceilings create a dramatic yet warming effect. Turn your house into a home by creating an interior identity that resembles you! Caletti Jungsten 415.381.3162 www.calettijungsten.com
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Dining Decadence Indulge in a rustic great table for the fall family festivities. Restoration Hardware’s salvaged wood X-base extension table is handcrafted of unfinished, solid reclaimed pine timbers from 100-year-old buildings in Britain. Aged & timeless—a gathering place for years to come! Available at Restoration Hardware The Village at Corte Madera 415.924.8919 www.RH.com
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MUST HAVE Tuck Yourself In Slip into some luxurious linens this fall. West Elm’s Organic Ikat Links duvet cover and shams are this season’s bedroom essentials. Revitalize your boudoir with a fresh new look and embrace those extended mornings in bed. Available at West Elm Strawberry Village, Mill Valley Opening in November www.westelm.com Prices vary $24- $119
Build Character Achieve a look of casual elegance when you apply Black’s Farmwood grey barn siding to your bedroom walls. Aged for over 100 years, this wall application adds instant character and history to your bedroom. If the walls could talk! Black’s Farmwood 1595 E. Francisco Blvd. Unit D San Rafael 415.454.8312 www.blacksfarmwood.com
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THE NAIL DOWN MUST HAVE Light Up the Room Lighting is essential for setting the mood in your home. Bright and cheery or soft and subdued—it’s your call. Create the atmosphere you want in your home through your light fixtures. The Silvia Drop Pendant Lamps from Crate & Barrel are the perfect way to brighten up a space. Mix and mingle the shapes for a fun, fresh look. Available at Crate & Barrel Town Center, Corte Madera 415.924.5412 www.crateandbarrel.com Prices range from $149 - $199
Take Control! Imagine the ability to control every aspect of your home from your iPhone, iPad, or a single keypad. Full lighting control and more is at your fingertips, and MBA member SoundVision can help you create the ultimate in-home experience. Sit back, relax, and take control. It’s pure simplicity! SoundVision 27 Commercial Blvd., Suite M Novato 415.456.7000 www.svsf.com
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MUST HAVE Custom Comforts Customize cushions to complement your space. Studio Home Designs offers endless color and pattern choices. Why spend hours searching for that just-right cushion when you can create exactly what you desire today? Available at Studio Home Designs 14 Ross Avenue, San Anselmo 415.457.0560 www.studiohomedesigns.com Prices vary.
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Built-in Beauty & Functionality Bring style to your everyday life with customdesigned banquette seating. MBA member The Last Inch created this simple yet stunningly beautiful and functional eating area, complete with storage space beneath the bench. Custom cabinetry can give you exactly what you want and need for your home. The Last Inch 1800 Ferry Point, Bldg. #14, Alameda 510.337.1700 www.thelastinch.org
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the Pick-up Artist A Novato treasure hunter brings bygone objects back from the brink.
’ve never been one for cookie-cutter anything,” says Sara Moseley, owner of Bonnie + Duke, a design service that specializes in sourcing vintage objects from Etsy, estate sales, and every castaway cache in between. Armed with the hunting instincts passed down from her mother, Bonnie (for whom the Great Depression instilled a strong sense of resourcefulness), Moseley feverishly tracks down stunning pre-loved—and sometimes longforgotten—vintage treasures for her clients. Her exhaustive efforts soulfully nuance otherwise “canned” decor. “Chain stores have teams scouring flea markets for the next cool thing they can mass produce,” says Moseley. “Why not find an original for less than the retail price of a fake?” Here, the huntress reveals her tricks of the trade. As a professional picker, what’s in your toolbox?
Good question. Patience, first and foremost. The perfect piece at the right price is usually out there—just keep looking! I also have the ability to see beyond dust and scuff marks to the beauty and design. I can see a piece for what it is—and what it could be. Lastly, I have a mild obsession with scoring a great deal. My parents were brought up in the Great Depression. They were totally practical, and they passed some of that wisdom on to me. »
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quality of a vintage piece is better than a new piece. In many cases, the
What have been some of your best scores?
Six years ago at an estate sale, I found an amazing pair of vintage patio chairs for just $25—they’ve got circular frames covered with yellow and white vinyl straps. I think Crate and Barrel did something similar this past summer season. A woman in the South Bay once sold me an unfinished Lane coffee table for $85—I’ve seen them on eBay for more than $400. And I once traded some copywriting for a vintage French barbershop mirror! What are your tips for people who are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of pre-loved treasures for sale on eBay, Etsy, flea markets, and the like?
Those are all totally overwhelming
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environments for everyone, including me! I manage them by staying focused (sure, that light fixture is in amazing shape and the price is great, but if you’re really looking for a side table, move on); knowing my limits on time and money (some finds require more work once you get them home—a great deal can quickly become more than you bargained for); and always being prepared to walk away (if the deal isn’t just right, I’ll keep looking). What vintage-era items are gaining traction once again?
I’m seeing big pieces like vintage ninedrawer dressers and dining-room sets— investment pieces that stand the test of time. In many cases, the quality of a vintage piece is better than a new piece.
When determining an object’s worthiness, how do you rank 1) condition, 2) price, and 3) sheer desire?
I use a “pick-two” formula. Great condition and awesome price? A nobrainer for me. A must-have that’s in great shape? I’ll take the plunge! It’s rare to satisfy all three, so you have to ask yourself which two variables will seal the deal. What do all of your clients have in common?
They’re practical yet open-minded, smart yet willing to take risks. Basically, they’re just awesome.
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From traditional and classic to edgy and graphic, wallpaper and curtains are back. Lift the veil and take a peek at what local expert Robin Barnato is loving about wallpaper and window treatments now.
Fear. Trepidation. Outright Horror. These are the most common reactions I get from my clients when I suggest that we consider wallpaper as a way to liven and warm up a space. No doubt they are flashing back to the foiled foyer or green-and-white-trellis print in the breakfast room of their youth. Curtains are no better, conjuring up visions of Tuscan swags and entire walls of polyester pleats. But before you show me the door, let me try to convince you that you will delight in the warm, stylish, and sometimes very subtle enhancement that wallpaper and yes, even curtains, can bring to today’s spaces. »
text by Robin Barnato, Studio Home Designs / photography by Trevor Henley
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Wallpaper: Elitis, Xxl, “Cristal”
Wallpaper: Elitis, Kandy “Brit Pop”. Scrim sheers in “Cloud White”, custom made by Studio Home
» The wall is the thing We are in the midst of a wallpaper renaissance, and as a result there are incredible design and material choices spanning all design genres. The creativity explosion that has generated so many wonderful fabric designs and prints has spilled over to wall coverings. Geometrics are popular because of their crisp, classic feel, and here in California grass cloths and natural wovens are always favored. For an even more organic and natural palette, I like the natural cork veneers offered by Caba and Phillip Jeffries. Hand block printing is another burgeoning trend with wallpapers and is an ideal way to add artistic flair to a space. Companies like Galbraith and Paul, Raul, and Cloth have transferred their beautiful hand-blocked prints to paper, and the effect is stunning and timeless. Digital meets Vinyl The ability to print most anything digitally on fabric, paper, and glass has fueled the expansion of new edgy wallpaper designs, as well as soft subtle textures and hues. One of the companies on the cutting edge of this wall-covering trend is Elitis, a French textile company that offers incredible vinyl papers that can be wiped clean, but it is almost impossible to tell it is vinyl. I love to use their vinyl grass cloths, silks, and faux stones. (The neutral travertine is one of my favorites.)
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All things distressed Barnwood, iron cladding, peeling cement walls, and antique tin tiles are all available to anyone with a sharp blade and an exacting eye (although we recommend using professional paper hangers). These are great installations for restaurants, retail stores, dens, or that basement family room build-out. UK-based Andrew Martin has really innovative paper-cladding options, including a full wall of leather-bound books in an old English library setting. If you are brave enough to use actual cladding on your walls, the possibilities are endless. Paneling one wall in Douglas fir or unfinished hickory flooring is a great way to add warmth and nature to a plain room or hallway. Getting started The easiest way to plunge into wallpaper or cladding is to do an accent wall behind a bed, an entryway, or a small powder room. If you think you might tire of a bold pattern or color, it is best to stick with one of the textured neutrals or natural weaves. But I will warn that cladding your walls is addictive, so your first wall-covering project will definitely not be your last!
» Windows Windows too often are a lost opportunity for warmth and style. Many people approach their window coverings on a purely functional basis (sun protection and privacy) and may not realize how a great window treatment can set the tone of the space, inside and out. To drape or not to drape As with wall coverings, the explosion of artistic prints, digital designs, and groundbreaking sheers and casements make it more exciting than ever to warm up to drapes. The beauty can be in the simplicity of fabric and color (such as natural wools and soft Belgian linens) or the liveliness of a color, hue, or print. Drapes no longer have to mean formality. I primarily use a ripplefold top treatment, which creates a soft pleatless curtain that stacks back minimally and has a casual feel. Drapes and panels are perfect solutions for long window walls where they can be hung floor to ceiling, making the ceilings seem taller; and for bedrooms to create a soft and luxurious feel, especially when combined with natural woven-fiber roman shades. Patterns and colors can make a neutral palette bold and interesting. Think about how a curtain looks from the outside, and consider using an unlined double-sided pattern or sheer so that the view outside in is just as lovely as from inside out. Form follows Function This modernist ideal generally describes my approach to window coverings. However, in the case of windows, there is no reason not to maximize the form once the function has been determined. Companies like Hartmann and Forbes and Conrad Shades make elegant natural woven-fiber shades that filter light, provide privacy, or both. Printed fabric romans are ideal in children’s rooms when a splash of color or vibrant fabric is desired. My favorite architectural options are softcolored solar shades, which filter light
TOP: Elitis, “Vibration”, custom made by Studio Home. BOTTOM: Conrad Shades, “Snow White” and custom drapes by Studio Home with Seema Krish textiles.
and cast a soft hue when there is direct sunlight but no privacy needs. I also love the warmth and utility of two-inch wood blinds, especially when they are done in unexpected finishes such as driftwood, washed white, or wenge. As a recovered window and wall minimalist, I am always sympathetic to my client’s aversions to these textural additions. However every time we complete a new wallpaper or fabulous ripplefold curtain installation, I get such a charge of decoratinginduced euphoria that I am immediately searching for the next opportunity to demonstrate the power of the latest window covering and wall trends.
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MATERIAL WORLD A pair of accomplished architects mine their oeuvre, 30 years in the making, for the best in character-driven designs. text by Leilani Marie Labong photography by Trevor Henley, Jeremy Coulter, Jared Polsky and Richard Perlstein
In the way that renowned American architect Michael Graves once expressed that his houses have anthropomorphic qualities—doors are mouths, windows represent eyes and noses, for example—Jared Polsky and Rich Perlstein, coprincipals of Larkspur design studio Polsky Perlstein Architects, also believe that their custom projects subtly take on human characteristics. Not necessarily of the anatomical nature, as Graves had observed, but more along the lines of distinct personality expressions. Arguably, it’s these nuances that make the difference between a house and a home. “As architects, we work hard to evoke our clients’ sensibilities,” says Polsky. Choosing an architectural style— modern, Mediterranean, craftsman, to name a few—is the first indication of a client’s aesthetic predisposition. From there, a signature palette of materials emerges—another ridge, so to speak, of this unique design fingerprint. In Greenbrae, for example, Polsky and Perlstein designed a contemporary home for, says Polsky, “an adventurous couple who wanted something exciting and cutting edge.” As such, the interior is anchored by a floating central staircase—a “circulation spine”—with glass railings and seemingly gravitydefying risers to increase the thrill quotient as well as the visual clarity. Like most modern masterpieces, the interior is open and lofty and crisply edged, a look that might have been weighed down by a traditionally bulky flight. The streamlined effect is aided by the perks of the 21st century—credit stateof-the-art technology for making modern-day TVs super thin, for instance, eliminating the architects’ need to design cumbersome built-ins. »
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Such a cool aesthetic in the Greenbrae home is tempered by an abundance of the beautifully grained Brazilian hardwood cumaru. “Wood does a really good job of making people feel comfortable and warm,” says Perlstein. That said, the architects warn against using too much wood, especially in cramped spaces that don’t have the benefit of significant glass expanses—the Greenbrae portals capture views of Mount Tamalpais. While cumaru has the look of a clear redwood—a naturally warm tone—the architects also swear by the coziness that lighter woods, like white oak, can bestow. Recently, Polsky and Perlstein have noticed a trend away from darker woods like mahogany or walnut. “These things tend to cycle, much like fashion,” says Perlstein, who claims that oak, stylish 20 years ago, is now experiencing a resurgence.
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In a Polsky-Perlstein home in Kent Woodlands, rustic planks of white oak provide an intimate farmhouse vibe. Achieving such lived-in texture in a brand new 10,000-squarefoot manse is no mean feat. The owners, according to the architects, are “very sophisticated, but very casual—they’re jeans-and-T-shirt kind of people.” Once again—cue token idiom—the apple (in this case, the architecture) hasn’t fallen far from the tree. Another way in which the architects attempted to diminish the scale of the Kent Woodlands home was by building alcoves. The one in the master bath, for instance, frames a freestanding tub and French doors. “There are people—myself included—who like the sense of being slightly separated from the larger space,” says Polsky. “Alcoves can serve all kinds of functions, from small home offices to more intimate seating areas to special places for tubs.” Color, or the lack thereof, is also a strong indicator of a person’s individuality. At Kent Woodlands, a flight of stairs is embellished with a rainbow paint treatment—a delightful surprise in the Normandy-style home.
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In a Mediterranean-inspired domicile in Kentfield, muscular plaster walls are imbued with earthy, muted shades of yellow, red, and green. “The homeowner is an artist and was willing to take risks with color,” says Polsky. The leafy-green shading in the master bathroom plays off the view of the shrubbery and trees in the backyard, while in the great room, a honeyed hue is reminiscent of the Tuscan sun. The groin-vaulted ceiling in the foyer is tinted with a warm peachy tone. Here in this entry space, the architecture evokes a sense of the Old World. But in the Old World, those walls might have been solid, heavy compositions of stone and mortar. In the modern-day earthquake-prone, safety-code-laden Bay Area, the illusion is accomplished with wood framing, drywall, and plaster. “The walls look weighty, and that’s the whole point,” says Perlstein. “They may not be solid in the traditional sense, but when it comes to an earthquake, this composition is actually stronger than stone.” Conversely, the hand-hewn ceiling beams in the great room may summon romantic images of old Italian countryside villas inhabited by lovelorn Diane Lane types, but they lack the brawn to bear the weight of the ceiling. No matter. “They won’t warp,” assures Perlstein, “and they’ll always stay true.” Just like your favorite architects.
For more information about the talented teams that created these homes, see page 72.
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Take a Seat Annie Bowman’s eye for craftsmanship, developed over years of travel and exploration, has made her store, Sunrise Home, a trusted name among Marin residents. Accentuate your home with one of these stylish chairs from Annie’s unique collection.
1 / Hepplewhite Wing Chair — Ralph Lauren’s newest collection of “deconstructed pieces” is ideal for today’s lifestyle. It’s worry-free furnishing at its best since the pieces are already distressed. Each chair is made with 80- to 100-year-old vintage fabric so each piece is unique. (Prices vary)
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Color, Mood, and Space It’s not just the hue that matters. Color combinations and nuances are the secret to making a room feel just right. text and photography by Kelly Berg
hether we are aware of it or not, our spaces influence our emotions every day. Color is arguably the single most important contributor to a room’s mood. When we design and decorate our spaces, each and every hue plays a role in how we feel. So it’s important that we select our colors thoughtfully—not fearfully—with conscious intention to create a space that makes us feel how we want to feel. We hear a lot about the moods that certain colors create. Red is supposed to make us hungry and ignite passion. Blues are supposed to create a soothing, relaxing atmosphere. Pink is girly. And green represents nature. But these ideas present such a limited view on color that it’s best to ignore them. Yes— completely ignore them. Why? Because when designing and decorating our homes, they do us absolutely no good. In fact, they often put us in a terrible bind by not allowing us to use the colors we love. These color memes don’t take into account the infinite variations of colors and color combinations that we are capable of creating. A room is never defined by any single color. It’s ultimately the combinations of colors and variations of hues that make a room feel one way or another.
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Let’s take the color chartreuse, for example, which is very trendy at the moment. You may think there is no way you would introduce this color into your home. It’s loud, too bright, and gives you a headache just thinking about it. But what if you have a room that feels a little flat? Or a little too moody? A bit of chartreuse could be just what your room needs to lift its mood. The hue could be brought into a room through flowers and a single throw. Or it could be embraced more boldly through upholstered furniture and an area rug. The overall mood of the room will be influenced by this hue, but it won’t be defined by it. If the walls are painted black, and the »
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THE SHOP furnishings include rich wood tones, the room will have a much different feel than if that same chartreuse is paired with bright white walls and cherry red furniture. Pink is a good example to reference here, as well. We could say that using pink in our home creates a feminine, soft, sweet mood. But what kind of pink are we referring to? Is it the pastel tint of cotton candy? Or the bold, energetic glow of a fuchsia flower? And how is that color used? Is it painted on all the walls? Or is it introduced in a throw pillow? What is the material? High-gloss enamel? Or delicate lace? And what colors is it paired with? Whites and creams? Bright daffodil yellow? Deep charcoal gray? You can start to see how pink can be much more than sweet and girly. Its mood can be altered based on the exact shade or tint, the colors it’s paired with, and how it’s used in a space. All colors inherently have specific moods associated with them, but it’s important that we don’t simplify them too much. If we do, we miss out on some fabulously unique color combinations, and the potential for creating spaces that feel as good as they look.
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Here are just a few common color associations Red Burgundy Serious, rich, warm, mature, stable, traditional Red Cherry Red Energetic, jovial, cheap, passionate Pink Cotton Candy Romantic, sweet, soft, feminine Pink Fuchsia Bold, loud, warm, sexy, flamboyant Orange Terra Cotta Sophisticated, warm, earthy, cozy Orange Tangerine Playful, edgy, immature, loud
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Yellow Chartreuse Immature, loud, energetic, stimulating Yellow Buttery Gold Comforting, sunny, inviting, cheerful Green Lime Green Fresh, optimistic, fruity, unstable, youthful Green Forest Green Pensive, traditional, woodsy Blue Sky Blue Childlike, airy, open, light Blue Cobalt Precious, sophisticated, intense, spiritual
Violet Lavender Romantic, sweet, grandmotherly, artificial Violet Eggplant Masculine, rich, sophisticated, powerful Gray Charcoal Strong, sexy, masculine, heavy Gray Silver Neutral Calm, lifeless, dull, light Black Black Strong, sophisticated, mysterious, luxurious White White Celestial, spiritual, clean, pure, sterile
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REpurpose Your Home text by Casey Mazzoni
Pallet Inspiration Next time you are throwing out your trash and you see a lonely pallet waiting to go to the landfill, be sure to grab it! What I love about this pallet chair is the wash of color. This outdoor treasure costs pennies, but the laughs with your favorite gal pal while lounging on these rustic chairs are priceless.
These ARE your grandmother’s crates! How fun is this? Take some old wooden crates, and mount them to the wall. If you don’t have vintage wooden crates, use wine crates. Who knew the North Bay “wine lifestyle” had multiple benefits! Not only do the shelves look super hip, they also create great storage for small spaces.
I have seen the light! Are you sick of the ’70s fixture in your dining room? This inexpensive alternative is so easy to build. In one afternoon, you can have a new look. Just find a basket lying around your house or weave your own! Paint it a fun color, or leave it natural—let your creative juices flow. But before flipping the switch, be sure to consult with a Marin Builders Association licensed electrician to be sure it is safe.
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If you’re like me, each turn of the season inspires an equally dramatic makeover of your home decor. But these quarterly updates can take a serious toll of your bank account. So how can you can satisfy your need for change while keeping a little in your pockets? Repurpose your home! With some imagination, time, and a little elbow grease, you can create a unique living space while saving money and Mother Earth.
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Benefits of a Home Equity Line
by Richard DeRamon Redwood Credit Union
quity in your home can be a powerful tool in managing your overall financial situation. Equity—the current market value of your home minus your mortgage balance—can serve as collateral for other borrowing, such as a home equity line of credit, or HELOC. Used wisely, a HELOC is a revolving line of credit, similar to a credit card, which offers a variety of benefits: Lower rates.
HELOC rates are typically lower than credit card or personal loan rates, making them a good option for debt consolidation or major purchases. Generally, HELOC rates are variable and calculated by taking a base index, such as the prime rate, and adding a margin. Check with your lender to learn how much the rate can vary and if there is a cap to prevent it from exceeding a certain percentage.
During the draw period, you typically are only required to pay the interest, although you can choose to pay principal as well. Once the draw period is over, you may be allowed to repay the principal over a fixed period of time, or have the option of renewing your draw period, depending on how the HELOC is set up.
You can withdraw funds up to your credit limit at any time during the draw period (usually 10 to 15 years). A HELOC can help you pay for college tuition expenses, home improvements, buy a car, or access cash when you need it. It’s also a great option to help you consolidate high-interest debt at a lower interest rate.
The interest you pay on your HELOC may be tax deductible, which is not usually an option on other revolving lines of credit. Consult your tax professional for additional information.
While there are many benefits to a HELOC, it’s important to remember you are using your home as collateral, which creates risk. Your home is your biggest asset, so the decision to borrow against it using a HELOC should be considered carefully. Working closely with your trusted lender, evaluate your options to make sure a HELOC is the right solution for you.
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Tricks of the Trade Five ways to design a marketing plan that is sure to jump start your home’s sale. by Megan Pomponio Frank Howard Allen
istory has shown that the longer a home is on the market, the more likely it is that the sales price will be lower. Pricing your home accurately at market value is key to a successful sale. But beyond that, you can do several other things to ensure that your home sells quickly, for the best price possible. Most homeowners don’t realize how much is involved in marketing a property. Here are five important things to consider before putting up that For Sale sign.
LESS IS MORE: Do you ever
see homes for sale that have unmade beds, toilet seats up, and dishes in the sink? Yikes! One of the most important first steps in preparing to sell your home is to deep clean, de-clutter, and edit. This involves removing anything you don’t actually need or use. Clean or repaint the walls, and try to make your rooms look as versatile as possible. Also, don’t neglect storage areas. When you move you’re going to need to pack stuff up, so get a head start now. Closets, cabinets, and storage spaces will appear larger and more useful if they are free of clutter. This includes the garage, basement, and attic. 2
STAGING: Once your home
is clean and organized, staging will make it even more appealing to prospective buyers. Whether it involves repurposing or repositioning furniture on your own or hiring a stager to replace your furniture or simply add accessories, staging will often make your home appear larger and more inviting. Buyers want to imagine their own belongings in the space so give them a clean, blank canvas.
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CURB APPEAL: Your home’s
interior may look amazing, but if a buyer doesn’t want to go inside, you’ve lost them. Removing weeds or adding fresh mulch and a few colorful plants can make a huge impact. Power-washing the walkway and driveway and cleaning windows will give the house a fresh look. You may also consider new paint or hardware on the front door. Sprucing up the exterior will make your home look newer, brighter, and more welcoming. 4
see a listing on the Internet and wonder if the agent took the photos with a disposable camera? Dark rooms and bad angles, overexposed windows, a timestamp—all of these things diminish your home’s appeal. Professional photographers can use lighting that enhances the colors in the rooms, and they have wideangle lenses that show more of the space than an average camera. They also understand the importance of composition and will take photos that best highlight your home.
Now that your home looks fantastic inside and out, it’s time to properly capture it. Do you ever
MARKETING: It’s finally time to bring your home on the market, and as the saying goes, “The first impression is the last impression.” If you’ve done well with the pre-listing steps mentioned here, marketing will be a breeze.
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Raise Your Glass: Johnny Pope of Old Town Glass We caught up with Johnny Pope, owner of Old Town Glass in Novato, to learn more about the family business, his top window tips, and his plans for the fall season.
You’ve seen a lot of fantastic views in Marin while installing glass and windows. What’s the most amazing one? There are so many, but if I had to choose one, I’d say the view from the Mt. Tam fire lookout. The last time we changed some fogged windows up there it was pretty amazing. What is your No. 1 tip for readers who want to replace their windows? Seek out expert advice from a window and door contractor, dealer, architect, or a licensed contractor with window and door experience. There are many codes that affect window and door replacement—on the national, state, and local levels—and they can be relatively complex. There are so many window and door products on the market, and they are not all equal in performance and benefits. Someone with expert knowledge can help you wade through the differences. What’s next on your own home-improvement list? I’ve been meaning to install a new fire-rated door between the garage and house for quite some time. If you were invited to present only one item for a time capsule to be opened in 2053, what would it be? A book. As our lives move toward digital media, it’s nice to have something tangible. Who’s your hero and why? My parents. They built a business from the ground up and provided an opportunity for my sister and me to carry on something that they started. What do you like to do—either at home or elsewhere— to enjoy the fall season? Fall is my favorite time to head to Tahoe, while most of the crowds are gone and before the winter sets in.
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California Contractors State License Board License Classifications & Descriptions A General Engineering Contractor B General Building Contractor C Specialty Contractor (“C” Categories of C Classifications) C-2 - Insulation and Acoustical Contractor C-4 - Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting Contractor C-5 - Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor C-6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor C-7 - Low Voltage Systems Contractor C-8 - Concrete Contractor C-9 - Drywall Contractor C10 - Electrical Contractor C11 - Elevator Contractor C12 - Earthwork and Paving Contractors C13 - Fencing Contractor C15 - Flooring and Floor Covering Contractors C16 - Fire Protection Contractor C17 - Glazing Contractor C20 - Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor C21 - Building Moving/Demolition Contractor C23 - Ornamental Metal Contractor C27 - Landscaping Contractor C28 - Lock and Security Equipment Contractor C29 - Masonry Contractor C31 - Construction Zone Traffic Control Contractor
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C32 - Parking and Highway Improvement Contractor C33 - Painting and Decorating Contractor C34 - Pipeline Contractor C35 - Lathing and Plastering Contractor C36 - Plumbing Contractor C38 - Refrigeration Contractor C39 - Roofing Contractor C42 - Sanitation System Contractor C43 - Sheet Metal Contractor C45 - Sign Contractor C46 - Solar Contractor C47 - General Manufactured Housing Contractor C50 - Reinforcing Steel Contractor C51 - Structural Steel Contractor C53 - Swimming Pool Contractor C54 - Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor C55 - Water Conditioning Contractor C57 - Water Well Drilling Contractor C60 - Welding Contractor C61 - Limited Specialty ASB - Asbestos Certification HAZ - Hazardous Substance Removal Certification
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Licensed Contractors, Materials Suppliers & Associated Services ACCOUNTING
Petersen Design Associates, LLC
GMH Mortgage Services, LLC
Polsky Perlstein Architects
RC Cabinets & Closets
April 1st Design
Redwood Credit Union
Brock Wagstaff Architects
Steinbach Cabinet Shop
Studio Snaidero Bay Area
The Last Inch, Inc.
AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE
Northbay Reprographics northbayrepro.com
CONCRETE, ASPHALT, GRAVEL & SAND
Able Concrete Pumping
Standards of Excellence
Architects & Designers
415.883.7733 X 110
accuchex.com Art Wasserman & Company
wagstaffarchitects.com Crossland Construction Accounting 559.281.6979
Gayle Gilboy Permar Architects & Planners
CSM & M, An Accountancy Corporation
Janus Design Consulting
Eckhoff Accountancy Corp.
Ken Kay Associates
High Definition Home Inc.
highdefinitionhome.com Kitchens by Ken Ryan
Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.
SRS Custom Integration 415.446.4119
California Space Organizers, Inc.
mahercpa.com Michael Rex Associates Paychex
415.899.0203 X 30485
paychex.com The Accounting Specialist
Neumann Sloat Blanco Architects, LLP
BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
De La Montanya Trucking 707.765.0725
Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction 707.568.1200
Martin & Harris
Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architects
Bank of Marin
Devincenzi Concrete Construction
707.546.3113 lic.326998 C8
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Dutra Materials 415.258.6876
CONSTRUCTIONMANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING
Imbimbo Concrete, Inc.
Colonia Electric Inc.
Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.
Kies Strategies 415.209.0321
A. Whitehill & Son
Marin Landscape Materials
Behfar Construction Management
Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.
Marin Sanitary Service
North Bay Lighting & Electrical
northbaylilghting.com Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction
415.892.4900 lic.870103 C10
Dibble & Company
Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc.
Ross Construction Services
RV Stich Construction, Inc.
I. Cannan Electric
lic.530135 A B,C21
Idex Global Services Inc.
Royal Wholesale Electric
415.924.6763 lic.333463 B,D06
VHS Associates, Inc.
vhsinc.com Shamrock Materials, Inc. 707.781.9000
CREATIVE SERVICES, MARKETING & PR
Strom Electric, Inc.
Trush Construction Company, Inc.
And Them Design
North Bay Drywall & Plastering, Inc.
Independent Electric Supply, Inc.
synapseelectric.com Johnson Electric
trushconstruction.com Van Midde & Son Concrete
Barbary Coast Consulting
Pat Trainor Drywall, Inc.
W. Bradley Electric, Inc.
Boylan Point Agency
MacQuarrie Electrical Services
Artistic Lighting & Electric
Maltby Electric Supply Co.
Whiteside Construction Corporation
DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING DEMOLITION
Viking Pavers, Inc.
ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc.
Mike Brown Electric Company
Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.
ILS Associates, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE John C. Hom & Associates 415.258.9027
FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES
L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc.
Advance Business Services
GARAGE DOORS & GATES
Allie Johnson 415.806.5079
Alten Construction, Inc.
North Bay Overhead Doors Inc.
lic.914976 B, C9, C35
Northgate Garage Door, Inc.
Project Management Services, LLC
Collins & Company Wealth Managers
Gallery Hardwood Floors
R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc.
Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.
Alan Taylor, General Contractor 415.892.8475
Eureka Valley Floor Company
lastevensinc.com Oberkamper & Associates Civil Engineers
FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS
David White & Associates
Giuliani Flooring, Inc.
Anthony Vitale, General Contractor
James L. Arrigoni
GENERAL BUILDINGRESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NEW & REMODEL
rwdavis-survey.com Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer 415.892.4874
Antonis Construction Building & Painting 707.280.5740
Pacificontract Lori Reisfelt
38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc.
Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
A.E. Nelson Construction
FENCING, DECKING & SIDING Clough Construction
Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor
Remote Swipe 415.388.3993
Abacus Group Builders, Inc.
Arntz Builders, Inc.
Suiter Financial Systems Marin County Sidewall
Adventures In Production
aipgc.com Arruda Construction Inc. 415.897.1928 lic.468301 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Asbestos Control Center
Build It Construction
Desmond & Wallace Inc.
ESM Enterprise General Contractor
asbestoscontrolcenter.com Burns Builders B Street Builders
Di Giorgio Contracting Company
bathroomsandkitchenstoo. com Fairway Design & Construction, Inc.
Creative Contracting of California, Inc. dba Kasten Builders
Diego Brothers, Inc.
Caletti Jungsten Construction
Floyd Construction, Inc.
Ballard Inc. dba Inspired Environments
415.454.8000 lic.513959 B
415.455.2468 lic.923234 B
Diego Quality Construction
Fontana Construction Inc.
Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc.
CDK Builders Inc.
Cypress Grove Homes/ H-Y-H Corporation
Bay County Builders, Inc.
lic.872590 B 415.883.9465
Doug Monti Construction
D & H Construction
BB&B Builders Inc.
Gaetani Construction Dreamline Builders
Better Built Construction
Chalstrom Builders Inc.
Gazzoli Construction 415.847.1811
Charles Melin, General Contractor
Dan Young Construction, Inc.
Eco Valley Construction
BHM Construction, Inc.
Glen Rupiper Construction
Christopher Clark Contracting
BMC Contractors Inc.
Dennis Webb Construction
Envision Builders, Inc. 415.453.2370
Bruce F. Goudie
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Gordon Walker Builders
Gubbins Building Company, Inc. 415.457.1576 lic.788512 B
415.254.6822 lic.714971 B
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Hammond & Company
Huts and Castles A Construction Co. Inc.
Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders
Harte Building & Design, Inc. 415.381.6068
Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.
Hayes & Associates
Meylan Construction, Inc. 415.256.1620 lic.680456 B
KCK Builders, Inc.
James E. Wilson Construction
Kelly Pacific Construction
Maloney Construction, Inc.
Hartnett Construction lic.888773 B
M W General Contracting
lic.490355 B 415.816.5046
Lucas Valley Designs
Michael L. King 415.924.9746 lic.544919 B
Mill Valley Builders, Inc.
James G. Lino Construction
Hennessey Construction, Inc.
Kerr Construction, Inc.
Mariner Homes, Inc.
James S. Young Construction
Hitchcock Construction Co.
James W. Josephs & Company
Kunstbau & Kids
Massa Construction Company
415.446.7296 lic.584072 B
KOR General Contracting
Hoffmann Construction, Inc.
Jeff Hicks Construction
Lamperti Contracting & Design
John A. Young, Builder
Larry Smith Construction, Inc.
McGuire & Sons Construction
hoyttinspect.com John Pope, Inc. 415.497.5948 lic.467171 B,A,ASB
Nichelini & Sons, Inc. 415.485.6791
McDevitt Construction Partners Inc.
New Dimension lic.791439 B
John C. Hill Construction
Mayer and Company
Hoytt Inspection Services Inc.
lic.646709 B,A, LEED AP
Max Design & Construction
Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc.
Mt. Tam Construction
Mariposa Contractors Inc.
Horick Builders, Inc.
nichsons.com Norman Charles Construction Inc. 415.456.6045 lic.475151 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE O’Rielly Construction
Sterling & Company
Tom Rank Construction
Richard De Nola
S.R. Allied Builders, Inc.
Steve Moylan Construction
Tom Redmond Construction Inc.
PB Realty Investments Inc.
Rivas Building Group
S.S. Caveney Construction
Tomrose Construction, Inc.
Pagan Construction, LLC
pbdevelops.com Pennypacker/Drake Home Building Inc. 415.488.0647
Robert Curry Construction
San Anselmo Construction Services
Trainor Commercial Construction, Inc.
Robert E. Randig
T.H. Eller Construction
Pete Niederberger & Sons
Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens
Rodoni Construction Plath & Co.
Rogers Remodel, Inc.
Santoyo Construction 415.259.1842
Precision General Commercial Contractors 415.332.8390
Ron Barney Construction Co. lic.381719 B
Roy A. Tanner Builder lic.818660 B
415.272.3315 lic.433008 B
RPB Construction, Inc. lic.504423 A,B,ASB
Tim Ford Construction
Tim Walsh Builders
Von Der Werth, Inc.
trinitybuildersandco.com Varetakis Construction 415.488.9245 lic.700251 B
Tom Ganley Construction
Weiss Company, Inc.
Stephen L. Pasquan
Tom J. Collins Construction
West Bay Builders, Inc.
Ravano & Cooney Construction
Trevor E. Hopkins Construction
Steere Building & Woodworking
Radco & Associates Inc.
Thomas Gibbs, Licensed Tradesman
Schalich Brothers Construction Inc.
Powerhouse Building, Inc.
415.431.3000 lic.689239 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Whitcomb Construction
C. Hammond Construction
Harris Environmental 415.868.9669
Peter A. Davis Engineering Contractor
W.R. Forde Associates
415.382.0687 lic.690549 B
Wilkinson Design & Construction
Hillside Drilling, Inc.
Westward Builders Inc.
Central Valley Environmental
William G. Taylor Construction Corp.
CSS Environmental Services, Inc.
Rockport Land Corp. Lee Mechanical, Inc.
HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & SHEET METAL
Wine Country Builders, Inc.
Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.
Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.
415.435.5200 lic.338175 B
Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc.
Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.
Wm. A. Martin 415.485.5747
RWR Construction lic.860047 A
Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal
Allen Heating & Sheet Metal
Team Ghilotti, Inc.
Mann Excavation & Demolition
Thornton Paving Inc.
Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.
Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Michael Paul Company, Inc.
Turbin Design Associates
Ghilotti Construction Company
Nerviani Paving, Inc.
Bay City Mechanical, Inc.
GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND
baycitymech.com Tuatagaloa Contracting 866.824.8077
Bayside HVAC Products LLC 415.333.5099
baysidehvac.com Dickson Company 415.456.1830
All Terrain, Inc.
Partners Contracting, Inc.
W.K. McLellan Company
allterraininc.com Gudgel Construction, Inc.
Downing Heating & Air Conditioning 415.485.1011 lic.644720 C20
Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning
415.457.0607 lic.371959 C20
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Kelly Company
Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.
Bauman Landscape & Construction
Salazar Cal Cities
Mark J. Rice, Esq.
The Land Collaborative 415.472.5500
McLennon Law Corporation
Ongaro & Sons
George Petersen Insurance Agency
Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc.
Dan Fix Landscape Construction
LATHING & PLASTERING
Heffernan Insurance Brokers 707.789.3072
Frey Plastering, Inc.
resrem.com Smith Dollar
Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance
Patriot Mechanical Inc. 415.444.0888 lic.774738 C20,C43
Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc. 707.576.1500 lic.416913 C20,C43
J.B. Shea Insurance Agency 415.661.4777
Trahan Bros. Inc. 415.457.5541
Jenkins Insurance Services
leavitt.com Verde Metals Inc. 415.454.9007 lic.635429 C43,C20
John Reuscher, ChFC Foothill Securities
The Garber Law Firm
Frank Bidaurreta Landscape Contractor
Weber Plastering, Inc.
The Nelson Defense Firm
415.459.6429 lic.446356 C8,C27
Gary Torney Landscaping Company
Flynn, Riley, Bailey & Pasek, LLP
Herb Moran Insurance Consultant
Theodore W. Bloyd, Attorney At Law
George Family Enterprises Inc.
gfeinc.com SDI Insulation
Sander, Jacobs Cassayre Insurance
Irrigation Repair Service
Wise Insurance Agency
LOCK & SECURITY
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Marin Lock and Safe
James D. Rohde
Redwood Security Systems, Inc.
Bolds Insurance Brokerage
sunmclaw.com H. Lee Evans
415.884.0399 ext. 230 lic.634157 B,C2
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.
Jaret & Jaret
LUMBER, HARDWARE & TOOLS
LANDSCAPING Outdoor Environments
Kate Warner; Construction Lawyer
Craford Benefit Consultants
Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.
lic.CA BAR 112167
Adobe Lumber, Inc.
adobelumber.com Law office of Daniel Gamer 415.472.6655
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE DHC Supplies Inc.
MISCELLANEOUS Ad-Lite Crane Service 415.453.6300
Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company
Jim Nichelini Masonry
Bay Area Lead Detectors
Golden State Lumber Inc.
415.453.7562 lic.231854 C60,C51
Marin Independent Journal
PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING
Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc.
Sun Iron Works, Inc.
Indian Valley Golf Club
Anello Painting and Construction
London Chimney Services, Inc.
lic.619941 C33, B
Energy Calc Company
Marin City Community Development Corp.
Aqua Stop Solutions
Marin Country Club
Bob Kunst Painting, Inc.
Goodman Building Supply
Marshall Foster Masonry
Jackson’s Hardware, Inc.
Lynch & Sons
jacksonshardware.com Petty Masonry Inc. Marin Building Supply
North Bay NARI Manuel Vasquez Landscaping
Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.
Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc.
Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply
MEDICAL - SAFETY
MOVING & STORAGE
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
Novato Chamber of Commerce
Ferguson Safety Products 831.458.0202
Truitt & White Lumber
Global Medical and Safety
MASONRY, FIREPLACES & CHIMNEYS
Hearing Services of Marin
Post Street Occupational Medicine 415.945.1304
Brescia-Stone Painting, Inc.
ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL
Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage
Castaneda Iron Works
Cap’s Painting Company
Rafael Lumber Company
Bay Heritage Home Improvement, Inc. dba Hearth & Home of Marin
Novato Builders Supply 415.892.1651
Boeck & Associates Painting Company
Johnson & Daly Moving & Storage
Clisham Painting & Decorating
Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE David Freeman Painting
Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc.
Robert Walther Painting
707.996.3199 lic.503987 C33
415.492.8769 lic.676623 C36
Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.
Division Seven Liberty Painting
Tamalpais Paint & Color tamalpaispaint.com
Marin Mechanical, Inc. lic.749299
Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.
miketestaplumbing.com Burkell Plumbing, Inc. 415.332.3091
Tim Kerrigan Painting
lic.983208 B, C20, C36
Marin Color Service, Inc.
B & W Plumbing, LLC
Gary Head and Partners Painting Corp.
Sequoia Painting Inc.
Marin H2O lic.839817
ASAP Plumbing, Inc.
Degregory Painting and Decorating
PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION
Michael Anderson Painting
Giampolini & Company
Tom Jenkins Painting
Grant Painting 415.458.2956
Universal Protective Coatings
J & R Thompson, Inc. 415.892.6030
North Marin Painting, Inc.
415.892.0199 lic.702759 C33,B
J.B. Markel Painting
Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc.
Plumbing Repair Specialists
Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.
Gotelli Plumbing Company
Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.
John Seidler Painting
pacesupply.com Denny’s House of Plumbing
Pac West Painting Inc.
415.898.3452 lic.550449 C33
oconnellplumbing.com City Front Plumbing
Naturworks Pest Control
gotelliplumbing.com Roman’s Plumbing
Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.
Community Playgrounds, Inc.
Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc.
Harry Lee Plumbing
Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc.
KBI Painting, Inc. 707.795.4955
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Roto Rooter Plumbers
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Rubenstein Supply Company 415.454.1174
REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
De Mello Roofing
M.J. Buttler Incorporated
415.457.3917 lic.674446 B,D39
Thomas and Associates
Ares Commercial Properties
North Gate Scaffold Inc.
Stewart Title of California
Todd Morris Fire Protection
Cal Pox, Inc.
Caro Asset Management, Inc.
northgatescaffold.com Henris Roofing Company
SIGNAGE & PARKING AREA STRIPING
Wendy Aronson Property Management
RENTAL, EQUIPMENT & EVENTS
Herb Dorsynski / Johns Manville
Marin County Roofing
Davis Sign Company, Inc.
Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.
CSB Harvest Company
Big 4 Party Rentals
Cal-West Rentals Inc.
DMH Land Use Planning
Hendrickson Development Inc.
Morris Roofing Company
Jeremy Forcier Guaranteed Rate Mortgage
MacPhail Properties, Inc.
Allied Building Products
Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.
CLP Resources, Inc.
Minuteman Press of Marin 415.453.4548
PROPANE & BUTANE De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor 707.762.4511
McPhail Fuel Co.
morris-roofing.com T&B Sports
Melissa Bradley Real Estate
Brandon Riedel Roofing
Sun First, Inc. 415.458.5870
Northern Pacific Roofing
STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES
clp.com Superior Roofing & Gutter Co. 415.491.1144
Larry C. Levy, Consultant
Nancy M. Marion
Wedge Roofing, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE SWIMMING POOL Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc.
West Coast Professional Door, Inc.
Glass & Sash Inc. lic.173807 C17
Window and Door Factory of California, Inc. Dba Window Factory
415.479.4040 lic.273969 D35
TILE & STONE
Marin County Arborists, Inc.
Bay Area Bluestone
Hudson Street Design of Marin
Ceramic Tile Design
Marin Tree Service
McGovern Skylight Specialist
Treemasters Tree and Garden Care
Mission Wood Products
Dennett Tile & Stone Inc.
Galliani Tile Company
Mueller Mirror & Glass Inc.
Horizon Glass Tinting
Novato Glass, Inc.
Shades of Marin
Old Town Glass
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WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS
Pacific Door & Hardware
Alan Garmeson Flat/Bent Glass Sales
Pacific Door Products, Inc.
Interior Design: David
Architect: Jim Catlin,
londontileco.com Marquino Tile Marble Ceramic & Mosaic
Interior Design: Sills
Miconi Marble & Tile lic.604588 C54
Andersen Windows & Doors
38–39Kentfield: Perlstein Architects
George Girvin, Girvin
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Construction Project CheckList 1.
Check the contractor license number at www.cslb.ca.gov to make sure it is current and in good standing.
Ask to see the contractor’s pocket license and a current photo ID.
Ask for a current list of contact information (telephone number and business address) for the contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Find out from your local building department whether your project needs a building permit, and confirm that your contractor will obtain all necessary permits.
Get at least three contractor bids and references, and check out, in person, recent projects by the prospective contractors that had similar specifications.
Ask whether your contractor carries general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
Make sure all project materials and expectations are spelled out and signed in a written contract, including clean- up, debris removal, and site security. Ask your contractor if he or she understands exactly what you want.
Have a timetable for each phase of your project and the corresponding payment schedule spelled out in the contract. Do not let payments get ahead of the work.
10. Pay no more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.* 11. Never pay in cash. 12. Keep all of your project documents, including payments, in a job file. 13. Try researching your contractor’s name online for additional reviews—but consider the source. Protect yourself from
unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors.
Protect yourself from unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors. • •
• • •
Only hire state-licensed contractors. Any contractor performing $500 worth of work or more (including materials and labor) must be licensed by CSLB to work in California. Don’t rush into repairs, no matter how badly they may be needed. Don’t hire the first contractor who comes along or be caught up in high-pressure sales tactics. Ask to see the contractor’s “pocket license” or their representative’s “Home Improvement Salesperson” registra- tion. All contractors are issued pocket licenses that show the type of trade for which they are licensed, and the expiration date of the license. Ask to see a photo identification to confirm their identity.
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