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FEATURES 32 LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN A House Transformed Inside Out by Urrutia Design. By Paige Porter Fischer
43 IN THE MOOD Create an Inspirational Color and Design Guide for Any Space. By Kelly Berg
08 EDITOR’S PAGE
46 HOME WITH HOUZZ
American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter.
Services to Help You Envision Your New and Improved Abode.
12 HE SAID SHE SAID
48 THE SHOP
61 HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Painting Pointers and Creative Landscaping Tips.
Focusing on What You Want. Seven Tips to Communicate Your Goals to Your Architect.
Licensed Marin Builders Association Members for Your Next Home Improvement Project.
14 ICONS & INNOVATORS Frank Lloyd Wright.
52 GREEN CORNER
18 THE NAIL DOWN
Size Matters. The Tiny Home Movement.
Must Haves and Must Dos for the Spring Season.
54 FINANCIAL WELLNESS
26 MADE OF MARIN Design Centers. Top Style in One Stop.
28 AT HOME Five Smart Storage Solutions for Every Room.
Water and Energy Conservation.
58 MBA BULLETIN
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pring is the time of plans and projects,” wrote Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina. (Just a little light reading!) But Tolstoy has a point—each year, with its blossoming trees and bulbs abloom, spring gives us a friendly nudge, reminding us of the tasks we’ve left unfinished and the projects we’ve put off. If we take the hint, we can bring this spirit of renewal back home. If you are ready to refresh your home this spring, then this Design Issue will guide you from the planning phase to the moment when you step back and enjoy your efforts. Not sure where to begin? Try a mood board. We have tips on creating and using this inspirational tool to design the room you long to live in. Speaking of inspiration, don’t miss our featured house this month—the reimagined outdoor rooms will spark new ideas for integrating your interior and exterior spaces. Before you tackle your projects, though, make sure to read our guide to communicating with your architect. Clear communication ensures that you both share a vision for your plans and projects this spring. Good luck!
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As per usual, Aries, you’ll be drawn into all things social in 2015 but with a focus for your “A list” affections. You will feel a renewed sense of loyalty toward your closets kin while fair-weathered friends will lose traction. Take on a new design challenge that puts your loved ones on the pedestal they deserve by tackling an outdoor platform deck. Whether it’s a small space set apart in your yard for a lounge chair or two, or large deck expanse for a seamless transition from outdoors to in, this surprisingly simple lumber project will earn you a great sense of community as the weather warms up.
It’s been a rough go lately, Taurus, and your eternal search for balance is no exception. You’ve been caught between the head and the heart, but you can fix that with some decisive action in 2015 and choose the head…the headboard, that is. It’s time to take off those blinders, come out of hibernation, and brighten up the bedroom with this new project. Flip your mattress, upgrade to luxury, high-thread-count sheets, and complete the transformation with a newly upholstered headboard. All you’ll need is 3/4-inch custom-cut plywood as the backing, 1-inch-thick foam padding to create soft, rounded edges, and a trip to the fabric store to begin embarking on your cozy creation.
You’ve been dying for some intellectual stimulation, Gemini, but the responsibility to beget it falls squarely on your shoulders. Boredom, like beauty, is also in the eye of the beholder. You’ve been living in a safe space for too long, so it’s time to embrace your passion for the unconventional. Try this DIY project on for size: add a splash of color to an accent wall with a new, bold hue or an incredible, graphic wallpaper pattern. Don’t be afraid to get a little wild – à la Scalamandré’s infamous zebra print. The juxtaposition will not only bring a new level of haute design to your interior; it will also add an intriguing layer to your collection of curiosities.
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Our fixer-upper really needs exterior love. It is a dark brown, wood-shingled craftsman with red brick at the front entry and around the foundation. Our house is tucked in the shade most of the time, and we want to get away from that dark cabin look. What are some paint combinations that would achieve this? Is painting over the brick an option worth considering? Jenna S., Larkspur, CA
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From an aesthetic and ideological perspective I would generally disagree with painting over exterior brick without thoughtful consideration. Aside from the classic appeal of its built-in color and durability, red brick and mortar are not intended to be painted over. Due to trapped air, water, and alkaline levels, it can result in years of maintenance to fix cracks and chipping. It’s also a costly and toxic process to strip painted brick if you decide you want to reclaim the look—which has endured as a feature for a reason. First, do what you can to maximize the inherent color, and give it a good scrub down with soap and water to remove moss, mold, and dirt. (If you do decide to paint over it, this is a necessary step anyway.) Before leaping into a paint vision, I suggest looking into brick staining for a color alteration that is both durable and material-friendly. There have been a lot of innovations in brick staining, and this can seriously alter your perspective on color schemes to complement. Don’t take my word for it though—ask some experts and think about what you are willing to concede if you have your hopes set on a totally new look. - He
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You bought a home to customize, and you should feel empowered to do so at will, even if that means—dare I say it—painting over brick. I have seen lovely exterior upgrades that have involved all types of alterations—from full-cover paint to custom stains and even specialized treatments for an intentional vintage/distressed style. If you are thinking about going this route, there are steps to take to ensure your brick is properly prepped and primed— exterior jobs do require more TLC. When dealing with multiple materials and textures, I think you can never go wrong with a monochromatic scheme. You’ll want to explore very light hues to achieve the most dramatic effect and draw light to your shaded abode. Red brick can be overwhelming, and working with red’s opposing color values will help ground the intensity. On the color wheel, green sits opposite of red, and that’s where I’d begin to explore tones that appeal to your personal palate. I love red brick in contrast with a soft, mint green paint. It can brighten a dimly lit exterior when paired with a white trim. It will really add “pop” to your curb appeal! -She
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DEAR HE + SHE, We have a big curb-appeal problem: we have a large tree in our front yard with base roots becoming more and more prominent. It’s looking pretty shabby as the grass around it has given way and makes our front yard look unkempt. Our two little ones are constantly tripping on them too. What are some creative ways fix this without damaging the tree?
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HE SAID This is a great question that a lot of homeowners face. Without the right landscaping approach, you can end up doing permanent tree damage. Adding topsoil can work (if done expertly) and is the most intuitive solution, but it is advised against for a couple of reasons: it’s often a short-term solution and can lead to tree rot or infestations. With such an obstacle, why not make the space something the whole family can enjoy and access? I am talking a lumber-oriented solution—a platform deck and/or a wrap-around bench combo to cover the roots while allowing for more space and accessibility. This is a popular solution for backyards where large trees are more abundant but has great application for the front of the house, too. The beauty is an extremely customized, convertible spot that both kids and parents can enjoy for years. It’s a perfect spot to place a swing, or can be a mini landing for a tree house one day. A nifty trick you could also achieve with this build is a hidden compartment to stash toys and small scooters underneath before they overrun your yard—you can thank me later. I don’t think you could ever go wrong with complementary carpentry work to a knobby tree. It will make a stunning first impression of your home. - He
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SHE SAID The wrap around deck/bench is a really fabulous idea, and maybe something to consider when kids are mature enough to appreciate it. I find it more rewarding to work with the wild in order to achieve something interesting and whimsical! I’ll get to that in a bit. It’s a great lesson for kids who can be involved in the process and are so often confronted with manicured spaces these days outside of their home, they can rarely poke and prod nature without restrictions. First, there are a couple of things you can do that will turn this eyesore into a deliberate design. You can always go the ground cover route by overplanting the roots with some type of low-maintenance, easy-care perennials, like monkey grass or rosea ice plant. There are a lot to choose from based on your soil type and weather conditions. However, many people prefer the ease and clean look of a mulch cover, which also comes in various types. You only need about three inches or so to achieve leveling and to not suffocate the existing roots. Both of these solutions look best with defined edging and will reduce lawn maintenance. Now the whimsical part: tall tree roots are the perfect setting to create a miniature, enchanted forest anchored at the trunk. With some tiny doors, doll house fixtures, moss patches and accessories you can find for terrariums at craft stores, your kiddos will never forget the magical wonderland where fairies and gnomes reside. -She
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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT text by Kathryn Loosli Pritchett/ photography by Trevor Henley
cons innovate. None more than architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed over a thousand buildings, wrote twenty books, and lectured widely about “organic architecture” that served both humanity and the land. His last commissioned work, the Marin County Civic Center, has just been nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Frank Lloyd Wright was born in the farming town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 1867 and credits a set of maple blocks designed to teach geometric shapes to kindergarten children as an early influence. “Form became feeling,” he said about playing with the simple shapes found in the childhood gift from his mother. He would go on to use one of those forms—a circle—as the central motif for the Marin County Civic Center. By 1957, at the age of 90, Wright was certainly the most famous architect in America and possibly the world. About that time the Marin County Board of Supervisors was in the process of consolidating and moving county services away from central San Rafael. Though they had interviewed a number of prominent architects about designs for a new county complex to be built on the site of a former dairy farm, board member Vera Schulz was interested in talking to Wright. When she found out that he would be delivering a lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, she arranged for a group of supervisors and selection committee members to meet with the acclaimed architect.
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Icons don’t always play well with others, and the individualistic Wright (who refused to join the American Institute of Architects) heard them out but said he would not participate in a competitive selection process. The board acquiesced and voted 4-1 to retain Wright. After signing a contract, he arrived a few days later to commence working on the design. Unfortunately, Wright passed away two years later in April 1959, but his third wife, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, and his son Lloyd Wright and grandson Eric Lloyd Wright were there for the groundbreaking later that fall. Wright’s protégées Aaron Green and William Wesley Peters completed the design and supervised construction. Wright’s commitment to new ideas, consistent aesthetics, and most importantly, architecture informed by the site (something he called organic architecture) is clearly evident in the Marin County Civic Center. The two horizontal buildings arch over ravines and crown three small circular hills overlooking a lagoon in San Rafael—a landscape that Wright referred to as “one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.” After surveying the hills, Wright chose the circle as the geometric shape that would inform the entire design. Repeated circular motifs appear in the ornamental grillwork, the gold spheres beneath the eaves, cement patio blocks, door handles, signage, and water fountains. In order to further integrate the site and structure, Wright designed the multi-story open atrium so that the corridors decrease in width as they ascend leading the eye up to the sky. Large windows and extensive balconies frame and provide access to exterior views while interior planting beds—containing some of the original Wrightspecified clivias—keep nature near. The composite tile and terrazzo floors are done in Wright’s signature Taliesin (Cherokee) Red. And his passion for Japanese design manifests itself in the pagoda-like central tower that serves as a punctuation point between the Administration Building and the Hall of Justice.
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“FORM BECAME FEELING...” In addition to the civic buildings in San Rafael, Wright also designed a much smaller scale private residence. The Berger House in San Anselmo also features organic integration between the site and the house, simple geometric lines, natural materials, long horizontal bands of windows, and red concrete floors. Robert Berger referred to himself as “probably the poorest client Mr. Wright ever had.” An engineer who taught at the College of Marin, Berger fell in love with Wright’s designs after seeing them in an architectural magazine. In 1951 he wrote to Wright asking if he’d design a home Berger could build himself, and his son followed up several years later with a request for plans to build a corresponding doghouse. Wright supplied both even as he was working on marquee projects like the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. It should be noted that developer Joseph L. Eichler was also influenced by Wright. Eichler credited his vision for architect-designed homes that integrated interior and exterior spaces to a Wright-designed home he rented in Hillsborough in the ’40s. The almost 1,600 Eichler homes built in Marin County are part of the impact Wright has had on the entire community. Though Wright primarily designed buildings for the rich and famous, like Eichler he was interested throughout his career in well-designed homes for “common people” like Berger. His own childhood had been marked by financial insecurity, and his education had primarily been on the job, working for Midwestern architects including the renowned Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. The demands of a growing family and a desire to create more progressive architecture caused Wright to establish his own practice, developing houses that rejected the excessive verticality of traditional European-influenced architecture and favored a more horizontal orientation inspired by the flat, treeless landscape of the Midwest. These would become known as Prairie School houses. Subsequent travel throughout Europe and Asia further informed Wright’s aesthetic and the development of modern materials encouraged him to explore unconventional designs. The horizontal lines of the Prairie House started to defy gravity through cantilevered structures that opened up through Shoji screen-like doors and windows to Asian-inspired gardens. His designs had a far-reaching effect on an international roster of design practitioners, including the German architect Mies van der Rohe. That Marin County is home to one of the ten works in Wright’s extensive portfolio nominated for a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation is a testament to forward thinking county officials who allowed him to create an innovative, iconic structure using the simple shapes he explored in his childhood.
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MUST HAVE PILLOW PASSION Patterns and stripes and more—oh my! Color in your outdoor space with these stylish pillows from Pottery Barn. Mix patterns and hues to create just the right “Wow!” factor. Pottery Barn | The Village at Corte Madera | 415.924.1392 | potterybarn.com | $29.50 and up
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Even the most design-savvy homeowners can use a little help sometimes. That’s when we head to our favorite local design centers for expert advice and showrooms filled with fresh ideas. by Liz Savage
◆ sunrise home Sunrise Home has been a go-to source for home-design inspiration since it opened in 1977. As you stroll through the 30,000-square-foot showroom, the unique and varied vignettes are sure to spark your imagination. The inventory at this Marin design mainstay ranges from larger brands like Baker, Ralph Lauren, Hickory Chair, Shabby Chic, and Stickley to artisanal pieces and one-of-a-kind handmade items. Owner Annie Bowman and her team of in-house designers might surprise you with a hidden gem, but you won’t be startled by your bill—there are no hourly rates, just a one-time fee for design services. Sunrise Home | 831 B Street | San Rafael, CA 94901 415.456.3939 | sunrisehome.com
◆ west elm The second incarnation of West Elm in Marin—which opened in Mill Valley in 2013, two years after the Corte Madera store closed—offers an eclectic collection of bedding, furniture, decorative items, and dinnerware, paired with complimentary design services, either in the store or at your home. West Elm designers can help “create a beautiful, functional environment” to suit your tastes—whether modern or classic, industrial or rustic, says Ashley Redmond, lead in-house designer. And while you’re accessorizing your space, check out their selection from independent designers, both local and from around the world.
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◆ hudson street design of marin Planning to change more than just your furniture? For remodel projects, Hudson Street Design is the only design center you need, with their collection of the highest-quality doors, windows, cabinetry, skylights, window coverings, plumbing fixtures, and more. Founded in 1876 as the Healdsburg Lumber Company, the company has grown and expanded to offer a range of building materials and design services. Today, in addition to their team of designers and salespeople, they also have two interior architects on staff who specialize in kitchen and bath, and whole-house renovations. Hudson Street Design of Marin | 3773 Redwood Highway San Rafael, CA 94903 | 415.924.8300 | hlc-inc.com
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◆ williams-sonoma The Williams-Sonoma design center opened last year in the former home of its 99-year-old founder, Chuck Williams. The converted house adjoins the original Williams-Sonoma store, which has been recently restored to its original 1950s style. The showroom and design studio offer complimentary in-home kitchen and design consultations with on-staff design specialists. (Appointments are recommended, but not required.) Wander through the two-story house, and explore lifestyle showcases of the Williams-Sonoma Home collections displayed in each room—and don’t miss the outdoor furniture collections in the backyard. Williams-Sonoma | 605 Broadway | Sonoma, CA 95476 707.939.8974 | williams-sonoma.com
◆ serena & lily Online home and lifestyle retailer Serena & Lily opened their first design shop last year in San Francisco. “A candy store of color and pattern,” the shop—which was founded by a pair of Marin locals, Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter—showcases the brand’s collections of signature bedding, wallpaper, rugs, and paint, as well as select furniture, lighting, and decor. Stop in to explore their online offerings in person— pick up free fabric swatches and get styling tips from in-house design advisors on how to incorporate Serena & Lily’s distinctive California style into your home. Serena & Lily Design Shop | 3457 Sacramento Street | San Francisco, CA 94118 415.580.7078 | serenaandlily.com
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Smart Storage Solutions for Every Room
text by Jennifer Crowley photography courtesy of Serena and Lily
“When designing the Serena & Lily Storage Collection, it was important to create a diverse mix of baskets and bins to offer smart solutions for every room in the house,” says co-founder and chief creative officer Serena Dugan.
Our Huntington Storage Baskets “ are the best of everything. ” “They provide colorful storage solutions in vibrant designs, and there’s a social purpose. Each one is hand-woven to support a women’s collective in India,” says Lily Kanter, co-founder and CEO. “I love these grouped together or sprinkled wherever extra storage is needed, from the closet to the playroom,” says Serena. Substantial and sturdy, this collection is available in 3 sizes, all with cutout leather handles and each with a slightly different pattern.
What we love most about our Seagrass Basket is the refined details that give it a polished, substantial look. The smooth wood rim, galvanized metal accents, and open style makes it a great storage piece for magazines in the living room or towels in the bathroom.
“ I love the Seagrass Storage Baskets. ” “I have one in my living room holding throw blankets, another in my bathroom holding towels, and another in the play room holding toys. You can’t have too many of these baskets,” says Lily.
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“The Laguna Seagrass Baskets have a chunky weave and knotted handle, giving them an unstructured feel that looks great in a casual, relaxed room.
It’s a great way to be “ organized without looking like you’re trying too hard... ” ...perfect for a kids room. And they come in four fun but neutral shades,” says Serena.
The Woven Ash Baskets are “ so beautiful, and they have an incredible story. ” “They’re woven by hand at a factory in New Hampshire that’s been making baskets for more than 150 years. These are made of the same hardwood that’s used for baseball bats and snowshoes, so they’re basically indestructible,” says Serena.
The Rolling Storage “ Crates might look simple, but they are made by hand...
“...with a subtle distressing that gives them a fun, vintage style so no two crates are exactly alike,” says Lily. These are perfect for a kid’s room to help organize books, toys, and tons of odds and ends. The smallest size can even fit under most beds to help hide the clutter.
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LIGHT shine in
story and interview by Paige Porter Fischer photography by Jason Wells, Sherry Heck, and Matt Sartain
One designer transformed a house by opening it up from the inside out to take full advantage of its serene setting.
Firepit: “A fire pit is the ultimate feature for a sit-down chat outside,” says Jason Urrutia, who designed two for the property, one (pictured) just off the kitchen space, and another outside the master bedroom. Weatherproof furniture, upholstered in earthy shades of brown, creates a cozy seating area. The Ipe deck surrounds a giant oak tree that shades the outdoor spaces.
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ason Urrutia knows Marin County like the back of his hand. “Where can you find a place as beautiful as this with all of the options it has to offer?” says the designer, who grew up here and moved his own home and office to an old sea captain’s house in Sausalito. Urrutia, who has designed houses from San Anselmo and Greenbrae to Mill Valley, relishes all the challenges and rewards that come with reimagining Marin County houses. Most of his projects have a common design goal: to connect the interiors with the exteriors. “Marin is all about enjoying the outdoors,” says Urrutia. “Hiking, running, biking, walking—that’s why people choose to live here. It’s in our souls. Being able to connect the two at all times is a very soothing and nourishing lifestyle.”
So when he set about to remodel this Mill Valley home, originally designed by Charles Moore, of Sea Ranch fame, he wanted to take full advantage of its pristine, natural setting, and expose the house to as much of the outdoors as possible. He also wanted to make it a more authentic version of itself. “The house was part Sea Ranch, part Cape Cod, part contemporary,” he says. “Really, there was a bit lost between the three styles, but the silhouette screamed Craftsman to me. Because this was also such a prominent Mill Valley architectural style, and because it fit so well halfway up the mountain, it was a no brainer to run with this style.”
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Outdoor kitchen: Urrutia designed a cook’s dream—an outdoor kitchen and dining table for al fresco fun. “We wanted the space to be integrated with the landscaping, so we continued to stick with the basics that we used around the house: bricks, stone, concrete, and redwood for the built-in table and bench,” he says. “Trees blanket the entire seating area, and a heritage oak casts an incredible canopy over the entire area.”
Master bedroom: Urrutia wanted a clean, serene bedroom. He added a pair of skylights to welcome ample sunlight, painted the trims soft white, and kept the room from feeling fussy or cluttered. Outside the master suite is an outdoor shower, a luxurious detail.
Outdoor bed: An outdoor bed, tucked into a quiet corner of the deck, makes for a great spot to read or take a nap. He used the same outdoor fabrics from one space to the next for continuity.
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Kitchen toward deck: The exterior kitchen doors fold like a bi-fold door, but they are quite wide, at 22 feet each. The doors invite the peaceful view inside the house, while drastically increasing the natural light flow in the kitchen. They also provide easy access to the various outdoor spaces, from the pool and fire pit area to the outdoor kitchen and dining room. Urrutia chose the classic yet contemporary glass pendants for the kitchen, to bring the ceiling down a bit without obstructing the view outside— or disturbing the connection between the adjacent spaces. A rustic bench and cocktail tables provide extra seating for entertaining.
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“MARIN IS ALL ABOUT ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS...THAT’S WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO LIVE HERE. IT’S IN OUR SOULS.”
Front exterior: Surrounded by heritage California live oak trees, this Mill Valley house was built in 1979 on a large corner lot, but the original house didn’t take advantage of the lush exteriors. Urrutia changed all that when he completely renovated the house to play up the outside as much as the inside.
The style may have been easy to solve, but the home’s layout was choppy and outdated for a modern family’s needs, so Urrutia eventually decided to gut and remodel it. The project included an addition as well as an extensive landscape redesign plan to enable the house to live into the landscape. “There were many untapped exterior spaces,” says Urrutia. “These spaces were framed by heritage California live oak trees. It was also a corner property with privacy, a gated drive, and lots of off-street parking.” The lot was relatively flat, with only light grading and a few short retaining walls, which enabled Urrutia to design myriad outdoor rooms—from a pool area to an kitchen and dining area to a living room oriented around a fire pit—thereby extending the home’s actual living space. “The addition of these spaces was one of the major keys to this project,” says Urrutia. “Another major component was creating the connection from the house to these spaces.” He did that by adding as many windows, glass doors, and skylights to the house as possible. The grand oak trees outside provided great filtered light, but Urrutia wanted to increase the natural light inside the house. Along the center of the house, he designed collapsible glass doors—which are essentially collapsible walls—that fold away to create an utterly seamless connection to the outside spaces. With the doors open, the pool, decks, and outdoor kitchen become a true extension of the interior dining room and kitchen. “This house is the ultimate entertaining house,” says Urrutia. “Opening the collapsible doors on the typical Mill Valley summer afternoon or evening would set the stage for a gathering of any size. You could very easily have a dinner party for 50 to 100 people, utilizing the decks off the kitchen for dining spaces.”
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he kitchen, which sits in the same general spot as the original one, is like an open version of a galley kitchen, a style the designer has always gravitated toward for its simplicity and function. “The kitchen is very functional, with the working triangle being very small,” says Urrutia. “The tall ceilings and collapsible doors seem grand, but if you look at the kitchen itself, the cabinets, door shapes, and materials, it’s very basic.” Urrutia always errs on the side of “less is more,” believing that simplicity is unlikely to become outdated.
For that reason, he also uses lots of earthy neutrals that pay homage to the outdoors and are appropriate in any season. Most of the walls in this residence wear shades of brown, with earth tones ranging from off white to chocolate. “We felt this was the best approach, given the amount of outdoors that could be seen from the inside,” says Urrutia, who added pops of black throughout the house for a bit of drama and surprise. “We feel that black gives earth tones that bit of a pop necessary to keep things a bit lively rather than sleepy. Black is definitely a masculine color, but if you only use it a tad here and there, it’s actually very subtle.”
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Vignette: A creamy white club chair makes a perfect reading nook at the top of the light-filled tower. The wooden stool and chocolate brown pillow balance all the white used in this space.
Dining room: Urrutia designed the live-edge, redwood dining room table for the space, but he bought and refurbished the Jens Risom vintage chairs, reconditioning their wood and reupholstering them in black Italian leather. A pair of black wingback chairs echo the ebony bar stools in the kitchen. He paired it all with black pendants, a contemporary touch he wanted for drama over the table. A large mirror elongates the room by reflecting the light and the view outside.
Living room/den: Urrutia’s go-to color palette is earthy neutrals. Here, he created a serene environment that doesn’t compete with all the greenery outside. Two large round mirrors reflect the outdoors, a trick Urrutia used throughout the house to give the impression of even more windows—and the reality of more light.
Kitchen: In the new kitchen, Urrutia kept the vibe as classic and simple as possible, using 3” x 6” brown subway tiles, a farmhouse sink, glass pendant lights, Shaker cabinet doors, and black and white tones throughout. “These are true staples of past kitchen designs,” says the designer, who chose white honed Carrera marble for the island and absolute honed black marble for the side counters for contrast. “People feel comfortable with these materials and don’t view them as extreme or cold,” he says. The abundance of counter seating allows for easy gatherings and casual dining. Urrutia bought the bar stools and had them reupholstered in black velvet with nailhead trim for a sophisticated look.
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“IT’S AS SIMPLE AND CLASSIC AS A MOUNTAIN HOME GETS...” The exterior boasts the same color palette— redwood board and batten siding, Ipe decking, a rock skirt, cedar sidewall and roof shingles, and black trim. “It’s as simple and classic as a mountain home gets,” says Urrutia, who created in this abode the new version of the classic Mill Valley house. The home pays homage to the natural setting that draws people to its enviable zip code. “People want to feel the fresh breeze when the French doors are open. They want to see the canopy of an oak tree through their skylight. They want to look out their windows onto a beautiful garden, or watch their kids play on the lawn. We always try to bring the outdoors in.”
Design by Jason Urrutia: urrutiadesign.com
Pool: The pool area, surrounded by a low stone wall, has a resort-like feel. Urrutia designed this space to feel like a natural extension of the house, a place where the owners would go to relax or read the paper, or take a swim. Chaises and outdoor beds encourage lounging.
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Create an inspirational color and design guide for any space using these 10 steps
by Kelly Berg | Story & Space
ongratulations! You’ve finally decided you’re ready to tackle that home design project.
Maybe it’s something of a smaller scale like a guest bedroom makeover. Maybe you’re expecting a new addition to the family and want to get that nursery just right. Or maybe you have the larger task of remodeling your entire kitchen. Whatever type and size your project, one of the trickiest parts of the design process is figuring out where to begin. This is where a mood board is your best friend. It’s an excellent tool to help you create a vision for any area of the home. It can help you create an overall feel to a space and lay the preliminary ideas for colors, texture, style of furniture, etc. It can help keep you focused throughout the design process by giving you a visual conceptual aid. A mood board even helps you communicate with contractors, architects, and designers—the very people who might be helping you bring your vision to life. The design process can get overwhelming – even the smaller projects! By creating a mood board, you are creating a reference you can return to again and again so you won’t lose sight of your intended design goals.
Decide on a room. You’ll want to create a different board for each space of the home. The kitchen, bath, living room, etc. should each have their own boards.
Electronic mood boards are recommended. You’ll want to use a software program that allows you to import images, such as Pages or Numbers on a Mac, or Word. If you’re more advanced with graphics programs you can use Photoshop or InDesign. An electronic board is great because it allows you to easily make changes. It can also be readily available to share on your tablet, phone, and social media.
Think about what mood you want your space to have. This step is very important. Write down some thoughts to get started. Joyful? Sophisticated? Calming? Color will play a huge role as different colors support different moods. You will probably need to revisit this step a few times throughout the process as you explore your relationship between different colors and moods.
Use online photo resources such as Pinterest and Houzz as a starting point for getting ideas. These sites allow you to search, collect, and sort inspirational images. Look for images that catch your attention and convey a mood that’s attractive to you. Notice color combinations and the overall feel of the image rather than getting too hung up on any single detail.
Select an absolute favorite image or two for your space. If you love two different spaces with different looks, you can create two (or more) different mood boards. But if you are having a really difficult time deciding then you need to go back to Step #3.
Study the color palette of the image that inspires you. How many colors can you find in the photo? Remember, everything has a color—woods, metals, fabrics, etc. This is your guiding color palette. These colors create a mood, and you want to get the essence of that. >>
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Bedroom Mood Board
Walls: Benjamin Moore Embroidered Flower
Land of Nod Ruff le Throw Pillow | Pink
Shades of Light Long Neck Ceramic Table Lamp | Soft Turquoise Layla Grayce Trina Turk Embroidered Linen Montebello Pillow Avocado
Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Antique Glass | CSP 695
Trim: Benjamin Moore Plaster of Paris | CSP 185
Uncommon Goods Birds and Blooms Pillow
Pine Cone Hill Matelasse Bedding Scramble Ivory
Layla Grace Redford House Swedish Mirror
Land of Nod Jenny Lind Nightstand Azure
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Layla Grace Surya Suzani Pink and Green Moss Pillow
Layla Grayce Worlds Away Nightstand Peyton Green
When formatting your mood board, create a rectangle that will be used as the background. This will be filled with your wall color and creates a backdrop on which all other elements will be layered. If you plan to use more than one paint color, add “swatches”. Almost every paint company has a website with images of all their paint colors. Grab the color swatch from the website, and use it on your board.
Now it’s time to go shopping. Find items that are similar in mood and color to your inspiration photo. Add these images to your board. You can use the board as a shopping list by including specific products. Again, grab product images directly from a website. It’s helpful to label everything directly on your board so you won’t forget what’s what. You can even add hyperlinks to take you straight to the websites for purchasing.
Be proportionate when placing images on your board. A rug or sofa will be much larger on your board than a throw pillow. Also, consider the distribution of color as color proportions will greatly affect the overall mood. A little red, for example, can go a long way.
Making a mood board is a creative, organic process. Have fun with it! Relax and be comfortable changing the design as you go. It’s your space, and it should be unique in it’s own way.
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➔ TIP No. 1
Want to use something in the space that you already own? Take a photo and upload it, adding it to your board. Be sure to take a clear shot, in daylight—without any clutter!
➔ TIP No. 2
You might want to create two versions of the same board. One might have, for example, a punchier accent color that gives more energy to the room. Think of colors as layers of moods.
➔ TIP No. 3
You can make your board by hand with swatches,
magazine photos, glue, and tape. It’s more hands-on and works great if you aren’t comfortable with an electronic version.
➔ TIP No. 4
Remember, an inspiration photo is just that—for inspiration. You are not trying to exactly replicate a room.
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➔ TIP No. 5
Having trouble with color and mood correlation? Try this: choose a color, such as pink, and write down how that color feels to you. You might write soft and feminine or immature and sickeningly sweet. Dark gray may feel sophisticated and mysterious or depressing and heavy. Your relationship to a color and its mood is your own. Explore it and respect it.
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home with AIA San Francisco The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter represents more than 2,000 members in San Francisco and Marin County. Headquartered in the historic Hallidie Building—one of the world’s first glass curtain-walled buildings, designed by Willis Polk and completed in 1917—AIA San Francisco is the Bay Area’s premier destination for architecture and design. Presenting tours, lectures, exhibitions, special events, and more, AIA San Francisco provides architects, design enthusiasts, and the general public with many educational and networking opportunities to explore the local built environment. Our annual Architecture and the City festival celebrates the richness and diversity of our design community with programs throughout the city every September, including our Home Tours series, which gives participants an inside look at cutting-edge residential architecture from the architect’s point of view.
2010 Participant, Quezada Architecture, Mill Valley Residence
2011 Participant, Aidlin Darling Design, Courtyard Residence
2012 Participant, Swatt | Miers Architects, Conrad Residence
2013 Participant, Andrea Ponsi + Jensen Architects, House on the Bay
Photography Credits (L to R): Top Row: Kae Photography, Matthew Millman; Bottom Row: Cesar Rubio, Richard Barnes Opposite Page: Top: Paul Dyer; Bottom: Bruce Damonte
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Focusing On What You Want Seven Tips for Effectively Communicating Your Goals to Your Architect
ommunicating clearly is important to ensure that your project comes out exactly as you envision. The following simple exercise enables your architect to focus on what you truly want, both practically and aesthetically, and perhaps just as important, what you do not want. Spending time on this exercise can help avoid misunderstandings that can lead to multiple iterations and costly changes, thus saving time and money as your project progresses.
> WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS. Doing so will help you define and develop your ideas. Everyone involved should write down his or her goals separately. Then review them together. In this way, each person has the opportunity to explore and express their
by Michael Rex | architect and principal of Michael Rex Architects
> USE BULLET POINTS. Wading through long paragraphs can cause ideas to be less accessible. Be clear and concise about each point, using as few words as possible, but making them as descriptive as you can.
personal point of view, plus uncover potential conflicts early on, so they can be addressed before the work starts. > SEPARATE YOUR INPUT INTO THESE THREE CHAPTERS.
> ESTABLISH PRIORITIES. List your “must haves” separately from your “nice to have, but not essential.”
Chapter One: Site Improvements Describe your goals for the garden, starting at the street and progressing to the rear yard. Chapter Two: The Home’s Exterior What architectural style is preferred? What should be enhanced, and what problems should be solved? Chapter Three: The Home’s Interior List the rooms, and then examine each one separately. > CONSIDER AESTHETIC VERSES FUNCTIONAL NEEDS. Each chapter can have two sections: Aesthetic Section – Describe what each space should look like and how it should feel. Functional Section – Describe in detail how you wish to
> ANNOTATE YOUR PHOTOS. Provide images of designs you like by clipping photos from magazines. Or if you prefer to work digitally, you can find photos on Houzz or other online sources and post them on Evernote or Pinterest, or place them in Dropbox or on other data-sharing websites. In each photo, identify the pertinent elements, and cross out those that are not important. > LIST YOUR DOS AND DON’TS. Words are powerful and paint a picture. Provide a list of words—the Dos—that describe things you like or want. Provide a separate list of words—the Don’ts—that describe what you don’t like and wish to avoid.
use each space and which spaces should be near others. If known, suggest a preferred size for each space.
Your written input can be in any form or length you wish. What is needed is that you cover all that is important to you. Better communication up front will help ensure your architect understands your goals and effectively incorporates your ideas into the design of your dreams. >>
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THE SHOP GLOSSARY OF ESSENTIAL TERMINOLOGY AND CONCEPTS While every profession has its own language, there are a surprisingly large number of terms used in the world of architecture. To promote good communication with your design team, here is a list of some of the more commonly used terms, along with their definitions. Use these words correctly, and your team will think you’re a pro!*
ARCHITECTURAL TERMS: As-built plans Set of plans that are a record set of what was actually constructed. Bid A fixed cost figure for which a contractor will construct a project, usually based on a complete set of construction documents. Boundary survey A map that shows the locations of a property’s boundary lines, sometimes relative to a structure’s location, with the property corners marked with an iron pipe and the map recorded at the County Hall of Records as a public document. Bubble diagram A diagram of circles or “bubbles” which illustrate a possible arrangement of spaces, circulation patterns, and the direction of sunlight, wind, views, and privacy needs. Budget A cost figure established for a project in advance of commencing a design, which serves as a preferred target. CAD Computer Aided Design—drawings created by a computer. Construction set Set of plans sufficient to construct a building. Estimate A cost figure suggesting the probable construction cost of a project, often based on a preliminary design. Flimsy The transparent paper on which architects sketch ideas or overlay drawings. Permit set Set of plans sufficient to submit to the regulatory agency for a building permit. Preliminary drawing A more developed design drawn to scale and reflecting the client’s feedback, sufficient to show neighbors, submit to the regulatory agency, and/or provide to contractors for a preliminary cost estimate.
Scale What an architect calls the ruler used to measure the scale of a drawing. Sheets Neither linen on which one sleeps, nor rope used on sailboats, but what architects call their sheets of paper or drawings. Schematic sketch A rough sketch illustrating a design concept sufficient for the client’s review and feedback. Scheme What some people call an idea and what others call a nefarious plot. This architect prefers to call his ideas “concepts.” Topographical survey A map showing topography, which is the shape of land illustrated by contour lines, plus site features and existing conditions.
STRUCTURAL TERMS: Grade beams Concrete beams constructed on the ground, either horizontally or sloped to follow grade, to connect the top of piers, so they can’t move independently and loads are uniformly distributed. Hold downs Stock metal hardware at the corners of shear walls to hold them down so they can’t lift, rock, or rotate. Lateral loads The force of wind and earthquakes that buildings must resist, which push or pull on a structure in a lateral, or horizontal, direction. Moment frame A square steel arch with bolded or welded connections that are stronger and more expensive alternatives to shear walls, usually used when there is too much glass and not enough wall area to accommodate shear walls. Pad footing A concrete foundation that bears on solid ground and supports a concentrated or point load. Pier Not a place over water from where one fishes, but an underground, endbearing column, usually concrete poured in a drilled hole around steel rebar
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that extends vertical loads down into bedrock. Piling A vertical support column usually driven or screwed by a machine into mud, which is long enough to resist vertical loads by the friction between the soil and the surface of the column. They are often used to support structures over or near water. Shear wall A wall designed to resist lateral forces, either a sheet of plywood on one or both sides of a wall nailed securely to the framing, or stock metal panels, either of which remain square shape when subjected to lateral forces. Shotcrete Concrete shot out of a gun, like gunnite for pools, usually sprayed over a grid of steel rebar, to construct retaining walls where formed and pouredin-place walls may not be feasible, or are too costly. Spread footing A continuous concrete foundation that bears on solid ground and spreads out or supports the loads uniformly along its length. Vertical loads The weight of structures caused by gravity that buildings must support or resist, which are directed vertically, or downward on the soil.
BUILDING TERMS: Cantilever A beam anchored at one end and suspended in space at the other. Casing Trim around the perimeter of a window or door opening.
Joists Evenly spaced lumber supporting floors and roofs. Lite A glass windowpane or a window, such as a “sideline,” which is a window to the side of a door.
Mullion A support member between windows.
Cathedral ceiling What the public and some architects call high, arched, or peaked ceilings.
Muntin A bar that separates panes of glass in a window.
Clerestory A series of windows high on a wall.
Sash The frame around a door or window that holds glass or a solid panel in place.
Finish A surface material. Gable roof A roof sloped on two sides up to a center ridgeline running along the roof’s length. Gambrel roof A gable roof where the lower portion slopes at a steeper angle than the upper portion. Gyp. Bd. Gypsum Wall Board, commonly called “sheetrock,” used for an interior wall and ceiling finish. Header or lintel A single beam spanning across an opening. Hipped roof A roof with horizontal eaves sloping upward to a ridge with corners mitered usually at a 45-degree angle. If the roof is flat on top, it’s a “truncated hip.”
Shed roof A roof that slopes in one direction, from a high wall on one side down to a low wall on the opposite side. Studs Not a buff man, but wood or metal framing in walls, usually 2x4 or 2x6. Transom window A window over a door. Tray ceiling The shape of a ceiling that is sloped on the perimeter and flat in the center. *The terms and definitions are authored by Michael Rex, architect and principal of Michael Rex Architects, an architectural design firm located in Sausalito, California.
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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.
TOTAL SITE PREPARATION GRADING AND EXCAVATING PAVING • STORM DRAIN WATER AND SEWER LINES EQUIPMENT RENTAL • SOIL STABILIZATION SITE AND STRUCTURE CONCRETE UNDERGROUND
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"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it." -Henry David Thoreau
mall living and the tiny house movement are growing phenomena with big ambitions. We live in one of the most amazing corners of the world; tiny homes offer the opportunity to focus on where you are, not what you have. Whether you are looking for a home for yourself or a family member or you want to get some rental income from unused property, tiny homes are designed with a focus on simple living, environmental consciousness, and financial freedom. Does less space yield higher quality of life? We think it may...
The Tiny House Movement
The average tiny house is 186 sq/ft while the standard U.S. house takes up nearly 2,100 sq/ft. = 11.3 tiny houses.
The average cost of a standard-sized house is approximately $272,000. Add $209,704 in interest on a 4.25% 30-year loan, and it’s $481,704.
of tiny house people have no mortgage, compared with 29.3% of all U.S. homeowners.
$481,704 The average cost to build a tiny house is only $23,000 if built by the owner.
of tiny house dwellers have more savings than the average American, with a median of $10,972 in the bank.
of tiny house people own their home, compared with 65% of homeowners with traditional houses.
LESS TIME SPENT CLEANING
Little to no mortgage
Take less time cleaning
means more money in
without spending a dime.
FREEDOM FROM STRESS
FREEDOM OF TIME
CLOSER FAMILY BONDS
Less space means
cleaning, and stress
Smaller spaces equal
fewer worries and
means more time for you.
more freedom of mind.
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Sources: thetinylife.com, latimes.com, census.gov, nahb.org, nerdwallet.com
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Beckie Menten | Energy Efficiency Director, Marin Clean Energy
$ Water & Energy
his wonderful sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in Marin serves as a reminder that our planet is changing, and not always for the best. While we bask in the unexpected winter sunshine with temperatures reaching record highs, families in the Central Valley are turning on their faucets only to find there is no water coming out. California is still gripped in a record drought, with 2014 being the third driest year on record (following on the heels of the driest year on record, 2013). While recent storms have brought much needed rain, the snow pack remains threateningly low; this snow is relied upon to replenish water supplies for the spring and summer. With 70% of Marin’s water sourced from local reservoirs, which rely primarily on rainfall for replenishment, these changing climate patterns put Marin at a particular risk. There has never been a better time to consider upgrading the appliances in your home to more energy- and waterefficient models. Energy and water are inextricably linked in this state. We use energy to pump and treat water, and water-
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conservation savings result in energy savings as well. This means energy and water improvements to your home will also address climate change, as our changing climate is a result, in large part, of the dramatic increase in energy consumption in the past sixty years. As we burn fossil fuels to create our energy, we release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These gases trap the Earth’s heat and influence climate patterns. Steps you take to improve your energy and water conservation now will not only help alleviate the immediate drought, but can help to mitigate against future climate impacts, which would worsen the drought for future generations. If you’re considering a remodel to your home or business, incorporating the highest efficiency appliances into your home will only slightly increase the cost of your project, and will pay back in both energy and water savings over time. Don’t know where to start? Marin Clean Energy is here to help you navigate the xeriscaped landscape. Our web-based tool, myenergytool. mcecleanenergy.com, can give you personalized recommendations for
energy and water savings in your home. You can compare efficient appliances to examine their potential water and energy savings. The tool also connects you with a searchable rebate database to find resources to help pay for your project. Can’t pay for the project right up front? Marin Clean Energy also offers financing that can be repaid on your energy bill, helping you to spread the cost of the improvements over time. We’re making it easy for you to save energy, water, and money this spring. The next time you’re out on your patio enjoying the weather, don’t forget to think about the next generation who will inherit this planet from us. Become part of the solution today, and do what you can to leave this planet a little wetter and a little cooler than you found it.
Beckie Menten is the Energy Efficiency Director of Marin Clean Energy. Learn more at mceCleanEnergy.org
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Annual Crab Feed A Benefit Event for the Marin Builders Association Scholarship Fund
MBA members and local community leaders enjoyed a funfilled evening at the Margaret Todd Senior Center in Novato while raising funds for the scholarship program. MBA has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since its inception.
Special Thanks to All of Our Cornerstone Partners World Class Shows, Golden State Lumber, Standards of Excellence, Northbay Biz, Allied Administrators, Bob Kunst Painting, Forward Push Media, Craford Benefit Consultants, Marin Sanitary Service, Marin Clean Energy, West Bay Builders, PG&E, Cal-Pox, Marin General Hospital, George Petersen Insurance Agency, California Bank & Trust, Ghilotti Bros. Contractors, Marin Roto-Rooter, Schalich Bros. Construction
SAVE THE DATE • SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 Marin Builders Association Annual Golf Tournament at Marin Country Club Proceeds benefit the Marin Builders Association Scholarship Fund. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND GOLFER REGISTRATION COMING SOON! For more information call 415.462.1220 or visit us at marinbuilders.org 58 S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 MARIN HOME
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Letter from the Chief Executive Officer
Become a MBA Cornerstone Sponsor The Cornerstone Partnership Program was developed by the MBA for a limited number of MBA members and is designed to reach the greater MBA and Marin community. It creates meaningful connections for our members.
Benefits Include EXTENSIVE MEDIA PROMOTION COMMUNITY-WIDE RECOGNITION
Hello, We hope you are enjoying this issue of Marin Home Magazine, the premier publication of the Marin Builders Association. Spring is a great time of year to take advantage of all the stimulating ideas and local resources Marin Home has to offer. Now is the time to start tackling those fun new projects around your home and those projects that you’ve been waiting to get to for a few months (or longer). From cleaning, to landscaping, to a complete remodel project, Marin Home is your resource for local, professional, licensed experts to help make your ideas a reality. The directory that follows in the next several pages is a comprehensive list of local experts with world-class expertise in many fields. Our MBA members will help you get the job done so you can move on to enjoying your spring in this wonderful community. The MBA and our members have an ongoing commitment to our community in Marin. One example: our recent Crab Feed successfully raised thousands of dollars for our scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded annually, and the program has provided nearly $1 million in scholarships to over 750 high school seniors across Marin over the past three decades. As you get ready to take on your projects this spring, please consider using and supporting a local MBA member. Our members have made the commitment to join the MBA to support our community. Plus, when those projects are finished later this spring, you’ll be happy you did. Should you have any feedback about the MBA—past, present, or future—please feel free to reach out to us any time. Enjoy your spring!
YEAR-ROUND POSITIVE AWARENESS ACROSS MARIN COUNTY
4 Levels of Sponsorship PREMIER PARTNER SIGNATURE PARTNER SELECT PARTNER PLUS PARTNER
OUT OF MEMBERSHIP Limited Number of Partnerships are Available. To make your reservation email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.462.1220 x 116
Rick Wells Chief Executive Officer, Marin Builders Association
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Licensed Contractors, Materials Suppliers & Associated Services ACCOUNTING
California Space Organizers, Inc.
lic. 866993 D34
415.883.7733 X 110
lic. 690380 C8,B,A
Mahoney Architects & Interiors
Lynch & Sons
De La Montanya Trucking
eckhoff.com Michael Harlock Architect
lic. 537763 C6
Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction
lic. 808915 C8,A
Kitchens by Ken Ryan 415.897.3800
Devincenzi Concrete Construction
lic. 326998 C8
mahercpa.com Michael Rex Associates Martin & Harris
BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
martin-harris.com Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architects
Bank of Marin
Mato Account Works 415.472.3946
415.485.2265 lic. 985074 C6
calbanktrust.com Steinbach Cabinet Shop
Imbimbo Concrete, Inc.
lic. 694518 C6
lic. 638907 A,C8
presidiobank.com Studio Snaidero Bay Area
ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS Bilgart Design
Redwood Credit Union
Marin Landscape Materials
RC Cabinets & Closets
California Bank and Trust
pedersenassociates.com Standards of Excellence
AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE
Brock Wagstaff Architects
cldrgravel.com The Last Inch, Inc.
Audio Video Integration
lic. 980565 C6
Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc.
High Definition Home Inc.
lic. 814767 C7
CONCRETE, ASPHALT, GRAVEL & SAND
Shamrock Materials, Inc.
Janus Design Consulting
Ken Kay Associates
Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.
lic. 288206 D12,D24
Able Concrete Pumping
SRS Custom Integration
lic. 984434 D06
Van Midde & Son Concrete
lic. 815490 C7
lic. 676584 C8
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Viking Pavers, Inc. lic. 970281 D06 510.215.0800
CREATIVE SERVICES, MARKETING & PR
vikingpavers.com And Them Design Whiteside Construction Corporation
I. Cannan Electric
W. Bradley Electric, Inc.
lic. 736435 C10
lic. 390741 C10,B,A,C46
lic. 705813 C9
Idex Global Services Inc.
lic. 577719 A,B,D06 510.234.6681
CONSTRUCTIONMANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING
Forward Push Media
Pat Trainor Drywall, Inc.
lic. 745981 C10
lic. 795763 C9
Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc.
Independent Electric Supply, Inc.
lic. 541472 C9 415.472.6373
ELECTRICAL Johnson Electric
ILS Associates, Inc.
Dibble & Company
lic. 899161 C10
lic. 955050 C10
Anatoly Lesley Electric
Maltby Electric Supply Co.
John C. Hom & Associates
lic. 988148 C10
McCoy Lighting Design
DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING & DEMOLITION
Artistic Lighting & Electric
L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc.
Pound Management Inc.
Ross Construction Services 415.261.1590
CONSULTANTS Energy Calc Company
lic. 380928 C10 415.382.9500
Mike Brown Electric Company
Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.
lic. 306767 C10
Project Management Services, LLC
lic. 257220 C21
lic. 445578 C7
Mazzoni & Associates, Inc.
D E Y Electric
Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.
lic. 674128 C10
lic. 513657 C10
R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc. 415.883.9099
Motivation According To Hoyle
Marin Sanitary Service
Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer
lic. 3779 C10
lic. 870103 C10
Rauenhorst Recruiting Company
Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.
RV Stich Construction, Inc.
lic. 530135 A,B,C21
Via-Engineering, Inc. Strom Electric, Inc.
lic. 480976 C10,C36
lic. 677633 C10
FENCING, DECKING & SIDING
lic. 828101 C10
Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction
lic. 516987 B
lic. 689576 C10
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor
A.E. Nelson Construction
Arntz Builders, Inc.
lic. 534583 B,C15
lic. 364212 B,C36
lic. 727072 B,ASB
lic. 626464 B
lic. 620203 B
Marin County Sidewall
Giuliani Flooring, Inc.
lic. 644649 B
lic. 831184 D41
lic. 951628 C15
Abacus Group Builders, Inc.
lic. 810317 B
lic. 522340 B
CDK Builders Inc.
FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES
lic. 414490 C15
Advance Business Services
lic. 682766 C15
Asbestos Control Center
lic. 401466 B,C10,A
lic. 590867 A,B,HAZ,ASB
Adventures In Production
lic. 943457 B
asbestoscontrolcenter.com Chalstrom Builders Inc.
California Mortgage Advisors, Jeff Grady
B G Construction
lic. 602728 B
lic. 676193 B
Alan Taylor, General Contractor
lic. 451856 B
Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc.
lic. 178605 C15
lic. 726300 B
Capital Trust Advisors
lic. 881441 B 415.671.9767
Allied Restoration Co, Inc.
Bay County Builders, Inc.
capitaltrustadvisors.com David White & Associates
GARAGE DOORS & GATES
lic. 969355 B
lic. 700683 B
lic. 958861 D28
Insite Networks, Inc.
lic. 311858 B 415.461.2416
Cherokee Construction lic. 427589 B 510.222.1689
Charles Melin, General Contractor
Christopher Clark Contracting lic. 373692 B
Better Built Construction Alten Construction, Inc.
lic. 800744 B
lic. 705713 A,B
Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.
lic. 867185 B
Pacific Equity Partners
lic. 345502 D28
Smart Receivables 415.388.3990
Northgate Garage Door, Inc.
lic. 627224 D28
FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS Empire Floors lic. 504918 C15 707.525.1204
Eureka Valley Floor Company
BHM Construction, Inc.
lic. 903191 B
lic. 970424 B
lic. 491125 B
Antonis Construction Building & Painting
lic. 871010 B
lic. 940470 B,C33
lic. 693280 B
GENERAL BUILDINGRESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NEW & REMODEL
lic. 397118 C15
38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc.
lic. 838178 B 415.459.1995
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antonisconstruction.com Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
Cal-Custom Construction lic. 375536 B,ASB
Crescent Builders, Inc.
lic. 822594 B
Caletti Jungsten Construction
lic. 549463 B 415.381.3162
Cypress Homes Inc./ H-Y-H Corporation
lic. 974792 B
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE D & H Construction
Envision Builders, Inc.
Gordon Walker Builders
lic. 736487 B
lic. 562356 B
Hoytt Inspection Services Inc.
John A. Young, Builder
lic. 693883 B 510.237.7883
lic. 493676 B
D&R Construction lic. 533707 B
ESM Enterprise General Contractor
lic. 352891 B
Dan Young Construction, Inc.
Gubbins Building Company, Inc.
lic. 788512 B
lic. 830273 C33,B,ASB
Habitat for Humanity
John C. Hill Construction lic. 851479 B 415.215.9188
John Pope, Inc.
lic. 467171 B,A,ASB
lic. 728481 B
Insight Builders lic. 689318 B
Fairway Design & Construction, Inc.
lic. 923234 B
lic. 714971 B
lic. 760173 B
lic. 288052 B,C10
JW Rigney Construction Inc.
Dennis Webb Construction
Floyd Construction, Inc.
lic. 821554 B
lic. 365653 A,B
lic. 888773 B
lic. 590486 B,C10
Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.
lic. 490355 B
lic. 787499 B
Jamba Construction, Inc.
lic. 897278 A,B,C17
Fontana Construction Inc.
Hayes & Associates
Desmond & Wallace Inc.
lic. 487928 B
lic. 817836 B
lic. 782179 A,B
Karkabi Construction lic. 593092 B
James G. Lino Construction
lic. 442777 B
lic. 362773 B
G Family Inc
Hennessey Construction, Inc.
Diego Brothers, Inc.
lic. 727282 B
lic. 419030 A,B
James S. Young Construction
Hitchcock Construction Co.
lic. 703863 B,C6
KCK Builders, Inc.
lic. 490550 B
lic. 810315 A,B
lic. 396116 B
diegobrosinc.com Diego Quality Construction lic. 544509 B 707.765.6169
Gazzoli Construction lic. 922738 B
James W. Josephs & Company
Kelly Pacific Construction
lic. 359012 B
lic. 346196 B
lic. 872590 B
Hoffmann Construction, Inc.
lic. 414423 B
Jeff Hicks Construction
Kerr Construction, Inc.
lic. 836405 B
lic. 345479 B
lic. 615587 B
Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc.
KOR General Contracting
lic. 508578 B
dnlbuilders.com Doug Monti Construction
lic. 387703 B
Horick Builders, Inc. lic. 825511 B
lic. 837357 B
lic. 472841 B
lic. 351692 B
lic. 402434 B 415.488.4037
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Lamperti Contracting & Design
McGuire & Sons Construction
RPB Construction, Inc.
Tamco Construction, Inc.
lic. 459037 B
lic. 504423 A,B,ASB
lic. 600412 B
lic. 346397 B
lic. 464896 B
lic. 718948 B
Meadows Green Building & Design, Inc.
lic. 846345 B
S.R. Allied Builders, Inc.
Land Construction lic. 790903 B 415.272.7396
Pagan Construction, LLC
Pennypacker/Drake Home Building Inc.
lic. 474421 B
lic. 754794 B
lic. 399932 B
Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders
Pete Niederberger & Sons
lic. 672337 B
lic. 524069 B
Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens
lic. 656905 B
lic. 460795 B
Meylan Construction, Inc.
Plath & Co.
415.927.1171 lic. 680456 B
lic. 395458 B
Lucas Valley Designs
lic. 645290 B
Michael L. King lic. 544919 B
Precision General Commercial Contractors
lic. 790153 B
Maloney Construction, Inc.
lic. 957514 B
Tom Ganley Construction
lic. 959104 B,A
Tembrock-Ingrassia Builders dba Bayside Builders
lic. 514664 B 415.444.5548
Tom J. Collins Construction lic. 499170 B
Schalich Brothers Construction Inc.
lic. 497493 B
Tom Redmond Construction Inc.
lic. 434609 B
Tomrose Construction, Inc.
lic. 467868 B
lic. 605439 B
Mill Valley Builders, Inc.
lic. 957090 B,C17,D24
Radco & Associates Inc.
Mariposa Contractors Inc.
lic. 410936 B,A
lic. 831986 B
Mondot & Co.
lic. 662970 B
tomroseconstruction.com Steere Building & Woodworking
lic. 744002 B
lic. 493670 B 415.883.8177
Massa Construction Company
Ravano & Cooney Construction
lic. 689239 B
lic. 344050 A,B
lic. 646709 B,A, LEED AP
lic. 489037 B
Von Der Werth, Inc.
lic. 330299 C13,B
Max Design & Construction
Natal Modica Construction, Inc.
lic. 453554 B 415.897.9126
T.H. Eller Construction
lic. 720207 B
lic. 844317 B
lic. 579465 B
lic. 570798 B
Tamalpais Land Construction
Weiss Company, Inc.
lic. 972710 B
McDevitt Construction Partners Inc.
Nichelini & Sons, Inc.
lic. 969483 B
lic. 339365 B
Rogers Remodel, Inc.
lic. 839810 B
West Bay Builders, Inc.
lic. 626859 B,A,C17
lic. 410338 B 415.663.9223
lic. 354958 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Whitcomb Construction
Campbell Grading Inc.
lic. 542002 A, C-12, HAZ
Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.
W.R. Forde Associates
lic. 690549 B
lic. 814744 A,B,C21
lic. 521529 C20
lic. 477476 A
Westward Builders Inc.
Ongaro & Sons
Wilkinson Design & Construction
Central Valley Environmental
lic. 327365 B,A
lic. 215233 C36,C4,C20
Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.
lic. 564598 B
lic. 913083 A,B
lic. 951203 A
Patriot Mechanical Inc.
William G. Taylor Construction Corp.
lic. 774738 C20,C43
lic. 853924 B
Michael Paul Company, Inc.
lic. 827633 A,B,C33
Wine Country Builders, Inc.
Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc.
lic. 763980 B
HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & SHEET METAL
Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc. lic. 416913 C20,C43 707.576.1500
Nerviani Paving, Inc.
Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal
lic. 564392 A
lic. 278370 C20,C43
Trahan Bros. Inc.
lic. 774154 C20,C43
Allen Heating & Sheet Metal
Verde Metals Inc.
Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.
lic. 338175 B
Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
lic. 456790 A,HAZ
Redwood Engineering lic. 635429 C43,C20
lic. 701379 A
lic. 478379 B 415.898.3151
Ghilotti Construction Company
Bay City Mechanical, Inc.
lic. 315245 A,C21,C27
lic. 607274 C2,D65,D34,B
lic. 825045 B
GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND
Hillside Drilling, Inc.
lic. 478991 A
Team Ghilotti, Inc.
lic. 895384 A,HAZ
Thornton Paving Inc.
Bayside HVAC Products LLC 415.333.5099
Bolds Insurance Brokerage
lic. 382817 A
All Phase Excavating & Demolition, Inc.
Downing Heating & Air Conditioning
lic. 638179 A
lic. 644720 C20
Craford Benefit Consultants
lic. 699547 A,HAZ
Lee Mechanical, Inc. All Terrain, Inc.
lic. 571894 A
W.K. McLellan Company
Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning
lic. 827896 A,B
lic. 371959 C20
Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE George Petersen Insurance Agency
Efrain’s Landscape Construction
LUMBER, HARDWARE & TOOLS
Jim Nichelini Masonry
lic. 785310 C27
Borton Petrini, LLP
Adobe Lumber, Inc.
Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc.
lic. 396345 C29
DHC Supplies Inc.
Marshall Foster Masonry
lic. 277004 C29
Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company
Petty Masonry Inc.
Hanson Bridgett LLP 415.925.8400
James D. Rohde
Golden State Lumber Inc.
Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc.
lic. 387721 C54
efrainslandscape.com Heffernan Insurance Brokers 707.789.3072
Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance
lic. 748791 C27
Flynn, Riley, Bailey & Pasek, LLP
Irrigation Repair Service
lic. 328638 C27
flynn-williams.com H. Lee Evans
Wise Insurance Agency 415.258.9912
lic. 814207 C27,A 707.588.8677
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. 415.878.2466
North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.
J.B. Shea Insurance Agency
lic. 302025 B,C29
lic. 723370 B,C27
Kate Warner; Construction Lawyer
lic. 416140 C29
Goodman Building Supply
MEDICAL - SAFETY
Marin General Hospital
Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply
Mark J. Rice, Esq.
lic. 707006 C27
Jackson’s Hardware, Inc.
Salazar Cal Cities
McLennon Law Corporation
Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.
lic. 820057 C27
Marin Building Supply
lic. 373488 B,C27,A
The Land Collaborative
Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.
Micasa Technologies LLC
lic. 954204 C27 415.234.6812
bertotti.com Bauman Landscape & Construction
meadclark.com The Garber Law Firm
lic. 372478 A,C27
LATHING & PLASTERING
MOVING & STORAGE
Rafael Lumber Company
Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc.
Frey Plastering, Inc.
The Nelson Defense Firm
lic. 962905 C27
lic. 324866 C9,C35
Dan Fix Landscape Construction
Weber Plastering, Inc.
LOCK & SECURITY
lic. 553804 C27
MASONRY, FIREPLACES & CHIMNEYS
farnsworthmayflowermoving.com Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage
Hearth & Home of Marin
lic. 827357 B,C33,D34
Redwood Security Systems, Inc.
lic. 426887 C7,C10
lic. 194445 C35
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
Cap’s Painting Company
KBI Painting, Inc.
Sequoia Painting Inc.
lic. 430041 C33
lic. 944475 C33
lic. 859331 C33
Marin Independent Journal
ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL
lic. 503987 C33
Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc.
NorthBay biz - Gammon LLC
Castaneda Iron Works
lic. 964236 C23
Degregory Painting and Decorating
Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.
lic. 576764 C33,B
lic. 256121 C33
Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.
Division Seven lic. 594303 B,C33
Marin Color Service, Inc.
lic. 620205 C60
kbipaint.com David Freeman Painting
ORGANIZATIONS Agricultural Institute of Marin
Steve Teijeiro Expert Painting & Decorating lic. 874436 C33 415.747.6714
Tamalpais Paint & Color
tamalpaispaint.com Tim Kerrigan Painting lic. 715319 C33 415.898.4911
Carpenters Local #35
Sun Iron Works, Inc.
lic. 741039 B
lic. 645552 C33
lic. 231854 C60,C51
Universal Protective Coatings
North Marin Painting, Inc.
lic. 702759 C33,B
Indian Valley Golf Club 415.897.1118
PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING
Giampolini & Company
lic. 322282 C33,C35,C9
Pac West Painting Inc.
Marin Country Club
Anello Painting and Construction
Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.
lic. 619941 C33, B
lic. 650541 C33
lic. 722069 C33
lic. 848109 C33,B
North Bay NARI
lic. 920570 B
Bob Kunst Painting, Inc.
J & R Thompson, Inc.
lic. 346191 C33
lic. 736414 C33
Naturworks Pest Control Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc.
lic. 659640 C33
Novato Chamber of Commerce
Boeck & Associates Painting Company
Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.
Redwood Empire Chapter
lic. 531284 C33
lic. 684610 C33,B
Robert Walther Painting
lic. 910245 C33
Community Playgrounds, Inc. lic. 362950 A,D34
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
John Seidler Painting
lic. 937683 C33
lic. 699739 C33
lic. 526659 C33
PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION
ASAP Plumbing, Inc. lic. 676623 C36 415.492.8769
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE B & W Plumbing, LLC
Harry Lee Plumbing lic. 430685 C36
Todd Morris Fire Protection
Bradley Real Estate
lic. 411936 C36
Wendy Aronson Property Management
lic. 978422 C16
RENTAL, EQUIPMENT & EVENTS
Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.
Caro Asset Management, Inc.
Cal-West Rentals Inc.
lic. 288461 C36,C42
Marin Mechanical, Inc.
lic. 433698 C36
Burkell Plumbing, Inc.
Carol Scott/Bradley Real Estate
World Class Shows
lic. 623217 C36
DMH Land Use Planning
Carl J Augusto Plumbing
Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.
lic. 298381 C36
lic. 519618 C36,C16
lic. 443156 C36
Front Porch Realty Group
Minuteman Press of Marin
City Front Plumbing
Denny’s House of Plumbing
Allied Building Products
lic. 504967 C36 415.479.1655
dennyshouseofplumbing. com Ferguson 415.924.3200
lic. 823443 C39
Hendrickson Development Inc.
Plumbing Repair Specialists 415.453.6682
lic. 570216 C16,C36 415.457.6805
Gotelli Plumbing Company
Kearney Group Marin
Brandon Riedel Roofing
lic. 878480 C39
De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor
MacPhail Properties, Inc.
De Mello Roofing
lic. 290726 C39,D41
R.H. Hydronics McPhail Fuel Co.
lic. 254603 C36,C16
lic. 952842 C36 707.971.0353
Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.
lic. 736901 C36
Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc.
Nancy M. Marion
lic. 951610 C4
REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
Henris Roofing Company Rockport Land Corp.
lic. 220964 C39
henrisroofing.com RPM Mortgage 415.381.5550
Herb Dorzynski/Johns Manville 925.301.5535
lic. 491815 C42
Ares Commercial Properties
Rubenstein Supply Company
Ashley Bock/Alain Pinel Realtors
Vincent Sheehan Real Estate
Hardiman Construction lic. 611970 A
PROPANE & BUTANE
lic. 460208 C36
Aussie Roofing, Inc.
minuteman-marin.com Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc.
McLeran, Inc. lic. 474230 C39
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE TILE & STONE
Hudson Street Design of Marin
Ceramic Tile Design
Marin Clean Energy
Morris Roofing Company
lic. 259426 C39
lic. 976876 C46, B
morris-roofing.com Northbay Roofing & Gutters, Inc.
Solarcraft lic. 497797 B,C10,C46,C35
Pacific Gas & Electric
McGovern Skylight Specialist
lic. 834387 C43,C39
lic. 721229 B
Mission Wood Products
northbayroofinggutters.com Sun First, Inc.
Galliani Tile Company
Northern Pacific Roofing
lic. 669250 B,C46
lic. 651146 B,C54
lic. 812250 C39,B
missionwood.com Horizon Glass Tinting
lic. 570209 C61,D52
Sun Light & Power
Mueller Mirror & Glass Inc.
Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.
lic. 326203 (C46, B)
lic. 462285 C17
lic. 511545 C39,C33
Miconi Marble & Tile lic. 604588 C54
Pat Lepe’ Custom Interior Sewing
Novato Glass, Inc.
Superior Roofing & Gutter Co.
STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES
lic. 371442 C17
lic. 956499 B,C39
Wedge Roofing, Inc.
miconi.com MLS Tile
WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS
CLP Resources, Inc.
lic. 602910 C54
Andersen Windows & Doors
lic. 416737 C39,C2,C43,B
lic. 736844 C17 415.897.0088
Larry C. Levy, Consultant
lic. 551058 C54
Bergy Door & Window Company
SIGNAGE & PARKING AREA STRIPING
Marin Tree Service
Marin Employment Connection - Workforce Investment Board
lic. 742358 C32
lic. 509661 D28,C17 707.773.3666
pacdoor.net Pacific Door Products, Inc.
Charles Window and Door Company
lic. 443074 D24
lic. 648230 D49
Swift Tree Care
Davis Sign Company, Inc.
lic. 596473 D49
lic. 831319 D42
lic. 225824 C17
Pacific Door & Hardware
Old Town Glass
SWIMMING POOLS Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc.
RD Enterprises 415.258.0114
Treemasters Tree and Garden Care
lic. 660226 D49
Glass & Sash Inc.
rdenterprises.biz West Coast Professional Door, Inc. 415.246.2034
lic. 273969 D35
lic. 173807 C17
415.868.1111 x 130
lic. 758998 C17
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
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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MEET A MEMBER
In The Zone Jim Schalich Vice President of Schalich Bros. Construction Marin Home caught up with Jim, one of the three brothers behind Schalich Bros. Construction, to talk family, the family business, and his favorite spot—the family room. interview by Liz Savage / photography by Trevor Henley
What was it like growing up in a family of eight kids? It was a blast! There were five boys and three girls in 10 years—definitely an Irish Catholic family in the 1950s. We had a kitchen table that sat all 10 of us where we ate dinner every night. We were all very close and always had each other’s backs. There was never a dull moment in our home, that’s for sure. How is it working with your brothers now? I love working with my brothers. I feel very lucky that for 35 years I have been able to build a business with my best friends. I know I can trust both John and Mike. We do not agree on everything, but we have respect for each other. How would you describe your home design style? Schalich Brothers has the luxury of building all types of homes and remodels. We do it all—Contemporary, Tudor, Modern, Victorian, Craftsman, etc. When we do an addition to a house, we don’t want you to know there was an addition. It should match the rest of the house. Personally I like the Craftsman-style home. I love the use of natural wood, beams, wainscot, trim, and front porches. What’s your favorite room in your home? My favorite room consists of both the family room and kitchen. I like it because it’s open, and the family can get together in these two rooms. The family room has coffered ceilings and
wainscot, and has great natural light. We’ve been in this house for 27 years. But I think I might be ready for another home, something smaller. What design ideas have you seen on the job that you borrowed (or wanted to borrow) for your own home? I really like all the new audio-visual products that we have put in many of the homes that we have built or remodeled. I think the mirrored TV is a great idea. I would really like a state-ofthe-art sound system in my next home. I love music, so I love a good sound system. What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you? “To treat others as you would want them to treat you.” I follow this advice in my life and business every day. If you could meet one person you haven’t met, who would it be, and what would you ask them? Well, I have met him, but it would be my father. Unfortunately my father died suddenly when I was 18 years old. I would give anything to talk to him as an adult. My father was in the construction business as well. I am sure he would have given my brothers and me a lot of great advice in business. My father was a great storyteller, and I would love to hear one more story.
To learn more about MBA member Jim Schalich, visit marinbuilders.org and schalichbrosconstruction.com
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