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SPRING 2013 GREAT SPACES
THE NEW AGE
A Preview of This Year’s Marin Home & Garden Expo
A Design-Savvy Couple Transforms Their Tract Home
The Essential Element of a Great Space
By Erma Murphy and Liz Savage
By Leilani Marie Labong
By Kelly Berg
08 Editor’s Page
42 The Shop
58 HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
The Container Store Tells Us How to Get Organized
12 He Said She Said
46 Green Corner
Sassy and Solo in Sausalito
Breathe Easy This Spring
Check out our directory of over 600 licensed Marin Builders Association (MBA) members for your next home improvement project.
14 Icons & Innovators
48 FINANCIAL WELLNESS
Your Own Red Carpet
Local Finance and Legal Experts Offer Best Practices for Managing Your Financial Health & Your Next Home Remodel
16 THE Nail Down Must Haves and Must Dos for the Spring Season
54 MBA BULLETIN 24 At Home Farm Fresh and Retro Active
Annual Crab Feed Raises Money for Scholarship Fund
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elcome to the Spring Edition of Marin Home Magazine! It seems like only yesterday that the concept of this magazine was on the drawing table at the Marin Builders Association, and now, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you to our third issue. In feng shui, the Oriental system of laws that govern spatial arrangement in relation to the flow of energy, three signifies life. Life and spring in Marin County go hand in hand, and they offer wonders not experienced in quite the same way anywhere else in the country. With that in mind, we look to your home as a most unique observation desk. Spring-cleaning is a rite of passage and, quite frankly, should be viewed as an adventure, not a chore. In the pages ahead, we offer tips to organize, utilize, and create unparalleled spaces that reflect your unique Marin personality. I hope we offer some concepts that bring harmony and happiness to your renewal, renovation, and regeneration this spring.
Aimi Dutra Editor-in-chief and Past MBA President
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Have a favorite place? Whether you’re a longtime Marinite, Tahoe lover, or Carmel Beach goer—you too can show your love with these decorative pillows! With 50 states, countries, and unique places to choose from, the Catstudio pillow is a colorful, fun accent piece. Featherbed & Bath Town Center, Corte Madera
A studded side table—why not? The Marco side table is the perfect complement to a modern bedroom decor! Cabana Home Mill Valley cabanahome.com
SLICE OF HEAVEN Ring in spring with a flavorful bottle of Slices Sangria. Their variety of fresh & fruity choices will ensure you and your guests won’t want the party to end! Andy’s Local Market, San Rafael andyslocalmarket.com
RUSTIC & CHIC Distressed flooring is all the rage. The Du Chateau Old Dutch flooring is a durable and striking choice for your high-use rooms! Mertel Carpets San Rafael mertelcarpets.com
ROOM FOR TWO Cozy up together in the stylish Rebecca Sofette. Over 100 fabrics are available to you to make it your own! Ruby Livingdesign Mill Valley rubyliving.com
Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership Marin Human Race
Marin Concours d’Elegance @ Marin Civic Center
Marin Builders Association Annual Scholarship Awards Reception @ Jason’s Restaurant, Greenbrae
May Madness Rock and Rollin’ Car Show and Parade @ Downtown San Rafael
24th Annual Larkspur Flower & Food Festival @ Downtown Larkspur
Marin Builders Association Membership Mixer @ Golden State Lumber
APRIL 20 Life House—Great Chef’s @ Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Novato
MAY 4 Marin History Museum Annual Garden Party @ TBA
Marin Open Studios
17 Marin Builders Association Bocce Ball Tournament @ Albert Park, San Rafael
19 Mountain Play Opening Day @ Mount Tamalpais
Marin Builders Association Marin Home & Garden Expo @ Marin Civic Center
Marin Art Festival @ Marin Civic Center
Buckelew Marin/Scapes Gala @ Shield Room, Dominican University of California
7-8 Novato Chamber of Commerce Festival of Art, Wine & Music @ Downtown Novato
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In the year ahead, embrace your adventurous spirit Aries, and add a pop of color to your home! Whether it is a coat of bright yellow paint to refresh your bathroom’s old beige, or a deep aqua throw rug for the living room floor, this is an easy way for you to embrace your need to spice things up, while also tempering your impulsive nature. A vivid arrangement of flowers on the table is also a great, simple color boost for your dining room!
The most patient and determined sign of the zodiac, Taurus, you need a longterm home project for your 2013. How about refinishing your deck? Grab some sandpaper, stain, and elbow grease and watch beautiful results appear. Or maybe you should take your persistence out on your bathroom and re-grout the tiles. Whatever project you choose, putting in those long hours will provide you with much satisfaction!
As the New Year starts to unfold around you, Gem, your intellectual and lively nature will start to crave the stimulation of conversation and wit. We suggest you start hosting monthly book club dinner parties. A fun spin on the typical, this dual event will let you entertain and expand your brain. Make sure your home is ready for these nights by having your chairs reupholstered in fun and eclectic patterns, and adding a table cloth in a complementary color, so that the room is just as bright and festive as your impending conversations!
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HE SAID Dear Sassy: The space I most cherish in my house is my personalized reading room. I’ve loaded the walls with floor to ceiling bookshelves, and I’ve collected all sorts of books and magazines to create my personal library. Michael Crichton sits side-by-side with Kurt Vonnegut and anything by George R.R. Martin is making its way onto the shelves these days too. When the world is getting me down, I head to my nook, (where I also keep a Nook and a Kindle) and my super-sized leather chair with a George Kovacs brushednickel reading lamp overhead, and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” on the ottoman. (And of course, a Jeroboam of Primativo at the ready.) No TV, no Internet, no phone. It’s really made my house a home: quiet, private, and introspective. Maybe this would be a special space for you? HE
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SHE SAID Dear Sassy: Congrats on the solo status, sister! HE, I never saw this sensitive side of you before—how charming! A bibliophile—who would have known? And an oenophile to boot. What an enticing combo. I’m going to stop by soon and see for myself what you’ve done with this space. Just because it’s important research to see what we are both recommending to our readers. But, HE, may I remind you, Sas is solo and lives in Saus —you know, the town with Bar Bocce, Salito’s, and all the rest, dripping with drop dead gorgeous views and guys from all over the world! Sas, go for a super-sized, luxurious walk-in closet with an abundance of shelves for your collection of vintage Vogue issues, and so much more! Do NOT scrimp here. Call an expert and work out all the details EXACTLY as you want them. Mirrors and more mirrors, every imaginable multi-layered storage delight, topped off with a chic wardrobe with padded silk hangers, and a textured stool or two—maybe zebra print? Make sure you’ve got extra-large spaces for your handbags and boots—a Hermes Birkin doesn’t fit in any old cubby, nor do heels of every size a sassy single like you must own. Then adorn your space with that fabulous wardrobe you’ve been collecting, both retro and avant-garde. YOU decide how to display them. Your vibrant Beulah’s side-byside or color-by-color? Your Commes des Garcons next to your mother’s Oleg Cassini? This is your personal creation. No testosterone allowed. Your input only. And absolutely no guest “leave behinds” in this room. (Whether short-term or long-term, they go in the extra bedroom.) Sas, you will have the most private getaway in all of Sausalito! Feeling a little blue? Just enter your realm and you’ll be as good as new in no time. Feeling especially jubilant? Take a tip from HE and toast yourself with a solo glass of chilled Prosecco while getting dressed and coifed for a night in the city. Carrie Bradshaw would be so proud of you!
Ciao Bella, SHE
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friends over to perform. And it needed to include a comfortable media viewing area that didn’t dominate the entire room.” Mahoney and contractor Sean Kelly of San Rafael’s Lamperti Contracting & Design faced significant challenges designing and constructing the space. The room would be built on a steep hillside; it needed to match the design of the original house; it had to have enough space to house two grand pianos at one end and a state-of-the-art home theater at the opposite end; and, above all, it needed excellent acoustics. Working with acoustical engineer David Walsh, Mahoney determined the height, width, and length of the space for optimal acoustics and then brought in Scott
Sullivan of Novato’s SoundVision to create a high-performance media system. Sullivan was asked to install a high-definition video projector with a custom long throw lens that could cast images 29 feet across the room on to a 103"″roll-down screen at the other end of the room. “Our goal was to create this amazing video experience while keeping the equipment out of sight,” says Sullivan. To that end, the design team hid the projector in the wood soffit at the room’s entrance and the screen in the wooden bridge across the cabinets at the opposite end of the room. Beautiful white oak cabinets on either end display Dell’s audio equipment as well as a collection of glass art. But the ultimate
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ho doesn’t yearn for a room of his or her own? Be it a man cave or an artist’s loft, spaces dedicated to personal pursuits are the stuff dreams are made of. Witness attorney Robert Dell’s spectacular music/media room—an award-winning addition that hits all the right notes. Dell is an accomplished pianist who loves nothing more than sharing music with friends— whether they are guests listening to rare recordings on state-of-the-art equipment or fellow musicians performing an impromptu concert. Accordingly, he wanted an addition to his Kentfield home that would allow him to noodle away on the piano without disturbing the main household as well as create an intimate concert hall and home theater to share with friends and family. “Bob wanted a place where he could play both live and recorded music, so the acoustics needed to be superb,” says Mill Valley architect Colleen Mahoney, who designed the room. “The space also needed to be flexible enough that it could become a concert venue when he invited musician
woodworking feat is the dramatic cathedral ceiling suspended from an invisible steel frame. “The ceiling is really spectacular,” says Kelly. “The quality of the craftsmanship is
jaw-droppingly beautiful and makes the room feel like a sanctuary.” Fine details throughout the expansive space create a sense of quiet intimacy. Custom lighting facilitates different tasks—overhead lighting is supplemented with LED lighting for display shelving; reading and piano lights allow Dell to explore books and music; and down lighting illuminates a large painting of performing musicians by Los Angeles artist Clifford Bailey.
The quiet material palette allows the music and media to take center stage. Neutral colors create an elegant backdrop for the Steinway and Bösendorfer grand pianos. Ivory curtains frame the beautiful exterior views when open and block light for optimal video watching when closed. Plush seating provides a comfortable viewing and listening experience in this extraordinary music and media room.
Learn more about MBA members Lamperti Contracting & Design and SoundVision at marinba.org/directory
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Must Haves & Must Dos for the Spring Season Embrace the spirit of your home with these fabulous finds and ideas! MUST HAVE Ready, Set, Go! Make sure you have a monogrammed Toss Designs bag in your repertoire. The store is full of a variety of bags created with fresh patterns, unique color combinations and functional shapes. One trip to Toss Designs and you are sure to find the perfect bag for every occasion. Available at Toss Designs, Town Center, Corte Madera 415-461-TOSS (8677) www.tossdesigns.com Prices vary.
Window coverings, color, furnishings, and design services available through Studio Home www.StudioHomeDesigns.com 14 Ross Avenue San Anselmo, CA 94960 415.457.0560
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Leave Room for the Boudoir! If you are wondering how to work with that overly small third bedroom, think of creating a bright, cheery dressing room like this one designed by Studio Home and California Closets for a small bungalow in San Rafael.
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MUST HAVE Colorful & Fun! Brighten up your home or work memo board with these vibrant and fun butterfly paper push pins. Your everyday list of to-dos will go from drab to fab in no time! Available at Paper Source Town Center, Corte Madera 415.927.1528 www.paper-source.com
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Creating an Amazing Space! An existing pipe chase in a kitchen was transformed into a command center for a busy family. Sandra Bird Designs’ clever remake included spaces to post calendars and notes, a filing system for recipes, and multiple drawers to contain necessities. The new desktop stays clean and organized. Need your space transformed? Start today! Sandra Bird Designs 240 Magnolia Drive Larkspur 415.927.1171 www.sandrabird.com
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MUST HAVE Faux or Real?! With garden guru Elizabeth Blackstone at Bliss Home & Design, one would never know! No green thumb required— just a great eye for quality materials and design. Order a succulent center- piece with a stunning vase from the Bliss Store, or bring in your own cherished piece and the Bliss team will deliver an aweinspiring arrangement. Available at Bliss Home & Design 800 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd., Mill Valley 415.383.3579 www.blisshomeanddesign.com Prices vary.
Get Decked Out! With an emphasis on sustainable products, Clough Construction can deckreate your outdoor space with arbors, fencing, decking, and the creation of a special place, such as this pool room! Don’t wait—create your very own outdoor great space today! Clough Construction 4220 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael 415.444.5554 www.cloughconstruction.com
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MUST HAVE Raise a Glass! Pottery Barn’s eyecatching Wine Glass Chandelier is the perfect way to showcase 30 of your favorite wine glasses. Vary sizes and shapes to create your own eclectic, look and then open up your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy the display. Available at Pottery Barn The Village, Corte Madera 415.924.1391 www.potterybarn.com $149
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Calling All Wine Collectors! You have dreamt it—now create it! Fontana Construction can help you design your very own custom storage and wine display room. Beautiful design and superior craftmanship will result in an elegant wine environment to store all your vintage favorites!
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FARM FRESH & RETRO ACTIVE
by Eden Navarro
ccording to Heather Nelson, business development manager for Encore Events in Petaluma and Healdsburg, party themes are trending toward more casual fetes—gone are the days of black-tie affairs. In Northern California, where the sunshine is burnished gold and vineyards run rampant and old barns populate the horizon, rustic elegance prevails. At the heart of this look is the farm table, made of reclaimed wood that’s been naturally weathered over decades, and in some cases, centuries. (Encore’s tables are handcrafted by Petaluma artisans.) Such timeworn beauty provides a charming counterpoint to fresh flowers and such sparkling elements as candles
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and glass chandeliers, all of which are practically requirements for unrefined glamour. Another important aspect of the rustic trend involves some creative elbow grease. “The recent popularity of do-it-yourself projects is a really big influence,” says Nelson. Indeed, the chance to place a personal stamp on an event is often too good to pass up for brides, expectant mothers, and birthday girls. In keeping with the farmhouse vibe, Nelson recommends bedecking mason jars with burlap for use as bloomfilled centerpieces; wrapping candleholders in jute twine; and displaying menus, ceremony schedules, or family photos in old frames. (Consignment shops and flea markets are teeming with these vintage gems.) To prevent all the homespun goodness from, well, spinning out, Nelson also suggests tempering the rustic touches with modern accents— colorful chevron-patterned or sequin-trimmed linens, for instance, never fail to bring this bucolic theme back to the future. >>
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Start planning. Party season is under way.
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This is your moment. Tents? Linens? Chairs? Tables? Glassware? Staging? Lighting? Big 4 Party has you covered. Servicing Marin and Sonoma for over 30 years, Big 4 Party Rentals is the premier party rental and event solution company in Northern California. We are family owned and passionate about the event & rental business. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you a one stop experience. We offer full consulting services and day-of management for any event, from an intimate dinner to weddings to a festival hosting thousands of guests. We are proud to have grown up in the Bay Area and support our community. We look forward to serving you! Please call or visit one of our showrooms today with all your event planning needs!
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Since the familiar adage, “What’s old is new again,” has proven true since time immemorial—fashion cycles are the best proof of this phenomenon—it’s hardly a surprise that Rob Roberts, owner of Corte Madera-based Big 4 Party Rental, has seen an uptick in Mad Men-style events that bring back the glamour of midcentury America. “It’s an easy theme to work with,” says Roberts. For a recent retro to-do, he sourced old-school barware such as chrome and glass cocktail shakers and brandy decanters. In lieu of tobacco, nifty ashtrays can be filled with smoked almonds. Of course, the dress code is what makes such an event come to life. “People just dress up in clothing that their parents wore,” says Roberts. Women don vintage fur stoles and sleek pencil skirts, for example, while men sport three-piece suits embellished with pocket squares and fedoras.
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Roberts also forecasts that events catered by local food trucks will continue to be a rising trend. “They’re a cost-effective way to entertain guests,” he says. (Hosts pre-pay for a block of time and a set number of people to feed.) In the Bay Area, food trucks have become an integral part of the local culture, inspiring their own weekly community events. (Off the Grid is one such gathering of food trucks in San Francisco.) As such, they’re easy to come by when planning a party. The Chairman Truck, which dishes out succulent pork belly steam buns, is a popular pick with event planners. Curry Up Now, which brings fusion fare curbside in the form of Indian burritos, is also a tasty choice. Hapa Ramen, which prepares the Japanese minute meal Slow Food-style, is a slurp-worthy contender. “Food trucks are just great conversation pieces,” says Roberts.
Having a party? Find an MBA member to help plan your next big event at marinba.org/directory
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by Erma Murphy and Liz Savage
Hundreds of exhibitors, engaging expert speakers, award-winning landscape displays, and an interactive Smart Home exhibit will inspire Bay Area residents to raise their home’s IQ at the third annual Marin Home & Garden Expo, June 1 and 2 at the Marin Center Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall. This celebration of Marin County’s unique and “smart” lifestyle will showcase the latest home and garden products and services—from green technologies to home automation. An interactive Smart Home technology exhibit created by San Rafael-based SRS Custom Integration will put audio/video and lighting control right at your fingertips. SRS designs and installs complete electronic systems that seamlessly integrate audio, video, surveillance, lighting, heating, and cooling to make homes more enjoyable, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient. Sam and Scott Sheppard, owners of SRS, have planned a fully integrated exhibit where Expo attendees can experience firsthand how one smart device such as an iPad can be used to control lighting, window shades, and audio/visual and gaming systems. >>
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>> Two full days of lectures and demos at the Expo will educate homeowners on how to make homes smarter. Randall Whitehead, a frequent guest expert on HGTV and Martha Stewart Living Radio, will explain the best (and worst) emerging alternative light sources in his lecture titled “Sexing UP Energy Efficient Lighting.” Don’t miss Eric Corey Freed’s lecture titled “Attack of the Dodo-Sapiens: innovative new models for sustainable living.” Freed, founder of organicARCHITECT, will explore innovative models for how to build deep green, biobased buildings. For the full lecture/demo schedule, visit the event website.
L-R: Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT & Randall Whitehead, Martha Stewart Living Radio
Get Smart! Come to the Marin Home & Garden Expo! WHEN: June 1 and 2 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM WHERE: Marin County Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall in San Rafael TICKETS: $10 GA and $6 seniors, Free for kids under 12 For more info visit: Marinhomegarden.com or call (415) 507-1537
Having fun is smart too, so hold on to your hardhats! At this year’s inaugural Marin Builders Competition & Games, the foremost contractors in Marin will go head-to-head to show off their skills. The whole family will enjoy watching heavy-equipment operators deftly perform feats of magic— placing small objects on a road cone using an excavator or shooting soccer goals with a 20,000 lb. backhoe. Those mighty machines won’t be the only ones having fun. There will also be competitions in sheet metal bending, soldering, pounding nails, and much more. The competition is open to Marin Builders Association members. Live music by Marin’s community music groups will entertain attendees on the Homegrown Marin Music Stage throughout the weekend.
Don’t miss the inaugural Marin Builders Competition & Games!
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The New Age
by Leilani Marie Labong photography by Trevor Henley
A design-savvy couple transforms their ORDINARY tract home into a soulful custom dream house.
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Top: The young Mullarkey girls, Saylor, 6, and London, 4, share a bedroom with an odd shape. Shawna utilized it to its full potential with custom storage beds that adjoin a corner table. Bottom: Shawna found 11-year-old Peyton’s
antique bed at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire and customized a rolling trundle to fit under it. Opposite: In the den, new library stacks created a nice nook for a builtin desk.
Even though there is much to love about Novato’s Rush Creek neighborhood, homeowners Dave and Shawna Mullarkey had mixed feelings about the Cape Cod-style tract home they purchased there in 2003 for their growing family. “We really liked the area because of its generous lots, close proximity to Highway 101, and immediate connection to an open-space preserve,” says Shawna. “And we liked the home’s traditional floor plan and its great light, but we were sad about its cookie-cutter finishes. We knew it was going to take a lot of work to love it.” Despite their reservations, the Mullarkeys had taken a leap of faith based on something that most house
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hunters fail to envision: potential. From the start, the renovation was something of a character-building process— not just because most metamorphoses of this scale are learning experiences for those brave enough to take them on, but also because Shawna yearned to transform the generic dwelling into something more unique. “I love old homes, and I wanted to give this one that kind of character.” The Mullarkeys hit the ground running, starting the year-and-a-half renovation with an exterior makeover that included a total repaint, new shutters, and structured landscaping with boxwoods, white iceberg roses, and Espalier
trees. Inside, the previous homeowners’ misguided stylistic pursuits emerged as one terribly executed Spanish theme. (Fake terra cotta tiles, anyone?) Needless to say, the Mullarkeys obliterated every last remnant of the bad Spanish accent in the name of tasteful individuality—an M.O. that was accomplished in several ways, with the help of a team of local craftspeople. First, new oak floors and moldings were installed, creating continuity throughout the home. To help distinguish separate spaces within the new-and-improved open floor plan, the artisans also installed 700-year-old reclaimed barn ceiling beams and transom windows. “The finishes are a big
part of making a home feel like, well, home,” says Shawna. Second, custom built-ins were added to almost every room in the house. In the kids’ quarters, Shawna designed beds integrated with drawers or trundles to help keep the floor space clear of bulky furniture (translation: more room to play!). The den’s new, ceilingheight bookshelves are accessed via vintage rolling library ladder, a score unearthed at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. A monumental storage unit built into the master bath makes a dramatic statement in black. While creating caches for everything from towels to teddy bears seems to be an extremely rewarding
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“I love the depth of character that built-ins provide.”
This page, clockwise from top: Shawna has a particular love for window seats with storage—this one in the TV room is attached to a large custom media cabinet; a pantry cleverly located under the stairs was once a coat closet; from
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the fireplace to the mirror, every architectural detail of this sitting room was a Mullarkey add-on; Shawna designed a sizeable black cabinet in the master bath to store towels and linens and act as a dramatic foil to neutral finishes.
White prevails in the new kitchen, from the marble countertops to the painted cabinetry. A single, centuries-old reclaimed wood beam is a grounding element in the space—it echoes the dark-stained oak floors.
endeavor for Shawna, the amateur designer actually gets more satisfaction from achieving a soulful undercurrent with the custom woodwork. “Built-ins and storage just happen to go hand in hand,” she says. “But I love the depth of character that built-ins provide.” The most personal stamps on the interior arose from mind-bending architectural puzzles that couldn’t immediately be solved with mere beams and windows. For instance, it took time to figure out that a seemingly useless wall niche under the stairs could be combined with the coat closet on its opposite side to form a unique walk-in pantry, complete with a mini refrigerator and a custom cart to shuttle baking provisions to and from the kitchen.
Speaking of the kitchen, only after the last Calcutta marble countertop was set into place, and the last custom cabinet face was successfully hinged, and the last Lucite barstool was pulled up to the new peninsula, did Shawna realize that a pesky wall blocked the view to the pool—a potentially hazardous barrier considering the couple’s three kids spend entire summer days swimming in the drink. So what happened? “We tore down the wall and redid everything again,” says Shawna. “I actually enjoyed redoing it. When all was said and done, we got to experience the excitement of a new house all over again.”
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color: The Essential Element of a Great Space
There’s no denying the role color plays in design. Color is what gives a space personality and energy. Color lifts the spirit. Through color we can support who we are and how we want to feel. And isn’t that what great spaces are all about? But where to start? Read on for tips on how to use color to create your own great space. The color of your walls is the most critical component of your room’s color scheme. Wall color will almost single-handedly determine the mood of a space. Therefore, a good place to start when selecting color is to ask yourself what mood you want to create. How do you want your space to feel? Masculine and intellectual? Lean towards smoky blues and grays. Flirty and feminine? Pinks and pale turquoise might do the trick. It may take a little practice matching moods with colors, but if you get stuck you can always enlist the services of a color consultant. >>
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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KELLY BERG
by Kelly Berg
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KELLY BERG
Flooring is the next biggest component of a room. Deeper colors on the floor will make a space feel grounded. Lighter colors will feel airier. Wood, tile, carpet—all of these materials have a color, and that color will become a major part of your room’s palette. When selecting colors for furniture and fabric, try to avoid being overly matchy-matchy. Contrast is a beautiful thing. A room with too many items of the same hue can feel contrived and monotonous. Layering colors is what makes a room inviting and interesting. Colorful accessories such as throws, vases, pillows, and trays will help you achieve a multi-layered effect. Don’t underestimate the power of the perfect pillow! It’s important to think about the colors of metal when
designing a space. For example, brass is a warm color, while nickel is cool. When selecting finishes for hardware and fixtures, stick with the options that best support your color scheme and your room’s mood. Ceilings need not be white. They can be any color you want. A soft, silvery blue can emulate the sky. A pale, rosy pink can cast a warm glow overhead. For an ultimate sense of envelopment, try painting the ceiling the same hue as the wall. The same goes for doors, trim, and windows. Deep colors like charcoal gray and black can add instant sophistication. And a bold color like cherry red can make a ho-hum space sing. The options are endless. Why let white have all the fun?
A few final things to keep in mind... Think of color as a tool. You can solve many design problems with color. Is your space a little dull? Add some hot pink or bright orange. Need a little cheer? Yellow will do the trick. Color is your friend and is here to help you. Don’t forget about adjacent spaces. The color transition from one room to the next should feel comfortable. Think about how these relationships work. When creating your color palette, move around and view the room from all angles, through all doorways. When your color palette looks good from every angle, you’ve got a winner!
And finally, don’t make color decisions based on fear. Bottom line: if you love it and it makes you happy, it’s right. Kelly Berg is an interior designer, color expert, and writer. She has been featured as a color and design authority in numerous publications including Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and Woman’s Day. Kelly grew up in Napa Valley where she now frequently visits for family, wine, and inspiration. Storyandspace.com
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Heat It up Outdoors! This small but quaint patio built
Get Tucked Away. This built-in reading nook or
by Kerr Construction is full of warmth and charm. The
relaxation place is the perfect example of creatively
corner fireplace as a focal point is an ideal way to create
using a small transition space between rooms in this
an illuminating ambiance as well as keep your guests
home designed by Michael Rex & Associates.
toasty on a cool spring evening.
Have a Pool Haven? If you have a pool then a cabana
Rev It Up! Spring has sprung and it’s time to get your
is a must! Nichelini and Sons created this eccentric yet
garage in order. Don’t just organize this space—transform
sophisticated pool house. Steam room, wet bar, and
it with a few simple luxuries. Cal Space Organizers
conversational decor all create the perfect after affair
created this “have it all” garage with the use of checkered
following a long day in the pool!
flooring, attractive storage components, a flat screen tv and a beverage center. Honey, I’m in the garage!
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Playful Palace. This custom playhouse is a child’s paradise. The Mullarkey family used chandelier lighting, playful paintings, built-in seating, and retro flooring to create a dramatic and fun environment for their children. Let your imagination run wild and create your ultimate play place!
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ASK AN EXPERT The Container Store’s Top 12 Organizing Tips
2 Allow plenty of time
Don’t expect organization to happen overnight. Depending on the area to be organized, schedule a couple of hours each day to work on getting the area organized. Getting a garage whipped into shape will take more time than it takes to organize a linen closet. Clean house Once you’ve selected an area, go through the contents. Donate or hold a garage sale for anything you don’t or can’t wear or use any more. Use the two-year rule of thumb—if you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to say goodbye to it. These items take up valuable space and probably won’t be missed.
he Container Store—the original storage and organization store—has been helping customers get organized for more than 34 years now. Their experts know that no matter what area you’re organizing or how much space you have, follow these 12 simple tips to create a well-organized, efficient space. Start in one place If you have several areas in your home you want to get under control, start with just one. You decide which one to start with—is it the area that gives you the biggest headache, or the area that guests to your home most easily see? Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick to it. Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning up the entire house seems daunting and folks give up. When you complete one area, celebrate and then move on to the next.
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After you’ve removed extraneous items, take a look at what remains. Does it belong here? Does it make sense to keep it here? Is there another place where you’ve got more room to keep it, or another area where it would be more easily accessible for its purpose? For example, take that professional-grade mixer that you’ve been keeping in the back of your closet and move it to the kitchen. When it’s time to tackle that area of the home, you can incorporate the mixer into the new storage plan for the kitchen. >>
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE CONTAINER STORE
4 Take inventory
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THE SHOP Keep it moving Consider storage options on wheels: to allow for greater flexibility and to help keep the clutter under control. Carts can hold an assortment of accessories in a small amount of space, and can be wheeled back into a closet or storage area when not in use.
Organize with color Whether you’re working to organize the family room or striving to get your home office under control, use color to enhance your efforts. Assign each child a different colored container to keep his or her belongings in and keep them responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Organize projects, bills, and other important papers by function and color in your home office.
The three rules to organization are visibility, accessibility, and flexibility. Choose containers that are either transparent of that you can easily label to help immediately identify the contents and save valuable time.
Maximize vertical space If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, a surefire way to instantly create more space is to go up. Instead of only having a couple
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of shelves to house your kitchen items, take them up to the ceiling to really maximize the vertical space— you’ll store the things you need less frequently on the higher shelves. Divide the space By adding additional shelves to a single shelf, or by using containers that stack atop one another, you can divide the vertical space and make efficient use of the area you have to work with. By dividing the space, you eliminate the possibility of stacking tall piles of clothing, papers or other items that are destined to topple over.
Select a storage system that can adapt to your changing needs. That way, you can reconfigure and reuse solutions to solve a variety of storage and organization problems.
Need a professional? Find an MBA member to help organize or install online at marinba.org/directory
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE CONTAINER STORE
5 Look for wasted space If you’re in need of more storage space, think creatively about additional areas that you can put to work. Prime examples include over doors and underneath beds. These areas are valuable real estate in your home and are often overlooked.
Make sure that the items you need most often are the easiest to access. Likewise, place the items you don’t need to get to as often on a higher shelf or in another area.
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Breathe Easy this Spring! by Casey Mazzoni
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Anytime you spray a pesticide, cleaning product, or air freshener in your home or use paint or other industrial products, you’re releasing a whole heap of chemicals. Those chemicals, many of which are linked to health problems, accumulate first in the air and then settle down into your household dust. Whenever you walk through a room, that dust gets stirred up into the air, where you breathe it in. Gross! Now is an ideal time to take stock of your indoor air. Below are tips to help you and your loved ones breathe free this spring!
Ensure Proper Ventilation: • Open doors and windows when temperature and humidity levels permit. Make sure that mechanical air filters are in place, that they fit well, and that they are changed periodically according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep Your Home Clean: • Regularly dusting and vacuuming your home will help keep air pollutants to a minimum. •
Tips for Improving Your Indoor Air Quality Minimize Pollutant Sources: • Avoid spraying pesticides, chemical cleaners, air fresheners, and other synthetic products in your home. Also minimize your use of paint thinner and other solvents, and look for non-toxic, low-VOC or zero-VOC paints. •
If you will be purchasing new furniture, carpeting, cabinetry, or flooring, look for those made of green building materials.
Houseplants can improve indoor air quality by filtering carbon dioxide.
Since Americans spend so much time indoors … and with Spring Cleaning upon us, now is the ideal time to improve your indoor air quality. By taking the steps listed above and hiring a Marin Builders Association licensed contractor, you can remove toxins and increase ventilation in your home so that your indoor air stays as pure and fresh as possible.
SOURCES: GREENGUARD.ORG & CNCHEALTH.COM ILLUSTRATION BY CONOR BUCKLEY
hen talking about air pollution, you quickly think of the smoggy streets of Los Angeles. Did you know that the air inside your house can be just as dangerous as outdoor air pollutants? In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Sure, some types of indoor air pollution, like cigarette smoke, are obvious, but others are not. Common sources of indoor pollutants include: • Building materials (flooring, paint, etc.) • Carpeting • Cabinetry or furniture made of pressed-wood products • Household cleaning products • Central heating and cooling systems • Air fresheners • Combustion sources (oil, gas, kerosene, coal, and wood) • Personal care products (hair spray, nail polish, fragrance, etc.) • Materials used for hobbies (glues, epoxy, paint strippers, etc.)
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Financial House in Order
by Richard DeRamon Redwood Credit Union
inancial well-being is important to a balanced life. Learning how to manage your money, instead of letting it control you, may take a little discipline, but the payoff can be significant.
1. Obtain and review your credit report. You can obtain a free copy of your credit report annually at www.annualcreditreport.com. Review your report to make sure all the information is accurate, and if you find anything incorrect, work with the reporting institution to have inaccurate information corrected. Having an accurate credit report will help you if and when you need to apply for a loan.
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2. Track your spending. Keep a simple spreadsheet of how much money you make, how much you spend, and where you spend it. This helps you understand where your money goes. People are often surprised at the expenses they incur, and this is a good start to identifying areas where you may be able to cut back and save. Visit www.redwoodcu.org and type “spending plan” in the Ask RCU box for a free worksheet. 3. Review and refinance. Review all your loans and credit cards to see what your interest rates are and whether you’re paying fees. Then compare with other institutions. There’s a good chance you can refinance for a lower interest rate and lower monthly payments—which means more money in your pocket! 4. Automate savings. Set up direct deposit for your paychecks and other income, and designate a portion of your income to be deposited directly into a savings or retirement account. This will not only save you from having to make regular trips to a branch, but it also ensures you will start building savings. 5. Automate payments. Set up recurring electronic payments so your loans, credit cards, and
other regular payments are made automatically each month. This helps ensure your payments are always made on time, saving you from unnecessary fees. It will also help to build or preserve your good credit score.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.” 6. Set goals. As Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.” Setting clear goals for the future will help you make the smart financial decisions needed to reach them. Your money shouldn’t be a worry. By taking a few simple steps to get your financial house in order, you can put your mind at ease and focus more on the things you enjoy that are most important to you. >>
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Basic Strategies for
Simplifying Your Financial Life
by Michael Kadel Bank of Marin
1. Use direct deposit. Ask to have your pay, pension, or Social Security benefits automatically deposited into your bank account. Direct deposit is safer and more convenient than getting a paper check in the mail. It may even help you avoid bank fees. Direct deposit also gives you access to your money sooner than with a paper check. 2. Automate recurring bills. Many merchants, such as insurance companies or utilities, will allow you to pay recurring bills with an automatic withdrawal from your checking account or through a charge to your credit card. Utilize your bank’s online bill-pay service so you can receive and pay bills quickly and easily.
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4. Put some savings on autopilot. Arrange with your bank or employer to automatically transfer a certain amount into savings accounts or investments on a regular schedule. You’ll be happy in the long run. 5. Consider consolidating accounts. Think about how many different financial institutions you use and how many accounts (savings, checking, and investments) and credit cards you have. You may be able to simplify your finances, reduce mail and paperwork, and avoid certain fees by consolidating multiple accounts. It can also make it easier to monitor your entire portfolio and ensure that your money is properly diversified. Pay attention to FDIC insurance limitations if you do consolidate. Consider canceling the credit cards you never use, and review your credit reports to make sure you know which accounts are listed as open and active.
6. Look into automated moneymanagement tools. Moneymanagement software can give you detailed, real-time account information from multiple institutions in one place. You can also use the software to help you organize your finances, understand how you spend your money, and spot a potential fraud or theft. 7. Update your will and other legal documents, and make sure your family knows where to find them in an emergency. These additional documents can range from bank statements and pension records to directives that govern what happens to your bank accounts, property, and other assets if you become incapacitated. 8. Get your paperwork under control. Even if you rely on technology, it’s difficult to go completely paperless. Start with a secure central filing system at home for your bank, tax, insurance, and other financial records. Shred any confidential papers you’re sure you don’t need. >>
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3. Do online banking. If you don’t already have online banking, sign up. You can safely access your accounts 24/7 and manage your money without ever leaving your home or office. Easily transfer funds, check balances, make bill payments, review transactions, and create banking reports.
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THINKING OF REMODELING? Top 5 Tips to Reduce Stress and Ensure Your Project Comes in on Time and on Budget
by Daniel F. McLennon “Counsel to the Construction Industry” for over 25 years
A home remodel project can be wonderfully rewarding, but getting there can be immensely stressful and financially ruinous if not planned and executed effectively. Tip 1: Plan, Plan, Plan The only way to ensure that the project can be completed for a given amount of money during a given amount of time is to ensure that all parts of the project are properly accounted for, priced, and scheduled. Pulling together the design and construction team from the beginning is critical. The design and construction professionals should work together to address design, constructability, cost, schedule, and potential problems from different perspectives. Anticipate that issues will arise during construction, and plan on the project costing 20% more money and taking 20% more time than estimated.
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Tip 2: Choose the Construction Team Wisely The best investment a homeowner can make is taking the time to identify and hire a highly qualified architect and contractor experienced with the particular type and style of project the owner envisions. The designer and contractor also should be good at dealing with the permitting entity and your neighbors. To find good contractor prospects, ask friends or contact contractor associations such as the Marin chapter of the National Association for the Remodeling Industry. Interview references to check whether budgets and schedules were actually met. Tip 3: Ensure the Construction Contract Favors You, and Not the Contractor The typical construction contract offered by a contractor favors him and not the homeowner. Ensure that the contract sets a fixed price for all the work, sets start and end dates, requires continued work even if a dispute arises, and obligates the contractor to protect you against claims through indemnity and insurance. Consider incorporating incentive bonuses for reaching milestones or completion early and liquidated damages if the work finishes late.
Tip 4: Hire a Construction Manager to Oversee Quality and Contractor Progress An experienced construction manager can serve as the owner’s trained eyes, ears, and mouthpiece on the project site. The CM can identify problems with construction quality, and he can schedule and require the contractor to fix them before they become big problems. He can also advocate for the owner and help determine whether contractor claims for extra work should be allowed or should be denied as the contractor’s responsibility. The CM may also review payment applications for accuracy and ensure that required backup is provided. Tip 5: Remain Patient and Flexible—and Enjoy the Process Because you know that problems will arise despite the best planning and intentions of all involved, because you have reserved additional funds for contingencies, and because you anticipate that the project will take longer than originally planned, you can relax and enjoy watching as your project evolves into the home you envisioned.
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ANNUAL MBA CRAB FEED MBA members and local community leaders experienced a fun-filled evening while raising funds for the scholarship program. MBA has awarded over 1 million dollars in scholarships since its inception. 1.
Laura Trahan, Marin County Superindendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold
MBA Executive Director Klif Knoles, Heidy Knoles
MBA Planroom Technician Diane Van Renselaar, MBA Membership Manager Barbara Jones
The Crabby Kid
5. Alan Voigt, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin President Cecilia Zamora 6.
Healdsburg Lumber Company
MBA Administrative Assistant Kellie
Buono, Samantha Sargent, Ken Azevedo 8.
Dean & Beth Pedley
Larry & Julie Ross
10. Happy Cracking!
11. San Rafael Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rick Wells and Ellie Wells 12. Dave Trahan, John Maher 13. Knoles Family; Terrence, Isla, Heidy, Klif, and Nick
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Locally owned and family operated for over 56 Years! “To all new customers of Roto-Rooter: As a property manager of over 200 units here in Marin, I find that Roto-Rooter is truly a dream come true. 24-7 they are available, day and night, Holidays, evenings, it just doesn’t matter. You call and they show up ready to go to work. Their track record is 100% when it comes to taking care of the problem at hand. I highly recommend this company for all drain and back up problems.” –Cathy Larson, Belvedere Land Company “I have used Clyde and the team at Roto-Rooter San Rafael a number of times, both for simple and complex jobs. They have always given me competitive bids in a timely manner, and they have done quality work, sometimes in a rush. I recommend them and will continue to use them.” –Lisa Dunlap, Frank Howard Allen
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MCLENNON LAW CORPORATION
Pineapple Productions Pineapple Planet is a full service event décor and production company serving the hospitality, wedding and event industries, as well as individuals and corporations from all over the Planet.
P.O. Box 750294 Petaluma , CA 94975 pineappleplanet.com
Law Corporation —OVER 25 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE—McLennon Over 25 Years Experience Construction Contracts. Conflict Resolution. ONFLICT ACspecial passion for MLC is to make sure insurance companies RESOLUTION live up to their promises.
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Carol Munson Alain Pinel Realtors Whether looking to purchase a home to add your personal touches or maximize your equity upon selling, put 24 years of real estate experience along with the resources of the MBA to work for you. Carol Munson 415.286.0120 firstname.lastname@example.org DRE# 01046676
MEMBER OF MARIN BUILDERS Megan Downey Pomponio Frank Howard Allen Realtors Buying? Selling? Call me today for a free market analysis of your home or information on upcoming listings in Marin County!
The Art of Good Taste Fine Catering and Events 415-299-2503
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The Marin Builders Association is proud of our publication Marin Home magazine — the essential home resource.
For more detailed information and member profiles go to: marinba.org/directory OR scan code.
We thank our members and business associates for advertising in our magazine and making this an informative tool for you and our community. Each issue includes qualified contractors, materials suppliers and service providers who are MBA members. This directory is a useful tool to help with your home and professional needs. Look for it in each edition of Marin Home!
California Contractors State License Board License Classifications & Descriptions A General Engineering Contractor B General Building Contractor C Specialty Contractor (“C” Categories of C Classifications) C-2 - Insulation and Acoustical Contractor C-4 - Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting Contractor C-5 - Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor C-6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor C-7 - Low Voltage Systems Contractor C-8 - Concrete Contractor C-9 - Drywall Contractor C10 - Electrical Contractor C11 - Elevator Contractor C12 - Earthwork and Paving Contractors C13 - Fencing Contractor C15 - Flooring and Floor Covering Contractors C16 - Fire Protection Contractor C17 - Glazing Contractor C20 - Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor C21 - Building Moving/Demolition Contractor C23 - Ornamental Metal Contractor C27 - Landscaping Contractor C28 - Lock and Security Equipment Contractor C29 - Masonry Contractor C31 - Construction Zone Traffic Control Contractor
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C32 - Parking and Highway Improvement Contractor C33 - Painting and Decorating Contractor C34 - Pipeline Contractor C35 - Lathing and Plastering Contractor C36 - Plumbing Contractor C38 - Refrigeration Contractor C39 - Roofing Contractor C42 - Sanitation System Contractor C43 - Sheet Metal Contractor C45 - Sign Contractor C46 - Solar Contractor C47 - General Manufactured Housing Contractor C50 - Reinforcing Steel Contractor C51 - Structural Steel Contractor C53 - Swimming Pool Contractor C54 - Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor C55 - Water Conditioning Contractor C57 - Water Well Drilling Contractor C60 - Welding Contractor C61 - Limited Specialty ASB - Asbestos Certification HAZ - Hazardous Substance Removal Certification
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Licensed Contractors, Materials Suppliers & Associated Services
Neumann Sloat Blanco Architects, LLP
SRS Custom Integration
Martin & Harris
BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Standards of Excellence
Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architects
pedersenassociates.com Bank of Marin
The Last Inch, Inc.
ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS
Petersen Design Associates, LLC
martin-harris.com The Accounting Specialist 510.507.0313
415.883.7733 X 110
accuchex.com Art Wasserman & Company
April 1st Design
Crossland Construction Accounting
petersendesign.net Spacial Design
Brock Wagstaff Architects
Gayle Gilboy Permar Architects & Planners
Janus Design Consulting Eckhoff Accountancy Corp.
Steinbach Cabinet Shop
lic.694518 C6 415.453.7322
CONCRETE, ASPHALT, GRAVEL & SAND
California Bank & Trust
Studio Snaidero Bay Area
CSM & M, An Accountancy Corporation
AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE
Redwood Credit Union 707.576.5276
Able Concrete Pumping
Ken Kay Associates
Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction
Kitchens By Ken Ryan
High Definition Home Inc.
Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.
Kathleen Ann Ottolini 707.775.4034
Lofrano Architecture Sculpture Design
Devincenzi Concrete Construction
California Space Organizers, Inc.
marilenaredfern.com Michael Rex Associates Paychex
415.899.0203 X 30485
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Imbimbo Concrete, Inc. lic.638907 A,C8 650.991.3384
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING
DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING & DEMOLITION
MacQuarrie Electrical Services
Artistic Lighting & Electric
lic.380928 C10 415.382.9500
J.H. McFarland Concrete Co.
Dibble & Company
Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.
lic.257220 C21 415.456.2712
Maltby Electric Supply Co.
Ross Construction Services
Marin Landscape Materials
Mike Brown Electric Company
Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc.
CREATIVE SERVICES, MARKETING & PR
VHS Associates, Inc.
baylineelectric.com Marin Sanitary Service 415.456.2601
Colonia Electric Inc.
Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.
lic.333463 B,D06 415.924.6763
The Ad Men
Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.
North Bay Lighting & Electrical
Shamrock Materials, Inc.
And Them Design
Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction
lic.530135 A B,C21 510.412.9070
RV Stich Construction, Inc.
Trush Construction Company, Inc.
Barbary Coast Consulting
Boylan Point Agency
I. Cannan Electric
Van Midde & Son Concrete
North Bay Drywall & Plastering, Inc.
Idex Global Services Inc.
Viking Pavers, Inc.
Marin Independent Journal
Pat Trainor Drywall
Republic ITS lic.647154 C10,C31,D31
Whiteside Construction Corporation
Pacific Expositions Company
whitesideconstruction.com Paganini Enterprises
Royal Wholesale Electric 415.453.3570
Independent Electric Supply, Inc.
Strom Electric, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE W. Bradley Electric, Inc. lic.390741 C10,B,A,C46 415.898.1400
FENCING, DECKING & SIDING
Abacus Group Builders, Inc.
Suiter Financial Systems
Adventures In Production
cloughconstruction.com Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc.
Marin County Sidewall
FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS
Victorian Hardwood Floors
Alan Taylor, General Contractor
lic.504918 C15 707.525.1204
FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES
Eureka Valley Floor Company
GARAGE DOORS & GATES
Advance Business Services
John C. Hom & Associates
Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.
Alten Construction, Inc.
Gallery Hardwood Floors
North Bay Overhead Doors Inc.
Christopher Harney 925.979.2325
ILS Associates, Inc. 415.883.9200
L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc.
Oberkamper & Associates Civil Engineers
Collins & Company Wealth Managers
Project Management Services, LLC
David White & Associates
James L. Arrigoni
pacificontract.com Pengelly Flooring
Anthony Vitale, General Contractor lic.515092 B 415.455.9927
Antonis Construction Building & Painting
Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer
Northgate Garage Door, Inc. lic.627224 D28
Giuliani Flooring, Inc.
R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc.
GENERAL BUILDING, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NEW & REMODEL
antonisconstruction.com Aquamaison, Inc. lic.367791 B 415.332.3910
38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc. lic.838178 B
Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
A.E. Nelson Construction
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Arntz Builders, Inc.
Better Built Construction
Chalstrom Builders Inc.
bbcconstruction.net BG Construction
Charles Melin, General Contractor
Dan Young Construction, Inc.
Arrington Construction lic.810317 B
dycmarin.com Arruda Construction Inc.
BHM Construction, Inc.
bhmconstruction.com Asbestos Control Center
Eco Valley Construction
BMC Contractors Inc.
Christopher Clark Contracting
Dennis Webb Construction
Envision Builders, Inc.
Avalon Builders, Inc.
Bruce F. Goudie
conroybuilders.com Build It Construction
Desmond & Wallace Inc.
B Street Builders
bstreetbuilders.com Balance Builders, Inc.
ESM Enterprise General Contractor lic.352891 B
Di Giorgio Contracting Company
Diego Brothers, Inc.
Fairway Design & Construction, Inc.
Ballard Inc. dba Inspired Environments
Caletti Jungsten Construction
Creatively Built, Inc.
Diego Quality Construction
Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc.
Fontana Construction Inc.
Cypress Grove Homes/ H-Y-H Corporation
Doug Monti Construction
BB&B Builders Inc.
CDK Builders Inc. Bay County Builders, Inc.
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Floyd Construction, Inc. 415.485.0645
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Gaetani Construction
Hennessey Construction, Inc.
James E. Wilson Construction
James G. Lino Construction
Herrero Contractors, Inc.
Gazzoli Construction lic.922738 B
gazzoli.biz Glen Rupiper Construction
landmarkconst.net KCK Builders, Inc.
James W. Josephs & Company
Larry Smith Construction, Inc.
lic.810315 A,B 415.559.9312
Hitchcock Construction Co.
Kelly Pacific Construction
Jeff Hicks Construction
Gordon Walker Builders lic.562356 B
Hoffmann Construction, Inc.
Ken Corsiglia Construction
Lucas Valley Designs
Gubbins Building Company, Inc.
Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc.
Horick Builders, Inc.
Kerr Construction, Inc.
M W General Contracting
horickbuilders.com Hal-Co, Inc.
John A. Young, Builder
Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor
lic.402434 B 415.488.4037
John C. Hill Construction
Maloney Construction, Inc.
Hoytt Inspection Services Inc.
Hammond & Company lic.657344 B
KOR General Contracting
John Pope, Inc.
Mariner Homes, Inc.
Harte Building & Design, Inc.
Huts And Castles A Construction Co. Inc.
Kunstbau & Kids John Romaidis Construction
Mariposa Contractors Inc.
Hayes & Associates
Imperial Contracting lic.830273 C33,B,ASB
J.W. McPhail Construction Inc.
Lamperti Contracting & Design lic.600412 B
Marshall White Construction
Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.
jwmcphailinc.com lic.790903 B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Massa Construction Company
Powerhouse Building, Inc.
lic.646709 B,A, LEED AP
Schalich Bros. Construction Inc.
Nichelini & Sons, Inc. Max Design & Construction
Rogers Remodel, Inc. lic.839810 B
Precision General Commercial Contractors
Scott Kaplan lic.467868 B
Ron Barney Construction Co.
Mayer And Company
Norman Charles Construction Inc.
Selkowitz & Company Inc. General Contrs
Radco & Associates Inc.
Pagan Construction, LLC McGuire & Sons Construction
Ravano & Cooney Construction
mcguireandsonsconstruction.com Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders
Meylan Construction, Inc.
Steere Building & Woodworking
pbdevelops.com Pennypacker/Drake Home Building Inc. lic.754794 B
Richard A. Mazzini & Associates 415.987.0298
Sterling & Company
lic.353136 B,C2,C17 415.459.1511
S.R. Allied Builders, Inc.
sissco.com Steve Moylan Construction
S.S. Caveney Construction
Rivas Building Group
lic.429200 B 707.585.3015
lic.524069 B 415.924.4170
Plath & Co.
Portillo & Company dba Summit Hill Builders
Richard De Nola
Michael L. King
Stephen L. Pasquan
Pete Niederberger & Sons
Mill Valley Builders, Inc.
Stader Construction RPB Construction, Inc.
PB Realty Investments Inc.
lic.672337 B 707.584.1813
Roy A. Tanner
Robert Curry Construction lic.663287 B
Stroub Construction lic.489037 B
San Anselmo Construction Services
lic.381529 B 415.453.6772
Structural Integrity lic.578269 B
Mt. Tam Construction
Robert E. Randig
Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens
T.H. Eller Construction
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Tembrock-Ingrassia Builders
Wm. A. Martin
Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc.
Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.
Thomas Gibbs, Licensed Tradesman
Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.
Tim Ford Construction
Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.
Lunny Grading & Paving, Inc. lic.600250 A,B,HAZ
Von Der Werth, Inc.
Tim Walsh Builders
Ghilotti Construction Company
Mann Excavation & Demolition
Weiss Company, Inc. lic.354958 B
Tom Ganley Construction
West Bay Builders, Inc.
GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND
All Terrain, Inc.
Tom J. Collins Construction
Tom Rank Construction
Tom Redmond Construction Inc.
Gudgel Construction, Inc. lic.711053 A,B
C. Hammond Construction
lic.543166 A,C8,C21,HAZ 510.412.4466
Nerviani Paving, Inc.
Central Valley Environmental
Hillside Drilling, Inc. lic.478991 A
Ofiaro Building & Engineering
William G. Taylor Construction Corp.
Wick Brothers Construction
Tomrose Construction, Inc.
Wine Country Builders, Inc. lic.763980 B
ofiaro.com JS Company
lic.605439 B 707.763.4001
lic.434609 B 415.892.9918
Michael Paul Company, Inc.
lic.752004 B 415.785.1429
CSS Environmental Services, Inc.
Partners Contracting, Inc.
Trainor Commercial Construction, Inc.
Lee Mechanical, Inc. Farallon Company
Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.
Peter A. Davis Engineering Contractor
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Redwood Engineering
W.R. Forde Associates
Wise Insurance Agency
Efficiency Mechanical Heating & Cooling
W.A. Adams Co., Inc.
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
RG Digs Engineering Contractor
Westward Builders Inc.
Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning
Bolds Insurance Brokerage
Kelly Company lic.521529 C20
Craford Benefit Consultants
Rockport Land Corp.
HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & SHEET METAL
Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.
Bauman Landscape & Construction
RWR Construction 415.457.5658
Patriot Mechanical Inc.
lic.315245 A,C21,C27 415.479.5566
Allen Heating & Sheet Metal
Ongaro & Sons lic.215233 C36,C4,C20
Aaero Heating & Sheet Metal
Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.
baumanland.com Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc.
Team Ghilotti, Inc.
Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc.
J.B. Shea Insurance Agency
Dan Fix Landscape Construction
Thornton Paving Inc.
Bay City Mechanical, Inc.
Trahan Bros. Inc.
Jenkins Insurance Services
Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance
Verde Metals Inc.
John Reuscher Insurance & Investments
lic.699547 A,HAZ 866.824.8077
Bayside HVAC Products LLC
Turbin Design Associates
INSULATION & ACOUSTICAL
wtdastructural.com Dickson Company
Frank Bidaurreta Landscape Contractor
MOC Insurance Services
George Family Enterprises Inc.
Downing Heating & Air Conditioning
W.K. McLellan Company
mocins.com Gardeners’ Guild, Inc.
nelsonsguitars.com Gary Torney Landscaping Company
Sander, Jacobs Cassayre Insurance
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Irrigation Repair Service
lic.328638 C27 415.724.4126
Cora J. Lancelle
Jackson’s Hardware, Inc.
Marshall Foster Masonry
The Land Collaborative
Marin Building Supply
Petty Masonry Inc.
Flynn Williams Riley LLP
Neary Landscape lic.814207 C27,A
Law office of Daniel Gamer
Marin Lumber, Inc. Theodore W. Bloyd, Attorney At Law
Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.
Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc. lic.387721 C54 415.457.3321
North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.
The Garber Law Firm
LOCK & SECURITY
MEDICAL & SAFETY
Marin Lock And Safe
Novato Builders Supply
Ferguson Safety Products
Rafael Lumber Company
H. Lee Evans
Outdoor Environments lic.707006 C27
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Redwood Security Systems, Inc.
Ovelle Irrigation And Landscape Constr.
Jaret & Jaret
jaretlaw.com Ubaldo Salazar Ramirez 415.328.4649
LATHING & PLASTERING
Global Medical and Safety
Truitt & White Lumber
James D. Rohde
LUMBER, HARDWARE & TOOLS
Adobe Lumber, Inc.
Hearing Services of Marin
DHC Supplies Inc. 707.588.9406
MASONRY, FIREPLACES & CHIMNEYS
Kate Warner, Construction Lawyer
Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company
Golden State Lumber Inc.
Jim Nichelini Masonry
Ad-Lite Crane Service
katewarnerlaw.com Mark J. Rice, Esq.
Frey Plastering, Inc.
Post Street Occupational Medicine 415.945.1304
One Stop Plastering
McLennon Law Corporation
Goodman Building Supply
Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc.
Bay Area Lead Detectors
The Nelson Defense Firm
goodmanbuildingsupply. com The Home Depot
London Chimney Services, Inc.
De La Montanya Trucking
onestopplastering.com Shapiro Plastering
Parton/Sell/Rhoades Weber Plastering, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Energy Calc Company
Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.
Decorative Painting by Jozef
Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc.
Robert Walther Painting
decorpaintingbyjozef.com Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.
Lynch & Sons
onspotwelding.com Sun Iron Works, Inc.
DeGregory Painting & Decorating
Marin Color Service, Inc.
Marin Country Club 415.382.6712 marincountryclub.com Pacific Gas & Electric 415.264.4005
pge.com Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply
Anello Painting & Construction
Sequoia Painting Inc.
PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING
MOVING & STORAGE
Tamalpais Paint & Color
lic.619941 C33, B
Gary Head & Partners Painting Corp.
Michael Anderson Painting
Tim Kerrigan Painting lic.715319 C33 415.898.4911
Aqua Stop Solutions
Giampolini & Company
Tom Jenkins Painting
Bob Kunst Painting, Inc.
Migale Painting Company
Universal Protective Coatings
Boeck & Associates Painting Company
J & R Thompson, Inc.
J.B. Markel Painting
Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage
PEST CONTROL Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.
North Marin Painting, Inc.
Johnson & Daly Moving & Storage
Brescia-Stone Painting, Inc.
Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.
Pac West Painting Inc.
John Seidler Painting
Community Playgrounds, Inc.
ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL
Cap’s Painting Company
Naturworks Pest Control 415.460.6900
lic.430041 C33 415.243.8242
Castaneda Iron Works lic.964236 C23
David Freeman Painting
KBI Painting, Inc.
Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION
REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
Rubenstein Supply Company
Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.
Thomas & Associates 415.884.4501
Ares Commercial Properties
Todd Morris Fire Protection
Cal Pox, Inc.
Burkell Plumbing, Inc.
North Bay Plumbing
ASAP Plumbing, Inc.
Marin Mechanical, Inc.
Wendy Aronson Property Management
Thompson Development Inc.
RENTAL EQUIPMENT & EVENT PLANNING
Caro Asset Management, Inc.
Big 4 Party Rentals
O’Connell Plumbing Cal-West Rentals Inc.
Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.
City Front Plumbing
CSB Harvest Company
Pace Supply Denny’s House of Plumbing
DMH Land Use Planning
Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc.
Hendrickson Development Inc.
Minuteman Press of Marin
Plumbing Repair Specialists
MacPhail Properties, Inc.
Nancy M. Marion
Fire Technologies lic.570216 C16,C36 415.457.6805
Gotelli Plumbing Company
lic.951610 C4 415.250.8133
Allied Building Products RPM Mortgage
PROPANE & BUTANE
DeCarli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor
rpm-mtg.com/dpomilia Booth & Little Roofing
boothandlittle.com Seadrift Realty
romansplumbing.net McPhail Fuel Co.
California Roof Savers
Yankee Girl Antiques
Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.
Harry Lee Plumbing
lic.504967 C36 415.479.1655
Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc. lic.491815 C42
Stewart Title of California
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE SCAFFOLDING
Marquino Tile Marble Ceramic & Mosaic
Shades of Marin
M.J. Buttler Inc.
Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc.
lic.273969 D35 415.479.4040
Miconi Marble & Tile
WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS
DeMello Roofing lic.290726 C39,D41
Henris Roofing Company lic.220964 C39
North Gate Scaffold Inc.
TILE & STONE
Bay Area Bluestone
Alan Garmeson Flat/Bent Glass Sales
northgatescaffold.com Herb Dorszynski 925.301.5535
SIGNAGE & PARKING AREA STRIPING
Marin County Roofing
Carrera Marble Company
Andersen Windows & Doors
bruce-enterprises.com McLeran, Inc. lic.474230 C39
Davis Sign Company, Inc.
Marin County Arborists, Inc.
Ceramic Tile Design
Morris Roofing Company
lic.225824 C17 415.479.1274
Glass & Sash Inc.
Northern Pacific Roofing
Marin Tree Service
Small World Tree Company
Hudson Street Design of Marin
lic.259426 C39 415.454.6066
northernpacficroofing. com Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.
Deason Tile Company Sun First, Inc.
Dennett Tile & Stone Inc.
STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES
Treemasters Tree and Garden Care
McGovern Skylight Specialist
CLP Resources, Inc.
Galliani Tile Company
Wedge Roofing, Inc.
La Renaissance Builders
Larry C. Levy, Consultant
Horizon Glass Tinting London Tile
Mueller Mirror & Glass Inc.
lic.511545 C39,C33 415.258.9676
Superior Roofing & Gutter Co.
Mission Wood Products lic.817715 C54,B
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Novato Glass, Inc. lic.371442 C17
West Coast Professional Door, Inc.
wcprodoor.com Old Town Glass lic.736844 C17
Pacific Door & Hardware lic.509661 D28,C17
Additional Resources FEDERAL U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD
Pacific Door Products, Inc. lic.443074 D24
Contractors State Licence Board www.cslb.ca.gov/
COUNTY OF MARIN www.marincounty.org/
RD Enterprises 415.258.0114
CITIES & TOWNS www.cityofbelvedere.org/ www.ci.corte-madera.ca.us/ www.town-of-fairfax.org/ www.ci.larkspur.ca.us/ www.cityofmillvalley.org/ www.ci.novato.ca.us/ www.townofsananselmo.org/
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what you should know
Before Hiring A Contractor
The Quick Facts
Financial Information •
Don’t pay in cash.
Stick to your schedule of payments and don’t let the payments get ahead of the completed work.
Contractors cannot ask for a deposit of more than 10% of the total cost of the job or $1,000, whichever is less.* (This goes for any home improvement project, including swimming pools.)
by CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD Department of Consumer Affairs
A free telephone call to CSLB or a few clicks on its website can help you verify that your contractor’s license is in good standing and that he or she has the skills to complete your project.
Check Out the License By law, anyone in California who contracts for or bids on a construction project valued at $500 or more (total labor and materials) must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). To qualify for a license, a contractor must verify four years of journey-level experience in the trade, pass both a trade and license law examination, and post a license bond. Since 2005, all new contractors are required to pass a background investigation that includes a criminal background check. Contractors are required, by law, to put their CSLB license number in all advertisements. Unlicensed operators are required to say they are not state-licensed in their advertisements.
Ask to see the contractor’s plastic pocket license and photo identification. Verify the license and make sure it is in good standing by visiting the CSLB website: www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling CSLB’s toll-free automated line: 800.321.CSLB (2752). Get at least three bids and ask for references on work the contractor has completed in the local area. View the contractor’s past projects in person.
Get It in Writing •
Make sure you have a written contract and don’t sign it until you fully understand the terms.
All changes to the contract, or “change orders,” need to be in writing and signed by both parties.
Keep a job file of all project papers and payments, and don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.
Homeowners waive their three-day right to cancel if they sign a “service and repair contract,” which is different from a standard “home improvement contract.” (Service and repair contracts are usually for emergency repairs where the consumer initiated the contact and cannot wait.)
License History • •
If you want information about a contractor’s license history and pending or prior disciplinary actions, please call the appropriate CSLB Legal Action Disclosure telephone number: Northern Region: 916.255.4041 Southern Region: 562.345.7656
Complaint Forms If you have a complaint against a contractor, free forms are available at www.cslb.ca.gov or call 800.321.CSLB (2752) and ask for a copy of A Consumer Guide to Filing Construction Complaints and a complaint form.
* There is an exception to this rule for about two dozen contractors who have filed a blanket performance and payment bond with the Registrar. This information is noted on the contractor’s license detail page on CSLB’s website.
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Construction Project Check-List 1.
Check the contractor license number at www.cslb.ca.gov to make sure it is current and in good standing.
Ask to see the contractor’s pocket license and a current photo ID.
Ask for a current list of contact information (telephone number and business address) for the contractor, sub contractors and suppliers.
Find out from your local building department whether your project needs a building permit and confirm that your contractor 5 will obtain all necessary permits. Get at least 3 contractor bids and references, and check out, in person, recent projects by the prospective contractors that had similar specifications.
Ask whether your contractor carries general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
Make sure all project materials and expectations are spelled out and signed in a written contract, including clean- up, debris removal, and site security. Ask your contractor if he or she understands exactly what you want.
Have a timetable for each phase of your project and the corresponding payment schedule spelled out in the contract. Do not let payments get ahead of the work. Pay no more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.*
10. Never pay in cash. 11. Keep all of your project documents, including payments, in a job file. 12. Try researching your contractor’s name online for additional reviews—but consider the source. Protect yourself from
unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors.
Protect yourself from unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors. • •
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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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