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CONTENTS

SUMMER 2013 OUTDOOR LIVING

FEATURES 28

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OUTDOOR COLOR

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

UPPING THE ANTE

Five Tips for Creating a Cohesive Exterior Color Palette.

Jeff Jungsten of Mill Valley-based Caletti Jungsten Construction gives us an inside look at outdoor style.

A third-generation realtor reveals the secrets to getting the biggest bang for your home-improvement buck.

By Leilani Marie Labong

By Eden Navarro

By Kelly Berg

DEPARTMENTS 08 Editor’s Page 10 CALENDAR 12  He Said She Said Outdoor Makeover Advice.

14  Icons & Innovators Beyond the Trees: Clough Construction.

16  THE Nail Down Must Haves and Must Dos for the Summer Season.

24  At Home Dress Up Your Backyard.

42 The Shop

RESOURCES 46 Green Corner

60 HOME RESOURCE GUIDE

Save Water. Go Xeric.

Check out our directory of licensed Marin Builders Association (MBA) members for your next home improvement project.

48 FINANCIAL WELLNESS Local Finance Experts Offer Best Practices for Managing Your Financial Health.

52 HOME WITH HOUZZ Best of Houzz 2013: Pedersen Associates Landscape Architects.

54 MBA BULLETIN Marin Builders Association Membership Mixer at Golden State Lumber and the Annual Bocce Ball Tournament for the Marin Builders Association Scholarship Fund.

From the Ground Up: The Land Collaborative.

On the cover: Kaplan Residence. Story on page 32. Work by MBA member Caletti Jungsten Construction. Photography by Trevor Henley www.henleyphotography.com

Need a professional? Look for this arrow icon throughout Marin Home, and find web links to learn more about our members and the services they provide. www.marinba.org www.marinhomemagazine.com

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MARIN HOME MAGAZINE Marin Builders Association Aimi Dutra Klif Knoles Terrence Knoles Kelly Berg, Serene Buckley, Leilani Marie Labong, Kathryn Loosli Pritchett, Christine Scioli COPY EDITOR Liz Savage ADVERTISING Erin Stenvers PHOTOGRAPHY Trevor Henley

PUBLISHER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DESIGN AND PRODUCTION CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

— ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Paula Krause, Barbara Jones, Kellie Buono — EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Klif Knoles, Aimi Dutra, Jeff Mertel, Jim Schalich, Tyler Doherty, Tom Barr — MARIN BUILDERS ASSOCIATION 2013 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS Jeff Mertel, Jim Schalich, Tyler Doherty, Tom Barr, Aimi Dutra Dave Trahan, John Busick, Dick Ghilotti, Rob Scerri, Oliver Dibble Keith Dotto, Mark Silvia, Clayton Fraser, Diane Henderson Dave Garbarino, Herb Moran, Jeff Grady — To subscribe, email publications@marinba.org or call 415.462.1220 For advertising information, email erin@marinba.org or call 415.246.8026 To submit a letter to the editor, email editor@marinhomemagazine.com with the subject line “letter to the editor”

Printed by Publication Printers Corp., an FSC Certified printer. Please recycle this magazine. We like to think of Marin Home as the essential home resource for current and future homeowners in Marin County. The publication is under independent ownership, reflecting an increased focus on local needs and trends in home improvement. The distribution of our magazine is free and supported solely by our advertising partners. We thank them for making this possible. Marin Home Magazine has included information and advertising materials supplied by persons and firms without reviewing, investigating, or evaluating the accuracy or completeness of the information supplied, or the qualifications or competency of those referenced. Therefore, Marin Home Magazine cannot and does not recommend or endorse the services of those persons or firms referenced. Readers of this magazine must make their own evaluation of the persons or firms. Moreover, Marin Home Magazine cannot be and is not responsible for the proper use, licensure, or ownership of any of the advertising materials or content herein. While great care has been taken to compose this magazine, Marin Home Magazine is not responsible for errors or omissions. All contents © Marin Builders Association.

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editor’s PAGE GREAT FINDS AT LOCAL BUSINESSES TAKE COVER IN STYLE A chic kurta is an ideal swimsuit coverup! The Big Cata pattern is playful, fun, and sure to turn heads! Roberta Roller Rabbit Marin Country Mart, Larkspur robertarollerrabbit.com

HEAVENLY HILLTOP The Bella Pesca is one of the many divine signature cocktails concocted at Hilltop 1892. Grab some friends, and make a night of sampling some of their savory delights. Hilltop 1892 Novato hilltop1892.com

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kole Maluna! Cheers to our Marin Home friends. The Marin Builders Association and the Marin Home team have much to celebrate with the completion of this fourth issue. The growth we have experienced resembles a garden in full bloom. It’s been a labor of love to transform an idea into a reality, and to see it admired by many is simply rewarding. In this issue of Marin Home, we share some ideas that can help make your seasonal transition as unique and fun as you are. With summertime upon us, we will be enjoying longer days and warmer nights. As a mom of three kids, I find myself outside this time of year with my family or friends until the sun goes down! With so much time spent outside relaxing or entertaining, it’s only natural for us to create an outdoor getaway complete with a great living space—a space that embodies our indoor aura yet has its own distinct personality. Our aspiration is to create the seamless passage between indoor space and outdoor place. Color, texture, and design are some of your essential materials; you, however, are the artist! Peruse the pages, and get inspired!

Aimi Dutra Editor-in-chief and Past MBA President

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turn it up! The outdoors have never looked and sounded better. The James Planter Subwoofer is a stylish and functional enhancement to any patio decor. SoundVision Novato svsf.com

THROW IT DOWN Indoors or out, a plastic carpet is a fantastic idea! The Molly Pappelina (shown in green) is a vibrant addition to any space. Studio Home San Anselmo studiohomedesigns.com

THE ULTIMATE WAGON A traveling party-bucket wagon is the answer for your outdoor beverage needs. Load it up with your favorite drinks and take it with you, or use it for a drink station at your next backyard gathering! Pottery Barn The Village at Corte Madera potterybarn.com


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CALENDAR

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San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Food & Wine Festival @ Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael

San Rafael Business Showcase @ Embassy Suites, San Rafael

Marin County Fair @ Marin Civic Center

Marin Builders Association Mixer @ Marin City Community Development Corporation

America’s Cup Opening Day @ San Francisco

Sonoma County Fair @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds

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4 Corte Madera/Larkspur Fourth of July Parade & Festival

4 Novato Fourth of July Parade @ Downtown Novato

14 Petaluma Art & Garden Festival @ Downtown Petaluma

16 Annual Golf Tournament for Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin & Southern Sonoma Counties @ Rooster Run Golf Club, Petaluma

August 1 Annual Golf Tournament for Marin Builders Association Scholarship Fund @ Indian Valley Golf Club, Novato

18 A Taste of Downtown San Rafael @ Downtown San Rafael

27 20th Anniversary Spirit of Marin Luncheon @ St. Vincent’s School for Boys

September 5 San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce State of the Town & Business of the Year Lunch Celebration @ L’Appart Resto, San Anselmo

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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Home Horoscopes

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Cancer, your protective nature will make you increasingly desire privacy as 2013 progresses. The easiest way to accomplish this is to make your home a great escape from the outside world. Adding a fence to your front yard is a simple addition. Also, planting bamboo, which is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, will provide you with a natural, beautiful, water-efficient barrier between you and any nosy neighbors!

A creative and inventive sign, Leo, you are able to make art out of anything! For the coming year, we offer an assignment for you. Go out, and take pictures of the beautiful world you see. Then, turn your favorites into framed prints for your walls, your nightstand, even your kitchen counters. Focus on brilliant, colored frames to add extra flair to your photos!

Dear Virgo, you need to take advantage of your meticulous nature this year by choosing home design projects that need keen attention to detail. Wall stencils are perfect for this! Try hand painting a bunch of grapes on your kitchen wall or a flower motif for your bathroom. Whatever the style, your diligent work will pay off, adding special character to your home.

crowded & cluttered? by sarah gant, owner of edit organizing Feeling crowded and cluttered in your hectic home and life? The next time you fantasize about remodeling or adding a room, consider this: The value of your home can be estimated by a quick calculation of the price per square foot for comparable homes that have sold recently in your neighborhood. Home values in Marin County can range from a low of $350 per square foot to $750 per square foot, or higher for homes in the $2 million to $3 million range. Are you getting the most out of every square foot of your home? In Marin, hiring a contractor to build an addition or remodel existing space can run $400–$600 per square foot. At that price, adding a 12'x12' room (the size of a small bedroom or office) could cost you anywhere from $50,000 to $85,000. Ultimately, the desire for more space often stems from an accumulation of clutter combined with the inability to get it organized and efficiently stored. Hire edit organizing, a professional organizer at the rate of $75 per hour, and you will spend far less, get rid of unwanted clutter, and regain control over the lovely home you originally invested in and fell in love with.

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You’ve come to the right place. I’ve toiled for hours on end to curate the perfect outdoor space. I’ll admit, there was a brutal learning curve. Our landscape architect was on speed dial for six months. The good people at Home Depot still high-five me on the way to the register. The good news: there are endless options that can work with any budget to make your backyard everything you want it to be. The bad news: there are endless options. For me, summer is about just two things: food and games. Fixate on these two favorite American pastimes, and there is no way you can go wrong. It is an unwritten law that the grill chef is the master of ceremonies for any outdoor occasion. Given the option and budget, I would invest in a built-in cook’s station or prefab kitchen with sink, storage, beer tap, fridge, and countertops. These upgrades keep your company where they should be and reduce kitchen runs. Newer models even include a hybrid grill for gas and wood or charcoal cooking. Next, notch up your hosting skills and encourage a lively atmosphere by transforming some dead space into a formal gamescape, like a bocce ball court or horseshoe pit. A flat space is all you really need to start. Whether you have grass, flagstone, or deck, whether DIY or professional-grade—it’s a relatively straightforward process to create your home court. Clear out any closehanging shrubbery, and you’ve got yourself a new focal point for entertaining, and a clever way to draw people away from the grill or bar. Solar lampposts or strategically hung bistro lights will keep rounds going past sunset. Enjoy every moment, and see you at the Depot, He

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SHE SAID Dear J.P., He is absolutely right—there were some growing pains, and the “learning curve” was more like a hairpin turn. I’ll spare you the boring details, but in the end it was worth it. My advice: know the scale and timing of what you’re getting into before you get trapped in your own quicksandbox for the summer. You want to be able to actually enjoy the extra hours of daylight rather than watching the clock for construction crews to leave before you get bikini-clad. There is just no better place in the world than a warm summer night in Marin. From San Rafael to Sausalito, our microclimates vary drastically. You need to factor in temperature variations and the location of your sunspots when considering the optimal use of space and your physical comfort at any hour. Beer and bocce are super fun, don’t get me wrong, but I prefer self-perpetuating entertainment that isn’t dependent on a crowd or the whims of the weather. My current outdoor improvement obsessions: fire and film. Since you’ve already invested in some quality outdoor furniture, try to complement the conversation space with a gas-flame firepit. Humans have always enjoyed gathering around the fire—and more recently we’ve discovered it’s fantastic for making decadent, gourmet s’mores. Higherend firepit models are as functional as they are gorgeous, and many include ample counter space for drinks and plates, tempered glass walls, colorful rocks, and more. Even the least expensive models will be an upgrade to your backyard nightlife, as people will surely gravitate there. To top off a perfect evening—a movie projector for outdoor film nights. Sure, a professional setup is ideal, but if you’re budget-conscious, your options range from a simple pull-down screen to a canvas or plain white wall. Roasting marshmallows and a screening of Moonrise Kingdom under a starry night? Your guests will never want to leave, and you won’t have to. Good luck, and save me a seat for your debut screening! She

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ICONS & INNOVATORS

Beyond the Trees Clough Construction

by Kathryn Loosli Pritchett photography by Trevor Henley

Sometimes change doesn’t involve a complete overhaul as much as a course correction.

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or Deanne Clough, this direction change happened after 24 years in the construction industry. Clough and her husband, Scott, run a successful construction company that specializes in decks, fencing, and outdoor wood construction. Two years ago, Clough was reviewing her monthly lumber bill and decided it was out of alignment with the rest of her life. “I’m an organic eater, I purchase locally, I recycle, I love to be outdoors, and yet I could see that our company was consuming large amounts of natural materials,” says Clough. “I needed to do something innovative to change our direction.” She enrolled in a course at the Women’s Initiative—an organization designed to help women

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reinvent themselves—in order to tackle her goal of turning Clough Construction “sustainable.” Around this time she also met Linda Delair, a green specialist who suggested that they visit some ecofriendly lumber manufacturers’ forests and learn about their mill practices. The Cloughs took a field trip to Scotia, California, to tour Humboldt Redwood Company and saw how their redwood is sustainably harvested. After picnicking with their 12-year-old son, Kenny, in a redwood meadow that had been thinned with an eye to encourage new growth, the Cloughs came away convinced that this was the direction they wanted to take the company. »


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1. The FSC® redwood deck in Sausalito takes a page right out of Frank Lloyd Wright’s playbook and harmonizes beautifully with the natural environment. 2. Building around the trees, Clough combines highly skilled craftsmanship with respect for the forest. 3. Humbolt redwood’s distinctive red color comes from the same natural tannins found in wine and gives the wood natural resistance to insects and decay.

Of course, one of their major concerns was staying competitive while going green, since lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as sustainably harvested can be more expensive. Fortunately, Adobe Lumber was willing to sell the Cloughs FSCcertified lumber and meet their regular lumber prices if the Cloughs would order in large quantities. There was a risk that they wouldn’t sell enough to recoup their investment, but the Cloughs were keen to be green. “The sustainably harvested wood is an excellent product, so we were able to sell it to our customers. I am delighted that our Marin clients are excited about this movement and want to join us in our sustainability efforts,” says Clough. After securing sources for FSC lumber like Adobe Lumber and Golden State Lumber, the Cloughs expanded their offerings to include composite materials, like TimberTech and Fiberon, that are sourced or made in America. They saw this not only as a way to cut down on fossil fuel consumption but also as an opportunity to boost the economy.

“I read that if all contractors purchased 5% more American-made products we’d create 250,000 more jobs,” says Clough. “We’re only one company, but we’d like to think we make a difference because of our business practices.” Clough hopes that the company’s journey towards sustainability will help other construction companies go green as well. “The construction industry is responsible for consuming 40% of the planet’s natural resources,” says Clough. “But we feel like we’re making a difference—we have a passion for being sustainable exemplars.” Clough recognizes that the increased cost of using green materials will still be a factor. But she’s learned to talk about sustainability without scaring off customers. “I talk about being conscious or mindful of what you’re doing when you embark on a construction project. I show customers alternatives, and they can see that they’re getting quality materials— when they go with sustainable materials— that are an investment in their home. In the long run, that’s going to affect their bottom line. Durability is sustainability.”

As for Clough’s desire to have her work life square with her personal creed? “Activist Anna Lappé says that every time you spend money you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want,” says Clough. “Now that we’ve created a showroom of sustainable products, I feel like my personal life and work life are in alignment.”

Deanne and Scott Clough, owners of Clough Construction.

Learn more about MBA member Clough Construction at marinba.org/directory

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THE NAIL DOWN

Must Haves & Must Dos for the Summer Season Embrace the spirit of your home with these fabulous finds and ideas!

MUST HAVE Poolside Perfection A luxurious towel full of color for those days spent poolside. Restoration Hardware’s Corsica Beach Towels (shown in Clementine) are generously sized and woven from the highest-quality cotton—plush French terry on one side, silky cut pile on the reverse. Don’t be seen without one! Available at Restoration Hardware The Village at Corte Madera 415.924.8919 www.RH.com $49

Create Your Own Outdoor Haven In need of a poolside retreat? Local architect Geoff Butler of Geoffrey E. Butler Architecture & Planning and Jeff Kerr of Kerr Construction designed and built this rustic yet chic tropical cabana using reclaimed redwood and other local woods. Whatever your style may be, an MBA member is here to bring your vision to life! Construction by MBA member Kerr Construction www.kerr-construction.com Design by Geoff Butler www.gebarch.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF RESTORATION HARDWARE AND KERR CONSTRUCTION

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THE NAIL DOWN

MUST HAVE In Need of a Staycation? Patioworld’s Gatefront Gazebo is the answer—it will become your own private island of comfort and luxury. Relax in solitude, or invite a friend to join you. Let your imagination be your tour guide. Available at Patioworld 530 Francisco Blvd W 415.455.8054 www.patioworld.net $5,569

Patio Practicality = Built-Ins Concrete seating creates a dramatic focal point that is functional and fitting. Take a seat and heat things up with a built-in firepit. Follow this homeowner’s lead, and double your pleasure with your own backyard built-ins. Pedersen Associates 24 H Street, San Rafael 415.456.2070 www.pedersenassociates.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PATIOWORLD AND PEDERSEN ASSOCIATES

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THE NAIL DOWN

MUST HAVE Versatile & Chic World Market has a variety of colorful accent pieces sure to complement any outdoor living room. Add a vibrant piece as a seat or a modern end table. Pick your style and color, and make your own statement! Available at World Market 2040 Redwood Hwy, Greenbrae 415.924.7743 www.worldmarket.com $59.99 -$79.99

Step It Up This terraced patio with built-in planters is truly a gardener’s sanctuary. Outdoor Environments worked with their client to create a clean modern space with strong lines and an uncluttered feel. Are you ready to revive your outdoor space? Create a place where you can sit back and watch the world bloom around you. Outdoor Environments 20 Miwok Ct, Cotati 707.795.0605 www.outdoor-environs.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF WORLD MARKET AND OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTS

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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Pass the Apps: SoundVision Brings Music Control from Your Pocket to Your Patio You’ve created an idyllic outdoor space with a beautiful landscape. The only thing you need is music to set the mood. That’s why more Marin homeowners are boosting their backyard appeal with the mystique of integrated outdoor sound—and turning to SoundVision to do it. Awarded industry gold as “TechHome Integrator of the Year” at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, SoundVision brings premier automation technology to homes, including audio and visual enhancements. “Products like Sonos and apps like Spotify and Pandora have revolutionized the way homeowners access music,” says Scott Sullivan, president of SoundVision. “Small, high-quality speakers tucked invisibly into the landscape result in a crystal-clear, even distribution of sound you can control intuitively and seamlessly from a smartphone or tablet.” Now that is music to our ears.

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THE NAIL DOWN

MUST HAVE Elegant & Ideal Vintage-inspired, shatter-resistant outdoor drinkware from Sur La Table is the best way to serve up your favorite beverages this summer. With three different colors to choose from, you are sure to find the right combination to add some pizzazz to your next BBQ or picnic! Available at Sur La Table Town Center, Corte Madera 415.945.0112 www.surlatable.com $6.95 - $24.95

Bring Your Indoor Outdoors An outdoor kitchen is an extension of your home—dress it up with all the essentials and definitely turn up the heat with a built-in BBQ. Schalich Bros. created this rustic kitchen with a comfortable living space and dining area. With such a great space to entertain and enjoy family and friends, one may never want to go back indoors. Schalich Bros. Construction 85 J Galli Drive, Novato 415.382.7733 www.schalichbrosconstruction.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SUR LA TABLE AND BY TREVOR HENLEY

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Dress Up Your Backyard by Robin Barnato, principal and founder Studio Home

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ne of the many delights of summer is the expansion of living space into the backyard, patio, or deck. In the semiarid Mediterranean environment of Marin, we are lucky to be able to use our outdoor spaces for up to six months of the year, which provides more than enough justification for those of us with the decorating “bug” to take our affliction outside! Whether you have a high-end budget or you are decorating on the cheap, there are never-ending resources and ways to make your outside space warm and inviting into the late dusk hours. Color – At Studio Home we never shy away from accenting with colorful, textural accents inside the home. There are even more opportunities for decorating with color in the backyard. Like early-spring bulbs that add an uplifting pop to a late-winter garden, repeating bursts of color in the furniture and garden elements keep the space feeling vibrant and happy. Never before has there been such a plethora of colorful elements for outdoor

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spaces on the market—from outdoor fabrics and cushions to mod lounge chairs and artistic benches powder-coated in all colors of the spectrum. Break up a field of ground cover with a bright ceramic sphere or colorful pot. Dress up a forgotten corner with a turquoise bistro table. Pepper the vegetable garden with colorful yard art or vine supports. Our favorite colors in the garden: azure blue, vivid orange, and bright white. »


Light – Especially in the early and late months of summer, nothing makes the yard more festive and welcoming than a few strings of all-weather lights suspended across the patio, deck, or gazebo. Sival Inc. offers heavy-duty, commercial waterproof string lights seen at many restaurant patios, and many LED options exist. Or for a simpler installation, hang white LED spheres under an oak tree, or wrap LED colored rope lights around the deck posts. (Both are available at www.environmentallights.com.) Set the Table – Nothing dresses up an al fresco dining experience better than a festive summer table. Colorful, inexpensive dishware and glassware abound, whether it be ceramic, glass, or acrylic. Use bright tea towels for napkins, and don’t hesitate using those beautiful European linen table cloths or placemats on the patio table. Always wondering how to use that ethnic fabric you’ve been holding on to since your travels to Guatemala or Indonesia? That’s right—throw it on the summer table. Add small glass vases to each table setting or throughout the table to showcase your garden blooms and greens.

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Fire – The outdoor fire pit has become a mainstay for many Marin yards. Most fire pits are fueled with clean natural gas or propane, but the same feel can be achieved with portable fire bowls or small-scale patio or table fire vessels that burn odorless ethanol. Put two tabletop fire vessels— available at ecosmartfire.com—on a long, teak garden table for an urban ambiance, or use several votive candles in mercury glass holders. (We like those and other candle offerings from Roost.) So don’t hold out for an early-summer graduation party or a mid-summer wedding to dress up the yard. Summer is here, and the time is now to create that festive and easy outdoor space that will host your family and friends through the warm days and nights of October.

Discover more ideas at studiohome.com. And for additional resources and licensed professionals visit marinba.org/directory

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OUTDOOR COLOR

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Tips for Creating a Cohesive Exterior Color Palette

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Painting Your House

When selecting new colors for your exterior, ask yourself what personality you’d like your home to have. Different colors have different meanings and characteristics. For example, yellow is generally jovial. Add a black door, and your palette is immediately more sophisticated. Take your time selecting the right hues and test, test, test! If you’re not up for painting your entire exterior this season, your home can still benefit from smaller painting projects. Maybe just paint your trim. Or your front door. Or your porch. Even a dull gray or beige house can be perked up with crisp, grass-green shutters or a punchy orange front door. (Shown: Benjamin Moore Tropical Orange) »»

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Consider Your Building Materials

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Perhaps your summer exterior projects fall more under the construction category. Don’t be fooled into thinking that color doesn’t matter. It actually matters more because you are selecting materials that will be around for a while. Roof - Not all roof colors are neutral. Look at samples outside in different lighting conditions and in relationship to the colors of your house. Your roof might last 20 years. Don’t make a hasty decision. Windows - White vinyl windows are not always the best answer. If you choose them, remember that white immediately becomes part of your exterior color palette. Hardscape - Pavers, stone, and concrete all have a color and will play an integral part of your exterior color palette. Grays, browns, reds, oranges—don’t choose your hardscape in a bubble. Just like your roof, look at samples in relationship to other exterior elements before making a decision.

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Opportunity in the Details

House Numbers - You can play it safe with black, white, brass, or nickel. Or you can have a little fun and introduce a bold color. For a quick, inexpensive update, spray-paint your existing house numbers in a bright hue. Outdoor Furniture - The best rule of thumb when selecting outdoor furniture and fabric is to repeat a few colors from your interior. Not in the market to buy anything new? Cheer up your old metal or wicker furniture with a fresh color, and recover old cushions with a few yards of outdoor fabric. Garden Tools - Utilitarian items don’t have to be boring. Make gardening extra colorful with rainbow-inspired hoses, sprinklers, and pruners. (Shown: hoses by Dramm)

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Plants and flowers contribute immensely to your exterior color palette. Yellow flowers are happy. Red and orange are energetic. Blue-violets are a little less showy but no less beautiful. The point is that different colored flowers have different personalities. Before planting, consider the mood your blooms will create. Also, think about your color palette as a whole when selecting plants. A few red geraniums placed near a red-and-white-striped patio umbrella will look polished and cohesive.

Most importantly, when creating your exterior color palette, be sure to think about the relationship of your interior and exterior colors. Your palette should flow as you move from inside to outside your home. The front door, outdoor furniture, flowers, pots—all of these colors help create the mood of your home, both inside and out. Your outdoor spaces are an extension of your house itself. And just like with the interior, a thoughtfully planned exterior color palette will help make your home a place you truly love.

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Bluestone, a durable material native to the region, was chosen for the hardscaping elements, patio to pool. It’s a good example of how the design is a paragon of sustainability: whether it’s the slate roof, the stone fireplace, or the cedar ceiling (which, incidentally, is sealed and protected with a varnish low in volatile organic compounds, or VOCs), the design elements were planned and composed to last a century and beyond. “We call this ‘healthy’ design,” says Jungsten.

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TAKE IT

by Leilani Marie Labong 

Jeff Jungsten of Mill Valleybased Caletti Jungsten Construction gives us an inside look at outdoor style, offering up a play-by-play of the firm’s most memorable North Bay projects in the name of inspiration and, yes, some good old-fashioned eye candy.

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R AIS E TH E ROO F

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Where there was once a tiny midcentury tumbledown with a completely overgrown and disorganized backyard in the Marin hamlet of Kent Woodlands, there is now an expansive and elegant craftsman home with an impressive outdoor space that would be the envy of all the neighbors—if they could peek over the tall hedges to catch a glimpse, that is. For a property that puts a premium on privacy, the outdoor space is, above all, inviting.


A large pavilion was designed to be a seamless transition from the indoor to the outdoor space. Cedar French doors connect the family room to the pavilion, where you still feel the comforts of home. The warmth from a handsome, 15-foottall fireplace, clad in a local fieldstone, makes hanging outside in brisk weather a comfortable, and even cozy, experience.

One of the home’s most beautiful features is the pavilion’s ceiling, a three-dimensional feat of geometry and craftsmanship. According to Jungsten, the process was painstaking: all the components were manufactured on-site, and every cedar board was grain-matched and then blind-nailed. “It was definitely time-consuming,” says Jungsten. “But as you can see, totally worth it.”

It’s no coincidence that a simple stone fountain—a symbolic union between earth and water—marks the division between the patio and the pool. The fountain’s primary function is to provide, as Jungsten calls it, “nice audible aesthetics.” Between the crackling fire and the soft babble of the water, nature provides a beautiful soundtrack for this outdoor space.

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The outdoor fireplace is covered in a simulated stacked stone, a product that comes in sheets and is easy to install. The material also provides a textural contrast to the clean lines of the chimney. More beautiful tensions occur between the earthy components (cedar and stone) and the aluminum.

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Believe it or not, this modernist Sonoma home is actually a guesthouse—the main estate sits at the opposite end of the pool. “I don’t know about you, but I could be quite happy just living in the guesthouse,” laughs Jungsten. Here, an outdoor environment is created with the help of a thoroughly modern mix of glass and aluminum.


A glass-enclosed stair atrium juts out from the side of the house, creating an unexpected viewpoint from which the rolling Sonoma landscape can be admired. “The stair is a narrow space, so the wide, expansive panorama helps alleviate the feeling of confinement,” says Jungsten.

An aluminum arbor over the patio provides texture and shine—aesthetics more commonly associated with hair-care products than stylish structural elements for outdoor spaces. Why aluminum? “It’s light, fairly inexpensive, and it lasts a long time,” says Jungsten. The graphic nature of the arbor also makes an unexpected design feature: as the sun makes its way through the sky, the aluminum slats cast shadows on the limestone floor.

When the living room’s Fleetwood glass pocket doors are shut, the heating and cooling systems can work their magic, all the while providing an outdoor experience, even if it’s just a view. When the doors are tucked away, the connection to nature becomes seamless. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID WAKELY

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A loggia, or open-air room, runs through the center of the main house. As you enter, two graceful, arched apertures frame the pool in the back, creating a kind of tunnel vision. But the loggia also provides another important, and perhaps overlooked, feature for the outdoor landscape: a place to enjoy the outdoors even in inclement weather.

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On 20 sprawling acres in Ross lies a small Italian village—well, as Italian as you can get stateside anyway. “This project was a life dream for the client,” says Jungsten. Here, the outdoor landscape doesn’t just encompass the usual patio or balcony, but an entire estate of charming destinations.


The conservatory is located just off the kitchen and provides a quiet, private place where the clients eat breakfast and have coffee throughout the day. The faceted, jewel-like design is centered on an old-growth redwood tree in the adjacent garden. “The tree grounds this glass-enclosed space and gives it incredible strength,” says Jungsten.

The antique roof tiles from Florence, seen on most of the structures on the property, including the pool house, further the authenticity of the Italian architecture. “I actually flew to Italy to bring them back,” says Jungsten. After nighttime dips in the pool, an outdoor fireplace encourages gatherings; vinecovered trellises provide shade and sun, depending on the season.

The piazza is characterized by its generous size and a trellis covered in wisteria that provides color and shade during the spring and summer months. When the plant goes dormant in winter, sun shines through to provide warmth. “It’s pretty cool to get shade and heat when you need it most, just by the virtue of growing patterns,” says Jungsten.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM WILLIS AND JEFF JUNGSTEN

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Upping the Ante A third-generation realtor reveals the secrets to getting the biggest bang for your home-improvement buck  

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arol Munson, a marketing specialist at Alain Pinel Realtors, has been selling homes in Marin for 24 years, but with a father and grandfather who were also realtors, her expertise comes from a lifetime in the industry. Here, we pick her brain for the best ways to add value to your home, you know, just in time for the highly anticipated upswing. »

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Spruce up your curb appeal. If your house is inviting on the outside, people will want to come in. Let’s cut to the chase. What’s the easiest thing a homeowner can do to improve their property value? Spruce up your curb appeal. If your house is inviting on the outside, people will want to come in. A new front door goes a long way, as does a well-landscaped yard. Drought-tolerant native plants or grass lawns and flowerbeds— what’s popular these days? It depends on the style of your house and what’s appropriate for the neighborhood. Generally, modern houses look great with native landscapes, and lawns are very appealing to families with young children. The key to a quick lawn is sod. For a small plot, pick up some rolls at the Home Depot. If you need acres of the stuff, head to a sod farm. Staying on the quick-and-easy tip, what’s the sod equivalent of interior improvements? Giving the kitchen cabinets a facelift. That can be as simple as painting them and changing out the hardware—knobs and hinges. Do you recommend changing them out completely? You see a lot of oak cabinets in houses from the ’70s and ’80s. Even though oak isn’t necessarily stylish right now, it’s a pretty strong material, so barring any disasters, oak cabinets from back in the day are probably still in good condition. Sand them down, give them a new finish, and buy them some new jewelry. What about the cabinets in those popular midcentury houses? The materials were more shoddy back then, so if the cabinets are original, they’re probably in need of total replacement. I recommend hiring a kitchen designer to do all the

measurements. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard contractors moan over trying to make cabinets from a big-box store fit in a space. Sometimes they can’t, and extra costs can accrue if the cabinets were cut and can’t be restocked. If you’re going to do that, you might as well remodel the whole kitchen, don’t you think? That would be the next step up, yes. Keep in mind, not everything you do is going to result in a return on your investment, but for the most part, a remodeled kitchen will. Just be sure to keep true to the value of your home. What do you mean by that? It’s so easy to get out of control. I see it all the time. You have to keep your remodel in line with your property value. Nothing against Ikea, but if you put an Ikea kitchen in a million-dollar house, I have a real problem with that. The opposite is true, too. Putting marble countertops in a house that’s only going to be worth $600,000 on a good day is also a bad decision. I’m sensing a domino effect. If you remodel the kitchen, you might as well take on the bathrooms, too. Do it! Take down those old mirrors, switch out the vanity and get some new tiles. If you can swing a separate shower and tub arrangement, or create one really big shower with all kinds of fancy water sprays, that’s even better. I’m seeing dollar signs—and lots of them. Keep in mind, there’s no point in remodeling on this level if you’re not also replacing old windows with more energy-efficient options. That sounds reasonable. In fact, windows should be one of the first considerations. What I’m

seeing now are buyers who are more willing to take on a fixer-upper if old furnaces, hot-water heaters, and windows have been changed out. Let’s go back to that list of improvements that will pay off big. What are the top three? The National Association of Realtors puts out these regional lists. For houses in the Bay Area, the top three home improvements are—drumroll, please— new windows, major kitchen remodel, and garage-door replacement! Who would have thought a garage door could mean so much? One thing I’ve noticed in 24 years as a realtor—men love their garages. Even if they never park a car inside, they love having it around to store their junk—I mean, stuff. So add a garage where once there was none? Additions are top-tier home improvements. If everyone in the neighborhood has a garage but you, then you might want to consider it. A master suite is another great addition. Marin has so many midcentury houses, and a lot of their original master bedrooms have tiny, tiny bathrooms and closets. Having a proper master suite is special. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. Don’t be afraid to run your plans by your realtor! We go in and out of houses all day long. We’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. We’re here to help.

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From The Ground Up

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Research the site – Locate any plans showing the home with property boundaries, the building envelope, setbacks, utilities, and surveyed topography. This is an ideal starting point for your selected professional. Depending on the scale of your remodel, a survey may or may not be needed. Check with your local permitting department; they can provide plans and code information to assist the process.

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Hire a professional – Consider your site and yourself when selecting a design or construction firm. Some projects are best accomplished by layered management structures, keeping everything on track and you updated daily. Or you may prefer a more intimate scale, with a designer and contractor who work directly with each other. Both models work, but the scale of your remodeling project and the team that fits your personality will determine what’s best for you.

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Establish a “scope of work” – This list of areas or items you want in the garden could include elements such as a cut-flower garden, veggie beds, sun patio, shade structure, fire feature, grill, pool, or spa. Your list will develop into a specific “scope of work” for landscape design and construction proposals.

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Have a budget – Starting the design process with an overall budget in mind is crucial. Be as upfront as possible with your team to avoid overdesign and to select appropriate materials (such as a finished stone patio vs. a colored concrete patio.) »

Ten tips for your outdoor remodel

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ur beautiful Marin summers have inspired you to finally tackle that backyard-remodeling project. But where to begin? With some simple but thoughtful planning and the right professionals to suit your project, you can establish a collaborative team to create your backyard oasis. Here are some tips to get you started on the design/build process.

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Define your style – Start by gathering garden images from magazines and websites (i.e. www.houzz.com) and taking pictures when something catches your eye. Gathering these images and ideas will provide important garden style cues for your design professional. Integrating these personalized details (while considering the architecture of your home and the site location) will bring your garden vision to reality.

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the natural topography of the site presents opportunities for terraced outdoor living spaces. 4. Combinations of materials, such as stone, wood, metal, and plants, help create a cohesive and calming garden experience.

Plan your plantings – Consider installing any trees or screening plantings in phase one. This will allow them time to get going right away and become mature as the latter phases are completed. Build it – Select your contractor based on the scale and variety of professionals needed to complete your project. You may need a general contractor to oversee multiple subcontractors, or you may prefer a direct contract with a landscape contractor if there are fewer layers to your project. Personal referrals are one of the better ways of finding the best fit for you. Ask for references, and call them to get a good gut check on prospective builders. Also check that their licensing and insurance are up to date. It’s quick and

easy: visit the Contractors State License Board website (www.cslb.ca.gov), and click on “Instant License Check.” 10. Enjoy your garden – Just remember the design and construction process takes a collaborative effort. There will be inspirational days and occasional days of pushing through. But when it’s all done, you’re the one left to enjoy the space, relax, and watch the garden grow.

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GREEN CORNER

Save Water Go Xeric by Meaghan Doran, Marin City Community Development Corporation 

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ummer is upon us, and it’s time to get out in the yard and play! But first, if your yard is anything like mine, it needs a makeover. I am fascinated by the simple beauty of xeriscapes, a word derived from the Greek xeros meaning “dry.” However, xeriscaping isn’t creating a desert in your backyard or planting a bunch of cactuses. By planting what naturally exists and thrives in this area, you will save time, money, energy, and lots of water (without killing any plants.) This leaves you free to enjoy your new oasis with friends and family!

I suggest researching the following elements before getting started: • Water conservation • Soil improvement • Water-saving grass seed/turf • Drought-resistant/native plants • Mulch

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• Irrigation • Xeriscape maintenance • Mediterranean climates Some of my favorite native must haves for my garden: • Ornamental grasses, flax, and fornium • Lavender • Decorative and crawler manzanitas • California aster, blackberry, or lilac • Goldenrod • New Zealand tea bush • California poppy • Plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa, and parts of Chile and Australia Common landscaping mistakes to avoid: • Improper installation of plants—Don’t plant the ball of your plant too deep or in a spot that gets either too much or not enough sunlight. • Choosing plants native to the East Coast or England that require lots of water in the summers (because they are used to so much rain) • Not considering how your plants will impact the view from inside your home Now you are ready to get out in the yard and start creating your dream garden!

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FINANCIAL WELLNESS

Forming Good Financial Habits

by Richard DeRamon Redwood Credit Union

Good financial habits are essential to financial well-being. Your financial habits are often behaviors developed long ago that you may no longer even think about.

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or example, many of us learned to pay bills and buy groceries by writing checks. Today, however, convenient alternatives such as debit cards, automatic payments, and online bill pay save time and simplify financial tasks. Plus, monitoring your accounts using online and mobile banking gives you more control over your money than waiting for a monthly statement to balance your accounts. Some habits can have a negative impact on your financial health and can lead to overspending, excess debt, and other financial challenges, so it’s important to examine your financial habits periodically and ask whether they make sense. Here are a few bad habits that, if changed, can lead to improved financial health:

Impulse Spending When are you most likely to spend on things you might not need? Stress, boredom, and other emotional triggers can lead to impulse spending. Pause to identify these triggers, then change the way you respond. Instead of heading to the mall or shopping

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online when you are stressed or bored, take a brisk walk, call a friend, or play with a family pet. Paying Bills Late If this is a regular occurrence, it’s likely that you are overspending on late fees—and potentially damaging your credit score. Instead of letting bills pile up, pay them the day you receive them. For recurring expenses, schedule automatic payments to occur before the due date. Pushing Your Credit Limit Credit cards have many benefits, but they can also make it easy to overspend without realizing it. Next time you’re tempted to pay using credit, pause before you purchase. Do you truly need the item, or can you live without it? Consider waiting until you have enough saved to purchase the item. In addition, here are a couple of good financial habits that will help you get your savings on track: Pay Yourself First When you get paid, immediately put some of that money in a savings

or retirement account. Treat your savings as if it’s a bill you have to pay, and pay it on time every paycheck. Even better, set up direct deposit so a portion of your check is deposited into savings automatically. Share Your Savings Goals Telling family or friends what your savings goals are and how you intend to reach them, helps you to be more accountable for your spending. Look Ahead Before you spend, determine how much money you will need to reach long-term savings goals like retirement or paying for your child’s college education. Consider meeting with a trusted financial advisor for assistance. Changing habits can be a challenge, so start small and tackle one at a time. You’ll be surprised how quickly you and your finances will benefit.

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Women and Investing Five Financial Tips Every Woman Should Know by Nancy Caton Caton Financial

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he harsh reality today is that many women leave money matters to their spouses or ignore the importance of investing all together. Women face different life challenges and financial risks than men and therefore must take charge of their own financial futures. According to the National Center for Women and Retirement Research, nine out of ten women will be solely responsible for their finances at some time in their lives. However, only 10% of women are concerned with making financial decisions if they become suddenly single as a result of death or divorce.

Statistics show that nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce and an astounding 80% of women outlive their spouses.

Over 75% of women are widowed at an average age of 56.

Less than 15% of women who are married or living with a life partner feel responsible for their own retirement planning.

Only 41% of women participate in their employer’s 401(k).

Women are surpassing men as the most affluent demographic in the United States. With prosperity comes challenges, and most women need to know more about investing. Here are five basic concepts

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every woman should know about investing: You Know More Than You Think There is nothing about investing that any woman of reasonable intelligence cannot grasp just as readily as a reasonably intelligent man. We need to put aside the old notion that women are not suited for business or investing. Women are typically more comfortable asking questions and seeking professional advice than men. Write Down Your Financial Goals Make a list of all financial goals. Knowing what you want can help put you on the road to financial success. Whether learning to make wise investments or planning for retirement, you have to know what you want in order to plan how to achieve it. Invest for Your Retirement Women must face the fact that statistically they will outlive their partners. You should plan to have enough money to last at least 20 years after retirement. If your employer offers a retirement plan, you should strongly consider participating, especially if they offer some matching funds. If no plan is offered, look into IRA options. It is great to save for your kids’ education, but remember, kids can get college loans, scholarships, etc. However, if you are 75, alone, and broke (I sincerely hope that is not the case), you will regret not

funding your own retirement. Learn and Practice Asset Allocation Asset allocation simply means do not put all your investment eggs in one basket. It is very important to diversify among asset classes and to take advantage of investment opportunities globally if appropriate for you. It is important to remember that this is a continuing process and portfolios need to be rebalanced and reviewed at least annually. Do Not Be Too Conservative Many women are extremely risk adverse and are not diversifying their investment strategies. Some risk, even if it feels uncomfortable, is almost always essential to building wealth. This does not mean that you should take on so much risk that it makes you anxious. However, keeping everything in “safe” investments can make it difficult to reach your financial goals. Taxes and inflation may eat up your small investment returns.

The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. Any opinions are those of Nancy Caton and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. Diversification and asset allocation do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. International investing involves special risks, including currency fluctuations, differing financial accounting standards, and possible political and economic volatility. Furthermore, investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in well-established foreign markets. Investing involves risk, and investors may incur a profit or a loss.


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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE

Licensed Contractors, Materials Suppliers & Associated Services ACCOUNTING Account Works

415.462.7601

Petersen Design Associates, LLC

707.576.5276

standardsofexcellence.com

415.883.3816

redwoodcu.org

Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel & Sand

Standards Of Excellence

petersendesign.net

415.472.3946

Accuchex Corporation

ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS

415.883.7733 x110

accuchex.com

April 1st Design

Union Bank

Able Concrete Pumping

Spacial Design

415.446.1859

707.291.4334

415.457.3195

unionbank.com C.L.Y. Incorporated

spacialdesign.com

BLUEPRINTS

510.502.4164

Art Wasserman & Company

Redwood Credit Union

lic.690380 C8,B,A

Studio Snaidero Bay Area

707.778.1320

Brock Wagstaff Architects

wkcpas.com

415.383.2160 x102

707.763.6981

415.332.1745

Northbay Reprographics

snaiderokitchens.com

415.491.1112

Devincenzi Concrete Construction

northbayrepro.com

AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE

CABINETRY

707.546.3113

415.456.1366

High Definition Home Inc.

Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.

Dutra Materials

Ken Kay Associates

lic.814767 C7

lic.288206 D12,D24

dutragroup.com

415.956.4472

415.499.1400

415.472.4171

kenkaysf.com

highdefinitionhome.com

auroracabinets.com

Kitchens by Ken Ryan

SoundVision Systems

650.991.3384

415.897.3800

lic.795575

California Space Organizers, Inc.

kitchensbykenryan.com

415.456.7000

lic.866993 D34

svsf.com

415.454.7477

Marin Landscape Materials

calspaceorganizers.com

415.897.1337

wagstaffarchitects.com Crossland Construction Accounting

Janus Design Consulting

559.281.6979

CSM & M, An Accountancy Corporation

lic.326998 C8

415.258.6876

Imbimbo Concrete, Inc. lic.638907 A,C8

415.499.1883

Eckhoff Accountancy Corp. 415.499.9400

Lofrano Architecture Sculpture Design

SRS Custom Integration

Maher Accountancy

415.710.6020

lic.815490 C7

Gaidmore Furniture

415.459.1249

lofrano-asd.com

415.446.4119

415.884.2939

Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc.

Integral Design

415.924.1040

eckhoff.com

mahercpa.com

cldrgravel.com

srscustomintegration.com Michael Rex Associates

Paychex

415.331.1400

415.899.0203 x30485

michaelrexassociates.com

paychex.com

BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

lic.537763 C6 415.454.5025

Ryerson Construction

integraldesignwoodworking.com

lic.333463 B,D06

Neumann Sloat Blanco Architects, LLP

Bank Of Marin

415.578.4800

415.485.2265

Steinbach Cabinet Shop

510.507.0313

nsbllp.com

bankofmarin.com

lic.694518 C6

APPLIANCES

Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architects

Presidio Bank 415.456.6000

The Last Inch, Inc.

Martin & Harris

415.456.2070

presidiobank.com

lic.980565 C6

415.454.2021

pedersenassociates.com

The Accounting Specialist

415.453.7322

martin-harris.com

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415.924.6763

appianwaypaverstones. com Shamrock Materials, Inc. 707.781.9000

shamrockmaterials.com

925.788.0806

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Van Midde & Son Concrete

Marin Web Design

Pat Trainor Drywall

415.472.1756

lic.795763 C9

Independent Electric Supply, Inc.

MacQuarrie Electrical Services

lic.676584 C8

marinwebdesign.com

415.456.3550

707.577.7900

lic.870994 C10

iesupply.com

707.260.4544

415.459.2530

Pacific Expositions Company

Sessi Drywall

Viking Pavers, Inc.

415.388.7208

415.472.6373

lic.970281 D06

pacificexpositions.com

vanmiddeconcrete.com

lic.380928 C10

707.792.8100

415.883.3577

415.382.9500

mbelectric.com

Audac

415.491.0600

lic.445578 C7

Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.

415.459.3095

lic.513657 C10

ILS Associates, Inc.

audacsystems.com

415.485.0631

415.883.9200

415.456.2712

Bayline Electric

Redwood Electric

grangebox.com

lic.536863 C10,B

lic.870103 C10

415.485.6000

415.892.4900

lic.577719 A,B,D06

DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING & DEMOLITION

CONSTRUCTIONMANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING

Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.

Buel Engineering

ilscels.com

lic.257220 C21

Dibble & Company 415.488.4017

Mike Brown Electric Company

Industrial Carting

baylineelectric.com

415.258.9027

Ross Construction Services

Colonia Electric Inc.

415.453.3570

Kies Strategies

lic.406528 C10

royalsr.com

415.261.1590

415.209.0321

415.256.9502

VHS Associates, Inc.

Marin Sanitary Service

Electrix

lic.488137 C10

415.256.2400

415.456.2601

lic.677633 C10

415.479.1929

vhsinc.com

marinsanitary.com

415.485.0777

CREATIVE SERVICES, MARKETING & PR

Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.

eltrx.com

lastevensinc.com

Strom Electric, Inc.

Oberkamper & Associates Civil Engineers

lic.480976 C10,C36

415.897.2800

415.453.1200

oberkamper.com

415.457.9760

Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction

millvalleyrefuse.com

lic.689576 C10

Synapse Electric

415.457.4044

lic.828101 C10

Project Management Services, LLC

hannibalsinc.com

415.819.0668

415.827.1272

and them design 415.747.4345

RV Stich Construction, Inc.

andthemdesign.com

lic.530135 A B,C21 510.412.9070

DRYWALL

415.655.7486

Boylan Point Agency

L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc. 415.382.7713

Shanahan Electric

barcoast.com

John C. Hom & Associates

Royal Wholesale Electric

707.585.0511

Barbary Coast Consulting

ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc.

paganinienterprises.com

Artistic Lighting & Electric

macquarrieelectricalservices.com

lic.306767 C10

Whiteside Construction Corporation

whitesideconstruction.com

415.453.8300

Paganini Enterprises 415.755.4141

510.234.6681

Maltby Electric Supply Co.

ELECTRICAL

415.568.5314

vikingpavers.com

lic.541472 C9

synapseelectric.com I. Cannan Electric lic.736435 C10

W. Bradley Electric, Inc.

R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc.

415.596.3676

lic.390741 C10,B,A,C46

415.883.9099

icannanelectric.com

415.898.1400

rwdavis-survey.com

Marelli Drywall

wbeinc.com

lic.705813 C9

Idex Global Services Inc.

415.472.0967

lic.745981 C10

Johnson Electric

Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer

415.482.4242

lic.899161 C10

415.892.4874

idexglobal.com

415.453.2325

707.544.3390

boylanpoint.com

North Bay Drywall & Plastering, Inc.

Henley Photography

lic.292745 C9,C35,B

Weir/Andrewson Associates

415.302.2920

707.763.6819

415.485.9797

henleyphotography.com

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Advance Business Services

GARAGE DOORS & GATES

415.203.4247

Clough Construction

Allen Enterprises

B Street Builders

lic.881441 B

lic.920746 B

415.671.9767

415.485.4400

Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.

Alten Construction, Inc.

lic.345502 D28

lic.705713 A,B

415.897.2371

510.234.4200

Ballard Inc. dba Inspired Environments

jonesdoor.com

altenconstruction.com

lic.513959 B

North Bay Overhead Doors Inc.

Altius Construction

lic.593255 D28

415.847.5304

415.499.0602

altiusconstruction.com

Bay County Builders, Inc.

Northgate Garage Door, Inc.

Anthony Love

lic.700683 B

lic.970424 B

415.457.9962

Floortex Design

lic.627224 D28

415.686.8139

Christopher Harney

lic.534583 B,C15

415.472.6004

925.979.2325

415.924.6545

northgategaragedoors.com

Anthony Vitale, General Contractor

GENERAL BUILDING - RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NEW & REMODEL

lic.515092 B

lic.940470 B,C33 707.280.5740

BG Construction

antonisconstruction.com

lic.676193 B

lic.516987 B 415.444.5554

FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS

cloughconstruction.com Empire Floors Marin County Sidewall

lic.504918 C15

lic.831184 D41

707.525.1204

707.778.8858

marincountysidewall.com

FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES

Eureka Valley Floor Company

bstreetbuilders.com

415.454.8000 lic.914976 B, C9, C35

lic.397118 C15 415.479.1676

floortexdesign.com Collins & Company Wealth Managers

Giuliani Flooring, Inc.

415.925.4000

lic.951628 C15

collins-co.com

415.459.3276

David White & Associates

Mertel Carpets lic.414490 C15

38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc.

925.277.2600

415.479.2180

lic.838178 B

dwassociates.com

mertelcarpets.com

415.459.1995

inspired-environments. com

BB&B Builders Inc. lic.866058 B,A 415.485.2921

Better Built Construction

415.455.9927

lic.800744 B

Antonis Construction Building & Painting

415.451.4786

bbcconstruction.net

415.884.2180

Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.

BHM Construction, Inc.

lic.809853 B,C39,C15,C33,

lic.903191 B

Grady Consulting

PacifiContract

415.451.4888

lic.682766 C15

A.E. Nelson Construction

415.258.9966

lic.364212 B,C36

D51

707.643.4580

pacificontract.com

707.636.1750

415.884.2121

bhmconstruction.com

aenelsonconstruction.com

noleak.com Arntz Builders, Inc.

lic.824476 B

lic.727072 B,ASB

415.479.7555

James L. Arrigoni 415.847.3131

Pengelly Flooring

BMC Contractors Inc.

Lori Reisfelt

lic.849856 C15

510.583.8123

415.272.0585

Abacus Group Builders, Inc.

myrmagent.com/goreverse

bcpfloors.com

lic.522340 B

415.382.1188

415.927.0667

arntzbuilders.com

Portico Wealth

Rafael Floors

415.925.8700

lic.178605 C15

porticowealth.com

415.456.3656

rafaelfloors.com Remote Swipe

Bruce F. Goudie

abacusgb.com

lic.498165 B

Arrington Construction Adventures In Production

Build It Construction

415.460.1607

lic.943457 B

lic.720386 B

415.388.3993

Richard Tourte

415.602.4742

Arruda Construction Inc.

remoteswipe.com

lic.651671 C15

aipgc.com

lic.468301 B

707.664.8137

Suiter Financial Systems

415.453.3863

lic.810317 B

415.378.0793

Burns Builders

415.897.1928

415.884.0288

Alan Taylor, General Contractor

Asbestos Control Center

suiterfinancial.com

lic.451856 B

lic.590867 A,B,HAZ,ASB

415.892.8475

415.883.7856

lic.871010 B 415.272.7751

asbestoscontrolcenter.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Caletti Jungsten Construction

Crabtree Construction

Diego Brothers, Inc. lic.419030 A,B

Fairway Design & Construction, Inc.

Hartnett Construction

lic.693280 B

lic.549463 B

415.640.8617

415.472.5967

lic.923234 B

415.816.5046

diegobrosinc.com

415.455.2468

Floyd Construction, Inc.

lic.817836 B

lic.365653 A,B

415.892.3464

415.381.3162

calettijungsten.com

Creatively Built, Inc.

Hayes & Associates

Cartwright Construction

707.781.9702

Diego Quality Construction

lic.626464 B

creativelybuilt.com

lic.544509 B

415.485.0645

lic.977600 B,C36

lic.888773 B

707.765.6169

floydconstructioninc.com

Hennessey Construction, Inc.

CDK Builders Inc.

Cypress Grove Homes/ H-Y-H Corporation

DNL Builders

lic.974792 B

lic.872590 B

Fontana Construction Inc.

lic.727282 B

lic.644649 B 415.497.6317

415.383.1848

707.495.2950

lic.487928 B

dnlbuilders.com

415.457.1290

hennesseyconstruction. com

415.453.7651

CF Contracting

D&H Construction

lic.401466 B,C10,A

lic.693883 B

415.721.7160

cfcontracting.com

415.459.6497

fontanaco.com

510.527.7883

Doug Monti Construction

FP Builders

Hitchcock Construction Co.

dh-construction.com

lic.387703 B

lic.321693 B

lic.396116 B

415.453.1380

415.883.9465

415.602.8464

fpbuilders.com

billhitchcockconstruction. com

Chalstrom Builders Inc.

D&R Construction

lic.602728 B

lic.533707 B

Dreamline Builders

415.461.2912

707.792.0818

lic.944848 B

Gaetani Construction

415.320.4358

lic.490550 B

Hoffmann Construction, Inc.

Charles Melin, General Contractor

Dan Young Construction, Inc.

dreamlinebuilders.net

415.332.2857

lic.311858 B

lic.760173 B

E.K. Construction

Gazzoli Construction

415.461.2416

415.457.6797

lic.544185 B

lic.922738 B

dycmarin.com

415.892.4566

415.847.1811

Horick Builders, Inc.

gazzoli.biz

lic.825511 B

lic.414423 B

Cherokee Construction lic.427589 B

Daniel Holleran

Eco Valley Construction

510.222.1689

lic.351427

lic.826521 B

A,B,C10,C20,C36

Christopher Clark Contracting

415.897.2322

lic.373692 B

Dennis Webb Construction

Elmack

415.897.7263

707.766.9466

horickbuilders.com

415.505.5815

Glen Rupiper Construction

ecovalleyco.com

lic.432984 B

Howard Scanlan

707.849.2096

lic.402434 B 415.488.4037

lic.821554 B

415.388.1293

Gubbins Building Company, Inc.

Conroy Builders

415.505.3562

elmackcabinetry.com

lic.788512 B

Hoytt Inspection Services Inc.

lic.867185 B

denniswebbconstruction. com

415.457.1576

lic.493676 B

Envision Builders, Inc.

415.328.3272

415.577.9064

conroybuilders.com Desmond & Wallace Inc. Contra-Spect, Ltd.

lic.782179 A,B

lic.491125 B

707.795.7443

707.762.3302

desmondwallace.com

Cove Construction lic.965295 B

Di Giorgio Contracting Company

415.453.0515

lic.821729 A,B

coveconstruction.com

415.883.9700

lic.472841 B

415.897.9517

lic.736487 B

Hal-Co, Inc.

415.453.2370

lic.714971 B

hoyttinspect.com

415.254.6822

ESM Enterprise General Contractor

Huts And Castles A Construction Co. Inc.

Hammond & Company

lic.703981 B,C36,A

lic.352891 B

lic.657344 B

415.883.9209

415.383.9698

707.795.6045

hutsandcastles.com

bathroomsandkitchenstoo. com

hammondfinehomes.com Imperial Contracting Harte Building & Design, Inc.

lic.830273 C33,B,ASB

lic.776625 B

icppa.com

415.798.3911

415.381.6068

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.

KCK Builders, Inc.

MW General Contracting

Meylan Construction, Inc.

lic.810315 A,B

lic.680456 B

Pete Niederberger & Sons

lic.490355 B

415.559.9312

lic.740644 B

415.256.1620

lic.524069 B

415.383.0667

meylanconstruction.com

415.924.4170

Michael L. King

Plath & Co.

lic.544919 B

lic.395458 B

415.924.9746

415.460.1575

415.457.0713

James E. Wilson Construction

Kelly Pacific Construction

mwgc.com

lic.346196 B

lic.449978 B,A

415.464.0900

Maloney Construction, Inc.

415.883.2969

kellypacific.com

lic.959104 B,A

Mill Valley Builders, Inc.

maloneyconstruction.net

lic.957090 B,C17,D24

James G. Lino Construction

Kerr Construction, Inc.

lic.442777 B

415.456.5300

Mariner Homes, Inc.

415.663.1939

kerr-construction.com

lic.905103 B

lic.615587 B

415.789.5846

Jeff Hicks Construction lic.345479 B

Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor

415.383.2080

jeffhicks.com

plathco.com

415.277.5977

415.332.6035

Powerhouse Building, Inc.

millvalleybuilders.com

lic.797313 B 415.446.0188

Murray Building lic.646709 B,A, LEED AP

Precision General Commercial Contractors

707.939.9001

lic.620203 B

Mariposa Contractors Inc.

415.898.9510

lic.831986 B

New Dimension

415.332.8390

415.431.3000

lic.791439 B

precisiongc.com

Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc.

Kor General Contracting

lic.508578 B

415.454.2461

lic.790153 B

415.381.5485

Massa Construction Company

ndmarin.com

lic.344050 A,B

Nichelini & Sons, Inc.

415.459.0400

lic.339365 B

John A. Young, Builder

Lamperti Contracting & Design

415.485.6791

Radco & Associates Inc.

lic.288052 B,C10

lic.600412 B

nichsons.com

lic.410936 B,A

415.488.4971

415.454.1623

Max Design & Construction

lampertikitchens.com

lic.720207 B

Norman Charles Construction Inc.

radcoandassociates.com

lic.475151 B

Ravano & Cooney Construction

lic.351692 B

415.892.7713

Property Design lic.433008 B 415.456.5172

415.924.6105

John C. Hill Construction

Land Construction

lic.851479 B

lic.790903 B

Mayer and Company

415.456.6045

415.215.9188

415.457.2335

lic.659359 B

normancharlesconstruction.com

lic.689239 B

O’Rielly Construction

Rempe Construction

lic.459037 B

lic.453554 B

707.933.8131

415.897.9126

415.883.6291

415.453.0434

John Pope, Inc.

Landmark Builders

lic.467171 B,A,ASB

lic.474421 B

415.497.5948

415.883.5410

lmbuilders.com John Romaidis Construction

McDevitt & McDevitt Construction

rempe.com

lic.401717 B

lic.807768 B

Larry Smith Construction, Inc.

415.485.5722

lic.575809 B

415.431.3000

mayerandco.com

707.763.3000

Pagan Construction, LLC

mcdevittandmcdevitt.com

lic.464896 B

Richard De Nola

415.457.4170

lic.429280 B

415.883.1555

McGuire & Sons Construction

paganconstruction.com

415.751.1094

lic.350718 B

LilypadSGS

lic.346397 B

PB Realty Investments Inc.

Rivas Building Group

415.892.5205

lic.898335 B

415.454.2719

lic.901821 B

lic.699671 B

kapranosconstruction.com

415.250.9317

mcguireandsonsconstruction.com

415.507.1512

415.999.5927

Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders

Pennypacker/Drake Home Building Inc.

lic.672337 B

lic.754794 B

707.584.1813

415.488.0647

Kapranos Construction

Karkabi Construction

Lucas Valley Designs

lic.593092 B

lic.645290 B

415.459.2401

415.225.8230

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pbdevelops.com Robert E. Randig lic.506873 B 415.479.3163

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Rodoni Construction

Schalich Bros. Construction Inc.

Tim Walsh Builders lic.350371 B

Trush Construction Company, Inc.

Wm. A. Martin

lic.410338 B 415.663.9223

lic.497493 B

415.381.9806

lic.514199 A,B

415.485.5747

415.382.7733

timwalshbuilders.com

415.331.0500

Rogers Remodel, Inc. lic.839810 B

schalichbrosconstruction. com

Varetakis Construction

415.457.3706

Stader Construction

lic.514664 B

lic.700251 B

shidelerskyvara.com

lic.711127 B

415.444.5548

415.488.9245

Tom J. Collins Construction

Von Der Werth, Inc.

lic.478379 B

lic.330299 C13,B

415.898.3151

lic.499170 B

415.388.7516

Ron Barney Construction Co.

707.762.3958

lic.381719 B

Steere Building & Woodworking

415.388.8124

lic.744002 B

Roy A. Tanner Builder

RPB Construction, Inc.

415.717.6351

Weiss Company, Inc. Tom Rank Construction

lic.354958 B

Stephen L. Pasquan

lic.752004 B

415.435.8182

lic.305635 B

415.785.1429

West Bay Builders, Inc.

415.435.8100

415.331.2226

Sterling & Company

Tom Redmond Construction Inc.

rpbconstruction.us

lic.353136 B,C2,C17

lic.434609 B

415.459.1511

415.892.9918

lic.504423 A,B,ASB

Rushton-Hawley, Inc.

rushtonhawley.com S.L.M. Builders

GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND

lic.626859 B,A,C17

Mann Excavation & Demolition

415.456.8972

lic.798866

westbaybuilders.com

415.731.6810

mannexcavation.com Whitcomb Construction

sissco.com Tomrose Construction, Inc.

lic.690549 B

All Terrain, Inc.

Steve Moylan Construction

lic.605439 B

415.382.0687

lic.827896 A,B

707.763.4001

415.459.1488

lic.380100 B

tomroseconstruction.com

whitcombconstruction. com

lic.733347 B 415.898.2938

lic.570798 B

Womack Construction

415.388.4616

lic.818660 B 415.892.0403

WMS Construction

Tom Ganley Construction

415.328.0047

rogersremodelinc.com

trushconstruction.com

lic.392262 B

allterraininc.com

707.538.4676

707.795.4177

Stroub Construction

Trainor Commercial Construction, Inc.

Wilkinson Design & Construction

C. Hammond Construction

slmbuilders.com

lic.489037 B

lic.453991 B,C9

lic.564598 B

lic.543166 A,C8,C21,HAZ

415.331.0621

415.259.0200

415.785.7961

510.412.4466

stroubconstruction.com

trainorconstruction.com

wilkinsondesign.net

chammondconstruction. com

T.H. Eller Construction

Travis Remodeling

lic.579465 B

lic.493670 B

William G. Taylor Construction Corp.

S.S. Caveney Construction

415.488.9865

415.883.8177

lic.853924 B

Central Valley Environmental

travisremodeling.com

415.407.1764

lic.913083 A,B

lic.429200 B

Tembrock-Ingrassia Builders

Wine Country Builders, Inc.

cvalleyenvironmental.com

lic.957514 B

Trevor E. Hopkins Construction

415.884.8078

lic.393360 B

lic.763980 B

bayside-builders.com

415.713.1623

707.935.7474

CSS Environmental Services, Inc.

Thomas Gibbs, Licensed Tradesman

Trinity Builders

415.883.6203

lic.723911 B

Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.

lic.403951 B,C12

415.459.7103

lic.338175 B

Farallon Company

415.279.0724

trinitybuildersandco.com

415.435.5200

lic.827633 A,B,C33

villadorohomes.com

415.892.7760

lic.718948 B

S.R. Allied Builders, Inc. lic.399932 B 707.795.6595

707.585.3015

San Anselmo Construction Services

707.584.1900

lic.381529 B 415.453.6772

Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens

lic.780803 A,HAZ

lic.460795 B 415.927.1171

faralloncompany.com

sandrabird.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc.

Lunny Grading & Paving, Inc.

Team Ghilotti, Inc. lic.895384 A,HAZ

Bay City Mechanical, Inc.

lic.426152

lic.600250 A,B,HAZ

707.763.8700

lic.645126

A,B,C27,C55,C57

415.662.9800

teamghilotti.com

C20,C43,C36,C4

415.459.4770

lunnypaving.com Thornton Paving Inc.

forsterpump.com Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.

Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.

INSULATION ACOUSTICAL

510.233.7000

George Family Enterprises Inc.

baycitymech.com

lic.634157 B,C2

lic.382817 A

415.884.0399 x230

415.453.2324

Bayside HVAC Products LLC

gfeinc.com

lic.226767

lic.783100 A,B

A,B,C8,C12,C21,42,32,34

Tuatagaloa Contracting

415.333.5099

SDI Insulation

415.384.0822

415.459.8640

lic.699547 A,HAZ

baysidehvac.com

lic.607274 C2,D65,D34,B

gfpc.com

maggiora-ghilotti.com

866.824.8077

650.685.5500

Dickson Company Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

sdi-insulation.com

Turbin Design Associates

lic.352572 C4,C36,C43

lic.132128

Michael Paul Company, Inc.

415.373.9472

415.456.1830

INSURANCE

A,C8,C12,C21,C42,HAZ

lic.386001

wwww.tdastructural.com

415.454.7011

A,B,C12,C34,C42

ghilottibros.com

707.769.1006

W.K. McLellan Company

Downing Heating & Air Conditioning

Bolds Insurance Brokerage

lic.240701

lic.644720 C20

415.485.1700

Ghilotti Construction Company

Nerviani Paving, Inc.

A,C12,B,C8,C21,C42

415.485.1011

bolds.com

lic.564392 A

707.763.2407

lic.644515

415.454.2662

wkmclellan.com

Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Craford Benefit Consultants

707.585.1221

Partners Contracting, Inc.

W.R. Forde Associates

lic.371959 C20

415.456.9790

ghilotti.com

lic.697729 A,B

lic.814744 A,B,C21

415.457.0607

craford.com

415.492.9233

510.215.9338

partnerscontractinginc. com

Kelly Company Westward Builders Inc.

lic.521529 C20

Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.

lic.327365 B,A

415.258.0757

707.782.9200

A,C8,C12,C21,C42,HAZ

Gudgel Construction, Inc. lic.711053 A,B 530.624.7998

415.459.2130

Harris Environmental

Peter A. Davis Engineering Contractor

lic.359130 A,B

lic.549628 A,B,C21

Wildcat Engineering

lic.215233 C36,C4,C20

415.868.9669

415.298.4561

lic.951203 A

415.454.7400

Heffernan Insurance Brokers

707.763.3001

ongaroandsons.com

707.789.3072

Hillside Drilling, Inc.

Redwood Engineering

lic.478991 A

lic.456790 A,HAZ

510.234.6532

415.435.0768

hillsidedrilling.com JS Company

RG Digs Engineering Contractor

lic.876587

lic.834874 A

A,C21,ASB,HAZ

415.209.4459

ramaticiins.com Ongaro & Sons

wildcateng.com

heffins.com Patriot Mechanical Inc.

HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & SHEET METAL Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal

J.B. Shea Insurance Agency

lic.774738 C20,C43 415.444.0888

415.661.4777

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

Jenkins Insurance Services 916.576.1528

lic.278370 C20,C43

707.576.1500

Robison Construction

415.897.4187

simpsonsheetmetal.com

Lee Mechanical, Inc.

lic.701379 A

aeroheating.com

lic.571894 A

707.769.4747

415.460.2100

Trahan Bros. Inc.

John Reuscher, ChFC Foothill Securities

lic.774154 C20,C43

415.892.9500

415.457.5541

reuscher.com

Rockport Land Corp.

Allen Heating & Sheet Metal

Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.

707.775.4554

lic.211831 C2,C20,C43,D35

Verde Metals Inc.

MOC Insurance Services

lic.477476 A

Sunshine Construction

415.924.2425

lic.635429 C43,C20

415.957.0600

415.492.1755

lic.315245 A,C21,C27

allenheating.com

415.454.9007

mocins.com

linscottinc.com

415.479.5566

415.883.4450

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Nelson Construction

Gary Torney Landscaping Company

Shapiro Plastering

The Garber Law Firm

Marin Building Supply

lic.979061 B

lic.586377 C35

510.588.7550

415.472.1410

415.299.0131

lic.440200 C27

415.382.9600

garberlaw.com

nelsonsguitars.com

415.461.1795

Weber Plastering, Inc.

The Nelson Defense Firm

Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.

lic.194445 C35

415.388.4606

707.576.3333

415.459.4707

nelsondefense.com

meadclark.com

torneylandscape.com Sander, Jacobs Cassayre Insurance

Irrigation Repair Service

707.254.4840

lic.328638 C27

sanderjacobs.com

415.924.4126

LEGAL

Theodore W. Bloyd, Attorney at Law

Novato Builders Supply

Wise Insurance Agency

H. Lee Evans

415.846.8852

novatobuilders.com

415.258.9912

Manuel Vasquez Landscaping

707.996.9238

sunmclaw.com

wiseinsuranceagency.net

415.499.0419

Hanson Bridgett LLP

LOCK & SECURITY

415.453.3043

Marin Lock and Safe

The Home Depot

lic.550775 D16

415.458.8675

415.456.4346

homedepot.com

415.892.1651

Rafael Lumber Company

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

Neary Landscape

415.925.8400

415.878.2466

lic.814207 C27,A

hansonbridgett.com

wsandco.com

707.588.8677

James D. Rohde

LANDSCAPING

North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.

415.472.4140

lic.723370 B,C27

Jaret & Jaret

Redwood Security Systems, Inc.

Truitt & White Lumber

Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.

707.762.3850

415.455.1010

lic.426887 C7,C10

truittandwhite.com

lic.373488 B,C27,A

northbaylandscape.com

jaretlaw.com

415.388.5355

Outdoor Environments lic.707006 C27

Kate Warner, Construction Lawyer

707.795.0605

415.457.7977

outdoor-environs.com

katewarnerlaw.com

Ovelle Irrigation and Landscape Constr.

Law Office of Daniel Gamer

Adobe Lumber, Inc.

lic.614252 C27

415.472.6655

adobelumber.com

Mark J. Rice, Esq.

DHC Supplies Inc.

415.472.3434

707.588.9406

msrwlaw.com

dhcsupplies.com

redwoodsecurity.com

707.559.7077

bertotti.com Bauman Landscape & Construction

LUMBER, HARDWARE & TOOLS

lic.372478 A,C27 415.447.4800

baumanland.com Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc.

MASONRY, FIREPLACES & CHIMNEYS Classic Masonry lic.836156 C29

ovelirri.com Salazar Cal Cities

415.307.4625

707.647.2100

Jim Nichelini Masonry lic.302025 B,C29

415.250.3165

lic.962905 C27 415.453.4675

510.649.4400

lic.820057 C27

415.897.7543

Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc. lic.396345 C29

Dan Fix Landscape Construction

415.328.4649

McLennon Law Corporation

Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company

415.459.6475

lic.553804 C27

The Land Collaborative

415.394.6688

415.453.4410

415.453.1604

lic.954204 C27

mclennonlaw.com

fairfaxlumber.com

London Chimney Services, Inc.

danfixlandscape.com

415.472.5500

Parton/Sell/Rhoades

Golden State Lumber Inc.

415.380.0330

415.258.9700

415.454.2532

londonchimney.com

thelandcollaborative.com Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance lic.748791 C27

LATHING & PLASTERING

415.456.6684

Frey Plastering, Inc. Frank Bidaurreta Landscape Contractor

lic.500490 D34

goldenstatelumber.com Resolution Remedies Goodman Building Supply

lic.277004 C29

resrem.com

415.388.6233

415.519.2510

goodmanbuildingsupply.net

lic.324866 C9,C35 415.897.4510

Marshall Foster Masonry

415.258.0900

Smith Dollar

Petty Masonry Inc.

lic.446356 C8,C27

707.522.1100

Jackson’s Hardware, Inc.

lic.416140 C29

415.459.6429

smithdollar.com

415.454.3740

415.898.2200

jacksonshardware.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc.

Marin City Community Development Corporation

Sun Iron Works, Inc.

Division Seven

Marin Color Service, Inc.

lic.231854 C60,C51

lic.594303 B,C33

415.453.4065

lic.387721 C54

415.339.2837

415.453.7562

707.769.7771

marincolor.com

415.457.3321

marincitycdc.org

sunironworksinc.com

division7waterproofing. com

Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply

PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING

spoorstone.com

MEDICAL - SAFETY

415.939.1669

Michael Anderson Painting

Gary Head and Partners Painting Corp.

lic.465243 C33

lic.415082 C33

michaelandersonpainting. com

415.927.0430

Global Medical and Safety

Susan Kinsella

Aqua Stop Waterproofing

415.309.7447

415.883.6264

lic.866020 C33

globalmedicalnsafety.com

conservatree.org

415.302.5542

Giampolini & Company

aquastopwaterproofing.com

lic.322282 C33,C35,C9

Migale Painting Company

415.673.1236

lic.701531 C33

Post Street Occupational Medicine

MOVING & STORAGE

MISCELLANEOUS

415.453.6300

Bay Area Lead Detectors

Farnsworth Mayflower

415.457.0100

lic.650541 C33

415.459.6683

bobkunstpainting.com

415.458.2956

Mikkelsen Painting

grantpainting.com

lic.645552 C33

farnsworthmayflowermoving.com

De La Montanya Trucking

migalepainting.com

Boeck & Associates Painting Company

J & R Thompson, Inc.

Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage

lic.531284 C33

lic.736414 C33

North Marin Painting, Inc.

415.491.1702

415.892.6030

lic.702759 C33,B

415.924.7144

boeckpaint.com

415.382.3300

415.892.0199

J.B. Markel Painting

fordestorage.com

northmarinpainting.com

Brescia-Stone Painting, Inc.

lic.550449 C33

Johnson & Daly Moving & Storage

lic.830454 C33

415.898.3452

415.491.4444

bsptg.com

Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.

415.457.0724

415.613.9586

bayarealeaddetectors.com

415.382.9266

Grant Painting

Ad-Lite Crane Service lic.898121 D21

Bob Kunst Painting, Inc. lic.346191 C33

415.945.1304

poststreetoccmed.com

415.388.3719

Pac West Painting Inc. lic.848109 C33,B

415.898.0388

jdmovers.com Cap’s Painting Company

lic.684610 C33,B

Pallavicini Painting

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING

lic.430041 C33

415.454.1500

lic.722069 C33

415.243.8242

jtspainting.com

415.479.7773

Marin Independent Journal

Clisham Painting & Decorating

John Seidler Painting lic.699739 C33

Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc.

Energy Calc Company

415.382.7297

lic.849526 C33

415.328.0069

lic.659640 C33

415.457.0990

marinij.com

415.883.1600

707.765.0725

Edit Organizing 415.747.8800

editorganizing.com

energycalcco.com Lynch & Sons 415.459.9823

sfbaypainting.com

ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL

415.897.8974

KBI Painting, Inc.

perpetualmotionpainting. com

lic.944475 C33

David Freeman Painting

707.795.4955

lic.503987 C33

kbipaint.com

Robert Walther Painting lic.910245 C33

707.996.3199

Marin Country Club

Castaneda Iron Works

415.382.6712

lic.964236 C23

marincountryclub.com

510.234.4734

castanedairon.com Pacific Gas & Electric 415.264.4005

pge.com

Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.

Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.

415.482.6679

Degregory Painting & Decorating

lic.256121 C33

Ross Painting

415.456.4044

lic.526659 C33

lic.576764 C33,B

kunstbros.com

415.455.0766

rosspainting.com

415.456.9889

Liberty Painting

lic.620205 C60

lic.412417 C33

Sequoia Painting Inc.

415.382.1091

415.892.9979

lic.859331 C33

onspotwelding.com

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davidfreemanpainting.com

415.310.1269

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Denny’s House of Plumbing

Plumbing Repair Specialists

PRINTING

415.924.7321

tamalpaispaint.com

lic.504967 C36

lic.460208 C36

415.479.1655

415.453.6682

Minuteman Press of Marin

Nancy M. Marion

415.453.4548

415.485.3760

Tamalpais Paint & Color

Tim Kerrigan Painting lic.715319 C33

dennyshouseofplumbing. com

R.H. Hydronics

Tom Jenkins Painting

Gotelli Plumbing Company

lic.406940 B,C33

lic.254603 C36,C16

415.454.8288

415.457.1145

Roman’s Plumbing

gotelliplumbing.com

lic.952842 C36

Universal Protective Coatings

Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.

415.457.9800

lic.736901 C36

universalprotectivecoatings.com

415.457.0748

PEST CONTROL

415.482.1604

minuteman-marin.com RPM Mortgage

lic.lic.951610 C4

415.898.4911

415.250.8133

Unicorn Group

415.381.5550

greenheating.us

415.492.2222

rpm-mtg.com/dpomilia

unicornprintmail.com

707.971.0353

Samsons Enterprises

PROPANE & BUTANE

Roto Rooter Plumbers

De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor

lic.288461 C36,C42

707.762.4511

415.898.2700

lic.611970 A

rotorooter.com

415.847.0010

Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.

Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc. Harry Lee Plumbing

lic.491815 C42

lic.920570 B

lic.430685 C36

415.892.5480

415.456.9620

415.479.1854

707.285.3525

415.482.1217

mcphails.com

stewartca.com

REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT

Wendy Aronson Property Management

Naturworks Pest Control

lic.839817

415.454.1174

415.460.6900

415.479.8411

rubensteinsupply.com

Ares Commercial Properties

Thomas and Associates

415.899.1590

Marin Mechanical, Inc.

415.884.4501

lic.749299

thomaspumps.net

seadriftrealty.com Stewart Title of California

Rubenstein Supply Company

marinh2o.com

415.868.1791

McPhail Fuel Co.

Marin H2o

PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION

415.883.5527

Seadrift Realty

romansplumbing.net

Hardiman Construction

marintermite.com

MacPhail Properties, Inc.

415.730.4455

RENTAL, EQUIPMENT & EVENTS Big 4 Party Rentals

Carol Munson

415.927.9100

415.286.0120

big4party.com

ASAP Plumbing, Inc.

C36,C4,A,C46,B

lic.676623 C36

415.485.4472

Todd Morris Fire Protection

apr.com

Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.

lic.978422 C16

Cal Pox, Inc.

707.763.5665

Baswell Plumbing

lic.519618 C36,C16

415.454.7919

415.457.8850

calwestrentals.com

lic.433698 C36

415.479.0110

415.897.7977

miketestaplumbing.com

toddmorrisfireprotection. com

Caro Asset Management, Inc.

RETAIL

Burkell Plumbing, Inc.

O’Connell Plumbing

Ferguson Safety Products

lic.983208 B, C20, C36

Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.

415.899.1500

lic.417360 C16,C36,C4,C20

415.578.2172

415.451.1780

CSB Harvest Company

415.332.3091

oconnellplumbing.com

watercomponents.com

415.453.1825

Pace Supply

Wilson’s Plumbing

DMH Land Use Planning

City Front Plumbing

707.547.4437

lic.623217 C36

415.457.0525

lic.443156 C36

pacesupply.com

415.457.6941

415.492.8769

Cal-West Rentals Inc.

831.458.0202

fergusonsafety.com T&B Sports

burkell.com

415.453.2433

ROOFING

Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc.

Hendrickson Development Inc.

Allied Building Products

lic.392227

415.507.0752

707.584.7599

wilsonsplumbing.info

415.454.6737

C4,C16,C20,C36

alliedbuilding.com

415.383.7473

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE SCAFFOLDING

TILE & STONE

TREE SERVICE

415.456.0741

North Gate Scaffold Inc.

Bay Area Bluestone

demelloroofing.com

lic.642386 D39

415.453.2262

Marin County Arborists, Inc.

415.479.8526

bayareabluestone.com

lic.641117 D49

De Mello Roofing

Glass & Sash Inc.

lic.290726 C39,D41

Henris Roofing Company

lic.173807 C17

northgatescaffold.com

707.763.1535

henrisroofing.com

415.457.8733

Celebrity Tile

lic.220964 C39

Signage & Parking Area Striping

Marin County Roofing

lic.963547 C54

marin-county-arborists. com

415.456.2240

glassandsash.com Hudson Street Design of Marin 415.924.8300

healdsburglumber.com

415.250.3416

Marin Tree Service Ceramic Tile Design

lic.648230 D49

lic.256043 C39,B

Bruce Enterprises

415.485.5180

415.472.7105

McGovern Skylight Specialist

415.453.3511

lic.742358 C32

ceramictiledesign.net

marintrees.com

lic.721229 B

marinroofing.com

707.781.9686

CTW Designs 415.883.8861

Treemasters Tree and Garden Care

Mission Wood Products

ctwdesigns.com

lic.660226 D49

415.472.2280

415.455.9933

missionwood.com

bruce-enterprises.com McLeran, Inc. lic.474230 C39

Davis Sign Company, Inc.

415.456.7663

lic.831319 D42

707.292.4570

415.457.4091

Dennett Tile & Stone Inc.

Morris Roofing Company

dscsigns.com

lic.564787 C54

lic.259426 C39

SOLAR

dennett-tile.com

WINDOW COVERINGS

Solarcraft

Galliani Tile Company

Horizon Glass Tinting

lic.497797 B,C10,C46C35

lic.651146 B,C54

lic.570209 C61,D52

Novato Glass, Inc.

415.382.7717

415.798.0388

415.457.2173

lic.371442 C17

horizontint.com

415.897.5117

707.586.5390

treemasters.com Mueller Mirror & Glass Inc. lic.462285 C17

415.454.6066

morris-roofing.com Northbay Roofing & Gutters, Inc.

415.492.0234

solarcraft.com London Tile

lic.834387 C43,C39 707.529.7774

Sun First, Inc.

lic.540433 C54

Shades Of Marin

Old Town Glass

northbayroofinggutters.com

lic.669250 B,C46

415.389.0408

lic.831573 D52

lic.736844 C17

415.458.5870

londontileco.com

415.453.1518

415.897.0088

shadesofmarin.com

otglass.com

WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS

Pacific Door & Hardware

Northern Pacific Roofing

sunfirstsolar.com

lic.812250 C39,B

Marquino Tile Marble Ceramic & Mosaic

northernpacficroofing.com

STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES

Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.

CLP Resources, Inc.

lic.511545 C39,C33

415.446.7000

415.258.9676

clp.com

Superior Roofing & Gutter Co.

Larry C. Levy, Consultant

miconi.com

lic.956499 B,C39

415.892.1497

415.491.1144

415.456.3482

lic.955590 C54

lic.509661 D28,C17

415.542.6107

Dotto Glass

415.454.9433

Miconi Marble & Tile

lic.225824 C17

pacdoor.net

lic.604588 C54

415.479.1274

415.482.8453

dottoglass.com

Pacific Door Products, Inc.

Alan Garmeson Flat/ Bent Glass Sales

lic.443074 D24

MLS Tile lic.602910 C54

lic.976277 C17

pacificdoorproducts.com

roofingmarin.com

employeerelationsmanagement.com

707.584.5476

415.822.2322

Wedge Roofing, Inc.

SWIMMING POOL

Tile West lic.551058 C54

Andersen Windows & Doors

415.382.7550

415.613.5955

tilewestinc.com

andersenwindows.com

707.795.7777

Window Worx lic.416737 C37,C43,B,C2 888.763.7663

wedgeroofing.com

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Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc.

lic.758998 C17 415.451.4856

lic.273969 D35

West Coast Professional Door, Inc.

415.479.4040

415.246.2034

herbspoolservice.com

wcprodoor.com

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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 the Contractors State License Board (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 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 CheckList 1.

Check the contractor license number at www.cslb.ca.gov to make sure it is current and in good standing.

2.

Ask to see the contractor’s pocket license and a current photo ID.

3.

Ask for a current list of contact information (telephone number and business address) for the contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers.

4.

Find out from your local building department whether your project needs a building permit, and confirm that your contractor will obtain all necessary permits.

5. 6.

Get at least three contractor bids and references, and check out, in person, recent projects by the prospective contractors that had similar specifications.

7.

Ask whether your contractor carries general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for employees.

8.

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.

9.

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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