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SUMMER 2013 OUTDOOR LIVING
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
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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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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
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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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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HE SAID SHE SAID
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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.
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. »
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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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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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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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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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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Dress Up Your Backyard by Robin Barnato, principal and founder Studio Home
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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Tips for Creating a Cohesive Exterior Color Palette
by Kelly Berg, Story and Space
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
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.
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)
Plant a Color Palette
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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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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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.
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Upping the Ante A third-generation realtor reveals the secrets to getting the biggest bang for your home-improvement buck
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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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.
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.
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.
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
by Brett McPherson, The Land Collaborative
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.
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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Consider property value – Installing “garden rooms” with patios, grilling and dining areas, and lounging chairs will increase your appraisal value and your enjoyment of the Marin outdoor lifestyle.
Establish a master plan – Most of the time my clients need a landscape plan that can be implemented in phases, due to budget restrictions, changing seasons, or a growing family. I recommend developing a “Landscape Master Plan” that can be separated into phases of construction. The master plan establishes and maintains the big picture aesthetics, ensuring a cohesive completed garden. Installing the infrastructure items first is important to avoid double work or digging up finished areas in later phases.
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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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Save Water Go Xeric by Meaghan Doran, Marin City Community Development Corporation
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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Xeriscaping is the most logical form of landscaping that I have encountered. Let me highlight some of the benefits: • Reduced Water Use - Did you know that in North America over 50% of our residential water use is for our yards? Xeriscaping will reduce this usage by 50-75%. • Low Maintenance - Xeriscaping requires minimal maintenance, apart from sporadic weeding or pruning. Simple irrigation systems can provide the necessary water. (Just make sure they are installed properly!) • No Fertilizers or Pesticides Required - Native plants eliminate the need for any chemical supplements. The plants receive all the nutrition they need from the soil. • Increased Property Value - A xeriscape done right will improve your property value. • Pollutant-Free - You will minimize your fossil fuel consumption from running or riding your gas-powered mower. • Creation of Wildlife Habitat - Indigenous plants offer a natural habitat for native wildlife.
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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.
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
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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MERTEL CARPETS A family-owned business in Marin County for over 60 years. In 1952 Stan Mertel and a partner opened Carpets Unlimited on San Rafael’s Miracle Mile. Eighteen years later he left that business to open his own store, Stan Mertel Carpets. When Stan retired in 1985, son Jeff took over and shortened the name to Mertel Carpets. Today, Jeff carries on the family tradition and enjoys serving all of Marin County’s floor covering needs. Mertel Carpets offers carpet, hardwood, vinyl, area rugs and laminate flooring. Jeff provides consistent, quality service, fair prices and excellent, experienced advice. Unlike some companies who subcontract the installation, Jeff
Jeff Mertel, Owner 415.479.2180 mertelcarpets.com lic.#414490
has his own crew of reliable, talented and longtime employees who always do great work. Jeff is also personally involved in every job. Make Mertel Carpets your choice for all your floor covering needs! Mertel Carpets is conveniently located on the east side of Highway 101 just north of the Marin Civic Center on Redwood Boulevard.
Mertel Carpets, Inc. | 4212 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903 | mertelcarpets.com
Your Local Plumbing Contractor For All Your Plumbing Needs Serving Marin County & Beyond for Three Generations
Service & Repair Drain Cleaning Line Locating New Construction/ Remodels Leak Inspection Sewer Video Inspection Backﬂow Testing
Free Estimate Available
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P.O. Box 750294 Petaluma , CA 94975 www.pineappleplanet.com 707.778.2151
Kendra Chamberlain 415.308.6110
300 Drakes Landing Rd Greenbrae, CA 94904 www.jasonsrestaurant.com 415.925.0808
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The Marin Builders Association is proud of our publication Marin Home magazine — the essential home resource.
For more detailed information and member profiles go to: marinba.org/directory OR scan code.
We thank our members and business associates for advertising in our magazine and making this an informative tool for you and our community. Each issue includes qualified contractors, materials suppliers and service providers who are MBA members. This directory is a useful tool to help with your home and professional needs. Look for it in each edition of Marin Home!
California Contractors State License Board License Classifications & Descriptions A General Engineering Contractor B General Building Contractor C Specialty Contractor (“C” Categories of C Classifications) C-2 - Insulation and Acoustical Contractor C-4 - Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting Contractor C-5 - Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor C-6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor C-7 - Low Voltage Systems Contractor C-8 - Concrete Contractor C-9 - Drywall Contractor C10 - Electrical Contractor C11 - Elevator Contractor C12 - Earthwork and Paving Contractors C13 - Fencing Contractor C15 - Flooring and Floor Covering Contractors C16 - Fire Protection Contractor C17 - Glazing Contractor C20 - Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor C21 - Building Moving/Demolition Contractor C23 - Ornamental Metal Contractor C27 - Landscaping Contractor C28 - Lock and Security Equipment Contractor C29 - Masonry Contractor C31 - Construction Zone Traffic Control Contractor
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C32 - Parking and Highway Improvement Contractor C33 - Painting and Decorating Contractor C34 - Pipeline Contractor C35 - Lathing and Plastering Contractor C36 - Plumbing Contractor C38 - Refrigeration Contractor C39 - Roofing Contractor C42 - Sanitation System Contractor C43 - Sheet Metal Contractor C45 - Sign Contractor C46 - Solar Contractor C47 - General Manufactured Housing Contractor C50 - Reinforcing Steel Contractor C51 - Structural Steel Contractor C53 - Swimming Pool Contractor C54 - Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor C55 - Water Conditioning Contractor C57 - Water Well Drilling Contractor C60 - Welding Contractor C61 - Limited Specialty ASB - Asbestos Certification HAZ - Hazardous Substance Removal Certification
HOME RESOURCE GUIDE
Licensed Contractors, Materials Suppliers & Associated Services ACCOUNTING Account Works
Petersen Design Associates, LLC
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel & Sand
Standards Of Excellence
ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS
April 1st Design
Able Concrete Pumping
unionbank.com C.L.Y. Incorporated
Art Wasserman & Company
Redwood Credit Union
Studio Snaidero Bay Area
Brock Wagstaff Architects
Devincenzi Concrete Construction
AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE
High Definition Home Inc.
Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.
Ken Kay Associates
Kitchens by Ken Ryan
California Space Organizers, Inc.
Marin Landscape Materials
wagstaffarchitects.com Crossland Construction Accounting
Janus Design Consulting
CSM & M, An Accountancy Corporation
Imbimbo Concrete, Inc. lic.638907 A,C8
Eckhoff Accountancy Corp. 415.499.9400
Lofrano Architecture Sculpture Design
SRS Custom Integration
Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc.
srscustomintegration.com Michael Rex Associates
BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
lic.537763 C6 415.454.5025
Neumann Sloat Blanco Architects, LLP
Bank Of Marin
Steinbach Cabinet Shop
Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architects
Presidio Bank 415.456.6000
The Last Inch, Inc.
Martin & Harris
The Accounting Specialist
appianwaypaverstones. com Shamrock Materials, Inc. 707.781.9000
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Van Midde & Son Concrete
Marin Web Design
Pat Trainor Drywall
Independent Electric Supply, Inc.
MacQuarrie Electrical Services
Pacific Expositions Company
Viking Pavers, Inc.
Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.
ILS Associates, Inc.
DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING & DEMOLITION
CONSTRUCTIONMANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING
Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.
Dibble & Company 415.488.4017
Mike Brown Electric Company
Ross Construction Services
Colonia Electric Inc.
VHS Associates, Inc.
Marin Sanitary Service
CREATIVE SERVICES, MARKETING & PR
Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.
Strom Electric, Inc.
Oberkamper & Associates Civil Engineers
Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction
Project Management Services, LLC
and them design 415.747.4345
RV Stich Construction, Inc.
lic.530135 A B,C21 510.412.9070
Boylan Point Agency
L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc. 415.382.7713
John C. Hom & Associates
Royal Wholesale Electric
Barbary Coast Consulting
ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc.
Artistic Lighting & Electric
Whiteside Construction Corporation
Paganini Enterprises 415.755.4141
Maltby Electric Supply Co.
synapseelectric.com I. Cannan Electric lic.736435 C10
W. Bradley Electric, Inc.
R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc.
Idex Global Services Inc.
Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer
North Bay Drywall & Plastering, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE FENCING, DECKING & SIDING
Advance Business Services
GARAGE DOORS & GATES
B Street Builders
Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.
Alten Construction, Inc.
Ballard Inc. dba Inspired Environments
North Bay Overhead Doors Inc.
Bay County Builders, Inc.
Northgate Garage Door, Inc.
Anthony Vitale, General Contractor
GENERAL BUILDING - RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NEW & REMODEL
lic.940470 B,C33 707.280.5740
lic.516987 B 415.444.5554
FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS
cloughconstruction.com Empire Floors Marin County Sidewall
FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES
Eureka Valley Floor Company
415.454.8000 lic.914976 B, C9, C35
lic.397118 C15 415.479.1676
floortexdesign.com Collins & Company Wealth Managers
Giuliani Flooring, Inc.
David White & Associates
Mertel Carpets lic.414490 C15
38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc.
BB&B Builders Inc. lic.866058 B,A 415.485.2921
Better Built Construction
Antonis Construction Building & Painting
Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
BHM Construction, Inc.
A.E. Nelson Construction
noleak.com Arntz Builders, Inc.
James L. Arrigoni 415.847.3131
BMC Contractors Inc.
Abacus Group Builders, Inc.
rafaelfloors.com Remote Swipe
Bruce F. Goudie
Arrington Construction Adventures In Production
Build It Construction
Arruda Construction Inc.
Suiter Financial Systems
Alan Taylor, General Contractor
Asbestos Control Center
lic.871010 B 415.272.7751
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Caletti Jungsten Construction
Diego Brothers, Inc. lic.419030 A,B
Fairway Design & Construction, Inc.
Floyd Construction, Inc.
Creatively Built, Inc.
Hayes & Associates
Diego Quality Construction
Hennessey Construction, Inc.
CDK Builders Inc.
Cypress Grove Homes/ H-Y-H Corporation
Fontana Construction Inc.
lic.644649 B 415.497.6317
Doug Monti Construction
Hitchcock Construction Co.
Chalstrom Builders Inc.
Hoffmann Construction, Inc.
Charles Melin, General Contractor
Dan Young Construction, Inc.
Horick Builders, Inc.
Cherokee Construction lic.427589 B
Eco Valley Construction
Christopher Clark Contracting
Dennis Webb Construction
Glen Rupiper Construction
lic.402434 B 415.488.4037
Gubbins Building Company, Inc.
Hoytt Inspection Services Inc.
Envision Builders, Inc.
conroybuilders.com Desmond & Wallace Inc. Contra-Spect, Ltd.
Cove Construction lic.965295 B
Di Giorgio Contracting Company
ESM Enterprise General Contractor
Huts And Castles A Construction Co. Inc.
Hammond & Company
hammondfinehomes.com Imperial Contracting Harte Building & Design, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.
KCK Builders, Inc.
MW General Contracting
Meylan Construction, Inc.
Pete Niederberger & Sons
Michael L. King
Plath & Co.
James E. Wilson Construction
Kelly Pacific Construction
Maloney Construction, Inc.
Mill Valley Builders, Inc.
James G. Lino Construction
Kerr Construction, Inc.
Mariner Homes, Inc.
Jeff Hicks Construction lic.345479 B
Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor
Powerhouse Building, Inc.
lic.797313 B 415.446.0188
Murray Building lic.646709 B,A, LEED AP
Precision General Commercial Contractors
Mariposa Contractors Inc.
Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc.
Kor General Contracting
Massa Construction Company
Nichelini & Sons, Inc.
John A. Young, Builder
Lamperti Contracting & Design
Radco & Associates Inc.
Max Design & Construction
Norman Charles Construction Inc.
Ravano & Cooney Construction
Property Design lic.433008 B 415.456.5172
John C. Hill Construction
Mayer and Company
John Pope, Inc.
lmbuilders.com John Romaidis Construction
McDevitt & McDevitt Construction
Larry Smith Construction, Inc.
Pagan Construction, LLC
Richard De Nola
McGuire & Sons Construction
PB Realty Investments Inc.
Rivas Building Group
Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders
Pennypacker/Drake Home Building Inc.
Lucas Valley Designs
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
Rogers Remodel, Inc. lic.839810 B
Tom J. Collins Construction
Von Der Werth, Inc.
Ron Barney Construction Co.
Steere Building & Woodworking
Roy A. Tanner Builder
RPB Construction, Inc.
Weiss Company, Inc. Tom Rank Construction
Stephen L. Pasquan
West Bay Builders, Inc.
Sterling & Company
Tom Redmond Construction Inc.
rushtonhawley.com S.L.M. Builders
GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND
Mann Excavation & Demolition
mannexcavation.com Whitcomb Construction
sissco.com Tomrose Construction, Inc.
All Terrain, Inc.
Steve Moylan Construction
lic.733347 B 415.898.2938
lic.818660 B 415.892.0403
Tom Ganley Construction
Trainor Commercial Construction, Inc.
Wilkinson Design & Construction
C. Hammond Construction
T.H. Eller Construction
William G. Taylor Construction Corp.
S.S. Caveney Construction
Central Valley Environmental
Wine Country Builders, Inc.
Trevor E. Hopkins Construction
CSS Environmental Services, Inc.
Thomas Gibbs, Licensed Tradesman
Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.
S.R. Allied Builders, Inc. lic.399932 B 707.795.6595
San Anselmo Construction Services
lic.381529 B 415.453.6772
Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens
lic.460795 B 415.927.1171
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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.
lunnypaving.com Thornton Paving Inc.
forsterpump.com Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.
Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.
George Family Enterprises Inc.
Bayside HVAC Products LLC
Dickson Company Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Turbin Design Associates
Michael Paul Company, Inc.
W.K. McLellan Company
Downing Heating & Air Conditioning
Bolds Insurance Brokerage
Ghilotti Construction Company
Nerviani Paving, Inc.
Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning
Craford Benefit Consultants
Partners Contracting, Inc.
W.R. Forde Associates
Kelly Company Westward Builders Inc.
Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.
Gudgel Construction, Inc. lic.711053 A,B 530.624.7998
Peter A. Davis Engineering Contractor
Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Hillside Drilling, Inc.
hillsidedrilling.com JS Company
RG Digs Engineering Contractor
ramaticiins.com Ongaro & Sons
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
Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc. lic.416913 C20,C43
Jenkins Insurance Services 916.576.1528
Lee Mechanical, Inc.
Trahan Bros. Inc.
John Reuscher, ChFC Foothill Securities
Rockport Land Corp.
Allen Heating & Sheet Metal
Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.
Verde Metals Inc.
MOC Insurance Services
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Nelson Construction
Gary Torney Landscaping Company
The Garber Law Firm
Marin Building Supply
Weber Plastering, Inc.
The Nelson Defense Firm
Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.
torneylandscape.com Sander, Jacobs Cassayre Insurance
Irrigation Repair Service
Theodore W. Bloyd, Attorney at Law
Novato Builders Supply
Wise Insurance Agency
H. Lee Evans
Manuel Vasquez Landscaping
Hanson Bridgett LLP
LOCK & SECURITY
Marin Lock and Safe
The Home Depot
Rafael Lumber Company
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
James D. Rohde
North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.
Jaret & Jaret
Redwood Security Systems, Inc.
Truitt & White Lumber
Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.
Outdoor Environments lic.707006 C27
Kate Warner, Construction Lawyer
Ovelle Irrigation and Landscape Constr.
Law Office of Daniel Gamer
Adobe Lumber, Inc.
Mark J. Rice, Esq.
DHC Supplies Inc.
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
Jim Nichelini Masonry lic.302025 B,C29
lic.962905 C27 415.453.4675
Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc. lic.396345 C29
Dan Fix Landscape Construction
McLennon Law Corporation
Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company
The Land Collaborative
London Chimney Services, Inc.
Golden State Lumber Inc.
thelandcollaborative.com Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance lic.748791 C27
LATHING & PLASTERING
Frey Plastering, Inc. Frank Bidaurreta Landscape Contractor
goldenstatelumber.com Resolution Remedies Goodman Building Supply
lic.324866 C9,C35 415.897.4510
Marshall Foster Masonry
Petty Masonry Inc.
Jackson’s Hardware, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc.
Marin City Community Development Corporation
Sun Iron Works, Inc.
Marin Color Service, Inc.
Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply
PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING
MEDICAL - SAFETY
Michael Anderson Painting
Gary Head and Partners Painting Corp.
Global Medical and Safety
Aqua Stop Waterproofing
Giampolini & Company
Migale Painting Company
Post Street Occupational Medicine
MOVING & STORAGE
Bay Area Lead Detectors
De La Montanya Trucking
Boeck & Associates Painting Company
J & R Thompson, Inc.
Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage
North Marin Painting, Inc.
J.B. Markel Painting
Brescia-Stone Painting, Inc.
Johnson & Daly Moving & Storage
Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.
Ad-Lite Crane Service lic.898121 D21
Bob Kunst Painting, Inc. lic.346191 C33
Pac West Painting Inc. lic.848109 C33,B
jdmovers.com Cap’s Painting Company
Marin Independent Journal
Clisham Painting & Decorating
John Seidler Painting lic.699739 C33
Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc.
Energy Calc Company
Edit Organizing 415.747.8800
energycalcco.com Lynch & Sons 415.459.9823
ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL
KBI Painting, Inc.
David Freeman Painting
Robert Walther Painting lic.910245 C33
Marin Country Club
Castaneda Iron Works
castanedairon.com Pacific Gas & Electric 415.264.4005
Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.
Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.
Degregory Painting & Decorating
Sequoia Painting Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Denny’s House of Plumbing
Plumbing Repair Specialists
Minuteman Press of Marin
Nancy M. Marion
Tamalpais Paint & Color
Tim Kerrigan Painting lic.715319 C33
Tom Jenkins Painting
Gotelli Plumbing Company
Universal Protective Coatings
Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.
minuteman-marin.com RPM Mortgage
PROPANE & BUTANE
Roto Rooter Plumbers
De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor
Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.
Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc. Harry Lee Plumbing
REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
Wendy Aronson Property Management
Naturworks Pest Control
Ares Commercial Properties
Thomas and Associates
Marin Mechanical, Inc.
seadriftrealty.com Stewart Title of California
Rubenstein Supply Company
McPhail Fuel Co.
PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION
MacPhail Properties, Inc.
RENTAL, EQUIPMENT & EVENTS Big 4 Party Rentals
ASAP Plumbing, Inc.
Todd Morris Fire Protection
Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.
Cal Pox, Inc.
Caro Asset Management, Inc.
Burkell Plumbing, Inc.
Ferguson Safety Products
lic.983208 B, C20, C36
Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.
CSB Harvest Company
DMH Land Use Planning
City Front Plumbing
Cal-West Rentals Inc.
fergusonsafety.com T&B Sports
Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc.
Hendrickson Development Inc.
Allied Building Products
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE SCAFFOLDING
TILE & STONE
North Gate Scaffold Inc.
Bay Area Bluestone
Marin County Arborists, Inc.
De Mello Roofing
Glass & Sash Inc.
Henris Roofing Company
Signage & Parking Area Striping
Marin County Roofing
glassandsash.com Hudson Street Design of Marin 415.924.8300
Marin Tree Service Ceramic Tile Design
McGovern Skylight Specialist
CTW Designs 415.883.8861
Treemasters Tree and Garden Care
Mission Wood Products
bruce-enterprises.com McLeran, Inc. lic.474230 C39
Davis Sign Company, Inc.
Dennett Tile & Stone Inc.
Morris Roofing Company
Galliani Tile Company
Horizon Glass Tinting
Novato Glass, Inc.
treemasters.com Mueller Mirror & Glass Inc. lic.462285 C17
morris-roofing.com Northbay Roofing & Gutters, Inc.
solarcraft.com London Tile
lic.834387 C43,C39 707.529.7774
Sun First, Inc.
Shades Of Marin
Old Town Glass
WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS
Pacific Door & Hardware
Northern Pacific Roofing
Marquino Tile Marble Ceramic & Mosaic
STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES
Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.
CLP Resources, Inc.
Superior Roofing & Gutter Co.
Larry C. Levy, Consultant
Miconi Marble & Tile
Pacific Door Products, Inc.
Alan Garmeson Flat/ Bent Glass Sales
MLS Tile lic.602910 C54
Wedge Roofing, Inc.
Tile West lic.551058 C54
Andersen Windows & Doors
Window Worx lic.416737 C37,C43,B,C2 888.763.7663
Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc.
lic.758998 C17 415.451.4856
West Coast Professional Door, Inc.
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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.
Ask to see the contractor’s pocket license and a current photo ID.
Ask for a current list of contact information (telephone number and business address) for the contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Find out from your local building department whether your project needs a building permit, and confirm that your contractor will obtain all necessary permits.
Get at least three contractor bids and references, and check out, in person, recent projects by the prospective contractors that had similar specifications.
Ask whether your contractor carries general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
Make sure all project materials and expectations are spelled out and signed in a written contract, including clean- up, debris removal, and site security. Ask your contractor if he or she understands exactly what you want.
Have a timetable for each phase of your project and the corresponding payment schedule spelled out in the contract. Do not let payments get ahead of the work.
10. Pay no more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.* 11. Never pay in cash. 12. Keep all of your project documents, including payments, in a job file. 13. Try researching your contractor’s name online for additional reviews—but consider the source. Protect yourself from
unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors.
Protect yourself from unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors. • •
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