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EAST MEETS WEST A CAPE COD-STYLE MAKEOVER BY LOCAL DESIGN DREAM TEAM

A MODEL REMODEL EXPERT TIPS FROM REVIVAL PRO JAMBA CONSTRUCTION

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CONTENTS

WINTER 2014 REMODEL ISSUE

FEATURES 28 EAST MEETS WEST A determined homeowner with East Coast roots refuses to give up on her Marin dream house. By Leilani Marie Labong

28 DEPARTMENTS 08 EDITOR’S PAGE 10 CALENDAR 12  HE SAID SHE SAID Give your home a noticeable face-lift without major reconstructive surgery.

14  ICONS & INNOVATORS

SPECIAL SECTION 44 GREEN CORNER

38 MADE OF MARIN

Green Up Your Next Home Project.

A Showcase of Local Businesses that Enrich Our Homes and Lives.

46 FINANCIAL WELLNESS Fiscal Fitness in 2014. Local Finance, Insurance & Legal Experts Weigh In.

52 HOME WITH HOUZZ

Mendy Calegari of Marin Roto-Rooter.

Award-Winning Design Firm Cathleen Gouveia Design.

16  THE NAIL DOWN

54 MBA BULLETIN

Must Haves and Must Dos for the New Year.

MBA Membership Mixer at Italics Tile, Annual Holiday Open House at Marin Builders Association.

24  AT HOME Live Today. Tomorrow.

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74 MEET A MEMBER Eric Ziedrich of Hudson Street Design.

40 THE SHOP A Model Remodel. Jamba Construction. ON THE COVER: The Garay House: A Modern Revival in Tiburon. Built by Marin Builders Association member Jamba Construction, designed by Swatt Miers Architects (Emeryville) and photography by Russell Abraham.

RESOURCES 59 HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Find licensed Marin Builders Association (MBA) members for your next home improvement project.

Need a professional? Look for this arrow icon throughout Marin Home, and find web links to learn more about MBA members and the services they provide.

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

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS COPY EDITOR ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY

Marin Builders Association Aimi Dutra Klif Knoles Terrence Knoles Serene Buckley, Leilani Marie Labong,  Kathryn Loosli Pritchett, Casey Mazzoni, Liz Savage  Diane Borden, Richard DeRamon,  Sara Moseley, Mark J. Rice Liz Savage Erin Stenvers Trevor Henley, Sam Belletto

— ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Paula Krause, Barbara Jones, Kellie Buono — EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Jim Schalich, Tyler Doherty, Tom Barr, John Busick, Jeff Mertel, Klif Knoles — MARIN BUILDERS ASSOCIATION 2014 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS Jim Schalich, Tyler Doherty, Tom Barr, John Busick, Jeff Mertel, Oliver Dibble, Keith Dotto, Aimi Dutra, Clayton Fraser, Dave Garbarino, Dick Ghilotti, Jeff Grady, Diane Henderson, Dan McLennon, Herb Moran, Rob Scerri, Dave Trahan, Michelle Whiteside — To subscribe, email publications@marinba.org or call 415.462.1220 For advertising information, email erin@marinba.org or call 415.246.8025 To submit a letter to the editor, email editor@marinhomemagazine.com with the subject line “letter to the editor”

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Photo by Gary Yost

Yogini, Susan Hauser, takes a moment amidst the harmonious hustle and bustle of the Marin Farmers Market. “Hi! How are you?” “Ugh, really busy!” “Ridiculously busy!!!!” “SOOOO BUSY!!!!” Sound familiar? This exchange is happening daily in our homes, our workplaces, and our community gathering spaces– yes, even at our farmers markets, the proverbial promised land of slowing down. No place is sacred when it comes to the pervasive culture of BUSY. When did we let the state of busy become the mantra that defines our lives? It’s time to stop the glorification of busy. What if we used FOOD as our daily reminder to take a breath, be fully present, and express some gratitude? It doesn’t matter where your food is coming from, although we love seeing your shining face. This is bigger than us; this is the health and sanity of our community. Here’s a short list of some things we can all do more of: Cook. Set a table. Chew your food slowly. Avoid grabbing lunch with a computer or dinner with a TV. Toast a glass or say a prayer. We’re all in this together– yes, we’ve been known to describe ourselves as SOOO BUSY too. Let’s jumpstart a revolution, a peaceful protest of the all-consuming culture of busy, and let it begin with your next bite. Namaste.

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EDITOR’S PAGE GREAT LOCAL FINDS

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new year means a fresh new outlook—for you, your home, and our magazine! It’s the perfect time to refresh, rejuvenate, and revive. So why not go big and make those changes count? Thinking about a new hairstyle or bold new hair color? Take the leap, but don’t stop there. Freshen up your home as well. How about finally giving your kitchen a mini-makeover with new countertops and showcasing them with a new lighting design? Embarking on a new workout regimen? Remember: no pain, no gain. Trim the fat personally and in your home. Now is the perfect time to slim down the clutter in your abode and build out that dream closet or much needed office space! Ready to start eating healthier? Who isn’t, especially now that we’ve woken from our holiday food coma? Indulge in healthy choices at our local farmers market, and bring those treasures home to your new custom-built pantry! In 2014, the Marin Home team will be filling the pages of each edition with inspiration for big changes in your home and in your life— all locally focused! The new year is yours! Make 2014 a year of renewal for you and your home, and let your imagination, passion, and style be your guide!

Aimi Dutra Editor-in-chief

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GET COZY West Elm’s “Softest” throw is the perfect warming layer for those cold days or nights. Wrap yourself up and relax! West Elm Strawberry Village, Mill Valley www.westelm.com

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CALENDAR

JANUARY

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Loving Spoonfuls @ Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley

Winter WINEland presented by Wine Road - Northern Sonoma County @ Sonoma County

29 Wine Dinner @ Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, Novato

23 Fresh Starts Chef Events: A Fresh Taste of the Season with Farmshop @ Homeward Bound of Marin: The Next Key Center, Novato

31 Marin Builders Association Annual Crab Feed to Support Scholarship Program @ Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato

24 Paint the Town Red Novato’s 54th Birthday Celebration @ Downtown Novato

Check our calendar for more events, seminars, and updates at marinba.org

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MARCH

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18th Annual Marin Valentine’s Ball: Romance under the Serengeti Stars @ Marin Civic Center Hall, San Rafael

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival & BBQ @ Dance Palace, Point Reyes

9 HeadsUp Battle of the Bands @ Marin Rod and Gun Club, San Rafael

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20 Marin County Farm Day @ Marin Center Exhibition Hall, San Rafael

20 The Business of Fashion @ Renaissance Center Marin, San Rafael

Chinese New Year Festival @ Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

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Spring Celebration @ Downtown Novato

Marin Builders Association Mixer @ Big 4 Party, Bel Marin Keys

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Home Horoscopes

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Hear that, Capricorn? That’s the sound of your house settling amidst a series of dramatic changes in 2014. It’s been a trying time, but trust that the recent upheaval will be for the better. You may be wondering how to move forward under the scrutiny of nosy neighbors or family members who are all too eager to offer unsolicited advice. This is a time to take your plans inward for improvements to dark and hidden spaces. Clean out those closets, crawl spaces, attics, and basements. There is no better place to start making room for new memories.

Aquarians are known to be friendly, and your affable nature will drive your projects towards a community spirit in 2014. This can take on many forms in home improvement for indoor or outdoor upgrades. If you remain focused on maximizing the flow of your fetes this year, you are certain to inspire cheerful gatherings filled with friends and family. Your curiosity draws you to collect unusual items and goods, so embrace that compulsion with more trips to the antique store or flea market. Nothing sparks conversation better than a whimsical centerpiece, or two.

Few are as creative and sensitive as you, Pisces, but your modesty can get the best of you. 2014 is the year for you to shine with your most imaginative project yet—one that will celebrate form over function. Consider a dramatic reconstruction of an entire space, and turn it into an expressive canvas of your own design. Is it a secret entrance to a private study, or a loft with a fireman’s pole? Whatever you’ve been dreaming of, do it. Great ideas only seem absurd when critical thoughts poison their magic.

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HE SAID SHE SAID

Dear He & She, Every winter like clockwork, my wife decides to take on a new home project to kick off the new year. This year I want to surprise her with some novel ideas to bring to the table. What are some surefire ways to give a home a noticeable face-lift without major reconstructive surgery?

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HE SAID Dear Paul, Oh, the trusty New Year’s resolution. The improvement bug seems to hit women quicker than us guys, who are still recovering from the holiday coma. Didn’t we JUST spend the last few weekends on a ladder taking down all the lights and decorations? In any case, I agree that it’s a good idea to think about this now and get a jumpstart on spring so you’re not caught with your pants down. If you think you’ve done enough to the front of your home, think again. You can always do more to wow your friends and neighbors, and to make passersby do a double take at the sheer magnificence of your abode. The fi rst thing to think about is a total front-door upgrade. I’m talking color, texture, glass, detailing, fi xtures—the works. Make it count, because the front door is your home’s fi rst and last impression, and a portal for functional cool. If your front door doesn’t face the street, the same rules apply to garage doors. Think bold color, integration of sheet metal, or beveled viewfi nder windows to immediately pack a punch. On the fl ipside, subtle changes around the borders of your yard can go far. If you have a driveway, “edging” is a simple way to create defi nition and elegance. Add bricks, pavers, and stone to outline the sides. It can be level or elevated; the variation in materials alone will draw the eye to a noticeable change. Need more ideas? Try a complete mailbox makeover with custom numbers for your address, or upgrade your light fi xtures. It all depends on what you have to work with and what you’re willing to spend to create a sense of harmony one section at a time. I have faith you’ll fi nd something that works for you this season. —He

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SHE SAID Dear Paul, He sure has some grand ideas about curb appeal, and that’s always a good thing. But this time, I’d say focus on the beauty within. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—the devil is always in the details. Whether you’ve been at your current home five years or fi fteen, it’s easy to fall into a design rut. It’s common to feel a dramatic makeover is the ticket, when it’s truly the little things that are bringing your potential down. A fresh coat of paint will always give the biggest bang for your buck, but that’s a no-brainer. Do you have the same art hanging in the same spaces? Are your area rugs helping or hindering your imagination? Unexpected items can double as an installation—think of hanging a cluster of decorative plates, or some antique silver trays hiding in the attic. Even some basic rearranging and integrating a new item or two can have a lasting impact. Remember, it’s all about how you frame it— literally. Frames have a shelf life too, and replacing your favorite photos or prints in contemporary styles might be the secret sauce for helping you envision a new layout. As He mentioned, light fi xtures are common culprits not to be overlooked. I can’t express enough how often replacing old, overhead fans has helped transform a room. Chandeliers are a hot trend and can infuse striking personality, but you can also explore the amazing selection of available fi xtures to express your personal style. In fact, take a close look at lighting sources in every room. If you rely on traditional lamps, an easy fi x is swapping out the shades for new ones, but some pieces might be ready to retire to Goodwill or your favorite charity. There is a fi ne line between vintage and outdated, something garish or a cool statement piece. Make sure it makes sense in the space before you decide. Good luck! —She

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ICONS & INNOVATORS

Pipes & Pumps

Mendy Calegari

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any would consider the plumbing business no place for a lady. Marin Roto-Rooter president Mendy Calegari stands tall in her four-inch heels and says “Why not?” text by Kathryn Loosli Pritchett/ photography by Trevor Henley

Calegari’s family has been in the plumbing business for three generations. Her great-uncle started the Roto-Rooter franchise in Marin County in 1957. Her father, Don, began helping out his uncle while on vacation from his bank job and found he preferred working outside an office. Don came on as a full-time employee in 1968; eight years later he bought the franchise from his uncle. At that time the business was located in Bel Marin Keys, and Calegari remembers loving to hang out at the office after school watching her dad and uncle go out to jobs while her grandfather worked the phones as a dispatcher. Young Mendy took her turns at the phones as well. “Dad had a terrific work ethic, but it meant he was away from home a lot,” says Calegari. “Helping out in the office was a great way to spend time with him and see firsthand the family’s strong commitment to serving the public well.” Calegari grew up and moved away to Southern California where she worked for a law firm in Los Angeles, but she eventually ended up back in the Bay Area. When the plumbing company’s longtime office manager decided to retire, Calegari’s father called wondering if she’d be willing to come into the family business as the new

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office manager. “We could really use you here,” he said. So back to the office it was. This time Calegari was expected to do more than handle the phones. At the time, the company had an old Tandy computer, but invoices and correspondence were generated on a typewriter and payroll was done by hand. “I lead the tech revolution when I came onboard,” says Calegari. Seventeen years later, Calegari is still keen to stay on top of technology with new software as well as using tablets and smart phones to keep the staff up to date. The business was the first in the Bay Area to use trenchless technology and continues to employ the most current technologies. “Our industry has really evolved in the past few years, and there’s a lot of competition. So we’re always trying to be one step ahead,” says Calegari. Though she handily runs the business now, she admits that an early challenge was getting the crew to take her seriously and respect her. “There were concerns that my dad had just handed the business to me and that I had no idea what I was doing,” says Calegari. “I had to show the staff that even if I wasn’t in the trenches, I knew what was going on there.” Throwing herself into the business meant a lot of hours and, in hindsight, too much micromanaging once her dad

“WHEN YOU GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, THE COMMUNITY WILL GIVE BACK TO YOU” started to turn more of the day-to-day business operation over to her. “I had to learn to trust my employees and managers— I couldn’t wear all the hats all the time,” says Calegari. “I also had to develop a good relationship with my employees so that even if we didn’t see eye to eye on a solution to a problem, we’d hang in there until we worked it out. Now we’re a team.” Calegari also decided not to shy away from her ultrafeminine persona, becoming the face of the company in pink coveralls and yes, those four-inch heels, all part of a “Pipes & Pumps” marketing campaign. “Part of the campaign is just being true to who I am—I’m always in heels,” says Calegari. “But I also think that both men and women clients trust me because I am a woman in a man’s business—I’m your go-to girl when a problem arises.” Calegari is also a devoted philanthropist, especially

when it comes to children and animals. She supports organizations near and dear to her heart, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties, Sunny Hills Services, North Bay Children’s Center, and the Marin Humane Society. Combining her love of sports and philanthropy, Calegari participates in and supports local school and sports programs, including San Ramon Elementary’s Lap A Thon and Walk to School Day, Novato Little League programs, and San Rafael’s baseball team, The Pacifics. “My philosophy is when you give back to the community, the community will give back to you,” says Calegari.

To learn more about MBA member Mendy Calegari and Marin Roto-Rooter visit marinba.org/directory

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THE NAIL DOW N

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

MUST HAVE Breathe, Yes, Breathe! Los Angeles artist R. Nichols and San Francisco fragrance designer Gary McNatton collaborated to create a heavenly line of aromatic candles that are the epitome of a must have. The Breathe candle (featured here) is the scent of relaxing in a field of French lavender. Yes, please! Available at Hudson Grace Marin Country Mart 415.459.7400 www.hudsongracesf.com $45

Nestle In Turn up the heat, or cool it down. The Nest Thermostat learns what temperatures you like and builds a personalized schedule. Teach it efficient temperatures for a few days, and, within a week, it’ll start setting them on its own. MBA member Patriot Mechanical can help you develop the perfect comfort level in your home. Patriot Mechanical 415.444.0888 www.patriotmechanical.com

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MUST HAVE Class Up Your Cup of Joe With the limited edition Golden Monogrammed Mug, your favorite morning ritual goes luxe. One cup won’t be enough when you’re sipping out of these eye-catching mugs. Available at Anthropologie The Village at Corte Madera 415.924.4197 www.anthropologie.com $10

Percolate with Perfection Turn your kitchen into a café. Brew up the perfect cup of coffee with the touch of a button. For the coffee novice or the most jaded barista, this specially brewed cup of coffee will definitely be a crowd pleaser. Available at Standards of Excellence San Rafael 415.453.6070 kitchenandplumbing.com/ standards-of-excellence

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MUST DO Take a Seat & Stay Awhile Entertain your guests in the comforts of a welldesigned Great Room. MBA member Plath & Company is a master of creating the ultimate gathering place. Whether you’re entertaining or simply cozying up before the fireplace for some much needed family time, you are sure to feel the warmth of their design and flow. Plath & Company General Contractors 415.460.1575 www.plathco.com

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MUST HAVE Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Make the ultimate first impression with this monogrammed, hand-hammered brass door knocker. The entrance to your home sets the tone—create a memorable one. Pottery Barn The Village at Corte Madera 415.924.1392 www.potterybarn.com $59

Make a Grand Impression A custom entry door is a unique expression of what makes your home your own. Find the perfect fit, and you will have a work of art that rewards you every time you open it. Golden State Lumber 415.454.2532 www.goldenstatelumber.com

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AT HOME

Live Tomorrow. Today.

text by Sara Moseley illustrations by Terrence Knoles

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t’s been a long day topped off with a terrible commute. Inching up 101, brake light after brake light, starting, stopping. Finally, your exit! You pull into your driveway. But before you can even step one foot (the one with the broken heel) out of your car (into a puddle), your front door unlocks; the security system is disarmed. The thermostat has been anticipating your arrival so your home is temperature-perfect by the time you trip over the threshold and into the foyer. As you pick yourself off the floor, you can hear your favorite song from your favorite playlist in the background. The interior and exterior lights have been adjusted prior to your arrival as well, and your electric blinds have been drawn to provide the perfect amount of natural light for this time of day. » 24  W I N T E R 2 0 1 4  MARIN HOME


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AT HOME

“IT’S ALL ABOUT SEAMLESS INTEGRATION— KEEPING THE ‘HOW THINGS WORK’ IN THE BACKGROUND SO YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR MOVIE, YOUR MUSIC, YOUR LIFE” The Smart Home. Who wouldn’t want one? And where can I get one? When I met with Scott Sullivan, president of SoundVision in Novato, I expected to see lots of flashing lights, buttons, and cords. Because doesn’t high performance technology require all that? But what struck me was something else. The absence of all those things. “It’s all about seamless integration—keeping the ‘how things work’ in the background so you can enjoy your movie, your music, your life,” says Sullivan. I’m seated in a tastefully appointed room with a comfy leather couch but not much else. “There are

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three TVs in this room,” Sullivan tells me. I look around. I don’t see them. The first hides behind a piece of beautifully framed art on the wall. A button on a remote quietly lifts the print to reveal a high-definition screen. The speakers? I don’t see those either. “Built into the wall,” he says. The second is even harder to find. I finally notice a small trapdoor opening in the ceiling. A projection screen seamlessly and quietly reveals itself. The projector on the opposite wall turns on, and now we’re in the middle of a high-speed motorcycle race in Brazil. We find the third television in a credenza that, with a touch of a button, emerges out of

nowhere. (Imagine that at the foot of your bed.) And the control center couldn’t be any easier. With a tablet or a smart phone, adjustments can be made from virtually anywhere. SoundVision can integrate nearly all of the electronics in your home. “We can pretty much do anything,” Sullivan says. “Our clients are always blown away by what even the smallest changes in their tech life can make. Essentially, you can live in the home of the future right now.”

To learn more about MBA member Scott Sullivan and SoundVision visit marinba.org/directory


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S T A E • meets •

A determined homeowner with East Coast roots refuses to give up on her Marin dream house.

by Leilani Marie Labong photography by Trevor Henley

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n 1985 when Marcia Kaplan and her husband Marty bought their family home in San Rafael, it looked like a rundown midcentury dwelling—the utilitarian, rectilinear style had lost its panache in those days. (Though, to be fair, the style has experienced a 21st century resurgence.) “We bought it because I wanted to live on the water,” says Marcia. Indeed, the home, located in the posh Country Club district, is a stone’s throw away from the shores of San Rafael Bay. “I grew up on the East Coast, so the water is in my blood.” Even though their realtor seemed to think that the home was beyond repair, the Kaplans remained undeterred—come hell or high water, they would build their Cape Cod-style dream house on this prized piece of land. Their architect, Dean Jones of the eponymous Tiburon design studio, was also dauntless in his mission, transforming the previously plain digs into what it is today: a generous grayshingled Cape Cod with bright and lofty rooms, lots of bay windows, sun-drenched window seats, and a stunning roofline of turrets and gable dormers—a drastic difference from the flat-roofed original. »

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CAPE COD...

...NAUTICAL COLORS; COZY, OVERSIZE SEATING; BIG ART AND BOLD PRINTS

So impressive was the house that soon after the renovation was completed in 1986, the Marin Designers Showcase approached the Kaplans about using their home for the annual charity event, in which local decorators each assume responsibility for transforming one room of a stunning home into their own chic tableau. The result is a house that’s usually well-appointed, but not necessarily cohesive. “That was okay because I had a lot of input,” says Marcia. “But when we volunteered the house again in 1998, I didn’t get to have any control. It was a disaster.” The designers’ missteps were so numerous that even the homeowner, overwhelmed just thinking about it, has trouble teasing out a few

such aesthetic breaches, but finally focuses on the kitchen: the cherry cabinets felt generic, walls were faux-finished in a “putrid pea green,” and the space was anchored by a modern L-shaped island made of black granite. Needless to say, given Marcia’s proclivity for the breezy Cape Cod style, such a heavy, contemporary design didn’t exactly click. The rest of the rooms, she says, embodied a confused “Tuscany comes to Cape Cod” vibe. “For 14 years, I hated the look of this house,” says Marcia, who also notes that she and her husband had contemplated selling it, citing typical empty nesters’ logic: “It really is more space than we need at this point in our lives,” she

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says. But perhaps the home’s sentimental value outweighed any resentment she harbored over the calamities of the second designer showcase. After all, their son and daughter had grown up in the house, and since the design foibles were only cosmetic, Marcia—who admits that she and her husband come to Marin between seasons, splitting the time with their place in Baja California on the Sea of Cortez—embarked on a mission to give the beloved family home a makeover. A fateful trip to New Zealand had provided the inspiration for the new tableau. “We stayed in a beautiful place that looked like my house on the outside, and on the inside was exactly my style,” says Marcia, whose interpretation of the Cape Cod look equates to nautical colors; cozy, oversize seating; big art and bold prints. She hired designer Annie Bowman, owner of the San Rafael home-furnishings showroom Sunrise Home, to unite the disjointed spaces with these elements in mind. “Annie did the family rooms in both of the designer showcases held at my house, and those were the only spaces I really connected with,” says Marcia. “I just trusted her taste.” The first order of business was the kitchen, the heart of the house and, judging by the tone of frustration in Marcia’s voice, the biggest of the showcase eyesores. “When Annie first walked into the house, she took one look at the kitchen and said, ‘OK, this needs to go,’” says Marcia.

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To set the tone for the core maritime color palette, Annie had the kitchen cabinets painted white and switched out the black granite bar for a beefy, over-scaled custom kitchen island with a rich navy-blue base. But beyond the decorative revisions, the biggest change was orienting the bar seating to face the bay. “That was the best improvement we could have made,” says Annie. The nautical shading continues in the adjacent living room, where blue and white upholstery on the pillows and seating create interest with their diverse patterns. In fact, throughout the house, this mishmash of motifs is a major source of stylistic energy. In the small guest room— formerly the Kaplans’ son’s private quarters, which, over the years, had unintentionally turned into a catchall for furniture and decor that was easier to store than to donate or

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“TO ME, THE HOUSE IS LIKE A GREAT BLACK DRESS THAT YOU CAN PLAY UP OR DOWN...”


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disperse among friends and family—the interplay between a black-and-white gingham foldout couch, the new Sunbrella striped window-seat upholstery, and the classic hunter’s plaid pillows feels a little like a cozy high-country cottage. Natural reed sunshades by Conrad add to the rustic feeling. Annie was instrumental in rearranging the Kaplans’ art collection. In the larger guest room, a sage-colored sanctuary appointed with cloudlike linen valances and heirloom furniture handed down from Marcia’s grandmother, a large painting of rolling hills is reminiscent of the West Marin landscape. A work of photorealism featuring the two young Kaplans in their element at China Camp State Park pairs well with the coral shading in the master bedroom. A pair of sheep portraits in the media room is a nod to Marcia’s beloved New Zealand. Interestingly, the

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PROJECT CREDITS MARIN BUILDERS ASSOCIATION MEMBERS Interior Designer: Annie Bowman, Sunrise Home Designs www.sunrisehome.com Kitchen Designer: Sandra Bird, Sandra Bird Designs www.sandrabird.com General Contractor: Charles Melin, General Contractor www.charlesmelingc.com glass sailboat atop the grand piano in the living room was the color inspiration for that doomed designer showcase all those years ago—now, it exists as one of the last surviving vestiges of the old design. “The art keeps the decor eclectic, but in a good way,” says Annie, who equates such accessories to pieces of jewelry. “To me, the house is like a great black dress that you can play up or down, depending on the kind of party you’re hosting, even if it’s just a party of two.”

ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS Lighting: Sherry Weller, Weller Design Cabinetry: Final Touch Finishing of Rohnert Park Built-in Seating: Sonoma Valley Woodworks Kitchen Island: Jorge Hernandez, JM Woodworkers

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MADE OF MARIN

• MADE — of — MARIN •

Introducing a new department that showcases local businesses that enrich our homes and lives. The Winter Edition focuses on The Five R’s—Renew, Revive, Refresh, Rejuvenate, and Remodel. Read on to learn how these businesses can do just that for your body and soul.

RENEW

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chic—you are covered. When the magic is complete you will walk out the doors sure to turn more than just a few heads! the-stylebar.com

REVIVE

REFRESH

A gym membership or a new workout program is a surefire way to revitalize oneself. Head on over to Bay Club Marin to get started. With 60,000 feet of luxurious facilities, this isn’t just a club—it’s a premier health and fitness resort. Members have access to the sole squash courts in Marin, along with Pilates and yoga studios, swimming and innovative group classes, and certified fitness professionals who can tailor a program to meet all your needs. bayclubmarin.com

Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a day of refreshing! The holidays were harried, the new year is here, and it is important that you have some quality ME time. Escape for a day to Stellar Spa, and find yourself in a calm and serene place with a multitude of self-indulgent treatments to choose from. The day spa offers state-of-the-art skin care, spa treatments, and retail products that use natural, organic, and sustainable ingredients. stellarspa.com

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Experience a renewal at Marin County’s only blow dry and beauty bar. Owner Cyndi Harvard and the beauty artists at The Style Bar can fulfill your every hair desire, from beautiful blowouts to complicated updos or the perfect pony. But why stop there? Once you have achieved the perfect “do”, consider completing the canvas with a mini- or full makeover. From natural daytime glow to dramatic evening


REJUVENATE

PHOTOGRAPHY - TOP PROVIDED BY SUMITS HOT YOGA OF MARIN, MIDDLE PROVIDED BY PSSPECIALISTS, BOTTOM COURTESY OF TREK AND CAVALLO POINT

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to resolve to rejuvenate one’s body and mind. Sumits Hot Yoga of Marin is the ideal place to begin your physical and spiritual healing. From the minute you walk through the doors of Darlene Arnal’s elegantly designed studio you will know you have found your haven for all things yoga. Begin your transformation, and strike a pose. Class schedules available online. sumits-yoga.com/marin

REMODEL Remodels aren’t just for the home. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Yngvar A. Hvistendahl and Dr. Stanley G. Poulos, of Plastic Surgery Specialists (PSS), are true masters of transformation. We all know that life is full of amazing experiences that impact our bodies. Let’s face it—sometimes the experience of childbirth or aging (gathering wisdom) takes its toll, and frankly, we need a remodel of our body and soul. The level of care and expertise that PSS provides its clientele is simply unmatched. From the consultation to the end result, this team does not disappoint. You are guaranteed exceptional service. psspecialists.com

STAFF PICKS

Check out what our team members prefer. We’re always on the lookout, so you can know where to start.

1. Aimi – Trek Wine, Novato www.trekwine.com 2. Terrence – Tennessee Valley www.bahiker.com 3. Erin – Cavallo Point, Sausalito www.cavallopoint.com 4. Liz – Rustic Bakery www.rusticbakery.com

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THE SHOP

A Model  Remodel

Expert tips to make the most of your next construction project text by Liz Savage / photography by Cesar Rubio

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tarting a remodeling project can be daunting. But with these pointers from revival pro Mark Swanson, founder of Jamba Construction, you’ll be ready to tackle any room in your house…or maybe even the whole thing.

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Be realistic. There are three main components to any remodel, Swanson says—cost, schedule, and quality. If you aren’t realistic in one, you won’t get the other two. For example, to achieve the highest quality, expect that the project will take longer and cost more in materials and labor. If you want it done quickly, you may need to sacrifice quality or be willing to pay a premium.

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Be transparent with your budget. People often fall in love with an architect’s design, but when they get it priced out by a contractor, it’s way over their budget, explains Swanson. Avoid the heartache by finding an architect who understands costs, or, better yet, involve your contractor early on in the design process. Also, try to complete your remodel design with as much detail as possible before the work begins. This will avoid surprises and delays.

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Show and tell.  Are you obsessed with design sites like Houzz and Pinterest? Good! Use these great design resources to collect visual aids that help you communicate your vision to your designer and contractor. “Any time I’ve seen that done it goes a long way,” Swanson says. Gather inspiration from websites, magazines, and designer showcases, and take pictures whenever you see a house or design that catches your eye. »


Photo by Ints Vikmanis

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THE SHOP

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Quality over quantity. Ideally, you won’t need to do another remodel again soon. To make the most of the experience, Swanson recommends that you spend your budget to do it right the first time. This may mean that you don’t get everything on your wish list, but he says, it’s better than cutting corners to finish everything. “Quality trumps everything else,” Swanson says.

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Prioritize. If you can’t afford to do everything now, focus on the elements that would be harder to do later. Insulation, for example, is very important, Swanson says, and inexpensive to do during a remodel. If your budget is tight, save cosmetic fixes for another project. “Make sure the nuts and bolts are in place,” says Swanson.

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More expensive materials can save you money. How can this be true? Because labor is often pricier than materials, you can save money by choosing less labor-intensive materials, like prefinished hardwood flooring. “You’ll pay a little more for something that is prefinished, but the labor to install it is much less,” he says. And as an added bonus, you’ll save time too.

Project Details Location: Belvedere

General Contractor: Jamba Construction Architect: Aleck Wilson Architects

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Leave it to the professionals. While there are some things Swanson says homeowners can do themselves—interior painting, purchasing materials, and landscaping, for instance—most aspects of a remodel are best handled by a contractor. They have the experience to navigate code requirements and coordinate with subcontractors. Use their expertise to avoid making beginners’ mistakes. “I wouldn’t try to operate on my elbow,” Swanson jokes.

For more on MBA member Jamba Construction visit marinba.org/directory


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GREEN CORNER

Green Up Your Next  Home Project

text by Casey Mazzoni

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1. IceStone is a great way to liven up your countertops. The product comes in a range of vibrant colors and designs. IceStone is made from three basic ingredients: 100% recycled glass, cement, and nontoxic pigments. It does not contain harmful resins or petrochemicals, so it is safe for your family and for the environment. CERAMIC TILE DESIGN 846 W. FRANCISCO BLVD. SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 (415) 485-5180

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3. Glass tile is a great way to take your project to the next level. I love the pop in color that this tile offers. Fireclay  Tile uses recycled materials and sustainable manufacturing practices. They aim to be a “triple bottom line” company—they strive to protect people and the planet, in addition to making a profit. Any kitchen or bathroom would stand out with this tile.

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5. Need a new kitchen island? This beautiful piece is handcrafted of rustic, solid, reclaimed pine from 100-yearold buildings. It is perfect for cooking or sitting around while enjoying a glass of wine. If you look closely you will notice each unfinished plank bears the marks and imperfections earned over years of use. Given its handmade nature, variations in the wood are to be celebrated. RESTORATION HARDWARE 1700 REDWOOD HIGHWAY CORTE MADERA, CA 94925 (415) 924-8919

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Discover local and trusted green building professionals at marinba.org/directory

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love using recycled products, especially when they are as fabulous as the ones I am featuring in this edition. Sustainable choices for the home are clearly a responsible way to honor Mother Earth. But did you known that many sustainable products are also unique, and the latest design craze? If you are planning a remodel or constructing a home, look for building products that are made with recycled material—the more postconsumer content, the better!


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FINANCIAL WELLNESS

by Richard DeRamon Redwood Credit Union

Fiscal Fitness

of the New Year Adopting smart money management practices now will help you build a stronger financial future so you can relax and enjoy the important things in life.

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he new year is a great time to take charge and look to the future. Make 2014 your year to adopt money management habits that will help you save, bring peace of mind, and put you on the road to financial well-being. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1/ SET GOALS. Write down your goals—both short- and long-term. These may include buying a car or home, saving for college expenses or a life event such as a wedding, having a child, or saving for retirement.

2/ CREATE A BUDGET. Track your income and expenses, and categorize them using a simple spreadsheet, or even a notebook. (RCU offers budgeting tools and worksheets on our website at www.redwoodcu.org.) Get into the habit of updating your spreadsheet weekly, and use this information to set a realistic budget for your household. Discuss your budget with your family to get them actively engaged in the process, and consider offering fun, low-cost incentives (such as a week off from doing chores) for sticking to the budget and helping to save money.

3/ REFINANCE HIGH-RATE LOANS & CREDIT CARDS.

Are your interest rates as low as they could be? Take the time to do a little research and see if you can refinance your high-rate credit cards and loans at lower interest rates to help put more money back in your pocket and improve your monthly cash flow. A credit union is a great place to start: as not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions offer great value on loans and credit cards.

4/ MEET WITH AN INVESTMENT ADVISOR. Set an appointment to discuss your financial future with a knowledgeable expert who can help you make your money work harder. Share your goals and explore the options that will maximize your earning potential. Check in at least annually to ensure you are staying on track.

Learn more about MBA member Redwood Credit Union at marinba.org/directory

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– Louis & Maria Members since 2005

Life was meant for moments like this. We’re committed to your financial well-being, and offer great rates on loans, free checking and services like free mobile banking, so your life is hassle-free. If you spend time dealing with your money instead of doing things that matter to you most, Redwood Credit Union can help. Experience the credit union difference. Discover why over 200,000 of your North Bay neighbors are already enjoying more of what life has to offer. Just call, click or visit.

1 (800) 479-7928 redwoodcu.org 18 locations including San Rafael, Novato and San Francisco You can join RCU—membership open to anyone living or working in Marin or 7 other North Bay counties including San Francisco. MARIN HOME  W I N T E R 2 0 1 4   47 Deposits federally insured by NCUA, a US government agency. We look forward to serving you!


FINANCIAL WELLNESS

by Diane Borden Woodruff-Sawyer & Co

Insuring

Success Important insurance tips to understand before you begin your remodeling project.

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ith the holidays behind us and spring soon to come, now is the time many clients begin thinking about remodeling their home. Preparing for a remodeling project can be exciting, but it requires planning, including understanding your home insurance coverage. Whether you are adding additional space to your property, upgrading your kitchen, or updating the look of your bathrooms, there are several insurance components to think about prior to your renovation.

I’ve seen many clients move forward with their dream project, without giving much thought to notifying their personal insurance agent regarding their plans. Following these important tips can help you protect your home and personal liability throughout your remodeling process. Why do I need to notify my insurance agent? Keeping your personal insurance agent informed about your remodeling plans will ensure you and your family are properly protected by your insurance, and for the work of your contractor, during this process. Your insurance policy may limit your coverage based on whether or not your home will be vacant or unoccupied during the renovation. Most home insurance contracts require that you notify your agent of any remodeling that increases your home value more than $5,000. It’s important that you discuss your coverage with your agent and understand whether or not you need to increase your insurance limits or add additional protection. Your contractor’s insurance is just as important Accidents happen, and losses can occur during a remodel, especially in a large project. To be sure your contractor is protecting you and your home, check that he or she has a general liability policy for at least $1 million (higher limits if your project is a large one). Ask your contractor to provide you with a certificate of insurance to confirm this coverage.

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More helpful hints:

• Have a well-written contract to prevent costly

mistakes and/or additions so that your project stays on budget. • Request to be added as an additional insured to the contractor’s insurance coverage, and include a hold harmless agreement clause to protect you in case of a loss caused by the contractor. • Make certain your contractor has workers’ compensation coverage in place for all employees and/or subcontractors. Protect your personal valuables Regardless of the extent of your remodeling project, make sure any valuables, money, jewelry, collections, or memorabilia are stored safely away from the project area and locked in a safe place. Incidents happen, and taking safety precautions can reduce temptation. By keeping your homeowner insurance agent informed throughout the project, there should be no surprises regarding coverage if there is an accident or loss.

Learn more about MBA member Woodruff-Sawyer at marinba.org/directory


Take the time to review your insurance before a loss occurs

The more you gain, the more you have to lose. Safeguarding against loss or damage of your personal assets and liabilities is a critical security and wealth management strategy. Woodruff-Sawyer’s Private Client Personal Insurance Services are designed to insure the complex lifestyles, personal property, safety and reputation of successful individuals and their families.

For more information, please contact Diane Borden at 415.878.2484 or dborden@wsandco.com.

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FINANCIAL WELLNESS

by Mark J. Rice Construction Attorney

Protecting Your

HOME INVESTMENT

Selecting the right contractor and appropriate best contract terms.

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our home is likely your biggest asset. How can you navigate into the world of contractors and contracting, and not get burned? Here are some quick tips when hiring a contractor:

Get expert support from the start. Get help from an architect,

construction manager, or construction attorney to walk you through the process and the risks. They can help ensure that you pick the right contractor and use the contract that suits your project. Define clear plans, specifications, and standards. Too often the scope

of work is poorly stated, and plans are drawn on the back of a napkin. Do not let that happen to you. Have clear standards of workmanship and a scope of work defined in permitted plans. Investigate as if a lender. Be an underwriter—check the contractor’s license, insurance, references, and past work before you sign on the dotted line. Use the Contractors State License Board. Their website—www.cslb.

ca.gov—will inform you of the pitfalls of construction, such as using vague terms in contracts,

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failure to use lien releases to make sure you do not have to pay twice, and the Home Improvement Contract requirements. Use lien releases! This is critical—

do not pay the contractor for a second progress payment until he proves with unconditional lien releases that he has paid all the potential lien claimants who supplied work during the prior progress payment period. Review billings and change order requests. Many disputes arise

over billing and change orders. The Contractors State License Board requires change orders—alterations to the original scope of work—be in writing. So, insist you see a change order and know its price and whether valid, before saying “OK” over the phone. Read the fine print. Your contractor is required to submit to you a Home Improvement Contract. This must contain information

about the three-day right to cancel, change orders in writing, progress payments not ahead of work progress, approximate start and completion dates, total price, downpayment limits, and a warning about the risk of mechanics liens on your home if the contractor or lower-tier vendors are not paid. Do not be afraid to request key terms to protect your expectations on quality, time, budget, warranty, insurance, and the like. Most contractors are hardworking and honest, and take deep pride in the quality of their work. Find them, and get your expectations laid out up front, in user-friendly contract documents that protect your pocketbook and home investment.

Discover more ways to protect your home and learn more about MBA member Mark J. Rice at marinba.org/directory


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home with  Cathleen Gouveia Design

www.gouveiadesign.com

Cathleen Gouveia Design is an award-winning, full-service interior architecture and design firm delivering high-end residential design to homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, and beyond. Her work has been featured on Home and Garden Television (HGTV), “California Home and Living Television”, in the San Francisco Chronicle, and several magazines and other periodicals.

Elegant Space

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Window Wonderment

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DESIGN. SHOP. LIVE.

Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish—online or from a mobile device.

visit us: 14 Ross Avenue, San Anselmo 415.457.0560 | StudioHomeDesigns.com

Outdoor Living Room

Get inspired. Find Marin Home on Houzz at houzz.com/pro/marinhome and Cathleen Gouveia Design at houzz.com/pro/cathleengouveia

photography by David Livingston, Matthew Millman & Diana Stone

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MBA BULLETIN

MBA MEMBER MIXER At Italics Tile Mixing it up with fellow MBA members and guests. Don’t miss the next opportunity. Visit marinba.org to learn more about our members, and check out the calendar for the next Marin Builders Association mixer.

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California Contractors State License Board License Classifications & Descriptions A  General Engineering Contractor B  General Building Contractor C  Specialty Contractor (“C” Categories of C Classifications) C-2 - Insulation and Acoustical Contractor C-4 - Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting Contractor C-5 - Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor C-6 - Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor C-7 - Low Voltage Systems Contractor C-8 - Concrete Contractor C-9 - Drywall Contractor C10 - Electrical Contractor C11 - Elevator Contractor C12 - Earthwork and Paving Contractors C13 - Fencing Contractor C15 - Flooring and Floor Covering Contractors C16 - Fire Protection Contractor C17 - Glazing Contractor C20 - Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor C21 - Building Moving/Demolition Contractor C23 - Ornamental Metal Contractor C27 - Landscaping Contractor C28 - Lock and Security Equipment Contractor C29 - Masonry Contractor C31 - Construction Zone Traffic Control Contractor

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE

Licensed Contractors, Materials Suppliers & Associated Services ACCOUNTING

ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS

Account Works 415.472.3946

April 1st Design

Polsky Perlstein Architects

GMH Mortgage Services, LLC

RC Cabinets & Closets

415.927.1156

415.578.2788

707.664.1900

polskyarchitects.com

lic.985074 C6

rccabinetsandclosets.com Presidio Bank

510.502.4164

Art Wasserman & Company

Spacial Design

415.456.6000

Steinbach Cabinet Shop

Bilgart Design

415.457.3195

presidiobank.com

lic.694518 C6

707.778.1320

415.847.3585

spacialdesign.com

wkcpas.com

bilgartdesign.com

Crossland Construction Accounting

Brock Wagstaff Architects

559.281.6979

415.383.2160x102

wagstaffarchitects.com

415.453.7322

Redwood Credit Union Studio Snaidero Bay Area

707.576.5276

The Last Inch, Inc.

415.332.1745

redwoodcu.org

lic.980565 C6

snaiderokitchens.com

925.788.0806

Union Bank Sunrise Home

415.446.1859

415.456.3939

unionbank.com

thelastinch.org

BLUEPRINTS

CONCRETE, ASPHALT, GRAVEL & SAND

Northbay Reprographics

Able Concrete Pumping

415.491.1112

lic.984434

High Definition Home Inc.

northbayrepro.com

707.291.4334

lic.814767 C7

CABINETRY

C.L.Y. Incorporated

Eckhoff Accountancy Corp.

Janus Design Consulting

415.499.9400

lic.12267

eckhoff.com

415.456.1366

Maher Accountancy

Ken Kay Associates

415.459.1249

415.956.4472

mahercpa.com

kenkaysf.com

Paychex

Kitchens by Ken Ryan

415.499.1400

415.899.0203 x 30485

415.897.3800

highdefinitionhome.com

707.763.6981

paychex.com

kitchensbykenryan.com

Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.

SoundVision Systems

lic.288206 D12,D24

The Accounting Specialist

Michael Rex Associates

lic.795575

415.472.4171

De La Montanya Trucking

415.331.1400

415.456.7000

auroracabinets.com

707.765.0725

510.507.0313

michaelrexassociates.com

svsf.com

APPLIANCES

Neumann Sloat Blanco Architects, LLP

SRS Custom Integration

California Space Organizers, Inc.

Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction

lic.815490 C7

lic.866993 D34

lic.808915 C8,A

Martin & Harris

415.578.4800

415.446.4119

415.454.7477

707.568.1200

415.454.2021

nsbllp.com

srscustomintegration.com

calspaceorganizers.com

deluxeshotcrete.com

Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architects

Devincenzi Concrete Construction

415.453.6070

415.456.2070

BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Gaidmore Furniture

Standards of Excellence standardsofexcellence.com

pedersenassociates.com

sunrisehome.com

AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE

lic.690380 C8,B,A

martin-harris.com

Petersen Design Associates, LLC 415.883.3816

415.884.2939

lic.326998 C8

Integral Design

707.546.3113

Bank of Marin

lic.537763 C6

415.485.2265

415.454.5025

Dutra Materials

bankofmarin.com

integraldesignwoodworking.com

415.258.6876

dutragroup.com

petersendesign.net

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Imbimbo Concrete, Inc.

Pound Management Inc 510.653.0800

RV Stich Construction, Inc.

Independent Electric Supply, Inc.

W. Bradley Electric, Inc.

lic.638907 A,C8 650.991.3384

poundmgt.com

lic.530135 A B,C21

707.577.7900

415.898.1400

510.412.9070

iesupply.com

wbeinc.com

DRYWALL

Johnson Electric

ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS

Marin Landscape Materials

Ross Construction Services

415.897.1337

415.261.1590

Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc.

415.455.1575

415.453.2325

VHS Associates, Inc.

lic.705813 C9

415.256.2400

415.472.0967

MacQuarrie Electrical Services

North Bay Drywall & Plastering, Inc.

lic.870994 C10 707.260.4544

Buel Engineering

lic.292745 C9,C35,B

macquarrieelectricalservices.com

415.491.0600

vhsinc.com

415.924.1040

Shamrock Materials, Inc.

lic.899161 C10

Marelli Drywall

cldrgravel.com

lic.390741 C10,B,A,C46

CREATIVE SERVICES, MARKETING & PR

707.763.6819

Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc. 415.883.3577

ILS Associates, Inc.

shamrockmaterials.com Trush Construction Company, Inc.

And Them Design

Sessi Drywall

415.747.4345

lic.541472 C9

Mike Brown Electric Company

andthemdesign.com

415.472.6373

lic.306767 C10

Barbary Coast Consulting

ELECTRICAL

mbelectric.com

415.655.7486

Artistic Lighting & Electric

Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.

lic.380928 C10

lic.513657 C10

L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc.

415.382.9500

415.485.0631

415.382.7713

Audac

Redwood Electric

lic.445578 C7

lic.870103 C10

415.459.3095

415.892.4900

lic.514199 A,B 415.331.0500

trushconstruction.com

barcoast.com

lic.676584 C8

Paganini Enterprises

415.459.2530

415.897.7088

vanmiddeconcrete.com

paganinienterprises.com

Viking Pavers, Inc.

DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING & DEMOLITION

415.568.5314

lastevensinc.com

415.827.1272

Royal Wholesale Electric 415.453.3570

lic.677633 C10

royalsr.com

lic.257220 C21

eltrx.com

415.456.2712

510.234.6681

grangebox.com

415.485.0777

415.883.9099

Siemens

rwdavis-survey.com

lic.758796 C-10,B, C16,C20 415.472.2722

Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer

Industrial Carting

lic.689576 C10

usa.siemens.com

415.892.4874

707.585.0511

415.457.4044

Strom Electric, Inc. lic.480976 C10,C36

Weir/Andrewson Associates

415.453.1200

415.485.9797

hannibalsinc.com Kies Strategies 415.209.0321

I. Cannan Electric

waassoc.com

lic.736435 C10

A. Whitehill & Son

Marin Sanitary Service

415.596.3676

Synapse Electric

415.999.1477

415.456.2601

icannanelectric.com

lic.828101 C10

marinsanitary.com Dibble & Company

415.819.0668

Idex Global Services Inc.

FENCING, DECKING & SIDING

synapseelectric.com

Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.

lic.745981 C10

Clough Construction

415.482.4242

lic.516987 B

415.457.9760

idexglobal.com

415.444.5554

millvalleyrefuse.com

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R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc.

Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction

whitesideconstruction.com

415.488.4017

Project Management Services, LLC

audacsystems.com Electrix

lic.577719 A,B,D06

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING

John C. Hom & Associates 415.258.9027

Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.

vikingpavers.com Whiteside Construction Corporation

ilscels.com

707.792.8100

Van Midde & Son Concrete

lic.970281 D06

415.883.9200

cloughconstruction.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor

Eureka Valley Floor Company

Northgate Garage Door, Inc.

lic.914976 B, C9, C35

Altius Construction

Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc.

lic.620203 B

lic.397118 C15

lic.627224 D28

415.847.5304

lic.726300 B

415.898.9510

415.479.1676

415.472.6004

altiusconstruction.com

415.884.0500

Anthony Love

bayareamoisturecontrol. com

northgategaragedoors.com Marin County Sidewall

Floortex Design

lic.831184 D41

lic.534583 B,C15

707.778.8858

415.924.6545

marincountysidewall.com

floortexdesign.com

FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES

GENERAL BUILDING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NEW & REMODEL

lic.970424 B

Anthony Vitale, General Contractor

415.457.9962

38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc.

lic.515092 B

Better Built Construction

415.455.9927

lic.800744 B

Giuliani Flooring, Inc. lic.951628 C15 415.459.3276

415.686.8139

lic.700683 B

lic.838178 B

Advance Business Services

Mertel Carpets

415.203.4247

Bay County Builders, Inc.

415.451.4786

415.459.1995

Antonis Construction Building & Painting

bbcconstruction.net

415.479.2180

A.E. Nelson Construction

lic.940470 B,C33

BG Construction

mertelcarpets.com

lic.364212 B,C36

707.280.5740

lic.676193 B

707.636.1750

antonisconstruction.com

415.884.2180

Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.

BHM Construction, Inc.

lic.809853 B,C39,C15,C33,

707.643.4580

lic.522340 B

D51

bhmconstruction.com

Pengelly Flooring

415.927.0667

415.884.2121

David White & Associates

lic.849856 C15

abacusgb.com

noleak.com

925.277.2600

415.272.0585

dwassociates.com

bcpfloors.com

Arntz Builders, Inc. 415.382.1188

Bruce F. Goudie

arntzbuilders.com

lic.498165 B

lic.414490 C15

California Mortgage Advisors, Jeff Grady

PacifiContract

415.451.4888

lic.682766 C15 415.258.9966

Christopher Harney

pacificontract.com

925.979.2325

aenelsonconstruction.com Abacus Group Builders, Inc.

lic.903191 B

BMC Contractors Inc. lic.824476 B

James L. Arrigoni

Rafael Floors

Advanced Engineering Sales, Inc. dba AED Construction

415.847.3131

lic.178605 C15

lic.775170 2/28/14

415.456.3656

415.507.9373

rafaelfloors.com

advengr.com

Richard Tourte

Adventures In Production

lic.651671 C15

lic.943457 B

707.664.8137

415.602.4742

Asbestos Control Center

aipgc.com

lic.590867 A,B,HAZ,ASB

Burns Builders

415.883.7856

lic.871010 B

Alan Taylor, General Contractor

asbestoscontrolcenter.com

415.272.7751

Lori Reisfelt 510.583.8123

myrmagent.com/goreverse Portico Wealth 415.925.8700

porticowealth.com

GARAGE DOORS & GATES

Smart Receivables

415.479.7555

lic.727072 B,ASB

415.453.3863

Arrington Construction lic.810317 B

Build It Construction

415.460.1607

lic.720386 B 415.378.0793

415.388.3990

Door Pros

lic.451856 B

B Street Builders

Cal-Custom Construction

smartreceivables.com

lic.958861

415.892.8475

lic.920746 B

lic.375536 B,ASB

415.485.4400

415.897.8445

415.717.7015

FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS

marindoorpros.com

Allen Enterprises

bstreetbuilders.com

lic.881441 B

Caletti Jungsten Construction

415.671.9767

Empire Floors

Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.

Ballard Inc. dba Inspired Environments

lic.504918 C15

lic.345502 D28

Alten Construction, Inc.

lic.513959 B

415.381.3162

707.525.1204

415.897.2371

lic.705713 A,B

415.454.8000

calettijungsten.com

jonesdoor.com

510.234.4200

inspired-environments.com

lic.549463 B

altenconstruction.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Cartwright Construction

Creatively Built, Inc.

Diego Brothers, Inc.

lic.977600 B,C36

lic.419030 A,B

Fontana Construction Inc.

Hayes & Associates

lic.626464 B 415.453.7651

707.781.9702

415.472.5967

lic.487928 B

415.892.3464

creativelybuilt.com

diegobrosinc.com

415.457.1290

fontanaco.com

lic.644649 B

Crescent Builders

Hennessey Construction, Inc.

415.497.6317

lic.822594 B

Diego Quality Construction

Gaetani Construction

lic.727282 B

415.454.1313

lic.544509 B

lic.490550 B

415.459.6497

buildwithcrescent.com

707.765.6169

415.332.2857

hennesseyconstruction.com

Cypress Homes Inc./ H-Y-H Corporation

DNL Builders

Gazzoli Construction

lic.872590 B

lic.922738 B

Hitchcock Construction Co.

lic.974792 B

707.495.2950

415.847.1811

lic.396116 B

415.383.1848

dnlbuilders.com

gazzoli.biz

415.602.8464

D&H Construction lic.693883 B

Doug Monti Construction

Glen Rupiper Construction

510.237.7883

lic.387703 B

lic.432984 B

dh-construction.com

415.453.1380

707.849.2096

D&R Construction

Dreamline Builders

Global Modular

lic.533707 B

lic.944848 B

lic.837357 B

707.792.0818

415.320.4358

559.665.5800

Horick Builders, Inc.

dreamlinebuilders.net

gdvi.net

lic.825511 B

Dan Young Construction, Inc.

Elmack

Gordon Walker Builders

Christopher Clark Contracting

lic.760173 B

lic.472841 B

lic.562356 B

415.457.6797

415.388.1293

415.457.1184

lic.373692 B

dycmarin.com

elmackcabinetry.com

CDK Builders Inc.

CF Contracting

lic.817836 B

lic.401466 B,C10,A 415.721.7160

cfcontracting.com Chalstrom Builders Inc.

billhitchcockconstruction. com

lic.602728 B 415.461.2912

Charles Melin, General Contractor

Hoffmann Construction, Inc.

lic.311858 B 415.461.2416

Cherokee Construction

lic.414423 B

lic.427589 B 510.222.1689

415.897.7263

707.766.9466

Daniel Holleran

Envision Builders, Inc.

Conroy Builders

lic.351427

lic.736487 B

lic.788512 B

lic.867185 B

A,B,C10,C20,C36

415.453.2370

415.457.1576

415.577.9064

415.897.2322

envisionbuilders.com

conroybuilders.com

Howard Scanlan lic.402434 B

Gubbins Building Company, Inc.

415.328.3272

horickbuilders.com

415.488.4037

Hoytt Inspection Services Inc. lic.493676 B

Hal-Co, Inc.

415.897.9517

lic.714971 B

hoyttinspect.com

Contra-Spect, Ltd.

Dennis Webb Construction

ESM Enterprise General Contractor

lic.491125 B

lic.821554 B

lic.352891 B

707.762.3302

415.505.3562

415.383.9698

Hammond & Company

Huts and Castles a Construction Co. Inc.

denniswebbconstruction. com

bathroomsandkitchenstoo. com

lic.657344 B

lic.703981 B,C36,A

Crabtree Construction

707.795.6045

415.883.9209

hammondfinehomes.com

hutsandcastles.com

lic.693280 B lic.782179 A,B

Fairway Design & Construction, Inc.

707.795.7443

lic.923234 B

Harte Building & Design, Inc.

J.W.Tuttle Contractor Inc.

Creative Contracting of California, Inc. dba Kasten Builders

desmondwallace.com

415.455.2468

lic.776625 B

310.850.4139

lic.362773 B

Di Giorgio Contracting Company

Floyd Construction, Inc.

415.897.4500

lic.365653 A,B

Hartnett Construction

Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.

kastenbuilders.com

lic.821729 A,B

415.485.0645

lic.888773 B

lic.490355 B

415.259.7638

floydconstructioninc.com

415.816.5046

415.457.0713

415.640.8617

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Desmond & Wallace Inc.

415.254.6822

lic.983150 B

415.381.6068

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Jamba Construction, Inc.

Karkabi Construction lic.593092 B

M W General Contracting

Michael L. King

lic.897278

lic.544919 B

Precision General Commercial Contractors

415.435.4481

415.459.2401

lic.740644 B

415.924.9746

lic.790153 B

jambaconstruction.com

415.383.0667

KCK Builders, Inc. James E. Wilson Construction

lic.810315 A,B 415.559.9312

lic.449978 B,A 415.883.2969

James G. Lino Construction

James S. Young Construction

Maloney Construction, Inc.

415.332.6035

Radco & Associates Inc.

millvalleybuilders.com

lic.410936 B,A

lic.346196 B

415.277.5977

Murray Building

415.464.0900

maloneyconstruction.net

lic.646709 B,A

kellypacific.com

415.924.6105

radcoandassociates.com

707.939.9001

Ravano & Cooney Construction

Mariner Homes, Inc. Kerr Construction, Inc.

lic.905103 B

New Dimension

lic.689239 B

lic.615587 B

415.789.5846

lic.791439 B

415.431.3000

415.456.5300

415.381.5485

kerr-construction.com

Mariposa Contractors Inc.

ndmarin.com

Kor General Contracting

lic.831986 B

Nichelini & Sons, Inc.

415.897.9126

lic.351692 B

415.431.3000

lic.339365 B

rempe.com

415.454.2461

Kunstbau & Kids

Massa Construction Company

nichsons.com

lic.359012 B 415.454.8499

lic.896053 B

lic.344050 A,B

O’Rielly Construction

jamesjosephs.com

415.420.3185

415.459.0400

lic.459037 B

415.485.6791

415.383.2080

Lamperti Contracting & Design

jeffhicks.com

lic.600412 B

lampertikitchens.com

lic.508578 B

Land Construction

415.892.7713

lic.699671 B 415.999.5927

707.933.8131

Robert Curry Construction

Pagan Construction, LLC

lic.663287 B

lic.720207 B

lic.464896 B

415.898.2243

415.883.6291

415.457.4170

paganconstruction.com

415.454.1623

Jeffrey Novak General Contractor, Inc.

Rivas Building Group

Max Design & Construction

kunstbaukdb.com Jeff Hicks Construction

Rempe Construction lic.453554 B

James W. Josephs & Company

lic.345479 B

precisiongc.com

lic.957090 B,C17,D24

lic.959104 B,A

lic.703863 B,C6 415.717.6061

415.332.8390

Mill Valley Builders, Inc.

Kelly Pacific Construction

lic.442777 B 415.663.1939

mwgc.com

McDevitt Construction Partners Inc.

Robert E. Randig lic.506873 B 415.479.3163

lic.969483

Pennypacker/Drake Home Building Inc.

lic.790903 B

707.763.3000

lic.754794 B

Rodoni Construction

415.457.2335

mcdevittandmcdevitt.com

415.488.0647

lic.410338 B

lic.288052 B,C10

Landmark Builders

Pete Niederberger & Sons

415.488.4971

lic.474421 B

McGuire & Sons Construction

lic.524069 B

Rogers Remodel, Inc.

415.883.5410

lic.346397 B

415.924.4170

lic.839810 B

lmbuilders.com

415.454.2719

LilypadSGS

mcguireandsonsconstruction.com

John A. Young, Builder

John C. Hill Construction

415.663.9223

lic.851479 B 415.215.9188

415.460.1575

RPB Construction, Inc.

Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders

plathco.com

lic.504423 A,B,ASB

Lucas Valley Designs

lic.672337 B

Powerhouse Building, Inc.

lic.645290 B

707.584.1813

lic.797313 B

lic.467171 B,A,ASB 415.497.5948

JW Rigney Construction Inc.

rogersremodelinc.com

lic.395458 B

415.250.9317

lic.898335 B

John Pope, Inc.

415.328.0047

Plath & Co.

415.225.8230

415.331.2226

415.446.0188

rpbconstruction.us S.L.M. Builders

Meylan Construction, Inc.

lic.718948 B

lic.590486

lic.680456 B

707.795.4177

415.609.0773

415.256.1620

slmbuilders.com

meylanconstruction.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE S.R. Allied Builders, Inc. lic.399932 B 707.795.6595

Sandra Bird Custom Kitchens

Hillside Drilling, Inc.

shidelerskyvara.com

GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND

Weiss Company, Inc.

All Terrain, Inc.

JS Company

lic.354958 B

lic.827896 A,B

lic.876587

Thomas Gibbs, Licensed Tradesman

415.435.8182

415.459.1488

A,C21,ASB,HAZ

allterraininc.com

415.460.2100

lic.403951 B,C12

West Bay Builders, Inc.

415.279.0724

lic.626859 B,A,C17

Central Valley Environmental

Lee Mechanical, Inc.

415.456.8972

westbaybuilders.com

lic.913083 A,B

415.883.4450

Tembrock-Ingrassia Builders dba Bayside Builders

W.M.S. Construction

lic.957514 B

sandrabird.com Santoyo Construction

bayside-builders.com

lic.982786 B 415.259.1842

415.457.3706

lic.478991 A 510.234.6532

hillsidedrilling.com

415.884.8078

lic.460795 B 415.927.1171

lic.570798 B

Tim Ford Construction lic.359182 B

lic.571894 A

707.584.1900

Schalich Brothers Construction Inc.

415.454.6163

Wick Brothers Construction

cvalleyenvironmental.com

Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.

lic.497493 B

Tim Walsh Builders

lic.481077 B

Farallon Company

lic.477476 A

415.382.7733

lic.350371 B

415.488.9581

lic.827633 A,B,C33

415.492.1755

schalichbrosconstruction. com

415.381.9806

415.892.7760

linscottinc.com

timwalshbuilders.com

Wilkinson Design & Construction

faralloncompany.com

Scott Kaplan

lic.564598 B

lic.467868 B

Tom Ganley Construction

415.785.7961

Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc.

415.453.8582

lic.514664 B

wilkinsondesign.net

lic.426152

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

A,B,C27,C55,C57

415.459.8640

415.459.4770

maggiora-ghilotti.com

415.444.5548

Steere Building & Woodworking lic.744002 B

Tom J. Collins Construction

415.388.4616

lic.499170 B

William G. Taylor Construction Corp.

415.459.1511

Tom Redmond Construction Inc.

sissco.com

lic.434609 B

lic.353136 B,C2,C17

forsterpump.com Michael Paul Company, Inc.

415.407.1764

Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.

Wine Country Builders, Inc.

lic.783100 A,B

A,B,C12,C34,C42

415.384.0822

707.769.1006

lic.763980 B

gfnet.com

lic.386001

Nerviani Paving, Inc.

707.935.7474

Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

lic.564392 A

Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.

lic.132128

415.454.2662

415.892.9918

Steve Moylan Construction

lic.226767

lic.853924 B

415.717.6351

Sterling & Company

Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.

lic.380100 B

Tomrose Construction, Inc.

lic.338175 B

415.454.7011

Redwood Engineering

707.538.4676

lic.605439 B

415.435.5200

ghilottibros.com

lic.456790 A,HAZ

707.763.4001

villadorohomes.com

Stroub Construction

A,C8,C12,C21,C42,HAZ

415.435.0768

Wm. A. Martin

Ghilotti Construction Company

415.331.0621

Travis Remodeling

lic.392262 B

lic.644515

lic.701379 A

stroubconstruction.com

lic.493670 B

415.485.5747

A,C8,C12,C21,C42,HAZ

707.769.4747

tomroseconstruction.com

lic.489037 B

415.883.8177

Structural Integrity

travisremodeling.com

lic.578269 B

707.585.1221

Womack Construction

Von Der Werth, Inc.

structuralintegrity.biz

lic.330299 C13,B 415.388.7516

415.898.3151

Wyatt Construction

T.H. Eller Construction

lic.825045 B

lic.579465 B

415.577.3999

415.488.9865

wyattconstruction.com

marinba.org/directory

ghilotti.com

lic.478379 B

415.730.8985

Robison Construction

Rockport Land Corp. 707.775.4554

Harris Environmental lic.359130 A,B

Sunshine Construction

415.868.9669

lic.315245 A,C21,C27 415.479.5566

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Team Ghilotti, Inc.

Allen Heating & Sheet Metal

Trahan Bros. Inc.

lic.895384 A,HAZ

lic.774154 C20,C43

J.B. Shea Insurance Agency

Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance

707.763.8700

lic.211831

415.457.5541

415.661.4777

lic.748791 C27

teamghilotti.com

C2,C20,C43,D35 415.924.2425

Verde Metals Inc.

allenheating.com

lic.635429 C43,C20

John Reuscher, ChFC Foothill Securities

415.454.9007

415.892.9500

Frank Bidaurreta Landscape Contractor

reuscher.com

lic.446356 C8,C27

Thornton Paving Inc. lic.382817 A 415.453.2324

415.456.6684

Bay City Mechanical, Inc. lic.645126

INSULATION ACOUSTICAL

415.459.6429

Tuatagaloa Contracting

C20,C43,C36,C4

lic.699547 A,HAZ

510.233.7000

866.824.8077

baycitymech.com

George Family Enterprises Inc.

Turbin Design Associates

lic.634157 B,C2

415.373.9472

Bayside HVAC Products LLC

415.884.0399 ext. 230

Wise Insurance Agency

wwww.tdastructural.com

415.333.5099

gfeinc.com

415.258.9912

baysidehvac.com Valentine Corporation

Sander, Jacobs, Cassayre Insurance 707.254.4840

Gary Torney Landscaping Company

sanderjacobs.com

lic.440200 C27 415.461.1795

wiseinsuranceagency.net SDI Insulation

torneylandscape.com Irrigation Repair Service lic.328638 C27

lic.607274 C2,D65,D34,B

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

415.453.3732

Downing Heating & Air Conditioning

650.685.5500

415.878.2466

valentinecorp.com

lic.644720 C20

sdi-insulation.com

wsandco.com

INSURANCE

LANDSCAPING

707.588.8677

lic.229225 A,B

Neary Landscape lic.814207 C27,A

415.485.1011

W.K. McLellan Company

415.924.4126

A,C12,B,C8,C21,C42

Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning

707.763.2407

lic.371959 C20

Bolds Insurance Brokerage

Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.

North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.

wkmclellan.com

415.457.0607

415.485.1700

lic.373488 B,C27,A

lic.723370 B,C27

bolds.com

707.559.7077

707.762.3850

bertotti.com

northbaylandscape.com

Bauman Landscape & Construction

Outdoor Environments

415.456.9790

craford.com

lic.372478 A,C27

707.795.0605

415.447.4800

outdoor-environs.com

lic.240701

W.R. Forde Associates

Kelly Company

lic.814744 A,B,C21

lic.521529 C20

510.215.9338

415.258.0757

Westward Builders Inc.

Ongaro & Sons

lic.327365 B,A

lic.215233 C36,C4,C20

415.459.2130

415.454.7400

ongaroandsons.com Wildcat Engineering lic.951203 A

Patriot Mechanical Inc.

707.763.3001

lic.774738 C20,C43

wildcateng.com

415.444.0888

HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & SHEET METAL

Radiant Way Incorporated

Craford Benefit Consultants

lic.707006 C27

Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.

baumanland.com

707.782.9200

Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc.

lic.820057 C27

ramaticiins.com

lic.962905 C27

415.328.4649

Salazar Cal Cities

415.453.4675

George Petersen Insurance Agency

The Land Collaborative lic.954204 C27

707.360.4117

Dan Fix Landscape Construction

gpins.com

lic.553804 C27

thelandcollaborative.com

415.839.6470

415.472.5500

415.453.1604

LATHING & PLASTERING

radiantwayinc.com

Heffernan Insurance Brokers

danfixlandscape.com

Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal

Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc.

707.789.3072

lic.278370 C20,C43

lic.416913 C20,C43

heffins.com

Efrain’s Landscape Construction

Frey Plastering, Inc.

415.897.4187

707.576.1500

415.472.2496

lic.324866 C9,C35

aeroheating.com

simpsonsheetmetal.com

Herb Moran

lic.785310 C27

415.897.4510

415.613.5770

efrainslandscape.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Weber Plastering, Inc.

LOCK & SECURITY

lic.194445 C35 415.459.4707

Marin Lock and Safe

MASONRY, FIREPLACES & CHIMNEYS

lic.550775 D16

Post Street Occupational Medicine

ORGANIZATIONS

415.945.1304

Carpenters Local #35

poststreetoccmed.com

415.453.9236

MISCELLANEOUS

Marin City Community Development

LEGAL

415.456.4346

Flynn, Riley, Bailey & Pasek, Llp

Redwood Security Systems, Inc.

Bay Heritage Home Improvement, Inc. dba Hearth & Home of Marin

Energy Calc Company

415.339.2837

415.461.1000

lic.426887 C7,C10

lic.827357 B,C33,D34

415.457.0990

marincitycdc.org

flynn-williams.com

415.388.5355

415.479.2876

energycalcco.com

redwoodsecurity.com

hearthandhomeofmarin. com

Gary Frugoli

415.382.6712

415.717.1160

marincountryclub.com

lic.836156 C29

Indian Valley Golf Club

North Bay NARI

415.307.4625

415.897.1118

415.258.2873

ivgc.com

northbaynari.org Novato Chamber of Commerce

H. Lee Evans 707.996.9238

Hanson Bridgett LLP

LUMBER, HARDWARE & TOOLS

415.925.8400

hansonbridgett.com James D. Rohde

Marin Country Club

Classic Masonry

Adobe Lumber, Inc. 707.647.2100

Jim Nichelini Masonry

adobelumber.com

lic.302025 B,C29

Lynch & Sons

415.897.7543

415.459.9823

707.588.9406

Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc.

dhcsupplies.com

lic.396345 C29

Manuel Vasquez Landscaping

Redwood Empire Chapter

415.459.6475

415.499.0419

707.765.1050

Pacific Gas & Electric

415.453.4410

London Chimney Services, Inc.

fairfaxlumber.com

lic.500490 D34

pge.com

415.472.4140

DHC Supplies Inc. Kate Warner; Construction Lawyer 415.457.7977

katewarnerlaw.com Law office of Daniel Gamer

Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company

415.472.6655

415.897.1164

necanet.org San Rafael Chamber of Commerce

415.264.4005

415.380.0330

Golden State Lumber Inc. Mark J. Rice, Esq.

415.454.2532

415.472.3434

goldenstatelumber.com

msrwlaw.com

415.454.4163

londonchimney.com

Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply

Marshall Foster Masonry

415.939.1669

lic.277004 C29

Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 707.763.6676

MOVING & STORAGE

Goodman Building Supply

415.519.2510

415.388.6233

Petty Masonry Inc. lic.416140 C29

Farnsworth Mayflower

mclennonlaw.com

goodmanbuildingsupply. com

415.898.2200

415.459.6683

ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL

Parton/Sell/Rhoades

Jackson’s Hardware, Inc.

farnsworthmayflowermoving.com

Castaneda Iron Works

415.258.9700

415.454.3740

Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc.

jacksonshardware.com

lic.387721 C54

McLennon Law Corporation 415.394.6688

The Garber Law Firm 510.588.7550

Marin Building Supply

garberlaw.com

415.472.1410

lic.964236 C23

415.457.3321

Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage

spoorstone.com

415.924.7144

415.388.4606

Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.

Ferguson Safety Products

nelsondefense.com

707.576.3333

831.458.0202

meadclark.com

fergusonsafety.com

marinba.org/directory

510.234.4734

castanedairon.com

fordestorage.com

Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING

lic.620205 C60

MEDICAL - SAFETY The Nelson Defense Firm

smw104.org

415.382.1091

onspotwelding.com Marin Independent Journal

Rafael Lumber Company

415.382.7297

415.453.3043

marinij.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Sun Iron Works, Inc.

Division Seven

Baswell Plumbing

lic.594303 B,C33

Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.

Sequoia Painting Inc.

lic.231854 C60,C51

lic.859331 C33

lic.433698 C36

415.453.7562

707.769.7771

lic.256121 C33

415.310.1269

415.897.7977

sunironworksinc.com

division7waterproofing.com

415.456.4044

Tamalpais Paint & Color

Burkell Plumbing, Inc.

PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING

Gaidano & Sons Painting & Decorating

415.924.7321

lic.417360

Marin Color Service, Inc.

tamalpaispaint.com

C16,C36,C4,C20

lic.833585 B,C33

415.453.4065

415.482.6055

marincolor.com

kunstbros.com

Anello Painting and Construction

gaidanopainting.com

lic.619941 C33, B 415.892.8989

Gary Head and Partners Painting Corp.

anellopainting.com

415.332.3091

Tim Kerrigan Painting

burkell.com

lic.715319 C33

Michael Anderson Painting

415.898.4911

lic.465243 C33

Tom Jenkins Painting

lic.415082 C33

415.927.0430

lic.406940 B,C33

415.388.3719

michaelandersonpainting. com

415.454.8288

Denny’s House of Plumbing

Bob Kunst Painting, Inc.

City Front Plumbing lic.443156 C36 415.454.6737

lic.346191 C33

Giampolini & Company lic.322282 C33,C35,C9

Mikkelsen Painting

Universal Protective Coatings

lic.504967 C36

415.457.0100

bobkunstpainting.com

415.673.1236

lic.645552 C33

415.457.9800

415.382.3300

universalprotectivecoatings.com

dennyshouseofplumbing. com

Boeck & Associates Painting Company

Grant Painting

lic.531284 C33

415.458.2956

North Marin Painting, Inc.

415.491.1702

grantpainting.com

lic.702759 C33,B

lic.650541 C33

boeckpaint.com

415.892.0199

J & R Thompson, Inc. Bouche Painting

lic.736414 C33

lic.937683 C33

415.892.6030

415.933.2677

bouchepainting.com

J.B. Markel Painting

northmarinpainting.com

Ferguson

PEST CONTROL

415.924.3200

Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.

Fire Technologies

lic.920570 B

415.457.6805

415.456.9620

lic.848109 C33,B

marintermite.com

Gotelli Plumbing Company

Naturworks Pest Control

lic.254603 C36,C16

415.460.6900

415.457.1145

415.457.0724

lic.550449 C33 415.898.3452

lic.830454 C33

415.479.7773

PLAYGROUNDS

415.898.0388

Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.

bsptg.com

lic.684610 C33,B 415.454.1500

Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc.

Community Playgrounds, Inc.

jtspainting.com

lic.659640 C33

lic.362950 A,D34

415.897.8974

415.892.8100

perpetualmotionpainting. com

communityplaygrounds. com

Robert Walther Painting

PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION

415.243.8242

John Seidler Painting lic.699739 C33

David Freeman Painting

Pallavicini Painting

415.328.0069

lic.503987 C33

KBI Painting, Inc.

lic.910245 C33

davidfreemanpainting.com

lic.944475 C33

415.482.6679

kbipaint.com

lic.576764 C33,B

Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc.

lic.736901 C36 415.457.0748

Hardiman Construction lic.611970 A

Harry Lee Plumbing lic.430685 C36

ASAP Plumbing, Inc.

707.795.4955

DeGregory Painting and Decorating

Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.

415.847.0010

707.996.3199

415.456.9889

gotelliplumbing.com

lic.722069 C33

lic.430041 C33

lic.570216 C16,C36

Pac West Painting Inc.

Brescia-Stone Painting, Inc.

Cap’s Painting Company

415.479.1655

Ross Painting

lic.676623 C36

lic.526659 C33

415.492.8769

415.479.1854

Marin Mechanical, Inc. lic.749299

415.455.0766

B & W Plumbing, LLC

C36,C4,A,C46,B

415.897.5151

lic.411936 C36

415.485.4472

kellymoore.com

415.868.9641

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.

Todd Morris Fire Protection

Caro Asset Management, Inc.

lic.519618 C36,C16

lic.978422 C16

415.899.1500

RENTAL, EQUIPMENT & EVENTS

415.479.0110

415.454.7919

miketestaplumbing.com

toddmorrisfireprotection. com

Carol Munson

Big 4 Party Rentals

415.286.0120

415.927.9100

O’Connell Plumbing

Northbay Roofing & Gutters, Inc. lic.834387 C43,C39 707.529.7774

northbayroofinggutters. com

apr.com

big4party.com

415.578.2172

Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.

CSB Harvest Company

Cal-West Rentals Inc.

lic.812250 C39,B

oconnellplumbing.com

415.451.1780

415.453.1825

707.763.5665

415.456.3482

calwestrentals.com

northernpacficroofing.com

415.457.0525

ROOFING

Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.

Hendrickson Development Inc.

Allied Building Products

415.507.0752

alliedbuilding.com

Superior Roofing & Gutter Co.

Jeremy Forcier Guaranteed Rate Mortgage

Brandon Riedel Roofing

lic.956499 B,C39

Minuteman Press of Marin

lic.878480 C39

415.491.1144

415.320.0647

roofingmarin.com

415.453.4548

707.789.9023

minuteman-marin.com

guaranteedrate.com/ jeremyforcier

Cascade Roofing

Wedge Roofing, Inc.

lic.536044 C39

lic.416737 C39,C2,C43,B

415.892.6039

888.763.7663

cascaderoofing.com

wedgeroofing.com

De Mello Roofing

SCAFFOLDING

lic.983208 B, C20, C36

Northern Pacific Roofing

watercomponents.com Pace Supply

DMH Land Use Planning

415.454.8282

Wilson’s Plumbing

pacesupply.com

lic.623217 C36 415.457.6941

Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc.

wilsonsplumbing.info

lic.392227

PRINTING

C4,C16,C20,C36 415.383.7473

Plumbing Repair Specialists lic.460208 C36 415.453.6682

R.H. Hydronics

lic.511545 C39,C33

Unicorn Group 415.492.2222

MacPhail Properties, Inc.

unicornprintmail.com

415.482.1604

PROPANE & BUTANE

Melissa Bradley Real Estate

lic.290726 C39,D41 415.456.0741

M.J. Buttler Incorporated

415.531.3567

demelloroofing.com

lic.674446 B,D39

lic.951610 C4 415.250.8133

greenheating.us Roman’s Plumbing

bradleyrealestate.com

lic.952842 C36

De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor

707.971.0353

707.762.4511

Nancy M. Marion

lic.220964 C39

415.485.3760

707.763.1535

romansplumbing.net McPhail Fuel Co.

RPM Mortgage

lic.288461 C36,C42

mcphails.com

415.381.5550

rpm-mtg.com/dpomilia

Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc. lic.491815 C42

REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT

415.892.5480

Rubenstein Supply Company

Ares Commercial Properties

rubensteinsupply.com

Samsons Enterprises

Herb Dorzynski/Johns Manville

Bruce Enterprises

925.301.5535

707.781.9686

jm.com

bruce-enterprises.com

lic.742358 C32

415.883.5527

McLeran, Inc.

Davis Sign Company, Inc.

Seadrift Realty

lic.474230 C39

lic.831319 D42

415.868.1791

415.456.7663

415.457.4091

seadriftrealty.com

dscsigns.com Morris Roofing Company

415.899.1590

Wendy Aronson Property Management

lic.259426 C39

Cal Pox, Inc. 415.457.8850

415.730.4455

morris-roofing.com

415.454.1174

SIGNAGE & PARKING AREA STRIPING

henrisroofing.com

707.285.3525

415.898.2700

415.457.3917

Henris Roofing Company

Roto Rooter Plumbers

rotorooter.com

415.258.9676

707.584.7599

SOLAR

415.454.6066

Solarcraft lic.497797 B,C10,C46C35 415.382.7717

solarcraft.com

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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Sun First, Inc.

MLS Tile

lic.669250 B,C46

lic.602910 C54

Hudson Street Design of Marin

415.458.5870

707.584.5476

415.924.8300

Window and Door Factory of California, Inc. dba Window Factory

healdsburglumber.com

lic.781086 B,C17

sunfirstsolar.com Tile West

STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES

bayareawindowfactory.com

415.382.7550

tilewestinc.com

925.286.0841

Window Worx

bmdusa.com

lic.758998 C17

CLP Resources, Inc. 415.446.7000

415.924.3300

Marvin and Integrity Windows and Doors

lic.551058 C54

TREE SERVICE

415.451.4856

Marin Tree Service

McGovern Skylight Specialist

Larry C. Levy, Consultant

lic.648230 D49

lic.721229 B

415.472.7105

707.292.4570

415.892.1497

marintrees.com

clp.com

employeerelationsmanagement.com

SWIMMING POOL

Mission Wood Products Treemasters Tree and Garden Care

Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc.

treemasters.com

lic.273969 D35

WINDOW COVERINGS

415.479.4040

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

Horizon Glass Tinting

lic.371442 C17

lic.570209 C61,D52

415.897.5117

415.457.2173

Ceramic Tile Design

horizontint.com

ceramictiledesign.net

Shades of Marin

415.897.0088

lic.831573 D52

otglass.com

CTW Designs

415.453.1518

415.883.8861

shadesofmarin.com

ctwdesigns.com

Pacific Door & Hardware lic.509661 D28,C17

WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS

415.454.9433

415.798.0388

Andersen Windows & Doors

Pacific Door Products, Inc.

Italics

415.613.5955

lic.443074 D24

415.451.6150

andersenwindows.com

707.795.7777

Galliani Tile Company

pacdoor.net

lic.651146 B,C54

italics-stone.com

pacificdoorproducts.com Dotto Glass

London Tile

lic.225824 C17

RD Enterprises

lic.540433 C54

415.479.1274

415.258.0114

415.389.0408

dottoglass.com

rdenterprises.biz

Glass & Sash Inc.

londontileco.com Miconi Marble & Tile

lic.173807 C17

West Coast Professional Door, Inc.

lic.604588 C54

415.456.2240

415.246.2034

415.482.8453

glassandsash.com

wcprodoor.com

miconi.com

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U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD

STATE Contractors State Licence Board www.cslb.ca.gov/

Old Town Glass lic.736844 C17

415.485.5180

FEDERAL

415.492.0234

Novato Glass, Inc.

herbspoolservice.com

TILE & STONE

415.472.2280

lic.660226 D49 415.455.9933

Additional Resources

COUNTY OF MARIN www.marincounty.org/

CITIES & TOWNS www.cityofbelvedere.org www.ci.corte-madera.ca.us www.town-of-fairfax.org www.ci.larkspur.ca.us www.cityofmillvalley.org www.ci.novato.ca.us www.townofsananselmo.org www.cityofsanrafael.org www.townofross.org www.ci.sausalito.ca.us www.ci.tiburon.ca.us

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Before Hiring A Contractor

The Quick Facts

Financial Information •

Don’t pay in cash.

Stick to your schedule of payments and don’t let the payments get ahead of the completed work.

Contractors cannot ask for a deposit of more than 10% of the total cost of the job or $1,000, whichever is less.* (This goes for any home improvement project, including swimming pools.)

by CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD Department of Consumer Affairs

A free telephone call to CSLB or a few clicks on its website can help you verify that your contractor’s license is in good standing and that he or she has the skills to complete your project.

Check Out the License By law, anyone in California who contracts for or bids on a construction project valued at $500 or more (total labor and materials) must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). To qualify for a license, a contractor must verify four years of journey-level experience in the trade, pass both a trade and license law examination, and post a license bond. Since 2005, all new contractors are required to pass a background investigation that includes a criminal background check. Contractors are required, by law, to put their CSLB license number in all advertisements. Unlicensed operators are required to say they are not state-licensed in their advertisements.

Ask to see the contractor’s plastic pocket license and photo identification. Verify the license and make sure it is in good standing by visiting the CSLB website: www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling CSLB’s toll-free automated line: 800.321.CSLB (2752). Get at least three bids and ask for references on work the contractor has completed in the local area. View the contractor’s past projects in person.

Get It in Writing •

Make sure you have a written contract and don’t sign it until you fully understand the terms.

All changes to the contract, or “change orders,” need to be in writing and signed by both parties.

Keep a job file of all project papers and payments, and don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.

Homeowners waive their three-day right to cancel if they sign a “service and repair contract,” which is different from a standard “home improvement contract.” (Service and repair contracts are usually for emergency repairs where the consumer initiated the contact and cannot wait.)

License History • •

If you want information about a contractor’s license history and pending or prior disciplinary actions, please call the appropriate CSLB Legal Action Disclosure telephone number: Northern Region: 916.255.4041 Southern Region: 562.345.7656

Complaint Forms If you have a complaint against a contractor, free forms are available at www.cslb.ca.gov or call 800.321.CSLB (2752) and ask for a copy of A Consumer Guide to Filing Construction Complaints and a complaint form.

* There is an exception to this rule for about two dozen contractors who have filed a blanket performance and payment bond with the Registrar. This information is noted on the contractor’s license detail page on CSLB’s website.

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT 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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Beyond the Front Door: Eric Ziedrich of Hudson Street Design The owner of Marin’s Hudson Street Design, a division of HLC Incorporated, shares his winter plans and some expert remodeling advice.

What’s the most common mistake you see people make during a remodel? Trying to act as their own contractor. Contracting requires a wide variety of skills—the ability to multitask, administrate, and coordinate, making decisions based upon years of experience and technical know-how. Some folks think that acting as their own contractor is a quick and easy way to minimize their building costs. In my experience, that is the quickest and easiest way to ensure that they pay a premium, and often also buy delays and heartaches. Any remodeling plans of your own? We’ve done a number of remodeling projects over the years and built a new home as well. We’re empty nesters now—our last remodeling projects converted our threedaughter-oriented home to a just-the-two-of-us home. Most of our building projects nowadays involve our businesses.

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If you weren’t owner of HLC, what would you be doing? We’ve owned HLC for 28 years now so I can hardly fathom doing anything else. Before buying HLC, I was a financial analyst for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. If the HLC opportunity hadn’t ever surfaced, I’d probably still be a banker in San Francisco. What’s your favorite thing to do in Marin during the winter? We have a sailboat with a slip at Schoonmaker Marina in Sausalito. Since winter offers some of the best sailing weather of the year, we like to fit a weekend of sailing or just hanging out in Sausalito whenever the opportunity presents itself. Favorite way to spend a rainy Sunday? It doesn’t get much better than sitting with a good book next to the wood stove in our house at The Sea Ranch.


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