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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.
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.
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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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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!
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WORDS TO LIVE BY Design gurus weigh in and offer us their pearls of wisdom. Curl up, and give it a read before your next remodel project. Diesel, A Book Store Marin Country Mart, Larkspur www.dieselbookstore.com
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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
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
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
Spring Celebration @ Downtown Novato
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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 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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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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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
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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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“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.”
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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
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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...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
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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.
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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
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
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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
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A Model Remodel
Expert tips to make the most of your next construction project text by Liz Savage / photography by Cesar Rubio
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Shop around. Architects will sometimes specify a tile or flooring brand in their design. Often “you’re paying for the name,” Swanson says. He suggests that you check first with your local vendors. They may have a similar product at a fraction of the price.
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.
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Green Up Your Next Home Project
text by Casey Mazzoni
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.
4. FLOR is an innovative system of carpet squares that you assemble to create unique area rugs, custom runners, or wall-to-wall designs. FLOR’s environmental consciousness is built into every sourcing, design, and production decision they make. More than 95% of their product line is made in the USA. They have established a Return & Recycle Program that turns old FLOR into new products. You can’t beat that! FLOR 2226 BUSH STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94115 (415) 359-9790
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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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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by Richard DeRamon Redwood Credit Union
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.
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.
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by Diane Borden Woodruff-Sawyer & Co
Success Important insurance tips to understand before you begin your remodeling project.
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
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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.
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by Mark J. Rice Construction Attorney
Selecting the right contractor and appropriate best contract terms.
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.
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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
C32 - Parking and Highway Improvement Contractor C33 - Painting and Decorating Contractor C34 - Pipeline Contractor C35 - Lathing and Plastering Contractor C36 - Plumbing Contractor C38 - Refrigeration Contractor C39 - Roofing Contractor C42 - Sanitation System Contractor C43 - Sheet Metal Contractor C45 - Sign Contractor C46 - Solar Contractor C47 - General Manufactured Housing Contractor C50 - Reinforcing Steel Contractor C51 - Structural Steel Contractor C53 - Swimming Pool Contractor C54 - Ceramic and Mosaic Tile Contractor C55 - Water Conditioning Contractor C57 - Water Well Drilling Contractor C60 - Welding Contractor C61 - Limited Specialty ASB - Asbestos Certification HAZ - Hazardous Substance Removal Certification
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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
rccabinetsandclosets.com Presidio Bank
Art Wasserman & Company
Steinbach Cabinet Shop
Crossland Construction Accounting
Brock Wagstaff Architects
Redwood Credit Union Studio Snaidero Bay Area
The Last Inch, Inc.
Union Bank Sunrise Home
CONCRETE, ASPHALT, GRAVEL & SAND
Able Concrete Pumping
High Definition Home Inc.
Eckhoff Accountancy Corp.
Janus Design Consulting
Ken Kay Associates
Kitchens by Ken Ryan
415.899.0203 x 30485
Aurora Cabinets & Countertops, Inc.
The Accounting Specialist
Michael Rex Associates
De La Montanya Trucking
Neumann Sloat Blanco Architects, LLP
SRS Custom Integration
California Space Organizers, Inc.
Deluxe Shotcrete & Concrete Construction
Martin & Harris
Pedersen Assocs. Landscape Architects
Devincenzi Concrete Construction
BANKS & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Standards of Excellence standardsofexcellence.com
AUDIOVISUAL & LOW VOLTAGE
Petersen Design Associates, LLC 415.883.3816
Bank of Marin
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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
lic.530135 A B,C21
Marin Landscape Materials
Ross Construction Services
Rich Readimix Concrete, Inc.
VHS Associates, Inc.
MacQuarrie Electrical Services
North Bay Drywall & Plastering, Inc.
lic.870994 C10 707.260.4544
Shamrock Materials, Inc.
CREATIVE SERVICES, MARKETING & PR
Arthur J. Lang Associates, Inc. 415.883.3577
ILS Associates, Inc.
shamrockmaterials.com Trush Construction Company, Inc.
And Them Design
Mike Brown Electric Company
Barbary Coast Consulting
Artistic Lighting & Electric
Mike Mariani Electric, Inc.
L.A. Stevens & Associates, Inc.
lic.514199 A,B 415.331.0500
Viking Pavers, Inc.
DEBRIS BOXES, HAULING & DEMOLITION
Royal Wholesale Electric 415.453.3570
lic.758796 C-10,B, C16,C20 415.472.2722
Ray Wrysinski, Civil Engineer
Strom Electric, Inc. lic.480976 C10,C36
hannibalsinc.com Kies Strategies 415.209.0321
I. Cannan Electric
A. Whitehill & Son
Marin Sanitary Service
marinsanitary.com Dibble & Company
Idex Global Services Inc.
FENCING, DECKING & SIDING
Mill Valley Refuse Service, Inc.
R.W. Davis & Associates, Inc.
Hannibal’s Inc. Electrical Construction
Project Management Services, LLC
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING & ESTIMATING
John C. Hom & Associates 415.258.9027
Grange Debris Box Service & Wrecking Co.
vikingpavers.com Whiteside Construction Corporation
Van Midde & Son Concrete
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Kevin Marcinek, General Contractor
Eureka Valley Floor Company
Northgate Garage Door, Inc.
lic.914976 B, C9, C35
Bay Area Moisture Control, Inc.
northgategaragedoors.com Marin County Sidewall
FINANCIAL & MERCHANT SERVICES
GENERAL BUILDING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, NEW & REMODEL
Anthony Vitale, General Contractor
38 Degrees North Latitude Builders, Inc.
Better Built Construction
Giuliani Flooring, Inc. lic.951628 C15 415.459.3276
Advance Business Services
Bay County Builders, Inc.
Antonis Construction Building & Painting
A.E. Nelson Construction
Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
BHM Construction, Inc.
David White & Associates
Arntz Builders, Inc. 415.382.1188
Bruce F. Goudie
California Mortgage Advisors, Jeff Grady
lic.682766 C15 415.258.9966
aenelsonconstruction.com Abacus Group Builders, Inc.
BMC Contractors Inc. lic.824476 B
James L. Arrigoni
Advanced Engineering Sales, Inc. dba AED Construction
Adventures In Production
Asbestos Control Center
Alan Taylor, General Contractor
Lori Reisfelt 510.583.8123
myrmagent.com/goreverse Portico Wealth 415.925.8700
GARAGE DOORS & GATES
Arrington Construction lic.810317 B
Build It Construction
lic.720386 B 415.378.0793
B Street Builders
FLOORING & FLOOR COVERINGS
Caletti Jungsten Construction
Jones Garage Door Co., Inc.
Ballard Inc. dba Inspired Environments
Alten Construction, Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Cartwright Construction
Creatively Built, Inc.
Diego Brothers, Inc.
Fontana Construction Inc.
Hayes & Associates
lic.626464 B 415.453.7651
Hennessey Construction, Inc.
Diego Quality Construction
Cypress Homes Inc./ H-Y-H Corporation
Hitchcock Construction Co.
D&H Construction lic.693883 B
Doug Monti Construction
Glen Rupiper Construction
Horick Builders, Inc.
Dan Young Construction, Inc.
Gordon Walker Builders
Christopher Clark Contracting
CDK Builders Inc.
lic.401466 B,C10,A 415.721.7160
cfcontracting.com Chalstrom Builders Inc.
lic.602728 B 415.461.2912
Charles Melin, General Contractor
Hoffmann Construction, Inc.
lic.311858 B 415.461.2416
lic.427589 B 510.222.1689
Envision Builders, Inc.
Howard Scanlan lic.402434 B
Gubbins Building Company, Inc.
Hoytt Inspection Services Inc. lic.493676 B
Dennis Webb Construction
ESM Enterprise General Contractor
Hammond & Company
Huts and Castles a Construction Co. Inc.
lic.693280 B lic.782179 A,B
Fairway Design & Construction, Inc.
Harte Building & Design, Inc.
J.W.Tuttle Contractor Inc.
Creative Contracting of California, Inc. dba Kasten Builders
Di Giorgio Contracting Company
Floyd Construction, Inc.
Jack Mosher Construction, Inc.
Desmond & Wallace Inc.
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Jamba Construction, Inc.
Karkabi Construction lic.593092 B
M W General Contracting
Michael L. King
Precision General Commercial Contractors
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.
Radco & Associates Inc.
Ravano & Cooney Construction
Mariner Homes, Inc. Kerr Construction, Inc.
Mariposa Contractors Inc.
Kor General Contracting
Nichelini & Sons, Inc.
Kunstbau & Kids
Massa Construction Company
lic.359012 B 415.454.8499
Lamperti Contracting & Design
lic.699671 B 415.999.5927
Robert Curry Construction
Pagan Construction, LLC
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.703863 B,C6 415.717.6061
Mill Valley Builders, Inc.
Kelly Pacific Construction
lic.442777 B 415.663.1939
McDevitt Construction Partners Inc.
Robert E. Randig lic.506873 B 415.479.3163
Pennypacker/Drake Home Building Inc.
Pete Niederberger & Sons
McGuire & Sons Construction
Rogers Remodel, Inc.
John A. Young, Builder
John C. Hill Construction
lic.851479 B 415.215.9188
RPB Construction, Inc.
Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders
Lucas Valley Designs
Powerhouse Building, Inc.
lic.467171 B,A,ASB 415.497.5948
JW Rigney Construction Inc.
John Pope, Inc.
Plath & Co.
rpbconstruction.us S.L.M. Builders
Meylan Construction, Inc.
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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.
GENERAL ENGINEERING, GRADING, PAVING & UNDERGROUND
Weiss Company, Inc.
All Terrain, Inc.
Thomas Gibbs, Licensed Tradesman
West Bay Builders, Inc.
Central Valley Environmental
Lee Mechanical, Inc.
Tembrock-Ingrassia Builders dba Bayside Builders
sandrabird.com Santoyo Construction
lic.982786 B 415.259.1842
lic.478991 A 510.234.6532
lic.460795 B 415.927.1171
Tim Ford Construction lic.359182 B
Schalich Brothers Construction Inc.
Wick Brothers Construction
Linscott Engineering Contractors Inc.
Tim Walsh Builders
Wilkinson Design & Construction
Tom Ganley Construction
Forster Pump & Engineering, Inc.
Steere Building & Woodworking lic.744002 B
Tom J. Collins Construction
William G. Taylor Construction Corp.
Tom Redmond Construction Inc.
forsterpump.com Michael Paul Company, Inc.
Gannett Fleming Project Development Corp.
Wine Country Builders, Inc.
Nerviani Paving, Inc.
Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Wintergreen Enterprises, Inc.
Steve Moylan Construction
Sterling & Company
Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc.
Tomrose Construction, Inc.
Wm. A. Martin
Ghilotti Construction Company
Von Der Werth, Inc.
lic.330299 C13,B 415.388.7516
T.H. Eller Construction
Rockport Land Corp. 707.775.4554
Harris Environmental lic.359130 A,B
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.
J.B. Shea Insurance Agency
Forster & Kroeger Landscape Maintenance
Verde Metals Inc.
John Reuscher, ChFC Foothill Securities
Frank Bidaurreta Landscape Contractor
Thornton Paving Inc. lic.382817 A 415.453.2324
Bay City Mechanical, Inc. lic.645126
George Family Enterprises Inc.
Turbin Design Associates
Bayside HVAC Products LLC
415.884.0399 ext. 230
Wise Insurance Agency
baysidehvac.com Valentine Corporation
Sander, Jacobs, Cassayre Insurance 707.254.4840
Gary Torney Landscaping Company
lic.440200 C27 415.461.1795
wiseinsuranceagency.net SDI Insulation
torneylandscape.com Irrigation Repair Service lic.328638 C27
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
Downing Heating & Air Conditioning
Neary Landscape lic.814207 C27,A
W.K. McLellan Company
Fitzpatrick’s Heating & Air Conditioning
Bolds Insurance Brokerage
Anthony Bertotti Landscaping Inc.
North Bay Landscape Management, Inc.
Bauman Landscape & Construction
W.R. Forde Associates
Westward Builders Inc.
Ongaro & Sons
ongaroandsons.com Wildcat Engineering lic.951203 A
Patriot Mechanical Inc.
HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING & SHEET METAL
Radiant Way Incorporated
Craford Benefit Consultants
Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.
Bortolussi & Watkin, Inc.
Salazar Cal Cities
George Petersen Insurance Agency
The Land Collaborative lic.954204 C27
Dan Fix Landscape Construction
LATHING & PLASTERING
Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal
Simpson Sheet Metal, Inc.
Efrain’s Landscape Construction
Frey Plastering, Inc.
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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
Post Street Occupational Medicine
Carpenters Local #35
Marin City Community Development
Flynn, Riley, Bailey & Pasek, Llp
Redwood Security Systems, Inc.
Bay Heritage Home Improvement, Inc. dba Hearth & Home of Marin
Energy Calc Company
Indian Valley Golf Club
North Bay NARI
northbaynari.org Novato Chamber of Commerce
H. Lee Evans 707.996.9238
Hanson Bridgett LLP
LUMBER, HARDWARE & TOOLS
hansonbridgett.com James D. Rohde
Marin Country Club
Adobe Lumber, Inc. 707.647.2100
Jim Nichelini Masonry
Lynch & Sons
Joe J. Pedroli & Son, Inc.
Manuel Vasquez Landscaping
Redwood Empire Chapter
Pacific Gas & Electric
London Chimney Services, Inc.
DHC Supplies Inc. Kate Warner; Construction Lawyer 415.457.7977
katewarnerlaw.com Law office of Daniel Gamer
Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Company
necanet.org San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
Golden State Lumber Inc. Mark J. Rice, Esq.
Ross Valley Maintenance and Supply
Marshall Foster Masonry
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 707.763.6676
MOVING & STORAGE
Goodman Building Supply
Petty Masonry Inc. lic.416140 C29
ORNAMENTAL & STRUCTURAL STEEL
Jackson’s Hardware, Inc.
Castaneda Iron Works
Spoor Masonry & Tile, Inc.
McLennon Law Corporation 415.394.6688
The Garber Law Firm 510.588.7550
Marin Building Supply
Forde’s Larkspur Self Storage
Mead Clark Lumber Co., Inc.
Ferguson Safety Products
Onspot Welding & Design, Inc.
MEDICAL - SAFETY The Nelson Defense Firm
onspotwelding.com Marin Independent Journal
Rafael Lumber Company
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Sun Iron Works, Inc.
Kunst Bros. Painting Contractors, Inc.
Sequoia Painting Inc.
Tamalpais Paint & Color
Burkell Plumbing, Inc.
PAINTING, DECORATING & WATERPROOFING
Gaidano & Sons Painting & Decorating
Marin Color Service, Inc.
Anello Painting and Construction
lic.619941 C33, B 415.892.8989
Gary Head and Partners Painting Corp.
Tim Kerrigan Painting
Michael Anderson Painting
Tom Jenkins Painting
Denny’s House of Plumbing
Bob Kunst Painting, Inc.
City Front Plumbing lic.443156 C36 415.454.6737
Giampolini & Company lic.322282 C33,C35,C9
Universal Protective Coatings
Boeck & Associates Painting Company
North Marin Painting, Inc.
J & R Thompson, Inc. Bouche Painting
J.B. Markel Painting
Marin Termite Control Co. Inc.
Gotelli Plumbing Company
Naturworks Pest Control
lic.550449 C33 415.898.3452
Jerry Thompson & Sons Painting, Inc.
lic.684610 C33,B 415.454.1500
Perpetual Motion Painting, Inc.
Community Playgrounds, Inc.
Robert Walther Painting
PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION
John Seidler Painting lic.699739 C33
David Freeman Painting
KBI Painting, Inc.
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.
DeGregory Painting and Decorating
Grier Argall Plumbing, Inc.
Pac West Painting Inc.
Brescia-Stone Painting, Inc.
Cap’s Painting Company
Marin Mechanical, Inc. lic.749299
B & W Plumbing, LLC
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Mike Testa Plumbing, Inc.
Todd Morris Fire Protection
Caro Asset Management, Inc.
RENTAL, EQUIPMENT & EVENTS
Big 4 Party Rentals
Northbay Roofing & Gutters, Inc. lic.834387 C43,C39 707.529.7774
Water Components & Building Supply, Inc.
CSB Harvest Company
Cal-West Rentals Inc.
Steve Janney Roofing, Inc.
Hendrickson Development Inc.
Allied Building Products
Superior Roofing & Gutter Co.
Jeremy Forcier Guaranteed Rate Mortgage
Brandon Riedel Roofing
Minuteman Press of Marin
Wedge Roofing, Inc.
De Mello Roofing
lic.983208 B, C20, C36
Northern Pacific Roofing
watercomponents.com Pace Supply
DMH Land Use Planning
lic.623217 C36 415.457.6941
Pedro Femenia & Sons, Inc.
Plumbing Repair Specialists lic.460208 C36 415.453.6682
Unicorn Group 415.492.2222
MacPhail Properties, Inc.
PROPANE & BUTANE
Melissa Bradley Real Estate
lic.290726 C39,D41 415.456.0741
M.J. Buttler Incorporated
lic.951610 C4 415.250.8133
greenheating.us Roman’s Plumbing
De Carli’s Petaluma Butane Distributor
Nancy M. Marion
romansplumbing.net McPhail Fuel Co.
Roy’s Sewer Service, Inc. lic.491815 C42
REAL ESTATE, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT
Rubenstein Supply Company
Ares Commercial Properties
Herb Dorzynski/Johns Manville
Davis Sign Company, Inc.
dscsigns.com Morris Roofing Company
Wendy Aronson Property Management
Cal Pox, Inc. 415.457.8850
SIGNAGE & PARKING AREA STRIPING
Henris Roofing Company
Roto Rooter Plumbers
Solarcraft lic.497797 B,C10,C46C35 415.382.7717
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HOME RESOURCE GUIDE Sun First, Inc.
Hudson Street Design of Marin
Window and Door Factory of California, Inc. dba Window Factory
sunfirstsolar.com Tile West
STAFFING & HUMAN RESOURCES
CLP Resources, Inc. 415.446.7000
Marvin and Integrity Windows and Doors
Marin Tree Service
McGovern Skylight Specialist
Larry C. Levy, Consultant
Mission Wood Products Treemasters Tree and Garden Care
Herb’s Pool Service & Construction, Inc.
missionwood.com Mueller Mirror & Glass Inc. lic.462285 C17
Horizon Glass Tinting
Ceramic Tile Design
Shades of Marin
Pacific Door & Hardware lic.509661 D28,C17
WINDOWS, GLAZING & DOORS
Andersen Windows & Doors
Pacific Door Products, Inc.
Galliani Tile Company
pacificdoorproducts.com Dotto Glass
Glass & Sash Inc.
londontileco.com Miconi Marble & Tile
West Coast Professional Door, Inc.
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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
Novato Glass, Inc.
TILE & STONE
lic.660226 D49 415.455.9933
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
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.
Ask to see the contractor’s pocket license and a current photo ID.
Ask for a current list of contact information (telephone number and business address) for the contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Find out from your local building department whether your project needs a building permit, and confirm that your contractor will obtain all necessary permits.
Get at least three contractor bids and references, and check out, in person, recent projects by the prospective contractors that had similar specifications.
Ask whether your contractor carries general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
Make sure all project materials and expectations are spelled out and signed in a written contract, including clean- up, debris removal, and site security. Ask your contractor if he or she understands exactly what you want.
Have a timetable for each phase of your project and the corresponding payment schedule spelled out in the contract. Do not let payments get ahead of the work.
10. Pay no more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.* 11. Never pay in cash. 12. Keep all of your project documents, including payments, in a job file. 13. Try researching your contractor’s name online for additional reviews—but consider the source. Protect yourself from
unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors.
Protect yourself from unscrupulous or unlicensed contractors. • •
• • •
Only hire state-licensed contractors. Any contractor performing $500 worth of work or more (including materials and labor) must be licensed by CSLB to work in California. Don’t rush into repairs, no matter how badly they may be needed. Don’t hire the first contractor who comes along or be caught up in high-pressure sales tactics. Ask to see the contractor’s “pocket license” or their representative’s “Home Improvement Salesperson” registra- tion. All contractors are issued pocket licenses that show the type of trade for which they are licensed, and the expiration date of the license. Ask to see a photo identification to confirm their identity.
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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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WINTER ISSUE 2014
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Marin Builders Association presents the Winter 2014 installment of Marin Home, the MBA's quarterly home improvement publication. Featuring...