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Contractor for kitchen and bathroom remodel
We are looking for good, and well priced contractor to do a
bathroom and kitchen remodel and some minimum work in
bedrooms. For bathroom, we would like to remove a wall add
some space from the bedroom closet to creat a niche for a
two sink counter, add new light fixtures, sinks, faucets,
cabinets and backsplash. Then the bedroom needs to be
modified to add an IKEA closet. For the kitchen, we want to
reface the cabinet, add new counter top with new sink and
faucet and new light fixture. A microwave needs to be moved
inside a cabinet too, so some mill work as well. For our
other two bedrooms, we want to change our existing wood
sliding doors to mirrors, and creat bigger opening for a
hinged door closet to add mirror sliding doors for that room
This is the scope of our work, I am a designer, so the
drawings are ready, I need somebody to build it!
Just at the end of a major bathroom renovation (and new deck
construction) with Tom Parenteau from Carr Custom Builders. It's been
a great experience (excellent quality of work, good organization,
really nice and trustworthy workers). Happy to pass on a
recommendation -- email@example.com.
For kitchen and bathroom remodels I senthusiastically recommend Robert
Brown. 510-427-4722. He remodeled our bathroom and reconfigured an
awkward part of the house between the main and addition, which
included two doorways. He is talented and experienced, reasonably
priced, and he is very pleasant to work with. I'm happy to provide a
more detailed recommendation for him.
Due to excellent previous reviews on BPN, we hired Berkeley Construction in Feb.
of 2013 for our bathroom remodel and kitchen painting, and it is still not
finished, 5 months later. The project is currently running 3 months behind.
Many mistakes were made. The ordering of supplies and fixtures were ''forgotten''
numerous times. Excuses have piled upon excuses. Communication between us and
the owner has been non existent to very poor. He prefers to relay info through
his workers who give nonspecific answers to our questions. Some of his subs,
especially the granite fabricator and the second painter, were unprofessional.
We actually repainted the trim work in the bathroom ourselves last weekend just
to get it done. The painter went back and forth between sanding and painting,
and got sanding dust in the paint, yet used it anyway.
I regret that I did not get more current info on this contractor.
still in limbo
Constantin from CGBuilders did the remodeling in my house. My conditions among
other things where a 'good and well priced contractor' same as you are looking
for. I was very pleased to work with him. He is a good contractor and for my
project was a well priced contractor. You can contact him a 5103055680,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to visit his website www.cgbuilders.info
We would highly recommend Emanuel with Bay Area Pacific Construction. We hired
them for a kitchen remodel, 2 bathroom remodels and electrical work; excellent
work to code, good communication, very clean/neat, respectful of our home,
meticulous work indicative of craftsman-like passion and old world pride, plus
they finished the job over 2 weeks ahead of schedule. We cannot recommend this
company enough and are more than happy to give references. You can reach Emanuel
at 510 484 5765 or online at www.bayareapacificconstruction.com
Greg & Celeste
Bathroom re-tiling logistics
We need to have our shower stall re-tiled and we don't know
how to go about it- should we hire a licensed contractor, or
go with a handy person that we know and trust? And how do we
navigate the permit process? Does property tax increase?
Just looking for some opinions about how to navigate the
Berkeley system. Thanks, anon
Hi. Re-tiling a shower stall (or even a bathroom) will not
require permits. The most important part about re-tiling in
a wet area is making sure that water does not get behind the
tiles. It is important to hire an experienced and good tile
person to perform the work. Not sure if the person should be
licensed contractor. You should look for recommendations
for good tilers. I'm new to the Berkeley/Oakland area and
unfortunately unable to recommend anyone. But that's where
you should start looking. skys mom
My name is Mike. I live in North Oakland. Hiring a
licensed contractor tends to cost more but the insurance
they come with may be worth it. If you have the time you can
act as your own contractor and hire a handyman to complete
the work. I have both acted as my own general contractor
and hired general contractors. If their are no structural
changes I usually pull my own permits and draw my own plans.
If there are structural changes I will bring in a general
contractor. If you need help with the permit process start
with the zoning department for the city. I am not sure about
the increase in property taxes. If you need an affordable
experienced contractor try Angel's Construction in the east
bay 415-810-5049. Or if you really want to save money and
aren't concerned about the the license try Carlos Mejia at
415-786-2919 - he is a handyman.
Hope this helps
Gelu Ilie should be the first and only phone call you make.
Gelu is professional, efficient, cost effective,and most of
all top in customer service. We had bathroom remodel
removing the old vanity/sink, bathtub, tile the floor, and
added an electrical outlet. We love our new bathroom so much
and it's all thanks to Gelu. It's also inspired us for new
projects! We need to save up some money to call again for
our kitchen I think. I highly recommend Gelu for any
bathroom remodeling project.Contact info is Gelu
I would like to highly recommend Gelu Ilie as a person to
call if you are interested in a bathroom remodel.Gelu did a
fantastic job on our bathroom. He was dependable (arrived at
our house when he said he would), responsive to our
questions, very patient with our concerns, and offered his
professional opinion whenever we asked. Our bathroom looks
great and I highly recommend using his services.
His contact number is 510-506-5073 Tracy
You might give Robert Robbins a Call. He works by the job
and within your budget. His number is 415-545-8542. He has
some pretty good ideas even if you decide to go with someone
Bathroom designer needed for finishing details
I'm looking for recommendations for a designer/decorator to
help me with my bathroom addition. I have a lot of the big
pieces in place -- I have the floorplan (it's a basic Jack
and Jill bathroom between 2 kids rooms) but I need help with
the finishing touches, for example, the decorative tile
border in the shower alcove, which lights to pick, if I want
two mirrors instead of one large one what size should
choose, help finding a cabinetmaker for the vanity. I feel
like this is a pretty small job; I almost want to just buy
an hour's worth of design time for a double check on my
ideas. I want this to be a fairly contemporary bathroom as
What I don't need is someone whose main goal is to sell me
I'm in Walnut Creek and would prefer someone located out
this way. Erin
We had help from Alina Druga with Alina Druga Interiors. We
were kind of in the same situation as you. We we looking for
someone to guide us in the right direction and give us
advice for almost every room in the house, on how to update
and make our home look more like us. We couldn't afford to
have someone do all the work, we were just looking for
someone to show us the way. Alina was wonderful; in a few
hours she transformed our home with her ideas. Her
suggestions helped us make the changes that we needed. She
also helped us with window treatments in our office from
Hunter Douglas, which we purchased from her, and guided us
in selecting finishes and color for our bathrooms. She made
sure we were completely satisfied, and was completely
wonderful. She is really down to earth, easy to talk to and
her fees are also very reasonable. We would definitely
recommend her. Her website is www.alinadrugainteriors.com,
and phone number is (510) 566-5917. Good luck! Monica
Bathroom contractor recommendation wanted
We're considering reinstalling a tub (previous owners
removed and put in a large walk in shower), hopefully a
fairly simple job, minimal demo, maybe some plumbing and a
little tile work. Appreciate recommendations for quality,
reasonably priced contractor. Thank you! Audrey
We're using Michael Colombo of Miccolo Construction
(email@example.com) 510-848-8188. He also did our
kitchen. He does great work and is very honest
I used Will Perez and Luis Arreola for several projects in
my home and they are excellent carpenters. Neat, reasonably
priced, efficient, honest, smart, and thorough. They did
carpentry work and repaired a difficult plaster ceiling for
us. The work came out fabulously. I recommend them highly.
You can get in touch with Will at 415-806-3859. Ellen
I can only say that Marius Construction has proved to be a
real lifesaver for me and for my neighbors. He is prompt,
his workers are quiet and well-mannered, and above all he
sticks to two things like Crazy Glue: A-the price he quotes
is the price you pay and B-he completes the work on time.
All this plus he is an artist with a vision at a modest and
fair price. He's on the web and you can check his ratings
on several sites. Susan
Contact Eric Sterken--he's everything you'd ever want in a
contractor. He does great work, he listens and communicates
well, he's reliable and honest, he's reasonably priced, and
he's a joy to have around. These are rare qualities in
contractors, as you may know. He's a FIND! Also, his wife
runs the business and she is also very sweet, and very
competent. He loves doing bathrooms, kitchens and decks,
and has built quite a few whole houses. They are E&J
Builders: www.EJBuildersInc.com Cynthia
I can very highly recommend Seth Melchert as a general
contactor for new constuctiuon and remodel projects. We have
hired him over the years for everything from bathroom
remodels to a newly constructed studio on our property. He
is very thorough and has high quality standards as well as
easy to work with. He can be reached at Master Buiders (his
company) at: 510-654-2746. Roger
Hi Audrey! I highly recommend you contact Sorin Feraru with
Feraru&Associates. They remodeled our bathroom not long ago
and did an amazing job. Sorin was always there for us with
his knowledge and advice. His team is very well trained,
skilled, and had great respect towards our property. The
project went smoothly from beginning to end and the price
was within our budget. Call Sorin at 510- 228-7366
I highly recommend Eco Logical Builders. They did a
complete remodel on our bathroom--gutted a very sad,tiny
bathroom with lots of leaky issues--now we have the most
gorgeous functional bathroom ever. They are very reasonable
in price, delivered on time and were very customer focused.
I would also recommend them for kitchen remodels as well, as
they are full on with all plumbing and electrical. Eco
Lgical is also a Green Certified Builder. Contact info is
Willie at 415-823-5525. website: ecologicalbuilders.com
Eric Sterken, of E & J Builders has a lot of experience with
these kinds of jobs, and also with rebuilding decks, in case
the next poster is reading here, too! He's personable,
honest, and very easy to live with (minimal noise, cleans up
at the end of the day, understands that you need to live
your house, too). Let him give you a free estimate. Nice
reviews on Yelp, too.
Our landlord hired Mike Rudd to redo both bathrooms in our
house (new tile, new floors, new counter, paint). He was a
careful worker, very affordable and considerate! The work
has held up well. I've recommended him to friends too. His
email is firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 510-703-1657 License
Sink, Bathtub, and Tile Work - separate? Together?
We need some work done in our bathroom (1916 home). The
sink & bathtub need replacing, and we would like new tiling
done on both the floor and 'tub surround'.
If you needed this work done, would you hire a plumber to do
the sink & tub and then someone else to do the tile work?
Or, one contractor to do all 3 parts of the job?
Do you have recommendations for a contractor and/or plumber
and tile work person you might hire? Anyone you've had
great luck working with, did a fantastic job, and didn't
charge an arm & a leg? How many bids did you get? Any
other information or recommendations for this job (or these
jobs?) Thanks very much. Needing a useable bathroom
I know an excellent plumber whom I have used for years. He
is reliable and his prices are always really fair. He just
remodeled our bathroom. He can do the tile as well or he can
recommend other contractors. My house was built in 1914.
His name is Robert Esposito. Flowmechanic@hotmail.com or
cell#510 725-9763 good luck! Stacey
Our long-time contractor Lowell-James Hicks recently did a
major bathroom and kitchen remodel for us in our
50+-year-old Berkeley condo. The plumbing, the excellent
tile work, the bamboo floor, etc.
He is licensed and insured in California. He has, over the
past twenty-plus years, done for us more than a dozen
moderate-to large projects which included everything from
framing and finish carpentry to electrical, plumbing, tile,
roofing, and HVAC maintenance. He is a craftsman and an
artist, two qualities which show prominently in his work.
Whenever we have recommended his service to our friends, the
reports have come back with an abundance of thanks and
praise. He is fast accurate, clean, reasonably priced, smart
(a member of Mensa), and, perhaps most importantly, utterly
dependable. His contact information is: Lowell Hicks
email@example.com 510-612-9988 John B
I would like to recommend Gelu Ilie to anyone who is looking
for a trustworthy contractor with multiple skills and
timely, quality work at a reasonable budget.
Gelu was a stranger to me, introduced by a friend of mine
who was very happy with his work. He proved completely
trustworthy, did extra work for free, made asthetic
suggestions that improved the project, which included total
renovation of two bathrooms, and the creation of a beautiful
bonus room out of a messy home that had nothing but deferred
maintenance since the 1970s.
He worked very well with the licensed electrician as they
ripped out and rebuilt walls and ceilings. He installed a
new dryer, light fixtures, did an enormous amount of tile
and grout, put up sheetrock, built cinderblock fences and
mortared them beautifully, built wooden fences where he took
the wood and bevelled it special at the top to match the
existing fence; he cleaned up well every night, so that we
actually lived well with major construction, he was
unfailingly polite and scrupulous and left all extra
supplies rightfully to me since I paid for them.
What else can I say? He can give you my phone number if
need be. I am a satisfied customer and hope to redo my
kitchen employing Gelu within one year.
Call Gelu(510) 506-5073 or www.gelu-construction.com
Gelu Ilie installed tile in my kitchen and family room. He
did a wonderful job and all the tiles were placed evenly.
We couldn't decide on the tile color. We selected the same
style but different shades for the kitchen and family room.
The two rooms connect. Gelu had a wonderful idea on cutting
the tile so the transition would look good. He also
recommended a diamond patten setting instead of going
straight across which really adds to the distinctiveness.
He is very artistic. Here is his website where you can see
his work: http://www.gelu-construction.com/index.php R.M.
I would like to recommend Gelu Ilie. I found his number on
BPN. The house I bought in Berkley was built in 1925.
Together with my husband, we decided to make some changes in
one of our bathrooms. I've called two other
contractors who were not able to address my
questions. I also called Gelu and he was able to help as
well as give me ideas. We then decided to remodel the whole
bathroom. We changed the bathtubwa,new cabinets, and sink. I
went with him to different tile stores to find what we
liked. Gelu did a wonderful job, he cleaned up after himself
everyday, and his work is very professional. His
price was also great and a lot less than many others. Our
bathroom is now very beautiful, new, and we are very pleased
with Gelu's services.Call now Gelu (510)506-5073 or visit:
We recently had our bathtub/shower and bathroom floor tiled
by Gelu Ilie (510)506-5073. Our house is old and he dealt
with issues as they came up. He also replaced the bathtub at
the same time. We were so happy with him and the quality of
his work that we hired him to tile the kitchen floor. He was
professional, a hard worker, honest, prompt and a delight to
be around. I would hire him again if needed and highly
recommend him. Signed: Mary Mary
Hi, we just completed a bathroom remodel using Marius
Adamache. It was quite extensive as we had bad wood rot
issues. Marius, his business partner Dan and all of his
workmen were wonderful to work with. Marius will come
promptly, assess your situation and give you very reasonable
pricing, depending on what you want to do. He is
straightforward, honest and always checking on progress and
troubleshooting any unforeseen issues. He has a large
enough team of skilled workmen that he can always have
someone come quickly to deal with a particular issue. He
even had someone to fabricate granite at our home-no worries
about someone getting the measurement wrong. Marius' workmen
were quiet, clean, considerate and polite.Their workmanship
is excellent. My dog's first stop this morning was to poke
her head in our new bathroom to see if any of Marius' guys
were there. Like it says on the refrigerator magnet 'I
wish I was the kind of person my dog thinks I am.' Well
Marius and his crew are those kind of people. I would
absolutely ask him to coordinate your bathroom work. Donna
Tub/shower install--bathroom with slanted ceiling
We are looking for a contractor to install a basic, modern
tub/shower combo in the space where a club-foot tub now
sits(with a shower attachment) in our upstairs bathroom.
Our house is over 100 years old and the bathroom has a
slanted ceiling with a skylight in it, installed many years
ago by the previous owners. The shower curtain set- up that
we now have is quaint, but a mess. We are on a tight budget
but hope there are some contractors out there who have dealt
with similar situations. Karen
Our house is 90 years old built in 1921. Most of the walls
and ceilings in our home are slanted from what I believe to
be settling due to the age of our home. A portion of our
master bathroom use to be a triangle shaped closet prior to
our remodel. Our contractor, Amir was fantastic, came up
with solutions that worked and stayed within our budget.
Call Amir of Integral Home Improvements at (510) 904-2786.
Berkeley Home Owner
Two bathrooms, two issues; one fixer?
Both of our bathrooms are in need of some repair. If one
person (contractor? handyman? plumber? tiler?) could do
both jobs, that might be great! Otherwise, if you have
recommendations for either, we'd love those!
Bathroom 1: built only 6 years ago, but the roof is leaking
during the rain. Not sure if this is work only for a
'roofer', or if a 'contractor' or other professional could
Bathroom 2: Needs a sink replaced, bathtub replaced, floor
and wall tiling re-done.
Both of these are TINY bathrooms, if that makes any
difference. Any and all recommendations welcome and
appreciated! (Any you'd stay away from, on the other hand?)
Thank you. Time to get it done!
Andrew Nardinelli did an outstanding job with our bathroom
and kitchen remodel. He is particularly talented with tile
design and install and very competent with plumbing. Shortly
after we began working with him, we realized that the
bathroom tile we had selected was much too expensive. He
redesigned the tiling using a large amount of inexpensive
tile and a small amount of expensive tile for decorative
insets and edging. It turn out gorgeous - actually better
than we had originally envisioned.
He has handled two small but kind of complicated
roofline/gutter issues for us, so I suspect he could easily
handle a small roof repair. Sometimes, though, the big time
consuming challenge is finding the exact source of the leak,
not actually making the repair.
I believe his phone is 510 219-9653. His email is
I would highly recommend Amir of Integral Home Improvements
(510) 904-2786. We used him initially on our rental property
to complete a bathroom remodel. He gutted the bathroom,
reconfigured the space with new plumbing, new fixtures and
great title work. We recently used him to give a our master
bath a mini- remodel that included a new window, fixtures
and paint. Amir did an excellent job. Jess, Oakland
In regard to your two tiny bathrooms remodeling I
wholeheartedly recomend Constantin. He can do any of the
work that is require in your bathrooms including roofing,
all the bathroom fixtures instalation, plumbing electric...
He is a general contractor and he did several projects for
me, first, and then for several of my friends. I am really
happy with his work and that's why I keep recommending him.
Give him a call at 510-305-5680 or email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. By the way, if you want to see some of
his work go to www.cgbuilders.info Diana
Juan Manuel Diaz is your man. He has done several recent
projects for us, including tiling a shower (after framing
and sheetrocking it to create the space), opening up a
doorway, finding the source of a pesky leak, and finding a
cheap and creative solution to a drainage problem. He does
great work and is very creative with solutions for tight
spaces. (Your bathroom can't possibly be smaller than our
bathroom.) He's a real artisan with tile and plaster -- he
has done a lot of work for my mother-in-law over the years,
and she recommends him highly too. And he's friendly,
responsible, and very easy to work with. You can reach him
at 415-678-9591. Jennifer M
Call Sorin Feraru with Feraru & Associates Building and
Design. He just finished a major remodel for our house. He
is reliable, trustworthy and very professional. And you get
all that at a reasonable price. Sorin took care of our
remodel from beginning to the end and worked along with us
as a consultant. He was always in contact with us and
answered his phone, or called us right back. Things went
smoothly and the remodel was finished on time. Sorin's crew
builds dust barriers in the house so the dust doesn't spread
to the part that was not remodeled. Also they left the job
site clean at the end of each working day. We highly
recommend Sorin Feraru. Please call him at 510-228-7366 or
go to his web site www.feraru.us
Great Contractor for Tub/Shower Remodel
Can you recommend an affordable and reliable contractor to
do a simple tub/shower remodel in our modest home and ONLY
bathroom? We just need a new tub/shower with either tiles on
the walls or a tub surround if the space permits. We're also
desperate for the job to be done quickly and reliably -
we're expecting our second child in November! Thank you
For a great contractor, call Robert Leitz at Decade
Construction. I used him for a small job and he's
excellent. They are also green and also certified to do
no-lip shower installations. You can get an excellent sense
of him and how he works by looking at the photos and videos
on his website: http://www.decadeconstruction.com/ Best
I suggest you give Dan Martinez Construction a call. You
say you want it done on time - Dan's guys show up EVERY DAY
and get the job done on schedule. (I know, shocking.) He
is reasonably priced. You can call 510.893.0485. Feel free
to say I recommended them. Dawn
We need to install a ventilation fan in our bathroom.
(Condensation is causing paint to peel and moisure to build
up on the walls and ceiling.) This will require cutting
through a wall or the ceiling in addition to installing the
fan itself. The house is old (1908). I'm not sure whether I
need an electrician, an HVAC specialist, a handyman or
someone else. Who is the right person for this kind of job
and do you have any recommendations? Thank you for your
Try a general contractor such as Eric Sterken. He's licensed
and insured and has done jobs like the one you are
describing. He's the nicest guy, prompt, detail-oriented,
and a most amazing contractor. You can reach him at
Because a bathroom fan uses electricity, we STRONGLY
recommend that you ONLY employ knowledgeable and licensed
We live in the EastBay and we own income property, where, of
course, it is absolutely necessary to follow all housing
codes and all building codes !
When we need electrical work done, we employ Fighting Amish
Fighting Amish Electric: Daan and Inder = 510.847.5577
Other than the very odd name for their company ('Fighting
Amish' is meant to be a joke, because the Amish do not
fight), these two brothers are really knowledgeable of codes
and regulations, they know and work with good local
distributors, and they're really careful. Please, NEVER
employ anyone but a licensed electrician to do work that
includes electricity !
We installed a fan 1 year ago. What we did was get a
contractor. When we replaced our roof, we'd learned that
owner of Collins Roofing had a brother who's a contractor.
Anyways, he had someone come in to cut the hole and install,
we ordered the fan online ourselves, and then he had an
electrician come in and wire it for us. The handyman person
came back to patch the ceiling up a bit. anon
Contractor for bathroom remodel?
We live in Walnut Creek and are looking for a reliable and
efficient contractor to remodel our two bathrooms in our
ranch house. The bathrooms are in their original 1960s (with
1980s touches) state and we're planning a simple & clean
update for both, as they're not huge rooms. Any
recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you!
We recently remodeled our bathroom and used Mircea Ilie
Construction as our contractor; Mircea did a great job-
provided a quote and a contract and stuck to his price and
schedule. He made some excellent recommendations for design
improvements. His workers were skilled, courteous and
efficient. He also advised upgrading the house's plumbing
and electrical systems and provided reasonable quotes for
doing that. His pricing is very fair, and he is honest and
extremely competent. His office phone number is
510-538-8109 and cell is 510-459-5502 BonnieK
Mircea Ilie just finished my new bathroom. He did a
wonderful job, kept to a budget, was on time and all workers
he employed were top notch. He was recommended to me by a
designer friend who has used him for several jobs but there
are also other reviews here on the BPN. His number is
510-575-5434, http://www.mircea-construction.com. I will
definitely use him again and good luck on the job!
Mark Shure of Shure Design@ construction is quite frankly
one of the best kitchen and bathroom contractor specialists
in the Bay area. He is located in the Berkeley area. He
designs for his clients kitchen cabinets (among other
things) and builds them himself in his shop, which is
located next door to Truitt& white lumber also located in
Berkley. His shop like his work is spotless, I know because
I have been there and noticed all the quality tools, even
his vacuum system in his shop are top of the line. Take it
from me he is the best cabinet maker and finish carpenter I
have been in contact with, it was a real pleasure working
with him. You may reach him at (510) 540-1952 William
Difficult to add bathroom to detached studio?
We are looking at houses in Berkeley (currently live in SF) and finding some with
detached studios. I've heard that it may be difficult to get permits to add a
bathroom to them because it might be considered a rental. If it is doable, what
are the approximate costs? Thanks!
You can add a Half-Bath to a detached studio. Showers,
Bathtubs, and Stoves are the no-no's. These are seen as
indications of rentals.
The difficulty in adding a Half-Bath is not in procuring the
permits, but in running new plumbing - both water lines and
sewage to new plumbing units, often quite a distance.
Good Luck - hope you find a house you like.
Bathroom Remodel - Who do I need?
We need to fix and remodel our relatively small 1980's master
bathroom (need to repair persistent leaks that have damaged the
subfloor; windows need replacing, etc.) I want to get a
separate bath and shower out of this. There's not a lot of
space (or money) to work with, but I have devised a simple plan
based on my own research. Do I need a bathroom designer? A
design-build contractor? A contractor? Advice and
If you have a contractor who specializes in bathrooms, I don't think you need a
bathroom designer. In fact, I used one when I redid my master bath and I can
say, my contractor and I came up with a much more workable and cost-efficient
The contractor I highly recommend is Scott Montgomery. His phone number is 925-
382-4112 and if you prefer to correspond through e-mail his address is
email@example.com. Please contact him - I know you will be
I think you can get by with a good contractor who specializes
in bathrooms. I highly recommend Jim Zwaal (google him on
Berkeley Parents for contact info). We started our bathroom
remodel project looking to work with a designer and it just
seemed to add a lot of unnecessary expense. Jim has a good eye
and had a lot of great aesthetic suggestions. He's very
practical and good w/ a budget. We were very happy.
A design-build contractor would be good, but if money is really
tight the way to go is to make your simple plan readable and
co-ordinate the subcontractors yourself. You can even submit your
own drawings for a permit. There are classes you can take at the
Building Education Center to help with such a process.
If you would like a consultation during the process, fell free to
call me (510-601-1150).
I have remodeled several homes over the years, and used a few different
but Greg Watson, in El Sobrante, is the best I've ever worked with. He does
bathroom and kitchen remodels, and what I like is that he's licensed and
just did a bathroom and family room/office for us, and he had lots of cost
ideas. You'll be lucky to get him to do the work if he isn't too busy. His
is 510-223-1541, and cell phone is 510-453-5638.
If the bathroom is relatively small all you need is a contractor
with a bit of imagination. And since you have a plan too that is
a recipe to save some money. I am sure that the contractor that I
know can help you with your bathroom. I am very happy with the
work he did for me. You can call him at 510.305.5680 or email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. His name is Constantin and is a trustworthy
I had my bathroom remodeled by a great contractor who worked
together with my designer. But if you have a limited budget and a
lot of imagination I think you can skip the designer. Contractor's
name is Sorin Feraru and you can reach him at 510 228 7366 or go
on line to see some of his work at www.feraru.us. He helped me a
lot with my bathroom remodel, not to mention I saved money and
time due to his experience and great ideas. The project turned out
wonderful, on time and it was worth all the money. Also, he
provides a great customer service.I won't be hiring anyone else
but him, for my future remodeling projects.
Bathroom Designer for bathroom remodel
Hello, we are about to have our 1970's pink tiled bathroom
remodeled (full tear down/remodel) and are looking for
recommendations on designers to help us provide a sketch to our
contractors, as well as help us with materials
selection/purchasing. We are working with a very limited budget
for a designer ($1000-1500), so any recs for affordable, great
designers would be most appreciated. Thanks! Catherine
I'm in the process of remodeling a very old bathroom with the
help of interior designer Francis Combes. He is a very
telented designer who was able to help me pick out all the
components I need, such as the tile, fixtures, color, faucets,
and design elements. He was able to modernize our bathroom
with hardly any additional cost. His plans were well done and
understandable for the contractor. Best of all, he was very
reasonable and professional. Check out his website at
A very satisfied client
We just finished a bathroom remodel that we love! We got help
from Isabel Tsang at Albany Cabinets and Design
(www.albanycabinets.com; 510.526.2288). She was very helpful in
working out the design and suggesting resources. She has a
showroom in Albany, which I found very useful when trying to talk
about style and consider different options. I always felt like
she listened to our needs and opinions, but wasn't pushy about
using the businesses that she has relationships with. And she
would definitely fit into your budget. Good luck.
I am an Architect who specializes in small remodels and am
flexible about how to facilitate a project. A budget as small as
yours will buy some good professional help, getting a design and
input on related matters, but is insufficient for a remodel that
requires a building permit. Some remodels only require plumbing
and electrical permits. I call these ''upgrades''. AB
I highly recommend Bonnee Elterman. You can reach her at
email@example.com or 510-593-3466. She helped us with a
kitchen and living room update/remodel, but she has quite a bit
of experience with whole house remodels, and I wouldn't hesitate
to have her help you with your project. She's great at making
excellent design recommendations within your budget constraints.
Feel free to contact me if you'd like to hear more about our
experience working with her.
Hi Catherine, I highly recommend interio designer Benjamin
Dhong. He had helped me with my office space last year. I
really love his style. He is very easy to work with. He truly
cares about his clients and pays attention to details. In fact
he was featured in SF Chornicle on 3/8/09. Here's the link:
You can check his website too. (www.benjamindhong.com). His
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone# (415) 595-2582
Have fun w/ the remodel...
Where to start on complete bathroom remodel?
We need to do a complete bathroom remodel. Can anyone give advise on how to start?
Would it be best to hire a designer first and then a contractor? Or has anyone had
success with a design/build contractor? If so does anyone have any recent
recommendations for a contractor, designer or both? Archives are a couple of years
We had our master bathroom remodeled in 2006 and Jason White
did a great job! It was a part of a larger project but he made
some design recommendations in the bathroom that really changed
it from good to great! For example, he recommended putting in
radiant heating. It's on timer so that when I walk in in the
morning, the tiles are toasty warm and so is the entire
bathroom! I was still pumping for my baby then (6am, before
the baby was up) and nothing relaxed me more (could almost get
8-10oz!) than pumping in a warm bathroom. He's currently
designing a master bathroom and doing the work too. He's
really excellent, listens to you, makes recommendations and
understands your budget. He knows where to get good deals and
is probably one of the best tilers I've seen. Call him at 510-
866-5516 and let him know that Susan recommended you.
Love my new bathroom!
We recently did a re-model of our bathroom. We had a good
contractor who was decent and got the job done ''on time on
budget''. Our house is kinda old, so making the best of it was
basically as good as we could do it with new flooring, toilet
What made a really big difference was adding a few decorative
bathroom furniture pieces we got from an online furniture store.
The biggest thing was adding a new vanity sink and mirror set
that replaced the old school one we had in there. Here is a
link to the one we bought:
It is a metal and marble one; the existing plumbing attached
easily and was hidden once we put a few things on the bottom
shelves like extra TP and some accessories.
The cool glass sink gives off a custom decorator touch, but
without the custom price tag.
Overall keep an eye on your contractor, keep them honest and
look all around, especially on the web for checking out ideas
and contractors as well.
Check this link to check out a contractor you are thinking
about using before signing anything.
Many times after you sell your house prior work will need to be
validated that it was done by licensed / insured contractors,
so be careful what you do and who you use. It's worth paying a
little extra t get it done by the right contractor.
Need a reliable and affordable contractor for bathroom remodel
Hello. We're fairly new to the Richmond area and we're starting
to plan a bathroom remodel in our small home. We're open to
suggestions on good, reliable, and affordable contractors (w/ or
w/out permits) and places to go for fixtures.
All postings are dated, so hopefully someone out there has
recently gone through a successful remodel.
Thanks in advance
I have someone absolutely great to recommend for your bathroom
remodel (and he does other stuff, too!): Gabriel Ortiz Kobban
(cell: 510-228-7924). Last year, we re-did an existing bath
and added a new one. He and his crew did a great job on both.
Also, I was very pregnant when we started, and they got
everything done in time for our baby's arrival. His pricing
was very reasonable, too. He also was really helpful in
finalizing scope to fit in our budget. He is a licensed
contractor, and he managed the inspections with the city. Also
really important is that he's bilingual (Spanish and English),
so he could communicate well with us as well as with his
Spanish-speaking crew. He lives in Oakland. Feel free to call
me for more details: 415-846-2207
Need help with designs for bathroom remodel
I need to take three bathrooms in my 1924 Berkeley house down
to the studs to remodel them. I need help with designs - it's
overwhelming. I'd like someone who can come to the table with
ideas/designs and move things along.
I had help redoing me entire house including 3 bathrooms.
Jeanette helped the entire way. She was easy to work with and
worked at various budget levels depending on how much we were
spending on each bathroom. She did the designs I found the
labor. She can help with as much or as little as you need. For
example, to save money I did the leg work after she picked out
the items. I can't say enough great things about her!
Hi - Beverly Wilson in Berkeley (510)524-0990 is an excellent
bathroom designer. (She also does kitchens.) Beverly designed 2
of our bathrooms & our kitchen/dining space (essentially half
our home) as well as my in-laws kitchen. We have a 1906
Berkeley Bungelow home which was added onto in 1915 (kitchen &
bath) & again in the '80s (masterbed & bath). She did a great
job with our kitchen & bathrooms making the house flow better &
making the home look more cohesive. I'd be happy to show you
her work, if you're interested. Just contact me via email.
JB Turner and Sons design and remodel kitchens and bathrooms.
They do excellent work and have many references. The designer
Marilyn Gardunio was featured in the latest Oakland Magazine.
They are located at 3911 Piedmont Ave Oakland, CA. Phone
We are currently working with Samantha Sullivan of Atmosphere
Design Collaborative on a bathroom remodel (in our '30s house
with an '80s addition). She is friendly and extremely
experienced. Her ideas are in keeping with our style and
budget--but she has come up with looks and solutions that never
would've occurred to us. In Walnut Creek, 925/935-9147
Sarah in Montclair
I used Sara Jaffe (Sara Jaffe Designs) for our master bath/closet remodel.
I had strong
ideas of my own, and she respected them as well as coming up with lots &
lots of great
ideas I never would have thought of. She does all aspects of the design
electrical, HVAC, plumbing, etc.) and gives you a finished set of plans
that can be taken
to the city for permit approval. She is excellent at what she does, and
she happens to
be a pleasure to work with. We are using her for another project now!
Please let me
know if you want more information. Her contact info:
I recommend Jim Zwaal for bathroom remodeling. Jim is in the middle of
remodeling my bathroom, and so far, he has been very meticulous and a
provider of great/practical design ideas. I got Jim's name from this
list and I have not been disappointed. Jim can be reached at
I second the recommendation for Jim Zwaal for bathroom remodeling. Jim did
our bathroom from the ground up last spring/early summer, and was a godsend.
He's meticulous, skilled, personable, creative, and reasonably priced. The
bathroom is unrecognizable as the mildewy hole it used to be, and we remain
I can recommend a contractor named Jim Zwaal, who has done a lot of work
parents in berkeley and can do big and small jobs. He is scrupulously
does excellent work (and takes pride in his work) and is very reasonable.
works on his own. His home number is 652-8258.
For the person asking about bathroom remodeling - Bob Bernal is a great
person to call. He's in El Cerrito.
I've used Springwood Builders for work on our house. The owner, Karam
Khalsa, is a
wonderful person who stays open and honest with you, which is highly
valued in the
David A. Thompson is a Licensed General Contractor who has been doing
remodelling in this area for 18 years and can provide numerous glowing
is dependable and a pleasure to work with, and can help with design. The
is that he is often booked ahead though so it's best to contact him a
while before you
need the work done. He can be reached at (510) 843-5100.
Ronald Rivers, ph 510-2906036, is a general contractor who renovated my
home and is now
working on renovating a friend's 4-plex, unit by unit. He is reasonably
priced and lives in Berkeley.
I love our remodeled bathroom which is quite small, but turned out quite
lovely. We had wonderful help on both our kitchen and our bathroom from an
architect: Ann Marie Celona 420-1128 She is brilliant and easy to
work with, unlike several others we consulted.
Our contractor for the bathroom was Jesse Young 527-8143 who I also
recommend very highly. Very high quality work. I have seen several
other jobs he has done and they are superb. I am happy to let anyone look
at the work.
For bathroom remodeling, I recommend Alameda Structural (in the phone
book in Alameda.) We just moved and had two bathrooms redone including
structural, tiles and floors and we were very happy with their work. Randy
A friend of mine had her bathroom remodeled by Steve Schliff of
On the Beamcontracting company in El Cerriro (Tel:
(510) 832-0144) last summer, and is very happy with the job. Though I don't
know if Steve is accepting new jobs at the moment, it is worth talking to
him for an estimate. Marie-Josie
I've known Steve for the past two years, in his capacity of coach
daughter's softball team. Seeing how well organized, on top of his job,
and in control of the team he is, I would trust him with any contractor job!
We have a lot of confidence in Mark Manske and Steve Tiffin, who have recently
formed a contractor partnership after working for over 15 years each for other
contractors. They've done a variety of work for us, very competantly and VERY
reasonably (they significantly underbid the major contractors). We used to
rent Steve's house, which had a beautiful kitchen that Steve and mark did
together. They do all the work themselves which eliminates dealing with
multiple sub-contractors. Mark's particular specialty is tile work. They are
both very pleasant, timely and honest. They rely on word of mouth for their
business, so they will make sure you are happy and satisfied with their work.
They will also work with you on how to reduce costs if that's an issue. You
can reach Mark at 526-4428 and Steve at 655-1591. Good luck! --Raissa +
About the bathroom contractor.
We just had an addition of a new bedroom and were very happy with our
contractor. His name is Joe Jensen and his phone number is 524-4665.
Unlike many other contractors we interviewed he only takes one job at a
time and only has one, very nice, employee. Kirk. He was fair honest and
very reliable. He specializes in cabinetry as well. Good luck!
Regarding your request for a contractor for your bathroom, we highly recommend
John McCrane Construction. He was the general contractor, recommended by our
architect for a kitchen remodel. He worked on several other smaller jobs for
our house too and was terrific. He is bright, has high standards, is ethical,
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