Frequently Asked Questions

Should I hire a general contractor or individual contractors?2023-02-03T16:55:49-05:00

We recommend hiring a general contractor for several reasons. General contractors have established relationships with subcontractors whom they can coordinate with if needed and they are experienced in keeping projects moving while maintaining quality work.

Additionally, subcontractors generally prefer working with general contractors, opposed to working directly with homeowners. This means that finding a trustworthy general contractor can keep your project flowing smoothly from start to finish.

How do I find a good local contractor for my home remodel?2023-11-06T14:07:33-05:00

Ask your friends and family! Personal recommendations are the best way to find a local contractor you can trust with your home remodel. If no one in your local circle has any recommendations, the next best tool is Google. A quick Google search will uncover a list of local companies that you can narrow down based on their online reviews, website, and reachability.

How do I vet a construction contractor for my home remodel?2023-02-03T16:55:12-05:00

Home remodels are a big deal, so you want to find a contractor you can trust. You can vet contractors by asking for copies of their licenses, verifying that they are insured, reading online reviews, visiting past job sites, and asking about other remodeling projects they’ve done that are similar to yours. If you’re in the Bay Area, we’d love to work with you!

What questions should I ask when hiring a construction contractor?2023-02-03T16:54:55-05:00

You might have specific questions to ask in addition to these, but here are the basic questions we recommend asking any potential contractor up front.

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Have you had any projects similar to mine?
  • Do you have an in-house crew, or do you sub out workers?
  • What processes do you have to ensure my project stays on schedule?
  • How do you ensure quality control?
  • What steps do you take to be respectful of my home and yard?What is your current workload like? How will you ensure that my project is completed according to schedule?
Why is it important to hire a licensed and insured contractor?2023-02-03T16:54:37-05:00

Hiring a licensed and insured contractor ensures that they are qualified and capable of taking on your project. It also limits liability and reduces the risk of hiring someone who will cut corners to get things done faster. Always ask to see proof of license and insurance before signing any contracts. (If you are wondering, our license number is #1078733.)

I want to remodel my home, but I don’t know what I want. Where do I start?2023-02-03T16:54:03-05:00

We hear this a lot! Many general contractors, including us, are more than happy to refer you to an interior designer or architect who can help you create a vision you love for your new space. Once you have a vision in place, a general contractor can bring it to life.

What is an ADU?2023-11-06T14:07:16-05:00

ADU stands for accessory dwelling unit. More specifically, it is a functional living space that is separate from the primary home but still on the same lot. ADUs might be used as rental units, extended family suites, or even studio spaces.

What does a general contractor do?2023-11-06T14:07:07-05:00

General contractors coordinate all the moving parts of a project from start to finish. In home remodeling projects, they ensure that finished work is satisfactory and that everything moves along according to schedule.

How much does a home addition cost?2023-11-06T14:06:58-05:00

Home additions cost between $450 to $800 per square foot. Typically, new construction ranges from $450 to $750 per square foot, and home remodels range from $550 to $800 per square foot. Contact us for a more detailed quote.

When is the best time to remodel my home?2023-02-03T16:51:47-05:00

Home remodels don’t happen overnight. For this reason, the best time to remodel your home is whenever you have the capacity to invest time and energy into the project. When you start the conversation about remodeling your home, talk with your contractor about the estimated timeline. Otherwise, you might feel frustrated or discouraged if your home remodel takes longer than you expected.

If you’re in the San Francisco area and ready to remodel your home, contact our team today!

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Matt is amazing! He is friendly, responsive,
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Matthew was conscientious and hardworking. Replaced my fence on time and did a great job.”

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