Independently Rated Highest in Quality
T h i r t e e n t h
Consecutive Year
Originally Earned:
January 2005
We declare that CEF Contractors HAS QUALIFIED for and continues to meet the Ongoing Research and Rating Requirements for Diamond Certified® status.
Certificate #601
(510) 842-7990

A recent construction project by CEF Contractors

CEF Contractors provides home reconstruction, additions, remodeling, and structural repair services (including seismic retrofitting) for clients in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The company’s remodeling work extends to kitchens, bathrooms, decks, porches, garages, whole houses and more. “We prefer remodels that involve significant additions or alterations to the existing structure,” says owner Curt Ferson.

Mr. Ferson says he was originally drawn to the construction trade because of its creative and physical elements. He’s personally involved with every job and stresses the importance of constant client communication. “We always keep our customers updated on the progress of their projects,” he confirms. “That way, it’s easier to address any questions or concerns they may have.”

CEF Contractors is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator, which means it has been trained in leadsafe work practices for renovating older buildings. 

Company Philosophy

“We strive to impress our clients with the total scope of our approach. Our work ethic and superior service doesn’t stop at construction projects—we enjoy building customer relationships as much as we enjoy building houses. Our reputation and high amount of repeat customers help new clients feel reassured that they’ve hired a reliable company dedicated to integrity and craftsmanship.”

Serving Alameda and Contra Counties including Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Piedmont, Albany, Lamorinda, Alameda, Kensington and El Cerrito

Additions
Framing
Remodels
Planning
Design
Detached Structures
Green Remodels
Kitchens & Bathrooms
Structural Repairs

Comparative Summary

Few construction companies earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award, which means they’ve been independently rated Highest in Quality. Fewer still offer each of their customers the expertise of a construction industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, but that’s exactly the case for CEF Contractors and its owner, Curt E. Ferson. “I founded this company in 1995...

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you offer free estimates?
A: "Initially, we’ll discuss the project over the phone to see if the nature of the work, size of the job and location of the project fit what we provide. If so, we’ll schedule a site visit to gather enough information for a free estimate. Due t...
Q: Do you bill by the hour or will you provide a fixed-price bid?
A: "We do both, depending on the nature of the job and what’s best for the client. On mid-size to extensive remodels, the contract will often include some costs that may not be determined exactly at the time of the contract signing."
Q: Do you provide design work?
A: "Yes, we work with several professional designers, architects and engineers. If you choose, we can provide detailed estimates for a fee, based on preliminary drawings. You can then determine where to add or omit improvements before the design...

Industry Info

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Findings based on statistically reliable research from 89 surveys

Customer Satisfaction

Survey Question: On a scale of 1 to 10 how satisfied were you with the quality you received?
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Company Credentials

Workers Compensation
Liability Insurance
License Verification
Business Practices
Current Complaint File

Customer Loyalty

Survey Question: If you needed this product or service in the future, would you use this company again?
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99%
n = 89

Diamond Certified Qualification

Based on 89 customer surveys, we declare
CEF Contractors
has passed all rating steps and has earned
The Diamond Certified Award
No. 601
Continuously qualified since January 2005.
David Pak
Director of Ratings Research
American Ratings Corporation

Verbatim Survey Responses From Only Verified Customers

Tom A. Verified Customer Name
"Just that Curt was extremely trustworthy, reliable, honest, and just has really good integrity. You can tell he's doing right by his customers. "
Research conducted by American Ratings Corporation. Ratings Methodology

Company Capabilities Table

CEF Contractors
(510) 842-7990
DCID5108830740

Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat – Sun: By Appointment

Serving Alameda and Contra Counties including Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Piedmont, Albany, Lamorinda, Alameda, Kensington and El Cerrito

Curt E. Ferson, Owner
20
6
EPA Lead-Safe Certified
706109
Liability Insurance, Workers' Compensation
1995
Additions, Framing, Remodels, Planning, Design, Detached Structures, Green Remodels, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Structural Repairs
15
Light Commercial, Residential
1-Year Warranty on Workmanship, Longer on a Project-by-Project Basis

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Survey Responses For

CEF Contractors

CEF Contractors: Average 9.4 out of 10 based on 89 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.
Tom A. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"That CEF was one of the more reliable, trustworthy contractors we've done business with, we were very satisfied with the quality of the work, the professionalism, and the transparency throughout the entire process. We would definitely use them again and would recommend them. "

"Just that Curt was extremely trustworthy, reliable, honest, and just has really good integrity. You can tell he's doing right by his customers. "

Bill A. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"He's conscientious, he does an excellent job, and the prices are reasonable. He's very good at communicating what's going on with the remodel, and you're in constant contact with him about anything that comes up. "

"Curt's a nice guy, and he's easy to talk to. He understood what I wanted to have done, he did it very quickly, and he had a pretty good crew who worked for him. I think he does a great job."

Connie S. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"He was prompt, he left the place clean, and he checked on any problems that I had. He was a good contractor."

"The fact that he was here when he said he was going to be here, he also checked on all of the subcontractors work after they left."

Gabrielle E. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"They're always on time, and they're very caring and friendly. They're always here when they say they're going to be here, which I think is very important."

"The fact that they were here when I needed them"

Ginger H. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"Curt is a great guy to work with."

"Curt, he's just very pleasant to work with."

Renee R. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"They're very good. They keep to their schedule, they're very neat, and they're very good to work with."

"I had some beam damage which they repaired, and they put up a new fence. I hired them because they put an addition onto my sister's house, which turned out really nice."

Janet E. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"They're very responsible, very cooperative, and they take pride in their work. They're always on time, they're always very tidy with their workspace, and there has been very good communication between the contractors and myself."

"They were easy to work with, and I could really count on them. They're very dependable, responsible, and I didn't have to worry about the project."

Bill B. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"They're excellent in all aspects of construction and remodeling. He hires very good subcontractors."

"The dependability, he is really the best."

Renee R. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"They do a very thorough job, and I'm happy with their work."

"They let me know when they were coming, they were on time, neat, and they cleaned up after themselves."

Dave G. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"Reliable, honest, and Curt was upfront. He told me the different options and helped me choose a good option for the garage. He was very clear about the different options."

"Reliable, they were there when they said they would be there. The schedule was very clear."

Dick E. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"They're reliable, honest, and they're right on target with what you want to have done."

"They're trustworthy. It was excellent."

Jackson R. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"Curt is a very stand-up guy. He does what's right in all cases."

"Curt is just a normal guy. He's easy to talk to, and he's not like a typical meat-head contractor."

Dave G. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"They are well-prepared, and they are just really good all around."

"They follow instructions really well, and they recommended items that were for important for me to consider."

Jay P. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"He really cares about the work that he does, and he tries to be very fair about prices. He really commits to doing the best possible job that he can."

"His commitment to good work"

Kate K. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"I found Curt to be honest and conscientious. He gave design advice when I asked for it but he was always willing to do what I asked him to do. I really liked that twice over the year that I noticed any little thing he has always been available to come back and take care of anything that was part of the original job. He's always willing to follow up on details."

"Curt is a really pleasant person to work with. You have this person in your home, and it's great that he's just a really pleasant person."

Barbara D. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"Curt was honest and timely."

"The quality of their work"

Mike P. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"I've had a lot of experience with contractors over many years. A good contractor is a rare thing, and Curt is one of the rare ones."

"Curt is really easy to work with, and he has a great personality. There's no sweat or pain with anything. It all just goes smoothly. He has excellent subcontractors that he works with. He has really good guys. He even took my subcontractors for the job and worked well with all of them. I'm extremely happy with Curt. We're planning to use Curt again. He paid a lot of attention to detail, and he did everything right."

Missy W. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"I would say that he was very easy to work with, he paid great attention to detail, he had quality workmanship, and he was flexible."

"I liked the job that they did. I was satisfied. I plan to use Curt again."

Virginia H. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:

"Curt is very dependable, very helpful, and anxious to do the right thing. His rates are very reasonable."

"I like Curt. He's just a great guy. I was very satisfied."

Jack R. Verified CEF Contractors Customer Name
Q1:10 out of 10
Q2:Yes
Q3 & Q4:"Pretty much everything, they are on time, and they do top quality work at a reasonable price. They are pretty much all you are looking for in a contractor."