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Why Trust Diamond Certified Remodeling and Addition Contractors Rated Highest in Quality?

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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a remodeling and addition contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified remodeler and addition builder. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated additions and remodeling contractor and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Santa Cruz County – Contractors – Remodel & Additions CATEGORY

Michal Gerard is owner of Michal Gerard Construction, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (831) 296-2839 or by email.

Michal Gerard

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Michal Gerard: A Bigger Wave

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SOQUEL — While many contractors first get involved with the trade because of an interest in the work or to follow in their parents’ footsteps, Michal Gerard says his initial motivation was to fund his primary passion: surfing. “As a young man in my 20s, the only place I wanted to be was out catching waves,” he remembers. “I figured construction work would be seasonal and allow me plenty of time off to go surfing. It didn’t quite work out the way I had it in my head—instead, I got busy and stayed busy!”

Today, as owner of Michal Gerard Construction, Michal says one of his favorite parts of the job is taking on daily challenges. “I enjoy solving the various problems that come up every day with construction work, as well as the challenges that come with maintaining relationships with my clients. Between the actual work and the customer service end, my line of work is never boring.”

A lifetime resident of the Monterey area, Michal grew up in Watsonville before later settling in Soquel, where he says he enjoys the weather, the environment and, of course, the close proximity to the ocean. While he doesn’t surf as much as he did in his younger years, Michal still engages in plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking at Nisene Marks State Park and canoeing in the Monterey Bay. He also appreciates the variety of local culture. “I enjoy the range of options we have here in terms of food and entertainment. There are a lot of world class performers who come through, so it’s just a fun place to be.”

In reference to a professional philosophy, Michal says performing quality workmanship furnishes its own rewards. “I don’t do this just to make a living—I do it because I get a lot back on many different levels. The main reward I get is the satisfaction of a job well done. That’s why, whenever I build something, I’m equally concerned with the structural details as I am with the way it looks on the outside.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Michal says he’d pursue his dream of being a sustainable farmer. “I’d like to live a more ‘close to earth’ existence. I enjoy living outside of mainstream consumer society as much as possible, and I think being more self-sustaining by growing my own food would enable me to take things to the next level.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s the most death-defying feat you’ve ever attempted?
A: Surfing off the coast of Mexico during a big swell.

Q: What was your first pet?
A: A terrier named Annie.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Sunrise Cafe in Soquel.

Q: What’s your favorite smell?
A: Star jasmine—it’s a large vine with aromatic flowers.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Toast.

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Know What You Want
Write Down Your Goals for Your Home Addition or Room Remodel

Take the time to decide on the scope of your project and your main goals before talking to home addition and remodeling contractors in Santa Cruz County. Knowing what you want to accomplish and the end goal for your project will help ensure you’re happy with the results of your home remodeling project.

Before contacting a local remodeling firm, decide:

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. What do I want this remodel or home addition to fix/address? (Examples include a growing family, relatives/in-laws moving in, adding more space to a home for resale purposes, updating an older home or turning an unused space into a new family room.)
  3. Are there any specific requirements or wishes I have for the project?
  4. What is my budget for home remodeling or home addition?
  5. What characteristics and personal and professional qualities am I looking for in a Santa Cruz County remodeling and addition contractor?
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What To Ask In Person
What to Ask Santa Cruz County Addition and Remodeling Contractors in Person

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices through phone interviews, meet in person with your favorite remodeling contractors. Take notes on each addition contractor’s answers, suggestions and general attitude about the project.

  1. How much time will the remodel/home addition take, from designing through completion?
  2. What is your approach to a project of this size? (This will help you know what to expect if you hire this company for your remodel or home addition.)
  3. Will I be able to stay in my home during the remodel/home addition?
  4. Will this home addition or remodel add value to my home?
  5. Do you have any recent projects in my area of Santa Cruz County where I can see how the house addition and home remodels look from the street?
  6. Do you have recent customer references I can call?
  7. Do you offer written warranties and guarantees on your work?
  8. Are you responsible for warranty work if there’s ever a problem with my home addition/remodeling project?
  9. What can I do to make the remodeling and addition process easier?
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  • What To Ask References
    Final Questions to Ask Before Hiring Remodeling Companies and Addition Contractors in Santa Cruz County, Including Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola

    Before signing a contract with a home renovation and remodeling contractor in Santa Cruz County, review of your choices one final time and ask yourself the following questions:…

    Before signing a contract with a home renovation and remodeling contractor in Santa Cruz County, review of your choices one final time and ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Can the remodeling contractors and addition builders meet your needs in terms of scheduling, design and construction preferences?
    2. Are the Santa Cruz County home remodeling and renovation contractors knowledgeable about the home remodel/home addition you’re considering? Can they tell you which designs and products best suit your needs and why (i.e. whole home renovation, kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, sunroom addition, basement renovation, attic remodeling, bedroom addition, etc.)?
    3. Is the renovation and remodeling company willing to work within your budget?
    4. Do the remodeling and addition contractors in Santa Cruz County offer warranties in the event of a product failure or construction/installation error? Will they put their guarantees in writing?
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  • Review Your Options
    Final Questions to Ask Before Hiring Remodeling Companies and Addition Contractors in Santa Cruz County, Including Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Before signing a contract with a home renovation and remodeling contractor in Santa Cruz County, review of your choices one final time and ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Can the remodeling contractors and addition builders meet your needs in terms of scheduling, design and construction preferences?
    2. Are the Santa Cruz County home remodeling and renovation contractors knowledgeable about the home remodel/home addition you’re considering? Can they tell you which designs and products best suit your needs and why (i.e. whole home renovation, kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, sunroom addition, basement renovation, attic remodeling, bedroom addition, etc.)?
    3. Is the renovation and remodeling company willing to work within your budget?
    4. Do the remodeling and addition contractors in Santa Cruz County offer warranties in the event of a product failure or construction/installation error? Will they put their guarantees in writing?
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  • How To Work With
    Get the Most Out of Your Remodel and Home Addition from Local Santa Cruz County Contractors

    Before interviewing and choosing a good home remodeling company in Santa Cruz County, including those serving the larger cities of Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville and Scotts Valley decide the type of project you’re looking for and the scope of the work you want done. You should also know your budget. This will help you express yourself to the contractors you talk to, and will give each remodeling contractor and home addition builder the chance to bid on the same project. It will help you define boundaries so that you don’t end up getting and paying for more than you want or need.

    Home renovations and additions can be loud, dusty and disruptive, but some are more intense than others. Consider the rooms you’re having remodeled or the location of the home addition and ask the home remodeling and addition contractors you interview whether you’ll be able to stay in your home during the work. You may want to consider moving to another location for the duration of the project if important rooms (like your kitchen and bathrooms) will be under construction, or if the contractor expects major interruptions in electricity or water.

    Sign a Contract with a Good Santa Cruz County Remodeling Company
    Once you’ve found the Santa Cruz County remodeling and addition contractor that is best suited to your job, you can move forward by obtaining a detailed estimate and signing a contract. The contract should include the price, start and end dates and any special requests you’ve agreed upon with your local home renovation contractor. You’ll also want to confirm any warrantees or guarantees at this time and make sure they’re in writing in the contract.

    Read through the estimate and be sure you understand all terms and limitations before you sign the contract. The contract you sign with your Santa Cruz County remodeling company is binding, so for your protection, never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

    Get Ready for Your Home Remodeling and Home Addition
    The best Santa Cruz County remodeling contractors are professionals who should be able to work under most reasonable circumstances, but there are ways of planning for your home addition or renovation that will ease the job for your contractors and save you time and money.

    Provide adequate storage space for remodeling materials and home renovation equipment. Some remodeling contractors in Santa Cruz County have facilities or travel trailers where they store remodeling materials and building equipment, but others expect homeowners to provide a clean, dry and accessible storage area for these materials. Ask your home renovation contractor if you’ll need to have space for materials and, if so, how much space is needed.

    Make space for work trucks. Construction vehicles are often large and may need special parking consideration depending on the size of your driveway or available street parking. Ask your contractor how much parking space their vehicles will need, and whether trailers or other large vehicles will be on site daily. You may want to walk through your property with your Santa Cruz County remodeling contractor and have them advise you of any clearance issues, lawn ornaments or potential hazards that you can move or minimize before the work begins.

    Prepare your home for construction dust. Remodeling and new addition construction is often a dusty job. Many contractors will provide taping and plastic barriers to prevent dust and construction debris from entering areas of your home that aren’t being remodeled or renovated, but you may be able to save time and money by preparing your home yourself. Talk with your remodeling contractor about steps you can take before the remodeling begins.

    Move and store dcor and unnecessary items. Remove furniture, decorations, rugs and other movable objects from the rooms to be remodeled. This will protect them from dust and damage, and will allow your remodeling contractors to move freely and avoid injury. You may also want to temporarily store heirlooms and expensive items that are located in high traffic areas of your home. Keep in mind that construction can cause items on shelves and walls to shift and fall, so it’s smart to take down any artwork or decorations.

    Keep children and pets clear of the construction area. Your remodeling and home addition contractors shouldn’t be expected to watch out for kids and pets. For safety, keep pets and children far from where your remodeling contractors are working. It’s wise to keep everyone away from the construction area even when no remodelers are working as building tools, unfinished construction and exposed wires may pose a safety hazard.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How You Can Be a Good Remodeling Company Customer

    The best local remodelers and home addition contractors in Santa Cruz County should have better remodeling and building skills so they’re able to do good work and offer a better value. But you also play a part in the success of your remodel and home addition. Here are a few simple steps that will make you a good customer when hiring a Santa Cruz County remodeling contractor and home addition company.

    • Clearly tell the remodeling and renovation specialist what you want from your home renovation or room remodel, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can meet your expectations.
    • Before you hire a Santa Cruz County remodeler or home addition contractor, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the remodeling company representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local remodelers and home addition contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your remodeler if you should call to check on the remodeling progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your remodeler/home renovation contractor has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re working in your home so they can reach you with updates, questions or for work authorizations.
    • Return calls promptly to keep the home addition or remodel on schedule.
    • Pay your remodeling and addition contractor promptly.
    • Remember, a smile goes a long way!

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Santa Cruz County home addition and remodeling contractors in the larger cities of Santa Cruz, Capitola, Watsonville and Scotts Valley and all of the smaller towns appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior helps create an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Verify That the Work Matches the Invoice

Once the home remodel or new addition to your home is completed, walk though the site with your renovation contractor. Check the work against the invoice and verify that it meets what was promised in your contract.

Santa Cruz County remodeling contractor invoices should include:

  • The name, physical address and state license number of the remodeling contractor.
  • A complete list of all work performed.
  • An itemized list of all construction materials.
  • The total cost for your home renovation or home addition, including an itemized cost for labor.
  • A written explanation of all warrantees or guarantees provided by the product manufacturers and the home remodeling contractors.
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Written Warranties
Rely on The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified remodeling contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If your home addition company is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue directly with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Simple Ways to End Conflict with Santa Cruz County Home Addition Contractors

Diamond Certified remodeling contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If your home addition company is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue directly with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Simple Ways to End Conflict with Santa Cruz County Home Addition Contractors
The best way to avoid messy misunderstandings and disagreements with your remodeling and addition contractor is to choose a trustworthy, experienced local addition contractor in Santa Cruz County. If a disagreement does arise between you and your Santa Cruz home remodeling company, the most direct route to solving the problem is talking directly to your contractor.

If your situation requires talking with your remodeler to find a resolution, remember these tips to increase your chances of getting a good result:

  • Meet in person with your contractor when you have a concern or complaint. Don’t wait until the job is done to bring up possible problems.
  • Review the contract and try to verbally resolve the problem with your remodeling and addition contractor.
  • Write down your complaints and, if possible, photograph the workmanship or products you’re disturbed by. Document the times you contacted your Santa Cruz County remodeling contractor and their response to your concerns.
  • Set a deadline with your contractor for resolution of your complaints. Be up front with them that you’re willing to work toward a mutually-beneficial solution.
  • If you do not get an appropriate response from your contractor, you may want to consider calling a local building inspector or hiring a remodeling expert to neutrally evaluate the problem.
  • You may legally withhold payment until the dispute is resolved.
  • File serious grievances with the Contractors State License Board.
  • Contact your state attorney general if you are considering pressing charges against the remodeling contractor for serious violations.
  • Fire the contractor as a last resort. This can result in lengthy project delays and costly lawsuits.
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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests for Santa Cruz County

The most popular types of remodeling and addition projects for contractors in Santa Cruz County are listed below, including examples of each kind of remodeling job.

Home Remodeling
Home remodeling, done either as a single-room remodeling project or as an entire home renovation, includes changing the appearance and even the design of the home. Most home remodels in Santa Cruz County include new home floor plans and home improvements such as new flooring, new windows, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement remodeling, attic renovations, new paint, new appliances and other home interior renovations.

Bathroom Remodeling (Bath Remodeling)
A minor bathroom remodel will change the appearance of an existing bathroom, while a larger-scale bath remodel can change the size and usage of an existing bathroom. Most bathroom renovations in Santa Cruz County include new bathroom fixtures, paint, bathroom flooring, bathroom tile, bath cabinets, new showers and bathtubs, new bathroom mirrors and even new bathroom floor plans.

Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen remodeling includes renovations of the design, style and structure of a kitchen. A kitchen remodel may comprise new kitchen design plans, kitchen counters, kitchen cabinets, new kitchen appliances, new flooring and new kitchen lighting.

Home Addition Building Services
Home additions, including master bedroom additions, family room additions, garage additions, in-laws quarters, mud room additions, second-story additions, kitchen extensions, sunroom additions, dormer additions, front porch additions and bonus room additions, are a great way to add value and extra space to existing homes.

Sunroom Addition
Also known as four-season rooms, sunrooms generally cost less than regular home additions. They are a supplemental home addition (rather than a functional or necessary home addition, like that of a bathroom addition, kitchen or bedroom addition) that provide extra space for reading and entertaining. Many sunroom additions come in the form of a prefabricated kit and do not include central heating or cooling systems.

Basement Remodeling
Basement renovations are a popular home remodeling project. Most basement renovations turn unused basement space into a finished basement with a family room, bedroom, basement bathroom, recreation room (rec room), or other usable space. Santa Cruz County basement remodeling plans may include basement design, the installation of basement walls, new carpeting and flooring, a basement fireplace and a basement bar.

Home Renovations
Like home remodeling, home renovations can change the design, functionality and appearance of your home’s interior. Home renovations, whether in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, bedrooms or living rooms, often start with home renovation plans from a qualified Santa Cruz County remodeling contractor and include new house interior designs, new flooring and wall coverings, new countertops and cabinets, construction of new walls and home improvements like new fireplaces and new lighting.

Room Additions
Room addition to homes can be any size and may include bathroom additions, family room additions, modular home additions, sunroom additions and bedroom additions. Room additions are often a complex process. Since new room addition plans should match your existing home and must connect correctly to the existing structure, hire an experienced Santa Cruz County home addition contractor to draw room addition plans and complete the new addition.

Garage Additions
Garage additions create more space for vehicles, storage and even future living space. Garage plans can be drawn to add on to existing garages and existing homes, or can be free-standing garages. If you have future plans of adding a bathroom or renovating your garage to create living space, you can have your Santa Cruz County addition builder install plumbing and electrical in your new garage addition.

Custom Remodeling Plans
Home remodeling contractors in Santa Cruz County can create custom home remodeling plans based on your existing home and your requirements for your new home remodel or addition.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Remodeling and Additions

Below are some common terms and descriptions associated with remodeling and home additions that will help you navigate your way through your home renovation process.

bathroom remodel
A bathroom remodel will change the size and appearance of an existing bathroom. Most bathroom remodels in Santa Cruz County include new bathroom floor plans, updated bathroom fixtures, flooring, tile, bathroom cabinets and countertops, new bathtubs and shower enclosures.

Also known as: bathroom remodeling, bathroom remodels, bathroom redesigns, basement bathroom remodels, small bathroom remodel, master bathroom remodeling, basement bathroom remodeling, bath remodels

basement renovations
Basement renovations turn unused basement space into finished basements with a family room, extra bedrooms, basement bathroom, recreation room (rec room), game room, or other usable space. Santa Cruz County basement remodeling contractors provide basement design, basement wall installation, new carpet and flooring, basement fireplaces and basement bars.

Also known as: basement remodels, basement remodeling, basement remodeling plans, basement bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, finishing a basement, basement designs, basement remodel design

bedroom addition
Adding a new bedroom to an existing home through the process of a room addition is known as a bedroom addition. Bedroom additions can be added on top of an existing home as a second-story addition, above a garage or alongside the existing structure.

Also known as: bedroom additions, master bedroom addition, master bedroom addition plans

bedroom remodeling
Remodeling an existing bedroom can include new bedroom floor plans, the addition of a master bathroom, new bedroom designs and bedroom redecorating.
Also known as: bedroom renovation, bedroom designs, bedroom renovations, master bedroom remodeling, master bedroom remodel design

change order
Work that is changed during construction and differs from the work contracted for. Change orders require an addendum to the renovation and addition contract and ay result in additional charges.

Also known as: construction change orders, remodeling change order, home renovation change order, change order request, contract change order, remodeling change request

custom remodeling plans
Custom remodeling plans are based on your existing home and your requirements for your new home remodel and home addition. Good Santa Cruz County remodeling and addition contractors can provide customized home remodeling plans for every project.

Also known as: custom home remodeling plans, custom house plans, custom basement remodeling plans, custom home remodeling floor plans, custom kitchen remodeling plans, custom home addition plans, custom home renovations, custom home addition floor plans

garage addition
Garage additions can add on to existing garages and homes, or can be free-standing. If you have future plans of adding a bathroom or turning your garage into living space, a Santa Cruz County addition builder can install plumbing and additional electrical wiring in your new garage addition.

garage remodel
Existing garages can be renovated into living space, additional rooms, mother-in-laws quarters, game rooms or storage space by Santa Cruz County remodeling contractors.

green remodeling
Many Santa Cruz County home addition and renovation contractors offer green remodeling services. Green remodeling can be defined as home remodeling with an emphasis on sustainability, maximizing natural resources and efficient and ecologically-responsible design and construction techniques.

Also known as: eco-friendly remodeling, green home remodeling, green building, green remodels, green remodeling designs, green kitchen remodel, green bathroom remodel, sustainable remodeling

home additions
Home additions, including master bedroom additions, second-story additions, kitchen extensions, sunroom additions, family room additions, modular home additions, garage additions, in-laws quarters, mud room additions, dormer additions, front porch additions and bonus room additions, can add value and space to existing homes.
Also known as: room additions, second-story additions, adding-on, add-on home, addition to home, building an addition, addition building

home remodeler
A home remodeler is a remodeling contractor that specializes in renovating existing homes. Many home remodelers in Santa Cruz County are also home addition builders who can add new rooms, second story additions and new garage additions to existing homes.

Also known as: house remodeling contractors, remodelers, home renovation contractors, remodeling construction company, home contractors, home addition contractors, remodel contractors, remodeling construction, remodelling contractor, home improvement contractor

home remodeling
Home remodeling can refer to a single-room remodeling project or an entire home renovation. A full house remodel includes changing the floor plan or design of the home to modify the appearance of the home. Most house remodels in Santa Cruz County include new home floor plans and home improvement renovations such as new flooring and windows, kitchen and bathroom renovations, basement finishing, attic remodeling, fresh paint, new appliances and other home interior changes.

Also known as: home renovation, home makeover, renovations, house remodeling, home additions, remodel a home, home remodel, construction remodeling, home restoration, home remodeling services, room remodeling

home restoration
A home remodel that is done to preserve the original structure of the house is referred to as a home restoration. Home restorations may also restore the original style, structure and historic relevance of a home.

Also known as: historical home restoration, historic home remodeling, antique home renovation, house repair and restoration, home restoration companies, home restorers, restoration for homes, house refinishing, house restoration services

kitchen remodel
Kitchen remodeling in Santa Cruz County often involves renovating the design, style and structure of kitchens. A good kitchen remodel may comprise new kitchen design plans, kitchen counters, kitchen cabinets, new kitchen appliances, new flooring and new kitchen lighting. Some remodeling companies in Santa Cruz County specialize in kitchen remodeling and only do kitchen designs and renovations.

Also known as: kitchen remodeling, kitchen designs, remodeling for kitchens, kitchen remodels, remodel kitchen, new kitchen plans, kitchen renovations, kitchen style renovations

remodeling estimates
An initial bid that lists the anticipated costs and expenses of a home remodel or home addition. An estimate should include itemized lists for labor and materials. Once signed by the remodeling contractor and homeowner, an estimate is a binding document.

Also known as: home remodeling estimate, home renovation estimates, home addition estimate, kitchen remodeling estimate, home remodeling cost estimate, bathroom remodel estimate

room addition
Room additions may include bathroom additions, family room additions, modular home additions, sunroom additions or conservatory additions and bedroom additions. Room additions are often a complex process regardless of the size of the room addition. Since new room addition plans should match the existing home and must correctly connect to the existing structure, it’s wise to hire experienced Santa Cruz County home addition contractors to draw up room addition plans and complete new additions.

Also known as: home additions, new room additions, large room additions, small room additions, home addition plans, addition to house, adding on to a house

subcontractors
Subcontractors are construction professionals who are hired by construction companies to perform specific tasks or complete work for the contractor. Some Santa Cruz County home renovation contractors hire subcontractors to complete certain phases of home additions and remodeling projects, including plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical and finish work. Sub-contractors should be qualified and carefully vetted by the remodeling contractors to ensure a quality home renovation or remodel.

Also known as: subs, independent contractors, assisting contractors, general contractor subs, construction workers, individual contractors, sub construction contractors, subcontracting employee

sunroom addition
Also called four-season rooms, sunroom additions are generally less expensive to build than room additions for homes. Sunrooms are considered supplemental home additions that provide extra space for reading and entertaining rather than functional or necessary home additions, like bathroom additions, kitchen and bedroom additions that add living space to homes. Some sunroom additions are available as prefabricated kits and do not include central heating or cooling.

Also known as: four-season rooms, 4 season rooms, enclosed porches, conservatory additions, sunporch additions, screened porch additions, screened-in porches, solarium additions, patio enclosure, screened enclosure additions, screened rooms, pool room additions, three-season rooms, 3 season rooms, patio room additions, California rooms, garden rooms

whole house remodel
Whole house remodels are remodeling projects that renovate an entire home rather than just one or a few rooms. Whole house remodels may involve gutting and rebuilding the interior of a home from the subflooring to the ceiling and might include moving, adding or removing walls. Whole house remodels can be a cost-effective way to completely renovate an old house to make it feel like a brand new home.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Santa Cruz Remodeling and Additions Customers

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified remodeling contractor and addition builder?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a remolding contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only remodelers and home addition companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with in-depth and ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified remodeling contractor and addition builder.

Q: Why would I want to remodel or put an addition on my home?
A: Remodeling can modernize homes, improve energy efficiency, and give you a new sense of pride in where you live. Many Santa Cruz County homeowners find that home remodeling projects allow them to upgrade their current home so that they’re happier living in their home and increase the resale value of their home. Like home renovations, home additions can add more usable space to a home. Whether you add a sunroom, a new garage or a bedroom addition, home additions add square footage and usability to your house.

Q: Should I hire a remodeling and addition contractor for my project? Can’t I just do it myself?
A: DIY stores and home improvement centers may carry many of the tools and materials for your home remodeling and addition project, and some homeowners certainly can take on these projects themselves. However, many homeowners find it saves them time, money and frustration to hire a competent, experienced remodeling contractor for their home renovation. A good remodeling and addition contractor will help you plan, execute and finish the project with much less hassle than you can expect when taking on a project yourself.

Q: How much will my remodeling project/home addition cost?
A: The cost of home renovations depends on the size and scope of your project and the quality of materials used for the addition or remodeling. When getting estimates from local remodeling contractors and home addition builders in Santa Cruz County, make sure you’re asking the contractors to big on the exact same scope, size and materials in order to get accurate bids.

Q: Why do the estimates I received vary so greatly in price?
A: It’s not uncommon for estimates to vary. But if the gap between the highest price and the lowest price seems too substantial, or one bid is much higher or lower than the others you’ve received, talk with the contractors again. It may be that one contractor didn’t understand the scope or details of the project they were bidding. Ask the remodeling contractors to fully explain their bids, and if they are vague about their answers, move on to the next contractor. Beware of bids that seem artificially low, as some home renovation contractors purposely underbid jobs and then tack on expensive change orders during the construction.

Q: How long do home remodels and additions take?
A: Depending on the size and scope of your project, your remodel may take a few weeks to a few months and room additions can take several months. Problems found during demolition, unforeseen challenges and the skill of your contractor can also add to the timeline. It’s important to get a clear and reasonable timeframe estimate from your Santa Cruz County remodeling contractor and home addition builder when getting initial cost estimates.

Q: How much value will my addition or renovation add to my home?
A: The amount of value added to your home depends greatly on the renovation you choose and the quality of the workmanship and materials. If you’re planning to live in your home long-term, you may find that your room addition and home renovation will add more to your quality of living in your home, even if it doesn’t add to the resale value of your home. On the other hand, if you’re planning to sell your home soon, you may want to consult with contractors and real estate agents about which home additions and remodeling projects will add the most value to your home. For an idea of the added value of some of the most common remodeling projects, you can visit this site that compares cost and value of remodels.

Q: Do I need to hire an architect, or can my Santa Cruz County remodeling contractor provide home renovation designs?
A: Depending on the size and scope of your project, there are pros and cons to hiring an architect to draw up home remodeling plans and hiring a remodeling contractor who offers design/build services for home renovations. Here are a few to consider:

  • A general rule of thumb that many builders follow is that if you’re tearing down walls or moving walls, or if your project includes an addition and new construction, hire an architect.
  • Architects are trained to look beyond the outward design and consider the usability of a space, local building codes and zoning regulations, and can draw a complete set of home remodeling and home addition plans.
  • Some design/build remodeling contractors in Santa Cruz County can offer lower costs and shorter construction timeframes by providing both home designs and building services.
  • Some Santa Cruz County remodeling contractors prefer to do their own designs in-house and have the ability to draw home remodeling and addition plans in-house.
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