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Scott Westby is owner of MSK Design Build, a Diamond Certified company since 2010. He can be reached at (925) 385-8975 or by email.

Scott Westby

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Scott Westby: West by Northwest

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

WALNUT CREEK — The son of a building contractor, Scott Westby had been involved in construction for most of his life when he decided to return to school in pursuit of a new career. However, even after he became a lawyer, his former livelihood managed to find a way back into his life. “After several years in construction, I left my home state of North Dakota to attend law school in Eugene, Oregon,” he recounts. “Following school, I passed the bar exam and moved to Portland, where I practiced law for 10 years. I originally planned to go into business law, but due to my prior professional experience, I kept getting construction litigation cases and ended up practicing construction law.”

Following his Northwest stint, Scott moved to the Bay Area with the intention of continuing his law career. However, following an intermediary sabbatical, he made the decision to return to his construction roots instead. “After moving to California, I decided to take a couple years off before jumping back into my law career,” he explains. “During that time, I kept myself busy by helping friends and neighbors with their home remodeling projects. Everyone kept telling me I should get my contractor’s license and start charging for my work. After enough pestering, I finally decided to take their advice and started my own design/build firm.”

Today, as owner of MSK Design Build, Scott says his favorite part of his job is combining creative ingenuity with financial practicality. “I enjoy working with my clients to conceptualize their projects and explore creative possibilities while figuring out how to get the maximum value for their investments.”

As a resident of Oakland, Scott says he enjoys the creative perks of building in the Bay Area. “The Bay Area is known for its cultural diversity, but it also has a lot of structural diversity. In addition, there’s a wide range of tastes and artistic aspirations among Bay Area homeowners, which makes my work a lot more fun.”

Outside of work, Scott engages in a variety of pastimes, from reading to exploring nature. “I enjoy going on hikes at Redwood Regional Park, Lafayette Park, Big Sur and other natural sites,” he says. Scott also enjoys cultivating his artistic side by drawing, painting and collaborating on creative projects with his daughters, Ana and Alicia.

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Scott says he’ll invest more time into his artistic pursuits. “I’d like to set up a shop where I can have all my tools and art supplies together so I can work on personal projects, as well as collaborations with my girls and various friends who enjoy art.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Italy. I’ve actually already been there, but I really like the pace of life and the history, plus there’s still a lot of it I haven’t seen.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Read.

Q: What’s your favorite animal?
A: The horse—they tend to have really interesting personalities.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: I collect shells, particularly ones with irregularities.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio.

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Differentiating Cabinet Styles


WALNUT CREEK — Some homeowners assume shopping for new kitchen cabinets will be a simple endeavor, but there are actually numerous options from which to choose. By familiarizing yourself with the various cabinet styles ahead of time, you’ll be able… Read more

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Video: Cabinet Choices

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WALNUT CREEK — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you're planning on installing new cabinets, you'll want to know your options. Today we're in Walnut Creek with… Read more

Franco Corvasce is a 15-year veteran of the remodeling industry and owner of FC Remodeling, a Diamond Certified company since 2015. He can be reached at (415) 801-4071 or by email.

Franco Corvasce

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Franco Corvasce: A Well-Rounded Education

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

RICHMOND — Franco Corvasce has been in business for himself since 2009, but in order to go solo, he first had to receive a well-rounded education in the construction field. “I started out working as an installer for a custom cabinet manufacturer,” he recounts. “After about four years, I went to work for a kitchen and bathroom remodeling firm. Between these two companies, I learned how to do every stage of a project, from plumbing and electrical to finish work. The comprehensive knowledge and experience I acquired gave me the confidence to start my own business.”

Today, as owner of FC Remodeling, Franco says his favorite part of his job is pleasing his clients. “I enjoy fixing things for my customers and making their spaces better looking and more functional. They’re happy when I’m finished, and that’s very satisfying.”

Born and raised in San Francisco, Franco resides today in Richmond with his daughter, Corrina, and his son, Andre. Outside of work, he takes advantage of every opportunity to enjoy the beautiful and diverse Bay Area landscape. “My kids and I like to go camping, take road trips and go on walks along the Marina Bay Parkway,” he affirms. “I also like to go fishing when I get a chance.”

In his life and career, Franco espouses the importance of putting forth his best effort. “I believe in doing things right the first time,” he says. “On every job, I try to be the best I can be and treat the client like family. I want to do the best job possible for every customer because I feel that’s what they deserve.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Franco says he’d do some traveling. “I’d definitely take a couple of vacations. I’d probably go to Hawaii first, and then maybe Italy to visit the family I have there.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Summer—there’s just more to do, and my kids and I get to go camping and take road trips.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music.

Q: What’s your favorite style of music?
A: I like anything that has guitar, whether it’s rock and roll, blues or jazz. I just like the sound of the guitar—plus, I like to play it a little bit.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Trail mix

Q: What kinds of movies do you like?
A: Clint Eastwood westerns like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

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An Easy Way to Prevent Dry Rot


RICHMOND — One of the most important home maintenance steps you can take is to seal gaps and seams in your kitchen, bathrooms, and other moisture-prone areas. Even in the case of small cracks or gaps, if water is able to… Read more

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Video: Sealing Your Bathroom

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RICHMOND — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to preventing water damage in your home, one simple maintenance step can potentially save you thousands of dollars in… Read more

Kevin Abrew is owner of Abrew Repair and Construction, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 833-0128 or by email.

Kevin Abrew

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Kevin Abrew: Old-Fashioned Values

By Suzanne Carroll

DUBLIN — Kevin Abrew started his own construction company when he was 19 years old—a logical step for an entrepreneurial young man who had been working on construction sites since he was pulling nails at age 12. The problem was the stiff competition from another local contractor: his father. “My dad and I eventually realized it was silly to be bidding on the same jobs,” he explains. “So, we decided to combine forces and started working together.”
In the early years of their partnership, there was a noticeable generation gap. “I remember trying to talk my dad into getting nail guns and paint sprayers when they first came out,” says Kevin. “I tried to convince him we’d be saving time and money, but he was committed to doing things the old-fashioned way.” Despite their different approaches, the Abrew men managed to cultivate a respectful working relationship. As the years passed, Kevin assumed more managerial responsibilities and took over the company after his father’s retirement in 2002. Today, he operates Abrew Repair and Construction with his wife, Shannon.
Kevin doesn’t shy away from challenging projects. In fact, he takes great pride in solving problems that other contractors say are impossible. “Recently, we had a client who wanted to remove a 23-foot-long wall,” he recounts. “Two other contractors said it couldn’t be done. I said, ‘That’s not a problem, we’ll put in a steel beam.’ The client was amazed. No one else was willing to work with steel. We’re happy to put in the extra effort to get clients what they want.”
For Kevin, providing top-notch customer service goes hand-in-hand with his faith. “Ethics and morals are very important to how we operate as a company,” he explains. “In practice, this means listening to the client and doing whatever we can to set things right. Renovating a home is stressful and sometimes people get emotional, but we always approach every client with dignity and respect, no matter what.”
Kevin was born and raised in Dublin, California, and he bought his first house just down the street from his parents. “The Bay Area is home for me,” he says. “It’s a great location with perfect weather, and we’re so close to the mountains, the city and wine country. Everything that I like to do with my family is nearby.”
Kevin, Shannon and their two daughters participate in a variety of sports. “We like to stay involved by coaching our daughters’ teams. Right now, the girls are doing softball, soccer, football, competition dance and karate. It’s a pretty full schedule!” The Abrews also enjoy traveling, which is something Kevin hopes to do more of once he retires. “We’d love to visit England and Ireland, but I think our first stop would be Disney World.”
Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco 49ers.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “Back to the Future.”

Q: What was your first car?
A: A Pontiac Sunbird.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A: Donuts.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music, especially Christian music.

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What Every Woman Should Have in Her Toolbox


DUBLIN — Every woman should have a toolbox—they’re handy for making quick home repairs and essential for many decorative projects. If you’re planning on hanging pictures, putting up shelving or displaying your kids’ latest creations from art class, start by… Read more

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Video: A Woman’s Guide to Toolbox Assembly

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DUBLIN — Host, Sarah Rutan: Construction may be a male-dominated industry, but men aren’t the only ones who need toolboxes. To learn more, we’re in Dublin with… Read more

Tim Toupin is owner of Toupin Construction Corporation, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 269-4831 or by email.

Tim Toupin

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Tim Toupin: Builder for Life

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

WALNUT CREEK — Tim Toupin has been building for his entire life, to the point where it has become a fundamental part of his identity. Even when a serious illness threatened to take it all away, he found a way to hold on to the life and livelihood he cherished. “I got started in construction when I was 12 years old, sweeping up houses on a new track development for three dollars apiece,” he remembers. “Soon after, I started working for a journeyman carpenter who lived down the street from me. At age 18, I joined the carpenters union, during which time I worked on some very high-end homes and even built my own house. At age 29, I got my contractor’s license and started buying, remodeling, and reselling properties. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of working on an older home and making it new while maintaining its original integrity.”

In 2008, after many successful years as a builder, Tim was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a deadly form of blood cancer. Fortunately, thanks to a stem cell transplant, he survived. However, since he lost his ability to perform hands-on construction work, Tim’s professional future was left uncertain. “After I was diagnosed, I thought I’d have to close my business,” he says. “One day, my crew approached me and asked if there was any way we could keep it together. So, I put some lead men in charge and we continued. Thanks to their efforts and good work, the business is still going strong today.”

Today, as owner of Toupin Construction, Tim says his favorite part of his job is working with his team. “The quality of our crew gives us a great edge in our industry. I have the best tile setter around, as well as a great plumber, an outstanding electrician, an excellent carpenter and an incredible designer, just to name a few. They’re all really good people who perform at a high level.”

A resident of Moraga (where he lives with his wife, Pam), Tim devotes the bulk of his free time to being with family. “Pam and I have four children and six grandchildren who we love spending time with, whether we’re getting together for Sunday game night or going on vacation to Disneyland. Two of our grandchildren ride around with us to jobsites, just like our children did when they were kids.” Tim also enjoys going to the movies and spending the occasional weekend in Reno.

In regard to his life and career, Tim espouses the importance of family values. “Years ago, I went on a field trip with my daughter and realized I was the only man on the trip—all the other fathers were working. From that point on, I started paying my men to go on field trips with their kids. I just really believe in taking care of my employees and making sure they have enough time to invest in their families. In fact, I think of my crew as part of my family. My wife and I regularly attend quinceañeras and baptisms for our employees’ children, and we also do fishing trips and trips to Las Vegas with the entire crew. We just have a really wonderful family dynamic.”

Looking back on his four decades as a builder, Tim feels nothing but gratitude. “When I was diagnosed 10 years ago, the hardest part was not being able to get up every morning and go to work with my crew. Today, I may walk with a cane, but I’m still out there visiting jobsites and overseeing things. I’m just grateful that I’m still able to be involved in building, and I’ll continue to be as long as I’m able.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Old tools.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “Forrest Gump.”

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Ice cream.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: The future. I’d really love to see what science does next. I truly believe the world is gradually becoming a better place, despite the way it often appears. There’s a lot of bad out there, but there’s a lot of good, too, and it’s getting better every day.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas. We have wonderful company Christmas parties for our employees, clients and vendors. We have a photo booth, a Santa Claus who gives out gifts, and crafts and activities for the kids. It’s one of my favorite events of the year.

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The Benefits of Epoxy Grout


WALNUT CREEK — If you’re having your bathroom re-tiled, you have two primary choices for grout: cement or epoxy. Cement is the traditional style of grout—it’s inexpensive and easy to work with. Epoxy grout, on the other hand, is very expensive and… Read more

3 Tips for Window Replacement


WALNUT CREEK — Window replacement is a big job, and the care with which it’s performed can determine whether or not problems will arise in the future. That’s why it’s important to hire a capable, reliable professional to handle your project. Additionally,… Read more

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Video: Window Replacement 101

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WALNUT CREEK — Host, Sarah Rutan: To make the most of your window replacement project, it’s helpful to learn about the various steps involved. Today we’re in Walnut Creek… Read more

Benjamin Dumitrascuta is owner of Benjamin Construction, a Diamond Certified company since 2012. He can be reached at (925) 289-8915 or by email.

Benjamin Dumitrascuta

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Benjamin Dumitrascuta: An Early Start

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

LAFAYETTE — While many builders get their start in the construction industry in high school or college, few are initiated as early as elementary school. However, that was exactly the case for Benjamin Dumitrascuta. “My dad was a contractor, and starting from when I was about eight years old, he would pick me up after school and take me to work with him,” he remembers. “By the time I was 16, I was working after school in a professional capacity.” Today, as owner of Benjamin Construction, Benjamin credits much of his success to the primary instruction he received from his father. “He instilled in me the importance of quality craftsmanship, and that remains my number one objective today.”

Originally from Hayward, Benjamin currently resides in Lafayette with his wife, Roxana, and their four children, Allison, Andrew, Adrian and Ashley. An avid outdoorsman, he regards the Bay Area as an ideal location for him and his family to pursue some of their favorite activities, including camping, swimming at the beach and hiking the East Bay Regional trail. When he’s not immersed in nature, Benjamin can often be found tending to plants in his garden or restoring a piece of antique furniture in his woodshop.

Benjamin says one piece of advice he’d share with others is to follow your heart when choosing a lifelong career. “You have to love what you do. It’s not worth it to do something that doesn’t give you satisfaction, so if that’s the case, you should move on to something that does.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Benjamin says he’d gear up for a big road trip. “I would probably buy an RV and just travel around the U.S. to see some areas I haven’t been to yet. When I got back, I’d keep myself busy by spending more time working in my wood shop.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Coffee.

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Spring, because everything starts turning green, the weather starts warming up and I can get back into gardening.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: Probably the future, just to know what’s ahead so I can prepare for it.

Q: What’s your favorite movie genre?
A: Action.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A: Organic scrambled eggs.

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How to Properly Seal Tile Work


LAFAYETTE — Tiles are a popular option when it comes to flooring, particularly in showers or other areas where the presence of water is a factor. However, one mistake often made in tile work is the use of cement grout to… Read more

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Video: A Designer’s Role in Remodeling

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ALAMO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When preparing to remodel your home, don’t discount the important role a designer plays in the process. To learn more, we’re in Alamo… Read more




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The following associations and agencies provide additional information on local kitchen contractors and bathroom contractors.

American Subcontractors Association (ASA) (www.asaonline.com/)
Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (www.cslb.ca.gov/)
National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) (www.nari.org/)

North Coast Builders Exchange (NCBE) (www.ncbeonline.com/)
National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) (www.nkba.org/)

Know What You Want
Narrow Down Your Goals for Kitchen and Bath Remodeling

Before hiring a kitchen and bath contractor in Contra Costa County, ask yourself the following questions to help narrow down your goals for the project.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified kitchen & bathroom company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • What is my objective in getting my kitchen and bathroom remodeled?
  • What is my total budget for bathroom renovations or kitchen remodeling services?
  • Do I want to keep the existing floor plan? If not, how drastically do I want to modify the space?
  • Is there a design or look I want in my new kitchen and bathroom?
  • What specific materials, appliances or additions do I want?
  • Will I live in this home long-term? Or is it a rental property or a house I plan to sell?
  • What qualities and characteristics do I want in a Contra Costa County kitchen and bath contractor? (These qualities and characteristics may include good communication skills, starting the job on time, sticking to the construction schedule, and reliable follow-up service.)
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What To Ask In Person
Questions for Interviewing Kitchen and Bathroom Contractors

Once you’ve narrowed down a few contractors who are qualified to bid on your job, schedule a one-on-one meeting with them. Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • How much time will the bathroom remodel and kitchen remodel take, from tearing out my existing kitchen and bath to installation?
  • Will I be able to stay in my home during the construction?
  • Do you have any recent projects that are available for me to see in person?
  • Do you have recent customer references I can call?
  • How do you finish the kitchen and bathroom remodeling services? Do you offer complete construction services or will I have to hire a separate contractor for specialty work and finishes?
  • How would I handle future service issues and warranty work on my new kitchen and/or bathroom?
  • What can I do to make this process easier?
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  • What To Ask References
    Talk To Recent Clients of Local Bath and Kitchen Contractors in Contra Costa County

    It’s best to choose a local Diamond Certified kitchen and bathroom contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t. If you want quality from a kitchen and bath contractor in Contra Costa County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies, and you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified bathroom and kitchen contractor within Brentwood, Concord, Richmond, Walnut Creek, Antioch, Pittsburg or your area of Contra Costa County, you’ll have to do some research on your own. Start by calling some references provided by your contractor. Keep in mind, though, that the references they provide are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process.

    That’s because companies often cherry-pick the references they give to prospective customers. So they give a list of customers they know were satisfied, rather than a random list of previous clients.

    If you do call references, ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    • Were you satisfied with your kitchen and bath remodel and the customer service from _(bath and kitchen contractor name)_?
    • What was the type of remodel and scope of the job they did for you (full bathroom remodel, whole kitchen remodel, new bathroom vanity or bathroom cabinets, kitchen cabinet installation, kitchen designs, bathroom designs, etc.)?
    • Did the Contra Costa County kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor complete the job on time?
    • Did the contractor keep you informed about the status of the project?
    • Were there unexpected costs associated with your bath and kitchen renovation? If so, what were they for? Were they avoidable?
    • If you live in a smaller town such as Alamo, Rheem Valley, Port Costa, Pinole, Moraga, El Sobrante, Bay Point and Vine Hill, did the Contra Costa kitchen and bathroom contractors charge extra to travel to your home?
    • Did the contractors show up on time?
    • Did they clean up after finishing the construction?
    • If you need similar services in the future, would you use this contractor again?
    • Would you recommend them to friends or family?
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  • Review Your Options
    Find and Hire Good Kitchen & Bath Contractors in Contra Costa County

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

    Your decision on a contractor determines the entire course of your job and how satisfied you are with your new bathroom and kitchen designs. So before deciding on the best kitchen and bath company for you, it’s important to review your interview notes and consider the following questions.

    • Can the kitchen and bath contractors meet your needs in terms of scheduling, products and installation preferences?
    • Are the bath and kitchen contractors knowledgeable on the products they install and the construction methods they use? Can they tell you which products and construction techniques best suit your needs and why (i.e. new kitchen designs, new bathroom designs, new kitchen and bath cabinets, new lighting and fixtures, modern kitchen remodeling, custom bathroom remodeling, etc.)?
    • Is the company sensitive to your budget? Can they offer various products and services that fit your resources?
    • Do the kitchen and bath contractors in Contra Costa County offer warranties in the event of a product failure or installation error? Will they put these guarantees in writing?
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  • How To Work With
    How to Make the Best Local Kitchen and Bath Contractors Want Your Project

    Good kitchen and bath contractors in Contra Costa County can be selective about which clients and jobs they accept. You can increase your chance of finding a contractor for your project by being the kind of customer that local kitchen and bath contractors enjoy working with.

    There are some easy ways you can give confidence to local kitchen and bath companies that you want to hire. First, be conscientious when you’re considering your options. If you call contractors for bids, call a limited number that have the service records and quality construction methods you are looking for. Assure the contractors you talk with that you are accepting a few honest bids, not shopping around for the cheapest prices.

    You may want to limit your search to the local area, as many of the better kitchen and bathroom contractors prefer to work within a limited area. This allows them to provide good service in a timely fashion, and lessens your chances of signing a contract with a fly-by-night company that is out to make a quick profit.

    Most of all, show the Contra Costa County kitchen and bath contractors that you’re looking for a good value, not the lowest prices you can find on remodeling services. Many homeowners seem to be only concerned with price, so contractors will take notice if you show that you’re invested in finding a skilled kitchen and bath contractor who uses quality products and good building techniques.

    Sign a Contract with Your Kitchen & Bath Contracting Company in Contra Costa County
    When you’ve found the right Contra Costa County bathroom and kitchen contractor for you,you’ll want to sign a contract that provides written proof of the job details and price. Read the whole contract and be sure you understand all of the terms before you sign. Never sign a blank estimate or one that doesn’t include all of the work details.

    It’s also wise to confirm any warrantees or guarantees at this time. Ask the contractor to put in writing any warranties they offer, including any exclusions, and any manufacturer warranties.
    A contract should protect you, your property and your contractor, so feel free to write in requests and verbal agreements you’ve reached with your kitchen and bath renovation company. This may include start and end dates, the projected completion dates for major project milestones, no-later-than clauses that guarantee a specific finish date, early completion bonuses offered for work finished ahead of schedule, and other issues that may not be covered by a standard contract.

    Ways You Can Make the Job Go More Smoothly for Your Contra Costa County K&B Contractor
    You should be able to rely on your kitchen and bathroom contractor for professional work and attention to details. However, there are some things you can do to make your contractor’s job easier and possibly even make the job run smoother and faster. Talk with your company representative about ways you can prepare for the work and be of assistance while your bathroom and kitchen renovations are in progress, including the following:

    Prepare your home for construction. Kitchen remodeling and bathroom renovations often mean dust and debris throughout the rest of your home. Most contractors will erect barriers to keep construction dust in the rooms they’re working on, but you may be able to save time and money by offering to prepare your home yourself. Talk to your kitchen and bath contractor about steps you can take to get ready for construction.

    Have storage space available. If your kitchen and bathroom contractor is ordering large amounts of building materials, they may need to store them on-site until they can be used. Ask your contractor if he or she requires you to provide a storage space for cabinets, flooring, countertops, unfinished wood or other construction materials, and have a space ready and available if needed.

    Remove and safely store personal items. Move and store all unnecessary items from the kitchen and bathrooms where the Contra Costa County contractors will be working. This may include furniture, decorations, rugs and plants. Not only will this protect your items from damage, it will allow the contracting company employees to work without fear of damaging your property. You may also want to remove antiques, family heirlooms, art and expensive items from high-traffic areas and safely store them so they aren’t accidentally broken during the construction.

    Keep pets and children out of work areas. For safety’s sake, block off construction areas so children and pets cannot get into the rooms that are being renovated. Whether or not the crews are working, there may be unexpected hazards such as power tools, open electrical wiring or uneven flooring that may pose a threat.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How Can You Be a Good Kitchen and Bath Company Customer?

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a kitchen and bath construction company in Contra Costa County.

    • Be clear and upfront with the contractors. Let them know what you want from your new bath and kitchen designs, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and what they can do to satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a kitchen and bath contractor in Contra Costa County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate your understanding of the agreement. Most problems occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and those of your contractor, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask if you should call to check on the progress or if a company representative will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your contractor has a phone number where they can reach you while they’re working in your home. The construction will move along more smoothly if your contractor can telephone you with any updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the bathroom and kitchen renovations on schedule.
    • Pay for the kitchen and bath remodeling promptly.
    • Why would you want to be a good customer? Companies value straightforward and honest customers. Your behavior helps set the tone and creates a friendly work environment. This way, things may go more smoothly and any problems may be more easily resolved.
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Check The Work
Check the Kitchen Remodeling and Bathroom Remodeling Against the Invoice

Your Contra Costa County kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor should present you with a final invoice for the work, including:

  • Their company name, business address and license number.
  • A comprehensive list of all remodeling services performed and materials used.
  • The total cost of your kitchen and bath work, including an itemized amount charged for labor.

Request a walk-through with your kitchen and bath company representative when the work is completed and before you make your final payment. Bring the invoice and verify that all work was performed and meets your expectations.

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Written Warranties
Ask for Written Proof of Warranties for Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Along with your final invoice, your Contra Costa County kitchen and bath contractor should also give you a written document explaining all guarantees and warrantees offered by their company and the manufacturers of the products they’ve installed. Not every contractor offers warrantees on their work or on the materials they use, but the ones that do should be able to give you written proof, including:

  • The contractor’s business name, address and state license number.
  • A detailed explanation of the warranty coverage, what it covers and any exclusions to the coverage.
  • Your responsibility in regards to redeeming your warranty, including if you have to pay for labor, materials or pay a prorated amount.
  • Any terms and limitations to the warranties.
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home and details of any steps you have to take in order to transfer the guarantees.


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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests Made of Local Bathroom and Kitchen Contractors in the Contra Costa County Area

Local kitchen and bathroom contractors in the larger cities of Brentwood, Concord, Richmond, Walnut Creek, Antioch, Pittsburg or the smaller cities of North Richmond, Alamo, Blackhawk, Hilltop Mall, Rodeo, Port Richmond, Maltby and Kensington provide the following popular kitchen and bath remodeling services.

Kitchen Designs in Contra Costa County
Usually drawn by a professional kitchen designer, kitchen designs are the one of the first steps in a remodel or renovation. Kitchen designs can be illustrated with simple line drawings, blueprints, technical drawings, samples of flooring and cabinet choices, photographs of appliances and fixtures and paint selection samples.

Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen remodeling services in Contra Costa County can range from simple kitchen makeovers and redecorating to major renovations and expansions. Kitchen remodeling contractors provide a full range of services, including cabinet refacing, new flooring and cabinets, new fixtures, and even major remodeling projects like moving walls and adding windows.

Kitchen Makeovers
Less invasive and time-consuming than remodeling or expansion, kitchen and bathroom makeovers change the look of your home without as much mess or expense. Kitchen makeover styles include: contemporary, country, old world, traditional and rustic. Bathroom makeover styles include contemporary, old world, traditional and spa atmosphere.

Contra Costa County Bathroom Remodeling
New bathroom designs, bathroom makeovers and redecorating, bath expansions, and adding new flooring, vanities and fixtures, are all considered bathroom remodeling in Contra Costa County. Remodels can change the appearance and style of your bathroom and can impact the value of your home.

Kitchen Expansion
Kitchen remodels that include expanding the size of the room are known as kitchen expansions. Kitchens can be expanded by removing or moving walls, expanding the kitchen into an adjacent room, building an addition to an existing kitchen and removing ceiling-hung cabinets and counter tops that cut off the kitchen from the rest of the house.

Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations
Kitchen and bathroom renovations change the appearance of existing rooms, making them more beautiful and functional. Renovations include physical updates, such as more workspace and extended counter tops, and changes to style and decorations, including new appliances and updated flooring and wall coverings.

Bathroom and Kitchen Additions
Simple remodeling often only addresses the existing space. Kitchen and bathroom additions expand the existing space by building on to the home.

Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinet Installation
New bathroom and kitchen cabinets can change the look and functionality of the entire room. Cabinets come in RTA (ready to assemble), semi-custom, and custom or built-to-order. Prices vary greatly depending on materials used and the quality of the cabinets. While they can be the largest single expense in a remodel, quality cabinets often are worth the investment.

Bathroom & Kitchen Flooring Installation
Flooring choices for kitchens and bathrooms include wood, laminate, vinyl, tile, natural stone, bamboo, cork and linoleum. Ask good kitchen and bath contractors in Contra Costa County for a complete list of the flooring choices and installation methods they offer.

Contra Costa County Bathroom Designs
The first step in most bathroom remodels is a redesign of the space. This may include moving or removing walls, adding on to the existing room or reconfiguring the existing space to make it more usable. Bathroom designs can be drawn by professional draftspeople or may be offered by bathroom contractors.

Popular Kitchen and Bathroom Brands Found in Contra Costa County Homes

  • Franke sinks
  • Aristokraft cabinets
  • Amerock hardware
  • Kohler
  • Kraftmaid cabinets
  • Merillat cabinets
  • Amtico flooring
  • Wilson Art counter tops
  • Corian countertops
  • Pegasus Vanities
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Kitchen and Bath Contractors

The following terms and descriptions will help you understand common kitchen and bath remodeling projects and allow you to better communicate with your K & B contractor.

A backsplash is the exposed are between upper cabinets and the countertops. This area is usually painted, tiled or covered by an extended piece of countertop. Decorative backsplash options are available.

Also known as: sink backsplash

bathroom and kitchen additions
Kitchen and bathroom additions expand existing space by adding on square footage to the home. This type of remodel is more invasive and may take longer than a typical remodel, but it allows homeowners to make drastic changes to their space. Bathroom additions may include adding a new bathroom to the home where there wasn’t one before.

Also known as: adding on, master bathroom addition, new kitchen addition, new bathroom addition, add a second bathroom

bathroom and kitchen flooring
Flooring for kitchens and bathrooms include tile, natural stone, wood, laminate, vinyl, bamboo, cork and linoleum. Kitchen and bath contractors offer different flooring choices and installation methods to match customers requirements.

Also known as: new flooring, bath flooring, kitchen flooring, kitchen and bath flooring installation

bathroom designs
Most bathroom remodels include a redesign of the space. This may include moving or removing walls, adding on or reconfiguring existing space. Bathroom designs can make rooms larger, or appear larger, and can drastically change the appearance and functionality of a room. Bathroom design styles may include contemporary, old world, traditional and spa.

Also known as: bath redesigns, bath designs, bathroom redesigns, bathroom trends, custom bathroom designs

bathroom remodeling
Types of bathroom remodeling include new bathroom designs, bathroom makeovers, bath redecorating and bathroom expansions. Remodels can change the appearance and style of a bathroom and increase home values.

Also known as: bathroom remodels, bath remodel, bathroom makeover, bathroom redecorating, bathroom decorating ideas, renovation bathroom, redo bathroom, bathroom restoration

bathtub refinishing
The act of repairing and resealing an old bathtub is called bath tub refinishing. This allows a homeowner to keep their original bathtub but improves the appearance of the fixture. Bathtub refinishing includes changing the color of a bathtub, removing surface damage like chips and cracks, removing deep-set stains, reglazing and tile replacement and repair. Refinished bathtubs can be easier to clean and look like new.

Also known as: bath tub refinishing, porcelain refinishing, fiberglass bath tub refinishing, acrylic bathtub refinishing services

cabinet refacing
Refacing cabinets is the process of putting new facades on existing cabinets or repainting and refinishing existing cabinet fronts. Cabinet refacing is less costly than installing new cabinets and can have the same visual results.

Also known as: cabinet repainting, cabinet refinishing, reface cabinets

Countertops for the bathroom and kitchen come in a variety of styles and materials. Popular countertop materials include granite counters, engineered stone (like Cambria Quartz, Silestone, Zodiaq and Viatera), concrete, stainless steel, wood countertops (also known as butcher block counters), solid surface (such as Swanstone, Avonite and Corian), ceramic tile, marble, soapstone

Also known as: counter tops, counters, kitchen counter tops, kitchen counters, bathroom countertops, bathroom counters

A free-standing combination of cabinets and a countertop. Islands are most commonly used in the kitchen and provide extra work space. Some islands are permanently affixed to the floor; others are built on wheels or casters and are movable.

Also known as: kitchen island, movable island, free-standing island

kitchen and bathroom cabinets
New bathroom and kitchen cabinetry changes the look and functionality of a room. Cabinets come in RTA (ready to assemble), semi-custom, and custom. Cabinet prices vary depending on materials and quality.

Also known as: kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinetry, bath cabinets, bathroom cabinetry, custom bathroom cabinets, custom kitchen cabinets, cabinet installation

kitchen and bathroom renovations
Renovations change the appearance of existing rooms, making them more appealing and functional. Room renovations include room layout changes, such as adding workspace and extending counter tops, and changes to style and decor, including new appliances and updated flooring and paint.

Also known as: kitchen renovating, bathroom renovating, kitchen renovation, bath renovation

kitchen designs
Kitchen designs are the one of the first steps in a remodel or renovation and are usually drawn by a professional kitchen designer in Sonoma County. Kitchen designs can be illustrated with simple line drawings, or may be more in depth and include blueprints, technical drawings, samples of product and material choices, paint samples and appliance and fixture choices.

Also known as: kitchen redesigns, kitchen remodeling, kitchen remodel, kitchen makeover, kitchen decorating, kitchen redecorating

kitchen expansion
Kitchens can be expanded by removing or moving walls, spreading out the kitchen into an adjoining room, and building a home addition onto an existing kitchen.

Also known as: adding-on, kitchen additions

kitchen makeovers
Kitchen and bathroom makeovers are less invasive than remodeling and expansions, and they change the look of a home without as much mess or expense. Popular kitchen makeover styles include: traditional, contemporary, country, rustic and old world.

Also known as: kitchen redesigning, kitchen decorating, kitchen redecorating, kitchen designs

kitchen remodeling
Kitchen remodeling encompasses simple kitchen makeovers and redecorating to major renovations and kitchen expansions. Kitchen contractors provide a full range of remodeling services, including installation of new flooring and cabinets, major remodeling projects like moving walls and adding windows and upgrades to kitchen fixtures and appliances.

Also known as: kitchen remodeling, kitchen remodels, redo kitchen, remodel kitchen, renovate kitchen, kitchen renovations

replacement kitchen
A new kitchen or kitchen remodel that is installed exactly as the old kitchen appeared. In a replacement kitchen, the cabinets, appliances and fixtures are located in the same places as the previous products.

Also known as: kitchen replacement, new kitchen installation

A bathroom vanity is the fixture that includes the bathroom sink and the storage furniture or cabinet around the sink.

Also known as: bathroom vanity, bathroom vanities, bath vanities, vanity cabinets, lighted vanities, custom vanities, wall-mounted vanity, standing vanity, stand-alone vanity, sink vanity, double vanity, sink cabinets, vanity cabinets, bathroom vanity sinks

work triangle
The optimal kitchen set-up is often known as the kitchen work triangle. In order to make a kitchen space more functional, the refrigerator, main sink and cooking area should form a triangle when the points are connected.

Also known as: kitchen triangle, kitchen work triangle

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ Presented to Local Kitchen and Bathroom Contractors

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified kitchen and bath contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only bath and kitchen contractors 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 ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified company.

Q: Can I remodel my Alameda kitchen and bathroom myself?
A: Depending on your ability and contracting knowledge, you may be able to take on some of the work yourself. However, like with most major home improvement and construction projects, kitchen and bathroom contracting is usually best left to the professionals.

If you’re looking to cut costs, there may be some aspects of the job you can do, such as tearing out the old cabinets and flooring. Your contractor may also allow you to handle the trash removal, some preparation work or certain aspects of the job, like painting or wallpapering. Talk with your contractor about how you can help with the process without getting in the way or causing more damage.

Q: What most determines the cost of my new kitchen and bathroom?
A: The size of your kitchen, the materials you choose and the complexity of the job are three factors that will greatly influence the cost of your job.
Cabinets often account for up to half of the total cost of a new kitchen and bathroom, and are usually the largest single expense in a remodel or upgrade. Cabinets come in a range of prices that reflect their quality, craftsmanship and material. Keep in mind, if you try to save money by buying cheaper materials, you may end up having to replace surfaces years sooner than if you had purchased custom, high-quality products that fit your space and are made with quality materials.

Labor and design costs also are a costly part of any kitchen and bath upgrades. But skilled and experienced tradespeople can often offer you a better value than cheaper contractors. When you’re considering the contractors to hire for your project, make sure you’re getting the most for your money in terms of labor and products.

Q: My kitchen and bathroom really need to be updated, but I don’t have a large budget. What should I do?
A: As with any major purchase, only spend what you can afford. You’ll want to draw up a budget before making any commitments with local contractors to see what you can realistically expect. It may be best to wait for your remodel until you can pay for it upfront. Some contractors will work out payment plans with you, and you may look into taking out a home equity loan or hiring a contractor who offer financing and loan options. You may also be able to hire a contractor who can complete the work in phases, so you can break the job into smaller, more affordable jobs.

Q: How do I choose my cabinets, countertops and appliances?
A: Some kitchen and bath companies have designers on-staff, and most contractors will assist you in selecting the products that best fit your home. The contractor you hire may also have relationships with local showrooms or designers. While your budget will dictate the quality and materials you ultimately choose, it’s important to consider the ways you’ll use your space to ensure you’re getting appliances, cabinets and countertops that look great and are the most functional for you.

Q: How long will my bathroom and kitchen renovations take?
A: Projects may last a few days to several months. The size of your space and the complexity of the remodel will dictate how long the work takes. Your selection of products and materials may also impact the length of time. For example, custom cabinets will take longer to build and install than will prefabricated cabinets. Your contractor should be able to give you an estimated start and end date, and provide you with the estimated completion time for major milestones along the way.

Q: What can I expect during the kitchen and bathroom remodeling process?
A: Every k & b contractorworks differently, but the process for most bathroom and kitchen renovations is similar. First, the contractor will tear out any non-necessary cabinets, flooring, surfaces and walls. New electrical and plumbing work is installed, and then walls are repaired or built. Contractors will usually install the cabinets next, before adding countertops and final plumbing fixtures. Flooring, appliances and finish work are usually the last items in a renovation.

Ask your contractor for a specific timeline of the process, and talk with them about other items you’ll need to know while the work is in progress. For instance, if you will be living in the home during the remodel, discuss options for installing a temporary kitchen and the dust control measures you can expect.

Q: Will I have to move out of my home during the construction?
A: This depends on the size and scope of your project, your comfort and the preferences of your contractor. If you require a major bathroom and kitchen remodel, it may be easiest for you and your family to relocate during some or all of the construction. This is especially true if you have only one bathroom or if the plumbing needs to be turned off for long periods of time. Some contractors can set up a temporary kitchen area or will guarantee they can provide you with running water at the end of each day. Talk with your contractor about your specific needs and their recommendations.

Q: Will a kitchen remodel increase my home’s value?
A: Yes. The national average return on a remodeled kitchen is between 80 and 135 percent. That means that most consumers who install a new kitchen increase the value of their home and get back most, if not all, of the money they put into the project.

Q: Will a bathroom renovation increase my home’s value?
A: Yes. Just like with kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling projects can see a 90 to 130 percent return. These increases in home value may depend on the location of your home, so talk to your contractor and a real estate expert for specific return on investment information regarding your home.

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