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Kyvos Construction Inc.

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Kyvos Construction Inc.

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
Customer LOYALTY i
Helpful Expertise i
Company Credentials i
  • Liability Insurance
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  • Business Practices
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Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 13 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i

Stefany R.

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Affordable, great quality of work, and the service is really attentive. We were really happy.

Affordable, and everything was done earlier than the estimated finish date.

Jesus

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I recommend them. He's a very smart guy and has helped me a lot. He has a lot of ideas.

Communication, very kind, and reasonably priced

Laleh

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Cost efficient

They delivered what they promised.

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Nikolaos Margaritis, President/CEO

Kyvos Construction Inc. provides a wide range of remodeling services for residential clients throughout the East Bay and North Bay. The company has the training and equipment to remodel everything from kitchens and bathrooms to entire homes, and it’s also qualified to build room additions.

President/CEO Nikolaos Margaritis credits much of Kyvos Construction’s success to his ability to communicate with clients during every step of their remodeling projects. “I like to talk to my customers about things like materials and schedules because it keeps things as organized as possible,” he says. “They know that whenever they call or text me with questions or concerns, I’ll be there to answer.”

Kyvos Construction takes a detail-oriented approach to each job, regardless of its size, which Mr. Margaritis says is important for ensuring high-quality results. “I draw upon my design experience and European style to bring my clients’ ideas to life. Even if they don’t know exactly what they want, I’ll work closely with them to come up with plans that work for their homes.”

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED CAPABILITIES ON Kyvos Construction Inc.

Locations

Alameda County
Contra Costa County
San Francisco County

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SERVICES PERFORMED

Whole-House Remodeling
Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling
Room Additions
Hardwood Floor Installation & Refinishing
Painting & Roofing

DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESEARCHED ARTICLES ON Kyvos Construction Inc.

A recent residential remodeling project by Kyvos Construction

Company Profile

Kyvos Construction Inc. provides a wide range of remodeling services for residential clients throughout the East Bay and North Bay. The company has the training and equipment to remodel everything from kitchens and bathrooms to entire homes, and it’s also qualified to build room additions.

President/CEO Nikolaos Margaritis credits much of Kyvos Construction’s success to his ability to communicate with clients during every step of their remodeling projects. “I like to talk to my customers about things like materials and schedules because it keeps things as organized as possible,” he says. “They know that whenever they call or text me with questions or concerns, I’ll be there to answer.”

Kyvos Construction takes a detail-oriented approach to each job, regardless of its size, which Mr. Margaritis says is important for ensuring high-quality results. “I draw upon my design experience and European style to bring my clients’ ideas to life. Even if they don’t know exactly what they want, I’ll work closely with them to come up with plans that work for their homes.”

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Company Philosophy

“My goal on every project is simple: make the client happy with the quality of my work. In Europe, we say, ‘You only need one customer to make a good job,’ and I always work with that in mind. Satisfied clients lead to new clients and repeat business, so customer service comes first in everything I do.”

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Comparative Summary

Remodeling contractors are always looking for ways to differentiate themselves from their competition, and those that have earned the prestigious Diamond Certified award are already several steps ahead. In addition to its Diamond Certified status, Kyvos Construction Inc. sets itself apart by bringing a European style to every project. “I was a contractor in Greece for 20 years before coming to the United States, and I brought the European design style with me,” explains President/CEO Nikolaos Margaritis. “Ultimately, I want to be known for building structures with great integrity.”

 

Kyvos Construction has been providing remodeling services for residential clients throughout the East Bay and North Bay since 2017. The company has the capabilities to remodel everything from kitchens and bathrooms to entire homes, and it’s also qualified to build room additions.

 

Unlike remodeling contractors that take a “hands-off” approach to keeping their customers informed during the construction process, Kyvos Construction takes the time to explain its work so clients understand the details of their projects. “My clients know they can call and ask me about anything, and even if I’m not available, I’ll call or text them back as soon as possible,” says Mr. Margaritis. “Also, since I’m actively working on each project on a daily basis, I can continually keep them informed and make sure I’m meeting their expectations.”

 

Another distinguishing attribute of Kyvos Construction is its emphasis on cultivating its clients’ remodeling ideas. “For example, I like to let my clients select the materials for their projects,” says Mr. Margaritis. “With my experienced input, they’re able to find the right options for their needs, and if they’re stuck on an idea that doesn’t work, I’ll show them how to turn it around.”

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Industry Info

When it comes to hiring a remodeling contractor, it’s important to demand the basics for your own protection.

At the start of a construction project, it can be tempting to skip the vetting steps and go straight to accepting bids. One company is just like any other, right? Not according to construction experts. In fact, the number one tip they have for homeowners is to carefully check the credentials of all the companies they’re considering. That means verifying an active state license, getting proof of liability insurance and workers’ compensation, checking for violations, and calling references.

 

“I wish people had more knowledge about contractors,” says Nikolaos Margaritis, owner of Kyvos Construction Inc. in Pittsburg. “There are a lot of unlicensed people who talk their way into getting jobs.” So, how can you protect yourself against smooth-talking yet unlicensed contractors? Mr. Margaritis says to start by vetting for the basics. “Choose somebody with a license and insurance. You’re secure when you do that because if the contractor doesn’t do their job, you can report them.”

 

Price is relative

Mr. Margaritis and other experts caution against choosing contractors based on price alone. “It’s happened to me many times,” he says. “A client will call and say they’re going with another contractor who gave them a lower price, but then they’ll call back after two weeks when they realize the contractor isn’t professional.”

 

While most contractors try to provide honest and detailed bids, companies that aren’t licensed or don’t carry insurance are more likely to give unrealistically low bids. This can be because they don’t have as much overhead or because they’re trying to compete with licensed contractors by offering cheap prices that legitimate companies can’t match.

 

However, while the initial cost may be low, the final price may be much higher and the work may not be of the same quality as that of a licensed company. And with unlicensed and uninsured contractors, homeowners risk the added expense of damages, injuries and work that isn’t up to code.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can you start my project?
A: Typically, I’m able to start jobs within a 10-day window.

Q: Will you pull permits for the work?
A: Of course.

Q: Who will provide the materials?
A: I can get materials for you, but some people like to explore their options and find materials online or at local stores. If you find materials that you want to use, I can often open an account with that manufacturer and get a builder discount to keep costs down.

Q: Will you work when it’s raining?
A: I work every day. Weather won’t slow me down.

Q: Can you expedite my job?
A: I can often adjust my work schedule to accommodate your project timeline. If you’re in a rush, I can work seven days a week to get the job done.

Q: Can I live in my house while it’s being remodeled?
A: Yes. I’ll cover the work areas and keep everything safe so you can stay at home during your project.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTOR ADVICE & TIPS FROM Nikolaos Margaritis

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  • Nikolaos Margaritis is president of Kyvos Construction Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 394-4929 or by email.

Nikolaos Margaritis: Building Forward

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

Before he came to the United States, Nikolaos Margaritis was a building contractor in his home country of Greece. While his relocation initially posed a professional setback, it ultimately set him up for greater success. “I started in construction many years ago when I lived in Greece, and at one point I even had my own general contracting firm,” he recounts. “However, as the situation in Greece began to worsen in the mid-2000s, I made the choice to immigrate to the U.S. Upon my arrival, I got back into construction, but I basically had to start all over again as a laborer. However, over time I made a lot of friends in the industry and continued to move forward. Eventually, I got my general contractor’s license and founded my own contracting firm in 2017.”

Today, as owner of Kyvos Construction Inc., Nikolaos says his favorite part of his job is breathing new life into old materials. “For example, I love to refinish old hardwood floors. I’ve come across floors that were more than 100 years old and the owners weren’t sure if they could be salvaged. It’s very rewarding to preserve something from the past and make it look new again.”

A resident of Pittsburg, Nikolaos spends his time outside of work on a variety of active pastimes. “I go to the gym at least five times a week,” he details. “I was a professional bodybuilder for a couple of years when I was younger, and fitness continues to be a big part of my life.” On the weekends, Nikolaos enjoys riding his motorcycle around the Bay Area and going to concerts with friends.

In regard to his personal life and professional career, Nikolaos sees both spheres as virtually one and the same. “My main philosophy is just to live a happy life,” he says. “Because I do good work and run an honest business, I make a lot of friends in the process. Many of my clients have become good friends and continued to stay in touch with me. Maintaining positive relationships with the people in my life is very rewarding, whether they’re friends, clients or both. That’s why I see my personal and professional lives as part of the same whole—both bring good things if you’re living and treating others well.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Nikolaos says he’d take a vacation. “I like to travel, so if I retired, I’d go on a long trip. For my first destination, I’d probably go to Argentina—mainly because I love tango music!”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What was your first job?

A: Before I got into construction, I was a bartender. But the hours were rough, so I didn’t do that for too long.

Q: Do you play any musical instruments?

A: Not currently, but when I was younger I played saxophone. I come from a very musical family. My mother played piano, my father played drums and my sister played guitar.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

A: An early bird. I wake up at 5:30 every morning.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: Texas Roadhouse in Fairfield. I love a good steak!

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

A: If I’m not working, I like to stay home, relax with a cup of coffee and do some cooking.

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Expert articles
  • Preliminary Steps for Hardwood Floor Installation

    PITTSBURG — When installing a hardwood floor, proper procedure is critical. This includes preliminary steps like preparing the subfloor and assessing interior climate conditions. Be sure to observe the following preliminary steps for your hardwood floor installation project:

    Preparation of the subfloor

    Whether you’re starting from scratch or replacing an existing floor, it’s crucial to properly prepare the subfloor. Any previous flooring materials will need to be completely removed to make way for the incoming floor, including things like nails and staples. If the previous floor was glued down, this may make preparation more difficult and time-consuming.

    Levelness of the subfloor

    Any type of hard floor requires a level subfloor, so be sure to assess this prior to installation. A hardwood floor can be difficult to install over an uneven subfloor, but a skilled installer will know what adjustments need to be made in order to make it work.

    Interior climate conditions

    Few homeowners realize that the climate conditions in their homes can limit their flooring options or require additional measures during installation. More so than other flooring products, solid hardwood is susceptible to warping in moist or humid climate conditions, so be sure to take this into account when making your flooring choice.

    Acclimation time

    As a natural product, hardwood flooring needs some time to get acclimated to its new environment. Bring your new flooring materials to your home at least a week in advance—this will allow them to adjust to the new climate conditions, which should prevent any post-installation expanding or contracting.

    By taking the time to follow these preliminary steps, you’ll avoid mistakes and achieve a successful outcome with your hardwood floor installation.

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  • Video: Preparing for Hardwood Floor Installation

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    PITTSBURG — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before installing a new hardwood floor in your home, you’ll need to make sure its foundation is well-prepared. Today we’re in Pittsburg with Diamond Certified Expert Nikolaos Margaritis of Kyvos Construction to learn more.

    Diamond Certified Expert, Nikolaos Margaritis: When you want to install hardware floor in your house, if your subfloor is wood, plywood, of course you have to clean the area very well from the staples, from everything; a couple screws on the joints. You have to make it for sure level.

    If you don’t make it level, you don’t have good results. So, you have to make the floor level. Even if you have subfloor concrete, you have to make it level. This is the best way to make your floor good.

    Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

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Diamond Certified RATINGS ON Kyvos Construction Inc.
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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION i
Customer LOYALTY i
Helpful Expertise i

Each surveyed customer was asked, “If you needed any helpful expertise, did this company provide that expertise?” To calculate this score, total “Yes” responses were divided by total responses (excluding those that stated they hadn’t needed any expertise).

Company Credentials i
  • Liability Insurance
  • License Verification
  • Business Practices
  • Current Complaint File
  • Legal & Finance
Phone SURVEY RESPONSES FROM 13 VERIFIED CUSTOMERS i
Kyvos Construction Inc. : Average 9.6 out of 10 based on 13 unique customer surveys of customer satisfaction.

Stefany R.

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

1 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Affordable, great quality of work, and the service is really attentive. We were really happy.

Affordable, and everything was done earlier than the estimated finish date.

Jesus

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

2 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

I recommend them. He's a very smart guy and has helped me a lot. He has a lot of ideas.

Communication, very kind, and reasonably priced

Laleh

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

3 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Cost efficient

They delivered what they promised.

Bob

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

4 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He takes care of stuff and doesn't leave anything unattended.

He has been doing work for me for 3 years or longer, and he's always come through.

Sergio

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

5 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They are trustworthy, and I would recommend them 100%.

Their customer service

Silvia

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

6 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's fantastic, reliable, and diligent.

He simply goes the extra mile and always exceeds expectations.

April

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

7 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's affordable, fair, and gets the job done on time.

To be honest, I was in Amsterdam when the work was being done, and I liked that it was done when I came home.

Carlos L.

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

8 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

Excellent service, on time, affordable, and his subcontractors are really good.

I really like the service. I recommend him.

Kelly

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

9 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is fair, and he meets his commitments. His workers are knowledgeable, professional, and clean. They cleaned up each day after themselves. I recommend them and would use them again if I had another project.

Professionalism

Grayson C.

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

10 of 13

Quality 10
10 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He is on point and does exactly what you want him to do, so you get what you expect.

I'm picky, and as long as it looks good, I'm happy.

Henry

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

11 of 13

Quality 9
9 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They were very quick, and it turned out really well.

They were able to get it done in a certain amount of time.

Catherine

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

12 of 13

Quality 8
8 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

They worked on a house that I was not living in, and I couldn't be there all of the time, so they sent me pictures everyday. I really liked that. I was able to see the materials, the progress, painting, etc., and when I called or text, they responded right away.

The communication

Alejandro

VERIFIED Kyvos Construction Inc. CUSTOMER

13 of 13

Quality 8
8 10
Loyalty Yes
CRITIQUE

He's very good at what he does, and he's very knowledgeable.

His personality, he has a great personality.

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