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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 San Francisco – Contractors – Remodel & Additions CATEGORY

David Breslin is a veteran of the construction industry and CEO of Current Construction, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (415) 754-3940 or by email.

David Breslin

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David Breslin: Building Inspiration

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO — Unlike many building contractors, David Breslin didn’t have a family connection to the construction trades when he was growing up—he simply felt an innate inspiration. “From childhood on, I’ve always loved working with my hands,” he affirms. “I grew up in a small town in Ireland during the economic boom, so there was always a lot of work going on, which got me even more interested in building.” Following high school, David launched his construction career and began working his way up through the ranks. “I started out digging holes and getting coffee for the crews, and bit by bit, I learned the trades. After a while, I was promoted to hammerhand, and eventually I started taking on my own small projects.”

In 2001, David left Ireland for the United States to further broaden his professional horizons. After gaining a foothold in the San Francisco building scene, he found an opportunity to take his career to the next level. “I was working as a project manager when I reconnected with an old friend, Colm Higgins, who had recently moved to the West Coast,” he recounts. “We grew up in the same part of Ireland and both got into construction, so we had a lot to talk about. Pretty soon, it became apparent that we each had the goal of going into business for ourselves. One thing led to another and we ended up partnering to start our own construction firm.”

Today, as CEO of Current Construction, David says his favorite part of his job is management. “Management is a critical part of what we do. You can have great carpenters, electricians and plumbers, but if they’re not managed well, the project won’t run smoothly. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to coordinate all the various aspects and keep our projects on schedule.”

A resident of San Francisco (where he lives with his wife, Shawna), David expresses his appreciation for life in the City by the Bay. “I enjoy the energy of San Francisco. It’s the kind of place you go to visit and end up being sucked into. Sixteen years later, you turn around to find you’re still here, now married and running a business. That was my experience, anyway.”

Outside of work, David likes to relax with a variety of pastimes. “I enjoy going on hikes, going to the movies and hanging out with friends,” he details. “Shawna and I also like to travel and go on weekend getaways when we get a chance.” Additionally, David enjoys spending time with family. “I have a lot of family throughout the Bay Area, including Danville, Sacramento and Larkspur, so we make it a point to stay in touch and visit each other.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, David says he’d take an extended road trip. “I would buy an RV and travel across this great country. I’ve already done a fair amount of exploring in the U.S., but there’s still a lot left to see. My first destination would probably be Austin, Texas, just because I’ve never been there before.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Lolinda in San Francisco.

Q: What kinds of books do you like?
A: Thrillers like the Jack Reacher novels.

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

Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: Classic rock.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Coffee mugs from places my wife and I travel to.

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Do-It-Yourself Seismic Retrofitting

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SAN FRANCISCO — As residents of “earthquake country,” homeowners in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area need to be proactive about preparing for the next “big one.” While part of this involves having supplies and an evacuation plan ready, another important… Read more

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Video: DIY Earthquake Retrofitting

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Jeff Kann is owner of HOUSEworks, a Diamond Certified Company since 2006. Jeff has spent many years developing ways to remove the stress and risks from home renovation projects. He can be reached at (415) 578-9560or by email.

Jeff Kann

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Jeff Kann: Building a New Path

By Matt Solis, Editor

SAN FRANCISCO – Many construction professionals spend their whole lives surrounded by builders, often learning the intricacies of the craft at an early age from family members or friends. Others come to the job organically from a related industry like painting or carpentry. For Jeff Kann, owner of HOUSEworks, the path to the construction industry didn’t reveal itself until later in life, but once he found it, he knew he was home. “I started HOUSEworks in 2005 after spending 25 years in banking,” he explains. “At a certain point, I realized I wanted to be involved with a service industry that was tangible; that created things you could touch and feel and see every day. I thought I could bring the business experience I gained from the banking industry together with quality craftspeople, and it turned out to be a great combination.”

Jeff says his years of experience in the business world give him a unique perspective on how to optimize the construction experience for his clients and employees alike. “In construction, good administrative and project management is just as important as good building skills. Most people have or have heard stories about remodeling projects gone awry, whether the work took too long or the construction company didn’t keep its promises. Often, these problems occur not because the people doing the work aren’t good at building, but because they don’t have the business skills to deliver the full package. I’m able to position my builders for success because I handle the administrative side and let them focus on the actual work.”

Delivering quality construction projects on time is undoubtedly made easier by the temperate weather of the Bay Area, but Jeff says it’s the housing stock of San Francisco that’s the most attractive aspect of working locally. “The buildings we have to work with are just amazing. San Francisco houses have a lot of character—most of them have been carefully and thoughtfully put together, with good bones that have sustained an incredible amount of use. The people are also fun to work with. They’re generally bright, entrepreneurial types with diverse backgrounds who take a lot of pride in their homes and want to invest in unique projects, which makes it exciting for us.”

When he’s not managing construction projects in the city by the bay, Jeff takes advantage of the Bay Area’s perpetually sunny days to indulge his other passion: golf. “We live in golf’s Mecca—not only can you play year-round, but the availability of beautiful courses is unparalleled,” he says. “I’m a big fan of the outdoors in general, and that goes hand-in-hand with golf. I walk every course I play, and I enjoy the walk just as much as I enjoy the game. Some of my favorite courses are Chardonnay in Napa, Boundary Oak in Walnut Creek and Half Moon Bay Golf Links.”

Jeff also enjoys exploring the Bay Area’s diverse food and wine scene with his wife, Ellie, who has recently started helping him with HOUSEworks’ day-to-day operations. “Ellie stayed at home with our kids when they were growing up, but now that they’re out of the house, she’s joined me in the family business,” he says. “Our son, David, attends Becker College in Massachusetts, and our daughter, Jacqueline, is at Santa Barbara City College. Actually, both of them have spent time working for the company. David usually spends his summers and breaks working for us or some of our trade contractors, and Jacqueline has worked for one of our designers. We’re a family business in every sense of the word!”

When he reflects on both his careers, Jeff points to one attribute above all as a catalyst for his success. “I believe it’s important to listen more than you speak,” he says. “Remodeling is a deeply personal process—we’re inside our clients’ homes, and they have specific ideas or visions about how they want to live in their homes and how they want them to look, so the only way to make that happen is to listen. That’s the most necessary aspect of any type of work.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sport?
A: College ice hockey. My son plays defense for Becker College, and he played on the Junior Sharks when he was growing up. I’m also really passionate about baseball. I love the Giants.
Q: Have you ever read a book more than once?
A: Yes, Catcher in the Rye. I read it in high school, and then I read it with my kids when they were in high school. It really hasn’t lost its core meaning over the years.
Q: Have you ever had a conversation with a famous person?
A: I sat next to Betty White on a plane and it was sort of a bumpy flight, so we talked to take our minds off air turbulence and travel for a little while.
Q: What’s your favorite fruit?
A: Blueberries.
Q: What country would you most like to visit?
A: Actually, I’d like to travel throughout the United States. There’s just so much I haven’t seen yet, like the Grand Canyon and Snake River.
Q: What’s the best James Bond movie?
A: It’s a three-way tie: The Spy Who Loved Me, Goldfinger, and Live and Let Die.

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Designing Your Home for Aging in Place

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SAN FRANCISCO — When planning for a home remodeling project, one thing to consider is “aging in place”: a design approach that anticipates your long-term needs. In particular, it addresses elements of your home you use every day and designs… Read more

How to Take the Stress out of a Remodeling Project

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SAN FRANCISCO — Remodeling can be a stressful process for some people, but that doesn’t mean it has to be for you. To get the most out of the experience and make sure your project turns out exactly how you… Read more

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Know What You Want
Establish Your Goals and Requirements for Your Home Addition or Remodel

Many homeowners find that it helps to know the scope of their project and their overarching goals before talking to a home addition and remodeling contractor in San Francisco. By knowing what you want to accomplish and the end goal for your project, you’re more likely to be happy with the results of your home remodeling project. So before contacting a local remodeling firm, ask yourself:

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  2. What is the problem or challenge I want this remodel or home addition to address? (This could include a growing family, in-laws moving in, updating an older home or turning an unused space into a new family room.)
  3. Are there any specific requirements or wishes I have forthe project?
  4. What is my budget for home remodeling or home addition costs?
  5. What characteristics and personal and professional qualities am I looking for in a San Francisco remodeling and addition contractor?
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What To Ask In Person
Questions to Ask San Francisco Addition and Remodeling Contractors in Person

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices by interviewing local remodelers via phone, meet with your top choices in person. You may find it beneficial to take notes on your conversations and recording 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 San Francisco 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 warranties and guarantees on your work? Will you put them in writing?
  8. How would I handle future service issues? 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
    Talk with Customers of Local Remodelers and Home Addition Contractors in San Francisco

    Diamond Certified remodeling and home addition contractors are your best choice, because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a San Francisco remodeling company, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified remodeling contractor from the greater Bay Area. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified addition and remodeling contractors. 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 remodeling company within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. In that case, it’s sensible to call some references provided by the San Francisco remodeling companies you’re deciding among.

    Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the home addition contractors are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process.

    That’s because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. If you do call references on your own, request a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you only the names of customers they know were satisfied. Then, use these questions to get you started in your interview of previous customers.

    1. Were you satisfied with the home remodel/home addition work from _(remodeling & addition company name)_?
    2. What was the type and scope of job they did for you (new room addition, kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, whole home remodeling, sunroom addition, basement remodel, home renovations, etc)
    3. Did the San Francisco remodeling contractor and home addition company you hired complete the work on time?
    4. Did the contractor keep you up-to-date on the status of the project?
    5. Were there unexpected costs? If so, what were they for and were they avoidable?
    6. Did the San Francisco home remodelers show up on time?
    7. Did they clean up after finishing the home renovations?
    8. If you need home additions or remodeling work in the future, would you use this contractor again?
    9. Would you recommend them to friends or family?
    10. Can I visit your home to see the completed home renovations and room addition?
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  • Review Your Options
    Get the Most Out of Your Remodel and Home Addition from Local San Francisco Contractors

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

    Before interviewing and choosing a good home remodeling company in San Francisco, including those serving the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Tenderloin, Richmond District, Mission District and Bernal Heights, decide the type of project youre looking for and the scope of the work you want done. You should also know the budget range youre looking to stay within. 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.

    Before interviewing and choosing a good home remodeling company in San Francisco, including those serving the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Tenderloin, Richmond District, Mission District and Bernal Heights, decide the type of project youre looking for and the scope of the work you want done. You should also know the budget range youre looking to stay within. 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. And it will help you define boundaries so that you dont end up getting more than you want or need.

    Knowing the scope of your home addition or renovation will give you a good idea of whether you want to stay in your home during the work or relocate while the construction is in process. Home renovations and additions can be loud, dusty and disruptive, but some are more intense than others. Consider the rooms youre having remodeled or the location of the home addition and ask the home remodeling and addition contractors you interview whether youll 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 Local Remodeling Company
    Once youve found the San Francisco 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 youve agreed upon with your local home renovation contractor. Youll also want to confirm any warrantees or guarantees at this time and make sure theyre 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 San Francisco remodeling company is binding, so for your protection, never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

    Prepare for Your Home Remodel and New Home Addition in San Francisco
    Provide adequate storage space if required. Some remodeling contractors in San Francisco have facilities or travel trailers in which to 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 youll need to have space for materials and, if so, how much space is needed.

    Supply clearance and parking 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 many work vehicles will need parking space, and whether trailers or other large vehicles will be on site daily. It may also be wise to walk through your property with your San Francisco 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 arent 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 unnecessary decoration and other 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 any heirlooms or expensive items that are located in high traffic areas of your home. Keep in mind that construction can cause items to shift and fall from shelves and walls, and take down any artwork or decorations.

    Keep children and pets away from the construction area. Your remodeling and home addition contractors shouldnt be expected to watch out for kids and pets. So for their safety, keep any household pets or children out of the area when your remodeling contractors are working. Its 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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  • How To Work With
    Get the Most Out of Your Remodel and Home Addition from Local San Francisco Contractors

    Before interviewing and choosing a good home remodeling company in San Francisco, including those serving the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Tenderloin, Richmond District, Mission District and Bernal Heights, decide the type of project you’re looking for and the scope of the work you want done. You should also know the budget range you’re looking to stay within. 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. And it will help you define boundaries so that you don’t end up getting more than you want or need.

    Knowing the scope of your home addition or renovation will give you a good idea of whether you want to stay in your home during the work or relocate while the construction is in process. 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 Local Remodeling Company
    Once you’ve found the San Francisco 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 San Francisco remodeling company is binding, so for your protection, never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

    Prepare for Your Home Remodel and New Home Addition in San Francisco
    Provide adequate storage space if required. Some remodeling contractors in San Francisco have facilities or travel trailers in which to 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.

    Supply clearance and parking 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 many work vehicles will need parking space, and whether trailers or other large vehicles will be on site daily. It may also be wise to walk through your property with your San Francisco 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 unnecessary decoration and other 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 any heirlooms or expensive items that are located in high traffic areas of your home. Keep in mind that construction can cause items to shift and fall from shelves and walls, and take down any artwork or decorations.

    Keep children and pets away from the construction area. Your remodeling and home addition contractors shouldn’t be expected to watch out for kids and pets. So for their safety, keep any household pets or children out of the area when 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
    Be a Good San Francisco Remodeling Company Customer

    The best local remodelers and home addition contractors in San Francisco will have superior remodeling and building skills that will enable them to do good work and offer a fair value. But you also play a part in the success of your remodel and home addition. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Francisco remodeling contractor and home addition company.

    • Be clear and upfront with the remodeling and renovation specialist. Let them know 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 San Francisco 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 progress or if he will call you with updates on your home addition.
    • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re remodeling your home. The addition process will move along more smoothly if your contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your remodeling contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the home addition or remodel on schedule.
    • Pay your remodeling and addition contractor promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? San Francisco home addition and remodeling contractors in the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Tenderloin, Richmond District, Mission District and Bernal Heights, and all of the smaller neighborhoods and districts appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates 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
Rely on The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified remodeling contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the home remodeling and addition company is Diamond Certified and you cant resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Conflict Resolution with San Francisco Remodeling Contractors

Diamond Certified remodeling contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the home remodeling and addition company is Diamond Certified and you cant resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Conflict Resolution with San Francisco Remodeling 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 San Francisco.

But if a disagreement does occur between you and your home remodeler, the most direct route to solving the problem is talking directly to your contractor. Most local builders are proud of their reputations and are invested in keeping their customers happy.

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 immediately when you have a complaint or a concern with the remodeling design, remodeling crew, materials or workmanship. Dont wait until the job is done to bring up your concerns.
  • Revisit your contract with your remodeling and addition contractor and try to verbally resolve the problem.
  • Write down your complaint and, if possible, photograph the workmanship or products youre concerned about. Also document the times you contacted your San Francisco remodeling contractor and their response.
  • Set a deadline with your contractor for resolution of your complaints. Be up front with them that youre 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. Releasing the remodeling company can result in lengthy project delays and costly lawsuits.
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Written Warranties
Glossary of Terms for San Francisco Remodeling Services and Home 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 San Francisco include new bathroom floor plans, updated bathroom fixtures, flooring, tile, bathroom cabinets and countertops, new bathtubs and shower enclosures.

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 San Francisco 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. San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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

estimate
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

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco remodeling contractors.

green remodeling
Many San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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.

Also known as: whole house remodeling and addition, whole house remodeling project, entire house remodel, complete house remodel, complete home remodeling, complete home makeover, complete renovation, whole home redesign, top-to-bottom remodel, home renovations, whole home renovating, small home remodeling, small home expansion, large home remodeling

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Top 10 Requests
Top Remodeling Services Requests by Customers in the San Francisco Bay Area

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

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. San Francisco basement remodeling plans mayinclude 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 San Francisco 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 the new room addition plans should match your existing home and must correctly connect to the existing structure, it’s wise to hire an experienced San Francisco home addition contractor to draw up your room addition plans and complete the new addition.

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.

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 San Francisco include new bathroom fixtures, paint, bathroom flooring, bathroom tile, bath cabinets, new showers and bathtubs, new bathroom mirrors and even new bathroom floor plans.

Home Addition Building
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.

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 San Francisco 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.

Garage Addition
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 San Francisco addition builder install plumbing and electrical in your new garage addition.

Custom Remodeling Plans
Home remodeling contractors in San Francisco can create custom remodeling plans based on your existing home and your requirements and wishes for your home remodel or addition.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for San Francisco Remodeling Services and Home 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 San Francisco 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. San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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

estimate
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

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco remodeling contractors.

green remodeling
Many San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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

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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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.

Also known as: whole house remodeling and addition, whole house remodeling project, entire house remodel, complete house remodel, complete home remodeling, complete home makeover, complete renovation, whole home redesign, top-to-bottom remodel, home renovations, whole home renovating, small home remodeling, small home expansion, large home remodeling

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Frequently Asked Questions
Remodeling and Additions Contractor FAQ in San Francisco

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified remodeling contractor and addition builder?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a home remodeling company in SF with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only remodeling firms 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 add to my home?
A: Remodeling can modernize your home, improve energy efficiency, and give you a new sense of pride in your home. Many San Francisco 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: Why should I hire a remodeling and addition contractor for my project?
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 San Francisco, make sure you’re asking the contractors to big on the exact same scope, size and materials in order to get accurate bids.

Q: I have three estimates and they vary greatly in price. Why is this?
A: It’s not uncommon for prices to vary from contractor to contractor. But if the gap between the highest price and the lowest price seems too substantial to be correct, or one bid is much higher or lower than the others, 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco remodeling contractor and addition builder draw my 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 San Francisco can offer lower costs and shorter construction timeframes by providing both home designs and building services.
  • Some San Francisco 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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