Diamond Certified Companies are Rated Highest in Quality and Helpful Expertise.

  • Why this rating is the most accurate.
  • Our editors gather deep company info.
  • Performance is Guaranteed.

Diamond certified companies are top rated and guaranteed

Why Trust Diamond Certified Kitchen and Bath Contractors Rated Highest in Quality?

Photo: Springs Construction (2012)

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a kitchen and bath contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified bath and kitchen contractor. 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 kitchen and bathroom 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.

 

Read moreRead less

DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE San Mateo County – Kitchen & Bath – Contractors CATEGORY

Jim Adkins is a 24-year veteran of the construction industry and vice president of Springs Construction, a Diamond Certified company since 2004. He can be reached at (650) 720-5949 or by email.

Jim Adkins

diamond certified contributor profile and expert article

Jim Adkins: Finishing Strong

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

REDWOOD CITY – While he’s since made a successful career for himself, Jim Adkins’ involvement in the construction industry began with a rude awakening. “I started out as a teenager, working summers for my grandfather, Walter Springs Sr.,” he recalls. “I remember coming to work the first day and thinking I was going to do something easy like drive around in a truck or backhoe. When I walked into my grandfather’s office, he pointed to a brand new shovel in the corner and told me that when I learned how to use that tool, he’d give me the next one. Basically, I started my career making blisters!”

Despite a less-than-idyllic start, Jim went on to become well-versed in all aspects of construction and eventually earned his certification as a master finish carpenter. Today, as president of Springs Construction, Jim says he enjoys building relationships with clients as much as he does building their homes. “I always tell people that my favorite part of the job is handing the keys to the clients and telling them, ‘Here’s your new home!’ The whole process is very rewarding.”

A native of Northern California, Jim lived in various parts of the San Francisco area before finally settling in San Jose, where he lives with his wife, Chris, and their children, Laurel and Bryce. He says his favorite part about living and working in the Bay Area is its natural diversity. “You drive 45 minutes west and you’re at the ocean, and you drive four hours northeast and you’re in the snow. Essentially, you could go surfing and skiing in the same day if you wanted. Not a lot of places can boast that kind of versatility. The more I travel, the more I realize that I have a pretty good place to live.”

While he’s passionate about construction work, Jim’s other love is motorsports. “I watch drag racing and Formula One religiously, and I also follow Motocross and Supercross,” he says. “Whenever there’s a race in town, my son and I are there to see it.”

In both his life and career, Jim attributes his personal success in part to an ongoing process of self-improvement. “I just try to do a little better every day,” he explains. “Whether it’s my performance in the field or my role as a husband and father, my goal is to do things better today than I did them yesterday. I think that attitude has motivated me and helped bring me to where I am today.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sport?
A: I’m a big motorsports fan. In NASCAR, I root for Jeff Gordon; in drag racing, I really like John Force; and in Formula One, my favorite driver is Kimi Räikkönen, who drives for Ferrari.

Q: What was your first concert?
A: Eddie Money at the Cow Palace, when I was 16 years old.

Q: What do you like on your pizza?
A: Pepperoni and extra cheese.

Q: If someone was making a movie about your life, what actor would you choose to play you?
A: Brad Pitt, because I’m extremely handsome! (Laughs)

Q: What Seinfeld character do you identify most with?
A: Kramer. He’s just a happy-go-lucky person—he has his friends and his ideas, and that’s about all he needs.

Q: What’s the best gift you ever received?
A: When I was 12 years old, I wanted a radio-controlled car called a Baja Buggy for Christmas. I was sure my parents got it for me, but Christmas morning came and there was no Baja Buggy. I was disappointed, but I was old enough to understand that my parents probably weren’t able to afford it, so I let it go. Later that afternoon, after some family members had come over, my dad said to me, “Hey, go open the drapes on that sliding door and let in some light.” I pulled back the drapes and there was the Baja Buggy!

Read more

Home Remodeling Considerations

Shares

REDWOOD CITY — When taking on a remodeling project, many homeowners feel overwhelmed with the complex nature of the process. However, by addressing a few important aspects ahead of time, you can set yourself up for success. Here are a few… Read more

Expert Video Tip

Video: Preparing for a Remodel

Shares
Complete Video Transcription:

REDWOOD CITY —  Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning on a remodel, you’ll first need to know where to start. Today we’re in Redwood City with… Read more

Brian Fitzmaurice is a lifetime veteran of the construction industry and owner of Brian Fitzmaurice General Contractor, a Diamond Certified company since 2012. He can be reached at (650) 937-9626 or by email.

Brian Fitzmaurice

diamond certified contributor profile and expert article

Brian Fitzmaurice: Embracing the Chaos

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN BRUNO — As the son of a structural engineer, it’s no surprise that Brian Fitzmaurice got an early introduction to the construction field. “As a kid, I’d often tag along with my dad when he went to work,” he remembers. “As I got older, I spent my summers working alongside him, digging ditches and working backhoes. When I moved to California in 1981, I was lucky enough to get hooked up with a master carpenter, who taught me a lot during the years I worked for him. Eventually, I got my contractor’s license and struck out on my own.”

Today as owner of Brian Fitzmaurice General Contractor, Brian says he’s learned to embrace the chaos of his day-to-day work schedule. “At the moment, I have four different jobsites running, so I do a lot of bouncing around between them. Besides overseeing things and checking in with employees and clients, I like when I get a chance to do hands-on work, especially tasks that require finer detail like tile setting and finish carpentry.”

Originally from the Boston area, Brian recounts the roundabout course that landed him on the opposite coast. “After college, I decided to go to Europe, where I lived for almost a year before I ran out of money and realized it was time to come home. On a whim, I decided to fly to San Francisco and visit my sister. The weather here was so nice compared to the East Coast that I just ended up staying.”

Outside of work, Brian’s interests run the gamut from international travel to catching up on sleep. “I’ve been extraordinarily busy lately, so I’d say my current favorite hobby is sleeping,” he laughs. “However, I really like to travel. I’ve been to Japan about 30 times. That’s actually where I met my wife, Misa, so now we go there together and visit her family. Also, my son, Jason, has been in Eastern Europe for some time, so I visit him occasionally.” Brian also enjoys playing the stock market. “One of my main interests is investing. Before and after work, I’m usually on my computer trading accounts online.”

In regard to his professional career, Brian says it’s crucial to keep customer satisfaction in focus. “My clients are my bread and butter, so I try to take care of them, do good work and treat them the way I’d like to be treated. I’ve received a lot of good feedback from clients about how I keep them updated on their projects, which is something I guess a lot of contractors don’t bother to do. I just figure, if it was me, I’d want to know what was going on with my project, so I try to do that for others.”

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Brian says he’ll invest more of his time (and money) toward his favorite pastime. “I doubt if I’ll ever really retire, but if for some reason I couldn’t be out banging nails or running crews, I’d probably shift over to stock market investing. Back in 1996, when business was slow, I got licensed to be a registered stockbroker, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I can see myself spending more time doing that in retirement.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio while driving around during the day, music when I’m in the office or at home.

Q: What kind of movies do you like?
A: I like everything from old Clint Eastwood movies to historical documentaries.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: O’ Sole Mio in Millbrae.

Q: How do you like your eggs?
A: Scrambled.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: Probably the past, just to get a firsthand view of major historical events.

Read more

Choosing the Right Fasteners for Your Remodeling Project

Shares

SAN BRUNO — There are several different types of fasteners (i.e. screws and nails) used in construction, but many homeowners overlook the fact that not every fastener is right for every application. For example, let’s say you’re remodeling your bathroom. In this… Read more

Differentiating Quality with Building Materials

Shares

SAN BRUNO — When comparing construction bids, many people fail to account for the quality of materials to be used on their projects. Different levels of quality have different costs, so it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for.… Read more

Expert Video Tip

Video: Differentiating Construction Fasteners

Shares
Complete Video Transcription:

SAN BRUNO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When performing home improvements, it’s important to use the right type of fastener for the application. Today we’re in San Bruno with… Read more

SELECTED PHOTOS FROM THESE TOP RATED COMPANIES

View Comments
Shares

INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND RESEARCHED ARTICLES BY THE DIAMOND CERTIFIED RESOURCE

  • Best Bath Systems

  • Huntwood Custom Cabinetry

  • Showplace

  • Kohler

  • Andersen

  • CertainTeed

  • Grohe

  • Hansgrohe

American Standard
Kohler Kitchen & Bath
Grohe Kitchen & Bath
Toto Kitchen & Bath
Delta Kitchen & Bath Fixtures
Cifial Plumbing
Eljer Kitchen & Bath
Pegasus Sinks
Silgranit Sinks
Hansgrohe
Jacuzzi Bathroom Fixtures
Robern
Zodiaq Quartz
Porcher
Mansfield
Swanstone Kitchen & Bath
Whitehaus
Decolav
Jason
Price Pfister
CesarStone Countertops
KWC Kitchen & Bath
Rohl Kitchen & Bath
Barclay
Moen Kitchen & Bath Fixtures
Blanco Sinks
Aquatic Whirlpools
Elkay Sinks
Franke Kitchen & Bath Fixtures

kitchen remodeling
bath remodeling
kitchen sink installation
kitchen home improvement
kitchen design
bath lighting
kitchen lighting
kitchen plans
bath faucets
bath lighting installation
kitchen backsplashes
contemporary bath remodeling
bathroom remodeling ideas
bathroom makeovers
kitchen cabinetry
bathroom cabinetry
custom kitchen design
kitchen cabinet refacing
small bathroom expansion
galley kitchen remodeling
kitchen faucet installation
shower / bath renovation
bath accessories
kitchen tile
bath vanity installation
custom bathroom design
contemporary kitchen designs

Atherton
Belmont
Brisbane
Broadmoor Village
Burlingame
Colma
Daly City
East Palo Alto
El Granada
Emerald Hills
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Hillsborough
La Honda
Loma Mar
Menlo Park
Millbrae
Montara
Moss Beach
Pacifica
Palomar Park
Pescadero
Portola Valley
Princeton by the Sea
Redwood City
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Gregorio
San Mateo
Sharp Park
South SF
West Menlo Park
Woodside

94002
94005
94010
94011
94014
94015
94016
94017
94018
94019
94020
94021
94025
94026
94027
94028
94030
94037
94038
94044
94060
94061
94062
94063
94064
94065
94066
94070
94074
94080
94083
94096
94098
94128
94401
94402
94403
94404

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 in San Mateo County

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

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified 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 this kitchen or bathroom remodeling project?
  • 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 San Mateo 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.)
Read moreRead less
What To Ask In Person
Questions for Interviewing Kitchen and Bath Contractors in San Mateo County

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 who hired you for similar kitchen and bathroom renovations to what I am considering?
  • How do you finish the kitchen and bathroom remodeling? 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?
  • What can I do to make this process easier?
Read moreRead less
  • What To Ask References
    Get Feedback from Recent Clients of Local Bath and Kitchen Contractors in San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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 Menlo Park, Daly City, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Bruno or your area of San Mateo 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.

    1. Were you satisfied with your kitchen and bath remodel and the customer service from _(bath and kitchen contractor name)_?
    2. 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.)?
    3. Did the San Mateo County kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor complete the job on time?
    4. Did the contractor keep you informed about the status of the project?
    5. Were there unexpected costs associated with your bath and kitchen renovation? If so, what were they for? Were they avoidable?
    6. If you live in a smaller town such as Princeton by the Sea, San Gregorio, Sharp Park, Atherton, Colma, Emerald Hills and Palomar Park, did the contractors charge extra to travel to your home?
    7. Did the contractors show up on time?
    8. Did they clean up after finishing the construction?
    9. If you need similar services in the future, would you use this contractor again?
    10. Would you recommend them to friends or family?
    Read moreRead less
  • Review Your Options
    Make Good Choices When Hiring Kitchen & Bath Contractors in San Mateo 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.

    1. Can the kitchen and bath contractors meet your needs in terms of scheduling, products and installation preferences?
    2. 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.)?
    3. Is the company sensitive to your budget? Can they offer various products and services that fit your resources? Most contractors will give you bids for good, better and best options that include choices of design and aesthetics, prices, products and services.
    4. Do the kitchen and bath contractors in San Mateo County offer warranties in the event of a product failure or installation error? Will they put these guarantees in writing?
    Read moreRead less
  • How To Work With
    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 San Mateo County.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a kitchen and bath construction company in San Mateo 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.
    • Before you hire a kitchen and bath contractor in San Mateo 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.

    Ways You Can Make the Job Go More Smoothly for Your San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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.
    Read moreRead less
  • 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 San Mateo 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.
    • Before you hire a kitchen and bath contractor in San Mateo 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.

    Ways You Can Make the Job Go More Smoothly for Your San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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.
    Read moreRead less
Check The Work
Review the Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Your 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 work 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.

Read moreRead less
Written Warranties
Get Written Proof of Warranties for New Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Along with your final invoice, your 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.

 

Read moreRead less
Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests Made of Local Bathroom and Kitchen Contractors

Local kitchen and bathroom contractors in the larger cities of Menlo Park, Daly City, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Redwood City, San Bruno or the smaller cities of Moss Beach, Woodside, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Loma Mar, Montara, Pescadero, Portola Valley Sharp Park and beyond provide the following popular kitchen and bath remodeling services.

Kitchen Designs
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 San Mateo 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.

Bathroom Remodeling
New bathroom designs, bathroom makeovers and redecorating, bath expansions, and adding new flooring, vanities and fixtures, are all considered bathroom remodeling in San Mateo 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 San Mateo County for a complete list of the flooring choices and installation methods they offer.

San Mateo 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.

Top 10 Kitchen and Bathroom Brand Requests

  1. Kohler
  2. Kraftmaid cabinets
  3. Merillat cabinets
  4. Aristokraft cabinets
  5. Amerock hardware
  6. Franke sinks
  7. Corian countertops
  8. Pegasus Vanities
  9. Amtico flooring
  10. Wilson Art counter tops
Read moreRead less
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.

backsplash
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
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

island
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

vanities
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

Read moreRead less
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.

Read moreRead less