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Jim Kabel is president of Next Stage Design & Build, a Diamond Certified company since 2005. He can be reached at (408) 256-1949 or by email.

Jim Kabel

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Jim Kabel: Stages of Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — Jim Kabel started his career in the high-tech field, but after 25 years in the industry, he was ready for a change. “I was running service and support for a major business group when I decided I wanted to do something completely different—specifically to own and manage a business in an entirely new industry,” he explains. After considering his options, Jim decided his professional abilities would be best utilized in the field of home improvement. “As a homeowner, I’d had both good and bad experiences with home improvement, and I felt there was an overall shortage of quality, customer satisfaction-focused companies to address the needs of others like myself.”

Today, as president of Next Stage Design & Build, Jim says he’s enjoyed applying his prior professional experience to the home improvement industry. “I like taking the things I learned working for a large company, applying them to a small business and seeing how they work. By identifying the skills that are crucial for this industry and tapping the expertise of high-quality professionals, I’ve been able to take things to the next level.”

Originally from Southern California, Jim eventually migrated to the Bay Area and currently resides in San Jose, where he says he enjoys the city’s characteristic diversity. “In addition to the variety of things to do—from sports and entertainment to outdoor activities—I also appreciate the diversity of the people, as well as the professional opportunities available here. It’s just a very fun place to be.”

Outside of work, Jim enjoys partaking in the many things San Jose has to offer. “As a fan of music, movies and sports, there’s always something for me to do here,” he says. “I like going to see live music, and I’m also a San Jose Sharks season ticket holder.” In addition to local entertainment, Jim enjoys playing the keyboard and participating on his company’s softball team.

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Jim says he’d continue to do things that keep him active. “I don’t know if I’ll ever fully retire, but even in semi-retirement, I hope to teach or consult in some capacity—whatever allows me to stay active and relevant.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite musical group?
A: Chicago.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: Probably the past, just so I could become more educated about certain things that happened in our history.

Q: Do you have a favorite local winery?
A: Duckhorn Vineyards in Saint Helena.

Q: What’s one website you visit on a daily basis?
A: Remodeling Magazine’s website.

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Considerations for Remodeling


SAN JOSE — When planning for a large remodeling project (or any project that’s design-intensive), consider the following points: Define the scope of the project. Before you begin interviewing designers and contractors, have a clear idea of what you want.… Read more

4 Ways to Augment Space in Your Home


SAN JOSE — As our life circumstances change, we sometimes find that our homes no longer meet our needs. Whether due to a growing family, kids moving out, senior parents moving in or planning for our own aging in place, the size… Read more

Kitchen Planner Checklist


SAN JOSE — Planning a new kitchen is no easy task, especially if it’s your first major home remodeling project. Use the following checklist to address the various aspects of your new kitchen. Floorplan: Your kitchen is the hardest working room… Read more

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Video: 4 Ways to Augment Space in Your Home

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: As life circumstances change, you may find your home is no longer large enough to accommodate your needs. Fortunately, there are a… Read more

Ilan Sigura is a lifetime veteran of the construction industry and CEO of Sigura Construction, Inc. a Diamond Certified company since 2007. He can be reached at (408) 372-8945 or by email.

Ilan Sigura

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Ilan Sigura: An Integral Career

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA CLARA — By the time he reached early adulthood, Ilan Sigura had already established deep roots in the construction industry. Even when he tried his hand at a new profession, it wasn’t long before he returned to the field that had become an integral part of his identity. “My father was a contractor, and he began teaching me the trade when I was just a boy,” he explains. “Later, as a college student, I decided to study computer science. After I graduated, I spent a couple of months engineering software for a tech company, but I didn’t like it at all. I felt insignificant working at a large company and my work had no direct impact on the lives of others. This was a stark contrast from construction, where I got to interact with people and see the results of my work firsthand. Ultimately, I decided to go back to doing what I knew best.”

Today, as owner of Sigura Construction, Inc., Ilan says his favorite part of his job is the pride he takes in his company’s reputation. “Between my production team, my estimators and my guys in the field, I run a fairly large operation. As we continue to receive high customer satisfaction ratings, it’s an indication that we’re doing very well, which I find very satisfying.”

Originally from Israel, Ilan came to the United States in 1990 to attend college in New Jersey. “My plan was to return home and run my father’s business after graduating, but as it turned out, I fell in love with this country and never went back.” After migrating to the Bay Area for what was to be a brief stint in the tech field, Ilan settled in Sunnyvale, where he now lives with his wife, Rinat, and their five children. When asked his favorite part about living in the Bay Area, he expresses his appreciation of the diverse local landscape. “I like being outdoors, and there are lots of opportunities for that here. With so much to explore and so much variety, it never gets boring.”

Outside of work, Ilan spends the bulk of his time with his family. “My wife and I believe in giving our kids skills so they can grow up to be confident and independent,” he says. “We like taking them camping and sightseeing, as well as doing activities like riding quads and jet skiing.” Additionally, Ilan extends his passion for construction to his home environment. “I do a lot of home improvement projects, which keeps me working with my hands and helps me stay in touch with my trade.”

In his life and career, Ilan says he never forgets to consider the impact of his work on future generations. “As a professional, I believe in doing things honestly and with integrity—not only because what goes around comes around, but because we need to leave a good place for our children to inherit. That’s why my team and I make an effort to implement eco-friendly measures in our work whenever possible. With everything we do, we want to make sure we’re doing right by the planet and the people who inhabit it.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Ilan says it’s a doubtful scenario. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire—I’ll always want to work. But if I did retire, I’d spend more time with my wife and kids. After all, they’re the most important things to me.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Summer—I come from a warm country, so I like the heat.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: The past, just because things used to be simpler and more innocent back when I was growing up.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Snickers bars.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: Both. I usually get about four hours of sleep each night.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Satsuma Sushi in Mountain View.

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Crucial Aspects of Green Building


SANTA CLARA – When it comes to designing and executing a remodeling project, one of the most important considerations is energy conservation. Building codes require a certain level of energy efficiency, but there are many opportunities to go above and beyond these… Read more

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Video: Conservation Measures in Construction

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SANTA CLARA – Host, Sarah Rutan: When building or remodeling a home, there are several ways to boost energy-efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. Today we’re in Santa… Read more

Sami Dadon is owner of P A Remodeling/Sami & Sons, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 827-8917 or by email.

Sami Dadon

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Sami Dadon: Living the Dream

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

MILPITAS — Ever since he was a child growing up in Israel, Sami Dadon always dreamed of moving to the United States, and eventually, he made that dream come true. “My father was a contractor and I worked in construction for more than 25 years in Israel,” he explains. “When I was nearing my 50th birthday, I told myself it was now or never, so I moved to the U.S. and made my dream a reality. I opened my own construction company, and soon after, two of my four kids came to work for me, so it has become quite the family affair.”

Sami relates some of the differences he found working construction in the U.S. versus in Israel. “In Israel, everything is built out of concrete, which makes things very difficult,” he explains. “For instance, if you want to move an outlet, you need to dig into concrete. So, when I came here and everyone was working with wood and stucco, I was delighted—it was so much easier! The only thing I didn’t like at first was permits, but I grew to appreciate them. There are no permits in Israel, so I couldn’t believe I had to wait for approval before I could start a job. However, I soon realized this step helped ensure a good job for the customer, and I decided that I would always pull a permit for any job I did.”

Today, as owner of P A Remodeling/Sami & Sons, Inc., Sami says his favorite part of his job is seeing his clients happy with their final products. “I love meeting customers at their homes after their projects are done and seeing the smiles on their faces. I always emphasize quality and strive to deliver my customers something I’m really proud of, so that makes them very happy with the results.”

When asked about a professional philosophy, Sami espouses the importance of honesty. “When I was a child, my grandma would say, ‘Lies don’t have legs—sooner or later, somebody will catch you,’” he remembers. “Ever since, I’ve tried to be honest in everything I do. When I make a promise to a customer, I follow through, even if I end up losing some profits in the process. Money comes and goes, but when you’re building a company, you need to build it on a good foundation, and you get that by doing right by your customers. We never leave a customer hanging, and we always stick to the price that we quoted at the beginning. Because of this, we get many referrals and continue to grow as a business.”

When asked what his future retirement might look like, Sami says it will likely involve a lot of traveling. “I love my job, but I know I can’t do it forever. I’m building this company for my kids, and when they’re ready to take it over, I will look at retirement. At that point, I think it would be fun to take a trip around the world. I’ve worked hard all my life, so I think a vacation is in order.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?

A: Chipotle.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A: Thailand.

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

A: A night owl.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?

A: Ice cream.

Q: If you could time-travel, would you go to the past or the future?

A: I would travel 100 years into the future. I’m a technology freak, so I’d love to see what kinds of advancements take place over the next century.

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How to Prevent Price Increases in Construction


MILPITAS — One of the biggest issues homeowners encounter when working with building contractors is unexpected price increases. This is typically done through the use of change orders, which provide contractors with a means of altering a project’s original contracted… Read more

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Video: Avoiding Price Increases with Remodeling

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MILPITAS — Sami Dadon: My tip for you guys is, hiring the right contractor, and get some sort of agreement that the budget that they give… Read more

Tom Todd is a 24-year veteran of the remodeling industry and owner of Bay Bathrooms and Kitchens, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 400-7991 or by email.

Tom Todd

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Tom Todd: Specialized Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — As a general contractor focused on the residential sector, Tom Todd considered himself to be specialized in his field. However, when he met another contractor who actually was, it altered not only his perspective, but his career. “Since I only dealt with residential properties, I was under the impression that I was a specialty contractor,” he recounts. “That is, until I bumped into another contractor who told me he only did bathrooms. Up to that point, I never knew one could find enough work handling just one aspect of the industry, so when I discovered this was possible, I decided to try it, and it ended up working out very well.”

Today, as owner of Bay Bathrooms and Kitchens, Todd says he enjoys the creativity his job entails. “Even though all bathrooms are, in a sense, the same, the artistic possibilities are endless, so it’s always a unique experience. It’s very gratifying to see the clients’ faces light up when they see the transformation their space has undergone.”

A native of San Jose, Tom expresses a particular fondness for his region of residence. “Naturally, I like the diversity and the weather here in the Bay Area, but beyond that, it’s my home,” he says. “Whenever I leave for any length of time, I always look forward to coming back, because this is where I feel most comfortable.”

Outside of work, Tom devotes the bulk of his time to the pursuit of outdoor activities. “I love the outdoors, and spend a lot of time camping, fishing and hiking,” he affirms. “I’m an avid salmon fisherman, so I do a lot of trolling off the coast of Marin. If I’m able to get away for days, I like to go down to Mexico and do some tuna fishing.”

In his life and career, Tom espouses the importance of keeping your word. “I believe it’s critical to do what you say and to be consistent,” he affirms. “I think a big part of my success in business has come from being a good listener and giving my clients the information they need, without trying to be a salesman. Sometimes I have to tell customers things they don’t want to hear, but in the end, most people appreciate my honesty and consistency.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Are you a cat person or a dog person?
A: A cat person. Some of my neighbors and I have started rescuing abandoned dogs and cats that end up in our neighborhood and taking them to local shelters. Since I tend to rescue more cats than dogs, I’ve come to have a fondness for felines.

Q: Do you have a favorite restaurant?
A: River’s End Restaurant & Inn in Jenner.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music.

Q: Who’s your favorite movie monster?
A: Mike, the one-eyed monster from “Monsters, Inc”.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Fishing lures.

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Preventing Bathroom Water Damage


SAN JOSE — The most common reason bathroom fixtures need to be replaced prematurely is water damage, usually from unseen or ostensibly minor leaks. What few people realize is that, in most cases, this damage can be easily prevented; in fact, with… Read more

Expert Video Tip

Video: Annual Bathroom Maintenance

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Replacing a rotted-out bathroom fixture can be expensive. The good news is, a little annual maintenance will go a long way toward… Read more

Charles Irwin is a 27-year veteran of the construction industry and owner of Irwin Construction, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 214-1500 or by email.

Charles Irwin

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Charles Irwin: House of Dreams

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

GILROY — Charles Irwin received an early education in the construction field by doing something most kids only dream of: building a house. “When I was 14 years old, my parents decided to sell our house in San Jose and build our own,” he remembers. “Over the next four years, I spent all my holidays, weekends and vacations working on the house. Besides the realization that I enjoyed working with my hands, that experience taught me a lot about construction and got me started in the field.”

Following high school, Charles further expanded his versatile skill set by working in various industry capacities. “I was a roofer for a while, did drywall for a bit and was also a framer,” he recounts. “Eventually, I decided to go back to school and get my CAD degree, which led to a career in civil engineering. After about nine years of designing traffic signals and roadway plans, I decided to get back into construction, which is what I’ve been doing for the last 15 years.”

Today, as owner of Irwin Construction, Charles says his favorite part of his job is breathing new life into old spaces. “I like taking an old, beat-up kitchen and turning it into somebody’s dream kitchen. The process of transforming something a client doesn’t like into something they love is very exciting for me.”

A lifetime resident of the South Bay (where he lives with his wife, Tricia), Charles spends his time outside of work on a variety of active pastimes. “I’ve always loved cars and racing, and I used to do dirt track racing over in Watsonville,” he says. “My latest passion is car restoration—right now, I’m rebuilding a ’33 Dodge sedan.” Charles also enjoys going shooting at the archery range and spending time with his family, including his two grown children, Branden and Samantha.

In his life and career, Charles espouses the importance of integrity. “I believe that a person is only as good as their word,” he explains. “If somebody says they’re going to do something, it’s important that they do it. That’s why I never promise our customers anything I can’t deliver, and I always deliver what I promise.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Charles says he’d take a long vacation. “I’d probably take a trip to Italy. I’m Italian, and my wife was actually born in Italy, so I think that would be a really special vacation for both of us.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Vikings” on the History Channel.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Maurizio’s in Morgan Hill.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Halloween—even though both of our kids are grown up, we still get dressed up and go out!

Q: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a child?
A: The Greatest American Hero.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: The past. I think it would be really cool to go back to the Renaissance period and see all the art and technology as it was being developed.

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How to Patch Drywall


GILROY — Whether caused by a swinging door or another accidental source, drywall is easily damaged. Luckily, it’s also fairly easy to repair. Using the following procedure, you can repair a damaged area of drywall in your home: 1. Cut… Read more

Expert Video Tip

Video: How to Patch Drywall

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GILROY — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you have a damaged area of drywall in your home, you’ll be glad to know it’s fairly simple to repair. Today… Read more




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

Before hiring a kitchen and bath contractor in Santa Clara County, 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?
  • 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 Santa Clara County kitchen and bath contractor? (These qualities and characteristics may include good communication skills, starting the job on time, sticking to the construction schedule, and reliable follow-up service.)
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What To Ask In Person
Questions for Interviewing Santa Clara County Kitchen and Bath Contractors Face-to-Face

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

Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • How much time will the bathroom remodel and kitchen remodel take, from tearing out my existing kitchen and bath to installation?
  • Will I be able to stay in my home during the construction?
  • Do you have any recent projects that are available for me to see in person?
  • Do you have recent customer references I can call?
  • How do you finish the kitchen and bathroom remodeling? 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?
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  • What To Ask References
    Get Feedback from Recent Clients of Local Bath and Kitchen Contractors in Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara 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 Gilroy, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Milpitas or your area of Santa Clara 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.

    The following questions will get you started:

    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 Santa Clara 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 Alviso, Monte sereno, San Martin, Coyote, Los Altos Hills, Monte Vista, Mountain View or New Almaden, 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?
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  • Review Your Options
    Find and Hire Good Kitchen & Bath Contractors in Santa Clara 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.

    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 Santa Clara County offer warranties in the event of a product failure or installation error? Will they put these guarantees in writing?
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  • How To Work With
    Be a Magnet for the Best Local Kitchen and Bath Contractors in Santa Clara

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

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

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

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

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

    It’s also wise to confirm any warrantees or guarantees at this time. Ask the contractor to put in writing any warranties they offer, including any exclusions, and any manufacturer warranties.

    A contract should protect you, your property and your contractor, so feel free to write in requests and verbal agreements you’ve reached with your kitchen and bath renovation company.

    This may include start and end dates, the projected completion dates for major project milestones, no-later-than clauses that guarantee a specific finish date, early completion bonuses offered for work finished ahead of schedule, and other issues that may not be covered by a standard contract.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Ways You Can Make the Job Go More Smoothly for Your Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara 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.

    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 Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate your understanding of the agreement. Most problems occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and those of your contractor, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask if you should call to check on the progress or if a company representative will call you with updates.
    • Be sure your contractor has a phone number where they can reach you while they’re working in your home. The construction will move along more smoothly if your contractor can telephone you with any updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the bathroom and kitchen renovations on schedule.
    • Pay for the kitchen and bath remodeling promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Companies value straightforward and honest customers. Your behavior helps set the tone and creates a friendly work environment.

    This way, things may go more smoothly and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Request a Comprehensive Invoice from the Santa Clara Kitchen and Bath Construction

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.

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Written Warranties
Ask for Written Proof of Warranties for 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.


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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests for Local Bathroom and Kitchen Contractors in Santa Clara County

Local kitchen and bathroom contractors in the larger cities of Gilroy, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Milpitas 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 in Santa Clara County
Kitchen remodeling services in Santa Clara 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.

Santa Clara County Bathroom Remodeling
New bathroom designs, bathroom makeovers and redecorating, bath expansions, and adding new flooring, vanities and fixtures, are all considered bathroom remodeling in Santa Clara 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.

Santa Clara County 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 Santa Clara County for a complete list of the flooring choices and installation methods they offer.

Santa Clara 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 Brand Requests in Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

  1. Kohler
  2. Kraftmaid cabinets
  3. Franke sinks
  4. Corian countertops
  5. Pegasus Vanities
  6. Amtico flooring
  7. Wilson Art counter tops
  8. Merillat cabinets
  9. Aristokraft cabinets
  10. Amerock hardware
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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Kitchen and Bath Contractors

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

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

Also known as: sink backsplash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also known as: adding-on, kitchen additions

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

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

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

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

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

Also known as: kitchen replacement, new kitchen installation

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

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

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

Also known as: kitchen triangle, kitchen work triangle

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ Presented to Local Kitchen and Bathroom Contractors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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