Social Distancing and Halloween

Posted on October 29, 2020 by Suzanne Carroll

Since California began its COVID-19 lockdown in March, many holidays and traditions have looked different this year. Graduation ceremonies were held online, Independence Day passed without local fireworks and baseball games were held in near-empty stadiums. Now, Halloween is just around the corner, and festivities promise to be more subdued than usual. While COVID-19 cases remain steady in California, they’re climbing rapidly in other parts of the country. State health officials still recommend wearing a mask when you’re outside your home, staying at least six feet away from others and washing your hands frequently. Read more

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Home Air Purification Options in California

Posted on October 06, 2020 by James Florence

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From wildfire smoke to COVID-19, Californians have faced numerous airborne contamination threats in 2020. And while staying indoors can mitigate these threats, they sometimes still manage to breach our domestic borders. Perhaps you’ve had guests in your home (expected or otherwise), or maybe your home isn’t well-insulated from the outside air. In either case, it’s possible that the air quality in your home has (or will) become compromised.

One measure you can take to mitigate this risk is utilizing an air purification device, whether a portable unit or an add-on to your home’s HVAC system. However, when it comes to choosing an air purifier, it can be difficult to know which is the right fit. Read more

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Dental Care During COVID-19: What Patients Should Know

Posted on August 27, 2020 by James Florence

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With William R. Hummer, DDS

While most dental practices were closed or operating on a limited basis during the height of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandates, as of mid-summer, most are open for regular business again. However, it will likely be some time before things return to business as usual. We spoke to San Leandro-based dentist Dr. William Hummer to learn how the pandemic has impacted dental practices’ daily operations and what patients should expect regarding scheduling and care. Read more

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How To Safely Remodel Your Home During COVID-19

Posted on July 10, 2020 by Guest Blogger

This article originally appeared on the blog of MSK Design Build, a Diamond Certified company.

You’ve been sheltering in place or working at home since March, and it slowly dawns on you that it may be time to remodel your kitchen (or bathroom or your whole home). Join the crowds! Our phones are ringing off the hooks as many East Bay residents are eager for a fresh look and feel in their bathroom, an updated fireplace and new flooring, or a beautiful and functional new kitchen. The first question that may come to mind is, “How can I remodel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic?”

As a design build firm that has been safely and busily back to work since May 4, Read more

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Top Projects for Spring and Summer

Posted on April 15, 2020 by Matt Solis

The COVID-19 “Shelter in Place” mandates will soon be lifted, which means you’ll be able to take advantage of the warm weather and finish those outdoor projects you’ve been putting off. Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling.

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COVID-19 Resources

Posted on April 15, 2020 by Matt Solis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, it’s vital to stay informed on what to do and where to go if you need help. If you’re a Bay Area resident, refer to the following list to find information and resources in your specific county.

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Your “Plan Ahead” Checklist

Posted on April 15, 2020 by Matt Solis

Soon, the Bay Area’s “Shelter in Place” mandates will be lifted and it will be time to return to your normal activities. Since you’re someone who Plans Ahead, now is the time to call Diamond Certified companies and discuss future work. Use this checklist as a guide to ensure you’re prepared to get back into the swing of things.

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