Frequently asked questions

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General questions

What safety procedures are you taking during this COVID-19 season?

To keep both our clients and staff safe, we currently asked all our staff to wear protective gear, practice social distancing, and minimize touching surfaces when in our client's homes. We also keep monitor the number of staff members that come to a construction site. We do this to limit the number of people working on a project.

Can you do virtual estimates & meetings?

Yes. Since early March 2019, we've made virtual appointments available to our clients. We're doing everything we can to ensure the peace of mind and safety of our clients during this pandemic season so if you have a specific request as it relates to a COVID safety procedure for your remodeling project, contact us and let us know.

Are discovery calls, virtual meetings, and quote free of charge?

Yes. We do not charge you to get an estimate or talk with us about your project. If you do receive a quote from us and decide not to work with us, as much as we would love to earn your business, you do not owe us anything for the quote.

I'm unhappy with my current contractor. Can you come in and replace my contractor to finish the project?

Yes, we can come in and finish an ongoing project if you are unhappy with the contractor you are working with.

We cannot fire a contractor for you but if you have already requested that the contractor stop working for you, then we can come in and would be more than happy to finish the project.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes, we are! We carry a class B - General Building Contractor license, carry General Liability insurance coverage of up to $2,000,000, and provide worker's compensation to our staff. You can view all this information on the CSLB website.

Do you offer financing for the my remodeling project?

We work with a financing company who will work with you to finance your remodeling project. When you contact us, make sure to let our team know that you want us to explore financing options for your remodeling project. Payments for the project will be disbursed depending on the terms of the financier.

What are your payment terms?

Payments for a remodeling project are due whenever each stage of the official scope of work is completed. The duration of each stage of work is unique for each project. We prefer to accept payments in check or cash.

Interior and 3D design

What types of design can you do?

Our design team specializes in Modern, Contemporary, Farm House, and Minimalist designs. Our design team is well versed in a variety of other design concepts. If you need to talk to our design team about your project, book a discover call and ask to speak with the design team.

How much does it cost and how long does it take to get 3D renderings or interior design services?

The price and duration of getting your project rendered in 3D will vary depending on the size and scope of work involved. If you want to get a price for interior design and 3D rendering, contact us and let us know that you're interested in our interior design and 3D rendering service.

Can I bring my own design from a different designer to be built by you?

Yes. We would be more than happy to work with your designer of choice. Just let our staff know that you already have designs ready for your remodeling project.

What details can you include in 3D rendering of my remodeling project?

With enough time, we can include almost anything into the 3D renders. The 3D rendering software allows us to create hyper realistic renders which give you a real life perspective of how your project will look like.

Demolition

Can I get a lower price if I do the demo myself of hire a different contractor?

Typically, yes. Each project has a different cost allotted for demolition based on labor cost, dump fees, and insurance costs. If you believe that you can get a better price elsewhere to do demolition, we would be more than happy to pick up the work once the demolition is completed.

How long does demolition typically last?

This will depend on the type of project but demolition for the typical bathroom, kitchen, and home remodel typically last 1 - 3 days.

Do I need a permit to do the demolition?

Typically, yes unless you're replacing simple fixtures such as light fixtures or base boards. For sections of your property that will require inspection we will need a permit. If you're thinking of doing the demolition for a particular part of your property and are unsure whether you need a permit, give us a call and we'll help you figure it out.

Can I stay in the house while demolition is in progress?

This will typically depend on the scope and size of the project. If we believe that your safety could be at risk by staying in the property during the remodeling process, we recommend that you do not stay in the property.

Full remodels

How do I know that the renovations will look just as I imaged when construction is complete?

The best way to know is by preselecting the finish materials you want for your project and getting 3D rendering of your project. Preselecting the materials will allow our 3D designers to incorporate the exact materials you selected for you project so that the 3D rendering will look identical to the finished project.

How do you estimate the cost of a remodeling project?

A full remodel will typically cost between $100 to $200 per square foot, not including the cost of finish materials and appliances. This per square foot cost is calculated based on the cost of demolition, labor, rough material, insurance cost, and profit margin.

Which home improvements add the most value to my home?

Kitchens and bathroom remodels typically add the most value to a home followed by additions.

Does it cost more to build a new house or remodel an older house?

It is typically more to build a new house rather than remodel an older house. If you're in the process of purchasing a property and need to get an idea of how much it would cost to remodel the old house, contact us and let us know about your situation. Our project managers would be more than happy to help you out with this.

Who buys the finish materials like flooring, cabinetry, counter tops, appliances, light fixtures, and windows?

We have partnerships with vendors to offer our clients better than market pricing for most finish materials but if you find a better price for certain things, you can go with whichever vendor you like best.

How long does it take to remodel my home?

It is difficult to give an accurate estimate since each project is unique. The best way to get an idea of how long it would take to remodel your home is having one of our project managers come on site and give you a time and cost estimate.

ADUs & in-law units

What is the process for getting an ADU built on my property?

Building an ADU starts off with getting blueprints from a licensed architect then getting those plans inspected by the governing county/city building inspection department. Once the plans are approved, we can give you a cost and time estimate for the construction.

How long does it take to build an ADU?

Typically, ADUs take 2 months per 1000 sq. ft. all of which is subject to change if the project is uniquely complex.

Where can I build an ADU?

Determining where you can build an ADU will depend on the requirements of the governing building inspection department. Typically, you can build an ADU in your backyard, front-yard, above your garage, or convert your garage into a livable space.

If you need help determining where to build an ADU in your property, one of our project managers can come out to your property and scope out the best place to build along with giving you a price for the project.

How do I know the ADU will look just as I imaged when built?

The best way to know is by preselecting the finish materials you want for your ADU and getting 3D rendering of your project. Preselecting the materials will allow our 3D designers to incorporate the exact materials you selected for you project so that the 3D rendering will look identical to the finished project.

Additions

Do I need a permit to build an addition to my property?

Yes, the CSLB requires a general contractor attain permit for all projects over $500. Also, generally speaking, we will need to attain a permit for any work that involves tearing down or building a wall.

How long does it take to do an addition on my property?

Typically, a 100 sq ft addition will take a month to two months to complete.

Can you do additions on a 2nd or upper levels of my property?

Yes. We can definitely do upper level additions. It is worth noting that these additions typically cost 25% more than a ground level addition due to added complexity, more materials used, and more labor hours.

Do I need an architect to do an addition on my property?

Yes. Since additions typically involve building new walls or load bearing structures, we need drawings from a licensed architect and structural engineer to begin our work.

If you're unsure of how to determine what licenses or paper work you need to begin an addition, schedule a discovery call and our team will be more than happy to help you figure things out.

Kitchen remodels

Do I need a permit to remodel my kitchen?

Yes, the CSLB requires a general contractor attain permit for all projects over $500. Also, generally speaking, we will need to attain a permit for any work that involves tearing down or building a wall.

How long does it take to remodel a kitchen?

Kitchen remodels typically last 6 to 8 weeks. If you need your kitchen to be completed within a specific timeframe, talk to our team to see how we can help.

How much do kitchen remodels typically cost?

There are a lot of factors that will determine the price of a kitchen remodel. The largest cost driver of kitchen remodels is the type of finish materials you choose. Finish materials include things like appliances, light fixtures, counter tops, and flooring.  The best way to get an price is by scheduling a free discovery call with one of our project managers, telling them about your plans, and having them take measurements of your kitchen.

Do I need to upgrade my electrical system if I'm remodeling my kitchen and installing new appliances?

California building codes require that every major appliance be on a dedicated circuit breaker. If your property is unable to support the new appliances you want to install, we can resolve this issue by replacing your electrical panel.

How do I know that the kitchen remodel will look just as I imaged when it is built?

The best way to know is by preselecting the finish materials and appliances you want for your kitchen and getting 3D rendering of your project. Preselecting the materials and appliances will allow our 3D designers to incorporate the exact materials you selected for you project so that the 3D rendering will look identical to the finished project.

Bathroom remodels

Do I need a permit to remodel my bathroom?

Yes, the CSLB requires a general contractor attain permit for all projects over $500.

How long does it take to remodel my bathroom?

Bathroom remodels typically last 4 to 6 weeks. If you need your bathroom to be completed within a specific timeframe, talk to our team to see how we can help.

How much do bathroom remodels cost?

Typical bathrooms remodels can run $20,000 depending on the size of the bathroom and the materials selected.

Decks

Do I need a permit to build a deck on my property?

Yes, the CSLB requires a general contractor attain permit for all projects over $500 or if the deck is 30 in. above the ground.

How long does it take to add a deck on my property?

This will largely depend on the size of the deck. Book a discovery call and tell our staff about your plans then we can schedule a project manager to come out and give you a time and cost estimate.

How do you calculate the cost of building a deck?

We calculate the cost based on the labor, materials, and insurance needed.

How do I know that the deck will look just as I imaged when it is built?

The best way to know is by preselecting the materials you want for your kitchen and getting 3D rendering of your project. Preselecting the materials and appliances will allow our 3D designers to incorporate the exact materials you selected for you project so that the 3D rendering will look identical to the finished project.

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