We are a team of home remodelers & 3D architecture designers. Our job is to help homeowners like you design & build the home you've always wanted.
Check out the pictures below to see our projects near your home!
This 3,000 sq ft home built in the early 1950s was renovated into a spacious Contemporary home with lots of modern amenities. The first picture you'll see showcases the kitchen's custom island and cabinetry. The marble island countertop sitting right under a newly installed skylight has additional storage space in the bottom. The floor to ceiling cabinets efficiently use up the wall space. You might not have noticed the refrigerator inset into the cabinets on the right. For the range top, the homeowners went with a high-end 6 burner cooktop and a custom made overhead hood.
For the dining room, we installed new light fixtures to match the ambiance that the wood gives off. The walls and beams were also given a fresh coat of paint. Moving on to the living room, we also built a marble beverage nook where we set in 2 mini refrigerators and drawers for storage space. Overhead, we built cabinets for more storage, installed recessed lights all across the room, and installed skylights all across the living room. The natural light from the windows and skylights do an amazing job at lighting up this home. Aside from the aesthetic renovations, we also redid the electrical system and replaced the drywall all across the home.
Ron was the general contractor during this remodel and as you'll see from the vibrant smile on his face, he takes a lot of pride in his work. There are a ton of remodeling companies in the Bay Area but at Home Quality Remodeling, our remodeling contractors like Ron will take care of your home as if it were their own.
This home was built back when Walnut Creek was just a collection of walnut groves. For this home remodeling project, the homeowners wanted to take this dated home and turn it into a spacious modern family space by extending the living room and converting the garage into a home office. From the outside, you'll see that we replaced the siding, roofing, and landscaping. We also added a large sliding windows in the living room.
The next picture shows the entrance from the backyard deck to the kitchen dining room. The large opening from the double doors make the transition from the home to the backyard feel super seamless. What you can't see in the pictures is the concrete gas fireplace built by the deck and roughly 400 sq ft home extension we built onto the house.
On the topic of extensions, the renovated garage you'll see in the pictures started off as a room with exposed framing and no insulation. We converted this garage space into a comfortable living space / functional home office. Garage to office conversions have been a popular option for most Bay Area homeowners these past few months!
Moving inside, we built the common area to be well lit by natural light. The materials used throughout the home stay consistent with the gentle pastels and natural colors. The natural stone in the kitchen does a wonderful job at adding some texture into the room.
The home also features a 6 range Thermador cooktop with a stainless steel overhead exhaust, a newly built beverage nook, and newly renovated home office. We repurposed the garage of this home into a modern office with lots of outlets and an upgraded electrical system to handle the load of all the new appliances and musical instruments.
Aside from the home renovation & remodeling services we offer at Home Quality Remodeling, we also build home offices & ADUs - also known as Granny units. Our general contractors are a versatile bunch!
The design for this home was inspired by Minimalist elements so you'll see a lot of geometric lines, natural colors, and natural materials all across the home. Starting with the kitchen, the white backsplash creates a clean contrast to the floating wood shelves. The cabinetry are flush with elegant minimalist handles.
Though this home has a simple design, it isn't limited by any means. We built custom floor to ceiling cabinets with an inset coffee nook. The nook has lots of outlets and a matching backsplash to what we used in the kitchen.
Additional to renovating the home, we also built an ADU in the backyard to create another living space for guests or renters. If you live in the Bay Area, you know that these structures are an absolute gem to have on your property. The bathroom and bedroom is unique from the kitchen's aesthetic but stays consistent with the Minimalist composition of clean geometric lines and natural colors. The master bathroom you see here has a generous double sink vanity, herringbone cabinet patterns, and hexagonal tiles all across the floor. There's a whole lot of creativity in this bathroom. Why not be creative and have a little fun if you're renovating your home! Moving on to the bedroom, you'll see a lot of window openings to let in as much natural light as possible. The wood flooring lights up really well with all the natural light.
This centrally located home in Oakland became the talk of the street after the remodel was finished. We took the vision of the homeowners to build an additional room above the garage and renovate the entire home and ran with it. Starting from the outside of the home, we replaced the roof and redid the stucco across the entire home. We took out the roof structure that was once above the garage door, reinforced the structure's framing, and built out an entirely new room on top.
Moving inside, the homeowner's goal was to install new appliances and a new HVAC system. To accommodate these we upgraded the electrical system by replacing the electrical panels and wiring throughout the home. Additionally, we also installed new laminate floors throughout the home.
For the dining area, we took out a wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room and replaced it with a bar top island. The kitchen's aesthetic was built around the dark countertops so you'll notice the greys and whites used for the backsplash, cabinetry, and handles.
We also remodeled 2 bathrooms by installing entirely new tiles throughout the bathroom and a masterful tile niche. Lastly, you'll see the newly built home office which is located above the garage and the mudroom which is connected to the kitchen.
Getting city approvals for these projects took a good amount of time but thankfully, our renovation contractors had a team to help expedite the permitting process. It is worth noting that the transformation of this home was so drastic, before the remodel was complete the homeowners were able to sell the property for a profit and move to a different home.
If you're thinking of remodeling your home, below you'll find what we hope will be useful information to you. We'll go over general questions we get from our clients & useful things to know before starting a remodel.
The California State License Board assigns different license appropriate to the work a construction professional intends to do. Our team at HQR holds a class B General Building Contractor License. With this license, we can take on projects related to residential home alterations such as adding or extending a room, remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, living-rooms, building structures such as pergolas, outdoor kitchens, and even building 'granny-units' or ADUs.
Before looking at anything else, first ensure that you verify that your contractor is licensed with the CLSB website. Ensure that their name is the name displayed on the license number they give you.
Choosing the right general contractor for your project is like choosing the right tool for a job; you can use a crow bar to open a soda can but that might be overdoing it. At HQR, we've designed our team to be most the efficient at full remodels & projects that involve building structures from the ground up.
We've found that our clients can find services at the same quality but at cheaper prices for projects that typically cost under $15,000. These projects are typically remodels of small sections of their home such as only replacing the countertops, replacing the backsplash, refacing cabinet, and other similar projects. For project like these, we recommend that finding a local handyman or specialist for the project.
The reason why we're more efficient at larger projects is because we typically work with construction crews of 3 to 5 people, the project manager, plus the resources needed from the office staff to support the project. To get the best value for the labor cost you'll be quoted, our team structure is best suited & the most efficient at larger more comprehensive projects.
As mentioned above, the best general contractor for your project will depend on your needs. Once you find the contractor that is a fit for your project, compare the contractors you've found according to the following metrics: number of reviews on Yelp, Google My Business, Buildzoom, Better Business Bureau, Home Advisor, and other reliable builder platforms.
Here are numbers at Home Quality Remodeling:
Another useful metric to use when looking for the best general contractor for your project is comparing the types of insurances & coverages they offer you and their employees. At HQR, we offer the following:
We cannot speak for all general contractors in the state of California but at HQR, we offer the following warrantees to our clients:
For the first payment or any down payments, your general contractor can only take 10% of the project value or $1,000 whichever is less. Then the remainder of the project's quoted price must be set out in completion increments.
In less technical terms, you will pay only for work that has been completed as specified in the scope of work your general contractor should give you. This is a 'progress payment' schedule based on work done not elapsed time.
As a general rule of thumb, your builder will need to get permits for any project over $500 and projects that fall outside the scope of the list mentioned below:
Like-to-like remodeling refers to a remodeling project that doesn’t change anything in the floor plan but simply updates the aesthetic elements of the currently existing one. These types of remodels are fairly simple to get permit approvals for. So if you’re looking to update your flooring, counter tops, or change non-structural aesthetic elements of your home, you’re looking at a like-to-like remodel. If you’re changing the floor plan or knocking down a wall - load bearing or not - you will need plans from a structural engineer which is then subject to review by your local building department. If you’re moving or adding electrical or plumbing fixtures, you will need electrical and plumbing permits which are, again, subject to review by your local building department. Depending on the type of project, some cities are easier to work with than others. As an example, we find that the city of Danville is quick to respond and easy to get permit approvals from; roughly 2 - 3 weeks for like-to-like remodels. In contrast, the city of San Jose takes roughly 4-6 weeks to get permits approved.
Remodeling a home is often driven by a desire to make your home look and function better. Our 3D interior designers can quickly create a digital mockup of your plans so you can get a clear idea of the finished project will look. At this point, making changes is easy to do and doesn't cost money so you can experiment with various designs. Once you’re happy with your 3D designs, your structural engineer can get to work by drawing up structural plans based on the designs, your project manager can start coordinating the construction teams and materials to order. Lastly, these 3D designs can be used by your local building department as a reference when reviewing permits. These plans create a clear set of expectations for everyone involved in the construction process.
If cost is a consideration, we suggest saving on the type of finish materials you select but invest in a good set of plans to begin with.
This is an important question to ask yourself especially when the property you’re thinking of remodeling is the one you’re living in. Construction will inevitably be loud and dusty. Additionally, you’ll have people that will need to come in and out of the property to do work.
If the room you’re remodeling is a kitchen, a main bedroom or bathroom, we recommend planning your remodel when you’ll be on vacation or plan to stay somewhere else for the duration of the remodel. With Home Quality Remodeling, a project manager will be assigned to oversee the entire construction process and answer any of your questions so you can still be part of the project without having to live right in the middle of a construction site.
It is a misconception that remodeling your home must always be paid from cash out of your pocket. We published a short article going over the most common ways we’ve seen our clients finance their remodeling projects.
Home remodeling expenses purely related to aesthetic purposes are generally not tax deductible. However, if you are installing energy efficient windows, insulation, roofing, siding, HVAC, or lighting, these may qualify as a tax deduction.
Also if you are remodeling your home for medical purposes such as installing a wheelchair ramp or stair-lift then these expenses may qualify as tax deductible. If any of your remodeling expenses might be tax deductible we recommend you double check with your CPA or tax advisor just to make sure!
Remodeling your home is highly customizable and therefore almost impossible to give anyone a straight answer without first accounting for the unique variables your home might present. If you want to find out how much it would cost to remodel your home, book a free no obligation consultation with us. We’ll send out one of our estimators to take a look at your home and give you a quote.
Rough materials are typically standard non-decorative elements of a home. Here's a list of rough materials to give you an idea:
Finish materials are typically the decorative elements of a home. Note that the type of finish materials you select can drive up the cost of your project. Just as an example, you can buy prefabricated cabinets for $5,000 or get custom cabinets for $50,000. So work with your project manager or interior designer during the planning phase to select the finish materials so you’ll have a clear idea of the total project cost.
Here's a list of some finish materials:
The information we’re sharing is generalized and not specific to any city in the Bay Area so check with your local building department to see what their requirements are for new construction homes. We’ve laid out this section into phases with the permits and work needed to be done for each phase.
Building a home is a daunting task with all the codes to comply with and trades to coordinate but working with our experienced team will make sure you avoid any pitfalls or surprises.
From the design phase to the final inspection, we estimate that building a standard 2,000 to 3,500 sq ft home can take 8 to 12 months. It might seem like a 1,500 difference should take longer but the set up and process to build a 2,000 sq ft home is just the same for a 3,500 sq ft home as long as the layout isn't drastically different.
From the design phase to the final inspection you can expect to pay $400 to $500 per sq ft. This price will either go up or down depending on the type of finish materials you select.
At Home Quality Remodeling, we structure the cost of the project into what we call ‘stages of payment’; this is our way of creating a transparent payment structure. Before beginning the project, we create an outline of each stage of the project and the amount that will be due once each stage of the project is completed. To begin the project, we collect either 10% of the project value or $1,000 - whichever is less.
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.
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.
Kitchens and bathroom remodels typically add the most value to a home followed by additions.
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.
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.
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. To get an idea of what you can expect, check out our project portfolio and the turn around times.
Yes, the CSLB requires a general contractor attain permit for all projects over $500 or if the deck is 30 in. above the ground.
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.
We calculate the cost based on the labor, materials, and insurance needed.
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.