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Why choose us
All inclusive service

We do it all in-house so you don't have to look any further. From pre-construction design, to engineer plans, and permit acquisition our team provides end-to-end construction services.

Know the numbers

You'll get a detailed scope of work that outlines how much your project will cost and how long it will take.

No long waits

You'll never have to wait on us. Our team is never short handed. So as soon as the city grants us the building permits, we'll start remodeling your home.

Builder Warranty

Have the peace of mind with our Builder Warranty. If anything goes wrong with our work within 1 year, we'll come back and fix the problem for free.

See the end-result now

You'll know exactly what you're going to get. Our team will create 3D renderings modeled after your design ideas which will be used by our team to refer to during the construction stage.

Monthly payments

We'll work with your financier so you can break up the project price into affordable monthly payments with construction financing.

Get an overview of the process

One of our project managers will come out to your property to learn more about your project, take measurements, and give you more information on the price and timeline of you remodeling project.

Your estimator will create a proposal for you that includes a scope of work & the cost of your project.

Use the Renofi's loan payment calculator to find the best loan product that fits your needs!

Buy the materials from the vendor you choose or use one of our partners to get contractor pricing.

Our drafting team can create hyper-realistic 3D drafts that will give you a clear idea of how the project will look like when it is finished.

With all the paperwork, designs, and materials taken care of, we can start remodeling your home.

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Project deep dive

N Peardale Dr, Lafayette

Full home remodel

16 weeks

$212,000

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.

Bridge Rd, Walnut Creek

Home remodel & office addition

16 weeks

$200,000

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!

Sierra Ave, Richmond

ADU & Home remodel

20 weeks

$364,900

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.

Hampel St, Oakland

Home remodel & room addition

18 weeks

$607,900

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.

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Resources we've put together from your city's building department

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.

What work can a general contractor do?

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.

How to choose the right contractor for my project?

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.

How to find the best general contractor?

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:

Do general contractors offer any construction warrantees or assurances?

We cannot speak for all general contractors in the state of California but at HQR, we offer the following warrantees to our clients:

What is the best payment structure to use with general contractors?

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.

What do I need construction permits for?

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. 

How do I start planning a remodeling project?

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.

Finished remodel along side 3D designs

When is the best time to remodel my home?

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.

How can I finance a home remodel?

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.

Are home remodeling expenses tax deductible?

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!

How much are home remodeling costs?

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.

What's the difference between rough materials and finish materials?

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:

What home renovation expenses are tax deductible?

What is the process of building a new home in California?

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.

How long does it take to build a home in California?

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.

How much does it cost to build a home in California

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.

Why choose HQR for your remodeling project?

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