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Carlsbad Subcontractors

Browse these subcontractors with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Carlsbad.

  • 24 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
Farnaz J.
Verified review

We had a major kitchen remodeling and Jose was great with organizing all the required tools, time, subcontractors and his positive and helpful attitude. We're very happy with the work and our new kitchen and happy to have Jose as our new friend.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lana B.
Verified review

Kevin took on the remodeling and project managed, which included hiring subcontractors as well as provided design ideas for my recently acquired 2-story, 2000/Sq./Ft. single-family home in Napa Valley, CA. The home was gutted, two bathrooms fully remodeled, all built-in cabinets rebuilt and refinished, custom barn doors made, partition walls added, needed electrical and plumbing work, installation of FF&E(s), flooring, and multi-color painting throughout. Kevin did a great job, worked hard and long hours to accomplished it all in just 3 weeks, wow!

Triton Builders (Tyler K.)
4.7
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Lee G.
Verified review

We highly recommend Triton Builders. I feel as though we got good value for money. When the scope of our bathroom remodel expanded we were not gouged with change orders. Enjoys a good relationship with subcontractors and able to get them to perform on time with fair pricing. Excellent quality, listens to the client carefully, responsive, hard working, honest and trustworthy. Good experience; will use again.

Fabulous Homes of San Diego
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Justin R.
Verified review

I hired Cheryl through Thumbtack in Feb 2015 to fully renovate a 1700sqft home in what we thought would be a quick two months. First and foremost, she's a fantastic designer - she understands color, is particular about details, and can visualize what a space should feel like. Different times of the day, different seasons of the year ... she thought through it all and got the right combination of lighting, windows, and heating/cooling to get it right. In ADDITION to that designer's touch, Cheryl is a tiger of a General Contractor. I really can't overstate how much energy and passion she put into the project getting bids from subcontractors, managing and directing her own crew, and fighting to keep everything on schedule. I felt entirely comfortable letting her pick fixtures and finishes, which lessened the load on my shoulders. And, from an owner's perspective, the way she documented every dollar spent and provided reports and accounting was beyond anything I've seen anyone else do. It's amazing. In the end, the project did NOT go as expected. After opening walls, we discovered extensive termite damage (which meant some new exterior walls), antiquated electrical, and sub-standard plumbing work. Most other contractors would have walked off the job or taken advantage of the situation. Most other contractors would have taken an additional four months to finish. Cheryl didn't - she poured her whole self into the challenge and worked tirelessly to get the project done. The end product is fabulous and it took only one month longer than originally anticipated. Perhaps most importantly, Cheryl's integrity, "whatever it takes" attitude, and her extremely high Say/Do ratio is a testament to her character. She's the type of person I like to work with, and I'd be delighted to share any details of my experience with anyone who's considering her services.

Pikul Inc/Apcotects
4.3
from 22 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Lorraine M.
Verified review

Alan Pikul and his staff had many design suggestions that complimented our designs ideas perfectly. The staff, especially Mike and Robbie were amazing and very concerned with the entire construction project ,often stopping by just to check that any subcontractors were up to Apotects standards. We have been completely satisfied with the construction, clean up and follow-up of this 5 star project. We share our home with friends and family with pride.

Stoneridge Design | Build
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Olivia R.
Verified review

We hired your company to construct an addition on our home, as well as reconfigure interior walls to create a 10’ x 10’ home office (which included redirecting a skylight and re-doing plumbing on our washer and dryer). We had a separate architect draw up the plans and get the permits. You were responsible for our entire building project, including all of the finishing's (cabinets, hardwood flooring, lighting, outside tiles, etc.). The project lasted 4 months. We were very pleased with the process and results, and are happy to recommend you as a contractor. 1. Responsive & Responsible - Joe was easy to work with - he responded to phone calls in a timely manner and worked to keep the client happy. Our on-site project manager was punctual and always there and the crew was courteous and conscientious. 2. Respectful - The team was respectful of the fact that we still had to live in the house while they were working. They kept the site clean and organized, and did whatever they could to minimize disruption to the rest of the house. 3. High quality workmanship - The work done by you, as well as your subcontractors, was of the highest quality and we are very satisfied. 4. On Budget - The project stayed reasonably on budget and we were adequately notified of any increases to the original bid. There was a slight delay in timeline due to a longer than expected lead time on the windows, but for the most part, the project was completed on time. 5. Stand by their work - 2 months after the project was completed, we discovered with the first rains that we had a leak in the roof (which may have been due to a poor roof design by the architect). You were quick to respond and happily fixed the problem by refinishing the roof. The quality and results of your workmanship have completely met our expectations. We would highly recommend you as a contractor.

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Rios Custom Carpentry
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Richard C.
Verified review

Rick Rios installed about 100 sq ft of hardwood flooring so as to match up with existing hardwood. Very happy with results. Rios' subcontractor who did tile work at the same time also did excellent work.

John Pino Construction
4.4
from 14 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Michael P.
Verified review

I have hired John Pino construction THREE TIMES. The first time was a small job in Murrieta to cut-back and re-build a corner overhang on the roof of my house so I could pull my RV up close to the side of the house. John performed that job quickly and easily and for a very fair price. When I needed some work done inside my Murrieta home, I did not hesitate to hire John Pino again. This was a bigger job involving moving a wall and creating custom inset cabinets around my fireplace. Once again, John's work was excellent and his price was fair. After my wife and I moved to Escondido, we kept in touch with John. When we decided to add-on to our home, we hired John Pino without hesitation. It was a truly large job, adding over 1,000 square feet to our hillside home in Hidden Meadows. It was a tricky addition over a steep slope. The new addition included a full wrap-around deck on the south the west sides. The west side deck was cantilevered. We also had John re-locate a stairwell and a laundry room in the older part of the home. It cost us $180,000 to do this. In comparison, the HUGE, well-advertised construction companies such as Lars and Marrokal estimated this job would be $225,000. I am an aerospace engineer and I love to work with my hands. Impressively, John allowed me to work with him when I was able to. He was even willing to teach me some new things. John is not the type of contractor to hire subcontractors, then take off and ignore them. John would always be right there working with them and monitoring the quality of their work. Especially impressive to me was a time I was home when a building inspector arrived. I talked with him just before he left and he raved about John's work. He told me that if all contractors did that quality of work, his job would be easier and more fun. He actually said to me, "I wish I could bring other contractors here to see what's been done as an example of what to do right!" It is now six years later and we still live in the same Hidden Meadows Escondido home and we LOVE the changes John made. It was excellent quality work that has stood the test of time so far.

Temecula Construction, LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeff D.
Verified review

Ivan has always been available for our construction projects as well as home repairs. His prices are reasonable and his subcontractors he uses have done a great job. I would recommend him for anyone looking for a honest and reliable contractor.

JnK Contracting
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Marian C.
Verified review

Jim was absolutely a pleasure to work with. I was so impressed with his communication. He ALWAYS answered my texts, emails, and phone calls promptly. That made the entire process so much better. He had great ideas and gave me suggestions. All of Jim's subcontractors were professional and very very respectful. Jim and his workers left each day only after making sure everything was cleaned up looking nice. I highly recommend Jim. Now that my kitchen. Is complete I will hire him again to remodel my bathroom.

  • 13 years in business
George K.
Verified review

Over the past few years we have used Rocky on various home and rental renovations. He is always very thorough and honest in providing cost-effective recommendations. His workmanship is of very high quality and he is very professional in his dealings with owners and tenants.

MLC
4.4
from 5 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gary L.
Verified review

Mike served as Construction Supervisor to rebuild my detached garage, adding a guest room, second story room and roof deck. I served as GC, but Mike identified and supervised all subcontractors. Mike's best qualities are: honesty; communication; broad skill set; reasonable value/price. I would work with him again in the future without hesitation.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gerry R.
Verified review

We were extremely fortunate to have met Steve Marsh just after we purchased our lot for our new 10,000 square foot custom home. Steve helped us develop budgets, select contractors, fixtures and material suppliers, and he took complete control of the project from beginning to end. He made helpful creative and money-saving suggestions where alternative methods or materials could be used, and managed all of the subcontractors in a congenial and professional way, which encouraged them to work efficiently and to produce their best work. Steve has always been there when we've had a follow-up question about something involving our home, and even though we built it a few years ago, he remembers every detail as if we had just completed it last week. We cannot give a higher recommendation for this gentleman, and we will certainly use him again for our next dream house!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

What do construction project managers do?

Construction project managers help in all stages of your construction project, starting from the very first step. Typically paid a percentage of a total project cost, they are part of the design and planning process and help ensure seamless communication between the design parties and the construction team. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, their scope of work includes preparing cost estimates, budgets and work timetables; interpreting and explaining contracts and technical information to other professionals; reporting work progress and budget to clients; collaborating with architects, engineers and other construction pros; selecting subcontractors and scheduling and coordinating their tasks; responding to work delays, emergencies and other problems; and ensuring compliance with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations.

The work of construction project managers may seem very similar to that of general contractors, but there are some critical differences. One difference is that, unlike most general contractors, project managers are not engaged in the actual construction — they are onsite overseeing the work of subcontractors. Another key difference is that project managers are hired during the design phase, while general contractors are hired after plans have been made. The project manager is generally paid a percentage of the total project cost, while the general contractor is more typically paid according to the bid they gave to build your project.  

Why should you hire a contractor?

Hiring a general contractor is a good idea for many remodeling projects. Home renovation contractors have a broad range of skills to manage, coordinate and complete a project. They should help make sure your project comes in on time and within your budget as they hire and supervise all the necessary subcontractors, including electricians and plumbers. They also handle procuring all the materials required for your job. Some homeowners look to save money by acting as their own contractor, but an experienced home renovation contractor is worth the cost. They should know local building codes, be able to pull all necessary permits, and work with inspectors to make sure the construction meets local codes. Also, because they get professional discounts, they can typically buy materials at a better price than you can; better prices on materials and labor save you money, and make up for at least a percentage of the cost of the contractor.

How do I find out if a contractor is licensed?

It’s important to know if your project requires work by a licensed professional, as licensing laws can vary by state, locality, and job details. You can find general licensing information online at the government websites that handle occupational licensing for a given profession in your state or location. Some states designate a project cost over which you have to hire a licensed contractor. To find qualified licensed contractors, search your state’s licensing board. For example, in California, the Department of Consumer Affairs operates a searchable database through the Contractors State License Board. In some states, contracting licenses are provided at a regional level. You can find links to specific databases on BRB Publications’ Occupational Licensing page. Red flags that a contractor may not be licensed or may be providing an expired or false license number are unreasonably low bids or a request for complete payment upfront. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

When should you hire a contractor?

A few home remodeling projects can be done by an ambitious DIY-minded homeowner or local handyman, but many are best completed by a professional home renovation contractor. You should hire a contractor when you’re planning a large project that takes time, machinery or large tools, and several workers; a kitchen remodel, new bathroom or home addition will be most successful with a licensed, expert contractor at the helm. It’s particularly important to have a professional contractor on board for construction, electrical, plumbing and HVAC projects that require inspections to meet local building codes. Of course, you can hire a contractor for smaller projects, too, if you prefer to let an expert handle things like addition or removal of a wall, small framing projects, or anything that requires a permit.  

You should hire a contractor when you’re ready to start a remodeling project and you have plans, a budget and a timeline for the work in hand, but before any remodeling work begins.

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