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Angel and his crew made two pillars and four below-ground concrete pylons as footing for a 4-legged gazebo to straddle a circular pavilion in my backyard. His crew also poured a 7’ x 2’ concrete slab in our side yard to function as a grill parking spot. Angel had car trouble the first day, which delayed the start of work to two days later than we had agreed on. His crew spread the work over three evenings, delaying another crew's start date for assembly of the gazebo by two days. The posted rate for Angel's work was $45/hour. When the work was finished, Angel presented me with a bill that would have charged $40 an hour for each of his crew's 5 laborers. Angel may be an engineer worth $45 an hour, but someone digging a hole for concrete does not earn $40 an hour, so we renegotiated. Angel received $45/hour, and each of his workers earned $20/hour. We declined to pay for hours when multiple workers were present, but only one of them was working, since the others were just waiting for Angel to arrive. In addition to wages and materials, we paid $150 for gas. Angel would have spent less on gas, if the work had been concentrated into fewer days, which I would have preferred. The end result is: the anchors are level. The two front pillars have air pockets as large as 0.5" h x 2.5" in the sides, indicating the cement wasn’t packed down well. (I will use filler to get a smooth surface, after which paint will be necessary to hide the filler.) The work started late, was spread over too many days, and the concrete pillars should not have the air pockets they have. On the up side, I appreciated how clean the worksite was when Angel finished. He also gave me a few expert answers to questions I had about other potential concrete projects. Angel is polite and knowledgeable. Even so, it is important to be very specific with your timeline, cost expectations, and aesthetics up front.
Our remodeling was done remotely, and yet we were thrilled with the end result. Lifetime Remodeling provided us with the highest quality of work and costumer service. Lifetime remodeling brought their structural engineer, completed blue prints, got the plans approved with the city, and orchestrated all the professionals. The work included taking down walls, electrical work, building a pantry and a walk-in closet, repositioning a supporting beam, enlarging windows, creating a bar, painting walls and cabinets, changing bathroom floors, installing kitchen backsplash, hardwood flooring installation and refinishing, and more. Shmuel and the team were very receptive to all our requests and easy to communicate with. The job was completed within the planned budget and time frame. They truly care about doing the best for their clients, and it shows. Highly recommended.
Michael is a wonderful contractor and is very easy to work with! He remodeled a very small space (a quarter bathroom) in my charming 80-year old house, and converted it into a lovely half bathroom. His work is beautiful and carefully done, so we were excited to ask Michael to remodel our office space. Michael works very hard to make sure everything is perfect, and he is honest about what is feasible or not. He also works hard to find the best prices and quality for the supplies he uses. His engineering background and precise calculations provide extra confidence and peace of mind with regards to the work he does.
My first project on Thumbtack and I was apprehensive and Mahya put all my concerns to rest. She understood my project, gave me feedback on maximizing my construction effort and most importantly was responsive and professional. I have another project planned for next year and Mahya will be my architect. Oh, before I forget, she has a strong network of equally qualified structural engineers and energy consultants. Working with her was an absolute pleasure. I HIGHLY recommend her.
We hired Zephyr Arch to get the architectural plans and city permits done for our home (room addition project) They were very prompt in answering all of our questions and took into account our suggestions while coming up with the design. They also took care of the structural engineering requirement for our room addition project and got us the permits from city of Sunnyvale promptly. They helped us getting our HOA approval by answering some followup questions and suggested alternate options.Overall we are one happy client ! :) Thanks for the great job guys!
I met Dennis for a remodeling project in Los Altos Hills and he showed up on time, with a great reasonable quote. I realized my project was more complexe that I had hoped at the start and I decided to go with a bigger firm with experience with the town, hence the 4 stars.
Jeff is hied by our company at the last minute notice, for a 4 story, 20,000 square foot condominium new construction design project in San Francisco. He is extremely patient and talented, energetic and efficient. I am very impressed with his skill of using the modern technology with all the most updated software, computer aided design tools. That will greatly increase the accuracy and choices, especially in such a complex scale. Jeff is also familiar with all the application process of obtaining planing permit, building permit and conditional use permit. He read PPA and Ruben design committee comments very carefully, implemented line by line, yet in the mean time, watching out for the owner's interest like a lawyer. We have dealed with many big name professionals in San Francisco before we reach this point, Jeff has the skill all in one, and has the unbeatable speed since he is light and mobile, comparing to the cumbersome organization that answers your phone call with a secretary. After we gain the planning permit, we will most likely to continue to heir him for the building permit process, since he is an excellent communicator, to integrate the design with Machanical engineers, civil engineers, structural engineers. We believe he is the one for us.
Fair and responsive. Went the extra mile to problem solve additional structural needs.
I hired Esther's firm for a tenant improvement project consisting of a new restaurant and a cafe next door. They designed a hip and functional interior, an attractive exterior with outdoor seating, and was involved in all the details including the design of millwork, furniture, signage, lighting, and finishes. They coordinated and led multiple engineers and the equipment supplier on the project. They had no issues with getting approval from the Health, Planning, and Building Depts. They are efficient, creative, and responsive. I would hire them again for my next project. - Chef/Restaurant Co-owner, East Bay
Bruce helped me put together a Structural plan for my construction permit with the city of Oakland
Rick Roitinger built out handicap access structures for my husband who suffered a bad bone break. His work on this project was outstanding. He has also helped helped with a wide range of repairs on our house and our gallery, including carpentry, electrical and plumbing work. He is always positive and has great solutions on how best to repair things. He's the best!
Outstanding communication, project management. Very knowledgeable, better availability than anyone else. Extremely reasonable pricing for services.
I retained Mr. McDonald to re design an apartment building in the San Francisco Marina District which was built in 1928. The mandate was to preserve the building's period charm; yet increased the living area. The suggestions were relatively simple and he was able to enlarge both the kitchen and bathroom without changing the envelope of the building............and all the work was done with permits which is very complicated in San Francisco! His services were the cheapest money I ever spent and enhanced the rental value of the units.
Eli was recommended to me by my contractor. We were remodeling our home and were in need of his services. He was very prompt and we can tell he was skilled at remodeling and home renovation. He brought up good points and ideas that we wouldn't have thought of ourselves. He was clear, concise, and was very patient with our questions and concerns. He worked well with our contractor and the City, which is an entire ordeal in itself. He even went out of his way to meet with the City for questions and concerns they had. We couldn't have asked for a better engineer and drafter on our team! Thank you, Eli!
Design Everest offers structural engineering, civil engineering, and building permitting services to homeowners, commercial property owners, property managers, architects and general contractors.
Have a cool idea for a new product or gadget you want to make? I can help you take it from start to finish, by: 1) refining and assessing feasibility of your concept, 2) designing, prototyping, testing, and iterating your design, and 3) sourcing manufacturers to make it and potentially mass produce it. I have extensive experience in medical device, automotive, and consumer electronic product design, and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Resume is available upon request.
My knowledge of how a project goes together puts me in an advantage as I limit the job of the structural engineer to a minimum.
I am a California-licensed engineer with over 15 years of experience who provides residential structural design services in the San Francisco Bay Area. I focus on providing timely advice and services for the safe and economical design of residential projects, including: New Custom Homes Additions Remodels Seismic Retrofits Foundation Upgrades Retaining Walls Decks Others I custom produce detailed CAD drawings for each project, and provide stamped plans and engineering calculations for building permits.
We do general civil and structural design services. We deal with small to mid-sized buildings and ancillary structures, both new construction and existing upgrades.
The core of our business is to design systems, assemblies and sub-assemblies for customers having ideas and limited budget to obtain ability to progress for getting pattern, design and develop their desire into reality. We also provide 3D models and drawings. We create documentation and technical procedures.
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