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Oakland Building Designers

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MyApartmentIsBetterThanYours
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara A.
Verified review

Jasper did an excellent job of designing and building my computer desk and storage unit. On our first meeting he was able to translate the description of what I wanted into a drawing with measurements. On his next visit he confirmed the measurements and proposed workarounds for dealing with challenges such as the room's molding as well as taking a paint sample to match the color of the unit with the room. The results were better than I expected. The unit truly looks built-in with molding around the top that matches the molding in the room. Though it's a floor to ceiling unit, it does not feel overbearing due to the design, color and seamless attachment to walls and ceiling. He was easy to work with when making adjustments in order to accommodate placement of my computer equipment. When I specified what I wanted, I got exactly that. Jason is an extremely competent woodworker and very fast executor. I would highly recommend him.

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Lifetime Remodeling
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda F.
Verified review

Good Value, High Quality, Efficient Work. We recently bought a house and called on Lifetime Remodeling to help us with a kitchen remodel and replacing the old roof. My wife and I are inevitably more difficult as clients than your average homeowner is, but we could not have been more impressed with Lifetime Remodeling. Firstly, their pricing knocked the competition out of the park, and the completeness and detail in their proposal and scope of work is like nothing I've seen before from contractors . As a home owner we were initially wary of having an additional external project manager on site, but Samuel and Matan from Lifetime Remodeling are absolutely fantastic: knowledgeable, reliable, resourceful and respectful of our role to design the project. The work itself was performed to a really high standard: the crew were excellently coordinated by Frank the foreman; they came when they were supposed to; and were clean and tidy. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to others.

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MJH Construction Management
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ben N.
Verified review

Michael is the most passionate and punctual contractor I have ever worked with! A true, honest partner in your project with broad and deep knowledge of all facets of construction and design. Helped me with a complex condo bathroom renovation project and did an incredible job and really understood out needs and had a roll up your sleeves attitude to meet our really tight timeline that we found ourselves under. Highly recommended!!!

Casa Velvet Interiors
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher J.
Verified review

Casa Velvet is exceptionally talented with their quality of work. They go above and beyond when it comes to satisfying the customer's need. Paulina Carcach in particular was fantastic and would completely recommend her to anyone who is looking to get top quality interior designing.

Serena Zanello Design
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kyunghee C.
Verified review

I have worked on many custom furniture projects with Serena over the years, and I feel she's definitely one of the most gifted designers I've ever collaborated with. Her confidence and thoughtful approach to design always result in exciting and refreshing, yet practical spaces. I can't wait for our next project together!

STUDIO BANAA
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Clothilde S.
Verified review

Excellent experience. We worked with Dane and Nastaran on a performing arts center in San Francisco and they went above and beyond to help us succeed. They even attended our company's special events. They not only came up with a creative design solution for the space, but really cared about our company and our vision. We hope to work with them again and recommend them to anybody looking for passionate, and dedicated professionals!

ISO IDEAS, INC.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Johnny Z.
Verified review

ISO Ideas did a great job for our commercial project. Their design was unique and catchy. Our customers particularly love the bar and lighting. They were also very good at controlling budget to make things happen within what we expected. The manager was responsive and always answers emails and calls. Overall we had a great experience and would love to work on other projects again.

  • 44 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany C.
Verified review

I had a great experience with Ben! He got to know my project, a basement built-out, really well and made several improvements to our drawings that pushed us through the permit office. He picked up the project from a former architect without concern (something not all architects will do) as he understand the amount of work we'd already put in and didn't want to loose. He improved upon all of it and was the critical factor to jump start our project. He's personable, smart, fair, professional and very communicative. I am grateful to him for his work for us and I would absolutely recommend him.

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2d3d4d5d
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachelle G.
Verified review

David is a caring and enthusiastic man and a delight to work with. He is very efficient and gets the job done quickly. I am grateful to him because, although I am an interior designer and certified color consultant, I do not have expertise in drawing to scale sketches of the spaces I'm hired to design. David helped me by doing those sketches and my clients were impressed. I gave him 4 stars only because some of the sketches needed to be redone because of miscommunication between us. I must admit though that I may have not been thoroughly clear re. measurements. David was always eager to do the best job possible, and I appreciated that immensely. Thank you David. Would hire again.

Marcus Dalton Design
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Berenice A.
Verified review

Marcus helped us design and draw out the plans for a 2 phase remodel and addition to our home. Early in the planning stage, he was able to detect a major measuring mistake that we made and helped correct it quickly. He has a lot of wonderful ideas which he incorporated into the design. We had a great room and he helped think through and proposed ideas on how to demarcate the areas. He knew that we wanted a more modern style and he suggested ways to modernize the space. Marcus also worked with the city to meet all their requirements and the plans were approved with minimal changes. It was a pleasure to work with Marcus and have already referred him to our friends.

Zephyr Arch
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Namrata L.
Verified review

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!

Angelina L.
Verified review

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.

Mary Alex
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Alicia B.
    Verified review

    I had Mary mock up a 3D model of a kitchen and bath remodel we did at the start of the year. She was very quick, and the model was exactly what we were looking for to understand what the design would look like, and to pull plans off of. She provided several views and a short video walkthrough of the space in 3D, and then accompanying plans and sections. She also went back and forth with us to edit the model/design to get exactly what we wanted. If I ever do any other work to my house, I will contact her.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Je L.
    Verified review

    OpenBay Design worked with our community nonprofit organization to design a empty storefront space and transform it into gallery. As the storefront was a former tofu store, it had a lot of plumbing and odd fixtures that we thought were challenges to the space. However, they designed a functional and creative space to fit our needs ---to welcome visitors, and serves the dual function of a meeting space/gallery public space. OpenBay researched the furniture, lighting and was able to work very well with the contractor and with our budget. OpenBay has a keen, creative eye and listened to our concerns about how we would utilize the space, and followed through to get the project completed. We are extremely satisfied with the outcome, the process, and would highly recommend OpenBay Designs for future projects.

    D2K, Design 2 Key
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    Beth S.
    Verified review

    Richard did a great job producing as-built plans for a house, as well as plans for an addition/remodel.

    David Pruitt Designs
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 40 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Saiid R.
    Verified review

    David Pruitt designed our new home, just under 10,000 SF and its separate guest house, about 1000 SF. We are extremely excited for how these two homes turned out. Every single person, including contractors, our friends, and neighbors are awed when they come to see these two homes. The part that pleased us was the fact that David was relentless in making sure that we liked his designs. Since there arefour of us in the family, all adults, it was not easy to satisfy everyone of us, myself, my wife, and our two adult kids who are opinionated more than their parents. Consequently, he gave us numerous very different designs for each of the three floors and the guest house. The house is designed as contemporary Tuscan and we like it a lot. David is very familiar with standard dimensions and therefore every room is proportionally designed to the right size and placement in the house. He is also a cool guy who is very easy to deal with and request things from even way after he had finished the project.

    AB Builders
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 33 years in business
    Gregory T.
    Verified review

    AB Builders remodeled and expanded our house to transform it into our dream home. Allen Broussard is an amazing builder with a gift for design detail and a high level of integrity. We cannot recommend AB Builders and Allen highly enough.

    Bolinger Design Services
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 35 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Matthias W.
    Verified review

    Bruce helped me put together a Structural plan for my construction permit with the city of Oakland

    Oak View Designs LLC
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jim C.
    Verified review

    Margaret took over a project in turmoil and turned it around immediately. Her architectural and CAD skills enabled us to meet strict city timelines and guidelines with ease. We would recommend using Oak View Designs.

    Collected Studio
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Rick N.
    Verified review

    Collected Studio did a great job on paint color selections for our Commercial building, gave us 3-5 color schemes to choose from and was very attentive and helpful.

    Building Solutions
    4.0
    from 1 review
    • 24 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Thumbtack Customer
    Verified review

    Excellent design/build shop. They are very good at what they do. You will pay for it, but you also get what you pay for with home remodels.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do architects work?

    Architects may work for an architecture or engineering firm, they may work for a government organization, they can work for a construction company, or they may be self-employed (freelance). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics explains that architects spend a large amount of their working time in the home or company office: meeting with clients; creating reports and architectural drawings; and working with other architects and engineers. When not in an office, an architect is often at the construction site either as part of the development of plans or to ensure building progress is following the blueprint.

    When a client interacts with an architect, it is typically to have them design drawings for the construction of a house or a building. If you are a client who has hired a large architecture firm, there may be a team of people working on your design. But if you are working with a freelance architect or a smaller firm, one person (or a small group) will take your concept and translate it into an architectural blueprint that a builder can use to construct a house. The plans will lay out everything from the depth of the foundation to the materials to use to the type of metal to be used in the reinforcement. Once the plans have been created and handed off to the builder, the architect may remain on the project — depending on budget — and oversee progress.

    How do architects charge for their services?

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary of an architect in 2016 was $76,930. This range included architects with every type of company as well as self-employed architects. Depending on the architect and whether they’re with a firm or independent, they may charge per hour or by the square foot, or they may charge a percentage of the total budget for a construction project. An hourly rate is typically used for smaller projects such as providing consultation, helping clients hone their concept before the design process begins, or drafting documents and plans. If an architect is working on an hourly basis on a larger project, there will usually be an agreed-upon cap on the number of hours they will work. For larger projects, such as new construction or total overhaul remodels, architects may charge a percentage of the total construction costs. The architect will usually set the percentage you will pay after the total cost of construction has been accounted for. Percentages can range within a firm depending on the extent of the services they’re providing. For example, a lower percentage of the total construction costs may include drafting and minimal consultation and guidance along the way, while a higher percentage could include on-site project management services with every detail attended to. Architects may also charge by the square footage of the project. The rate per square foot can vary depending on the individual’s training, the services they are providing, the complexity of the project, and other factors — such as obtaining permits. The national average cost to hire an architect is between $1,690 and $2,500.

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