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4. Horizon Renovation
Great 4.8

(5)

Great 4.8

(5)

General Contracting

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Serves San Francisco, CA
We had a very good experience with Kent Tsang and his team. Our project was tiling a bedroom floor, renovating a bathroom, and hanging a chandelier. The work included plumbing, electrical, floors and walls, and a lot of tiling.We preselected the materials. Kent worked with us to anticipate and address problems in the plan, though some decisions can't be finalized until after walls have been torn open, so Kent encourages flexibility.Some of his workers are not strong English speakers, but Kent monitored them closely (visiting the site most days). It helped that one of us is a native Chinese speaker.The biggest problem we encountered was a series of delays involving the glass subcontractor; we ultimately switched to an outside glass installer, and Kent supported us and incorporated the change.Prices were reasonable, and Kent clearly was clear about why he charged what he did, and prewarned us of any additional charges that arose as the work progressed.We were particularly pleased with the work of the tiler and the stonework subcontractor. The final result is beautiful! We will likely use Horizon Renovation again for future tiling and renovations.See more
We had a very good experience with Kent Tsang and his team. Our project was tiling a bedroom floor, renovating a bathroom, and hanging a chandelier. The work included plumbing, electrical, floors and walls, and a lot of tiling.We preselected the materials. Kent worked with us to anticipate and address problems in the plan, though some decisions can't be finalized until after walls have been torn open, so Kent encourages flexibility.Some of his workers are not strong English speakers, but Kent monitored them closely (visiting the site most days). It helped that one of us is a native Chinese speaker.The biggest problem we encountered was a series of delays involving the glass subcontractor; we ultimately switched to an outside glass installer, and Kent supported us and incorporated the change.Prices were reasonable, and Kent clearly was clear about why he charged what he did, and prewarned us of any additional charges that arose as the work progressed.We were particularly pleased with the work of the tiler and the stonework subcontractor. The final result is beautiful! We will likely use Horizon Renovation again for future tiling and renovations.
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6. Wise Stage of Remodeling
Great 4.7

(23)

Great 4.7

(23)

General Contracting

Discounts available
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves San Francisco, CA
If we could give Wise Stage Remodeling more stars than 5, we would! We hired Wise Stage Remodeling to finish a very difficult and messy remodel in San Francisco (single family house). A previous contractor messed the remodel up beyond belief and left it in shambles, while we were out of town. None of the new contractors were even willing to consider taking this job and we were desperate. Sergey from Wise Stage Remodeling responded to our request via Thumbtack. He gave us a very reasonable estimate and timeframe to finish the project. Sergey and his team (especially Arthur, his carpenter, who's amazing with cabinets, doors, tiling) were extremely diligent and hardworking. They remodeled the kitchen from top to bottom, as well as finished remodeling the rest of messy unfinished projects of all levels of difficulty throughout the house. Sergey and Arthur pulled us out of a very messy situation and made the impossible possible. They were both incredibly responsive and accommodating throughout the entire construction process: hardworking, honest, and polite guys. Their attention to detail and ability to face our complex construction issues alleviated a lot of stress and pain on our part. We simply lucked out w/hiring Wise Stage Remodeling. We've been through a number of remodels with a few of our properties in San Francisco, and never had a more pleasant experience with the contractors. We would absolutely, without a doubt, recommend hiring Wise State in a heartbeat!See more
If we could give Wise Stage Remodeling more stars than 5, we would! We hired Wise Stage Remodeling to finish a very difficult and messy remodel in San Francisco (single family house). A previous contractor messed the remodel up beyond belief and left it in shambles, while we were out of town. None of the new contractors were even willing to consider taking this job and we were desperate. Sergey from Wise Stage Remodeling responded to our request via Thumbtack. He gave us a very reasonable estimate and timeframe to finish the project. Sergey and his team (especially Arthur, his carpenter, who's amazing with cabinets, doors, tiling) were extremely diligent and hardworking. They remodeled the kitchen from top to bottom, as well as finished remodeling the rest of messy unfinished projects of all levels of difficulty throughout the house. Sergey and Arthur pulled us out of a very messy situation and made the impossible possible. They were both incredibly responsive and accommodating throughout the entire construction process: hardworking, honest, and polite guys. Their attention to detail and ability to face our complex construction issues alleviated a lot of stress and pain on our part. We simply lucked out w/hiring Wise Stage Remodeling. We've been through a number of remodels with a few of our properties in San Francisco, and never had a more pleasant experience with the contractors. We would absolutely, without a doubt, recommend hiring Wise State in a heartbeat!
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7. W&W Builders group inc
Great 4.7

(12)

Great 4.7

(12)

General Contracting

Discounts available
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves San Francisco, CA
Magen and her crew were amazing! They renovated our entire house; kitchen, two full baths, one half bath, new interior/exterior paint, refinished hardwood floors and installed new hardwood in kitchen to blend perfectly with existing hardwood. I made a few changes to the original plan, and Magen was extremely accommodating! I could not be happier with the end result. We ended up needing to complete the project sooner than anticipated and Magen sent reinforcements to finish everything up, again EXTREMELY accommodating. Their quality of work is wonderful, especially their tile work since we choose some more challenging patterns and tiles to work with. Will definitely use them again.See more
Magen and her crew were amazing! They renovated our entire house; kitchen, two full baths, one half bath, new interior/exterior paint, refinished hardwood floors and installed new hardwood in kitchen to blend perfectly with existing hardwood. I made a few changes to the original plan, and Magen was extremely accommodating! I could not be happier with the end result. We ended up needing to complete the project sooner than anticipated and Magen sent reinforcements to finish everything up, again EXTREMELY accommodating. Their quality of work is wonderful, especially their tile work since we choose some more challenging patterns and tiles to work with. Will definitely use them again.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I find a good architect in San Francisco?

Do an online search for architects in San Francisco so you can read their business profiles. Look for information about past clients and completed projects in their customer reviews. It’s important to find a professional who has positive reviews and ratings, but you should also pay attention to how they respond to criticism. 

Once you’re ready to hire, contact at least three or five architects to discuss the scope of your project and to gather free cost estimates. You should also make sure the pros you’re considering have the proper license  and credentials. You can learn more by visiting the California Architects Board

How do I hire the best general contractor in San Francisco?

First, conduct an online search for qualified general contractors in the San Francisco area. Take a few minutes to review their services and decide which contractors are best suited for you. For example, if you need some electrical work done, search for contractors who have completed electrical projects. If you can’t find enough information on their profiles, send the general contractors a message, read customer reviews and view past project photos. 

You should also check to see if the contractor is properly licensed. For example, you can try looking for their license information on their profiles on the Contractors State License Board website. You can also ask the contractors to provide that information.

Finally, ask several contractors in San Francisco to send you free quotes so you can get an idea of how much it will cost to hire a general contractor.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

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 can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

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.

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

Reviews for San Francisco builders
Bianca S.
Building Solutions has a great intake process. They are super thorough and taught us a lot about what it's like to work with a super professional design-build firm.
Building SolutionsBuilding Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
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.
Building SolutionsBuilding Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Vahid drew a plan that I later took to the San Francisco city department of building inspection and from the first try, changes to the apartment that we were planning to remodel had been approved. That tells me that Vahid is an architect who knows exactly what he is doing. He has printed 4 copies of the plan even though San Francisco department of building inspection requires only 2 copies. All 4 copies have been included into a price. I am definitely his client if I ever will need architectural plans drawn again in the future.
California Design OfficeCalifornia Design Office
Jennifer H.
Justin was great! We hired him to build an awning over our back doors. He came out to scope the job, gave us a fair quote, and completed the job in a couple days once the weather cooperated. He was easy to communicate with, showed up on time, and was professional on the job. The awning looks great! He even gave us some advice on future projects. I would definitely hire him again. Update 12/7/17: We did hire Justin again! This time to build-out an entryway and install a security gate at the base of our back stairs. His work is solid, he is fair with his quotes and sticks to them, and he gets he job done quickly. Although small, this was a tricky project. Justin was able to foresee all potential issues, and came up with creative solutions. I’m sure we’ll be hiring him again in the future.
🍀Lydon construction🍀Lydon construction
Alex R.
Sarah is the absolute best! She helped us build out an empty shell into an optometry practice. She was extremely knowledgeable about all things architecture and code, very responsive, and exuded an air of reliability, which was key for us as first-time business owners. Sarah was the one vendor in the entire project that we did not need to worry about or check-in on. If you're looking for the best, higher Sarah!
see-architecturesee-architecture
Nicole K.
I have worked with many architects in the past and working with Isaac was a breeze. He is responsive and very detailed on his answers. We wanted to keep things simple in our remodel; with minimal City requirements impact and being able to move things thru the SF system in an expedited manner. Isaac was able to achieve that, even in the middle of a pandemic. Isaac has good ideas, he is OK pulling back when needed or expanding when asked. His flexibility without taking anything personal is a really good trait. I'm certain this was a small job for him but still treated us with utmost respect and followed up with us and the City just as if this was a huge lucrative job. His experience is vast and I will definitely call him weather is to do a new build or another house remodel. Thanks Isaac, I was really busy to handle this one and working with you was awesome!
Strackbein ArchitectureStrackbein Architecture
Sarah H.
I interviewed several different contractors I found through couple of websites (Yelp & Thumbtack) for a recent remodeling project. Frano, owner at Sol Builders, was the fifth and last I met with, but I liked him the best. He offered practical suggestions and smart advice at the initial meeting (moving kitchen walls, enlarging a storage closet and putting laundry in it), which the other four contractors didn't bring up at all. Of the five bids I received, Frano’s was pretty much in the middle, so I hired him. The house is a duplex consisting of a main unit (2 bedroom/2 bathroom), separate guest unit (1 bedroom/1 bathroom), and a garage (2,200 sq. ft. total). It was built in 1918 and was in need of a major repair including the following: kitchen and bathroom remodels in both units (new cabinets, appliances, tile floors, fixtures, drywall, ceiling); new central air & heat installation; complete plumbing and electrical upgrade throughout; interior and exterior paint; hardwood floors refinishing; carpet installation; building new deck, new outside gate and fence; attic insulation. It was a complex project with a long list of tasks, details, decisions and deadlines, but thanks to Frano it was a smooth ride the whole 10 weeks, from the beginning to the end. He got all the permits and passed inspections on time. He worked with his structural engineer to knock down walls to open up my kitchen, and to install concrete pads, posts and a beam. His sub-contractors are very skilled and great team players. He got me contractor's discount at several vendors (tiles, kitchen cabinets and hardware, all faucets). Frano was on site every single day, and also communicated via text and phone several times a day giving me updates. He handled any issues that came up with ease, humor and professionalism. The project finished on time and looks exactly like I imagined it. I’m very happy to leave a positve review for Sol Builders on few different websites for a project that gave me lot of anxiety before we started.
Sol BuildersSol Builders
Aleksey P.
I waited a few months to write this, just to avoid doing it while I’m angry, and settle into my new place, but I still think people deserve a fair warning if hiring Sergey. He estimated to be done in 2-3 months, but took 6.5. I was paying rent and mortgage during this time. It quickly became obvious that we’re not on track, but Sergey told me repeatedly not to worry, he'll be done on time and with "highest quality". After 3 months we were barely half-way, and he told me it was *MY* fault, as I haven’t provided professional drawings for the remodel (it was very simple, so I made them myself). He hasn’t told me if anything was unclear or asked any questions until that 3 months mark. When questions started coming, I answered them within a day, sometimes within minutes, but still, he proceeded to use this excuse for literally everything that went wrong. For electrical work, he insisted that we have to move electrical panel in order to pass code. Then they started burning 300 amp fuses for the entire floor (10 units). They did it several times in one day to the point that the building ran out of fuses, and all residents were with no electricity till next day. My HOA charged me for the damages. When I asked Sergey to look into it, he **screamed profanities** at me, saying, roughly, that my HOA should go f**k themselves because he just passed electrical inspection, and it couldn’t have been him. My HOA sent their own electrician to figure out this mess, and it turned out, when they installed the panel, one of the screws was too long and perforated wiring inside, shorting the electrical lines onto the box itself. High quality work indeed! Then Sergey told me that there were $13K extra costs for “change orders”. I never requested any changes, and it was him who failed to realize what work was needed to pass code. He said that he’d take on half of that cost because he’s very “honest and nice guy”. I questioned if I should be responsible for the costs that he didn’t include in his quote, but he'd just stop work, so I was forced to pay, since I was losing money on rent as long as the project is stalled. Some would call this extortion. Some other examples: - Charged me extra for evening out the floors, look at the result: https://youtu.be/S3r0afki3o4 - Cracked my bathtub, refused to pay for it - Wrote memos on the walls with a red marker. After painting, I still see them through the paint! - Grout between tiles cracked already This isn’t even half of it! Feel free to contact me for a full list, if you're morbidly curios. When we got the condo to the point that I could move in and he had no more leverage to charge me extra, I wanted to renegotiate those "change orders" he forced me to pay. I already paid the total sum of our contract, but we still had $8K left in originally scheduled payments. When I brought it up, he stormed out, saying he’ll sue me, file for a mechanic’s lien, and I won’t be able to pay my utilities, and I’ll owe him $40K by year’s end. I tried to have a constructive discussion over email and come to a consensus regarding how to handle final payment. He would just repeat how great a job he’s done and reiterate that he’s going to sue. This is his explanation for the extra electrical work, I quote: "The truth is that we confirmed change order for $3,700 then it came back in a miracle way with the number of $13,300.” I didn’t want to waste time on court, so I agreed to pay him a portion of what he asked, which one might say is also extortion. You might wonder about other 5 star reviews, and here is my take: He worked for his brothers’ reputable company Zeus Remodeling for a few years, and recently decided to start his own (he actually used his brother’s license, as he did not have one himself). He probably made connections with some good teams, which he now employs, and generally they do a great job, as reviews indicate. In my case, he told me that he hired another subcontractor who he’s not worked a lot with. When things started going wrong, I understood that all he does is find work and pass it to a subcontractor. He’s a sales agent, and he really has no idea how to manage projects, and he will NOT put effort into keeping them on track, or control quality. Why haven't I fired him? It would cost me more to look and wait for another contractor. My main gripe isn’t even that the project took longer and cost more. It’s how he behaved when things don’t go according to plan, completely absolving himself of any responsibility, shifting the blame, making excuses, and repeatedly telling me that I don’t know what I’m talking about when I tried helping him with organizational issues, which is HIS job. His behavior was disrespectful, childish, and not an any point did he take ownership of any mistakes. He told me, and I quote again: “There are no mistakes of mine here. I don’t make mistakes. This is how I work.” You decide what to make of it. ****UPDATE**** Aside from calling me a liar, he claimed to Thumbtack that he hasn’t worked with me and tried to have this review taken down. Thumbtack reached out to me for proof, and, of course, I have plenty of it, which is why review shows as verified. Nice going Sergey... So who’s the liar?
Wise Stage of RemodelingWise Stage of Remodeling
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