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10. redesign2renovate
4.6 from 8 reviews
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  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves San Rafael, CA
Recently, Bert did a home renovation for us on a property we own in Alameda. He did an amazing job, better that we could have imagined. Our circumstances were a bit crazy considering the fact that we had just had a pipe in our home burst and had suffered major water damage. Despite all of this, Bert was able to help us complete a major renovation which included replacing all of our flooring, replacing or repairing things such as windows, doors, walls, and ceiling space, and completing two full bathroom renovations. Bert is an environmentalist, artist, designer and contractor all rolled into one. He is not only an amazing and thoughtful person, but he also delivers the highest quality work. Bert will carefully work with you, to collaborate and discuss your specific living or lifestyle needs, and then, he will come up with a beautiful and artistic design that considers all of your functional and budgetary needs. In our case, we didn’t have a lot of time to discuss and plan because we wanted to return our space to being livable again after a disaster, yet we were still able to achieve a completed project within a reasonable time frame, stay on budget and achieve a simply elegant aesthetic. Bert really cannot be compared to any average contractor. He is very easy to communicate with, and works very hard to achieve the best results. You will be his utmost priority as his client. One of the most impressive outcomes of our project was the reconfiguration of space we achieved in our bathroom and the final design aesthetic. Previous to the renovation, we had a large 1960s style upstairs bathroom, with a door separating our laundry unit and sink area from our toilet and shower/bath area. Bert suggested some major changes that had a huge positive impact on the project. He recommended that we replace our large, old inefficient separate washer and dryer with a stackable unit we could fit in a small closet. By doing this, we were able to knock out a wall and door that completely opened up and changed the layout of the space such that we could now fit an elegant walk-in standing shower and a completely separate copper Japanese-style soaking tub. In addition, he replaced the door that opened into the entry way of the bathroom with a Japanese style slider door, and as a result, we achieved more usable space in the bathroom, and also had more radiant light coming into our once dark hall way. In terms of the sink area, he replaced our single sink with an elegant and modern double sink custom-designed floating vanity made of quartzite on quartzite on top and with a reclaimed wood look on the drawers. The overall design of our new bathroom is truly the bathroom of our dreams, and is honestly a treasure. The space is still warm and inviting, but also healing, with a zen-like quality. One other very impressive quality of our renovation was the way he was able to help us transform our space with looking closely at details and high-quality craftsmanship in his work. In the case of our living area, he replaced the door to our veranda with an elegantly designed new glass slider, and removed the old window treatments from the inside, such that our living area now opens right into our outside space with a clear view of our garden-like terrace. The transformation simply was incredible, from dark to light, and from closed to open concept. In terms of craftsmanship, we were most impressed with Bert’s staff and how they were able to handle small details so carefully, such that the overall impact was huge. For example, the Bert’s staff was able to achieve beautiful results in our bathroom due to the high quality of their grout and tile work. In addition, they were able to repair cracked vintage tile in our fireplace that helped us to restore the appealing aspects of our 1960s vintage-like space. Furthermore, in Bert’s staff work around completing our flooring, they were able to completely replace all of our old floorboards, with more modern style and match our original paint seamlessly. As you can see, with Bert’s staff, hard work, dedication and know-how, you cannot go wrong with this choice!!!See more

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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 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. 

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.

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

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.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

Be sure to check out our smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

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.  

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