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Santa Barbara General Contractors

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  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I have hired a lot of contractors and all have fallen short and failed to deliver. But this was the first contractor that went above and beyond. I needed major front door repair and they did the job very well, I would not hesitate to hire these guys for future projects. I am very happy with the end results.

Creative Power Electric
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Laura B.
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Juan made this experience quick, amazing, and super valuable. He is very responsive and answered all questions. He worked around my availability and was honest about pricing and timing of the project. We really appreciated everything about this experience. Many times contractors will quote you low and then try to justify why they have to up the price. This is not the case with Juan. He gave us the choice to keep our current switch that controlled an outlet or replace it with our fan control and keep the outlet always on. I really liked that he asked our preference. I am definitely going to call him with more projects!

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Champ's Handy Worx
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Ramtin N.
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Champ's Handy Work, did outstanding work on the removal and installation of my new wooden fence in my backyard. They worked with me closely to achieve exactly what was desired for our space, and completed the work with quality and in a timely manner. I would recommend Jimmie and his team for any general contracting work needed on your project.

Loyalty Counts Construction
4.7
from 35 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Michael D.
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I've been using Loyalty Counts Construction for many years. I have sold hundreds and hundreds foreclosed properties and Adrian Moreno has remodeled plenty of them. If you need a full kitchen and bathroom remodel or repairs, call Adrian. If you need a water heater changed, leaky faucet, interior & exterior paint, big or small general construction ~ He's the guy you want on your job. I have sold HUNDREDS of homes and I will put my reputation on Adrian Moreno.

Calstar Construction
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Janet C.
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This is just an initial review, and I will post one again when the remodeling projects are completed. Ryan Dodson has been a pleasure to work with from the outset. He is punctual, responsive, professional, courteous, and above all, trustworthy. Both my dad and I liked him instantly (my dad gave me a "thumb's up" when Ryan left our home the first time after the initial consult). Even though I informed Ryan that we were still in the process of receiving additional bids, he went above and beyond even before he was hired. I work in the legal profession, so we did our due diligence and interviewed several contractors, did the necessary licensing checks, etc., before hiring Ryan. My dad and I look forward to working with Ryan on our kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. Another review to follow upon completion.

Ian Veches
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Brian N.
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Ian was one of the best contractors I've ever worked with. Incredible communication and creativity. We aligned on a plan, Ian's work was completed exactly when promised, and he was creative in working around unique challenges during the project. Ian and his team built a beautiful deck in our backyard (see photo), with a custom wall for decoration. Couldn't be more impressed with his talent. Hire him!

Homesteady
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn O.
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A++++ Contractor!!!! Highly recommended!!! Will definitely use again!

Designology
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Siouxsie J.
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Christine is an incredible resource! Not only does she have a fabulous sense of design, but she also has relationships with every resource you might need - from painters to electricians to contractors - in the Ventura/Santa Barbara region. She can manage teams and projects big and small. I highly recommend her for your next remodel. You won't regret it!

Ventura Construction
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Hector W.
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Working with the contractor Mark and Ventura Construction has been a pleasant all around experience. Mark is very detail oriented and is in constant communication which is very important. The project went incredibly well thanks to his ability to pinpoint all that was not correct and also his ability to fix it. I would strongly recommend this contractor for any kitchen or bath remodel, addition, or anything else. A true professional.

Clark Drywall Inc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kristi G.
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Matt at clark drywall is true professional! I'm a general contractor and hired him to drywall a complete house in smooth wall. His work was second to none and i will be using him on all projects in the future! Thanks Matt!

  • 4 years in business
Linda & Mike G.
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Jim Worden was a very attentive contractor, ensuring that the permits were initiated, the plans followed and each job was completed correctly. We loved that he checked with us frequently on questions or possible changes. Jim modified the course of work as needed. He hired excellent professionals, including Bill for electric, Paul for tile, Steve for cement and Bob for paint. Typical for any construction, it did not match the time line, but stayed within budget and the quality of work was excellent. We would not hesitate to hire Jim again.

  • 28 years in business
Anthony D.
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Built a new wall to my home. Helped me with the permit and the city inspections. Fast service and highly recommended.

  • 19 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
John T.
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Ken was very experienced and a general contractor. He can handle anything that may turn up when a home owner is experiencing problems.

Garner Construction
5.0
from 1 review
    Linda F.
    Verified review

    It is our pleasure to recommend Iain Garner as a contractor for the building of a home and any and all repairs to existing structures. We have worked with him for well over 15 years and have been extraordinarily satisfied with his professionalism and timing within which he completes all projects. He always has been prompt in responding to all initiating and follow-up requests. His integrity is exemplary. We wish him the very best in all future endeavors and trust that you will find him a joy to work with. Don and Linda Fareed

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    We are general contractors. We provide great work and service at all aspects of construction. We also follow up to ensure all clients are happy.

    About

    Tony Toro Concrete Contractor Santa Barbara have been in the construction business for over 25 years serving the Santa Barbara community and we love the work we do, and the people we get to help. We only using premium quality products to do the construction work we do.Making sure you’re 100% satisfied with the driveway you’ve envisioned is our #1 priority. Tony Toro Concrete Contractor Santa Barbara look forward to making your next concrete driveway project a success.

    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    In the industry for many years. Take pride in are work and back are work 100%

    About

    I work on all common household repairs and installations. I also provide welding, carpentry, electrical services and electronic repairs.

    • 23 years in business
    About

    We do all things related to plumbing, general construction, and bathroom and kitchen remodeling. We do new construction and remodeling. We service and repair water heaters, filter systems, leaks, gas lines, sewers, plan design, fixture change-outs, etc.

    About

    If you are looking for someone for general labor cleaning, I'm the person for the job. My services include cleaning inside or outside of your residence, if needed. I do yard work, if you need it to be done. I know how to install appliances in your home. If you need a handyman, I'm the person to call on.

    About

    We provide an exceptional service. We have friendly workers who are dependable and respectful. Our services include lawn care, irrigation system installations, interior/exterior painting, and general contracting.

    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.  

    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.

    Where should I start when remodeling a bathroom?

    Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Before starting a bathroom remodel it’s crucial to know what you want and have a clear understanding of your maximum budget. If you’d love all marble fixtures but have $3,000 total, you will have to compromise. Being realistic about materials and money before you even contact a contractor will have you on the road to success. Here are some simple steps to follow in the planning stages of bathroom remodeling:

    • List your remodeling priorities in order of importance (e.g., 1. New shower head, 2. Replace flooring, 3. Install recessed lighting, etc.).
    • Calculate what you can realistically afford to spend on your bathroom remodel. Identify an “all in” price — meaning the absolute maximum you’re willing to pay, as well as what you’d prefer to spend.
    • Gather ideas from Pinterest about colors and finishes.
    • Research the costs of the materials and finishes you want and begin making choices about what is and isn’t possible to fit into your budget (once labor is included). If you’d like to stay under $10,000 total, but really love a $2,000 tub, plan to downgrade in other areas.
    • Request quotes from at least three reputable general contractors, share your vision and ideal materials, and work together from there.

    How do I plan a bathroom remodeling project?

    If you’re stumped on how to plan a bathroom remodeling project, it pays to hire a designer. This is especially important if you’re changing your bathroom layout in any way. Designers create contractor-friendly drawings indicating exactly where each tile and fixture will be installed, down to the light switches. This investment might cost you $300-$500 but save you significant frustration and miscommunication, while ensuring you get precisely what you want.

    If you’re going to do your own design, planning a bathroom remodeling project means being organized and planning ahead. Create a general outline of what you want and the budget you have. Identify the specific fixtures, tiles, paint and vanity you prefer. Get all this organized before requesting quotes from two to three reputable general contractors. Once you find the right pro, get a written contract outlining scope of work, materials that will be used, timeframe and payment schedule. Communicate clearly about when to order your materials so they are ready and waiting by the time the contractor gets the permits. Your job from here is to communicate clearly, pay the contractor as the work progresses, and enjoy your remodel when it’s done.

    For more on where to start when remodeling a bathroom check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

    How long should a bathroom remodel take?

    With proper planning and a good general contractor, your bathroom remodeling project doesn’t have to take forever. The construction phase of the project will always vary based on your scope of work, the square footage and the condition of your bathroom under the surface layer. Inevitably an 80-square-foot master bathroom with major changes will take longer than a 25-square-foot guest bath undergoing a minor renovation. For a smaller bathroom, a facelift — the industry term for sprucing up the surface layer (such as paint, vanity, tiles or light fixtures) but keeping the existing footprint of the space — may take five to eight working days, as long as there are no surprises like mold waiting when the old vanity comes out. A more complex bathroom remodel that revamps the shower area (customizing the plumbing, installing tile and changing the shower door), updates the flooring and cabinetry, and adds new paint and new lighting could take anywhere from one week to three weeks. A full bathroom remodel that guts the room, changing the footprint and moving the electrical wiring and plumbing lines, could take four to eight weeks or more. To keep your bathroom remodel on schedule, have your materials ordered and waiting, and don’t make any change orders once construction begins. Planning is key to keeping a bathroom remodel on schedule.   

    For more on how long a bathroom remodel should take check out The Complete Thumbtack Bathroom Remodel Guide.

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    Los Angeles, CA

    • Project type
      Major remodel
    • Project progress
      Just starting
    • Areas repaired/remodeled
      Bathroom(s), Kitchen, Living room
    • Details
      I have exactly what I want picked out from HOUZZ & Pinterest I would like to rent my condo out in Brentwood Village ASAP. In order to do so the renovations need to be complete.
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