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Santa Clara Builders

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Gomes Handyman
4.9
from 315 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 394 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer T.
Verified review

David installed a toilet and replaced a shower and sink faucet. He was on time and offered great solutions. So excited to have found him. We are building our list of additional tasks and planning for his return!

AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 204 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 258 hires on Thumbtack
Sammy P.
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It was great to work with AA Cardenas Construction!

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Matthew Kelly Construction
4.9
from 79 reviews
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary K.
Verified review

Matthew is a professional contractor that will show up on time, patiently listen to your ideas and thoughtfully share his building plans.

IxI Design
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Jerry S.
Verified review

Brian did a office remodeling for me including demolition of a whole room, removing many built-in cabinets, rewiring, and finishing new walls. He mostly worked alone, but his work was meticulous. Brian is one of very very few contractors whom I can actually trust. (I have built a 8,000 s.f. house among other building projects, so I have experience with many contractors.) Brian will do what he promised, at the price he promised, within the time frame he promised. Highly recommended for all remodeling work. Thank you, Brian, for a job well done.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Judi H.
Verified review

Jasper was awesome building an entertainment center for my house! It was exactly what I wanted. He designed it and built it and it fit perfectly in the space I needed it. I need some closets built and will call him to do them when I can afford to do it. Great job and I am very happy.

AMX Plumbing
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Jamison B.
Verified review

Max replaced my kitchen faucet, and it was a great experience. He was on time, really knowledgeable, and very friendly - he explained what he was working on and how to troubleshoot issues in the future. This was not an easy job, as our building has had all sorts of oddball repairs over the years - old, inoperative valves and pipes remain in place and complicate repair efforts. None of it bothered him - he remained upbeat throughout the process. I highly recommend Max for your plumbing needs!

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Juan Carlos Barrios Santos
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Did a great job building a redwood fence on a slope. Have some more work coming up.

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Lifetime Remodeling
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shlomit L.
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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.

E.R. Builds & Repairs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Polo M.
Verified review

I had a great experience working with Eddie building a 250 SF deck in my backyard. I can't say enough positive things about him. His bid was very competitive yet workmanship was of the highest quality, he managed to be very responsive despite handling other jobs and he demonstrated deep expertise in his craft. I would hire him again in a heart beat and would recommend him to my friends. He finished the project on budget, on time and lets and left the job area clean after he finished.

IB roofing
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Israel was very responsive and did an excellent job building and installing my closet shelf. He also installed two bifold closet doors. End result is amazing! He left my place very clean after completing the project.

  • 14 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Corey W.
Verified review

we have just one bathroom that my husband and I share with our little princess :) m&m construction created a very spacious, beautiful bathroom in just a few weeks! we can't be any happier

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Ida F.
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We contracted Lemon Remodeling to convert our second floor to a master suite w/master bathroom. Alex and his team handled everything from start to finish: architectural planning, permits, building, and finishing. All within budget and all while we lived in the home. They were professionals, and the final results reflect that. The place is beautiful. I would highly recommend Lemon Remodeling and Services to anyone & plan to use them on my next project!

Refresh and Build
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Erika S.
Verified review

For start, they are very prompt with everything and Sam is very responsive. He definitely gets the work done and keeps his word. My company was very limited with a deadline to get our building revamped asap and Refresh and Build complete their promises immediately. Sam was very helpful with answering many questions we had and the workers are so quick that they got the work done within 1 week and a half. Best company to reach out to because they are very quick with their work and the room looks great!

123 REMODELING & PAINTING
4.5
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Kerstin S.
Verified review

We hired Esdras for two jobs around our house. Esdras did an entrance door step remodeling for us which required some skills to customize this project. Since he did a great job we asked him to fix our two entrance gates to the backyard and to install some improvements around the landing deck of our pool area. All the jobs were accomplished in a timely manner with attention to detail. Esdras is very punctual, easy to talk to and courteous. The pricing for the project is absolutely fair without any surprises. We will definitely hire Esdras again for one of our next projects around the house.

STUDIO BANAA
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Marco M.
Verified review

We engaged BuntonMousavi to lead the design facilitation of six nonprofit organizations starting a co-working workforce development center. Because the opinions about the needs of our space, the layout, and priorities for sequencing our construction build-out varied, it was important to work with a design team that listened well, adapted quickly to changes in priorities, was patient, and not prescriptive in their recommendations. We were fortunate to find that in BuntonMousavi. We look forward to future opportunities to work together. Marco Montenegro, Director, Excelsior Works!

Buzzy Bee Construction Co
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Virginia T.
Verified review

Buzzy Bee Construction Co. has recently completed the renovation of our house, and its crew did an EXCELLENT job. They were very friendly and attended to our requests. I would highly recommend them.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Beverly C.
Verified review

Stuart has done various repairs for us including replacing structural supports for a large, old, brick chimney. He also completely re-wired our electrical system, a major upgrade and challenging because our home is old and unusual. I have also observed first hand work he has done on a friend's house, many improvements such as a trellis over a carport. He is competent and skillful. He is creative and finds aesthetically pleasing solutions to problems. He is definitely someone I would hire again and would welcome doing business with. Highly recommended.

Green Power Remodeling
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Theodore M.
Verified review

Overall my hardscapes project came out better than expected, Ben listened to my wife's design ideas on flagstone pavers and elevated them based on our backyard space shape, size and space for each stone. They have an amazing team, Mike did daily follow ups to loop us in every day what work was being done and not to clash with our daily routines in our home. Great company, I would absolutely recommend to anyone with a home renovation project.

Momentum Construction
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Hailey & Caleb M.
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We obtained several bids and liked Rick for several reasons, including his pricing was competitive and he provided a detailed quote which was clear about what would be included in the cost. This was a big job which took several months - a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom unit measuring 1,500 sq feet that needed everything - new electrical including lots of recessed lighting, new plumbing, new wood floors, new kitchen, new bathrooms, replacing some windows and moving. Rick managed all the permits and I was impressed with how he passed each inspection smoothly. Rick and his crew are all talented, smart, hard working and all around nice guys. Working on the 6th floor of a large condo building with one old elevator has its stresses - both in logistics and in keeping peace with the neighbors who had to live through our commotion. Rick did an outstanding job in being considerate to neighbors, cleaning up the common areas every night and following the buildings rules. We received many compliments about Rick from the neighbors. At the end of the day my family and I highly recommend using Momentum Construction and working with Rick and his team, you will not be disappointed!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Donna B.
Verified review

He was extremely helpful and even repaired something he wasn’t there for.

  • 25 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Richard S.
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Heberth and his team are nice guys, bug also professionals and his remodel of our kitchen came out beautifully.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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