Archive for August, 2013

Don’t stereotype your contractor.

August 28, 2013 at 12:30 am

Contractor bullies, know-it-all’s, and fast talkers have left homeowners suspicious of any contractor. We’ve gotten a bum rap because of a few bad apples. Most contractors are very conscientious and work long days into the night on behalf of our customers. Trust is really important to the success of the […]

 
We think building stuff is pretty cool.

We think building stuff is pretty cool.

August 28, 2013 at 12:28 am

The fixation on construction started a long, long time ago, building a wooden Pelican sailboat with my dad and launching it into the Bay, creating the ultimate city with SimCity, stacking wooden building blocks into castles with moats, pushing around toy tractors and sand-filled dump trucks for hours on end! […]

 
Avoidable renovation mistakes.

Avoidable renovation mistakes.

August 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Thinking about remodeling? Reality bites hard if you cut corners, from not enough planning and under-prepping to setting unrealistically wishfully low budgets and using undocumented labor. From choosing finishes that are out of sync with your pocketbook or home’s look and feel to making snap decisions just to keep things […]

 
Old Habits Make Good

Old Habits Make Good

August 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I come from a family of do-it-yourselfers who knew how to hang onto a penny, put in a solid day’s work, and your word was your word. Starting out in the trades, I apprenticed with European craftsmen in San Francisco, fine finishing and attention to detail meant something. It all […]

 
11 Things To Think About Before You Remodel

11 Things To Think About Before You Remodel

August 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm

A remodel is exciting, especially when fantasizing about the end result! A remodel can also be overwhelming, time-consuming, and costly. Read over our 11-point not-so-sexy checklist so your remodel project stays on track, meets expectations, and runs as smoothly as possible. Budget: Find out approx. sq. foot costs for similar […]

 
Home efficiency best practices.

Home efficiency best practices.

August 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm

The world is changing for the better. We have more ways than ever to keep our homes healthier, comfortable, updated, energy-efficient, and resale-ready! Inside the Home: Change your HVAC filters every 3 months (calendar it). Get the chimney inspected and swept yearly. Switch to a gas-burning fireplace insert, rather than […]

 

How Bay Area Home Sellers Can Increase Home Value

August 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

We’re all familiar with the MPG fuel efficiency stickers slapped on cars. It won’t be long before there will be “home energy efficiency stickers” slapped on homes: Square footage. Natural gas consumption. BTU rating. Water usage. Think about it! Buyers will be able to point their mobile devices at QR […]

 

BecknerContracting.com goes live!

August 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Welcome to Beckner Contracting & Management’s brand new website! We’re busy jack hammering out old concrete to make way for new construction, remodeling custom kitchens, crawling around in attics with headlamps sealing air leaks, putting down pavers, adding kitchens and updating bathrooms in industrial live/work spaces, repairing office buildings and […]