Archive for August, 2014

Homes are smarter.

Homes are smarter.

August 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm

The *”Internet of Things” is reshaping global business and the way we live. We are wearing Fitbits, tracking electric energy consumption with smart meters and learning about “intelligent homes”.  Innovations now on the market: Smart Thermostats Install a smart thermostat like Nest or Honeywell to help regulate the temperature in […]

 

Improve energy efficiency and get $$ incentives.

August 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade is a comprehensive, “whole house” approach to home energy efficiency that offers financial incentives for installing approved energy upgrades in your home. Maximize savings and comfort with a “whole house” approach by treating your house as a system and making multiple improvements that work together […]

 

Ten ladders.

August 11, 2014 at 5:22 am

In construction, to be efficient and prepared, you have to be positioned at the right height with the appropriate ladder at every job site. We have 4′, 7′, 10′, 14′, 16′ and two folding ladders.

 
Making houses ready for resale.

Making houses ready for resale.

August 10, 2014 at 6:40 am

California modern home, renovated, repaired, polished up, repainted and ready for resale. Appeal to more buyers, sell faster and list higher. Image: Oakland Eichler Restoration Project by Beckner Contracting.

 
Small upgrades. Big rewards.

Small upgrades. Big rewards.

August 10, 2014 at 6:25 am

Bathroom remodel. Oakland Hills.

 
Blend in with the neighborhood.

Blend in with the neighborhood.

August 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

Many of us think of ourselves as individualists, march to our drummer, and value unique points of view. But, there are times when blending in makes sense, especially when it comes to resale value and neighborliness. Though you may be dreaming of transforming your rancher into a Tuscan villa, don’t […]

 
Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s Color of 2014

Radiant Orchid: Pantone’s Color of 2014

August 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

Gem tones are turning up everywhere in homes this year. Pantone says Radiant Orchid “blooms with confidence and magical warmth” and encourages “expanded creativity and originality”. Is purple the new orange?

 
Trending in Remodeling Now.

Trending in Remodeling Now.

August 9, 2014 at 7:21 am

Opening up the kitchen – the heart of your home – by removing a wall between the kitchen and adjoining rooms Choosing recycled glass tile for bathrooms Moving from cosmetic improvements to full home or kitchen remodels Streamlining kitchens. Yes, Modern is in, simple countertops, sleek finishes, touch-latch cabinet fronts, […]

 

A quote we believe in.

August 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” Good to Great, by Jim Collins

 
How to Identify a Quality Contractor.

How to Identify a Quality Contractor.

August 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

Quality contractors display a different set of characteristics than less than stellar contractors. Once the project begins, ink dries on the contract, work begins and money is spent, the difference between the two becomes apparent. Unfortunately, a portfolio of impressive photographs doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality and follow through. You’ve got […]