Archive for category: Home Know How

Remodeling feng shui.

Remodeling feng shui.

January 24, 2019 at 3:27 pm

Feng shui is an ancient practice, predicated on the belief that our home mirrors our internal world. By arranging our environment in harmony with the natural world, we can achieve more comfort, serenity, and happiness. A precious respite from the go go go of the outside world. Remodeling is the perfect time to […]

 
Listen to the Property Brothers.

Listen to the Property Brothers.

January 10, 2019 at 11:02 am

We cherrypicked favorite quotes from the New York Times Property Brothers Offer Renovation Tips article, “…unlike other home improvement TV stars, the Scott brothers are not fans of D.I.Y., even though they began their careers buying and renovating properties while they were still in college…For bigger projects, the Scott brothers wholeheartedly […]

 
Remodeling design breakthroughs.

Remodeling design breakthroughs.

May 6, 2017 at 11:43 am

San Francisco Bay Area homeowners live in a design bubble. And, that’s a good thing! We are better informed on design aesthetics, the latest and greatest fixtures, findings, and materials, home-centric technology, and “lifestyle lifts”. The kitchen/whole house remodel, pictured above, is a perfect example of a remodeling design breakthrough (built by Beckner […]

 
Another home becomes iconic.

Another home becomes iconic.

May 6, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Yes, people. It’s true. We want what we want. Beckner Contracting is here to oblige! This kitchen/dining room/living room remodel (+ sassy chandelier) is by us. Secret remodel ingredient: Personality. Remodel with attitude! Dreams do come true.

 
Thinking outside the Box.

Thinking outside the Box.

March 25, 2016 at 8:09 am

To reduce trunk girdling roots (yes, it is a real problem) and work more efficiently within a narrow, angled planting bed, we made this one-of-a-kind circle template on the fly. Remodeling outside the box at work. Quickly and accurately spacing and digging the holes. Seems simple, but we are proud […]

 
Remodeling Pleasure & Pain: 5 Survival Tips.

Remodeling Pleasure & Pain: 5 Survival Tips.

January 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

We think Huffington Post blogger Geri Spieler’s remodeling insights are worth repeating: 1. Focus on one room at the time. To reduce overwhelm, envision the entire concept and pick out the materials for one room, then move on room by room, setting priorities such as: bath #1, bath #2, etc. […]

 
We get dirty.

We get dirty.

October 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

This muddy auger, a tool with a large helical bit for boring holes in the ground, is drilling for a pier and grade beam foundation at a current job site.

 
Men at work.

Men at work.

October 18, 2015 at 2:35 pm

View the early stages of the laundry room, sewing room and bathroom addition for our Danville client, in progress now. The builder’s level is used to set forms at the right height. The excavator is drilling piers for the foundation.

 
The extra mile.

The extra mile.

September 4, 2015 at 10:27 am

We are deeply involved in every aspect of the project, whether planning, management, remodel, addition, restoration, repair, energy upgrade, electrical, plumbing, design/build or materials selection and installation. Last night, I was focused on the Building Department re-submission for a Danville home addition project.

 

We use a jigsaw upside down.

August 22, 2015 at 10:29 am

*When cutting wood, it’s very easy to tear out the grain. To get a very clean cut, we use a jigsaw on the backside so the blade cuts down on the surface. Same advice for a skill saw; we cut the material upside down so the teeth cut into the […]