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Kitchen Design Ideas – Create a Lasting Design

A big current push in contemporary kitchen design is toward kitchens that are timeless and will never go out of style. This means a movement toward spaces meant to accommodate you and all of your needs at the same time. When form follows function within the space, the results are sure to be lasting ones. […]

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Brace & Bolt to Prevent Earthquake Damage

More than 1.2 million houses in high-hazard areas of California are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes because of the type of construction, according to the CEA. These homes are typically built before 1979, have a wood frame on a raised foundation and have a cripple wall in the crawl space under the house.   Most houses […]

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Bolt and Brace Retrofits: 20% discount on Homeowners Insurance

Homes with qualifying brace and bolt retrofits may be eligible for discounts of up to 20 percent on California Earthquake Authority insurance premiums. More than 1.2 million houses in high-hazard areas of California are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes by virtue of when and how they were constructed: typically before 1979, with a wood frame on a raised foundation, and […]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Finishing a Basement

DO start with a detailed plan. Measure out the basement and mark any items that cannot be moved, such as a furnace, water heater or pipes. Think about ways you plan to arrange furniture and consider all of the possible uses for the room. Will it be a home theater? Will someone be sleeping down […]

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Proven Ways to Increase Home Value

Make your house more efficient, adding square footage, upgrading the kitchen or bath and installing smart-home technology to help increase its value. If, like most homeowners, you believe your house is your biggest asset, taking care of it is probably a top priority. Keeping up with repairs and making smart improvements are proven ways to […]

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Commercial Tenant Improvement Terminology

We work closely with tenants, landlords, investors and commercial real estate brokers on commercial tenant improvement projects.   There are several different types of commercial improvements projects: Interior ImprovementsLandlord ImprovementsTenant Improvements Since the terms can be confusing, we offer the following definitions of Interior Commercial Improvements. Interior Improvements: Modifications of a commercial space made by either the […]

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Early Dry Rot Detection

Whenever possible, inspect for any signs of dry rot. Early detection is key to keeping dry rot repairs as inexpensive as possible. When you know what to look for you can save time and money by stopping the rot and keeping your home investment in tip-top shape.   Identifying Dry Rot   Dry rot can […]

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Tips for Cleaning Stucco

Stucco lasts from 50 or 80 years. In order to live out its expected lifespan successfully, stucco tends to require a modest amount of care and attention. For indoor stucco, a new paint job may be all it needs. But, with exposure to the beating summer sun, the howling winds of winter, and simply the […]

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Building Permit Links

Check out building permit requirements in your city (click “Read More”): Atherton Building Permits Belmont Building Permits Brisbane Building Permits Burlingame Building Permits – Quick Start Guides Colma Building Permits Daly City Building Permits East Palo Alto Building Permits El Granada Building Permits Foster City Building Permits Hillsborough Building Permits Half Moon Bay Building Permits […]

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Save Energy Costs with New Windows

About 25% of the costs for heating and cooling your home or office comes from the energy lost through your windows. Careful selection of the right type of window for your home or office could save you thousands of dollars in energy costs while increasing resale value. Call us today at (650) 400-3600 to discuss your energy […]