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“Berkeley Craftsmen did an addition and renovation to our house in Berkeley and we could not be happier. The project involved all aspects: demolition, foundation, framing, electrical, tile, full roof replacement, stucco, new windows, iron work, painting, etc. They prepared the house at the beginning putting temporary walls to protect the living areas. All the subcontractors were great and their own crew was amazing... They cleaned the work area every day, so that when we got home at night all the tools were put away and the dust was vacuumed.

They replaced the whole roof, including a 1927 original framing that still had planks instead of plywood. We did the project in the winter. I was very concerned about water getting in the house. They managed it perfectly covering the open areas every evening, and then taking advantage of 4 clear days to bring a large crew and completely redo the roof. The weekend after the roof was installed, with rain pouring, Mark drove by with his family in the car to make sure everything was fine. The project was completed on budget exactly as was specified in the signed contract at the very beginning. They were also on schedule, even accounting for several rainy days.

Really tremendous attention to detail throughout the project, a strong value on customer satisfaction and the highest quality in labor and materials. Highly recommended.”

— Issy from Berkeley

 

“The planning process was fun and easy. They were very trustworthy, and they communicated well. They also did a lot of work on my mother's home. She is 90-years-old, and I trusted them completely in her home.”
— Genie from Oakland

 

“I liked their personal skills. It was easy to work with them, and they didn't invade my personal space.”
— Ivor from Emeryville

 

“When we purchased our home in Kensington, we knew we needed some remodeling work but we didn't realize how big the job would be. We were very happy that we chose Berkeley Craftsmen. Mark and Mike, the two owners, treated the job as if it was their house and worked with us very carefully on the design. The emphasis was always on doing the job right. Whenever a new surprise came up, they carefully redesigned the project to fit our needs. By the time the project was completed, we had rewired the house, rebuilt the downstairs into a beautiful office, installed sheetrock where there supposed to be some, replaced the windows and doors, rebuilt the kitchen and bathrooms, and put on a new roof. Everybody on the Berkeley Craftsmen team was thoroughly committed to doing an excellent job, and we felt as if they were family.”
— Larry from Kensington

 

“They were easy to work with and responsive when we had a problem. Their people approached the project with a lot of integrity and consideration. Also, when there was a problem, they were right there to correct it. They make a real effort to please the client.”
— Gordon from Berkeley

 

“If we could give more stars to Berkeley Craftsmen we would! Earlier this year Berkeley Craftsmen handled our kitchen remodel and we could not be happier with the process or the end result. Michael and Mark Butler, the brothers who run the company, are both very knowledgeable, super friendly, very responsive, and excellent communicators. Mark made sure the project moved forward in a timely way with high quality work at all stages, and although our remodel was not a large project, he was very generous with his time and attention. Their point person on the job, Jose, was incredibly conscientious and detail oriented, we felt he cared about the work as much as if it was his own home, and when the project was finished we missed his company. All of the subcontractors (plumber, electrician, flooring, etc.) were well chosen, hard working, and did quality jobs. ...And in terms of cost, once the process began, Mark worked with us to keep our project within the budget and helped us to be cost-effective in all areas. Any increases were completely our decision.

This was our first major work on our house and having heard a lot of horror stories about unreliable contractors we were a bit nervous. However, the experience with Berkeley Craftsmen was a pleasure from start to finish and has us looking forward to future remodeling projects. Although a few months have passed now since the remodel was completed, we look at our kitchen practically every day, say ‘The kitchen looks amazing,’ and thank our lucky stars we found Berkeley Craftsmen!.”

— Carlos from Berkeley

 

“...The work came out beautifully! We experienced people walking by our house for many months after the work was completed telling us how impressed they were of the transformation. They worked hard to meet our needs and communicated with us every step of the way.”
— Susan from El Cerrito

 

“Dear Mike, Mark, Jacob, Ceara and the rest of the crew,
 
We wanted to write and thank you for the terrific job you did building our addition.  We are so happy with the final results.
 
We are particularly happy that your estimates of time and cost were so accurate.  Despite the delays resulting from working through such an incredibly wet winter, you managed to finish construction within a month of your estimate.  And you kept within budget, despite our insistence on certified lumber and other ‘green’ building products that were more expensive than conventional materials.  We don’t know how you did that, but we’re grateful you did.
 
The quality of your work is exceptional.  In particular, the stained concrete floor is everything we hoped for, and Jacob’s attention to detail and the hours of experimenting produced great results.  Ceara and Jacob offered so many helpful suggestions and gave us ideas we wouldn’t have had otherwise.  Our zero–VOC paints and finishes, marmoleum floors, and storage cubbies are examples of their great ideas.
 
Probably the aspect of this project that we appreciated most was everyone’s great communication, attitude and the respect you all showed our family.  You supported our goal of having an environmentally–sustainable home, and you worked hard to minimize disturbances in our living areas.  Thanks to the crew for being so friendly to Anna, who still asks for ‘the men.’  It made a big difference to enjoy the folks who were in and around our living space and be able to negotiate about things like Friday naptime.  Overall, it was a pleasure interacting with every member of your staff.
 
Thanks again for your great work.”

— Eric and Becky from Oakland

 

“They kept the house and yard clean during the work and they cleaned up after themselves at the end. They protected the floor and other areas while they were working. They did a great job matching the existing drywall texture and reproducing the original window trim. They also paid attention to waterproofing details to keep the dry rot from reoccurring. They accommodated my tight schedule, and they were responsive to my suggestions and concerns while they were working. Their bid was competitive and they had a very ‘can-do’ attitude. I would use them again in the future.”
— Dan from Albany

 

“We've been very happy with the quality of work by Berkeley Craftsman. They did the project management and finishing work after we replaced the foundation to our basement, and added a bathroom. They added a beautiful new staircase, took out old wood windows and replaced them with new low e, clad exteriors. The molding on doors and windows is beautiful and matches the style of our home. Today they did a great job cleaning up an making more stable another flight of stairs that were wobbly and had paint splatters, messy paint edges and metal brackets from an earlier contractor. They look fabulous! I didn't even ask them to do that specific work but they took the initiative after the workers had expanded the headrail space and took out an old ugly door jamb. Michael has a great eye for detail and he wants to get each job right until we're happy. I really appreciate his patience, good communication style, and of course excellent quality of workmanship.”
— Marcie from Piedmont

 

“Berkeley Craftsmen were the contractors for an extensive remodel of our old Berkeley brown shingle (while we lived in the house). All of their sub contractors were great—did very good work and were pleasant to have around. They were excellent at helping us set the scope of work—a real challenge in an old house where there could be no end to change and they supported my husband in doing some of the work himself to keep costs down. I highly recommend them! We are very satisfied with the results.”
— Candy from Berkeley

 

“They were expert craftsmen, honest and they worked within my budget. They also helped me do what I thought I wanted done.”
— Patricia from Oakland