Subcontractors & Suppliers We Recommend
O’Rourke Electric, Inc.
Over 30 years.
Lighting Design Center
Over 25 years.
Sonoma Cast Stone
Precast concrete counters and other items.
Rhyne Design Cabinets.
Over 30 years building fine cabinets.
Premier Bath and Kitchen
Featuring decorative plumbing fixtures and hardware from the cutting edge of contemporary, to the beloved classics.
Dennett Tile & Stone, Inc.
Established in 1985.
Dee Jay’s Sash & Glass, Inc.
Established in 1960.
Checking Out A Contractor?
California Contractors State License Board Website
Use the Instant License Check button on this page to find out if a “contractor” is really licensed, insured, bonded and carries workers compensation insurance to hire employees (and subcontractors, if needed). Also, lots of other information accessible from the left side of the page that is helpful in checking-out a prospective contractor. You don’t want to bear the burden of anyone that is operating illegally.
Don’t put yourself at risk by hiring unlicensed ‘contractors.’
“It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500 or more in combined labor and material costs. Besides being illegal, unlicensed contractors lack accountability and have a high rate of involvement in construction scams. They also are unfair competition for licensed contractors who operate with bonds, insurance, and other responsible business practices.” If the ‘contractor’ gets caught without a license you could become responsible for workers’ compensation, liability insurance, extra fees and permits, possible liens on your property, and a number of other things.
Time-and-Materials / Cost-Plus Contracts
“The first thing you learn from the Home Improvement Contracts section of the California Contractors License Law and Reference Book is that there is no provision for time and material contracts in home improvement projects. Time and material agreements violate legal subsection guidelines that are required for home improvement contracts such as start and stop dates, and the firm payment schedule that specifically references the completed work.”
Other Items to Consider
Hazardous Things Found in Some Homes . . .
EPA’s webpage about Asbestos Hazards Start here to learn about asbestos.
EPA’s webpage about Lead (the metal) Hazards
Start here to learn about lead.
EPA’s – OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL Report on validity of RRP Lead paint rule
Within the EPA there is serious conflict on the validity of the 2010 RRP Lead Paint Rule. This is a ‘Review of Hotline Complaint Concerning Cost and Benefit Estimates for EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Rule’ – Report No. 12-P-0600 – July 25, 2012 – no proper legal response has been made to this report claiming a number of ways they were negligent in studying the issue and coming up with their rule. This is important because the EPA has policing authority to imprison or fine for non-compliance with a rule that is apparently not based on facts and sound research.
EPA’s webpage about Mold Hazards
Start here to learn about molds.
FEMA’s webpage about Mold & Mildew
More information about mold & mildew.
California Codes and Other Regulations . . .
California 2013 (Current) Residential Building Code (700 pages PDF)
Some light reading before bed.
Public.Resource.Org (toward bottom of this page)
Where to find several building codes and regulations. (Danger! This could affect your sanity.)
Water Conservation Measures for Home Remodeling Projects
Civil Code Sections 1101.1-1101.8 – Especially 1101.4.