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    TANGERINEdesign
    Fantastic! This was a VERY tricky design project where we needed to get very creative with how to make 2 undersized and poorly planned bathrooms not only big enough and functional enough, but also do so while optimizing the other spaces they touched. Jill was exactly the right person for this job - we ultimately saved a ton, and she did what no other desing-build folks would do, which was COME to the house and look at the space, then actually put some options down on paper before we went forward with thousands on architectural drawings. Which was KEY given we couldn't even ENVISION how it would work. She came up with EXCELLENT options, listened to our feedback and suggestions, and was super responsive. The project is on hold for now due to other conflicts, but we would definitely use Jill again!
    - Charles M.
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    Feraru & Associates Building & Design Inc
    The architect reviewed scope of work and was paid for 2,5 hours leaving w/o statement of next steps. I sent communication to Mr feraru about what the next step to getting bid and starting process. And clarify that his website said initial visit was free. He replied that he wanted to clarify that he wasn't able to do the project. I was stunned and said he should have said this up front and I wouldn't have even had design architect come. I let him know that communication was very unprofessional and money was spent for absolutely nothing. All other companies completed free initial meetings with bid or that they could not start in timeline up front.
    - Carolyn S.
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    Drafting Cafe
    I reached out to Drafting Cafe using the contact form on their website because our general contractor recommended them highly, saying they would likely be the fastest and most affordable way to get architectural drawings for our foundation replacement job. He said we just need architectural drawings to submit to the city of Berkeley so we can get our permit approved. All we want to do is replace the existing early-1900s foundation on our basic 880-sq-ft, square-shaped house with a new one, and in the process, lift the house 2 additional feet to make the basement a legal height. We also wanted to finish out the basement ��� not a fancy remodel, just sealing it up so we can use it for additional storage space. I didn���t hear back from Drafting Cafe for several days so finally I called the office to see what was up. Jennifer apologized for the delay in responding and we had a nice conversation while I explained our project. She said she would send over an estimate in a day or two. After the call I emailed her some photos of the property and several follow up questions. Five days later, I hadn���t heard from her, so emailed again to find out what was up. She sent back a preliminary estimate which I found shocking. It said that this job would take 12 weeks and cost $6400. I sent back a clarifying question, to which she responded that her original estimate mistakenly didn���t include the lift-up/elevation in the drawings estimate, so now the new estimate is $7400. I wrote back with some follow up questions, and I still haven���t heard back from her���5 days later. I asked a former-architect friend in another state if he thought this sounded normal, and he said no way. A job like ours would maybe take him a week to complete, and would cost way less. Our contractor also said this sounds way off base, price-wise and time-wise. I guess it���s time for us to look into other options. I���d rather work with a business that answers their customer���s questions and responds in a more timely way. And whose timelines and prices are more realistic.
    - K V.
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    Pacific Construction & Design
    The company showed up as agreed. We received an email a week later with a link to the 3D Kitchen resign document. If we decide to proceed with the construction the payment will be applied towards the work.
    - Anthony R A.
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    Evolve Construction
    Evolve Construction completed a full remodel of our kitchen and family room in January. We are very pleased with all aspects of this work. The team's attention to detail is fantastic, their work is very professional and they are pleasant to have in your home every day for weeks! The project was completed on budget and on time. It looks absolutely beautiful and our end result is better than I could have imagined. Because of their experience, they were able to advise on design decisions. Evolve took our empty space and designed a layout that opens the space up and allows for comfortable traffic flow. When I had my interior designer friend review Evolve's layout, she had no corrections because it was so well done! I highly recommend this reputable, honest, hard-working, and professional company. We will definitely be using them again and will be referring our friends to them!
    - Liza M.
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    Evolve Construction
    The Evolve team did an outstanding job! The team met with us regularly to anticipate and resolves issues quickly and ensure good communications and delivered a very high quality product on budget. We were very pleased with our experience. We are planning another renovation to our second home this year and there is would love to have this company do the renovation there for us as well. Thank you Evolve! :)
    - Chelsea R.
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    Evolve Construction
    This company is simply the BEST! Our house is old and with old homes come a bunch of issues. We found Evolve through a good friend that did his kitchen with this company last year. The crew is hardworking with a tremendous level of knowledge of home renovation. I cannot say enough good things about the Evolve team. I will never have anyone else do work in my house- they are my go to guys! I am so glad to have found this company. My house got a serious upgrade thanks to Evolve Construction. Thank you.
    - Fred M.
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    Evolve Construction
    Evolve Construction remodeled our kitchen and did a wonderful job. We are very happy with the results and think the price was fair as well. They promised it will be done within two months and finished a week and a half before deadline. Our friends and family keep complimenting us for our new kitchen and my wife, which cooks around here (I do the cleaning...) is cooking even more now, which I think is a good sign :)
    - Richard R.
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    TANGERINEdesign
    We are first-time home-buyers and owners and are beginning the remodel process. Jill came for a two-hour consult and was super knowledgeable about the permitting process and building codes, and had some clever design ideas that we hadn't considered. While we ultimately didn't opt to hire her for the entirety of our process, as the design elements are not complex, we learned a ton from the couple of hours we spent with Jill and that time ultimately allowed us to be much more knowledgeable going into meeting with general contractors.
    - Anyaluz Z.
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    Jill Finn has been a huge help to us.

    Project is that of of remodeling bathrooms in connection with an update of the plumbing of our old house. 

    Jill responded rapidly to our request for help. She provided loads of information about the plans-permit-building process, and she promptly provided us with several different possible plans for reconstituting the bathrooms.  She adjusted her schedule to work
    with our timing, and once we had her plans, she made herself available, on our schedule, to walk us through them. She thought of things we hadn?t thought of, and knew relevant things we hadn?t known.  She was able to show us a way of remodeling the bathrooms that would optimize their usefulness and their value to us and to future buyers of our house. She put things in a form that we could then show the builder, and get feedback from him on what the various possible plans would cost.  She knew about the relevant codes, she had valuable common-sense input about some of the choices (tub/ shower..) She was very frank, very responsive, and very knowledgeable.

    We recommend her highly!

     





    - Suzanne C.
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