People, Remodel Resources

SF Bay Area Remodel Trade People

UntitledHere is a list of trades-people and service professionals who I use to serve my clients.  If you have worked with anyone from this list and do not feel you had a good experience, please contact me so I can find out what happened.

[Updated on September 2018]

Arborists 

John Thompson 650-327-8090
Mark 408-723-2948
Mark Barton 408-406-9876

Architects

John Klopf (Klopf Architecture) 415-287-4225
Brett Haven Stocks (BRETTHAVEN Homes) 831-359-3900
Curt Cline (Modern House) 415-596-7281
David Henig 415-205-3900
Joyce Yin 650-937-9711

Carpet Cleaner

Ruben Carpet Cleaning  408-833-9529
Scooters Carpet Cleaning  408-398-6730
Genesis Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services  408-426-0613

Chimney Clean & Repairs

Dennis Justus (Chimney Clean Company)  408-265-1010
Mister Chimney Cleaning & Repairs  650-597-3165
Royal Chimney Services – Inspections, Repairs, Reconstruction, Cleaning  408-972-2452

Contractors


Jim Humphrey (JH Construction) 408-379-6285/650-949-1452 (met on San Carlos BNI in 2016)
Andy Wong  408-306-3968 (Worked on Michael+Anita’s Bollinger Home in 2017)
Reggie Navarro (Omagio Construction) 650-814-1240 (Worked on EPA for Graeham Wattes in 2016)
Cruz 408-856-5845 (Referred by Pamela Lin/Interior Designer)
Bob Tobiason 408-605-7179
David or Paul 408-665-0354 (Driveway and Pavers)
Oscar Gonzalez (Oscar Gonzalez Construction) 650-483-0498 (何明潔推薦)
Craig Smollen (Smollen The Builder) 415-271-0568 (Work with Curt Cline)

Doors, Mirrors, Screens, Windows Repair

A1 On Track Sliding Doors and Windows   1600 Dell Ave, Campbell  408­-866-0267
Bull’s Glass and Screen Center  1362 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose  408-725-4070
Anthony’s Glass  408-495-2938
The Mobile Screen Guy  1702- L Meridian Ave, Ste 119, San Jose  669-238-0676

Electrician

Matt Sabic (Voltz Electric) 36 Railway Ave, Campbell  408-835-3866
O’Connor & Son’s Electric  650-813-9159
Stanford Electric Works  650-319-7696
Hewlett Electric  408-661-2889
JR Electric  408-512-6059

Flooring
James (Heavenly Touch Stone Care) 408-497-4354 (Concrete Refinishing)

Fence Installation/Repair
Los Gatos Fence Company  408-971-1004
Durham Fence 650-888-2940
Sierra Lumber & Fence  408-286-7071
Meza’s Fence  408-448-2298

Foundation Repair
Ed Jones Jr. (Edward’s Construction) Santa Clara  408-595-2915

Garage Door Repair
Jack Boghos 408-753-0901

Handyman

Lado 510-290-3600 (referred by Jerry Hsieh)
Cruz 408-856-5845 (Referred by Pamela Lin/Interior Designer)
Oscar Gonzalez 650-483-0498 (何明潔推薦)
Edgar Bernal  650-722-1361 (Referred by Liling Tseng)

Housekeeping/Cleaners

Vitalina Diaz  408-504-1405
Ruth Martell  408-591-8645
Amelia Gomez 408-824-3052 (灣區媽媽臉書版推薦)
Drew Sanchez (The Red Carpet) 408-644-4068 (From KW Campbell)

Home Theatre

Randy Duerre (the smart connection) 408-315-2646

Home Inspection  

Compass Home Inspection 408-980-7177

Heating and Cooling Systems (HVAC)

Rick Lopez  408-661-2088
Palo Alto HVAC/Plumbing 650-856-3400

Interior Designer   

Valentina Cirasola  408-732-9782 (Italian Style)
Severine Secret  408-859-9015 (Modern Style)
Pamela Lin (Urbanism Designs) 650-767-0880 (Modern Style)

Kitchen Design 

Atherton Appliance & Kitchens  650-369-1794 Redwood City

Landscape Designers

Lisa Parramore (Living with Japanese Gardens)  650-996-8951
Monika Kafka (mscape design) 408-540-8320 (modern design)



Troy Smothermon (Start Organic) 408-888-1903 troy(at)startorganic(.)org (Veggie Gardens)

Landscape Maintenance 

Boyds Tree Service  408-391-2809
Pablo Ramirez  650-274-3953
Humberto Vazquez 650-518-3108
Blue Ox Tree Service 408-509-8216


Mark Barton 408-406-9876 (Arborist/Fruit trees and Maple pruner)

Sean McGrail  408-761-9415  (Maple tree/Fruit Tree pruner)

Mortgage Brokers
Irene Moustakas (Granite Financial) Cupertino  408-257-1681
Dan Lawson (Opes Advisor) Willow Glen  408-483-5417
David Setti (O2 Mortgage) Campbell  408-605-1848
Maily Smitt (Wells Fargo) San Jose  408-807-1860
Michael Aning (Mosaic Mortgage) Campbell 408-391-2918

Moving Company
Drew Scnchez (D&L Movers) 408-800-6727 (From KW Campbell)
Larry (L and R Transport) Redwood City 650-868-0089

Plumbing

Gordon Mueller  408-234-3877
Palo Alto HVAC/Plumbing 650-856-3400
Bay Area Plumbing & Heating 650-323-6006
San Jose Drain and Main  408-854-2863
Northstar Plumbing & Drain  408-757-8003

Painters
Gil Chae (Prince Painting) 408-529-8848
John Hardisity 831-345-5346
Mike Romito 408-267-4254
Will Fanizzi 408-728-1818 (4th generation painters)
Jesus Malta 408-592-2171

Pool Service
Dave McElaney (Poolside Concierge) 650-465-4195

Roofing

Tony Rainieri (Anthony Rainieri Roofing) San Jose  408-265-8010
Rich Cosmos (specialize in Tar and Gravel) Mountain View  650-400-2414
Bill Hamilton (Hamilton Roofing) Campbell  408-379-1303
Abril Roofing 925-228-0160
Shelton Roofing  650-288-1400

Radiant Heating Specialist (for Eichler Home)

Dan Salzberg  650-965-3777
LaChances  408-986-8189

Screen Door Service
John Lanto (The Mobile Screen Guys) 408-750-4600

Sliding Door Service
Martin Golphin (A-1 On Track) 800-491-5654

Siding (for Eichler Home)
Kevin Mills 650-747-9503
Jeff & Annette Nichols  415-883-5300

Termite and Pest Control

Eric Van Hooser  San Jose  408-536-0550
Proven Termite Solutions  408-929-1992
A & R Termite Control  650-347-9512
MightyMite Termite Services  408-377-3761
Attic Crew  800-558-5857

Windows & Glass Doors

(Palo Alto Glass)  650-494-7000
A Wholesale Window Company  408-654-9410
J & M Windows and Glass  408-371-7255
California Window Masters  408-645-7742
Integrity Windows & Doors  408-225-2600

Window Treatments

Mariko Blakemore (The Shade Store) 1932 Fillmore St, SF 415-848-9179#275  (15% off code “ta-29d89” )


People, Photography, Trip to New England

Your Photo Travel Guide with April Bielefeldt

我和April Bielefeldt是在Meetup.com上認識的, 見過一次面, 其他時間都是在臉書上, 所以有點熟, 又有點不熟. 這次她的Workshop跟另外一個Workshop, 剛好前後連著, 所以我就報名參加 (事後發現我錯了).  她人很好, 問題在我自己, 因為我自己沒有仔細弄清楚她的Workshop型態 (it’s not a workshop; it’s a photo tour).

她算業餘攝影師吧, 因為她的正職是公務員, 每年有四週的假期, 其中三週她拿來做Photo Tours, 半度假半賺錢 來平衡她的左右腦. 她的型態比較像是私人地陪, 她開著一台大型SUV (連她最多六人), 她事先會計畫好路線, 選幾個大景點, 然後中途看到其他景點可以馬上靠邊停, 讓大家下車拍幾張照, 屬於比較輕鬆, 旅遊兼拍照的方式, 適合攝影入門者, 以旅遊為主, 拍照為輔的人參加. 如果你喜歡街頭攝影的彈性和多元, 你會喜歡這個旅遊方式, 不過以我的攝影程度和參加過的Landscape Workshops型態來比較, 這樣的方式不適合我, 我看到光線不佳的時候, 根本連相機都懶得拿出來了, 因為攝影作品好壞, 光線因素就佔很大部分了.

她所選擇的住宿都是Bed & Breakfast, 所以早餐都吃得不錯, 住的環境也還行, 不過我還是比較偏愛連鎖旅館 (例如Holiday Inn), 因為有一定的住宿品質 (雖然沒有好吃的早餐, 也少了點特色, 但是起碼睡得舒服).

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以上都是用iPhone 6 隨手拍完後, 用手機下載後製的軟體略作修改, Not great photos for my standard but good enough what is worth.

所以原本五天的行程, 第二天中午我就決定提早離開, 回家睡自己的床了.

 

People, Volunteer

給人幸福,自己更幸福

(淚流不止中)  

在Facebook上看到朋友貼了這一個短片 – “沒有改編,沒有劇本,這是一次真實紀錄,紀錄了幫助一個雙眼失明的8歲小孩-呂岳駿成為鼓手,站上大舞台的圓夢計畫。透過楊力州導演、鼓手緯緯、四分衛樂團和1000名熱情喝采的觀眾,分別用不同方式為岳駿帶來幸福的過程,證明了只要願意為他人付出微小幫助,便能深刻體會,給人幸福,就是幸福。”

help-others-achieve-their-dreams-and-you-will-achieve-yours-quote-1幫助別人, 其實得到最多的是自己.

一個八歲的失明小男孩, 這一個經驗, 可能改變他的一生.  與其給他魚, 不如教他怎麼釣魚.  失明不是障礙, 因為他不知道看得見是什麼感覺.  因為阿公無法幫他一輩子, 他需要的是我們大人給他機會, 幫助他找出一個技能, 協助他獨立, 將來可以靠自己過著有尊嚴的日子.

no reason needed也許將來他鼓打得好, 可以到世界各地工作.

如果Ray Charles, Steve Wonder可以成為有名歌手;
如果Helen Keller可以成為有名作家;
如果David Paterson可以成為New York Governor ;
如果Art Tatum, George Shearing可以成為鋼琴家;
如果Jose Feliciano可以成為吉他手;
如果Trischa Zorn, Chis Holmes 可以成為游泳健將;
如果Marla Runyan可以成為奧運Runner選手;

我相信呂岳駿小朋友, 也可以有一個光明的未來.

 

Health & Beauty, People

專業推拿師 – Isabel Sun

tuiniaIsabel Sun (伊莎貝爾 孫) 是灣區少見的台灣女推拿師, 長得漂亮, 又雞婆熱心, 我有幸給她按過一次後就黏住了, 我想全身推拿做得透徹要二個小時吧 (除非你身體健康, 只是做保養的). 以她的技術水準, 她的收費算物超所值, 一小時八十塊 (小費任給, 不給也不會給你臉色看, 但是她按的那麼好, 你一定會想給小費來讚賞她的) .

她住在Redwood City, 終於在Cupertino找到工作室的地點 在3011 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, 從Stevens Creek 往大華方向去, 在大華超市之前的阿紅髮廊裡面, 和大華同一邊, 每周五六日一在這裡工作, 請去電預約 408-316-4709 (記得說是我強力推薦的喔).

Isabel Sun  408-316-4709  (阿紅髮廊) 3011 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino

Health & Beauty, People

[Santana Row] Burke Williams Spa

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今年有幾位好友合送我Burke Williams Spa的禮卷當生日禮物, 給我一個大好機會認識一個Spa天堂!! BW Spa始於1984, 是一個加州連鎖, 目前有九間分店, 其中二間在北加州 (SF & San Jose).

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San Jose這間位在Santana Row, 地址與Hotel Valencia一樣, 但不屬於Hotel, 右邊樓梯是去BW Spa, 左邊電梯是去Hotel. 如果是第一次去, 建議至少提早一小時到, 他們會給你一個Tour, 好好介紹一下環境.  樓梯上去, 推開厚重的大門, 眼睛可能需要適應一下, 因為外面很亮, 裡面很昏暗.  報上名字後, 櫃檯人員會引領你開始Tour, 推開另外一扇門, 門後入映眼簾的, 就是一大區等候區(上圖)和護膚保養專業產品區, 有許多雜誌, 水果, 茶水任君享用.

Hottube男女有各自的Quiet Room (裡面有八張舒服的椅子可以讓你睡覺, 打坐), Spa area (Whirlpools, steam room, dry sauna, cool misting room, private showers, and cold deluge), 吹整區 (hair products, shaving goods, blow dryers, curling irons, and more). 而且你可以早上它開門就去, 一直到它關門再走, 即使中途出去逛個街, 吃個飯再回來也沒關係, 真的很舒服的環境.  但是 除非你加入預付會員 (基本上就是每個月都會去消費一次) 會享有折扣價以外, 它的按摩費用不太親和.

我喜歡Deep Tissue, 而且運氣不錯, 遇到一位技法很好的女按摩師Colbert (周二三 3-9pm/周五六 4-10pm), 她的手法和我在健身房裡的按摩師Pamela非常不同, 但二者不分上下, 都非常好, 因為讓我覺得真的有按到經絡, 鬆弛筋骨, 達到放鬆的目的.

感謝女友們的精心安排, 挑選了一個很棒的Spa給我當生日禮物, 真的好享受喔!!