My wife and I bought a house in 2017 that had basically been untouched since the 1960s. Very stylish for the time, but not so much these days! The kitchen had a load bearing wall-closet that housed the laundry, furnace and water heater and also bifurcated the kitchen and dining/living room. Oh, did I also mention that this wall held the electrical sub-panel? This made our humble "kitchen renovation" quite complicated. Our plan involved replacing & relocating all of these fixtures/ appliances, taking the wall down to open up the room, gutting the kitchen, and building a brand new modern kitchen. We planned and designed most elements of our new kitchen ourselves and had an architect and engineer create plans for us. We then took these plans to potential contractors, including Ron/ HQR. We decided to go with HQR because Ron shared the same vision as us and was excited about the project. The other contractors we met with lacked enthusiasm, were wary of certain design features outside of their expertise and focused on issues vs. solutions. Many contractors were simply too busy to give us the time of day. We spent a few days iterating through our contract and Ron made sure all of our questions were answered. We ended up signing a contract that felt very fair. Following this, Ron & team got to work right away and moved with lighting speed. We were amazed at how fast they moved. There were a few hiccups along the way, but Ron helped navigate these quickly. For example, after opening up the walls, it turned out our existing panels and wiring were crap and it simply made sense to replace it all given we were doing such a major renovation. Ron got us a great price on this and was able to secure an electrician quickly to keep the project going. Speed was important to us since we decided to live in the house during the renovation. Ron always made sure there was forward momentum on our project and that it stayed on track. It is worth mentioning that we were very involved with the project on a daily basis on top of full time jobs. This level of involvement felt necessary at times, but other times it probably wasn't necessary and we were simply being overly challenging/ micro-managing customers. Ron made sure to always stay in touch and field any concerns of ours. With all of that said, the best aspect of going with HQR is that we ended up with not only the exact kitchen we had in our minds, but better than we imagined. Not only that, the project finished a month ahead of schedule, which I imagine is very rare in the construction industry.
After going through this renovation, our top pieces of advice for prospective home owners are 1) make sure your contract is very clear on what you want, 2) figure out your finished items - cabinets, flooring, fixtures, appliances, etc. as fast as possible and, ideally, order these quickly (use Pinterest, find example pictures, and then have stores walk you through options/ help with what you're looking for) and 3) make sure your design/ architectural blueprints/ plans have everything as exact as possible, from electrical all the way to the exact door/ window you'll be buying. I know not all of this can be done perfectly, but it's important that you give it your best shot instead of rushing the process too much. Never be afraid to ask for revisions, ask questions or to challenge certain things along the way, otherwise it can become an issue later down the line.
We're happy to speak with anyone who is interested in remodeling their kitchen and want to hear more about our experience, just send a message!
We recently remodeled our bathroom using HQR and had a GREAT experience. Ronnie was our project manager and he was extremely responsive, communicative and helpful. Even at the beginning when we were meeting with several contractors to try and select one, we immediately felt we could trust Ronnie and that he wasn't trying to push or upsell us into anything we didnt want. Then throughout the project, he kept us informed of every step and gave us ideas and feedback whenever we asked (on weekends/evenings/etc - he was always responsive!) Elio was our foreman and had an awesome team of guys working on the bathroom. They were very good, on time, hard workers who incorporated everything we asked along the way. The guys answered all of our questions along the way (which was a lot as this was our first home remodeling project) The whole thing took less than 2 weeks and we absolutely LOVE the final outcome of how our bathroom turned out. Even after we've paid the final check - there were a few small things we wanted to add and Ronnie has been still as responsive about getting back to us and helping us with these small adds! Overall - they did a great job, and we highly recommend working with them. If we remodel another bathroom or our kitchen down the road - this is definitely going to be our first call!!
My wife and I couldn't be happier with our choice of HQR for our remodeling project. (We are currently towards the end of the planning process and have just pulled permits.) Our project manager, Eddie Stolik, has been simply outstanding. Truly, it has taken us 4 years of talking to various contractors, architects, and designers before we found the confidence to move ahead after meeting with Eddie. He is a wellspring of ideas and solutions as well as super-responsive in the many communications that go into planning a project such as ours. Eddie has also brought with him and managed so adeptly a great team of talented individuals.
I just completed a 4+month renovation of my house in Castro Valley with Home Quality Remodeling (HQR). We live in a 1964 Eichler, and although HQR are not specialists in these particular houses (which have a lot of weird quirks that scare off some contractors) they worked with me a lot on the various details of the house and were always respectful of the information I brought to them to incorporate it into how they worked. I really appreciated that.
My team consisted of Jacob (PM) and Jordan (GC) and they were a lively combo that always pulled through and honored their commitments--which is especially important as we started construction when my wife was ~4 months pregnant and we needed to be back in the house by a specific schedule.
I've heard a lot of horror stories about Bay-area remodels from friends and there was never a point during the process at which we weren't heard, or that the team didn't go above and beyond to do things the right way. The level of attention and quality of the work was terrific, my wife and I are very happy with the final result.
A home renovation is not for the faint of heart, but these guys make it a little bit easier for everyone by staying true to their word, the details are considered and the timeline is honored. I would definitely recommend them to friends in the Bay Area when they want to hand the reigns over to a pro.
Amazing establishment . Ask for Ron. He is a big help and very attentive. Can't wait to do more !
Eddie Stolack (project manager) and Luis Cardoza (foreman) and crew remodeled our bathroom. The workmanship and communication was excellent. Eddie, Luis, and crew all showed great attention to detail that we really appreciated. When problems arose (not unexpected in a 40-year old bathroom) they let us know immediately, but also solved the issues so we didn't need to stress about it. They finished ahead of schedule and it looks beautiful.
Great company to work with for your home remodel. Our project manager Ofri has been awesome from Day 1 and very helpful to assist us in navigating small hiccups along the way.
Manuel, the foreman, and his team were incredibly professional, skilled and especially patient addressing all of my requests.
Remodeling your home is stressful, no doubt, but Home Quality Remodeling has made it much more bearable and the final result is outstanding.
We will definitely work with them again on a different project, and are recommending them to all our friends.
Do not hesitate to hire them for your home remodel!
We just completed an extensive remodel with Home Quality Remodeling and the experience was great.
Even though this was our second renovation project, we were a bit nervous because of the size of the job (kitchen and bathroom remodel, bathroom addition, electrical upgrade and layout reconfiguration).
From the beginning our project manager Ofri did everything he could to calm our nerves and make our renovation a pleasant experience, particularly when we learned that we needed to upgrade our electrical after opening up walls and finding our home's original knob and tube wiring from the 1920s! Ofri was always available to answer our questions and update us on the progress of the job; he is an excellent project manager.
Rene, our foreman on the job, was great. He and his crew were at the site everyday and were very transparent and creative when issues came up that required us to tweak our renovation plans. The Home Quality Remodeling office was easy to deal with and quick to respond, a quality you don't always find with remodeling contractors.
I highly recommend Home Quality Remodeling and would use them again!
Great communication and work. Or project manager was Eddie and he was great. They did a bath remodel for us, not a huge job but still made us a priority. They helped with everything including the shopping. The job was done well within the time expected and is better than I though it could be. I would hire them again. Thanks!
Ron came to my home yesterday to inspect the foundation of the house. He did so free of charge and gave us a fair estimate. While my wife and I do not have the budget to take care of the issue at the moment, if I did, I would definitely call Ron for the service because of his friendliness and his General compassion and understanding for the issue. He is a professional and as someone I would trust with my remodel if I had the money to do so. I'm going to keep his business card on file for when I have the money to hire him.