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Building Solutions

San Rafael, California

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Building Solutions

San Rafael, California

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Greater San Francisco's Collaborative Design Build Firm

Building Solutions is an Integrated Design-Build General Contractor that provides state-of-the-art design, remodeling, renovation and construction services for residential and commercial projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Sandra Denhart

18 May 2019

I have used Building Solutions for two projects - the first was to remodel my residence and the second assist me with insurance adjusters and rebuild of my demolished garage (hit and run driver while I was at work).In both situations they were responsive to my job requests, excellent at keeping the projects moving forward on time and within budget. They kept me updated on project status, partnered with me on fixture purchases and monitored sub contractors as well as being available even after work hours to answer my numerous questions.The whole experience was made as easy on all of us as possible (including my 2 toy poodles). I would not hesitate to use the again. More...

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Kaiser Gardens

14 September 2016

Building Solutions delivers consistently top-notch work. Whether your project is a simple addition or a ground up new build Building Solutions can manage every aspect of your project. They are truly a one-stop shop for any residential remodeling or new construction project. They even have a full-ti... More...

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cws99

13 March 2015

When our home improvement ambitions for our 60 year old home grew beyond my DYI abilities, it became apparent we needed to find a contractor that could do both design and construction. We met Building Solutions at a local home show, and their budget based design/build approach struck a chord. Afte... More...

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25lockelane

12 February 2015

After buying my house, I went to town hall to pick up the drawings because I wanted to consider remodeling the house. The previous owners had hired building solutions and they had built an extensive stair and deck system as well as other home improvements. I called them and explained how I found the... More...

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Amy O.

24 October 2014

When planning a major remodel or construction project, often a person can feel like they are wading into the great unknown, where every day is going to bring a new cost and problem and there is no way to anticipate how the project will go. What I loved about John and the entire staff at Building Solutions was the dedication to clear communication and meticulous planning. Their process is designed to ensure that everything that can be planned for, will. Their pricing/estimating process is as detailed as it can possibly be. The project manager assigned to your job will always be available and communicate exactly what to expect and when. BSI is a very busy firm, and they handle jobs large and small, but their staffing system is top-notch and allows for every client to feel like they are the top priority. I can't say enough about how comfortable it made me feel to know that the only surprises were going to be revealed by my house - not my contractor! Luckily, our house cooperated :-)BSI works with many subcontractors regularly - but their process does include a competitive bidding component. Their long term knowledge of area subs means that they have a very good idea of who is going to provide the best value and the highest standard of work, and our finished product shows it. Still, they were willing to work with one sub that proved to be difficult to manage (after I obtained the bid on my own) - and they made sure the job was done to their specifications. It was a TREMENDOUS relief to have them as my advocate. Professional all the way.We LOVE our new kitchen and would not hesitate to call BSI for any future renovations. Thank you, John, Shawn, Bob and Crystal! More...

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neilb2

20 March 2014

If you want a general contracting firm that will really work with you through every step of the project, especially the design and budgeting process this is the one.

I wanted to completely renovate my home (kitchen, bathrooms, stair relocation, lighting, lots of built in cabinetry, etc.) but I ...
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kathylundburgbourdet

20 March 2014

Building Solutions remodeled our house in 2009. They did an amazing job--it turned out to be a great experience. We interviewed three contractors and selected them because they had such a great way to estimate the costs, breaking them down for each category of work to be done. We also appreciated...

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amypfaffman

27 July 2013

I very strongly recommend John at Building Solutions, not only as a design/builder, but a very knowledgeable consultant.

First, he handled making a few improvements and repairing some damage in my 1890s house in San Francisco. The quality of the work was top-notch, and his crew even cleaned up a...
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Steven C.

25 July 2013

Our remodeling project--kitchen and dining room--began to take life after our first meeting with John Fraine. He brought in his architectural consultant, and as a result of patient and enlightening meetings  with the two of them, my wife and I were able to arrive at the perfect solution. The six-month project of flipping and connecting our kitchen and dining room was handled well in every aspect. The various sub-contractors that Building Solutions selected were expert craftsmen and considerate workers;  the Project Manager ran an a timely and efficient project; and the work was completed as promised, when promised, and on budget. On the "other side" of this project, the weekly detailed financial information provided by Building Solutions was an unexpected surprise: i.e., the detailed spreadsheets showing the progress of the various aspects of the project were profoundly helpful.One final personal note. Shortly after the project began, just after the demolition phase, as a matter of fact, and the entire first floor of our home was unusable, my wife was diagnosed with cancer. This immediately required daily trips to the hospital for treatment. The workers to a man were considerate and accommodative to our needs, adjusting construction schedules in response to my wife's daily needs. I can't express how much that meant to me!Would I hire Building Solutions again? Absolutely. They will be my first choice for our next project. More...

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Amy P.

24 July 2013

I very strongly recommend John at Building Solutions, not only as a design/builder, but a very knowledgeable consultant. First, he handled making a few improvements and repairing some damage in my 1890s house in San Francisco. The quality of the work was top-notch, and his crew even cleaned up and vacuumed every day before they left.Next, we asked him to help us assess houses we were looking to buy. He's an absolute expert at seeing hidden potential problems in a house that no one else would see. He steered us away from some houses that could have had serious issues, and we ended up buying a house that was very well maintained and totally approved by John.That was five and a half years ago, and we're still very pleased with our choice and very grateful to John for his invaluable advice. I can't imagine buying a house without his expert opinion. More...

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Meghan Z.

8 July 2013

Finding a good contractor is not easy. I have had bad experiences before and many friends and relatives have told me horror stories of jobs that went on too long or over budget and I believe generally the problem stems from bad communication between the client and contractor. I liked that with Building Solutions I only had to deal with one point of contact; my project manager. He did a great job breaking down my options and costs. He was super friendly while also maintaining a very professional demeanor.       We took an active approach in the design of my kitchen and dining space and had great help fleshing out my ideas and predicting the viability of my designs. I am so happy with how my kitchen and dining room came out and glad I chose Building Solutions to bring my ideas to life! More...

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Matt N.

15 November 2012

Building Solutions helped us with a conversion of our carport into a master bed/bath in 2010 as well as many infrastructure upgrades including seismic upgrades, plumbing, gas lines, electrical, etc.    They gave us a spreadsheet with the costs broken down by category.  The work was top notch.  There was never any doubt that the final product would be great.  They have many eyes on the project and nothing gets by them.  They also do the project a lot faster than many contractors I have seen because they are very good at scheduling sub-contractors at the appropriate time and work efficiently.   They tell you up front the amount of money you will spend on Building Solutions employees for each part of the job and they keep their employees on schedule.  You know before you start what the costs will be.  Prior to starting the project they provide a detailed spreadsheet with every single cost detailed and a timeline for the entire project listing what will be going on every day.     We had three bids from subcontractors for every subspecialty before we started so we knew we were not overpaying.  Since completion we have had a few glass tiles in our shower crack. Shawn from Building Solutions and a tile guy came promptly to our house a day or two after I called (which was over two years after the project was completed)  and they spent most of a day fixing the tiles in the shower for no extra charge.  Everyone who works for them is very professional.   It is nice to know 100% that the job will be done correct and that they stand behind their work as well as the work of all the subcontrators. More...

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Kathy B.

13 August 2012

Building Solutions remodeled our house in 2009.  They did an amazing job--it turned out to be a great experience. We interviewed three contractors and selected them because they had such a great way to estimate the costs, breaking them down for each category of work to be done.   We also appreciated having them bill bi-weekly for work done.   That way, we could look at the budget, look at how much had been spent already, and then make decisions about changing things as we got into the remodel.  They warranty all their work and fixed any problems that came up in a prompt and professional manner. We even had a problem that wasn't their fault (a faulty water hose attached to the refrigerator,) that did a great amount of damage to the drywall and new cabinets behind the refrigerator that they fixed it at no cost to us, and volunteered to do so.  The remodel turned out to be fantastic.  We are enjoying the beautiful changes to our house, and will be starting another project with them shortly.  This time, we didn't interview any other contractors, we went with them knowing that they'll do an excellent job at a fair price. We recently completed our deck project.  They did a fantastic job, we are very pleased. More...

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