Berkeley, sitting on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, is home to a counter-cultural atmosphere and the flagship campus of the University of California, with plenty of green space and a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay. Natural beauty isn’t the only attraction, however—tourists can enjoy the beauty of Berkeley’s historic neighborhood, which is filled with Mediterranean and English/Traditional homes.
Maintenance and renovation of historical interiors concerns many residents; bathrooms are a major consideration, since they are also a major component of a home—on average, people actually spend more time in their bathroom than in their bedroom. Remodeling is a great way for a homeowner to freshen up a house and is also necessary for the home to remain functional.
Finding the right contractor to renovate a bathroom can be difficult and time-consuming. To make that process easier, we have compiled a list of the top 14 bathroom remodeling contractors in Berkeley. Here we note their specialties, their achievements, and the styles they offer. Whether it’s a straightforward new build or a complicated custom remodel, you’ll find a contractor to serve your needs—and your neighborhood—here.
14) Creation 7
Website | 925-448-8170 | 33 Quail Court, Suite #300, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Eyal Matalon developed his knowledge and interest in the construction business at an early age, and was subsequently mentored by his father. He has worked for some of the largest remodeling contractors in California, honing his skills and gathering experiences. In 2000, he made the decision to found Creation 7, and offer homeowners a better home building experience.
Creation 7’s team works to elevate the lifestyle of homeowners through home improvement. The range of styles in which the firm works varies, from traditional and transitional to modern and contemporary. One notable project was a bathroom remodel in a minimalist design. The area was maximized to create a bigger room, and neutral colors were used to achieve a modern style.
13) S & I Construction
Website | 800-434-1545 | 1101 Marina Village Pkwy., Alameda, CA 94501
Headed by Miriam Biton, S & I Construction has been improving residential and commercial spaces since 1995, and prides itself on guiding customers closely throughout the entire renovation process. Their upgrades include whole home remodels, as well as kitchen, bath, deck, interior, and exterior renovations. S&I Construction works in a variety of home styles including modern, transitional, traditional, and contemporary.
The firm’s online gallery showcases its impressive craftsmanship and quality. A perfect example is this elegant bathroom remodel. A candle chandelier hangs above a freestanding tub, giving the room a particularly luxurious feel, while a frosted glass window captures the beauty of nature.
12) Douglah Designs
Website | 925-284-4560 | 3586 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Suite B, Lafayette, CA 94549
Douglah Designs, founded by Leila Douglah in 1997, is a well-known firm whose designs and work satisfy the luxurious lifestyle needs of its clients. As a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the American Society of Interior Designers, the firm ensures the quality and standard of work being implemented in each project it tackles. Working with a team of certified design professionals, Douglah Designs offer a diverse set of home styles.
A peek at the firm’s online portfolio will give you a glimpse of the styles in which the firm generally works. In the bathroom remodel featured above, a freestanding tub acts as the highlight of the room. Each area of the room is utilized efficiently, with a shower on one end and a comfy nook area on the other. The room is done in neutral blue shades, giving a sweet and relaxing ambiance to the space.
11) Valley Home Builders
Website | 408-248-8000 | 3466 Edward Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95054
Mehdi Vatani turned his passion for woodworking into his career when he founded Valley Home Builders in 2005. The firm aims to create living spaces promoting pleasing aesthetics and efficient function. Thanks to the outstanding quality of workmanship, the firm has been awarded two Gold Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and was placed on Remodeling Magazine’s Top 50 list.
Valley Home Builders’ projects incorporate simple yet elegant furnishings. In this particular bathroom remodel, a half wall was installed to create a division between the tub and shower area. The standalone tub and window coverings ensure this large bathroom still has a personalized, unique feel.
10) Aaron Gordon Construction
Website | 415-742-4900 | 2261 Shafter Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124
Aaron Gordon’s childhood treehouse spawned his passion for and career in construction. After working for his father in the car audio industry, he graduated from Sonoma University with a degree in Business and began to work on small construction projects, eventually founding his own firm, Aaron Gordon Construction (AGC).
AGC’s portfolio displays the quality of craftsmanship that has earned memberships in the NARI and Better Business Bureau. In addition, the firm has been featured in publications such as Spaces magazine, Marin magazine, California Home+Design, the San Francisco Chronicle, Home Improvement magazine, and SF Gate magazine. The featured bathroom remodel above has been given a simple and relaxing vibe by the firm’s use of a classic style; touches of color such as the painting and flowers lend a modern feel.
9) FMS Projects
Website | 510-547-6111 | 5429 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
A longtime Bay Area resident, Frank Silver knows the neighborhood like the back of his hand. For over 30 years, FMS has been building and remodeling award-winning homes. The firm’s mission is to improve homeowners’ lifestyles.
FMS Projects has received over 22 awards, four of which are for notable remodeling projects. These include the 2018 1st place Bathroom Remodel for $50k, the 2018 1st place Whole House Remodel for $250k, and the 2016 Platinum Award for a $100k Master Bathroom Remodel. The Lead-Safe Certified Firm remodeled this bathroom, which features a mixture of modern and traditional styles. Light wood accents provide elegance while contrasting sharp and rounded edges, as well as mixed materials, give a modern, minimalist feel.
8) Ebcon Corporation/Hughes Construction
Website | 650-363-9333 | 506 Second Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063
Ebcon Corporation/Hughes Construction (EBHCI) is a leading general contractor in the Peninsula area. The firm produces exquisite homes that are built with quality materials; every project stands the test of time. EBHCI offers an array of services that can cater to the needs of every homeowner, from large-scale projects like exterior and interior renovations to small home improvements.
The firm has been recognized repeatedly in LUXE Magazine and Modern Vintage Home and Living, and NARI recognized it as Contractor of the Year for two consecutive years. The featured bathroom above incorporates light tones, a standalone tub, and a chandelier for a modern, elegant, and luxurious feel.
7) Cerami Builders
Website | 510-525-7251 | 557 Santa Clara Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707
Paul Cerami, founder of Cerami Builders, hails from a long line of tradespeople. He learned the ins and outs of the building industry as a carpenter and established his firm in 1985 after developing a passion for home building. Cerami’s style of work and excellent craftsmanship has brought the team much praise, including two NARI awards, as well as citations from Small Firms Great Projects, Built It Green Home Tours, Fine Homebuilding House, Good Green Kitchens, and Broadband House magazine.
Cerami Builders’ portfolio showcases the homes that the team has improved throughout Berkeley. The featured bathroom is a perfect example. Working with a small space, Cerami Builders maximized the space to achieve the impression of a larger room. Beautiful green tiled accents give a calming atmosphere and a large window lets in light, giving the room an elegant, natural feel.
6) Altera Design & Remodeling
Website | 925-938-1100 | 1079 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Jim Vivrette’s background in home building comes from his experience with various phases of residential remodeling. In 1986, he fulfilled a dream of founding his own company. Since founding Altera Design & Remodeling, Vivrette and his team has been transforming houses into lovely homes, customized exactly for their owners’ desires.
Altera Design & Remodeling work on home, bathroom, and kitchen renovations in varying styles and sizes. The firm has become a regular recipient of awards such as the NARI Contractor of the Year Awards and NKBA Design Awards. Among its large archive of projects, this elegant bathroom stands out for its elegant style. The freestanding tub and shower area are separated in a spacious area from the rest of the bathroom by large double doors, lending extra privacy to the user. Contrasting colors give the space a classic feel with modern accents.
5) Alward Construction
Website | 510-527-6498 | 1035 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94710
Prior to establishing Alward Construction, Keith Alward built and designed his own studio in high school. 58 years later, Alward Construction is one of the leading home remodelers and builders in Berkeley, CA. With over 21 awards received, it is no surprise that the firm has maintained memberships with associations like NARI and NARI Remodelers. Publications like Harbor Photography Blog, San Francisco Business Times, and SF Gate magazine have featured the firm multiple times.
When speaking about notable works, Alward’s portfolio is home to a number of award-winning works, including this award-winning home remodel in Berkeley Hill. The homeowners are architects, who wanted a signature statement home when they relocated to the Bay Area. The bathroom uses school blackboards to provide black slate surfaces for the bathtub space, which opens through bi-fold doors onto the balcony.
4) Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins
Website | 510-843-3600 | 6624 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
Growing up surrounded by the family business, Jerry Wilkins developed his interest in the remodeling industry early. Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins is a family-owned construction firm, established in the 1950s, and has built a solid reputation for its stellar projects. Working in a number of different styles, Custom Kitchens has caught the attention of publications like the Oakland magazine, Alameda magazine, and San Francisco magazine. The firm has also received awards from NARI, Professional Remodeler, and the NKBA.
Custom Kitchens caters a wide variety of styles including modern, classic, contemporary, and transitional. The featured bathroom above is both stylish and spacious. A soft pastel blue was used alongside white to expand the space. Floral and classical accents give the space a calming, elegant feel.
3) Design Set Match
Website | 510-285-0870 | 825 Page St. Suite #203, Berkeley, CA 94710
Alisa Hofmann, who is equipped with a degree in Interior Design and Architecture from the Academy of Art University, has been designing for over 20 years and decided to found Design Set Match in 2010. Through Hofmann’s passion and trustworthy service, the company has flourished. Hofmann is also a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP), an Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD), and a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP).
Design Set Match find solutions to common and uncommon problems faced by homeowners. It offers kitchen, bathroom, and whole-home remodeling, prioritizing the client’s wishes in terms of design. The firm’s portfolio is evidence of this care; among many projects is this master bath remodel. White tiles and floorings make for a bright and clean bathing space. Wooden cabinets add a touch of contrast with the colors, and multiple patterns complement each other for a lively feel.
2) HDR Remodeling
Website | 510-845-6100 | 2952 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA 94702
HDR Remodeling is a premier design-build firm, with the primary aim of reimagining homes to reflect the modern lifestyle of their owners. Philip Anderson worked at IBM, Procter & Gamble, and Clorox before founding Honey Do Repair (HDR) in 1987. The firm has since become known across the East Bay area.
HDR Remodeling services the East Bay area, including Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda. The firm stands out for its versatility in design and construction. Elegance and simplicity are featured in this Berkeley bathroom remodel. The classical-modern approach used in this home remodel brings out a relaxing experience for its homeowners. This gorgeous guest bathroom remodel won the 2017 NARI Remmies Award.
1) McCutcheon Construction, Inc.
Website | 510-558-8030 | 1280 Sixth St., Berkeley, CA 94710
Fourth generation builder Michael McCutcheon pursued his passion to found McCutcheon Construction, Inc. in 1980, after graduating with a degree in Biology. After 38 years, the firm is still serving Berkeley with finely crafted homes. McCutcheon’s eye for details and intricate taste for bathroom designs are among the reasons why the firm has been recognized by professional associations such as the ASID, AIA East Bay, and NARI SF Bay Area. Additionally, the firm has also won a total of 40 awards and was recently awarded the 2018 Bay Area Remodeling Awards for a bathroom renovation over $100k.
This Moroccan-inspired bathroom showcases the firm’s talents. An exotic mix of lovely vector patterns and bold furnishings gave this renovated bathroom an elegant vibe, setting it apart from the modern California neighborhood. Thoughtful touches make for a relaxing, spa-like experience in one’s own home.