Renovation Resources

We often get requests for contractor and other vendor referrals. So we've put together a list of our favourite contractors and vendors, and what we've used them for. These are all, obviously, local or local-ish to Alameda, California. We don't know contractors outside of this area, sorry.

How do you get on this list? The simple answer is that we hire you to do a job, or buy something from you, and the experience is good. We won't list somebody we've never used, and we won't list somebody who has either done a shoddy job or cheated us or just been a pain in the butt to deal with. If somebody has been removed from the list, you should assume that they did something to warrant it. We do not participate in bogus "link exchanges" with random companies we have never used. We have received nothing but good service from the companies listed here. This is not an advertising page, but a reference tool.

They're alphabetical by name, because that was a lot easier to maintain.

Acapulco Rock and Soil
3251 Jacuzzi St.
Richmond CA 94804
(510) 526-3800
Topsoil, Compost, Soil Products

Annie's Anuuals
(888) 266-4370
740 Market Ave.
Richmond, CA (see web site for directions)
California Natives, Plants

2607 Mandela Pkwy
Oakland, CA
(510) 835-5400
Foundation Replacement, Concrete

Coyle Home Remodel
Martin Coyle
(510) 655-8717

(800) 522-3747
190 Sanhedrin Circle
Willits, CA 95490
Irrigation Supplies

HMA (Hazardous Materials Assessment)
(510) 638-4801
1933 Davis St. Suite 303
San Leandro, CA 94577
Mail-in Asbestos and Lead Testing

Alan Kropp and Associates
2140 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 910
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 841-5095
Geotechnical Engineer

Mark's Paints
(510) 522-0717
2317 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
Paint, Drywall Materials

Keith Oppelt
Associated Contractors Plumbing
(510) 835-1474

Pagano's Ace Hardware
1100 Lincoln Ave.
Alameda CA 94501
(510) 522-1345
Hardware Store

994 E 20th St
Chico, CA 95928
Plumbing Supplies, PVC Connectors, Odd Plumbing Items

Thomsen's Garden Center
1113 Lincoln Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 522-3265
Plants, Seeds, Soil