Last updated on May 22nd, 2024 at 02:08 am

Natural splendor abounds in Oakland. There are numerous outdoor activities to do here, such as hiking, kayaking, and more, thanks to the area’s hills, valleys, and views of the bay. Oakland, located over San Francisco Bay, offers many of the same features as that renowned New York borough, including a fascinating maritime history, views of the bay and cityscape, a gorgeous bridge, and an explosive food and wine culture. These are enough justifications for why many of its citizens call it home.

You may customize your home according to your tastes and requirements by redesigning it. When talking about custom home renovation, there is a wide range of options accessible: you could build a home theater, replace a bathroom with gorgeous additions, finish your basement, or something else. You may reduce your options and get the greatest outcomes within your budget by working with a professional. Hiring a trustworthy contractor is beneficial, whether you’ve purchased a new home or have decided to modify a property you’ve lived in for a long time. This article enumerates the best home remodelers in Oakland, California. These companies have years of experience in home remodeling and hold accolades that support their expertise in the field.

Douglah Designs

3586 Mt Diablo Blvd. Ste B, Lafayette, CA 94549

Since its establishment by Leila Douglah in 1997, Douglah Designs has expanded to rank among the Bay Area’s best-known interior design-build companies. It has a workforce of more than 30 people, two showroom locations, and a full in-house building crew. With the help of this team, Douglah Designs has been able to complete numerous projects successfully and satisfy hundreds of customers. Douglah, in addition to managing the company, currently holds a position on the board of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. She is also the winner of the 2015 Business Person of the Year by the Lafayette community. Douglah Designs is an accredited and recognized member of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

When the featured client saw the results of their kitchen renovation, they immediately asked for a second project. Through a bathroom redesign, they hoped to give their traditional master suite a contemporary, spa-like appearance. The updated bathroom features a BainUltra therapeutic tub, Graff modern plumbing fixtures, and Bentwood modern cabinets. Even a hand-carved stone tile by Artistic Tile and illuminated mirrors are incorporated into this bathroom renovation.

Design Draw Build

2866 Webster St. Oakland, CA 94609

Design Draw Build has specialized in remodeling homes since its establishment in 2010. Its design-build team, consisting of highly adaptive architects and constructors, is fully integrated. The dynamic design process used by Design Draw Build has developed into a method that continuously prioritizes efficiency, originality, and perfection in both the first design to the finished product. Its architectural and building management team ensures that each client’s goals and needs receive direct personal attention. Design Draw Build is motivated by a profound regard for nature, an insatiable curiosity concerning the built environment, and a passion for experimentation.

Design Draw Build has completed numerous homes, educational facilities, centers of worship, foreign clinics, historic renovations, one-of-a-kind furniture designs, and temporary festival architecture. It completed a number of house remodeling projects, including the one featured here. This craftsman-style house has undergone complete home repair and is situated in the busy Lakeshore area. The home’s first floor was renovated to allow for an open floor plan lifestyle, with a brand-new kitchen that looks out onto the adjacent living and dining spaces. In collaboration with Dune and Co., Design Draw Build even worked on the front exterior landscaping.

FMS Projects

4200 Broadway A, Oakland, CA 94611

Open discussion, reasonable pricing, and individualized attention to detail are important to FMS Projects. Since its establishment in 1987, it has offered the Bay Area notable and high-caliber craftsmanship for everything from kitchens and baths to home extensions and basement conversions. Frank Silver, the company’s owner, demonstrates enthusiasm for construction in both his work and personal life. Silver likes giving anything he gets his hands on a new life, whether it’s restoring vintage Vespas or repairing an old guitar. Employees at FMS Projects have been with the company for a long time, and each one provides knowledge and value that have been tested and demonstrated.

Providing the Bay Area with remodeling services for over 36 years, FMS Projects has been honored with an extensive history of industry recognition. In 2021, the firm won the Piedmont Planning for Seamless Addition Commission Award and a 1st Place Award from NARI for Whole House 250K to 500K. Other awards received by the firm include the 2020 Best of Oakland Remodeling Contractor and 1st Place for Bathroom Remodel $50,000. FMS Projects is also accredited by NARI and is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certified Firm.

Cameron Habel Construction

3693 Lily St. Oakland, CA 94619

Established in 1993, Cameron Habel Construction, Inc. is a Green Building certified award-winning company. It takes pride in its efforts to safeguard its clients’ houses’ living spaces while they are being built. Through teamwork, planning, and communication, the company is dedicated to creating excellent solutions for clients. Workplace communications are intended to maintain effective collaboration among all project participants. Periodic timeline updates, frequent site visits with designers and/or clients, and walk-through discussions with tradespeople all support the firm’s goal of effective communication.

Joseph Esherick, a renowned architect, created this beautiful house, which sits beautifully on Grizzly Peak in Oakland. When the new owners took over, they recognized they needed a larger, more modern kitchen. The updated design keeps the house’s original character while still including plenty of practical features and contemporary conveniences. The redwood partition that separated the kitchen and dining/living areas is retained but extended. Larger gaps, a counter that is accessible from either side along with seamless tracking mechanisms for the shudders were all included in this expansion. With a larger room, the kitchen now has a cozy breakfast nook, funky-colored cabinetry, and a functional workspace.

DC Construction

1068 44th Ave. Oakland, CA 94601

Established in 1986, DC Construction is a full-service construction company. It provides services ranging from seismic upgrading in the East Bay to brand-new building construction, building refurbishment, and historical restoration. The firm has built lasting partnerships with its group of skilled subcontractors for more than thirty years. DC Construction is able to provide clients with exceptional design build and value engineering services thanks to this qualified staff’s experience, knowledge, and aptitude for working as a team. DC Construction is continuously granted an annual permit Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). At the same time, for completing their training, the company’s superintendents, project managers, project engineers, and foremen have also received certifications from OSHA. 

Throughout its 37 years of operation, DC Construction has received numerous awards, including Best of Bay Area by the Oakland Tribune for 1999 and 2001 and by the Alameda Times-Star for 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2003. It also won the 2007 Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) Architectural Preservation Award for Outstanding Renovation along with other multiple Historical Society Awards.

Integrity Remodeling, Inc

PO Box 3508, Oakland, CA 94609

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Integrity Remodeling Inc. is a full-service general contractor offering top-notch construction services. The firm handles projects of all sizes and, since its establishment in 2001, has developed a reputation for completing projects on time. Both large- and small-scale projects are completed on time and within the allocated budget. Integrity Remodeling, Inc. is dedicated to providing customers with the best value possible along with great workmanship and customer service. As a result, all of its new projects come from recommendations given by satisfied customers, architects, or other design experts.

Integrity Remodeling is licensed, bonded, and insured, and a project manager will be present on-site throughout the construction phase. The company provides customized kitchen and bathroom design, as well as new construction, additions, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), restorations, and renovations. Even finding an architect or engineer for any client’s projects is made quicker by it. Integrity Remodeling evaluates the current site and building, among other services, for any issues that might have an impact on project costs and potential designs.

Swan Building and Design

86 Hillcrest Rd. Berkeley, CA 94705

Since its founding, Swan Building and Design has continuously worked on residential buildings in the Berkeley and Oakland regions. The projects have included several upgrades, additions, and new home development in the Oakland Hills. Swan Building has held a general contractor license from the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) since 1987. It works with Advanced Certified Green Building Professionals and Certified Green Building Professionals (CGBPs). The company has an EPA-certified renovator, is a certified Lead-Safe firm, has trained staff, and complies with all lead-safe workplace regulations.

Swan Building and Design has been a small, hands-on firm because it understands the value of a personable yet expert approach to the house remodeling industry. Owner Stephen Swan was raised in Bristol, England, and was born in London. He studied Fine Arts and Design in art colleges in Bristol and Manchester. His career as a builder started as an apprentice working with his father and other talented craftsmen who were maintaining their outdated and dilapidated Georgian Townhouse. After five years of working in the construction trades, Swan founded Swan Building and Design.


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