Design Assistance

Being an owner/builder has taught me how to apply creative solutions to remodeling problems, without breaking the bank!

Montclair Fixer Here are some before and after photos of what can be done on a budget. I know it looks expensive, but it was actually quite reasonable. Call me to discuss your remodeling project or how to get your house ready for the market.

kitchen_before A dated, avocado green, mid-century kitchen in need of a complete remodel.
kitchen_after Less than $20k later, you’re looking at granite counters, hand-blown glass tile backsplash, new appliances, custom lighting, hardwood floors and new cabinets.
front_door_before Refinishing the deck, removing the old screen door and…
front_door_after New paint scheme, updated fixtures and terra cotta planters…

San Leandro Townhouse Conservatorship Sale


Elbow grease and new tile, complemented by…
New light fixtures and faucets… wow!


Graffiti, stained brick fireplace…
Amazing what new carpet and paint will do!

Union City Trust Sale This one level ranch style homein Union City had just plain worn out. With a budget under $15,000 we transformed it. It sold within 3 weeks in a tough market. We had the best looking house on the street!

before_after_5 It is easy to let the back yard go. Out of sight, out of mind!
before_after_6 Amazing how a little paint and new carpets can have a transformative effect.
before_after_7 Peel off the old paneling, patch and paint and WOW!
before_after_8 The former owner LOVED the Oakland A’s green!



2516 Etna Street  The Elmwood, Berkeley

Probate sale with full powers.

This home had a 50 year old pink paint job, missing accents and railing. The same family owned it since 1908. The interior leaded glass, tile, cove 9′ ceilings and picture rail details were intact. The curb appeal created was essential to increasing traffic and offers.

Peralta photo kitchen towards BYPeralta photo kitchen before


747 Peralta Avenue in the North Berkeley neighborhood of Thousand Oaks was transformed from a 1970’s vintage to a light and bright home which sold  in May of 2014 for $1,120,000! We had the original stove repaired, rechromed and cleaned up. Super!

The backyard was a shady, unused space. Now, the custom built in bench with ergonomic curves and open space make it a natural gathering area for family and friends.

Peralta photo BY beforePeralta photo BY and deck

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Oakland Hills mid-century goes nuts!

10830 Snowdown Ave. needed just a little paint, a haircut and staging to shine! Located a stone’s throw from the Oakland zoo and Chabot golf course, it reflects the mid-century look popular when the area was developed.