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We just had our whole foundation replaced. Alameda Structural did the job and we were VERY happy with their work. George Walton is the head of the company. You can reach him at 510-523-1610.
I cannot recommend Alameda Structural highly enough - they were timely, within budget, did a fantastic job and were a joy to work with. In addition, most importantly, they came back 2 months after the job was done to fix the heater which had been damaged during the work, without questions! The comparison to my next door neighbor, who is now in small claims court with his foundation contractor, could not be more stark. Phenomenal company!!
We used Alameda Structural for a large foundation job on a hillside and they were fantastic. Their price was a very good value for the quality. The crew we had were very experienced and capable. The owner's crews have an excellent work ethic. They work their butts off. They finished our large project earlier than they had scheduled. We're going to have them do another job for us, too. The owner has been around for a long time and has an excellent reputation. He's a nice, down-to-earth and honest guy. He's got a lot of jobs ongoing all over, which is great when you need to adjust the manpower level----he can bring extra help in or, if you hit a delay for some reason, he can move the crew to a different job for a few days 'til yours is ready again. Our foreman was a smoker but was extremely thoughtful about going away from the house for smoking. He was very experienced and knowledgeable-----he knew more about what was going on in our plans, and any problems they contained, and how to solve them, than our Structural Engineer, our architect, and general contractor combined. The crew were also super-honest. The foreman arrived at least 1/2 hr early each day, too, and got the whole day's work planned. He was so experienced----he ran the whole job (structural) flawlessly. I'm so glad we hired them. Good luck. Very pleased with Alameda Structural.
My husband and I recently had major retrofitting work done to our home and worked with George at Alameda Structural (510-523-1610). I cannot praise the company enough. Their bid was reasonable - not lowball and not outrageous - and they had several very thoughtful discussions with our engineer (which saved us thousands). Once they started, the guys who did the work were professional - worked all day, showed up and left on time, cleaned up every day, and finished the job on time. They took care of the permit and inspection process and explained what was happening throughout the process.
For bathroom remodeling, I recommend Alameda Structural (in the phone book in Alameda). We just moved and had two bathrooms redone, including structural, tiles and floors... and we were very happy with their work.
We recently worked with George Walton, Brian Bouchard, and their crew at Alameda Structural to complete the remaining foundation and retrofitting work needed on our home. They were efficient, communicative, and earned our trust, especially after taking financial responsibility after a billing error. They are highly recommended, can boast lots of experience, and were highly responsive from start to finish.
I highly recommend Alameda Structural. When we bought our house last year, we needed a whole new foundation, and George Walton of Alameda Structural came highly recommended. He also gave the lowest bid of five people we asked. Throughout the replacement process, he and his employees were professional, fast, courteous and responsive. The foreman on the project was very available to answer questions and address any concerns we had. I work from home, and the workmen were quiet (as much as possible when operating jackhammers) and polite and cleaned up nicely when the project was done. The work ended up costing exactly the amount of the estimate, and took a few days less time than estimated, and the office processed our paperwork with the city quickly so we got our rebate within a couple of weeks. I am not an engineer and can't evaluate the quality of the work, but it easily passed inspection and I have no reason to think they didn't do a fabulous job. I'm a fan of Alameda Structual.
I highly recommend George Walton with Alameda Structural. He did a whole new foundation and seismic work on our house. His team is superb and his prices are extremely competitive. You can't go wrong with him. He also has lots of prior recommendations from BPN. His phone number is 510-523-1610.
Your question got truncated, but I would like to recommend you contact George at Alameda Structural. We are working with them right now on a job and I am very happy with their service and their workers. He will not work on a job unless you have plans drawn up, but if you need a structural engineer, he has suggestions on whom to contact. I also understand with the market being kind of soft now, he will take on smaller projects that normally he would not. Good luck.
I shopped around for a while looking for a foundation company and all roads lead to Alameda Structural. They have an amazing reputation and it's well deserved. The electrician I hired had his whole foundation done by them. The pest inspector when I bought my house said that they were better than his own company for remediation! George runs the place and was easy to work with for me.
We used Alameda Structural for our extensive foundation work. They were professional, on-time and did first rate work. We have heard since that they are the 'gold standard.' Call George, the owner, at 510.523.1610