Green Home Remodeling and Renovation

Make Your Home Energy-Smart and Eco-Friendly

Improving your Bay Area home’s energy efficiency is more complex than changing out a few light bulbs. A professional green home remodeling and renovation contractor can review various interrelated factors that impact your energy consumption and conservation capabilities. This could include insulation, windows and doors, lighting, water heater, cooling systems, electronic appliances, and more. At Flegel’s, our green home remodeling experts help you maximize your renovation dollars, and successfully reduce your ecological footprint

Key Steps in Achieving an Eco-Friendly Home

We follow a systematic approach to help you achieve the green home you desire.

  • First, we establish a baseline of your existing energy consumption and come up with a proposal that best meets your renovation goals.
  • Next, our creative architects will go to work designing your spaces to deliver on your planned green goals.
  • Our master craftsmen will then skillfully execute your project to meet the agreed upon timeline and budget.

Step 1: Energy Audit: As the first step in your green home remodeling journey, our experts carry out a detailed energy audit to find out your home’s current energy consumption. This includes a review of the insulation levels, quality of doors and windows, water heater, air conditioning, lights, appliances, and energy bills over the past year or so.

Step 2: Project Scoping: Next, we use energy modeling to create a zero-energy retrofit plan. This means arriving at a target R-value for insulation, U-value for windows, and minimum desired efficiency of energy-consuming equipment and appliances. We provide a quote for each proposed measure to help you finalize your renovation budget. You can pick and choose the most cost-effective projects that best meet your energy conservation requirements.

Step 3: Project Execution: Depending on the final scope, our team of innovative architects and skilled craftsmen carry out the project as defined. Here are some of the green initiatives that we think are most impactful:

  • Upgrading the insulation in the ceiling, attic, crawl spaces, siding, and walls.
  • Replacing all the light bulbs with energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs. Consider motion sensor or timer-based lighting, or skylight installation, wherever possible.
  • Using environment-friendly paints with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Installing solar panels and switching your primary power source to solar energy.
  • Replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones.
  • Conducting complete weatherization of your home and replacing the doors, where air leaks are not containable.
  • Upgrading old electrical appliances with newer, smarter, energy-saving versions.
  • Installing a smart thermostat with intelligent features to control your heating and air conditioning.
  • Using green building materials while adding rooms or building additional structures. We work with several eco-friendly materials, including hempcrete, bamboo, adobe, and composite products made from recycled wood and other green materials.

Go Green with Experienced Home Remodeling and Renovation Contractors

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we have over two decades of experience in green home remodeling and renovations. Meticulous project planning, innovative designs, and quality workmanship are the hallmarks of our service. We deliver all projects to your complete satisfaction.

Our renovation experts continue to serve a growing roster of happy customers across the Bay Area. Check out our many successful projects in Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose, Saratoga, Portola Valley, and Los Altos, CA.

Looking for an experienced green home remodeling and renovation contractor or new home builder to reduce the environmental impact of your Bay Area home? Call us at 408-269-1101 to book a consultation or contact us online.

How to Start Building a New Home

Begin by Choosing the Right Builder

how to start building a new homeConstructing a custom home is both an exciting and fulfilling experience if you know how to go about it. Determining what you want, creating a budget and choosing the right builder are critical steps to ensure the seamless execution of your dream project. Our team at Flegel’s Construction offers a useful guide for building your new home.

7 Steps for Successful New Home Construction

  1. Define your goals: Think about what you want to achieve, whether it is practical and possible, and how much it will cost you. Make lists of ‘essential’ and ‘nice to have’ features so that you can strike a balance. Always have a plan B to avoid disappointment.
  2. Make a budget: This will help determine what you can afford. Include the cost of land, local fees and taxes, design and engineering, home construction and landscaping. You should also think about interior décor, furnishings and furniture expenses. Remember to keep a 10% margin in your budget for contingency.
  3. Find the right area: Before purchasing land, drive around the area and see if it will suit your immediate and long-term lifestyle needs. Investigate the zoning on your potential property and make sure that your chosen design will fit onto the lot considering orientation, setbacks and such. Evaluate local conveniences and amenities such as public transit, parking, schools, hospitals, parks, shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, leisure activities and entertainment. Recent statistics about the crime rate are good indicators of a safe neighborhood. If you want to go a step further, spend some time in a local park and talk to willing area residents who may offer insights into the community.
  4. Choose wisely when hiring your architect and builder: Find the right professionals to execute the design and construction of your dream home. ‘Cheap’ is often cheap for a reason, but ‘expensive’ does not guarantee the best quality either. Therefore, it’s important to carefully evaluate a company’s credentials, work experience and customer references.
  5. Think ahead: Consider your future needs when making building plans. Do you intend to spend the rest of your life here? A bedroom on the ground floor will make it convenient to continue living in your home as you age. Is your family growing? Do family and friends visit often? An extra bedroom might be a good idea. Do you want space to entertain and host large gatherings? An open concept kitchen and living space would be useful. Plan the layout of your home by addressing these and similar questions at the start.
  6. Trends and technology: Stay on top of the latest trends and advancements, but don’t follow them blindly. Green building technologies, water-saving features and energy-efficient fixtures will help you save in the long run. However, color choices and creative designs are easily outdated, so choose a style that will stand the test of time.
  7. Avoid making changes mid-way: Consult an experienced construction company in the pre-construction stage to identify any issues with your overall plan. Cost analysis and better alternatives can help value engineer your project before construction begins rather than paying more to revise plans later. 

Work with the Bay Area’s Preferred Home Building Company

Over 30 years of home building and remodeling experience, quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service have made us the preferred choice of Bay area home owners. We consider it a privilege to construct your dream home and look forward to realizing your vision.

With an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, we continue to serve a growing roster of happy customers across Silicon Valley, including in Palo Alto, Los Altos, San Jose, Cupertino, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, CA. 

Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online to learn more about how to start building your new home.

Trends in Bay Area Home Renovation

Trends in Bay Area Home Renovation

Quality Workmanship by Home Renovation Contractors

Upgrading Your Bay Area Property to Match the Latest Trends

Trends in Bay Area Home RenovationEven as Bay Area real estate prices continue to climb, homeowners are spending more on upgrading their properties. There are many reasons for this surge in home improvement expenditure. Many families are expanding their existing living space to make room for their next generation Millennials. Some may seek a more luxurious lifestyle, while others may be preparing for a sale. If a home upgrade is in the cards for you, it may help to be aware of these 5 important trends highlighted by trusted home renovation contractors.

  1. Outdoor rooms for entertainment: Are you looking to expand your living or entertainment space? An outdoor living room is an easy, stylish way to increase your square footage, especially if you have a yard with empty or unused space. You can also explore trendy patio and deck design ideas.
  2. Family space and privacy: As your family grows and matures, your needs will change. Teenagers may want a space to hang out with their friends. A newborn baby will need a nursery. An aging senior may require a bedroom on the main floor to avoid stairs. When planning your home expansion, think about the activities various family members will engage in and implement a design that works best for everyone. High quality home renovations will add to your home’s aesthetic appeal and market value.
  3. Bring in more natural light: A brighter home is more inviting. Not only does natural light benefit your health, it can improve your home’s sustainability by lessening your need for artificial light. Some popular trends include glass extensions and replacing outer kitchen walls with glass and metal doors. You can open up your view of the outdoors and enjoy the California sunshine. Increase the size of your windows and install skylights in your family room, bedroom, or dining area to flood your home with natural light. Discover unique designs for outdoor rooms, skillfully implemented by our talented team.
  4. Think solar: Many homes are going solar and it makes perfect money sense. Solar energy can be very cost-effective for your home budget. You may be able to reduce your electricity bills by up to 80%. Tax rebates can help offset your installation costs.
  5. Install low water use landscapes: Given California’s history of drought, many homeowners are opting for low water use gardens to maintain curb appeal all year round. Explore the abundant beauty of native plants that require little or no irrigation. The key to a beautiful garden is not only the plants you select, but also how you put them together. Colorful cactus, silvery foliage, wildflowers, ornamental grasses, and more can contribute to a stunning, water-efficient and easy to maintain landscape.

Why Choose Our Home Renovation Company

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we consider renovating your home a privilege. We work closely with you to understand your goals and provide quality touches that make your property stand out.

As Eichler home renovation specialists, we have the expertise to preserve its unique, mid-century architectural features and give your home a modern touch. We are happy to work with your designer/architect on your Eichler home renovation.

With over 30 years’ experience as a home remodeling contractor, we have a track record of exceeding customer expectations. These testimonials from our happy clients in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park and San Mateo, CA speak for our exceptional work and service quality.

Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online to learn about the services offered by our home renovation contractors in the Bay Area.

 

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  • I would hire Scott again in a heartbeat

    I would hire Scott again in a heartbeat. He did our Eichler total remodel from roof to radiant. The workmanship is 5-star. Scott understands the uniqueness of Eichlers and modern design.

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  • I am confident that your expectations will be far exceeded…

    “Our home in Palo Alto was in need of help. Built in the early 1950s and barely updated since, there was a lot to do. Over 12 months and two phases, our home was transformed into the perfect mid-century modern oasis for our

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  • As easy for as us as possible…

    “We interviewed at least 7 contractors for our Eichler remodel and decided on Flegel’s construction and I am so glad we did! Working with Scott and his crew was such an pleasant experience. We had heard so many horror stories

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  • Stands by his work…

    “I cannot say enough about Scott Flegel. He is on the ball. He works on the project with his employees. He has very high standards and his employees follow his example. Our architect has come back to look at the project

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