letter is addressed to all those interested in having Geranen
Construction construct or remodel their personal home. It is
a pleasure to express our appreciation to the Geranen Construction
new home is beautiful! Mark and his team did a fantastic job
for us and we are so proud to say that Geranen Construction
was our contractor.
met Mark about 18 months before starting our project. We had
to wait for the Geranen Team to complete another project before
starting ours. We did not like waiting, but it was a good signal
that Mark was true to his word that he really only has one project
going on at a time. Some other contractors that we interviewed
stated that they work on several projects concurrently. Once
Mark's team started our project, they were on the job every
work day (and on time!) until the day we could move back into
our new home.
key things you should know as you consider hiring Mark:
is very honest, true to his word and well organized. We managed
our family and demanding businesses. Mark managed our construction
project. We went to work each day knowing that Mark was in
control of our remodeling project and we did not worry about
what needed to happen that day, week or month. We came home
each night seeing progress - with very little effort on our
part; and most importantly, very little "stress with
has excellent relationships with his subcontractors. Good
people enjoy working with good people. Mark's subcontractors
were on the job when they said they would be and they did
excellent work. They also accommodated our special requests
to refine the design "on the fly", patiently waited
for materials (our responsibility on this job) and made suggestions
to improve the look, style and/or long-term maintenance for
our unique home.
interviewed six contractors and selected three to provide
us with a full bid. After a few weeks, Mark provided us with
a bid and we reviewed it together. Mark's bid was more than
the second highest bid. Through the interview and bid review
process, it become clear that Mark's bid included more labor
hours than the other bidders. We questioned this "extra
time", and Mark explained that he personally would be
working with us to refine, develop and suggest changes to
make our new home truly perfect. Mark said that he knows his
business well and that this extra time was needed and included
in the bid. We selected Mark because we predicted that the
extra cost was going to be offset by us knowing we had the
very best person performing and managing our project.
prediction was realized many times over. Our business relationship
quickly turned into a business friendship - working together
on a common goal. We laughed a lot, talked through many different
design modifications (refinements) and we listened to Mark's
thoughtful recommendations. Mark managed our project as if
our home was going to be Mark's personal residence.
construction team is wonderful. Mark's Dad, Dayton, can be
described in many different ways - most notably, a master
carpenter. Dayton truly loves being on the job site - and
up in the roof rafters! He knows what to do because he has
done it many times before. The other team members on Mark's
team know how lucky they are to be working for Mark and Dayton.
They have learned a lot and you can tell they have been working
together for a long time. Each of Mark's team members was
exceptionally friendly and interactive with our five year
old son. Our son had some "older brothers" working
on our house and Dayton was just like a third Grandpa. Now,
the other side of Dayton can't be left off this recommendation
summary. Dayton is a character in the truest sense. We have
a long list of the funniest stories, circumstances and situations
that Dayton was in the middle of. As we look back on the project
as a whole, we are so thankful for the memories that Dayton
Geranen Construction team provided us with exceptional quality.
The team did not take any short cuts, nor try to convince
us that something that they had done "would be fine".
We paid for exceptional quality and we received it. Let
me say also that we are very much observers of fine details.
Very rarely did we ever need to have something redone. As
we have said, they do the work as if it where their personal
you read the bullet points above, you might be thinking it
sounds like many other letters of recommendation. What was
the big deal? Mark and team did a complete remodel of our
entire (almost) 1981 vintage home in Alamo. All but one bedroom,
the office and the laundry room was completely reconstructed
- including all three bathrooms. Mark made sure to leave one
bathroom "operational" at the end of each day. The
whole back of the house was "open to nature" for
many months, as the roof and exterior walls were removed for
the project. Still no big deal
well, we lived in the
garage through the 14 month renovation! It was great for us
to save some money and be able to inspect the work every evening.
Inspecting the work we did (I am a civil engineer and accustom
to performing daily inspections). You can imagine the disadvantages
of living in the garage
it was cold (and hot)
many BBQ, microwave and fast food meals
not enough closet
and that sense of being "misplaced" for
14 months. Oh, did I mention that it was cold! Through the
whole experience, from the first day of demolition through
performing the final punch list items, we have gained a valued
friend and business relationship with a remarkable person
- Mark Geranen.
you search for the right contractor and interview the very best
contractors in the San Ramon Valley, you should highly consider
Geranen Construction. If during the interview process you would
like to see the quality of work done on our home, you can arrange
a visit with Mark. We are also happy to share our experience
with you voice-to-voice. Please coordinate with Mark, as needed.
to the Geranen team for building us our beautiful new home.
We appreciate everything you have provided us. We also appreciate
being comfortable (warm) and not living in the garage anymore!
Nancy and Chapton Gritz