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General contractors, SF Bay Area

Altmann & Associates

 
 
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About

Art & Craftsmanship

At Altmann & Associates, we enjoy the art of construction and the challenges that accompany it. Every project is unique and requires imagination, creativity, and craftsmanship to succeed. We are an independently-owned construction company with experience in all aspects of residential construction from architectural concrete and foundation work to the highest quality mill work and trim.

 
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OUr approach

Drawing from experience

 

Whether we are restoring an old Victorian or Craftsman home, or working with the close tolerances demanded by a mid-century modern or steel-frame home, our years in the construction business—nearly three decades—provides us with a wealth of experience from which we can draw. Our team of skilled and friendly carpenters and expert subcontractors are truly interested in realizing your vision and exceeding your expectations. 

Tap on each of the pictures below to explore some of our past work.

Grizzly Peak/Berkeley

Tasteful update to classic Henry Hill mid-century modern in the Berkeley Hills designed by Fischer Architecture in 2017. The project was featured by Curbed.com. Construction work required updating all systems to modern standards and code. Project included full master bedroom with ensuite bath, kitchen remodel, new roofing and windows, plumbing and electrical update, security system and modern technology updates. All materials were specified by the team at Fisher Architecture to provide modern equivalents to the originals.

Avalon/Berkeley

Update to traditional home in Berkeley's Claremont district. Work included new kitchen, bath and master suite. This project represented particular challenges fitting the close tolerances of the modern design to the older home. Included in the project were numerous innovations that required custom millwork and creative use of materials and techniques. 

Lincoln/Berkeley

On this project, we were brought in to add a second story master suite to a traditional Berkeley bungalow. The project also included a new living room and kitchen, as well as a garden office. This modern addition, designed by Envelope Architecture and Design, creates an open floor plan and contemporary finishes to seamlessly integrate the old and the new.

Nogales/Berkeley

Updating historic John Hudson Thomas-designed Berkeley bungalow to modern code. Remodel designed by Lorin Hill Architecture included adding an interior stair to provide access to new second-story bedroom with ensuite bath. Main floor renovation included new kitchen, bath as well as bringing all services up to code. Project involved extensive use of traditional materials and craftsmanship. 

Hillside/Albany

Mid-century modern sensibilities inform a tasteful redesign of a home hugging Albany Hill after a fire that destroyed most of the home. The architect took advantage of spectacular views by designing around an open plan that brought the views deep into the home. Our work included a complete rebuild. All that remained after the fire was about 1/4 of the structure and some reusable portions of the foundation. An additional challenge was completing the work within the constraints of the insurance budget.

Rich/Oakland

Reconstruction of 1921 California Bungalow to create a more open floor plan. The redesign completed by Envelope A+D reoriented the floor plan toward the back garden. Renovation included the kitchen and bath as well as an update of all systems and services. Walls in this distinct bath are a special shower plaster that provided a deep color while remaining water tight.

Locksley/Oakland

Update to Rockridge area bungalow to open the floor plan to connect the dining and kitchen area and increase the connection to the back garden. The project included renovation of a main floor bathroom and the addition of a bedroom with an ensuite bath on the second floor. 

 
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Plan for building in design

Design phase input

 

We are often hired at the same time as the architect to provide critical cost input during the design phase to aid in keeping the project within its intended budget. This team approach is often the key to the ultimate success of a project with valuable, practical construction expertise provided during the critical design development phase of the project.

When a final design is arrived at we generate a detailed estimate and a fixed price contract. This gives the owner the greatest amount of control over design and budget and prevents the issue of the beautiful but unaffordable project.

Under certain conditions such as expedited projects or for clients who prefer total flexibility during the course of construction we propose time and material billing. 

Reach out if you'd like to know more about our process, or get feedback during the design phase. 

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Our Office

Our home base is in Oakland on the Berkeley border. That central location gives us the ability to serve clients throughout the region as well as access to some of the best talent, materials, and resources. Reach out, and let's talk about your project.

6573 Shattuck Ave. Oakland, CA  94609 

T: 510.420.8111
F: 510.420.1142
E: jeffaltmann@gmail.com