Bathroom remodel: seeking contractor to re-do small bathroom

Hi, we are looking for a contractor who can re-do our small bathroom in Berkeley. The previous recommendations are all quite old; it would be great to get recommendations from folks who have had this work done more recently. Trustworthy, competent, careful and attentive to detail, and fair would all be helpful descriptions for what we seek. Not looking for the type of company that does “high end” work; we are aiming for a pretty basic / traditional look but quality work and nice-looking results. Do you know such a company?  Will need new bath, sink, toilet, and floors. Thanks for any recommendations! 

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Mark Griffin was recommended to us via BPN to redo our kitchen last summer. He did a fantastic job and was by far the best value we found. He does kitchens and bathrooms and we will absolutely use him for our bathroom when we redo it. He is a one-person crew (though his partner helps with the tiling), so it did take a little longer than some of the other, much more expensive quotes we got. He's done work for other friends of ours subsequently and everyone has been happy. He was great with his Covid PPE, he works very hard, and our kitchen turned out beautifully-- I think of him fondly every day when I use it!

Mark Griffin 510-612-0790

I highly recommend Darren Gates. He worked with us on our remodel and magically came in within budget. Two years later his workmanship is standing strong and we’re looking forward to working with him on another project shortly. His number is(925) 351-3410

We had Elmer Barrios do our tiny bathroom in our house in Oakland (new tub, tile, new recessed mirror) and he and his team were very fair in price and did a great job. The one caveat is that Elmer's English is only so-so (good enough to get by for sure) but his son speaks pretty good English. They were a really great team, got the work done in a shorter schedule than they initially quoted, cleaned up every day to not leave our house in disarray, and are just really nice people. His cell phone is 706-263-8808

We just finished a remodel of a small bathroom with ProModeling (based in El Cerrito).  Stay away from them. Terrible communications, lack of attention to detail, multiple subcontractors with little coordination, and a serious lack of planning that lead a project that began in the first week of January to end in the first week of April.  They have slick and professional materials and we paid more for them than other contractors we interviewed, thinking that they were well put together. Not the case. We are seeking another contractor to finish the cabinet that they left incomplete. 

Get a quote from "My Construction Group" out of San Jose.  Last year they remodeled two bathrooms for us.  Their pricing was reasonable and they were responsive and competent.  I wouldn't say they were "amazing," but we were very happy with them.  Good value for the price.  


We used Crowworks Design— crowworksdesign [at] —for our small bathroom remodel and we couldn't be happier. Crow is very creative and works with you to get the result you want. He is strictly a time and materials man and there are no surprises, except for some good ones. Feel free to use my name.

Good luck,


 We selected Bay Full Construction after meeting with two different General Contractors. Just completed a full master bathroom . Very pleased with the results . John and crew did an excellent job. I will recommend this company to everyone .               

Bay Full Construction (510) 265-9399.

bayfullconstruction [at]