About Andreson Builders
Andreson Builders is a home and commercial builder and re-modeler.
Our services include:
- And Handrails
- Windows and Doors
- Patio Covers and Decks
- Interior Finish Trim Carpentry
- Whole House Remodel
- Room Addition
- Kitchen and Bath Remodel
- Commercial Structural Framing
- Home Owners Association
- Property Management
We provide services to businesses and homeowners in Orange County.
Contact us today to avail our above-listed services.
We do whole house remodeling from stucco to flooring. We probably do more kitchen remodels than anything else. We have a lot of experience opening or removing walls between the kitchen and living or dining rooms to create open concept spaces.
I love Milgard windows and doors. I mostly source building materials from Ganahl Lumber because their quality is consistently higher than other suppliers. Bin Zinser primer and Vista paint and sometimes Behr paint in a pinch.
Questions and Answers
How many projects do you average in a year?
Between 10 and 20 depending on the size.
What do you recommend to know before hiring you?
Any pictures, sketches, neighbors project(s), or products that you want incorporated in your remodel really help get a project rolling.
What we may not know about you?
I love riding my scooter. Something about it just makes me smile. Rides down to the beach at sunset are my favorite.
What are you most proud of?
A client in Fullerton had a very "Better Homes and Gardens" like house but, there was a wall between her kitchen/dining room and the living room that completely cut off the space and frustrated interaction between her guests during her frequent get-togethers. At first she wanted to just open up a pass through window but, after climbing under her house and into the attic I determined that we could easily remove the wall. It was a little tricky because the ceiling was at 3 different levels and the oak strip flooring didn't align between the two spaces. But, after a couple of weeks we got it done and the change to the home was DRAMATIC! She was super pleased and excited and referred us to her neighbor where we did another project.
What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
What will my finished project look like?
What is important to know about your profession?
Remodeling is a tricky business because until a wall or ceiling or floor is opened up we're just making educated guesses as to what we'll find behind the curtain. So clients need to understand that things will probably change from an initial plan. Also, changes made in the middle of a project aren't just an incremental cost because when remodeling work has to proceed from the ground up and if a change is made we have to start the process over, from the ground up essentially doing the ground work twice. It's a lot more work and therefore expense.
How can we save money hiring you?
Everybody has a budget but, there is saving money initially and there is saving money over the long run. Honestly, you get what you pay for. If you put in the cheapest material or appliance or fixture it will likely fail or, look yucky sooner than a higher quality piece. Same goes for the contractor. If they're in a rush to finish they are more likely to take shortcuts that will show up in the work later on. My advice is to look for value. A good price for good quality materials and workmanship.
What kind of questions do customers ask you?
What will it look like and how much will it cost?The initial cost will depend upon the scale of the project and the materials we choose. The long terms cost depends on the products, materials we choose. I usually discuss the reputation of the supplier and warranty before making any selections. For instance Milgard has a lifetime warranty. If a kid throws a ball through the window 5 years from now Milgard will fix it!
I was laid off from a corporate marketing position during the 2000 recession. It wasn't as bad as the 2008 recession but, after a year of looking for another corporate job I decided to go back to my roots (I put myself through college working during the summer as a carpenter) and get my contractors license and start a construction company.
Do you offer any service after finishing the work?
No hassle adjustments or repairs for the materials we've provided and installed. Unless there are signs of obvious abuse or trauma there is no quibbling. If something we've installed needs fixing, we fix it. We strive to minimize call backs by doing it right the first time. But, mistakes happen.
What types of jobs are the most common?
Everybody wants a new kitchen. Especially in North Orange County where the average home was built in the 60's. We rip out more tile counters and site built cabinets and update with modern cabinetry and solid surface counters with under-mount sinks than any other job.We also do a lot of flooring (bamboo is very popular and renewable) and interior/exterior door replacements. Many customers want to replace old slab doors with paneled solid core interior doors to cut down on sound transmission.