“”The Conrado Company continually performed at the highest level as general contractors for us on a tremendously challenging and extensive Atherton home reconstruction project. Having worked with Conrado closely for over two years, we recommend them without hesitation. Indeed, we are continuing to use the Conrado team for long term home maintenance. If we undertook another project, no matter how difficult or unique, we would turn to Conrado in a heartbeat.
Our project involved a complete overhaul of a large two-story historical home that was stripped to the studs, entirely redesigned, reconfigured, and significantly expanded. It also involved new construction of a sizeable stone-covered garden studio/pool house, swimming pool, redesigned driveways, pathways, parking areas, new foundation and new structural support. Among many challenges, the antiquated foundation required a total replacement, by jacking up the house; and the basement was expanded. The result was a completely transformed Federal style house: unique cabinetry and ornamentation; beautiful use of light, vaulted ceilings, and rustic materials; custom millwork, stonework, brickwork, panelling, extensive moldings and arches; historic detailing; and state of the art infrastructure.
Clearly Paul Conrado has created a culture of excellence, professionalism, courtesy, and integrity. With construction supervisors camped out in a trailer onsite – and weekly construction meetings with the Conrado team — we saw them “up close” dealing with the inevitable twists and turns in translating the architect’s imaginative design and our own vision into a beautifully constructed reality. Conrado’s supervisors and budget monitors were meticulous, ingenious, and efficient in solving problems of all sorts. They were uniformly transparent, thorough, responsive, practical, creative, and highly skilled.
Conrado also chose subcontractors who were master craftsmen, responsive, and pleasant to deal with. When a couple subs did not measure up, Conrado made a change without missing a step. Conrado also provided an invaluable bridge between the architect’s vision and the subcontractors’ need for precise technical specifications for manufacture and installation.
Throughout the process, Conrado’s “no surprises” financial modelling was clear, detailed, and accurate. They were flexible and creative in assisting us with “value engineering” where necessary to control or expand budget, helping us understand cost/design trade-offs in making myriad decisions. They kept us extremely well informed at every stage, and they were consistently open to our questions.
In the end, Conrado produced a home with highest-level craftsmanship and aesthetics, wonderfully thoughtful and user-friendly systems and features, and a functional, intelligent and comfortable living environment. They were a great pleasure to deal with throughout the entire project.””