Does Finishworks do design work? We
prefer to do complex projects in cooperation with professional,
respectful interior designers and architects. If we have
not worked with a designer before, we will interview and
vet him or her to make certain that their style of communication
and record of working relations with other contractors will
be a good fit for us.
We have also designed and
built many successful kitchens and baths over the years—several
of them published—and still take on such design work when
the situation is right.
Do you recommend architects? We
will recommend with pleasure any of several AIA professionals
whom we respect and want to work with again.
Will you consider projects outside
the Bay Area? We prefer to work within a fifty
mile radius of San Francisco, since most of our resources—our
subcontractors—are there. Occasionally, we have built
or managed projects as far away as Los Angeles and Mendocino.
If the specific conditions of a ‘distant' project might
make our involvement desirable, we will consider it.
What scale of projects do you do? We
work exclusively on personal residences. Whether it's a
makeover or a project from the ground up, we can build
Are you painting contractors or furniture
refinishers? Are you Finnish? Do you sell Fish? No,
No, & No. We'll happily refer you to a good house
painters or furniture repair shop. Helsinki is a great
city full of fine people who know how to have a good
time, among them some first-rate carpenters. But nope,
we're not Finnish. As for really great fresh-caught salmon,
try Moss Landing early in the AM.