Unearth Your Home’s Hidden Treasures

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If you were like many families in the Bay Area when the current shelter in place (SIP) order came through, you probably had thoughts about what it is going to be like to hunker down in your home for the majority of your day. While there was time to consider transitioning to this new normal, one can never be fully prepared to experience the concentrated time in the same space. Especially for an unknown period of time.

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Oakland Foundation and Basement Remodel Work Continues During Shelter In Place

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We are all still working at Jim Gardner Construction.

We are lucky to still be continuing with ongoing projects in these difficult times. Fortunately, as we generally work in the unoccupied parts of homes and are able to keep up with social distancing requirements that makes it feasible. Read More

Challenges with Hillside Garage Replacements – Drainage, Foundation, & Retaining Walls

City Codes to Retaining Walls, Soil Support & Drainage Solutions

As is often the case with structural repairs, the requirements to bring garage projects in line with modern engineering standards can be substantial compared to the way they were built back in the day (generally in the 1920’s). Lack of properly reinforced foundations (aka retaining walls) and drainage are the primary culprits in the failure of older garages. There are often a number of challenges involved with their reconstruction which I will outline here. Read More

Costly Earthquake Foundation Damage Can Be Reduced by Retrofitting Pre-1979 Homes

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Earthquake safety and preparedness have come a long way over the years, especially in California. Every year, the state generates two or three earthquakes that are powerful enough to cause moderate to severe damage to structures. Most modern homes are built to withstand these earthquakes, but many homes built before 1979 are still in danger of suffering serious damage if they are caught in an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 or higher. Some structures are more at risk than others – unreinforced masonry and concrete buildings are particularly dangerous during earthquakes – but any homes built before the late 1970s should be retrofitted if they haven’t been already.
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4 Basic Types of Retaining Wall

East Bay Hills Homeowners – Learn About Types of Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are a common element in both commercial and residential landscaping in California. Not only do they give you the chance to add some beautiful stonework to your property, but they can prevent soil erosion and control rainwater flow, both of which can save your yard and home foundation from erosion and damage. Here we discuss four basic types of retaining walls in landscaping, and note the differences between them to understand which one may be best for your landscaping project. Read More

Oakland Foundation Health Influences Earthquake Impact on Your Oakland Hills Home

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San Francisco East Bay cities experience earthquakes on a regular basis. While it may not be possible to predict them, it is possible to plan strategically for them. You might be surprised to learn that you can actually affect an earthquake’s impact on your property by taking the proper steps to bring your Oakland foundation up to standards, and fix underlying age-related issues that may cause the foundation to fail during a sharp quake. Read More

How Do I Know If I Need A New Foundation? – Some Key Indicators

Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda Foundation Repair – Signs of a Problem

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When I am evaluating whether or not there are foundation problems in your home in Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, or other areas of the Bay Area there are several key indicators I am looking at. Some are more important than others, but taken as a whole they paint a fairly good picture as to the current and future health of the material that is holding up your home. Read More

10 Signs Your Hillside Home Foundation Has a Problem

The foundation of your home can develop various issues over time. In some cases, the visual signs of such issues are not a cause for worry. However, if they move past cosmetic issues (if a hairline crack widens, for instance) they may indicate serious problems that require professional help. If you notice any of the following signs of foundation flaws, you should contact an experienced East Bay and Oakland foundation expert to find out whether repairs are needed. Read More