For the past 43 years, Moraga Hardware & Lumber has been solving dwelling dilemmas great and small with a wide selection of tools, garden accessories, and more. Spruce up dingy dens by creating your own abstract forest with dueling shades of green Ralph Lauren (from $29.99) and Mythic (from $33.99) paint. Green cleaning products such as Vaska all-natural laundry detergent ($14.99) and compact fluorescent bulbs ($1+) provide eco-friendly options for people who like to be seen wearing clothes. Celebrate the Fourth of July in December with a fleet of Weber grills ($139+), sturdily built for grilling truckloads of hot dogs and edible sparklers. Straddle the space-time-home-improvement continuum with Moraga Hardware & Lumber's old-fashioned, neighborly customer service and its 21st-century selection of high-quality hardware.
Michael Paranyo's birdie bungalows and avian mansions, handcrafted from recycled materials, have caught the attention of human eyes by being featured on HGTV and Bay Area Backroads. Rakish cuts of distinctive wood imbue the houses with a rustic feel, and roofs made of copper sheets lend a ramshackle charm to the domiciles. The town and country birdhouse ($99.95) evokes the appealing simplicity of the Great Plains, and themed pieces such as the chez noir birdfeeder and restaurant ($99.95) flaunts fashion with its dual-story design, ladder, and glass doorknob. Placate feuding families of lovebirds with two smaller birdhouses, such as the townhouse-style south Berkeley starter home ($49.95) and the Rustic A-frame outfitted with fig branches and a perch for romantic balcony scenes in which fowl lovers long for the ability to fly away like a human.
Since de-clogging its first eave in 1999, Sunshine Gutters’ crew of skilled workers have spent its days scaling ladders to roofs across the Bay Area to clean, install, and repair gutters and downspouts in need of some extra love. Dedicated to preventing residential and commercial properties from accumulating potentially foundation-compromising water damage, the staff performs meticulous services to ensure that rain troughs and conduits remain in working order. Staffers can be found cleansing gutters clogged with leaves, silt, and homesick bowling balls, while technicians install futuristic seamless gutters and stylish copper gutters. Sunshine Gutters’ crews also perform speedy-yet-fastidious repairs, from re-attaching loose gutters to replacing worn-out downspouts. Keeping in line with the quality and confidence of their work, all the company’s services are backed by a 100% guarantee of customer satisfaction.
Led by veteran designer Julie Holland, the staff at Stonewood Kitchen and Bath walks clients through the process of designing new layouts for their homes. The process begins with an in-home consultation to discuss the client's budget and vision. Specialists then create computer renderings of floor plans and elevation drawings to show clients a visualization of what their new kitchen or bathroom will look like.
At Stonewood's showroom, homeowners can peruse cabinetry, lighting, and flooring from brands such as Sequoia Custom Cabinetry, Wellborn, Caesarstone, Cambria, Bedrosians, and Mullican to see how each item looks up close. Once the materials have been selected, Stonewood's consultants can be contracted to help pin down a preliminary bid plan, draw up a timeline for ordering materials, and consult with trade professionals or diligent house elves to ensure the job is going smoothly.
Like their wizard mascot, the technicians of Bugs Be Gone Pest Control Management zap household pests and rodents. Though not clad in starry robes, they rid homes and businesses of invasive bugs with their expertise in alchemical concoctions. The exterminators also trek onto pest-ravaged lawns and gardens to save chewed-up plants and arachnophobic lawn gnomes.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.