building Lab, inc.
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building Lab is an award-winning firm specializing in thoughtful and highly refined residential design and building. We are passionate about modern architecture, dedicated to precision quality construction and committed to green building practices.

Our clients come to us with visions of creating a perfect home for their family. This may mean locating an ideal plot of land in the community they love and building a dream home from scratch. This may mean fast-forwarding a tired mid-century gem into a stylish 21st century edition. It may also mean upgrading an older home with more current function + feel. Facilitating the process of bringing such dreams to reality is our passion at building Lab. To find out more about our processes, please call 510-420-1133 or email us at with a brief description of your remodeling/home-building plans. We look forward to chatting and listening to your ideas.

The bL Story:
Skilled in carpentry at a young age, principal Stephen Shoup received his formal architecture training at UC Berkeley (M. Arch) and The Architectural Association in London. He started building Lab in 2001 based on his belief in a holistic approach to the design and building processes. With a team of talented designers and project managers, bL is involved in any number of residential categories: from new construction, whole-house remodel, addition, kitchen and bath, custom cabinetry, to master planning and landscape. In 2003, Stephen had the good fortune of purchasing a workshop from a well-known woodworker who was retiring and proceeded to develop a modern office compound that has become our headquarters today.

Services Provided
3D Rendering, Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Barn Design & Construction, Basement Design, Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling, Building Design, Custom Homes, Deck Design, Energy-Efficient Homes, Green Building, Home Additions, Home Remodeling, Home Theater Design, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, Landscape Plans, Lighting Design, New Home Construction, Project Management, Site Planning, Sustainable Design, Fabrication of Cabinetry & Furniture

Areas Served
Albany, Belvedere, Belvedere Tiburon, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont, San Francisco, Tiburon, Marin County, Hillsborough, Atherton, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Ross, Kentfield, Fairfax, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, North Bay, Sonoma County, Napa County, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Contra Costa, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Kentfield

Certifications and Awards
2016 REMMIES - Grand Prize
2015 Remodeling Magazine - Grand Award
2014 NARI 3 Platinum Awards and 1 Grand Prize
2014 Remodeling Magazine - Grand Award, and Merit Award
2012 Remodeling Magazine Grand Award
2012 NARI 3 First Place and 1 Grand Prize
San Francisco Design Build Firm
Best of Houzz 2013 - 2017

Contact: Stephen Shoup
Location: 999 43rd Street
Oakland, CA 94608
License Number: 812687
Commented: Love the mirrors! Where can I get them? They are custom made. Thanks for your interest.
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Commented: natural patina or treated on steel planters? This is the natural patina. Thanks for your interest.
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Commented: Love the tile floor! Where did you get it? The tile flooring is ROYAL MOSA LIGHT COOL GREY, 225V. You can find it online.
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Commented: Who makes the hardwood flooring and is it oak? The existing flooring is oak. Thank you for your interest.
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Commented: Can you please tell me the type of door you used at the of the stairs? It is an existing door given a fresh coat of paint. Thank you for your interest.
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