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building Lab, inc.

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11x Best of Houzz winner
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San Francisco Design Build Firm
Best of Houzz 2013 - 2021
To our clients and associates,“We hope you are staying healthy and productive while staying at home. Like many of you, we have adjusted our job flow and process by working remotely. While this transition has certainly presented challenges, we are grateful to be able to continue working on design and construction planning. Many of the tools we use regularly (pdfs, 3-D models, and online meetings) allow us to extend existing relationships and even develop new ones. During this recent reopening, we are able to conduct site measurement, preparation, and construction of new projects with careful implementation of social distancing and personal hygiene. If you are thinking about a remodel/new build, we are very happy to discuss possibilities with you and move your project forward.” 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 mission 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, 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, Custom Homes, Fabrication of Cabinetry & Furniture

Areas Served

Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont, San Francisco, Tiburon, Belvedere, Belvedere 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, San Mateo, Belmont


Best of Houzz 2013 - 2021 Remodeling Magazine - Grand Awards and Merit Awards - various years NARI Platinum Awards and Grand Prizes - various years

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building Lab, inc.
999 43rd Street
Oakland, CA 94608
Typical Job Cost $300,000 - 2 million
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License Number 812687