Construction and Renovation


  • Tappan Builders has built its reputation through specializing in high-end residential remodels, additions, and whole house renovations 

  • We are recognized for our historic renovations and sensitive updating of architecturally significant structures, particularly in Traditional, Craftsman, and Mediterranean style homes

  • We have undertaken full home remodels to incorporate elevators and lifts for safe aging in place

  • We have completed several light commercial and restaurant installations

  • Our work areas range from Piedmont, Oakland, Kensington and Berkeley in the East SF Bay Area to Mill Valley and San Rafael in the North Bay Area.  We have also completed whole house builds and remodels in Santa Barbara, Montecito and the greater Austin area.


"I have had Tappan Builders work on several projects for us in our house (originally constructed in about 1918). These projects include two extensive remodelings, one of which required us to move out of the house for 8-9 months. Tappan's work is first rate, and the finish on the first of these projects still looks excellent eleven years later. I believe you get what you pay for with contractors. Tappan Builders is not the cheapest--but their work and attention to detail is absolutely the best. I found Steve Tappan (the owner of the business) to be professional, friendly, extremely honest and very good about managing the time for a project. Sure we had change orders which slightly inflated the cost of things--but in every instance that was our choice and not the result of some manipulation by Tappan Builders. And as a measure of how much they value their relationships with clients, we have had Steve and crew back to our house on several occasions for touch ups or minor repairs on things long past the warranty period. They were always prompt and the bill was always negligible, and in one case waived all together because they fixed it quickly. This is the practice of a contractor who understands how important a long-term connection with a client can be for repeat business and the possibility of referrals. I have happily recommended Tappan to others throughout the last decade, and he has worked on many of my neighbors' homes in the Crocker Highlands area of Oakland. I highly recommend this contractor!"

-- Joe T., Oakland, CA

Santa Barbara Craftsman Home

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Tappan Builders
2625 Alcatraz Ave #506
Berkeley, CA 94705