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.


Three words: “professional, caring, and meticulous”, these are the words I use to describe Steve Tappan of Tappan Builders. I have worked with Tappan for over 15 years on many projects large and small. As a result of our association we have won numerous awards and have many satisfied clients. During construction Steve Tappan is the key team player. Steve’s role as a leader during the construction process enables him to manage the entire process. He has strong administrative abilities enabling him to implement and coordinate the work. He communicates well with the clients, the architect and engineers, subcontractors and suppliers and involves the appropriate parties at the proper time. Paperwork for estimates, project correspondence and change orders is timely and accurate. Most importantly he follows up to complete the project leaving the homeowner with 5-10% more than they expected. The last 2% of the project is the hardest to complete and Tappan makes sure that the homeowners are pleased with the result. When I need to refer a contractor with the right timbre, I refer Tappan Builders.

-- Robert Alan Wolf AIA

R.A.W. Concepts Architecture and Interiors

Santa Barbara Craftsman Home

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Tappan Builders
2625 Alcatraz Ave #506
Berkeley, CA 94705