I am the Operations Manager for a construction company specializing in managing multi million dollar commercial projects with demanding budgets and schedules. Our work is typically subcontracted to many specialty companies. Over the last decade our company has been able to count on Michael Mrakovcich and his team to handle all manner of projects ranging from those simply too small for our company, to those that we have been too busy to complete, and to those projects that fall into the gray area between the skill sets of our standard subcontractors. Michael has been assigned simple projects from as small as several thousand dollars, which may involve a few trades, to projects up to several hundred thousand dollars, which can typically include complete build outs of commercial spaces. These larger projects often involve T bar ceilings, concrete work, lighting, electrical, finished flooring, metal stud framing, drywall, painting, as well as specialty items such as dressing rooms, storefront glazing, commercial doors and the like. We have been able to rely on Michael to assume complete responsibility delivering the superior product to our clientele that our company is known for. Over the last 10 years our management team has been able to count on Michael to get the job done. Michael brings excellent quality to the projects and they come in on time and and on budget. I can, without hesitation, recommend Michael for any project he wishes to accept.
I want to thank you again for the great remodel job you did for Carol and Me. You, your staff and your sub contractors excelled in every aspect of remodel activity that we encountered. Framing, drywall, electrical, wall penetration, window installation, stucco matching, carpeting, entertainment center installation and painting. All work was accomplished on schedule and within my overall budget. While your initial bid was not the lowest I received, it was by far the most detailed. As far as I am concerned it was the only bid that reflected reality. I would not hesitate to recommend Mrakovcich Inc. for almost all types of home or business renovation. Feel free to share this letter with potential customers. We are also available as a reference.
Bob and Carol
We had inherited my mother’s house in Menlo Park. My sister and I decided to upgrade it in order to sell it for top-dollar in the 2015 Real Estate Market. After having Mike Mrakovcich of Mrakovcich Construction, do an awesome remodeling of two bathrooms in our San Ramon home, we decided to contract him to handle remodeling the Menlo Park house because we knew he is licensed, bonded and insured. He helped us to make an $800,000 house into a $1,500,000+ property.
We started with a 1,100 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house, which hadn’t been touched since it was built in 1953, with the exception of a roof replacement sometime in the 1980s. We sold a 1,500 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house, completely upgraded from the inside out. In order to add an en suite bathroom to the master bedroom, Mike and his crew had to expand a bedroom and make it the new master bedroom. Mike also entirely modernized the existing bathroom. He had to completely reconfigure the kitchen in order to make room for modern appliances which formerly had a 1950s refrigerator, a 1960s stove/oven, no dishwasher, and no microwave…not even a waste disposal. He also removed walls to create an “open concept” flow from the dining area to the living room. Since the house was heated with only one wall heater, he ended up installing a central heating and air conditioning unit with all the attendant ductwork, while we had him replace the roof.
Mike essentially tore up the entire house in order to bring the electricity and plumbing up to code in order to handle modern requirements. We also had Mike wire the house with cable and internet wiring in the living room and all the bedrooms. While working in the kitchen he noticed that the ceiling joists were running in the wrong direction, which he explained to us and we had him fix. He also took care of resurfacing the sooty, wood fireplace with a renovated, stone façade. Mike expanded all the tiny bedroom closets into sliding, wall-covering mirrored doors in each room with a minimum of labor. He also replaced all the doors in the house with updated interior and security exterior doors. He refurbished the original hardwood floors and replaced, with matching hardwood, areas that could not be restored.
Mike had his crew working on the exterior of the house while remodeling the interior. While installing the new roof and its expansion, he had to reinforce the beam across the roof line and install new gutters which disappeared during the 1980s roof replacement. He installed all new custom-sized windows and added a sliding glass door to the new master bedroom. He poured a new, expanded driveway and walkway, as well as adding a new parking pad on the other side of the house since Menlo Park does not allow overnight street parking. He suggested an economical way to re-stucco the outer walls and handled the painting of both the interior and exterior of the house.
He put up extensive new fencing and gates all around the property. He installed sprinklers, a lawn and landscaping in the front yard. In the back yard he removed a broken, concrete fish pond to revamp the backyard landscaping. He repaired the back patio and created new steps into the house.
We devoted quite a bit of time and money to renovate the house to maximize our return on investment. We would not have been able to profit so much on our asset without Mike Mrakovcich’s help. He was able to take our ideas and translate them into the tangible. He discussed all the items that went into producing the remodeled house, making sure we both understood why each choice was made and that we were happy with the choices. He patiently went through every change order and spelled out all the charges being made. When we selected the materials and fixtures for the house, he pointed out the pro and cons to each item so we could make informed selections. He made sure that all permits and inspections were made in a timely manner as possible. He and his crew went out of their way to accommodate to our requests and to respect our property. To some, his pricing may see high but “you get what you pay for”…it’s worth remembering that you are guaranteed genuine materials, fair labor and solid workmanship. We look forward to working with Mike on future projects.
We hired Mike to do an extensive remodel of our backyard Our backyard consisted of a 30 year old built in swimming pool which needed costly repairs, so we decided to fill it in instead of repair the pool. Mike and company worked in the sweltering heat with jackhammers and a bobcat and did an amazing job with the pool demolition. He filled it with very rich, clean dirt since we want to grow fruit trees and a vegetable garden. The sprinkler system Mike added will definitely make our garden grow. Mike had great ideas as far as the design of the new garden so it won’t look like ‘a pool filled with dirt.’ We also wanted to extend our backyard out about 10 feet so Mike built us an amazing fence with a sturdy gate. The attention to detail and creative suggestions that Mike gave to us really helped us with the design of our garden. We didn’t have one bad experience working with Mrakovcich Construction, and I would recommend him to friends without hesitation.
Mike Mrakovcich and his constructive team recently completed their third major remodel and renovation project at our home, and we could not be more pleased with the process and the final outcome of all the projects. This recent project which was completed this past spring, was a master bath and bedroom suite. As we had experienced in our past jobs with Mike, he explained each phase of the project, gave us a detailed bid, and was attentive to our questions and suggestions. My husband focused on the technical details of the project, while I focused on the design and selection of the fixtures, tile, stone and finishes. Mike was always receptive and respectful of my questions and suggestions. He gives us many ideas as to where to shop for our materials. Our new master bedroom suite is beautiful!
The first project that Mike completed for us was a major kitchen remodel. We began with a plan that was drawn up by a designer, who helped choose all the cabinets, fixtures, tile and stone. The demolition began on schedule, but as what often happens in any home remodel, unforeseen issues developed during the demolition and implementation of the design. The whole back wall of the kitchen (which is an exterior wall) was severely water damaged and needed to be removed. Mike carefully explained the issues, potential fixes and associated costs. We found the change process to be very fair. The repair required supporting the second story and replacing the whole wall, and re-installing 2 windows. We accepted Mike’s change suggestions, and the project continued with only a few weeks of delay. The final result of our kitchen remodel well exceeded our expectations. We are very happy that we had chosen Mrakovcich Construction to do our kitchen remodel.
We also hired Mike to do a partial remodel of another bathroom, various updating of lighting, repairs to our heating and air condition system, and remodel of the laundry room. He also demolished an old wooden deck in the backyard, and built new retaining walls at two elevations using cement bricks. We have always been satisfied with the end result of all the projects.
Mike is a very skilled craftsman, as are his construction team members. He is very fair in his pricing, is honest and timely, respectful and personable. His construction team is also very trustworthy and respectful. We would highly recommend him for other contracting work, and intend to use him for any future projects at our home.
Mike and his team were outstanding both to work with and at producing beautiful, agreed upon and timely results. They took our 700 sq ft partially subterranean downstairs from bare concrete foundation to a beautiful rental that will pay for itself in no time.
Working with Mike was refreshing and impressive because:
- He does everything and knows when to outsource to get the best quality products (we had complete overhauls in plumbing, gas, electrical as well as framing, insulation, drywall, tape, texture, paint, etc.)
- He stays on budget and on time (I’ve never seen a construction project move more efficiently and effectively and certainly)
- He’s had our best interest in mind (Mike isn’t trying to sell you something that doesn’t fit your goals, aesthetics or budget, instead he gets to know his clients and tailors his service to best fit their needs and neighborhoods)
- He’s adaptive and helpful (when something came up in the project that was unexpected or needed attention, Mike communicated and gave options instead of just sticking to the plan. I’m so thankful for his ability to address our needs and consistently stay solutions oriented.
- He’s committed to the success of his projects (even after leaving, Mike wants to ensure his work holds up and that the customer is satisfied enough to recommend him and think of him again when construction is needed. He’ll make recommendations, offer his ideas, resources and support to help make your project a success)
I’ve already recommended Mike to a number of friends and coworkers because of his high level of professionalism and integrity and personable nature. Do yourself a favor and do business with Mike and his team.