Centric Chronicle: A Builder's View

Things Are Looking Up At Telegraph Hill

Posted by Michael Sweeney

Apr 26, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Working in an urban environment requires early planning. There is a lot of time and consideration in terms of staging, access and physical construction on an operational site. Centric is in the process of building a project located on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. Primarily a residential area, Telegraph Hill is home to Coit Tower and known for its gardens. As you can imagine, this project is high profile and requires a technical approach and heightened focus on planning, procurement and work execution to minimize or eliminate impact to the neighbors, as well as, the building’s operations.

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Topics: Urban Construction, New Construction

Off-the-Grid Lake Berryessa Home Captures Panoramic Views

Posted by Tim McDonald

Mar 29, 2018 2:30:00 PM

A weekend home beckons recreational activities with sweeping views from every angle. 

This lakeside home is located on a 95-acre parcel along the northwestern shore of Lake Berryessa. Up a half-mile driveway from Knoxville Road running along the lakeshore, this home is off the grid, not connected to municipal utilities, with a spring on the property providing fresh water, photovoltaic solar panels providing electricity. The weekend home’s systems include on-demand hot water and in floor radiant heating to help on days when the passive cooling might need assistance.

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Topics: Custom Homes

The Vintage House Renovation Signals Change Is Coming to Yountville

Posted by Jay Barrington

Nov 28, 2017 3:30:00 PM

If you’ve wandered through Yountville recently, you know that things are changing. Newly acquired by Brookfield Thayer Lodging, The Vintage Estate and Villagio Inn and Spa are undergoing a pretty intensive renovation that is hard to miss. These two Yountville destinations cover 23-acres, right in the heart of Yountville. The properties have two restaurants, a small vineyard, and eleven locations for meetings and events. There is a 16,000sf Pavilion with terraced lawns and gardens. This Centric Chronicle post highlights our newly completed project at The Vintage Estate, now named Vintage House.


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Topics: Luxury Resort, Renovation

Helpful Steps for Gaining Control of the Rebuild Process

Posted by Tim McDonald

Oct 27, 2017 1:15:00 PM

The continuous images of devastation left by the recent fire are more than stunning. The extent of the damage can only be described as historic and will remain in our memories for a lifetime. The reality is that the effort to rebuild will require efforts that extend well beyond our local communities and it will take time. It will not be easy but our community is strong and resilient; we will get through this together.

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Topics: community relations

Placemaking for Wine Tasting & Education at Davies Vineyards

Posted by Tim McDonald

Aug 17, 2017 4:30:00 PM

When thinking about what makes the new Davies Tasting Room special, the word placemaking immediately comes to mind. The structure and space was envisioned to capture the heart of the Wine Country community. Before discussing how this present day space went from a vision into reality, it is important first explore the winery’s past.

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Topics: Winery Construction

10 Pinboards to Inspire Your Custom Home Project

Posted by Branden McDonald

Jul 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Internet of Things is truly changing our business on many fronts.  One of the areas experiencing tremendous shift is custom home design and construction. From design ideas to smart home systems, anyone can gather information to conceptualize their ideal home. Most of you would agree, there is no shortage of information on the Internet. So the problem is not whether you have information at your fingertips rather where do you go to gather ideas. 

Fortunately, our team is in front of great resources everyday and came to the conclusion that we should share. Without further adieu, we've pulled together our latest curated list of our favorite resources—to help inspire your custom home projects.

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Topics: Custom Homes

Adaptive Reuse: What Was Once An Old Barn is New Again

Posted by Tim McDonald

Jun 8, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Barns are being reimagined for modern living and transcending their original function to become comfortable and appealing for modern dwellers. Recently, our team at Centric General Contractors worked together with architect William Duff of San Francisco to relocate and transform an empty barn for contemporary art collectors and philanthropists Cindy and Howard Rachofsky.  

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Topics: Custom Homes, Adaptive Reuse