TESTIMONIALS

I am on the Board of Directors for a townhome complex near the San Leandro Marina. Over the years we have had several general contractors make repairs, unfortunately not properly. Then we found Schafer Construction. From the first inspection to the completion of various projects, the process was seamless. They were informative and any questions were answered promptly. The work was completed on time, above and beyond our expectations. I would highly recommend Schafer Construction.

Barbara J. – San Leandro, CA

"Schafer Construction saved our deck and our sanity. We have one of those large decks in Monclair that can only be worked on with scaffolding and we knew that it was beginning to deteriorate and need some major work. I was worried not only about cost and time, but also working with the city on permits and working with a contractor - all things that have been challenging and unpleasant in the past. Rudi Schafer came out to conduct the estimate and was friendly and clear about the process. He gave me a few ideas about how we could improve the deck and not just replace what was there and provided a price comparison for both options."

Lindy and Jake F. , Oakland

"We received the estimate quickly and it was a very fair estimate. Throughout the permitting process, Rudi and his team kept us informed of what was happening and served as our advocates and kept our stress to the absolute minimum. Once the project was underway, Rudi's crew was wonderful to work with - professional, friendly, always kept a very clean work site, tolerated our yellow lab trying to beg their lunches from them! The project was done within the budget that was laid out in the estimate and completed on time. When we had a concern about one of the boards that was included in the deck, it was quickly removed and replaced. The end result is a beautiful, very sturdy deck that we enjoy even on the coldest of days. With our old deck, we barely spent time out there when it was nice. From the first contact through to the completed project, I cannot recommend Schafer Construction enough. "

Lindy and Jake F. , Oakland

Thank you for an absolutely fabulous job on our two decks.

Special kudos to Cal and Frank for their hard work and workmanship, as well as Rudi for his advice and guidance

Aileen and Roger E. , Oakland

Just a quick note to thank you all for the awesome work you did on Ocean View. I received several compliments on the "attention to detail" and craftsmanship that went into your work.

Congrats on a job well done.

Tom W., Oakland

Every time I go to the house I reach the same conclusion and that is how happy I am you are doing the work for us! It’s a rare thing not to see some kind of crap where I say what the hell are they doing. It hasn’t happened yet. I will stop gusting now and say goodnight.

Thanks Rudy to you and your crew. Glen must be one hell of a crew leader!!”

Roger H. , Oakland

Schafer Construction did some extensive dry rot repair on our stucco home in the Oakland Hills. They were very professional, competitively priced, and did great work. On top of that, they worked neatly, have very courteous employees and care about the quality of work they do. You won't know the value of all of these qualities until you work with a company that is messy (leaves the door open while they sand and grind outside covering all of your furniture with a fine dust), doesn't show up for work, does poor quality work, etc.

Schafer took our construction seriously and professionally all the way to the end of the project. If I had the work to do again, I would not hesitate to call them.

If you are looking for a contractor to do repair work, look no further, call Schafer.

Schafer Construction just finished an extensive repair job on my laundry room and I'm delighted with it.

I'd personally like to thank Bob, Kevin, Frank, and Glen, and the rest of the crew for their hard work, commitment to excellence, professional demeanor, and for exceeding my expectations; they consistently went above and beyond.

They were polite, friendly, non-invasive, always cleaned up the work area each day, kept me informed on the progress, and were a pleasure to have around.

Jan H., Hayward

The work completed on my decks by Schafer Construction was excellent and the results look outstanding!

Richard D. Berkeley, CA

Tahoe loves his toys and treats, especially the squeaky squirrel which is now his favorite. He also likes being the “star? of the photo book. Thanks so much for your friendly professionalism and commitment to excellence. We appreciate everything you and your crew have done.

Roger and Aileen E., Oakland

Deck Builders Advise on How to Plan a Bridge Driveway Over a Creek

Is a creek or a ditch cutting through your Oakland property, making it difficult for you to get your vehicle to the other side? There are two ways you can choose to solve this: opt for either a culvert or a bridge driveway. Both aim to create a structure that will allow you to easily access the part of the property that is on the other side of the creek or ditch.

Both choices, however, have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to supporting large vehicles, however, bridge driveways are generally recommended over culverts. In planning a bridge driveway over a creek, there are a lot of considerations and planning to do, the most basic of which are laid down by deck builders.

The Problem with Culverts

Culverts can work for homes standing over small creeks with consistently low water levels. It is usually made of a piece of galvanized steel or polyvinyl chloride with a brick or stone structure on top, acting like a very small bridge. According to David Reed, the author of “The Art and Craft of Stonescaping”, culverts would only work as footpaths or can only accommodate the weight of small vehicles such as motorcycles. If you are building a driveway for a bigger vehicle, then you’ll want to consider the alternative.

Why Opt for a Bridge Driveway

Bridge driveways are considered necessary structures in spanning a creek. Moreover, homeowners could own a picturesque bridge without the actual complexities and expenses of building road surfaces over the creek. Building bridge driveways, however, also requires determining soil qualities, professional engineering work, and other considerations that are best left to professional deck builders, like the experts from Schafer Construction, Inc.

Planning for a Bridge Driveway

Among the many considerations when planning a bridge driveway are the spans for the steel girders and the amount of wooden flooring your project will need. You might also need to place a culvert pipe into your creek, which should be wide enough to allow water to freely flow through it. Additionally, pipes need to be at least four feet longer than required to let water flow in and out, and each sides should be filled with at least three inches of rock for stabilization.

You might be tempted to treat the construction of a bridge driveway as something you can do yourself, like many home improvement projects. Doing so, however, could only lead to costly damages, like washouts or even dangerous collapses due to poorly constructed bridges. Consult with professionals first, so they can conduct an inspection of your property and suggest the best options for a driveway.

Sources:

How to Build a Driveway Over a Creek, eHow

How to Build a Bridge Over a Creek, eHow