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Testimonials From CALCBS Clients


Home Building

"My wife and I have had many of our previous homes renovated, but this is the first home we have had custom built. – We Love CALCBS! We began meeting with Craig to discuss building our dream home over a year before we broke ground. Craig guided us through the sometimes difficult and challenging process by meeting (upon our request) with the architect and interior designer to help ensure we would love our finished product. He also used his expertise on high end finishes to help keep us on budget.

It was really important to us that we were always kept in the loop, and Craig did just that. He always provided us with a detailed schedule and notified us when key dates were approaching. We even walked the property on a weekly basis. When our house was finally complete, Craig not only provided us with detailed information regarding the care and operations of the home, but he also showed us the operation of ALL systems.

If you’re considering building a new custom home, Craig Lawson and his crew at CALCBS are the best!"

- Rick and Bambi Dennett

“I liked the fact that Craig had built many, many, different types of homes in different locations; Craig was very helpful and gave me valuable advice on what he had learned; the quality of the home he built is astounding.”

- Ajaib and Sue Bhadare

Remodeling and Renovation

"We have just completed our third major project with CALCBS in the last 5 years.  We previously used them for a complete energy upgrade project.

The second project was remodeling our three bathrooms.  Both of these projects went very smoothly, the finished product was excellent and the work was finished on time.  They are very sensitive to making sure our house was livable throughout these projects.

The largest and most recent project was fully remodeling our kitchen, replacing our existing hardwood flooring, remodeling our fireplace and replacing the windows in our kitchen and family room.  We are thrilled with the results and workmanship.  The finished remodel is truly beautiful. 

We would use them again for any remodel without hesitation."

-Joani Spear & Larry Modell

"Craig and Mike were very professional and easy to work with.  Everything was discussed up front and if any changes needed to be made, they quickly revised the contract with a change order and we moved forward.  The whole kitchen remodel, including new windows in dining area, sanding and resealing hardwood floors, remodel of fireplace, took about 31 days!  Very happy with our remodel!!  We love walking into that room every day, it's now so bright and modern.  We have gotten tons of WOW's when friends and family come to visit.  Thank you CALCBS!"

-Angela Hernandez


"Hiring Craig Lawson and Mike Fitzpatrick to remodel and update our kitchen was a great decision.  Having met Craig on another project, we asked if he would be interested to help with our 1980's kitchen.  We met with Craig and Mike, put a plan together, and began work in April and were finished in May, staying on budget.  Mike and all his sub-contractors were very professional and a joy to work with.  Everyone showed up on time and stayed on the job until done.  Every day the workplace was left neat and clean.  We highly recommend this company for their integrity, professionalism, and efficiency."

-Gayle and Chuck Ingham

"In August 2016, Bill and I decided on CALCBS to remodel our master bathroom.  We wanted to remove a jetted tub, remove the window above it and transform that area into a large curb-less shower.  In addition, we added a skylight in the new shower area, a window on the west wall, new counter tops and fixtures.  We also installed a new entrance door with a custom stained glass and added cat entrance doors to the bedroom entrance door and existing closet door.  We turned the closet into a kitty restaurant area with sliding shelves and cat boxes near the floor.  Our cats love the privacy and the new exhaust fan and light that turn on when they enter.  The job was done in a timely manner, on budget with every problem addressed and handled professionally.  We are thrilled with the finished bath and it exceeded our expectations.  We couldn't be happier.  Because of such excellent work and concern for our wishes, we again went with CALCBS when it was time to remodel our kitchen this year. (2017)  We didn't change the footprint of the kitchen, but did replace counter-tops, back splash, pantry configuration and the flooring.  We wanted stainless steel counters and back splash in addition to two large, deep stainless steel under-mount sinks.  CALCBS had never dealt with stainless steel counter-tops before, but they did their homework and the installation went very well and is just what we expected.  When all was said and done,  the job was done right, and we couldn't be happier.  Thanks CALCBS!"

-Bill and Kathie Brix

"When we decided to remodel our home, doing three areas---kitchen, guest bath and laundry room---at the same time, our friends and family thought we were crazy. “Are you kidding? It will be chaos, they’re never on time, they make a huge, noisy mess and you will be miserable.”

Needless to say, it took a little courage to proceed but we are here to say that we couldn’t be happier with our experience with CALCBS.

From the start, working with Craig Lawson, Mike Fitzpatrick and the crew was a real pleasure.   After selections were made and dates were determined, a written schedule with goals for each day of the remodel was furnished to us---and followed! We truly appreciated that no work was begun before materials were in place. Unlike other projects done piecemeal and fit in around other jobs, once we began with CALCBS, we were assured that work would be done every day until the project was completed. It was, and we were amazed at how much was accomplished in so short a time.

The crew, led so competently by Mike Fitzpatrick, was not only never late, but was frequently assembled and ready to begin early each morning. They were careful as they worked, with coverings and drop cloths everywhere they were needed. At the end of each work day, they cleaned meticulously. No blaring personal radios, no slow-downs due to responding to personal calls, they were as quiet and respectful of our home as workers could be who were engaged in a demolition and reconstruction project!

One of the things that always stood out was both Craig and Mike’s availability to answer questions, explain processes and work with us when we wanted to make a change. Response time was terrific; we could always count on a quick return call, email or visit when we requested it.

We needed guidance about the selection of materials; Craig not only provided excellent vendor references but met us at one key vendor to discuss options. When we decided to add on additional work, such as changing out all of our door hardware, our request was responded to with not only efficiency and accuracy, but with the stated goal of us being pleased with the end result and their willingness to do ‘whatever we wanted’.

Our project turned out to be GORGEOUS and we are completely and totally satisfied with the experience. Not only would we recommend CALCBS to anyone for a building project, but we are eagerly anticipating working with the company again in a few short months when we begin demolition and remodeling of our master bath. We can’t imagine that any company could have done a better job!"

-Donna and Don Forst

"For the second time in two years, we decided to brave the world of remodeling; this time it was our master bathroom and part of our master bedroom (adding a door to the deck).  

There was never a question of who would oversee the project:  CAL CBS had done our kitchen and guest bath the prior year and we were thrilled with the results.  Nobody else was in the running.  We called them and began the project.

As before, Craig Lawson's professionalism was there from the start.  He directed us to excellent resources to make our material selections, was prompt in being responsive to our questions and "held our hand" throughout the work.  

Craig's team was also excellent beyond description.  As before, their work ethic is premier:  they arrived either on time or earlier than scheduled, showed up every day as expected, were as quiet as possible given the scope of the project and cleaned the area at the end of each work day.   What more could we have asked?  Mike Fitzpatrick, the "boss" on the job, was always pleasant, professional and easy to work with.  He was tasked with making sure everything went on schedule and did a superb job on keeping us on the calendar as planned.

Being a perfectionist, I (Donna) am not the easiest person to please but I have to say that CAL CBS was as perfectionistic as I am with our home and did impeccable work.  Their attention to detail with every aspect of our project, starting with a completely gutted bathroom, was exactly what we had come to expect from them. They delivered.  The bathroom is a dream and every time I walk into it, I look around with both awe and satisfaction that we got exactly what we hoped for.  There is not a thing we would change and are so pleased.  We will enjoy our home makeover for years to come.

Don and I can't thank CAL CBS enough for the job they did and how they have beautified our home in several key areas.  Don hopes that we are DONE with remodeling but we both agree that if we have another project to do, it will be CAL CBS that we call."

-Donna and Don Forst

"We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks for the beautiful job CALCBS did in designing and constructing our new master bathroom.  Not having done any large changes in our home prior, we were initially flustered and unsure as to how to proceed.  We had friends that had used your company for similar projects and were very pleased with the product you delivered.  From the time of our initial meeting with Craig and Mike, we new we were introduced a company that was well qualified for the changes we wanted to complete.  We must say that it was somewhat overwhelming for us as we began to design and figure out what changes and materials were going to be used.  Craig and Mike both took the time to go over the necessary stages of the job and provided us with the guidance and direction needed to make our ideas become a reality.  My wife and I were somewhat concerned regarding the proposed 6 week project and the distraction to our already busy lives.   Once the work began we quickly realized our concerns were for not.  From Day one, the time lines and work hours were right on and the work staff were both professional and respectfully of our home and privacy.  Since we both worked we were also concerned about our most prized posession, our dog Luigi.  Well as it turned out, Luigi was in good hands and when we returned home each day to our surprise, the home was left even cleaner then before.  That was a surprise since bathroom was upstairs and many trips had to occur throughout the day as you can imagine.  Anyway, the job was completed on time and Craig and Mike made sure that it was to our satisfaction."

-Gary and Kathy Negri

"We have used CALCBS for two major projects in the last four years.  They did bathroom remodel's as well and an energy upgrade on our house.  We were very happy with both outcomes.  The few problem's we had after the projects were completed were responded to and fixed immediately.  We had fixture problems with our bathroom remodels and CALCBS had the manufacturer's rep out here to replace the faulty fixtures.  Their service is exemplary and we would not hesitate to use them again!"

-Joan Spear and Larry Modell

"Our enclosed garage is simply great!  The work was done in a timely and professional manner including answering any questions we had promptly.  The workers were respectful of our property and very easy to have around.  The operation of the finished doors is flawless.  If you need work done on your home, we highly recommend you call CALCBS"

Tony and Patricia Hughes

"Sheri and I are so happy with the remodel of our home you and your crew did for us. From the original estimates to the finishing touches everything was professional and thorough. Communication was excellent and workmanship was exceptional. We appreciate the job you, Mike and Jesus did for us and would be happy to show our project to any potential clients and I refer you every chance I get. Thank you for making a house OUR HOME!"

- Matt Perezchica

“We hired Craig and CALCBS to do a remodel on our house.  Being an older home, we wanted to convert a small bedroom into a walk-in closet, and change an extra bathroom into an upstairs laundry room.  Craig and his team helped with the design and worked with our requests to create a beautiful design for both.  

All work done was truly top-notch and exceeded our expectations on every level. His crew perfectly matched our existing wall texture and other home accents to make it all look like it is original to the house. All work done was truly top-notch and exceeded our expectations on every level.

The project came in exactly on time and on budget, even with a few last second changes on our end.  We now have our dream master closet and laundry room.  Our next project will be a complete kitchen over-haul and we look forward to working with Craig once again.”

 -Brent & Kelly Stromgren

"Our relationship with Craig Lawson and his expert team is held in the highest esteem during the remodeling of the bathroom in our home. His team members were professional, friendly, punctual and respectful of our home by cleaning up at the end of the day. They went over and beyond to please us and make sure that their work met with our approval. Any questions or concerns we may have had were resolved immediately. The contractor and sub-contractors he chose were also outstanding in their field. They worked with us to make sure that we were completely satisfied with their service. We are pleased to say that not only did they complete the remodel on time – they were ahead of schedule. All in all, we are very pleased with Craig (CALCBS) and would definitely call upon them again when we need any type of remodel in the future."

- Patricia Moehlman

"I had a rental house that had needed renovation and CAL Custom Building Services was recommended to me.  I called Craig Lawson and he met me at the home, asked many professional questions about what I wanted and could afford. I told him what I would like done within my budget. I cannot express how professional and helpful he was in his suggestions and desire to work with me on all my concerns. From the day he began the work and the schedule he set, it couldn’t have been smoother.  He and Mike Fitzpatrick helped me pick out quality, reasonable and beautiful fixtures and cabinets.  They finished in the time they said and left the home looking like a new house. I look forward to working with them again and highly recommend their company."

-Bonnie Martin

Commercial Renovations

"Without hesitation, I would like to submit this recommendation for CALCBS.  I have had the pleasure of working with Craig, Mike and their crew for the past six years.  CALCBS has managed numerous projects at Farmers Lane Plaza in Santa Rosa, including the complete renovation of the entire shopping center.  From start to finish, CALCBS has gone above and beyond to make sure the job goes smoothly, that it was on schedule and on budget.  What truly sets this company apart, is the experience of both Craig and Mike...their expertise, communication, and forward thinking, along with their relationships with top quality subcontractors and government officials, sets them apart from other firms.  I would highly recommend CALCBS for any type of project...Simply the best!

-Traci Vyenielo, Property Manager, Farmers Lane Plaza

Repair Work

"CALCBS was hired by the Oakmont Golf Club to take care of a mold remediation problem that existed in our Quail Inn banquet area.  This stemmed from a water leak that occurred the winter before.  The work scope was defined by a mold remediation expert, Pacific IAQ.  The project was to be completed on a very tight schedule as we had one of our largest weddings scheduled for less than a month after the work was to commence.  After deconstruction began, it was discovered that more mold existed inside additional walls.  CALCBS expanded their work scope by almost 50% and with Herculean efforts by their team, completed the remediation project for us on the original schedule, to excellent quality standards.  We thank CALCBS for their hard work and dedication, thus allowing us to reopen our award winning wedding venue on schedule."   http://weddingsinsonnoma.com/

-Mike Ash-General Manager-Oakmont Golf Club

Remodel with Energy Upgrades

"If you’re interested in professional home remodeling services or an energy efficiency upgrade, you can’t go wrong picking Cal CBS for the job.  Craig and Mike walked me through the process, set the schedule and completed the job on schedule and on budget.   To say the least, I was very impressed with the professionalism and quality they brought to the job.  I’m thoroughly enjoying the energy upgrade and kitchen remodel and have no complaints whatsoever.  

Thanks again CAL CBS !!"

-Scott Garcia

"From start to finish you were honest and transparent in your advice and cost estimates.  It was not the usual grueling process that people expect when a contractor enters your home.  Your work reflected a truly collaborative experience that resulted in a very satisfied customer.

One of the most remarkable results of the work is an absence.  There is absence of uncomfortable rooms, of bad air quality, of noise and of  larger than normal energy bills.  The work of you and your team eliminated the issues and added comfort to both mind and body.

Thanks for all the work."

-Joe Horak


"We chose Craig Lawson to make our home more energy efficient. He immediately put all the pieces together, answered all of our questions and walked us through every detail. He managed the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program application and approval process professionally and efficiently so much that we didn’t even have to go to the SCEIP office. In addition to taking care of our energy efficiency items, he also helped us with other problems we had at our home (drainage issues, dry rot, deck and siding replacement). We were so happy with his work that after our remediation and energy efficiency phases were complete, we used Craig for a comprehensive kitchen remodel. Their quality and attention to detail resulted in a finished product that has us falling in love with our home all over again. Their professionalism, excellent supervision and commitment to our relatively unyielding timeline and budget are valued and support the high standards they embrace. We are so happy and satisfied with Craig Lawson that we have and will continue to highly recommend him to anyone.

-Brian & Joni Schmidt


"When I tell friends that my remodel began and ended on schedule and on budget, they are speechless. Craig Lawson and his team at CALCBS listened to what I wanted to accomplish and gave me the information and advice I needed to make good decisions at each juncture. I appreciated how the project was easy to track, and they were open and honest about what was going on. I am delighted with the result. I'm ready to tackle the next phase of the remodel to make my home even more comfortable and energy efficient."

- Nancy Glaze

"We engaged Craig with a previous home that we were contemplating a major historical renovation for. Craig was extremely professional, on time, on task, and was extremely thoughtful and sensitive to what we were trying to accomplish. Although the renovation didn't occur, the information that Craig provided for the environmental condition and future upgrade was very insightful. Craig displayed premier customer service and his knowledge wow'd us. We recently purchased our current home and had Craig do the full modeling, environmental renovation work and helped guide us through Sonoma County's energy efficient loan program. He went out of his way to ensure everything was done to an "A+" level. Also, he assisted us with non energy efficient upgrade work and were we very pleased and impressed by his team's ability to create the image of what we wanted our home to become from its already impeccable state. I would without a doubt refer Craig and his team to any of my clients, friends, or family. We plan on using him for our future real estate environmental and building needs."

- David Michael Vicini

"I was introduced to CALCBS as a quality contractor who is capable of doing energy upgrades as well as remodeling work. They completely remodeled my kitchen, master bathroom, hall bathroom, living room, and the dining room. They also performed and energy upgrade improving the efficiency of our home, making our 27 year old home unbelievably comfortable and beautiful. CALCBS completed the project on time, within budget and we’re exceptionally happy with the quality. We would recommend CALCBS to anyone considering remodeling or energy upgrade work."

- Tina Curr


Design Professionals


"I have worked with Craig for nearly 20 years. Being a civil engineer and land surveyor it is very helpful when your client understands and respects the types of services they are receiving. Craig has always respected and valued my input while I have always respected his involvement and viewpoints on the many projects we have successfully worked on.

Craig has good leadership skills and is always reliable when it comes time for your project. He is very knowledgeable, open-minded and creative while staying focused on the tasks at hand. He is extremely effective at analyzing the potential outcome of projects very early in the process and generally assures a successful outcome.

I would gladly recommend Craig Lawson and CAL Custom Building Services to anyone considering planning a new home, retrofitting an existing one or contemplating a land development project."


"In my many years of working with Craig, I have found him to be one of the best in the business at organizing and strategizing a project. His attention to detail and ability to maintain projects on schedule and budget help us do our job better and make us all successful. I also appreciate the worth that Craig puts on the “team approach”, valuing the contributions of each of the disciplines and especially us as architects.”

- Kevin Farrell, Farrell Faber and Associates, Inc.

"I have worked with Craig Lawson of CAL Custom Building Services, Inc. for over 2 years on a number of custom built homes and residential remodel jobs that I designed and he built. Craig, his crew and the subcontractors he works with have consistently given my clients quality workmanship and open communications with regards to scheduling and cost analysis. I would encourage any of my clients to use the services of CAL Custom Building Services, Inc."

-Paul Harris, Paul Harris Architect

"Craig Lawson is very thorough; and pays close attention to details. For us, we like the feedback we get. Craig goes the extra mile on the structural part, where he stands out is he doesn’t want to cut any corners.”

- Kelly Johnson, Johnson, DeBois & Forrest Engineering

"I was honored when asked to prepare a letter of recommendation for Craig Lawson. I have known Craig for 10 years and have completed over a dozen home projects with him. As an Architect, it is very important to establish relationships with contractors that you can trust to be conscience of the proper execution of the details that can be come problems later. Craig consistent attention to such matters has proven itself to be valuable. I have never had a call from anyone about a latent defect from a house that Craig built.

Craig appreciates the role of the Architect during the design and construction process and works well in the Architect, Owners and Contractor team. His communication skills are second to none and is and amazing resource for vital information for both homeowners and architects. Craig is willing and able to work out all the important issues with the team before the final drawings are developed. Saving time and money for everyone.

I have no reservations in recommending Craig to any of my future clients for most any size of project. Craig has always performed above and beyond the call of duty. As a highly skilled craftsman, and problem solver in his own right he has always put the quality of his work first. Combine that with his refined professionalism as construction project manager and his ability to deliver his projects on time and on budget and you have a my idea of the perfect contractor."

-James McCalligan AIA, JMA Architecture, Planning/Design

Energy Upgrades

"I am so happy with all of the work performed by CALCBS. I selected most of the eligible energy upgrades they offered, including solar.
It has been a full year since the work was complete. In the winter we all stay warm and the heater hardly runs. In the summertime it is so easy to manage the temperature to stay cool. My house i...s now so comfortable.
One thing I did not think about is the sound quality in the home now with the new windows, air sealing, and insulation; amazing!
At the end of my first year with solar my energy payout for the year was under $50! Oh yeah, and that was on top of the $4,500.00 rebate we received from PG&E, which paid for us to paint the outside or our house!
Both of my grandfathers, and my two uncles were General Contractors. CALCBS did the work like any of them would have, with great pride and determination to do the job right the first time. I had two change orders during my remodel, both were extremely reasonable. This is where most contractors make their money, not CALCBS. All of their work was laid out and a schedule provided; they stayed right on track the whole time.
I would highly recommend CALCBS to anyone looking for a Great General Contractor. The only complaint that I have is that I wish had more money to let CALCBS do more work to my home. "

Larry Wallace, Sonoma


"When we bought our new home three years ago, our first thought was to make it as energy efficient as possible.  We asked CalCBS to help with that knowing they have the expertise and would do a thorough job.  In no way have we been disappointed.  Our home is comfortable year round and we could not be more pleased.  We can also highly recommend Craig's team of workers.  They came on time, were extremely polite and showed they cared about the work.

Five stars!"

-Barbara and Bill Ramsey

"He does what he says and when he says he'll do it. Impressive knowledge, and excellent skills resulted in an excellent product. Thank you Craig and your team !!!" 

- Bob Jones

"CALCBS owner Craig Lawson conducted a series of tests on our 20 year old house to determine which upgrades should be implemented to improve our home's energy efficiency. After the tests were completed, we realized that we would be well served by using CALCBS to upgrade our systems. The tests determined that our heating and air conditioning systems were operating at very low efficiencies. After completion of the energy upgrades we have seen a definite improvement in the comfort level of our home. The air conditioner is much more energy efficient and lower in cost to run compared to our previous unit. The upstairs stays cool for the first time since our house was built. CALCBS's employees and subcontractors were very professional. The project was completed on time and the workers were really great to deal with. We would use them for other projects in the future without hesitation."

- Joan Spear and Larry Modell

"We chose Craig Lawson to make our home more comfortable and energy efficient. His assessment was detailed and understandable. He answered all of our questions and guided us through every step of the way. When we decided on using the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program, Craig handled the application and approval process with great knowledge and efficiency." Craig’s professionalism and attention to detail support the high standards he embraces. The work was done on time and very much to our satisfaction. We truly enjoy the enhanced comfort level of our home due to the improvements he recommended. We are so happy and satisfied with Craig Lawson that we have and will continue to highly recommend him to anyone."

- Marie and John Theilade

CAL Custom
Building Services, Inc.

formerly Pinnacle Homes