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The Most

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

about Landscape and Construction

Do you have references?
Yes. You will find some of our references listed on our Testimonials page.

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Can we see your work?
Absolutely! Some of our San Francisco landscaping and construction work is featured in our Portfolio. Many of our clients are happy to show our work, both interiors and exteriors. Contact us for details.

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How long have you been in business?
Over two decades and counting, we've been in business since 1990. Originally, we were known as Spry Landscape & Trees Co. On January 1, 2000, we incorporated as Spryscapes Construction, Inc.

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Are you licensed as a San Francisco construction and landscaping company?
Yes, both as a General Contractor and as a Landscape Contractor. Our credentials are found on our Services page.

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Are you insured?
Of course! We carry Worker Compensation and $1,000,000 Liability Insurance. Certificates are available upon request.

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What size construction jobs do you do?
As a San Francisco construction and landscaping company, we do projects ranging from $1,000 fence repair to $900,000 additions.

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How much will the construction cost?
All jobs have a different degree of difficulty, which is incorporated into the "unit" costing. A unit can be by the square foot (i.e., patios or decks), or by the linear foot (i.e., fencing and irrigation).

Remodels and additions are priced by labor and materials. The best way to have this question answered is to fill out our Estimate Form and we’ll gladly talk with you about your specific needs.

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Do we have to get a Permit? When are Permits required?
This depends on where you live and the type of work being performed. For instance, in San Francisco, for General Construction projects, the city requires three separate permits: building, electrical and plumbing! While in Marin County or the Peninsula, the municipalities only require one permit, which covers all aspects.

Please note that most remodeling projects for
San Francisco construction do require permits.

A permit can benefit the consumer more than the contractor because drawings and detailed notes are required. These drawings and notes provide clear information so that the "left hand" knows what the "right hand" is doing! All electrical and plumbing work require permits.

For San Francisco landscaping projects, as well as for neighboring counties, the less permanent the enhancement, the less chance that a permit will be required. For example:

Finally, for a great overview about obtaining a Permit from the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) before undertaking any significant plumbing, mechanical, electrical or construction work, we recommend that you read this excellent article from SFBaywindow.com.

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So how much will it really cost?
“The devil is in the details.” One could have two identical bathroom remodels, both completely “gutted out.” One could cost $20,000 with plumbing fixtures remaining in the same location and fixtures supplied by Home Depot. The other, same-sized bathroom with fixtures moved to the other side of the room and a custom-made vanity, tub and shower could cost $30,000 to $40,000.

Spryscapes does offer cost engineering services to help the homeowner realized what the details can cost.

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How much more does seismic construction cost?
You can usually plan on spending twice the price of "normal" construction. Half of the cost goes into the ground in the form of piers, footings and grade beams. As a San Francisco construction company, we have vast seismic construction expertise in working around the Bay Area.

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Do you guarantee your work?
Absolutely! We strive for happy, satisfied customers. This is the whole premise of our business, and one of the reasons for our success as a San Francisco landscaping and construction company.

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