The process of design and building should be an intimate experience between you and your architect and builder. At Studio Z Design + Construction, we believe this relationship is paramount to creating a successful design as well as ensuring a harmonious building project. By providing both design and building services under a single roof we streamline the process. As a design+build company, we are intimate with each phase–from sketching out initial design concepts, finalizing architectural drawings, obtaining permits, to framing and trimming out rooms. In this manner, we can closely monitor and address all of our clients' needs and concerns. In building our clients their dream homes, we design within our clients' goals (not ours)–that is their aesthetic tastes, their budgets, and their schedules.

We also believe in building "green." Lately, this term has become a ubiquitous reference to anything that sounds and looks good for the environment. However, at Studio Z Design + Construction, we strive to minimize our impact on our community and the environment. And although perhaps the best green solution is not to build, we believe there are a few key principles to guide any project. First, we strive to reuse or recycle as much material as possible. We take care in demolition in order to preserve as much as we can. All of our cabinetry is certified or "eco" friendly plywood and lumber. All aspects of our cabinetry (doors, drawers, etc.) are built and finished locally in West Oakland by us. Finally, and most importantly, we build our projects to last. We are thorough and thoughtful about how we build. Even though we may know better, we believe our work should hold up for over a hundred years.

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Tom Zakim

Tom, owner and lead designer, brings a unique combination of skills and experience to Studio Z Design. With a Ph.D. and M.A. in history specializing in California architecture and aesthetics from the University of Southern California and years of building and design experience, Tom provides an insightful vision into your remodeling project.

Tom is a long-time resident to the Bay Area. Having grown up in Kentfield, completed his B.A. from UC Berkeley, resided in San Francisco, Berkeley, and currently Oakland, he is familiar with the architectural styles of the region. While aesthetic qualities are an essential element to any great design, Tom strives to balance beauty with the intrinsic features of our local environment. In the Bay Area, this often means creating open flowing spaces that express definition as well as entice and blur traditional boundaries.