Foundations First

About the contractor

We were able to verify 64 building permits associated with Foundations First. Check out their permit history below to see where they have worked and what type of work they have done in the past. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of every project they have completed; just the projects we have been able to verify with the local permit authority.

Foundations First has a BuildZoom score of 99 and is rated in the top 20% of 336,931 contractors in California.

Their license (843605) was verified as active when we last checked. If you are considering hiring Foundations First, we recommend double-checking their license status with the license board and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes.


Contact Info

2414 Mcgee Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 Edit
(510) 435-5224 Edit

Key Statistics


Foundations First has a BuildZoom score of 99, which places them above 80% of 336,931 contractors in California; license (843605) verified as active.
Pro tip: We generally recommend hiring a contractor with a score higher than 95.
(80 percentile)
8 projects
12 projects
18 projects
8 projects
4 projects


Based on permit records, we have been able to verify that Foundations First has worked on 50 projects over the past 5 years, and a total of 64 projects over the past 9 years. They have received repeat business from 1 client, which is a strong indicator of reliability.


Here is a pricing breakdown based on the permit records we were able to obtain for Foundations First. The median size of their projects is approximately $8,000.
Pro tip: For more details about their pricing, check out their recent activity to see how much they have charged for different types of work.
Note: Pricing is not available for all projects.
< $5k
14 projects
18 projects
10 projects
7 projects

Recent Projects

June 19, 2008 - 2315 Telegraph, Berkeley, CA

* ***** print only 4 comment lines ***** clarify ceiling plan for revised plan. level retail space. installation of merchandising racks. adjust threshold new floor surface, dressing rooms and no exterior changes. of door to meet accessability requirements. no change to sidewalk. tenant improvements to existing street 7-3-08 changed proposed lighting and

Value: $60,000 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 0800001550

April 21, 2014 - 1909 Alcatraz, Berkeley, CA

**add plumbing permit for sewer on from 6' to 8'. seismic strengthening at lower level to increase ceiling height private property. $$alj replacement of the foundation.excavate the lower transfer tax rebate.

Value: $34,600 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1400000085

January 20, 2009 - 1228 Monterey, Berkeley, CA

Foundation repair , shear wall and bolts 15,000$ eligible for transfer tax rebate, partial foundation replacement ***** print only 4 comment lines

Value: $34,000 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 0900000218

January 30, 2012 - 2037 Lincoln, Berkeley, CA

** seismic retrofit for transfer tax reduction. replace existing foundation, install plywood shear walls at the crawl space.

Value: $30,200 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1100004754

July 5, 2012 - 1629 M L King Jr, Berkeley, CA

* applicant submitted revision no contractor picked up revisions-7-20-12-sc2 valuation increase 7-10-12-sc1 voluntary seismic

Value: $29,800 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1200002456

August 26, 2014 - 3219 Ellis, Berkeley, CA

**plan set a-seismic for transfer tax rebate.

Value: $27,000 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1400003645

September 21, 2007 - 2325 Spaulding, Berkeley, CA

***** print only 4 comment lines ***** portion of a two story foundation. foundation, replacement of a

Value: $27,000 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 0700004435

March 8, 2012 - 2743 Hillegass, Berkeley, CA

See separate permit #12-451 for work on rear cottage (2745 hillegass) seismic safety work for transfer tax reduction. replace foundation and voluntary seismic retrofit work.

Value: $26,700 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1200000152

January 5, 2010 - 2909 Harper, Berkeley, CA

Foundation replacement, including interior footings.install shearwalls to all 4 corners of home. seismic safety work for transfer tax reduction.

Value: $26,000 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1000000041

April 8, 2013 - 3109 Ellis, Berkeley, CA

** foundation replacement & new piers for transfer tax rebate.

Value: $22,000 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1300001492

Reviews of Foundations First

Paul Thompson, the principal of Foundations First, was recommended by my General Contractor. Paul and his crew are not only the consummate professionals you want for this kind of work, they're also a really personable group of guys. My project involved excavating 18" below grade and replacing 45' of foundation; installing a 30' french draina... Read more.

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Recent Building Permit
Structural revisions to approved permit #201308214895.

Structural revisions to approved permit #201308214895.
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Key Business Information

    License Number: 843605
  • Status: Active
  • State: California
  • Date Issued: 07/28/2004
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  • Bonded Agent: American Contractors Indemnity Company
  • Bond Value: $12,500
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  • Foundations First has completed multiple projects based on building permit records.

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