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Foundations First

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About the contractor

Foundations First operates out of Berkeley, CA and holds a General Building Contractor license according to the California contractors license board.

We were able to verify 128 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 110 and is rated in the top 5% 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 110, which places them above 95% 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.
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8 projects
26 projects
19 projects
29 projects
12 projects
11 projects


Based on permit records, we have been able to verify that Foundations First has worked on 105 projects over the past 6 years, and a total of 128 projects over the past 10 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 $6,500.
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< $5k
30 projects
33 projects
19 projects
11 projects

Building Permits Filed by Foundations First

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March 17, 2015 - 7099 Pinehaven Rd, Oakland, CA

Per engineer's analysis & plans - replace driveway bridge waterproofing & slab. add intermediate posts, footing & cross braces under existing beam. sub-decking, joists, & railing to remain

Value: $9,800 | Type: Residential building - alteration | Permit #: RB1501154

March 11, 2015 - 3068 Tully Pl, Oakland, CA

Partial foundation replacement per engineered plans

Value: $9,845 | Type: Residential building - repair | Permit #: RB1501058

March 2, 2015 - 3837 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA

Bolting foundation; adding plywood bracing to cripple wall.

Value: $1,700 | Type: Residential building - alteration | Permit #: RB1500890

February 20, 2015 - 1228 Delaware, Berkeley, CA

Seismic strengthening: adding shear walls, bolting and clips (units a-c).

Value: $2,900 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1500000615

February 20, 2015 - 1228 Delaware, Berkeley, CA

Voluntary seismic strengthening: adding shear walls, bolting, and clips (for units d-g).

Value: $2,900 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1500000616

February 20, 2015 - 1228 Delaware, Berkeley, CA

Seismic strengthening: adding shear walls, bolting and clips (for units h-k).

Value: $2,900 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1500000617

February 5, 2015 - 1222 Delaware, Berkeley, CA

Seismic upgrade work per plan set a. work qualfies for seismic transfer tax reduction.

Value: $2,900 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1500000372

January 22, 2015 - 4140 Montgomery St, Oakland, CA

Replace 47 feet of foundation at right side of house.

Value: $9,000 | Type: Residential building - repair | Permit #: RB1500329

December 8, 2014 - 1509 Carleton, Berkeley, CA

Foundation repair

Value: $32,000 | Type: Building permit | Permit #: 1400005570

November 17, 2014 - 1188 Ocean Ave, Oakland, CA

Repair sidewalk to city standards (minimum 2% slope) permit not valid for structural sidewalk repair. call pwa inspection prior to start: 510-238-3651. 4th floor.

Type: Curb, gutter, sidewalk | Permit #: CGS14197

Reviews of Foundations First

November 8, 2012

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...

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Bertram Harris General Contractor

Oakland, CA
Description: B1 general building contractor, renovation contractor
License Number: 629026
Bond Amount: 12,500
Bonded: Yes
Recent Building Permit
Waterfront home, full kitchen remodel, ipe deck, ipe screen, firepl... more

Waterfront home, full kitchen remodel, ipe deck, ipe screen, fireplace, firepit, lighting.
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Description: Roofing
License Number: 600660
Bond Amount: $12,500
Bonded: Yes
Recent Building Permit
Remove existing roof and resheat w/1/2" cdx and reroof w/class a 25... more

Remove existing roof and resheat w/1/2" cdx and reroof w/class a 25yr comp
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Key License Information

  • License Number: 843605
  • Status: Active
  • State: California
  • Type: General Building Contractor
  • 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.

Employees of Foundations First

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Paul Edward Thompson
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Does Foundations First carry a valid contracting license?

In California, any remodeling or construction project that exceeds $500 (labor and materials), requires a contractor to have an active license with the California Contractor State License Board (CSLB).

Foundations First currently holds license 843605 (General Building Contractor), which was Active when we last checked.

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Your liability risk when hiring Foundations First

Contractors in California are required to carry workers' compensation insurance if they have employees and proof of liability insurance with the cumulative limit of $1 million for licensees with five or fewer persons, and an additional 100,000 for each additional member over five, not to exceed $5 million total.

Financial recourse when hiring Foundations First

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Foundations First has a $12,500 bond with American Contractors Indemnity Company.

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