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Accolade Construction

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Accolade Construction is a full service design/build/remodel company with over 22 years of experience in providing high quality workmanship and professional services to Bay Area homeowners. We are a family owned and operated business located in Palo Alto, California providing services to our clients from San Francisco to San Jose, Berkeley and Orinda. Our goal is to provide our clients with the new living space they have envisioned within their budget and timeframe. Past and current projects include residential new construction, kitchen and bathroom remodels, older home updates, ADA compliant upgrades and additions such as second story, basement, master suite and garage/carport conversions. In addition to our general contracting services and design/build projects, we also provide real estate consultations. We have extensive experience with the San Francisco, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Redwood City Planning and Building Departments which translates into an efficient and cost-effective permit and approval process. Anthony Cuellar is a licensed general contractor through the California State License Board. He has established professional relationships with local suppliers and material retailers ensuring his clients the best possible selection and price. Some our vendors and suppliers include Bayshore Plumbing, Decorative Plumbing Supply, Chic Tile, Creative Cabinets & Design, Da Vinci Marble, Belmont Pioneer Millworks, Ester Window Systems, Golden Gate Doors & Windows, Plumbing N’ Things, San Antonio Cabinets and Sticks-N-Stones, Stoneman Fabrications.


I am a structural engineer who worked with Tony on a complex addition and renovation of an existing single family residence in San Mateo, CA. This job was outside the realm of your standard wood framing project; the open main floor plan required a steel moment frame to support seismic loads from the new master suite addition above, and new foundation work needed to be installed in a tight crawlspace with limited access. From the beginning, Tony was a pleasure to work with. He has an easy-going yet "on-the-ball" demeanor, and was engaged in the project from start to finish. He was a great communicator and problem solver, which is a necessity on a complex renovation project in which there are almost always unforeseen existing conditions that need to be addressed during construction. I don't recall needing to wait more than a few hours for a call back from Tony. This accessibility and high level communication allowed the job to proceed with relatively minimal setbacks. My understanding is that the homeowners are very happy with his work and service as well.Read More

Accolade was already hired by the owner when they found me. He was their trusted contractor from work on their previous house. Many of the details were worked out collaboratively between Tony, the owner, and myself. I was very happy to see Tony there everyday working himself, sometimes with his daughter as carpenters assistant. He takes pride in his work and got things done efficiently on a tight timeline. The client was very happy to move in less than a year after they bought the dilapidated house despite a complete gut remodel that rearranged the entire floor plan and fit two bathrooms where there once was only one.Read More

Tony has done numerous jobs for us. All of them were excellent. He has remodeled two bathrooms, the kitchen, and redone all of the floor covering in the downstairs of our home. All jobs were completed in a very timely and professional manner. Tony does much of the work himself but does hire subs for some aspects of the job. All of the subs were also very professional. I cannot speak highly enough about Tony as a person as well as a contractor. I have recommended him to several friends and all of them have been extremely happy with his work also. He is honest, curtious, hard working and a pleasure to work with.Read More

Accolade Construction remodeled by 1903 house, adding a full basement and a new kitchen. It was a difficult site, with very tight access. The contactor was able to work around this issue successfully and the job finished almost exactly when promised. I was very happy with the the quatlity of th work and would use Accolade againRead More

Tony is a good choice for your general contracting needs - he is honest, forthright, and a hard worker. He'll work closely with you to ensure that the final outcome of your project meets your expectations and his work not only looks good but is well crafted and to code. The best part is that he is true to his word - he shows up when he says he will and bills to what he quotes with no major surprises - and will give you a reasonable head's up if he anticipates any challenges/overruns as well as present cost-conscious options along the way. You can trust his frank opinion regarding how best to approach the job, will keep your budget in mind and doesn't try to "up-sell" you. Last but not least, he's personally on the job and doesn't just hand things off to others, rarely to be seen again (like other contractors I've had). I would definitely use his services again in the future.Read More

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