About Castle Rock Construction
Castle Rock Construction has been serving homeowner and businesses since 1994.
Castle Rock Construction specializes in:
- Kitchen Remodeling
- Bathroom Remodeling
- Exterior Renovations
- Whole House Renovations
- Media/Theater Rooms
- Commercial Construction
- Universal Design (Barrier-Free Retro-fits)
NARI 2005 Contractor of the Year
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Castle Rock Construction, in Suisun City, 2005 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the commercial exterior (Suisun “Fire House”) category of its annual awards competition.
NARI 2005 Contractor of the Year
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Castle Rock Construction, in Suisun City, 2005 Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) in the Residential Kitchen category of its annual awards competition.
NARI 2006 Regional Contractor of the Year Award (CotY)
Castle Rock Construction was awarded the 2006 Regional Contractor of the Year for Residential Bath in the $30,000-$60,000 category.
CotY 2006: Home Theater & Media Rooms under $150,000
The clients enjoy entertaining guests in their home. They enjoy sports events, but don't necessarily enjoy the hustle 'n bustle of going to the stadium, finding a place to park, and in the case of football, freezing to death. They much prefer sharing the ambiance of their comfortable home, offering snacks and drinks from the wet bar, and enjoying a round of pool during intermissions and halftime, or watching halftime shows on a state-of-the-art home theater.
These clients were so committed to this enterprise, they dedicated their entire basement, except those areas already used for utility, storage, and mechanical needs, the renovation.
To make sure the clients' every wish was met, a complete entertainment area was designed and constructed with ease of movement, lighting, and safety in mind. The area would include a home theater with totally wireless controls, a pool room, and a social area replete with a commercial-grade wet bar. The home theater consists of a screen within a custom cabinet system that also houses the complete audio-visual equipment center. Speakers are nestled in custom benches with the sound cones discretely hidden behind fabric panels. The motor for the panel that hides the screen when not in use is behind a similar fabric panel. The furniture style cabinet has Shaker style doors with walnut peg inlays and leaded glass panels. There are multiple lighting "scenes" for ambiance; low-voltage lighting inside the crown molding, and recessed can lights are discretely placed so that they can provide an extra level of illumination when required.
The pool room was walled with a custom wainscot paneling with clear cherry stiles and rails finished with a clear satin lacquer. The panels are of Madagascar ebony with a light satin stain and a clear lacquer finish. A custom cue rack was constructed from clear cherry and backed with the Madagascar ebony panel. Drink rails were custom fabricated from cherry and custom crown molding was fabricated to match the rest of the house. The space is lit with a combination of recessed lights and a series of hidden lights behind crown molding for dramatic effect.
The bar area is topped with a custom crown detail to contain the lighting. The bar is constructed in the same manner and fashion as the theater and pool rooms with Shaker style cabinetry with square walnut peg in the door corners and decorative leaded glass door fronts with more than enough front and back bar space to serve and enjoy drinks and snacks. Entry behind the bar is through custom, bi-directional butler doors.
A custom bottle display and storage area takes up the bottom half of the bar's back wall. And, for the sake of convenience, a full size automatic dishwasher is installed under the bar for cleaning glasses and stemware. The bar is also tricked out with an espresso machine, its own flat screen TV and AmX video controller. The bar is lit with puck lights in the upper cabinets that illuminate downward through glass shelves, and low-voltage lighting is used behind the bottle display. The bar itself is lit by a series of earthen tone pendant lights. All three areas complement each other and are in total harmony with the remainder of the house.
Moldings were matched, carpeting styles were chosen to complement rather than compromise, and muted, natural colors and textures were chosen that complement the surroundings. There is a seamless transition between the newer areas of the home and those already in everyday use.
The entire area is a nebula of electrons operating servos, quietly opening and closing hidden switches, mysteriously dimming and brightening lights, and not only creating an alluring atmosphere, but one that is programmable, available at the touch of a finger to a heat sensitive screen, for an individual, or a group. At a single touch the lights in the theater and bar areas dim as the theater screen lowers into viewing position. Not only does the AMX controller open and close shades and window treatments to facilitate better viewing, but on an entirely different level it controls the very access to the property. It opens and closes entryways, external doors and gates as well.
None of this magic came easily. Electrical circuits were at a premium. Over heating plagued the AV rack, and pesky rays of light seemed to creep in where and when they were least welcome. An exhaust fan was installed in the AV cabinet to dissipate the heat. New electrical outlets were scheduled and placed while others were moved. The bar area received custom wire chases hidden within the cabinetry. Exterior roll-a-way shutters, all controlled from the AMX controller, were installed and programmed as the answer to those pesky light rays. This is not your grandmother's house.
CotY 2006: Residential Interior Speciality
The homeowner wanted something different, out of the ordinary, as an entertainment center and bar combination that would add an unusual dimension to watching TV. It had to be in character with the rest of the residence, tastefully designed and executed to deliver the maximum effect.
A two-piece combination bar and seating, coupled with a fireplace and large screen TV was designed. A system was designed and custom built cabinet consisting of a radius front entertainment center houses a large flat screen TV and enclosed stereo speakers on the top level, and a gas log fireplace below. A custom built see-through bar sports a matching radius front, plenty of storage, and room for three to eat, drink, and enjoy the warmth of the fireplace without missing any of the action on the TV.
For even greater functionality, the TV is also viewable through the large opening in the bar while meals or snacks are prepared from the kitchen. Traffic flow is unique: access and egress between the bar front and TV can happen with ease around both sides of the bar, and the opening in the back of the bar provides for service both from and to the kitchen area.
Because of the free and easy movement about the space, adequate lighting, and lack of combustibles at or on the fireplace, safety, as well as an ample use of space, are both achieved.
Both pieces are custom fabricated from start to finish, and match each other identically in all respects. Both are constructed of clear cherry finish with a clear satin lacquer. Both enjoy chrome accents strips and custom crafted, glass cabinet doors with matching radii, and both are tastefully lit with accenting puck lights.
The design and fabrication for both units shared issues in common as well as individually. The entertainment center was fabricated in the shop in three units and then assembled onsite. The opening for the flat screen TV had to be carefully considered as it too had a radius and therefore had to be designed so that the TV would fit.
The entire bar system, except the countertop, had to be fabricated onsite due to the structural columns on either side between which the curved lower cabinets would rest. Then the countertop template was prepared, fabricated elsewhere, returned and installed.
After the countertop was in place, the cabinetmaker had to wrap the two columns on either side as well as the overhead beam while making sure the joints at the columns and header maintained alignment.
A complement of matching radii cabinet doors had to be constructed for both units. Radius glass inserts had to be ordered with precise dimensions to assure a perfect fit to openings with tight tolerances.
Any mistake would have been expensive to correct. Because of the abundance of natural light into the space, the finishes had to be dead-on, otherwise every flaw would show. The custom walnut inlays were fabricated out of square stock, which protruded above the radius in each door. A jig matching the radius had to be designed and fabricated, then a router used to trim excess material and then sanded and finished.
Solving the multitude of challenges associated with the project was one of the parts that made the project fun and interesting. The homeowners now can entertain every night.
Remodeling Magazine Big 50
James Pitcher's design/build company grew in size, scope, and revenue. But midway through 2007 he decided that the business — which had begun doing installed sales for a large retailer and held 3,000 square feet of office and warehouse space — had become too big and he began cutting back. “My role had changed to just sales, collecting money, and putting out fires. I was looking for something different,” Pitcher says.
By the end of last summer Pitcher was working with just one employee and focusing on niches he'd established over the years — residential remodeling with wine-tasting rooms, commercial wineries, and rehabilitating distressed properties.
The systems he'd put in place for Castle Rock Construction's earlier incarnation have served the company well as it begins to rely more heavily on trade partners. And Pitcher says he's enjoying himself more after so many years behind a desk. Maybe he could have done this from the beginning, he says, “but I learned so much and gained something from each employee I worked with.”
The ripple effect: 4 projects! One thing led to another, and another, and another!
Napa Valley kitchen gets makeover
A blank white-on-white kitchen in the Napa Silverado County Club neighborhood needed a makeover to meet the homeowners' sense of style as well as improve the family work space.
Contractor of the Year Project
Castle Rock has another award to hang on his wall of fame: CotY Home Theater & Media Rooms under $150,000.
From a llamary to a winey
When the Vezer family purchased five acres in Fairfield with a mature vineyard Frnk Vezer did what any self-respecting vineyard owner would do: he became an oenologist, the technical term for one who makes wine.
5,000 square feet of renovation
A five-bedroom, five-bath, 5,000 square foot home in Danville was in need of a makeover.
A custom kitchen from a custom cabinet shop
When it came time to remodel their kitchen, a Napa couple knew exactly who to call.
In a word, Jim Pitcher, owner and president of Castle Rock Construction, thought "cool" best descrived the old Mission Revival style firehouse in Suisun City.
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Let's face it. There are hundreds of remodeling contractors out there. Many of them do a great job. Some, not so much.
Then there is Jim Pitcher. Jim is Castle Rock Construction. It's in his blood. He doesn't know any other way to do the job except 100% right, the first time. Call him crazy. Call him overzealous. But whatever you call him, call him your contractor of choice. Your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project will be completed without a hitch -- guaranteed. Because there’s basically ZERO chance that you're fussier than he is.
You can expect that Jim has a vast knowledge of the construction industry. He started at the age of 16 in a cabinet shop and then after high school worked through an apprenticeship program. After completing his apprenticeship, Jim started Castle Rock Construction.
Construction is the only thing he knows. His motto is "Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there."
Jim Pitcher has 25 years of experience in the trades and 20 years of owning his own company. You will find that Jim is easy to talk to, easy to work with and eager to please his customers.
We are so sure that you will love your remodeling project that we offer a comprehensive 5 year warranty.
The first year of the warranty covers faulty workmanship and materials of every nature. This is in addition to any manufacturers’ warranties. The first and second year warrant against faulty workmanship and materials for mechanical systems (wiring, plumbing, heating, cooling and ventilation) and structural defects. Years three through five warrant against any major structural defects on the newly constructed portions of the home.
Our warranty program remains in force for a full five years, even if you sell your home. Be sure to tell any prospective buyers about this important protection, as it will enhance the value of your home.
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Thank you for everything. We are extremely happy with the project. Everyone was wonderful to work with and the craftmanship was an art form. You and your crew deserve a lot of admiration and credit.