Crazy High Winds and Smoke in the Bay Area

The beautiful fall weather of the Bay Area is covered in smoke. Times like this , allow us to reflect on the beautiful weather of our Tri- Valley.

Raging winds are shutting down certain highways due to hazardous conditions from the raging winds. Extreme cases are cause for some evacuations.

In this unfortunate time, officials ask people to stay indoors for best air quality in the Bay Area.

Inside your home you can keep the bad air out, but it can trap the contamination inside. It’s important to know the proper steps to take to keep your air quality clean. The first line of defense is to keep your space clean and use proper filters for your HVAC system.

There are several different types of filters; disposable electrostatic, washable electrostatic, fiberglass and pleated. For the best fit for your home, Environmental Protection Agency suggest contacting a reliable HVAC technician. Contact Sierra Crest Construction and we can refer you to a trusted technician for your home.


PG&E continues to shut off power to large areas of homes and businesses in the Bay Area. Over the course of the last several months, they have taken initiative to prevent fires by cutting power to several cities.

Kincade Fire has set ablaze to over 21,900 acres in the northern Sonoma County. Firefighters struggle to contain the fire. Strong winds, up to 80mph are against them. So far, 49 structures have been consumed by this raging fire.

The cause is still unknown, but there is suspicion surrounding faulty PG&E transmission lines, in the area where the fire broke out.

Power outages are on the rise in the U.S. They hurt the homeowner, but also affect the business owner. An outage can cost upwards of $30 million dollars a year. There’s never been a greater time to consider onsite power sources. Solar energy could save you from being out of power when you need it.

Homeowners , take action now by:

  • Have battery operated flashlights and candles
  • Stock up on pantry items- that do not require electricity
  • If using a generator, hire a trusted electrician to install in your home. Call Sierra Crest for a recommendation on a local electrician.
  • Consider installing solar panels.
  • Stay informed, but remain calm!

Blackhawk Billionaire Kenneth Bering Passes away

Blackhawk, one of the most beautiful and rich housing developments in the Bay Area was created by Kenneth Behring, who passed away this June at 91, was the also the developer and creator of the Blackhawk museum.

Blackhawk country club, is a luxury private member owned club and has over 2400+ homes and 2000+ acres. We’ve had the pleasure of working on homes in the country club and wanted to pay homage to Kenneth Bering the mastermind behind it. Thank you for giving the Tri-Valley such a wonderful gem.

Housing Trends in Dublin CA

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Dublin CA is the fastest growing city in California as of this year with a 4.3% growth in the last year.1 The population sits at around 65,000.

It’s obvious to any resident in Dublin that the growth has been a result of ever growing cost of housing in every city in the Bay Area and people moving further away from tech hubs like San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland to Dublin where the median house or condo in 2016 was $834,317, compared to San Francisco which was over 1 million the same year.

Move to Dublin and you can buy a house for $200k less than San Francisco, and with two BART stations in Dublin, a commute to the Embarcadero San Francisco can be accomplished door to door in a little over an hour.

It appears Dublin CA will only continue to trend upward with population as building projects continue to keep up with the demand. One thing that seems readily available is more land to build on; Over the summer Kaiser Dublin finished construction, and U.S. Army Camp Parks partitioned off more land for more multi-tenant unit projects to be built in the near future. Dublin is also in the process of designing a second high school according to the East Bay Times2.

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A Richmond CA home, before and after remodel

Hello folks, this ordinary condo underwent serious surgery to become quite a remarkable remodel. We completely remodeled the entire home. New kitchen and 3 bathrooms. We installed full height wainscot (floor to ceiling) true depth, truly custom! We built 2″ solid Alder Book Cases. The floor is distressed hickory with a light walnut stain. Other features are custom tile, custom appliances, and custom cabinetry. Check out the before and after images below: