Simple Living, Inc.

4.88 |19 Verified Ratings
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Simple Living, Inc.

4.88 | 19 Verified Ratings
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1244 Highland Dr
Novato, CA 94949
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Simple Living, Inc.

Heidi Charles, creating beautiful, unique and affordable remodeling projects throughout the bay area

Heidi Nanette Charles- Owner of Simple Living, Inc., previously Heidi Grace Builders. A construction company that is truly excited and passionate about working with their clients. We work with our clients every step of the way, communicating, designing, creating beauty in every house that we are in. We are committed to excellence. We want you to be happy and truly enjoy being a part of creating something new and exciting that is absolutely affordable. We have a design care coordinator that will come in and help you choose everything as a part of the cost of your project. You will tell us what your budget is and we will work very hard to get you everything you want with in that budget. We have a five dimensional program that we use to show you what your project may look like upon completion, taking the guesswork out. Your project is not all about the money for us. It's about making a difference. We are a great team of caring individuals making a difference in peoples lives everyday.


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Service Area

  • Novato
  • San Rafael
  • San Anselmo
  • Corte Madera
  • Sausalito
  • Larkspur
  • Fairfax
  • Mill Valley
  • Greenbrae
  • Marshall
  • Nicasio
  • Stinson Beach
  • Bolinas
  • Ross
  • Oakland
  • Tomales
  • Olema
  • Lafayette
  • Belvedere Tiburon
  • Inverness
  • San Geronimo
  • Point Reyes Station
  • El Cerrito
  • Dillon Beach
  • Forest Knolls
  • Piedmont
  • Orinda
  • Lagunitas
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Services Offered

Additions & Remodeling

Areas of Expertise

  • Bathroom - Remodel
  • Kitchen - Remodel
  • Work for our seniors and citizens with disabilities
  • Complete interior renovations

Product Brands Used

  • Grohe
  • HansGrohe
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kingston
  • Kohler
  • Moen
  • Opella
  • Porcher
  • Price Pfister
  • Toto
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Quick Facts

Business Hours
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  • Free Estimates


In Business Since: 2014
State Licensing
Trade: B-General Building Contractor
License #: 1035996
Expiration: 02-29-2020
Green Certifications
  • LEED Certification for Individuals: LEED Accredited Professional (LEEDAP)
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Business Overview

Community Involvement

We have a pro bono program we save materials that are good from different jobs and use them for people who cannot afford remodeling work

My husband "Richard Cosmo Charles" participates in the Sausalito rotary for the past 15 years giving back to the community.

As a company we do quite a bit of work with seniors and citizens of disabilities modifying their home so that they can stay active in society and Age in place

Member of Better Business Bureau

Member San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

How We Got Started

I chose to work in this industry because I care about people and am meticulous in everything that I do. I want to take care of my clients.

We started in this industry in 1996.

We describe our business as Family owned and operated

Why would a potential client want to work with our company

We believe in complete communication, keeping pricing affordable and creating beautiful and thoughtful design

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5.0   |  
Review by Charles and Christina Eckert Heidi Grace builders did a fantastic job renovating a home for us in San Rafael, Terra Linda. As the Estate Executor of a deceased friend, and living in Arizona, my wife and I needed the project done quickly. Heidi and her crew worked meticulously, and with a steady hand putting the project together just the way we wanted it to done. They also exceeded our expectations at every turn. Having to travel back and forth from Arizona and California to finish the project was stressful. However, the crew was trustworthy which allowed us to leave the estate filled with valuables. They really took care of everything with ease, and that released a lot of our stress! As a result of their excelent work, we made a huge profit on the sale of the property which raised the value of the surrounding area homes. We would surely recommend Heidi Grace Builders to anyone without reservations of any kind. Charles and Christina Eckert

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5.0   |  
After numerous meetings with other contractors (discouraging), we found Heidi through Home Advisor. After our first phone conversation we felt very positive and the whole process through the end remained the same. We didn't experience any of those remodel horror stories you hear about. Angel and his team were absolutely amazing and very responsive. We remodeled our kitchen, two bathrooms, and new flooring installed. Heidi was great in working on a budget that we could afford. Thank you Heidi and your whole team.

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Review by in San Rafael, CA
We had a kitchen and two bathrooms remodeled and the project was done on time and on budget. Heidi and her crew were terrific to work with. Heidi had great design ideas and the crew were courteous and cleaned up every night.

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Review by in Novato, CA
Our experience with Heidi Grace Builders was phenomenal. We were in a tough spot because we had a mold issue under our kitchen sink that forced us into an unexpected Kitchen remodel right after we just bought the home. Heidi was our savior. She stepped in and not only got the job done, but built a kitchen that was way beyond our expectations. She delivered on our needs and guided us along the way. Her design recommendations were also spot on. The crew was led by Angel and they were on time and courteous everyday. Angel and his crew and very talented and the craftsmanship was excellent. I highly recommend Heidi Grace Builders for any project!!
Response by Simple Living, Inc.: Thank you so much [Consumer name withheld at their request] Myself and the team thoroughly enjoyed working with you that I'm very happy that you were so pleased and we appreciate the work and your beautiful review ... hope to work with you again in the future

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Review by in Novato, CA
Heidi and her team are amazing to work with! We needed an emergency kitchen remodel due to a serious mold issue that we inherited from the previous owners of our newly purchased home. She came right in with a vision and immediately executed a plan. Her interior designer, Kirsten, was wonderful with color, tile, and counter selections. Her building crew and project manager, Angel, were beyond stellar. They arrived early each day and stayed to answer any questions we had - always giving great insight into our project and reassurance. The final product completely went beyond our expectations or wildest dreams. Heidi and her team turned a very stressful situation into a joyful outcome for our family. We are beyond pleased with our kitchen and would recommend Heidi in a heartbeat.

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Review by in Belvedere Tiburon, CA
Angel did a terrific job. He is a very skilled craftsman and detail oriented.

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Review by in Novato, CA
We purchased a new home in Oct. and it needed some serious TLC! We contacted Heidi and she and Adam came out for a site visit and to hear our long "wish list". They were able to put a plan together for our home extremely fast, and within a tight timeline and budget for everything we wanted to accomplish. It was amazing! We quickly made the decision to work with the team and kicked off the project soon after. Thankfully Heidi has a team of awesome folks who could help bring our vision to life! It takes a village, right?! Jonas and Adam were so helpful in coordinating the project details and operations, and thanks to Julianne and her talented design eye, we were able to pick out truly beautiful materials in record time. I am so incredibly grateful that Angel was our foreman on the project along with his team of Adrien, Carlos, Greg and Rodrigo. They were seriously rock stars! Each of them so talented in their own ways. They took on a beast of a project - 3 new bathrooms, new kitchen, fence, painted every inch of the house, new wood floors, you name it, they did it. Carlos and Angel are extremely gifted carpenters, Rodrigo is amazing with tile work (we get so many compliments on all of the tilework throughout the home) and Adrien can do anything in any room - all-around talent. They worked from morning 'til night to complete our house remodel in 8 weeks and even through the holidays. We added to the project along the way and they were able to tackle every hurdle and complete the task beautifully. I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed all of them - they are so kind and respectful, and made the remodel "zone" comfortable for our family when we had to move in with two small children halfway through the project. They're awesome and I miss seeing them everyday. They made this house our home - I'll think of them fondly all of the time as their handprints are all around. Throughout the entire project Heidi was so supportive and positive as remodels, especially with children, can be quite challenging. She was so incredible in so many ways. Thank you all and can't wait to have you over this summer for margaritas, Modelos and a BBQ. Much love, the Vandermause Family
Response by Simple Living, Inc.: Thank you Katie for such a beautiful testimonial ? Choosing clients such as yourself helps to make everything go smoothly and I feel that we were really being looked after to have clients as wonderful as the two of you .. We were so grateful to have the business and to have come to know you? Looking forward to your next project? Thank you again and see you soon

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Review by in San Anselmo, CA
Heidi and her team beautifully executed our vision for a new kitchen within a very tight timeline and budget. Heidi has a positive, calm and reassuring personality, for which we were extremely grateful. Her superintendent, Angel, and crew were absolutely AMAZING. They were hard-working, professional, courteous, and creative. Angel, in particular, with his incredible eye for detail, patiently guided us through the many decisions we had to make regarding paint colors, pulls, placements and finishes. We will definitely have them back for more projects in the future!
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Review by in Danville, CA
What a fantastic company! Heidi Charles is so talented and great to work with. I felt so comfortable with her. Her crew and top contractor Angel was the BEST!! The crew was so professional, hardworking, on time and very very polite!! I honestly do not have a complaint! We will be rehiring them soon for another project. If you are looking for a company that is fair, honest, and talented, then this is the company for you. You wont regret it...

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Review by in Concord, CA
Our vision and more was made into reality. Heidi and her crew are a delight to work with, their concern for the client is truly refreshing. The quality of work and attention to detail couldn't be better.

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