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Black Forest Craftsmen Inc

Founded 1986 • With Angi since October 2011


(4) Verified Reviews

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5020 Dantes View Drive

Agoura Hills, CA 91301


Black Forest Craftsman Inc was incorporated in September of 1996 and positioned itself to serve the custom residential markets of Los Angeles. A family owned business with a loyal, knowledgeable and experienced crew. The average tenure with the company is over twelve years, so even those not

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Ron M.

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Description of Work
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Category remodeling



Nathan S.

Extremely well -- covered in the above discussion.

Description of Work
I hired Carsten Cramer of Black Forest Craftsmen, Inc. on 2 different occasions over the past decade, have been extremely impressed with the quality of his work, find him very personable / flexible / super easy to work with, would have no hesitation to hire him for a future project, and would highly recommend him to others. Carsten managed two separate mid-sized, high-end home-renovation projects for me that were each approximately $100k, which were both amazingly successful and transformed my Los-Feliz hills home. The first project was about 8 years ago and involved the following work: ripping out an existing marble staircase and replacing it with a custom-designed modern, slatted, free-floating one; major renovation of a downstairs office/bathroom suite; and constuction of a brand-new media room downstairs that represented additional square footage to my property. The work was stunning, opening up and transforming my living space and turning a dismal, dated downstairs space into a highlight of the home. The second project completed several years ago and involved a major repair to my home as well as a huge enhancement to my upstairs living space. My property is a 60's modern post-and-beam property; unfortunately, the outside portion of my beams had begun to dry rot and crumble forcing me into a major repair (the beams hang about 3 stories above the ground, requiring major scaffolding). I chose to renovate as well as repair and worked with Carsten on this project, combining a beam repair with a major renovation to my outdoor deck. We replaced on old wood railing on my deck with an architech-designed new custom stainless steel & glass railing, as well as new flooring, a new glass sliding door (opening the full width of the space, rather than only half the width); ripped out half-height single-pane windows in my living room and replaced them with floor-to-ceiling double-paned windows; and replaced the other 20 or so single-pane windows in my house with new modern double-paned windows. Once again, the repair and renovation work was seemless (making it appear as if my house had always been this way) and transformative, adding drama and major s**-appeal to the house and enhancing my already-amazing views. Both projects came in on budget as well. Beyond my 2 projects, I had previously seen a major home project (a new wing) that Carsten had built for a client in the Pacific Pallisades and was truly impressed with the quality of the worksmanship. Anyone considering a project with Carsten is welcome to contact me for further discussion. --------------------------------------- Some general advice on renovation projects: One should always keep in mind that on major renovations, there are always a few unexpected things that come up and add to the price and one should budget for this. Fortunately for me, these unexpected issues were very minor on my projects. Also, plan your design carefully upfront (as I did); if you make major changes in the middle, you will add unnecessary cost to any project.

Category contractors, decks, drywall, flooring contractor, remodeling, replacement windows, home builders, home remodeling, doors



Peter S.

I have a very close friend who Carsten built a house for and he LOVED his work. I have also heard excellent reviews from an architect acquaintance who has worked with Carsten numerous times. I found his work to be meticulous and of the highest quality. I am usually complaining about the lack of communication, the lack of attention to details and the lack of pride in quality work. I did not have one instance where I might complain of any of that with Carsten. I have very high standards which are usually not met, but Carsten met every one. Attention to detail, communication with his client, quality of work, commitment to promised schedule. If you are planning on any construction, I would suggest you look long and hard at working with Black Forest Craftsmen. There are too many other people in the business who will lead to frustration and tears. I'm just sayin'.

Description of Work
Carsten installed 2 skylights and 2 windows as well as repair work on our roof and a number of other remodeling items.

Category remodeling, roofing, replacement windows, home builders, skylights



leslie a L.

From the moment Carsten Cramer arrived I was impressed. He had done a major remodel and addition for the previous owners. I decided based on the quality of the work I was now living with and the fact that he knew the house--I would give him a call. I was a bit apprehensive as I was afraid the scope of what needed would not be of interest to him. But Carsten came over, very quickly gave an estimate, and began work within the next couple of days. The quality of the work was great, his team professional and accommodating, and they are familiar with high end finishes, fixtures, and details. I was so happy that I then had them back to paint, plaster, and wallpaper the entire house. Once again i was very impressed with Carsten and his team. I am already thinking about my next projects and look forward to working with Black Forest Craftsmen.

Description of Work
Refurnbished pie deck, demolished old and installed new housing for outdoor grill, painted interior, various electrical, plastering, various small jobs.

Category decks, electrician, plastering, remodeling, home builders, home remodeling, house painters

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    Services Offered

    We do Kitchen and Bathrooms Remodels, Additions, Restorations, New Custom Homes Contemporary and Traditional.

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    Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about Black Forest Craftsmen Inc

    How is Black Forest Craftsmen Inc overall rated?

    Black Forest Craftsmen Inc is currently rated 4.9 overall out of 5.

    What days are Black Forest Craftsmen Inc open?

    Black Forest Craftsmen Inc is open:

    Sunday: Closed

    Monday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

    Friday: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    Saturday: Closed

    What payment options does Black Forest Craftsmen Inc provide

    Black Forest Craftsmen Inc accepts the following forms of payment: American Express, Check, MasterCard, Visa

    Does Black Forest Craftsmen Inc offer free estimates?

    Yes, Black Forest Craftsmen Inc offers free project estimates.

    Does Black Forest Craftsmen Inc offer eco-friendly accreditations?

    Yes, Black Forest Craftsmen Inc offers eco-friendly accreditations.

    Does Black Forest Craftsmen Inc offer a senior discount?

    No, Black Forest Craftsmen Inc does not offer a senior discount.

    Are warranties offered by Black Forest Craftsmen Inc?

    Yes, Black Forest Craftsmen Inc offers warranties.

    What services does Black Forest Craftsmen Inc offer?

    Black Forest Craftsmen Inc offers the following services: We do Kitchen and Bathrooms Remodels, Additions, Restorations, New Custom Homes Contemporary and Traditional.