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Going for the Platinum

The Project
Quality means everything, especially with a very high-end job. For this 6,500 square- foot new, single-family custom home in Kentfield, California there was an even higher goal at stake. The owners were seeking Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. If achieved, this home would be one of only a handful in the nation to earn such a prestigious honor from the green building industry.

The Painter
MB Jessee Painting and Decorating owner, Matthew B. Jessee has more than 20 years of experience. The company serves the San Francisco, East Bay and Contra Costa areas, working on high-end residential and commercial interiors and exteriors, decorative finishes, restoration and refinishing. They are Certified Green Building Professionals and members of Build It Green (http://www.builditgreen.com).

The Challenge
Jessee was asked by the builder, architect and designer for the new Kentfield home to find a truly green product that would perform to the highest standards and provide a full spectrum of colors. Weve been committed to environmentally responsible practices for years, but had a hard time finding a paint that would perform well, while delivering zero and low VOCs, Jessee observes. When Benjamin Moore came out with its Auraline in 2008, MB Jessee finally found a premium low VOC paint even after tinting that qualified for LEED credit. Now, we have Naturawith zero VOCs, and we are specifying it all of the time, says Jessee.

The Solution
Naturapremium interior waterborne paint is a zero VOC, virtually odorless formula that doesn’t compromise on performance and carries Benjamin Moores Green Promise designation. [link to page on benjaminmoore.com]

Based on using Naturafor many repaints, Jessee had full confidence to recommend it for this new construction home. My litmus test is my guys, says Jessee. Theyre very happy with how well Naturaperforms. It covers well and has virtually no odor. Jessee explains that on big jobs where many gallons are being sprayed, with traditional latex paint, you can barely breathe. Because of all of the masking at the Kentfield home, there was virtually no ventilation. With Natura it wasnt a problem, Jesse notes. There was just virtually no odor in the house.

He also was pleased with the Naturacolors. We used deep blues in some of the kids rooms, and it has covered very well.

For the ceilings (all level V smooth surfaces) Jessee used Eco Spec We just primed with the sprayer and then immediately did back rolling, and it dried out very flat and uniform, Jessee comments. For the trim and wainscoting, he chose Aurabecause of its superior ability to simulate a lacquer finish while also qualifying for LEED credit.

Its obvious to me that Benjamin Moore spends a lot of time on research and development, Jessee observes. They have been our product of choice since we started the business. We like the performance, we like our dealer and we do mostly high-end projects where designers and architects are specifying Benjamin Moorequality.

DRAFT v3 MB Jessee/Kentfield Natura Project
05/06/07

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Customer Reviews

“Just had MB Jessee paint the interior of our house and they did a wonderful job. They tackled some crazy wallpaper as well as painted some very high ceilings and walls. The whole process was quick and they did a great job! We are very pleased. I was also very impressed by the crew. They were very personable, kind and actually took pride in the work they were doing. In one of our conversations with the lead Ricardo, he actually told me he was very proud of how the rooms had turned out. I agree sir! It turned out great and it's not often you hear someone thinking of your home like they would theirs, and putting that level of work and quality into it. That made a huge difference in how I viewed this company. Ricardo, you were fantastic and thank you for the great job, we will be using you again.”

— Jeff M.
Danville, CA

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara
Piedmont

“We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work of MB Jessee Painting and your employees. Everything turned out beautiful. Our foreman was great! He was punctual, professional, neat and very accommodating ... and went the extra mile. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”

— Michelle & Rivers Gee

“MB Jessee painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, CA

“I cannot imagine finer painters--and I have worked with many. They work exceptionally hard. It is a joy to see their workmanship!”

— Alicia R.
Oakland

“I had my wooden kitchen cabinets painted white. Anabal and Danielle were doing the job. I have nothing but praise for them. They came on time, cleaned up every day, were respective, friendly and helpful. If the rest of Jessee's crew are as great as Anabal and Danielle, this company will go far.”

— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“I highly recommend MB Jesse Painting to anyone looking for a professional team that does an impressive job. They are on time, efficient and clean up well each and every day they are on site. They pay attention to detail and listen to the needs of their clients. In addition, they give back to the community. A Five Star team all the way around.”

— Erin Troy

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“The finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
San Francisco, CA

“The kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“Dear Matt,You must be so proud of your men! They were fantastic to have around. Polite, courteous and hardworking. I am so pleased with the outcome of our home--in fact, I couldn't be any more pleased than I am!”

— Mrs. S
San Leandro