SHI-Why Build an ADU (Granny Flat)

Why YOU Might Build an ADU (Granny Flat)

In our last article, we discussed the broad strokes of building a granny flat in California. Due to a severe shortage in affordable housing, along with mandated housing requirements, building ADUs — also called Granny Flats — provides additional…

Building a Granny Flat in San Diego County - What You Need to Know

At Specialty Home Improvement, we’ve been building Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) — or "granny flats" — for our clients for years. For most of those years, getting a permit to build a granny flat involved jumping through multiple…
SHI-Budgeting For Your Home Improvement Project

Budgeting for Your Home Improvement Project

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A home renovation is a big and complicated project. Understandably, when I meet clients for the first time on our free initial consultations, I get a lot of questions about everything from our design process to how we will protect their home…

Perfecting the Art of Service

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A properly executed remodel project is an experience that you and your family will remember, savor and cherish for a lifetime. Hence, our mission: To provide value, comfort and convenience for our clients through personal, caring service and…

Why Our Clients Trust Their Homes To Us

I manage each of our projects personally and work with each client directly, wearing all of the pointy hats — from sales to project management to quality control. My efficient and personal approach to your project ensures that we can achieve…

The Design-Build Advantage

The Traditional Method The traditional method of planning a project (design-bid-build) is to consult a designer or architect first, work to achieve a final design, send it to an engineer for specifications and calculations, put the design…

How to prepare for the start of your remodel

Well, the moment of truth has arrived. Your remodel contractor has called and told you that they will be starting your project next week. What should you expect, and what do you need to do? The best thing to do, obviously, is to directly…

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?

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As you may imagine, pricing for a bathroom remodel can vary greatly. How much, you ask? Think bathtubs. You can swing by a home improvement store and pick up a pretty standard bathtub for as little as $200. There’s really nothing wrong…

San Diego Remodeling - Construction or Art?

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I found it interesting recently while chatting with a new acquaintance in a sushi bar my wife and I happened across in San Diego that, after describing what I do as a local San Diego remodeling contractor and how passionate I am about it, my…

The Importance of Cabinet Design in Kitchen Remodeling

When it comes to kitchen remodeling in San Diego, cabinet design and selection are the main things to consider. The kitchen cabinets are like the body of a car, they form the basis for the overall layout and footprint of a kitchen. Essentially,…

Designer v. Architect - Which Does Your Home Remodeling Project Need?

In the planning phases of your residential or home remodeling project, you will need to figure out if you need an architect or a designer – or possibly both. The two are not created equal, so let’s start by looking at how they differ. Remodel…

Home Remodeling and Glass, How Clear Can It Be?

During your San Diego remodeling project, most likely, at some point, you will be encountering glass. From the shower glass or custom framed mirror in your San Diego bathroom remodel to the glass tile backsplash in your new custom San Diego…