Rethinking Contemporary Bathroom Design — Does It Have to be So Sterile & Linear?

When it comes to bathroom design and remodel, in fact, any design and remodel, often the first word we hear...
Mother again in place

Aging in Place—the original reason for building ADU’s

One of the traditional reasons for building independent living units is to house our aging parents. Are you planning ahead for aging in place?
Calculating ADU Earnings for a standalone structure

How Much Can You Earn with an ADU in San Diego?

ADU's are the hot-button topic in residential construction/remodeling. Our clients have questions concerning earning potential vs. costs of building an ADU.
SHI - Coastal Design Remodel

An Open Floor Plan with Nautical Flair — Whites, Blues, and a Touch of Brass

Our clients loved their home of 10 years, but they didn't like the segregated feel of the main living level. It was time lighten things up with a coastal redesign.
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 hoops…
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

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?

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…