The laws have changed substantially to allow second home units to be part of the solution for the California housing dilemma. This video gives you the latest news on this topic and an example DBS is working on now.
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Adding an outdoor living space can be a game changer in the way you entertain guests and utilize your yard. Design Build Specialists works with our clients to customize outdoor living that fits their individual needs at a cost that they can afford. This video explains the benefits of building an outdoor living space. Read more
How does my homeowners insurance work if I suffered a large loss to my home? Mark explains the basics of homeowners insurance policy as viewed by a fire restoration contractor. DBS has years of experience dealing with insurance companies which allows us to help clients through the claim process to start building a new home Read more
Have you ever noticed how family and friends gather around the kitchen? In this video Mark takes you into his own kitchen and talks about what is needed to design and build a kitchen that is right for your lifestyle and cooking needs.
Design Build Specialists can help you have a beautiful kitchen that won’t break your budget. A kitchen remodeling project can sometimes feel overwhelming because there are so many options to consider. If you want an entirely brand-new kitchen, what can you really afford? Do you need all new appliances, or can some of the Read more
There is no questioning the real need for second living units on properties. Whether it’s a mother in law unit or an art studio, having a second unit can have many benefits. A second unit can be the perfect solution for many reasons. From a strictly financial perspective second units offer a substantial incentive.
Who should you hire as your contractor of choice when suffer large loss fire or flood or disaster? In cases where there has been a type of insured damage, we work with the insurance companies and adjusters to get our client’s a fair and fast settlement so that they can start rebuilding or fixing the Read more
Room additions not only can add value to your home by adding sq footage, but they provide extra space for a growing family, an office, adding an entertainment room, extra parking or even needing a room for storage.
When clients want to remodel a significant portion of their home the task seems daunting and the question is where you begin. If you decide to move forward with a large construction project, our design-build process keeps your budget constantly in the forefront. As we progress and make changes and additions to the design, Read more
Design Build Specialists has a unique process called "The Feasibility Study" that helps our clients make an informed decision about whether they want to move forward with their project. Mark explains in this video what The Feasibility Study is and how it works.
What is the difference between an expense bathroom and inexpensive bathroom? What means something to you and what does not? Every day someone spends at least some time in these spaces so every little excellent design or product selection, or for that matter bad choice, is lived each day. DBS knows the Read more
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Mother-In-Law Units This is a second unit we designed in Novato in 2014
Insurance Work - Whole House Remodel
Whole house remodel.
That is much better- ask me about the whole house radiant heat floor!
This flat ugly ceiling had to go!
This is how it looks as we re-build the front entrance.
We began by raising the house.
Project Description Level the home Gut all but the kitchen and re design the space adding a 1/2 bath Add 250 sq. feet of media room and mud room Raise the living room and master bedroom ceiling KEY FEATURE- Entire home is heated with electric radiant heat- no small feat- Very Comfortable- Read more
Replacing your aging interior doors with all new designer doors make an incredibly stunning transformation — interior door replacement is the best and most affordable makeover for your entire home! Of all the remodeling choices you have to update your home, it's replacing your doors with new designer doors that can have the most Read more
Before This client had the misfortune of a house fire. The home sustained significant damage that required gutting of the entire house down to the studs. If you have ever had a large loss fire you know many people come at you with offers to “help”. This client showed the good wisdom to call my Read more
Before- Notice the low roof After- This Master Bath was a fun project with lots of little details. The feasibility study was very helpful to the client. The room had a very low ceiling over the tub that made you feel very cramped. We decided to raise the roof , convert the space into Read more
The Before Story This is a client we have worked with on many projects over last 30 years. Interestingly, 30 years ago, we talked about these back to back bathrooms. The project included remodeling the master closet, the master bath and the guest bath. The main problem with the master was the existing shower alcove Read more
Before- The client had engaged a landscape Architect who was going to do the whole back yard but they had these two exterior buildings that needed to be designed and built. The design requirements were that the structures need to match the existing home, the space needed to be comfortable and inviting so you would Read more
Before We completed a tenant improvement project at their business several years back. Now they wanted to add 850 sq. feet onto the home as well as raised the living room ceiling to 9 feet. Unfortunately for them they thought the place to begin was with an Architect. Although the Architect did a very Read more
This client needed a second unit on their property to house their visiting kids since the main house was too small. Plus in the initial conversation we identified options this kind of second unit offers for future alternative uses. This was very attractive. They also needed a new foundation under the garage as well as a Read more