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Featured Whole House Remodel!

Whether you’re looking to add a master suite, remodel your kitchen and family room or renovate your whole house, Design Build Specialists can help to transform your home to meet your family’s evolving needs.

Featured Whole House Remodel! 2019-05-01T21:36:07+00:00

2019 Home Remodeling Trends Fleetwood Doors, Glass, and Bathroom Updates.... Here are 3 trends making our clients happy in 2019.    

2019 Home Remodeling Trends 2019-04-01T04:09:36+00:00

Want To Make Income From Your Property? We Have An Invitation For You!! Come find out all about Junior Accessory Dwelling Units. Join us at the event "Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit Expo by Marin County Commission" on Thursday, February 7; 9:00 am-12:30pm at Whistlestop 930 Tamalpais Avenue San Rafael. Stop by to talk to contractors, planners, and financial advisors Read more

Want To Make Income From Your Property? 2019-01-30T22:15:39+00:00

What Is The Hot Topic On Pets? What is the hot top on pets? What’s on pet owner’s mind? Mark interviews longtime client Dr. Aaron Wentzell, from from Fairfax Veterinary Clinic, about what pet owners should know to protect their 4 legged friends.

What Is The Hot Topic On Pets? 2019-01-15T20:47:40+00:00

The Perfect Front Door

Your home's first impression starts with the front door. More than perhaps any other architectural element, the front door gives visitors a good idea of what they can expect when they enter a home. By popular demand, HomeStory of Marin is now customizing and installing front doors!!! Front doors ARE expensive but some Read more

The Perfect Front Door 2018-10-18T21:35:54+00:00

We are hiring!!! Production Construction Manager

WE ARE HIRING!!! Production Construction Manager - We are looking for a production manager for a residential remodel company in Marin County. We are looking for a person that has the following abilities: 1.) Self-driven and highly organized 2.) Ability to think critically with high emotional intelligence (Maturity) 3.) Must live near Marin County Read more

We are hiring!!! Production Construction Manager 2018-07-18T20:26:52+00:00

A Tale of Two Tubs

Tub shopping? If it’s your first time, you may be bombarded with a bunch of options. Mark gets into Two Tubs (literally), and explains the difference of a luxury tub vs a comfort tub. Once you are in the market for one or the other, you will quickly realize that there are some Read more

A Tale of Two Tubs 2018-07-16T19:04:22+00:00

One Cool Item and Rain Heads & Tub Fillers

Instantly transform any room in your house into a smart room through a light switch with NuBryte's smart home automation.... Get a massage in your shower while listening to your favorite play list... Fill your bathtub from a piece of art with Delta... Mark discovers some of the newest home improvement products that Read more

One Cool Item and Rain Heads & Tub Fillers 2020-01-08T17:33:06+00:00

One Cool Item and Interesting Shower & Faucet

Home trends are rising to a whole new level! Customized eco-friendly aluminum doors that have color changing LED light baseboards, a “FASHIONABLE” laminate shower and the ultimate therapeutic stream faucet… Mark discovers some of the newest home improvement products during his time at the National Kitchen & Bath Association Show. Read more

One Cool Item and Interesting Shower & Faucet 2018-03-27T02:00:32+00:00

One Cool Item and Two Integrated Medicine Cabinets

Talking into your mirror.. AR styling space.. Swanky water dispensers.. Technology is creeping into every inch of our homes! During Mark’s time at the 2018 Orlando Florida National Kitchen & Bath Association Show (NKBA), he discovers a pretty cool item and two technology integrated medicine.

One Cool Item and Two Integrated Medicine Cabinets 2018-03-05T19:54:25+00:00

Large Loss Fire Restoration

  This was a whole house fire restoration project. The insurance company was CSAA and they behaved as most insurance companies do nowadays. At first the adjuster is friendly and appears to be helpful and cuts a fairly large check – 50-60K (the cost of construction was $450,000) and you think all is well. But Read more

Large Loss Fire Restoration 2017-12-08T18:42:55+00:00

Outdoor Living Spaces

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

Outdoor Living Spaces 2018-01-29T17:32:56+00:00

Understanding Your Homeowners Policy Fire Restoration

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 Read more

Understanding Your Homeowners Policy Fire Restoration 2018-01-29T18:38:45+00:00

Fire Water Insurance Restoration

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 Read more

Fire Water Insurance Restoration 2018-01-29T18:14:11+00:00

Room Additions

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.

Room Additions 2018-01-29T18:20:04+00:00

Whole House Remodel

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 Read more

Whole House Remodel 2018-01-29T18:23:00+00:00

$30,000 bathroom

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 pros Read more

$30,000 bathroom 2018-01-29T18:30:45+00:00

What our customers are saying:

“Their team was great and they worked effectively with the City Inspector. And, the finished product was even better! They communicated with me on each aspect of the job, were creative in solving challenges and executed the project in a timely manner at the quoted price.”

—Sande M., Sausalito

“They were prompt and worked rapidly and cleaned when they completed the work. Everyone took all my cares as their own and were very helpful no matter what the situation was.”

—Clara M., Novato, CA

“Design-Build-Specialists were professional, non-intrusive and efficient. There was good communication regarding the price and project time-frame.”

—Gail H., Novato