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This is the Great Room right off the entry as you walk into the home. A few things to notice about this project No baseboards Glass panel doors throughout the house High impact (virtually indestructible) flooring Skylights over the island Lots of light This kitchen has a walk in Read more
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.
https://youtu.be/_bI9vnAH684 Fleetwood Doors, Glass, and Bathroom Updates.... Here are 3 trends making our clients happy in 2019.
https://youtu.be/aYy5xT4KwBk 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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WNil-_nzxU 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.
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
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
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
Whole house remodel.
The client bought this home as a two unit apartment building that was used for years by College Of Marin students. So we had two Kitchens and two bathrooms and 4 bedrooms to start with. They purchased the home with the idea of converting it back to a single family residence. Read more
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
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
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.
So the question is, will "Alexa" or "Google Home" rule your house? During Mark's time at the 2018 Orlando Florida National Kitchen & Bath Association Show (NKBA), he searched for the answer of what the future has in store for home technology.
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
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.
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 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
Mark's Take On Mother In Law Units 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 Read more
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
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 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 pros Read more
This client had two bathrooms that were dark cold dungeons. We worked through redesigning both bathrooms completely. The master shower is now where the hall closet was and hall bath has the tub under the window instead of tucked into the corner when you first walk in. The project started and ended right on Read more
Existing Proposed This is a small home in the Bel Air District of Tiburon. The client’s needs are for a garage (now there is no garage), a comfortable master bedroom and bath (now the master bedroom is very small and has no master bath), a great room by the kitchen Read more