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Origins of Holiday interior design
Dec 24,19 Tom Piplack
Origins of Holiday interior design

It is that time of the year again – malls bursting with people, the same five jolly songs on endless repeat, no matter where you go, and parties without end to attend. The holiday season is fully here. Of course, with the festivities getting close, we start to notice changes around our house and the […]

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Long Beach Historic District Remodels
Dec 14,19 Tom Piplack
Long Beach Historic District Remodels

Building and remodeling is already a giant project requiring meticulous planning as is, but if you are in Long Beach, chances are you’ll have to keep something else in mind: Countless city ordinances and regulations. Our beloved LB city is famous for its strict zoning laws, going so far as to cause the creation of […]

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Sustain And Gain – How to Help Both Earth And Your Wallet
Nov 23,19 Tom Piplack
Sustain And Gain – How to Help Both Earth And Your Wallet

It is 2019, and we are being bombarded with dystopian outlooks on the future. There is talk about future energy and water shortages, economic instability, and some of the most-talked-about issues are global warming and environmental destruction. Naturally, people are wondering what they can do to protect themselves, their family and our planet. As it […]

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Design-Build – The “Master Builder” Approach
May 15,17 Karen Zieba
Design-Build – The “Master Builder” Approach

The Design-Build process isn’t new. Design-Build is simply a return to some of the fundamentals of the Master Builder approach, the construction model that built history’s greatest monuments for more than 4000 years. The Master Builder provided a single source for design and construction and total accountability for a project’s success. And so it is […]

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Bungalow Kitchen Remodel in Cal Heights
Jun 24,15 Karen Zieba
Bungalow Kitchen Remodel in Cal Heights

Traditional bungalow kitchens can be a challenge to adapt to today’s modern lifestyles.  How can you keep the historic character of a home and still make room for a chef to prepare his favorites for a crowd? Our design-build team went to work for a young professional couple to combine their love of bungalow living […]

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Before & After: Whole House Remodel of Bungalow Revival in Phases
May 16,14 Karen Zieba
Before & After: Whole House Remodel of Bungalow Revival in Phases

Who doesn’t want to bring their dream home to life?  Do you have visions of opening up your floor plan, completely changing the exterior of your home, adding an addition, or updating your home for multi-generational living? When your home needs extensive remodeling, multi-phased remodeling is the perfect solution.  By remodeling in phases, you can […]

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Whole House Remodel in Phases – 5 Tips to Build Your Dream Home Over Time
May 15,14 Karen Zieba
Whole House Remodel in Phases – 5 Tips to Build Your Dream Home Over Time

Remodeling in Phases to Make Big Dreams Come True Here are five steps to successful phased remodeling:  1.  Start with a clear long-term vision.  What ultimate goals are you trying to accomplish?  What are the priorities? What timeline do you hope to give to the completion of the master plan? A great way to communicate […]

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Tile Tales – Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!
Mar 22,13 Karen Zieba
Tile Tales – Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Tile countertops all but went out of vogue more than 20 years ago. But for certain period-sensitive design work, tile countertops are the perfect choice. For a current project, we have designed a 40’s era kitchen inspired by beautiful hand-crafted Malibu tiles. To make our final selections, I took my client to one of my […]

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