Sheetrock has been completed and painting begins this week. We decided to use Benjamin Moore paint because of their green product offerings. BM has come out with a line called “Ben” that is a cost affective solution for those interested in using LOW VOC paints. The Aura line is their top of the line but at $50.00+ per gallon it can add up real fast on a larger project. Natura is their Zero VOC. So we decided to use both the Ben and Natura lines in the new studio to try them out and to stay true to out Eco-Friendly studio. The sheetrock finish inside the studio will now allow us to show our clients several different styles of texturing. The interior front wall was constructed of a dated slump stone so I decided to have our drywall contractor plaster over the walls to also show an authentic plaster finish.
Daylighting was also a challenge in the space as my goal has always been to transform a dingy office space into an inspirational fresh and exciting space to be in. The rear of the space was the biggest challenge. Sun Tunnels offer a cost affective way to introduce natural light into a space and that’s exactly what we have done. Installing two Velux Sun Tunnels within the conference room where our designers select materials for our clients and within a kitchen display that also doubles as a functional kitchenette make the space pleasant to be in.
Founder and Owner of Remodel West, a residential design and construction firm, originally established as Cupertino Kitchen Design in 1992. I have created a very progressive company with a high level of quality standards. Over the years, the company has built revenues to 8.5 Million and scaled operations as we rolled with the times. By re-branding the business in 2007 to Remodel West, we aimed to better align our name with the scope of work performed.
I am a Certified Graduate Remodeler through NAHB and Certified Green Building Professional through Build It Green and most recently Certified Renovator through the EPA which is now a federal requirement.
My primary goals are to design and build more eco-friendly projects, to do projects for those clients seeking high quality. My professional background stems from twenty-six years of hands on experience beginning in 1985 in cabinetry design and sales, and progressed to my involvement with a startup company from 1987-1991. In 1992, at age 26, I started Cupertino Kitchen Design/RemodelWest. My strengths are creating a vision for our company, planning, and empowering our employees to accomplish our goals. Sue and I have been married 26 years with three wonderful children, Jessica, Michael and Adam and of course our dog Ellbee. We live in Los Gatos and enjoy visiting our home in Lake Almanor, fishing, brewing beer, reading and relaxing.
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