Shaping Your Life...Emotional Architecture

There’s nothing more important than architecture. It creates your world and influences how you feel both mentally and spiritually...It’s not a question of whether a building makes us feel good or bad. It’s about being moved. That’s what the word emotion means. What we feel is the sense of intensity, passion and involvement. It’s something that goes very deep.
— Daniel Libeskind

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Stunning Tudor Style Home Renovation - Not To Be Missed...

This was a whole house remodel that we recently completed.  This design + build project started with the client inquiring about new countertops.  It quickly blossomed into a whole house remodel including a new laundry room, three bathroom remodels and a beautiful kitchen remodel The construction project included removing a load bearing wall in the kitchen, relocating the laundry room, creating curbless showers in the two upstairs bathrooms, and designing and building beautiful touches throughout.  We want to thank so many people for their amazing contributions including Julia at Plumbed Elegance, Isabelle at Illuminee, Alan at Built In Distributors, Kate Falconer for her amazing photography and all our talented subcontractors.  Their creativity, vision and technical knowledge helped shape this beautiful home. 

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Tile Shopping - Master Bathroom Remodeling Fun

Tile choices can be one of the most important decisions you can make during your remodel - and the most overwhelming.  Our latest master bathroom remodel is a mixture of affordable porcelain tile and some absolutely stunning waterjet cut tiles from Walker Zanger.  Important advice - make it fun!  


We find this an intriguing read....

"A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands

Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world."

"Shop Class as Soulcraft"


This is from the Adorne collection from controls, outlet strips, home charging stations, music and more... We love the outlet strips with interchangeable slots for outlets or USB plugs, iPad/iPhone Dock, and more. 

Check out the Legrand Adorne Collection.


While working on our clients' bathroom remodel last year, a redwood tree fell in their backyard. Here is the journey to creating a beautiful redwood bed and table.  We coordinated having the tree moved to Boulder Creek where it was cut into slabs.  We then cut the redwood slabs to the proper sizing and sent them off to Jackel Enterprises to kiln dry them.  Andi Orsini meticulously crafted the bed.  Our client generously donated the additional redwood slab to our new office for our conference table.  Here is the journey from the fall to the stunning furniture.

Designing a Small Home Addition

Here are a few of my favorite 3-D renderings from our latest design project.  We are working on a small kitchen and dining room addition that adds a third bedroom, maximizes space, community, organization and creates a beautiful space for a family of four to live, thrive, entertain, and grow. We extended the addition out toward the front yard to create connection to their amazing front yard.  They now gain a whole new entertaining space outside as well.

 Farm style island and built in dining nook

Farm style island and built in dining nook

 Bed nook - a great way to maximize space in a small room and create a cozy space to wind down.

Bed nook - a great way to maximize space in a small room and create a cozy space to wind down.

 Bedroom nook

Bedroom nook

 Entry bench and custom niches

Entry bench and custom niches

Santa Cruz Design + Build Remodeling Contractor Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

We are proud to announce we have won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This is our fourth year in row and we are are honored.  We were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Santa Cruz Design + Build,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Santa Cruz Design + Build

Santa Cruz Design + Build (formerly A D Construction) is a premier remodeling contractor that specializes in renovating homes throughout Santa Cruz county and surrounding areas.  We are a husband and wife team dedicated to remodeling beautiful, functional spaces.  Our primary goal is to create a cohesive, organized remodeling process for our clients that fits within their budget. We strive to make the design process inspirational and the construction process a stress-free, exciting experience.  We offer both design + build packages or construction only packages, depending on your needs.  We are a full service general building contractor offering a wide array of construction services, including kitchen remodeling, green building, bathroom remodeling, additions, whole home renovations, custom decks and woodworking and any creative endeavor that might inspire us or our clients.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit