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"

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

Our New Showroom & Design Studio

We recently decided to move out of the home office, rent a space downtown in the Santa Cruz Arts Center and change our name.  We continue to be the same construction company focusing on designing and remodeling beautiful spaces, but we wanted to expand our reach.  Here is a sneak peak of our newly remodeled space along with my office helpers.  We are loving the new design + build + remodel showroom and design studio.  Come visit us at the Arts Center, check out the other amazing businesses here, and grab some great food and drink at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge.

Our redwood slab conference table was donated by a generous client - it was a fallen redwood tree that fell during her remodel project.  For the full story, see "Dreaming of Redwoods - Custom Crafted Platform Bed".

Office helpers - Tony, Kira and Myles

Final touches on the new office