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

Sneak Peak - Stunning Tile in Master Bathroom Remodel

We are finishing up a stunning kitchen and bathroom remodel and I just can't get enough of this beautiful Walker Zanger tile, so I had to post a few sneak peak photos.  This is an elegant water jet cut marble and porcelain tile that we used in the niches and floor.  We installed a curbless shower with a linear drain to extend this beautiful tile into the shower.  The bench seat is a stunning piece of Calacatta marble we hand selected.  More photos will follow once we finish up.


The Deeper Meaning of Remodeling - Real Life Images

We feel so blessed - we not only get to design and build beautiful spaces for our clients, we also get to build amazing relationships.  We love our job!  We love to see beautiful lighting that makes a family feel warm and comfortable in the evening, an island that everyone gathers around to share meals, ideas, and stories, a deck that lights up at night that allows families and friends to gather outdoors while still feeling warm and comfortable, and so many small and large details that go into making a family feel safe, warm, comfortable, and inspired by their home.  Here we share a few images from our new series "Real Life Remodel".

Party Central - What an island, what a spread.  Our client's birthday bash.

Dance party deck!  Our client's birthday bash.

Another birthday is almost over, but not quite.  Parties are is life at times.  Thank goodness for big islands and great lighting!

Nature Inspired Master Suite Renovation

This is a master bathroom suite we renovated in the Santa Cruz redwoods.  This stunning remodel includes a custom cast concrete countertop, heated concrete tub, water jet cut tiles into a wave tile accent, and a unique, custom olive wood vanity.  The bathroom is a luxury retreat with an amazing view of the redwoods through the walnut folding window.

Barn door entrance to remodeled bathroom suite

Custom olive wood vanity with cast concrete countertops with integral sinks.  Water jet tile accents in shower and vanity.

Heated concrete freestanding tub and cast concrete countertops.

Kobe walnut wood folding window from concrete freestanding tub

Glass bubble tile - water jet cut tiles inlaid in porcelain tile to create wave pattern.  Barn door style glass shower door.

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

Dreaming of Redwoods - Custom Crafted Platform Bed

We recently completed this stunning bed for one of our amazing clients in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  A redwood tree fell in their backyard during their kitchen remodel.  We cut the tree into slabs, kiln dried the wood, and magically crafted this stunning bed with the help our of custom woodworker, Andy Orsini.  For a link the process, see our previous blog post, "A Tree's Journey - Crafting a Custom Bed".

Mochi lounging next her new custom redwood bed

Stunning redwood slab headboard 

Countertop Edge Details - Which Is Right for Your Space?

Choosing a new countertop edge profile is a little like learning a new language.  We posted a Houzz article below that breaks down some of the "lingo" and offers some examples of different countertop edge details and how this impacts your design and style.  We have also included our Houzz ideabook with additional sample edge details.

Amazing New Product - "Shou-sugi-ban" Tile from Ann Sacks

I have always been a huge fan of the Japanese burnt wood process called shou-sugi-ban or yakisugi.  It has that amazing simplicity and wabi sabi feel of being weathered, yet timeless - modern or rustic. Ann Sacks has introduced an amazing new tile to their product line that mimics the Japanese shou-sugi-ban process.  It is stunning.

How would this look in your home? Add a whole new level of sophistication and beauty to your bathroom, backsplash, fireplace or some other space in your home!

 For more information, visit Ann Sacks.


 For more information, visit Ann Sacks.

A Tree's Journey - Crafting a Custom Bed

While working on our clients' bathroom remodel last year, a redwood tree fell in their backyard.  Here is the beginning of the journey to creating a beautiful redwood bed and chairs.  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.  Here is the beginning of the tree's journey.  Stay tuned for more.