Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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The transition from collaborating casually on projects to opening their own design-build firm was an organic one for San Antonio-based Jana Valdez and her husband Armando. Jana Valdez had been working as an interior designer for 15 years, while Armando Valdez had 25 years of experience as a contractor. Their complemen- tary talents made them a highly effective team, and in 2016 the couple jointly founded Haven Design & Construction. The couple's combined skill sets give Haven Design & Construction a unique advantage in the industry. "We work together on projects," Jana Valdez explains. "Clients love being able to hire one company with one contract to do their job from start to finish – from the design concept phase all the way through to the last details of the construction phase." NEW ARRIVALS San Antonio is a vibrant and dynamic city – as well as the seventh largest by population in the U.S. – and career opportunities lure many newcomers from other states every year. According to Valdez, many of Haven's clients are recent transplants. "They don't want to live outside of Loop 1604 because it would be such a long commute and they want to have their kids in a specific school district, but there's not much land left to build on within Loop 1604 in San Antonio," Valdez explains, referring to State Highway Loop 1604, which encircles San Antonio. "So they begin to explore the idea of remodeling an existing home within the Loop." Although these newcomers may find proper- ty in the perfect location, they often find that the homes themselves leave a lot to be desired. "I often get phone calls like, 'We are moving here and we just b ought a house within the Loop in a good school district and I HATE it, but there wasn't anything available that wasn't outdated in that area to buy! Help me!'" Valdez laughs. In response to this demand, Haven has come to specialize in luxury kitchen and bath remod- els, as well as whole-home renovations. "We love helping [people] turn their newly acquired 'ho hum home' into their dream home," says Valdez. TEAM EFFORT With Jana Valdez's design experience and Armando Valdez's prowess as a contractor, Haven clients can expect a harmonious one- stop-shop experience. Jana Valdez herself is a designer of many talents: "I am both an interior designer and also a kitchen and bath designer," she explains. "Cabinetry design is not taught in design school, so it's a trade that I learned after graduating from college. Most designers are either interior designers who select kitchen finishes and materials, but don't do their own cabinet drawings, or they are kitchen designers who do their own cabinetry drawings, but don't select any of the finishes and design details. I feel very blessed to have both skill sets." The duo's remodeling process is a team effort. They create the drawings together, and once the plans are finalized, Armando Valdez handles construction and hiring of subcon- tractors. "I think that it's also rare to find a contractor as 'hands on' as my husband. He does a lot of the work himself on our jobs," Jana Valdez notes. Selection of interior finishes and materials then falls to Jana Valdez. The pair's expertise doesn't stop at kitchens and baths, either. "Often, people hire us to re- model the kitchen and bath in a home and then we end up painting the whole house, installing all new flooring for the house and replacing all the light fixtures, wall switches and outlets. Dream Team Tackles Luxury Remodels BY AUTUMN MCGARR Designer Jana Valdez and her husband, contractor Armando Valdez, combine their years of experience to create custom luxury spaces. While the location of this home was ideal for Valdez's clients, the dreary rustic interior was not. In order to match the clients' 'crisp and clean' transitional style, Valdez created a sleek white design with black accents to add depth. A striking black and white island, a dramatic black range hood and champagne gold accents set this project apart from the typical all- white kitchen. Photos: Matthew Niemann Photography 30 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 DESIGNER PROFILE

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