Welcome to Model ReModel 2018

The 2018 ModelReModel is underway! 

The site has been selected, the plans finalized, permits pulled and demolition is in full swing. It’s official: The 2018 Model ReModel is underway!

For those unfamiliar with this undertaking—the fourth annual for Pro Remodeler magazine— let’s get you up to speed, STAT: Each year, we select a home remodel project to follow from the first swing of the demo sledgehammer to the final item on the punch list, working closely with contractors, trades people and product manufacturers to detail for you every critical step in the remodel process. Along the way, you’ll learn invaluable tips, pick up time- and money-saving techniques, discover innovative new products and how best to install them and much more. Consider it a tuition-free master class for industry professionals of every experience level.

This year’s Model Remodel project is located just a few breezy blocks from the sand in the beach community of El Segundo, California, and it promises to be our biggest yet: A rough-around-the-edges, 1250-square-foot, 1920s era, single-story, single-family dwelling that’s morphing into a contemporary, two-story 2,900-square foot home with a unique layout that maximizes coastal living: Three bedrooms, a master suite and three baths with on-trend appointments downstairs; a chef’s kitchen and living quarters upstairs in a great room–style open floor plan that takes advantage of ocean views. Swing open the 16-foot clear view tri-fold doors onto the west-facing balcony to extend the living space outdoors. Then, open the adjacent doors to the east-facing balcony to enjoy the gentle onshore breezes wafting end to end throughout the entire second story.

But this is about more than aesthetics. Another reason this particular project is the perfect case study: It’s located in California, which is on the leading edge of energy-efficient construction, and that’s a topic on the minds of remodelers all across the country.

The mastermind behind it all is Bill Simone, an architect, builder and owner of Custom Design & Construction. “I started the company in 1986 out of a spare bedroom in my condo,” says Bill, who has 32 years of experience under his tool belt, “and today, we’re a full-service design-build company with 15 employees.” All of which makes Bill and what we’re calling his “Sheldon Street” project the perfect choice for this year’s Model ReModel. So let’s get started!

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