What is a Tenant Improvement?

What is a Tenant Improvement? 1000 750 Christine Le

In real estate, a tenant improvement, or leasehold improvement, is “the customized alternations a building owner makes to rental space as part of a lease agreement, [to] configure the space for the needs of that particular tenant. These include changes to walls, floors, ceiling, and lighting, among others.” When your business/company upgrades to a larger space, the space you’re working in should be customized to your needs and fit the look and appeal of your brand. Often there is a clause for tenant improvement in the lease. It would be valuable to get the most out of it.

What have we seen done in our Tenant Improvement projects?
We’ve seen a smart use of materials and creativity let loose from fun paint colors, wallpaper designs, and murals to laminate/vinyl flooring with soundproofing beneath.

With our recent project On Glendale Blvd, the tenants had various colors to match their company logo throughout their walls. The designs and patterns were refreshing and different.

In the individual offices, they made use of wood wall paneling to add texture and character.

Our Tip: Know Your Design + Budget
We highly suggest consulting an interior designer that specializes in tenant improvements. They understand the functionality and use of an area from corporate offices, retail, restaurants, and such. A simple understanding of electrical outlet placement, flow between desks/tables/chairs, hiding acoustic paneling to absorb sound makes a considerable difference to the efficiency and productivity of your employees.

Budget. Budget. Budget. With the cost of materials fluctuating because of supply shortages, always leave an allowance in your budget for variation and last-minute changes.

Tenant Improvements Post-Pandemic
We’re now seeing a significant impact from remote work. Many companies are downsizing their office spaces. However, if your employees cannot work remotely, then the spacing between them must expand.

Are you considering a tenant improvement of your own? Before beginning, interview qualified general contractors. You want a general contractor who will work with your budget and honor your vision.

We’d love to chat with you about your tenant improvement. Contact us today.

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What are the Top Trends in Home Renovation?

What are the Top Trends in Home Renovation? 2560 1709 Christine Le

It’s no doubt that the stay-at-home orders in 2020 stirred many people to reconsider their living situations. As a result, the housing market was a boom as a seller’s market, while home renovations were higher than the previous year. 

We experienced this increase in the number of home renovation projects we’ve received. Most of our projects since the pandemic began were home renovations and additional dwelling units (ADUs). 

Here are the trends we saw happening:


The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. It’s where members of the household gather to enjoy food, converse and socialize. Many desired an open kitchen layout plan with an island.

More so, every Pinterest kitchen organizer’s dream is coming alive. With that, we’ve brought to life new pantries and kitchen islands with organizers within the drawers. Stay tuned for a future blog all about kitchen organization trends.

kitchen with quartz top counter on island

Kitchen design of residence on Moraga Drive

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Kitchen design of residence on Superba Ave

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primary suite bathroom of residence on beverlywood ave

Primary Suite Bathroom of Residence on Beverlywood Ave

Many are opting for sleeker, modern concepts for their bathrooms. For example, we’ve seen non-enclosed showers trending. We have added plenty of skylights, built walk-in showers, cut out niches for shower products, and installed unique stone and tile styles.

Open Layout Concepts

open floor plan by Historia Design & Consulting

Open Floor Plan by Historia Design & Consulting

As it is increasingly harder to buy a new home in Los Angeles, most are redesigning what they have. Thus, the open layout allows more movement and fluid between spaces without walls—merging the living, kitchen, and dining into one great room enables a home to feel larger yet homey.

Replacing Sliding Doors with Bifold Doors

Bifold doors do a lot in merging indoor and outdoor spaces. Once pulled back, the two areas are blurred, allowing for uninterrupted flow. It’s a concept that enables the room to enlarge–most desirable for people who love to host gatherings and parties in their homes.

Exterior view of residence on Curson Ave

Exterior view of residence on Curson Ave

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Creative, innovative exterior finishes

Architects are introducing exterior finishes that combine metal, wood, and stucco. It’s innovative, fresh, and modern.

exterior of ADU

Exterior of a proposed ADU on Hoover Street

ADU Rendering by Nwankpa Design
Spaces – decks and balcony additions

It’s hard not to want to enjoy the beautiful California weather year-round. As a result, we added plenty of balconies and decks to many of the homes we’ve renovated.

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Exterior of a residence on Superba Ave

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When it comes to renovating your home, you must do the work in the beginning to ensure a relatively smooth experience. We highly suggest that you set out to interview qualified general contractors. They are the people who you will be in contact with for the next few months as your home is being worked on. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, we’d love to get to know your story and see how we can best serve you.

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