We spoke with Danny Garcia, owner of Rhino Design Build, LLC, to ask him some questions about bathroom remodeling trends, home additions and how to design an energy-efficient home. Rhino Design Build, LLC is a contracting company in San Antonio, Texas made up of room addition and home remodeling experts. Rhino Design Build offers custom home building and more.
You can read our interview with Danny below:
Steam Showers Inc: What sets your company apart from other contractors?
Danny: I’d say customer service. We’re a lot more presentable than the competition. There are a lot of guys that work out of the back of their truck, and we’re professional. We pride ourselves on doing what we say and saying what we do.
Steam Showers Inc: How many years have you been in business?
Danny: This will be my 10th year in October.
Steam Showers Inc: What is the biggest bathroom trend people ask you to put in their homes?
Danny: A lot of people are going with the glass accent tile, the larger tile on the shower, frameless glass doors…Everybody’s going for a modern, cleaner look, as far as the cabinets go, and a lot of LED lighting.
Steam Showers Inc: How many clients ask for steam showers?
Danny: I’d say about twenty percent.
Steam Showers Inc: Why do you recommend installing a tankless water heater?
Danny: It’s for energy efficiency. A lot of our clients are trying to maximize on the amount of storage space in their homes, and the old tank was taking up a little bit more room, so we install a lot of tankless water heaters.
Steam Showers Inc: Can you go more detail on into energy efficient remodeling and what your company offers to make a home more energy efficient?
Danny: A tankless water heater is a lot more energy efficient than a standard tank. We also beef up the insulation in the attics. We recommend doing two by six walls, as opposed to two by four, so we can get more insulation in there. We also try to utilize the low flow toilets to minimize the amount of water the household uses.
Steam Showers Inc: What are the services your company offers?
Danny: General construction; we do everything as far as construction goes. We build custom homes; we do commercial construction; and we build second story additions, mother in law suites and kitchen and bathroom renovations. We also build garages and do some federal work.
Steam Showers Inc: Can you define a mother in law suite?
Danny: It’s either an attached or detached apartment for a mother or father, or both, who move back in with their family due to old age, an injury or a job loss. We’re building a lot of those because a lot of families, particularly when the economy changed, had to move in with each other again due to whether they lost their job. For a lot of families, there just wasn’t enough room in the house, so we started adding square footage via mother in law suite or father in law suite. That way the families can live independent but together.
Steam Showers Inc: What is your favorite part about what you do, or why do you love what you do?
Danny: I like taking an idea and actually making it come to fruition. It’s exciting to get the thought and input of our clients. Tthere’s the little stuff too; we’ve done additions for clients who have a wheelchair or a handicap, and we actually make the house more functional, so that way their quality of life improves. These projects are very rewarding to us.
Steam Showers Inc: What advice would you give readers who are taking on a bathroom remodel?
Danny: I would say do their research ahead of time, because a lot of clients have absolutely zero idea of what they want to do. This prolongs the design process. So if they do their research ahead of time, and know questions to ask, different materials they want to use, etc. it makes the process run more smoothly.
Read more about Rhino Design Build at http://www.remodeling-sanantonio.com/about/.