Bill Simone (seated, left) had a hockey scholarship, but when he realized he would not make it to the NHL, he iced that dream and grabbed for another. He received two degrees in architecture and started working for a remodeler. His interest in remodeling came from being on jobsites with his father, who was an electrician and plumber. He was thinking about design/build before it became a segment of the remodeling industry. “We had that philosophy, but there wasn’t a formal term,” he says.

Now, the company he runs with Randy Ricciotti (seated, right) does room additions, second-story add-ons, whole-house remodels, and kitchen and bath design, with the average cost of a job at about $87,000. The Los Angeles area is a mix of styles, from Spanish to traditional to contemporary. Simone prefers to make the addition blend seamlessly with the existing house. From his father, he learned how to create expensive-looking outcomes on a reasonable budget. More than the design, Simone prides himself on giving the client what they want and having systems that make the selling process smooth and consistent. “We’re looking for clients we can build a relationship with as well as building a project.”