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Semmes Holiday pic 2015

May you and your loved ones have a peaceful, loving holiday season.
We look forward to seeing you happy and healthy in 2016 !

We here at Semmes are a pretty happy group. And we have some new guys to add to our hard working gang.

Steve Bishop pic 2015First we want to welcome Steven Bishop. After a hiatus, he’s back with Semmes and working hard as a job manager these days. You’ll see Steven taking care of all the details on his jobs. We’re happy to have him back with us.


Chris WalterNext, in our line-up is Chris Walter. Chris or “Walter” as the guys call him, joined the Semmes team in September. He’s already been here three months. Whoa – time flies when you’re a hard-working job manager!


Al Martini

Just recently we added our newest:  Albert (Al) Martini. Al comes to us with a background in fine finish woodwork (See some of his artistic side here.)


To all our newest members – we welcome you. We’re so happy you chose to be part of the Semmes Team.

by Tom MooreTom

During a recent remodel in San Luis Obispo, we made many trips to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

What a cool place. You can’t just go there and drop off items without going in and seeing what’s new. Their inventory is in a continual motion, just like the wonderful people that work there. On one trip I spotted some brand new windows that would work perfectly for a small project we were working on. But by the time I had the owner’s approval and made it back to the store they were almost all gone. Fortunately for us,  they still had two windows we needed for the project.

If you’re looking for the obscure, obsolete or overboard this is the best place to start!


ReStore – San Luis Obispo

You need some gently used tools? They got ‘em. Want plumbing fixtures, a kitchen sink, and the tile? They those, too.  After many trips I needed some subway tile to match some existing tile. I fumbled through about 300 tiles to find 5 that matched what I had. You would be amazed how many variances of white subway tile there are. At the ReStore, people just go in, buy an armload, take them home and stick them on the wall. They don’t match? Honey Badger don’t care, sheik nouveau. I love that place!
Did I mention this is Habitat for Humanity? The money spent at the ReStore goes to support funneling money and products into the worthy cause of supplying housing for under-privileged people all over the country and the world.

I suggest a trip to ReStore next time you’re going on a run to the hardware store.

You may save some money while doing someone some good. Who knows, you may even find something that you didn’t even know you need and discover that you can’t live without.

ReStore South:

ReStore North:

Four at the Hole

This past November 7th, Semmes & Co. showed its support for Atascadero Loaves and Fishes by sponsoring a hole and a “whole” team at the annual “Joe D” DiDomenico Golf Tournament held at Chalk Mountain Golf Course. This tourny was put on by the local chapter of Kiwanis International. The team consisted of Pete Moore, Jeff DeCou, Steven Bishop and Tom Moore. The guys placed in the middle of the field of over 100 golfers with a score of 13 under par. The wonderful event raised over $11,000 for Loaves & Fishes, which provides food for the elderly and poor.

Well done, gentlemen!

Margie (sm)   by Margie Schuler

In my previous career and now with Semmes, I have been fortunate enough to work with many delightful clients on some impressive projects. I believe design is subjective. What is “right” is what the client likes and wants. I have gotten the opportunity to work on innumerable designs. I get to live vicariously through my clients because being an effective part of any project requires immersing yourself into the client’s project, its design elements and overall style. Therefore my work allows me to explore other styles that I might not typically gravitate towards myself. (It also makes my personal projects harder, but that’s another story.)

After all these years projects can blur together, but certain ones stand out. The reasons projects stand out is as unique as the project itself. Semmes just wrapped up a unique job, which I knew would be outstanding from the beginning. This was a smaller job as far as Semmes work typically goes. There was a high level of attention to detail because these clients were asking us to remodel a newly purchased home (with original construction by Semmes), which did not fit their style at all.

In this article I’m focusing on the Master Bath. The bones of the Master Bath were good, it was of sufficient size and included all the necessary elements but nothing about these existing elements fit the new homeowner’s style. After a lot of hard work by everyone involved, our client now has a showcase Master Bath that suits their design style. I think you’ll agree their new Master Bath is stunning!

Stunning Master Bath2

The Master Bath now has ample storage in the traditional style vanity, double mirrors with medicine cabinets and side storage tower. The Oil Rubbed Bronze plumbing and light fixtures compliment the dark smoky quartz found in the Persa granite.

Stunning Master Bath2

Slab granite walls showcase the stunning natural variation and flow of the Persa granite. The shower floor is also Persa granite that has been cut into tiles and given a leather finish for additional texture when showering. Notice the detail given at seams and wall panels, the granite fabricator did an excellent job of matching the pattern and veining.