What makes Studio 818 so different?

We intimately understand the challenges you face when it comes to renovating your existing home or building new from the ground up. In addition to working with our clients we have the unique experience of developing more than 40 of our own designer Spec Homes over the past eight years.

Our systems and the mindset we’ve developed in that work are a huge advantage to you and the success your project.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, ‘Spec’ is short for speculative, meaning homes designed and built for sale to an as-yet unknown buyer on the open market. Studio 818 leads every aspect of these projects from acquisition, architecture, interior design and construction to valuation, marketing and sales.

We’ve faced countless challenges in the course of completing these development projects. Costly problems that every owner will experience when building a new home or completing a renovation. But the really cool thing is that our leadership responsibility for the entirety of these development projects allowed us to identify the source of the problems.

You’ll probably be as shocked as we were to learn that the root causes of these problems were flaws and gaps in standard industry processes for renovations and custom home building. No wonder there are so many horror stories from homeowners out there – the source of pain and frustration is built into the very process these owners were told they had to follow.

To streamline our projects, mitigate these challenges and consistently bring stunning designs to life we knew we needed to turn the standard processes on their head and develop a better system.

The result is our designer-led Design + Build Management framework. Over the last eight years we’ve developed, stress-tested and refined the framework on our dime and our time – and now you get to reap the benefits on your renovation project or new custom home.

One of the big challenges most owners face when starting a design and build project is they are entering a world with its’ own jargon and multiple key players yet with no clear leadership. We believe when you’re going to make one of the biggest financial investments of your life, you deserve an advocate standing in the gap protecting you and your interests.

That’s why our designer-led Design + Build Management framework takes you from initial concept through to your move-in day with all the moving parts taken care of for you. We begin by designing a master-plan for your project that delivers the design aesthetic, function and feel you want. Then we are your single point of contact and responsibility to keep your project on track every step along the way right up to your move-in day.

During the process we take the normally disparate and often contentious individual professionals required to successfully create an outstanding designer home and bring them together in a cohesive team. Your team. A team working together with a single vision under the protective umbrella of our designer-led process.

Just like the journey you’re about to embark on, we know what it feels like to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring a dream to reality. We’ve pour our heart and soul into every one of our own development projects acting as the owners. At the same time we bear the responsibility of managing millions of dollars in funds entrusted to us by our investment partners to directly acquire, design and manage construction for the purpose of delivering healthy investment returns.

This experience gives us an unparalleled ownership level perspective on every project, including yours. Fact is; our Design + Build Management framework is so different because it was developed by owners for owners. Studio 818’s unique blending of real estate investment experience, outside-the-box design capabilities and project administration expertise makes our design & build framework unique in the arena of residential renovations and custom home building.

Thanks to Studio 818’s designer-led Design + Build Management framework you don’t have to fall prey to the problems and disappointments that come with taking the conventional path on your project. We’ve got you covered from the first conceptual idea all the way through to your turn-key move-in.

  • I highly recommend Janie and Studio 818 - we couldn't have made our dream home without her. Communication is very important to me when working with someone and Janie made sure she was in touch about upcoming timelines, decisions that had to be made and any troubleshooting.
    — Cy kim
  • Studio 818 you guys are the best! Words can not express how happy I am with my 818 home. My life is forever changed and my 2124 Dreamlodge is truly my dream home!! Janie, JP and Studio 818 make dreams come true. 
    — Joe DelMonte
  • My gorgeous new kitchen with 15-foot island puts my last kitchen in New York to shame. I'm retired now and absolutely love cooking and entertaining in this fabulous home. JP and Janie are a great find for a modern well-done design and renovation of a 1960's house.
    — Jeff Rosenthal
  • As soon as I walked into this house by Restore 818 designed by Janie Micek, I knew immediately this was the house. I probably looked at 50 odd homes before I decided on this one, many being more expensive. Warm, intelligent, timeless design blending modern and old features with beautiful colors and open spaces. It was an exact fit. 
    — Mark McGongle
  • Janie has the best creative eye for any space & style. All our friends always ask how we came up with design and they love it. We use Studio 818 for every home and commercial project and recommend her to all our friends.
    — Mike & Chrystine Dimaguila
  • The interior design by Janie (Studio 818) hit all of my wife's high-design Pinterest saves -- materials, form and function, the attention to detail -- absolutely outstanding!
    — J Monuteaux

Our Story

Studio 818 began as Restore 818 in Southern California. John-Paul and Janie Micek founded the company in 2010 and immediately began buying, designing, and renovating pre-1940’s homes for sale in up-and-coming neighborhoods of Los Angeles between Burbank and Pasadena.

The area code for these areas is 818. We’ve kept this as part of our name to help remind us of where we started.

In December of 2012 we moved our design-driven property development company from LA to Fort Lauderdale. Initially Janie’s bright and clean design aesthetic was reserved solely for the buyers of Restore 818 designer spec homes. But as each new turn-key home hit the market with another unique design more and more requests came in for Janie and John-Paul to provide design services directly to clients.

In the early 2018 Studio 818 Design + Build Management was spun off from Restore 818 to answer that call.

JANIE MICEK is a Principal and Founder of Studio 818. As Creative Director Janie directly develops or oversees all designs for Studio 818.

She is a licensed Interior Designer with NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification.) Janie is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional.) This is a Green Building credential that proves mastery in the highly specialized area of green building. The LEED AP exam materials are so voluminous that the reference guide alone is over 400-pages and testing so rigorous that it has only about a 30% pass rate.

Janie began her professional career with a large commercial Interior Design firm in her hometown of Boston. She then moved cross-country to work in Los Angeles where her aesthetic was influenced by the architecture and eclectic design of LA’s oldest neighborhoods and the Mid-Century Modern majesty of Palm Springs.

For over 15-years Janie has lived and breathed interior design, both commercial and residential. Her construction administration and project management experience ranges from one-bedroom condos to $100-million commercial projects. Janie’s direct development experience of Restore 818 investor-driven Designer Spec Homes gives her a value-driven perspective matched by few designers in the US.

JOHN-PAUL MICEK is a Principal and Founder of Studio 818. As ‘Chief Troublemaker’ he oversees operations including; systems development, marketing, acquisition consulting and construction administration. John-Paul has been in and around the construction industry since age 12. He founded three businesses before his 30th birthday, including a landscape design/build company specializing in residential projects with budgets between $350,000 to $1.2 million.

John-Paul’s real estate investment experience began in 1995. He has invested in, developed and managed over 200 real estate projects in New Jersey, Hawaii, Texas, California and Florida ranging from single-family homes to 350-plus unit apartment complexes. He is a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Florida working exclusively with Studio 818 clients to find, prequalify and purchase the right ‘fixer-upper’ or building lot through our Buy-It-Right acquisition consulting program.

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