Client Testimonials

“I think I can safely sum up my thoughts about this amazing team in one sentence:

You won’t find another design+build management firm for your project that is more dedicated than Studio 818.

Studio 818 was working on their Mid Mod house in Wilton Manors when they reached out about our home staging services. Needless to say, as designers ourselves, we couldn’t wait to see what they were working on.

Let me tell you – it surpassed anything we expected, and more. From the fabulous floor plan to the stone feature wall, the “casita” in the back to the leaf wallpaper in the laundry room – no detail was left to chance, no matter how small or big it would be. Walking into one of their projects is unlike any other you’ll see. There is thought and purpose in everything, and you can truly feel that their ultimate goal is to create spaces that are sophisticated and livable at the same time.

Janie and her team are there every step of the way and I know will bring fresh ideas and solutions to your project, always with your needs & wishes at the heart of it all, executing the plan relentlessly.

I can’t recommend them more highly to guide you through your project and can’t wait to see the results!”

Melanie Haselmayr | CURATED

“”Our remodel become a renovation and I am so happy with the outcome! We now have a huge open floor plan with the most beautiful kitchen and large island. My laundry room is chic and my butchers pantry is stocked to host our family gatherings!

What a transformation and the vision Janie had was just what I needed. Her professionalism and gift of her craft of design goes beyond measure. Not to mention her kind heart! I would highly recommend Janie and Studio 818 Design for your next build. You won’t regret it!!!”

Pamela Cianciarulo

“Everyone at Studio 818 is truly amazing. We had a huge remodel project in Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdale that had gone South due to disorganization from another design firm. Janie and her team came in and saved the day!

Not only does she have impeccable taste and is gifted at her craft, but she is also highly organized. You will not have to ask twice for anything and the final product will end up EXACTLY like her renderings.

I would not hesitate to hire her and her team. They were also very flexible at working with our GC, and he has already recommended their design services to several clients. If you are looking for great design, functionality, flexibility and a partner in a design for your dream home, this is the right design-build company to hire in South Florida.”

Ana Sanchez

After moving down from NYC a few years ago, we finally decided to put some roots down and purchase a home in South Florida. We found a unique non-Florida style home but the inside needed some TLC as it was original to the mid-1990s. We had never done a renovation and really did not want to as we heard many horror stories about contractors, trades people, etc, but we loved the home so took a chance.

We scoured the internet to find a designer/contractor who would be able to make our vision come to life (and within budget!), take care of all the logistics and manage the whole thing. We found Janie and Restore 818 and we’re glad we did!

Janie did her homework to make sure she understood our styles, idea boards, family needs, budget and all the little details and presented a great vision to bring our place out of the 90s and into the modern era! She has some great trades people who are reliable and skilled come in and do everything from the initial demo to painting and installing.

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.

As with any projects, there are unexpected costs but Janie provided cost effective alternatives while balancing our wish lists and being realistic about what is possible.

Timeline wise, we were slightly behind but only because of Hurricane Irma, which was an act of God so no one’s fault. We came close to being on time as possible and I know Janie really pushed her trades to be a priority, which I appreciated.

I highly recommend Janie and Studio 818 – we couldn’t have made our dream home without her.

Cy Kim

“My husband surprised me with a visit from Studio 818 along with a proposed remodel of our kitchen. While most people would be elated by this news, I was nervous about the amount of work involved and who would manage the details of the job. We had been burned in the past by local contractors.

However, from the moment I met Janie and JP of Studio 818, I felt at ease. Janie is not only knowledgeable in design, but general construction as well. And, the questions she could not answer about construction, JP quickly offered his insight and experience in this area to fill in the gaps. Both Janie and JP listened carefully to my husband’s and my desires, which didn’t always line up, and offered practical recommendations while being conscientious about our budget.

Now, I’m all about staying on budget, but my tastes often lead me in the opposite direction. Thankfully, Janie is particularly strong in finding cost-effective alternatives to high-end finishes, fixtures, and other design elements. She has great connections with local and out-of-state manufacturers, and they all love her, which benefited my husband’s wallet (most times!).

Throughout our kitchen remodel, which actually extended into our family room and dining area, Janie responded to inquires and issues within 24 hours and immediately when an issue was urgent in nature. We always felt supported and protected by Studio 818.

As the project came to a close, I was ecstatic to close the revolving door on all the workers, get rid of the dust, and finally regain normalcy in our lives. I was surprised, however, when the feelings of melancholy set in about not seeing Janie anymore. The girl is charming and fun, and she makes design exciting. A win-win in my book!”

Yvette Valencia

“My husband and I hired Studio 818 to help us with the remodel/update of our 1970s vacation house in Delray Beach, Florida. As we live in California, it was very important to us that we have someone “on the ground” who could ensure that her architectural design plans were followed by the general contractor and the sub-contractors.

We initially chose her because we liked her style, simple but sophisticated. We visited one of her completed projects and were impressed by the details and overall “look”.

Janie worked very well with our general contractor. They told me they were impressed by her professionalism and detailed architectural drawings. (It seems there are some designers who do not provide adequate direction).

Our remodel entailed an update of the kitchen/living area/laundry room and baths. The entire lighting was redone as well; all new interior doors, baseboards, interior painting. The entire flooring of the house was redone. Although the flooring presented some frustrating difficulties, Janie was persistent (in a nice but assertive manner) with the flooring sub contractor to get the job done correctly.

We are happy with the end result and have received many compliments from friends who see the house. It is truly transformed from an unattractive, teeny rooms house into a flowing and comfortable space in which to live and entertain.

We highly recommend Janie & Studio 818.”

S Valdez

Studio 818 you are the best! Words can not express how happy I am with my 818 home. Working with Janie and JP were amazing. Every detail of the process went smooth and I can’t be happier. My life is forever changed and my Home 2124 Dreamlodge is truly my dream home!!

Janie, JP and Studio 818 make dreams come true. Janie has the designer eye and the team that can make any space amazing!!

Joe DelMonte

Last December during our real estate search we walked into a Restore 818 completed home in Imperial Point, Ft Lauderdale. After seeing many renovations . . . this was the one that stopped me in my tracks.

A completely redone floor plan. 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

“While showing properties to a client, I immediately fell in love with the distinctive style of Studio 818 Design. When it came time to renovate our own house, I contacted Janie to bring her amazing eye this very personal and important project.

Her choices were bold and exciting, but also fit perfectly with my tastes. From a stunning, 16-foot rock wall to sleek, modern floors and baseboards and beautiful color choices, the results were absolutely outstanding. Her workers were the best I’ve ever dealt with. As a realtor, I’ve seen many renovation attempts fall short, but Janie and her team have come through time and again with spectacular results.

I wholeheartedly recommend Studio 818 Design for projects of any scope.”

Jay Oreman

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. 

Everyone that walks into this home inquires about who did the design and renovation. I later hired Janie & JP to design and build a large custom pergola in my yard. I experienced the same intelligent design, professionalism, thoroughness that was refreshing and greatly appreciated. Janie and JP were easy to work with I would recommend them to anyone.

Mark McGongle

Janie has the best creative eye for any space & style. We meet her at a Restore 818 open house back in 2013 in Burbank, CA which she designed. We were truly impressed and wanted to hire her immediately for our house.

She moved to Florida and we thought all hope was lost, until she said don’t worry we can design everything by email, phone, conferences calls, virtual meetings. So we moved forward and loved the entire process of design and communication.

Now all our friends always ask how we came up with design and they love it. We use Studio 818 for every home and commercial projects and recommend her to all our friends. THANK YOU STUDIO 818 & RESTORE 818!

Mike & Chrystine Dimaguila

While I searched for a house for many many months, my wife compiled a million Pinterest looks and links. One day we drove past a house in our area that was being renovated inside and out by Restore 818 and the exterior stopped us in our tracks.

We made an appointment to view it, walked in and knew that we’d found our house. 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

After relocating to the Ft. Lauderdale area, my other half and I searched for our new home for months seeing only sad, poorly remodeled (if at all) homes time and time again. Finally, we came upon a Restore 818 house designed by Janie (Studio 818) and fell in love with it. This particular house was too small for us but we recognized that Janie’s design using clean lines with amazing details was incredible and completely in line with what we were looking for.

After speaking with her, Janie sent us to a house she was still working on and not yet on the market. Janie thought this home might have the square footage we were needing. In this home, she employed open spaces with beautiful understated design details. Nowhere in sight were the all too frequent “in today, out tomorrow” design trends.

Immediately, we knew this was the place for us, and four years later we still could not be happier today. In a nutshell, Janie’s design aesthetic is a perfect mix of superior use of space, eclectic design and sophisticated details.

Gregg Holloway

Outstanding taste and professionalism! I bought my house designed by Janie (Studio 818) and developed by Restore 818, Inc. When I walked into the house I immediately knew this was THE place. Great materials and colors used in the house.

Everyone who visits loves the look and feel of the house. I have seen other properties designed by Studio 818  and developed by Restore 818, Inc., and the look and quality are always immaculate. I hIghly recommend Janie at Studio 818!

Tery Tharp

OMG! Where do I start? I am a professional house flipper I have successfully remodeled 26 houses in the last 4 years and Janie at Studio 818 has designed every one for me. Her designs, color palette, and design aesthetic are second to none and have gotten me top dollar every time.

From start to finish Janie will give you everything you need to successfully transform any home or building and all within your budget. She has impeccable taste with massive creativity. Her designs have made all of my houses the most beautiful properties on the block.

She makes it a point to be cutting edge and unique. She gives my houses that extra creative pop of color and design that makes them something really special and hard to pass up. I can’t remember any of my houses lasting on the market more then a few weeks with Janie and Studio 818 design.

Olga Porter