Mitch and Debbie Speck celebrated 25 years in business for Specktacular Home Remodeling in 2017. Specktacular Home has always been based on our solid commitment to professionalism coupled with extensive experience in planning, design, and remodeling. As a leader in Portland home remodeling, we remain focused on superior quality, customer satisfaction, and providing superb design and remodeling services with projects ranging from bathrooms, kitchens, and additions to the complete redesign and renovation of entire homes.
Specktacular Home Remodeling is based on our solid commitment to professionalism coupled with extensive experience in planning, design, and remodeling.
We started Speck Enterprises in 1992. In 2007, we added the company name Specktacular Home Remodeling. We enjoy remodeling homes, rather than building speculative houses because it allows us to interact directly with our clients.
Shortly after opening our business, we were part of a team building a 10,000 square foot green home for an energy efficient engineer, long before green building became popular. We learned a number of great principles about energy efficient buildings, including using foam filled thermal panels and designing the home to run on heat generated by appliances only, no furnace!
In 1995, we decided to shift our focus from both commercial and residential remodeling to primarily residential. We like working directly with you, the home owner, listening to your needs and wants; helping you reach your goal of improving your quality of life. Our passion is coming up with creative, thoughtful, inspiring, and purposeful solutions.
Throughout the recent economic downturn, we have remained a leader in providing superb design and remodeling services with projects ranging from bathrooms, kitchens, and additions to the complete redesign and renovation of entire homes.
We remain grateful to those who have chosen Specktacular Home Remodeling throughout the years. Our clients remain our friends and we continue to maintain trust as we complete multiple projects, years beyond our first remodel together. A client's best compliment is when they refer us to their friends, coworkers and family members. We would love to make you part of the Specktacular family!
I have always pursued excellence in my endeavors and defined “success” as something continually improved upon instead of just being attained. Looking back, there have been many milestones in my life before even dreaming of starting our own company in 1992. Many events and opportunities contributed to the success we have had along the way. In 1989, I married Debbie, my high school sweetheart, while studying civil engineering at Portland State University. This was the same year that I joined a civil engineering unit for the Oregon Air National Guard. Before ever even dreaming of starting our own business, Debbie’s support and dedication has played a key role in not only my success, but the success of our company. Looking back, there have been many more keys to success.
I firmly believe that continuing education is one of the keys to success. In 2005, I completed the Certified Remodeler course through NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), in 2007 I furthered my education by becoming a Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler and in 2016 I became a Universal Design Certified Professional. To maintain these professional designations, I am required to complete over 10 hours of continuing education annually. In addition to these national certifications, I am also a certified Lead Based Paint Renovator in Oregon.
In 2015, my designation of Certified Remodeler was upgraded to a NARI Master Certified Remodeler. I am proud to say that I am the third person in Oregon and 83rd person in the nation to receive this honor. This designation was earned by maintaining my Certified Remodeler credentials for 10 years, receiving letters of recommendation from our clients, serving in both our industry and community, and our local chapter president’s recommendation.
Another key to success is playing an active role in my community and industry. In 2005, I joined the Oregon Remodelers Association’s Board of Directors where I served as Treasurer in 2006, Chairman in 2007 and Past Chair in 2008. Also, in 2007, I served as the President of the Portland NARI chapter. In 2007 and 2008, I served nationally as the Chair for NARI’s Strategic Planning Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. In 2011, I joined the Board of Directors for the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce where I served through 2015. I was also asked to join the board for the Sandy FFA Alumni Association where I served as both a board member and Vice-President.
Throughout my life, the pursuit of success has had benefits too. Among my most memorable awards and achievements are achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, being selected as Airman of the Year for the USAF 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group and receiving the NARI President’s Award. However, my best accomplishments and rewards have come from my family. Raising two beautiful daughters with my wife has been a blessing. We are fortunate that both of our girls are now working in our business pursuing their desires and gifts. I am so proud of Jessica and Katie. They are extremely intelligent, creative, and have a desire to do the best job they can for our clients. It is a privilege to have them work alongside us and one day be the torchbearers of our family business.
Recently, I have been learning that time away from work contributes to success as well. These days, when I am not at work, I can be found working around our house and property, ATV riding, camping, and hanging out with family. You may also find me at the beach with our dogs, watching a football game, or enjoying an old Star Trek episode!
Since opening our business, I have served as designer, office manager, marketing director, financial officer, given seminars, and have even worked in the field here and there.
Aiming to better serve our clients and further my education, I became a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR) in 2007. Until recently, I was the only woman in Oregon to have completed the 13-week course and all day written exam. To maintain this professional designation, I complete over 10 hours of continuing education annually. I will keep the title of ‘first woman in Oregon to receive the designation', just because I like it.
I love working with people and helping them realize their dreams can become a reality regarding their home.
When I am not working for our company, you will most likely find me with Mitch. We both like to ride our ATV’s, camp, act like we work around our property and spend time with family. If I am doing my own thing, it is most likely knitting or reading, however, you may also catch me at OHSU volunteering as a birth doula.
I grew up surrounded by all things Specktacular Home Remodeling. I remember ‘playing’ Office Manager and Designer when my parents weren’t actually working in the office. How funny that those playtime sessions have translated to my real job?! I am proud of my parents for creating such a wonderful company, and I am proud to now be a part of it.
In 2017, I graduated with honors receiving my degree in Architectural Engineering Technology (AET). Being an AET is the perfect way for me to use my artistic, analytical, and problem-solving strengths. I truly love taking a dysfunctional space and creating something that should have been there from the start by planning and designing systems that make our clients lives easier and more enjoyable.
In my time outside the office I run my own business empowering others to live as naturally and toxin-free as possible. I also enjoy gardening, hiking, mountain biking, and sewing. You could say I’m a bit of a hippie. :) In the winter months, you can usually find me cuddled up with my four Pembroke Welsh Corgis and fluffy Maine Coon kitty mix.
The Dali Lama says that we should go somewhere new every year. Since travelling (and dogs) is my first passion in life, it’s just a bonus that I love the career I landed in which pays for my adventures.
I grew up here in Sandy, Oregon, in the home my great-grandparents built – and I’ve lived through the remodeling process in every home my parents owned. Being on the sales team and the primary face people see when they are looking to improve their home, I understand how stressful it truly is to be on the “I have to live here?!” side of the tracks. It’s what makes our team truly specktacular because we are all so committed to giving you the best possible experience.
My position in the company allows me to utilize one of my best skillsets: one-on-one interaction to build a relationship and not just a transaction between two parties. It is always my goal to find the right client, not the right project for our company. I love taking dysfunctional living spaces and creating something that should have always been there from day one. The part where I get to utilize my sister’s brain to make that happen is just a perk of the position.
I began my journey with Specktacular Home Remodeling before I was even born. Jessica and I grew up calling the business the “middle child” and we both have an uncanny ability to see what can be in a space versus what is there. Where Jessica has the analytical training, I have the hands-on. I began (officially) working full-time for the business in 2015. I began my journey working in the field – breaking projects apart and putting them back together again. I was able to understand first-hand how a home really works. I built the rapport with our trades and started to see where I wanted the business to grow.
My favorite phrase to tell people is, “If we can’t get along now, we’re never going to get along during one of the more stressful times of your life.” There are plenty of great projects – expensive projects – that I walk away from because the owner and our staff are not a good fit.
It’s true that I’m the owners’ kid, and there’s a misconception that Jessica and I are given what we have; but the reality is, we earn every bit of the credit we receive.
I was born and raised in Alabama and left when I was 17 to join the Army. After my service was complete, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where I co-owned a flooring installation company and was also a songwriter.
I started my carpentry career at a young age by helping my grandparents, built mock towns for training purposes while in the Army, and went on to co-own a flooring company and later my own remodeling company. I love being hands on in a project and problem solving along the way. My favorite part about the industry is turning customers dreams into reality.
My wife Kathy and I truly love living here in the Pacific Northwest. We enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, and spending time in the great outdoors with our 6 kids, granddaughter, and our two dogs.
I was born and raised in Central Oregon and have called Portland home for about ten years now. I enjoy trips to the beach, hiking, reading, investing, and working on projects.
I first became interested in learning more about carpentry via the Oregon Tradeswomen Institute pre-apprenticeship program and completed my apprenticeship with Specktacular Home Remodeling. I enjoy the precision of good carpentry, the aspect of learning lifelong skills, and seeing the entire project process – teardown to completion.
I grew up in Roseburg, OR with my 7 siblings. My family has always been a big part of my life, especially since becoming a father myself.
My favorite part about remodeling vs. new construction is the challenge of working with existing conditions. You don’t always know what you’re going to find during demolition and tying in finish work with existing conditions can also be a challenge. Remodeling is truly an art. Each project is different and unique, and I love being able to be so creative at work. I’ve been remodeling homes since 2014 and I love that I’m still learning new things and techniques each day!
When I’m not at work, I love trying new restaurants, hiking, and spending time with my family, friends, or pets – we have a chocolate lab, cat, and leopard gecko.
I was raised in Shady Cove and moved to Sandy, Oregon at a young age. I enjoy spending time with my parents, two sisters, two brothers, and our extended family. In my free time I enjoy playing sports with friends, hunting, fishing, and reading.
Over the past three years I have learned that I especially love finish carpentry and working with cabinets. I enjoy working with our clients and helping them turn their home into a place they love and are proud of!