Mitch and Debbie Speck celebrated 30 years in business for Specktacular Home Remodeling in 2022. 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.
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.
Hi friends, I’m Oliver! My parents rescued me in 2020, and I have been working really hard on having good manners ever since! I love working in the office with my mom and sister or going up to the shop with my dad! If you call the office and hear me bark, please know I’m doing my job of alerting my humans of a potential threat – even if it is just the UPS man, they must know he’s here! Mom says they don’t need to know about the nice people, but I disagree. So, I’m sorry if my bark scares you – but it is kinda my job as head of security. I take it very seriously.
In my spare time, I enjoy running around my property with my jolly-ball, playing fetch with my dad, getting pats from my people, snuggles with my mom, going to school to learn new things, making new friends, and hanging out with my humans.
A note from the humans: We're sad to report our sweet Oliver passed away from an aggressive form of bone cancer. He spent his last days surrounded by his family and friends. He was a great dog and we miss him everyday.