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Historic Building Restoration, Preservation, and Renovation
Historic Building Restoration

Historic building renovations focus on restoration and preservation, bringing historic buildings back to their former states of glory, producing renovated structures designed to respect, retain, and restore the building's original historic character for future generations’ enjoyment, like Pearl Bay’s historic restoration remodel of the church roof.

Since Historic Building Conservation is more about fostering a deep appreciation for famous structures and why they exist, rather than just keeping historic structures standing tall and looking as beautiful as ever, true historic building preservation aims for a high level of authenticity, accurately replicating historic materials and techniques as much as possible, ideally using modern techniques only in a concealed manner where they will not compromise the historic character of the structure's appearance.

The first step in any historic renovation, especially one involving both remodeling and historic restoration, is researching the structure's history, looking particularly for old photographs, floor plans, and other documentation which can help the historic renovation to stay true to history.

In some cases, where research determines parts of a building have been changed or destroyed, it may be appropriate to restore the structure to its original designs, reversing alterations for structures which have been substantially altered since built.

Restore and Preserve Your Property at Highly Competitive Prices.

Our renovation team examines the structure to determine what needs to be renovated while identifying building characteristics to preserve in restoring the building's original appearance.

Evaluating how the restored structure will be used enables us to determine the most effective renovation options to retain the building’s historic integrity while incorporating any desired energy-efficiency measures, and meeting ADA accessibility, fire-code compliance, and earthquake safety requirements, like we did for the Santa Barbara Historical Trust building shown here.

Our experience as Santa Barbara’s longest certified Lead Paint Removal and Asbestos Removal Contractor simplifies many historic building restoration renovation projects, while our extensive experience with fire, water, and mold damage restoration increases our efficiency addressing the structural restoration of historic buildings, including restoring damaged foundations.

Our historic renovation process includes everything: from the planning and permitting approval process, through sourcing historically appropriate salvaged or replica materials, to consulting with structural engineers to confirm the structure's safety or recommend the best ways to strengthen the structure without drastic changes, thereby meeting the building and safety codes without compromising the historic integrity of the structure, effectively changing the internal structure to make it stronger and more durable but without changing the way it looks on the outside. In other words, planning literally how best to keep our history intact and historically accurate.

Santa Barbara Remodeling Contractors

Since 1978 Santa Barbara remodeling contractor and general contractor Mark Lee has performed commercial and home remodeling Santa Barbara Countywide, providing everything from small additions to major home remodels and remodeling multi-structure complexes.

Home remodeling that makes your spaces work best for you!

Mark can provide full design services or follow your design plans, moving walls and stairways, even adding new rooms and stories, while moving or installing new plumbing and electrical fixtures, kitchen appliances, sinks, tubs, showers, cabinetry, flooring, windows, and doorways, even providing substantial foundation repairs to allow complete “As New” home remodels.

Pearl Bay also specializes in providing accessibility remodeling for your home or business.


Create Your Desired Architectural Ambiance by

Remodeling for Beauty, Form, and Function

Whatever nuances you seek, custom woodwork, stonework, or specialty finishing's, Mark’s talented teams of highly specialized subcontractors can make your envisioned dreams a reality.


Pearl Bay Corporation for Room Additions

General Contractor Mark Lee's team has been building and beautifying Santa Barbara since 1978. We can easily remodel and expand your existing space, adding on additional rooms, and even new stories to existing buildings.

We can add new space as separate project, while renovating your structure, or while reconstructing damaged areas of your home or business.

You can hold us accountable for achieving your construction needs in the quickest, quietest, and most affordable way with minimal interruption to your day to day activities.

Explain your desires and we will show you the best way to achieve your goals, building the rooms of your dreams, like the luxuriously warm wood and stone Entertainment Room Addition shown here.

Building Additions

Home Accessibility Remodeling and Commercial ADA Compliance Remodeling

Santa Barbara Remodeling Contractor Pearl Bay offers highly aesthetic accessible design options and will guide you to the right design solutions for your remodeling needs.

We will get things done how you want and need them to be, whatever limits you need help overcoming, whatever the complexity of your project.

Over 40 years general contracting experience enables us to provide high quality, cost-effective solutions to all your needs. Call today for a no-cost consultation to investigate options for attaining your accessibility goals.

ADA Accessibility

Accessibility Remodeling improvements can include:

  • Grading grounds to improve access.

  • Constructing entry ramps.

  • Modifying entry areas and doorways.

  • Widening hallways and interior doorways.

  • Modifying doorknobs and peepholes.

  • Installing handrails and support bars.

  • Accessible bathrooms, assisted bathing tubs, roll-in Showers.

  • Modifying kitchen cabinets, counters, sinks, and stoves.

  • Moving light switches, electrical outlets, and other fixtures.

  • Fire alarms, smoke detectors, and other safety systems.

  • Modifying stairways, installing stair-lifts and chair-lifts.

Accessibility Remodeling Can Qualify as Deductible Medical Expenses.


Certain medically necessary improvements to accommodate a home to disabled person's condition can be deducted in full as medical expenses. Reasonable costs can be deducted for many accessible design home improvements that accommodate a disability; your own disability, your spouse's or dependents' who lives with you, or in some cases even your renter's disability.


For further deduction information consult your tax advisor or see

Full Service, Turn-Key Repair Phase Build Back Construction

Our Building Damage Services, Turn-Key Reconstruction, and Build Back Restoration Services handle every aspect of providing you with a worry free, start-to-finish recovery from damage to your home or commercial building.

We quickly and cost effectively build back your damaged building, and our efficiency consistently pleases our clients, as our Client Reviews show.

As a full-service damage restoration general contractor, we handle everything for you without delays, and work hand in hand with your insurance carrier while forecasting reconstruction costs and creating your project's budget.

We efficiently rebuild and restore your damaged property, and our work’s beauty and cost effectiveness benefit from our 40 Years Experience in Remodeling, Historic Building Preservation, and our being the region’s longest certified Lead Paint and Asbestos Removal contractor.

Pearl Bay Corp. has the equipment, experience, and expertise to fully satisfy all your home or commercial renovation needs. Our detail oriented workmanship, consistently providing quick, quiet, and quality home and commercial reconstructions has made us many clients′ preferred restoration and reconstruction provider, as our Client Reviews show.


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