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Charco’s legacy: Great design transcends time and style

Charco Construction, a leader in the home remodeling business for over 46 years, has built more beautiful kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, second-story additions and master suites than any other contractor in San Diego County.

CEO Chuck Swimmer, who founded Charco in 1966, first got his start in the industry at the age of 15 when his uncle took him under his wing and introduced him to the home remodeling business in Ohio. At 23, an ambitious Swimmer left his hometown in Canton and headed for the West Coast with $600 in his pocket and an entrepreneurial dream.

Since arriving in San Diego, Swimmer has now established one of the oldest and most reputable home remodeling businesses in the county. The business has been family-run since with Swimmer bringing his son-in-law, Armando Flores, into the company. Flores, who has been with Charco over 15 years, is a top designer with a flair for selecting and coordinating his clients remodeling projects to the end product.

Together, Swimmer and Flores created a unique combination of classic professionalism and cutting-edge innovation that assures Charco Construction will continue its long, respected legacy of praise and satisfaction.

More recently, within the last several weeks, Armando Flores has introduced his newest endeavor, Charco Design & Build. By carrying on the tradition and legacy of the original company, Flores is on goal. He takes pride in transforming his clients’ homes from “a vision into a reality.”

Flores states, “It is an art form we don’t take lightly, but we certainly know how to make it much simpler. At Charco Design & Build, our fully integrated architectural, construction, and interior design team will guide our clients through their project with ease and collaboration, managing every last detail so they don’ have to.”

“We specialize in high-quality remodels and custom homes from concept to turn-key completion, seamlessly blending the design/build process to maximize your time and budget. Our team tailors each project to suit each client’s individual taste and budget, creating an inspired living space that encapsulates their personality and lifestyle while enhancing their day-to-day living experience.”

A little history on Armando Flores prior to Charco: Flores is a San Diego native who got his start at a top-notch design firm in Los Angeles after studying architectural drafting and interior design.

His work has been featured in numerous magazines and on television. One of his most famous kitchen designs can be seen every week on the hit cooking show, “Sam the Cooking Guy.” Additionally, Flores has also been nominated as one of San Diego’s Top Influentials, years 2009 through 2011, The Daily Transcript.

With an enthusiasm for architecture, cars, and art, Flores draws much of his inspiration from his passion for vintage vehicles (like his father-in-law, Chuck Swimmer), historic structures, and his frequent travels around the world. He states, “The idea is to capture and create a home you are dreaming of despite the challenges of space, architecture and budget.”

Source: San Diego Daily Transcript