Creative interior design by Haven. One of the first things that you notice about Armando and Jana Valdez is that they make a great team, but this builder husband and interior designer wife each had separate careers before they met each other. It’s always more interesting to know the backstory, so here’s a little snippet to explain how Haven came to be.
“I remember the night we met,” Jana said, smiling, “It was at Matamoros restaurant and we were there for the birthday party of a mutual friend. Armando walked up to me and asked me to dance. I nervously accepted because I don’t know a thing about how to salsa!” she laughed. “After the dance, we sat and talked for hours. I couldn’t believe everything that we had in common! Armando explained that he was a builder, remodeler and realtor. I shared with him that I was an interior designer and the conversation just flowed,” she remembers. “He really won my heart the following week when he rescued me from a dead car battery. That’s just the kind of guy he is, always looking after everyone else.”
Needless to say, it wasn’t very long before sparks flew and the two were married only five months later at sunset on the Riverwalk. It was just meant to be. As the relationship grew, the two began collaborating on projects and realized that Armando’s extensive construction knowledge and building experience perfectly complimented Jana’s interior design abilities. Thus, Haven Design and Construction was born.
“It was the next natural step,” says Armando, “It just felt right. We both share a passion for enhancing the lives of our clients through our work. Jana and I draw the plans together, I construct the project and Jana selects the interior finishes. The business just naturally evolved and it was time to share our vision with others.”