The owners were not newcomers to complicated remodeling projects. They own a commercial and residential development company in another state. Over the years, they have built and remodeled many high-end homes....In this case, they chose not to hire an architect and instead worked directly with general contractor Pat Dougherty of Steigerwald-Dougherty in Solana Beach. "The contractors are experts in their field," Lee says. "We gave them a concept and they implemented it. They were great to work with."