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25 YEARS IN BUSINESS
Home Office Houston
celebrates success through hard work,
client friendship and community giving
By Barbara Canetti
For more than two decades, Martin Ayanegui has been focused on his business.
He has been motivated by his clients, inspired by his projects and encouraged
by his family and friends to continue expanding and growing.
As Ayanegui’s Home Office Houston celebrates its 25th anniversary this year,
he reflects back on what has made his company successful. From the early days
during college at the University of Houston working as a volunteer at local museums
to resolve lighting issues for galleries and displays, he has evolved his once small
company into a powerhouse enterprise offering interior design for homes
and businesses, exterior/interior lighting design, construction and large and small
remodeling, as well as facility management, maintenance and event planning.
His award-winning work and work ethic have caught the eye of many. Some of
his clients – who have been with him since the beginning – have shared his name
with others. Almost all of his work has been the result of referrals.
But, with recent exposure on national television, including CNBC’s Billion Dollar
Buyer with Tilman Fertitta, TLC’s show The Little Couple, NBC Universal’s Steve
Harvey Show, as well as A&E, HGTV and local television affiliates, Ayanegui is
busier than ever.
With Degrees in architecture and environmental design, Ayanegui
branched out into lighting design. This area really consumes his staff during the
winter holiday season. He creatively decorates homes, businesses and local theaters,
including the Alley Theatre, the new A.D. Players Theatre, and the Houston
“Part of our success is because I meet with clients personally and am there to
do the work – top to bottom,” says Ayanegui.
He works with some of Houston’s top interior designers to create homes and businesses that
are comfortable and yet stylish, and creates ambience inside and outside with
proper lighting that sets moods and adds interest. He works with licensed professionals
to provide services – electrical, plumbing, carpentry – as well as artisans
and painters, tile layers and stonecutters. His is a one-stop shop.
He likes to work with clients as a team.
“I can take their ideas and collaborate with them to make it happen,” he says.
“Sometimes they can’t explain exactly what they want, but I can assist them and
get what they want.
“I like for my clients to become my friends even after the job is done.”
One of the things that Ayanegui and Home Office Houston does is give back to
the community. Ayanegui has become very active in supporting The Sunshine
Kids, a nonprofit that assists children with cancer and their families. Craig Biggio,
Houston Astros Hall-of-Famer, has been one of his clients for over 20 years.
When his daughter became ill, Craig and his wife Patty introduced Martin to the
Sunshine Kids. Now, even after his child is recovered, Martin gladly continues to
sponsor the organization, which he says gave him so much support.
“We will continue doing our work, expanding our business and supporting our
causes,” he says. “I learned from my father, who passed away when I was 13, that
if you work hard and put your heart and soul into something, you will be successful.”
Twenty-five years later, Home Office Houston continues to be a flourishing
company with big plans for its future.