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About Dana Ansell

Dakini Engineering General Contracting is the premiere Foundation, Landslide, and Drainage Inspection and Repair company in San Diego. We are also a Design Build remodel and addition company. We can handle all your construction needs from 40 feet below grade to the top of your roof. We won the 2010, San Diego Home & Garden Magazine's Total remodel of the year award, featured in the Feb. 2011 edition.See MoreRead Less

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5

Dakini Engineering:

Professionalism, Integrity, Trustworthy, Creativity in Engineering are among the many admirable attributes of Dan Ansell, CEO of Dakini Enginerring.

Under Dana's supervision, Dakini Engineering performed miracles on our hillside La Mesa home. Historically our lower level was prone to seepage and even flooding. Dakini Engineering excavated the front of our house with surgical precision. Waterproofing and drainage measures eliminated all water seepage problems; even during the wettest year on record!

Dakini Engineering provided creative and insightful consultation that not only resulted in creative, cost-effective means of eliminating a long-standing problem; but enhanced utility and property value as well. Through skillful efforts our front and side yards were transformed from unusable space into aesthetically attractive and functional patio and recreational spaces. In solving one problem, two areas of our yard were turned into functional and decorative spaces that provided considerable added value to our property.

All work was completed in a timely and professional manner; and at a significantly lower cost than other competitors' bids. My wife and I were more than pleased with the work performed by Dakini Engineering and look forward to using them again for subsequent home improvement projects.

We enthusiastically recommend Dan Ansell and Dakini Engineering as having the highest professional standards: integrity, trustworthiness and creativity in engineering and construction.
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5

I am a General Contractor specializing in residential remodel and repair here in San Diego. Dana is my go-to-guy whenever I need engineering work done. He is perceptive, experienced, prompt, and honest. His engineering reports are clear and thorough and show an in-depth grasp, not only of the pertinent codes and requirements, but also a full understanding of actual conditions on the ground. That is to say, his many years of experience in the field actually running equipment and doing the work have made him expert in what engineering solutions will best suit the conditions for each project, while respecting the owner's budget and time schedule. I recommend him with enthusiasm to all my friends and clients.See MoreRead Less"

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5

Dana Ansell at Dakini Engineering is amazing! We had a difficult situation with our home having just been burned by an unreputable contractor. We even got into trouble with the city's building department because the guy didn't even pull permits for the basement project we were working on.

Well, it just took one call to Dana to get things moving in the right direction. He was able to set the building inspectors straight, put us in touch with a lawyer to straighten out our affairs, and then completely oversee the repair and completion of our basement. Now our home and family is safe, along with our bank accounts and our standing with the building department!

Thanks Dana!
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5

I have known Dana for four years. Dana is the consummate professional. Reliable, experienced, honest, and trustworthy in a trade where, frankly, this is not always the case. Dana's company was able to bring justice to a homeowner who suffered severe water intrusion and significant damage to his hardwood floors - in part due to the neligence of the insurance company for the first contractor called out to make repairs. Dana put together a forensic report that squarely put the blame where it belonged, on the insurance company. Dana's company then performed the repairs in the proper manner.See MoreRead Less"

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5

In the world of Sharks, Dana is a Dolphin! He does exactly what he says he will do...and his work is top shelf. In everyone's business we can come across difficult situations AND customers. Dana has the people skills along with the expertise in his field of endeavor to rise above, and reach any goal - under ANY circumstance. He is a professional through and through and if you want the job done right the FIRST time, you MUST hire Dana Ansell...hiring anyone else would be settling for only reaching the moon when you wanted the stars. Top Quality. Always Reliable. Dr. Dawn Walls-BainSee MoreRead Less"

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Dana is an insightful, intelligent, & caring person with integrity. His dedication to being a role model and counselor to young men is evident in his participation with "The Mankind Project, SD".
On many occasions I have sought help and advice from Dana and he always comes up with awe inspiring solutions and has helped me change my perspective for the better.
His expertise and professionalism is outstanding.
It does not matter whether you have hired Dana to build your house or to be your counselor, you can count on his excellence and dedication to all he does. Debbie Novick DC

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5

I have worked with Dana Ansell of Dakini Engineering through my real estate career for many years now. Dana is an incredible source of knowledge and has provided my clients with foundation/structural findings for homes they were purchasing. In addition, he provides top shelf remodeling services. Dana has vision and connects with the client. He has the ability to understand their vision of what they are trying to achieve and guide them along the way. Myself and my clients could not be more satisfied with the services Dana provides.See MoreRead Less"

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5

I find Dana to be very knowledgeable in his field of expertise. I had several people come out to tell me how to handle my drainage issues for my downstairs unit. They all had "this might work" solutions except for Dana. He knew exactly what was going on and how to correct it. He was very pleasant to deal with and he was absolutely correct. Not a drop leaks downstairs after his solution was implemented.

I have referred him to other people with different situations and they all have had the same experience.
He's the man to call.
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5

I havent been in contact with Dana since high school when he transferred from another area. At that time, he was an admirable young man, alone and making a future for himself by holding down a job at an area factory, maintaining a rented house, looking after his sister and excelling in his studies at school. An intelligent individual, shunned by the "clicks" of young hometowners but toughing it through to what has obviously become a successful future.
My best wishes for his continued success!!
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5

Dana, and Dakini Engineering, provide the highest integrity, quality of service and the epitome of engineering skill and professionalism. Not only that, but all is done with highly competitive prices, with exceptional skill and within projected deadlines. My wife and I have used their services several times and have been pleased above and beyond expectations. We strongly endorse Dan and Dakini Engineering for all your needs! Sincerely, Ken & Marilyn M. , La Mesa Ca.See MoreRead Less"

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5

I have had the pleasure of having worked with Dana Ansell of Dakini Engineering a number of times over the last 10 years. I always find him to be fair, professional and very knowledgeable. There is no one I trust more to assist my clients and myself with questions about structural integrity or hillside review. I wholeheartedly recommend him for estimates and evaluations, so that you and your clients know what you are getting into to ahead of time.See MoreRead Less"

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5

Dakini Engineering executed an amazing contemporary 3000 sq ft whole house remodel in Mission Hills, San Diego. San Diego Home and Garden Magazine selected this project as their 2010 whole house remodel of the year, and the house was featured on the 2012 San Diego Dwell Home Tour. The project has also been in multiple local and national publications, and is more perfect than we could have ever hoped for. Dana, thank you for building our dream home.See MoreRead Less"

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5

I have known Dana about 16 yearsand have worked with him and his crew on a few different projects. One was where a house was gradually sliding down a very steep embankment where there was natural drainage and the compaction was turning to mud. With his tools and knowledge he was able to save the house and put in proper drainage. He does the job right, no quick fix'es, that will have problems later. I highly recommend Dakini eng.
Patrick Gaffney
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5

Dana had my problem solved over the phone! An amazing person, very professional- GO TO DANA FIRST!!!! his prices are excellent. He is very fast and detailed on his reports, my lender was extremely impressed with the digital visual he made after taking a few measurements on the property. Dana works beyond expectations and then some!! Dana will be my contact for life on any project or real estate needs.

Thank You Dana!
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5

Have known and depended on Dana for over 20 years. As a top Realtor, my recommendations are as important as my own reputation. Dana is the most thorough and dependable foundations/structural guy out there, and if he says okay, you know you are Safe. Also does construction and other things, but Dana's mainsail is always set to true north and 100% ethics. You can't go wrong. G.Ollis, Mission Hills/HillcrestSee MoreRead Less"

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5

Dana is a person of great character and operates his business with impeccable integrity, open transparency, and accountability. His work is an expression of who he his. You will not be disappointed in anyway and will enjoy, stress free, working with him. He is a joy to know and I highly recommend him.

Jack Duffie
Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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5

As a real estate broker it is important to me to have quality services and supportive people in various industries that are all a part of real estate transaction. When a knowledgeable engineer is needed, Dana is the go to guy. Dana has a pleasant way with clients that helps them understand the technical issues in plain speak to help them (and me) understand. Truly an expert!"

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5

I have known Dana for only a short time, but in that time I've found him to be a man of good character, high ideals and integrity. Dana communicates extremely well and always listens to the opinions and needs of others. He is caring and compassionate and sees the good in others. In turn, he does his utmost to produce quality work and client satisfaction."

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5

In the construction industry, there are many sharks, having a contractor with high standards, Integrity & Craftsmanship who is always looking out for the clients best interest is a must. Dana, and his team, are an absolute asset to anyone's project big or small. Personally I wouldn't trust anyone else to do the job but Dakini Engineering."

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5

We used Dana Ansell of Dakini Engineering for two remodel projects; one a small garage addition and the other a second story addition and complete home remodel. The work was always of the highest caliber and exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend Dana and Dakini Engineering and would gladly use them on our future projects."

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5

Dana lives by a high standard of excellence both in his professional and personal life. His sincerity, wisdom and performance record often make him the go to person amongst his friends and the business community. He’s able to see the simple solution most people are unable to notice as well knowing how to work with complicated matters."

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5

Dana is an excellent engineer and general contractor. He strives to meet expectations and deliver excellent quality and design. His ethics and experience are outstanding!
Has always delivered excellent advice and guidance as well.
It is rare to find professionals like him today.
I highly and confidently recommend him.
Debbie Novick DC"

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5

Dana and his crew do superb work. They are experts in their field and if you have high-end contracting and engineering around slopes, water/drainage, cracked foundation or other difficult issues you'll be very happy with the results. Dana has great persona integrity and work ethic; not easily found in San Diego."

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5

I have worked on several projects with Dana and he is the most honest upfront person I have ever met in the industry. I have trusted him with some projects that I truly believed no one else could do. I highly recommend giving him a call from simple jobs to massive coastal foundations. He is the man!"

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5

I'm a property manager for a Planned Residential Community in San Diego. We contacted Dana due to some drainage issues we were experiencing in our landscaped areas. Dana was professional, quick and extremely thorough! Thanks to Dana we are well on our way to resolving these issues once and for all!"

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5

I have known Dana for many years as a friend and as an employee. His steadfast devotion to doing the absolutely highest quality job and impressive diligence has helped me develop the work ethic I have today. You won't find a more dedicated contractor in the entirety of Southern California."

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5

Dana and his crew have worked on a number of projects for us. First being an garage addition then a full remodel with a second story addition to our home. Each time he delivered more than expected and when out of his way to make sure we were aware of what was being done and why."

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5

Dana has a Strong work ethic; motivated self-starter who demonstrates the highest personal and professional standards. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Always demonstrating the ability to perform in a time sensitive atmosphere with a reassuring attitude."

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5

I have known Dana for a number of years. He is professional and ethical. He walks the talk and delivers in all areas of his business. The quality of his work in amazing as demonstrated by his winning remodel of the year for San Diego Magazine."

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5

I've known Dana for a couple of years. We've met at various networking gatherings. Everyone that I have talked to about Dana mentions how honest and smart he is. I can vouch for his desire to do a great job."

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5

Dana and Dakini Engineering are very knowledgeable and experienced in construction. They excel in structural foundations analysis and repair. I have recommended Dana to my friends and family."

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5

Dana is very qualified in Real Estate construction, and is a specialist in foundation issues. He is honorable and trustworthy. I have recommended to services to my family."

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5

Dana does excellent work. My experience with Dana has been nothing but positive. If you want to great contractor I would definitely recommend Dana with Dakini engineering!"

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Dana has always been a person of the highest integrity in everything he does. He is honest, fair, and smart! What more can one ask for in a friend and a professional?"

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5

Dana is a professional with great integrity has earned many professional recognitions. He is the first person I would call when needing general contract work."

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5

Dana is a seasoned expert who is generous with his time and has very good recommendations. Dakini is well known for being the go-to guys for foundation work."

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Dana's a true professional with great integrity and creativity. I'd use his services in a heartbeat if needed and recommend his work whole heartedly."

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Dana is a man of integrity and intelligence combined with a warm heart. He is the type of person that will do a great job and get the job done right."

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Dana is amazing! His work is of the highest quality, and at a great rate! I will definitely be recommending him to all of my friends and family! :)"

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5

Dana is an excellent architect and builder. Every project is done with expert and detailed care. He is ethical and serves the needs of his clients."

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5

Dana's knowledge and great field crews combine to give you a first class job from start to finish. This company delivers on what they commit to."

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His work ethic is beyond anyone who I have done business with. The quality is always 100% and never doubted. I recommend him 10 times out of 10."

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5

Workmanship was excellent and the job sight was always left clean at the end of the day. These people got it done on time and done right !!!"

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5

The job gets done on time and it gets done right. When it comes to the soundness and safety of structures, this is the company for me."

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I have know Dana and he is a true professional. He backs up what he tells you with performance.
On a scale of 1-10, Dana is an 11."

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Dana has my highest recommendation! Anyone doing business with Dana can be assured that they are working with the best!"

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Dana is intuitive, intelligent, and highly ethical in his personal and business dealings. I'm honored to know him."

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5

We have worked with Dana on several difficult access projects. He has the tools and the knowledge to get it done!"

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5

Dana Ansell of Dakini Engineering General Contracting is a great contractor and would recommend him for any job."

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5

Dana Ansell of Dakini Engineering is one of the finest high end general contractors in San Diego County."

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I would recommend Dana to any of my friends or family. Dana is highly professional and trustworthy."

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Dana "likes" all of my Facebook posts, so I can tell he a great guy! Otherwise, I do not know him..."

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I have worked with Dana professionally for a few years and is a great guy to engineering work with."

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Dana has always delivered great results and great service! He has a great reputation in San Diego!"

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Dana is very experienced and knowledgeable in the field of foundation repair and construction."

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Dana knows his trade inside out and he takes pride in completing his work with excellence."

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Dana is a great researcher and teacher. He really knows what he is talking about."

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Great working with you Dana, I look forward to the next project."

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something tells me we should be friends! :0)"

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Dana knows just about everything you could imagine!"

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Her is the man for the Job!"

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Excellent services"

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