Home Magazine sat down with Jim Whittington to learn more about the unique products and services that he offers, as well as how he came to create his business, Elite Home Improvements Inc.

How did you get started in the Home Improvement business?

I have had my contractor’s license since 1979. I built the Icardo Center at California State University, Bakersfield, as well as the Mervyn’s Shopping Center. I had not considered going into the home improvement business until a couple of years ago when I had solar put onto my home and I got ripped off. I decided that I did not want what happened to me to happen to anyone else, so I started a Whittington Solar. Soon after I came to realize that my customers were in need of additional services for other areas of their home. I knew that I could provide quality products at a fair price.

What services does Elite Home Improvement offer?

We specialize in low-maintenance, energy-efficient upgrades for your home that beautify and increase your property value and save you money! From energy-efficient replacement windows and doors that keep pleasant temperatures in and noise pollution out, to low maintenance exterior coatings, Elite Home Improvements has premium quality solutions. We also utilize the latest technology in solar, patio covers, sunrooms, garden rooms, outdoor kitchens, and professional bathroom remodels.

Can you tell us more about your bathroom remodels?

We are introducing a new product to Central California! We are the exclusive dealer of Sentrel Bath Systems. These products give our clients the high-end look of natural stone, granite or marble wall panels. Sentrel offers the look of stone without any of the cost or upkeep.  It has a lifetime warranty and is watertight, which means it looks new forever and is easy to clean!

Sentrel is a bathroom wall surround system made from a multi-layered composite material that is designed to be an affordable and low maintenance option for stone and granite wet-wall bathroom installations.

We can do any design, whether it is single showers, double showers, bathtubs or a handicap accessible bath system. We can demo your existing bath system and turn it from a bath to a shower, and vice versa.

We have many options for the inside of your shower. There are over 30 colors and patterns to choose from. Additional options for your bath system include: recess shelving, handicap accessibility, and various shower doors. We can even demo your existing tub and make it into a shower and vice versa. Your new bath system includes custom shower doors and plumbing features and we have lots of different fixtures to choose from including various finishes such as chrome, brushed nickel.


What are some of the benefits of a Sentrel bathroom?

  1. Sentrel costs much less than natural stone and is often less expensive than other bathroom remodeling products.
  2. Sentrel is much more hygienic than natural stone because it is impervious to water, bacteria, mold, and mildew. So long, sealants!
  3. Because Sentrel is simple to customize during on-site installation, it is easily adapted to bathrooms of all configurations.
  4. When it comes to durability, Sentrel is scratch resistant and made to last. In fact, it’s twice as thick as most acrylic and fiberglass surrounds.
  5. Sentrel products installed by approved dealers are backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
  6. Sentrel products are American made.

How long does installation take?

Our turnaround time is very fast. We often manage a one week turn around, although this depends on the fixture and custom door selection, as well as what we have in stock at the time of your order.

What else should our readers know about your business?

Right now, we are offering 1-year financing with no payment or interest!

What separates you from your competitors?

We deliver energy efficient improvements and the highest level of craftsmanship and customer service. My team has over 40 years of experience and they all work in-house. We believe that reliability is key, which is why we back our work and products with a Lifetime Warranty! We constantly receive compliments about our great communication with our clients. Most of our business comes from customer referrals when customers share their positive experience with friends and family.

If you want to learn more about the Sentrel Bath System or bathroom remodeling by Elite Home Improvements Inc.

Call us at (661) 396-9970. Stop by our showroom at 4415 Yeager Way, Suite 200 in Bakersfield, California and we’ll be happy to assist you.