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Tubs on Point: Making a Stylish Splash in Your Bathroom Remodel

lerach_tubA long bath is a refreshing way to soothe the senses and spend time in reflection. Spa-like master bathrooms bring daily energy and relaxation to your lifestyle. When you’re planning the bathroom in your whole home remodel, the type of tub you choose is one of the first decisions you will make. If you appreciate a long bath as much as a long shower, here is some inspiration for the master bathroom design in your whole home remodel:

steele_bathVibrant Color
In the bathroom shown above, a free-standing chartreuse tub with a matte finish is a memorable element made even more striking by a wall that anchors the tub with a bold curve of shimmering tile. A bench serves as the tub’s “deck” underscoring a connection to the water and the outdoors.

palma_bathtubDistinctive Shape
The angled edges of this classic white bathtub give it a more modern feeling. The bath is perfectly positioned to take advantage of views from the corner windows in this serene space.

Luxurious Materials
In this glamorous bathroom filled with light and sparkle, the tub was revived with a skirt created from glittering tile, which now leads into the shower with a concave curve. A quartz tub deck brightens the area with simple luxury.

Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals will inspire your affection for your home with ideas that are the ideal match for your lifestyle. Choose the ideal tub for your lifestyle and you’ll feel like you have your own luxury retreat at home!

Get a Fresh Start to the New Year with 2017 Color Trends and Our Painting Division

January 6th, 2017
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painting1Interior and exterior painting dramatically changes the way you feel about your home. The dedicated professionals in our Painting Division help you transform your whole home remodel with fresh, beautiful color. At the start of a new year our expert designers often find inspiration to share with you from color experts such as Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Pantone. For 2017, the color forecast is interesting and varied, with shades for every style of home design. Here’s a review:

Sherwin Williams 2017 Color Forecast
Sherwin Williams sees several families of color as upcoming trends, including dark “Noir,” fresh “Holistic,” and daring “Unbounded”, all offering different methods of self-expression. See the Sherwin Williams Color Forecast here.

painting3Benjamin Moore 2017 Color Trends
Dusky, moody, and dramatic are the predicted shades from Benjamin Moore. Their color of the year, “Shadow,” is a rich, royal amethyst with a mysterious side. View the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2017 here.

painting2Pantone Color of the Year 2017
At Pantone, “Greenery”, described as a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring,” was selected as the Color of the Year 2017. Greenery is seen as a hopeful, calming response to tumultuous world events and a reminder to unplug from our devices and rediscover our natural surroundings. Read more about Greenery here.

Whichever color trends inspire you, we can help you bring them to life in your whole home remodel. We have decades of experience painting homes in San Diego, inside and out. Our longstanding reputation gives you the confidence of working with true professionals. Whatever the size or style of your home, we have the knowledge to assure you receive outstanding results in every detail, from start to finish. Learn more about our Painting Division here and give us a call to get a fresh new look for your whole home remodel!


Your Holiday Kitchen: Organized Space for Cooking and Baking

December 22nd, 2016
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swim_blogWith Christmas just around the corner, the kitchen will likely be the busiest place in your home. When you’re planning a new kitchen design in your whole home remodel, imagine how your holiday cooking and baking could be even more efficient and enjoyable! Here are some ideas for an organized kitchen you’ll be inspired by any time of the year:

Space Planning
The first step in creating a functional and appealing kitchen design is working with a professional designer to determine how you use your kitchen now and what your desires are for a new space. Together you will explore options and find the smartest solutions for your lifestyle.

Helpful Appliances
In addition to the major appliances you’ll select during a kitchen remodel, consider some other elements that are “must-haves” when you love to cook and entertain. A warming drawer, like the one shown in this historical kitchen, keeps food warm as you prepare a large menu. Wine refrigerators are another favorite of our clients who enjoy hosting company.

westlakepantryExpanded Storage
Cabinetry is an essential element of any kitchen design. An expansive pantry integrated with cabinetry provides accessible abundant storage for dry goods and more. This creative pantry in a seaside home was painted a whimsical blue inside.

knivesCustom Details
For a client who treasures her knife collection, this custom-built storage solution is a dream come true. She can now safely and easily access the right tool at the right time. What are the features that would make your kitchen feel uniquely designed for you? Working closely with our design team, you’ll discover the details that will make your kitchen personal and memorable.

Whether you’re baking dozens of gingerbread cookies or cooking an elegant prime rib for 12, your kitchen design can be planned to make your tasks easier and your time in the kitchen a pleasure. When you work with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can have a kitchen you’ll love spending time in on Christmas and every other day on the calendar!


It’s Only Natural: “Greenery” is Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

December 9th, 2016
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pantone-coy2017-heroshot2-rgb-1024x662Describing a human desire to connect more with nature as our submersion in modern life grows deeper, Pantone announced “Greenery” as its Color of the Year. The “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring” is seen as a hopeful, calming response to tumultuous world events. It’s also a reminder to unplug from our devices and rediscover the life around us.

Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Greenery can be understood as “nature’s neutral,” according to Pantone. It’s a color that is always with us, even if on the periphery, and it’s now shifting to a more central, unifying role. An emphasis on Greenery is expressed in all areas of lifestyle design from urban planning to architecture.

pantonechip-15-0343-tpg-greenery-702x1024Pantone LLC is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Greenery symbolizes new life and a pursuit of personal passions, a natural alignment with planning a whole home remodel. The color could be expressed in your home with paint or accessories, or with a space planned to emphasize indoor/outdoor living. If you’re interested in how to imaginatively incorporate Greenery in your whole home remodel, our professional design team can help you explore your options.

Chandeliers are a Shimmering Statement Piece in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 27th, 2016
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lovealvNothing communicates timeless glamour like a chandelier. With flattering light and floating artistry, a chandelier memorably defines a space. When you’re planning your whole home remodel, lighting is one of the most essential elements. Let’s take a look at how chandeliers can bring beauty and style to your space:

Lighting as Jewelry
Glimmering elements with unabashed luxury feel like jewelry for the home, bringing chic sophistication to their surroundings.birdrock_chand

Grand Scale
An oversized chandelier adds a dramatic focal point in your dining or living area. In open living spaces, a bold chandelier is an imaginative way to add definition.

Rustic Artistry
Chandeliers crafted from more rustic materials, such as wood or unfinished metals, make an original and artistic expression of style.

breslow_chandLayers of lighting are one of the subtle, important choices that determine the overall look and feel of your whole home remodel. Our team of professional designers will illuminate your choices as you explore the many options for chandeliers in your whole home remodel.

Kitchen Design for Your Whole Home Remodel: Is Your Kitchen in the Right Place?

November 22nd, 2016
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, kitchens are one of the most used spaces in our homes. If you’ve been considering a kitchen remodel, you’re probably dreaming about how your kitchen could be more expansive, welcoming and functional. Our professional designers listen closely to your needs and desires for your space and then evaluate your home along with our team of architects. Sometimes they decide that the best solution to achieve the kitchen of your dreams is moving where it is in the floor plan. Here are some examples of how moving your kitchen can transform your whole home remodel in ways you may not have imagined:

hinrichkitchenTake Advantage of Views
This home has amazing views but the original kitchen was not taking advantage of the surroundings. The architectural design decision was made to relocate the kitchen to maximize appreciation of the incredible vista. Natural light was dramatically increased and the kitchen was more gracefully connected to the rest of the living space, defining it as a central gathering place.

breslowMaximizing Unused Space
Areas of your home you don’t spend much time in can be changed to a new purpose for a more appealing and functional layout. The kitchen was moved to the front of this home to replace a little used formal living space. This allowed for an expansive, stylish solution in a newly integrated open living space.

dyerkitchenNew Orientation and Scale
Sometimes a kitchen can be dramatically transformed by borrowing space from another room and changing the orientation of the kitchen to connect more with the home’s natural surroundings. That was the strategy used in this beach condo kitchen, which is now three times larger than the original.

When you work with a unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals, you collaborate with professionals who have years of experience in developing innovative approaches to the design of your home. On Turkey Day and every day, it’s so comforting to have a functional, beautiful, and inviting kitchen in your whole home remodel!

Mixed Metals Shine in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 20th, 2016
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metalsinkThe sheen of copper, gold, chrome, iron, or brass adds glamorous style to your whole home remodel and even more so when metals are creatively combined. It takes skill to apply this sophisticated design idea in your home. Here are some tips if you’d like to experiment with a little shine in your whole home remodel:

birdrockOne Metal, Many Finishes
One place to start exploring the seductive appeal of metal is choosing one color, such as copper or gold, and then displaying it in different finishes. A glossy new gold in one part of a space balanced with an antique gold in another spot is an interesting, adaptable look.

Woods and Metals
Pairing woods and metals is a popular design trends that brings together the organic feeling of nature with the glitz of shimmering metals.

lovealvarezMetals as Definition
Place a bold element in one metallic color in your kitchen, and a statement piece in another metallic color in your kitchen and you’ll have instant, stylish definition.

Working with our unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals, you’ll enjoy the process of exploring design details for your whole home remodel. Our professional design team helps you find ways to express your style with lasting luster!

Trick or Treat! Entryway and Front Door Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

October 31st, 2016
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pecsarentryIf you’re in a neighborhood with busy foot traffic on Halloween, today’s a day when you think about how your home greets visitors. The front door and entry give a first impression of your home. Here are some ideas for greeting “trick or treaters” with style in your whole home remodel:

reddoorDesign and Color
The design of your entryway should align with the look and feel of your home. A contemporary home would feel awkward with a traditional door and vice versa. Working with a professional team of designers, you can explore ways to integrate the entryway of your home with your exterior and interior aesthetics. The front door is also a creative place to make a statement with color. Vivid hues can be adapted to any style, from traditional to modern.

Materials with Detail
Attention to detail at your entryway immediately sets an artistic, sophisticated mood. Choose a wood or glass with intriguing texture and make interesting craftsmanship the first thing your visitors see.

wellsdoorLighting and Safety
Careful planning of pathways and steps keeps visitors safe while adding visual appeal to your home. A path bordered by lighting or a pair of symmetrically balanced lights at the front door is a welcoming look that also provides safety and security.

Whether you’re greeting kids in costume, faraway friends, or your next door neighbors, make a first impression with memorable presence! Working with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you’ll discover an entryway and front door design for your whole home remodel that works best for your lifestyle.

Elevate Style in Your Whole Home Remodel with a Painted Ceiling

October 24th, 2016
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pruettlivingWhile an accent wall is a more typical way to experiment with color in your home, a painted ceiling is an adventurous choice that adds drama and sophistication to your whole home remodel. A painted ceiling adapts to virtually any architectural style or design aesthetic. Here are some ideas to consider:

pritcherDark, Bright, or White
A dark gray or navy blue ceiling will make a dramatic statement and make any room feel more elegant. Darker colors are best in rooms with unusually high ceilings, to keep the space from feeling smaller. A bright shade of blue, yellow, or green is a creative way to pop color into a room that is otherwise white or neutral. The combination of bright and white instills a sense of fresh energy. Painting a wood ceiling white is a modern approach that makes a space feel airy, expansive, and contemporary.

pritcherceilingAccentuate Details
Painted ceilings are an exceptional choice for homes with interesting architectural features. Beams, molding, skylights, and other details come to life with the right color choices.

Thoughtful Finish
The finish of your paint becomes its own design element. A matte finish, which minimizes imperfections, is the most common choice for the ceiling. If imperfections aren’t a concern, a glossy finish is an interesting choice that adds a subtle reflection to a space.

The details of how you express your creativity in your home are some of the most exciting aspects of a whole home remodel! Working with a unified team of architects, designers, and construction professionals, you can explore your favorite ideas in design from floor to ceiling!

Everything and the Kitchen Sink! Sink Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

October 10th, 2016
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schnacksinkThe sink is one of the elements of the kitchen design in your whole home remodel that is used the most. The style and placement of your sink is a design decision that has a strong influence on the look and functionality of your kitchen. Here are some of the choices to consider for the kitchen sink in your whole home remodel:

hollandsinkA Sink with a View
Whether it’s a vista of mountains and ocean or your own backyard, space planning to take advantage of natural surroundings makes your kitchen feel more expansive and appealing. The sink in this Rustic Zen kitchen was repositioned to celebrate the amazing views of greenery and a nearby canyon. The apron farm sink in this vintage-inspired kitchen was centrally placed in the island and aligned with glass doors to allow for a gorgeous view while taking care of daily tasks.

hinrichsinkStyle and Substance
A farmhouse-style apron sink is a classic choice that can be adapted to any kitchen design, while an under-mounted sink presents a sleeker profile in modern and contemporary environments. You’ll want to choose between a double bowl, which is ideal when you want to perform multiple tasks at once, or a single bowl, which is great for accommodating large pots or pans. Materials range from stainless steel to porcelain, fire clay, copper, and natural stone, each with its own unique benefits. Our professional designers can help you explore a multitude of options to find the right selection for your lifestyle.

Each choice makes a difference in creating your own personal vision for an ideal kitchen. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, guides you toward an overall vision for your whole home remodel that encompasses every detail!