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How Does Your House Say Hello? Curb Appeal and Entryway Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

July 11th, 2014
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1_6922541_vt53060-101First impressions matter as much for your whole home remodel as they do in other areas of life. The entry is the first place where visitors will get a sense of the aesthetics and craftsmanship of your home. Here are some ideas for saying “hello!” with style in your whole home remodel:

Design Unity
The entry design should unify with the design throughout your home. An ultra-modern entry to a traditional home would be visually jarring and vise versa. Working with a professional team of designers, you can explore ways to set the tone for the design of your home at the front door. The doorway to this home blending mid-century and modern themes (shown above) hints at the imaginative design to be found within.

2_6317966_48643_02Personal Welcome
At the entry to your home you are welcoming visitors into your most personal space. Imbue the space with meaning by weaving your personality into the design. For this contemporary home in La Jolla Shores, the custom door was created with a window made from sea glass the clients collected on the nearby beach. Favorite pieces of art adorn the space in glowing niches.

Landscaping
When planning your entry, consider the entire impression including the landscaping leading to your front door. In our San Diego climate we are fortunate to live with greenery year round. Enliven the welcoming nature of your home with carefully planned landscaping for colorful appeal like the coastal garden shown below.

KunbergerThe most essential aspect of the entryway for your whole home remodel is that it expresses your own unique style and point of view. Transforming your home during a whole home remodel creates the ideal opportunity for considering how your home makes its first impression!

Inspiration for Living: Asian-Influenced Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

June 21st, 2014
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powder1Our designers are seeing increased interest in Asian-inspired themes for whole home remodels, kitchen design and custom bathroom design. Sometimes thought of as “Zen” design, Asian-inspired design celebrates simplicity, clean lines, sophisticated color choices and elements of nature. If you have been inspired by Asian-influenced designs during your travels or while collecting art and would like to express your affinity for Asian themes in your home, our professional designers can help you with design decisions that makes sense for the function and aesthetics of your home. Here are some elements of Asian-inspired design to consider:

Visual Cues:
The levered lighting, Shoji-style vanity doors, and rustic mirror in the nationally award-winning powder room shown above immediately signal an appreciation for Asian materials and shapes, further defined by the dramatic dark glitter of the tile wall.

difioreFunctionality:
The unfolding Shoji-style door in this bathroom establishes an Asian-influence that is at once tranquil, visually appealing and functional. Clean, simple lines and tiles carefully placed to evoke peaceful rainfall are inspired by Asian design.

Natural Materials:
In this Rustic Zen kitchen, the gleaming backsplash of black granite creates a subtle impression of falling water while natural stacked stone surrounds the ovens. These sophisticated design choices pay tribute to the Asian-influenced tradition hollandof incorporating elements of water and earth into home design.

Finding creative ways to express your personal style is one of the most enjoyable aspects of your whole home remodel. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover inspiration from all over the world and bring it home to your own environment!

Designing with Color for Your Whole Home Remodel

June 9th, 2014
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PerryLRColor imbues a whole home remodel with style, emotion and character. Choosing colors for your home can sometimes feel intimidating or overwhelming. Working with a team of professional designers, you can draw on their expertise and engage in the creative process while exploring color options that work for you. Here are some ways to experiment with color in your whole home remodel:

Inspiration Point
If you’re not sure what colors you want to live with in your whole home remodel, our designers will help you discover inspiration in unexpected places. The exciting hues in a whole home remodel we recently completed for a young couple were inspired by the first painting they bought for their baby daughter.

PerryBRStart Small
When you are hesitant about using bold color or not sure how much you will like a certain shade, starting with just one wall or even a smaller room, such as a powder room or master bathroom, is a smart way to experiment.

Balanced Foundation
Grounding bright colors with solid neutrals is essential to avoid a circus-style look with a cacophony of competing colors. Whites, grays and earth tones can all work as a neutral balance in a room. The gray marmoleum floor in this whole home remodel unifies a design with an array of vivid colors.

PeryDRIf you are inspired to use unexpected color in your whole home remodel, working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals helps guide you through a process of discovery. Professional designers can help you find the color families and hues that best express your personal style.

Keep Your Options Open: Kitchens in Open Floor Plans for Your Whole Home Remodel

June 3rd, 2014
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LAkitchenDuring the last few years, our professional design team has seen an increasing interest in kitchens within open floor plans for whole home remodels, which encompass the kitchen, living room, family room and more. A kitchen that integrates with the rest of the living area presents many advantages. Here are some aspects to consider when planning your whole home remodel:

pecsarkitchenFamily Time
With a kitchen open to the living area of your home, it’s easier to interact with your family while preparing meals. Especially for families with children and homework, an open floor plan enhances daily family life. This kitchen was designed to comfortably accommodate three generations with several areas for interaction during mealtimes.

MilleropenEntertaining
A space that feels like a “great room” rather than a series of separate rooms creates an area most conducive to circulating and socializing. In this kitchen for clients who often host large family events, the space is open from the front of the home, through the dining area and kitchen, and into the outdoor living area, creating a welcoming and functional floor plan.

Space Planning
In kitchens with few walls, space planning is critical. Appliances must be carefully placed and streamlined to retain the clean aesthetics of an open space and the efficiency of the kitchen. The most visually appealing kitchen designs conceal major appliances with cabinetry that makes the kitchen feel less like a kitchen and more like an integrated space in the open area.

Designing a kitchen in an open floor plan for your whole home remodel requires careful consideration. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore the space planning that makes sense for your lifestyle.

 

Drama in Small Spaces: Powder Room Perfection for Your Whole Home Remodel

May 9th, 2014
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GrapePowderRoomA powder room is one of the rooms in your home that almost every guest will see. When planning your whole home remodel, don’t forget to give this small space the thoughtful design attention it deserves.

There are several ways a powder room can make a dramatic impression on guests:

pecsarColor and Materials
In such a small space, interesting textures and materials can truly be appreciated. The powder room above in a contemporary urban loft contrasts the industrial textures of the intricately layered wall and the concrete sink with the gleam of red and black tiles in a custom niche.

Lighting for Mood
Powder rooms don’t need the same kind of task lighting that master bathrooms require. Softer lighting, such as the elegant duo framing the mirror in this California Contemporary powder room (upper right) creates the restful atmosphere of a mini retreat.

difiorenichesArt and Design
Take advantage of the smaller scale of a powder room to display art and objects that benefit from a closer look and might get lost in other areas of your home. The niches in the wall of this award-winning Asian-inspired powder room are seductively lit to highlight favorite pieces.

With the help of a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, a small powder room can become a conversation point and memorable design statement in your whole home remodel. By applying big ideas to small spaces, our designers help you envision a powder room that is just right for your personal style.

Make a Great First Impression: Curb Appeal for Your Whole Home Remodel

April 30th, 2014
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WTdoorAttention to detail in the curb appeal design for your whole home remodel makes an immediate and lasting impression. Whatever the style of your home, a team of professional designers can help you explore and select from a variety of options.

Here are some ways to create a lasting impression with curb appeal for your whole home remodel:

Grand entrance:
Unusual scale or color, interesting wood grains and creatively placed windows are all elements of a memorable doorway. The entryway of this La Jolla Shores whole home remodel artfully combines all three elements.

MurphyFrontFences and Walls:
Choosing the right wall or fence for your property is determined by several factors, including the terrain surrounding your home, any elements of your landscaping you want to contain, and the primary purpose for the fence or wall, including privacy, safety or aesthetics. The natural stacked stone wall surrounding this lively beachside retreat was built at a height that keeps the clients’ dogs safe and undistracted by passers-by.

MaglaqueSense of place:
Exterior designs with the greatest visual appeal typically balance an expression of individual style with a natural sense of belonging in their environment. The rustic brick paired with gray siding on this hillside home gives the exterior a traditional East Coast look that also naturally inhabits its coastal setting.

Thoughtful landscaping:
Landscaping requires careful planning for optimal appeal in your environment. Working with a registered landscape architect, you can enjoy landscaping that is functional, beautiful and at the level of maintenance you desire.

Curb_AppealImaginative curb appeal brings lasting value and enjoyment to your home. When planning your whole home remodel, a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you arrive at a design that will make a beautiful first impression!
 

It’s Time for April Showers! Explore the Latest in Luxurious Bathroom Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

April 24th, 2014
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shower2One of the elements that contributes most to creating a home spa feeling in your master bathroom is a sumptuous shower with the latest luxurious features. When planning your whole home remodel, consider how the design of your master bathroom can make a difference in your lifestyle. Imagine starting and ending the day in an environment designed with meticulous detail to relax and energize your body and spirit. One of the first steps is choosing a shower that makes sense for your style.

Shower3Space and Layout
Showers continue to grow in size and scale, with ample space for special features including seating, such as simple benches. Custom bathroom designs that integrate with the placement of windows add the comforting appeal of natural light and circulation to the shower experience.

Pour, Stream or Spray
An array of showerheads presents tempting options. Rainheads create a thoroughly drenching experience reminiscent of a powerful downpour. A mist-spray showerhead is soft, tranquil and relaxing. Many of today’s showerheads also offer options for low-flow to conserve precious resources. Whether fixed or hand-held, the trend in showerheads is for variety and customization. A typical luxury shower now has a fixed showerhead, plus several body sprays, all with the option to adjust stream and spray styles.

shower1Personalized Controls
A truly customized shower is now available in your master bathroom design. Presets for shower sprays, aromatherapy, temperatures, music, steam and water use allow for an individual experience every time you step into your spa-like shower at home.

Working with a team of experienced professional designers, you can explore the many possibilities for your master bathroom available today and select the options that are most appealing to your home and lifestyle.

We’ve created a photo gallery on Houzz of some of the showers we’ve designed for our clients. Take a look here (and follow us on Houzz!) http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25842467/thumbs/April-Showers

Let the Outdoors in for Spring! Connecting with Outdoor Living in Your Whole Home Remodel

March 25th, 2014
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ljsSpring has arrived and it’s time to let the outside in! Creating unity between your indoor and outdoor spaces is an essential element of whole home remodels, particularly in San Diego. Here are some ways our professional designers have helped clients with creative ideas for indoor/outdoor living in their whole home remodels:

Anderson4Innovative Technology: The massive glass doors in the Contemporary California home above unify the interior with the private Zen courtyard. With the touch of a finger, the doors can be opened and closed and can be made more private by closing their built-in blinds.

Custom Sizes: In this modern kitchen, the window was custom designed in an extra long width to let more light into the space.

bairdImaginative Design: Accordion style doors with glass walls lead to the spacious deck of this contemporary home, creating an immediate connection with surrounding nature. Working with an experienced design team, you will discover how to embrace your home’s surroundings.

Indoor/outdoor living connects us with light, air and nature. Welcome spring’s arrival with these fresh ideas for your whole home remodel!

Toast to the Irish at Home! Add a Bar to Your Whole Home Remodel.

March 17th, 2014
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LoveBarAs you raise your glass this St. Patrick’s Day, reflect on how lovely ‘tis to have a bar in your own home for entertaining and special occasions. If you enjoy welcoming friends and family for gatherings and special occasions, a bar is a convenient and inspiring element of your whole home remodel. Consider the following when planning for a bar in your home:

How Will Your Guests Gather?
Consider where you would like to place your bar. Does the living area or the kitchen area make more sense? If you use an outdoor living area to entertain, you may want to plan your bar so there is both indoor and outdoor access. Also think about whether or not you want to accommodate seating.

OCBarStoring Libations and Accessories
A centerpiece bar requires excellent organization to keep your living area clutter-free when the bar is not in use. Working with a professional designer, envision which liquors and accessories you will likely use most often to plan the best storage and display methods.

Make it Memorable
A bar is one area of your whole home remodel where dazzle is always appropriate. When you are entertaining guests, your bar will be a conversation center; make it a conversation starter! Luxurious materials, atmospheric lighting and a welcoming layout set the stage for memorable design.

Our team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you explore a compelling layout and discover the details of materials and textures that will make your home bar a showcase central gathering point.

Design Details: Decorative Tile in Your Whole Home Remodel

March 11th, 2014
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TileStairsThe intricate details of a whole home remodel distinguish your home with character and beauty. Our professional design team has developed sources for many unique design elements to help you achieve your personal vision for your home, including an array of tile. Over the years, we have experimented with innovative uses for tile in a myriad of materials, colors, sizes and patterns.

Here are some interesting ways we have used tile in whole home remodels:

Custom Tile in Unexpected Places: The intricate custom designed stairs shown here were inspired by the client’s travels around the globe. Each pattern and color represents a fondly remembered destination. The client and designer reviewed hundreds of hand-painted tile patterns and tested dozens of combinations to achieve a functional work of art for the home. Stairs are just one example of unexpected places in a whole home remodel where tile can be used to make a vivid impression.

FireplaceMetallic and Glass Tile: Metallic and glass tiles create a warm, hypnotic glow that subtly intrigues or powerfully dazzles depending on where and how they are used. We have explored metallic tile in several areas, including powder rooms and as an element of kitchen backsplashes. This fireplace backsplash was created from a mosaic of iridescent glass tile placed meticulously by hand.

SinkTileHand-painted Tile: Because of our San Diego location, we have designed several historic homes with Spanish-influenced origins. Our designers have diligently restored bathrooms and kitchens to their original glory with hand-painted tile work that enhances its historical surroundings. This closeup shows detail of tile work in the master bathroom of an early 1900’s Spanish Revival home where we created several intricate patterns of tile in a visual theme that was carried throughout the home.

If you are inspired to experiment with tile as a design element in your whole home remodel, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can guide you to imaginative choices for any room in your house.