As experts in their field, Jackson Design and Remodeling professionals are often called upon by the media to lend insight about topics and trends in remodeling. We are happy to share a sampling of our media appearances and mentions with you here.
Wagoner, an interior designer at Kearny Mesa’s Jackson Design and Remodeling, turned a tiny, 37-square foot space into a luxurious, Asian-inspired powder room.
The Argentine-born architect and designer moved to San Diego in 2002, and for the last eight years she’s been transforming kitchens, bathrooms and other spaces.
Wagoner, 43, who lives in Santee with her two young daughters, explains her inspiration.
Q: When did you first become interested in architecture?A: In Argentina I was always surrounded by architecture and design. Walking down the street you feel like you’re going back in time with the different styles, cultures and periods. I went to the same architecture school in Argentina as the renowned architect Cesar Pelli. I was inspired by his design of the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, which were the world’s tallest buildings at one time. When I was very young, my mom used to say that I was more interested in making the doll house than I was with the dolls themselves. I was always interested in my visual surroundings and how I could make them more interesting and colorful.
Q: What was the first thing you ever designed?A: At architectural school I designed a quincho, which is a type of outdoor kitchen that’s very popular in Argentina because of our love of good meats and barbecue. It is an eating and socializing space, typically separated from the main house – kind of a man cave built around a barbecue outside.
Q: What types of projects do you do here in San Diego?A: I work as a member of a team that includes other designers and architects. I’ve designed bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor spaces and whole home remodels. We work in every style from historical to transitional to contemporary and modern. I am able to explore many aspects of my creativity.
Q: Please tell us about the award for your tiny bathroom.A: That was such an honor and a nice surprise. It was especially gratifying to win an award for a bathroom that was smaller than many other bathrooms Jackson Design and Remodeling has done. I think it proves that the size of a project does not matter nearly as much as the details that go into the design.
Q: Why do you like designing for small spaces?A: A truly good design is not reliant on space or budget. Smaller spaces are more rewarding because they are more challenging, and I get to research and come up with creative solutions. Smaller spaces typically have more restrictions than larger ones and every resource has to be chosen carefully.
Q: What does your own bathroom look like?A: Right now it’s very simple since I am in the process of moving. I am planning on creating a peaceful spa feel for myself in my next home.
Q: What’s your favorite space in San Diego?A: Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Birch Aquarium at Scripps. I appreciate the good work they do there to educate people about ocean conservation and I respond to the energy and visuals of the space. I can spend hours there.
Q: Why did you decide to move to the United States?A: After I graduated from school I was full of ambition and dreams, but there was very little economic opportunity in Buenos Aires. I had an aunt in California who offered to let me come to America for a long visit to see how I liked it. Once I arrived, I was able to find a good first job. Then I participated in the green card lottery and won a space. I am grateful I was able to stay since I would not have had the same chance to practice doing the work I love in Argentina. Here in the U.S. I have been able to use my talents and grow as an artist and professional.
How did you feel about Argentina making it to the World Cup finals?A: It was a great achievement! The World Cup means so much in Argentina, it unites the people around one common and positive cause. I sent my two girls (ages 3 and 4) to school that week dressed up in Team Argentina shirts and painted their faces with makeup in the Argentine flag colors. Even though we did not win, the team left their souls on the field, and as an Argentinean I’m very proud of them!
What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?A: Even though I am known for experimenting with bold color in my design projects, my own home is often more neutral. Also, I probably don’t strike people as a bookworm but I love to read and I carry my Kindle everywhere. It’s my way of escaping and finding some peace.
Q: What’s the best advice you ever received?A: My grandmother used to say: “No hay mal que por bien no venga” which roughly translates to, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” I have found this very comforting during challenging times.
Q: Please describe your ideal San Diego weekend.A: I would say my favorite San Diego weekend is preparing a creative breakfast, like rainbow cake, with my girls, Marina and Catalina. And enjoying family time at places such as the Birch Aquarium or San Diego Zoo.
The emphasis in this Asian-themed bathroom, which won 2014 National CotY Award winning Bath Over $60,000, was created by Foxcraft Design Group, Church Falls, VA, was creating contrasts of light and dark by the use of shoji screens that when open, creates a private retreat for coffee together in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening, and when closed privacy to get ready for work.
Creating an Asian-inspired bathroom takes an understanding of several different styles and their distinct characteristics to achieve the desired result, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). A recent profile study of its 7,000 member companies revealed that 81 percent of projects are upgrades to existing bathrooms.
“Contractors are getting busy as remodeling continues to gradually trend back up in 2014,” said Kevin Anundson, MCR, CKBR, NARI national president and vice president of Renovations Group Inc. in Elm Grove, Wis.
Sol Quintana Wagoner, senior interior designer for Jackson Design and Remodeling in San Diego, Calif., explains that there are many ways bathrooms can be remodeled to blend in an Asian feel. Jackson Design won a 2014 National CotY Award for an Asian-style bath under $30,000. The project featured a wall of tile in deep hues of ebony, gold and dark brown to create an earthy backdrop illuminated by gold leaf lighting. The lights use a cable system with weights to adjust the height and are a functional solution with an Asian heritage. A curved mirror framed in rustic wood hangs above an onyx sink on top of the freestanding vanity with Shoji-style doors. Light is brought in through a fixed window with obscure glass as well as a pocket door fitted with Shoji-style panels.
An Asian inspired powder room by Jackson Design and Remodeling, San Diego, CA, conveys drama in a small space in this 2014 National CotY Award winning Bath Under $30,000-National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
While trying to plan for Asian-style interiors, balance is often the key defining aspect. In addition to finding the right harmony of colors, it’s important to use different textures and elements. Adding glass partitions, natural stone decorations, wooden floors, bamboo blinds and a few organic textures, as well as the use of both natural and lighting fixtures, are also critical.
Light and water play a prominent design element in a Japanese-style master bath suite created by Foxcraft Design Group in Falls Church, Va. The project has a large open shower that lets light flood in from the widow and skylight. Using a combination of half and full walls, the shower provides both privacy with controls at the entrance that allow adjustment of water temperature before entering the shower area. The grey and brown colors found outside on the home’s Japanese-style exterior are mimicked in the textured, wet floor shower tiles, while the cross-cut pattern on the porcelain tiles is reminiscent of tree bark and is accentuated by the wood cabinetry. Shoji screens allow natural light to filter through and provide the ability to open and close access to the dressing room area and commode.
Renovations to open up a space and using nature-inspired design elements such as river pebble showering floors is a trend that DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen in Colorado Springs, Colo., has noted. “People want a warm, spa-like abode that is welcoming,” said owner Mark Witte. Homeowners are opting for stream showers with multiple showerheads, tiles on the walls, music and built-in televisions.
“What we’re seeing in our market is a range of bathroom remodeling projects with master suites ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 that involve a complete tear-out of everything, rearranging of fixtures, new double vanities, tub, shower and commode,” said Witte. “Hall bathrooms and powder rooms are usually about $15,000, when the footprint of the existing space is used. What drives the cost is how much you move around, the size of the bathroom, upscale fixtures and plumbing. Customers want to spurge on comfort items like heated floor tiles and towel racks.”
When most people think of a “man cave,” they imagine a space set apart from the central living area in the home, with traditionally very masculine décor and entertainment elements like projection televisions, leather recliner seating and built-in kegerators. These spaces are usually away from the home’s central living area, in a garage or spare room or basement. With Father’s Day this weekend, it’s the perfect time to showcase a San Diego remodel that illustrates a new trend: foregoing the traditional “man cave” for a stylish, multiuse entertaining space the whole family can enjoy.
In a recent project for a young professional couple, our team was tasked with creating a new entertaining space with the key elements being a contemporary bar and a large adjacent game room. Located on the home’s extremely segmented bottom level, our team first opened up the space by removing a wall and changing the layout. By positioning the bar adjacent to the game room, the space now has a more natural flow.
We also used cork tile walls in the game room, which present an intriguing texture and are sound absorbent, ideal for when multiple activities are under way.
The focal point of the new space is the new contemporary bar area. We used a mix of sophisticated materials to exemplify the uncommon. Two-thirds of the bar is horizontal bamboo; one-third is a sumptuous vanilla onyx slab. We chose Italian light fixtures with red-orange hues and used a light bar underneath the countertop to bring it to life. Designed for entertaining, the bar area features essentials like a beer tap, wine cooler, sink and generously sized refrigerator.
Exquisite materials draw attention at every turn. A window from the original home, transformed into a recessed storage area with rounded glass for liquor and accessories, is framed by gleaming metallic tiles in bronze and copper. LED recessed lighting glows upon the richly colored marble countertop, setting the mood for warmth and good cheer.
Next to the bar sits a new stone fireplace and built-in television. The expansive new layout can accommodate large parties yet is designed with well-defined gathering areas to enhance more intimate gatherings as well. The new space acts as a magnet for guests and expresses the homeowners’ affinity for sophisticated design and sensational entertaining at home.
The final season of “Mad Men” begins Sunday, April 13. Since its kickoff in 2007, the AMC series has helped bring 1960s design style back into vogue. Set in a midtown Manhattan high-rise, the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper & Pryce ooze the quintessential midcentury modern design trends that define an era. For today’s designers, midcentury modern design is focused on bringing a modern sense of practicality and functionality to the iconic vintage style that “Mad Men” has captured so well.
Our team at Jackson Design & Remodeling was contacted by a couple with a La Jolla Farms home built in the 1960s by noted architect Dale Naegle. We set out to significantly update the home to accommodate a family with children, while remaining true to the home’s history and classic design style.
It was important to our clients that we blend their divergent tastes while accommodating their school-age children. The home needed significant updating to accommodate the family. In the popular midcentury style of the day, the one-level home was originally built so that each bedroom was only accessible from the exterior corridor, as an intention to create an open and natural connection to the surrounding landscape. The remodel included the addition of an interior hallway, along with other structural changes and an exterior face-lift.
The neglected beauty of the original home, especially found in its original concrete flooring and bold beamed ceilings, was meticulously restored to give a feeling of expansive living. Although the entire interior of the home was remodeled with careful attention to materials, space planning and focal points, the kitchen and dining areas are strikingly clean and modern. We borrowed space from a bedroom and transformed some of the existing layout of the home, doubling the kitchen’s size. With the addition of white quartz countertops set against dark horizontally grained bamboo cabinetry, the kitchen shines. The contemporary island is surrounded by comfortable white leather stools and a trio of pendant globe lights, to offer the family an informal space for dining and entertaining. Modern appliances were meticulously placed throughout the kitchen to leave a more streamlined appearance, while an Italian Calacatta backsplash wraps the kitchen in luxury. Hand-selected slabs of dramatically veined marble were also selected for the stovetop.
The formal dining area is a natural extension of the kitchen. The original tongue-and-groove ceiling was kept intact but painted white to add a refreshing brightness to not only the room, but to the appearance of the rhythms within the beams. The dining room is furnished with a pair of vintage Barcelona chairs and decorated with pieces from the couple’s modern art collection.
The design of the remodeled home truly honors the past, while creating a comfortable and visually stunning home for the young family.
A sense of simple, light-filled luxury was created in this guest bathroom remodel by harmonizing tranquil colors, the visuals of flowing waterfalls, and the serenity of clean, Asian-inspired lines.
Our team selected an innovative Shoji screen-style door that opens in three widths for varying degrees of privacy. This creative solution makes it possible for one guest to use the shower or toilet while another uses the sink.
Throughout the room, simple horizontal lines subtly express an Asian influence. Colors are muted and calm in earth tones of sage and brown. Streamlined bamboo cabinetry with simple horizontal fixtures provides organized storage with an uncluttered effect. The selection of floating cabinetry and the decision to set the mirror just slightly back from the backsplash contribute to a feeling of openness in the room.
A quartet of lights at the vanity was selected for its resemblance to a string of paper lanterns. The sink faucets are designed to flow like delicate waterfalls, further emphasizing the theme of calm simplicity.
In the shower, the waterfall theme is repeated in the niche of glass tile and the flowing lines of tile on the floor. The niche was deliberately designed to evoke a window with an extra wide span to expand the space visually. The tile was selected in a slightly uneven composition to give the sense of water and movement.
The shower’s linear tile insets are repeated into the rest of the room, establishing a clean, sophisticated sense of continuity. The showerhead flows from a linear position, which aligns with the room’s aesthetic while also providing a powerful spray. A rustic ladder serving as a towel rack is a functional piece of art.
This peaceful oasis now communicates our clients’ passion for Asian themes while providing their guests with a calm, private space for relaxation and reinvigoration.
Rich blend of colors, textures and styles expresses Talmadge homeowner’s whimsical spirit
By Sol Quintana Wagoner, Special to the U-T 1:21 P.M.OCT. 25, 2013
A creative couple wanted a new kitchen with modern functionality that honored the original character of their 1920s Spanish-style home in Talmadge. Space planning was essential in this kitchen, and the layout was designed to create an open line of sight from the back to the front of the home. A new beam was added in the ceiling to serve as a balancing architectural element for the large, oversize island. A one-of-a-kind piece of rustic wood is a focal point of the island that pops with its Apple Martini-colored Caesarstone countertops. The island was designed to be approachable from four sides and can comfortably be shared by several people for varying tasks.
Cabinets in darkly stained cherry wood against vibrant walls create exciting visual depth and richness in a kitchen that artfully integrates eclectic elements. From the dining area, where a whimsical chandelier suggests movement with flowing leaf-shaped glass, the kitchen delights the senses with colors, textures and light. Created by a group of artists in New York City, the custom backsplash evokes the home’s Spanish roots and shimmers with shades of violet, orange, copper, mirror and apple green – the inspiration for the room’s palette. In a room full of vibrant color, engaging textures and an appealing blend of cultural influences, the artistic home-owners’ whimsical spirit is expressed with bold imagination and meticulous attention to detail.
In home project, walls came down, marrying inside and outside living spaces
By Sol Quintana Wagoner, Special to the U-T 11:01 a.m. Sept. 6, 2013
More and more homeowners are taking on outdoor projects, creating dream spaces for entertaining, relaxing and the growing “staycation” trend. We recently designed an outdoor space for a young couple with three children who love to entertain.
While they had an existing living area outdoors, our team significantly expanded it, creating a seamless addition to the rest of the home while taking advantage of the home’s majestic views.
The removal of the interior walls transformed the indoor living area from blandly ordinary to glamorously modern.
All interior walls were removed and a 9-foot-tall bi-fold door system from Finland now opens the interior to the exterior. Flooring is consistent both inside and out, supporting a virtually seamless line of vision. Skylights were added to create more natural light, while heating elements bring comfort on crisp nights.
The house sits on a cliff overlooking a lake, and the phenomenal view is now a greatly enhanced focal point of the indoor and outdoor living areas.
The home’s incredible view can now be seen throughout the home. The open design and glass walls make the interior and exterior appear as one and evoke a feeling of harmony with the home’s beautiful, natural surroundings.
Jackson Design & Remodeling offers elite home plans for discriminating tastes in San Diego County
By Marti Gacioch, La Jolla Light
A strongly integrated team, coupled with state-of-the-art organizational software, has put Jackson Design & Remodeling far ahead of its local building competitors. “We’re the only design build company in town that has doubled its business in this economic downturn,” owner Todd Jackson said proudly.
Design Build means Jackson’s unified team of 39 designers, architects and construction professionals are all under one roof, ready to guide clients through the design and building process.
“The goal is for our clients to get more of what they want, and while we’re doing it, they’re looking at budgets and options and prices, so that they receive a better, more put-together home without a lot of change orders,” Jackson said.
Jackson offers this service at a high level, employing three architects, five interior designers, seven design assistants and a construction support staff with 39 employees in all.
“We’re an integrated system and that’s what attracts people to us,” Jackson said. “They see our portfolio and it’s more personalized; we come to them with a team approach.”
Jackson said his passion for building came in high school after earning an “A” in vocational construction class. He found his career path quickly, and older brothers-in-law, who were masons, inspired and mentored him. By age 20, Jackson started his own business. He earned his contractor’s license at age 23 and began building home additions. While working with designers at Home Depot Expo, he built high-end kitchens and baths. There he learned how to work with clients and contractors and follow a set of plans.
Jackson said his current clients are people seeking something unique that they won’t see in anyone else’s home.
His recent Muirlands project features a countertop that looks like geodes put together by LED lighting that illuminates the entire slab. “It is a centerpiece for that house,” Jackson said.
Additional high-end elements in recent home projects include stainless steel kitchen cabinets, ambient lighting and back lighting.
“People are developing rooms into great rooms by opening up the kitchen, or by opening up the back of the house to create an indoor-outdoor experience, or by remodeling the master suite to provide a client with a spa every morning,” Jackson said.
Well-known for their exceptional work throughout coastal San Diego County and Rancho Bernardo, Jackson Design and Remodeling will soon celebrate 24 years in business.
Remodel Opens Up Kitchen – Changes evolved from couple’s passion for cooking, entertaining
By Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Special to the U-T 4:49 P.M.JUNE 14, 2013
Our clients, a professional “empty nest” couple with eclectic tastes, decided it was time to update their kitchen. They wanted to open the space to embrace their natural surroundings and accommodate their love for cooking and entertaining. Our team created a design that creatively expressed our clients’ personal style while adding a much higher level of functionality and more visual unity to the space.
To begin, our team opened up the space to create a layout ideal for cooking and entertaining.
Cabinets on either side of the stove and above the refrigerator are designed with display areas to highlight a rotating collection of pottery designed by the homeowner’s mother. The island contains ample room for storage, including extra-wide drawers for baking supplies. For avid cooks, the built-in cutting board is an exciting addition to our clients’ kitchen design. Conveniently placed next to the island sink, this deceptively simple element of the kitchen actually saves quite a bit of time during meal preparation. The cutting board easily slides out from its niche to make carrying prepped items to other areas of the kitchen (and cleaning the board) simple and efficient. The granite was custom cut to accommodate the cutting board.
Appliances and storage throughout the kitchen are subtly hidden behind the cabinetry for a clean, streamlined appearance. The peninsula seating is now more comfortable and engaging, placed closer to the windows and breakfast table. A more efficient work triangle and an extra sink make sharing the kitchen a simple joy for the clients, who both love to cook.
The view from a seat at the peninsula, from the door to the dining area, makes evident the appealing flow of the kitchen. The room now inspires the homeowners to enjoy cooking and baking and to welcome guests into their home with pleasure and ease.
Home reflects owner’s world travels – Old world Spanish style whole home remodel
By Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Special to the U-T
A world traveler with a profession in the arts, the client of this whole-home remodel had a deep respect for design and was meticulous about attention to visual detail. The project started as an ordinary tract home that our client wanted to dramatically evolve without any significant structural changes. He desired a Spanish-influenced aesthetic with authentic character and a contemporary attitude, a place to entertain guests and display his affinity for art and world travel.
The challenge for this project was to impressively strengthen the visual and functional appeal of the home while making minimal changes to the original footprint. Downstairs, the entryway, living room, family room, dining room and powder room were completely transformed, along with the kitchen, where a new breakfast nook was added. Upstairs, the remodel included four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
A vivid stairway makes a powerful statement in the entryway, setting the tone for the artistic experience created throughout the home. Individually selected tile patterns each recall a memory from the client’s globe-trotting lifestyle. Oak wood and a wrought-iron stair rail complete the impression of meticulous design inspired by both modern and Old World Spanish aesthetics.
In the dining room, we incorporated details such as the wrought-iron chandelier, bookstand and candelabra to create a space rich in interesting objects. The elegant hand-painted mirror replaced a small window. Natural light was significantly amplified by replacing the original windows with sliding-glass doors, which now access a spacious backyard with an expansive view.
The original kitchen’s awkward layout closed the room off from the rest of the home. In the new kitchen, the countertops remained in place but the stove and sink were moved for much improved functionality and appearance. Placing cabinetry up to the ceiling and leaving room for space on the walls creates a more open feeling. The rich wood tone of the cabinetry brings solidity to the room.
From the breakfast nook the view of the kitchen includes the wine refrigerator built into a graceful niche, expanses of gorgeous mosaic tile, and a pair of glowing handblown glass pendants. A clean, uncluttered look is achieved by hiding the refrigerator, pantry, trash pullouts and other appliances behind knotty alder cabinetry.
With its vibrant colors and playful design, the small powder room downstairs reflects an influence of Spanish design. Notes of gold in the pattern are accentuated by can lighting and repeated in the mosaic tiles. By adding the tile wainscoting and rich glass mosaic tile, we created the illusion of a taller room. The tiles were selected in rich earthy colors accented with gold metallic iridescent highlights to bring a sense of substance and luxury to the space.
A young professional couple with demanding careers and busy social lives wanted to create a dream kitchen in their Carmel Valley home as a respite from their hectic schedules.
They love to cook and they entertain frequently, so they needed more open space and functionality. They also wanted their kitchen to have a more natural connection with their large backyard and patio.
Our team implemented structural changes to create more visual harmony with the outdoors and with the living and dining areas of the home. We also added a significant amount of light to the kitchen. Colors and materials were selected to echo the lush greenery outdoors. A carefully planned layout encompasses space for all the appliances expected in a modern kitchen, along with a home for the couple’s large collection of cookbooks and efficient areas for prep and cooking.
An oversized island in the new kitchen provides a luxurious amount of space for preparing and serving meals. The Vitoria Regia countertop boasts a bright green tone balanced with grays and yellows. Experimenting with vibrant color was essential to our clients’ concept of their dream kitchen. A built-in 48-inch cooktop on the island allows for cooking without looking at a wall. The homeowners can prep and cook a meal while interacting with each other or guests. Handblown glass fixtures, custom made for our clients by local artist Lea de Wit, illuminate the room with a warm glow. The kitchen has two sinks, including an apron-front stainless-steel sink. The floating shelf above the sink offers a modern space for displaying treasured objects.
The Shaker-influenced cabinetry is built with frameless construction bamboo. We selected oil-rubbed bronze pulls in a horizontal style to keep the design clean and simple. The gleaming tile wall, with six variations of green joined in a cross-reed pattern, was created in glass tile made by a local glass tile company (Oceanside Glass Tile). The wall was built with concave and converse tiles, resulting in a wavelike effect that captures and reflects light differently throughout the day.
Our clients now have the dream kitchen they desired as a beautiful and relaxing respite from their busy lives. They love coming home to the kitchen’s feeling of natural oasis and renewal and sharing that spirit with their friends and family.
SURE, YOU COULD GO FOR GOOD, OLD GRANITE BUT THESE COUNTERTOP OPTIONS ARE MUCH BETTER AT MAKING THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN, LOUDLY
Jackson Design & Remodeling designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas discusses 5 granite alternatives that make a statement in your kitchen
There’s no reason why you can’t make a change. Today’s homeowners can order counters made of everything from lighted glass to petrified wood.
“Different people have different personalities, and that can be represented in their choice of countertops,” says Tatiana Machado-Rosas, design department head with San Diego-based Jackson Design & Remodeling.
Here are five ways to make a statement with your kitchen countertops.
Looking for something livelier than plain stone? Glass countertops can add a dynamic feel to an otherwise traditional kitchen.
“No other material has this relationship with light,” says Michael Mailhot, an artist and co-owner of ThinkGlass, a Boisbriand, Quebec-based provider of glass countertops. “Glass is like a light magnet. The piece of glass on a sunny morning is not the same as it is at sunset. It will be different again the next morning if it is rather cloudy.”
Each of ThinkGlass’ countertops is made from recyclable glass. Mailhot hand-paints the countertops with colors that his customers choose. Some even add LED lights to add even more personality to their designs.
Mailhot says that the glass is as strong and durable as natural stone and granite for counter material. They can also endure high heat without cracking or scorching.
Fingerprints don’t show on glass countertops, he says, and the material does not stain.
The price for ThinkGlass’ glass countertops range from $200 to $400 per square foot.
Step into the kitchen of a high-end restaurant. What material do they use for countertops? Stainless steel. This product is becoming a favorite of certain homeowners.
Machado-Rosas says that stainless steel appeals to younger homeowners who like contemporary kitchens.
Stainless-steel counters are hygienic, which is one reason why commercial kitchens rely on it. They are also eye-catching.
But stainless steel does have some drawbacks for residential use: It can scratch and bend easily. Homeowners might want to avoid this material if their other kitchen appliances are also made of stainless steel. That, Machado-Rosas says, could result in too cold of a look for a residential kitchen.
Prices vary, but homeowners can expect to pay from $100 to $200 per square foot to install stainless-steel countertops.
Homeowners who prefer a natural look to their countertops should consider wood. The latest trends offer more options for this once-traditional material.
Machado-Rosas says her clients have chosen countertops made of chopped logs or wood planks nailed together. Other popular styles that incorporate wood are quartz-or granite-topped islands with a wood chopping block built into the center.
Wood creates a warm, homey feeling in the kitchen, and it is typically durable and long-lasting. However, it can be damaged by moisture, heat and harsh chemicals.
Wood counters will usually run from about $100 to $250 per square foot.
For an exotic look, homeowners can choose countertops made of semi-precious stones. White quartz, gray agate, pinkish rose quartz or even petrified wood create countertops that truly stand out.
These counters, in addition to being visually stunning, are also durable and resistant to scratches. Homeowners do, though, have to be careful about heat. Pans that are too hot can scorch these counters.
This is one of the most expensive countertop choices, Machado-Rosas says. Counters made of semi-precious stones can run from $6,000 to $15,000 a slab, Machado-Rosas says. A slab usually measures from 55 to 60 square feet.
Besides choosing a unique countertop material, brightly colored counters always make a big statement. Machado-Rosa, for instance, once designed a kitchen that included bright lime-green counters.
The counters stood out. But this look, she says, isn’t for everyone. Homeowners who don’t plan on moving soon can enjoy colorful countertops that set the stage for a dramatic kitchen.
Those who plan to sell their home soon are better off with a more neutral color. Replacing bold countertops is not a cheap task for homeowners who are purchasing a new home and paying for moving expenses.