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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

An Elegant Design Build Kitchen and Bath Redesign in West Covina

When you first walked into the kitchen and bathroom of this West Covina home, you would immediately notice they were dark, outdated and fundamentally very uninspired. The kitchen had builder-grade, generic cabinets, and black appliances, as well as a wide extension over the bar area that closed it off to the living space. The bathroom didn’t feel even remotely modern.
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The APlus team partnered with the homeowners to redesign these spaces and breathe new life into them.
The Kitchen
The design concept of the kitchen after the APlus remodel is elegant, traditional-yet-modern and regal in its presentation. The homeowners wanted something that felt classic and timeless, yet updated.
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The dark wood cabinets feature a Victorian door frame with Nadia molding extending to the ceiling.
Central in the kitchen is an expansive island topped by the same creamy stone used on the countertops, which is Sage Brush granite. There is seating, storage, and cooking space all contained within this convenient, eye-catching island.
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The luxury appliance packages includes a KitchenAid side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator surrounded by a built-in pantry and additional custom cabinetry and pull-out drawers, providing an abundance of storage space.
There is a commercial-grade gas cooktop, as well as double convection ovens and a sleek mounted range hood with state-of-the-art capabilities.
The cabinetry and countertops are accentuated with the cream-colored backsplash, which features a stacked stone effect with vertical tiles in varying shades. To add distinction to the range, the backsplash tile continues here but is applied in a contrasting herringbone pattern.
Below the kitchen window sits a beautiful and carefully selected 36-inch Risinger Fireclay Farmhouse sink with a smooth front and an off-set double-basin design.
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Completing this sumptuous, vibrant design, is the hardwood flooring, which is from the English Pub Series, and is maple hand-scraped. The color of the flooring in the kitchen is “Stout.”
Family Room
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The hardwoods flow seamlessly to the family room, where there’s a custom-crafted entertainment center that becomes the focal point. APlus worked with the homeowners to create a center that would have the perfect combination of hidden storage with display shelving, as well as space for their flat-screen TV.
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The color and design of the entertainment center replicate the kitchen cabinetry, creating cohesiveness, and additional design details and customizations include shelf lighting. The entertainment center extends to the ceiling of the family room.
The Bathroom
Again, to maintain a good sense of flow throughout the house, the design of the bathroom is influenced by the kitchen. There continues to be a sense of grandeur and decadence in this space, much like what you find in the kitchen.
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Here the bathtub is undoubtedly the focal point, as it’s expansive, spanning about five feet. This freestanding tub features a gentle curving design, and the oil rubbed bronze faucet is wall-mounted against a backdrop of horizontal tiling, similar to the kitchen backsplash.
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A custom vanity is home to two undermount basin sinks, again with plumbing hardware mounted on the wall for a modern touch. The cabinets are similar to those found in the kitchen and were designed and constructed by APlus with a Victorian door frame and Nadia molding.
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The stone and flooring in the bathroom is a combination of Italian porcelain clay in the color Rassoul, along with Siberian White Limestone.
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In addition to the luxurious soaking tub, the bathroom includes a frameless glass enclosed walk-in shower, with horizontal tiling to the ceiling, and a contrasting tiled shower floor.
As well as the vanity, there is additional built-in custom storage, including a floating cabinet across from the vanity, and a shelving unit above the tub.
The bathroom is separate in its own nook, for added privacy.


Monday, May 9, 2016

A Transitional Kitchen and Family Room Remodel in Lake Forest, Orange County

When you initially walked into the kitchen and living area of this Lake Forest home, you found a color palette of outdated earth tones that felt heavy and not in-line with the beautiful backyard and pool area these spaces open to. The medium tone oak cabinetry was placed alongside muted granite countertops, and the dining area felt cramped and oddly separated from the kitchen.
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A big part of this design and remodel project centered around finding a way to improve the flow of the space and also to create a sense of cohesiveness and an updated design as you moved from the kitchen to the family room.
The Kitchen Cabinets
Pivotal to the transitional remodel in this Lake Forest home was the selection of cabinetry. To brighten and modernize the kitchen, where the footprint went largely unchanged, we chose 3-inch Shaker cabinets in straight white. They feature solid maple doors, and unique customizations including a valance set over the sink, as well as hidden storage underneath the peninsula. Wainscotting detailing cleverly conceals these storage additions.
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We created a custom refrigerator door for a seamless design. There is also a custom microwave cabinet, so this small appliance is covertly out of view.
Tile and Countertops
The overall color palette in this kitchen remodel is gray and white. The stone kitchen countertops are polished Gray Savoie granite, and the profile is a 1 ½-inch square mitered profile.
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Paired with the gray square-edged countertops is a sleek, modern tile backsplash consisting of Eleganza Vetro tile in Snow White with gray grout. This glass tile is a premium selection, evoking stylishness, with a clean edge, subtle texturing and a very glossy finish.
This tile is carried up to the ceiling behind the wall-mounted range hood.
Appliances and Sink
The appliances in the Lake Forest represent some of the finest available. The appliance package includes the eye-catching Zephyr wall-mounted stainless range hood, as well as a Wolf professional-quality convection steam oven.
There’s a compact yet functional bar area between the refrigerator and the ovens, and this is where you’ll find not only additional countertop space and cabinet storage overhead but also the inclusion of a sleek 24-inch stainless steel wine cooler.
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The sink serves as not just a functional addition, but also a beautiful feature piece. The farmhouse sink is a Blanco Cerana 33-inch Fireclay Front Apron single design, and it’s set against a large window providing views of the backyard and pool.
Dining Space
Directly adjacent to the kitchen is a stunning, custom dining space, where there was once a cramped and somewhat awkward area with minimal space to eat.
What replaces that is a custom-designed and built banquette-style bench with a high back, paired with a butcher block dining table.
The butcher block table was the creation of the homeowners and the designer, and the table top is solid, natural walnut with an oil-rubbed finish. The richness of the wood is an ideal pairing with the airiness of the rest of the kitchen design.
The Family Room
To keep the design cohesive and flowing naturally, APlus Kitchen also revamped the homeowners’ family room. The walls were painted a modern shade of icy blue-grey, and custom cabinetry was installed to the right of the fireplace, which was also redesigned by the APlus team.
The fireplace features a natural stacked stone fa├žade and a floating mantel that matches the butcher block dining table. To the right of the fireplace are a combination of custom floating shelves and a built-in cabinet with spacious drawers for storage.
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Under the corner windows in the family room is a built-in seating area, again with a butcher block-inspired top, and additional drawer storage underneath.
The ceiling feels high and open thanks to the recessed lighting, and large windows ensure plenty of natural light comes into the family room.


Monday, April 25, 2016

A Luxurious Traditional Design and Remodel in Laguna Hills Orange County

Comparing the before to the after of this Orange County home would make it difficult to see that it was even the same home.
Before the APlus team started work, this Laguna Hills home featured a narrow, dark, closed in and incredibly small kitchen. The overall layout of the kitchen and living area was not just cramped, but was choppy and felt illogical. The kitchen was separated from the dining room by a complete wall, with only a narrow doorway leading from one space to the next. The kitchen was not only small but also lacking in functionality, with incredibly limited countertop space.
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The remodel allowed this Laguna Hills home to be completed transformed into a space that’s large, bright and high-end. This started with the custom cabinetry, designed by the APlus team and built in the onsite shop.
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The cabinets are traditional in their style and color. The homeowners selected maple cabinets in the signature Victorian Ryan door style, and they’re paired with a matching edge band.
The color, which is so striking in this kitchen, is Manganese, a dark, chocolatey shade of brown that adds depth, richness and a feeling of sumptuousness throughout the kitchen.
Over the range is a custom hood, and there’s also a valance over the sink.
Built into the island cabinets is ample storage including a combination of shelving and drawers.
To the left of the double ovens is a custom, built-in banquette-style seating area, with storage underneath.
A standalone pantry was designed by the homeowners and APlus to serve as a creative, beautiful place to store food and additional dishes and kitchen supplies. The pantry features a combination of shelves and pull-out drawers and extends to the now-high ceilings.
The Island
The island is in and of itself a masterpiece in this kitchen. What was once a small space with only a few feet of countertop space has become an oasis.
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The island features an expansive granite countertop that’s thick, solid and eye-catching. The granite features a cream backdrop with varying shades of brown, black and gray running throughout the slab. The island countertop is thicker than the granite perimeter countertops, which feature a 1 1/2 -inch waterfall edge. There is not only storage and prep space as part of the island, but also, bar seating on either side.
The island also features columned supports on the far end, with more seating and detailed trim additions.
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A small basin sink adds additional preparation space, and over the island hangs ornate pendant lights adding Old World charm.
The Appliances
This is truly a chef’s kitchen, and the appliances reflect that. Along with the double-door massive stainless steel refrigerator, the kitchen also includes a Thermador double oven with soft-close doors and a large commercial style rotisserie, as well as two telescopic racks.
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The Thermador 36-inch gas Pro Harmony Range features professional grates and a custom hood insert with blower.
Flooring and Tile
This kitchen features a backsplash with a horizontal pattern, and glass tiles in varying shades of gray and brown, reflecting the colors of the granite countertops. This backsplash adds depth and dimension to the space.
From the kitchen to the family room the choppy design has been reconfigured and smartly opened up, and very light, washed pine-style hardwood flooring with hints of gray undertones runs from in the kitchen through to the family room, tying the design together and uniting what was once a broken and ill-configured design.


Monday, April 4, 2016

A Fresh, Transitional Kitchen Remodel in Tustin with Custom-Colored Cabinetry

In the previous design, when you walked into this Tustin kitchen you were greeted with a space that felt very traditional and somewhat dark, with cabinetry that almost entirely matched the flooring, leaving very little visual contrast or distinctive design. Essentially, there wasn’t anything that was really customized or that stood out about the original design.
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We did keep much of the original layout since it worked well for the homeowners, but we created a transitional design where the focus was on the beautiful, custom-colored cabinetry. The cabinetry, which we brought to the ceiling and framed with a wide customized molding, features soft close details, and Craftsman 2 ½-inch door frames. The cabinets remain along the perimeter of the kitchen and are maple construction.
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The truly unique feature of these stunning cabinets, however, is the color, which is completely unique to the homeowners’ design and is two shades later than classic Sage Green. The island is a darker contrasting color—true Sage Green.
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The island features a Craftsman design with flat molding and hand-crafted posts located as supports for the seating area.
The herringbone tile backsplash is in varying tones of gray and white, and extends to the ceiling above the range and beneath the GE Monogram 36-inch wall-mount vent hood. This backsplash adds a touch of modernism to the design and feels chic and clean yet visually exciting.
The white countertops feature subtle marbling patterns, and the island is where the Kraus double-basin 16-gauge exclusive undermount sink is located.
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This Tustin kitchen remodel also features a GE Monogram 36-inch cooktop, and a KitchenAid 30-inch electric built-in microwave and oven combination.
The cabinet and island designs were carefully planned to maximize storage, and a built-in pantry closet located along the side wall of the kitchen was revamped to match the color and style of rest of the kitchen cabinets.
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The pendant lights above the large island are another added bit of modern design that reflects the overall transitional concept of this kitchen overhaul.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

An Airy Model of Kitchen & Home Remodel in Laguna Niguel

Before the start of this complete kitchen and living area remodel, the owners of this Laguna Niguel home found themselves with a kitchen that was not only outdated but also cramped, closed-in and with an awkward, inefficient layout.
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The centrally-located kitchen island was small, leaving very little room for eating, let alone cooking or prep work. The honey-colored cabinetry wasn’t updated, and there was a lot of unused space—in particular from the top of the cabinets to the ceiling. There was also a pony wall feature separating the living room and the kitchen, which continued on to become a full wall.
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There wasn’t a sense of flow present between the kitchen and living area, nor was there anything modern or distinctive about the design.
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We worked to completely change the layout and footprint of the kitchen, adding more usable space and a better sense of flow and openness from the kitchen to the living area, which we also redesigned.
We placed the majority of the cabinetry, storage and also the cooktop and custom stainless steel wall-mounted range hood against the back wall of the kitchen, and created a more expansive bar where the once unusable pony wall was positioned. Along with a more seamless transition, this also created more seating and entertaining space.
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The entire design centers around a larger, custom island, featuring hand-crafted posts and a contrasting gray color palette.
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The cabinets extend to the ceiling and are highlighted by the presence of custom moldings. To add more creative and streamlined storage space, the APlus design team created not only standard upper cabinets but added a layer of smaller cabinets above them.
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The custom cabinetry, which was designed and built by the APlus team, features a 3-inch Shaker door frame with a European construction and soft close features. Custom integrations in this Laguna Nigel remodel project include two included lazy Susans, a hidden trash pull, a spice pull and a vertical tray divider located above the refrigerator cabinet. The beautiful, light-colored granite countertop boasts the clean lines of a 1 ½-inch miter edge and is accentuated by the presence of a mosaic tile backsplash in varying shades of white and gray.
The carefully-selected professional grade kitchen appliances include not only the stunning range hood, but also built-in warming drawers, a 36-inch Thermador cooktop, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.
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An expansive window sits above the kitchen sink, which is conveniently placed alongside the dishwasher. The dark, espresso plank flooring is a sophisticated addition and adds a feeling of drama to the otherwise crisp, white kitchen design.
The perfect touch for entertaining is the 24-inch built-in beverage center, which holds up to 16 wine bottles and includes state-of-the-art technology like a passive cooling system and digital touch-pad controls.
The flooring carries on to the living area, where our focus was on creating a chic custom entertainment center with display shelving, hidden storage and a central location to house a flat-screen TV. This beautiful entertainment module is the focal point of the living area and serves as not only an aesthetically appealing element but also a functional one.
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As part of this comprehensive remodel we updated the powder room with an elegant pedestal sink and a custom vanity-inspired cabinet, again featuring 3-inch shaker door frames, this time in a shade of gray.
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The laundry room was another area we worked to recreate along with the homeowners. Here there is an abundance of storage in the form of custom Shaker cabinetry and lower drawers, as well as a vast countertop space for folding and other tasks. The laundry machines are tucked away in custom nooks, and there is additional storage located above them as well, ensuring every inch of available space is maximized. The look is completed with a modern subway tile backsplash and a deep farmhouse-style sink.
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Finally, the last part of this remodel was the inclusion of a convenient butler’s pantry with gray Shaker cabinetry, including some glass-front cabinets, perfect for displays. Double levels of custom pantry cabinets were added, and there’s the continuation of the natural stone countertop found in the central area of the kitchen. Tile floors and a stacked stone backsplash add depth and texture.
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