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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ocean View San Clemente Kitchen Remodel

Before the kitchen redesign of this home in San Clemente, the first thing you would notice were the spectacular ocean views. It was a beautiful space, in terms of the views, and from the glass doors across from the kitchen bar, you felt as if you in an oceanfront resort.

Unfortunately, the design of the kitchen itself didn’t reflect a similar sense of beauty and luxury.
One of the biggest problems in the kitchen design was the cabinets. They were outdated, with a traditional single-panel inset design. The cabinets not only lacked originality and dated the entire kitchen, but they also had add features and gaps that could have been used for storage, yet went unused in the previous design.

The kitchen countertop was a cream color that felt inexpensive and similarly dated, and the overall design and finishes found in the kitchen simply didn’t reflect the beauty and luxuriousness of the views afforded by the placement of the kitchen.
The before design also featured a dropped ceiling, and a kitchen sink that was set in the corner, which seemed to obstruct the workspace and limit the overall counter space.
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Adjacent to the kitchen was an area that was largely under-utilized in the previous design. There was also an odd pony wall between the kitchen and living area that felt obstructive and unnecessary.

The Kitchen Redesign

The goal of this San Clemente kitchen redesign and remodel was to create a space that felt updated, stylish, elegant and also worthy of the stunning views that define this home.
First, the ceiling was raised and designed so that it was all level, removing the dropped ceiling that created a feeling of less space. With the higher ceilings, the kitchen already felt grander and more open. The pony wall was also removed, and the overall layout of the kitchen became a U-shape, rather than the angular design previously found in this San Clemente kitchen.
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This Orange County kitchen design focused not only on incorporating custom cabinetry and high-end finishes, but also maintaining clear sight lines to maximize the ocean views.

The kitchen cabinets designed and built by APlus feature a Craftsman door style, with Sonora molding. The upper cabinets feature some faux glass doors, and the cabinets are constructed of maple with a Pure White finish. The cabinet design also includes 3 ½-inch cove crown molding.
The countertops feature slabs of gray and white quartzite, with a sleek, streamlined 1 ½-inch square mitered edge.

Behind the range and stainless steel hood there is a unique feature, which is a custom backsplash created with dandelion-patterned tile. It adds a bit of visual distinction and contrasts with the fresh, white subway tile backsplash that surrounds the perimeter of the rest of the kitchen.
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Dark hardwood flooring adds just a bit of traditional elegance to an otherwise relatively modern kitchen.

An expansive farmhouse kitchen sink was placed so that it offers direct views of the ocean.
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Adjacent to the kitchen a built-in banquette was added, to infuse more seating than just having the bar. Also added was a custom wet bar area, with a prep sink and additional storage.

Appliances included in this high-end San Clemente kitchen remodel include a 48-inch SubZero refrigerator, a 36-inch Wolf cooktop, and a Native Trails prep sink. There’s also a Kings Bottle beverage center and a stainless steel canopy hood over the range.
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The overall look of this San Clemente kitchen is now one that’s completely custom, luxurious, and still takes into account the importance of the view. It makes a perfect place for entertaining, or simply relaxing and taking in the ocean laid out before you.
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Transitional Kitchen and Bath Redesign in Ladera Ranch

The Before 

Before the complete remodel of this Ladera Ranch kitchen and adjoining bathroom, the homeowners had a common issue. Their kitchen felt cluttered, outdated, and it lacked any design elements that made it feel customized or unique. The floorplan worked for the homeowners, but the reason everything felt cluttered was because of the lack of functional, practical storage.
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The kitchen had a monochromatic color palate that felt bland and uninspired, the cabinets were standard builder-grade, and the tiled flooring also felt very dated. The primary focus of this Ladera Ranch kitchen and bathroom remodel was to give it a stylish redesign focusing on high-end materials and custom cabinetry and storage. Along with the aesthetic appeal of this Orange County kitchen remodel, functionality was a key concern.

  The Kitchen Redesign

 While the main floorplan of this Ladera Ranch kitchen stayed relatively similar, the design of the custom cabinets was critical to the project. The cabinets in the primary portion of the kitchen perimeter were designed to feel fresh, light and airy, while also maximizing available storage space. These Orange County homeowners selected perimeter cabinets with a Euro construction style, and a Winter White finish. Details included in the design of the custom cabinetry included single wainscoting with valances and some beading work. The door style is Victorian.
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To add distinctive contrast, which was entirely missing from the previous design, the APlus team created a custom island topped by white stone, with a dark finish. The finish color, Dark Manganese, is a dramatic contrast to the light perimeter cabinets, and it adds visual interest that was missing in the original design of this Orange County kitchen. The wood plank flooring is a light wood with hand-scraped detailing, and it runs throughout the kitchen and dining area.
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Where there was once a workstation opposite the eat-in dining area in the kitchen, there is now a custom cabinet/bar area. These cabinets are also a Dark Manganese finish, with a stone countertop. This area adds additional storage space, which the homeowners were looking for.
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The drawers in this custom kitchen design include upgrades such as soft-close features, and they’re deeper than the previously available drawers, for increased functionality. The wall where the oven and microwave are located include built-in pantry spaces, with pull-out drawers and shelves, dividers to organize cooking tools, and other convenient upgrades. Behind the Thermador range, there is frosted arabesque tile, which is also added as an accent above the bar space. In an unused corner of the kitchen, storage was further maximized through the addition of another Dark Manganese cabinet and bar area, also with upper cabinets in Whisper White.
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Above the range is a Thermador chimney hood with a blower, and this Orange County kitchen remodel now includes a 30-inch Thermador warming drawer with soft close hinges and three temperature settings. The 36-inch Thermador stainless steel flush custom French door refrigerator includes features like LED sidewall and theater lighting.
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The kitchen sink is a Blanco Precision under mount option from the Steelart line, and the range is a 36-inch Pro Harmony Thermador model with duel-fuel capabilities.

The Bathroom Remodel

 Also part of this Ladera Ranch remodel was an adjoining powder room. In the previous design, the bathroom had the same outdated, large square tile flooring of the kitchen, along with a tiled countertop and an awkward countertop design. The APlus team remodeled the bathroom to include the same cabinet style found in the main area of the kitchen, as well as the light hardwood flooring. The bathroom sink from Waterworks is an under mount, Vitreous China single-glazed design with a high-gloss finish, contributing to a feeling of practical elegance. The bathroom cabinets are finished in Winter White.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Laguna Hills Transitional White L-Shaped Kitchen & Home Remodel

This lovely home in Laguna Hills got a much needed update when our team was called in. Read on to learn about the various stages of the complete remodeling done in the kitchen, dining room, entryway, laundry room, bathrooms, and other areas of the home.Laguna Hills Transitional White L-Shaped Kitchen & Home Remodel Laguna Hills Transitional White L-Shaped Kitchen & Home Remodel  


Prior to our redesign, the home’s look was neat overall, yet too beige and blah. Because the color tones of the walls, floors, and finishes were all so monotonous, the house felt devoid of any character or uniqueness. The homeowner wanted to refresh the look with something more striking, so our team of interior designers and contractors worked with them to establish a whole new style that better reflected their refined taste.


One of the first things the homeowner wanted to do was add contrast to the palette used throughout the home. We helped them select dark, ½” thick hardwood floors from Johnson’s English Pub collection, in a Brandy Wine finish. This deep hued wood covers the floors of the downstairs hallway, entryway, dining room, and family room. Its coloring is mirrored in the freshly painted railings of the staircase and gallery, as well as the island in the kitchen and custom cabinetry found in the family room and upstairs hallway. These cabinets are made of a rich brown African Mahogany, with a Euro face frame door style. The outer wall of the family room originally had a cut out section, but we filled it in to give the room a cozier feel. On the face of the fireplace, new Sparkstone Harbor Mist tiles were added for a warm, earthy look. Laguna Hills Transitional White L-Shaped Kitchen & Home Remodel Laguna Hills Transitional White L-Shaped Kitchen & Home Remodel   In the new transitional style kitchen, paint grade maple cabinets were finished with a creamy marshmallow white, which added light to the space and kept things looking pristine. They run in an L-shape along the outer walls of the kitchen. The dark wood hue of the island cabinets is echoed by the dark handles found on each one of the drawers and doors. We worked with the homeowner to design completely customized cabinets that meet their unique needs and make the most of tricky areas like corners and narrow openings. New Quay Cambria Quartz countertops add subtle shine to the kitchen’s surfaces, and are softened by a fine Navid edge. A Dal-Tile backsplash runs along the entire space beneath the cabinets, featuring a herringbone pattern focal point above the stove top. Eleganza Metropolis tiles in a Blanc finish were installed on the floors of the kitchen, as well as the laundry room, which was also updated with the same cabinetry and countertops of the kitchen.  


The client chose a number of new appliances by KitchenAid, including a 23 ¼” dishwasher installed in the new island, a 30” 5 burner gas cooktop from the Architect Series II, and a 27” double convection oven, also from the same series. Next to the oven was placed a new 24.6 cu. ft. refrigerator by LG. A Sharp 1.2 cu. ft. microwave rests beneath the countertop, and Blanco Silgranit Platinum Series undermount sink was embedded in the island to the right of the dishwasher. All of the appliances sport a lustrous stainless steel finish. Laguna Hills Transitional White L-Shaped Kitchen & Home Remodel Laguna Hills Transitional White L-Shaped Kitchen & Home Remodel   Are you interested in having your own Laguna Hills home remodeled? Contact APlus Interior Design and Remodeling today to start a project that will turn out just as beautiful as this newly revamped home. [embed][/embed] This beautiful home & kitchen remodel was completed in city of Laguna Hills. The custom high end kitchen has our high quality Euro face frame doors with paint grade maple & African mahogany wood species giving off a beautiful transitional style look. The two color tone of marshmallow for the cabinets across the kitchen & perfect brown for the Kitchen Island & upstairs hall cabinets as well as the fireplace mantle along with the entertainment center next to it. All the stairs & stair rail have been refinished with our experienced carpenters to match the color of the cabinets in the hallway. There were two slabs of Cambria Quartz counter top called New Quay chosen by our Interior Designers at APlus utilized across the kitchen and custom fabricated with our Navid Edge detail. The overall combination of our custom cabinets along with beautiful Cambria Quartz counter top and brand new beautiful tile floors in the kitchen and wood floors across the house, turn this custom home remodel for our client into a dream house they always wanted. Thank you for watching, Please subscribe to our channel and stay tuned for more exciting home remodel projects. [caption id="attachment_239" align="alignnone" width="625"]Transitional Style Home Remodel A wide angle shot of the refinished stairs and the stair rail[/caption] [caption id="attachment_240" align="alignnone" width="625"]A Transitional Style Kitchen done by APlus Interior Design & Remodeling Custom White Cabinets along with Cambria Quartz Countertop[/caption] Custom Transitional Design Kitchen Remodel in Orange County Custom Mantle & Entertainment center for a living room [caption id="attachment_243" align="alignnone" width="625"]Custom Stairs in Laguna Hills Orange County Custom Refinish stairs & brand new wood floor installed in this complete home remodel[/caption]

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.