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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Efficient Space Planning Design Build Kitchen Remodel in Laguna Niguel

In this compact Laguna Niguel home, our team’s space planning skills were put to the test. The result was a completely redesigned kitchen that flaunted both beauty and efficiency. Keep reading to learn how we managed to make a seemingly hopeless, tiny kitchen into the most luxurious part of the house. When our team arrived on the scene, the kitchen was very cluttered, cramped, and dark. The homeowners didn't have much space to work with, so they resorted to stuffing things wherever they could. Its un-tidiness made the whole living space feel messy and suffocating, and the white finish on everything further diminished the appearance of space. Our team of professional Orange County contractors set out to plan a smart and efficient system that would solve all storage problems while lightening up the atmosphere. Laguna Niguel Design Build Kitchen with Custom Cabinets Space Efficient Kitchen Remodel in Laguna Niguel Orange County Restructuring The redesign stage had one simple goal: streamline everything. We set out to make the most of the little space available by using carefully chosen materials and storage configurations so that no part of the kitchen was wasted. We started with installing custom Euro style cabinets in rich African Mahogany that smoldered with a Perfect Brown finish. Contrary to popular belief, using dark colors in a small space actually helps it to appear larger. This principle was applied by wrapping the dark wood all around the room, relying on the shaded hue to recede back and thus visually open up the area. Laguna Niguel Renovations of a Kitchen with APlus Custom CabinetsDesign Build Kitchen Remodel in Laguna Niguel The cleverly planned cabinets feature imported Birch plywood interiors, glass panels, and dark Belcastel knobs and handles. With pull out drawers and stacked interior shelving hidden behind the new cupboards, the residents can now easily find a place for everything while keeping the kitchen pristine. And with the newly built bar area, there is added seating space as well. The warm tones of the Brazilian Cherry Jatoba wood flooring from Ark’s Sonoma collection play well off the cabinet’s deep color, as does the earthy gray tone of the Pacifica Wholesale Crema Bordeaux countertops with a 1 ½” Navid edge. To add even more interesting texture to the room, a tile backsplash was installed over most of the wall surface. The main part consists of Arizona Tile’s Split Face Pueblo Stone, and the lining tiles are Pacifica Wholesale’s Pacifica Pencil Liner Noce. Behind the stovetop range, a vineyard-themed plaque provided by the client serves as a personalized focal point. Appliances Rather than take up counter space by placing a microwave on top, a 24” Sharp Microwave Drawer was installed among the drawers beneath the bar area’s countertop. Opposite from this can be found a stainless steel Samsung 28 cu. ft. 4 Door Refrigerator with Counter-Height FlexZone Drawer and two laundry machines hidden behind custom folding cabinets. Thanks to the wealth of space opened up by the redesigned cabinetry, there was plenty of room to make up for the fact that the home lacked a proper laundry room. Custom Laundry Space Builtin the kitchen areaLaguna Niguel Kitchen Remodel with custom cabinets Further to the right is a 24” Bosch Pocket Handle Dishwasher, and a new farmhouse sink. Underneath a bronze textured hood is a GE Cafe Series 30” Free-Standing Gas Double Oven with Convection Range. Its large oven capacity of 6.7 cu. ft. allows the residents to cook multiple items at once, a must-have feature for such a small kitchen. If you’re looking for your own new design build in Orange County, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of experts will be happy to give you a personalized quote for your project!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Traditional Style Design Build Kitchen Remodel in Irvine Orange County

In this Irvine home remodel, we transformed a ho-hum kitchen into one of functional luxury. Our general contracting experts used their skills in both construction and interior design to create a  space with maximum storage and style. Read on to discover how we made it possible. Before our team was called in, this kitchen was dated and bland. Ancient patterned wallpaper clashed with the sterile white tile countertops, and there simply wasn’t enough room for storing all of the client’s dishes and ingredients. This led to cluttered countertops and messy cabinets that were tedious to go through. Furthermore, the space was tightly walled-in, and was un-hospitably separated from the dining room. Our main goal was to use this renovation to make the kitchen a much more pleasant place for the homeowner to spend time in, and functional enough to make cooking and entertaining a breeze. Traditional Design Build Kitchen in Irvine Custom Traditional Kitchen Remodel in Irvine Restructuring Our first task in revamping this kitchen was to take down the oppressive wall that separated it from the dining room. To create an open feel without losing cabinet or counter space, we opted for a bar-style cutout that provided a clear view into the dining area. Custom Montebello style cabinets in African Mahogany were installed, instantly upgrading the kitchen’s level of sophistication. Dark knobs and handles by Rhodes keep the look sleek and sumptuous. Traditional Kitchen remodel with corbels Traditional Kitchen with Island These handsome cabinets wrap all the way around the kitchen, and even form the base of the new large island in the center. To solve the client’s storage problem, we got creative. Cleverly placed drawers and shelves were installed within the cabinets to take advantage of every nook and cranny. The countertops were made from rustic Cambria Linconshire material, with double-layered round beveled edges for refinement. Behind the sink and stovetop areas, an understated backsplash of earth-toned Durango Travertine tiles adds an unexpected level of detail to the kitchen’s new look. Appliances The appliances were chosen to blend in well, rather than take center stage. This allows for the gorgeous texture of the dark wooden cabinets to be the primary focus. In fact, the new GE Profile Counter-Depth 23.3 cu. ft. Refrigerator was faced with the same wood paneling, making it a natural part of the kitchen’s aesthetic flow. Near the entryway of the kitchen, a stainless steel Double Combination Oven from the Masterpiece Series is nestled conveniently next to an area of open countertop. Another piece from the Masterpiece Series, a Deluxe Glass Cooktop, overlooks the dining room to allow for friendly conversation with guests while cooking.  A Blanco Diamond double-bowl sink was installed in front of the window, and to its left, a Thermador Washing Machine is also paneled with the same cabinet wood. Traditional Kitchen Remodel with Thermador AppliancesTraditional Design Build Kitchen Remodel with Thermador Appliances If you’re looking for a General Contractor Irvine team to remodel your own kitchen, contact us today. We specialize in designs and builds throughout all of Orange County.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Design Build Transitional Kitchen Remodel with Thermador Appliances

A Laguna Niguel engineer with a passion for cooking called upon APlus to bring his vision of a chef’s kitchen to life. Read about our process below to discover how we transformed a once boring kitchen into a sleek room fit for a gourmand.

Custom Kitchen Remodel with Thermador Appliances in Laguna NiguelTransitional Modern Design Build Kitchen in Laguna Niguel It’s safe to say that the original kitchen was far from meeting the needs of our client. Its dingy green coloring made it an eyesore, and it hardly any counter space or storage options. Tucked away in the corner, the old kitchen felt more like a hastily-built afterthought, rather than a space intended for daily use and enjoyment. It certainly wasn’t capable of being a host to frequent meal preparations. It was up to us to turn this underwhelming room into a place that matched the resident’s contemporary style and exacting design preferences.


We began this project by pulling the floorplan outward, rather than leaving everything crowded against the corner. Around the entire room were installed Euro style cabinets in a deep hued, paint grade maple wood, with 3” Shaker type doors and a Dark Manganese finish. These custom cabinets feature Hard Rock Melamine interiors, as well as glass inset panels and shelves. At the center of the kitchen, a large island can be used as a preparation surface, or even as a seating area. The crisp white finish of LG Hausys Minuet countertops with an angularly sloping Navid edge keep the surfaces feeling clean and modern. Design Build Kitchen in Laguna NiguelComplete Redone stairs in a kitchen remodel Eleganza Anticho Maple flooring gives a slightly rustic touch to the room, ensuring that the space doesn’t feel too sterile. The warm color of the wood is contrasted by a natural stone texture backsplash in gray, made from Arizona Tile’s Victoria edition from the Waterfall series, with a Schluter style metal brushed nickel finish for a touch of s9hine. We also changed out the kitschy sunflower railing on the home’s spiral staircase for something that matched the new refinement of the kitchen. Dark iron railings with swirling filigree flow with the natural movement of the stairway, making it a graceful point of interest for the main living area.

 Thermador Appliances

Because the resident wanted a top-of-the-line kitchen that was up to the task of frequent cooking, we looked to Thermador to provide premium appliances. By sticking to a stainless steel finish for all of the new appliances, we subtly tied in the metallic accents of the cabinet knobs and handles, as well as the backsplash liner. Thermador Appliances in a Kitchen Remodel Laguna Niguel Thermador Hood & Thermador Gas Range in a Laguna Niguel Kitchen The focal point of the kitchen is made up of a Thermador 36” Masterpiece Chimney Pull-Out Drawer Hood placed over a Thermador Pro Harmony 36” Gas Range with 5.0 cu. ft. Convection Oven. With the range top’s 6 star burners, full-course meals can be prepared without any shortage of space. For cleanup after meals, the Thermador 24” Topaz Dishwasher serves as a compact powerhouse. On the right side of the kitchen, a Thermador 48” Side-by-Side Refrigerator has been installed flush with the cabinetry, as was a GE Profile 1.1 cu. ft. Microwave and a U Line Wine Captain 1000 Series Wine Refrigerator. This cooler’s size is deceptive: though it measures only 24” wide, it has a capacity of up to 48 bottles. APlus Kitchen & Bath is a professional interior design Laguna Niguel team, ready to undertake your own home remodeling project, no matter the scope. Contact us today to get the help of expert general contractors in turning your home into a luxurious abode. For more photos you can visit our portfolio page Here.