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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Luxurious Transitional Remodel in Dove Canyon

For the Maihens, residents of Dove Canyon, their previous kitchen design had some fundamental problems. First, it was cluttered. There wasn’t a lot of storage space, and there was also a dining table located in the kitchen that obstructed access to the majority of the cabinets that were originally there.
The layout and flow of the kitchen were limited not only by this table but also by the location of the peninsula bar.
The edge profile of the countertop and the carved detailing led to an overly traditional feeling in the kitchen, whereas the homeowners wanted to move toward a design that was more transitional. A small workspace was located beside the bar, with a single desk that felt a bit out of place.
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The previous pantry was incredibly cramped, and with basic shelving, it was difficult to locate items not on the front row.
The finishes and design details of the kitchen were also relatively outdated, including the tiled flooring and the basic white cabinets. There was a bar in the previous design, but it didn’t offer seating space, and it was more ornamental than functional, as there was no storage beneath it.
A New Layout
The first part of this Dove Canyon kitchen remodel involved a change in the layout. The peninsula bar was removed, and the kitchen was opened up to create a streamlined, vertically open floorplan. The differentiation in the various sectors of the kitchen was removed as a result, and there became a nice traffic flow throughout, all of which was centered around the expansive island that became the central focal point of this Dove Canyon kitchen.
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The entire space was pulled outward to create a better sense of flow with the living area as well. Where there was once the desk, instead the wall was designed to be continuous, and a bar area was added here. The bar includes floating open shelving in a contrasting dark shade of wood and a stacked stone-style backsplash. Accent lighting was added to highlight the details of this custom bar, and bottom shelving is the same as what’s found in the main area of the kitchen. Beautifully detailed moldings surround the bar, and frame the wide entryway.
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The living area includes the same richly colored plank flooring found in the kitchen, as well as a fireplace redesign and a built-in shelving and entertainment center.
There’s a seamless flow between these areas as a result. Recessed lighting was added throughout, and the ceiling was raised, to make level and continuous, which is something it previously wasn’t.
White Transitional Cabinets and Countertops
In the primary area of the kitchen, it was all about capturing the essence of a truly transitional design, which includes beautiful white cabinetry. The custom APlus cabinetry replaced the existing cabinets, which were standard white.
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Now the kitchen includes maple Shaker Nadia cabinets in Swiss Coffee. The Bremen hardware includes horizontal handles on base drawers and vertical handles on the base cabinet doors.
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The kitchen island includes a traditional horizontal area, adjacent to an expansive vertically extended built-in dining area, topped with the same white stone used on the rest of the kitchen’s countertops. It includes seating for about eight people and is a beautiful addition that can be utilized not only for dining but also as a general workspace.
The Ceco double bowl under mount sink sits beneath a large bay window, and the brick-style backsplash runs around the perimeter of the kitchen, while above the range is a herringbone gray and white tiled detail.
The appliances include a GE Monogram built-in fridge, and a Daco 30-inch range, while the custom-built bar includes an Avanti wine fridge.
To replace the once tight and cluttered pantry, built-in cabinet pantries were created, ensuring the space feels sleek and continuous. All the cabinets extend to the ceiling where there are high-end moldings, and above the upper cabinets flanking the range there are inset glass panels with accent lighting.
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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]