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Friday, January 29, 2016

A Modern Kitchen & Home Remodel and Master Bedroom, Bathroom Room and walking closet Addition in Villa Park

Robin and Tom, the owners of this Villa Park home, came to APlus to achieve two main objectives. The first was a modernized lower level update while the second included the addition of a new master bedroom and bathroom.

The project represented a massive undertaking over the period of a year, as Alex and the team at APlus worked with Robin and Tom to design the home and master suite they’d always wanted.

The Home Before

Before the remodel the main living areas in the home felt cramped and dated. The ceilings were relatively low, and wood beams made it feel even more enclosed. The family room included a wide, white brick fireplace that lacked a mantle and was topped by plank panels.

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The kitchen was large with a functional footprint, but the countertops, cabinets and light fixtures were outdated, and there was a shortage of cabinet and storage space. The kitchen island was also relatively small, and the bar hardly extended at all, with no additional leg room if people were seated here.

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At the front of the house, there was a traditional staircase, which felt heavy because of its wood construction, and the hallway leading from the kitchen seemed narrow and closed off.

The guest bathroom featured a vanity with a tiled top, as well as dark tiling running along both the walls and the ceiling, making the space feel smaller than it actually is.

The Concept

Alex worked with the homeowners to create a remodeled kitchen, living area, guest bathroom and a revamped staircase. While this was a large project, it was the planned master suite addition that represented the bulk of the architectural work.

Robin and Tom, along with Alex, planned to add about 600 square feet of additional space through the master suite addition, which would include the creation of a foundation, framing, and roofing. The complexity of the addition required APlus to create not only architectural plans but also structural engineering.

The demo process included the removal of cabinetry throughout, the removal of flooring and baseboards throughout the downstairs level of the home, the removal of casings to all interior doors, the removal of an upstairs linen closet, the removal of ceiling drywall in the family room and kitchen, panel removal above the family room fireplace, the removal of the brick and hearth from the fireplace wall in both the living room and the family room and the removal of wainscoting in the dining room.

The Kitchen

The kitchen retained some of its original footprint and layout, but became an open, modern space with a sleek, clean design. APlus manufactured the custom cabinetry in a European style with a white finish. The maple cabinetry includes high-end chrome pulls and hardware. Built-in features include lazy Susans, spice pulls, and a double trash pull.

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The island features abundant built-in storage and is topped by a white stone countertop with 2.25 mitered edges, cascading to the floor in a waterfall style. The customized built-in pantries feature three bottom drawers, rollouts to eye level and adjustable upper shelving. The high-end appliance package includes a Zephyr Sienna Pro range hood, a Wolf 48-inch dual-fuel range and a 48-inch side-by-side Sub Zero refrigerator. The island boasts a built-in microwave drawer while the beautiful kitchen faucet is a Meridian polished chrome pull-down sprayer.

The small bar area of the counter was removed to better open the kitchen to the family room.

A glass tile mosaic backsplash was carried to the ceiling, recessed lights were added, and pendant lights hang over the bar. The kitchen opens via a wide door to the outside patio and pool area, and between the kitchen and living area there is space for a dining table, as well as more built-in storage in the form of custom cabinetry and a bar-top counter with the same luxe thick, mitered stone edges of the rest of the kitchen.

Over the dining area hangs a sculpturally-inspired modern light fixture with straight lines and glass globes.

The sightlines between the kitchen and family room are completely open, which makes it feel much larger and more functional than the previous design.

The Family Room

The living area was transformed from cramped and dated to bright, open and modern. The main focal point of the room is the fireplace, which was redesigned to include a stacked stone surround, along with a custom mantle that extends to built-in shelving installed along the wall. The fireplace design includes a recessed TV niche, and the richly colored plank flooring from the kitchen continues here.

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The heavy ceiling beams were removed and recessed lighting maintains the feeling of a high, airy ceiling, much like the kitchen.

Master Suite Addition

The main floor master addition was a crucial component of the redesign. The homeowners wanted a master bedroom and bathroom that would offer them space, functionality and a sophisticated design that was in-line with the remodel happening elsewhere in their home.

The addition and exterior work completed by APlus required the pouring of new footings and slabs before framing began.


The master bedroom includes ample natural light as well as incredibly high vaulted ceilings. There is a separate outdoor entry and exit space that includes French doors delivering views of the existing pool area.

One entire wall of the bedroom is made up of closets constructed of wood grain melamine with a customized APlus organization system.

In the master bathroom, white European-style cabinetry was used, and the expansive double vanity is topped with gray quartz. Adjacent to the vanity is a spacious walk-in frameless shower with a built-in seat area and large-scale Eleganaza tile from the Loft series, in Grigio.

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More storage is included with the addition of custom free-standing linen closets that match the design of the bathroom’s primary cabinetry. A built-in vanity features seating space, and a walk-in bathtub is set under a large low-E window.

The Powder Room

Another area of the project included a refresh of the powder room to include a sleek, floating vanity with high-gloss Euro cabinetry in “Storm.” The dark color of the vanity juxtaposes the white, thick-cut countertop and additional storage was added diagonally from the toilet and vanity.

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A decadent metallic wallpaper was added, while the plank flooring found throughout the rest of the house is also included in the new powder room design. The quartz countertop is carried upward to create a vanity backsplash.

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Also included in the main level remodel of this Villa Park home was a refreshed staircase. In place of heavy, dark wood steps there are now black stairs with tile risers and a glass and steel railing floats alongside the stairs, which makes them feel more open than they were previously.

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The formal living area includes a style similar to the living room adjacent to the kitchen, featuring the continuation of wide plank-style flooring with detailed graining.

The living area to the front of the home also includes another stacked stone fireplace, as well as recessed lighting.

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The laundry room underwent changes as part of the remodel to include custom European maple cabinetry from APlus with 3-inch shaker doors.

During this intensive construction and remodel project APlus and Alex’s team were careful to not just produce an outstanding design that exceeded the owners’ expectations, but they also worked to make the process as seamless and comfortable as possible for them.

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The result is a home that’s as beautiful as it is livable. The homeowners are now able to enjoy more square footage, a luxurious master retreat, and a stylishly updated living space, as well as a high-end kitchen with impeccable finishes and professional-quality appliances

Monday, January 11, 2016

Coto De Caza – Transitional U-Shaped design build white cabinets kitchen remodel

The APlus team was called upon by the owners of a Coto de Caza home to perform a full-scale kitchen renovation.


Originally, the kitchen had standard cabinets that didn’t make the best use of the space available. This lead to problems with awkward storage arrangements. The owners requested that we build custom cabinets that not only enhanced the beauty of the kitchen, but also maximized the storage options available and made working in the kitchen far more practical.

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The floors were laid with beige colored stone tiles in a diamond-pattern, creating a foundation of subtle texture and neutral hue. Upon that base we began to build the new custom cabinets in a U-shaped layout that hugged the walls of the kitchen. We constructed the cabinets out of maple wood in a traditional style, with Flat Beaded Edge crown moulding. The sleek Royce stainless steel handles allow for a blend of classic and modern design that results in a transitional look for the entire kitchen. We outfitted the cabinets with many stacks of drawers to provide various sorting and storage options. Corner cabinets have fold-out doors and built-in lazy susans, which come standard every APlus kitchen renovation.

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The undersides of the cabinets are augmented with light rails, providing more illumination for the pristine white stone countertops. This lighting also draws attention to the narrow earthy gray tiles applied to the walls as a stylish backsplash. On the ceiling, the recessed portion is trimmed with its own moulding to give a tidy, sophisticated appearance. The recessed lighting here incorporates even more modernity. In the middle of the kitchen we built a slender island to provide more workspace. It has multiple drawers and shelves.

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After all of the materials and cabinets were in place, the remodeled kitchen boasted a new look that was fresh, bright, and beautifully simple.


In keeping with the transitional design of the the kitchen, the owners opted for primarily stainless steel appliances. Beneath the bay window there’s a double-bowl undermount sink, next to an undercounter dishwasher. On the other side of the kitchen, a double-oven and a microwave are housed among the cabinets. The refrigerator is faced with the same materials as the surrounding cabinetry, while the 6-burner rangetop on the kitchen island sports a glossy black finish.

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If you are interested in having your Orange County home updated with a kitchen remodel or other type of renovation, contact us today. APlus handles all types of renovations, and services all neighborhoods in the area.

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