With plans to start a family in the near future, this couple wanted a remodel that would give them a home that was both artistic and family-friendly. The ceiling was vaulted to let in more natural light and walls were removed to connect the kitchen, dining room and family room. The master bathroom became a true master with his-and-hers vanities, a free-standing tub and a large walk-in shower. A second bathroom was updated with family members in mind. We added a trough sink and a handheld shower head in a lower location for sandy kids (or dogs!). The future is now the present, with two beautiful little girls in the family!
granite creek estates
Sometimes projects grow in the most organic and wonderful ways. Originally we were called to completely furnish this five-bedroom house as two families were joining and wanted a fresh start. But as we got to understand their desires even better, and the clients grew more comfortable with our design aesthetic, the job grew to include a complete kitchen remodel and powder room update, as well as fresh paint for both the interior and exterior. With a tight deadline and many moving parts, it was a labor of love between us, the clients, and the contractor - and we are so happy with the results!
A kitchen remodel was planned for five years later, but an unfortunate (and large) leak from an old refrigerator changed the timetable. After considering the costs and impact to family life of doing two remodels, we convinced the client to move up the full remodel rather than do a quick fix with the insurance money. Who wants to live through a remodel twice! We reversed the flow of the kitchen so it opened up a larger living area. The husband has a bad ankle from multiple surgeries, so it was essential to incorporate a chair height bar top on the island. Our cabinetmaker custom-designed beautiful walnut cabinetry and we searched far and wide to find the perfect marble for waterfall countertops. An unexpected timetable, but a beautiful finish!
The homeowners wanted a simple, clean, modern bathroom. Sounds straightforward enough. But with a tight budget, a funky layout and a requirement not to move any plumbing, it was more of a puzzle than expected. Good thing we like puzzles! We added a wall to separate the bathroom from the master, installed a ‘tub with a view,’ and put in a free-standing vanity and glass shower to provide a sense of openness. The before pictures don’t begin to showcase the craziness that existed at the start, but we’re thrilled with the finish!
upper west side
This client wanted a fresh start, taking only minimal items from her old house when she moved. We gave the kitchen and half bath a facelift, and then decorated the rest of the house with all new furniture and decor, while incorporating her unique and funky art and family pieces. The result is a house filled with fun and unexpected surprises, one of our favorites to date!
scotts valley kitchen
This kitchen was stuck in the 80's and in need of a major update but also under a tight budget.
After painting the oak cabinets white and adding new hardware they were quickly transformed. New stainless steel appliances and fixtures were also incorporated. Glass tile backsplash from local company Island Stone, quartz countertops, and an environmentally friendly bamboo bar top help give the kitchen a modern feel while still connecting it to the more traditional style of the rest of the house.
east side bathroom
A common dilemma - the second bathroom in a three bedroom, two bathroom house. Most of the time it's the kids bathroom so durability is essential. But when guests are visiting, it needs to have a sense of sophistication as well. The client wanted a space that was easy to clean and maintain, and also maximized the small 5'x8' footprint. We think we accomplished all that and more!
This funky santa cruz house was originally painted entirely in a tired pinkish white. After stripping and refinishing the beams and brackets, the whole house was painted in a crisp white, instantly updating the space. We also renovated two bathrooms. One to grow with two little boys. The other - the master - has a modern, rustic vibe.
This two bedroom bungalow is one of two vacation rental houses on an oceanfront bluff overlooking a popular family beach. Both bungalows were in need of an update. We needed to create a family-friendly but stylish beach retreat with easy maintenance. We created a clean, modern palette with counterpoints of natural materials like wood and woven fibers, for a bit of California beach bungalow chic. Top priority was given to a new and playful color palette, inviting and durable furniture, repurposed vintage finds, and accents of local art reflecting the vibrant Bay Area design scene.
This three bedroom bungalow is the second of two houses on an oceanfront vacation rental property. Our goal was to create a simple and stylish retreat designed to withstand the heavy use that comes with laid back beach living. Wood, wicker, hides, and a mix of blues and greens brought the outdoor in, emphasizing the airy, coastal feel of the space. The owners have seen an increase in rave reviews, referrals and bookings. They love the space and the tangible business upside!
west side color
A quirky house on the west side of Santa Cruz near the ocean, the owners wanted to update the exterior without making structural changes. They decided to do that with new landscaping, paint, exterior lighting and a new door. A pretty amazing transformation!
This 1916 bungalow had hidden secrets of charm and character that just needed to be revealed. The carpet was removed on the first floor to reveal three different types of hardwood that had been covered up for 40 years. The art of local San Francisco artist Susan Spies (http://www.susan-spies.com) shines in the dining room.
In the nursery, a blue crib was passed down from big brother. Adding purple paint to the walls and more feminine art, bedding, and window coverings transformed the room into the perfect space for a little girl.
santa cruz bedroom
"I want an orange bedroom!". It can be great when kids have specific ideas about redoing their rooms, it's even better when they can compromise. A stripe, drum light, and desk lamps were the perfect way to incorporate orange into the room without overwhelming the space with such a strong color.