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  • Planning and Design
  • Product Selections
  • Project Management
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CREDENTIALS

  • Diamond Certified
  • National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
  • California Contractor’s License #B577881
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
  • Business Bureau Accredited Business with an “A+” rating.

RECENT AWARDS

2016 NKBA Northern California Chapter Awards

1st Place - Large Bath; 3rd Place - Before & After

Featherstun Residence Bathroom Remodel

A Spa-Like Retreat for Two
A couple of “empty-nesters” wanted to renovate their master bath into one that was more of a private retreat. Their original bathroom was compartmentalized with a wall separating the small vanity area from the shower and toilet closet. In addition, the shower area was a combination shower/tub with a sunken tub that was enclosed. Because the homeowner frequently enjoyed relaxing in the tub, the enclosure made it difficult and awkward to climb in and out of the tub when being used. The location of the shower/tub against the far wall also made cleaning the top window a frustrating challenge. In short, the original master bath was not meeting the couple’s needs for a place where they can simply relax.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Eliminated the wall separating the vanity area from the shower/toilet closet, making the master bath more open and less compartmentalized.
  • Repositioned the tub against the left wall, while placing the shower to the right, and thereby creating a larger “wet” area. This innovative design allowed the tub and shower to have individual spaces, ensuring both had enough room when in use and enabling each of the homeowners to enjoy their separate sanctuaries even though they were enclosed behind the same area.
  • Expanded the shower area by including a bench seat. This not only added to the spa-like ambiance which the couple sought, but also helped make cleaning the top window easier.
  • Used a warm color palette on the tiles and floor to give the room a natural element and spa-like feel. The walls of the “wet” area were covered with 12”x24” tiles with a wood-grained appearance and the floors outside of the “wet” area with matching 6”x48” tiles, giving the look of wooden slabs. The shower floor was comprised of small pebbles in the same warm brown tone. A niche within the shower wall was inlaid with an octagonal-shaped pattern stone tile to bring in a different texture to the whole design. The combination of the pebble-covered shower floor and the wooden-planks added to the natural motif while providing a contemporary look. A deep espresso color on the vanity was used to anchor the room.
  • Reduced the size of the vanity to not only allow for the expansion of the “wet” area but to also align with the skylight above, creating more balance and symmetry in the room.

Before

After

1st Place - Small Kitchen

Buda Residence Kitchen Remodel

Old to New: Changing a Compartmentalized Kitchen to a More Open, Contemporary Space
A retired homeowner living alone wanted to remodel her outdated kitchen to better fit her lifestyle. The kitchen was divided from the rest of the house not only physically (a set of floating walls separated the kitchen from the dining room and the family room, making the kitchen feel very enclosed) but also stylistically, as the rest of the house had a softer, more contemporary feel. The homeowner wanted to open up the kitchen more while still maintaining a sense of separation between the kitchen and other rooms. Additionally, the enclosed set up of the kitchen combined with the house’s tall ceilings limited lighting possibilities; this was especially problematic considering the fact that the homeowner spent most of her time in the kitchen, and the lack of lighting made it difficult for her to enjoy the everyday tasks she did there. A soffit ran across the top of the kitchen, but due to the outdated feel of the fixture, it did not fit the more open appeal the homeowner wanted. In short, the homeowner wanted a kitchen that complemented the rest of her house and better suited her daily needs.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Eliminated the diagonal wall and part of the second wall to make the kitchen more spacious. The remaining section of wall was used as a partial divider between the kitchen and the other room. The pocket door in the remaining section of wall was also removed to open up the kitchen further.
  • Installed a built-in island to create a new work space.
  • Transformed the existing soffit by opening the middle of the structure and inserting smaller light fixtures into the soffit. This not only allows more natural light to enter the kitchen, but also serves as an artistic detail that adds to the kitchen’s contemporary feel. In addition, a subtle hint of blue color painted on the soffit accentuates this unique architectural structure, creating a focal point above the kitchen.
  • Increased lighting in the kitchen by adding several layers of lighting. A custom made light fixture was installed above the work space, and LED lights on top of the soffits and under-cabinet lighting create a softer glow that adds to the ambiance of the kitchen. All light fixtures are controlled separately, allowing the homeowner to adjust the lighting to her preferences.
  • Installed new appliances (for example, an oven and convectional microwave set replaced the original old double oven) to modernize the kitchen.
  • Added subtle artistic details that give the kitchen a more modern look that matches the rest of the homeowner’s house. Two different colored countertops were installed; darker countertops along the walls of the room add weight to the perimeter, while a white countertop for the built-in island gives it an airier feel. Floating shelves and white cabinets add to the contemporary atmosphere while also making the kitchen feel more spacious and clean. New hardwood flooring replaced the kitchen’s dated linoleum. A monochrome color scheme combined with a splash of soft blue paint on the soffit and the floating wall creates a simplistic ambiance that still attracts the eye.
    Before

After

2nd Place - Large Bath

Pierce Residence Master Bathroom Remodel

A Modern Master Bath with a View
A professional couple had recently purchased a house with a fantastic view of a vineyard from the master bath. However, the house was an older home and did not match the couple’s more modern style. Wanting to make the most of the view of the vineyard, the couple sought out Altera to update and transform their master bath to complement their sophisticated taste.

The original master bath accommodated a deep tub embedded in an octagonal-shaped tile molding that not only sported an outdated look but also took up a lot of wasted space. Odd angles stemming from the interior walls of the toilet closet and walk-in closet also underutilized the room’s space and created an enclosed atmosphere. In addition, the adjacent shower was too small for the couple’s liking, and a larger shower was preferred to meet their needs. In the end, the couple wanted their new master bath to be an elegant retreat where they can relax and enjoy the view of the vineyard at the end of their busy work day.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Removed the embedded tub and its accompanying octagonal-shaped tile molding and replaced it with a free-standing tub. This opened up much of the wasted space and resulted in the room feeling more spacious. The window coverings near the tub were also replaced to give the couple a more unrestricted view of the vineyard.
  • Enlarged the shower to accommodate two showerheads. The shower’s new position against the far wall (compared to its original corner placement) allowed the shower to expand and include not only the two showerheads but also a third, lower showerhead for washing the couple’s beloved dogs.
  • Eliminated the odd angles from the interior walls by streamlining the toilet closet and walk-in closet. Underutilized space taken up by the odd angles was now freed up, allowing for not only the aforementioned larger shower, but also a larger closet.
  • Incorporated a sophisticated style by using warm autumn tones throughout the room. Large deep brown ceramic tiles were mounted on the shower walls, along with a horizontal mosaic tile band in the same tone running in the middle. The mosaic tile used in the middle band of the shower was also applied on the back wall of the vanity to tie the room together. The shower floor is covered with white pebbles to provide a clean and contemporary look with a natural feeling. The deep woody color of the vanity complements the elegant style of the room.
  • Increased storage space by not only enlarging the walk-in closet, but also crafting a vanity with hidden drawers behind the flat cabinet doors. This provided a clean look that the clients wanted while giving them more efficient storage space.
    Before

After

3rd Place - Large Kitchen

Mason Residence Kitchen Remodel

“How would you dress up our dreary, tired kitchen that’s the core of our home?”
The clients loved their home and neighborhood, but hated the ugly kitchen in the middle of everything. Their redesigned kitchen includes elegant focal points, visually connected spaces, and efficient work zones and storage. A subtle wave pattern in the cabinet pulls and cooktop’s backsplash, and a mixture of whites, greys and blues, create a sense of movement as light from the large skylight and window changes throughout the day, evoking the client’s love of water.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Create a beautiful, welcoming, and streamlined kitchen “with soul” for clients who loved their home and neighborhood, but hated the ugly kitchen right in the middle of everything.
  • Improve the flow between the table and the kitchen.
  • Create efficient work zones within the kitchen, and appropriate storage to eliminate clutter.
  • Incorporate design elements that reflect the client’s love of water.

DESIGN CHALLENGES:

  • The cooktop was located in the corner and surrounded by a massive brick hearth which took up too much space, had no work surfaces on either side, and stopped the visual flow between the kitchen and family room.
  • Because the island countertop was not being used for seating, unsightly clutter would build up on the floor underneath and encroach into the passageway between the island and the table.
  • The cabinetry at the table area was originally designed as a desk and tall pantry. The desk had become a catch-all for clutter, and the tall pantry visually divided and closed off the area.
  • The kitchen layout lacked designated work zones and efficient storage accessories.

DESIGN SOLUTIONS:

  • The angled brick surround was torn out, and the cooktop was moved to the back wall where it had ample countertop space on both sides. It became an important focal point for the kitchen.
  • The island was slightly enlarged with additional cabinets added along the back to solve the storage and visual problems.
  • The area next to the table was changed from a desk and tall pantry, to a sleek buffet with great display cabinets that allow the homeowners to display their china. The table area is now visually connected to the kitchen.
  • Appropriate storage, prep, cooking, and cleanup zones were created. Specific storage accessories were added to enhance the clients’ experience in the zones. These include pull-out spice cabinets on either side of the cooktop, a pull-out towel rack in a niche, and cutlery dividers and knife storage.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • A subtle wave pattern in the cooktop area tile backsplash and the cabinet pulls create movement and shimmer. The other backsplashes have a peaceful flow.
  • The mixture of whites, soft greys, and blues in the entire space play with each other as the light from the large skylight and window changes throughout the day, and evoke the clients’ love of water without being overly thematic.

Before


After

1st Place - Medium Kitchen

After

An Elegant Kitchen with Rustic Charm
A couple who have lived in their home for over 20 years wanted to renovate their small kitchen to have a more open, elegant look. The original kitchen was very cramped in that it was a narrow galley-style kitchen with a low 8’ ceiling. Unfortunately, the walls could not be moved, limiting the space the kitchen could be expanded. The client also wanted to incorporate rustic wooden beams overhead; however, simply placing the large beams would have compartmentalized the kitchen further due to the already low ceiling. Altera was tasked with the challenge of designing a more open kitchen in a restricted space, adding the wooden beams without confining the kitchen, and integrating a classy look with rustic elements.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

Increased the height of the ceiling by 27” to create more room. Due to the limitation of the wall expansion, raising the ceiling by more than 2 feet opened up the kitchen, giving the client the spaciousness she desired. Two soffits were constructed on both ends of the kitchen to support a roof gable that ran in the opposite direction. Raising the ceiling also allowed for taller cabinets with classic molding to be installed, delivering an elegant look to the kitchen that the client sought.
Secured reclaimed wooden beams onto the ceiling. Reducing the thickness of the wood to 2½” (instead of its usual 4”-6”) allowed for the addition of the beams, as requested, without confining the kitchen’s space. The beams were placed in a simple grid pattern to not only correspond with the hood’s location, but to also balance a clean look with the kitchen’s classy design.
Intermingled an elegant style with rustic charm. Handmade artisan touches, like the leaded glass in the cabinets, the hand-painted range tiles used for the backsplash, and the cabinetry appliance panels, along with high-quality Wolf appliances, impart a polished look throughout the kitchen. A warm, grey palette used on the tiles and countertops, combined with the wooden beams and hardwood floors, create an earthy atmosphere as balance. The hardwood floors were stained a darker tone to match the wooden beams above, tying the whole kitchen together.
Used innovative cabinet designs to increase storage space. Due to the restrictive width of the kitchen, extra cabinets could not be added. Cabinet space was re-engineered to increase storage capacity by adding lazy susans, pull-out drawers, and tray dividers.

Designer: Leslie Kalish. LMK Interiors, Lafayette, CA
Co-Designer: Jennifer Hobson. Altera Design Kitchen & Bath, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA

2015-2 NKBA Northern California Chapter Awards

2nd Place - Medium Kitchen

A Complete and Efficient Kitchen

After

A couple who recently purchased their home wanted to remodel their kitchen to better fit their style. Their current kitchen had an unfinished look about it — there was open space above the cabinets, leaving it incomplete. Although there were windows around the kitchen, it didn’t get much direct sunlight, resulting in a dark kitchen. The layout was also inefficient in that the appliances were not sensibly placed. The stovetop, along with a secondary prep sink, was located on the center island, leaving very little countertop space on either side. The refrigerator was located behind the stovetop so that anyone using the stove would block access to the refrigerator. The couple also wanted better organized space in their kitchen. In short, the homeowners wanted a kitchen that not only felt complete, but also functioned more efficiently.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Increased lighting in the kitchen by adding several layers of lighting. A hanging decorative light fixture was installed in the center of the kitchen, along with under-cabinet, in-cabinet, and cove lighting and standard recess cam lighting. All lighting elements are controlled independently with dimmers, allowing the couple to add as much lighting as they needed in any situation. Installing new white cabinets also made the kitchen feel less dark.
  • Reorganized the kitchen workspace by repositioning appliances so that they functioned more efficiently together. The stovetop was moved from the center island to the back wall of the kitchen where the refrigerator stood, resulting in more counter space on either side of the stovetop. The refrigerator was moved to the right of the stovetop, allowing easy access to the refrigerator without it being blocked by the island.
  • Changed the cabinets on the island to a darker color to create a focal point beneath the cove. The dark color of the island cabinets contrast with the white color of the main kitchen cabinets, adding interest to the space. The white color also matched with the color of the cabinets in the couple’s former home, giving the couple a sense of familiarity, creating a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • Closed up the space above the cabinets, giving the kitchen a more finished appearance.
  • Added more organized space within the kitchen by adding a set of lower shelves to the center island and a mosaic tile backsplash with an inset to create a bit of storage and depth. The colors of the mosaic tiles in the backsplash match with the knobs of the cabinets which are also mosaic tiles, resulting in a consistent polished look.

White cabinets and several layers of lighting, including a hanging decorative light fixture, under-cabinet lighting, cove lighting, and standard recess cam lighting, help make this once dark kitchen brighter. Relocating appliances help make the workstations within the kitchen more efficient. The darker cabinet color of the center island contrasts with the white color of the cabinets, adding interest to the space.

2nd Place - Before and After

Before

After

A Spacious Modernized Kitchen for a Family that Loves to Cook

A couple of “empty-nesters” with a love for cooking wanted to redesign their small, cramped kitchen into a larger, more functional one that opened up into a spacious “great room” that would immediately welcome guests as they enter their home. A wall between their current kitchen and the dining and living areas not only confined their kitchen, but also separated the couple from the rest of the house while they were cooking. The kitchen offered limited counter space, preventing the homeowners to cook together comfortably without overcrowding each other. Additionally, with their home being over 20 years old, their appliances were very outdated. In short, the couple wanted a more spacious, modernized, and functional kitchen that would meet their needs as a family with a passion for cooking.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Eliminated the dividing wall between the kitchen and the dining area, which not only enlarged the kitchen, but also connected the kitchen with the dining and living areas, creating the “great room” the couple sought.
  • Added more counter space by constructing a large island in the middle of the kitchen and a peninsula along the side of the wall facing the backyard. Not only did the island and peninsula create greater counter space, they also housed additional storage areas which were lost as a result of removing the dividing wall.
  • Modernized the kitchen by upgrading all appliances to professional-grade quality, including a six-burner Wolf range and a second sink in the peninsula. By adding the second sink, the couple has 2 kitchen areas in which they could cook, with the island in the center as a large prepping space that they could share comfortably.
  • Removed the slider door to the backyard and replaced it with a window so that the couple would have a view of their lovely backyard and swimming pool while one was using the peninsula. A swinging door replaced one of the large side windows to still give the homeowners access to their backyard.
  • Replaced the tile flooring in the kitchen and carpet in the dining and living areas with hand-scraped acacia wood flooring, selected by the homeowners themselves. Because the couple live in a wooded area of California, the acacia wood flooring, along with the wood cabinets installed in the kitchen, provided a more natural feel throughout the house and connected the interior with the outside woody environment.
  • Used a custom blend of colors with unique designs on the glass mosaic backsplash. Through the use of cool color and sleek lines, a contemporary look was incorporated, reflecting the kitchen’s entire modernization.

This spacious, open-concept kitchen flows naturally into the dining and living areas, creating a “great room” to welcome guests as they walk through the front door. The additional countertop space, large center island, and professional-grade quality appliances give the homeowners ample space and capability to cook together comfortably without overcrowding each other. Cool colors and sleek lines add a contemporary feel to this updated kitchen.

2015 NARI National CotY Awards

Regional Winner, Southwest Region - Residential Bathroom 50-75K

A spa-like retreat for two…

Before

After

The original bathroom was compartmentalized with a wall separating the small vanity area from the shower and toilet closet. The vanity area felt even smaller due to a dropped soffit over the area. The master bath never really felt separated from the master bedroom due to the fact that the vanity area was open to the bedroom with no door to close it off. This couple has lived in the home for 40 years. That is plenty of time to discover what does not work. This was the last of the rooms to be renovated. The husband was shocked when he asked his wife what she would like for their 50th wedding anniversary and she said “a new master bath”.

Design details:

  • Remove the wall separating the vanity area from the shower/toilet closet
  • Frame in the opening to the bathroom and add a swinging door with reeded glass for light
  • Remove the dropped soffit over the vanity area
  • Remove the dated louvered door to the closet and replace with a more current bi-fold door that matches the other doors in the house
  • Remove an empty heater closet occupying a good portion of the shower area and enlarge the shower with a bench seat
  • Brighten up the space by replacing all incandescent recessed lights with LED.
  • A monochromatic color palette with a few bold details to create interest in the room.

We used a deep color on the vanity to really anchor the room. A rustic custom mirror above the vanity keeps the room from feeling too formal. A large custom tile medallion was created to be the main focal point in the room. The use of chrome Schluter trim framing in the custom tile medallion really catches your eye. The herringbone tile layout on the floor really brings all the textures together for a very spa-like feel.

2015 NKBA National Design Competition

3rd Place - Large Kitchen

After

A Farm-Style Family Kitchen
For their new custom home, a young couple wanted an open farm-style kitchen that not only would accommodate everyday family living but also be ideal for entertaining guests. The couple also had a young child and wanted a kitchen that would allow her to participate in kitchen activities in a safe and fun manner. By combining interior storage innovations and mixing beautiful earthy materials together, Altera Design succeeded in designing the perfect kitchen to meet the couple’s dream vision for their home.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Mounted a large elegant island that is open to the family room. A more casual farm table was situated in front of the island for family dining.
  • Incorporated lower storage innovations so that the couple’s young child can access kitchen items easily and safely.
  • Crafted interior storage innovations to maximize the space in each cabinet. With a limited number of upper cabinets, deep drawer storage was provided to further enhance flexibility and ease of use. Removable drawer peg systems were utilized to offer more organizational options.
  • Accentuated the dramatic height of the farmhouse ceiling by designing deep diagonal wall cabinets to not only provide maximum storage but also create different depths and heights with the dimensions of the upper cabinets.
  • Installed large-scale professional-grade appliances with maximum performance and cooking options. Custom cabinet door panels were designed to discreetly conceal some of the built-in appliances.
  • Constructed an attractive bar area near the main kitchen area for casual entertaining. Glass doors with open shelving and a farm-style sink not only retained the farmhouse ambiance but also added balance to the bar area. A tall wine refrigerator and an under-counter refrigerator were included to keep entertaining beverages out of the main kitchen area. An additional drawer dishwasher was also installed in the bar area for tasks exclusive to this area.
  • Designed a simple, yet stylish backsplash to define and accentuate the style differences between the bar and main kitchen areas.
  • Used reclaimed 100-year-old barn wood for the ceiling and large white trestles to provide texture and beauty and anchor the entire space.
  • Installed a custom hood behind the range that not only is the focal point in the room but also directs eyes to the warmth and texture of the barn-wood ceiling.
  • Utilized soapstone counters for the perimeter and elegant leathered Taj Majal granite for the island counter to tie in with the farmhouse feel.
  • Combined three different cabinet finishes and used a constant mix of feminine and masculine materials to create warmth, texture, and harmony, while balancing a rustic atmosphere with a modern style and simplicity with elegance.

Designer: Leslie Kalish. LMK Interiors, Lafayette, CA
Co-Designer: Jennifer Hobson. Altera Design Kitchen & Bath, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA

2015 NKBA Northern California Chapter Awards

2nd Place - Small to Medium Bathroom

A spa-like retreat for two…

Before

After

The original bathroom was compartmentalized with a wall separating the small vanity area from the shower and toilet closet. The vanity area felt even smaller due to a dropped soffit over the area. The master bath never really felt separated from the master bedroom due to the fact that the vanity area was open to the bedroom with no door to close it off. This couple has lived in the home for 40 years. That is plenty of time to discover what does not work. This was the last of the rooms to be renovated. The husband was shocked when he asked his wife what she would like for their 50th wedding anniversary and she said “a new master bath”.

Design details:

  • Remove the wall separating the vanity area from the shower/toilet closet
  • Frame in the opening to the bathroom and add a swinging door with reeded glass for light
  • Remove the dropped soffit over the vanity area
  • Remove the dated louvered door to the closet and replace with a more current bi-fold door that matches the other doors in the house
  • Remove an empty heater closet occupying a good portion of the shower area and enlarge the shower with a bench seat
  • Brighten up the space by replacing all incandescent recessed lights with LED.
  • A monochromatic color palette with a few bold details to create interest in the room.

We used a deep color on the vanity to really anchor the room. A rustic custom mirror above the vanity keeps the room from feeling too formal. A large custom tile medallion was created to be the main focal point in the room. The use of chrome Schluter trim framing in the custom tile medallion really catches your eye. The herringbone tile layout on the floor really brings all the textures together for a very spa-like feel.

2nd Place - Large Kitchen & Judges’ and People’s Choice Kitchen

After

A Farm-Style Family Kitchen
For their new custom home, a young couple wanted an open farm-style kitchen that not only would accommodate everyday family living but also be ideal for entertaining guests. The couple also had a young child and wanted a kitchen that would allow her to participate in kitchen activities in a safe and fun manner. By combining interior storage innovations and mixing beautiful earthy materials together, Altera Design succeeded in designing the perfect kitchen to meet the couple’s dream vision for their home.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Mounted a large elegant island that is open to the family room. A more casual farm table was situated in front of the island for family dining.
  • Incorporated lower storage innovations so that the couple’s young child can access kitchen items easily and safely.
  • Crafted interior storage innovations to maximize the space in each cabinet. With a limited number of upper cabinets, deep drawer storage was provided to further enhance flexibility and ease of use. Removable drawer peg systems were utilized to offer more organizational options.
  • Accentuated the dramatic height of the farmhouse ceiling by designing deep diagonal wall cabinets to not only provide maximum storage but also create different depths and heights with the dimensions of the upper cabinets.
  • Installed large-scale professional-grade appliances with maximum performance and cooking options. Custom cabinet door panels were designed to discreetly conceal some of the built-in appliances.
  • Constructed an attractive bar area near the main kitchen area for casual entertaining. Glass doors with open shelving and a farm-style sink not only retained the farmhouse ambiance but also added balance to the bar area. A tall wine refrigerator and an under-counter refrigerator were included to keep entertaining beverages out of the main kitchen area. An additional drawer dishwasher was also installed in the bar area for tasks exclusive to this area.
  • Designed a simple, yet stylish backsplash to define and accentuate the style differences between the bar and main kitchen areas.
  • Used reclaimed 100-year-old barn wood for the ceiling and large white trestles to provide texture and beauty and anchor the entire space.
  • Installed a custom hood behind the range that not only is the focal point in the room but also directs eyes to the warmth and texture of the barn-wood ceiling.
  • Utilized soapstone counters for the perimeter and elegant leathered Taj Majal granite for the island counter to tie in with the farmhouse feel.
  • Combined three different cabinet finishes and used a constant mix of feminine and masculine materials to create warmth, texture, and harmony, while balancing a rustic atmosphere with a modern style and simplicity with elegance.

Designer: Leslie Kalish. LMK Interiors, Lafayette, CA
Co-Designer: Jennifer Hobson. Altera Design Kitchen & Bath, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA

2014 NKBA Northern California Chapter Awards

2nd Place - Residential Medium Kitchen

A Zen-Inspired Kitchen for a Better Life

Before

After

The clients knew their original kitchen lacked inspiration and cohesion, and felt it was a roadblock both physically and energetically for them. They asked for a Zen-inspired kitchen that would help improve their state of being.

Their kitchen did not flow with the rest of the house, and felt like a separate space penned in by family clutter. At one end of the kitchen, the clutter-attracting peninsula plus the hanging upper cabinets created a very closed-in feeling. At the other end, laundry frequently spilled over from the washer and dryer, creating both an eyesore and a physical roadblock to the staircase leading to the bonus room in the basement.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Redirected the basement stairs to exit into the hallway behind the kitchen.
  • Closed off the corner area to create valuable storage – a major pantry and an expanded laundry area. The two pantry cabinets were designed for maximum storage by utilizing six lazy susans and a series of pull-out drawers.
  • Removed the hanging cabinets above the peninsula.
  • Created an integrated informal eating area to create an open concept feel.
  • Formed a counter-height table in a wave-like shape for visual interest. The textured flamed granite has natural inclusions that look like swimming fish. The table flows seamlessly into the contrasting polished black quartz countertop, like a “river” cutting through a swath of black rock.
  • Repeated the flow of the table on the ceiling with a wavy track that supports low-voltage pendant lights over the table.
  • Continued the Japanese art-inspired design metaphor into the cooktop area. The backsplash is an asymmetric flow of metallic mosaic tiles with the same flamed granite and fish “swimming” up the splash.
  • Repeated the metallic elements in the metallic flecks in the quartz countertop, and in the accents in the Versailles patterned floor.

3rd Place - Large Bathroom

A Modern-City Bathroom for the Suburbs

Before

After

A young couple relocating from San Francisco to their new suburban home, they dreamed of a new sleek master bath that reminded them of their previous bathroom in the city. By enlarging the shower’s footprint toward the old bathtub, shortening the vanity area to improve its scale and placing a new free-standing tub complemented with a glamorous metallic mosaic tiled wall, the new design broke up the old rectilinear forms and added new dynamism and modernity to the space.

2014 NARI Remmies San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Platinum Award - Residential Bathroom 50-75K

A spa-like retreat for two…

Before

After

The original bathroom was compartmentalized with a wall separating the small vanity area from the shower and toilet closet. The vanity area felt even smaller due to a dropped soffit over the area. The master bath never really felt separated from the master bedroom due to the fact that the vanity area was open to the bedroom with no door to close it off. This couple has lived in the home for 40 years. That is plenty of time to discover what does not work. This was the last of the rooms to be renovated. The husband was shocked when he asked his wife what she would like for their 50th wedding anniversary and she said “a new master bath”.

Design details:

  • Remove the wall separating the vanity area from the shower/toilet closet
  • Frame in the opening to the bathroom and add a swinging door with reeded glass for light
  • Remove the dropped soffit over the vanity area
  • Remove the dated louvered door to the closet and replace with a more current bi-fold door that matches the other doors in the house
  • Remove an empty heater closet occupying a good portion of the shower area and enlarge the shower with a bench seat
  • Brighten up the space by replacing all incandescent recessed lights with LED.
  • A monochromatic color palette with a few bold details to create interest in the room.

We used a deep color on the vanity to really anchor the room. A rustic custom mirror above the vanity keeps the room from feeling too formal. A large custom tile medallion was created to be the main focal point in the room. The use of chrome Schluter trim framing in the custom tile medallion really catches your eye. The herringbone tile layout on the floor really brings all the textures together for a very spa-like feel.

Gold Award - Residential Kitchen 100-150K

A Modern and Convenient Kitchen

Before

After

Feeling cramped and completely closed off in her kitchen, especially when entertaining. The client wanted to redesign her kitchen so that it would connect to the rest of the house. A wall separated the kitchen and the dining room area, obstructing the view from the kitchen and making it compartmentalized and isolated. A peninsula wall stemming from the kitchen not only limited her countertop space, but also confined the kitchen to a small area. A tiny breakfast nook sat in the far corner across from the kitchen. Adjacent to the eating area were additional storage cabinets; however, their location across from the kitchen made them difficult to access and inefficient. Although the original kitchen had white cabinets, they did not fit the more contemporary style the client sought.

Objectives:

  • Open up Kitchen so it is not isolated from the rest of the house.
  • Create a space ideal for entertaining as well daily living for two.
  • Improve on the lack of storage and functionality.
  • Create a space that reflects the client’s style, but keep it appealing enough for future resale.

Design Challenges:

  • Load bearing wall between kitchen and dining room
  • Maintain easy traffic flow to laundry/mud room.
  • Window location.

Design Solutions:

  • Removed wall between kitchen and dining room. Built a soffit that highlights bar area while concealing new structural header.
  • Enlarge opening between dining room and living room.
  • Replaced breakfast nook window with one shorter and narrower to allow cabinets underneath window and on return wall.
  • Removed peninsula and expanded kitchen into old nook area.

Special Features:

  • Backsplash with geometric mosaic tile laid with an uneven edge cut out and vertical subway pattern.
  • Decorative resin panel with silver metallic thread featured on the front of the peninsula and as a decorative insert in some of the wall cabinets, adds a subtle shimmer and texture.
  • Raised bar with easy view of the new TV for small groups the dining room table close by for larger groups.
  • New beverage fridge, bar area and TV in the kitchen for entertaining. Guests can use comfortably and still be out of the way host working.

Gold Award - Residential Kitchen 60-100K

A bright and airy kitchen for casual entertaining.

Before

After

These empty nesters have lived in their home for more than 25 years. They raised their two boys and have hosted many family and friend gatherings in the house. These homeowners enjoy entertaining, this is a home filled with personality. The kitchen left them feeling cutoff from the rest of the family room when they entertained, it was small, dark, and rather cramped. What they wanted was a space filled with light, more storage, and like it was a part of the family room. They wanted a really “great room”.

Design objectives and features:

  • Opened up the kitchen by eliminating the peninsula wall, and create a much larger Island, allowing for greater storage, counter space, and a more accessible working space. Turning the new island 90 Degrees opened up the space creating the sought after great room.
  • Details include a column on the island that houses all electrical to the space. Changing the door on the walk-in pantry, from a swinging hinged door, to a barn style door, opened up the walkway behind the island.
  • A soft curve on the island counter allows for additional seating.
  • Additions of solatubes and LED lights has made the space brighter, giving a more open feeling.
  • A custom blend of colors on the glass mosaic backsplash now captures the colors of the existing granite surround on the fireplace.
  • Re-locating the gas range to the back wall of the kitchen has given the space a nice focal point, and greater expanses of countertops on either side.
  • The barn door became a feature point when an artist turned the door into a piece of moving art.

Silver Award - Residential Kitchen 60-100K

A Peaceful Kitchen Built for Two with Room to Grow.

Before

After

The kitchen was closed off, didn’t have enough storage and the breakfast area was underutilized and unattractive from the main living areas of the house.

The client wanted an island for additional prep and a place for one to sit while the other was cooking. They also requested designated areas for filing and books, wine serving and storage and a place for their coffee maker that requires filling at the top.

The kitchen was too narrow to wrap cabinets on three walls and an island. By reducing the cabinet depth on one side of the room designating it for staging and storage. We were able to create an island that both clients wanted.

Lowered base cabinets on either side of the window seat keeps the seating area from feeling to closed in and allows for a good space for the coffee maker with extra space above for filling and an area designated for office type functions (filing, message center, phone and cook book storage). The wine bar was placed across from the office area to help balance the room.

Designing a window seat where the owners could take advantage of the view of their backyard while enjoying their coffee or wine and is an appealing site from the entry. Also allowed for the possibility of extra seating at a table if they chose to add one in the future, creating a full breakfast area.

Objectives:

  • Open up space.
  • Add an island where spouse can keep the cook company but out of his way.
  • Additional function to the breakfast area.
  • Add wine bar.
  • Needed a place for filing, phone and cookbooks.

Design Challenges:

  • Long narrow space.
  • Large opening to living area and view from front door.
  • Find a place for client’s special coffee maker.

Design Solutions:

  • Reduced depth of pantry and base cabinets on one wall to provide space for an island.
  • Created window bench as attractive view from front door.
  • Added bump outs, valances and clipped corners to break up length of space.

Special Features:

  • Lowered counter for coffee maker allows for easy filling at the top, balanced by desk height office type storage.
  • Wine bar complete with wine fridge and everything needed to store and serve wine.
  • Natural finished cherry cabinets and multi colored random lay ceramic backsplash adds texture and interest without overpowering the space.

Silver Award - Residential Kitchen 100-150K

A contemporary vibe in the rustic mountains

The client was interested in transforming their outdated Lake Tahoe kitchen into a look that would blend with the rustic mountain environment while keeping a contemporary vibe. This is their second home and a gathering place for their large family. The client enjoys cooking for the family and it was important to have a kitchen that functioned well. Through a variety of textures and materials we wanted to keep everything interesting while maintaining the focus on function.

Design Features and Solutions:

  • The client fell in love with this home because of a dry stacked granite rock wall that was used as a back drop to the ceramic wood burning stove in the center of the living space. They loved its’ rustic feel but it did not connect in any way to the existing space. They were hoping to find a way to blend the wall into the space. We decided to feature a similar granite rock wall and incorporated the rustic lines from the dry stacked shape onto the back wall.
  • We chose the Blackened Steel, Oil Rubbed Bronze combination for the hood to achieve a weighted look that would balance with the rock wall. Together they complement each other.
  • We decided on the quilted brushed stainless backsplash behind the range to create a functional low maintenance surface that creates a clean look to a rustic wall.
  • The next challenge was to incorporate the contemporary look the client wanted to achieve. We decided on a slab door for the cabinets and contemporary pulls The colors of the cabinets give an interesting contrast to the rustic rock.
  • The client was interested in tying in reclaimed barnwood to the project. We incorporated it on the family room wall as well as the back of the island. We chose a horizontal pattern with clean lines for the blend of rustic and contemporary.
  • The “cemento” colored quartz countertop with a 3” mitered edge gave a solid rustic look with contemporary lines. The thicker edge detail balances the granite rock. It also functions well making a higher countertop for a tall family. The durable quartz countertop functions for this large family making clean up easier.
  • The cabinets have customized pull outs that can be used for all the items the client uses. For example the narrow cabinet along the rock functions as a pull out for spices.

2014 NARI National CotY Awards

Regional Winner, Southwest Region- Residential Bathroom over 60k

A Modern-City Bathroom for the Suburbs

Before

After

A young couple relocating from San Francisco to their new suburban home, they dreamed of a new sleek master bath that reminded them of their previous bathroom in the city. By enlarging the shower’s footprint toward the old bathtub, shortening the vanity area to improve its scale and placing a new free-standing tub complemented with a glamorous metallic mosaic tiled wall, the new design broke up the old rectilinear forms and added new dynamism and modernity to the space.

2013 NARI Remmies San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

1st Place - Residential Bath over 60k

A Modern-City Bathroom for the Suburbs

Before

After

A young couple relocating from San Francisco to their new suburban home, they dreamed of a new sleek master bath that reminded them of their previous bathroom in the city. By enlarging the shower’s footprint toward the old bathtub, shortening the vanity area to improve its scale and placing a new free-standing tub complemented with a glamorous metallic mosaic tiled wall, the new design broke up the old rectilinear forms and added new dynamism and modernity to the space.

1st Place - Residential Kitchen 80-120k

A Zen-Inspired Kitchen for a Better Life

Before

After

The clients knew their original kitchen lacked inspiration and cohesion, and felt it was a roadblock both physically and energetically for them. They asked for a Zen-inspired kitchen that would help improve their state of being.

Their kitchen did not flow with the rest of the house, and felt like a separate space penned in by family clutter. At one end of the kitchen, the clutter-attracting peninsula plus the hanging upper cabinets created a very closed-in feeling. At the other end, laundry frequently spilled over from the washer and dryer, creating both an eyesore and a physical roadblock to the staircase leading to the bonus room in the basement.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Redirected the basement stairs to exit into the hallway behind the kitchen.
  • Closed off the corner area to create valuable storage – a major pantry and an expanded laundry area. The two pantry cabinets were designed for maximum storage by utilizing six lazy susans and a series of pull-out drawers.
  • Removed the hanging cabinets above the peninsula.
  • Created an integrated informal eating area to create an open concept feel.
  • Formed a counter-height table in a wave-like shape for visual interest. The textured flamed granite has natural inclusions that look like swimming fish. The table flows seamlessly into the contrasting polished black quartz countertop, like a “river” cutting through a swath of black rock.
  • Repeated the flow of the table on the ceiling with a wavy track that supports low-voltage pendant lights over the table.
  • Continued the Japanese art-inspired design metaphor into the cooktop area. The backsplash is an asymmetric flow of metallic mosaic tiles with the same flamed granite and fish “swimming” up the splash.
  • Repeated the metallic elements in the metallic flecks in the quartz countertop, and in the accents in the Versailles patterned floor.

2nd Place - Residential Bath over 60k

A Modern-Rustic Bathroom for a Busy Family

Before

After

As busy corporate executives, the clients were looking for a sanctuary to help them unwind and relax in the evening. The scenic beauty of the majestic trees and rolling hills outside their windows provided ample inspiration for a bathroom remodel that would bring the rustic serenity of the outside into their home. Stylistically, the client’s desire for a modern yet rustic feel was executed with a mix of clean lines and warm materials.

Opening up the room as much as possible became a major goal. The client’s original master bath lacked the open and airy feel of the rest of their transitional-style home. Oversized soffits along three sides of the room created a heavy, boxy feeling that diminished the impact of the room’s high ceilings. The extra-large tub deck also occupied a substantial footprint, resulting in a disproportionately small shower in relation to the ample size of the entire space.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Removed the soffits around the room, exposing the natural, angled roofline of the home.
  • Removed the tub and large tub deck, and replaced them with a free-standing tub, instantly modernized and expanded the room.
  • Replaced the makeup vanity with practical furniture-style cabinets to hold toiletries and towels. The cabinets also hide the client’s prized radio behind lattice doors that still transmit sound well.
  • Specified simple Shaker style cabinets in a warm cherry wood, and created matching vanity mirrors frames.
  • Installed slate-look ceramic tile floors, set in a Versailles pattern, to complement the reddish hue of the cabinets and brown granite countertops while providing a natural feel.
  • Created a pair of offset, landscape-style display niches behind the tub – accented with multi-colored glass mosaics – to draw attention to the impressive floor-to-ceiling tiled back wall and the stylish bathtub.
  • Used the oil-rubbed bronze color on the frameless shower enclosure hardware, the vanity hardware and the plumbing to complete the understated rustic look.

3rd Place - Residential Bath over 60k

A Contemporary Spanish-styled Bathroom

Before

After

The dreary and dated powder bath in this gracious Hacienda-style home also serves as the guest bathroom for overnight company. The client was eager to create a bathroom that was of equal scale and quality to the rest of their beautifully renovated house. The original space was dark, outdated and compartmented. It had three doors and a confusing floor plan, a tub but no shower, and it looked at the neighbor’s unsightly fence and unkempt yard.

The client wanted to add a contemporary twist to the bathroom while maintaining the warmth of their Spanish-styled home. The clients wanted to revamp the look and layout as much as possible while saving the original tile floor that runs throughout the house – a very unique and difficult design constraint.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • The two compartments were visually connected by widening the doorway, eliminating the compartment door, and hiding the load-bearing header inside the ceiling. This created the sense of “one room” while still shielding the toilet.
  • The oversized tub deck was removed and the new tub was relocated to create space for a generously-sized new shower.
  • A new large picture window was installed above the tub to take advantage of the views and light from the client’s private rose garden while maintaining privacy.
  • To evenly distribute light in the two areas, a pair of tube skylights were installed near the vanity and near the toilet.
  • Using the color palette of the floor tiles as a foundation, natural and authentic materials such as the driftwood-colored knotty alder cabinets and the hammered steel knobs and pulls were utilized. The reddish-brown quartz countertops and tub deck provide substance and depth while contrasting with the lighter, modern striated porcelain tiles.
  • The shower soap niche was over-scaled to create a display niche for the client’s extensive collection of travel curios.

Merit Award - Residential Bath 30-60k

An Italian Inspired Bathroom Retreat

Before

After

As busy owners of a successful business, the clients placed a high value on relaxing and travel. Unfortunately, their home’s master bath caused more stress than it relieved. Using inspiration from their favorite travel destination in Italy, the bathroom was redesigned to bring together two of their favorite things.

The bath had been part of a 1970’s addition, and was both aesthetically and structurally challenged. The narrow and dark room had odd angles and no privacy, as well as significant plumbing and ventilation issues. The cabinets, lighting, and tub were all improvised, resulting in a mish-mash of colors, styles and finishes. The carpeted floor, lack of storage and lack of a door between the bath and bedroom made the space challenging each and every day.

The Doge Palace in Venice, Italy was the inspiration for the Italian Renaissance-styled retreat. The room’s complex tile patterns, distinctive color scheme – punctuated by the generous use of black highlights – and Italian wall coverings that mimic Venetian plaster – are clear examples of how this theme was translated.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Solved the major foundation, ventilation, and plumbing issues.
  • Borrowed space from the toilet compartment and the walk-in closet, while improving the storage. The main area now gradually widens, creating attractive sight lines and a feeling of expansiveness.
  • Added a new door at the entrance and extensive shallow-depth cabinets inside the toilet compartment.
  • Reoriented the new spa tub under the enlarged window to create enough room for a luxurious, separate shower.
  • Laid the limestone floor in a Versailles pattern on a 30 degree diagonal to evoke a sense of movement and to mask the awkward angles of the room’s perimeter.
  • Removed the soffit above the vanity, installed a frameless shower enclosure, and added proper lighting to create a sense of openness and spaciousness.
  • Cut accent tiles from the slabs and the large tiles to create the rug panels of the shower, the chair rail around the room, and the floor accents to ensure absolute consistency.
  • Added intricate, rich cherry cabinets to enhance the old-world feeling.

2012 NKBA National Design Competition

Best Bathroom - Best Large Bathroom - People’s Choice

A Pet Friendly, Relaxation-Ready Bath

Before

After

The clients wanted to reconfigure their disjointed master bath to create a modern, spa-like retreat for themselves and their pet dogs. As part-time dog breeders, the clients needed a beautiful yet highly functional space.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Brought the entire bathroom together in one contiguous area.
  • Created dog-friendly features including open flooring for a puppy whelping area, storage for medical and veterinary supplies and equipment, and a hidden dog door to the kennel area.
  • Converted the old vanity area in the bedroom into a large dressing area with extensive custom built-ins for even more storage.
  • Used a soothing, natural, yet modern set of materials and colors to convey a spa-feel. The private toilet compartment, expansive shower, commercial-style makeup lighting, frosted-glass cabinet doors, and dedicated vanity area also contribute to the spa-like atmosphere.
  • An accent wall of uneven, textured, floor-to-ceiling porcelain tile runs through the bathroom and into the shower, bisected only by the frameless shower door. The wall includes a landscape-style display niche with unique frosted glass mosaic tiles. A similar wall treatment in the toilet compartment provides continuity.
  • The “natural” materials palette includes bamboo-veneer cabinets, pebble mosaic tile accent stripes on the floor, “beach-glass”-like glass mosaic tiles in the display niches, and honed Caesarstone countertops. The countertops “waterfall” down the sides of the cabinets to create a custom, modern look.
  • Distinctive lighting accentuates the display niches, the toekick, and the vanities.
  • The curbless shower provides easy access and accentuates the room’s clean, modern lines.

2012 NKBA Northern California Chapter

1st Place - Master Bath Suites

A Pet Friendly, Relaxation-Ready Bath

Before

After

The clients wanted to reconfigure their disjointed master bath to create a modern, spa-like retreat for themselves and their pet dogs. As part-time dog breeders, the clients needed a beautiful yet highly functional space.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Brought the entire bathroom together in one contiguous area.
  • Created dog-friendly features including open flooring for a puppy whelping area, storage for medical and veterinary supplies and equipment, and a hidden dog door to the kennel area.
  • Converted the old vanity area in the bedroom into a large dressing area with extensive custom built-ins for even more storage.
  • Used a soothing, natural, yet modern set of materials and colors to convey a spa-feel. The private toilet compartment, expansive shower, commercial-style makeup lighting, frosted-glass cabinet doors, and dedicated vanity area also contribute to the spa-like atmosphere.
  • An accent wall of uneven, textured, floor-to-ceiling porcelain tile runs through the bathroom and into the shower, bisected only by the frameless shower door. The wall includes a landscape-style display niche with unique frosted glass mosaic tiles. A similar wall treatment in the toilet compartment provides continuity.
  • The “natural” materials palette includes bamboo-veneer cabinets, pebble mosaic tile accent stripes on the floor, “beach-glass”-like glass mosaic tiles in the display niches, and honed Caesarstone countertops. The countertops “waterfall” down the sides of the cabinets to create a custom, modern look.
  • Distinctive lighting accentuates the display niches, the toekick, and the vanities.
  • The curbless shower provides easy access and accentuates the room’s clean, modern lines.

2nd Place - Medium Kitchen

The Zen Modern Cook’s Kitchen

Before

After

This new kitchen was designed to be the heart of the home – perfectly functional to prepare large feasts, and exquisitely detailed to reflect their love of Asian design.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Added a much-needed peninsula to create more prep and cooking space.
  • Specified numerous design details to create a dramatic Asian look:
  • Rich emerald-colored, counter-to-ceiling glass mosaic backsplash tile on the cooktop wall to create a primary focal point. This tile is in two sizes and laid in two ways to create more impact and to mimic the look and feel of bamboo.
  • Two-toned cabinetry and moldings.
  • Frosted glass artwork cabinets above the wall cabinets along the cooktop wall.
  • Red pendant lights for visual punch.
  • Warm red cherry cabinets to emulate the look of Chinese rosewood, echoing the furniture in the breakfast nook.
  • Door molding details in a faux-bamboo pattern on the appliance garage cabinets by the wall oven.
  • Etched glass with a bamboo print on the pantry door.
  • More storage space was added in the new peninsula, and by using taller wall cabinets.
  • Small appliances are now concealed in the appliances garages with hinged doors.
  • The new peninsula is at bar height to accommodate the client’s cooking preferences. Legs in a contrasting color on two sides of the peninsula create a furniture-like effect. The red pendant lights were chosen to attract your eyes.
  • Green touches include dimmable LED recessed lighting, an induction cooktop, and quartz countertops.

2011 NARI Remmies San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

1st Place - Residential Kitchen over 120K

The Zen Modern Cook’s Kitchen

Before

After

A Modern Kitchen for an International Family

The clients wanted to reconfigure their disjointed master bath to create a modern, spa-like retreat for themselves and their pet dogs. As part-time dog breeders, the clients needed a beautiful yet highly functional space.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Brought the entire bathroom together in one contiguous area.
  • Created dog-friendly features including open flooring for a puppy whelping area, storage for medical and veterinary supplies and equipment, and a hidden dog door to the kennel area.
  • Converted the old vanity area in the bedroom into a large dressing area with extensive custom built-ins for even more storage.
  • Used a soothing, natural, yet modern set of materials and colors to convey a spa-feel. The private toilet compartment, expansive shower, commercial-style makeup lighting, frosted-glass cabinet doors, and dedicated vanity area also contribute to the spa-like atmosphere.
  • An accent wall of uneven, textured, floor-to-ceiling porcelain tile runs through the bathroom and into the shower, bisected only by the frameless shower door. The wall includes a landscape-style display niche with unique frosted glass mosaic tiles. A similar wall treatment in the toilet compartment provides continuity.
  • The “natural” materials palette includes bamboo-veneer cabinets, pebble mosaic tile accent stripes on the floor, “beach-glass”-like glass mosaic tiles in the display niches, and honed Caesarstone countertops. The countertops “waterfall” down the sides of the cabinets to create a custom, modern look.
  • Distinctive lighting accentuates the display niches, the toekick, and the vanities.
  • The curbless shower provides easy access and accentuates the room’s clean, modern lines.

2nd Place - Residential Bath over 60K

A Pet Friendly, Relaxation-Ready Bath

Before

After

The clients wanted to reconfigure their disjointed master bath to create a modern, spa-like retreat for themselves and their pet dogs. As part-time dog breeders, the clients needed a beautiful yet highly functional space.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Brought the entire bathroom together in one contiguous area.
  • Created dog-friendly features including open flooring for a puppy whelping area, storage for medical and veterinary supplies and equipment, and a hidden dog door to the kennel area.
  • Converted the old vanity area in the bedroom into a large dressing area with extensive custom built-ins for even more storage.
  • Used a soothing, natural, yet modern set of materials and colors to convey a spa-feel. The private toilet compartment, expansive shower, commercial-style makeup lighting, frosted-glass cabinet doors, and dedicated vanity area also contribute to the spa-like atmosphere.
  • An accent wall of uneven, textured, floor-to-ceiling porcelain tile runs through the bathroom and into the shower, bisected only by the frameless shower door. The wall includes a landscape-style display niche with unique frosted glass mosaic tiles. A similar wall treatment in the toilet compartment provides continuity.
  • The “natural” materials palette includes bamboo-veneer cabinets, pebble mosaic tile accent stripes on the floor, “beach-glass”-like glass mosaic tiles in the display niches, and honed Caesarstone countertops. The countertops “waterfall” down the sides of the cabinets to create a custom, modern look.
  • Distinctive lighting accentuates the display niches, the toekick, and the vanities.
  • The curbless shower provides easy access and accentuates the room’s clean, modern lines.

2nd Place - Residential Kitchen 80-120k

The Zen Modern Cook’s Kitchen

Before

After

This new kitchen was designed to be the heart of the home – perfectly functional to prepare large feasts, and exquisitely detailed to reflect their love of Asian design.

DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:

  • Added a much-needed peninsula to create more prep and cooking space.
  • Specified numerous design details to create a dramatic Asian look:
  • Rich emerald-colored, counter-to-ceiling glass mosaic backsplash tile on the cooktop wall to create a primary focal point. This tile is in two sizes and laid in two ways to create more impact and to mimic the look and feel of bamboo.
  • Two-toned cabinetry and moldings.
  • Frosted glass artwork cabinets above the wall cabinets along the cooktop wall.
  • Red pendant lights for visual punch.
  • Warm red cherry cabinets to emulate the look of Chinese rosewood, echoing the furniture in the breakfast nook.
  • Door molding details in a faux-bamboo pattern on the appliance garage cabinets by the wall oven.
  • Etched glass with a bamboo print on the pantry door.
  • More storage space was added in the new peninsula, and by using taller wall cabinets.
  • Small appliances are now concealed in the appliances garages with hinged doors.
  • The new peninsula is at bar height to accommodate the client’s cooking preferences. Legs in a contrasting color on two sides of the peninsula create a furniture-like effect. The red pendant lights were chosen to attract your eyes.
  • Green touches include dimmable LED recessed lighting, an induction cooktop, and quartz countertops.

Merit Award

An Asian-Inspired Bath Transformation

Before

After

OBJECTIVES
The clients had grown tired of their dated master bath, which made them feel confined and uninspired. They wanted to open up the bath to create a spacious, airy feeling, and design something that complimented their love of Asian design.

DESIGN CHALLENGES:

  • Open up the bathroom to create an expansive, brighter space
  • Modernize the bathroom to include Asian accents to tie with their furnishings
  • Expand the vanity area, and create more storage
  • Replace the unsafe sunken tub with a showerDESIGN SOLUTIONS
  • Removed the wall separating the toilet compartment and vanity area, as well as the soffits above the tub and vanity. The resulting space feels voluminous and luxurious compared to the compartmentalized older floor plan.
  • Utilized a neutral color palette punched up with red accents for an Asian feel. The red-hued cherry wood cabinets mimic the look of Chinese rosewood, and the red striped accent tiles in the shower and on the vanity backsplash pull out the room’s neutral colors and while adding a modern quality to create an overall transitional design.
  • Created separate vanity areas, defined by a central wall cabinet, to provide both personalized work stations and ample storage space.
  • Built an oversized, curbless shower with hidden storage, leveraging the feeling of spaciousness created by removing the soffit and sunken tub.DESIGN FEATURES:
  • Vertical tile accent “stripes” in the shower made with striped tile emphasize the new, added ceiling height. The stripe along the back wall purposely bisects the window and corner bench for visual interest. The accent tile detail wraps into the window sills and the lines of the stripes in the tile all align perfectly, to emphasize small details.
  • The curbless shower contributes to the clean overall look, and also makes aging-in-place easier for the clients, who want to be able to live in the home as long as they can..
  • The return wall separating the toilet area and shower area is tiled on both sides from floor-to-ceiling, creating a solid, monolithic look as well as a sense of intimacy in the shower. This wall also smartly holds the custom soap and shampoo niche on the shower side.
  • Low-profile, in-line exhaust fans with built-in halogen lights are used above the shower to provide luxury lighting and a quiet shower experience.
  • Mirrors above the vanities are custom-framed using matching cabinet molding.The design of the cabinet pulls perfectly echo the cabinet door panel detail.
  • Concealed pull-out towel bars in the sink base cabinets are used to allow the walls to remain “clean” and uncluttered.

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What our Clients Say

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Now that we have officially completed our remodel I wanted to thank you for the fabulous job you did. Jim from the moment we met with you we had great confidence and trust in your talents. Read more

We were very impressed with the design sessions held in their Walnut Creek showroom with the Proj. Designer, including her attention to detail in setting out the overall work schedule.
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A big thank you to Altera Design once again for a great job in remodeling our master bath, updating our guest bath and installing new granite countertops in the kitchen.
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It was a pleasure to have Altera Design remodel our bathrooms. The results are beautiful. Without hesitation, we would recommend your company. Many thanks.
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I would like to thank you for doing such a lovely remodel of my kitchen. When I now think of Altera Design, I think of quality, attention to detail, and personalized service.
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We would be happy to recommend Altera Design to anyone be considering a remodeling job in their home. Not only was the job expertly done, but it was finished ahead of time.
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Jennifer Rocca

Lee & Mike Gallagher G, Danville

We contracted with Altera Design and Remodeling in April of this year to have our second Bath remodeled, with work to start when we returned in September. We were very impressed with the design sessions held in their Walnut Creek showroom with the Proj. Designer, including her attention to detail in ordering and setting out the overall work schedule.

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Project Date: April 2016

Project Price: $50,000 - $1,00,000

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Tish H.

Now that we have officially completed our remodel I wanted to thank you for the fabulous job you did. Jim from the moment we met with you we had great confidence and trust in your talents. You were so thorough at that first meeting finding our what we wanted. There was an immediate feel of integrity. Hope you all will enjoy a blessed holiday season. We would be glad to be a reference for any potential clients.

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