Clairemont Residence

Clairemont Residence

CASE STUDY

CLAIREMONT RESIDENCE

Fresh and Modern Kitchen

Jennifer Brown came to me to help her design a new kitchen for her 1953 house in Clairemont. The small kitchen was dark and cramped, and the original cabinetry and fixtures were old and worn out.

Kitchen Wish List

  • A larger open kitchen and dining area to accommodate her growing children
  • An efficient work/cook/dining space
  • A design that reflects her taste and style
  • A separate laundry room
  • All to be done on a budget

Discovering Opportunities 
for Improvement

The kitchen was very small and no doubt needed to expand. The big question was where do we get the space?

  • I created a few design concepts, some that included expanding out into the yard and others using space from the existing garage.
  • After weighing the pros and cons as well as the costs of each scenario, Jen decided that the garage space would be best used for the kitchen expansion.
  • We divided the garage’s space into three sections:
  • 1. One for storage
    2. One for a new laundry room
    3. One to become part of the new kitchen (more than doubling the existing kitchen’s size)

Transforming The Home

Demo

New Floor Plan

The final result was a fresh modern kitchen with proper space and function as well as a lot of personality. For a family with two kids, this kitchen/dining area offers a central place to gather and eat meals. It also makes daily tasks of cooking and laundry simply more enjoyable.

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Poway Residence

Poway Residence

CASE STUDY

POWAY RESIDENCE

Clean and Classic, Room by Room

I have enjoyed working with this family over the years on four interior design projects! First, I created a new kitchen and powder bath for them. Then, a few years later, we again came together for the master bath and main staircase. For all of the projects, we relied on my initial discovery process, and style guide for their entire home. The client’s love earthy tones, whimsical finishes, and a contemporary “artisan” vibe. With each remodel, their Rancho Bernardo home became a beautiful expression matching this style.

Kitchen Wish List

  • A new kitchen with more natural light.
  • More cabinetry and storage space.
  • Open up the space between the kitchen and eating area.
  • Artisan tile in earth tones.
  • Modern appliances.
  • Quality build, using reliable and skilled contractors.

Discovering Opportunities 
for Improvement

Because the family knew they would be remodeling the entire house over time, I carefully considered the short and long term plans that would work best for the clients. Here are some things I noticed during the discovery process:

  • The original design was neutral and the same as the other homes in their track house community, built in the 1970’s. The interior lacked individual expression.
  • The original kitchen had dated fixtures and poor workflow.
  • The client was open to trying new things and putting their personal stamp on the design!
  • The ceiling fluorescent light was no longer appealing to the client.
  • It was hard for the clients to visualize what they wanted.

Transforming The Home

I created design concepts in three steps. First I created a space plan to help the client see the changes I was proposing. Next, I created elevations to visualize what a vertical space would look like. Once approved, we looked at colors, finishes, textures and patterns. Every step of the way, I was interpreting the client’s desires into my vision boards. Using this process, they were comfortable and secure in the decision-making.

  • Expanded the kitchen window for additional view of garden and natural light.
  • Walls feature artisan tile in earth tones.
  • Consistent wood species throughout the home – cherry wood.
  • Custom cabinetry built to be a wine bar and storage.

In each of the remodel projects, my goal is to continually exceed my client’s expectations through creative space planning and my knowledge of the excellent products that make a room really shine. This home is filled with impeccable design with the utmost function. The key to pleasing any client is to sit down and really listen to their needs and wants. By doing so, we continually please our clients and achieve success.

  • Handmade mosaic red-fired clay tile combined with black granite backsplash.
  • Fluorescent lighting replaced with pendants, dimmable recessed lighting.
  • Interior cabinet lights.
  • Random hopscotch-set limestone flooring
  • Custom light-cherry cabinets that are playful and creative.

It’s so nice to really understand your client and have them appreciate you. The clients remodeled their home in phases, as t heir needs and lifestyle changed. When it was time to update the kitchen, make adjustments to the staircase for the grandkids, or treat themselves to a spa master bath – I was eager to help. I took care of all the little details of this project so the homeowners didn’t have to, they were able to stay relaxed and confident that I was managing the project all the way.

Room by room, their house is transforming into a dream home they will enjoy for years to come.

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The Garay Residence

The Garay Residence

CASE STUDY

THE GARAY RESIDENCE

Pulling It All Together

For more than 15 years, Patty collected magazine clippings of kitchens she loved. When it was finally time for her to remodel her home, she came to me with stacks of ideas and an interesting request. Patty had always loved Poggenpohl kitchens but felt she could not afford one. However, she was able to purchase two kitchen displays in two different styles at a fraction of the cost. My challenge was to integrate these fixtures into one cohesive kitchen design.

Patty’s Wish List

  • Create a modern, functional kitchen using new display cabinets and surfaces.
  • Remodel ground floor during second floor addition.
  • Update the appliances to the highest specification.
  • Create a family gathering space for three active girls.

Discovering Opportunities 
for Improvement

During the second story construction, we met at the house to discuss the wants and needs of a new kitchen. I had to figure out how to integrate the two displays and put all the parts together into one cohesive design. Quite a challenge!

I discovered:

  • The kitchen needed to be moved from its original location.
  • Cabinets were in storage and were different heights and finishes.
  • Patty had beautiful black and white photographs she wanted to feature.
  • Often more than one person was cooking in the kitchen.

Putting It All Together

I created 5 complete interior design concepts that the Garay’s adored! I incorporated the existing Poggenpohl cabinets seamlessly with the new details of the kitchen. Together, we chose appliances that were at the top of the professional range. The remodel gave them the Poggenpohl kitchen of their dreams!

  • Expanded the kitchen after moving it to a different part of the house.
  • Open plan so Patty could interact with the kids while she prepared dinner.
  • Contemporary Euro look and feel with translucent cabinet doors.
  • Dual cooking spaces with a gas stove and an induction cook top for a dual working triangle.

This project proves that even with difficult constraints, you can accomplish a beautiful end result. In this one kitchen, there is a material mix including white quartz, grey quartz, and a wood counter top, all working in harmony with a glass bar. I was able to combine the variety of finishes into an inviting entertainment hub. There is plenty of space throughout the ground floor for Patty to feature her eclectic art collection and stunning family photos.

  • Eating area accent wall, wood paneling to match kitchen cabinetry.
  • Integration of existing fittings for an efficient and inviting space.
  • Cool, natural surfaces to create a Euro look and feel.

Patty had a dream. For years she had wanted a home that matched her style and aesthetic. Because budget and repurposing were a big consideration for this job, I explored ways we could get the most out of each and every design decision. Patty’s cabinet displays sat in storage for 6 years until she could find the right designer to put all the pieces together to make her dream kitchen come true.
I was that person.

“I saw Traci’s work and loved it. I asked her to take the two different cabinetry displays I purchased and make them fit into my new kitchen. After waiting for years to remodel our house, I needed someone who could bring it all together. Traci was the perfect choice.” – Patty Garay

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The Essex Residence

The Essex Residence

CASE STUDY

THE ESSEX RESIDENCE

A Very Personal Transformation

Lauren contacted me after being impressed by my portfolio on Houzz. She loved the comprehensive interior design work I had done for my previous clients, and was enthusiastic about working together. Initially, Lauren said she wanted a new kitchen that was larger, more functional and styled with updated materials. She was experiencing some big life changes, and felt a kitchen remodel would be a great way to enhance her new lifestyle.

Lauren’s Wish List

  • Improved cooking space to reflect a new single lifestyle.
  • More functionality for cooking, entertaining and hosting parties.
  • Updated style utilizing long lasting materials.
  • Quality build, using reliable and skilled contractors.
  • Wanted her daughter to love spending time at home.

Discovering Opportunities 
for Improvement

During our thorough (and fun!) initial consultation and idea share, we discovered her home didn’t match her lifestyle. Here are some things 
I noticed during the discovery process:

  • Limited room to expand the kitchen in its current location.
  • Laundry located in the garage.
  • Poor lighting throughout the home.
  • Separate, small rooms that limited traffic flow and social interaction.
  • Very poor kitchen workflow in a cramped space.

Transforming Lauren’s Home

I created 4 complete interior design concepts that she absolutely loved! I included ideas Lauren shared during the discovery process to match her style while referencing photos and ideas she had collected. Together, we reviewed the ideas and samples, and chose the best solutions to satisfy her desires for appearance and functionality. The kitchen remodel became a home and lifestyle transformation!

  • Expanded the kitchen after moving it to a different part of the house.
  • Hidden laundry and mudroom tucked next to the kitchen.
  • Contemporary, natural fixtures for fit and finish.
  • Excellent kitchen workflow and room to socialize.
  • More closet space.

I am not afraid to move walls, relocate a door, change lighting, or experiment with materials. I did all of those things for Lauren, and the result was fantastic. We ended up moving the kitchen, and forming an open living space for the family to gather and entertain. I also created a laundry room and lovely entranceway to further enhance the living space. From the eating area, the backyard is now visible and integrated through large panel slider.

  • Task lighting and windows to provide ample light throughout.
  • Operable skylights for fresh air and natural light.
  • Central beam so we could remove unwanted walls and create vaulted ceiling.

When problems come up (and they always do!) I quickly and effectively problem solve for a beautiful result. When shipments were delayed, or behind the wall surprises were discovered, we were able to adjust the plan to solve whatever challenges surfaced during the build. The end result speaks for itself.

The Essex Residence received the 2017 Kitchen of the Year Award from San Diego Home & Garden.

“I could just tell when I met Traci that it was going to be a perfect fit, and it has been, every step of the way. Traci achieved everything that I was looking for. It’s really been an incredible transformation (for myself and my home). I really feel proud of my space and it now reflects ME. I feel so humbled to live here. It is beautiful!”
– Lauren Essex

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