Bay Ho Residence

Bay Ho Residence

CASE STUDY

BAY HO RESIDENCE

 

Before & After   |   Final Design   |   Testimonial   |   Partners

The clients came to us to redesign the master suite in their 1975  Bay Ho home. The original bathroom was dated and dark, and the closet was small in scale to the larger bedroom. Traci expanded the closet, borrowing unused space from the bedroom, and created an efficient flow by connecting the bathroom and closet with a sliding door. Light, modern finishes create a soothing atmosphere and a new skylight over the shower and solar tube in the closet flood the space with natural light. 

V I S I O N

 A small master bath with a big dream

Discovering Opportunities 
for Accommodation

The client was aiming to squeeze more luxury, joy and use out of this cozy bathroom by adding good… 

  • Circulation – opening the space and moving the toilet to it’s own room with wood/glass sliding door.
  • Light-filled – walk in shower with natural light flooding down.
  • Function –  the conversion of this space from a separated closet and bathroom to a suite.
  • Cost – not over-building for the home or going over budget.
  • Scale – new custom floating cabinetry that allows the space to remain open and airy.

Innovative solutions

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A place for everything

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New Floor Plan

The final result

This complete renovation and transformation of a dark and dated master bath into a universally-designed, European inspired room. The resulting space is modern, bright, open and airy and replete with the new efficiencies and comfort.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

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to complete a successful project.

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UTC Residence

UTC Residence

CASE STUDY

UTC RESIDENCE

Bathroom of the Year

Before & After   |   Final Design   |   Testimonial   |   Partners

These clients have a high sense of design and have always built their own homes.
They just downsized into a typical town home and needed this new space to stand out but also be accommodating of aging in place.

V I S I O N

A natural palette peppered with some aqua and green breathes fresh, new life into a re-imagined UTC town home. Choosing materials and finishes that have higher contrast helps make the change from flooring to wall, as well as cabinet to counter, more obvious. Large glass wall tiles make the bathroom seem much larger. A flush installation of drywall to tile is easy on the eye while showing the attention to detail.  

Discovering Opportunities 
for Accommodation

The client has a handful of challenges ahead – with dealing with Parkinson and all of its symptoms.

  • We optimized the shower, enlarging it by eliminating the tub and not using a shower door.
  • We were able to do a curb-less shower, reducing the likelihood of falling.
  • We used larger tiles in the bathroom and shower but added the anti slip porcelain.
  • Decorative beams frame the skylights and highlight the architectural quality of the sloped ceiling which now integrates the entire room.
  • We included a built-in seat in the shower and a stand-alone bench on the other side. We used a separate hand shower and easy to grab handles.

Before and After

It is not often that I get to play with stain-glass, but this existing circular window, that we could NOT change, needed some love. We used a local craftsman that allowed us to design a playful stain-glass piece for the inside of the bathroom window, reminding them of their front door in their custom home years ago.

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A modern custom floating vanity allows for walker wheels if needed.  Personal touches like adding a filter faucet at the sink makes his trips to take medicine a bit easier.

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New Floor Plan

The final result

One of my favorite things in design for any project is lighting. Not only can lighting add to the look and feel of the space, but it can also create a safer environment. Installing different types of lighting, including scones on either side of the mirror, recessed can lights both inside and outside of the shower, and LED strip lighting under the floating vanity, keep this modern bathroom current and very functional. Because of the skylight and the round window, light is allowed in to play with the different colors in the glass and the shapes around the room, which created a bright and playful bathroom.

Testimonial

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

It takes a dream team of amazing clients, vendors, and contractors
to complete a successful project.

San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyle Magazine
Bath of the Year 2020

Voted Bath of the Year 2020
San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyle Magazine


Arise Interior’s design was coined as a bath with personality. Combining artistry and access.


“The universal design aspect makes this bathroom special on many levels.” – Linda Medina

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La Jolla Residence

La Jolla Residence

CASE STUDY

LA JOLLA RESIDENCE

Fresh and Modern Kitchen

The clients came to us to help remodel their kitchen for their 1950s house in Bird Rock, La Jolla. The kitchen was small and tight and the furniture and decor exuded warm and sophisticated style with mid century elements and unique pieces from around the globe. We opted to incorporate the existing style and include modern fixtures and a pop of color to open up the space. 

V I S I O N

The vision was to open the kitchen, utilizing the entire space, centering the room with a large island and bar seating.

Discovering Opportunities 
for Improvement

  • The tight kitchen work space had a low flat ceiling and a small patio door hidden in the corner.
  • Natural light was an issue as well. A dramatic change occurred with the addition of French doors, larger windows and skylights.
  • The north wall was reconfigured, we closed off the single patio door and used the space for pantry storage and oven, while enlarging the windows to allow more light and increased view of the greenery outside.
  • Decorative beams frame the skylights and highlight the architectural quality of the sloped ceiling which now integrates the entire room.
  • Sitting one step up for the formal dining room, the kitchen was divided in two spaces with the flooring running perpendicular to each-other.

Transforming The Home

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New Floor Plan

The final result was a completely updated floorpan with uniquely curated finishes to match. Custom Maple cabinets with base color and satin tinted glaze. Features include pull-out pantry, multiple rollouts and 2 trash/ recycling bins.

Most of the kitchen is constructed with overlay cabinets except for the area between the french doors and desk. This was designed to read like an inset furniture piece to both add detail to the area and create a clear division of space.

The kitchen features brushed brass pulls and a stainless steel & brass faucet. Antiqued mirror tiles make up the back-splash. The drop pendant lights over the island add to the contemporary twist.

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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

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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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