La Jolla Residence

La Jolla Residence

CASE STUDY

LA JOLLA RESIDENCE

Kitchen & Master Bathroom Renovation

Like many modern homes with open floor plans, the kitchen will be the hub of the home. Additionally, the newly remodeled master bathroom is meant to feel like a spa getaway. Scroll down this page more for more details behind this La Jolla master bath and kitchen renovation.

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V I S I O N

To use the contemporary and earthy materials to inspire the new spaces. The spaces were all redesigned to connect people, encourage communication and be used in a variety of ways.

Discovering Opportunities 
for Accommodation

The client had an abundant amount of area to work with to create several different spaces within their one space, on top of a large amount of natural light.

  • The original kitchen was outdated with a massive and overbearing brick island and hood that restricted the movement in the kitchen as well as the visual flow. With the open floor plan, the space functioned poorly and the outdated cabinetry and appliances didn’t fit with the feel of the home.
  • The general layout of the kitchen remained the same but was updated with contemporary and earthy materials. 
  • We used the dining space in a more traditional social hall set-up with a large dining table and restored the original brick fireplace. 
  • The large bathroom had a vast sunken area for the tub and shower made the space look extra outdated.

Before and After

KITCHEN

BEFORE

One of the most dramatic changes in the new design was the kitchen island. We removed the original island and created a smaller, more efficient one with a unique and contrasting bar extension to define the seating area. The hood was replaced with an appropriately sized, modern, stainless and glass one that opened the view into and out of the kitchen.

AFTER

The custom overlay cabinetry is a walnut slab door on the base run and west elevation with custom finished grey upper cabinets adjacent to the open wall system to create a lighter feel and bring attention to the exterior space. Textures of the existing brick from the fireplace are complimented by the mosaic back splash in the kitchen. Custom cabinetry was added adjacent to the dining space for storage and desk area and to create unity in the two spaces.

BATHROOM

BEFORE

The existing space had a large sunken area for the tub and shower.  It created an awkward space with the feeling of a void, and to top it off, the finishes were very dated.  Bringing the floor surface up to the same level was the first step, and by utilizing the large window, the outdoor area became focal point rather than detail.

AFTER

Additionally, we were able to create a separate room for the toilet to further enhance the spa-like feel of the design. Lots of glass and clean lines create an open feel and let the space have more breathing room. The soft tones and luxury materials make this master bath a place where you want to spend time rather than simply going through the routines.

The final result

Contemporary open spaces inspired by the existing earthy materials of the home made this La Jolla master bath and kitchen renovation complete.

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

General Contractor: Silver Line Construction

Cabinetry Install: Progressive Cabinets

Tile: Cabochon Tile & Stone

Countertop: Imagine Bar & Granite

Appliances: Pirch, Contact Freddy at Pirch

Windows: Sierra Pacific 

Lighting: Pottery Barn

Hardware: San Diego Hardware

Barstools: Houzz

Art: Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery

Photography: Brady Architectural Photography

IN ADDITION

Check out the feature of this project in

Coastal Homes by San Diego Union Tribune

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Downtown Residence

Downtown Residence

CASE STUDY

DOWNTOWN RESIDENCE

Complete Renovation

Traci created a distinctive urban-industrial feel for this downtown San Diego loft overlooking Petco Park.

V I S I O N

The large open space had two bathrooms and kitchen. Traci added visual walls to create a foyer, dining space, bedroom and living space.

Discovering Opportunities 
for Accommodation

The client had an abundant amount of area to work with to create several different spaces within their one space, on top of a large amount of natural light.

  • Function: By adding cabinetry, countertop and beverage coolers, we created a small bar that extends from one of the columns near the entrance to the living area. 
  • Designated Spaces: Large glass doors from the Glass Door Company were installed around the bedroom that could be opened on either end to provide flexibility in the flow of the space.
  • Natural Aesthetic: The concrete ceilings and exposed pipes reinforce the urban vibe, but they also made electrical lighting an issue. Adding soffits to visually designate living and office space, allowed for recessed lighting. The soffit continues down the wall to integrate the custom media cabinetry. 
  • Color: A new stain color on the floors, window casings and kitchen cabinetry, as well as new countertops, completely transformed the look and feel of this downtown loft.

Before and After

The large urban loft needed purpose and flow.

BEFORE

AFTER

The red tones of the existing existing wood were sanded and restrained to a rich dark brown. In addition, extending the soffit down the wall integrates the custom media center.

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AFTER

We love the concrete ceilings and exposed pipes that enhance the urban loft vibe. The added soffit create a soft visual boundary between the office and living space from the rest of the loft.

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AFTER

Adding a bar near the entrance also created a foyer.

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AFTER

In addition, this space was intended to be a live and work loft. With that in mind, we created a bedroom within the loft using a sliding door and stained glass walls.

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AFTER

Old Floor Plan

New Floor Plan

The final result

The wide open space in this downtown loft with ballpark views was given purpose. We gave it an inviting and strategic modern feel, while accentuating its original industrial vibe with its exposed ductwork and pipes.

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to complete a successful project.

The Sliding Door Company: Room Dividers

Ferguson: Fixtures and Accessories

Weitzner Limited: Wallpaper

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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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After

A place for everything

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After

Before

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.

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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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After

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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After

Before

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

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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

Before

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

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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