Monthly Archives: May 2009

Pleasant Hill master bath remodel

The clients had recently painted the bathroom and loved the soft greens, but it couldn’t disguise the outdated fixtures, vanities or stains in the carpet. One of the first impressions we had of the room was that the existing window was out of scale with…

Pleasant Hill kitchen townhouse remodel

Here’s an example of an update without making sweeping structural or design changes. This u-shaped condo kitchen pretty much explains itself. The only reason why there are white shelves above the sink is because the existing doors were removed — it wasn’t an original design…

Eliminating the answering machine adapter

For those of you who still keep the phone in your kitchen ~ Would you like a way to eliminate the clutter of cords and that horrible blocky adapter? Carol found a solution  — a power source which combines the adapter receptacle and the phone…

Where does the litter box go?

This is something we’ve been facing in many of our bathroom remodels. And let’s face it – for years, litter boxes haven’t been pretty and cats aren’t always the neatest.  What a shame to have a wonderful remodel and then have to put the plastic…

Selecting cabinet knobs

The creativity of cabinetry handle designers is wonderful, don’t you think?  Just searching today, we came across these lovely handles called “Copia Bronze” (credit: myknobs.com) One of the things we’ve learned is to watch knobs of a certain shape, ie. box handles, or triangular, or…

Walnut Creek kitchen & family room remodel

This is a typical early 1980 rancher, complete with the typical brown cabinets and laminate counters. (The circles on the wall cabinets are baskets.) The clients, coming up to their lucky retirement years, were looking forward to a more contemporary kitchen to suit their modern…

Danville kitchen & family room remodel

So here’s a pretty typical early ’80s kitchen of the area. Actually, the cabinets and counter are the same up and down the entire West Coast. We used to joke that there was only one delivery truck making the rounds from California to British Columbia!…

What to watch for when selecting a faucet

Kitchen sinks and faucets have changed dramatically in the last decade. Sinks are deeper with more shapes than ever before; faucets have changed from three-piece units with separate hot-and-cold knobs to sleek single-level units and back again. What you want to pay attention to is…