European Kitchen - Modern Mix Made in America!

Featured here is a kitchen renovation recently completed featuring #OvationCabinetry, Modern Luxury made in America!  No need for overseas freight charges! Handless and Channel with Plywood Box Construction Available. 

This sleek, kitchen abuts a modern mix of glass wall cabinets and high gloss laquer flat paneled cabinetry with the focal point directed to the intricate mosaic tiles the homeowner fell in love with. The best appliances for the chef of the home nothing less than Subzero Wolf. 

Finishing off this modern mix kitchen is Cambria waterfall countertops, offer stunning quartz countertops for your dream kitchen. Cambria made it possible for this client to start their project earlier with their special financing. 

Ovation Cabinetry offers contemporary beveled furniture quality rollouts and interior drawers

Ovation Cabinetry offers contemporary beveled furniture quality rollouts and interior drawers

The dining area is enhanced with hammered metal table with abundance of windows with perfectly paired swivel chairs to share as you take on the day.

Made an appointment with us to learn more about #OvationCabinetry. 

 www.signaturedesignskitchenbath.com

Safe Water For Those In Need

Kohler Opens A new Signature Store in Culver City this week. Wonderful products perfectly displayed what an inspiration.  Well that was just the beginning for Kohler. 

Kohler has partnered with World Vision to launch a water mission to bring a clarity program that delivers 99 percent pure water containment free safe drinking water to 3rd World Countries. “Our goal with KOHLER Clarity is to provide a filter extremely efficient at creating safe drinking water that also becomes a fixture of convenience and dignity in a home,” said Mike Radloff, Senior Project Manager-Water Technologies. “Kohler engineers and designers love a challenge and have high standards. In two years, we’ve been able to bring together teams around the world to use our expertise in plumbing to develop and bring to market this solution.” 

This wonderful filter can purify up to 40 liters of water per day which is enough drinking water for a typical family and cost less than 1 cent per person per day to operate.  The filter can be easily replaced at the end of its usefulness. What a great thing to offer clean water for everyone. Approximately 1.8 billion people are affected by unsafe drinking water worldwide. 

What a great cause, we at Signature Designs Kitchen Bath have decided to become a partner with Kohler and World Vision to help the growth of clean water. Every month we will be donating towards this worthy cause, why not join us to support this global problem!  

A New Breed of Designer Tiles

Designer and decorative tiles have become more indulgent, more luxe and the desire to make a strong statement with this material is in high demand. So when it comes to updating your home and only the latest and greatest will do, take note of the following roundup of dynamic new tiles that will transform your lifestyle.

Tired of bland, boring shower tiles? Try something different! Circles in stone mosaic create a consistent, repetitive pattern that ties in with the geometric details in the sconces, cabinets and bench. A chunky marble chair rail molding frames this mirror. Not only will a mosaic in the shower make your bathroom pop, it's a timeless creation that will never make your bathroom look dated. 

Forward Fashion and Unusual Tile Patterns add to your space
Below is a A fearless geometric dark and light pattern created by a mix of two simple tile shapes (diamond and square) arranged in an over sized, full-of-movement design.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional feel or perhaps a revolutionary modern look, we will help you find the right tile for you. 

European Cabinets Made in American with High Tech, Precise Automation.

Ovation Cabinetry offers a wide range of custom modern European kitchen cabinets along with a wide selection of kitchen door style finishes including solid wood, high gloss or matte finishes, laminates, wood veneers, and stainless steel finishes.  

The feature that sets Ovation Cabinetry apart from other cabinetry made in Germany or Italy are a few things.  One feature is that you have the option to have full depth cabinets. European cabinetry made over seas actually has a 3/4 box depth standard, this can be shocking when you see your cabinets arrive if you have not been told about the construction differences. Another added feature is that you can have plywood boxes made from the finest 3/4 maple veneer interiors with NO overseas freight cost to get it to your home. Granted there will be some freight but it is at a 1/4 cost to receive your cabinetry and they are made in America.  

Segue’s cabinet is constructed with 3/4-inch plywood and natural Maple veneer interiors. The box has mortise and tenon joints and matching wood veneer edgebanding on all front edges. Tops and bottoms are 3/4-inch plywood. Backs are 1/4-inch plywood with 3/4-inch hanging rails. Integral finished ends are available or for a more European style, gabled ends are an option.

We design European contemporary kitchen cabinets that accommodate today’s common needs of storage, practicality, and style along with the highest quality. Ovation cabinetry sources materials from responsible supplies always come from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified sources and are E1, with low formaldehyde emissions from their chipboard components. Standard Ovation kitchen would include features such as soft closing kitchen cabinets.

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath believes creating the perfect kitchen, bath and home takes more than just vision and creativity; it requires a genuine interest in bringing our customs's aesthetic needs to life in a practical modern way. We are dedicated to creating custom details that make each project a unique reflection of your personal style, living the LUXE lifestyle. 


IT'S MORE THAN A REMODEL, IT'S YOUR HOME .....LIVE DISTINCTIVELY
 

 

Understanding Custom Cabinetry and What That Means

If you’re planning a new kitchen, bath, entertainment center or other room in which quality and craftsmanship will play a major role in your home then it is essential to understand the definition of cabinetry basics.  First off, custom cabinetry is defined as cabinetry which is built to the particular specifications, wants (such as color and style) and needs of the homeowner. That can be done locally or not as locally as cabinetry is constructed based on plans and drawings, not on the proximity of the customer to the manufacturer. Many homeowners aren’t aware that in addition to the integrity of the construction, the outer finish of a cabinet is what truly distinguishes its quality, value and longevity. Despite popular belief, a local shop most likely can’t provide the quality and custom product with lasting value.

Medallion Cabinetry - Loxley White Icing Cabinetry

Medallion Cabinetry - Loxley White Icing Cabinetry

onstruction methods can vary dramatically with custom shops just as they can with factories that mass produce modular. It can be seen in the quality of the material types, sizes and fasteners that go into the construction. On the surface it may appear that using a local cabinet shop creates an advantage by eliminating the middle mad and gives the homeowner easier access to the source but that is simply not true.

Ovation Cabinetry Custom Color. 

Ovation Cabinetry Custom Color. 

ost custom shops install the cabinetry unfinished, minus the doors and drawer fronts and may even finish the cabinets on site.  Unfortunately the water based finish will not hold up like a kiln dried wood with a conversion varnish baked on in a controlled dust free environment.  In California there is a CARB law (California Air Resources Board) that states you cannot use certain glues or finishes in the state of California, the result is a less durable water based finish that can be applied by local cabinet shops.

When it comes to the finish it starts with the kiln drying. The secret in a cabinet’s longevity and ability to hold up to daily wear and tear lies in its manufacturing process. The kiln drying is the defining line for both construction and finish. Because kilns are large, expensive machines, they are afforded only by large manufacturers.

Most local custom cabinet builders follow a finishing process that involves sanding a piece of wood, staining it once, applying two layers of top coat and drying it before the piece is assembled to the rest of the cabinet. The problem with such a simplified technique is the finish can easily flake off, scrape, dent and stain, no matter how intricate the design and details are, and despite what could be a rich, colorful and visually appealing exterior. Considering the fact that cabinetry has to endure so much wear and tear in a typical home, the durability of the finish is no trivial matter

 

By investing into these million dollar machines a uniform color is achieved by toning and spray-staining the wood, the investment into these machines clearly makes the difference in how your cabinetry will stand the test of time in your home. The wood is then baked again before a catalyzed sealer is applied. A hand sealer is wiped on, speck distressing is applied and matte or standard sheen varnish is sprayed on to create lasting durability and beauty. Next, a catalyzed oven-baked varnish top coat with ultraviolet screen inhibitors is put on to provide maximum resistance to scuffing, moisture, dents, fading from UV rays and most household chemicals. Surfaces are cleaned, an optional glaze is hand applied, and an additional finish coat is administered. The wood is baked one last time to seal in everything, followed by a final layer of top coat. 

Handless Cabinetry 

Handless Cabinetry 

 

The moral of the story? The next time you shop for new cabinetry for your kitchen or other area of your home, Consider the integrity of the finish itself, which can tell you a lot about the expected lifespan of one of the most significant home improvement investments you’ll ever make. 

When a customer asks me this question (usually in response to how high my prices are) I hand them a pre-printed index card with this on it: "Custom" means "built to project-specific dimensions, standards and specifications". We are designing and building to suit a specific situation/space for a specific client in a specific home or office.  "Stock" means "one size fits all, what you see is what you get". The storage cabinets available at local big box stores are an example of "stock" cabinets.This has always worked, and it clearly demonstrates the difference between us and the big-box stores.

At Signature Designs Kitchen Bath we partner with the finest cabinetry manufactures to offer you the customization's and warranties you expect for your home. 

Inspired Rooms

York Wallcoverings have inspired rooms with their timeless designs, andwe are proud to offer the many collections of York Wallpaper. Looking for trendy wallpaper designs? Look no further than the collections offered by York Wallcoverings. 

Just a few of York's designer wallpaper collections include Ashford House, Antonina Vella, Carey Lind Designs, Georgetown Designs, Inspired By Color, J. Chesterfield Studio, Park Place Studio, Ronald Redding Designs, Ronald Redding Contract, Sure Strip, The Carlisle Company, York Designer Series, Barbara Becker and Candice Olson.
 

Can't find what you are looking for? We can help you select the right wallpaper for your home. . Official #Yorkwallcoverings Dealer........ Call us toll free 619-733-6540

Home of the Year 2016 - Kitchen Designer Bonnie Bagley Catlin

Local winner of HOME OF THE YEAR 2016 San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles Magazine featuring this great kitchen remodel located in Balboa Park California. Please call Bonnie at Signature Designs for your inspiring design 619-733-6540 and if you have any remodel projects that needs to be done.

This young couple has a creative back ground, one being an actor and the other being a teacher who inspires others. They now enjoy a new historical home with amazing touches of modern styling and comforts. The home was designed by renowned architect Irving Gill in 1905 and is on the historical register but it only applies to the exterior of the home. The brick pillar is an original feature from the home's turn-of-the-century stove, and architect Kim Grant managed to design a workable layout around it in order to keep it. The window casings were built to replicate the original Douglas Fir windows as seen on Gill's original plans, and all the molding was redone in his signature flush style as well. The central feature in this kitchen is the Yellow Italian Bertazzoni Range with a single herringbone tiled back splash. The cabinetry is a light gray paired perfectly with a dark "graphite" gray island, and industrial vents at the toe kick enhance the overall look.

All tile and slab selection for the design was done at Stones Unlimited, Inc. (with help of Andrea Bosforo).  Photos by Jon Upson Photographer.

Storage Solutions

We all spend a lot of time in the kitchen : cooking & baking combined { that usually takes place at the island } . I find that the more I organize the Kitchen, the easier it's for me to get things done ... & faster too. 

The 3 things that can solve most storage issues

  1. Cabinets: trays dividers, rollouts 
  2. Drawers: cutlery, spice storage
  3. Shelves: open, pantry 

How to organize these spaces is up to individual preference ... based on what gets used frequently & what doesn't. Here are some great ideas & very inspiring pics of various organizational & storage solutions

Kitchens that have the open shelving & storage, gives you storage space with a casual yet modern flair. 

Good rule of thumb when creating your shelves in your pantry follow the sizing above.

Good rule of thumb when creating your shelves in your pantry follow the sizing above.

North County Kitchen Remodel Finished in the Top Ten National Design Awards

New to the Cardiff by the Sea area the clients loved the home they just purchased in North County but new it needed an extensive remodel to make it feel like home so it could have ease of use as well as the ability to capture the view of the ocean.

When we met we jumped into the design process and made some big decisions to move the kitchen to a better location which ultimately give the kitchen a better flow and better at incorporating multiple zones of cooking and cleaning. Highlighted throughout this clean style are modern and efficient appliances such as the steam oven. The clients can use the steam oven for quick and healthy meals when it is just the two of them or they can use it to stage cooking when they have larger groups of people to entertain. Easy to clean Cygnus Silestone countertops by Consentino surround the kitchen with quartzite highlighted at the island.  By removing the fireplace which blocked the view the client is able to incorporate the indoor outdoor experience, which expands their living space. The end result is a combined dining room and deck capturing a California Beach style home with grand views.
Remodel Project located in Cardiff California

Contractor Taylorpro Design & Remodeling

Awarded Best of Houzz Kitchen Remodel 2016 and Influencer Award

“Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals”

About Houzz:  “Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile”

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath has received the Influencer & Recommended Badge from houzz and this is only given to the top pros whose advice, knowledgeable post and reviews are most appreciated throughout the houzz community.   We are honored and definitely motivated to be the source for clients and there projects everywhere. 

Kitchen Confidence - Holiday Meal Cooked in Steam Oven

No matter how dashing the digs, everyone always winds up in the kitchen. This year if you were fortunate to remodel your kitchen your might have chosen a steam oven. It is one of the greatest cooking tools on the planet.  What a surprise for your friends and family this year when you pullout yourholiday food from a brand new steam oven, even a full size turkey. Demonstrated in this video Wolf shares how easy it is to cook in their steam oven. 

Color of the Year 2016

The voice of color shares there color of the year as Paradise Found.  Paradise Found is an organic, aloe green with an undertone of blue that offers at once a subtle, but serious sense of ease and rejuvenation. It is a steadfast, impenetrable color that fills today's consumers need for sturdy reassurance against the growing threats to global, national and cyber security.

Color of the Year 2016 - Paradise Found looks beautiful as an accent – either wall, ceiling, or door, interior or exterior. Paradise Found is a truly versatile hue.

It is great as a designer to be  apart of the trend when your only delivering great design .Great Color / Good Design / Good Direction                                

Before & After ASID Kitchen Tour 2015

We want to thank our client for holding the ASID Kitchen Tour 2015 in their home to showcase there wonderful "Making the Most of Small Spaces Kitchen". This client was in a desperate need of a kitchen remodel. We removed the lite blocking elements, pantry, hall wall and relocated the cooktop to the back wall and put in a range. We opened up the walls between the kitchen and family room creating a cozy kitchen with lots of accessories in the cabinetry. Creating a mix of traditional and rustic. 

We are thrilled to have had over 200 people visit our home on the ASID Kitchen tour. 
Remodel Project located in Point Loma California

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath & www.Highpoint-Cabinetry.com  

Photos by Jon Upson

Layer Lighting in your Home

Designing a home involves color, texture, pattern with layer these elements to create interesting, dynamic rooms.

Lighting sets your project off and involves layering by combining ambient, accent and task lighting to create a balanced, visually comfortable space.

Good lighting does more than just brighten up a room. The right lighting in the right place can take your space to a whole new level.

Whether you’re illuminating your business or your home, take a little time to consider how your choice of lighting can make a substantial difference to the ambiance and the overall aesthetic of your space.

 Three general layers of lighting that create ambient, accent, and task lighting in your own space. By making each layer dimmable with separate switching you can establish a variety of scenes and functionality which will be flexible with your mood. 

Do you have any questions about the best way to use layered lighting in your home? Talk to us about your remodel and we can guide you though your remodel. If you do, give us a call at 619-733-6540, send us an email tobbcustominteriors@gmail.com 

Making the Most of your Small Space

You may love many features of your home, but it’s likely you had to make a few compromises when choosing a house to buy. One such compromise could be that you may have a small kitchen when your dream is a large great room.

We have some great tips for your small space that will make your space work more efficiently with these helpful tricks.

Keep it Light! Dark colors will swallow up your kitchen and make it feel even smaller. Stick to whites, creams and clean accent colors such as green or blue to keep things bright and open.

Cleaver Storage: Use narrow cabinets by reducing the depth or your pantry / hall closet might have some extra storage space you’re not using. Transfer some of the items you use less often (such as mixers and serving trays) to these areas to free up space in the kitchen.

Be Organized: Store items together if you often use them in the same meals. If you don’t know how to do this an organizer can help you choose the right cabinets closest the dishwasher for plates and glasses so you can unload quickly.

If you dream of a bigger, more functional kitchen, new cabinets that maximize your storage a new kitchen could be the answer for you. When you’re ready to pursue an upgrade, please contact Signature Designs Kitchen Bath we will guide you!  

If you have a change come by the ASID Kitchen Tour October 24 and see how we made the most of a small kitchen make over. It changed their lives!

http://asidsandiego.org/news-events/11-asid-tour/90-kitchen,-bath-more-tour-2015

Perfect Storm

Perfectly Stormy day in San Diego !! We are just releasing our next kitchen into production that will feature ‪#‎DuraSupreme‬ cabinetry in Storm Gray and Moonstone Combination in Cardiff, CA!

This lucky home owner is located in Sandy Point and has amazing view of the lagoon in Cardiff. They will soon begin an addition that will expand their kitchen to including a large opening door to take full advantage of their backyard view.  In the kitchen we will be highlighting Dura Supreme cabinets with a mixed media of flush and detailed doors. It will be a striking modern mix to this ocean view home. 

Fireplace Makeover - Before and Afters

If your fireplace  is in need of a makeover, be inspired to get started with a remodels with new paint, new mantels, and fabulous surrounds.

Dark and out of date. The fireplace was drowned in green painted tile, lacking any design details.  The new fireplace clean and modern grey tiles with a rustic mantle current and cozy.

A builder basic fireplace. Now its clean and modern with walnut trim. We say jump in lets up date that fireplace in your home. 

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Modern Master Bath Remodel - Separate Spaces for Him and Her

The clients had not remodeled their home in over 20 years all the bathrooms were in desperate need of being replaced.  This space in the master bedroom was undefined before as a sitting room, completely wasted space.  We took the extra space and expanded the master bathroom and closet to create a master suite.  This Delmar bathroom won a national award for innovative design. 

 
 

Beach Home Makeover Before and After - Cardiff by the Sea

New to the Cardiff by the Sea area our clients loved the home they just purchased in North County but new it needed a extensive remodel to make it feel like home and to capture the view of the ocean.

When we met we jumped into the design process and made some big decisions to move the kitchen to a better location, remove the fireplace blocking the view. The result is a California Beach style home with grand views.

Before Pics

After Photos showcase the relocation of the kitchen, removal of the fireplace and moving of the staircase for the new kitchen location.  Contractor Taylorpro Design and Remodeling