Everyone likes before-and-after pictures, particularly when the change is dramatic and the result eye-catching . Kitchen Bath & Certified Interior Designer Bonnie Bagley Catlin of Signature Designs Kitchen & Bath designed a luxury transformation in Central San Diego.
The clients, like many folks in this region of the country with its balmy Mediterranean weather here in San Diego, love to bring the outdoors in and indoors out. That is one of the main features in this home remodel.
The nationwide trend toward great rooms and open continuous space versus separate rooms for every function marks this redesign as well. The general kitchen area has been the focus of the home for years, but it took a while for enlarging the area to become established. This home exemplifies the move, removing chopped up little rooms to create an expansive entertainment area. The clients often have guests over, sometimes as many as forty, and will use that area to its fullest.
Bonnie Bagley Catlin’s design fulfilled a number of the clients’ other requests as well. They had gone to see some large design/build firms in the San Diego area, but none of them really listened to them like Mrs Bagley Catlin. The retired professional husband was an avid chef and wanted the finest luxury appliances. He dreamed for a kitchen large enough for him to cook in with many visitors present.
The after space with the high ceiling it was imperative that we were able to raise the beam as high as possible in that part of the house. As the wall is opened up the way just blowing out that one wall opens up the kitchen is amazing.
Moving the dining room into what was previously the living room not only gave the dining room a larger space, but allowed for more entertainment area. In addition the former dining room became a sitting room, creating more entertainment space lending towards the clients desires for more of that indoor-outdoor living. The La Cantina Bi-Fold door really added to bringing in the outdoors as well.
By adding on to this client home in the dining room permitted for extra square footage that allowed us to incorporate a small glass bar with a full sized Subzero Built In Wine storage.
The old kitchen .. . in addition to being small, outdated, and dark, there was an unnecessary soffit on the ceiling that was removed to increase overhead space. Coupled with knocking out the wall to the dining room and the addition, that side of the home went from average to fabulous when it comes to entertaining space.
The outdated Tuscan kitchen has an entirely new look and feel. This kitchen went from cluttered . . .to gorgeous, spacious, and much more functional. Center stage in this kitchen are custom cabinetry with a bevel detail and Sherwin Williams Modern Gray for the light cabinets.
The built in buffet in the nook was replaced with refrigeration provided by two Sub-Zero integrated units, one all refrigerator and one all freezer.
The increased space comes even though the island length increased and extended into the former breakfast nook, eliminated in Signature Designs Kitchen Bath space layout, provide more room for mingling between the guest and the chefs.
There are now two sinks, one of them being a truffle-colored Blanco America Precis™ Super Single Undermount Sink. The precious stone in the kitchen. BLANCO sinks made of SILGRANIT stand out thanks to the elegance of the beautiful colours and attractive designs. SILGRANIT consists of 80% granite, which makes it ideal for daily life in the kitchen.
The Miele ovens are located at the opposite end of the kitchen from the refrigeration system. The top-of-the-line cooking appliances include a 48” dual fuel range/oven combo that’s incredible. It has six gas burners plus a griddle plus a convection over with controllable humidity levels plus a warming drawer plus a rotisserie plus a Sabbath mode. The second over is also a Miele, this one a combination convection and steam oven.
Two different types of counters were used in this design. Bonnie of Signature Designs Kitchen Bath specified a Silestone® natural quartz composite sink for the working areas. Silestone® is extremely hard and resilient making it perfect for cooking areas. Its non-porosity lends Silestone® its highly stain resistant quality.
However, a beautiful piece of Quartzite graces the part of the island where diners and drinkers will hang out. Granite and Quartzite is porous and needs to be sealed on a regular basis to maintain its striking esthetic quality. Whereas dining at the old island was not something to be appreciated . . .using the new island will be a sensual experience, with beautiful granite and the delicious smells from the nearby range/oven .
This incredible home remodeling project could not have been done without the general contractor that Bonnie Bagley Catlin partnered with Remcon Remodeling. The unerring attention to Bonnie’s design and technical craftsmanship made this project work. Photographic credit for the “after” pictures goes to Maria Pablo Photography.
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