Westlake Home Gets Entire Remodeling Makeover

We are very excited to share with you a spectacular whole house remodeling project that our team recently completed. We hope you enjoy these photos, while you are also enjoying the warm summer weather!

Our clients came to Westside with a clear vision for how they wanted their newly purchased home to look. Our team worked hand-in-hand with them to achieve their dream home. Almost all of the rooms in the house were remodeled, including the kitchen, living and family rooms, five bathrooms, and a complete stair remodel. Per our homeowner’s request, we also did a home office addition on the second floor, including its own bathroom. This addition was designed to blend seamlessly with the architecture of the existing home. The extra large windows added to this room give an amazing view of the mountains and city below.

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Photography by Virginia Dudasik of VTD Design GroupWestlake Village kitchen

Designers and Remodeling Specialists: Vicki Korniski and Liz Tiffin
Interior Design by: Designs of The Interior
Lead Carpenter and Project Manager: Marty Farrell
Production Manager and President: Bob Sturgeon

Featured below are details of the kitchen remodel, master bathroom and powder room.

Kitchen:
High on the family’s list of requirements for the kitchen was a grand view of the sparkling pool. So our team located the sink beneath a sizable new window opening. Another eye-catching feature is the custom ornamental wood hood and decorative tile niche over the range. The island, which provides for multiple seating, is designed with a secondary sink and mini refrigerator. Westside also built a banquette area in the breakfast nook. The rich wood cabinetry is by Omega/Dynasty in cherry wood with a chestnut stain.2215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Bathroom:
The layout of this bathroom was completely 29rearranged to create a relaxing and functional bathroom. Two separate vanity areas were created, taking into account specific requests from the homeowners for storage and mirrors. The Dura Supreme cabinetry used in this bathroom has a cocoa brown stain.master

Powder Room:
A wall that separated the toilet area from 45the vanity was removed to give the powder room a more open feel. Omega/Dynasty cabinetry was selected in this room, again using cherry wood with a chestnut stain. Caesarstone countertops complete this gorgeous bathroom.

Careful selections were made throughout this home that resulted in an extraordinary, cohesive home.

A few words from our delighted clients:
“Westside Remodeling handled an enormous project in an extremely professional manner and delivered beautiful results that continue to impress us every day. We are thrilled with our new addition, our gorgeously remodeled bathrooms, and the new layout of our completely rebuilt kitchen. Everyone at Westside worked hard to make the process as painless as possible, and they have helped to give us a home to enjoy for many years to come!”

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Kitchen, Master Bathroom, Powder Bathroombefore
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Converting a Spare Bedroom into a Home Office

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If you’re tired of clearing a spot at the kitchen table every time there’s desk work to be done, consider converting a spare bedroom into a home office. You can obtain the peace and privacy that you need to perform well. You also receive the benefit of being able to leave your work set up at your desk. Plus, if you use this part of your home for business, you may be able to receive the home office deduction on your taxes.

Creating a high-functioning office in a spare bedroom takes careful planning. You should think about storage, electrical outlets, lighting, and aesthetics. We’re happy to assist you with drawings that will help give you a better idea of how your new office will look once the conversion is finished.

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Westside Remodeling recently completed the attractive home office remodeling project shown below.

The before photos are of the original home office that our client arranged simply by moving his desk and other equipment into his spare bedroom. He was frustrated, however, because his office layout was inefficient and lacked storage space.

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We designed a wall of maple cabinetry by Dynasty in their lustrous Pearl painted finish. This included a stained wood veneer desktop, filing cabinets and space for a printer and other equipment. The original bedroom closet now offers a built-in melamine closet organization system for miscellaneous office supplies. The existing bedroom carpet was replaced with engineered, pre-finished hardwood flooring.

To accommodate our client’s needs, we installed new outlets in the desk area, plus four new recessed lights with a dimmer, and a ceiling fan. The cable TV jack and phone jack were relocated to the desk area as well.

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During the time that we were working on this client’s home office, we also were remodeling his bedrooms and two bathrooms. Westside’s standard processes for dust control and careful removal of all construction-related debris made it easy for our client to stay in his home while the work was being completed.

Be sure to call us at Westside if you need some help designing your home office: 805-499-4121

— Bob Sturgeon

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Extend Your Living Space to the Outdoors

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Giving your family more room to enjoy life can be as simple as extending your living space to the outdoors. Westside Remodeling can create a basic patio by stabilizing the area directly outside your home, and then installing pavers of concrete, slate or other materials for a flooring surface. To complete it, we can build a roof cover overhead to provide some protection from sun and rain. Add comfortable cushioned seating, and you have a wonderful spot for curling up with a favorite book or magazine.

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Or you may want to view the outdoor living space as a bona fide addition to your home. Westside can design your outdoor living space to offer the very same amenities as an interior space, but with the added benefit of being out in the fresh air. This outdoor addition can flow seamlessly from indoors through to the outside, with floor to ceiling glass walls that may be fully retracted.  This is one of the easiest ways to create the illusion that your home is larger than it is, along with really maximizing that open feeling. More light is brought into your home as well. In this outdoor lounge area you may want to include a fireplace, a flat screen TV, WiFi and an audio speaker system.

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Incorporating seclusion into your extended living space is easily and attractively accomplished by installing a series of trellises with hedge plantings, wooden fences, or tall sculptures intermixed with tall shrubs or trees. The use of full or partial lattice walls provides another option that creates a sense of privacy around your patio.

Lots of options are available to create a welcoming and functional outdoor living space. During the planning stages, think about whether or not you need any of the following: enclosures, awnings, fountains, railings, or built-in seats, tables, and planters. You may want to consider an outdoor living room with a roof top sun lounge, as seen in the photos here of a project completed by Westside.

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Our design team at Westside Remodeling can work with you to integrate this new space into the existing look of your home. The possibilities are endless!

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Alana Shares Photos of New Dura Supreme Product

Alana Busse, Westside’s Designer and Remodeling Specialist, is highly impressed with a new Dura Supreme product featured in one of their recent website blog entries. We are reposting the eye-catching photos and descriptions to help keep you current on the latest product introductions.

You are invited to visit our showroom to see samples of the Dura Supreme cabinetry line, which has a multitude of options in style and can fit most budgets.

 

CONTEMPORARY INSIDE AND OUT

As more and more homeowners opt for contemporary styling, Dura Supreme has developed a stainless steel drawer system so that the cabinet interior is as sleek as the cabinet exterior.

This beautiful kitchen showcases minimalist design with high-gloss doors in White Acrylic and Mercury Wired Gloss Foil. Dura-089 MASTER SD

By design, a two-tone edgebanding was selected for the White Acrylic doors to coordinate with the Mercury Wired Foil doors.Dura-179 SDa

 

 

 

 

 

 

The horizontal band of wall cabinets hovers over the sink creating easy access to often-used dishware and glassware.  Lift-up hardware makes access even easier. Dura-053 Master vase SD Dura-128 SD

 

 

 

 

 

Cabinet interiors are as sleek as the exterior with Dura Supreme’s new Stainless Steel drawers.  The stainless steel sides lend a contemporary style to our hard-working drawers that glide on full extension, self-closing, soft-close slides.

Dura-179 SD       Dura-175 SD_0           Dura-190 SD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reposted from a Dura Supreme blog post by Karen Wistrom on May 29, 2014

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Before You Move, Consider the Advantages of Remodeling!

As the years go by and your family grows and changes, your needs for your home also evolve. Does your home no longer offer the functional space and/or the amenities that fit your current lifestyle? If so, you may be wavering between whether to move or improve your home. Many people just assume moving would be the easier choice. Westside would like to help you make an informed decision by outlining some of the advantages remodeling offers that you may not have considered.

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First of all, think about the community you live in. You may have developed close ties to your neighbors and your neighborhood and would hate to leave those familiar surroundings. The proximity of your home to your place of employment,  local schools, churches, medical facilities and other services you have come to rely on is another consideration. These are all important connections that need not be disrupted if you remodel. The costs of moving are a big consideration. You will have the pressure of needing to sell your current home, plus paying the 6+/-% commission if you choose to go through a realtor (on a $200,000 home that is $12,000!).  Additional closing costs can be another 2%. Then, when you finally locate the house you want to buy, once again you will have the closing costs and the expenses involved in financing a larger mortgage, plus a possible increase in property taxes. On top of that, there are the moving expenses. One of the biggest attractions of remodeling is that the money spent on moving expenses, closing costs and an agent’s commission will not be required, and you avoid the worry of whether or not your current home will sell.

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You may be surprised to learn how adaptable your home is to a renovation. According to Bob Sturgeon, “Sometimes it requires a new addition to give our clients the space they desire in their remodeled home. Other times, by removing interior walls and readjusting the layout, we have totally transformed our clients’ homes, providing them the larger spaces they needed within the existing footprint.”  Remodeling can often increase the future resale value of your home, especially if the improvements increase living space. The biggest resale returns generally come from improvements that bring the house up to the value of other homes in your same area. Westside Remodeling has very detailed process in place to keep the disruptions of remodeling to a minimum. We would love to discuss our process with you and show you why our past clients don’t sell their homes and move. They keep coming back to us whenever their home needs to be updated to fit their ever changing lifestyle.

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What a Home Show!

The weather was wonderful—mild and breezy—and the attendance was fantastic at the 38th Annual Home Remodeling Show in Westlake Village! Many local home improvement vendors were there, displaying their services and products on April 26-27 at the Westlake Hyatt outdoor plaza. This was Westside Remodeling’s 35th year to exhibit at this event. Bob Sturgeon and Westside’s designer, Alana Busse, staffed our booth, with Georgia Sturgeon giving them a well-deserved break towards the end of each day.USE THIS DSC_0037 cropped2

Our double-wide exhibit featured a kitchen vignette created from beautiful Omega Cabinetry, utilizing the Artesia door style in Alder wood with a nutmeg stain and onyx glaze. The hardware was by Soko, and the countertop was tumbled marble travertine. Over the years, as we have transported this kitchen vignette, set it up at events, and then dismantled it again, we have been highly impressed with its longevity. This is an apt demonstration of Omega’s excellent craftsmanship that provides cabinetry durable enough for a busy household.

We enjoyed displaying large photos of some of our best projects, as well as samples of quartz countertops. Visitors to our booth welcomed the opportunity to touch and feel the quartz and get a sense of its quality.USE THIS DSC_0040 cropped

We loved the enthusiasm of the people in attendance! Many people walked right up to us, letting us know they were ready to remodel and wanting to know “where to sign up”. They also were excited to sign up for our quarterly eNewsletter, and at the same time have their names placed in a prize drawing. Congratulations to all three of our winners!

If you were not able to attend this show, please come to the September 2014 home show and check out our brand new kitchen vignette. It will have many innovate features, including a roll-out pantry and a pull-out lazy susan!

 

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Cabinet Construction Basics

Over the years here at Westside, we’ve found that our clients have a wide variety of preferences when it comes to the interior styling of their homes. It’s our pleasure to work hand-in-hand with all of you to find just the right look that you envision for your home. Cabinets constitute a major portion of the design of any kitchen or bath, thereby greatly influencing the appearance of the room. To help you as you are making decisions regarding your cabinetry, we offer this basic information on cabinet construction.

METHODS OF CABINET CONSTRUCTION

I. Framed cabinetry (also known as Face Frame) is the traditional construction method used for cabinets in the United States. Framed cabinetry is constructed in much the same manner as traditional furniture. A frame that resembles a flat, empty picture frame is attached to the face of the cabinet box, giving it structural rigidity. The pieces of the frame are usually 3/4″ thick by 1-1/2″ wide. The cabinet doors are hinged to the frame. Drawer width is limited to the dimensions of the face frame opening, so a certain amount of the cabinet box is not accessible.
With framed cabinetry, the cabinet doors or drawer fronts may be inset, or they may overlay the face frame, with varying amounts of the face frame showing, depending on the size of the door or the drawer front.

Inset

Inset cabinet doors were the standard for kitchen cabinetry in the 1900s. The doors and drawer faces are flush with the cabinet face frame, fitted in a precisely-sized opening. Hinges are mounted to the face frame and are often visible when the cabinet door is closed. This method produces beautiful cabinetry with a traditional feel, but it tends to be more expensive because of the precision required.

Overlay cabinet doors (also called Reveal) are mounted over the face frame, completely covering the opening, as well as a portion or even all of the frame. Because of the face frame, this method also limits the amount of accessible space inside the cabinet. There are two types:

  • Partial Overlay

    Partial Overlay doors fit over the face frame, covering the cabinet box opening, but revealing part of the frame. This method uses less material, so it tends to be less expensive. For aesthetic reasons, avoid partial overlay construction that includes wide expanses of visible face frame, since the doors and drawers may appear to be dotting the surface, rather than defining it.

  • Full Overlay

    Full Overlay doors are larger and completely cover the face frame, resulting in a sleek look. This construction gives the seamless appearance of a Frameless cabinet, but the face frame still limits cabinet accessibility.

 

 

II. Frameless cabinetry (also known as European style or Full Access) consist of 3/4″ thick panels that are doweled, glued, then case-clamped together to form a box. The doors are secured directly to the sides of the cabinet box with hidden hinges. The doors are Full Overlay, which means they cover the entire box. This gives them a smooth look that fits well in a contemporary style kitchen. Special hinges allow the doors to open without hitting adjacent doors and drawers. These cabinets are often called “full access” because there are no obstructions blocking use of the interior. The drawer box is typically wider and deeper than that of a framed cabinet.

CABINET FACE CONSTRUCTION

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Cabinet faces can be made of solid wood, or an engineered sheet material like plywood, MDF or a combination of these. Cabinet faces with raised or flat panels are generally made from milled wood that is pieced together with square or mitered corners around a center panel. With Raised Panels, the center panel of the door or drawer face is raised with a profile or contour, whereas with Flat Panels the center panel is flat. The appearance of a paneled cabinet face may be achieved with an engineered sheet material that is routed.
When the cabinet face is completely flat it is called a Slab door or drawer face. It is usually constructed of a sheet material overlaid with a premium wood veneer, a manufactured veneer like Melamine, or a veneer surface that will be painted, like maple, poplar or MDF. Veneer is a thin material glued under pressure onto a thicker substrate. The high gloss Euro-style cabinets are either painted with a high-gloss lacquer, or are constructed of high-gloss laminates, acrylic or a combination of methods.
We invite you to visit our Westside showroom and view our cabinet displays for the three lines of cabinetry we offer. Our in-house designers will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

(photos courtesy of DuraSupreme)

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Westside’s Warrior Dash

On Saturday, April 5th, Bob Sturgeon and his family had fun participating in the Warrior Dash event in San Dimas, with proceeds from their entry fees helping to support Saint Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital. Known as the world’s largest obstacle race series, the Warrior Dash is held on seriously rugged terrain in more than 50 locations across the globe. Participants at the San Dimas location earned their Warrior helmets by tackling a fierce 3.2 mile course and 12 extreme obstacles.

Bob’s son, Bradley, came in second in their family’s wave and his wife, Georgia, worked hard not to be last, and succeeded by a hair’s breadth. His daughter, Jenna, proved to be quite the warrior for her first race!  Bob managed to skip the mudslide due to a slight cold—maybe next time. After conquering the Battleground, a relaxing time was had sitting on the grass with family friends and munching on turkey legs and sipping a little free beer.

Enjoy the photos! Anyone want to join in next time around?

 

Check out www.warriordash.com for additional info.

 

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Built-in Bookshelves to the Rescue

One of the best reasons to incorporate built-in bookshelves into any room of the home or office is that they free up valuable floor space, making them especially appealing for small rooms.

Built-in Bookshelves for Play Areas and Children’s Rooms
Knee-hi built-in bookshelves are perfect for children’s bedrooms or play areas since they are at the perfect level for children to use.

Built-in Bookshelves for Dens, Libraries, Family Rooms, and More
Whether or not you have a lot of room to work with, adding built-in bookshelves to your home is a great way to incorporate character and detailing. Select the trim and color of your bookshelves to blend with the existing or planned décor for the room for the best results. Position your built-ins so that you can create a cozy reading nook, craft table, computer area, or gaming alcove in between a pair of built-in bookshelves. Another option is to create a wraparound bench in front of a window, connecting a pair of bookshelves for a streamlined appearance.

Lighting for Built-in Bookshelves
Whether you have stand-alone or built-in bookshelves, adding accent lighting is a terrific way to create a unique element that turns them into focal points. Small puck light fixtures and LED strip lighting are just two of the many options you have.

Built-in Bookshelves and Functionality
While the name implies that your bookshelves are going to be used to store books, you can utilize them for other purposes including storage of games, CDs, DVDs, collectibles, and family photographs. Built-ins are great for creating an attractive contrast with the walls of the room.

Think Outside the Box
If the structure of your home is amenable to built-in bookshelves in out-of-the-ordinary locations, why not consider it? Add one or more to your hallway walls, foyer, or even to your staircase. Remember that your built-in shelves do not need to span the entire height or width of any area, giving you even greater flexibility with your design. Since most stand-alone bookshelves do not extend up to the ceiling, you may even get extra storage or display room by doing so with your built-in bookshelves.

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Houzz Survey Results: What Do Homeowners Want from Their Master Bath Remodel?

If you haven’t visited Houzz.com lately, now is the time to take a look. Browse through the beautiful photos we posted of Westside Remodeling’s completed projects and ask us questions, if you wish. Houzz provides a great forum for online conversations about remodeling and home design.

Since thousands of homeowners use the Houzz website to gain ideas for their remodeling projects, Houzz has regular online contact with a wide spectrum of people from across the U.S. and Canada. This provides the company with the perfect sampling of homeowners for conducting surveys regarding trends in remodeling preferences.

Houzz recently received responses from 7,645 of its users who answered survey questions regarding their on-going master bathroom renovations. The survey asked homeowners what they wanted out of their master bath remodeling projects. We thought you might be interested in the results:

49% of the homeowners said the main reason for remodeling their bathroom is to upgrade fixtures and features. Other reasons given were: gain functionality (37%), boost home value (31%), attend to changing lifestyle or family needs (22%), enhance organization and storage (19%)

75% are keeping their bathroom’s original footprint, rather than enlarging the space

• 58% decided to gut their bathroom, as opposed to simply updating

• 82% are creating en suite master baths

• 58% will have double sinks, up from 35% in their existing bathroom

• 79% are going with an all glass shower enclosure, 54% chose frameless glass

• 45% of homeowners under 45 choose rain showerheads and multiple showerheads (24%, while those 55 and older prefer hand showers (50%) and sliding bars (20%)

• 26% are going with brushed nickel finish on fixtures, 24% selected polished chrome

• 43% will not include a tub in their master bath

• 33% of those who are installing a tub are going with a freestanding model, 24% with a drop-in.

• 52% chose to expose the toilet, instead of creating a hidden toilet area

• 91% selected high efficiency toilets, 47% prefer a two-piece model and 36% prefer a one-piece

• 32% prefer white cabinets, followed by medium wood (21%) and dark wood (21%)

• 48% will be adding a new window, 41% are including a lighted vanity mirror, 12% are installing a skylight, and 7% are putting LED lights in their showerheads.

Surveys like this one from Houzz can assist homeowners in making remodeling decisions, especially if they are concerned about the resale value of their home. Of course, here at Westside Remodeling we also take great pleasure in helping our clients express their individual style and preferences. Our talented on-staff designers will listen to your thoughts and ideas, and then bring your vision to life. So, if you’re ready to discuss your next remodeling project, please contact Westside via our website or give us a call at 805-499-4121.

 

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