Our Clients Maximize Their View with a New Balcony

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Our clients’ lovely home is located on a golf course, and they delight in the incredible views of the greens, the sunset over the ocean and the Channel Islands in the background. The husband is from England and he and his wife enjoy having friends from England visit every year.

The couple wished to spend time on their balcony with their visitors, savoring the beauty of the surroundings—but it wasn’t possible. Their existing cantilevered balcony was so small, it could barely accommodate a couple of chairs, let alone a table. And they really didn’t have enough covered space under the balcony for a sitting area on the patio.

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Westside removed the original balcony and designed a balcony that is supported by sturdy steel posts inside stucco columns that match the exterior. This support structure made it possible for us to more than double the size of the balcony.

Our clients requested that the columns be narrow, so their view wasn’t blocked as they relaxed in the patio sitting area. The columns, however, rest on wide footings that our engineer determined meet the latest seismic building codes. To construct the footings, we had to cut into the existing stamped, colored concrete patio, and our clients feared their patio might be damaged. True to our standard practices, Westside handled the process with care, and the patio was not negatively affected in any way. The low brick pilasters at the base of the columns provide an attractive finish, without being an obstruction.

AFTER – LED lighting and corbels

Under the balcony, we installed high-efficiency LED lighting between the support beams to illuminate the patio sitting area. The corbels were framed and then stuccoed, to fit the existing decorative elements of the home.

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AFTER – Curved railing

 

 

 

We are particularly proud of the balcony railing that we created as a perfect curve, a design that provides more space than the usual rectangular footprint. The railing is powder-coated aluminum, which offers a maintenance-free, rust-free finish appropriate for coastal environments.

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Our clients have already had the pleasure of spending time with guests on their new patio and balcony, and they love it. Here’s how they responded to our Guild Quality client survey: “We were very pleased with Westside’s professionalism throughout the entire project, and we are extremely happy with the results. We have already recommended Westside to friends.”

Please feel free to check out Westside’s Guild Quality survey reports on our website. Read what our other clients have to say, and then contact us for your next project. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Bob Sturgeon

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Spice up Dinner Time with a New Luxury Kitchen

Spicing up dinner time with a few zesty recipes might be a bit more fun in a new luxury kitchen. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a kitchen facelift that incorporates deluxe granite or natural quartz countertops, custom wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances? The kitchen is one of the most visited rooms in a home, and as such, it’s a good investment to renovate it with modern upgrades that ooze with style, quality, and convenience. After all, there’s nothing quite like cooking in a luxury kitchen. DSC_6287

Westside Remodeling recommends the following strategies you can take to upgrade your kitchen from ordinary to luxurious: 

While many homeowners associate cherry wood as the popular choice for a new luxury kitchen, today’s options for customized cabinetry are expanding to include other wood species, such as walnut and quarter sawn oak. Painted finishes, especially white and gray, are on the rise. Current design trends for cabinets incorporate clean lines with contrasting textures and hidden storage options to make cooking more convenient. More than one wood species or wood finish is often blended together in the same kitchen, or metal accent doors are combined with wood doors. Typically, you’ll want to choose a style in keeping with the general décor of the rest of your home. And don’t be afraid to ask your designer how to make your kitchen even more inviting by adding accents or conversation pieces to draw in your guests.

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Granite and quartz are very elegant choices for countertops. Quartz is coming on strong as manufacturers continue to create fabulous new looks that set your kitchen apart from the rest. This material is even more durable than granite and easier to clean. Another glamorous option is a solid wood countertop. Again, the trend is to mix textures within one kitchen—perhaps wood on the island and quartz on the rest of the countertops.

Stainless steel continues to offer a sleek, luxurious look that brightens the kitchen’s appearance. New trends for appliance styling include white and black glass exteriors that offer a sleek, minimalist appearance that is also easy to clean. Upgrading your oven to one that offers steam/convection cooking, or purchasing an induction cooktop, or perhaps a smart phone enabled gas range provides you with some of the amazing conveniences that help to make cooking a luxury.

Tile and hardwoods offer excellent choices for deluxe flooring that stands up to lots of traffic, while also providing a stylish base for your kitchen table and chairs. Your options are a bit more generous than in past years, since today’s porcelain tile can convincingly mimic wood or stone. Beautiful exotic hardwoods and hardwoods with textures, such as hand-scraped finishes, add glamour to your kitchen.DSC_6295

Upgrading your kitchen’s cabinetry, countertops, appliances, flooring, walls, and lighting can transform a dull kitchen to one with the elegance of a fine restaurant. Giving your kitchen a luxurious facelift that encourages you to try out gourmet recipes for your dining pleasure is a great idea, since it also increases the market value of your property. If you are working with a really outdated kitchen, you may want to overhaul the entire room with a quality renovation.”

Ready to start planning your luxury kitchen? Call Westside Remodeling at 805-499-4121 and speak to Danielle Peter or Alana A. Busse, our talented designers and remodeling specialists!

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5 Storage Solutions Every Kitchen MUST Have

Alana Busse asked us to repost this recent Dura Supreme blog entry, since it is so useful and informative. She thinks it will be of great interest to you, and she wants to share.

“As a kitchen designer and remodeling specialist, I find that all of my clients want the most storage they can get out of their new kitchens,” says Alana. “That is easy with great storage solutions like these.” Jodi-Header_0

Here are the top five requested storage solutions every kitchen must have!

1. TRASH AND RECYCLING
Every kitchen will benefit from having a dedicated space for trash and recycling bins. In fact, this is our most popular kitchen cabinet.Jodi_BRC

2. SILVERWARE AND UTENSIL STORAGE
Silverware and kitchen utensils are essential tools for every kitchen, and when drawers are organized and neatly divided for each utensil, your entire kitchen will be more streamlined and functional. Our divided trays, two-tier trays and drawer partitions allow you to segment a drawer for optimal organization and efficiency.Jodi_BRC-utensil

3. SPICE STORAGE
You don’t have to be a culinary professional to appreciate a well-organized collection of savory spices in your home. Dura Supreme offers an amazing array of kitchen storage accessories for your spices; flat storage within drawers, vertical racks that pull out from thin spaces, door mounted racks, specialized shallow cabinets and even drawers with stainless steel spice jars tucked into their own compartments.Jodi_Spice

4. ROLL-OUT STORAGE
Base cabinets are usually 24″ deep, providing a lot of storage space. However, accessing the items stored in the back of the cabinet can be inconvenient and cumbersome. That problem is solved with our roll-out shelves, available in several depths, different configurations and with various partitions. Our roll-out shelves glide out smoothly on full-extension slides and include a soft-close, self-closing feature for optimum convenience in your kitchen.Jodi_RolloutDrawer

5. CREATIVE CORNER STORAGE SOLUTIONS
With all of the creative corner storage solutions available today, there is no need to overlook this once unused, inaccessible space in our kitchens. Dura Supreme offers several ingenious accessories so that every inch of our corner cabinets is accessible and convenient. Turntables are a traditional solution and ours spin smoothly and effortlessly. Swiveling shelves and gliding trays are also clever options to cavernous corner cabinets, so that the items stored in the cabinet glide out for easy access.Jodi_Corner

Reposted from a Dura Supreme blog post by Jodi Tramontin on August 25, 2014

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

 

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Illuminate Your Home with New Lighting

DSC_6395We have noticed that homeowners are often unaware of how important it is to upgrade lighting when they remodel. Did you know that replacing old light fixtures with new ones, along with installing lights in dark areas, can help modernize the look of your home, enhance your living spaces, and increase your home’s sale value? Your home can be changed from dark and dreary to bright and welcoming.

Pearl-36Switching out old light fixtures that are showing signs of age can instantly take years off the appearance of your home. A word of caution though–trendier styles of lighting are more likely to go out-of-style sooner than conservative choices. You may want to go with the trendier selections to enhance the value of your real estate if you are planning to sell in the near future.

In addition to modernizing the look of your home, improving your lighting layout with specialized lighting fixtures can enhance the safety of your home, increase your sense of security at night, and make it easier to complete certain types of activities.

B0038116Ideas for new lighting options:
▪ Replacements for all existing lighting, creating themed décor.
▪ Functional lighting in the entranceway and alcoves of your home.
▪ Dimmer switches in rooms where you don’t want the light glaring in your eyes, such as the bathroom in the middle of the night.
▪ Spot lighting over the bed to enable nighttime reading.
▪ Recessed lighting to highlight otherwise dreary corners.
▪ Overhead fixtures in closets and pantries.

If your landscape is in need of some brightening up, consider enhancing your home’s curb appeal with low-level lighting to illuminate pathways around the home or to accent garden fountains or sculptures. Low-level lighting can be pointed upward to accentuate the walls of the home or stately trees. Since it shines directly where needed, it does not encroach on the night sky to the same extent as lights that flood the entire yard.

B0058789Please feel free to discuss your lighting needs with us.

Bob Sturgeon

 

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Choose Your Contractor with Care

It is an interesting, but sobering fact that a sizable percentage of Westside Remodeling’s annual income comes from fixing failed work done by others. As an example, we once fixed a problem where another contractor installed a sliding glass door without a header—believe it or not.

In another instance, we made a shocking discovery while working on a kitchen remodel. The homeowners were completely unaware that, in order to relocate a drain line for the kitchen sink, the previous contractor had cut away all the support studs for the wall. The only thing holding up the house was the stucco!

Examples of Poor Workmanship — Photos Courtesy of This Old House

My most unforgettable situation involved a woman who told us Westside came highly recommended, but she decided to use another remodeler. He had given her a lower price, and by using his services she could afford to remodel her master bath in addition. Six months later, she called us in tears, “Would you come out and look at this disaster!” Nothing in her house was completed; a giant pile of debris stretched from the front entrance through the living room; boxes of plumbing fixtures with missing parts were stacked one on top of the other. Before the framing was completed, the remodeler had been installing cabinets just so he could get another check. He never pulled any permits. He did this to several people and then left the country. Westside agreed to take the job, which involved cleaning up the mess and tearing out the shoddy workmanship. The homeowner ended up paying us more than our original bid.

Examples of Poor Workmanship — Photos Courtesy of This Old House

Examples of Poor Workmanship — Photos Courtesy of This Old House

When it comes time for your remodeling project, you don’t want to worry that someday you’ll be telling your own personal remodeling horror story. From the very beginning, you want assurance that your contractor will do things right the first time and stand behind their work should something go wrong. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has a list of questions on their website that you should ask of potential contractors.

We also recommend that you do the following before hiring:
• Visit the Contractor State Licensing Board to check on the state of the remodeler’s license. Make sure the license is active and valid.
• Check for workman’s compensation insurance.
• Check for liability insurance. Ask the contractor to show you his insurance certificate and look to see that it’s up to date.
• Ask for references, and go look at the finished work. Pay special attention to how the details are handled where different materials intersect—for example, where a tile floor meets a cabinet.
• Know if you will have an on-site supervisor or if the job will be run from an office. Westside uses the Lead Carpenter system, for example.
• Understand how the contractor facilitates communication between the various trades.
• Ask if he gives a guaranteed completion date and lifetime warranty on workmanship
• It is helpful if the contractor is local, so you know he will be there for you, if you have needs.

Remember this: quality and service come at a higher initial price. Low-ball bids are invariably the result of corner-cutting. Choose your contractor with care, and you will save money down the road by avoiding expensive and invasive repairs in the future.

Just like you, I’m also amazed at how much things cost nowadays. The only thing that costs more is when you have to do it again!

Bob Sturgeon

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Is Your Home Ready for the Next Stage of Your Life?

A young couple often discovers their home no longer meets their needs, once they begin to have children. Later on, the same couple may find their home needs further updating to accommodate their teenagers’ increased need for independence. When the adult children move out, the empty-nesters may want further modifications made to their home, as they now have time to explore new hobbies and entertain friends. If elderly parents come to stay, it is vital to meet their special needs.

It isn’t necessary to move into a different home, each time your family progresses from one life stage to another. By making periodic modifications as time goes by, your home can continue to function well for you throughout your lifetime. Westside Remodeling can help you plan for the future, thinking through all the details, and creating flexible designs that are easier to modify whenever needs change.other3_1

If your family is growing, you may need to add another bedroom or bathroom. You may decide to remove a wall between your kitchen and family room, making it one large open area where you can keep track of toddlers while you work. A new mudroom at your home’s entry will help organize all the jackets and backpacks for your school-aged children.

If you have teenagers, you may decide to finish off the garage or basement as an entertainment room or media room where they can spend time with their friends. This may also be the perfect time to build an outdoor living space, where you can create memorable moments around fun and food on your new deck or patio.

As the children head off to college or move into their own apartments, you may find other uses for those empty bedrooms. If you enjoy crafts, you could turn a bedroom into a hobby room, complete with all the cabinets, open shelving and countertops you need to keep things well organized. Or you may decide to expand your master bedroom and create a luxury master suite by incorporating an unused bedroom.

If your elderly parents move in, or if you wish to prepare your home to meet your own changing needs as you age, you may need to make some further modifications to your home. Doorways and hallways may need to be widened. Knobs can be replaced with lever handles and light switches changed to the toggle variety to make life easier. Zero-threshold showers and comfort-height toilets, along with attractive grab bars, should be added to your bathrooms.

You will be amazed at how your home can be beautiful, and yet functional, through all the stages of your life. At Westside Remodeling, we want to make it possible for you to stay in your home and enjoy it for years to come.

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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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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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