Before and After
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- Before and After
With decades of experience within our Kitchen & Bath Design Center design team, you can feel good about putting your kitchen or bath remodel in our capable hands. Coles is a true design build firm. From conception to completion we do it all, no need to try to hire various contractors to complete your project.
Contemporary Update in Carmel Valley
This beautiful two story home was remodeled top to bottom with beautiful hardwood floors, a new kitchen and three remodeled bathrooms. The clients wanted a contemporary look that blended well with the more typical Spanish architecture of Carmel Valley.
An awkward coat closet that jutted into the kitchen was relocated under the stairs. The wall was then removed to allow the kitchen to expand and a generous peninsula with seating to be added. With the addition of the peninsula, it was easy to lose the small island that cramped the kitchen.
The clients were thrilled that their kids called the kitchen “hip” and were awed by the impressive quartz backsplash.
A Traditional Makeover with a Trendy Twist
This home is located near Cadman Park in San Diego, owned by a gorgeous young couple who relocated from the South. Their initial ideas incorporated many traditional components such as the wood hood. Coles Kitchen and Bath gave the kitchen a traditional base and added rich and on-trend elements.
Designer, Barbara Preston, upped the game on the subway backsplash by using tumbled dolomite marble instead of a traditional glossy white ceramic tile. The marble wasn’t used sparingly either, it was taken up to the ceiling on the window and hood wall.
A traditional farm sink was given a 180 degree spin. Crafted from eco-friendly concrete, it was turned 180 to give an interesting shape in the quartzite at the back. Having the curved part in back also kept the walkway between the cabinets feeling spacious.
To give the couple more room to entertain a wall was taken out between the dining room and tiny kitchen. The expansive island clad in natural quartzite was given a generous overhang and left open on the end for plenty of room for friends to gather round.
The footprint of this kitchen is mini; just 9 feet across one way. The goal was to put 10 pounds of function in a 5 pound space without looking crowded. The usual kitchen designer tricks were pulled out of the hat; a blind cabinet with Kessebohmer Lemans pull outs, tall pantry with roll out trays, and 6” pull out base cabinets to fill small spaces.
The magic happened in the details.
Using a slab front cabinet and fairly monochromatic palette were two tricks employed to visually expand the space. Utilizing the stunning quartz as both counter and backsplash create a seamless flow; coupled with the lineal veining it draws the eye horizontally, tricking the eye into seeing the space as larger.
A concrete look melamine finish ramped up the urban style. A thick aluminum framed glass cabinet and chunky pulls add textural interludes. Drawing the view upwards to a contemporary light fixture adds height to the room.
Colorful Update Adds Cheer to Family Lifestyle
This house was used as a rental for thirty years. The clients sold their home up North and moved back to the San Diego sunshine. The ranch home sits on a canyon with spectacular views.
The challenge was to make the home inside as beautiful as the outside. Color was the most important component of the project. The aqua really reflects the clients’ fun and cheery personalities.
Letter from the customer:
I love my kitchen!! I’m so glad you were able to see your mission fulfilled! My house is truly becoming our home and I am loving it so much. The floors are fantastic. All the workers were amazing and so considerate. I highly recommend Chris and he was easy to work with. He had great communication and kept us updated through the entire process!!
Come by anytime! We just had our window treatments installed on Tuesday and they are amazing. We will let you know about the bathroom. Hopefully soon!!
Full Condo Remodel Makes Living Easy
Full home remodel of 936 sq.ft. condo for a client who wanted to maximize the small footprint in each room. Remodel of kitchen, master, and guest bathrooms.
The kitchen got a new, more efficient layout relocating the refrigerator and installing additional storage with two-toned Ultracraft cabinets with shaker style doors. The base cabinets and floating shelves got an alder natural stained finish while wall cabinets, peninsula legs and crown molding were finished with a Melted Brie paint. New paint, light quartz counter tops and an extended peninsula finished off this kitchen remodel, brightening up the small previously dark space.
In the master bathroom, we moved a wall to expand the space and built out a new closet in the master bedroom. We added a frosted glass pocket door and additional linen storage behind the shower in the newly expanded space. Fieldstone Bristol door cabinets were used for the linen closet and vanity, topped with the same light quartz counter tops as the kitchen. The existing tub insert was replaced with a subway tiled walk-in glass shower and tile wainscoting throughout the rest of the room. New fixtures, open shelving, accessories and white eggshell paint finished the master bath.
Clever Contemporary Kitchen
Contemporary designs with flat panel doors and clean lines continue to be a sought after design theme. This Coles client was tired of the all grout and cabinetry grooves in their dated original kitchen, but was worried that a contemporary kitchen might be too cold or not be functional enough.
Coles Designer Steve Hellman embraced the challenge of creating a unique Contemporary kitchen that both had character and was packed with clever hideaways ensuring that all kitchenware was easily accessible.
The design reorganized the kitchen moving the sink into a new center island. It utilizes a Cambria Quartz slab back splash with flowing warm veins that tie in to the warm tones of the Coles custom wood look textured melamine base cabinetry. There are lift-up cabinets for the small counter appliances, pull-outs for knives, utensils and spices, specialized blind corner pull-outs and even a hidden paper towel dispenser above a built-in trash!
The new Miele induction cooktop mounted flush inside the counter can adjust temperatures instantly and stays cool to the touch for easy clean up while the Kohler sink’s accessories take functionality to a new level.
Calming Coastal Master Bathroom
The ocean is known for its calming effect. While this client has a great coastal home their dated bathroom with busy wallpaper, awkward soffits, and lots of little tiles didn’t continue that calming feel.
Being busy professionals the homeowners knew they wanted to enhance the space, but didn’t want to hire a separate designer and 10 various trade contractors to get it done. Coles “We Do It All” service providing all design, materials and labor was their solution!
Coles designer Steve Hellman collaborated with the clients to redesign their space which involved relocating and expanding the shower, taking out a wall and adding in a freestanding tub. They focused on using low maintenance materials and a soft color palette with subtle coastal elements.
Mannington luxury vinyl tile-look floor was used to avoid grout and add more standing comfort. The shower was tiled with large format porcelain with Macaubas blue accents. Vanity cabinetry by Ultracraft in durable textured melamine was customized to the space and utilized u-shaped drawers to go around the plumbing maximizing accessible storage. A concrete finish quartz countertop by MSI with a waterfall edge to the makeup desk completed the look.
Tropical Modernism Kitchen
Tropical Modernism is a design theme popular in many high end coastal resorts. Coles designer Steve Hellman and our client chose this style to tie in to contemporary architecture of the client’s home while ensuring the space still had the warmth and character that this family exudes in all their actions.
The client is a frequent entertainer of large groups. In their old kitchen they often found large groups of guests huddled around the 3 chairs of their small peninsula.
In order to accommodate their lifestyle Coles repositioned appliances and removed a load bearing wall separating the kitchen and family room providing the space necessary to build a large island that can now accommodate the family and their guests comfortably.
Ultracraft custom cabinets, Silestone matte quartz counters, sandstone 3D backsplash, and updated organization systems finished this remodel off and created the perfect space the client had dreamed of.
Downtown San Diego Modern Lifestyle
This customer is a Video Game Designer, but we didn’t play games here. Their downtown condo got a big upgrade in the kitchen and master bathroom for an Industrial Modern look designed by Dave Magown. Coles Custom Textured Melamine Cabinets in the kitchen have easy maintenance and superior wear—no handles needed.
Indestructible Dekton counter tops by Cosentino are fused by heat and pressure with stainless steel and Onyx backsplash tile. Natural stone tile throughout kitchen and bath with beautiful, water-resistant Luxury Vinyl Plank floors throughout the home and new carpet in the bedrooms.
This Lakeside home sits on five acres with its own private lake. The clients worked with an architect and Coles from the inception of the project which touched every inch of the 4300 square foot home. The goal was a transitional style that melds contemporary comforts like large pantries with roll out shelves and upscale Miele appliances with durable materials that hold up to lots of traffic.
The couple have two young boys and love to entertain their friends and their friends’ children. The slate looking tile floors in the kitchen and eating areas lead to the wrap around patio and wide open doors; they add a gorgeous color pallet while masking spills. At the end of an active day, a luxurious master bathroom was in order; featuring a free standing, elegant tub, expansive shower and sumptuous tiles with a variety of textures and patterns in gray tones.
The dark, heavy kitchen in this beautiful home was dated. After a complete renovation, including flooring, countertops, backsplash, cabinetry, appliances, and paint, as well as changing key elements of the adjoining family room, this space now feels bright and contemporary, just like the rest of their home.
The clients were out of town for much of the remodel, and needed someone to do the entire kitchen remodel. Coles handled everything from design to material selections and management of the daily schedule. The homeowners were able to continue their lives with as little disruption as possible, and return to the kitchen of their dreams.
This family wanted their kitchen to accommodate their family of six with space to cook together. The original island created an obstacle in the kitchen work triangle and forced a bottleneck in foot traffic. This redesign fulfilled the clients’ request for multiple work areas, and incorporated their love of intricate wood carvings.
The cooktop had previously been in the island, but with the transition to a freestanding range and double oven, there was the opportunity to do more with the island and the wall space near the fridge. The new island is more than just countertop space and storage. A second sink and a set of refrigerator drawers were added to create multiple prep areas.
The most important part of this kitchen remodel was creating a functional, two-person kitchen while maintaining an space where family and friends could gather and interact. The original kitchen was too cramped for more than one person to work at a time, and the limited counter space did not provide enough work surface for prepping meals.
The dark cabinetry, stainless steel finishes and slight iridescence in the backsplash make the space feel modern, while the warm tones keep the overall atmosphere inviting. Transparent, woven blinds, bamboo barstools, natural stone tile and opaque glass on the upper cabinetry help ground the design with an organic touch that will keep the revitalized space feeling comfortable and timeless.
Luxury on a Budget
These homeowners needed to update their kitchen to accommodate their growing family of five. The kitchen was the last room in the home to be remodeled, and the builder-grade oak cabinetry was an eyesore they were ready to do away with. The pantry needed to be relocated to a corner with less cross traffic.
The old kitchen was bland, while the new one defines sophisticated luxury. With a butler’s pantry, updated cabinets and crown molding, an abundance of travertine and space to entertain, we were able to bring the beauty into the most used room of the home — the kitchen — and create a larger, more functional space within the current footprint while adhering to a strict budget.
This client wanted a brighter kitchen where she and her two children could gather and share meals together. She already knew the materials and appliances she wanted, but needed help designing a more functional, welcoming space.
Despite the large room, the existing kitchen had limited storage and areas for multiple cooks to work at one time. The small island made the walkway near the sink and dishwasher too narrow, the bar seating awkwardly forced everyone in a row looking out into the backyard and away from each other and there was nearly a foot of wasted space behind the sink.
The new layout reflects the cheery, airy feel that the client determined with her selection of materials. While the previous design made each area feel boxed in and isolated, this kitchen encourages a natural flow between prep, cooking and seating. Although separate so as not to interfere with daily kitchen activities, the bar is integrated in a way that lets the showcase cabinetry mirror the large trio of windows. The final result offers a place for the family to enjoy their time together feeling close to one another, but not crowded.
Master Bath Retreat
The configuration was all wrong in the original dark, odd-shaped master bath. Two large, ill-fitting cabinets were on opposite sides of the sink, a built-in cabinet was next to the cramped shower in the water closet and a small closet took up space on the way into the bathroom. The windowless room also had no natural light and circulation problems.
The new layout addressed all of these issues, while streamlining the storage. Removing the closet made way for an L-shaped vanity, as well as a large window. The vanity houses multiple extra-deep drawer banks and a lazy Susan. In addition to the natural light from the window, ideal lighting conditions are created by sconces on either side of the medicine cabinets.