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2016-02-09 13:02:36
Remarkable Results of a Dramatic OC Home Remodel

One of the secrets to making magic happen during a remodel does not stem from having the most expensive products, the biggest team, or years of experience (although that's a major plus.) But instead, it's something much more special. For me, it's my intrinsic desire to create beauty and my intense passion for interior design that makes amazing things happen. It's only natural for me to look beyond the bounds of a seemingly shabby home and see the potential for something brilliant. It takes a lot of hard work to bring that vision to life, but that's where persistence and passion pays off.  

Which brings me to today's project. Follow along with me as I reveal my most recent remodel with you. I'll show you the process of restoration and the results of the transformation. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the amazing results!

2220 Orange Ave. Costa Mesa Remodel

Located in the heart of Costa Mesa on the corner of Virginia Place and Orange Avenue, right off the 55 freeway, this quaint little home was constructed with a humble beginning. Built in 1940, it had been rented for 35 years and was practically in original condition when we found it. The property consists of three units: a single-family two bedroom one bath home that's approximately 860 sq ft, a one bedroom apartment over the garage at 600 sq ft and a studio apartment, about 330 sq ft.

Check out the 'before and after' of the front exterior of the main home:

2220 Orange Ave


The first project I took on was the studio. I upgraded the outdated and bland kitchen to a new Ikea kitchen with darker features for a more sophisticated touch:

kitchen before

I also added newly engineered wood floors, new vinyl windows, a new bath, paint from Benjamin Moore, refaced the fireplace and added a raw edge slab mantle. In addition, the studio has its own separate entrance with a welcoming private patio. 

The next area of focus was the single-family home. The basics included restoring the original wood floors with a whitewash finish, texturing all the walls and ceilings, new windows and doors throughout and of course new trim and base.
Because I love to cook, the kitchen was a very important project. First off we had to remove an exterior door to make more usable wall space, next was making an arched opening to the living area so it felt more open. We blended custom white kitchen cabinets and maple cabinets as well as utilized open maple shelving.  After a long search decided on Calacatta marble countertops, lavished with beautiful gray and gold veining. Knowing it could stain or pit wasn't an issue, Italians have used it for years and it just gets better with age. Black suede granite was used on the smaller maple cabinets. A Thermador stove was a must as well as Bosch dishwasher.
Check out photos of the kitchen in its original state, then moving on to the construction phase, and then the results of the finished product:

Original phase, kitchen back wall 


Construction phase, knocking down kitchen wall


Final design of the new kitchen


Are you loving the design of this home? Check out the back yard 'before and after' here!


We installed a beautiful light fixture in the dining room, which is quite special to me as it was handcrafted by my good friend Brendan at 100xbetter.com. Also, my friend Fred Rose is a wood artist and makes beautiful creations. I begged for a simple shelf in my dining room and it I couldn't be more ecstatic with the way this room turned out. Personal touches like this, really makes this house feel like a home.

The master bedroom had a low hung window that interfered with the bed so we replaced that with a higher long window and it works perfect with our headboard from Room and Board.  A custom mirror made out of Barnwood hung on barn door hardware functions as the closet door.

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