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Victoria Garden Mews LEED Platinum 2nd Floor Unit Kitchen

Architect: Thompson Naylor Architects
Photo Credit: Meghan Beierle

An award winning, certified Platinum LEED for Homes Project.

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February 1, 2014
bethgreen wrote:
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
@bethgreen: we are the landscape design/build firm for the project. Your question is best directed to Allen Associates (you'll find their info on under contractors.) Best, Margie
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Good Morning. Thank you for your inquiry about our Victoria Garden Mews project. And thanks to Grace Design Associates for passing on your question. We are not familiar with, have never used, California One Kote. As a result, we are unable to compare the two. As far as our experience with American Clay is concerned, we have used it multiple times at different projects, including one that is on the coast in Ventura. The product has preformed well at the beach locaton. With regards to your specific performance questions: 1) Wear - American Clay is a very soft product. It does chip and scratch easily. To account for this, we have installed baseboards and/or sealed around the baseboard to reduce damage due to vacuuming, etc. We have also installed metal mesh edge pieces at corners to make corners more durable. 2) Cleaning - easily cleanable. One client described having a fruit smoothie splash on their wall. He wiped it up immediately. There was a bit of discoloration, so he wet a sponge and lightly washed and smoothed the clay, removing the stain. 3) Repairability - Relatively easily repairable. One client had a deep gouge from a chair in his wall. He had saved some of the dry clay mix, added water and filled the hole. Gently smoothing the surface to blend it in with the existing. Small dings can easily be repaired with a damp sponge (similar to cleaning up stains as described above). 4) Humidity tolerance - As mentioned, we have a beach front project in Ventura and the American Clay has performed well in that environment. It is important to use an installer who is familiar with the product. We have worked with a couple of different installers of the product and could supply you with names if you are interested. I hope this informaton helps with your decision making.
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November 8, 2013
mariehreese wrote:
How wide is this galley?
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
This kitchen was done by Allen Associates, general contractor, and Dennis Thompson, architect. We were the landscape designers + builders. They are listed on houzz professionals list. Best, Margie Grace (
    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 4:34PM
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Thank you for your interest in Allen Associates' Victoria Garden Mews Project. Wall to wall the space is 10 feet wide. From cabinet to cabinet it is 6 feet wide. I hope that helps.
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July 29, 2013
Mira Lane wrote:
Cabinet color? - What color are the cabinets?
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I'm sorry, we do not have a record of the paint color used on these cabinets.
    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 9:40AM
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June 26, 2013
meganmaray wrote:
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You are speaking of the glass in the cabinets, yes? If so, it is just plain glass. Thank you for your interest.
    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 1:29PM
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May 3, 2013
magjagmin wrote:
what brand is the hardware? What width are the pot drawers & how long are the pulls? thanks bunches! - cabinet hardware
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Irene Ting
beautiful rug! where is it from?
    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 2:41PM
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Believe it or not, the beautiful rug in this kitchen was purchased at Pottery Barn.
    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 6:08PM
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March 12, 2013
sbriglio wrote:
Granite - Anyone know color
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Unfortunately we do not have infromation on the name/color of the stone. The owner purchased it at a large discount supplier in the Los Angeles area. We have no way to track that down.
    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 10:35AM
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Carrara Marble and Granite
If I were to guess, it looks like it could be Ivory Gold or Lady Dream. It's really hard to tell by this photo.
    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 11:12AM
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September 26, 2012
bellefonte wrote:
Where is the lighting?
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I apologize, I thought I answered this question ages ago. There are square recess cans with both LED and compact flourscent bulbs in them to allow for task (LEDs) and ambient (CFLs) lighting. There are also under cabinet LED light strips. Looks like the photographer photoshopped the can lights out of the ceiling....
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September 12, 2012
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Looks like I missed this question - must have been lost in the email pile. I apologize. The tile was set to counter depth in order to keep that wall clean/ If it was only to cabinet depth, there would have been a substantial amount of wall that could easily get splashed when working on the counter. That's how the client wanted it....
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May 5, 2012
dbax wrote:
Can you please tell me what you used for the countertops? It looks like granite. If so, what color/ type?
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No, I never got a definitive answer on the color. I ended up going with a honed jet mist granite, which is a bit darker, but really nice, in my opinion. The honed rather than the high gloss makes it look a little more like soapstone.
    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 2:23PM
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I apologize - I do not have the name of the color of the granite in this kitchen.
    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 5:47PM
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June 27, 2013
mcgarveyjc wrote:
Can you tell me specifically what was used for the backsplash?

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