Design Set Match


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Kitchen and Bath Design, Materials Selection, On-Site Assistance

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Bay Area: Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, San Rafael, Marin, Sausalito

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I am a Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) a member of Build it Green and a local chapter board member of The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). I am also a certified Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) and a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design and Architecture from the Academy of Art University and I have been designing kitchens and baths since the year 2000. I attend monthly educational meetings as well as participate in additional courses to maintain my certification status, as well as to bring new techniques and technologies to your home.

Design Set Match is a professional freelance interior design service brought to you by Alisa Hofmann. DSM works in and serves the San Francisco Bay Area's homeowners, contractors, and realtors looking for excellent, affordable home design. DSM also offers design consultations, outsourced design plans, and virtual staging. We believe in sustainable & functional living spaces using high-quality, affordable, environmentally-responsible materials from local providers.

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Chrysalis Award for Best Outbuilding 2012 http://chrysalisawards.com/remodeler/DesignSet/index.html,San Francisco Bay Area "Remmies", Nari National "CotY" for Commercial Speciality, Best of Houzz
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Do you have a photo of the transition to the dining room that shows the chair rail? Is the rest of your style country/cottagy or something else?
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You could go with several colors, I'd use a darker rich color on the wainscot and a lighter color in a neutral/natural for the upper wall and the kitchen walls. White ceiling for both to match your chair rail (not high gloss though).

You may want to steer away from yellows and reds simply so that your cabinets have a little more space for you to appreciate them. Deep greens or blues would work well.

Benjamin Moore has a new palate that you might enjoy. http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/williamsburg-color-collection
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Thank you, smartdesigner. It will take some time, but we are hoping that in a year from now, this home will be what we have always wanted.

We absolutely love the backyard. He is a few shots of it. The main bathroom is quite interesting and definitely has some old school charm to it. We are hoping to removing the carpeting in the rest of the house and find the same beautiful hardwood floors underneath as the stairs have.
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Thanks apple-pie for answering about removal of sunshine ceiling. I knew it wouldn't be hard to remove but don't know much about installing other lights there.
Carrierice, it looks like you have a quality hone there. Although finishes are older, look to be of good quality and well cared for which makes all the difference. Look forward to seeing updates along the way.
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What is the overall style of your home? I think you can do either depending on the rest of your space, furnishings etc. you have selected good colors, I like the sandy subway over the yellowish one though.
What is your style in general... Do you wear clothing with pattern or do you prefer to wear solid colors. This is your instinct style, go with it, you're intuition will be right for you.
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gabby - I think the 6x6 travertine with 4" stripe of the mosaic would look lovely. I think it would break up the busyness and still have a pop of interest on the wall. I think that you should go with what you love. Someone suggested to me to graph out what you think you want to go with. It really helped me decide what would look best (which is different from what I thought I would like best).
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Definately the beveled subway. The bevel will add visual interest. Pretty!
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Bathroom Workbook: 10 Elements of Industrial Style which was just put up on this website under Ideabooks, shows a tub with subway tiles going to the ceiling. To me it looks like shower in a gym or a prison. Tiling everything you can get your tiles on seems to be a growing trend that I, for one, am not liking.
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7' is too short. In the long run you are likely to have splash/peeling paint problems. My clients typically like their shower heads at 7' and their tile to the ceiling or at least 8'. I suggest calculating the cost of huge materials and labor now vs what it will cost you in time, frustration and money later.
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Are you doing this for yourself or potential resale? Although white appliances are perfectly fine, they are often perceived as "cheap". For this reason it may be better to do stainless or to give them "appliance panels" which give the look of disappearing into the cabinetry as much as possible. If you do this a stainless hood would compliment.
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Stainless. Sounds beautiful, what you've chosen so far.
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Still in the "hole in the ground stage" - aiming to be for Xmas. A four season: ski and lake. Definitely going induction- have it now and LOVE it! Not sure if doing range or cooktop with single oven under. Not room/layout for wall oven. Counter depth fridge is a must, with a 4" cutout in back to make flush. Two Rohl farmhouse sinks - a smaller one for prep and the 39" big mama for cleanup / husband hates dishes drying on the counter so we can use the smaller second part of the sink.
Need to figure our faucets!!! Thinking either soapstone, slate, granite or quartz?
Thanks so much for your feedback - I live on Houzz!!!!
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10 rangements malins pour une salle de bains ultra pratique

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simplicity that atracts me in your design is a dominant feature
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Number of handles don't matter as much as spout and handle style. When doing any kitchen I try to select something that fits my molding/trim/cabinet style. I think most manufacturers make something that works. The Delta Cassidy pull-out kitchen faucet is an example of a tradtional single handle.
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I normally use 18" x 18" on the bathroom floor with a matching 9" x 18" in a subway set on the shower walls in porcelain.
July 18, 2014 at 11:52am     
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There are no real rules regarding tile sizes. Ultimately, the tile on the floor should be less slippery, and if you do a standard drain in the shower you will have fewer cuts if you use something that is 4" or smaller. Linear drains have really opened up the possibility of using larger tiles on the shower floor though.
As far as aesthetics, go with your gut. When you are looking at tiles in the showrooms and on displays do some comparison to see what you ultimately like.
for example, if you are doing a traditional bathroom, do you like a smaller octagon and dot or basket weave on the floor with a subway tile on the walls? or Do you prefer a larger square tile on the floor in a diagonal pattern with the subway tile instead?
July 21, 2014 at 7:45pm   
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yes, go to the ceiling if you can. You can gain much more storage than clutter that collects dust on the top. In this remodeled kitchen the only reason for not going to the ceiling was because of its slope and the awkward need to have a major structural beam creating the low soffit near the exterior.
Lafayette Cottage Traditional 1
Lafayette Cottage Traditional 2

you can do a traditional cottage painted feel, or you can do a mix and match. maybe have an accented piece of cabinetry at the sink to give it a little pop and furniture feel. Ultimately simple is better.

ps. you may also get better storage if you don't have a "peninsula" cabinet at the end and simply keep it a true tally kitchen. That one base cabinet gives the illusion of more, but it is actually less useful than a good base cabinet would be.
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Thanks for all the great ideas! I never even thought to raise my current cabinets! Hmmm... something to think about for sure. I have decided to get the gas stove now. Gotta have it! Ohhh, I will look for the gas on glass. Sounds nice. Definitely like the controls in the front. No granite backsplash. I will be starting the white subway tiles at the top of the granite. Hadn't thought of using the gray grout in between. Not sure on how to change that "peninsula?" to the right of sink. What do you mean by that? Here's my tile, granite, and paint for the kitchen and little dining room off to the side.
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Ah ha! So you are saying to just have a straight clean line from the left of the sink all the way down and make the cabinet a little smaller? It would be more clean lines and more space in the kitchen! You guys are amazing! I never even thought of that! The cabinet is kind of weird. It would save me $ in granite by making it a bit smaller too. My dining room is right next to the peninsula so it would give the dining room more space! Ta da! I will have a nice buffet on the wall behind the stove for extra storage, too. I just can't wait for my keys on Monday! Then it will be time to play.
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If you have sliding doors stay on the bathroom side of the wall, they could share the same track system. The only issue would be if they were both opened at the same time, but the odds of that are not very high. Even then, all that would happen is one door would not be able to be opened, or you would end up sliding both of them at the same time.

I included a photo below that uses hardware similar to ours in a situation that would be similar, and has both doors on the same track. It may be hard to see, so if you want I can try and find a better image.
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What is the space behind your shower currently? Is it closet or exterior? Is it possible to absorb that space into your shower for a bench or just to simply enlarge it?

For your doors. Your shower door will need to swing out, or you can do a shower with only an opening and no door. Have you considered a "Neo-angle" shape instead of a rectangle for the shower to help the traffic flow too? The door closest to I should be the pocket/sliding door. And the door closest to the toilet should swing into the bathroom.

here is an example of a neo angle shower:
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Thank you, This was a fun bathroom for these blues.
The tub is a cast-iron built-in tub by Sunrise Specialty. They have several sizes. http://www.sunrisespecialty.com/sunbuiltin.html

We purchased this through Jack London Kitchen and Bath Gallery. http://www.jacklondonkitchenandbath.com
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Its difficult without seeing your actual cabinets, but you might want to try a different color for the island than the perimeter cabinets. You might also like these options by Caesarstone, they have many more too. These are marble look-alikes that can go modern/contemporary as well as traditional easily without the worry of maintenance.

Dreamy Marfil : 5220 | Caesarstone

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I have similar cabinets and chose Venetian gold granite. There are similar granites with various shades of creams, browns, golds, etc. if you go to a granite store they will be able to help you select, then you can view the slabs. There are some beautiful pieces with as much movement as you want. I am more traditional so my granite has less movement than others. If possible, take samples of your cabinets. Good luck! It may seem overwhelming now but I'm sure you'll find the perfect one!
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I think a giallo ornamental granite would work. it's a yellowish tone with some brown stains that I think can bring together the 2 colors you have
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Have you considered an option D? It would be a combo of A & B. As a designer I don't recommend having the hazard of your major appliances right next to your main door way. If you were to put your refrigerator to to the left of the range with a minimum 18" cabinet/countertop in-between it would allow for traffic flow to go around the kitchen without interfering with the person who is cooking. It will also allow for more counter-space to the right of the sink which is valuable workspace.

ps if you do this, you may want to put the dishwasher to the right of the sink so that you can avoid the appliances interfering with each other.
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Design Set Match,
Thank you so much for the idea! I wish I had thought of it sooner. How do you think this looks?

The only drawback I've noticed is that the passageway is now only 34". If I reduce the cabinet between the range and fridge from 18" to 15", I can gain a few more inches.

Is there a way to edit this poll so I can add Option D?
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you're welcome!
This feels much better. I agree with having equal space from the corner, this should be equal to the walking space you have at the island. (not knowing your cabinet company) I'm assuming you are putting in a blind-corner cabinet to the right of the range. See if whatever storage mechanism you are using can go into a 39" base cabinet instead of 42"
Here are a couple of options: Alameda Victorian Kitchen
San Francisco Inner Sunset Victorian

I'm not sure about the poll, I haven't used them before. Houzz has excellent customer service though, send them an email.
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