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Archive of: Home Design

A couple builds for the future on a challenging Solana Beach lot

A custom-home builder and his wife create spaces to showcase their art collection

18th Annual Bathrooms of the Year

A balance of contrasts — contemporary alongside traditional, black juxtaposed with white, elegance combined with simplicity — amplifies the appeal of this year’s winning bathrooms.

By any measure, making a functional and beautiful getaway out of 285 square feet is a big deal

History joins a relaxed-modern idiom in a refreshed Point Loma home

Ongoing changes result in a made-to-order home

Ongoing changes result in a made-to-order home

Turning Back Time

A Mission Hills couple restores a 92-year-old home with dedication to its original integrity



Seasonal Sensation

A designer brings an enchanted Christmas fantasy to life

Foreground Color

A La Jolla couple looks for interior touches and multipurpose spaces to complement their townhome’s modern architecture

Dog + Garden = House

A couple buys a Coronado property for its lot and then hires professionals to fulfill its potential

Cottage Charisma

An 825-square-foot house in Oceanside exudes quirky charm

Social Dynamics

Pride of Place

Dapper ’20s style and stencil creations are the cat’s meow in a spiffy, ocean-view home

Diminutive — Yet Distinctive

A “modest” reworking of an Ocean Beach home makes a big impression

Up, Up and Away

As daylight turns to dusk, the rooftop aerie comes alive with dramatic lighting and the glow from fire pits that showcase the luminescence of metallic tiles around the pool and spa. An outdoor kitchen on one end of the covered area and a bathroom on the other makes the rooftop an ideal party venue.

The Big Picture

Other than the approach to the front door, the La Jolla home remodeled by architect Dustin Hauck bears little resemblance to its previous version. Sand-colored stucco and Western red cedar offset the silver-hued landscaping, while their golden tints are picked up by sunsets reflected in glass.

Somewhere Under The Rainbow

Accented with arches, the updated pavilion behind the new pool is more in tune with the home’s Spanish style than the previous structure, which had a decidedly Mid-century Modern feel. A storage space to the left was turned into a pool house with a steam shower and a bathroom/changing area.

True Colors

A low window offers a view of the reflecting pool for those sitting in the living room. The addition of a garage door that raises straight up to join the interior living and exterior dining areas gives Mark Koenig’s remodeled home modern-industrial character. An abstract mural by local artist Nate Schnell provides a colorful backdrop.

Kitchens of the Year: China Doll - Kim Grant, Kim Grant Design, Elizabeth Thiele Barkett, Ross Thiele and Son

By sheer coincidence, this quartet of cooks' spaces all contain little snippets of silver. But happenstance had nothing to do with their being named the shining winners of our 25th anniversary Kitchens of the Year contest
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