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ASID’s Kitchen, Bath & More Tour highlights solutions for challenged spaces

Difficult, typical, cramped, closed off, sad and desperate: Those are words used by local designers describing “before” aspects of residential spaces they’ve remodeled.

Strong, united, open, functional, easy care and sophisticated: Those are words they apply to the revitalized spaces open for public viewing on Oct. 24.

Last fall, the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers presented nine homes on its kitchen and bath tour. Although kitchens and baths remain the primary focus, this year’s tour of 11 residences includes other rooms.

“On a daily basis, every part of the house affects how we live and our state of mind. Our home is where we recharge,” says Natalia T repchina-Worden, ASID chapter president. “We thought that if we included more spaces, people could see how great design can maximize that experience. We spend so much time in the kitchen as a family that it’s a priority for people to start with a kitchen remodel. People think that remodeling kitchens and bathrooms provide the biggest return on investment, so that’s why we felt they were good places to showcase. But it doesn’t stop there. We want people to see that well-designed spaces in any room marry function and beauty in the best way.”

Designer Beppie Mostert gave Carlsbad townhouse owners a more useful kitchen by removing a wall and relocating appliances, as well as the sink. She chose Brazilian pecan wood flooring for the entire first floor, granite countertops, glass mosaic backsplashes, glass pendant lights and new furniture.

In Point Loma, Kelly Smiar-Gallegos modernized a 1950s ranch home in conjunction with a 600-square-foot addition. During the restoration of a 1921-built, Historic Landmark house in Mission Hills, Margaret Dean maintained the integrity of the original design with shaker-style cabinets, soapstone countertops and beadboard, while updating kitchen and bath spaces with modern conveniences.

Kim Nadel gave the new owners of a 1970s townhouse a flexible design for aging in place. Hidden features include smart controls and heated floors.

These are just a few examples of the solutions showcased in residences ranging from Point Loma north to Oceanside.

“People taking the tour will can see something that has more of a traditional flair versus contemporary versus modern,” Natalia says. “ You get exposed to a range of aesthetics.”



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