Rustic Modern Bathroom Ideas

Rustic modern bathroom designs (and transitional bathroom designs) are quite popular bathroom remodel styles selected by homeowners in San Diego.  So today we are going to feature a bathroom we built for a client in San Diego a little earlier this year (October 2016).  This homeowner, in our opinion, had a beautiful original bathroom.  However, she wanted to make use of some wasted space.  She had a soaker tub, but really wanted a jetted tub.  Additionally, she simply wanted to make the space a different design style to match the rest of her home.

In the “before” image above you can see a “make-up” counter which the homeowner felt was wasted space.  Additionallly, next to the soaker tub (which was awkwardly placed) there was an additional vanity.  To create more useable space, our client had us remove the “make-up counter”.  Removing that area combined with eliminating the soaker tub allowed us to install a jetted tub against the wall which opened up the bathroom space tremendously.

Fortunately we still had enough space to keep the second vanity in her bathroom.  To brighten up her space we removed the dark window covering and installed simple blinds.  The lighting above the mirrors was replaced with “lighted mirrors” and we added a beautiful chandelier.  The rustic stacked stone backsplash behind the vanities added to the rustic modern theme of the bathroom.  The pebblestone tile under the sleek jetted tub completed the look!

Our client took advantage of the remodel to add a modern niche with a glass insert into her newly tiled shower.  She also had us install a pebbled tile floor to compliment the pebbled tile flooring which was installed under her new jetted tub.  The shower was a perfect compliment to the rest of the bathroom remodel.

The difference in the before and after of this alcove are subtle but make a huge impact in the newly designed bathroom space.  Our client added a drawer in her new cabinet as well as a countertop which matched the rest of the vanities.  For a final touch, we installed floating vanities so she could add some simple accents to the space.

Rustic Modern Bathroom Ideas

Clients sometimes want to know what is appropriate for a specific design.  The truth is, you can create any space that you want.  Do not feel obligated to stay to a certain “design” because an eclectic design for your bathroom is also acceptable.  You are designing your bathroom for your personal comfort first and foremost.

If you are wondering how to pull together a rustic modern bathroom, we suggest using natural materials and colors that are found in nature for the rustic part of the design.  That is why this bathroom incorporates stone in behind the vanities.  The pebble tile reflects pebbles you would find in nature.  For this particular bathroom the smooth modern jetted tub, chandelier,  and the faucets reflect a modern design.

If you would like to speak with a designer to see what can be accomplished within your bathroom space, we are happy to provide you with a free in-home consultation to create your modern rustic bathroom (or any other design you may desire!).  We are available to come to your home Monday through Friday from 9am – 6pm and Saturdays from 9am – 2pm.  Just give us a call at 858-224-7373!

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Now Complete – Transitional Bathroom Remodel – San Diego

If you are looking for inspiration for a Transitional bathroom remodel in San Diego, here is a great sample of some work we completed in the Fall of 2016.  Transitional bathrooms combine the best of two worlds design-wise.  As shown in this transitional bathroom, there are features of contemporary (otherwise known as “modern”) design as well as some more traditional design aspects.

This home, built in 1989, originally featured a soaker tub with a separated shower.  The homeowners wanted to keep both these features but lose the tile, which was very popular in the 80’s.  To keep in line with the modern feel of the bathroom, we installed a frameless shower door for the shower.  Our clients kept safety and comfort in mind when they selected a thermostatic hand held shower by Hansgrohe and installed a grab bar next to the shower seat.

Our clients were also looking to make some cabinetry changes in their home.  They no longer felt it was necessary to have a “make-up” space and wanted to add more storage space in the bathroom.  This is a common request in San Diego bathroom remodels, actually.  To create more space for them, we customized the bathroom by adding stacked cabinets on the countertop.  This change allowed us to add dual mirrors, which is also a popular modern bathroom feature.  This bathroom features Starmark Cabinetry’s Cosmopolitan doors in a white (“Dove”) finish.

You are not going to find tile countertops in a modern or transitional bathroom so we took those out as well.  The countertops were replaced with a sleek-looking quartz.  We complimented the countertops with the installation of a Mirabelle undermount lavatory.  The installation of the shutters completed this classic look.

As you can see in the above “before and after” of the recently completed master bathroom, we had a narrow space to work with. The clean lines and comfortable style used in this space makes this bathroom much more inviting and open-feeling.

Transitional Bathroom Remodel Trends

Many bathroom remodels are created in a transitional design.  Preparing a bath space that is both traditional and contemporary is easier than you may think.  Mid-century modern cabinetry is a great way to start your design.  Avoid overly bold colors.  Do not use over-stimulating ornamentation.   When designing your space think calm, classic, and simple.

Transitional spaces, such as the bathroom space above, commonly use tan, beige, white, or light grey colors.  These colors create a calming atmosphere but we encourage clients to add a pop of color when accessorizing the space.

Call Classic Home Improvements today to discuss your upcoming bathroom remodel and current trends.  Consultations are free and in the comfort of your own home!

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Luxury Flooring Options for Your Kitchen Remodel in Carmel Valley

When thinking about cooking up a kitchen remodel, homeowners often forget the thing that can literally transform their kitchen – flooring. While it’s true that replacing the cabinets has an enormous impact on the kitchen’s makeover, homeowners wishing to do a kitchen remodel in Carmel Valley should also think about different flooring options.

But First…

Before we begin discussing the pros and cons of different flooring materials, let’s consider the essentials. Stripping your kitchen floor or replacing the flooring completely is a serious undertaking, so let’s consider how you can make the best of it.

First of all, if your kitchen is a room most used by all the family members (as mostly is), you would need a durable flooring material. What’s more, the ideal material would also be easy to clean and preferably comfortable for long standing while you cook.

Additionally, think about the overall style of your kitchen. Do you want the flooring to complement the style or do you want to revamp the whole kitchen? Either way, you have to think about how the flooring would go with the cabinets and countertops. Mind you, not all materials have to be the same type or color for your kitchen to have a well-balanced style.

Modern Kitchen Remodel Carmel Valley

That in mind, let’s check some of the popular luxury kitchen flooring options, from hardwood and natural stone to tiles.


Hardwood is the absolute winner in the group! This regal material is durable and offers an unrivaled visual appeal. It gives off the sense of warmth and ever-lasting sophistication. It’s excellent if you have an open-floor plan, since it works well in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms.

Perhaps most importantly, hardwood is unlikely to go out of style, so you can be sure your kitchen will have a long-lasting appeal. What’s more, you will ensure an excellent resale value for your home should you decide to move since your kitchen floor will remain in tip-top state for decades to come.

Choose from a variety of options such as exotic hardwood, reclaimed hardwood or hand-scraped hardwood flooring, and you are sure to make your kitchen stand out!

Natural Stone

A coveted flooring material, natural stone comes in a variety of styles. Therefore, it can blend with almost any kitchen design and style, adding to its timeless charm. It’s surprisingly easy to clean, although it’s admittedly colder than most other materials. Nevertheless, it looks impressive, especially if you go for larger pieces and fewer grout lines.

An important thing to remember about natural stone flooring is that it requires a strong subfloor, so make sure you account for that if you go for this imposing material.


Bamboo is an extremely attractive flooring option. It’s warm and reminiscent of hardwood, although it offers a slightly more modern look. It’s also highly durable, but perhaps most importantly – it’s insect and moisture-resistant, so it’s great for people with allergies. Additionally, bamboo is made of renewable materials, so it’s an exceptionally eco-friendly option.

White Kitchen with hardwood Floor - Kitchen Remodel Carmel Valley

Ceramic Tiles

You can choose from a variety of hand-made designer ceramic tiles to give your kitchen a feel of class and style. For a truly unique feel, you can have custom-made ceramic tiles installed. Play with mosaic patterns to make your kitchen stand out with its bold sophistication.

Vinyl Tiles

Many homeowners feel that vinyl is simply a lower-end alternative to porcelain tiles, but that’s not the case with Luxury Vinyl Tiles. They can look as impressive as the porcelain ones, but they are more slip-resistant and a great deal quieter.

High-End Kitchen Remodel Carmel Valley

If you wish to give your kitchen a makeover, Classic Home Improvements can help you see the bigger picture and not leave anything out. We are an award-winning home remodel company in Carmel Valley, with as many as 100 years of combined professional experience. Our staff has the experience, know-how and passion required to make a remarkable difference in your home. Call us today at (858) 224-7373 and treat your kitchen to a royal makeover!


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2017 Home Improvement Trends

As we enter in 2017, the remodeling and home improvement projects of 2016 have led to us to predict what we are going to see more of in the next year. These home improvement trends are on point and will dominate in 2017.

Bathroom home improvements are on the rise.


  • Pebble Flooring: Pebbled tile can be found on the floors of shower remodels. It comes in a rough rock version or a sawed smooth version to give the illusion of rocks without the roughness.  Pebbled rock under tubs can give a unique spa look to your bathroom remodel.
  • Porcelain Tile: Porcelain wood tile is very popular lately. A soft grey color is usually chosen to give a shower a modern look. This tile can go in as is or liners can go in to give it a unique look. A popular flooring option is using pebble tile. You can choose a pebbled rough texture or a cut pebble texture for the flooring. This look is very much on the rise because of its neutral soft tones.
  • Textured tile:  You will find textured tile on shower walls is very popular in showers. These tiles can come in various colors, sizes and textures.  White tiles with wave textures are also very popular and gave your shower a very beautiful, almost serene look.  Adding a nice glass tile liner can also help add some color to your shower.
  • Lighted Mirrors: Mirrors can be a unique decorative aspect that go into bathroom design. Now mirrors are taking it up a notch by being lit. Light up mirrors are coming into the fold now coming in various shapes and sizes. Forget clunky sconces near your bathroom mirror, light up mirror give off enough light and once they are turned off they look like a regular mirror. Prefect for a nice clean design and the light is perfect for personal prepping and makeup application!
  • Pendant Lights: Pendant lights are not just for kitchens anymore; they are headed to the bathroom. Pendant lights look great above a vanity and come in numerous colors, shapes, colors, styles and textures. Bring your theme to life and add a unique flair to the design by adding these lights.

Kitchen remodels are very much in demand and still rising.


You will continue to see open kitchens and additions in 2017. Open kitchens with islands are a big hit because they are so versatile in entertaining. Here are some of the trends in the kitchen you will see in 2017.

  • Functioning islands- The kitchen is the entertainment room now a days and having a kitchen island is where your company will flock to. So the decision you need to make is what are you using your island for? Is it for prep works, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining? If you want appliances or sinks then your kitchen will get bigger.  It is possible to have your island be a functioning one and allow seating.
  • Wine refrigerators: Love wine but not a wine connoisseur? No problem wine refrigerators are starting to pop up more and more in kitchen remodels. Wine refrigerators come with single or dual refrigeration. Consider the types of wine you want to store to determine the type of wine refrigerator you need to purchase.
  • Built in Microwaves: Microwaves are starting to look trendy in new kitchens. Some are built-in and some are countertop versions. Typically in remodels we tend to see more built in microwaves. Built-ins are microwaves that are installed in a cabinet and have custom fitting and kits. These can be located and placed in various parts of the kitchen. Some are over the stove or on top of a built-in oven. Others are built into the island with a microwave drawer installed instead of a typical microwave
  • Wet Bar: Wet bars are now being seen in living rooms just outside the kitchen and are being built with such sophistication! Single-wall wet bars are a great way to put walls with views to work. You won’t have upper cabinets to deal with. All your bottles and glasses can be stored and can be kept below. This allows you to have more counter space and maybe even add a sink

Stacked Stone


This is one material you will see all over the place, outside on your home, fireplace surround, bathroom backsplash, kitchen island accent or kitchen backsplash! The natural stone look is making its way to your home. You will see this a lot more in 2017!

Whatever your home improvement project may be for 2017, keep your eyes peeled for these trends. You may like what you see in your planning process!!!

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