La Jolla CA Kitchen Remodeling - Custom Cabinets - Kitchen Renovations & More
La Jolla is an affluent community located near San Diego, California. If you are looking for the best custom kitchen remodelers in the La Jolla area, look no further. Big or small, we remodel it all. Our renovation experts are standing by and look forward to helping you with your next kitchen renovation project. Need a carpenter? We can help - a good finish carpenter is known by reputation, so ask builders and millwork dealers for referrals; then inspect the work. If you have architectural renderings or simple sketches of the trim you want, discuss them with the installer and solicit input on the best way to buy and assemble the various profiles. Let it be known upfront that you expect tight miters, seamless joints, and no caps between the trim and walls and ceilings. Also specify in advance whose job it is to prime and paint, or stain and finish the trim. Carpentry is just one of the many aspects of kitchen remodeling that we offer.
Kitchen Renovation Tip - La Jolla DIY Specifications and Ideas for Home Design
Original wood moldings in period homes in the La Jolla area are as valuable as antique finishings, which is why we try to preserve them whenever possible. Even aged, timeworn wood can be repaired with a variety of traditional and modern techniques or, as a last resort, replaced with authentic-look facsimiles. The key to making repairs and filling in damaged kitchen areas is matching the texture and craftsmanship of the original kitchen molding. Moldings such as kitchen baseboard and chair rails are not just decorative elements; they are also designed to protect walls from nicks, dents, gouges, and other damage that is inevitably incurred over the years.
If molding needs only spot repairs, we begin by scraping them clean, applying a liquid wood hardener to firm up soft or loose wood fibers, and then sanding them smooth. We cut a disposable plastic putty knife to match the molding profile and first use it to apply epoxy filler. When the epoxy begins to set, we shape it with a custom-made tool and apply additional coats of filler as needed. A final sanding after the filler hardens leaves the molding ready for painting. To fill small holes or replace damaged or decaying spots, we shape a piece called a dutchman from wood that matches the original kitchen molding after a remodeling job. After glue dries, seams are filled and the patch and surrounding area are sanded smooth.
Kitchen paneling: Richly wood-paneled interiors have long been a treasured, traditional look for offices, club rooms, and libraries in the La Jolla area. A room lined with wood from floor to ceiling - including the ceiling in some cases - lends an air of distinction to most any La Jolla kitchen. During the 1970s, the advent of thin, low-grade 4-by-8 foot plywood sheets with a micro-thin hardwood veneer or only a photocopy imprint of a real wood surface turned many homeowners and decorators away from paneled interiors. But when done right, wood paneling can transform a room into a truly warm and regal space. Sold-wood paneling is the epitome of beauty for this technique. It is available in a number of profiles, including square-edge, tongue-and-groove, and beveled-edge or V-joint.
Familiar standards during a remodel are oak, maple, mahogany and pine. It's also available in exotic varieties ranging from blood-red African wood to worm-holed pecky cypress. The materials and labor required to line an interior with solid-wood planks, or with hardwood panels framed by matching moldings, can be expensive. But if your heart is set on an intimate, beautifully appealing and appointed custom kitchen, there are ways to reduce the expense of a kitchen remodeling job. No matter what your needs are - contact us today at the number above for more info as we are the top kitchen remodelers in the San Diego area!
Kitchen Tip: Things to Check With Kitchen Trim
Long runs of baseboards, ceiling, and chair rail moldings should be arrow straight. Intersections should be almost invisible. Splices that telegraph through the paint or noticeable joints in stain-finished kitchen trim indicate shoddy work. Miters must meet evenly, without overflows or gaps. Any nail holes, hammer marks or other minor damage incurred during a kitchen remodel should be filled or sanded. Trim should be nailed into the wall framing at 16-inch intervals. Trim joints must be nailed at stud intersections. Good (if not the best) kitchen remodelers will drive or shoot nails through the notches, folds, and crannies of molding profiles, which helps hide the marks. Each nail is then countersunk below the molding's surface, and the hole is covered with spackling compound if the trim is to be painted.