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MAY 2014

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24 May 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: Kitchen Solutions | By Kacey Larsen W hen an existing home is pur- chased, often it is because the new own- ers love the space or see poten- tial within it. In the case of this Newport Beach, Calif., condo- minium, the homeowners pur- chased with the understanding they were going to make chang- es. So, Burgin Construction in Santa Ana, Calif., was brought in to update the kitchen and master and guest bathrooms. "The clients bought the condo as is, and whoever owned it before put dark blue [on the walls] in the kitchen, and the new owners hated it," says Brad Burgin, owner. "They knew buy- ing the condo they were going to redo the three spaces, and they wanted a beach feel since they live only a mile or two from the ocean." Burgin chose designer Joni Owen, owner of Plan Check in Fountain Valley, Calif., with whom he has worked for 12 years, to help bring the home- owners' vision to life. "Early on, [Burgin] will bring me in or I'll bring him in to get a game plan together," Owen explains. "It's a nice working relationship, and I think it's good for the clients because they feel like they're getting help on both ends." Designer and builder both ref- erence "recap meetings" as helping keep one another on the same page after shopping trips or meetings with subcontractors and the project moving in the direction the clients wanted, not to mention within budget. FINDING SOLUTIONS Because this home is a second- story condo, Burgin faced a few restrictions including nonconstruction issues such as parking and access to utilities. "In a condo, you have to be careful because there are attached homes all over the place, so anything we did expansion-wise was starting to walk into those spaces," he says. Though the footprint of the room could not easily be changed, other fixes were put into play. A wall left of the sink was cut back and thinned; a wall between the oven and where the buffet is now was removed; and the walkway into the kitch- en was widened by thinning the load-bearing post holding the soffit system. Frameless cabinetry, utilizing the corner spaces and adding the buffet in the dining area added storage space, Owen says. "We had to work with a bud- get, so there was talk of not doing the buffet," Burgin recalls. "Looking at it now, I think it was totally worth doing because they have all that storage shelving and a whole serving counter." Although budget may have reined in the clients' vision, the condo association thwarted the plans for placement of the air conditioner, heating system and The clients chose to replace all appliances with white ones, due to a dislike of stainless steel. Second-floor CHALLENGE Remodeling of a second-story condominium takes a unique journey that navigates building association restrictions and ends at the beach COMPANY INFORMATION Burgin Construction Santa Ana, Calif. burginconstructioninc.com PROJECT INFORMATION Location: Newport Beach, Calif. Completed: August 2013 Project cost: $90,000 PRODUCT INFORMATION Cabinets: DeWils Countertops: Santa Cecilia Cooktop: KitchenAid Exhaust hood: KitchenAid Oven: KitchenAid Refrigerator: Kitchenaid Dishwasher: KitchenAid QUR_24-25_Kitchen514.indd 24 4/28/14 10:03 AM

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