Budget Breakdown: A Dreary ’70s Abode in Southern California Gets a Gut Renovation For $196K

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By Melissa Dalton
In the home’s new kitchen and principal bathroom, interior designer Corine Maggio of CM Natural Designs creates bold moments via a high-contrast palette warmed with wood.

Before the overhaul, this 1973 home in Encinitas, California, was dominated by a lackluster kitchen still outfitted with the original, dark wood cabinets. The team gutted it in a complete remodel, which also included opening up the main level, installing hardwood floors throughout, and refinishing the fireplace in the living room. A 500-square-foot addition to the second floor now hosts a principal suite, including a bathroom and custom closet, with new stairs connecting the two levels.

$18,167
Hardwood Flooring
$6,860
Fireplace
$15,472
Kitchen Appliances
$1,825
Wood (Hood Vent & Shelves)
$387
Kitchen Sink
$687
Kitchen Faucet
$735
Kitchen Lighting
$2,971
Custom Bathroom Vanity
$1,737
Bathroom Tile
$115
Lighting
$663
Mirrors
$1,718
Bathroom Faucets & Showerhead
$695
Custom-Milled Teak Wood
$418
Door Hardware
$29,850
General Construction (Kitchen)
$114,000
Second-Floor Addition Construction


Grand Total: $196,300


By removing walls and a counter peninsula jutting into the room, interior designer Corine Maggio was able to create enough space for a generous island. The stove wall is a fitting focal point with a hood vent accented in tigerwood and a quartz slab backsplash. Black and brass accents, including the Renwil chandelier and Nuevo Living stools, are a theme throughout.

By removing walls and a counter peninsula jutting into the room, interior designer Corine Maggio was able to create enough space for a generous island. The stove wall is a fitting focal point with a hood vent accented in tigerwood and a quartz slab backsplash. Black and brass accents, including the Renwil chandelier and Nuevo Living stools, are a theme throughout.

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A new pantry with a frosted glass door, to the left of the fridge, now keeps clutter out of sight. The island is painted in Sherwin Williams "Iron Ore."

A new pantry with a frosted glass door, to the left of the fridge, now keeps clutter out of sight. The island is painted in Sherwin Williams "Iron Ore."

The dramatic veining in the quartz slab was carried all the way up to the ceiling.

The dramatic veining in the quartz slab was carried all the way up to the ceiling.

The fireplace received a dark gray venetian plaster finish and salvaged wood mantel.

The fireplace received a dark gray venetian plaster finish and salvaged wood mantel.

Stairs clad in the same wood as the floor, European oak, lead up to the second-floor addition, which is now home to a 500-square-foot principal suite.

Stairs clad in the same wood as the floor, European oak, lead up to the second-floor addition, which is now home to a 500-square-foot principal suite.

The palette of white, black, and brass continues in the principal bathroom.

The palette of white, black, and brass continues in the principal bathroom.

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"Deliberate and intentional material placement was imperative to make this high contrast bathroom balanced," said Maggio. "Given that there was not much textural contrast, tile shape helped bring interest to the finishes."

"Deliberate and intentional material placement was imperative to make this high contrast bathroom balanced," said Maggio. "Given that there was not much textural contrast, tile shape helped bring interest to the finishes."

The patterned tile on the built-in shower bench is from Kerion Ceramics, and is playfully repeated in the wall niche.

The patterned tile on the built-in shower bench is from Kerion Ceramics, and is playfully repeated in the wall niche.

"The tub was an important element for the client, so we designed the teak wall and floor element to elevate that tub area since there was not enough space to completely separate it from the rest of the bathroom," said Maggio.

"The tub was an important element for the client, so we designed the teak wall and floor element to elevate that tub area since there was not enough space to completely separate it from the rest of the bathroom," said Maggio.

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Project Credits:

Builder: McAllum Construction

Interior Design: CM Natural Designs / @cmnaturaldesigns

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