Project Description

Rodriguez Residence
Condo on the Beach Makeover:
Downstairs Bedrooms
2016 | Pacific Beach


  • Three bedrooms large enough for queen size beds were positioned on the back wall of the condo with beach and bay views. One was the original existing bedroom on this floor, the other two were created out of the original floor plan’s family room.
  • The middle of those three bedrooms was originally designed and laid out to be a combo bedroom and small family room with the client planning to buy a queen size sofa bed for that room. In the other two bedrooms in that grouping we designed and built custom beds with head boards and 6 drawer storage below the beds and matching night stands with open shelving above them
  • The 4th smaller bedroom was created in an old storage area and a portion of the old laundry area. In this bedroom there was only room for a trundle bed with a decorative surround and removable fake front panel that when not in use as a bed looked like a built in couch with storage below.


  • Bedroom Queen Bed and Cabinets: Traditional Thermofoil Raised Panel Doors and Parts in Snow White with Charcoal Glaze
  • Cabinet Interiors: White Melamine
  • Cabinets in All Bedrooms: Panolam S431 Willow Grey Melamine
  • Removable Cabinet Panel in Kids Bedroom: Paint Grade Maple
  • Countertops in Queen Bedrooms: Granite Slab – Fusion Satin Finish from Arizona Tile
  • Countertops in Kids Bedroom Around Bed: Granite Slab – Marron Cohiba Satin Finish
  • Closet Doors: Frameless Mirror sliding or bi-fold
  • Room Lighting: LED Recessed Ceiling Lights on Dimmer Switches and Ceiling Fans Supplied by Owner in Each Bedroom


  • Flooring: 6 ½” x 40″ Plank “wood look” Porcelain Tiles – Club Grey from Arizona tile, run through entire lower floor. Laundry, halls, bedrooms, baths. This tile is from the same series, but a different shade than was used in the master suite

Project Overview

All of the bedrooms on the lower floor were successfully configured to accommodate a queen size sleeping surface. The two outer bedrooms in the row of three along the beach facing exterior wall have custom built queen size beds with storage drawers, headboards, and shelving made with the traditional charcoal glazed snow white thermofoil used in the other major rooms of the home.

All the closets downstairs have the same color melamine cabinets, Panolam S431 willow grey with combinations of open shelves, pole, and drawer. Depending on the width of the closet, they have either sliding frameless mirrored doors or bi-fold frameless mirror doors for closets with narrower openings. The bifold doors were necessary for the smaller openings because the client wanted all these bedroom closets to have drawers, one of ours was 39″ wide, the other 45″. In a small width closet bi-folds are the only way to have drawers. I specified to my glass supplier two panel bifolds, one system was specified as right hand swing the other as left hand, due to the location of the drawers.


Bedroom 3

The last room to talk about is the middle bedroom. It was intended to double as a TV room when not needed as a bedroom. We installed a large 42″ wide pocket door so it would have a large entrance like a family room might, but could be closed off for privacy when used as a bedroom. The client originally had asked if a murphy bed with a couch in front could work in this room. I replied with a resounding “NO”. It would not fit, for many reasons. I suggested we instead optimize the room and its lighting & ceiling fan for a pull out sofa bed and side night stands. We did just that.

A few months after we were finished I got a call from her. In the search for a pull-out sofa bed, the client had found a local murphy bed showroom who sent out a salesperson to measure the room, and told her their system would fit on the wall.

We were contacted later when the installation was halted half-way through, being called in to fix the problems — serious fire and building code violations — that the vendor’s salesperson and installer had created in the newly remodeled room.As you can see from the pictures their system clearly did not fit the wall because it blocks the entry door, it also had many other serious conflicts. We remedied the issues as best as possible, resulting in the final product photographed instead of the original sofa bed layout that had been planned. For additional details and insight on the real dangers of unprofessionalism rampant in the trade, we recommend reading the corresponding blog post composed on the topic here.

Bedroom 5

One of the final change orders this client added to the project was for the last bedroom on this floor, having us build a removable facade and surround for the trundle bed in the small kids bedroom. The room did not have sufficient floor space to accommodate a standard queen size bed as the other bedrooms on the lower level of the residence did, and implementing a trundle bed that could would fold out to a queen size bed was the best solution to still get the desired sleeping surface for this room. She had looked at great length for one she liked and could not find one, but did have pictures of what she wanted it to look like, so we just built it for her. We found an inexpensive trundle black metal frame with pop-up lower bed and built the facade and surround around it. She wanted the area to look like a comfortable built-in couch with drawer storage below, as was shown in the picture she had. That lower area that looks like three drawers is just one large panel we made out of paint grade maple. Our painter painted and glazed it to her color choice.

Other Rooms in This Project

Upper Floor & Powder Room

Master Suite:
Bedroom & Bathroom

Downstairs Bedrooms

Sauna Replacement Bathroom

Relocated Bathroom