Project Description

Blane Residence
Great Room Kitchen & Baths Remodel
2004 | La Jolla, CA


  • Removed Two Major Bearing Walls That Intersected One Another to Turn 4 Rooms into One Large Open Kitchen Open to a Great Room
  • Built a Custom Vent Hood for an Outdoor Kitchenette
  • Reworked the Fireplace and Adjoining Cabinetry for a Cleaner More Modern Look
  • Opened Wall Between Great Room and Dining Room to Allow View from Great Room Through Dining Room to Ocean
  • Created Combination Baking Center and Wet Bar Separating the Kitchen from Great Room
  • Outdoor Kitchen Added New Custom Hood and Tile Splash and Columns to Keep Exterior Wall and Roof over Hang Clean. The Original Exterior Kitchenette Was Installed with No Consideration of this and the Walls and Eave Were Always Filthy and Hard to Clean.

Kitchen Details


  • Cabinets:
    • Single Wrap Mission White Color Melamine Doors and Parts in Traditional Arched Raised Panel Wall Cabinets
    • Square Raised Panel Base Cabinets and Drawer Fronts, for the Classic White Painted Cabinet Look at Less Cost and Longer Lasting Material
  • Cabinet Interior: White Melamine
  • Cabinet Lighting: Florescent Undercabinet and Overcabinet lights.
  • Room Lighting: Halogen Recessed Ceiling Can Lights on Dimmer Switches in Kitchen and Great Room
  • Countertops: Natural Stone – Granite Counters with Full Granite Back Splash
  • Sink: Large Stainless Steel Undermount Sink
  • Faucet: Modern Single Lever Faucet with a Separate Faucet for Filtered Water at Left.
  • Filter: Sterilight SQ-PA Ultraviolet Water Sterilizer. Under Sink Cabinet and Also Feeds the Water to the Refrigerator Water and Ice Maker.
  • Cooktop: 5 Burner Gas Stainless Steel
  • Hood: KitchenAid KWVU205Y Low Profile Slide-out Hood. Slides Out for Use, Slides Back in When Not in Use
  • Oven: Whirlpool GMC305PD Electric Built-in Microwave/Oven Combination
  • Dishwasher: Bosch Stainless Steel Inside and Out


  • Flooring (Kitchen): Porcelain Floor Tile Made to Look like Natural Stone Tiles, Set in Diagonal Pattern with Perimeter Border Tiles
  • Flooring (Great Room): Carpeting in with Tile Border Around Perimeter


Master Bath

  • New Cabinets in Same Style and Color as Kitchen and Hall Bath, Mission White Thermofoil to Mimic Classic Painted Wood Cabinets, but at a Lower Cost and Much More Durability and Longevity
  • New Counter Top out of Same Stone Used in Kitchen and Hall Bath
  • Installed Pocket Door Separating the Sink Area from the Toilet and Shower Area
  • New Custom Tiled Walk in (No Door) Shower with Seat and Glass Block Partition to Keep Water in the Shower
  • Installed Grab Bar in Shower That Doubles as a Holder for Wash Cloths
  • New Tile Floors in Similar Color to the Kitchen and Hall Bath

Hall Bath

  • Installed My Classic European Style Functional Bath Cabs with Panty like Cabinets on Each Side of Double Sinks Where Items Are Plugged in to Outlets Inside the Cabinets
  • Indirect Fluorescent Lights above and below These New Cabinets and Mini down Lights Over the Sinks
  • Stone Countertops from Material Left over from Kitchen
  • Redid the Tub Shower Walls in Man Made Acrylic Panels to Eliminate Grout Lines and Installed New Frameless Sliding Glass Doors

Project Credits

Designer: Danilo Nesovic
Contractor: Danilo Nesovic
Interior Decoration: Homeowner, With Inputs From Danilo Nesovic
Cabinet Manufacturer: Danilo Nesovic

Project Overview

This was a major home interior remodel in which we had to remove two adjoining bearing walls to open up the large great room area just off the kitchen. This home is now ready for lots of entertaining that this client does. The backyard and patio are now an accessible part of this area after adding the large sliding glass doors you see in the photos. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the features to open up dead corners and get the most out of the cabinets and countertops.

The clients wanted the simple classic style and look of painted cabinets, and like the majority of my clients who originally requested that look, as you will see in my portfolio, when I showed them samples of white raised panel thermofoil doors and explained how easy they are to keep clean, how they last many years longer than a painted door, and how much less expensive they are, they selected the thermofoil. Unlike most other kitchen fabricators, I do not limit the molding options for a thermofoil cabinet project like this to only thermofoil light valence or crown moldings, since they are very limited in size, shape, and color. When I say these doors look like painted doors, I am not exaggerating. What I have always done with solid color thermofoil’s like this is offer all the same molding that we use on real wood projects, and simply paint the wood to match the thermofoil. This has always given my thermofoil projects much greater depth and detail than other manufactures, who do not seem as capable of thinking outside the box and mixing materials to create unique and stunning detailed overall looks that can be shaped to any style, by the use of appropriate detailed moldings. Classic, Mission, Craftsmen, Art Deco, and most other styles are not defined as much by the actual door style used as they are by the choice of how to accent the doors with accompanying crown, casing, or light valence molding that create the overall style.

We put in a double-duty baking area and wet bar between the kitchen and great room, and also opened the wall between the great room and dining room, keeping the counters and storage below to offer a clear line of sight between the two rooms as well as the view to the ocean beyond the dining room window and southwest-facing dining room walls.

Notice the placement of the recessed down lights over the counter tops as you look around the kitchen, they are not in the typical brain-dead architectural geometric pattern seen in most magazines. These kitchen lights are placed where they are needed over work spaces, in front of cabinets so the cabinets are highlighted and you are not standing and working in your own shadow like you would if the lights were behind you in a geometric pattern in the ceiling. We also supplemented the lighting with under cabinet florescent lights.

The outdoor kitchen was there when we started, but the client had a major issue with it: the wall behind it and the eave above it was always filthy with soot and grease from the BBQ. We built the custom hood and faced the wall with tile behind the BBQ and below the hood to create a better looking and cleaner area. Function does affect beauty! Things that function well stay cleaner and last longer.

The fireplace was completely stripped and refaced with more modern tile and bookshelves adjoining it. We also fed and mounted the TV cables above the fireplace.

The bathrooms were upgraded with the same materials we used in the kitchen. The hall bath is done in a more classical European style I started my functional baths with years ago, with pantry-style cabinets flanking the sinks and indirect lighting above and below those cabinets. The master bath’s cabinets are more traditionally done. The master bath also included changing a swinging door between the sink area and the toilet/shower area to a pocket door so the door wouldn’t take up floor space. The new custom master shower is a walk-in, no door needed — the glass block partition is plenty to keep water inside the shower. We added a good shower seat and grab bar.


The only thing that would be needed to update this remodel to today’s standards would be changing all the halogen recessed ceiling lights to new LED lights, and do the same LED change out for the fluorescent undercabinet and over cabinet lighting.  The kitchen