Poway home’s remodeled kitchen is up for national design award

Semi-retirees Steve and Barbara Velazquez said they enjoy hosting their large extended family in their Poway home.

But the frequent gathering spot, their relatively dark and dated kitchen, was not as hospitable as the rest of their Old World-styled home that has undergone several renovations over their 30 years there.

“We have a large family and host a lot of family functions at the house,” Steve Velazquez said. “The kitchen is where everybody congregates … so everything needed to be new and made nicer.”

They decided to make a change — one that cost $300,000 and took nearly a year.

Steve and Barbara Velazquez's kitchen before its extensive remodel. They described it as dark and dated.

Steve and Barbara Velazquez’s kitchen before its extensive remodel. They described it as dark and dated.

(Courtesy of Jackson Design and Remodeling)

Now their extensively remodeled kitchen is up for a national design award after winning the Southwest region honor in the “residential kitchens over $150,000” category.

Jackson Design and

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This Modernism Week featured home’s redesign is inspired by travel and sailing

Strolling through the turquoise door of Maison Bleue Moderne in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, you’re greeted by a photo of vacant lounging chairs by a pool, which sets the scene of the home.  

The four-bedroom, four-bath, 2,400-square-foot Alexander Company home designed by William Krisel and produced in 1958 is one of the featured homes for Modernism Week. Situated below the San Gorgonio Mountains, this house has mid-century modern signatures such as combining indoor and outdoor living, a gabled roof and clerestory window. 

The home was revised by Michelle Boudreau Design in Palm Springs and presents the new owners’ distinctive tone and affection for travel and sailing. The blue textiles applied to bedroom headboards, chair cushions, backsplashes and tile in many parts of the home are in appreciation of the oceans. 

The exterior of Maison Bleue Moderne in Palm Springs, Calif., on Feb. 18, 2022. The home, designed by late architect William Krisel, is one of the featured homes of Modernism Week.

Tones of turquoise on the front door and other components throughout the home seem relevant for

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New modular homes coming to Titusville neighborhood

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Cranes are due to bring new homes to Birmingham’s Titusville neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Navigate Affordable Housing will bring parts of three modular homes to a site across the street from Booker T. Washington Elementary School.

Ebony Hall, marketing director for Affordable Housing Partners, says the homes will be available on a lease-to-own basis and that Navigate has worked with Alabama Power to make the 3-bed, 2-bath homes both smart and energy efficient so they’ll be more affordable to live in.

“We believe that if you could take these homes and build them at scale, like order a whole bunch of them at one time, it’s going to cut down on the price,” says Hall. “It’s also gonna cut down how long it takes to build these homes because they are factory built.”

Though she adds they are built to the same standards as so-called “stick-built” homes.

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Gulfshore Homes adds Interior Design Division

Steven Watt, President of the highly respected luxury home builder, Gulfshore Homes, is excited to announce it recently added another branch to its deeply rooted corporate tree – an Interior Design division.

 “We have always been the liaison between our homeowners and the interior design team we partnered with. Over the years we have taken a more active role in consulting with our clients on their interior design choices,” stated Matthew Shull, executive vice president of Gulfshore Homes. “Adding an Interior Design division to the company was a natural evolution of our business model and makes it substantially more convenient for the client.”

Watt also announced that Brooke Meyer has been selected as the division’s Principal Interior Designer.

The Boca Raton, Florida, native has a Master of Science Degree from Florida State University in Interior Design. For nearly four years she was a design assistant with an award-winning residential firm

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Friday January 28, 2022