Rustic Elegance

Transitional New Build

Great design is the result of great collaboration.   During my time with  RemodelWest I was a member of a multi faceted design team for this new home in Saratoga California.


The homeowners had a strong vision and a team of designers helped implement every custom detail in this amazing home.  

The home is full of rustic elegant features and an analagous color scheme that was heavily influenced by the use of natual stone, rustic hickory, soap stone and more. 

Custom features such as a hidden dog gate, bespoke cabinetry, a nana wall system, outdoor kitchen were all designed to bring the home to a luxurious level of living.  

Key Materials that played a part are:  Soapstone counters, Taj Mahal Quartzite counters, Hickory floors, Rustic Hickory Cabinetry and Beams by Crystal Cabinetry, 

Design Build: RemodelWest

Design Team Member: Debbie Minarik

Photo: Panaskopic Productions

Historic Rosegarden

Kitchen and Bath Remodel

Timeless Elegance

This 1920's home in the historic Rosegarden area in San Jose had already been remodeled but the kitchen and downstairs bathroom were not up to the standards of the rest of the house.  They also didn't reflect the historic charm of this little bungalow.  Opening up a wall to the quaint living room so the homeowners could entertain was their main request  Keeping in mind the homeowners busy life style and understanding their point of view was key in creating a kitchen that was timeless, elegant and had a historic reference.  The full bathroom also embraced some of the architectural features common in these charming bungalows built in the 1920's.  

Key Materials that played a part in this project are:  Custom White and Gray Inset Cabinetry by Crystal Cabinetry.  Statuario marble for the island and Nero Assoluto Zimbabwe textured granite for the perimeter.  Custom designed barn door.


Design:  Debbie Minarik

Build: Remodelwest

Photo: Creativeshot

He said....She said

Modern meets Farmhouse

What do you do when you have two diametrically opposed design aesthetics?   Well problem solved!!  I combined  them to create a space that uniquely reflected this couples special style.    It is completely okay to break some rules.  Be Bold!! Be Brave!! Be Original!!  

Key Materials that played a part in this project are:  Bespoke Cabinetry by Crystal Cabinetry.  Blue Dolomite countertops.  Mirage Maple Nougat Floors

Artsy Tuscan Home

Collected over time

The design intent for this whole house remodel was to have the home look as though it had been curated over time.  The home was a builder grade home with standard buider grade finishes.  The owners desired a home that reflected their love for the arts and wished to honor the spanish mediterranean architecture. 


The homeowner desired to be very involved in the design process and the newly designed home is a reflection of our combined passion for the arts and a home that looks collected.  Rustic reclaimed beams with custom iron embellishments, copper sinks, bespoke copper range hood, bespoke cabinetry and stained hickory flooring help create a warm inviting home.  The owners love to entertain and wanted to create several different areas to gather in small or large groups.  One creative spot is the newly built in bay window seating in custom stained cabinetry with lively coloful upholstered cushions. 


Details are so important and no detail was spared.   Custom designed cabinet doors with walnut pegs, iron brackets, cabinetry with texture, flooring with inlays are just a few of the details that add to that curated look so desired by the homeowner. 

Key Materials that played a part are:  Kitchen counters by Cambria with a chiseled edge,  Hickory floors stained in graphite,  Hewn Elements reclaimed beams,  Distressed Cherry Cabinets by Crystal Cabinetry.  Sierra Pacific Windows.  Copper sinks.


Design:  Debbie Minarik

Build: Remodelwest

Photo: Panaskopic Productions

Modern Condominium Remodel

Manhattan in Silicon Valley

The homeowners reached out initially wanting to have the only bathroom in this 1000 sf condominium remodeled.  At the initial consultation we discussed the goals for the bathroom remodel.  We stood in an open area and the homeowner asked what we thought of their kitchen. Let's just say it was the smallest darkest poorly planned kitchen I had seen in a long time.  After a frank and honest conversation about functionality, design, ergonomics and more it was agreed that the kitchen would become part of the scope of work as well. 

Through a highly collaborative experience with the homeowner the newly remodeled home took advantage of many under utilized features.   We opened the previously dark and tiny kitchen to the main living area by exposing the concealed high ceilings. This allowed us to create a light and bright space that reflected the homeowners clean and simple aesthetic.  The newly reconfigured bathroom created a luxurious experience that was modern and lively. 

Key materials that played a part in this project are: Main kitchen counters in Cambria Berwyn with the Island by Caesarstone Haze. Flooring by Mirage in Maple Aged Nougat and Cabinetry by Cottonwood with the Kitchen in a Windswept finish and Bathroom Cabinetry in a Select Walnut horizontal grain.

Design:  Debbie Minarik

Build: Remodelwest

Photo: Creativeshot


The power of computer generated 3D renderings

Sometimes a quick hand drawn sketch can help you see what I see.  But a computer rendering of your space with your finishes can help take the conceptual idea to a new level.  Not every project will need 3 d rendering but if you are considering a remodel where we will be creating ceiling details, custom cabinetry, a new spacious floor plan the power of 3d rendering cannot be denied.  Full Service Interior design includes 3 d rendering.  I can also include it through other custom arrangements.  


Perfect Execution

Details matter.  I create detailed drawings that call out and specify everything going into the design.  Unique features that set your home apart are what you are looking for.  I have designed custom fireplaces, barn doors, custom cabinetry and more so that each space I design is unique.  Detailed drawings help make those concepts a reality.