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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

We would like to thank our clients for inviting us into their home and trusting us with their remodel. These particular clients enjoy creating festive spaces during the holidays and Halloween is no different. Check out how they have transformed their home into a fun...

Finding Your Creative Space

This week we hope to inspire the artist in you. Maybe you are an art collector, instructor or passionate individual looking for a creative outlet. Whatever your claim, consider turning an unused room or storage area in your home into an art studio meant to...

Houzz Feature: 6 Ways to Rethink the Kitchen Island

Houzz’s latest ideabook, “6 Ways to Rethink the Kitchen Island”, features one of HartmanBaldwin’s best projects.     Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Or maybe your kitchen would benefit from a few simple design changes. Whatever you choose, be sure to give close attention to the focal point...

Houzz Feature: Research Your Home’s History

Houzz has written a featured editorial ideabook titled “How to Research Your Home's History” and HartmanBaldwin’s Sumner Residence was discussed.   Built in 1887 by Charles Burt Sumner, one of the founders of Pomona College, this Queen Anne-style Victorian home had fallen into neglect and disrepair. The College hired...

Southern California Gardener’s Checklist: October

Our friends at Houzz have a great editorial piece about maintaining your garden this fall. Did you know that fall is actually the prime season for planting here in Southern California?   Consider cool-season flowers or try planting Mediterranean natives such as lavenders, sages, aloes and agaves. But...

Featured on Houzz

Houzz has written a featured editorial ideabook titled "Roots of Style: Spanish Eclectic Homes Find a Place in the Sun" and HartmanBaldwin’s Oakdale Residence was discussed.   Living in California, you are bound to come across a variety of Spanish inspired homes that incorporate everything from gable and...

Natural Beauty at Every Angle

  Our clients wanted a spacious master bedroom suite on the first floor that was conducive to indoor and outdoor living. The seamless addition of this master suite complements the Spanish architectural style of the house and includes a sitting room where one can enjoy a...

Happy Retirement Pat Stout!

It is with great respect and some sadness that we announce the retirement of our friend and architect Pat Stout from HartmanBaldwin. For 17 years Pat has been our "Yoda" of design. His artful insights have created many award winning projects while simultaneously helping shape...

The Passionate Artist

  Today we visit one of our favorite Spanish-Mediterranean home remodels. Art, love, and passion for life was the inspiration of this project. This previously unassuming ranch style home has been transformed into a dramatic Spanish-Mediterranean revival that gives you a glimpse at the beauty that...

A Naturally Brighter Home

Lighting is important in any indoor or outdoor space. Many of our clients ask about brightening their homes using skylights; windows within the roof that allow light to travel into the building. Utilizing a skylight correctly can not only save energy, but can create great...

Monday Makeover – A Great Remodel

  Our client’s home contained a small enclosed kitchen, confined living spaces, and an entry way in need of some updating. The kitchen has been expanded to open both the family room and dining room which now allows for easy access. The breezeway is now converted...

Back to School Remodeling

Many parents are becoming first time empty nesters this fall while some others have had an empty nest for a while. Letting go of your young adult may be difficult, but it can also be an opportunity for new growth and new life for yourself...

Architecture 101: Modern

When looking at houses or remodeling you will begin to notice there are several different architectural styles. You may wonder what separates one from another, and which is best for your lifestyle. Here are some quick facts about this week’s Architectural Style: Modern. Characteristics of Modern...

Planning Your Home Office

  Do you have a home office?  From entrepreneurs starting and running their own business, to busy parents needing a central hub for all things family business, just about anyone can utilize a home office these days.   If you have identified your need for a home office...

Inspiring Your Bathroom Remodel

  A common remodel, second to kitchens, is the bathroom. Bathrooms offer a great deal of options and choices when it comes to customization. Here are a few of our favorite features you can incorporate into your next remodel. When you are remodeling from the ground up,...

Monday Makeover: Creating Space Without Adding Square Feet

Our clients came to us with a home that, although relatively new, was already showing its age and was struggling to accommodate modern lifestyles and patterns of space usage. Like many tract homes, the house was built based on an off-the-shelf plan that did not...

Naturally Inspired Design

An essential part to any design is color. It’s easy to walk into someone else’s house and love their soft pastel yellow walls, or the bright green accents in their kitchen, but when it comes to designing your space you may become conflicted on what...

The Luxurious Outdoors

In California, we love our cabanas and outdoor patios as much as we love our sun sets. When deciding to create your outdoor oasis you may want to consider location, size, and use. Here are a few examples of great outdoor living spaces we have...

Monday Makeover – A Connoisseur's Land

Our clients are big fans of wine and so it is not a surprise that our designs were inspired by classic California wineries. The renovation included enhancing the front facade, new landscape design throughout the property, a wine cellar, a side yard patio cover and...