Custom Spaces featured in Houzz Wine Storage Ideabook


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Custom Spaces Design, Inc. of Berkeley, CA featured in

Wine Storage Houzz Ideabook 

Berkeley, CA March 7, 2017 – A photo from our Creative Kitchen Storage remodel, designed by Catherine Nakahara of Custom Spaces Design, Inc. of Berkeley, CA was featured in an Ideabook on Houzz.

Featured was a custom built wine storage unit installed under the stairs in a kitchen designed for a home in Albany, CA.  The kitchen features custom built cabinets in crisp white, Spanish tiles in red tones with decorative accent tiles for the backsplash.

The Ideabook can be viewed online at

Note: The Ideabook was posted in Danish. To read the postings you can use your browser’s translation feature or a service like Google Translate.

The entire project can be viewed online at

About Custom Spaces Design With over fifteen years of industry experience, our full-service design team loves to collaborate with clients and help them create their own sensibility and style. Using the 3D modeling program, SketchUp, Custom Spaces is able to interactively create new, transformed living spaces with clients so they can easily visualize their unlimited possibilities and options. From early design schematics to construction documents, Custom Spaces can help clients through the whole design process.



Best of Houzz 2017

Awarded Best of Houzz 2017 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World


BERKELEY, CA, January 18, 2017 – Custom Spaces of Berkeley has won “Best of Customer Service” award on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Berkeley kitchen and bath design studio of 15 years was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Catherine Nakahara of Custom Spaces,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Custom Spaces
Catherine Nakahara, Owner and Principal Designer at Custom Spaces, has been in business in Berkeley for 15 years providing Bay area homeowners with professional design services for kitchen and bath remodeling. She takes great pride in helping clients realize their dreams of beautiful and functional living spaces transformed.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit


Custom Spaces featured in Houzz Ideabook

img_3762-mediumHouzz member Akiko Niikura chose a photo from Custom Spaces’s Asian Farmhouse remodel for an Ideabook on refrigerator organization. 

Kitchen & Bath Design News Magazine Press Release

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A kitchen and great room designed by Catherine Nakahara of Custom Spaces Design, Inc. of Berkeley, CA was featured in the October 2015 issue of the nationally-recognized Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine for the industry and trade.

Featured were a large, Asian-inspired farmhouse kitchen and great room. All spaces were designed by Catherine Nakahara for a home in Napa Valley, CA.  For the project, Custom Spaces worked with Derek Wilson of Wilson Remodeling and the homeowner liaison, Eva Craig. The kitchen features Sequoia Custom Cabinets in deep, blue tones and earthy-green custom stains created by Catherine Nakahara. Also included are environmentally-friendly countertops by Squak Mountain Stone (a product that mixes recycled paper and glass with low-carbon cement), and AKDO tiles for the backsplash. “The homeowners wanted a mix of Asian and Zen feel for their new kitchen and great room living spaces.”

Many thanks to Kim Berndtson and Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine for featuring our project in this issue.

The article can be viewed online at

More photos of the project can be viewed in our Gallery under Asian Kitchen Inspiration.


Making Dreams Come True!

SF-Chronicle Recently, Catherine Nakahara of Custom Spaces Design Inc., had the opportunity to collaborate with Foreign Cinema chefs, Gayle Pirie & John Clark, as they tackled a complete remodel of their home.  Gayle & John relied on Catherine’s design expertise for the kitchen, bar, and two bathrooms.  With culinary credits that extend well beyond their home’s walls, the SF Chronicle chose Gayle & John’s home remodel project as a feature article in a recent Sunday FOOD & HOME section.  Please read this interesting story of a long-standing dream, and how the dream was realized. Also, don’t miss the great photos of the kitchen design we are so proud of! Thank you.

Custom Spaces Awarded “Best of 2015″!


Remodeling and Home Design  We are thrilled to announce that with the support and contribution of our clients,  followers, service providers, and friends, Custom Spaces has been awarded Best of  Houzz for the third year in a row! This award is based on a variety of factors including  ratings and reviews by Houzz’s 16 milion monthly users.

See the Press Release Here:Best of Houzz 2014 Press Release

Caribbean Blue Bathroom Featured in HGTV Remodels!

Caribbean Blue Contemporary Guest BathUsing smart, eco-friendly materials and a fun, Caribbean color palette, designer Catherine Nakahara delighted her clients with this sleek, contemporary California guest bath, highlighting their all-time favorite color – blue!

Click here to read the article and interview:

Calacatta Craftsman Kitchen Featured in HGTV Remodels

DP_Catherine-Nakahara-beige-transitional-kitchen-windows-light_hWhat was once a dark, gloomy kitchen is now a light, airy cooking space thanks to designer Catherine Nakahara.

Click here to read the article and interview:

Custom Spaces Awarded Best of Houzz 2014

 We are happy to announce that with the help and input of our wonderful clients, Custom Spaces has been awarded  Best of Houzz 2014 in the “Customer Satisfaction” category.
2014 badges are  live on winners’ Houzz profiles and websites. Professionals are voted tops in design and/or customer satisfaction by the Houzz  community of 16 million monthly users. This award is based on a variety of factors including ratings and reviews by Houzz’s 16 milion monthly users.

See the Press Release Here:  Best of Houzz 2014 Press Release

Houzz Feature: Nutty Home Fixes

One of our project’s “Before” Photos was published in a Houzz article on quirky fixes! The crutch needs to be traded in for new ovens!

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