A Few Words From Our Valued Clients…

I saw an ad on HOUZZ that featured the granite of my dreams along with a beautiful job by Custom Spaces and I immediately called! Ann worked with my budget and connected us with Formation Stone and DCD Fabricators to build the kitchen of my dreams! We were able to restore our home after pipes bursting in our walls literally decimating our kitchen. We now have an amazingly beautiful kitchen thanks to Custom Spaces!

Heidi (Santa Cruz)

We are happy with our new kitchen designed by Custom Spaces. Catherine helped to turn our ideas into a design and she helped with the details, like suggesting cabinet manufacturers and appliances to sink and faucet fixtures. Catherine was easy to work with and Ann, in the office, was responsive in providing estimates and ordering materials. One of the greatest assets of working with Custom Spaces was their help in suggesting contractors. We were pleased with Hassan Dudjo of HD Baths.

I recommend Custom Spaces for kitchen remodels. I’d work with them again.

Valerie and Nick (Oakland)

Lagoon Suede Kitchen

Custom Spaces did a great job helping design our kitchen remodel. We really appreciated their expertise and they were able to pick finishes and colors that we never would have thought of. We got a great contractor referral through them, too. We were really happy with the whole process from start to finish.

Ashley (Albany)

Loire Brique Kitchen

My wife and I worked with Catherine Nakahara to remodel our kitchen and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We had a fairly specific design in mind, but we had no idea how many variables that we would need to account for or where to even begin. Catherine patiently walked us through the entire process from design, pulling permits, to coordinating a general contractor, and the results are better than we could have imagined. We can’t wait to go back when we’re ready to renovate our bathrooms!

Brendan and Elise K. (Kensington)

Frosty White Marble Transitional Kitchen

I worked with Catherine and Custom Spaces several years ago to remodel my kitchen and when we needed to design a media center for our family room I knew she would be a great match for the project. Catherine has an excellent eye for design which was invaluable in helping to create functional cabinetry for our specific purpose that looks beautiful in the space. We’ve had some time now to live with the design and wouldn’t change anything about it.

Christine M. (Montclair)

Louvered Media Center

By the time we started a conversation with Custom Spaces, we already had a really strong vision for our kitchen and bath remodel. They truly listened to our ideas and brought great creative energy to the project. Communication was fantastic and Catherine and Ashley couldn’t be any nicer! The project finished without a hitch and we are absolutely thrilled with the final outcome.

Paul R. (Albany)

A Classic Black and White Bath

Updated Country Style Kitchen

The team at Custom Spaces here in North Berkeley did a great job recommending fixtures, solving problems and troubleshooting every step of the way. You will save time working the experts who have so many resources at their fingertips ready to share with you!

Gayle P.C. (Berkeley)

Statuary and Zebra Kitchen

Pebbles Bath

A Girl’s Bathroom

Catherine and Ashley from CUSTOM SPACES DESIGN were great to work with during our kitchen remodel project. Catherine’s design maximized the space we had available and accomplished everything we had hoped for while still working within our budget. The 3D modeling program she used really made easy for us to visualize the final layout. They also helped us choose cabinets, tiles, countertop, appliances, wall colors and even helped us to choose the furniture layout for the adjacent family room. We are very pleased with our beautiful new kitchen and highly recommend them. We will definitely contract them for our next remodeling project.

Anna M. (El Cerrito)

Spring Honey Pass-Through Kitchen

We had a great experience working with Catherine and Custom Spaces on a huge kitchen / great room remodel. Catherine walked us through the design process. She took what we said we wanted and made it better. With the 3D sketch up, we could really see how different design choices would impact the overall look and feel of the rooms. They have an excellent selection of materials to choose from in their shop and worked hard to come up with other choices whenever we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted in the store. The contractor they recommended was awesome. Custom spaces stuck with us through the construction process to make sure everything came out right and that any issues with the materials / cabinets etc. got resolved. We love how everything came out. Our kitchen is a true masterpiece!

Heather W. & Jay I. (Napa)

Asian Farmhouse Inspiration!

Custom Spaces just completed a total remodel of our kitchen, which included removing a wall and expanding the kitchen into the former laundry room. It came out so beautiful, I’m stunned. I highly recommend Custom Spaces. The workmanship is first rate. The people are so nice. The sub-contractors were completely trustworthy. We used SketchUp to see our kitchen design and it was very helpful. At first I wasn’t sure the two different cabinet materials would work, but being able to see it in 3D allowed me to see that it would be interesting and beautiful. We are delighted with the results. We love our kitchen:  the way it looks and the way it functions!

                                                                                                                                      Judith & Tom M. (El Cerrito)

Perfect Grey Kitchen & Featured on HGTV Remodels

Picture the scene: Nine months pregnant, new (old) house, first renovation project, and rental property time clock clicking. Enter Custom Spaces and Catherine.

In a short period of time, Catherine and her able team designed a kitchen that:
— respected the integrity and age of our home
— brought in just the amount of additional light we were hoping for
— utilized all the nooks and crannies of our space in innovative ways
— makes people ooh and aah when they walk in the door

Catherine has impeccable taste, knows what will and won’t work in a kitchen, and is willing to listen to her clients’ desires. Our architect’s plans for the same space came nowhere near to those of Custom Spaces, and we do not regret at all spending the additional (and limited) design fees we paid for Catherine to think critically about every corner of our kitchen. In addition, when we had a glitch with the installation of the cabinetry that we purchased through Custom Spaces, Catherine had the head of sales from the cabinet maker spend two days at our house making the adjustments necessary for an almost perfect installation. Finally, she made herself available to us and to our contractor for any questions during the construction phase, and she came on site several times to ensure that the installation was according to her design specs.

After two months in construction, we have a kitchen and laundry area that is completely transformed and makes our lives happier each time we walk in the door.

Our only complaint is that there is not enough of Catherine and her team to go around! We were lucky to get her on our project.

                                                                                                                                                      Irina C. (Berkeley)

Quaint & Cozy Kitchen

We have wanted to remodel our kitchen for years now. We had no idea where to start or what to do. Custom Spaces remodeled our friend’s kitchen and we really liked what they did. When we went in to meet Catherine, she was very helpful. Her extensive knowledge and excellent design sense reassured us and gave us the confidence we needed to make all the right decisions (with her help!). She was very patient as we looked things over again and again before finalizing. We made numerous trips to the showroom asking for advice and always found the answers we needed and samples to take home and see how they might look in our house.

All of the recommendations Custom Spaces made were very professional, knowledgeable, and the lowest price!! We shopped for a better deal, but found out that we didn’t need to. Their showroom is one-stop shopping and we loved being able to go there and find beautiful, affordable cabinets and other materials to put in our home. They have everything we wanted and what we saw in books, they ordered for us if they didn’t have it.

Next was the construction! They decided to take on our project themselves. Their general contractor was great! They were trustworthy and very reliable and tried to be as accommodating as possible – minimizing in every way the amount of inconvenience during our remodel. They left my kitchen sink intact until they absolutely had to remove it. At the end of each day they”d move my plug in stove back into place so I could still cook!

We are SO happy with our newly remodeled kitchen!!

We could not have done it without Catherine & the Custom Spaces team!!

Update 18 months after the project:
My Wife and I still love, love, love our kitchen.  It has made cooking fun again for us.  We have a lot more storage space and it looks great.  We are about to redo our bathrooms and we will be using Custom Spaces for the work.

Denise & Dean K. (El Cerrito)

Cherry Natural Shaker 

I had the pleasure of working with Catherine and the Custom Spaces team over the summer and fall of 2008 to do a complete remodel of my kitchen.  When it was finished, the feel of the kitchen and its functionality as a workspace and gathering area entirely surpassed my expectations.  Catherine is an excellent designer who’s at ease integrating materials, colors and layout to achieve a terrific result, while carefully considering what I wanted my kitchen to be like.  She is a design perfectionist who reassured me many times throughout the process that the final product would be terrific – and it is!  The kitchen is now part of an open space that flows into a living and a dining area.  Catherine offered invaluable advice and suggestions about how to achieve the overall design of the whole space, and she did this with such ease.  The team at Custom Spaces worked closely with the contractor to address some significant structural challenges in order to preserve the overall design.  Countless hours were spent making sure the smallest details were right, both behind the walls and in front of them, so they would be perfect when construction was completed.  I have nothing but compliments for the entire team – it was a great partnership all around!

Chris M. (Montclair)

Spacious Cherry Kitchen

So there we were, a perfectly happy and compatible couple … happy and compatible, that is, until we decided to expand and update the kitchen in our 1918 bungalow.  All agreement ended there.  We couldn’t agree on much of anything, and as weeks turned into months of wrangling, it came down to what would be cheaper — divorce or hiring Custom Spaces to help us come up with a design.  We decided to try Custom Spaces.

We made the right choice.  Catherine helped find the perfect solution for us, both through her design expertise and her little known ability to reconcile marriages.  We emerged from the process with compromises that didn’t feel like compromises — it felt like exactly what we both wanted: beautiful design and cabinetry with just the right finish for my wife, and smart function for me.  Long story short, with the last finishing touch, we stepped back and challenged each other to find something wrong.  Neither of us could.  And best of all:  We are still married. Thanks, Custom Spaces.

Michael R. (Piedmont)

Spring Honey Yellow Kitchen

As a Contractor, I have worked with Custom Spaces on several jobs. They have been knowledgeable, helpful and provide an excellent cabinet. I used Sequoia cabinets, which they sell, in my own kitchen. Anyways, I am happy to recommend them to anyone who is interested in good design and good materials.

Derek Wilson (Wilson Remodeling)

G.C. for CA Spanish Revival, Basketweave BathCity Smart Gallery Kitchen

Working with Custom Spaces has been a pleasure. They are responsive, have creative ideas, and work collaboratively to achieve desired results. In particular, their use of the  3-D Sketchup model provided an easy to read and more user friendly image of possible development options. The model includes dimensions, color palette and furniture options and can be easily modified to test out alternatives.

Laura B. (Berkeley)

Creamy Calacatta Kitchen

We had a great experience working with Catherine and Custom Spaces on a huge kitchen / great room remodel. Catherine walked us through the design process. She took what we said we wanted and made it better. With the 3D sketch up, we could really see how different design choices would impact the overall look and feel of the rooms. They have an excellent selection of materials to choose from in their shop and worked hard to come up with other choices whenever we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted in the store. The contractor they recommended was awesome. Custom spaces (and Ashley especially) stuck with us through the construction process to make sure everything came out right and that any issues with the materials / cabinets etc. got resolved. We love how everything came out. Our kitchen is a true masterpiece!

H.W.  (Napa)

Asian Farmhouse Inspiration

We are very pleased with the kitchen/dining nook remodel that Custom Spaces designed and constructed for our condo. They listened well to our ideas and needs, and used their computerized design program to help us refine and finalize our thinking. The finished work is beautiful, all done with highest quality materials and expert carpentry and craftsmanship. The cabinets are wonderfully functional as well as beautiful, as are the granite and cherry butcher block counter tops.
Our kitchen is great!

Phyllis & David J. (Berkeley)

Red & White Transitional 

The designers at Custom Spaces provided a full, very precise, computer generated design and 3D drawings of my entire new kitchen according to my own plan. This allowed me to refine my own design and make correct decisions regarding cabinetry, appliances, position of windows, doors etc. They also recommended a very high caliber cabinet making company that executed the whole plan beautifully to within a 1/4”. My own contractor was very pleased as his work was so much easier and more pleasant. In addition, Custom Spaces offered artistic and practical advice (and reduced prices) when dealing with tiles, counter tops, door handles etc. etc. I strongly recommend Custom Spaces.

                                                                                   Marcin M. (Berkeley)

Raven Kitchen 

It is hard to imagine what my new space was going to look like, but the 3-D computer model helped me to see my full kitchen space for the design. The people I worked with were extremely helpful, kind, patient and honest, but they also allowed me to have a voice. The finished space was/has been a complete joy and every morning when I wake to my new living room/kitchen I am beyond pleased. I would recommend Custom Spaces to numerous people. Thank you very much.

 Emily M. (Berkeley)

Cherry Craftsman Kitchen

When we planned to renovate and update the kitchen in an 85 year old Berkeley bungalow we shopped around for kitchen ideas. We soon found we needed help with this large project. We decided on Custom Spaces and are so happy we did.

Catherine and her 3D modeling software, her use of colors to improve the space and lighten the room are just great. She designed a new layout, drew the plans for the permits, obtained the real wood cabinets we wanted, chose a beautiful granite counter top. We now have a stunning kitchen almost finished. We are very pleased with Catherine and her charming and able staff.

Bancroft (Berkeley)

Craftsman Coast Green

It has been a year since Custom Spaces remodeled our bathroom and we are still loving and enjoying it! It is beautiful; it makes us feel so relaxed and serene. We still feel as if we are on a vacation in an exquisite hotel when we use our remodeled bathroom!

Our job was a complete demolition and rebuild. Christy’s knowledge and eye for design gave us the confidence to make decisions for our bathroom remodel. We are very conservative so Christy was very helpful in showing us different designs and colors yet finding something within our comfort zone!

The contracting group was completely trustworthy, accommodating and especially clean! After the demolition I was amazed at how clean the house remained. And, at the end of each work day, they always left our house nice and tidy. It was a pleasure working with them too!

I highly recommend Custom Spaces and will use them again for our next remodel!


Elaine & Satoshi S. (Berkeley)

Buttermilk Bathroom

My first kitchen that I could call all my own, best decision was going to Custom Spaces for help. Designer came out to my house and discussed project and how I used the space and what I wanted different. Subsequent visits to her office we finalized plans and reviewed different layout options, appliances that fit, drawers to counter tops. Project started and finished on time, and I could not be happier. My plan is to have the same firm redesign master bath and bedroom next. Not looking anymore, will stick with Custom Spaces.

Fred P. (El Sobrante)

Rift Cut White Oak Kitchen

 Custom Spaces has been very helpful with three of my recent projects that include Kitchens and a Bath. Their showroom is invaluable, as well as the knowledge they bring about the materials, the finishes and colors. I highly recommend them.

Andus Brandt, architect, Blackbird Designs

We ordered custom cabinets from Custom Spaces. They were responsive and easy to work with. The work was fairly priced and the cabinets ended up looking great in our newly remodeled kitchen. We would work with them again.

L. Breger (Berkeley)

Beadboard Charm 

We received excellent service from Custom Spaces Design. They have great expertise and top notch products for sale. Their design tools were very helpful to us in remodeling a bathroom and our kitchen.

Bob & Elizabeth K. (Berkeley)

Creative Wine StorageBeadboard Bath

I recently employed Custom Spaces to advise me on the remodel of my master bathroom. The bathroom space is quite small, yet, Catherine, Ashley, and Felicity were convinced that my desire for an upscale area could be accomplished. They have a variety of material to choose from, and with their guidance the process was both expeditious and rewarding. They were in constant contact with me and the project went smoothly and professionally. The end result is spectacular and I highly recommend them as I am seeking their employment for my kitchen remodel.

Jon R. (Berkeley)

Waterfall Bath

Catherine is a wonderful kitchen designer. We came in with an initial design but she persuaded us to do something we never thought we would agree to. Our new kitchen (minus one window) is now finished and it’s beautiful. The red oak cabinets are stunning (especially those w/glass doors), the 3-panel window is great, and the Cambria countertops are gorgeous. Perhaps most impressive is the custom “kitty cabinet” (w/hidden litter box), which Catherine designed to our specs; it’s a perfect marriage of functionality and aesthetics.

E. Smith (Berkeley)

Warm & Fuzzy

Our kitchen is finally done!  It is beautiful and we love it.  Custom Spaces on Solano ave. (Berkeley) was very helpful with design ideas and all the people there are most friendly and nice to work with.  Sometimes they get busy and you have to hound them a bit but in the end it was worth it.  Their sub contractors (cabinets and countertops) came through as well.  Catherine of CS introduced us to Gary Twitchell of Rahn Woodworking and Design, Alameda, for the custom work we needed.  His work is gorgeous and flawless, and he is also most helpful and pleasant to work with.  We will be hiring him again for woodwork in our living room which now needs a boost to keep up with the new kitchen.

Linda M. (Berkeley)

Rift Cut White Oak Craftsman 

I worked with Catherine and the Custom Spaces team on two cabinet projects – a pantry and a bedroom. It could have not been a better experience. They worked with me to turn the architect’s ideas into a three dimensional reality and really paid attention to the details. Between the two of them  one can get excellent help with the aesthetic and installation/construction details of the project and space.  They were patient as I worked through all of the options. They followed-up 6 months later when I had a small problem with one pull out drawer – coming to my house to fix the problem. It is nice to work with local business owners and have the opportunity for short, more frequent meetings. They live in the area and have a real stake in the community.  18 months later and I am still pleased with the project.  I highly recommend Custom Spaces.

Tracey G. (Berkeley)

Guest Bedroom

Catherine and her team are  exceptional  for a host of reasons, not the least that they promise and deliver on superlative customer service. Living through our renovation was a challenge, but looking back on the experience we know we could not have done it without the unlimited expertise of Custom Spaces. They are quintessential professionals who have a passion for their work and this is very likely why they always take the extra step.

We love our beautiful new cabinetry, granite countertops and knobs & pulls! And we never tire of telling everyone we know that Catherine and the Custom Spaces team exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend that you engage their services!

Nancy O. & Linda M. (Berkeley)
Costa Esmeralda Kitchen

I used Custom Spaces for a master bathroom remodel in my home built in 1920, with the original bathroom still intact.  The job was a complete demolition and rebuild – taking over some space from an adjacent closet.

I’m very happy with the work Catherine and her team did on the project and I would use Custom Spaces again.  The quality of the finished product is exceptional and I found them both easy to work with and receptive to changes, questions and anything I needed.

Like most construction, mine cost a bit more than I thought it would and it took a bit longer than I thought it would.  There were no major problems
with the project itself,  there were a couple minor communication problems, but given the nature of the work, nothing I found out of the ordinary and all was managed to a great completion.

I’m a satisfied customer and will consult with Catherine and the Custom Spaces team on my next project.  I like that they’re a local business too!

Sonja E. (Berkeley)

Icestone Bath

When I walked into your shop it was immediately evident that creativity abounded there! After our brief meeting it became apparent to me that it is your expertise and thoughtful creative energy that is reflected in the showroom.

I want to thank you for the time you spent talking with me. I wish I had fallen in your door earlier! I certainly will have you in mind for any future projects.

Best wishes,
Jackie Blue

We recently did a complete remodel of our 1950’s kitchen with Custom Spaces and are thrilled with the result. The custom cabinets that Catherine and the Custom Spaces team designed are wonderful, and our installer was delighted to discover that every piece was perfectly measured and arrived in mint condition, which is apparently extremely rare. With other companies, often pieces are incorrectly ordered or measured, or arrive in less than perfect shape. Such was not the case with us.

We love our new kitchen and our cabinets are beautiful, both in appearance and function! Visit Custom Spaces’ newly, expanded showroom. It’s a smart, thoughtful, well-designed studio reflecting Custom Spaces style perfectly.

Heidi R. (Berkeley)

Storage Makeover

As a family of five, we needed a design and cabinetry firm that could help us make better use of the space in our Craftsman Bungalow and we were lucky to have found Custom Spaces, a locally owned business. Catherine and the Custom Spaces team helped us tastefully modernize our Craftsman kitchen and bathroom. Their attention to detail is unsurpassed and they have a keen sense of how to maximize the use of a given space and to work within a budgeted amount. They have great design and color ideas too!

Lea and Guido B. (Berkeley)
Peach & Blue Blend Bath

Custom Spaces did three different projects for our home, and each time they provided services and products that exceeded all expectations. From the first moment of planning the project to the last moment of completion, I had the peace of mind of knowing that our home was in good hands.

The design process was supportive and inspiring. Custom Spaces was able to address our needs and preferences with their keen sense of function and style. Their design was practical and yet artful and while our kitchen, bathroom and laundry room were transformed, at the same time they seem like they have always been part of our 1920’s house.

It is rare to find that kind of talent combeined with reliability, integrity and old-fashioned good service. These people are just wonderful. I never imagined that I would say that remodeling was “a pleasure,” but with Custom Spaces, it truly was.

Sheri W. (Berkeley)
Corner Sink Bath

Catherine and the Custom Spaces team were perfect in helping me modernize half of a hundred-year-old Berkeley kitchen while maintaining the original appearance of the other half. Other contractors were either boringly routine and insensitive to the design characteristics of the house, or excessively expensive. The broad experience of Custom Spaces provided good solutions to old problems that I didn’t know how to solve. Custom Spaces’ expert carpentry created new cabinets that were exact copies of the old cabinets at the other end of the kitchen, accommodating 21st century equipment in an early 20th century ambience. As the work progressed, he was flexible in making changes when ideas—mine and his—changed. I look forward to working with Custom Spaces to modernize my bathrooms in a similar blend of authenticity and convenience.

D. Slobin, Ph.D (Berkeley)
1905 Julia Morgan Brown Shingle

Custom Spaces was a pleasure to do business with. Their prompt, courteous, knowledgeable and talented services were refreshing by today’s standards. The design assistance, coupled with their impeccable workmanship, made my vision a reality. Their workmanship was “top notch” and the construction space was always left amazingly clean. Every step of the way I was kept informed of the progress and look forward to my next remodel project with them.

Mike S. (Montclair)
Mid-Century Modern style home

Custom Spaces did two large projects for me. They completely remodeled my kitchen with the addition of a laundry room. The second project was making an in-law apartment out of my family room. Both projects were very well designed in terms of beauty and function. I have more cupboard and counter space even with the addition of the laundry room! All workmanship was excellent with great attention to detail.

Lois F. (Albany)
1930s Spanish Revival

The Custom Spaces Difference

With nearly 15 years of experience designing & building kitchens & baths in our community, we’ve built a solid reputation and a long list of happy, satisfied clients — many of whom have become good friends.

When we began this business, we brought to it our own perspectives as home owners living in this remarkable community. The omnipresent challenges of limited space, older architecture and substantial construction costs have shaped the way we do business and work with our clients. Your home is your single largest investment and providing a real and lasting value is our core objective when working with you to remodel a kitchen or bath.

We’ve also developed an extensive professional resource network of Architects, Engineers, Builders and trade specialists who enable us to offer you the best possible remodeling experience and lasting value.

If you’d like to learn more, please drop by, call or email us to schedule a FREE 1-hour in-studio consultation.


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