Jackson & LeRoy
Salt Lake City, Utah

AMB Design
Project name: The Little House
Project location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Square footage: 1,800
Project cost: $290,000


Despite the signs of age and degradation, an inspired designer recognized the classic character of the little home. Its exterior needed minor and routine updates, although the brick repair proved to be a challenge because vents had to be removed. The original construction did not have framing on the exterior walls, moreover, which made fitting and securing the replacement bricks difficult.

Eliminating unnecessary hallways and doors opened up more space for the living area, bedrooms and bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling dark walnut in the front entry creates a warm, bold welcome, and the rich blue-gray color seen throughout the house shows that even a dark color can make a small space feel larger. The limestone fireplace surround has a brass inset that ties into the living room.

Products installed

Faucets: Waterworks
Range: Bertazzoni

Photos: Joshua Caldwell Photography


Allen Construction
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Honeycomb Home Design
Project name:
A Tract Home Transformation
Project location: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Square footage: 1,635
Project cost: $219,849


There was a night-and-day change between the original house and the final product over the course of this project. What was a worn and ramshackle house is now a warm, inviting, and comfortable family home the clients are proud of. Using creative yet inexpensive elements, the project team took a simple home and made it something exceptional.

Removing interior walls, salvaging structural beams, and adding new doors and windows opened the space and filled it with natural light. Fanciful wallpaper, unique lighting fixtures, and accent walls with pops of color add interest and touches of whimsy to a simple, understated elegance that exudes from first glance.

Products installed

Carpet: CCA Global Partners
HVAC: Trane
Water heater: Navien
Doors: Milgard
Windows: Milgard
Paint/stain: Benjamin Moore
Kitchen cabinetry: ICD
Countertop: MSI
Sinks: Articstone Kingston Brass
Faucets: Delta
Oven: Samsung
Refrigerator: Kenmore
Dishwasher: Kenmore
Bath cabinetry: IKEA
Tub: Kohler
Shower faucet: Delta
Sink: IKEA
Sink faucet: Delta

Photos: Marcel Alain Photography


Unique Home Construction
Bellevue, Wash.

Project name:
Project location: Seattle, Wash.
Square footage before: 600
Square footage after: 1,540
Project cost: $130,000


This unique European-style remodel is complete with elegant designer colors and features and includes: a great room with modern new kitchen with stainless steel appliances; a custom outdoor deck and fire pit; a spacious and private yard with room for a garden; brand-new bathrooms, new electrical wiring, new plumbing, new windows and new flooring.

Products installed

Doors: A1 Door
Tile: Statements Tile
Lighting: The Home Depot
Windows: American Craftsman

Photos: Derrick Louie

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