Magazine article Sunset

First Home, First Remodel

Magazine article Sunset

First Home, First Remodel

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A designing couple shows how to add style and comfort on budget In two statements-"We were definitely on a budget" and "Paint goes a long way"-Katy and Brad Polvorosa sum up the remodel of their first home. Their bold color palette, hand-painted details, reshaped interior spaces, and innovative uses for common materials hold lessons for any remodeler.

Drawing on their training as interior designers, the Polvorosas saw paint as the most cost-effective way to create dramatic change. In the entry and the living and dining rooms, they used color and pattern to complement existing architectural features. Walls gained ragged finishes, metallic sheens, and combed textures, while the original Craftsman-era fireplace tiles, wall molding, casement windows, and insets in the hardwood floor were preserved to balance new and old sensibilities. "The whole house became a laboratory for experimenting with materials and techniques," says Brad.

Structural changes-such as enlarging the kitchen and expanding into the basement-- stayed within the existing footprint of the house. The biggest investment on the upper floor was the expansion and upgrade of the kitchen: about $25,000. …

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