Magazine article Sunset

Remodel like a Pro

Magazine article Sunset

Remodel like a Pro

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WHEN IT COMES to remodeling, the kitchen and bathroom tend to top wish lists. So it's no surprise that when homeowners finally get to renovate those spaces, people dream big-sometimes too big. "Most clients come to us with more ideas than they can fit in one room," says Kirsten Krason, co-owner with Erin Morgan of Salt Lake City firm House of Jade Interiors. Her recommendation? "Focus on one or two practical and stylistic must-haves, then take your cues from those." With that in mind, we asked Krason and Morgan, as well as Berkeley designer Lynn K. Leonidas, to envision kitchen and bathroom designs that double down on looks and smarts-and offer their top picks for upgrades big and small.

ADVICE FOR BATHROOMS Before you start a renovation, determine if you can work within the current configuration to keep costs down, suggests designer Lynn K. Leonidas. "If the existing layout works, changing the tile, cabinetry, and faucet can work wonders," she says. Here, Leonidas did just that, coming up with a redesign for a dated master bathroom that swaps in rich natural materials and replaces mirrored closet doors with linen curtains.

advice FOR kitchens "These days, a lot of clients ask for open kitchens, which feel airy and work well for casual gatherings," says Krason (above right). In reimagining a dark, '80s-style kitchen, she and Morgan (above left) removed a wall between the room and the living area, making up for the loss in storage space with cabinets that reach to the ceiling. White-painted brick and open shelving along another wall keep it light, while the finishes lend it a farmhouse-meets-industrial look. …

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