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As the supply of vacant land in town and around the mountain is
decreasing, there are many homes on the market that, with some
serious renovation, can become just as good as new.
Interior designer Kristine Pivarnik of kPd Studios has been work-
ing on countless remodels in the area.
“I don’t feel like any house is that bad,” she says. “I know the po-
tential a house can have.”
Admittedly, a renovation project can be both scary and overwhelm-
ing. But with a good team in place and a homeowner who is open-
minded and organized, it shouldn’t be intimidating.
“First, find the location that you want. Don’t be fearful. Gather a
team that you trust, then entrust those people to do what they do,”
Pivarnik explains.
Pivarnik follows a process when undertaking a renovation project.
First and foremost is meeting with the client. “Find out how they
want to live, what their budget is, how the house needs to func-
tion and the aesthetic criteria,” she says. Next, schematic designs,
including space plans, are created. Those designs are developed
within the set criteria and work begins. Staying on track through
project management is key, as is clear communication.
Contractor Ben Somrak echoes that sentiment and urges hom-
eowners to stay open-minded.
“Decide your start-time and have
a flexible timeframe. That’s very important. Things can arise that
you don’t expect. Be open-minded on the journey that you are
about to embark on. At the end, you are going to have an amazing
project. Everything has a risk and reward,” explains Somrak.
Many projects go down to the studs, where the interior of the home
is gutted. This way a new layout can be created to be functional for
the new family. But pros agree it can be a challenge for everyone to
see the potential at first.
Realtor Heather Woodward takes a contractor or designer along
with her when she accompanies clients on viewings of older prop-
erties that need renovating, noting, “This helps flip the switch” for
many clients who need guidance to see the vision of what a house
can become.
The bones and overall structure of the house may meet their
needs, but the finishes and configuration are issues that can be ad-
“We can show them the potential in that property and how we can
make it better,” Woodward says.
On the mountain there are homes from the 1980s and ‘90s that
needmajor updating, and homes in town from the 2000s that need
some freshening up. “You can update the property to your taste
and your needs and put your personal touch on the property to
make it yours,” Woodward says.
takes your breath
What started
as a dark, dated
mountain home
has turned into a
modern mountain
And somehow
even the views
seem better.
It’s a
whole new