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Adam moved in with his fiancé, Lara, and her three rescue dogs shortly after they got engaged. It didn’t take long to realize that things were a bit too tight for anyone’s liking—including the large pups. The couple enlisted us to help them find a home that they could move into before the wedding, which they were also planning at the same time. While that’s a lot to handle at once, we know how nice it is to come back to a finished home once the wedding’s over (from Drew and Linda’s experience!). The pair wanted to stay in the same community where they’d been living as it’s where Lara grew up, and she still has lots of family in the area. They also wanted to be near a golf course—they met at their country club and both enjoy getting out on the links. We eventually found them a home just a block away from their old address that we were able to transform into the open-concept, modern home of their dreams. And bonus: it came with a large backyard that backs right onto the fairway, and has plenty of grass for their four-legged friends.

Before & After


We demolished the existing fireplace to create this floor-to-ceiling, linear fireplace, which acts as the centerpiece of the living room and adds a feeling of grandness when you enter the home. We’d originally selected a dark tile for the feature, but after some last-minute back-and-forth with Lara, we landed on this beautiful, stacked-stone marble that not only creates texture and visual interest, but perfectly catches the sunlight from the room’s many windows.


How many people get to invite friends over by saying “Why don’t you come by for a few cocktails at the speakeasy?” Well, now Adam and Lara can! This room is hidden off the back of the kitchen by a sliding barn door, and also features a separate entrance into the expansive backyard for truly covert comings-and-goings. Dark paint and and a custom whiskey barrel coffee table gives the room a touch of drama and mysteriousness that contrasts brilliantly with the rest of the home. It’s the perfect place for Adam to host his golf buddies after a few rounds at the course behind the home.


Adam didn’t consider himself much of a dog guy until he met Lara, who’s a long-time fosterer and has three rescues of her own (including one foster-fail). Adam wanted to surprise his fiancé and their fur-babies with something special, so we worked with him to build a custom canine station. There’s plenty of storage for their pet food, treats, and gear, but the finishing touch is this food and water bowl area, which we’ve accessorized with a pot-filler—oops, make that pup-filler—faucet and a custom backsplash.


Art director: Daniella Villamil
Construction lead: Kingdom Home Remodel & Repair

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