Owner/Operator, Element Design Group


While browsing the real estate section of her local
newspaper, this client stumbled upon a house that she knew would be perfect for her growing family.

They weren’t looking to move at the time, but since the birth of their third child, their split-level residence in North Miami had begun to feel cramped.

Attracted to the unrenovated 1970s home’s lush, green surroundings and abundant natural light, we visited the open house with the clients to envision the changes that could be made to its floor plan.

“They didn’t want to put an offer in until they knew it was livable for their family.”


After the family’s offer was accepted, they moved into the home’s upstairs and embarked on a six-month renovation to the main floor. With three young sons, they wanted to keep the interiors modern, comfortable, and kid-friendly.

Redesigning the layout to suit their lifestyle, we increased the size of the kitchen by removing one wall and relocating another, which provided the space for a large island and a breakfast bar—the family’s gathering spot each morning.

Aiming to increase the amount of natural light in the home, we installed additional windows throughout. In the master bedroom, we installed transom windows that follow the architecture of the house.

During the summer when the foliage is at its peak, it is a beautiful tropical oasis.


Appliances: Miele

Plumbing Fixtures: Hansgrohe

Tile: Walker Zanger