Phoenix remodel

This home remodeling and landscape design project was a collaborative effort between the Mill Street Design Group sisters to create a cohesive transition between the home’s interior and exterior for their mother.

The 30 year old home in Phoenix had good bones but had not been updated since it was built. Not one surface was left untouched, including the landscape.

Throughout the house, the popcorn ceilings were removed, textured and painted to match the new wall color. All of the windows and exterior doors were replaced with Low-E glass to keep energy costs down. Overhead can lights, ceiling fans, and decorative chandeliers were added where needed. All of the formica counter tops were replaced with granite in the kitchen and bathrooms.

In the the living room, the old carpet was replaced and more of the existing tile was purchased to make the room look larger. The fireplace tile was removed and floor to ceiling stacked stone was installed to make the ceilings appear taller and to create a focal point in the room. To add warmth to the stacked stone, a distressed wood mantel was added.


Living Room “Before” 

Living Room “After” 

The wall between the living room and the breakfast nook was removed to create a more open concept floor plan. A distressed faux wood beam was added as an architectural element and stained to match the fireplace mantel (shown in the “After” photo)

Wall to be removed. View from living room looking into breakfast nook.

View from breakfast nook of wall to be removed on the left.

Removal of wall between living room and breakfast nook

“After” wall was removed between the living room and breakfast nook


The fur down above the upper cabinets was removed to make the room feel more open and bright. To keep costs down, all of the base cabinets throughout the house were left in place and were refaced in a walnut finish. Only the cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware were replaced. For a more updated look, crown molding was added to the upper cabinets.


Before, this room was an undefined space. By extending the pony walls to the ceiling, adding french doors and a transom window to enclose the space, we added $10,000 in value to the home by transforming this into a third bedroom/home office.

Room “Before” with pony walls

Room “After”

A beautiful new wooden front door replaced the old, dented metal one for added curb appeal. The old door is shown in the “Before” photo above.


Aside from one mature tree and a couple of shrubs, the yard was bare. It was surrounded by tall stuccoed walls that held the heat and weren’t much to look at. Priority was given to shading the walls with vines and trellises. A great find were scrap metal panels that had a stamped patterned, looked modern and industrial and allowed vines to grow on them. Gravel paths, instead of concrete, were added because they are permeable and do not add to the heat island effect in Phoenix.


Rusted scrap metal sheets waiting to be mounted and used as trellises. They were a more affordable option than new trellises.

“After” In a year or two, the vines will be lush and will keep reflected light from reflecting into the third bedroom/home office.

View from the opposite direction showing the gravel paths that connect all three patios. In this photo, the plantings are about 6 months old.

View of the path connecting the third patio with 6 month old plantings.

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