“When Economic Times get tough, homeowners tend to stay put and renovate. But Susan Sano had another reason for enduring a scostly and inconvenient extreme home makeover: She wanted it to be perfect. She had already looked at every home in Newton in her price range. Either the location wasn’t right or there were room many stairs up to the front door or the kitchen was super small.
So the busy 57-year-old tax attorney and single mom to Matthew, 21, Katie,19 and David, 17, decided to gut-renovate her 1951 Colonial. She enlisted architect Michael Kim of Michael Kim Associates, Kathie Chrisicos of Chrisicos Interiors, and kitchen designer Charlotte Bogardus of Visions Design Center. They came, they saw, and they conquered, adding 1,250 square feet and creating a virtually new home.” – Marni Katz, Boston Globe Magazine