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The Tour Features a Wisconsin-style “Lake House” on the La Jolla Oceanfront, Tennis Star Bobby Riggs’ 1970’s Remodeled Mid-Century in Ramona and Three North County Homes that Showcase Universal Design for Aging in Place
May 11, 2012 -- The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
is offering an exclusive self-guided tour of five recently remodeled residences on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The tour, subtitled “Spaces Re-Imagined and Re-Invented,” will feature designers at each location to discuss design challenges and solutions and answer questions. Tickets, priced at $25, are available at Tickets will also be available for purchase at all tour sites the day of the tour and group discounts are available.
A 1970s home originally owned by Bobby Riggs, one of the top tennis players in the world in the ‘40s, who infamously lost to Billy Jean King in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis showdown in 1973 is one of five homes featured on the 2012 ASID Remodel Tour May 19.  John Mills Davies, ASID, of Marrokal Design & Remodeling, and Kelly Smiar, ASID, designed the whole house remodel.  For ticket information, visit 

“Homes on the tour illustrate how professional interior designers can literally transform people’s lives,” said April Worrell Ralston, ASID, of Wor-Ell Custom Interiors, event chair.  “Several of the homes showcase ‘Universal Design’ principles that solve aging and health challenges, while providing aesthetically pleasing environments for people of all ages and abilities.”

The homes are located in La Jolla, San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, and Ramona.

Interior designer Holly Robinson, Allied ASID, of Interior Concepts, reinterpreted the owner’s memories of her family’s 1920’s Wisconsin summer lake cottage on a stunning oceanfront site in La Jolla. The new home has the charm and trappings that attracted generations of the O’Rourke family to spend summers at the lake, including a bunk room, secret room, sleeping porch, reading alcove, plenty of bathrooms, and a painting studio where everyone can gather. All of the rooms have ocean views, except for one with its own porch and garden. 
Attendees will have the opportunity to tour two homes in the Lake San Marcos area that started with identical floor plans, but were customized to enhance the lifestyles of each owner and enable them to age in place.  Interior Designer Kathy Novo-Shumate, ASID, Professional Design & Remodeling, reconfigured the spaces and developed dramatically different décor for each home. 
“’Aging in place’ is not just about widening a door way, upgrading lighting, and adding grab bars to tub/shower area,” said Novo-Shumate.  “It can involve all aspects of a person’s lifestyle.  It’s about scaling down, making life simpler, getting rid of excess stuff, and reducing maintenance for the home and yard.”
One of Novo-Shumate’s clients was moving from a home twice the size and wanted to incorporate aging-in-place designs concepts into a home that had never been updated and sorely needed more storage.  Novo-Shumate renovated the kitchen and bathrooms; added all new windows and doors, new flooring, lighting and plumbing fixtures.  The result is a casual beach cottage with warm wood tones and soft gold walls against cool neutrals of aqua, taupe and greens.
The other owner had lived in the home for some time and wanted to update the design and make it work better for her lifestyle.  Although the home is located in San Marcos, the site had a beautiful – but untapped – ocean view.  By reconfiguring the kitchen and dining room, the homeowner gained a spectacular ocean view. The extensive remodel, which added a huge amount of storage, resulted in a Tuscan-atmosphere with heavy brown-toned woods, dark olive green and gray colors. Even the cat figured into the remodel.  There is a cat box that is hooked up to the sewer system with hoses that are hidden behind decorative baseboard, but accessible if necessary.  A unique feature of the home is an office that can be transformed into sleeping quarters when guests visit. The owner gives the master suite to guests and is quite comfortable in her office, thanks to a pull-down bed and a snap-down table that’s concealed in the closet.
A Rancho Bernardo kitchen designed by Lindsay Hester, ASID, Hester Interiors, as part of a pilot project of the nonprofit ReVisions Resources, in partnership with ASID and AARP San Diego, will be on tour for the first time during the ASID Remodel Tour. The kitchen was designed for the homeowners who have impaired vision and arthritis and their daughter and grandson. Hester was selected to design the kitchen in a competition judged by a panel of nationally acclaimed Universal Design experts, from submitted construction drawings, specifications for appliances, lighting, finish materials and a color board. Judging criteria included meeting the needs of the homeowner, space planning, good scale and proportion, use of color and finishes, lighting design, and effective use of the budget.  Hester’s plan became a reality thanks to generous contributions from Wardell Builders and its team of businesses who constructed the remodel. Information on the project is available at
John Mills Davies, ASID, of Marrokal Design & Remodeling, and Kelly Smiar, ASID, are presenting a whole house remodel at San Diego Country Estates in Ramona. The 1970s four-level home was originally owned by Bobby Riggs, one of the top tennis players in the world in the ‘40s, who infamously lost to Billy Jean King in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis showdown in 1973. The designers maintained the mid-century design spirit of the home, while updating all areas of the home to a clean and sophisticated contemporary aesthetic. The kitchen was significantly enlarged and outfitted with commercial grade Viking appliances and an elevator, to make it easier to transport people and groceries from the garage to the kitchen, which is located on level three. The entire fourth floor is a spacious master suite with an impressive spa-like bath and oversize walk-in closet. The pool, landscaping and front entry were all redesigned and updated to compliment the new design and conserve resources.  Exterior highlights include an outdoor living room, waterfall and koi pond.
For additional information, contact the ASID information line at (858) 646-9896 or visit Addresses of the tour sites will be published on the website just prior to the event.


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