Budget Breakdown: A Dreary ’70s Abode in Southern California Gets a Gut Renovation For $196K

In the home’s new kitchen and principal bathroom, interior designer Corine Maggio of CM Natural Designs creates bold moments via a high-contrast palette warmed with wood.

Before the overhaul, this 1973 home in Encinitas, California, was dominated by a lackluster kitchen still outfitted with the original, dark wood cabinets. The team gutted it in a complete remodel, which also included opening up the main level, installing hardwood floors throughout, and refinishing the fireplace in the living room. A 500-square-foot addition to the second floor now hosts a principal suite, including a bathroom and custom closet, with new stairs connecting the two levels.

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