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House of Fire and Water

Like all designers, K.C. Barkley must heed the wishes of her clients. So what happens when she is the client?

As K.C. says, “At night with the palm trees swaying, the soft lighting and surround sound, it’s peaceful, sensual and romantic.”

As K.C. says, “At night with the palm trees swaying, the soft lighting and surround sound, it’s peaceful, sensual and romantic.”

When K.C. Barkley and her husband Von first saw the 1960’s ranch-style house in Riomar they agreed it had plenty of potential. All it needed was a few floor-plan adjustments here, an upgrading of materials and appliances there, and voila!, a beautiful transformation would be achieved. For the home-oriented couple – she an interior designer, he a building contractor – the house on waterfront property was just what they had been looking for.

Then reality hit. “At first we thought it had good bones, but when we got in and took a closer look we decided it was basically a tear-down,” K.C. admits. Yet instead of having buyers’ remorse, the couple realized the potential was even greater.

“The way it turned out was it gave me the opportunity to do some of the things I had always wanted to do,” says K.C., who is the president and senior designer of the Vero Beach-based Barkley International Design Group. “I designed the new layout, the structural details and elevation were planned by architect Greg Anderson, and Von built the house.”

Read the entire article in the January 2010 issue