In some neighborhoods, the name of a family-oriented architectural designer is passed around like a recipe for foolproof bake-sale brownies. The word on the playground in Seattle's Queen Anne section, known for its historic but dysfunctional bungalows, is "Call Kim Clements." Never mind her firm's reputation as a one-stop shop for remodeling projects—she's also the mother of three young boys. "I knew she'd know exactly what I needed," says Stacy Sikora, who called on Clements when her own offspring were threatening to turn her three-bedroom, two-bath Craftsman into a boy cave.
"Do we move to a bigger house?" Stacy recalls thinking. "But we love our location, a block from the community center and a big park, and just two blocks from the library." So Stacy and her husband, Scott, decided to stay while making room in their busy lives for a fastidious six-month redo.