Letter from the Editor

Debby Larsen on a recent home photo shoot.  Photo by Robin Stancliff.

Hot Looks!

Summer is a roll-up-your-sleeves time of year, and many of us are working on home improvement projects, either DIY or with pros for the best result. We’ve devoted this issue to remodeling, with a special emphasis on two areas that often need the most attention — kitchens and baths.

We reached out to several local designers and remodeling firms for “before and after” photos and details of some of their recent work. The inspiring results begin on page 26.

Homeowner Melanie Campbell-Carter, a new transplant to Tucson, recently renovated her 1940s adobe home from top to bottom. She found many talented designers and craftsmen to help her in the transformation. Turn to page 16 to see how it turned out.

The landscape often is an afterthought in a home makeover. Not so with this recent project undertaken by Alta Constructors, Inc. The outdoor living areas were an integral part of the plan, which you can read all about starting on page 22.

And be sure to check out the garden calendar tip this month for one of my favorite plants — the aloes. This family of succulents includes a variety of shapes and sizes. Peruse your nursery to find several that are just right for you.