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For contrast, charcoal granite was used on the countertops under the cabinets, and arabescato marble tops the kitchen island. PHOTO BY CORI KLECKNER PHOTOGRAPHY

With great risk comes great reward, so to achieve a dream design, homeowners often have to do something that scares them.

What was once a narrow, galley-style kitchen is now open and functional, thanks to Lindsay Espinoza’s clients daring to go the route of risk: tearing down walls. “Many people say that they want to rip down walls, but many never really do it,” Espinoza, of Lulu Designs, says. “It was the largest expense, but worth every cent.”

And so down came the wall between the living room and kitchen, and up went the ceilings – vaulting them to the roofline – to make this one airy, open space.

The family tried its hand at the renovation before calling on Espinoza for help, which required some faith as they’d never worked with a designer before, Espinoza says.

What soon followed was instant chemistry between client and designer.

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