The Butterfly House

People love a good before and after conversion. The amazing changes, the growth, the development—we love to see a transformation and that is something at which Kristen Williams excels. Her eye for possibilities allows her to create modern and award-winning projects from homes most developers would overlook. Believing that preservation is always best, Williams prefers to take older homes which have been part of the Naples community for decades and update them to suit the contemporary Naples resident. “She looks for homes with good bones in a good location. If it has those two things she believes in, remodeling instead of tearing down, which in most cases would be the easier option,” explains Olde Naples Real Estate broker Chris Wells. 
Those two main requirements were met in a 1964 bungalow that has now been transformed into a  beautiful, coastal-inspired cottage. This home has undergone a metamorphosis much like that of a butterfly, emerging at the end as something beautiful and new. Sitting just one block from Broad Avenue South in Old Naples, Williams felt she could create a space for the stylish Naples resident while still preserving the original flavor of the home. Her plan included changing the layout of the home to create an open floor plan, raising the ceilings, and adding additional square footage through a garage with guest suite above. She also revised the back yard to create a pool and entertaining space with the indoor-outdoor living opportunities that people look for in Naples. The end result is another outstanding home to add to her list of local projects.

Scroll through the images to see the incredible transformation!

“After” photographs by Michael Owen

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