The Gatehouse
The view from my Art Studio!
The Pool
The front entry and fireplace
Pecky Cedar Ceilings with Vigas throughout
The Dining Room,
with a fabulous view of the mountains!
The custom tile bar
by "
Oddinary Tiles"
Guest bath before
The main bathroom upstairs received a
new tile floor, a new toilet, new lighting
and fixtures and a fresh coat of paint!
During Remodeling
My Dad showed me how to
create an arch, one of the
last projects that we
would ever do together.
PJ of "PJ Stencils" came down and
faux finished three walls for me!
I painted the two front bedrooms
with soft desert colors and
updated the hardware.
The house needed a lot of
plumbing done!

I installed all new hardware
including faucets and toilet kit
in a top-of-tank-flush Koehler
The lot was challenging, but I had
learned to build rock walls in Hawaii
so I used that knowledge to build
retaining walls to hold up the sandy

I also installed a drip watering system.
Repairing the vigas
It had been a lifelong dream of mine to be an artist living
in the desert Southwest, and in 2004 I had the opportunity
to purchase my dream house in Arizona, in an animal
reserve with views equal to those of a National Park.

The community was gated, a house up the street had just
been featured in
"Architectural Digest", and Oprah’s
favorite resort and spa,
"Miraval", was right on the other
side of the State Park!

I couldn’t have picked a more esthetically beautiful

I was living my dream!
Before New Paint!
Bedroom #2   
The Guest Bath
The Kitchen and Breakfast Room
The Main Bathroom
The Master Bath
The Master Bedroom
The Exterior
The Family Room
The Living Room
Bedroom #3
New Tile Floor
Inspired by the colors of the desert!
The kitchen before updating
The Family Room with a half-bath and Laundry Room
I took out the fluorescent lights and
installed updated track lights.
With the help of "The Handyman", we
removed the overhead cabinets and
wired in pendant lights.

I repainted; installed all new light
switches and outlets; installed a new
Delta Goose-neck faucet and a new
refrigerator; refinished the cabinets,
and "Oddinary Tiles" designed a
custom tiled the bar.
Building a nook
I installed new lighting, a new counter top, a new sink
and faucet, a new toilet, new light switches and outlets,
and stained the cabinet a rich mahogany brown.
The main bath before
During Renovation
The Master Bedroom
before updating
2010 - 2012
Grouting the tiles
View from my back patio
Fixing the toilet
My Arizona Dream House
and Art Studio
2004 - 2010
With Before and After Renovation Photos
The Front Entry
The Living Room
"The Handyman"
Installing new faucets
The Dining Room
In 2009 my father went into Hospice and on November 16th
of the same year, he passed-away.  Soon after that, I decided
to sell my Dream House and return to Hawaii.

The house sold in two weeks for cash.
In Loving Memory of my Dad
1926 - 2009
Karrie J. Butler
W i l d l i f e   A r t i s t   a n d   H o m e   R e n o v a t o r
2 0 0 4  to  2 0 1 0
in 2010