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No home on the Scottsdale Home Tour more exemplifies this year’s theme of “Renovations” than Paula Randolph’s two bedroom home south of McDonald Drive and east of the canal.

Paula bought her home in 1999 because it had “good bones” – so she has had time to systematically convert her home into the epitome of contemporary design.

The first things to go were the yellow countertops, blue shag carpet and popcorn ceilings.  Because the previous owner was a smoker, the walls were saturated with nicotine. That meant the walls and ceilings had to be painted.  But she lived in the house for two years before starting the extensive remodeling.

“I wanted to see how the house ‘lived’ to give me a better idea of what I wanted to do,” Paula says.  She adds that since she is single, “The decisions were easy, because the only person I had to please was me.”

The neighborhood, originally a pecan farm, was developed in the late 1970’s by homebuilder Dell Trailor.  The company is best known in Scottsdale for its “Gold Key Homes” at 61st Street and Pinchot Avenue that were designed by Ralph Haver, who worked with several other designers.  Trailor was inspired by Mediterranean-style architecture.

Starting with the guest bathroom, Paula renovated her 2,000-square foot house in increments.  Instead of undertaking one big renovation, she adopted the pay-as-she-went plan.  But it doesn’t show. There is a seamless flow to the home that is impressive.

After completing the remodeling of the first bathroom, she moved on to the kitchen where she enclosed an outdoor patio and turned it into a sitting room, making it part of the kitchen.  Visitors are sure to find this area of the house intriguing with its unique granite-top island and handsomely painted cabinetry.

When asked in which room she spends the most time, she didn’t respond like most homeowners, who almost always say the kitchen.  “I use each room.  I live everywhere,” she says.

When asked which room is her favorite, Paula doesn’t hesitate: “My bathroom.”  And when visitors see it, they will know why. It’s like no other bathroom on the tour, past or present. It’s so unique that it defies description, except to say it reflects a woman who knew exactly what she wanted.

So does Paula expect to remodel any more of her home? “I’m not sure, maybe the guest bathroom,” she says with a smile.

In other words, Paula Randolph may be revisiting the place her renovations began years ago.

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