From the moment they moved from Iceland to Arizona to study architecture and interior design at Arizona State University, Kristjan Sigurdsson and Inga Vals have succeeded at marrying both their personal and professional lives. Along the way, the husband-and-wife design duo discovered that in addition to creating functional, high-end living spaces for their clients, they enjoyed fashioning homes for themselves as well. “Over the years, we’ve built or remodeled five houses for ourselves alone,” says Sigurdsson. “We just really love the process; it’s our work and our hobby.”
The couple’s most recent efforts have resulted in the revitalization of a period home in Lincoln Hills, a hillside subdivision of about 50 houses overlooking downtown Phoenix that had been developed in the late 1960s and early ’70s. “It was a rare find, with great bones, sunrise to sunset views and an open layout that we could work with without having to totally tear it down,” Sigurdsson relates. The caveat? The home hadn’t been remodeled or upgraded since it was originally built—in 1971.
Architecture - Kristjan Sigurdsson, K&I Homes, LLC
Interior Design - Inga Vals, K&I Homes, LLC
Home Builder - Brad Bryant, Bryant Contracting & Development