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A Sausalito House Transformed

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Source: The New York Times

Many architects dream of designing their own homes — but not all architects. Carrie Byles, for instance, is a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the largest architecture firms in the United States, but when it came to renovating her 1956 house in Sausalito, Calif., she wanted help.

“I thought that if I designed it on my own, it would probably take me 10 years because I’d fuss over it a long time, and I’m so busy I’d never have time to work on it,” said Ms. Byles, 56, who spends her days focused on much larger projects like university and condominium towers, as well as an expansion of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the management of her firm.

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