When Melissa and Michael Mickelson were looking for their first home, they zeroed in on Arcadia. “We looked at 100 homes,” recalls Melissa, who owns the Bodify spa in Phoenix, “and between price points, rebuild costs and time it would take to create something we liked, we couldn’t find anything.”
She and Michael, who is in medical technology, widened their search and found the perfect fit—technically, a flip—in Central Phoenix. “I hate cookie-cutter houses” says Melissa, “but this one was exactly our style, modern and clean, plus it has a great yard.”
The 2,900-square-foot, four-bedroom house was a spec project done by Kelley and Danny Kregle, who own Efficiency Mechanical, a Gilbert heating and cooling business. In recent years, the couple bought, renovated and sold several midcentury ranch homes, handling the design themselves. “I’ve worked with so many great architects and designers over the years,” explains Danny. “I guess I absorbed a modern style. Redoing these homes is just something we do for fun.”
The renovated home with which the Mickelsons were smitten has a coolly contemporary look with an inviting entry patio, porcelain tile flooring and window walls that slide open onto the shady yard, not to mention details like a backyard pizza oven and fountain, and a stylish kitchen.
The home had everything—except for furnishings and accessories. For help, the couple turned to Chandler interior designer Kim Worswick of Kimberley Kay Interiors, asking her for a look that would be calming; conducive to entertaining friends and houseguests; and pet-friendly for their dog, Jack.
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