Kasia Karska Design is a boutique design + build firm located in the Vail Valley, Colorado. We focus on the design and build of unique environments for infinite potential, tranquility, and inspiration.
Polish-born designer, Kasia Karska, founded KK Design in 1999. She brought together her design education and creative experience in order to launch a design business of her own.
With a European upbringing in a family of professionals, Kasia attended the Technical Institute in Warsaw, Poland to pursue her passion for architecture. Her pursuit of the world of creatives continued when she moved to New York City after being recruited by Elite New York City, a modeling agency. There Kasia dabbled in industries such as television, film, and fashion. Finally, it all came together—from visual arts to fashion media—in order to start her own design + build business.
Over the past nearly 25 years, Kasia has engaged in both commercial and residential architectural and interior design. KK Design’s portfolio includes new build and remodeled private home and apartment projects, as well as professional offices, retail stores, hospitality projects, and banquet facilities. The team has completed projects in Manhattan, Upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Warsaw, Paris, and Colorado.
With additional studies in the traditions of Vaastu Shastra and Feng Shui, Kasia brings a unique and multifaceted approach to her design-build projects to create a finished project, always with the belief of:
“Your Life… Your Space… Your Sanctuary.”
After relocating her business from New York to Colorado, Kasia spends her days with clients designing their dream homes and sanctuaries. Her evenings are reserved for time with family and friends, often entertaining in her mountain home, Shambala. Shambala is one of the many custom homes Kasia has designed and then built from the ground up. Creating custom homes that transform into the owners' sanctuary is one of Kasia's utmost passions. Learn more about Kasia's full history and background here.
Kaley, a Vail Valley native, has a diverse background in project and operations management as well as marketing—specifically geared towards small businesses. Up until recently she was KKD's Director of Business + Marketing, but has since scaled back and is now focusing on marketing exclusively. Kaley possesses a passion for people, implementing efficient systems and processes, and creative storytelling. When not in the office, she is out enjoying the beautiful mountains of Colorado with her husband and two dogs. Hiking and camping are her outdoor focuses in the warmer months and skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing take the lead in the colder months.
Emily hails from Wisconsin, but has lived and worked all over the country. She brings excellent project management experience to the team, having previously worked for companies like American Express, Mayo Clinic, and the Cleveland Cavaliers—to name a few. Emily's love of the mountains brought her back to Colorado and her impressive experience and unique skillset brought her to us here at Team KKD. In her free time, Emily enjoys backpacking and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Michael is a Vail Valley local who attended Colorado State University. He joined our team after a few years of previous experience with another local construction firm. He is very familiar with the build process, particularly what it takes to build homes within the mountains of Colorado. On a typical day, you can find him moving from one of our job sites to the next, ensuring that everything is moving along efficiently and smoothly. When not on the job, Michael can be found competing in mountain bike races as well as spending time with his ultra-runner wife.
A Colorado native, Christy specializes in a broad range of project types from highly detailed and customized single-family residences and luxury ski-in and ski-out lodges to large commercial and industrial buildings.
Brent’s pre-press business in Washington, D.C. seems like a former life that he left behind, but that very life gave Brent the necessary tools to produce the beautiful photography illustrating all of what our planet has to offer.