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Kasia Karska

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.”

Our Team

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Kasia Karska

Owner, Lead Designer + General Contractor

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.

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Kaley Ruark

Director of Marketing

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.

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Emily Wypyszynski

Project Manager

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.

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Michael Hand

Project Manager - Job Sites

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.

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Christy D'Agostino

Architectural Consultant

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.

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Brent Bingham


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.


Whimsy Modern

Kasia was great at both decorating and being a general contractor at a reasonable fee. I was away during the entire project and she understood my taste (whimsy modern?) and managed to bring the project (a complete rebuilt of an 1,100sf apt) to completion with a small budget and time overrun (but I still know that she saved me quite a bit of money in many ways). She was great at communicating despite the distance and over the time-zones and at shepherding the project through Vail's permitting nightmare. Her subcontractors were honest and personable. I am delighted with the result and am glad to have had Kasia as my contractor and decorator.

- Nicholas

One of a Kind

Ruggs Benedict enjoys working with Kasia on her design projects. When she arrives in our showroom she knows exactly what she is looking for and it is a pleasure to work with her to serve her clients needs from carpet, hardwood floors custom rugs as well as one of a kind, antique reproduction, and modern style rugs. When Kasia walks in we always know something exciting is about to happen for her client!

- Rugs Benedict Carpet One

Love working with Kasia

Kasia designed few projects for us. Love her work, sense of style and the whole outcome looks amazing even 5 years after finishing the projects. I saw few projects that Kasia did and they all look different and breath taking. Love working with Kasia!

- Edward


We hired Kasia to guide the remodel of our home. Her work was impeccable. Kasia has a great sense of color, space and design. She worked well with our contractor and subcontractors. When we were unsure about a recommendation we trusted her and invariably she was right. The end product exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend her.

- Stewarts