The roof was removed, and the house was gutted down to a few first-floor walls. It was then rebuilt as a two-story structure with a basement.
The exterior design – with a full front porch, tongue and groove soffits, barge board brackets, and lap siding – reintroduces this bungalow to the urban neighborhood with a distinct street presence.
Divided-light windows, with the same pattern as the original house, were incorporated into the design of the new house.
Custom rafter tails were designed as a memory to the original tails her beloved husband had emphasized years ago.
The flow and function of the first floor were reworked and an addition was created to support a primary suite. The ample space and more accessible layout allow her to live her daily life on the home’s main level.
Finishing touches maintain the Craftsman charm while supporting modern living, such as the focal wall in the living area with a gas fireplace, tiled surround and classic painted built-ins.
By gutting the home, the existing attic space was reintroduced as a livable second floor with three bedrooms and a full bathroom—the perfect place for visiting family. The existing steep staircase was replaced with a more reasonably sloped stair and appointed with decorative iron details. The open design maintains a desirable connection between floors.
Craftsman detailing and character are found throughout the home.
The new kitchen focuses on clean lines and simple details. White-painted, flush inset cabinetry is contrasted with black quartz countertops. The crisp white subway tile backsplash highlights Irene’s trivet treasures, a collection from her many travels.
Natural light floods the kitchen via windows that provide views to the backyard.
The primary suite includes a fully accessible bathroom. It is well-appointed and packed with function—a true walk-in shower with a bench seat and grab bars. It has a sauna too. The tile details and polished nickel finishes elevate the aesthetic of the accessible features.
While the home was designed to support Irene’s daily living, future functionality was top of mind. Her son Josh, who will inherit the home someday, was intimately involved in the process.
“Lisa has the skill to understand a client’s desires and make them a reality.”