Illogical additions and the stripping away of cherished details left this home a bit of a trainwreck. A well-considered master plan laid the groundwork for creating a functional layout and bringing back the charm and character.
The multi-phased renovation was broken into three different projects and spanned five years.
The exterior work refreshed the façade with all of the classic detailing of a beloved Craftsman—eaves, custom brackets, a substantial bargeboard and a combination of lap siding and shingles. The addition of a full-width front porch reintroduces the home into the neighborhood in a welcoming way. This enticing appeal was continued in the entry where an enhanced stairway and bench seat create a distinct—welcome home—sense of arrival.
When embarking on a multi-phased effort, it is important to create happy places amidst the chaos of long-term construction. The client was clear that the renovation process had to begin in the kitchen.
The open, light-filled layout has views of the backyard. A central island supports efficient food prep and maintains a distinct separation between the work zone and circulation space.
A cozy dining nook is a delightful bumped-out booth addition to this well-appointed space. The butcherblock table matches the island—rich wood tones to complement the classic black and white palette. Mouldings, flush inset cabinetry and honed black granite countertops provide the finishing touches.
The clients’ kids have found the booth to be their favorite place to do homework.
This dark dining area was begging to be brought into the light. The fake beams were removed, and views were opened up to the backyard. Light colors bring the space to life and a custom built-in adds Craftsman character.
The living room lacked style. It was very vanilla—not the good kind. Mouldings, trim work and a refined fireplace mantle now make this a memorable room. The original hearth tile was preserved, and a complementary surround tile was added.